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Old 11-30-2010, 12:22 PM
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3) why on earth do the readers have to "work their way in" until book 6 (!!!!) to get to like the stuff?

pompous ass, is what he is.
Funny...I liked GotM right away, and didn't mind the challenge not knowing who was who or what, in general, was going on. I guess I must be in the tiny minority.

Most readers loved the Chain of Dogs storyline, but it wasn't my favorite. I also found it implausible and Coltaine far too one-dimensional (if not completely uninteresting). I was much more taken by the Bridgeburners scenes and with Icarium/Mappo.

Since you're not like most readers, you might not find that the third book is amazing and stupendous and the best book since writing was invented. I don't think that at all, but I do think it took the series to a new level of (good) complexity and excitement.

If you can make it through Book 4 (which was the weakest, IMO, despite that I enjoyed the first part more than the average reader), you might get hooked.

LOL And if you just make it through Book 9...
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Funny...I liked GotM right away, and didn't mind the challenge not knowing who was who or what, in general, was going on. I guess I must be in the tiny minority.

Most readers loved the Chain of Dogs storyline, but it wasn't my favorite. I also found it implausible and Coltaine far too one-dimensional (if not completely uninteresting). I was much more taken by the Bridgeburners scenes and with Icarium/Mappo.

Since you're not like most readers, you might not find that the third book is amazing and stupendous and the best book since writing was invented. I don't think that at all, but I do think it took the series to a new level of (good) complexity and excitement.

If you can make it through Book 4 (which was the weakest, IMO, despite that I enjoyed the first part more than the average reader), you might get hooked.

LOL And if you just make it through Book 9...
meh. I really didn't mind the confusion. I've started a series from book 4, and then 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 for crissakes. I mind the blithe... sort of... "let's pretend no-one cares about anything and nothing hurts at all. Oh, and let's constantly write ourselves into a corner and then provide a deus ex machina to get the story going again" I don't even mind the timeline issues - we're talking about magic, time can definitely be flexible. It's just... one battle after another and he gets through it by the skin of his teeth, and then gets an even mightier foe and even crappier situation but oh look out of nowhere help comes and they get through by the skin of their teeth but oh look, an even worse situation comes and there's no way out and then they all escape and almost survive but they don't survive but they survive (but maybe never to be seen again on screen). and they don't care either which way because it's all "bigger than themselves" and whatnot. blahdiblahdiblah.

I think I'll keep reading so I can keep complaining though
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I just pretty much figured Coltaine was using his powers(him being an ascendant and all) to boost his troops. sorta like an aura of awesome
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It's just... one battle after another and he gets through it by the skin of his teeth, and then gets an even mightier foe and even crappier situation but oh look out of nowhere help comes and they get through by the skin of their teeth but oh look, an even worse situation comes and there's no way out and then they all escape and almost survive but they don't survive but they survive (but maybe never to be seen again on screen). and they don't care either which way because it's all "bigger than themselves" and whatnot. blahdiblahdiblah.

I think I'll keep reading so I can keep complaining though
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I just got Orb, Sceptre, Throne(the new Malazan book by ICE) today.

only read a few pages, but it looks like it's going to be a great trip back to Darujhistan.

I also figured out why I like the Malazan books so much. it's the lack of one major bigbad.

I know you got the Crippled God, but he doesn't have the same role as the DO for example. and not every scheme or story in the Malazan books are either for or against the CG.

just makes the world feel bigger in a way
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I just read the Prologue on the web. It won't be released in the States till May or something. Glad to hear to sounds good.
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I have always ordered my Malazan books (after the first 2) through Amazon UK because the release dates in the US were YEARS behind.

For some odd reason, they ship out of a bookstore in New York or Indiana and are cheaper than the US versions. I accidentally ordered two of the same book once, the customer service was great and said return it, no problem. I didn't--I forwarded on to someone from TL. Bela? You SDog? I don't remember. The covers are different than the US releases, the books are different sizes too. But you get it early

go here then click the link on the right that says "more buying choices" than scan the list for NEW and where they originate. I see Indiana listed.
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I'm actually behind on my WoT reread, plus have another book in the queue that was written by the husband of my wife's co-worker. In other words, I can wait till May. I think I'll end up buying Stonewielder and OST on my Kindle.
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finished OST on the train this Friday

gotta say the ending did feel a bit rushed, but he managed to get the "Malazan feeling" correct.

which of course means I almost OD'd on bittersweetness near the end

one weird thing in this book though:

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K'rul is suddenly a woman?
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I'm not reading the thread, to avoid spoilers. But an interesting person dropped by the Malazan chat room yesterday, and I thought some of you might enjoy reading this transcript.
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