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Title: The Hob's Bargain Discussion
Post by: amanda on July 18, 2007, 02:07:40 pm
I loved this book, it's the first one of hers I've read outside the Mercy series. The flow and storytelling was really nice. Is she going to write a sequel so we know what happens between them?
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Post by: Grey Drakkon on July 18, 2007, 04:06:30 pm
I don't know if it really needs a sequel, it seemed like a stand-alone book to me.  Not that I'd complain if a sequel came sauntering my way of course! 
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Post by: Furry on July 18, 2007, 10:31:22 pm
I think it was supposed to be a stand alone book as well but I really wish she would write a sequel 'cos I love it!! ;D
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Post by: Elle on July 19, 2007, 06:04:33 pm
That's the great thing, even though it's a stand alone, you're left wanting to know more about the characters. I liked Aren, a lot. How she ended up embracing her power instead of trying to hide it. Really great read.
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Post by: Readsalot on July 20, 2007, 06:58:38 am
This was actually the first book of Patricia's that I read. It put her on my buy without looking and who cares about budget list of authors.

I have always wanted to know what happened next! Caefawn (and his tail, lol, loved how that tail expressed so much) and Aren are in my top five favorite characters.

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Post by: Thea on July 25, 2007, 06:20:14 am
This is the book that addicted me to Patty!
I love the arc that the Hobb and the Heroine have to travel and I totally want another book!!!!!
I mean - they need to see if they can breed for the magic of the mountain.
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Post by: Zealith on July 25, 2007, 01:44:32 pm
I don't know, I loved the book, but it seems to me that if it had a second book that would ruin the first one. I liked the open ending.
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Post by: Grey Drakkon on July 25, 2007, 03:50:17 pm
I think I'd like it if there were another book in that world, but with different characters.  Hell, it very well could exist in the Hurog world, or even an obscure corner of the Raven's books' world.  But yeah, going back to those same characters might just...Muck about too much. 
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Post by: Cole on July 28, 2007, 11:37:01 pm
i want to see sequel
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Post by: BuddhaJean on July 29, 2007, 04:43:18 pm
I really love Caefawn...so cute! ^_^
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Post by: Patti L. on August 16, 2007, 05:01:39 pm
I go with the "another book in this world, but feature different characters" faction.  Maybe mention Aren & Co.?  Or with cameo roles?  And how about our favorite one armed former berserker?  Not to mention Duck.  :)
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Post by: Cole on August 16, 2007, 05:20:02 pm
what about the story of her deceased brother
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Post by: Patti L. on August 17, 2007, 09:29:30 am
what about the story of her deceased brother

Greetings, Cole.  Also, thank you for your work for us.  You & your campadre do nice work, as well as keeping the discussion lively, your literacy & fluidity of language is something I appreciate.

And yes, a book in an earlier time might be possible, but it didn't look as though there was enough to make the brother's story a major part of it.  Perhaps you're thinking of his having a cameo in such a story?  How about Grandmother who taught them about the old fey & the old magic?  She might have enough back story to make her a major character in such a project.

I took a test, well 3 tests.  I seem to be a dragon, a turkey sandwich, & a wizard.  Now, which one to eat. . .  :)
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Post by: Cerulean on August 17, 2007, 11:02:32 am
I go with the "another book in this world, but feature different characters" faction.  Maybe mention Aren & Co.?  Or with cameo roles?  And how about our favorite one armed former berserker?  Not to mention Duck.  :)

Oh, I like this idea. I also think a direct sequel would ... well, be better off left to our imaginations. But I'd love to see the characters again, and I think a story about Keil would be perfect. I just read this book a couple of days ago and loved it. I have a weakness for strong female characters and I especially loved how this book showed Aren coming into that strength. I also thought Patty did an excellent job balancing the feyness of Caefawn, yet making him "human" enough so that we could identify with him and root for him. The story reminded me a little bit of Beauty & the Beast, which is one of my favorite faery tales; but the similarity wasn't strong enough for me to call this a retelling or anything. Just perfect!
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Post by: CheekyHalfWit on September 02, 2007, 04:57:26 pm
How about a story of Aren and Caefawn children going back to the Mountain to breed "New" magic back into it? 
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Post by: Kiersten Walks Funny on November 11, 2007, 05:40:55 pm
i just got this book  ;D i can't wait until i get to read it
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Post by: Patti L. on November 11, 2007, 07:07:12 pm
I'd really like to see more of the re-awakened magical creatures of this book.
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Post by: Thea on November 12, 2007, 03:25:43 am
As I was talking with PattiL
I love the Hobb and I want to see more in this world  :P
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Post by: Kiersten Walks Funny on November 13, 2007, 09:20:32 am
i'd always like to see more of patty's characters and their worlds
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Post by: Shy on January 02, 2008, 02:54:13 pm
The Hob's Bargain is one of my reread books, loved it, and I would love if there was a sequal or another book with them featured even as secondary characters.
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Post by: life06 on January 03, 2008, 08:52:10 am
I loved this book I wish there was asequel. This book was the book that got me started on reading Patty's books.
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Post by: Kiersten Walks Funny on January 03, 2008, 11:15:08 am
i just got this for christmas!  i got pretty much every book patty's written except when demons walk and on the prowl, but i am looking foward to reading his one after i finally get IK
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Post by: camplane on January 27, 2008, 05:38:04 pm
This was the first Book of Patti's I read and I would love to see a sequel.

