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The Inheritance and Other Stories

Written by Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm

Average Score: 81(6)

Megan Lindholm (Wizard of the Pigeons) writes tightly constructed SF and fantasy with a distinctly contemporary feel. Robin Hobb (Assassin's Quest) writes sprawling, multi-volume fantasies set in imaginary realms. These two writers, apparently so different, are, of course, the same person, each reflecting an aspect of a single multifaceted imagination.

Inheritance gathers the best of Hobb and Lindholm's shorter fiction into one irreplaceable volume containing ten stories and novellas (seven by Lindholm, three by Hobb), together with a revealing introduction and extensive, highly readable story notes. The Lindholm section leads off with the Hugo and Nebula-nominated novella 'A Touch of Lavender,' a powerful account of love, music, poverty, and addiction set against an extended encounter between human and alien societies. Other memorable entries include 'Cut,' a reflection on the complex consequences of freedom, and the newly published 'Drum Machine,' an equally absorbing meditation on the chaotic nature of the creative impulse. Two of Robin Hobb's contributions revisit the world of her popular Live Traders series. 'Homecoming' enlarges the earlier history of those novels through the journal entries of Lady Carillion Carrock, while 'The Inheritance' concerns a disenfranchised young woman who comes to understand the true nature of her grandmother's legacy. And in 'Cat's Meat,' a long and wonderful story written expressly for this collection, an embattled single mother reclaims her life with the help of a gifted--and utterly ruthless--cat.

Inheritance offers the best of two separate but related fictional worlds. Whatever their differences, the Hobb and Lindholm stories have certain crucial elements in common: their intelligence, their attention to detail, and their instant, almost effortless accessibility. Together, these beautifully crafted tales constitute a unique and important collection that offers both offers both intellectual pleasure and pure narrative excitement on virtually every page.

Book Details

Published by Subterranean on October 31, 2011
First Published by Harper Voyager in 2011
ISBN-10 1596064382
ISBN-13 978-1596064386


Publishers Weekly
Review Rating: 100
Under any name, Margaret Lindholm's assured prose has an unerring ability to tug on the reader's heartstrings. (Starred Review)
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Fantasy Literature | Kat Hooper
Review Rating: 80
The Inheritance and Other Stories gives you a glimpse at the other person living in [Hobb's] brain and allows you to spend more time in her fascinating worlds.
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Library Journal | Jackie Cassada
Review Rating: 80
...a richly textured body of work from one of the genre's most accomplished writers.
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Pat`s Fantasy Hotlist | Patrick
Review Rating: 80
Though [Hobb] is better known for her long form works, the deft human touch that imbues her novels is always present in every short story, giving each of them another dimension.
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SFRevu | Charity J. Sands
Review Rating: 80
...will pull you in with ten absorbing tales, most of which feel rich enough for their own novel treatment and all of which show off Hobb's incredible range.
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Fantasy Literature | Bill Capossere
Review Rating: 67
...about two-thirds of the collection that is well worth reading, which is actually not at all bad for an anthology in my experience.
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