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The Wurms of Blearmouth: A Malazan Tale of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach (Malazan Book of the Fallen) [Hardcover]

Steven Erikson
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8 July 2014 Malazan Book of the Fallen (Book 11)
Tyranny comes in many guises, and tyrants will thrive in palaces and one room hovels, in back alleys and playgrounds. Tyrants abound on the verges of civilization, where disorder frays the rule of civil conduct, and all propriety surrenders to brutal imposition. Millions are made to kneel and yet more millions die horrible deaths in a welter of suffering and misery. But we ll leave all that behind as we plunge into escapist fantasy of the most irrelevant kind, and in the ragged wake of the tale told in Lees of Laughter s End, our most civil adventurers, Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, along with their suitably phlegmatic manservant, Emancipor Reese, make gentle landing upon a peaceful beach, beneath a quaint village above the strand and lying at the foot of a majestic castle, and therein make acquaintance with the soft-hearted and generous folk of Spendrugle, which lies at the mouth of the Blear River and falls under the benign rule of the Lord of Wurms in his lovely keep. Make welcome, then, to Spendrugle s memorable residents, including the man who should have stayed dead, the woman whose prayers should never have been answered, the tax collector everyone ignores, the ex-husband town militiaman who never married, the beachcomber who lives in his own beard, and the now singular lizard cat who used to be plural, and the girl who likes to pee in your lap. And of course, hovering over all, the denizen of the castle keep, Lord Ah, but there lies this tale, and so endeth this blurb, with one last observation: when tyrants collide, they have dinner. And a good time is had by all.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (8 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765324261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765324269
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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 www.malazanempire.com.

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4.0 out of 5 stars pretty worth it 23 Mar 2013
By meh
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3.5 stars, predictable ending but not its execution .. yeesh hehe. you can always rely on erikson for weirdness and genius writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mazalan book 22 Mar 2013
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Great book and content, but far too exspensive for the size(pages) you get for the cost of the book, this needs te be reviewed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Aug 2014
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The usual brilliant writing from Erikson, keeps the reader gripped from start to finish
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2.0 out of 5 stars review of story 14 Dec 2012
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I found the story lacking in depth, not enough action or ivolvement by Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, I know it was a short story
but it was not gripping enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars While I enjoyed the humor (and the darker bits not quite as ... 17 July 2014
By J. Cunningham - Published on Amazon.com
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Overall a decent read, and just the right length. While I enjoyed the humor (and the darker bits not quite as much), I was ready for the story to be over by the time the novella ended. I was surprised that Bauchelain and Korbal weren't in the story more, though. Having not read the previous novellas, I don't know if that is normal (or not). While I don't think I would recommend this as your intro to Malazan, of course I would recommend it to fans of the series. Oh, and having not read the earlier books, I did feel like I was missing some background in the last half of this story. Not enough to ruin my enjoyment, but I do remember thinking at times "I wish I had read the previous book, to understand a bit more about how the story got to this point".
5.0 out of 5 stars Another terrific Bauchelain and Korbal Broach tale... 5 Stars 16 Aug 2014
By R. Nicholson - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Wurms of Blearmouth: A Malazan Tale of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach" is the fifth in series of short stories by Canadian author Steven Erikson. This Kindle e-book was approximately 208 printed pages and sold for $8.89 at the time of writing this review.

General theme <minor spoilers>

Our two heroes find themselves (along with their faithful manservant, Emancipor Reese) shipwrecked in a winter storm on a God-forsaken, desolate and rocky shoreline. Lucky for them, refuge is nearby in a small cesspool of a town called Spendrugle... unlucky you might say, for its seedy denizens.

Some thoughts on "The Wurms of Blearmouth"...

The Pros:
1.) well written and edited.

2.) I've always loved Erikson choice of names... strange, weird and yet somehow fittingly perfect for the assorted and sordid collection of humanity he brings forth in these wonderful short stories.

3.) an exquisite villain in the form of Fangstooth Claw, Lord of Wurms Keep.

4.) as with all the books in this particular series, Erikson displays an impeccable sense of pace and timing to keep his characters hopping from one dire situation to another.

The Cons:
Cover Art... my only minor complaint. For some reason Erikson decided to use professional models to portray our heroes on the front cover. (Whereas previous book had used drawings). My concern is this... I've formulated over the time these characters have been around, as to what Bauchelain and Korbal Broach looked like. And the cover picture found here looks nothing like the descriptions I've concocted in my mind's eye. Yes, maybe a picky point, but something I felt worth mentioning.

Of all Erikson's writings I think I like his short stories the best. Unlike the original Malazan series, they are a quick easy reads... succinct in the manner with which the tales unfold, develop and finish. In addition, Bauchelain, Korbal Broach and Emancipor Reese are three of my favorite characters.

As it is... 5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it for your own good! 26 Jan 2013
By Ryan V. Machaczek - Published on Amazon.com
Another awesome piece of literature by S.Erikson. I hope another sequel will be published soon! His choice of words, writting style, unbelievable attention and effort given into balance between humour and tension, it all appears in his Bauchelain and Korbal Broach tales, especially in the Wurms of Blearmouth. Great work, mister!
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Dark & Humourous 9 July 2014
By Maxine McLister - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I was recently scrolling through the Tor website looking for something new to read when I stumbled upon the word, `grimlark'. I was so taken by the word that I actually didn't notice what book it was describing because it was the perfect descriptive word for the book I was reading at the time, The Wurms of Blearmouth, the latest novella by author Steven Erikson about his unlikely trio, necromancers Beauchelain and Broach and their manservant, Emancipor Reese also known as Mancy the Unlucky for the fact that every ship he has sailed on has sunk and all his previous masters have met untimely deaths.

After their ship sinks (not too surprising with Mancy on board), the three are stranded on Spendrugle, a small village populated by reavers, wreckers, gods, and dead folk. Lord Fangatooth Claw, tyrant and usurper, when he's not torturing his brother, has declared that all visitors be brought to the Keep to be killed, a directive the townsfolk are more than happy to comply with. Unfortunately for him, he's never had visitors like Beauchelain and Broach before. Turns out tyrants just don't have the staying power they used to.

Anyone who is a fan of Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen won't be surprised to learn that there is a huge cast here, many already familiar as well as a host of new ones all with wonderfully descriptive names like Coingood, scribe for the aforementioned Fangatooth Claw. Nor will they be surprised to discover that this huge cast consists of some of the oddest, darkest and most unlikable characters they will encounter in gritty realism, a form of fantasy known for odd, dark, and unlikable. Or that, despite this, Erikson makes us like his characters against our better judgment because of the humour, both subtle and not so subtle, he infuses into the mix. The Wurms of Blearmouth is a complex, intelligent, and darkly funny tale and proves again why Erikson is considered one of the best of the modern fantasy writers.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Nehemoth comedy 24 Sep 2013
By Chris Purington - Published on Amazon.com
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Mixing comedy and horror well, Erikson has really tightened up his short story formula this time. Whereas The Crack'd Pot Trail was an experiment in storytelling, The Worms of Blearmouth returns us to some good ol' fashioned necromancy slapstick. Lord Fangatooth Claw the Render and his scribe provide some of the book's highlights, but there are plenty of other memorable characters that show up and make this interesting. Another winner from Erikson for sure.
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