Maybe a few years after events in Bargain with recollections/flashbacks  etc to fill in any gaps in a new story?

I moved to a Small condo this past year and Hobb's Bargain is the one book of Patti's I have kept in paperback version . (Slowly converting books to electronic due to space and lack of large storage area)
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Post by: marikris on February 01, 2008, 04:04:02 pm
Hob's Bargain was my first book of Patty's as well ^_^ Boy, was I glad to have picked it up! I think Caefawn had me at "That's not a Hob, lady."

And what can I say - that tail was too endearing!
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Post by: Thea on February 01, 2008, 04:17:03 pm
mmmmmm a tail  ::)
I love to reread this book
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Post by: pence on February 10, 2008, 05:27:33 pm
I've wondered how the minstrel managed. He was used to travel, and a position of power as the kings assassin and now he is trapped in a tiny  isolated village. Yes there are all sorts of previously mythological creatures, many of them murderous, but it is a far cry from his previous life.
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Post by: Patti L. on February 10, 2008, 07:26:54 pm
Hello, Pence, welcome!  Yes, it's going to be a wrench for him, isn't it?  At least he knows a little about that ancient language, it makes him reasonably useful.
Shucks, he may end up as the replacement 'lord', being the closest thing they have now to a noble.
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Post by: CheeseBK on February 15, 2008, 03:01:17 am
ohh, hob's bargain... I really liked the book..... hmmm,  I think I should reread it sometime ;)
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Post by: Ann Aguirre on February 19, 2008, 02:03:57 pm
I first read this years ago, but it was what made me put Ms. Briggs on my auto-buy list. It's such a fantastic story. The part I liked best was how it appeared to be (in some ways) a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, except there's no magical transformation at the end (which always irks me).
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Post by: Patti L. on February 19, 2008, 04:31:49 pm
Hello, Ann! 
Have you read "Rose Daughter" by Robin McKinley? 
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Post by: Ann Aguirre on February 20, 2008, 04:46:39 am
Yes, I have. Wonderful! She's another of my favorite authors.
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Post by: Andee88 on March 31, 2008, 10:28:56 am
I just read The Hob's Bargain and loved it! I wish there was a sequel, because I adore Caefawn. Who knew a tail could be so cute, and have so much personality? I'd love to see more about his and Aren's romance, but it does work well as a stand-alone. I picked it up on a whim because the back said "Beauty and the Beast" and I love those types of stories, especially ones like Rose Daughter that someone just mentioned. I'm one of the ones who has always wished the Beast would have stayed a beast instead of an turning into an annoying prince in the Disney version. Now I need to go out and read the rest of Patty Brigg's books!
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Post by: opramum on March 31, 2008, 10:35:01 am
Welcome Andee88!  You are going to find lots to tempt, inform and entertain you on the boards.  Hop on over to the introduction threads and tell us about yourself!
Hobs Bargain was my first Patricia Briggs book, and I was hooked!  You will enjoy all the rest of them too!
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Post by: Elle on May 06, 2008, 03:27:48 pm
My re-read has revived my love for the Hob's tail. It's totally another character in this story and it's fun to read about it's adventures in aiding Caefawn in his courtship of Aren. :D
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Post by: Snoopy on May 06, 2008, 08:58:56 pm

Elle, I love that flirtatious tail, too!!
I'm also curious to see how the whole Kith-Wandel thing ends! Can't imagine Wandel actually killing Kith...
Not quite finished with the book, but will be by Saturday, ready for the chat.
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Post by: gryphon340 on May 25, 2008, 02:59:05 am
I have a question about Rook and Quillar they appear to be Sheildmates are they? I want how mad the River guardian is going to be.
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Post by: Ceph on May 28, 2008, 04:12:16 pm
I bought this book about two hours ago and just finished it and decided I couldn't just leave it without begging for a sequel!  I loved Caefawn and his tale....loveloveLOVED him :)  Awsome book! (would loooove to see more :p)

