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#2401 User is offline   worry 

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Posted 29 July 2019 - 01:00 AM

I would advise going with your plan of re-read plus NotME interweaved. Save PtA for after. Here's something that might drive you batty anyway: Path to Ascendancy now appears to be the first trilogy in an ongoing series. Book three is definitely not the end of the story. Likewise, the Bauchelain & Korbal Broach novellas are apparently building to a climax too, if in a more piecemeal manner. And the Kharkanas trilogy is definitely not just three standalone novels, but a beginning middle and end as well. So in all honesty, all the Malazan books outside of MBotF and NotME -- not just Kharkanas -- are technically unfinished series.
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#2402 User is offline   murfman 

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Posted 30 July 2019 - 01:29 PM

Hey guys! I've been reading Malazan for the first time and have been using the wiki quite a bit. Just wanted to say thanks, and I'm looking forward to finishing out the series! Oh, I'm about halfway through The Bonehunters now.
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#2403 User is offline   Picker&Blend 

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Posted 31 July 2019 - 08:39 PM

Thanks worry, well I did finish the six finished B&KB Novellas already, 3 before and 3 after MoI, as indicated in the superb reading order overview graph. But since they are rather weird/fun little stories, waiting for a conclusion there won't be an issue. As I believe/hope PtA won't be, since atleast a trilogy seems to be somewhat finished, even if he plans to write a second one following. I assume I can stomache that. But I will definitely wait with the Kharkanas books until the 3rd one is out, and it's a shame, I am super curious about those... Thanks again😘
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#2404 User is offline   Chnoiel 

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 01:47 AM

Hi!
Glad I found this place. I read the main books many years ago and am currently on my first re-read (HoC) and it's even better than the first time
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Posted 19 November 2019 - 04:11 PM

hi there!

first readthrough, currenty middle of bonehuntersi am glad here's an active community and thank you so much for the wiki, i'd be pretty much lost without it ;)
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#2406 User is offline   Stylo 

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 04:25 AM

Hey... I dunno how active this subforum is, and I'm not usually one to post these things, usually just diving right in, but this seems like a cool place so I thought I'd say hi.

I've just started Gardens of the Moon, having had no little trepidation, not so much over the supposed difficulty of the thing but over the commitment required to follow a long, big-booked series like this. I'm not really a person who binges series, or authors; I can hardly ever stand to read two books by the same author in a row, even the best of them. Variety, spice&c. It does happen, but maybe rarely. So I thought of other series I'd read where I'd taken a long break between books and completely forgotten characters, places, motivations, and thus the reading was a slog and any impact dulled... weirdly, though, as I'm digging Gardens quite a bit, that worry has sort of crawled away somewhere. If a book is good I have no problem rereading it: I read the Wheel of Time once, and while I'll mostly spare my extraordinarily mixed feelings on that series, I think the reason it took me so goddam long wasn't because I read such an insane number of large books, but rather because I didn't really reread any of them.

Anyway, like I said, cool place. I said the alleged challenge of the books wasn't on my mind, though it was, to an extent, probably tied in with the length thing: I feel comforted knowing I can read that TOR series featuring a new reader, grab some summaries while I'm at it, and maybe this forum will be helpful too, if either my mind or reading habits stray. It's hard to say this without coming off like a prick but maybe I am one; I feel like maybe the difficulty of the series comes from fantasy readers who kinda don't read anything but fantasy, and within "Epic Fantasy" ("how is that somehow a distinct subgenre" critics are saying), where the bar is perhaps maybe not so high. I was piqued by Erikson's mention of DeLillo in the preface, and others not considered capital-F Fantasy Writers... I figured I'd approach it somewhat like a Gene Wolfe puzzlebox, with a little dash of Pynchon? Maybe not the best comparison, the latter offering either no answers whatsoever or a million possible ones... and regardless of the outcome I'd have to say I'm perfectly OK with the "more questions than answers" approach, in any kind of fiction, and the kind of fantasy which eventually just explains away all the mystery leaves me a bit cold. That's why we read this stuff right? The mystery?

Nobody asked but I'm just gonna go ahead and give some impressions. Dark, Light, Shadow in between but not necessarily Evil... that's some T.S. Eliot shit, isn't it? I may be mistaken. That's what it reminded me of, whoever said it. That "falls the shadow" thing.

I absolutely loved that dream zone Paran was taken to. I'm a real sucker for dream logic, metaphysical shit, the way it seems to affect the real world here. All those allusions to ropes, hoods, shadows, be they in the poems or elsewhere... the coin thing, maybe, coming together.

Tattersail I feel must be an obvious character to like at first. I'm sure I'll be thrown by who I end up liking, hating, etc, but c'mon: "Tell them it's from the fat woman who does spells."

