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Dragon Haven - Robin Hobb

I couldn't find the English version of this book in Dutch bookstores and Amazon and Book Depository didn't seem to have it (turns out I was searching for dragon heaven in stead of dragon haven, Kelsingra pretty much sounded like heaven on earth for them, I guess that's where my mind took a wrong turn ;-) ). Wilma had bought the Dutch version a while ago but I really didn't want to read the translation. Finally, I found it at Waterstones in London in early april. And it was part of the 3for2 promotion, which gave me a perfect excuse to buy it (I'll just pretend each of those 3 books was the one I got for free ;-) ).
I love love love the world Hobb has created, it's perfect escapism. But even though Hobb is my favorite author alive and even though she told me she likes my name, I was a little bit disappointed with how predictable the storylines were. Some of it felt like reading a dumb romance novel (in which I sometimes indulged when I was at an age where I sort of fell inbetween childrens books and adult literature, I love how there are more books for adolescents nowadays!); girl and guy are in love, all is well, something goes wrong due to something a third person says, misconceptions, trouble in paradise, they grow apart, but finally all ends well. And, to my liking, she emphasises a bit too much on the gay relationships in the book being gay relationships, like she's saying 'hey, look at me, being all cool with that!' in stead of just being cool with it ;-)
I don't like the feeling of 'Here we go again...' I get when storylines fit into a predictable pattern, it feels like the reader is being underestimated. I do like being sucked into a book and a fantasy world, and, as usual, she totally delivered on that. Not my favorite Hobb. But a nice read during the trainjourney home and some spare moments in the days afterwards.

Geplaatst op 21-04-2011.
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