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  1. A Fan Review

    20 August 2021 - 08:31 PM

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is not my favorite Malazan book, that still remains probably Midnight Tides, but it is a very, very good book.

    First, as Steve made it clear, it is definitely more in line with Malazan than Kharkanas. More importantly, it is very much moreso in line with EARLY Malazan than late Malazan. I say that as a positive. Later Malazan, which I truly, truly loved, could take massive detours into philosophical exploration and more nuanced thoughts on life . TGINW takes some minor detours that are definitely in that vein, but they are more so very similar to the same meandering that would typically be present in books 2-5 in Malazan. Worldbuilding detours that helped add layers to the themes and events occurring in the novel. The humor is just about right... it provides somewhat of a balance. The

    While not a direct sequel to BotF, TGINW provides so much information as to the world post TTH/TCG. While it was to be expected we would receive a lot of information on current Genebackis and it's recent history leading to present events, this book also provides so many tantalizing hints as to what is going on elsewhere in the world. I delighted in a further expansion of the world. What is Malazan if not the pinnacle of world-building? TGINW continues to build more and more: expanded pantheons, magic systems, peoples (FFS who is Goro + 2 arms and where'd he go????). It's part of what makes this world stand apart. Fully fledged and ever-evolving as denotes someone who has studied the ever-shifting playing field everyone is standing on in this world.

    It shouldn't be ignored that this could be an entry point for a new reader. There is nothing in this book that says you have to have read the earlier books to get it. Of course you won't pick up everything, but I've read this series a lot and I still pick up new things each and every read. Maybe I'm wrong... but I don't think so. You have basically all new characters, in an a mostly new setting, with pretty much a new field of playing field rules.

    We know there will be more books... but there doesn't have to be. This is a self-contained book that stands on its own. It will be enhanced with later books as themes are further paid off, as plot points reach their final resting points... but you can read this book and call it a day. There is no cliff-hanger. There is no "To be continued!". It simply comes to a well defined ending that promises more to come but NOT NEEDING more to come immediately.

    This book has them and it's what I think everyone is latching on to in their enjoyment. I'm reading tantalizing hints, brief appearances, touched on philosophies and these are all pricks into my imagination as to what just might be. Of what is further down that line. It is what made early Malazan so damned addictive. It's why this board exists... people what to discuss the possibilities that exist in the little teases and hints that Erikson is providing as to this huge world and what is going on in it. You'll know them when you see them. WHERE IS THE SERIES GOING NOW? WHAT ARE WE TO WITNESS?

    That's enough for now. I finished this last night and I've been thinking on it. I'm excited. I'm reenergized as a fan as to just what Erikson has in store for the rest of the ride.


    Stillwater was a lawyer. L O Fucking L. Less bloody.
    Goro+2. You have 4 skykeeps? I raise you Mortal Kombat's Goro with two additional arms. What an exciting little WTF section.
    Karsa isn't in this book.... His absence is all the presence he needs. Befitting a god's absence has profound influence just as much as their presence.
    The people of Silver Lake yelling numbers whenever a marine looked at them. That was brilliant.
    The fact that basically every Marine is a fucking mage. Which ones AREN'T? Gruff? Is he it?
    The fanservice in seeing Rake, Cotillion and Shadowthrone... as much as Stillwater kept going into Emurlahn you had to know at some point Cots would show up.
    The ANSWERS! What is bloodoil? It's fucking otataral affected stuff. Erikson explained Karsa and the Jaghut Ohdan.... Where's Rake? Still around in some non-form in Galain. What happened with Icarium's warrens? Well they seem pretty fucking effective! It was great.
    The MYSTERY... with the Teblor and northern invasion for all intents and purposes over... where do we go from here?


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    08 Oct 2021 - 08:37
    41 ... kinda "meh" really. But at least it's a Friday so enjoy. Happy birthday dude.
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    07 Oct 2020 - 20:01
    40! Dun dun dunnnnn ...
    Make it a good one :)
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    06 Jul 2020 - 07:57
    "A poor man's idea of a rich man.
    A weak man's idea of a strong man.
    A stupid man's idea of a genius."
    I'm not actually sure where it is from. But I've seen the "poor man's idea of a rich man" quote used about Trump and his gaudy taste more than once.
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    07 Oct 2019 - 19:35
    Enjoy your last year in your 30s
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    08 Oct 2018 - 07:56
    Like last year, except with more boobs and explosions!
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    07 Oct 2017 - 16:52
    Happy birthday you big hunk of Indianan. May you spend it In-Diana (as in WW)
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    02 Feb 2016 - 21:30
    So do you agree to the terms? Cruz wins Alabama, you get my avatar for a month. Cruz doesn't win Alabama, I get your avatar for a month.
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    10 Dec 2015 - 08:51
    Hey, thanks for the comment, there's a new video up now and I'm going to try and do some more today! :)
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    07 Oct 2015 - 20:00
    Happy 35th :)
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    30 Jun 2015 - 07:10
    So when are you going to change the subtitle of the American Politics thread to something about Democalypse 2016?
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    19 Jan 2015 - 11:47
    I have allowed the weather to catch up to me. I still want to come soon though. Email me because this is awkward - terez27 at gmail dot com.
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    28 Nov 2014 - 02:53
    We have corn!
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    27 Nov 2014 - 21:13
    Don't get out much? :D I have driven through Indy a couple of times now; I had to go to IU to scan 3 books when I was up here visiting in the spring. I thought about hitting you up then, but I figured I would get around to it when I moved up here permanently. Less rush. :) Some time soon, when the weather is good.
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    27 Nov 2014 - 20:43
    I am about a half hour north of 74. You're in the capital eh? It's about a 3 hour drive, same as St. Louis. In other words, not too bad. :)
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    27 Nov 2014 - 10:39
    I think I live in your neck of the woods now. We should meet up some time. I don't bite, promise. I live in central IL but I drive to Chicago for French lessons and to St. Louis for cigarettes.
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