~Cate
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Post by: ArtAngel on May 29, 2008, 11:08:06 am
This was the first of Patty's books that I read. I saw Blood Bound first but the cover was a little... suggestive? I have a whole wack of little siblings who read my books so I have to be careful :(. So I got The Hob's Bargain for an idea of Patty's style... and absolutely fell in love ;D. A sequel would be neat but I agree that Aren and Caefawn should not be the main characters, they are in the "happily ever after" stage. Unless, of course, Patty can think of a plot that would not detract from what is already written ;D?
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Post by: Grey Drakkon on June 09, 2008, 03:20:59 pm
Just wanted to say that I spotted Hob's Bargain at Wal-Mart in it's spiffy new cover. :)
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Post by: Granite Owl on June 11, 2008, 10:36:49 am
I think i own all of Patty's books now.. other than the first Sianim book.. sorry $120 is a little steep for a used book for me :)  I just got Hob's Bargain this past weekend.. read it Saturday.. wonderful. And yes.. i want to know what happens to Aren and Caefawn.    I"ll probably re-read it this week...  since i just re-read the whole Mercy series again Monday and Tuesday.  I just can't get enough of these characters.

Owl
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Post by: pyxie on June 21, 2008, 06:33:53 pm
I loved this book!  I am new to the forums and this site, I just logged in because I just finished the book, and was looking for info on a sequel.  I sure hope she writes one, I loved Caefawn!
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Post by: Patti L. on June 21, 2008, 06:52:36 pm
Welcome, pyxie!  Regrettably, Caefawn & Co. probably won't get a sequel any time soon.  But we have a lot of fun with him anyway.  Poke around & find some of the other stuff about the Hob.  And all the other fun characters & worlds Our Hostess has invented.
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Post by: imaknitknut on June 30, 2008, 09:03:39 pm
OH My!! ok i just joined today.. I love all of Patricia Briggs books that i have bought and read.. definitely like the Mercy series.. BUT BUT BUT!!!!!! The Hob's Bargain.. i love it. I couldnt put the book down. I want more. I want to see a sequel. LOL. The end is open to several different possibilities. I can see some survivors making it to Fallbrook and running across a child with red eyes and a tail.. that would be cute.  Many different ways this could go. But i would love to see a sequel. The joining of the two could be were it gets "hot and heavy". 


Gretchen
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Post by: pence on July 04, 2008, 12:03:12 pm
Positing overlapping worlds -  how about a story with Sham - from When Demons Walk collaborating with Arin and the Hob.  Sham and the Hob appear to have a compatible sense of mischief, and I think that she and Arin would get along rather well.
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Post by: beverlyp on July 07, 2008, 04:46:27 am
I just finished the hobs bargain I read it twice back to back..yeah, its that good, I loved it. I have been reading alot this summer cause the kids are home from school and when they play outside i sit out and read, it was such a wonderful story.  I would love it if there was a series, but its good as a stand alone story also.  well guess thats all, just wanted to rave for a minute.  So far everything i have read of patricia briggs, i have loved, now im off to read when demons walk.
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Post by: CrowSpirit on July 09, 2008, 03:37:03 pm
I joined this forum to say that I love this book. Caefawn is the cutest male character I've read in a long time. He is completely lovable. It needs a series or a sequel at least. The ending sets it up perfect for one too. I really despise open endings and I Need to find out how things turn out for Caefawn and Aren. I'm desperate to read more about their life (and little baby hob/mortals).
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Post by: pence on July 10, 2008, 04:29:49 pm
I respectfully disagree.  For me it is a plus when the lives of the characters obviously continue on beyond the boundaries of the covers.  Much more 'real' as it were!
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Post by: EllieHob on July 13, 2008, 04:23:20 pm
Although i have read most of Patti's books, i loved this one a lot. I mean i can't wait till Bone crossed comes out either but this one held me. That thing i liked more than anything was the hob,most of all his tail.he he . I think that as much as this book was probably meant to be a Single(lone book), it could have a Magickal tail as a Sequel. ;)
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Post by: jackie on July 13, 2008, 04:31:50 pm
I think I remember Patty saying that main characters can get pretty chewed up by stories and that sometimes it's nice to think of them continuing to live in "boring times" (think Chinese curses).  I think both Caefawn and Aren has earned some uninteresting times.
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Post by: Patti L. on July 13, 2008, 04:48:43 pm
I think I remember Patty saying that main characters can get pretty chewed up by stories and that sometimes it's nice to think of them continuing to live in "boring times" (think Chinese curses).  I think both Caefawn and Aren has earned some uninteresting times.

