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Wed
Jul 23 2014 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: The Crippled God, Chapter Six

Malazan reread The Crippled God Steven Erikson Welcome 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 six of The Crippled God.

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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Fri
Jul 18 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “Long Odds,” “The Road to Victory,” and “Necessary Evils”

Joe Abercrombie puts us on the cusp this week in Before They Are Hanged. Ferro (and crew), West, and Glokta all sit on the precipice of battle. Rather than give the reader several complete chapters detailing the run up to the clashes of arms, Abercrombie gives three extremely small bite chapters that hit like staccato notes.

Rather than write about each of these chapters individually, I figured I’d write about them as a group. Below you’ll find summaries of each of the chapters, and then, for the rest of the post, I treat them as one chapter. We’ll see how it goes.

[Three for the Price of One…]

Fri
Jul 18 2014 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: The Crippled God, Chapter Five

Welcome 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 five of The Crippled God.

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
Jul 16 2014 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: The Crippled God, Chapter Four

Welcome 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 four of The Crippled God.

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
Jul 14 2014 3:00pm

Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Daughter of the Empire, Part 9

Welcome back to the reread of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts’ Daughter of the Empire! Finally a chapter in which almost nothing terrible happens. Phew.

Chapter 11: Renewal

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Mara performs the ritual of mourning with her husband’s ashes—with notably mixed feelings as compared to when she did this for her father and brother. Her father-in-law arrives at the gates. While her soldiers prepare themselves to defend her if necessary, Mara goes out to Lord Tecuma’s litter and presents Ayaki to him; hardly the ideal circumstances for this ceremony.

Cold in her presence, Tecuma calls her a murderess and makes it clear to her that he knows she must have engineered for Bunto to make such a public insult to the Warlord and his father.

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Fri
Jul 11 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “Prince Ladisla’s Stratagem” and “Until Sunset”

Joe Abercrombie Before They Are Hanged reread First Law trilogy I hope all our U.S. readers had a nice Fourth of July last week. I mean, I hope you all had a nice July 4th, but I figure it was just a regular Friday for the rest of you! As a result of the holiday the reread took a short break from its otherwise breakneck pace! In the interim, Joe Abercrombie’s Half a King hit the streets in the United Kingdom, debuting at number three on the Sunday Times Bestseller list. While the world enjoys his new offering, we’ll just keep picking apart the first things he ever published!

With this week’s chapters we find ourselves on the cusp of two battles. The one in the North is a situation that should be won, but won’t due to inept leadership. The one in the South is a situation that should surely be lost, but success seems possible due to Glokta’s capable hand. It’s an interesting juxtaposition Abercrombie has set up.

[First up! Ladisla’s Stratagem!]

Fri
Jul 11 2014 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: The Crippled God, Chapter Three

Welcome 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 three of The Crippled God.

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
Jul 9 2014 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: The Crippled God, Chapter Two

Welcome 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 two of The Crippled God.

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
Jul 7 2014 3:00pm

Rereading The Empire Trilogy: Daughter of the Empire, Part 8

Welcome back to the reread of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts’ Daughter of the Empire! This is where Mara's machinations finally begin to pay off - and it's not a pretty sight. Once again, she gambles hard on the Game of the Council, with everything at stake...

Chapter 10: Warlord

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As the Acoma household rallies itself in preparation for the honoured guests who are about to descend, Nacoya is worried about her mistress. Mara looks like she is preparing for war, rather than a dinner party.

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Wed
Jul 2 2014 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: The Crippled God, Chapter One

Welcome 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 one of The Crippled God.

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
Jun 30 2014 10:00am

Rereading The Empire Trilogy: Daughter of the Empire, Part 7

Daughter of the Empire reread Welcome back to the reread of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts’ Daughter of the Empire! This is another 2 chapter week, largely because I’m trying to get through Mara and Bunto’s marriage as quickly as possible. Also, Arakasi’s coming home! It’s about time.

Chapter 8: Heir

SUMMARY:

Mara is very pregnant now, and convinced that her baby is a boy. Buntokapi has been proving what an appalling master he is for months now, and the slave girls are clearly quite jumpy and stressed about the sexual demands he places on them.

Fri
Jun 27 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “One Hundred Words” and “The Blind Lead the Blind”

Fans of Joe Abercrombie can rejoice by listening to his interview on the Tor.com podcast this week. I had a nice chat with him on Rocket Talk, covering a host of issues from his new novel Half a King, to the World Cup, to whether or not Logen Ninefingers is half-devil or crazy. I hope you’ll check it out. If not, well, Abercrombie will write the death of many characters with your lack of listening in mind. He’s remorseless.

You know who else isn’t remorseless? The characters in the First Law Trilogy. Sure, they do bad things, but they feel really bad about it mostly. Not like the author, not at all. Onward...

[One Hundred Words]

Mon
Jun 23 2014 10:00am

Rereading The Empire Trilogy: Daughter of the Empire, Part 6

Daughter of the Empire reread Welcome back to the reread of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts’ Daughter of the Empire! This is one of the chapters of which I have the strongest memories from this book, both positive and negative… let’s unpeel the layers of that, shall we?

Trigger warnings for domestic abuse. Yeah, so there’s that.

