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  1. In Topic: Wert says ICE book in November: 'The Jhistal'

    25 February 2020 - 07:11 PM

    Awesome news, really happy that it's a direct continuation of the series for ICE.

    I'm cool for the books to come whenever they do, I think the journey we've had with SE and ICE by now, they've earned the right to take their time with the releases... one fix a year is still a glorious fix to be had!
  2. In Topic: Changes to the proposed 2020 Re-read schedule?

    24 February 2020 - 07:46 PM

    Heh Team Quick Ben even tried recruiting Apt into the Terry Goodkind fan club... bloody hell that was a long time ago...
  3. In Topic: 2020 Malazan Re-read: Deadhouse Gates

    21 February 2020 - 03:33 PM

    Making progress through the book, I've been making notes as I go along, here is some of the ramble from the earlier chapters:

    ~ Baudin ending up next to Felisin is obviously by Tavore's design…

    It must be heart breaking for Tavore considering this is the last time she sees her sister alive…

    Do you believe that Tavore had anything to do with Duiker making the request to Kulp to help rescue Heboric which would knock on to Felisin and Baudin or it is just a coincidence?

    I cannot remember if this is confirmed at all later on.


    "I am getting bored, Mappo," Icarium said. The six wolves stiffened as one, half flinching. Mappo Runt and Icarium. Ah, we see. Know that we've no quarrel with you. "Wits matched," Mappo said, his grin broadening a moment before disappearing entirely. "Hunt elsewhere, Ryllandaras, before Icarium does Treach a favor." Before you unleash all that I am sworn to prevent. "Am I understood?"

    Finally meeting Icarium after what we learned about him in GotM and instantly realise how much of a badass he is due to Ryllandaras reaction to learning who Mappo/Icarium were… this whole interaction is awesome… though also heart breaking as even here we learn how Mappo is fatalistic with what is to come.


    Beside the Imperial Historian stood the High Fist's representative, Mallick Rel, his fat, soft hands folded together and resting on his paunch, his skin the color of oiled leather and smelling of Aren perfumes. Mallick Rel looked nothing like the chief adviser to the Seven Cities' commander of the Malazan armies.

    Is it just me or do you instantly take a dislike to Rel with the above…

    ~ SE and his quality writing with Coltaine and his Introduction… a few lines of text we learn a lot about Coltaine and the Wickans… you can be nothing but impressed with how Coltaine turns the situation around and the Wickans mount up…


    "You picked the wrong fishermen," Fiddler said, lowering his weapon.

    Cheesy line but epic scene…

    The entire boat scene with Fiddler, Kalam, Apsalar and Crokus is a joy to read… great moments come thick and fast… Badass Fiddler, Crokus recounting the BB's history, Kalam's ominous…


    "It's this, lad. Time's come. I'm going after her."

    Empress? How?" "He means," Apsalar said, still smiling a smile that had belonged to her once, long ago, when she'd been…someone else, "that he's going to try and kill her."
    "What?" Crokus stood, almost pitching himself over the side. "You? You and a seasick sapper with a broken fiddle strapped to his back? Do you think we're going to help you in this insane, suicidal—"

    Oh Crokus, if you only knew… oh wait… you soon learn as we then have Apsalar recalling Kalam's past…


    I remember," Apsalar said suddenly, her eyes narrowing on Kalam. Crokus turned to her. "Remember what?" "Kalam. He was a Falah'dan's Dagger, and the Claw gave him command of a Hand. Kalam's a master assassin, Crokus. And Quick Ben—" "Is three thousand leagues away!" Crokus shouted. "He's a squad mage, for Hood's sake! That's it, a squalid little squad mage!" "Not quite," Fiddler said. "And being so far away doesn't mean a thing, son. Quick Ben's our shaved knuckle in the hole." "Your what in the where?" "Shaved knuckle, as in the game of knuckles—a good gambler's usually using a shaved knuckle, as in cheating in the casts, if you know what I mean. As for 'hole,' that'd be Quick Ben's Warren—the one that can put him at Kalam's side in the space of a heartbeat, no matter how far away he happens to be.

