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The Series That Comes After? posted 18 Mar 2004, 13:03 by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Hi Scott, I was just wondering what your plans are after you finish the PoN series? Are you planning to stick to the basic fantasy genre or are you going to delve into other stuff? If so can you give us any indication on what we might be in for later on down the line? view post

posted 18 Mar 2004, 16:03 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Ah, the question I've been dreading. In the first few months of 2003 I took some time out to write a sleek little near-future psychothriller called Neuropath, which I intend to buff and polish once I finish TTT. I started NP thinking I needed a break from writing fantasy, only to discover that fantasy writing is, well... So much more damn fun! So NP is next, hot on the heels of TTT. What comes after NP? The Aspect-Emperor, another trilogy which returns to the demented cast (those that survive, that is) of PON some twenty years later. More than a few people groan when I say this, which is why I always feel the need to explain myself! First, I conceived and roughed out the greater cycle of stories (as a trilogy of trilogies) the year before WoT came out, so this is most definitely not a case of me slavishly following commercial precedents. This means, secondly, that every book in the series is motivated by STORY, and not money (if there is any in this business!) Third, PON is a complete tale, and not merely the first third of one. The relationship of AE to PON is more akin to the relationship between the Dune books, though the narrative arc that binds them - the story of the Second Apocalypse - is, I like to think, less ad hoc than Herbert's. As strange as it sounds, I look at PON as my version of The Hobbit. view post

posted 18 Mar 2004, 16:03 by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

That is very exciting, to think about the relationship between The Hobbit and LoTR and then apply that to what we are reading now. Scott, have you read any of the Farseer, Liveship Trader, or Tawny Man trilogies by Robin Hobb? They follow the cycle of trilogies format, and I really like it. It is also exciting to think about this website ten years down the road, with a huge member base and tons of forums. view post

posted 18 Mar 2004, 17:03 by Arakasi, Commoner

Yeah I was curious about that as well. I've sort of got used to the idea that an author tends to stay in one world. It seems all the major fantasy writers are doing it these days. Like Erikson, Martin, Jordan, etc. It's funny to hear the first book (and series) referred to as the hobbit though. *lol* But that is cool since I'll be able to read more from this interesting world. view post

posted 18 Mar 2004, 18:03 by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Interesting response! Not sure what to make of the comparison to the Hobbit. Are you implying that the next trilogy will focus on an even more epic plotline than the current one and that PON is just an introductory story into this world? That boggles my tiny little mind if that is the case. view post

posted 19 Mar 2004, 16:03 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Ten years! Maybe I should think about this... In answer to your question, Sovin, Robin Hobb has been on my must read list for some time. Any suggestions as to where I should start? In answer to your question, Loosecannon, yes, the scope does become more 'epic,' though in ways that might be surprising. The story is BIG. view post

posted 19 Mar 2004, 18:03 by Voland, Candidate

Sounds really interesting. But I'll refrain from thinking about that...I'm old enough as it is...any long looks into the future (3+ years) is kinda scary hehe. But I'll take as much from Earwa as you can throw at me. :D As for Hobb....Start with the Farseer trilogy (Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin, Assassin's quest) then Liveship (Ship of Magic, Mad Ship (???), Ship of Destiny) then Tawny Man (Fool's Errand, Golden Fool, Fool's Quest). At least, that's what I'm trying to do....altho I cheated a little bit. Read Fool's Errand before I started Liveship, altho I'm reading the Livehsip ones before I start with the rest of Tawny Man. Kinda hard since I liked FE much more than I like Ship of Magic (Even if it is good). view post

posted 19 Mar 2004, 21:03 by Wil, Head Moderator

I suggest reading Hobb from beginning to end. It's the only way that everything will make sense. A lot of people skip Liveship, and I think that is a really bad idea. They may not seem it, but they are key to the story. Read Farsser Trilogy, Liveship Traders, then Tawneyman. view post

posted 20 Mar 2004, 20:03 by Mithfânion, Didact

[i:ou39zp08]In answer to your question, Sovin, Robin Hobb has been on my must read list for some time. Any suggestions as to where I should start? [/i:ou39zp08] Assasin's Apprentice, as others have stated. It's the first one and also one of the best things she's ever written, either as Hobb or as Lindholm. The Farseer/Tawny Man trilogies are nothing short of brilliant. Wonderful character studies above all, the plot tends to be a bit thin (for epic Fantasy), but she creates a great atmosphere and her magic is diferent and interesting both. I thought the Liveship books displayed a distinct drop in quality though. While you may at least want to give them a try before moving on to Tawny Man, they are not necessary. Some stuff from Liveship does spill in to Tawny Man, but you can definitly read Tawny Man without any problems if you've only read Farseer. Anyway, interesting news about the other series, thought that is still a long way off. [/i] view post

posted 23 Mar 2004, 17:03 by lfex, Peralogue

Hi, everybody. I was provoked into my first post by the news about the nineology - or whatever it is called? Cool. I love big series -I hasten to add I mean Martin and Erikson, not Jordan and Goodkind. You say that you had this story outlined - IIRC, you ever mentioned somewhere that the first version of it was also written, t least partially – 15 years ago? I am impressed, especially that you seem to have been a teenager then. This Neuropaths thing also seem interesting. When it is going to be published? view post

posted 23 Mar 2004, 19:03 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Thanks for the Hobb advice everyone. I suspect Amazon thanks you as well... Welcome aboard Ifex! I do have a finished draft of PON, which I completed at the beginning of the eighties - back when I had far more ideas than ability. I only have outlines of the rest of the story, however. As far as NP goes, TTT takes precedence, but with any luck I should have something for my agent to shop around by late this year or early next. Just when it'll hit the shelves probably depends on how well PON is doing. view post

posted 27 Mar 2004, 21:03 by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

May I state, as a devout Hobb follower, that you MUST read the books in order, and all of them. The tawny man trilogy will make sense but so much will be lost. Bits of innuendo and character developement and the rich complexity of intertwined tales, which are the true beauty of Hobb`s works will be gone. Sorry about that, but I feel quite strongly. view post

posted 09 Apr 2004, 17:04 by Euron, Commoner

The thought of eventually having three trilogies to tell this great story is pretty exciting! I also like the idea of returning to the same characters twenty years later to see just how they've changed, perhaps not even realising that some of them are characters we already know until crucial details are revealed. Ohhh, it's gonna be good. :D view post


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