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  1. Steven Erikson DG interview

    14 February 2020 - 11:32 PM


    I has the chance to invite Steve back on the podcast. This time we spoke more specifically about DG, the birth of a religion and I tried a bit more prying about the God is Not Willing.

    Give it a listen if you like and lmk what you think
  2. 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:

    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.

  3. 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?



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