Hmm.  Do you WANT to kill Caefawn?  Hobs are born to mischief.  He was looking forward to dealing with the - what was it, grims? - at the end of 'Bargain'.  And Aren has had enough of pretending to be meek and normal.  She might not mind staying home - wherever that might be, married to a Hob, - and helping him with her visions, but she might get bored with that once she heals too.
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Post by: jackie on July 14, 2008, 05:06:28 am
Alright, boring may be going too far.
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Post by: lucky on August 22, 2008, 06:22:09 am
I never thought boring would be a problem at the end of this book. Aren and the Hob had solved the immediate problem of the bloodmage, but lets be honest, a whole host of new magical creatures have been unleashed upon the world. They are the ones the village looks to to deal with that. I think there's enough work there to keep them and their offspring busy for a good, long while.

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Post by: Roz on August 31, 2008, 06:21:44 pm
I really think the book could support a sequel into the lives of these characters. We barely get a glimpse of the courtship of the Hob & Aren plus we leave off shortly after the bargain was struck. There's a whole year of getting to know each other as well as waking to this newly remade maigical world. Lotsa good story fodder there. And like all the people in the "pro for more" on this story, I _crave_ more encounters w/ the Hob and his gentle romance towards a human woman. And not sure who quoted it but that was the absolute highlight of the book for me and the perfect way to get an idea of the Hob's character. In a disgusted voice "That's not a hob, lady". Out loud giggling and shifty eyes at the workplace break room. <grin>
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Post by: pence on September 01, 2008, 12:47:04 pm
Ad I think I've said before in this thread, the Minstrel also needs a bit more story.  Here he is, accustomed to a life of wandering, and espionage/dirty tricks for the King, and now he's TRAPPED in a tiny, backwoods village. Yes, he's fascinated with all the creatures out of his old tales, but how long is that going to carry him. It would be just like confining the Hob to a placid life, without even ONE tiny trick.
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Post by: Patti L. on September 01, 2008, 12:52:36 pm
Yes, after a while, it would.  And they're already inbred enough (witness the 'who has mage talents but pretends they don't' thing) that they need to get out & find more people, besides other supplies that they can't make or get where they are.

Well, the blood mage & his berserkers made it in, with some work, that trail can probably be opened again.
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Post by: lgmorgan on September 04, 2008, 08:36:37 am
I would love to see a sequel. This was the first book of Patricia's that I read and now have all of her books that are available for my Kindle. I live in a very small space and found that my book addiction conflicted with the alloted bookshelf. The Kindle has allowed me to 'surround' my self with my favorite author's books. Just finished downloading Shakespeare, Arthur Conan Doyle,Andre Norton, and others from a free site (past the copyright on these authors). Getting off topic, sorry.
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Post by: ArtAngel on September 04, 2008, 08:53:34 am
Did you say a free site??? Where?  :D :) :D
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Post by: Patti L. on September 04, 2008, 04:15:24 pm
Gutenberg Project would be my guess.  Get as much H.Beam Piper as you can, too.
I wants me some hob stories.
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Post by: ArtAngel on September 04, 2008, 05:23:38 pm
Now I'm excited like a little girl at Christmas!!! Thanks!

And to stay on topic ;D.... I would love to see another Hob book. I can just imagine all kinds of trouble with the coutship. Not between them but caused by other people who are freaking out that he is not human.
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Post by: nannarules on September 28, 2008, 07:20:35 am
I am new here.  I was happily shocked to find out that I am not the only person that has read "The Hobb's Bargain" many, many times.   I too would love to see a sequel.  I loved this book.  I went out and bought the Mercy books.  Can't wait for more.

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Post by: Patti L. on September 28, 2008, 08:14:08 am
Well, welcome, Nannarules!  Always glad to have sympathizers/fellow addicts on hand.  Make yourself comfortable.
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Post by: Mereniel on October 08, 2008, 04:39:52 pm
This is the first Patricia Briggs book I ever read. I'm currently rereading it. I hope she decides to make a sequel! There are so many intriguing characters in the book, and backstories that could become books, but I really want to see a sequel 10 or so years in the future, with Aren and the Hob's children coming into their powers, playing with the human children in the village. A lot of drama and humor possible there. And I agree, the Hob is a charming creature and I love the tail! Please, may I have some more?  :)
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Post by: mystify on October 19, 2008, 12:05:55 pm
This was the first Patricia Brigg's book I ever read also and so I've always loved it. Yesterday I found a copy at the library used book sale for 50 cents! I was so excited. I knew there was a reason I told my sister I wasn't ready to go yet and had to browse that shelf one more time.  ;D
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Post by: CarolKat on April 17, 2009, 07:29:09 pm
Read the book once got wrapped up in the tail  :D, re-reading for answers or more questions...
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Post by: Varg on April 18, 2009, 03:48:29 am
Read the book once got wrapped up in the tail  :D, re-reading for answers or more questions...

