- Paperback: 816 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (19 Jan. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765316552
- ISBN-13: 978-0765316554
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.6 x 580.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,490,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dust of Dreams (Malazan Book of the Fallen (Paperback)) Paperback – 19 Jan 2010
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"Extraordinarily enjoyable . . . Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics." --"Salon.com"
"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."
Extraordinarily enjoyable . . . Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics. "Salon.com"
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
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"
The penultimate book in one of the most original, exciting and acclaimed fantasy series of the new century. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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!
Dust of Dreams while a hefty tome in itself should be considered the first half of the last book in the series and as such it leaves the story half told. Also despite its place in the "pantheon" of malazan books it continues to raise more plots, new lines of intrigue, while providing few answers. However after such a long and enjoyable journey I trust the author implicitly to complete the series in the next book, though maybe not with all the answers I would have wished.
The series will contine to be expanded by "companion" titles such as those written by Ian C Esslemont (night of knives, return of the crimson guard). But the main "storyline" if it can be considered to that is coming to a close.
Steven Erikson's writting is complex and involved, sometimes overly so, seeming to concentrate overly on minutae, and while his character interaction continues to delight me, I recognise an almost formulaic approach in some parts. But despite all that, Steven Erikson is perhaps the greatest fantasy writer I have ever encountered, his books sit on my shelf, read and re-read. This book is the 9th in the series, and as such I rate not just the book but the series as a modern great and a must for anyone with any interest in fantasy.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have always had trouble describing Malazan. I don't have the words to capture the extraordinary work of literature this entire series is. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jamie Goheen
If I could this less than one star I would. I was so bored I didn't even read the last 20 pages and felt it was time well saved. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's after 12 at night and I am wondering if I can wait until tomorrow to start reading the last book. So many questions to be answeredPublished 9 months ago by M L Mayling
many years ago I read up to volume eight of the series and stopped because nine wasn't out yet. I loved those books, every single one of them and all for different reasons. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gabzilla
Fantastic action, great characterisations..... sadly diluted by rambling, introspective nonsense monologues that serve as nothing but padding.
Still, only one more to go.