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The Wurms of Blearmouth (The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach #5)

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A new novella from New York Times bestselling author Steven Erikson, set in the world of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, The Wurms of Blearmouth.

Tyranny comes in many guises, and tyrants thrive in palaces and one-room hovels, in back alleys and playgrounds. Tyrants abound on the verges of civilization, where disorder frays the rule of civil conduct and propriety surrenders
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Tor Books (first published June 1st 2012)
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Mar 16, 2015 Jokoloyo rated it really liked it
This is the fifth Bauchelain & Korbal Broach (B & KB) series, and it is much better than the fourth. The fifth story is direct continuation from the third story "The Lees of Laughter's End", many characters reappears from "The Lees...".

For fans of B & KB: this novella gives the usual pleasure, and I love the climax. So far, I think the best ending for B & KB are this novella and "The Healthy Dead". The dark humour is a mandatory, so don't worry, there are many hilarious punch li
Bob Milne
Jul 03, 2014 Bob Milne rated it really liked it
Tehol and Bugg. Kruppe and Iskaral Pust. Telorast and Curdle. These are names that will be instantly familiar to readers of Malazan Book of the Fallen . . . and which bring an immediate smile to the face. It's almost unfair that an author with such a flair for complex, densely woven epic fantasy can also pull off witty banter and darkly madcap humor, but Steven Erikson used those duos exceptionally well to lighten the overall tension and contrast the often crushing sense despair.

In a sense, his
Mens Rea
Feb 21, 2016 Mens Rea rated it really liked it
What this book is about:(assuming you've read Blood Follows and The Lees of Laughter's End

Our favourite necromancers, Bauchelain and Korbal Broach along with their manservant, Emancipor Reese make it to the beach beneath a small village called Spendrugle, after the ship Suncurl becomes a wreck. But, of course, this is no ordinary village. Some of the residents include a tax collector nobody cares about, a man who died but really he is alive, an ex-husband soldier who was never married, one lizar
Το The Wurms of Blearmouth αποτελεί χρονικά το τέλος της μίνι τριλογίας της σειράς The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach. Η ιστορία ξεκίνησε με το Blood Follows, συνεχίστηκε στο The Lees of Laughter's End και τελείωσε με το The Wurms of Blearmouth.

Το The Wurms of Blearmouth είναι με διαφορά το καλύτερο και πιο ευχάριστο από τα τρία βιβλία. Καλό χιούμορ, πολλοί ενδιαφέροντες χαρακτήρες, παράνοια, θάνατοι, αίμα, σεξ, φετίχ και ματαιοδοξία, όλα συγκεντρωμένα σε 120 σελίδες. Πέρα από την εξαιρε
Jun 26, 2016 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...Like all of the previous novels these novellas are interesting and a welcome change of pace for Erikson readers. They offer a more concise view into the world of Malaz, with more emphasis on Erikson's talent for satire. Personally I liked what Erikson did with Crack'd Pot Trail a shade more but The Wurms of Blearmouth is most certainly on of the better entries in this series. One that will probably prove more popular than its predecessor. Sometime in the near future the sixth novella titled T ...more
May 22, 2015 Mē-chan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a direct continuation of the story in The Lees of Laughter's End (The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach #3). I was impressed by the colorful cast of characters in a 200 page novella, as well as absolutely hilarious dialogue between Emancipor Reese and Bauchelain. Steven Erikson has a wicked sense of humor :)
This one did not have the charm of the first three novellas. The parts featuring Bauchelain, Korbal and Mancy were quite entertaining but otherwise it was mostly 'meh'.

And yes the Spilgit parts were good too. So overall not too bad but I was expecting better.
Sep 23, 2015 Farès rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shouldn't this book be number 4?? It's a direct continuation of The Lees of Laughter's End, and I was expecting it when I read Crack'd Pot Trail!
Anyway, I loved it, said it befor and it stays true. Great funny characters.
Blodeuedd Finland
I do confess that I have never read an Erikson book, but I always wanted to try one. Now, well I did not exactly start at the beginning. And I have no idea what Bachelain and Korbal have been up to before, but that does not matter. I never felt lost. I just walked into an adventure that began and ended in this novella.

How to even explain this? It's like Pratchett meets Gormenghast meets something very dark (I have not read those Grim authors yet so I can't compare). There is dark dry humour, peo
Jul 08, 2014 Maxine rated it really liked it
I was recently scrolling through the Tor website looking for something new to read when I stumbled upon the word, ‘grimlark’. I was so taken by the word that I actually didn’t notice what book it was describing because it was the perfect descriptive word for the book I was reading at the time, The Wurms of Blearmouth, the latest novella by author Steven Erikson about his unlikely trio, necromancers Beauchelain and Broach and their manservant, Emancipor Reese also known as Mancy the Unlucky for t ...more
Oct 01, 2014 Janet rated it really liked it
Last book I was concerned about the ratio of Bauchelain and Broach to the rest of the exterior characters, and particularly the fact that I thought the book was improved by their disappearing further into the background. I think this book finally got the balance just right.