The tail does sort of seem more of important in the book overall..... ::)
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Post by: pence on May 04, 2009, 03:27:51 pm
On rereading the book I started wondering what exactly a Kindred Deer was.  Aerin says that she has seen them rarely and that they are a third bigger than regular deer.
The only other thing we know is that the White Beast can take on their shape ... or that that it can take on other shapes, and that that is its' proper seeming .
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Post by: skybluerider on August 08, 2009, 09:07:08 pm
I LOVE THE TAIL!!!! :)
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Post by: Valentine on October 05, 2009, 05:41:12 pm
I don't remember if Hob's Bargain or Dragon's Bones was my first Briggs novel, but I've been a fan for a LONG time.  I would love to see a sequel to this novel; I just need something that settles my fretting brain.  Could they really work as an inter-species couple?  Did she not only embrace her powers but grow in them?  Did the townspeople (like real people would do) conveniently forget what she had done for them and begin to view her with distrust again?  What happens to all of the other magic wielders?  If they were able to have children (kits?) what would they look like?  Would more hobs turn up, and would that create a kink in their relationship?  Don't get me wrong - if no sequel is ever written, I can live with the happy-ish ending and let my own imagination determine the answers to my questions, but for some reason, it's always so much nicer when the author does it! :-)  And after all, if I can live with Sunshine by McKinley not having a sequel (a book that not only begs but screams for a sequel), I can live with anything.
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Post by: Lakritz on October 05, 2009, 10:03:53 pm
actually, the Hob's Bargain was the last book I read by Patty - and i loved it!

I really like that she takes the idea of trying to find non-violent solutions very serious, although there is a violent, bloody conflict. Her main characters struggle hard to find solutions other than killing and Aren's "I'm not going over to the dark side" decision in the end is well written and compelling!

oh yes, and i do love the tail!!!!  :D
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Post by: deadfrog on October 07, 2009, 04:34:18 pm
I don't remember if Hob's Bargain or Dragon's Bones was my first Briggs novel, but I've been a fan for a LONG time.  I would love to see a sequel to this novel; I just need something that settles my fretting brain.  Could they really work as an inter-species couple?  Did she not only embrace her powers but grow in them?  Did the townspeople (like real people would do) conveniently forget what she had done for them and begin to view her with distrust again?  What happens to all of the other magic wielders?  If they were able to have children (kits?) what would they look like?  Would more hobs turn up, and would that create a kink in their relationship?  Don't get me wrong - if no sequel is ever written, I can live with the happy-ish ending and let my own imagination determine the answers to my questions, but for some reason, it's always so much nicer when the author does it! :-)  And after all, if I can live with Sunshine by McKinley not having a sequel (a book that not only begs but screams for a sequel), I can live with anything.

Maybe they would not be an interspecies couple? Maybe she will turn into a Hob. After all, magic works now in their world even if I have no idea how. If I remember correctly her year on probation was not yet over. It would be interesting to see how the lives of these characters progress, but I can live without a sequel, too.  There are really books, and stories, which are much more in need of a sequel than this one  >D
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Post by: CarolKat on October 08, 2009, 11:22:23 am
Maybe they would not be an interspecies couple? Maybe she will turn into a Hob. After all, magic works now in their world even if I have no idea how. If I remember correctly her year on probation was not yet over. It would be interesting to see how the lives of these characters progress, but I can live without a sequel, too.  There are really books, and stories, which are much more in need of a sequel than this one  >D

And alas poor Hob will have to wait even longer if there is to be a sequel, now that Patty is going to work on Masques and it's unpublished one.
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Post by: bikracer on October 24, 2009, 05:22:04 pm
I loved Hobs Bargain. i really want to read more of the story of Aren and the Hob. I’m hoping there is a second or even a third book coming eventually.
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Post by: Firestorm on February 05, 2010, 08:05:34 pm
The poor hob doesn't have a series indeed. I'm new but I just wanted to share my love for the hob. I, too, would like to see another book and if I have to wait 5 or 10 years, I will do so happily and have a grand time reading the books Patricia is writing in the meantime!

Seriously, stand-alone books are dangerous as they sometimes contain so much information that you'd really like to see another book or two to finish getting all the details out. Don't get me wrong, I loved the ending (it's a pretty sure thing they survive until the summer and spend their time hunting down hillgrims and making babies happily ever after) but we are only beginning to see Caefawn and Aren move from flirting friends to lovers and I'd like to see more of that relationship as it develops.

There seems to be characters in all of Patricia's books that look or sometimes act human but aren't. I love Caefawn (and his awesome tail!) because he isn't human and yet he's stable - he doesn't seem to have to fight for control over dangerous instincts like vampires and werewolves do. He's capable of breaking your neck but he is also a mischievous yet lonely emotional creature who craves companionship. He's a very sympathetic and likable character because he has so many human qualities yet we are reminded that he's a hob and doesn't think quite like humans do. I love characters like that.

