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Fri
Apr 24 2015 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Seventeen

Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome 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 Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover chapter seventeen of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

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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Wed
Apr 22 2015 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Sixteen

Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome 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 Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover chapter sixteen of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

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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Tue
Apr 21 2015 12:00pm

The Dreadful Evil Guardian Seems Like an Awfully Nice Guy: “Through the Gates of the Silver Key”

through the gates of the silver key

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s original stories.

Today we’re looking at “Through the Gates of the Silver Key,” written by Lovecraft and E. Hoffman Price between October 1932 and April 1933, and first published in the July 1934 issue of Weird Tales. You can read it here.

Spoilers ahead.

[“Spores of eternal life drifting from world to world, universe to universe, yet all equally himself.”]

Fri
Apr 17 2015 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “Picked Up a Shadow” and “Questions”

Joe Abercrombie reread The Last Argument of KingsWelcome back to our reread of Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy!

This week, Ferro beats someone up in both chapters! Meanwhile, Glokta learns more about the challenges ahead.

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Tue
Apr 14 2015 12:00pm

The Weight of History and Also Cannibalism: “The Rats in the Walls”

Lovecraft The Rats in the Walls M Fersner

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s original stories.

Today we’re looking at “The Rats in the Walls,” written in August-September 1923, and first published in the March 1924 issue of Weird Tales. You can read it here.

Spoilers ahead.

[“These rats […] must be burrowing and sliding in Roman walls I had thought to be of solid limestone blocks”]

Fri
Apr 10 2015 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Fifteen

Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome 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 Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover chapter fifteen of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

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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Wed
Apr 8 2015 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Fourteen

Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome 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 Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover chapter fourteen of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

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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Tue
Apr 7 2015 12:00pm

Cosmic Horror’s Flip Side: “The Silver Key”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s original stories.

Today we’re looking at “The Silver Key,” written in 1926, and first published in the January 1929 issue of Weird Tales. You can read it here.

Spoilers ahead.

[“When Randolph Carter was thirty he lost the key of the gate of dreams.”]

Fri
Apr 3 2015 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “The First Day” and “Such Sweet Sorrow”

Joe Abercrombie reread The Last Argument of KingsWelcome back to our reread of Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy! This week, Logen goes to war and Jezal learns more about what it means to be King.

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Fri
Apr 3 2015 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Thirteen

Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome 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 Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover chapter thirteen of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

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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Wed
Apr 1 2015 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Twelve

Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome 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 Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover chapter twelve of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

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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Mon
Mar 30 2015 11:00am

The Last Herald Mage: Family

Mercedes Lackey Magic's PromiseWhen we left Vanyel last week, he was riding to Forst Reach for some R&R and an opportunity to catch up with his family. The last time we saw Vanyel’s family, Van was an emotionally intense teenager, and his family were agents of The Man, bent on destroying his dreams of becoming a rock star.

In chapters 4-6 of Magic’s Promise, Vanyel is a mature and rational 28-year-old, and we need to get to know his family as real people. Unfortunately for Vanyel, he’s getting reacquainted while recovering from the fatigue that is the result of his recent deployment to the Karsite border. He’s on a short fuse.

[All happy families are alike, but Vanyel’s family is unhappy about horses and sheep.]

Fri
Mar 27 2015 3:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “Prepared for the Worst” and “The Habit of Command”

Joe Abercrombie reread The Last Argument of KingsWell, last week I lamented Ferro’s absence and although we don’t see her this week, we get some suggestion that she will soon be back on screen. So, with that in mind, take the following statement for what it’s worth: I really can’t help but be frustrated by the lack of Hulk Hogan in Last Argument of Kings.

Alright? Everyone see what I did there? Let’s see how powerful this reread really is. In the meantime, I wrote up some chapters.

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Fri
Mar 27 2015 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Eleven

Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome 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 Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover chapter eleven of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

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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Wed
Mar 25 2015 1:45pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Ten

Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome 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 Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover chapter ten of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

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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Tue
Mar 24 2015 12:00pm

Buffy Meets the Mythos? “The Horror in the Museum”

The Horror in the Museum Lovecraft

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s original stories.

Today we’re looking at “The Horror in the Museum,” written in October 1932 with Hazel Heald, and first published in the July 1933 issue of Weird Tales. You can read it here. Spoilers ahead.

[“Even in the light of his torch he could not help suspecting a slight, furtive trembling on the part of the canvas partition screening off the terrible “Adults only” alcove.”]

Fri
Mar 20 2015 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Nine

Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome 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 Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover chapter nine of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

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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Thu
Mar 19 2015 9:00am

Saying Goodbye: Daniel Abraham’s The Price of Spring

The Price of Spring Long Price Quartet All things must end.

Through three books and sixty years by the Khaiem calender, Daniel Abraham has brought us into a world of power, magic, family, and pain, through summers of youth, winters of sorrow, and the horrors of autumnal war. Here, in the final book of the Long Price of Quartet, Abraham takes us one last time into a world of strife, through a season when all hopes wilt and die and bloom anew, toward the realization that only at the end of our lives can we look back and see clearly the prices we paid along the way.

Welcome to The Price of Spring.

[Minimal spoilers to follow.]

Wed
Mar 18 2015 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Eight

Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome 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 Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover chapter eight of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

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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Tue
Mar 17 2015 12:00pm

A Very Scientific Haunting: “The Shunned House”

Lovecraft The Shunned House

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s original stories.

Today we’re looking at “The Shunned House,” written in October 1924 and first published in the October 1937 issue of Weird Tales. You can read it here.

Spoilers ahead.

[“Those fungi, grotesquely like the vegetation in the yard outside, were truly horrible in their outlines.”]