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    Steven Erikson - Malazan Book of the Fallen series

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by Daydream, Jan 21, 2012.

    Just started reading this series a couple of days ago. Still not quite sure what to think of it though. The setting and idea behind it is really good, but I feel like the plot is taking forever to make sense. Each chapter is a small event thats separated by a coupple of years or in a totally different area. Nothing major seems to happen in those chapter except for a couple of characters meeting up and discussing events. Anyway this may sound as though I don't like the book, but I'm quite enjoying it except for the fact that its confusing as hell at times :p I'm going to continue reading since i refuse to set down a book no matter how boring/confusing it is! I guess the series itself is quite large, so maybe it just takes a couple of books to make more sense.

    Anyone else reading or read this series? What did/do you think of it?
     
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    I've read some of the books, although being me I read the second off last and then the last so I've gone back to the beginning to fill in the pieces. I agree it is complicated and confusing but in a good way it makes me want to find answers, but things will start to make sense, how far through are you.
     
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    Great series.

    Erikson doesn't supply much back story - as the reader you are basically just thrust into the action. You put pieces together over the course of reading the series. I think the books are excellent, personally.
     
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    My personal favourite characters in the series have to be Fiddler, Dancer and Shadowthrone and Paran, who certainly made his mark, in fact I feel sorry for him, the gods pick on him quite a lot. As for D and S they scheme... and scheme somemore, and then possess a fishing girl to do their dirty work. Pure brilliance. If all gods were like the ones in Malazan Book of the Fallen this world would be much more interesting...
     
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    I've almost finished the first book! It's definitely getting better, but as I said can be really confusing at times!! Think I just have to get used to his style of writing. As Steerpike mentioned I think he has a habit of throwing the reader into the action without explaining much of the setting or why its happening....you just have to keep reading to find out!
     
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    Yeah you could say it keeps you in suspense, but even in the first book all the characters are well thought out, and I think its a lot better than most fantasies Ive read, it has a form of realism in the way the world exists.
     
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    Ah definitely liking it abit more now :D Finallystarting to understand things....it's still confusing, but I atleast know the characters now! I've now bought the next two in the series!
     

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