Dust of Dreams (Book 9 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen) Hardcover – 18 Aug 2009
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"Extraordinarily enjoyable . . . Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics." --"Salon.com" "This masterwork of imagination may be the high-water mark of epic fantasy."--Glen Cook, author of The Chronicles of the Black Company
"Erikson has no peer when it comes to action and imagination, and joins the ranks of Tolkien and Donaldson in his mythic vision and perhaps then goes one better." --"SF Site
Extraordinarily enjoyable . . . Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics. "Salon.com"
This masterwork of imagination may be the high-water mark of epic fantasy. "Glen Cook, author of The Chronicles of the Black Company"
Erikson has no peer when it comes to action and imagination, and joins the ranks of Tolkien and Donaldson in his mythic vision and perhaps then goes one better. "SF Site"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The penultimate book in one of the most original, exciting and acclaimed fantasy series of the new century...See all Product Description
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Reviewing the ninth of a ten-book series feels slightly redundant. By now, people know if Erikson is for them or not. As a result, this review will likely be of most interest to those readers who perhaps felt that the series' second half has been more disappointing than its initial half, with the acceleration of the expansion of the cast of characters, concepts, races and forms of magic reaching an increasingly convoluted and over-complex pace. It is hard to argue with this, and the fact is that Dust of Dreams introduces yet many more new characters, ideas, forms of magic and concepts. Whilst it is certainly the case that we get some long-standing mysteries resolved in this book - like why exactly Tavore had to break with the Malazans and bring her army to the far side of the planet - other mysteries are left unaddressed or even further complicated by events.Read more ›
Is it a good book? Possibly, but it's a tad boring. Like 8. Too many characters you don't care about. Why focus on say 40 disparate characters who mostly die instead of the characters that make the series (like Quick Ben and Fiddler), who get barely a whole chapter between them (again). I enjoyed perhaps one fifth of the book. The rest was a real chore. Hope by the Errant's hairy ballsack book 10 makes up for it!
This is a book for people who just want to immerse themselves in a writer's ability to write, because that's all that's on show here. Erikson can write, and how. The dense, matted narrative just gushes from his fingertips.
The first few books of this series are some of the very best fantasy I have ever read, worth ten stars at least. Who can ever forget the Chain of Dogs just for a start. It is correspondingly heartbreaking that the series has now sunk to the low of this book. So much marvellous and awe inspiring imagination gone. How can an author let that happen? It all started with the continent shift a few books back but I have laboured on for the odd moment of the old glory. That moment is entirely absent in this book, even the battle is a write off. Can I muster the cash or the desire to buy that last book in the series? I don't know if I really care how it ends now, I really don't.
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Fantastic action, great characterisations..... sadly diluted by rambling, introspective nonsense monologues that serve as nothing but padding.
Still, only one more to go.
As warned at the start of the book, this is just the first half so reviewing it as a stand alone book is a little harsh. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mok