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The Great Bazaar and Other Stories Hardcover – February 28, 2010

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From Publishers Weekly

Technically a short story collection, this slender volume is better understood as the DVD extras to Brett's 2009 debut novel, The Warded Man. The universe's conceit—demon corelings rise from the land each night, keeping the populace trapped indoors—is explained in the title story, a fully realized tale that challenges belief when the main character takes a foolish risk for no obvious reason, and Arlen, a scene deleted from the novel, which offers a charming snippet of childhood foreshadowing but no plot. While the setting is less relevant to Brianne Beaten, those who haven't read The Warded Man may be perplexed by the tale of a healer's solution to an ethical dilemma. A glossary and grimoire round out the offerings, which should help hold fans until The Desert Spear comes out in April. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean; Trade Hardcover edition (February 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596062894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596062894
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,575,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
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.
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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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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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Format: Kindle Edition
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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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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Format: Hardcover
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.
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