    Any theories on what warren it is that QB uses to do this? I was wondering if it is Tennes or D'riss, something connected to the land or earth as he uses acorns…

    ~ The entire council scene is another scene that is a joy to behold, the earlier parts of this book are some of my favourite from throughout the whole series…
    ~ Big FU slap down to the messenger boy Rel, jog on son!
    ~ Eleven days, eleven crows, such power from Sorno, this little scene makes the Coltaine moment at the end of the book so much more powerful…
    ~ Old Guard disappearing / drowning… Hello RotCG!


    You assume they were murdered at Laseen's command," Bult said, baring his jagged teeth. "But imagine a circumstance where the Empress's most able commanders simply…disappeared. Leaving her isolated, desperate for able people. You forget, Historian, that before Laseen became Empress, she was close companions with Crust, Urko, Ameron, Dassem and the others. Imagine her now alone, still
    feeling the wounds of abandonment."
    "And her murder of the other close companions—Kellanved and Dancer—was not something she imagined would affect her friendship with those commanders?" Duiker shook his head, aware of the bitterness in his voice. They were my companions, too.
    "Some errors in judgment can never be undone," Bult said. "The Emperor and Dancer were able conquerors, but were they able rulers?" "We'll never know," Duiker snapped. The Wickan's sigh was almost a snort. "No, but if there was one person close to the throne capable of seeing what was to come, it was Laseen."

    Sad… I think this schism really was the start of the downfall of the Empire and where shit started to hit the fan… (Referring to the Grub/late Empire reference)

    I know one was a consequence of the other but what do you think was the greater cause for the downfall of the Empire… ST/Cots no longer involved or the Old Guard no longer involved…
  4. In Topic: Wood Spice

    21 February 2020 - 10:11 AM

    View PostKhanna, on 21 February 2020 - 09:50 AM, said:

    View PostTraveller, on 21 February 2020 - 08:19 AM, said:

    You can just post DGs questions in the DG book thread, instead of starting a new thread for each question?

    A bolt chest - a box with bolts of cloth, presumably.

    Wood spice - something slightly exotic from 7C. We know Soletaken have a spicy smell, this is what Kalams referring to in this case as they're all over the place on the Path of Hands. Minalas closest approximation is wood spice as she's not yet met a soletaken.

    (A lot of authors use spices/silk etc to evoke images of desert markets, places like Morocco where there was a lot of trade between East and West. It just adds colour to Seven Cities in a few words.)

    I don't understand. I posted this under Deathhouse Gates section, since my questions are about that particular book. Is there a problem? Also, thank you for the answer.

    Traveller was meaning use one thread to post your translation questions rather than creating multiple threads for each translation question.
  5. In Topic: Changes to the proposed 2020 Re-read schedule?

    20 February 2020 - 07:58 PM

    View PostD, on 20 February 2020 - 07:06 PM, said:

    View Postchamp, on 20 February 2020 - 06:07 PM, said:

    View PostD, on 20 February 2020 - 05:24 PM, said:

    View Postchamp, on 20 February 2020 - 03:22 PM, said:

    it's just a better flow

    How so

    Mainly due to the fact that it is a direct continuation of the story... Yes I agree that tCG takes a slight detour at the start but it doesn't take long to pick back up from DoD and we aren't going to make ourselves suffer going from the ending of DoD to over a month to tCG.

    Same thing supposedly applies to GotM > MoI ^_^

    Touche haha but, but... at least with DG we have more plot progression relevance than OST so GotM > DG > MoI makes sense.

    Actually with OST, I do not remember a great deal about the plot crossovers, what do we get? Karsa not mentioned in name outside, I know that and I remember talk of the fallout of Rake/Dragnipur destruction but that's about it. I cannot recall if the retired BB's give us anything.



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