Re: How highly do you rate Hobb?
i really liked hobb because of her vivid characters and i do still rate her as one of my favourite writers, BUT:
I didn't like her ending to tawny man. it was contrived and so boring.
i didn't like how she killed off characters that were in the way of an others happy ending (kyle and burrich)
and i didn't like liveships at all! and can't get into the new one.
so i don't think she is all that great a writer, BUT she has great ideas. the fool, talking boat ship things, the whole skill and wit and the rest of it. and she writes great, vivid characters far better than most other people. the fool, for instance, inspired a lot of love in a lot of people because of how cool he was.