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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-12-01 17:35
Eight Reasons Why You Should Not Read The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson
The Bonehunters - Steven Erikson

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is not a review. This is me gushing about the fact that The Bonehunters did not disappoint. However,  you should avoid reading this series, if you are not interested in the following:

 

It Has Dragons:

 

The book had two ghosts who haunted lizard skeletons, were compulsive liars, had a secret agenda, and were actually dragons! This is how they talk:

 

"Beauteous mistresses, curvaceous, languid, sultry, occasionally simpering..."

 

 

It Includes Practical Concerns:


An assassin who would be wearing concealed weapons on her person, 

 

"a score of aches from knife pommels and scabbards attested that they remained strapped about her person..."

 

 It Could Make you Think:

 

You'd be reading and suddenly, there'd be words that just make you stop and read them over and over again! 

 

"A single god, no matter how benign, is tortured into a multitude of masks, each shaped by the secret desires, hungers, fears, and joys of the individual mortal, who but plays a game of obsequious approbation."

 

It Rewards its Readers:

 

"And gods run when they see a Bridgeburner." 

 

If you have stuck with this series so far, then you will reap the rewards with one-liners and zingers like the one mentioned above. 

 

It is Unique:

 

This is a world where gods are as good as their worshipers. 

 

"Mess with mortals, Poliel." he said, wheeling his horse round, "and you pay."

 

Old deities fall and new ones ascend all the time. There are layers upon layers of complications that you won't even grasp at until much much later. This is why, the books can still manage to surprise and delight readers re-reading them for the 7th or 8th time! 

 

Oh, the Humor can Earn you Stares if Read in Public:

 

Part of it comes from insane situations. To be able to inject humor into situations that'd otherwise leave a reader weeping is one of Erikson's amazing qualities. You might think that a person about to die cracking a joke is unrealistic but this is military humor. As we follow soldiers who see things that would drive any other person insane, they use this kind of gallows humor to keep themselves functional. The other part comes out of love -- or hate -- for the characters.

 

"Saw your mouth moving -- some kind of spell or something? Didn't know you were a mage..." "I'm not. I was saying, "I hope this works".

 

It has Well-Written Female Characters:

 

Firstly, there are a lot of them. Just in this book, there was the Empress, her Adjunct, the Adjunct's lover, a drunk captain who was bad at her job when sobered up, the trouble-maker soldier who loved throwing knives at people, the deity who was going around possessing people, the assassin who murdered most of the empress' team of elite assassins by herself, and so on. They're just there...within the story, just as you would find them in real life.   

 

You Will Feel Pain:

Erikson can clue a reader into the significance of what is happening and how it is related to what has already happened with just one sentence. This one made me cry:

 

"You fight for the Wickans and for the Khundryl Burned Tears this night. We choose to witness."

 

  If you love epic fantasy, then the MBotF is one series that you just cannot miss!

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review 2011-08-27 00:00
Stonewielder (Malazan Empire #3)
Stonewielder (Malazan Empire #3) - Ian C. Esslemont

This book is what I think all of Steven Erickson's book SHOULD have been like. Lots of action, a smidge of philosophy and just some down right wicked cool characters.

 

While Esslemont's Crimson Guard felt like it was just hanging out there all by itself, Stonewielder felt like an integral part of the Malazan Series. Part of it was several characters are from the Crimson Guard, so I wasn't introduced to a completely new set of characters, there was some continuity from CG. That went a long way towards making me more comfortable.

 

Man, this was just cool! The storm riders, the koreli, the Lady, Skinner the skumbag [at the end]. AND Leoman of the Flails!!!. I had always wanted to know what happened to him, and now I find out. Wicked!!

 

So basically, I enjoyed this a lot. and look forward now to more of Esslemont as his own writer instead of just an extension of Erickson. Way to go ICE...

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review 2010-05-01 00:00
Dust of Dreams (Malazan Book of the Fallen #9)
Dust of Dreams - Steven Erikson

Overall, this was nearly as bad as Toll the Hounds, in that everyone whined and complained about the harshness and meaninglessness of life. If they really felt like how they talked, they would have killed themselves off.

 

The very FEW action parts to this book were great, but were so far and few between that they were lost in this mammoth volume. With the tone of the series turning soapbox'ish and not about the action, I can no longer recommend this series. The action, the politics, the maneuvering, it is all gone, given over to mindless rants about philosophical whines by people who shouldn't be ABLE to whine philosophically.

 

Dreading the final book but also looking forward to it just to end this nightmare. This series has devolved into a kind of Terry Goodkind preachiness.

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review 2010-03-01 00:00
Toll the Hounds (Malazan Book of the Fallen #8)
Toll the Hounds (Malazan Book of the Fallen Series #8) - Steven Erikson

This book was WAY too big. Close to 1/4 of the book was the internal monologueing of every single character whining about this, that or the other.

The actual happenings/doings were completely overshadowed by all the existential, emo-gothic complaining.

 

I could only recommend this book to a hardcore fan who needs Erikson for a fix. Almost as bad as Goodkind when he got on his soapbox.

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review 2010-03-01 00:00
Reaper's Gale (Malazan Book of the Fallen #7)
Reaper's Gale - 'Steven Erikson' Reaper's Gale - 'Steven Erikson'

Ties together the Bonehunter's story and the fall of the Letheri empire.

 

This world is physically big! So much going on that I doubt that everything will tie together in a nice neat bow. More like reading about independent multiple assaults on the Crippled God.

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