Ogrody Księżyca (Malazańska Księga Poległych #1)
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Ogrody Księżyca (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #1)

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Ekskluzywne wydanie kolekcjonerskie pierwszego tomu "Malazańskiej Księgi Poległych" w twardych oprawach.

Krwawa i wyczerpująca wojna trwa już dwanaście lat. Rządzone twardą ręką Imperium Malazańskie podbija jedno Wolne Miasto po drugim. Jego niezwyciężone legiony, prowadzone przez potężnych czarodziejów prą coraz dalej na południe – w kierunku legendarnego Darudżystanu… Ta...more
Hardback, 598 pages
Published June 21st 2004 by MAG (first published 1999)
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Seak (Bryce L.)
Dec 04, 2013 Seak (Bryce L.) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Seak (Bryce L.) by: <a href="http://www.sffworld.com">sffworld.com</a>
UPDATE: I've just reread this book so I've updated my review, which you can find at the end of my little lovenote here. :)

Why Read The Malazan Book of the Fallen, or A Love Note to Steven Erikson (Okay, not really the latter)

If you've even attempted to read Gardens of the Moon, the first book in the 10 book epic that is the Malazan Book of the Fallen, you'll see very quickly that you're not given much as a reader. It's confusing, it's complicated, it's full of mysteries and myriad of characters...more
If only I hadn’t put on that little black dress. Perhaps that would’ve saved this one for me. I mean, not only did I put on the little black dress, the one cutjusttothere. I did the hair. I put on the heels too. Everyone who has that little black dress or is dating someone who does knows what heels I mean. You guys have been in that mood where you really just want to go out- paint the town red like you’re Sinatra and are just, as they used to say of kings, in the mood to be pleased, right? Whoev...more
mark monday
i feel like i'm being pretty generous in giving this 3 stars. okay, it is my good deed for 2011. now don't say i never did nuthin' for you, steven erikson!

the cons: so much, where do i even start. (1) the dialogue is a joke, a sad flailing uncomfortable joke, the kind that just goes on and on and i start to look away from the joke teller in embarrassment. corny corn, beyond belief. (2) and the characterizations - so flat! so trite. and when they weren't trite - just entirely unrealistic. there a...more
Gardens of the Moon is the first in Steven Erikson's gargantuan and oddly named fantasy series, Malazan Book of the Fallen. What's odd about it is that it took me THREE tries to get through this first volume. The first two times I tried, I got one or two hundred pages in and just lost interest, mainly because I was confused and didn't know what was going on. But the third time I tried it just clicked and I enjoyed it. Figuring out why this is the case took some thought, and I believe it boils do...more
David Sven
This is my second reading of Gardens of the Moon. I’ve long suspected that the best way to read Erikson’s Malazan series is to read it again. I can now confirm that suspicion has been proved correct as far as this book goes. I loved rereading this book. There were so many times reading the series initially that I felt certain information and story arcs and characters just came out of left field. But having read this first book again I am astounded at the sheer level and volume of foreshadowing c...more
Jeffrey Keeten
"Every decision you make can change he world. The best life is the one the gods don't notice. You want to live free, boy, live quietly."


Great advice anytime, but even better advice when your world is in a constant state of war. Living large as the younger generation used to say. I'm sure I'm at least a few years out of date with that term. I think someone "living large" is exactly who the universe is most attracted to, not that it is above toying with the occasional poor bastard who just happen...more
Dec 02, 2007 Ben rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy buffs
Technically speaking I read this book and the Ice and Fire series as work-related research. I think that the cover alone might have been enough to scare me off otherwise. This book is quality, though not *great* fantasy fare. By and large I enjoyed it in the role of fantasy geek; my more literary aspect was full of frowns as smiles throughout the course of it.

