Book Recommendations From Men: Robin Hobb
"I’m looking for a fat fantasy epic in which a female protagonist has powers that mean she succeeds where others would fail." I said to T the other day. My reading habits, like my eating and music listening habits, have become compulsive and specific. I have been listening to nothing but the Beach Boys singing Kokomo for about a month now, and eating cereal, bowls of it. Maybe cravings are more holistic than I thought.
"I’ll ask [my partner]" said T, "He’ll know." And lo, not half an hour later, she returned with a name: Robin Hobb’s SHIP OF MAGIC. It was exactly what I was looking for. You know, when you just want your heroines to have a destiny and a skill set to match it? Althea, in this book, is psychically connected to her ship. She also disguises herself as a boy to learn her trade, which she turns out to be good at. I mean, what more could you want? Sex? Lots of that. Fighting? SURE. Revolution? Absolutely. Monsters? Some, but not too many. It’s a genuine pleasure, this, like Game of Thrones if Game of Thrones was written by a woman. And by that I mean, if Game of Thrones was even better. ROBIN HOBB. She’s written a lot more than SHIP OF MAGIC, but do start there.