Bauchelain, Broach, and Mancy have crashed upon the shore of a backwoods village following their shipwreck last book, and we now follow the adventures of them, the rest of the crew, and the villagers who occupy the town. As w
Sep 10, 2014 Phil rated it it was amazing
Here's a extract from my review, full link:

Even if Wurms is a novella featuring Bauchelain and Korbal Broach in a self-supporting story, I would strongly recommend reading the first three novellas beforehand. To fully benefit from all the insights and characters appearance from the other novellas, here's the reading order:

Blood Follows
The Lees of Laughter's End
The Healthy Dead
The Wurms of Blearmouth

Despite the fact tha
Scott  Hitchcock
Best of the B&KB books to date. The are all a macabre farce.
Originally posted at:

During the time that Steven Erikson was writing his massive ten volume series Malazan Empire of the Fall, he also wrote several short stories that featured the peculiar duo of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach. For many they don't need an introduction, but for those that aren't familiar with them: Bauchelain and Korbal Broach are both one half of an entity known a Nehemoth and they are both necromancers... one other person that is not to b
Jul 23, 2014 Rakib_khan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

First things first, I got this book from NetGalley, so thank you netgalley and Tor Books for this opportunity.
So what do you get when you mix an epic fantasy setting with dark humor? You get something like this novel, which can also be perceived as the authors attempt at poking some fun at the newly famous genre of grimdark. This short work is full of interesting characters and witty humorous dialogue accompanied by a crazy and violent sense of humor which will surely entertain anyone who can st
Mar 06, 2015 Josh rated it it was ok

Steven Erikson's strength is definitely in the realm of epic fantasy - massive tomes you can alternately use at home as a doorstopper. But for some reason he also has a streak in him that makes him want to write comedy.

However, this isn't the usual comedy. His dry, dark humor that is often seen in the Malazan series is laid open full-bore here, and it can be pretty disturbing. Considering the subject characters one might expect this, but in typicaly Erikson fashion the main character get very li
Fantasy Literature
Aug 16, 2014 Fantasy Literature rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
The Wurms of Blearmouth is the fifth novella by Steven Erikson centered on his gloriously disruptive pair of "evil sorcerers" Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, along with their by-now-relatively-stoic servant Emancipator Reese. As with the prior four, this is a far lighter tale than his lengthy, dense, and often deeply serious MALAZAN series. The BAUCHELAIN AND BROACH tales are more comic, far shorter, with far fewer moments of Erikson's trademark "philosphophizing" (though fewer does not m
Jun 06, 2016 Nicholas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: malazan
These novellas keep getting more absurd....and I like them. Immediately after the events of The Lees of Laughter's End, our pair of necromancers and their faithful manservant find themselves washed up on a desolate beach in probably the most desolate place in all of the Malazan world. Home to a sadistic high mage who is fond of executing strangers and torturing his subjects, Bauchelain and Korbal Broach navigate a small, but supremely treacherous town with their usual affability and aplomb. Once ...more
Jul 13, 2014 Tim rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I was provided and advance copy by Tor.

Pretty even 3/5 for me.

I've never read anything from this series nor from this author, but I did go into this fairly excited and optimistic. I like dark humor... A lot. But this felt... Ugh... He was just trying far too hard to be dark. It felt so forced and over the top. So much so that the humor passed the funny point and became dumb. There were many cases of this, but there was enough for me to enjoy.

There were soooo many characters crammed into this 200
Wayne McCoy
Sep 19, 2014 Wayne McCoy rated it really liked it
'The Wurms of Blearmouth' by Steven Erikson is my first foray into the world of Malazan and I found it to be a delightful surprise. It was weird and funny and kept me turning pages and laughing.

It all takes place in and around the village of Spendrugle and it's luckless inhabitants. There's a shipwreck off the coast and the villagers want to loot it, but the people from the ship are a violent and nasty sort. Chief among these is Korbal Broach, Bauchelain and their manservant Emancipor Reese, aka
Sep 04, 2015 Brad rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, z-2015
My least favorite of the B&KB novellas from Erikson. Now that I have finished them all I can confidently state that I like his longer fiction much better than these novellas. While I wouldn't actively dissuade someone from reading them, I don't know that I would encourage someone to pick them up. Which makes me a little sad.

