Crack'd Pot Trail: A Malazan Tale of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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About the Author
Steven Erikson is an archaeologist and anthropologist and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His Malazan Book of the Fallen series, including The Crippled God, Dust of Dreams, Toll the Hounds and Reaper's Gale, have met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. The first book in the series, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award. The second novel, Deadhouse Gates, was voted one of the ten best fantasy novels of 2000 by SF Site. He lives in Canada.
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Hardcover : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765330466
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765330468
- Product Dimensions : 6.45 x 0.81 x 9.54 inches
- Publisher : Tor Books; Reprint Edition (September 13, 2011)
- Language: : English
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A couple of things to note about the book (no spoilers):
1. Bauchelain, Broach, and Reese only appear for a few pages in this book. I felt this was more of a sidebar to their exploits and it should not have been listed as a true "tale of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach".
2. The writing seemed a little disjointed to me. There were a number of stories within this story as characters recounted tales of their own. As I didn't read straight through, I found I had more difficulty than normal trying to keep everything straight.
Not sure if this would be considered a spoiler or not:
1. I'd really like to have Erikson complete the story of what exactly happened between Bauchelain, Broach, and the Indifferent God. Things were just starting to get interesting when the story ended.
TL;DR version -
The best part of the book is the last 20 pages, only read them and save yourself some time. This was the weakest of Erikson's efforts that I've read. Needs more Bauchelain, Broach, and Reese.
Like all of Erickson's work this book is highly recommended even if it is short by his standards.
It's like he was copying the style and ideas from Chaucer while channeling Joyce.
But as I came near the end, I found myself wishing the story would go on.
I'm glad I persevered. Turns out, it's a great read.
I'm not entirely sure what it has to do with the Bauchelain or Korbal Broach beyond the lose connection of a few characters. The overly long italicized intro took me back to Highscool and the Canterbury Tales. The overly worded descriptions and comments on artists and their behavior just left me bored. I kept being reminded of the political discussion in War and Peace...I finished that book.
If the author is trying to say something, upset with his readers, or just trying to be funny, good for him. Sadly he missed the mark and his publishers, editors, and fans have allowed it go unnoticed. If I could find a way to return this for a full refund to send the message that not only do I know that he can do better, but that $10.00 was too much this waste of bandwidth, I would.
Perhaps that is a bit harsh and if you enjoyed this work I am happy for you, but as a life long reader and someone who was ordering the Malazan books from a Canadian bookseller to get them before they hit the US this specific book is not worth the time it took to read the character introductions, and if you are that far, no it does not get better.
Top reviews from other countries
This said, I strongly recommend you read this, this is writing at his finest.
The architecture of the book is indeed different from other B & KB tales. It's presented basically as one character's perspective, as he reflects, sees the world around him and converses with the other characters.