The book is not well written; specifically, it is bad prose written by someone who is very intelligent, but lacks an ear for poetry, or in...more
Gardens of the Moon is an ambitious, dense and challenging book. The reader is dropped into a world with thousands of years of history. A history of war, politics, violence and intrigue. A world where the gods themselves scheme and battle for power. Names, places and concepts are suddenly thrown at the reader without any attempt at simplification … and it was this difficulty that ultimately made this book so rewarding. If you can persevere through the challenges this book throws at you, you’ll r...more
Executive Summary: This is not a book for the faint of heart, or the first time fantasy reader. Mr. Erikson makes you think, and READ. No skimming allowed. Every word can be important. It's certainly not for everybody, but if you stick with it, I think most people will find their efforts greatly rewarded.

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This is a case of, you were right Good Reads recommendation engine. Why didn't I listen to you?

Shortly after joining good reads last year and putting all my books in, I checked out t...more
So I finally got around reading the famous Erikson - finally got around reading the first book that is. This book is definitely not a standalone, but the start of a massive series and, honestly, every paragraph oozes its epicness. You can't miss it!

I had been warned about getting confused and this series being very complicated, but I actually thought it was all right. It's not a fast read, that's true, and you can't skim anything at all. I've also realized that I needed to get my chapters in ear...more
Update 10/19/11. After my second reading I love this book even more. Any confusion I had before was cleared up. And I cannot believe how much more I got out of it. I love the style. The world. The characters. I think this could end up as my favorite fantasy series. Period.

First I have a confession to make. I was a pre teen reading high school melodrama when I picked up my first fantasy book. It was a Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman Dragonlance book. And I quickly fell in love with the world of e...more

Steven Erikson's first entry in the ten book series The Malazan Book of the Fallen is a promising opening entry for the series. It is also to me a masterclass in how to create entertaining gritty fantasy fiction. There were visible flaws in dialogue and it took a brief time to adjust to the novel's unique method of showing events but once I did it was very much worth it. I feel that over the next nine novels everything will improve even more and have some sense of wrapping up in a conclusion. Th...more
Apr 03, 2013 Jon added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: Fantasy Book Club May 2010 Selection
I like this book a lot. The author says he was inspired by Glen Cook's Black Company, and it shows. This is not an easy read. There are a lot of names to keep track of, places, races, etc. The glossary of major players in the beginning helps a lot; my advice for new readers: use it every time you encounter a new name, or forgot who this once mentioned person is. It does not help that as soon as a subplot gets really exciting (fortunately, this happens a lot), the author switches to another, much...more
Jul 01, 2013 Terence rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of epic fantasy; Malazan groupies
Recommended to Terence by: SFBC random pick
Shelves: sf-fantasy
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Let me state right at the beginning that I am typically not a fan of fiction series. Too often, I have begun a series or made my way through the first two books in a series only to find that the writer ran out of steam (and new ideas) somewhere along the way. Being a writer, I understand this. Sustaining the intensity required to write one novel for any length of time is difficult. Being a reader, I've been bitten one too many times by this lack of staying power on the part of several authors. N...more
This was my second read of Gardens of the Moon, I had read the book in June 11 so it was relatively fresh in my memory. I remember when I was half way through this series thinking to myself, i cannot wait to start this again. I was less than 5 pages into this re-read when i realised just how much I was going to enjoy the story with the knowledge I had.

Erikson is a brilliant story teller, There are a number of 'Epics' out there, to be honest, there probably needs to be another honorific that tra...more
Feb 05, 2013 Candace rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Candace by: The Malazan Fallen

One of the things I loved about this book was that the plot and its many sub-plots are a continuous mystery. You the reader are solving this "mystery of the plots" throughout the book. Who did what when and where. Erikson does not spoon-feed you a story with a nice begining, middle, and end. You must work for the details of the plot. I like this challenge. I found it refreshing and would not spoil it for anyone. However, when people saw that I was reading Gardens...more
Yeah, I'm officially calling this one. Time of death: 9:18pm EST, March 6th, 2014.

My interest level in this book has only declined since I started it. That's not unusual for me, considering that I often anticipate a book much more than I enjoy the actual reading of it, but this one... Shit. It wasn't even that it was bad, it was just that it was so fucking all over the place, and I just don't have that kind of patience anymore. Not for a single book that gives me nothing to work with after 300+...more
I have to say, I was prepared for what was coming with Gardens of the Moon - although, still, not quite. A dear friend of mine has chattered about Malazan Book of the Fallen for ages (years) and told me over and over again how great a novelist Steven Erikson is. I have always listened eagerly, and sure, been intent on reading his novels. At some point.