Our titular characters make their way to a town that has plenty of problems, including a tyrannous sorcerer intent on having his legacy written *just so* by his scribe, a
Jonathan Hall
Oct 10, 2015 Jonathan Hall rated it really liked it
The Malazan Book of the Fallen was my favorite fantasy series that I ever read. Those of you who have experienced that epic tale would know that nothing I could write on this review would even come close to describing the emotional journey that it takes you on. That being said, any chance I get to continue "living" in these worlds, I take without a second thought.

This was by far my favorite of the Novellas that I have read. I still need to read the Healthy Dead and Crack'd Pot Trail, I thought T
Trey Hollen
Nov 11, 2015 Trey Hollen rated it it was amazing
This book continues both the adventures of everyone's favorite necromancers and a motley crew of pursuing sailors. The same dark humor and strange situations infuse the tale with the less serious character Erickson employs as compared to his Malazan books. If you've read this far into the series you absolutely owe it to yourself to devour this one at your earliest chance.

As always the characters will keep you guessing. Just when you think you understand their fate or their nature you discover a
Jul 13, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Bauchelain and Korbal Broach are horrible, horrible people: necromancers, murderers, and ne're-do-wells. Which means that it is amusing to spend the length of a short novel in their company, especially since they always seem to run into people who are even more despicable, and therefore deserving of their tenderest ministrations. (Good grief! I'm starting to sound like one of them.) This is the third installment in the series, and might be a good entry point to the world of Malazan for those who ...more
Jun 30, 2014 Ron rated it liked it
Bauchelain, Korbal Broach, and Emancipor Reese ended up shipwrecked on the beach below the castle of Lord Fangatooth Claw the Render. Many others follow. Between the crazies living in Blearmouth and those following our stout companions, plenty of mayhem ensues. Between the lizard cat, the cooking, the iron golems, the tax collector, etc. there is plenty to follow in this short novella. You will enjoy if you have been reading this series, but this is not a place to start the series. The ending le ...more
Oct 16, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, malazan, fantasy
The Wurms of Blearmouth - the fifth tale of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach - not only follows the events of Blood Follows (#1) and The Lees of Laughter's End (#3) it also paves the way for Crack'd Pot Trail (#4), connecting both storylines.

I really liked the cliffhangar ending of Lees, having it end on just ANOTHER escalation was pretty fitting. So I was glad that Wurms didn't pick up right there but a couple of hours? later (don't worry: we eventually learn what has happened as the plot progresse
Lee Dunning
Jul 14, 2013 Lee Dunning rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge Steven Erikson fan, and I adore his stories involving Bauchelain and Korbal Broach - a demonologist and necromancer (and one cannot forget their manservant Emancipor Reese). The tales involving these three are always full of dark humor and a high body count. Like all of Erikson's stories there is a lot of banter between characters, and creative use of language. In some of Mr. Erikson's more serious works this can get pedantic with characters waxing philosophical. As much as I love his ...more
Jenn S.
Jul 07, 2014 Jenn S. rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-requested
Well written and well edited with unique nicely fleshed out characters and a plot that keeps your interest. Even in this shorter read I was entertained and enjoyed reading. I like the choice of wording Erikson uses. This makes the read so much more enjoyable. The plot was very well handled with good flow. I'm very satisfied with this book and would recommend this to all fantasy fans as well as his other books. I received a free copy of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 31, 2014 Ben rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories, comedy
A weird book, with a lot of weird characters and not really very much to do with Bauchelain or Korbal Broach. However, they are not why I picked it up, but rather as it always fun to read any Erikson. Here he takes on a darkly humourous (or possibly just twisted) trip to a village of nutters.

Somehow, reading this was like watching a farce, but with necromancers. But in a good way. Definitely some laugh out loud moments, and more than a couple of what the f...
Jamie Barrows
Jun 11, 2014 Jamie Barrows rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, humor
Dark violent humor at it's best. Erikson has a way of making you cheer for some of the most despicable characters in fiction. The dark probably insane sorcerers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach crash land in a small kingdom run by a petty tyrant. They quickly become embroiled in the various struggles of the inhabitants.
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Steven Erikson is the pseudonym of Steve Rune Lundin, a Canadian novelist, who was educated and trained as both an archaeologist and anthropologist. His best-known work is the on-going series, the Malazan Book of the Fallen.
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Other Books in the Series

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“Age was a demon, a haunting that slipped into the bones whispering weakness and frailty. It stole his muscles, his agility, and the quickness of his wit. It seemed a miserable reward for surviving, all things told, which was proof enough that life was a fool’s bargain.” 1 likes
“I was once told that dreams are worthy things,” said Emancipor, “even if they end up in misery and unending horror.” “Ah, and who told you that?” He shrugged. “My wife.” 0 likes
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