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  1. 2020 Malazan Re-read: Bonehunters

    24 May 2020 - 06:34 AM

    Book description for Bonehunters:

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    The Seven Cities Rebellion has been crushed. Sha’ik is dead. One last rebel force remains, holed up in the city of Y’Ghatan and under the fanatical command of Leoman of the Flails. The prospect of laying siege to this ancient fortress makes the battle-weary Malazan Fourteenth Army uneasy. For it was here that the Empire’s greatest champion, Dassem Ultor, was slain and a tide of Malazan blood spilled. A place of foreboding, its smell is of death. But elsewhere, agents of a far greater conflict have made their opening moves. The Crippled God has been granted a place in the pantheon; a schism threatens and sides must be chosen. Whatever each god decides, the ground rules have changed irrevocably, terrifyingly, and the first blood spilled will be in the mortal world. A world in which a host of characters, familiar and new, including Heboric Ghost Hands; the possessed Apsalar; Cutter, once a thief now a killer; the warrior Karsa Orlong; and the two ancient wanderers Icarium and Mappo, each searching for such a fate as they might fashion with their own hands, guided by their own will. If only the gods would leave them alone. But now that knives have been unsheathed, the gods are disinclined to be kind. There shall be war, war in the heavens. And the prize? Nothing less than existence itself...


    January 1st we began the re-read of the main series of the Malazan books. The plan being to read one book a month. We've now added additional Erikson and Esslemont publications to the schedule, to be read roughly according to the publication order.

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    2020
    January: Gardens of the Moon
    February: Deadhouse Gates
    March: Memories of Ice
    April: House of Chains
    May: Midnight Tides
    June Night of Knives & The Bonehunters
    July: Return of the Crimson Guard
    August: Reaper's Gale
    September: Stonewielder
    October: Toll the Hounds
    November: Orb Sceptre Throne
    December: Dust of Dreams

    2021
    January: The Crippled God
    February: Blood and Bone
    March: Assail
    April: Forge of Darkness
    May: Fall of Light


    You can read our thoughts from earlier months in these threads:

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Gardens of the Moon

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Deadhouse Gates

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Memories of Ice

    2020 Malazan Re-read: House of Chains

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Night of Knives

    June 1st we begin the re-read of Bonehunters, the sixth book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. Remember we will also be reading Night of Knives this month, Night of Knives coming first in the reading order.

    There will be spoilers for all published books. So beware. Spoiler blocks are not mandatory but if people want to use boxes for the latest Kharkanas books or the Path to Ascendance books for example, I'd personally appreciate it.

    Are you ready? What do you remember about Bonehunters?

    This book was the turning point, where my adoration of the series and Erikson's writing started to waver. I still thought the series was great but I wasn't fond of the storylines, it lacked that proper convergence and didn't have quite the same epic moments that left you reeling with their implications. Rather at this point in the series I think Erikson starts to reveal answers to mysteries but forgets to create enough new ones. I liked Bonehunters and Reaper's Gale well enough but by the time I finished Toll the Hounds I was pretty frustrated with Erikson's over arching story and his pivot to more philosophical and more experiemental narratives.

    Too many times Erikson swerves the reader, denying them that epic resolution I want. Dessim Ne'breahl never got to be the big bad I wanted, Mallick Rel never gets his comeuppance, The Jade Statue threat turns into nothing much, etc. It's a trend that continues in the later books and it gave me blue balls.

    I hope that on this re-read I'll see these later books in a new light. I think maybe back then Bonehunters simply paled in comparison to Midnight Times.
  2. 2020 Malazan Re-read: Night of Knives

    24 May 2020 - 06:17 AM

    Book description for Night of Knives:

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    It gave the Empire its name, but the tiny island and city of Malaz is now a sleepy, seedy backwater port. However, this night things are a little different. This night its residents are bustling about, barring doors and shuttering windows. Because this night a once-in-a-generation Shadow Moon is due and threatens the good citizens of Malaz with demon hounds and other, darker, beings…

    And it was also prophesied that on this night the Emperor Kellanved, missing for all these years, would return. As factions within the greater Empire battle over the imperial throne, the Shadow Moon summons a far more alien and ancient presence for an all-out assault upon the island. Indeed, the cataclysmic events that happen this night will determine the fate of the Malaz and of the entire world beyond.



    January 1st we began the re-read of the main series of the Malazan books. The plan being to read one book a month. We've now added additional Erikson and Esslemont publications to the schedule, to be read roughly according to the publication order.

    Quote

    2020
    January: Gardens of the Moon
    February: Deadhouse Gates
    March: Memories of Ice
    April: House of Chains
    May: Midnight Tides
    June Night of Knives & The Bonehunters
    July: Return of the Crimson Guard
    August: Reaper's Gale
    September: Stonewielder
    October: Toll the Hounds
    November: Orb Sceptre Throne
    December: Dust of Dreams

    2021
    January: The Crippled God
    February: Blood and Bone
    March: Assail
    April: Forge of Darkness
    May: Fall of Light


    You can read our thoughts from earlier months in these threads:

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Gardens of the Moon

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Deadhouse Gates

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Memories of Ice

    2020 Malazan Re-read: House of Chains

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Midnight Tides

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Bonehunters

    June 1st we begin the re-read of Night of Knives, which both serves as a prequel to the Malazan Book of the Fallen series and a kind of prologue to Esslemont's Empire series. Remember we will also be reading Bonehunters this month, Night of Knives coming first in the reading order.

    There will be spoilers for all published books. So beware. Spoiler blocks are not mandatory but if people want to use boxes for the latest Kharkanas books or the Path to Ascendance books for example, I'd personally appreciate it.

    Are you ready? What do you remember about Night of Knives?

