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  1. 2020 Malazan Re-read: Orb, Sceptre, Throne

    01 November 2020 - 06:57 AM

    2020 MALAZAN RE-READ: ORB, SCEPTRE, THRONE

    Book description for Orb, Sceptre, Throne.

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    Darujhistan, city of dreams, city of blue flames, is peaceful at last; its citizens free to return to politicking, bickering, trading and, above all, enjoying the good things in life. Yet there are those who will not allow the past to remain buried. A scholar digging in the plains stumbles across an ancient sealed vault. The merchant Humble Measure schemes to drive out the remaining Malazan invaders. And the surviving agents of a long-lost power are stirring, for they sense change and so, opportunity. While, as ever at the center of everything, a thief in a red waistcoat and of rotund proportions walks the streets, juggling in one hand custard pastries, and in the other the fate of the city itself.

    Far to the south, fragments of the titanic Moon's Spawn have crashed into the Rivan Sea creating a series of isles…and a fortune hunter's dream. A Malazan veteran calling himself 'Red' ventures out to try his luck—and perhaps say goodbye to old friends. But there he finds far more than he'd bargained for as the rush to claim the Spawn's treasures descends into a mad scramble of chaos and bloodshed. For powers from across the world have gathered here, searching for the legendary Throne of Night. The impact of these events are far reaching, it seems. On an unremarkable island off the coast of Genabackis, a people who had turned their backs upon all such strivings now lift their masked faces towards the mainland and recall the ancient prophesy of a return.

    And what about the ex-Claw of the Malazan Empire who now walks the uttermost edge of creation? His mission—the success or failure of which the Queen of Dreams saw long ago—is destined to shape far more than anyone could have ever imagined.


    January 1st 2020 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: Midnight Tides

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Night of Knives

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Bonehunters

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Return of the Crimson Guard

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Reaper's Gale

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Stonewielder

    2020 Malazab Re-read: Toll the Hounds

    November 1st we begin the re-read of Orb, Sceptre, Throne, the 4th Novel of Eslemont's Malazan Empire 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 Orb, Sceptre, Throne?

    I remember being weary of Esslemont's story telling at this point but very excited to see the culmination of this return of "The Tyrant" story seed that was planted in Bonehunters, when the Undead Soldier Seguleh blew open our understanding of Darujistan's history.

    The first quarter of the book, with the creepy, very gothic telling, of the uncovering of the mask and its power was fascinating. The power that took the field, an army of Seguleh, scary City Mages travelling the continent, that stuff was cool. The ending on the other hand was very disappointing. I feel like, this was the one book, where the authors should have had the balls to demonstrate the terrible consequences of ascendants and gods facing off. Darujistan should have been blown up by the Moranth or Brood should have brought the hammer down to kill the Tyrant. 10+ books of world building and story telling should have born fruit in killing that city and putting the rest of the wars in context.
  2. Battle Ground - Spoiler free discussion thread

    29 September 2020 - 05:53 AM

    Please put any spoilers for Battle Ground in a black box while people take their time to read through the book.

    ___________

    It's out! And for some reason it was only 12 dollars on Amazon.
  3. Terry Goodkind has passed away, aged 72

    18 September 2020 - 02:52 AM

    The news is going around the internet:

    https://www.tor.com/...death-obituary/

    No info on the cause yet. He was just 72.

    Goodkind, for good or bad, has quite a history on this forum and I'll be damned if he doesn't get a send off thread.
  4. A bad customer experience in a local church

    12 September 2020 - 02:38 PM

    This happened last week and I've been thinking about it ever since.

    I went to a baptism last weekend. It's a relatively large church in a suburb of Copenhagen. Your typical generic Danish church, 700ish years old, made out of brick and tile, big open room with arched ceilings, wooden pews, choir in one end and an altar in the other.

    It was an awful experience. And more puzzling, I remember visiting the exact same church two years earlier for the big brother's baptism and it was just the same.

