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Robin Hobb's Infrequent and Off Topic Blog

Delays in Books Arriving are My Fault

You ordered a Hobb book from University Book Store and requested that I sign or dedicate it.  The book came out on March 2, and you still haven't received it!!!!  What is going on?


Me.  That is what is going on, or rather, what's not going on.  


The books are at the store, the store has invited me to come up and sign, but my March has been as unpredictable as only March can be.  I am doing my best to find a clear day to get up there, but the fates are conspiring against me.  We are down one vehicle, as our truck has been in the shop for weeks now for a mystery 'service engine soon' light on the dash.  Irregular work hours for my adult offpsring have meant that Fred and I have been scrambling to provide child care while keeping kids and adults within our 'pod' to minimize covid exposure. 


(Especially since neither Fred nor I have managed to schedule a Covid vaccination yet.  The vaccination sites are rather like playing Whack a Mole without a hammer.  The opportunities are announced, but by the time I click, they are gone!)


I did manage a day with Shawn, so if you ordered via The Signed Page or from Grim Oak Press, it's likely that your books are on the way.  Although we did have a nice stack of boxes of books waiting for me to sign!  I will get that day scheduled also.  


For now, if you ordered a signed Lindholm or Hobb book from University Book Store, and it hasn't arrived, please do not blame the store.  They can't ship signed books until I get up there to sign them! 


And if you don't mind a bit of a wait, you can still order signed books from either location.  I greatly appreciate your patience in these uncertain times.  

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Come ZOOM with me!

A blue dragon stirs to wakefulness was it receives a Skill touch
Waking the Dragon by Magali Villeneuve

With many thanks for Shawn Speakman of Grim Oak Press for making this happen!


On Saturday, February 27 at 1 PM (US west coast time) I will be attempting a Zoom session. (Yes, it fills me with dread, too!)  

The best part of this announcement is that I will not be alone.  If all goes well, I will be joined by Magali Villeneuve, the artist of the Illustrated edition of the Farseer Trilogy. (Assassin's Quest available for pre-order now, publication date March 2, 2021.) 


Also joining us will be Tommy Arnold, the illustrator for the Grim Oak edition of Wizard of the Pigeons, Megan Lindholm's urban fantasy.  Set in Seattle, it was first published in 1985.  This is the first time it has appeared in a lovely hardback edition, with illustrations! 


For more information, please visit the Robin Hobb Facebook page.  

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Assassin's Quest March 2021

A gorgeous dragon ripples to bright blue life.
A stone dragon ripples to life under his hands.  Art by Magali Villeneuve.

Well, I had hoped to show you a brief animation of this image from Assassin's Quest. But as I cannot seem to upload it to my website, I must, with great reluctance, send you to the Robin Hobb Facebook page for that treat, if you wish to see it animated.  Or, you can stay right here and enjoy every detail of the image as the artist created it.   


As many of you already know, Magali Villeneuve and I have been friends for years, so I was delighted when she agreed to do the illustrations for these editions of the Farseer Trilogy.  If you click on her name, you will be taken to an animated illustration of Verity at the Skill River, another image from a set of ten she has done for the Illustrated Edition of Assassin's Quest.


Assassin's Apprentice and Royal Assassin are already available.  Assassin's Quest, the concluding volume, will be available March 2, 2021 and can be preordered from Penguin Random House here:  https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/80901/assassins-quest-the-illustrated-edition-by-robin-hobb/



But, if you want it to be very special, as in, signed by me possibly with the inscription of your choice, order it from University Book Store in Seattle.  I'll be making a special trip up there to do a covert Covid signing, masked and distanced.  



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