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Malazan Book of the Fallen Series

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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,771 ✭✭✭✭keane2097


    I actually had a post written out to say I thought Bonehunters was the best book in the series whether that would make you feel better or worse, but obviously forgot to hit the post button! I remember thinking it was a good solid Malazan book and next thing maybe half way through it just blew up. Glad to hear your experience is a good one too.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,639 ✭✭✭Glebee


    Blew up being the correct term to use.🤣



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,639 ✭✭✭Glebee


    Finished The Bonehunters, I think its left me a little underwhelmed to be fair. The first big set piece was really enjoyable but after that Im not so sure. Definitly was a solid Malazan story but I felt that the middle of the book went over my head. Also the closing section sort of lost me again completely.☹️



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,639 ✭✭✭Glebee


    After a Malazan break ive started Reapers Gale.. There must be something in these books that keep me coming back for more..



  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 11,371 Mod ✭✭✭✭lordgoat


    I gave up on them about 80% into book 9. Book 9 was totally pointless and meandered aimlessly imo. Prob will read a summary of book 10 and park them.



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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 38,713 CMod ✭✭✭✭ancapailldorcha


    I'd stick at it. In the introduction to Dust of Dreams, Erikson does say that it's only the first part of a two-part story. He apparently doesn't like that sort of thing but it was the only way he could do it. The Crippled God is a fantastic book and it's great way to wrap it all up. Honestly, it's worth it. Dust of Dreams does have a strong ending as well.

    The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

    Leviticus 19:34



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,639 ✭✭✭Glebee


    30% through and have not a clue whats happening with some of the story arcs, im close to breaking I think. Too many new characters, I dont even know what side there on sometimes...



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,639 ✭✭✭Glebee


    Reapers Gale eventually finished. My god half of that book could of been left out and it would have made no difference. Need a few days to decide if I take straight into Toll of Hounds but my gut is telling me to take a malazan break.

    *Edit: Change of plan im going straight into Toll of Hound...

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,446 ✭✭✭✭AbusesToilets


    Quite enjoyed the God is Not Willing. I thought the changes and developments it showed occuring throughout the Empire were very interesting.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,639 ✭✭✭Glebee


    40% through Toll the Hounds, this is really a struggle and I feel like just packing it in. Only reason im still going is that ive come to far at this stage to just quit. Again the same as Reapers gale alot of stuff about nothing or maybe it just all going over my head.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,446 ✭✭✭✭AbusesToilets


    Surprised you'd be struggling tbh. TtH is where a lot of the plot threads start to get tied together. The journey with Karsa and Traveller is a bit slow alright, but the climax is pretty amazing



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,639 ✭✭✭Glebee


    Still only 70% through Toll the Hound. Sweet Jesus this is a slog. If this was book 3 or 4 I’d have given up on Malazan completely I think.



  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 11,371 Mod ✭✭✭✭lordgoat


    I gave up 70% into book 9, zero regrets



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,446 ✭✭✭✭AbusesToilets


    I only have vague memories of TtH. The journeys of convergence and the subplot with the police officer and murderer were a little show. It has a pretty amazing climax tho.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,639 ✭✭✭Glebee


    Eventually finished Toll the Hounds. My god that nearly finished me with Malazan. Absolutely hated it and the thoughts of starting another Malazan book is not good. Although Book 9 cant be as poor as Book 8 im hoping. Think im definitely due a Malazan break at this stage. Will I be back?? Probably at some stage as ive come so far I just cant give up.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 38,713 CMod ✭✭✭✭ancapailldorcha


    My experience with Malazan is that they're probably the worst books I've seen for just picking up from time to time. Much better to slog through if possible. I thought book 10 ended the series brilliantly though.

    The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

    Leviticus 19:34



  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 11,371 Mod ✭✭✭✭lordgoat


    I thought book 8 was grand, enjoyed it after the first slog st the start. I really couldn't handle book 9 at all, gave up on it. No regrets... yet... I'd take a break for a day or two but don't leave it too long or else you'll never come back! I'd advise you to at least give it a go.



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,446 ✭✭✭✭AbusesToilets


    That's interesting, I've generally seen folks extoll TtH online. What was it that you found off-putting?



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,639 ✭✭✭Glebee


    The storyline went completely over my head. I can honestly say I had not a clue what was happening and 3 weeks after finishing if I had to write a quick summary I'd be really struggling to remember anything. That's saying something from a really large book. I did not think that would happen so far into the series. Just hated it but stuck it out to try to get to the end. Have just started Dust of Dreams and after only 5% in I get a different feeling about this one that I will enjoy it more.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,639 ✭✭✭Glebee


    60% through Dust of Dream.. Im sure theres a story here somewhere but my god this is hard work in parts. Majority could be just wiped and it would have no impact on the story. Ive come too far to quit and am avoiding just reading chapter spoilers to get book 9 and 10 read and move onto something more forgiving.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,639 ✭✭✭Glebee


    Got to 70% and just deleted, it was turning into such a chore to try and read that the thought of trying to finish this and then start book 10 was just too much. Lifes too short to slog through books you dont like imo. Overall really liked books 1 - 7 but Book 8 and 9 just finished me with Malazan. Anyway onto something that I can understand and dont have to read a chapter summary after reading each chapter.



  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 11,371 Mod ✭✭✭✭lordgoat


    Same for me Glebee, no regrets left it in the same place as you did



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,639 ✭✭✭Glebee


    I cant believe but ive gone back to try and complete Dust of Dreams.. It was gnawing at the back of my mind constantly since I put it down. maybe I just needed a break away from it.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,639 ✭✭✭Glebee


    Book 9 eventually finished. In a way I'm glad I went back to finish it out. Don't know if I'll ever start book 10 though. Usual final epic set piece but was it worth having to wade through, I don't know. Overall I find myself enjoying the main Malazan army story arch but some of the other groups are way over my head



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 38,713 CMod ✭✭✭✭ancapailldorcha


    I thought The Crippled God was a great end to the series. I say go for it.

    The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

    Leviticus 19:34



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,446 ✭✭✭✭AbusesToilets


    The last two are quite a bit apart from the other books I thought. From what I remember, they're obviously more tightly focused. I was hoping they would do more with Paran and the Master of the Deck stuff myself.

    Also, love your signature quote ACD, been meaning to compliment you on it all week.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 38,713 CMod ✭✭✭✭ancapailldorcha


    The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

    Leviticus 19:34



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,639 ✭✭✭Glebee


    Book 10 - The Crippled God started, might be finished by end of the year all going well...... Wish me luck.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 38,713 CMod ✭✭✭✭ancapailldorcha


    The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

    Leviticus 19:34



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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,223 ✭✭✭Nate--IRL--


    Kept seeing this thread over the years. Not really a fantasy fan, but just blindly bought Gardens of the Moon to see what the fuss is about. Know nothing other than it's worth the effort of sticking with it.

    Nate



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