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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2010
When I read The Warded Man last year it became one of my favourite books I'd ever read. It had everything I wanted and Peter V Brett told the story in such a way that I just couldn't put it down until I reached the last page. The sequel, The Desert Spear, became one of the top three books I was looking forward to this year, but when Subterranean Press announced The Great Bazaar I knew I had to have it. Fortunately I managed to get my order in and when it arrived I quickly managed to get over my fanboy giddiness and jumped straight into it. It was just what I needed to tie me over until The Desert Spear hit the shelves!

To make things clear, The Great Bazaar is a short novella, but also contained here are two deleted scenes from the novel along with an appendix of Krasian phrases and what they mean plus a section on the various wards in the world of the Demon Cycle. Because of this it's very difficult to go into too much detail without spoiling anything for those that haven't read it. However, here's a short bit about each of them:

The Great Bazaar
The highlight of this short book by far. It follows Arlen during his messenger days before he finds the old combat wards. It revolves around the Krasian city of the Desert Spear where Arlen once again meets up with Abban who provides him with details of a deserted Krasian settlement about a weeks journey from Krasia itself. Abban promises great finds here and specifies just what he could find, but not all is as easy as it seems and Arlen find himself caught off guard when he reaches the place Abban has told him about.

I really, really enjoyed this short story and thought it proved a very good foundation to head into The Desert Spear. Not only that, but seeing some more of a younger, pre-painted man Arlen was good. It also shows a little more of the relationship he has with Abban as well as a little more detail about the Krasian society. Loved it.

Deleted Scenes
One deleted scene from The Warded Man is just a little more character development for Leesha, but it works well and, in my opinion at least, could easily have been present in the first book. The second is Brett's original opening chapter of The Painted Man, following Arlen as a child as he spends the day outside travelling as far as he dares from his home before turning around and returning before the fall of night. I think this scene was right to be cut from the final product as it's a little too different to fit in well.

Extras
The Krasian and Wards appendices are also a nice little touch, but ultimately they don't have the must-read factor of the main story present here. Worth seeing though and it makes up the pages in what could have been a too-short book.

Conclusion
I'm, as previously stated, a huge fan of The Warded Man, so my opinion of this will be biased. The Great Bazaar is worth reading and is a stand-out story that really hits the mark. It could also be seen as a good introduction the the series, although I would recommend reading The Warded Man first. My only disappointment is that it's such a short collection. The 'other stories' of the title is a little misleading as they are simply a couple of deleted scenes and I would have loved to see another couple of stories focusing on Arlen's messenger days here. Also, Brett's introductions and reasons why the scenes are a nice inclusion and add that little extra to the collection.

At the end of the day I came away full satisfied and as a fan of Brett's work I would recommend this in a heartbeat to other fans. It's worth the price and, as always with Subterranean Press' releases, it's a high quality book. Fans should check it out for sure.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2010
This book consists of a stand alone short story that takes place during Arlen's time in the desert, and also a couple of out takes from the Warded Man. There is a good amount of action in the short story, and some insight into the culture and the inhabitants of the Desert Spear. My only complaint is that I read it too fast! The book itself is well made (which is important to me as I'm a fan of books) and has a beautiful dust cover. Subterranean Press didn't print a whole lot of these so I advise fans of the first book to pick this up sooner rather than later.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2012
This short "deleted scene" was a good addition to the already amazing story that is the warded (painted) man. I also understand why is was cut from the noval, in the sense that the book moved along without it. Though I must say the grimoire was an excellent surprise at the end.
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Originally posted at FanLit.

Shame on me for not having read Peter V. Brett's The Warded Man and The Desert Spear yet. I have them on audio and I look forward to reading them -- I just keep thinking that I'll let Mr. Brett get further along in the series before I jump in (the series has been progressing slowly, but book 3, The Daylight War, comes out next February). Yet I'm attracted to Brett's world and after reading his novella Brayan's Gold, I wanted more, so I picked up the audio version of The Great Bazaar, another novella set in this land that's overrun by various types of demons every time it gets dark.