Also, I don't think the original book cover did him justice. As my sister said, "I was thinking more monkey, less gorilla." I don't picture him as looking like an elf (not with those movable ears) but I didn't picture him like that either...

Anyway, I could probably keep going with the random thoughts but I'll stop for now.
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Post by: Patti L. on February 05, 2010, 08:13:41 pm
Maybe tomorrow, Firestorm!
I did feel the cover was a bit 'gorilla' looking too, that's a good point.  But I seem to recall he's quite 'stocky' of build, so combined with his color & fur, and the lack of importance that cover had to the publishers at that time, it wasn't bad.
I'd like to find out more about the magic of the Hob's world and whether they expand outward to eradicate blood mages.

I also wonder if the King still exists beyond the area affected by this massive earthquake, and if he has a new mage yet, whether he will send anyone looking for his lost mage, and those special warriors he created, an important asset in the troubled land.
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Post by: Firestorm on February 10, 2010, 11:33:26 am
Well, he's described as broad but not fat. I took that to mean wide across the chest and shoulders, which would help explain his strength and stamina but he'd still need to be wiry enough to move quickly and do flips. I know book covers can be hit or miss but I admit I had a good laugh.  LOL

But yes, there's plenty of fodder for another tale or two.
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Post by: Varg on February 10, 2010, 01:10:09 pm
Is an important detail, the tail is. O)

I have to agree about the cover picture, but I do think he should be on the cover.
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Post by: Patti L. on February 10, 2010, 01:11:29 pm
Since he's the title character, yes!
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Post by: Varg on February 10, 2010, 01:14:11 pm
The new cover I saw on Amazon has: presumably Aren and a horse and no Hob. :(
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Post by: Patti L. on February 10, 2010, 01:14:54 pm
Duck, do you suppose?  LOL
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Post by: charmed on February 10, 2010, 01:15:08 pm
No Hob? That's just wrong

**wonders if we should start a thread on covers for the The Hob**
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Post by: Elle on February 10, 2010, 01:19:19 pm
I don't mind that he's not there and to be honest I never noticed it until you guys brought it up.  LOL
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Post by: Firestorm on February 10, 2010, 01:26:26 pm
Hey! Duck is an important character! And they used a chestnut so that they got that much right at least...
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Post by: Patti L. on February 10, 2010, 01:30:25 pm
I like Duck too, but it is the HOBS bargain.
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Post by: Elle on February 10, 2010, 01:36:41 pm
I guess I like imagining what he looks like more than seeing it. Love the old cover though as well.
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Post by: Patti L. on February 10, 2010, 01:39:00 pm
Well, even just her holding his tail...
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Post by: CarolKat on February 10, 2010, 02:02:58 pm
*sigh* I love that tail.  :-LOVE
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Post by: Varg on February 10, 2010, 02:32:28 pm
:-LOVE
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Post by: CarolKat on February 10, 2010, 02:50:03 pm
Hee hee, at least part of the reason you're behaving Gryph is why I love the tail  LOL LOL LOL
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Post by: Has on February 10, 2010, 06:26:18 pm
A tail has to be useful for housework and clean up too - its like an extra hand :D
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Post by: Patti L. on February 10, 2010, 06:29:13 pm
You know, that's another issue I'm wondering about.  What kind of home does the Hob have, and housekeeping arrangements?  Does "the Mountain" take care of it for him in some way?
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Post by: Zealith on February 10, 2010, 07:04:18 pm
I kind of pictured a 'hobbit hole' type set up.  :-[
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Post by: Has on February 10, 2010, 07:16:53 pm
Me too Z - I dont know but it does make sense in a way LOL
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Post by: Zealith on February 10, 2010, 07:21:25 pm
Maybe with rocks instead of wooden walls... but I see him as more elemental than hobbits.
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Post by: amusedandannoyed on March 10, 2010, 11:41:04 pm
I see the Hob's home as a cavernous place without the stalactites and stalagmites. 
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Post by: Mike Briggs on March 26, 2010, 05:52:43 pm
Also, I don't think the original book cover did him justice. As my sister said, "I was thinking more monkey, less gorilla." I don't picture him as looking like an elf (not with those movable ears) but I didn't picture him like that either...

Anyway, I could probably keep going with the random thoughts but I'll stop for now.

