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Deadhouse Gates (Malazan Book of the Fallen) Paperback – 1 Sep 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 684 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (1 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593046226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593046227
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.5 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 460,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" Steven Erikson is an extraordinary writer... . Treat yourself." - Stephen R. Donaldson " One of the best fantasy novels of the year." - "SF Site" " Complex, challenging... Erikson's strengths are his grown-up characters and his ability to create a world every bit as intricate and messy as our own." - J. V. Jones "From the Paperback edition."

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The second book in Steven Erikson's thrilling epic fantasy series chronicling the ill-fated Malazan Empire. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is intimidatingly massive (900 pages), requires about three times the amount of thinking required by normal ficition to fully digest its contents. It's also unrelentingly bleak, tragic and violent. But apart from that, it's a walk in the park!

A huge part of me wants to criticise this book and, indeed, the whole 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen' series. But, I have to be honest, this is mainly because this series has stretched me beyond any other literature I've ever read and I resent the fact that I'm not quite clever, patient or perceptive to grasp these books on one reading. I have to be objective and, objectively, this book is a masterpiece!

The illusion of realism that Erikson creates is second to none. He never interrupts the writing with cliched exposition and so the reader feels like a humble fly on the wall and not an intruder. Of course, this means the reader has actually got to think, to read between the lines and bare a certain amount of uncertainty but, if you are willing to take on this challenge, the rewards are great.

Also, the book is so crammed with detail, it's very very re-readable. It'll take a lifetime to figure out. Go on, take the plunge - it's deep water but there are pearls on the ocean bed!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Another epic escapade into the world of the Fallen.

This is no Tolkien vision of sweeping glades and smiling elder faces, this is a brooding, brutal and ultimately savage work of fantasy. Really, you can't help but love it.

The question that seems to lie at the heart of so many of the characters is: 'What is preferable, to fall so far that no remnants of your other self are left or to have died innocent, unfallen.'

Battles are fought, wars are waged, yet no distinction is made between the foes. Both are fighting for noble values, both are "good" and yet both have the capacity for evil. Something I've never come across in a fantasy novel before & depending upon your take on originality, a brilliant concept.
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By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Feb. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first book in this series, Gardens of the Moon, was a gloriously complex, action-packed romp of a novel, with a huge cast of entertaining, well-drawn characters and an absolute refusal to bown down to genre cliches or expectations. Book 2, Deadhouse Gates, continues many of these ideals in an admirable fashion. We're wrenched halfway around the world to the continent of Seven Cities, which is about to rise up against the Malazan Empire. A totally new cast is introduced, although a few minor players from Book 1 soon arrive to provide a bridge to the first book. There are three main plots developing in tandem: Felisin Paran's escape from slavery, General Coltaine's epic march across the continent and a plot to assassinate the Malazan Empress. The Coltaine storyline is the heart of the novel and is truly horrific at times, and the conclusion is truly gut-wrenching (the reader is as angry as the characters are at the heartless betrayal that ends the novel, and the poetic justice which rewards it is sweet). Deadhouse Gates is much darker and even more complex than the first book. It reads well as a stand-alone novel, though I recommend you read the first one as it's a slightly gentler introduction to the world. Book 2 is also clever in that many events take place simultaneously with Book 3, providing a link to that novel. Superb.
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A truly epic scale book and series, I am rereading the whole series for the second time but I have read some of the books multiple times to refresh my memory before a new one was released, and every time there is a detail or story line that ties in to future books, or sometimes just a nod to a character or an event that make this almost essential to reread if you enjoyed it the first time around.

My favourite collection of books, Erikson and Esslemont have created something incredible, and while I hesitate to recommend to people that aren't big fans of fantasy genre as it is so much detail and complexity, if you do enjoy any authors such as Robert Jordan, Tolkein or Sanderson, then I cannot recommend enough that you start up this series and lose yourself in a world that only gets bigger and bigger.
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Gardens of the Moon was one of the most refreshing, most gripping and most original fantasy novels I have read for years. There's always a slight sense of trepidation involved in starting a brilliant debut author's second novel - knowing that the first may have taken seven years to write and the second only seven months - but I am pleased, nay delighted to report that Deadhouse Gates is a totally worthy successor to Gardens, and indeed, even manages to surpass the first in many respects.
The plot (which I won't reveal), is even more complex, more multi-layered and possesses more plot twists and surprises than you'll find in a dozen run-of-the-mill stock-fantasy novels. If you thought the characters, situations and action in 'Gardens' were gripping in the extreme, you'll be glad to hear that exactly the same level of detail and strength of narrative have gone into making 'Deadhouse' just as good in terms of quality, adventure and drama.
All I'll say to finish with is that anyone who reads and enjoys the likes of David Gemmell or George R.R. Martin absolutely has to try both 'Gardens' and 'Deadhouse', or risk missing out on one of the most utterly enjoyable fantasy reading experiences currently available.
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