10 Stars. I love this book. It was my third time reading it, and it has kept well over time. I still felt the anticipation even remembering what would...more10 Stars. I love this book. It was my third time reading it, and it has kept well over time. I still felt the anticipation even remembering what would happen. That's when you know it's a winner.
And some of the stuff that happened. Well, as I read I hoped some of it wouldn't happen this time. That's how powerful a spell Martin weaves.(less)
I was looking forward to this, but a little disappointed to see that the new sections are very brief. I was interested in reading the commentaries tha...moreI was looking forward to this, but a little disappointed to see that the new sections are very brief. I was interested in reading the commentaries that King had on his movie adaptations. This has those, but only five and they are a page 1/2 or so each. It is still a good read, and the short stories are ones that I hadn't visited in a long time. It was like visiting old friends...I will give this book four stars, grudgingly. In truth, the stories themselves deserve five stars. But what felt like a deception on the part of the publisher and the brevity of King's new introductions bring this down some. I almost dropped it to two or three stars just for that. But honestly, judging the work from cover to cover, it is a great book. Four stars seems a fair middle ground.
It sure had the potential to be so much more....(less)
While I liked this book, it seemed to me a big dropoff from the first three in the series, all of which I loved. This one had some good parts, even so...moreWhile I liked this book, it seemed to me a big dropoff from the first three in the series, all of which I loved. This one had some good parts, even some great parts. But through much of it I felt it was dragging and not going anywhere. I love the character brought in on this: Karsa Orlong. He has become one of my favorites in the series.
Overall, a good book. But to me it just fell short of what it could have been, as Erikson set the bar pretty high with his first 3 volumes to this series...(less)
The thing that struck me the most with this book was the fact that it was mostly linear. That is to say, it had a beginning with its prologue that happens alotathousand years ago. It has a middle, with rising action and enjoyable characters. And it has a climax, where something happens to make the read go "dayyyyum". It read like a novel, from beginning to end, without all the "whatthefucks?" being tossed about. In other words, I actually UNDERSTOOD most of what was happening. Or at least enough to cruise along nicely with the story. Those that read Erikson know that this isn't always an easy task.
But that being said, this book rocked. I absolutely loved the characters of Tehol and Bugg. It seemed like the narrative took a turn whenever these two appeared, with their cast of co-conspirators. It became like a Terry Pratchett novel when they were around. Tehol is a nobleman who (supposedly) lost his fortune through bad business decisions but is in fact scheming behind the scenes of many endeavors. Bugg is his loyal and quite busy manservant. When together, they are a riot. The banter between them made me laugh out loud several times.
The main part of the book revolved around Trull Sengar and his Tiste Edur clan. Their chief has united all of the other clans under his and they are looking southward, to the Lether kingdom. Trull is a very interesting character in that his is different than the other Edur. He actually sees the tragedy in what is happening around him, and while he is unmatched in his battle skill, not always ready to jump in with bloodthirsty battle-lust.
It is often stated that this could be one of the entry points into the Malazan series. The events of this book happen on another side of the world from the first four books and except for Trull Sengar himself, it introduces entirely new characters. Trull was a minor mysterious character in House of Chains, Book 4. This tells his backstory and brings new light to the character. And the novel overall sets up for when Erikson will later bring all of his storylines together.
Let's just say that I'm definitely looking forward to that....(less)
I almost dropped it to 3 stars, as there were lots of WTF moments and confusing drawn out parts. In truth, this book could have probably be...more3.75 stars.
I almost dropped it to 3 stars, as there were lots of WTF moments and confusing drawn out parts. In truth, this book could have probably been half the length and been just as good (as long as it was the right half).
The Bonehunters were great. Paran, Kalam and Quick Ben, and Karsa Orlong. Oh, and I loved (view spoiler)[our first real interaction with Laseen, the Empress. (hide spoiler)] Badass stuff.
When this book was good, it was fantastic. When not as good, it was like a big, long "huh?"
I can't in good conscience recommend or push this series anymore. Not to the unsuspecting, at least. It will fit a groove with some, but certainly not all.
I loved the first book, though many say it's tough. I didn't have any problem with it.
The second and third books blew me away, they were so good.
The fourth was a monkey spank. Let's be honest.
The fifth was better again, but still a lot of "huh"? going on.
The sixth was a continuation of the monkey spank from Book 4, so that was much of the problem. Honestly, half of this book could go to the shit pile and not be missed. Lots of b.s. wtfery, and each book seems to pile it on rather than clear things up.
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This is a good book. It isn't a great book. It sorta falls in the middle.
What I liked: the pace of the action. It's pretty steady throughout the book....moreThis is a good book. It isn't a great book. It sorta falls in the middle.
What I liked: the pace of the action. It's pretty steady throughout the book. I also like how the plot is centered around a single night in Malazan history, a very important night indeed. I liked the main characters (Temper and Kiska) and thought they were explored fairly deeply. The ending was satisfactory on the whole, seeming to wrap everything up nicely. I absolutely loved Temper's backstory, and his relationship to the Malazan Empire as revealed through the tale.
What I disliked: too often I found myself going, "do what?" There seemed to be a lot of moments in the story that seemed random and mismatched. Some of the encounters and Kiska's travels through the warrens seemed unnecessary to tell her tale. I was often confused whenever someone reached out and snatched her from behind and tied her up. What side are they on? Who are they? Why are they here? There wasn't a definite Side A vs. Side B struggle going on here; it often seemed like pure chaos, and it was hard to keep track of. And yes, I think Kiska got captured more times than a Robert Jordan novice smoothes out her skirts in a single volume.
That aside, there can be a positive said about the confusion. It was a confusing night, the Shadow Moon. Kiska was clueless, and so were the readers that followed from her perspective. As she learned what the hell was going on, so did we. So ultimately, that worked out. Esslemont just isn't as intriguing a writer as his co-conspirator in the Malazan world, Steven Erikson. Steven confuses us too, but his narrative makes it forgivable, most of the time.
So all in all, I enjoyed it and it was a quick read. If you're a Malazan fan, it's a must read. If not, skip it...... (less)
This book is a great debut from Carrie. It's a fast paced read with several twists and turns, and some good suspenceful momements. I love Carrie's cha...moreThis book is a great debut from Carrie. It's a fast paced read with several twists and turns, and some good suspenceful momements. I love Carrie's characters here. Kitty is a great protagonist, a werewolf that's near the bottom of the ladder in the pack and is not used to taking care of herself, a "puppy". This was a great journey along with Kitty as she learns her way in the world a little bit, through the help of her radio show, "The Midnight Hour".
I like the supporting cast as well: Cormac, T.J., Rick, Hardin, Arturo, Carl and Meg. Though somewhat archetypical, these characters as told through Kitty's perspective are anything but stereotypical. The reader doesn't know exactly what to expect from them.
A year ago or so, Carrie told me that since I liked Curveball and Earth Witch in her contribution to the mosaic novel Inside Straight (Wild Cards), that I should like Kitty Norville as well. Carrie was definitely right about that. I look forward to reading her further adventures.(less)
It reminds me of Ocean's Eleven meets The Italian Job, but set in Mordor after Sauron has ruled for 1000 years or so. In many fantasy stories, a dark...moreIt reminds me of Ocean's Eleven meets The Italian Job, but set in Mordor after Sauron has ruled for 1000 years or so. In many fantasy stories, a dark lord is rising and it is up to our heroes to defeat him before that happens. In this, the Dark Lord is already set in place as the status quo and the heroes have to motivate others to want a change.....Yet there is a noble class of The Lord Ruler's flunkies who will need to be scammed and robbed along the way, to finance this big revolt.....I love it...