Well, I can tell you that Patty was thinking of something more like the X-men's Nightcrawler, with less angst and a more puckish bent.  The very wide giant on the cover was something of a surprise!
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Post by: Varg on March 27, 2010, 06:34:58 am
:D That fits my mental picture of the Hob much better than the old cover.
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Post by: laruna on April 05, 2010, 10:19:05 am
mine too. my edition has the new(i guess) cover so i got to see him in my head, and he definitely didn't look like that guy on the cover. dafiniatly way more like nightcrawler.  
i always pictured the hobs mountain home as a kinda cavern what is made of rock but kinda soft looking, with trees. under the mountain. yeah, not very realistic, but that's why i like fantasy.

iv actually only read the hobbs bargain. its my favorite book. unfortunately, i lost my only copy on the bus about a week ago right in the middle of re-reading it. for about the eighth time. i actually cried a little. i want to read the others, but i haven't been able to find them where i am. and i have a huge distrust of paypal. so.. till i get lucky i'm totally cut off. lol i'm praying i find another copy soon!! 9)
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Post by: Pheodora on April 29, 2010, 12:26:25 pm
What I liked so much about The Hob's Bargain was that the 'feel' of the book, the setting, the characters etc. were so different from the previous Mercy Thompson books I had read.  I think The Hob showed great breadth of talent to be so different, yet equally excellent.  It took me a while to realize the differences, but when I had finished the book I kept looking for a sequel. (I'm still hoping!  :-whistle ) I am just sure there is more to know about the characters and their lives. 

Pheo
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Post by: Cheeky.halfwit on June 04, 2010, 05:58:30 am
What I liked so much about The Hob's Bargain was that the 'feel' of the book, the setting, the characters etc. were so different from the previous Mercy Thompson books I had read.  I think The Hob showed great breadth of talent to be so different, yet equally excellent.  It took me a while to realize the differences, but when I had finished the book I kept looking for a sequel. (I'm still hoping!  :-whistle ) I am just sure there is more to know about the characters and their lives. 
Pheo

Pheo you do know that Hob's Bargain came out before the Mercy Thompson books.
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Post by: Pheodora on June 04, 2010, 10:02:17 am
Yes, I do knowthat now, thanks for the information. My points were from this reader's perspective though, in that I read them out of order, as I'm sure many readers do. I am not an expert on Patty's books by any means; I am a fairly new fan, and when I discovered Patty's incredible writing was in the Mercy books. So when I immediately started acquiring and reading the others....  I was astounded at the differences in feel, characters, plots etc.

Some artists have only one sound or theme...you can almost always identify Neil Diamond, or Barry Manilow for example.  Some authors are the same, they only have come up with one type of literature, with it's own unique "sound".  Patty amazes...and delights!

Best regards,
Pheo
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Post by: The Mrs on June 22, 2010, 06:20:11 am
Just finished this book last night and I really liked it.  I liked how the romance simmered away on the back burner, keeping you aware that it was there but not steaming up and complicating the story line.
I was really grateful that I didn't need a PhD in the Fae/Magic/Magical Creatures/Philosophy to understand the magic of the story.  (this is usually why I stick to weres and vamps)

I loved, Loved, LOVED that there was no cliffhanger ending.  The book left me satisfied. 
Do I need a sequel ?*shrugs* Not really.  I'm good with where things ended off, with hope and happiness.

Great, strong, intelligent, female protagonist too!
I would definitely suggest this book to any young women (I'm only 30, it's not like I'm old!) interested in the UF or Fantasy genre.  A sweet, smart read.
On to Raven's Shadow!

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Post by: Firestorm on September 27, 2010, 07:07:25 pm
I guess it doesn't NEED a sequel but Caefawn is too darn adorable to leave alone. :D I was re-reading it a while ago and it's still one of my favorites.
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Post by: Varg on September 27, 2010, 09:32:55 pm
I agree, more Caefawn would be great! :)
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Post by: horses_r_us on September 29, 2010, 10:26:31 am
This was my first Patricia Briggs book and I loved it from the beginning, would love a sequel of some sort but won't die without it. What I would like to get my hands on is an audio version, because I spend most of my free time driving and my husband won't read a book, but listened to all of the Mercy Tompson books. Anyone have any thoughts on how we could get this one as an audio as well?

Ashley
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Post by: FizzaLicious on September 29, 2010, 01:53:04 pm
I think this was my first book too! I'll need to reread it because it's been a long time but I remember how much I enjoyed it!
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Post by: Eccentric_Rose on December 02, 2010, 06:25:22 pm
     This book was great!!!! I cried when I thought that , I forget his name, it starts with a k and he only has one arm. Well anyway , I cried when I thought he was dead. Good thing he was not because I can really get angry at a book. :P
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Post by: CarolKat on December 02, 2010, 06:33:33 pm
Koret?
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Post by: Eccentric_Rose on December 02, 2010, 06:44:41 pm
     Maybe . I really cannot remember but that sounds as if it fits.  :)
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Post by: CarolKat on December 02, 2010, 06:47:39 pm
This is one of my favorite books of all time!  Love the Hob and all the intrigue!
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Post by: Eccentric_Rose on December 02, 2010, 06:51:13 pm
   Are not all of Patricia 's books your favorite ?  :P
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Post by: CarolKat on December 02, 2010, 06:57:37 pm
Yea well! ;D LOL
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Post by: Lady_Inari on April 07, 2011, 09:51:21 am
i want to see sequel