    I recall really liking this book. It was shorter and more focused, only featured a handful of character points of view and had a tremendous pace. There's stand out moments that helped flesh out the main series and gave us new info about famous characters. We saw Dassem in action for the first time, tossing a man like a horse shoe, Tayscren reacting to Kelanved's power in awe, Temper stomping around, clashing swords and killing things like a bad ass.

    Can't wait!
  3. UFOs, UAPs, Lights in the sky!

    29 April 2020 - 06:58 AM

    Let's discuss something more fun in these troubled times. UFOs!

    You may have noticed some UFO footage popping back up in the media this week. Here's a random BBC article:

    https://www.bbc.com/...canada-52457805

    Here's a random NY Times article with more details

    https://www.nytimes....avy-pilots.html

    Joe Rogan also had a couple of the pilots on his show, talking about what they saw.

    This is the same footage that was revealed a couple years ago. Not much was made of it but I remember it blew my mind.

    I'm convinced this is real proof that somebody or something is flying around in our skies. Doesn't have to be aliens, could be time travellers, what ever, but the truth is out there.

    What do you think?

    Do you want to believe?
  4. 2020 Malazan Re-read: Midnight Tides

    27 April 2020 - 06:47 PM

    January 1st we began the re-read of the main series of the Malazan books. The plan being to read one book a month. We've now added additional Erikson and Esslemont publications to the schedule, to be read roughly according to the publication order.

    Quote

    2020
    January: Gardens of the Moon
    February: Deadhouse Gates
    March: Memories of Ice
    April: House of Chains
    May: Midnight Tides
    June Night of Knives & The Bonehunters
    July: Return of the Crimson Guard
    August: Reaper's Gale
    September: Stonewielder
    October: Toll the Hounds
    November: Orb Sceptre Throne
    December: Dust of Dreams

    2021
    January: The Crippled God
    February: Blood and Bone
    March: Assail
    April: Forge of Darkness
    May: Fall of Light


    You can read our thoughts from earlier months in these threads:

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Gardens of the Moon

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Deadhouse Gates

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Memories of Ice

    2020 Malazan Re-read: House of Chains

    May 1st we begin the re-read of Midnight Tides, the fifth book of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series.

    There will be spoilers for all published books. So beware. Spoiler blocks are not mandatory but if people want to use boxes for the latest Kharkanas books or the Path to Ascendance books for example, I'd personally appreciate it.

    Are you ready? What do you remember about Midnight Tides?

    Midnight Tides is one of my favorite Malazan Books. It was a shock that Erikson again split the narrative, so that we now had a third storyline completely seperated from characters and setting of the other four books. Except for Trull and a few cameos, the cast is new, the continent is new and weird new revelations about the lore and magic system and much else is revealed.

    I remember Midnight Tides being a more challenging book than the others. The new themes of imperialism, capitalism, civilization vs natives, etc. were thrilling and most surprising, this book probably has some of the funniest segments when ever Tehol and Bugg steal the scene. I also remember rereading segments like Iron Bars vs the Toblakai gods, Bugg becoming enraged when he thinks Tehol is killed, the duel between Rhulad and Brys Beddict, etc. over and over. There's a lot of great moments in this one.
  5. Astroneer co-op anyone?

    18 April 2020 - 02:40 PM

    Anybody on here interested in doing some Astroneer co-op on PS4? I've been eyeing this game recently and feel like it would be a nice relaxing game to play in these Corona times but it seems like it should be played in co-op.

    If you don't know what Astroneer is here's a short trailer:

    https://youtu.be/Wjyz0k_8_D0

    Gameplay:

    https://youtu.be/gsddnfc8oJA

    Astroneer is basically a very laid back survival, building and ressource collection game where you play as one or more astronauts stranded on an alien planet. The game is centered around collecting ressources and using said ressources to build a base and upgrade your equipment. There's no combat or real threat to the player, it's only about exploring, gathering and progress.

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    Aptorian 

    17 Jul 2019 - 19:21
    Here's to another 100!
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    Tsundoku 

    15 Jul 2019 - 20:23
    101!
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    Aptorian 

    17 Jul 2018 - 19:37
    I dont feel a day over 75.
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    Tsundoku 

    16 Jul 2018 - 11:38
    100 today you old bastard! I always thought you were in great shape for a centenarian.
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    Aptorian 

    23 Nov 2016 - 06:54
    I think you need therapy and probably some kind of medical treatment, Mal. How boring is your daily existence that you find it imperative to jump on this forum every few weeks and pick a fight with people?
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    Malaclypse 

    23 Nov 2016 - 06:48
    you got somehting to say? because I'm about done with this bullshit
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    Tattersail_ 

    16 Oct 2016 - 17:02
    I feel blessed with your presence
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    Aptorian 

    22 Sep 2016 - 13:31
    Test
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    Vengeance 

    22 Sep 2016 - 13:29
    blurp
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    Abyss 

    22 Sep 2016 - 10:09
    Testing
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    Malaclypse 

    22 Sep 2016 - 00:11
    Where do you get off telling me to 'tone it down'? Fuck you man, I stood up for you when all of the staff was against you. I gave you the 'Wheelchairs of War' in defiance of censorship. In short, I backed you when you said unpopular thihgs. Do better.
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    Tsundoku 

    16 Jul 2014 - 08:19
    Huh, apparently you were BORN. Well, there goes that theory. Happy birthday Hamlet. Tell Mary I said hi. ;)
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    HoosierDaddy 

    14 Jun 2014 - 23:24
    Your rep is out of fucking control. I'm going to start neg-repping you to bring you back to the standard deviation.
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    Illuyankas 

    02 Feb 2013 - 21:08
    *fires 21 gun salute*
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    Loki 

    16 Jul 2012 - 04:57
    Happy birthday, Apt.
    Just this once, you win. ^_^
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