Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Blood and Bone, Chapter Three (Part Two)

Welcome back to the Malazan Reread of the Fallen! Every post will start off with a summary of events, followed by reaction and commentary by your hosts Bill and Amanda (with Amanda, new to the series, going first), and finally comments from readers. In this article, we’ll cover Chapter Three (Part Two) of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Blood and Bone.

A fair warning before we get started: We’ll be discussing both novel and whole-series themes, narrative arcs that run across the entire series, and foreshadowing. Note: The summary of events will be free of major spoilers and we’re going to try keeping the reader comments the same. A spoiler thread has been set up for outright Malazan spoiler discussion.

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Series: Malazan Reread of the Fallen

The Devil You Know Sweepstakes!

We want to send you an advance copy of K.J. Parker’s The Devil You Know, available March 1st from Publishing!

The greatest philosopher of all time is offering to sell his soul to the Devil. All he wants is twenty more years to complete his life’s work. After that, he really doesn’t care.

But the assistant demon assigned to the case has his suspicions, because the philosopher is Saloninus—the greatest philosopher, yes, but also the greatest liar, trickster and cheat the world has yet known; the sort of man even the Father of Lies can’t trust.

He’s almost certainly up to something; but what?

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Hannibal is Out to Steal Your Heart (and Possibly a Few Other Organs) this Valentine’s Day!

Artist Brandon Bird has given us many gifts over the years. There was Shia LaBeouf as all the Doctors. There was Christopher Walken building C-3PO. But maybe his best work yet is a series of Valentines Days stickers celebrating the Greatest Love Story of All Time: Hannibal. The stickers (which he calls ‘Hannibal-entines‘ because of course) also highlights Hannibal’s stellar supporting cast, so if you love Jack Crawford or #TeamSassyScience, we have a sticker for you! Beware, though, these tokens of love contain spoilers if you haven’t watched the whole show.

[Seriously though why haven’t you?]

Good Girls

Glen Hirshberg’s Good Girls—available February 23 from Tor Books—is the standalone sequel to Motherless Child.

Reeling from the violent death of her daughter and a confrontation with the Whistler—the monster who wrecked her life—Jess has fled the South for a tiny college town in New Hampshire. There she huddles in a fire-blackened house with her crippled lover, her infant grandson, and the creature that was once her daughter’s best friend and may or may not be a threat.

Rebecca, a college student orphaned in childhood, cares for Jess’s grandson, and finds in Jess’s house the promise of a family she has never known, but also a terrifying secret.

Meanwhile, unhinged and unmoored, the Whistler watches from the rooftops and awaits his moment.

And deep in the Mississippi Delta, the evil that spawned him stirs…

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part III, Chapters 1 and 2

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!

Last week we (finally) got Silvara to confess her big secret! Well, we didn’t—but Fizban did. And he’s so beyond the Fourth Wall that he’s probably reading this now. (Hi Fizban!) With Silvara spilling and Fizban fussing and Laurana listening and Gilthanas gawking and Tas taking off, we’re now out of a) alliteration and b) the Kagonesti storyline. And, frankly, thank the gods of Good, Evil and Neutrality for it.

Let’s see what our other friends are up to, shall we?

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Series: Dragonlance Reread

What’s Next? Mass Gap Cupcakes?

You may have heard some exciting science news yesterday: scientists confirmed that they’ve detected gravitational waves! And that’s groundbreaking, an incredible moment in human history, and supports a theory that Einstein wrestled with 100 years ago. But what we’re really interested in is that cake. You see, when Goddard Space Flight Center research associate Erin Lee Ryan tweeted that picture of a cake, she was unwittingly breaking an embargo on the gravitational wave announcement by about 15 minutes. Hilariously enough, this isn’t the first time she’s broken an embargo with a pastry pic, but, well, “That’s how we’d get people from other labs to come over, by telling them we had food.”

But what’s even more interesting to us is… how do you choose a top-secret baker for your scientific-breakthrough-celebration-cakes? Is there like a secret branch of Carvel all ready to go with “Yay for Describing CP Violation!” written out on Fudgy the Whale’s grinning mug?

The Harry Potter Reread: The Deathly Hallows, Chapters 9 and 10

The Harry Potter Reread would like to be everyone’s Valentine! In a cool let’s-hang-out-and-watch-movies-instead-of-going-to-an-overcrowded-restaurant sort of way.