I should have read them sooner!

I was quite blown away by this book. It is a fantastic read in so many ways I hardly know where to start. Steven Er...more
Jen Mendeck
Well, I finally finished. It did get better, although it took more like 200 pages to do so. I was never more than mildly interested, though, and I really didn't like it enough for it to have been worth the pain of the beginning.

The problems with this book as I see them:

- The author seems to think it makes things mysterious if he doesn't explian what he's talking about. The result is you're halfway through the book before you can picture anything in your head.
- Character development is an afterth...more
Excellent book. Erikson may not be quite as good a writer as George R. R. Martin, but he's plenty good enough to hold the rapt attention of this reader. I have just Amazoned the other seven novels in the series that have been published thus far, and I look forward to many (many!) hours of deaf-to-the-world reading.

Concerning some of the comments of other reviewers: "Gardens of the Moon" is complex and is definitely sink or swim at the outset (but who wants to be spoon-fed anyway?). The beginning...more
Well its all true, what other readers have said about this book.

From the ones who have never finished it to the die hard fans who have 4 and 5 starred it.

Its is confusingly EPIC, the ending is what other authors write in for the end of a trilogy.

If you read this to enjoy it fully you must push through the first 2 thirds of the book to one the most beautiful written endings in fantasy fiction.

It is hard work but the more you work at all the plots within a plot the more enjoyment you will have.
Christopher H.
For those of you that follow my reviews please bear with me, as I will be re-reviewing a book in this posting that I reviewed here over two years ago. Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson is an amazing novel on so many levels, and I guess part of my rationale in providing another look at it is to encourage more readers to discover the incredible world and story that Erikson has created in his ten-volume series known as "The Malazan Book of the Fallen". So, the following review will largely focu...more
I read Martin's A Game of Thrones, and at the end I had exactly the same thought that I had at the end of Gardens of the Moon: "Ahhhhh, things are getting started!" But unlike Thrones, I didn't feel like Gardens could have done without the middle four or five hundred pages. Almost every section of every chapter in Gardens is important in ways that become apparent within the book itself. I'm given to understand that some of those hundreds of middle pages in Thrones pay off two or three books late...more
Have you ever watched an episode of "The Twillight Zone" where you really weren't sure what the hell was going on but kept with it anyways? Reading Gardens of the Moon was like that for me, but with each turn of a page my joyful experience grew like a snowball rolling down a mountain in Omtose Phellack.

I thought this book was a fantastic start to what promises to be a truly epic fantasy series. I was a little apprehensive about starting this series due to the sheer size of the cast of characters...more
I've been trying to find a new fantasy series to read. Most of the ones that I've been reading since high school are winding down (Wheel of Time), unbearable (Sword of Truth), or else being written once every four years (A Song of Ice and Fire). So I thought I'd give this a go.

Frankly, Steven Erikson's writing is worse than most fantasy writers, but his plotting is unusual. Unwilling to tell a slack-jawed yokel story, the text starts in media res and readers have to start the book determined to...more
Maggie K
I truly can not recommend this book enough. Though Erikson's style of plopping down right in the middle of the story might throw some people off, I appreciated the lack of obvious exposition as we switched from view point to viewpoint and patiently wait for the pieces to 'click' together. Yes, there is a large cast of characters, and yes, you will have to refer to the list of them at the beginning of the book, but when it all clicks into place it is a truly wondrous world.
It's also important to...more
Whats more to say?? - I think Im about one of the last to take on this series :)

Very bitty storyline & thread, it throws you in the deep end for sure which is ok as it happens, no huge world-building overtly long descriptions etc a la Mieville style which works jus fine with me. The books a insite into a world/realm that I hope will throw up some entertaining stories as I'll certainly be back for more of the Malazan empire et al.
VERY DENSE. I think it's worth it. I'll try a few more.
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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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