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November 25th, 2013, 02:05 AM #1
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Talk to me about Malazan
The Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson. What are your general thoughts on this?
November 25th, 2013, 04:15 PM #2
Lots and lots of threads about Malazan around here. What are you looking for exactly?
November 25th, 2013, 09:06 PM #3
November 30th, 2013, 03:20 PM #4
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This series is very confusing and erratic in the beginning - and middle - and end.
It can be very frustrating at times and I wouldn't have missed a paragraph of any of the books.
By far my favorite series in fantasy. Such a unique reading experience. I've never seen any other book series written in anything even close to this style. It took a couple books to get used to, but I slogged through the first two and was hooked. I was sad to finally finish the last paragraph of that last book.
November 30th, 2013, 09:09 PM #5
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It is an amazing series. For me the second and third books were the best. They were just unlike anything I had experienced. The rest were all solid books too but I had already been tempered by the those two books. I haven't reread every book in the series but the ones I have reread I had found I enjoy even more than the first time. As others have said it confusing and erratic which can make it tough to fully understand things at times. Its still a great read the first time but its exciting that you find hidden gems when you read it again that you can appreciate by having a broader perspective.
And if you thought a lot of people died in ASoIaF prepare yourself.
December 2nd, 2013, 09:38 AM #6
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I won't belabor the points others have brought up here. I will say that MBoTF is the most complex fantasy tale I have read. Maybe the most complex of any genre that I have read. The only thing that matches it may be non-fiction...LOL.
Anyway.... my favorite books were the later books in the series..... I enjoyed all of the books, but it was fascinating for me to see how this author was going to start tying so many plotlines together. Be advised.... they don't all get tied up and wrapped in a pretty bow for you. That didn't happen. Keep in mind that there are 2 authors for this world, and each has a different section of the story/world. Assail is coming soon and a prequel is out now. Assail is a continent.... and presumably a part of the story.... that has yet to be explored in the series..... yet has been alluded to. (By explored, I mead written about. We know something is happening there.... we just don't know what exactly it is. We know that the Crimson guard and the T'lann Imass are involved.)
I did enjoy my re-read of the series immensely because I caught so much more than the first time around. Part of that is that the story is MASSIVE. The other part of it was that I could read the books back to back.....to back....to back...etc... without waiting for months between the books. My re-read took me about 2 months for the 10 books of MBoTF..... each book averaging about 700 plus pages.
There are 3 major plitlines happening nearly simultaneously on multiple continents and essentially unrelated to each other.... at the beginning.
December 2nd, 2013, 02:56 PM #7
The world of this series is a world with 300,000 years of baggage to work out. Needless to say, that makes for a long and complex story. I liked Erikson's ideas about "power draws power", and how things escalate with big players involved.