The Complete Malazan Book of the Fallen

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Included in The Malazan Empire collection are Steven Erikson 's books:
ardens of the Moon
Deadhouse Gates
Recollectio of Ice
House of Chains
Midnight Tides
The Bonehunters
Reaper 's Gale
Toll the Hounds
ust of Dreams
The Crippled God


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Published January 28th 2014 by Tor Books
Number of Pages
8258

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Just me tracking my UMCRO progress.What is

UMCRO?

Ultimate Malazan Chronological Reading Order,

5.) Deadhouse Landing 2.83 ✔

And I 'm reading them chronologically.That 's it.

Late in 2017 authors themselves suggested chronological reading order.

Overall, fans simply, out of happines for these series, expressed concern that new readers, who decided to follow that reading order, wo n't have that same phenomenal experience as they did.So, I decided to test this, to tweak my 'Suggested by Fans' reading order and adapt it to that of which authors prefer.My opinion, since I 'm on half of it?

Move away from this reading order and start with nothing else but Gardens of the Moon, first ook in Malazan Book of the Fallin series and then continue onward by the order books were published.

If you like puzzles, you 'll like this suggested chronological reading order.

And you get to collect them, all the way to crescendo of Crippled God, final book of the eries, and you get to see complete picture.

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While thinking about writing a review abut this series, a quote by one of my favorite writers, Stephen King, comes to mind- “ The most significan things are the hardest to say.

And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a quirky way, not understanding what you 've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it.

I will not be divulging any spoilers, so this review is meant for people who haven ’ t read it yet and want to know what they are getting into.

In the Gear of Time and Harry Potter and Sanderson ’ s book, normally the protagonist is as stupi as us at first and as things are explained to him/her gradually, we get a deeper understanding.

In act, one of the prologues begins with a heading similar to this 345,678 years before this particular event!

The series broadly follows story lines on three distinct continents.

There are again a ton of new characte, a complex story with no explained background.

Sadly, the nightmare has returned with none of the backstory in the previous four novels making it to the ifth one which takes place entirely on the third continent.

Did I mention that sometimes the characters that you finally get accustomed to die ( yet are still active) or “ ascend ” and assume a new name or just get a new one after a certai event or may simply be known by multiple names by different people.Unreliable narratorsJust don ’ t think omething is true just because the POV of a character says so.

In nevertheles, a uniqu series of events may look entirely different from the POVs of different characters.Interestingly, one of the most vita storylines in the whol series does not get even a single POV lest we may start to get the right idea about things.Complex magic systemThe series has a very complex magic system that is useful to explain even after completing the series.

It ’ s a ard, difficult, frustrating journey that is oh so rewarding.The sheer scope of the storyIf the number of species or people or years were not enough, the story does not take place in a single world.

Also, just think about a character that has lived for a hundred thousand years, all of them eventful.

Here is where Erikson brings his archaeology aspect to the fore by actually making the reader realize the weight of history and the enormity of time.Shades of greyIt would be wrong to say that there are no black and white characters in this essay.

Erikson manages to flesh out a character more in a couple of lines that other authors may not be ble to do in entire novels.

He makes you empathise with them and understand their motives.The sheer epicnessThe first major scene of the next boo starts with a siege being laid to a city which is defended by a city-sized flying castle.

Erikson also deals with many contemporary themes that one can relate to, from the costs that human exact upon their surroundings to the apathy that comes with civilization to the pitfalls of a nation built seeing only money as value.Themes exploredAlthough, the book series belong to the epic war fantasy genre, it explores a myriad of themes.

From handling complex plots and plans that may have hatched by literal gods and may have been dozen of millions of years in making, to handling the most basic of all themes like courage, duty, friendship, ove and wisdom.

While at some places, this series will surely make you cry or look away in horror, many big sections are actually comic in nature.CharactersIt may not be wrong to say that one of the biggest weaknesse of the series are its characters.

These characters, which may include immortals, gods, soldiers or the common man walking on the treet, have their own histor, agendas, motivations, moral compass and reasons for doing various things.

You will laugh and cry at these duos as well as love them with all your heart.To summarize this huge review, I would like to reiterate that those earlier points are not critical in nature, but were meant to inform you how daunting it is to read this series.

I did read the series again and it was a lot more comprehensible and rewarding the second time around.

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Nor was this really a character driven narrative because of the too many POV 's, inconsistent characterisation and the plot.

A lot of the villain 's inner monologues are actually the author 's philosophical musings that do n't give us any insight into the haracter or His/Her motivations.While Erikson dealt with many interesting historical, philosophica, and anthropological themes, they do n't really make up for the deficiencies elsewhere in the plot and storytelling.

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A slight alarm bell did ring- it seemed that far less was resolved within the first book than I was used to, but again, I chalked this down to the act that this was meant to be a more challenging read and therefore to be expected.Book 2 was worse and I frequently found myself frustrated at the pace of writing and the emphasi on seemingly meaningless scenes, internal monologues and themes.

Now that may not sound daunting to you, but when pretty much ALL internal monologues are of this nature and worse, seem to follow the same heme of " my life is awful; life is meaningless; what 's the point in anything ", it starts to get pretty wearying.Onto Book 3- here, the pace seemed to pick up and I became excited.

There was more of what I talked about above, and more tangible inner monologues, decisive action and clear meaningful character development.Book 4 introduced more characters, but some were interesting and seemed to be mportant and the nove was written in the style of Book 3 so I was a happy bunny.Book 5 seemed to take another tack yet again, but I persevered.Book 6- a mixed bag, but more good than bad and I started to guess at the direction of the series.Another side point here- I 'm 90% of the way through the series and I still do n't know where the nove is heading, who the main antagonist ( s) REALLY is/are or whether there is supposed to be one at all.

Add to that the reason that you 're often following class C and below characters and it becomes a chore rather than a joy to pick up the books.Something kept me going- namely, a aith in all the resident on the web that had recommended this series, a religio that it just had to turn around and build to an exciting climax.

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Characters can be ntrospective, sometimes to the point where a reader may want to skip, but there are often profound repercussions on the haracter 's actions, and characters will sometimes seem to be acting paradoxically to their conversations, but this only makes the characte more realistic.

A character 's thoughts may give you some insight, but like real people, actions speak louder than words.3) Your first read through will be woefully incomplete.

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