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  1. I interviewed Steven Erikson

    08 November 2019 - 11:30 PM

    Hey, Peter from the TVBB podcast. I posted it elsewhere, but had to come here too.




    We reached out to Steve in between GotM and DG, and he was incredibly nice! He came on the show a few weeks back. We talked about the 20th Anniversary of Gardens of the Moon, and dipped into discussions about why Frodo should have died, differences between fantasy and science fiction, and what experiences Steve is bringing to write the God is Not Willing.

    We didn't talk many spoilers beyond Deadhouse Gates. Although we do talk Toll the Hounds a little (Huzah!)

    You can check it out here if you don't know:
    https://anchor.fm/te...iversary-e8spi3


    It was a great time talking to him even if I didn't get any hot gossip about God is Not Willing. Hope you enjoy the interview, let us know what you think.

  2. Toll the Hounds. Reading and Rereading

    27 September 2019 - 01:13 AM

    I just finished rereading Toll the Hounds. My first read, I thought it was pretty good but nothing to write home about. However, my opinion changed on a reread.


    In short, I appreciated the book a great deal the second time through. In fact, I would say enjoyed the first half of the book more than the ending. The long chapters, just living in the spaces of both Darujhistan and Black Coral were my favorite. The book ultimately enchanted me with it's atmosphere this time around, an atmosphere saturated with grief and self reflection. In fact, I would say the whole Darujhistan Blow Out at the end, whilst cool, is barely what I think of now when I think of TTH. You know, I think about far more about the contrast between the two cities, the Cult of the Redeemer, and the despair of all these deeply confused characters.

    I've read other folks, here and on the Malazan Subreddit, share similar experiences. I mean it's a popular thing to talk about rereads in general, but especially with Toll the Hounds people seem to appreciate it a lot more the second time through. I wonder why this is... I can't really put a finger on it. Perhaps it's an eagerness for more "action" throughout the book, however that doesn't seem quite right. I mean they are plenty of other parts of the series that I would say, the main appeal is more based in mood, philosophy and character then more typical fantasy action beats.

    You know what I mean? Like I don't think Toll the Hounds is some crazy outlier. It seems of a piece with the rest of the series, in a real quintessential way. I know some people enjoy it the first time through, but I am amongst the crowd that really dug in on the second read of it. So why is it that the second time you read TTH is maybe when some people start to appreciate it more? Any ideas?
  3. Rugby World Cup 2019

    28 August 2019 - 06:15 AM

    Rugby World Cup starts in less then a month.

    I've just moved to Japan, and I've been hearing a lot about it. May end up watching a few games, not in person though. Tickets aren''t in the budget right now.

    Trying to learn a bit more about the sport. Talking to some Canadians and U.K. folks about it, nice way to connect with other foreigners living in Japan.

    Is anybody else planning on watching the cup? I hear America is pretty bad, however their 7s team can play. (Just what I've been told, I know jack shit)
  4. Podcasting

    02 May 2019 - 01:38 PM

    Cooking up a podcast for a few months now. I found the books very difficult to read the first time through, so I wanted to make a podcast to help folks with the details. I'm rereading the books, with two folks who have never read them. The idea is I should be able to help them in someway, but I certainly don't know as much as a lot of other folks round here.

    Should be about seven or eight episodes for Gardens of the Moon, and then DG.

    I know others have been posted like this before but just want to make something for new readers, try to bring folks in.. Probably not geared towards the crowd around this forum but figured I'd least notify people. I may try to do something more rereadish, you know talk about what I noticed my second time through.

    Give it a listen if you want.

    website:

    https://anchor.fm/tenverybigbooks

    rss feed:


    https://anchor.fm/s/...e9c/podcast/rss

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