That's another thing, the humour. I was at first afraid the series might just be unrelentingly dark, but I'm seeing cracks of hope, optimism, mixed in, as well as the funny bits... this seems to come up, but I genuinely do see a few parallels to Terry Pratchett, one of the greats in my estimation. Not just the humour, maybe not that element at all. The glimpses of sympathy, of righteous anger, how Whiskyjack is kinda like "Serious Vimes"...

Oh yeah, and anything involving the hounds? I'm in. It might have been the cover of Toll the Hounds in some bookshop that said "you're gonna read this series someday". I'm a dog person. Good old Gear... good old Crone the illusory Good Boy at the fire... good ol', well perhaps less good at the start what with the massacre and all.

Christ that wasn't supposed to be so long or probably incoherent.

To sum up: hi!!!!
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#2407 User is offline   Light 

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 10:20 PM

Hi. My name is Uhzna Twfu. I'm new here, and I am here to assert my superiority ... or something. I suffer from delusions of grandeur. I will do lurking and stalking :) My first target is Abyss.
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#2408 User is offline   Chaeden 

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Posted 21 February 2020 - 08:45 AM

Hello All! I'm new (currently making my way through book 5), but a big fan of fantasy and sci fi. I look forward to discussing topics with you all.
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#2409 User is offline   BlindSapper 

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Posted 21 February 2020 - 01:18 PM

Hey guys! I'm at book 6 with my first read and can't stop thinking about the series when I'm not reading it. It's kind of taking over my free time and am loving every minute of it!
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Posted 25 February 2020 - 08:39 PM

Oof, it must have been the best part of a decade since I was active on these forums. I am in the middle of my first audiobook reread, and it felt like a good time to come and remember all the random things I have previously forgotten!
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Posted 26 February 2020 - 05:08 AM

Welcome, all!

View PostSporadicSmiles, on 25 February 2020 - 08:39 PM, said:

Oof, it must have been the best part of a decade since I was active on these forums. I am in the middle of my first audiobook reread, and it felt like a good time to come and remember all the random things I have previously forgotten!


You should join us in the General Books subforum. We're doing a full reread of the entire series during 2020. In March, we'll be covering Memories of Ice.
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#2412 User is offline   Shalmanat 

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Posted 07 March 2020 - 03:56 PM

Hi everyone,Finished the 10 MBotF books years ago....now starting my first reread.Doing it differently this time....and nice to have a forum to share with ! :-)
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Posted 07 March 2020 - 04:32 PM

Welcome! Enjoy your re-read! Please post your thoughts as you progress.

Also, feel free to check in on the forum-wide series re-read in the General Books sub-forum too.

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#2414 User is offline   Shalmanat 

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Posted 07 March 2020 - 04:58 PM

View PostWhisperzzzzzzz, on 07 March 2020 - 04:32 PM, said:

Welcome! Enjoy your re-read! Please post your thoughts as you progress.

Also, feel free to check in on the forum-wide series re-read in the General Books sub-forum too.
Tnx...and I will definitely check out the re-read threads as I go ! There is so much content here, I don't even know where to begin, hehehe....

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Posted 07 March 2020 - 07:27 PM

Welcome new members. Damn glad to meet ya.
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Posted 19 March 2020 - 11:39 PM

Aloha legends!
Self isolating requires some bingeing and Malazan Book of the Fallen is up to the task! I'm loving it so far - confused at times (as most first readers seem to be), shivering with anticipation and arms flailing on this emotional roller coaster! I'm especially a fan of SE writing concerning military tactics and strategy, his articulate (and strangely accurate) portrayal of Sappers and most importantly, his artful thoughts on humanity and empires layered throughout.
I still don't quite compute the magic and warrens yet - but I figure that's the point. As I'm just about to start BH I'm leaving all my deep dives on lore and structures until I finish the series. Thought it would be prudent to get into the community and get established. It seems most questions that appear simple, are actually minefields of spoilers which I'm not ready to breach so don't expect me to drop cussers anytime soon.
Well that's me. Stay safe wherever you are - Always an even trade.

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#2417 User is offline   DerphunterOfLore 

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Posted 16 May 2020 - 06:04 AM

Hello there all! Just making an account to shamelessly look at all of the fan art that I don't have permission for otherwise. Have read the main series twice, read all of ICE's Malazan Empire books, read Forge of Darkness and Fall of Light, and now I'm waiting for the next danged book to come out. I've been working as one of the various lore gurus in a discord chat room (Daniel Greene's) and I have nothing to do since my job is currently closed because of the world and everything going on.

Sooooo, yup. That's my current life story. Hiya.
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#2418 User is offline   GreenDiamond 

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 07:59 PM

Hello Everyone!

I am Alexander from Serbia,Belgrade

Am at half of Memories of Ice and I must say that this is my new fav fantasy series, I never want it to finish

Thanks for having me and let me know if there is any spoiler free gallery of characters :)

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