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Dust of Dreams: Book Nine of The Malazan Book of the Fallen Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 19, 2010
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I absolutely love this series! Sure, it is difficult to follow sometimes and frequent trips to previous volumes are required to jolt the memory of this character and that event (in fact, i am now re-reading Toll the Hounds just to make sense of some things I read in DoD). But the way SE can bring all these disparate story lines together still amazes me.
As I alrady mentioned, this book is a hefty tome, 900 pages of battles, philosophy, plots and betrayals, and I was captivated from the first chapter. Characters that were distant memories suddenly returned, and the story arc of the K'Chain Che Malle was amazing and left me questioning many of my preconceptions. There is a lot of philosophical banter among the characters, but this is a hallmark of SE and I have come to appreciate some of the gems he manages to introduce.
It's hard to say much more about this book without adding spoilers, and I don't want to do that. But suffice to say that this book is everything I hoped for and I await with bated breath for the conclusion of one of the best fantasy series of all time.
It's boring. I found I had to skip ahead vast amounts, usually in vain, to find some action to grab my interest, some attempt at humor that was actually funny, or some explanation of why I should care about yet more new characters inexplicably introduced in the ninth book of a ten book series.
It's pointlessly depressing. In past books, characters we cared about often had bad things happen to them for reasons tragic, ironic, or at least serving the plot. Those made me choke up, made me care, and sometimes made me righteously angry at other characters in the book. Good stuff. Here we have a lot of death that seems purely random and serving no purpose at all. Did anyone at all care about the Barghast after their only significant appearance in the third book? Of course not. Was anyone calling out for their reappearance in book nine? Endless pages describing stupid internal squabbles? Their ultimate fate, and the simply disgusting treatment of Hetan? I kept hoping to find something to tie this inexplicable interlude into the larger plot involving the Malazan 14th Army or the machinations of various gods and others, but it's not there. I can only guess Erikson couldn't get an S&M novella about primitive tribal cultures published independently and folded it into Dust of Dreams as some sort of misguided form of "artistic" expression.
It's not well integrated into the overall story.Read more ›
Sadly he lost his way along the proverbial way, or lost his original editor, or maybe one of his characters decided he had traveled enough for two lifetimes and knocked him in the head with a club, or maybe it was a Warren, after all those things seem to be able to do anything Mr. Erickson wants them to do.
I read the series in a row up to book 9, I think that gives me some perspective about it's chronology and consistency, and here is my rant, not really a review since its so FULL of SPOILERS:
- The magic doesn't have a set of rules that are the base to all its further applications through the books. At first the Warrens were realms completely different from each other with their unique aspects, after a few books Mr Erickson decided they served the plot better if there were extension of elder Warrens, and instead of the extensions being unique, they are flavors of each other's, Tellan being originally de Warren of Time but not really since now it's the Warren of Fire, which in turn its a cousin of Tyr which is also fire, so you don't really have one but two Warrens of Fire, only the single applicationand of Tellan seen in the books transforms the Imass in inmortal, something you would expect a time warren to do.Read more ›
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Steven Erikson is a gifted writer. While this book is not the same set up as his others, it was the best at tying in loose ends about the history of many of the characters. Read morePublished 19 days ago by kindleman42
Amazing series! Erikson is an excellent writer and I couldn't put the books down.Published 1 month ago by christopher s.
In general, as relates to this series at least, the author seems to be self-indulging all of his sexual fantasies to the point where it actually made me feel pretty uncomfortable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chuck Gabriel
Steven Erikson continues to amaze in his depth and thought of plot throughout book nine of this epic tale. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Skip Outcalt
If you have read all of the books up to now there is no reason to stop. Erikson continues to expand the world while tying in your favorite characters. Absolutely immersive.Published 3 months ago by I. Joseph Marguliath
i enjoyed the book, and the cliff hanger at the end makes you wanna find out what happens at end so badPublished 4 months ago by benjamin finney
You've read the first 8 - just 2 more to go. Book 9 is as strong as the rest of the series. Other reviewers have mentioned that the plot wanders, but I didn't see it that way. Read morePublished 4 months ago by FlockOfSmeagols