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The Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Vol 1 [Hardcover]

Steven Erikson
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19 Aug 2010

BLOOD FOLLOWS - In the port city of Lamentable Moll, a diabolical killer stalks the streets and panic grips the citizens like a fever. As Emancipor Reese's legendary ill luck would have it, his previous employer is the unknown killer's latest victim. But two strangers have come to town, and they have posted in Fishmonger's Round a note, reeking of death-warded magic, requesting the services of a manservant.

THE LEES OF LAUGHTER'S END - After their blissful sojourn in Lamentable Moll, the sorcerers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach - along with their manservant, Emancipor Reese - set out on the open seas aboard the sturdy ship Suncurl. Alas, there's more baggage in the hold than meets the beady eyes of the crew, and unseemly terrors awaken. For Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, and Emancipor Reese, it is just one more night on the high seas, on a journey without end.

THE HEALTHY DEAD - The city of Quaint's zeal for goodness can be catastrophic, and no one knows this better than Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, two stalwart champions of all things bad. The homicidal necromancers - and their substance-addled manservant, Emancipor Reese - find themselves ensnared in a scheme to bring goodness into utter ruination. Sometimes you must bring down the name of civilization.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; hardcover edition (19 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593063945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593063941
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 457,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Archaeologist and anthropologist Steven Erikson's debut novel, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award and set readers on the epic adventure that is his acclaimed 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen' sequence. He lives in Cornwall and is currently writing The Crippled God - the tenth and final chapter in what has been hailed 'a masterwork of the imagination'. To find out more, visit

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"Erikson ranks near the top of the epic fantasy pantheon" (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Set in the awe-inspiring world of the Malazan Empire, three tales of the enigmatic and eccentric necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach collected in a single, readily available volume.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy, quirky and wonderful 6 Nov 2010
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If you bought this compilation you are probably already familiar with the world of Steven eriksons Malazans, and if you havent read these books, then it might all seem very strange at first glance. The first time we hear of Bauchelain and Broach is in Memories of Ice, the third book in the Malazan books of the fallen, where they appear like bats out of hell, strange, dark and imposing, but also incredibly quirky and larger than life. Literally. The stories in the compilation adress how Emancipoor got to work for the necromancers, and why he after 3 years is still working for them, reduced to a neurotic mess that he is. The characters of Bauchelain and Broach are given more depth, and gives you a much better understanding of their workings in Memories of Ice, something I thoroughly appreciated on my second read through of the book. These strange men, who like so many other of Eriksons character more or less wills into being the reality around them, are often times completely out of their depths, but somehow come through relatively unscathed, although to the reader their ego's seem bruised, they never seem to linger on the setbacks long, before messing with things way beyond their means again and again. Incredibly well written, funny with great dialogue, both inner and outer, I heartily recommend the book. You get the first 3 of the stories in this volume.
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2.0 out of 5 stars republished early work. 30 Jun 2011
This was a very tough review for me to write as Steven Erikson is and will remain one of my favorite current writers. I stress that this is a review of a book which is quite old compared to all his current Malazan novels.

The book consists of 3 stories originally published separately and collected here. The stories follow the adventures of the 2 titular characters - both unsavory necromancers as they travel the world fleeing the consequences of their own actions. The characters are mentioned in but do not participate directly in the Tales of the Malazan. The setting is the world of the Malazan Empire from his later books. The storyline is not connected in any way to the Malazan stories.

Many of the elements of his other books are mentioned - warrens, Forkrul Assail, Jahgut, Hood etc but most are undeveloped name dropping. In some places the names of races from the main books are used but spelled differently. This appeared confusing to me as did the differences in style. The writing is that of an early Erikson still developing his hallmark phraseology. Its occasionally disjointed, somewhat rambling, with moments of genius. There are entire paragraphs without sentences - particularly in the first part of the book, where this may be charming in his later works , here it is not.

This is a reprint and reissue of an out of print book to push sales. Its really not up to scratch and of much lower quality than Eriksons later works. Its bad for the reader and its bad for the writer as this is not representative of his current work. I was quite shocked when reading this. I didn't much enjoy this. It pains me to give one of my favorite authors such a bad score but it is what it is.

I would not suggest buying this as an introduction to Erikson.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe it's Erikson. 12 April 2014
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I was aware that this book was getting some poor reviews but I still went ahead and bought it when I wanted another dose of Malazan world while waiting for George r.r Martin to finish his next book. I was very disappointed, it was a real struggle to read from the start. I kept reading and hoping that it will get more interesting but it never did. The characters are familiar but there is no real depth to them, and although they get up to their usual bloody hobbies, they don't feel dark/evil, like they did when they appeared in the main series.
I was disappointed by some of Ian C Essolments books for not being up to Malazan Standard set by Erikson, but this is by far the worst book in the series. I can't believe Erikson would publish this and put his name to it.
Korbal Broach's motivation for his "research" is disclosed by Bauchelain(at least one of them). But over all a very disappointing and boring read.
Stay well clear unless you want to read every thing about the Malazan world how ever good or bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice in-fill for these characters 20 Oct 2013
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Of all the minor characters in The Malazan Book of the Fallen Bauchelain and Korbal Broach are among the more fascinating. But the best part of this is the back-story of Emancipor "Mancy" Reese, their man-servant. The bathos of his antics provides much humour.

And despite the uber-dark nature of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach and their activities this is often funny. Lighter, of necessity, than the main canon of books but no less good for that.
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