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  1. Edgewalker research paper

    22 August 2023 - 04:46 AM

    A Malazfan on reddit did a LOT of thinking about Edgewalker.
    Worth a read .

    Spoilers for all books, Kharkanas and TGINW included.
  2. READING ORDER discussion for SUN SWORD and HOUSE WAR

    16 May 2023 - 03:37 PM

    Below are some reading order posts - feel free to add to the discussion.
    Me, i'm going in order of publication, because i'm crazy that way.

    View PostTiste Simeon, on 20 April 2023 - 07:30 PM, said:

    From QT in the other thread:

    THE HIDDEN CITY (House War #1)
    CITY OF NIGHT (House War #2)
    HOUSE NAME (House War #3) & THE SACRED HUNT (Duology that covers much of the same events as HOUSE NAME, but from other character angles)
    THE BROKEN CROWN (Sun Sword #1)
    THE UNCROWNED KING (Sun Sword #2)
    THE SHINING COURT (Sun Sword #3)
    SEA OF SORROWS (Sun Sword #4)
    THE RIVEN SHIELD (Sun Sword #5)
    THE SUN SWORD (Sun Sword #6)
    SKIRMISH (House War #4)
    BATTLE (House War #5)
    ORACLE (House War #6)
    FIRSTBORN (House War #7)
    WAR (House War #8)

    Not released yet
    HUNTER'S REDOUBT (The Burning Crown #1)
    UNTITLED (The Burning Crown #2)
    UNTITLED (The Burning Crown #3)

    From what I understand you can jump in at the beginning of any series, which is good as I am only going to do Sun Sword, and am a few hours into book 1.

    View PostWhisperzzzzzzz, on 21 April 2023 - 05:17 PM, said:

    I would absolutely recommend reading the first 3 books of House War first! They give a depth and background to the world and central characters Jewel and her misfit family that is important to fully appreciate everything that comes later. I also like the gradual build of scale and scope across the entire thematic universe that you get from starting with the House War books. Starting with Jewel as a nobody orphan, who gets adopted by Rath by happenstance, who finds mythical histories by happenstance, who builds a family by happenstance, who then flips the script and stops being buffetted by chance and instead starts making things happen, all the way up to the class-spanning, world-spanning events in the more recent series. And they're just good books!


    The Sacred Hunt duology, on the other hand, are stilted, detached, and not as well written. I think most people would be better served by reading the House War books and then skipping the Sacred Hunt books entirely.

    When I did my read-through, I didn't skip the Sacred Hunt books, but I did skim them.

    Here's my recommendation:

    Start here The House War, Part One
    The Hidden City (2008)
    City of Night (2009)
    House Name (2011)

    Skip or Skim - The Sacred Hunt
    Hunter's Oath (1995)
    Hunter's Death (1996)

    The Sun Sword
    The Broken Crown (1997)
    The Uncrowned King (1998)
    The Shining Court (1999)
    Sea of Sorrows (2001)
    The Riven Shield (2003)
    The Sun Sword (2004)

    The House War, Part Two
    Skirmish (2012)
    Battle (2013)
    Oracle (2015)
    Firstborn (2019)
    War (2019)

  3. Abyss'mal Essalieyan read thread

    16 May 2023 - 02:54 PM

    Just Finished House War bk 1, THE BROKEN CROWN....

    SPOILERS unblocked for that book only. No later book spoilers here.

    Allow me to cherrypick the earlier thread for some relevant points....

    View PostAbyss, on 21 April 2023 - 01:53 PM, said:

    View PostQuickTidal, on 21 April 2023 - 01:06 PM, said:

    View PostTiste Simeon, on 21 April 2023 - 01:01 PM, said:

    The main thing I took from that, QT is how off my spelling is haha.

    This is clearly a wonderfully deep and well crafted world and I'm glad I'm going to stick with it...

    I see the same thing from Abyss when he does Audiobooks, it's hard to suss out how names are spelt! LOL It's all good.

    Glad you're sticking with it, it's so good as it gets properly going.

    This is totally a thing and now I just embrace it.