This week we’re going to escape from a bleak situation and hang out in a house we thought we’d left for good. It’s chapters 9 and 10—A Place to Hide and Kreacher’s Tale.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Series: The Harry Potter Reread

Mare Infinitum: The Guns of Ivrea by Clifford Beal

With Gideon’s Angel and The Raven’s Banquet, Clifford Beal handily established himself as an author of fast-paced historical fiction with a generous splash of the supernatural, but in the first of his Tales of Valdur, he goes full-on fantasy with a book best described as Black Sails meets Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle series.

Instead of the seventeenth-century England of the cracking Cromwell novels, The Guns of Ivrea takes place in a secondary world reminiscent of the Mediterranean where piracy is rife and unrest is on the rise…

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When Historical Pirates Did PR: The Writings of Captain John Smith

A Generall Historie of Virginia, or, to give it its correct title, The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles: With the Names of the Adventurers, Planters, and Governours from Their First Beginning, Ano: 1584. To This Present 1624. With the Procedings of Those Several Colonies and the Accidents That Befell Them in All Their Journyes and Discoveries. Also the Maps and Descriptions of All Those Countryes, Their Commodities, People, Government, Customes, and Religion Yet Knowne. Divided into Sixe Books, and I think we all need to take a quick breath now. Pause. Better? OK, moving on, by Captaine John Smith sometymes Governour in those Countryes and Admirall of New England, starts off with a fulsome dedication to the Duchess of Richmond and Lennox that even the most ardent aristocrat might find just a touch overdone. It then continues with a preface assuring us that kings are great, before continuing on with no less than ten (count them, I did) poems assuring us that author John Smith is one awesome, awesome guy.

Even by 17th-century standards, this is quite something; several editions of the Bible, Shakespeare and Spenser have more modest introductions. And if, reading this, your first thought was that Captain John Smith had just a few public relations issues and/or really, really really needed money, or both, you’d be right.

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We Finally See a Bat-Fight in the Final Trailer for Batman v. Superman!

The final trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has been released! In a Bat-centric clip, we finally get to see the Caped Crusader’s fighting style, before Lex Luthor outlines the movie’s theme: the battle between Batman and Superman is “The greatest gladiator match in the history of the world.” We only get a few tantalizing glimpses of said battle, but much more importantly we hear Wonder Woman’s first line!

Check out the full trailer below!

[Also? Lex says “psychotic is a three syllable world for any thought too big for little minds”!]

Birds Do It, Bees Do It: Lois McMaster Bujold’s Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

Victorian Britons were deeply culturally invested in the idea of mothers as “Angels In The Home,” providing a gentle moral example to their husbands and children. This fantasy proposed that women could act as agents of reform in the British Empire both despite and because of not having the right to own property or vote. Being deprived of legal and political rights excluded women from effective participation in the public sphere, the realm of all politics and business. But these public matters intruded into the private sphere of the household, and women’s concerns extended out of it. Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan would be appalled by Victorian Britain, and it would be in awe of her. In her career in Barrayar’s empire, Cordelia is intimately familiar with the darkest depths of the overlapping portions of the Venn diagram of public and private.

Lois McMaster Bujold’s announcement of Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen gave rise to both excitement and trepidation, the last coming from readers who wanted more space opera from their Vorkosigans and less romance than other recent volumes in the series have offered. With due respect to readers who prefer public stories to private ones, or space battles to smooching, for Vorkosigans the categories are inextricably intertwined. In space opera, our heroes go to war. In romance, we get to see them come home. In Cordelia’s case, the space opera has had dramatic personal impacts, and the idea of coming home raises complicated questions. Where is home? What does it mean to go there?

[This is pretty romantic, though.]

Taraji P. Henson to Star in Untold Story of NASA’s Black Female Mathematicians

Taraji P. Henson (who is killing it on Empire as Cookie Lyon) has signed on to star in director Ted Melfi’s (St. Vincent) adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly’s book Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race. Set during the Civil Rights era, this is the untold story of NASA’s black female mathematicians, focusing on four in particular; Henson will play Katherine Johnson, with the other roles yet to be cast.

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Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 70

Welcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on! Last week, Kaladin and Shallan acrimoniously began their trek through the chasms back to the warcamps.  This week, once Shallan finds a way to distract the chasmfiend from trying to eat them, they plod mistrustfully on together.

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here.

Click on through to join the discussion!

[Storms. She must look like the aftereffect of a lightning bolt hitting a jar of red ink.]

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