    The room was not even a quarter full but there was a cacophony of children wailing and fidgeting, people coughing or murmuring to one another, loud echoes from people's feet on the wooden floor, etc. To drown this out the church had installed small speakers down the sides of the walls. But the sound wasn't loud enough and the mic quality wasn't sharp, so you couldn't understand half of what the priest was saying, nor could you tell what the choir was singing but that's mainly because of the archaic way these people sing these terribly outdated songs in a giant open room with bad accoustics.

    On top of that the Priest seemed pretty pissed and didn't want to be there. He started out berating the audience because everyone didn't stand up when he and the parents entered. Then he had all these acerbic remarks in between the ceremony parts, saying things like "You'd think the birth of a child would be a cause of celebration" or "People think the birth of their child will bring them happiness. But what really does bring people happiness now a days and did some bit on materialism or something like that. And he ended the whole thing with something like either him or we not really caring and let's just end it here and then he just stood there looking at us for a second and started walking down the isle, with the family scrambling after him.

    It was a thoroughly weird experience. I'd have been pissed if I'd paid money for the ceremony.

    Which made me think about what churches really are about now a days. Now, of course, your milage may vary from church to church, priest to priest but it just felt like such an antiquated experience.

    Terrible service where the priest and helper dude was clearly dissatisfied with the heathens in their church who were unfamiliar with the churches traditions and didn't share their reverence for a crumbling religious institution.

    And a facility that just feels utterly unsuitable for the purpose it's used for.

    As a person who's studied service design and customer user experience, there's so many things about that experience that could have been optimised. A smaller room, better sound isolation, more comfortable seating, better speakers, preferably a bunch of large TVs hanging around the room with instructions, like what the days program is, what song or sermon is next, maybe some scrolling text or lyrics so you don't have to frantically flip through a book with a thousand songs most don't know how to sing.

    And just a more understanding form of addressing a crowd that doesn't hinge on the frustration that the general public in Denmark doesn't give two shits about Church ceremonies.

    And maybe this is just me but some kind of epic light show on the baby fountain, maybe with some dry ice smoke and some Dolby Surround sound angel choir when the kid gets dunked in the water would also be cool.
  5. 2020 Malazan Re-read: Stonewielder

    01 September 2020 - 12:09 PM

    2020 MALAZAN RE-READ: STONEWIELDER

    Book description for Stonewielder:

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    Greymane believed he'd outrun his past. With his school for swordsmanship in Falar, he was looking forward to a quiet life, although his colleague Kyle wasn't as enamoured with life outside the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard. However, it seems it is not so easy for an ex-Fist of the Malazan Empire to disappear, especially one under sentence of death from that same Empire.

    For there is a new Emperor on the throne of Malaz, and he is dwelling on the ignominy that is the Empire's failed invasion of the Korel subcontinent. In the vaults beneath Unta, the Imperial capital, lie the answers to that disaster. And out of this buried history surfaces the name Stonewielder.

    In Korel, Lord Protector Hiam, commander of the Stormguard, faces the potential annihilation of all that he holds dear. With few remaining men and a crumbling stone wall that has seen better days, he confronts an ancient enemy: the sea-borne Stormriders have returned.

    Religious war also threatens these lands. The cult of the Blessed Lady, which had stood firm against the Riders for millennia, now seeks to eradicate its rivals. And as chaos looms, a local magistrate investigating a series of murders suddenly finds himself at the heart of a far more ancient and terrifying crime - one that has tainted an entire land....


    January 1st 2020 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: Night of Knives

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Bonehunters

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Return of the Crimson Guard

    2020 Malazan Re-read: Reaper's Gale

    September 1st we begin the re-read of Stonewielder, the 2nd book of the Empire 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 Stonewielder?

    I remember next to nothing about this one.

    There was this wall.

    And some kind of Crippled Goddess thing with some crippled chunks doing bad stuff.

    Oh and Ipshank and Manask! I loved those two. I want Esslemont to write a series of books just like the Bauchelain and Korbald Broach stories. MANASK! THE STEALTHIEST OF THIEVES!

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    Tsundoku 

    15 Jul 2020 - 20:00
    102! How does he do it?
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    Incredible 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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    Incredible 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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    Incredible 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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    Incredible 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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