*lol*   I know....it could be generational -  y'know....something like,  Hob's Children  ~.^V  :D

kidding  (still in the middle of reading it -  I kind of have to because I'm hooked)
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Post by: Eccentric_Rose on April 08, 2011, 05:28:29 pm
Yeah, I enjoyed it. Would love to see another one..........  :-LOVE


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Post by: FizzaLicious on April 08, 2011, 07:14:23 pm
I read it a LONG time ago so I don't remember the particulars....but I loved it!
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Post by: Rosebud1313 on April 29, 2011, 08:26:33 am
Absolutely love The Hob & all other characters, please, please more, anyway anyhow.    Love all your books and after reading all except the Homecoming, 2 short story in anthology's, and since I just finished River Marked I am going to try to locate them too!  Hungry for more!  Great stuff!  Not much help critiquing here just can't stand to wait for more.  Only thing I ever faulted Louis L'Amour for was "dying".  :-(   You are Great!  You always leave me wanting to research into your ideas.  Thank you for sharing your work.
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Post by: Miko on September 28, 2012, 01:41:56 pm
I read the Hob's Bargain a while ago, and just reread it, and still love this book so much.  The tale of Aren, Caefawn, and Caefawn's tail is really touching and so playful.  I totally understand that Ms.Briggs has her hands tied, probably for a while, until she can finish the books under contract in the Mercedes Thompson/Alpha & Omega series (which I also love as they brought me to Patricia Brigg's work).  I also adore the Hurog series.  However, I do hope that at some point Ms.Briggs gets some space to delve again into this wonderful world she has created.  There is still so much latent potential for mischief and adventure wrapped in the blossoming affection between Aren and Caefawn.  The love between these two characters that are superficially dissimilar, and yet deeply bonded through mutual loss, magic, and understanding, pulled me into the total thrall of this book.  The characters continue to wander through my mind, look for more mischief than I have to offer, until their world can be expanded in a sequel.  Thank you for your amazing works :)
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Post by: CarolKat on January 24, 2013, 07:05:09 am
Reminded me of the Hob.  Artist Simone Joslyn Kesterton.
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/601318_10151198977097477_1760583964_n.jpg)
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Post by: Varg on January 24, 2013, 07:12:57 am
:)
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Post by: Patti L. on January 24, 2013, 09:53:12 am
Dude's ripped!
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Post by: Janilee on January 24, 2013, 11:52:45 am
That tail could really flirt. :D
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Post by: CarolKat on January 24, 2013, 11:54:00 am
*Sigh* The Tail!  :-LOVE
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Post by: Varg on January 24, 2013, 01:11:50 pm
Yes :-LOVE
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Post by: Patti L. on January 24, 2013, 11:33:03 pm
*Sigh* The Tail!  :-LOVE

Smutty smutty smutty.  LOL
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Post by: CarolKat on January 25, 2013, 04:40:59 am
 :P ;D LOL
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Post by: ArtAngel on February 05, 2013, 04:51:57 am
Hmm, I haven't read about the Hob in forever. This will be the first one I read once I unpack all my books  :)
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Post by: takathesquirrel on April 12, 2013, 05:58:42 pm
I just finished the Hob's Bargain and I am so sad there is no sequel!  I wish she would write one so badly.  It was the first book of Patty's I have read and now I went and bought another of her books.  But my problem is that after reading about Caefawn I am having a really hard time thinking about books with normal guys in them.  He's just so damn cute and that tail is awesome!  My friend drew a picture of what she thought Caefawn and Aren would look like and I just can't get it out of my head!  He's just so hot!  I absolutely would love a sequel!
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Post by: CarolKat on April 13, 2013, 04:52:13 am
In the chat last night, Patty said she would do a sequel, she just doesn't know when.  :D
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Post by: ArtAngel on April 13, 2013, 12:08:24 pm
So liking the Hob's tail must be an adult thing  :P My twelve year old little sis just read the book and thinks his tail is weird   :-whistle
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Post by: Varg on April 14, 2013, 05:01:29 am
It might even be a smuthound thing  O)   >D
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Post by: charmed on April 14, 2013, 09:45:46 am
It might even be a smuthound thing  O)   >D

Heh heh  :-whistle :-whistle
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Post by: CarolKat on April 14, 2013, 09:47:11 am
 9) :-whistle >D
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Post by: ArtAngel on April 14, 2013, 06:51:45 pm
 :o Really?!?  LOL
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Post by: Patti L. on April 21, 2013, 06:57:33 pm
Just ran the cat's tail through my hand.  Not as prehensile, but otherwise reminded me of the description of Hob's tail.