Peter V. Brett explains in his introduction to the print version of The Great Bazaar and Other Stories that The Great Bazaar is chapter 16.5 of The Warded Man. Similar to Brayan's Gold, it's one of the short tales detailing Arlen's work as a messenger. The stories were cut out of the novel to save space and make the story move faster. Brett explains that he's got plenty of tales to tell about Arlen during this period of his life, so I expect we'll be seeing more of these tales. Some can already be read in the print version of The Great Bazaar and Other Stories (available on Kindle for $5) and other deleted scenes can be found at Peter V. Brett's website.

In The Great Bazaar, Arlen is travelling through the desert of Krasia with a map provided by Abban, a dealer in the bazaar. He's looking for Baha kad'Everam, a deserted city famous for its expensive pottery. Nobody had been there for years because the place has been overrun by demons (including a type that Arlen has never heard of before), but Arlen hopes to find some pottery that will make him rich. Besides these new demons, Arlen also has to deal with the immortal rock demon he calls "One-Arm" who holds a The Great Bazaar by Peter V. Brettgrudge against Arlen and has been pursuing him for years. At the end of the story, Arlen sets out on another interesting quest. Will it be successful? I'll have to read The Warded Man and The Desert Spear to find out.

I listened to the audio version of The Great Bazaar which was produced earlier this year by Recorded Books. The recording is 1½ hours long and is expertly read by Pete Bradbury who also reads the Brett novels. He does a really nice job and I'm definitely looking forward to beginning The Warded Man.
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on April 2, 2014
If The Warded Man was a Director’s Cut DVD, The Great Bazaar and Other Stories would be the second disc filled with all the Extras. More story, deleted scenes, a ward grimoire; it’s all here. Even Brett offering context and insight into the scenes. Love The Warded Man? Then you’re going to love this collection, since it features more of what made that book so great.

The majority of the collection is devoted to the short story “The Great Bazaar”, a fantastic piece that works incredibly well as a standalone introduction to The Warded Man universe. The story follows Arlen Bales, now settled down, and proprietor of the Bales Motel. Arlen lives with his mother in a nearby house overlooking the motel. One night a blond demon, escaping from her past, checks into the motel…Alright, I’m lying. Really, did you think I was going to give it away; the story’s short, go read it. Abban, a merchant in the Great Bazaar”, is the rockstar in the story. Forget Team Jacob or Team Edward, Abban will have the love-struck pre-pubescents shrilling like wind demons after they catch his deeds in “The Great Bazaar.”

If I hadn’t read Brett’s debut, this story would have forced me to; it’s such a wonderful scene. Much better than you’d imagine, and not what you’d expect from material that didn’t make the original volume. Often, one hears the phrase deleted scenes, and thinks, This is the stuff that wasn’t good enough to make it in. That’s far from the case in The Great Bazaar and Other Stories; all the material here has the same high level of quality found in the novel.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2010
Although the Kindle version is not linked to this page, this title is available for pennies on the dollar for those who own a Kindle.
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VINE VOICEon March 14, 2013
Desperate for more of the series, I purchased the digital copies of both of Brett's novellas. This first one was a brief collection. And if The Warded Man: Book One of The Demon Cycle had been a DVD, then this would surely be considered the "bonus features". Each of the three sections included an introduction explaining how they related to the first book in the series and why they were excised (mostly for length). So more than "stories" these felt like deleted scenes. None of them were vital to the overall story arc, but they definitely filled my appetite for more in the series. The titular story also filled in some of the inside jokes between Arlen and Abban. A glossary appeared here, very similar to the one in The Daylight War: Book Three of The Demon Cycle which will definitely be useful to some readers. The ward and demon descriptions at the end made for a particularly nice touch. It acted as a nice segway between the first and second books in the series, but was priced a bit high for a digital version.
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on May 10, 2013
Peter Brett's writing is always engaging and fun, and this is a nice short side story that gives you yet another glimpse of Arlen's life before the major events in Desert Spear. Obviously because it's a different storytelling medium it's hard to compare to the main books, but I enjoyed reading it and the "deleted scenes" very much as a way to tide me over until the next novel.
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on April 4, 2014
While the stories are written with the same quality as the other Demon Cycle books, little that's New or Important happens here. These two stories merely fill in a few brief gaps. Not bad, but not groundbreaking. Best to read if you need your Demon Cycle fix between the long wait for the next book.
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on December 28, 2013
You would want to have more. The three main books are massive on their own, but the world is much bigger. These little stories give the reader a different view of the character that would not fit in the main story.
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