Chapter 7: Wedding

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Mara endures the long and complex formalities of her wedding ceremony to Buntokapi, third son of the House of Anasati. Included among the guests are the Warlord himself, attended by two Great Ones (magicians) and high-ranking representatives of all of the Five Great Families except for the Minwanabi, who are excused because of the blood feud. Representatives from all the houses are seated according to rank.

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Fri
Jun 20 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “And next... My Gold” and “Fear”

When I’m not writing this reread, I’m the host of the Tor.com podcast, Rocket Talk. I mention this because on Wednesday, June 25, I’ll be posting the 15th episode of Rocket Talk, which, believe it or not, is an hour long discussion with our favorite author, Joe Abercrombie. We ended up talking about a host of issues, including, but not limited to: the World Cup, my deep and abiding love for his work, this reread, his new book Half a King, and whether or not Logen is a half-devil or not. If you’re a regular listener, it’s something to look forward to. If you’re not a regular listener it’s an opportunity to start!

In the meantime, let’s get on to this weeks chapters, in which Glokta gets an unexpected windfall and Jezal just falls off his horse.

[And Next. . . My Gold]

Fri
Jun 13 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “Bloody Company” and “Long Shadows”

Debate continues to rage over Logen’s composition. There is an interesting tidbit in this week’s chapters that I’ll address here rather than later since it’s an ongoing discussion across many posts. When examining a set of glyphs carved into the ruins Bayaz says, ‘The birth of the three pure disciplines of magic.’ The three disciplines excludes that which Glustrod discovers (i.e., summoning demons and making a nuisance of himself). The three disciplines are: the Art (Juvens and Bayaz, etc.), making (Kanedias), and talking to spirits (Bedesh).

Logen can talk to spirits. He is using magic. Thus, he touches the Other Side. I’ll admit that it’s possible Logen is not a descendent of Euz, and maybe not even a partial-devil himself. We don’t have enough evidence (yet?). But, we definitely can’t rule it out. I’ll leave it at that until more substantive facts are presented.

[Let’s talk about Blood Company]

Fri
Jun 6 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “Small Crimes” and “Rain”

There seems to be some debate in the comments the last few weeks about whether or not Logen is a devil, or half-devil, or whatever. I’m not really convinced either way. However, there’s no question Logen is capable of touching the Other Side. He talks to spirits. This is magical. All magic comes from the Other Side, per Bayaz. Bayaz also demonstrates the First Law is inherently a contradiction as all magic involves touching the Other Side. I don’t believe the spirits are demons, but they’re not benign either. As for whether that makes Logen part-devil, well…

Euz was half-devil. One of his sons received inherited a gift from him to talk to spirits. We aren’t aware of anyone else in the world who can talk to spirits. Thus, it’s at least a reasonable inference that Logen has inherited something from Euz. Can he carry the seed like Ferro? Maybe not. But, he’s something more than human and I don’t really think it’s terribly debatable.

[Let’s commit some Small Crimes]

Fri
May 30 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “Allies” and “Campfire Politics”

Joe Abercrombie reread First Law Before They Are Hanged In last week’s comments an astute commenter quoted a passage from “The Thing About Trust” that describes Logen from Ferro’s point of view. I want to quote it again here:

You would have had to look far and wide to find anyone less beautiful than the big nine-fingered bastard. He sat in his saddle slumped over like some great sack of rice. Slow-moving, scratching, sniffing, chewing like a big cow. Trying to look like he had no killing in him, no mad fury, no devil. She knew better. He nodded to her and she scowled back. He was a devil wearing a cow’s skin, and she was not fooled.

Notice the word “devil.” As we continue through this week’s chapters, keep this in mind. I’ve asked questions at times about Logen’s nature, his ability to tap into the Other Side. Although Ferro has no knowledge of it, I can’t help but think the words Abercrombie chooses to use here are absolutely intentional.

[On to Allies]

Wed
May 21 2014 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Dust of Dreams, Chapter Twenty-Four (Part Two) and Whole Book Wrap-up

Malazan Dust of Dreams Steven EriksonWelcome 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 part two of chapter twenty-four of Dust of Dreams and our thoughts on the entire book.

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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Fri
May 16 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “The Wounds of the Past”

This week’s chapter in Before They Are Hanged says it all, “Wounds of the Past.” The opening line, quoted later in the post, plays quite clearly into the old idiom, ‘those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.’ It’s a theme that runs throughout the chapter, but one that Abercrombie twists, which I’ll discuss in more detail below.

This is also a chapter with a surfeit of world building courtesy of three ‘as you know Bob’ sections. Despite revealing a lot of interesting information and a huge nugget at the end of the chapter, I think it’s probably one of the weakest chapters in the entire series, shoehorned in to give the reader a sense of the time and space that our erstwhile band of heroes occupy on their errand for Bayaz.

But, that’s something you’ll have to judge for yourself I suppose.

[The Wounds of the Past]

Wed
May 14 2014 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Dust of Dreams, Chapter Twenty-Four (Part One)

Steven Erikson Malazan Book of the Fallen reread Dust of Dreams Welcome 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 part one of chapter twenty-four of Dust of Dreams.

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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