    View PostTiste Simeon, on 21 April 2023 - 05:29 PM, said:

    View PostAbyss, on 21 April 2023 - 01:52 PM, said:

    View PostJPK, on 21 April 2023 - 04:19 AM, said:

    View PostAbyss, on 21 April 2023 - 03:24 AM, said:

    As I have both series, am going to follow published order and start w THE BROKEN CROWN.
    Are you going the earbook route per usual?


    The narrator is quite good. She's expressive and all but doesn't have a very wide range of voices. However, I'm finding that the way she tells the story means I'm not sure it matters, she has a good way with it so the voices are incidental.

    That's my thinking on it and I'm liking her more each time I listen, you might feel differently.

    The narrator Eva WIlhelm did a very good job with this. Considering she had to work with +/- eight POV voices and two distinct accents (Dominion and Empire), and managed to keep them all distinct and clear, 'very good' is impressive. There were a maybe 2-3 times where a large group conversation was just a bit harder to clearly follow who was speaking or thinking but for the actual text saying so, but those moments jumped out because she did solid work otherwise.

    I was trying to figure out why her voice sounded familiar; a quick search showed she's a regular on Graphic Audio productions including the Eric Carter Necromancer series i'm a fan of.

    There was not much action in this book, but the two significant scenes - Kiriel saving Valedan, and Alesso v cranky demon who only showed up to give Alesso someone to fight - were done well enough. To be fair, while the Kiriel scene is told in detail and gives the narrator opportunity to pace and pitch accordingly, Alesso's fight is told mostly thirdhand by people having borderline bored conversations around it, so her opportunity to crank up the narration was limited.

    As earbooks go, this was a solid adaptation, no complaints.

    More about the book itself nextpost.
  4. Welcome to the Michelle West / Michelle Sagara subforum

    16 May 2023 - 02:08 PM

    Alrighty forumites, because you demanded it (ie i suggested it and like one person replied 'sure!') we now have an 'Other Authors' subforum for these books.

    As w the other Other Author forums please be clear in your topics and posts about what you are discussing, what will be spoiled, what book you are at, etc etc.

    Keeping in mind the sheer scope of the Sun Sword / House War/ whatever else is in there series, please be especially clear and when in doubt, spoilerblock to protect the stupid innocent from themselves spoilers.
  5. Random retro post is random

    02 May 2023 - 03:15 PM

    Umm... spoilers... for... uh, the Malazan series...
    and i guess... books, and
    ....and stuff.....


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    11 Aug 2019 - 09:32
    Thanks for getting me to 1000. *sniff* lots of pollen around here ...
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    31 Jan 2019 - 15:19
    Unbound Worlds now redirects to the PRH website, so that Top 100 fantasy link no longer works. Here's a very similar one though:
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    31 May 2016 - 03:21
    Because some mobile browsers don't resize and it makes the thread unreadable.
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    30 May 2016 - 18:50
    Just out of curiosity, why is it necessary to spoiler big pics on this forum? They go off the page and don't cause the text to unwrap, and they get resized in mobile browsers. I don't mind doing it; just asking.
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    27 Dec 2013 - 12:11
    Merry Nonsensicus!
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    20 Sep 2013 - 13:20
    And yet you cannot tear your eyes away from it.
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    Mrs Savagely Wishy Washy 

    20 Sep 2013 - 12:23
    There is a word to describe that pic, I just found one in the depths of my convulsing brain. It's DISTURBING but in a funny way.
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    10 Apr 2013 - 17:44
    If you're keeping score, I think my conversation (in a WoT thread, I think) with that one noob-troll about how to get banned from Malazan is worth a few. (i.e. "I recommend telling Malaclypse he's a douchebag.")
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    18 Dec 2012 - 19:27
    When the new order rises, lazy posters will be among the first to be purged.
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    18 Dec 2012 - 19:18
    Good call with the spoilers tags. I didn't want to add them because it makes it extra work to read posts :D
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    14 Jun 2012 - 17:04
    That's CAThulhu.
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    The dancing game 

    14 Jun 2012 - 16:54
    ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!!!
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    30 Mar 2012 - 16:46
    Thanks for setting me up in PEN!
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