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4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2 out of 5 stars

on 9 September 2004
In the second of Erikson's "Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach" Novella's from P.S. Publishing, we are presented with a no-holds-barred fantasy-farce that outdoes Pratchett and Holt in the comedy stakes.
Until now Erikson has given us mere slices of his gift for comedic dialogue in his epic "Malazan Book of the Fallen" series, most recently between Tehol and Bugg in "Midnight Tides", however it appears that these Novella's are giving the author the opportunty to cut loose, for which I for one am very grateful.
The plot involves the two Necromancer's being hired to get rid of the current King of "Quaint" for the crime of trying to instigate healthy reforms in his citizens, and they go about it by doing what they do best - Necromancy !! - with hilarious results.
If you can find a copy of this book, only 500 have been produced, then snap it up immediately.
As an in-between snack between "Midnight Tides" and "Bonehunters" this probably won't fill you up but you'll devour it anyway - Superb stuff - when's the next one due ?
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on 30 October 2004
The Healthy Dead has a great premise.
The town of Quaint has an excessively benevolent ruler. All things virtuous (honesty, cleanliness, dietary fibre) are deemed lawful and desirable while 'bad' things (lust, alcohol, smoking, crying babies) are against the law.
The king is literally killing the folk with love. Enter the necromancers.
It's funny and farcial, but it makes good points which are particularly relevant when considering how much the government interferes in the lives of private individuals. There are great philosophical points made here.
This was my first Erikson book and the first few pages were difficult to get into, but it makes up for it in snappy dialogue and good plotting.
Some of the humour seemed forced, and that prevented this from being a 5 in my humble opinion, but it's great reading.
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on 19 October 2004
Although one only learns a bit more about Emancipor Reese, Korbal Broach, and Bauchelain, the bizarre culture and macabre details make for an appalled but enraptured tour of Quaint, a rich microcosm within the world that contains the Malazan Empire. After having my initial sympathies for the two necromancers somewhat dashed by their thrashing in "Memories of Ice", which I read after "Blood Follows", I was encouraged to reaffirm my support of the two villains by their emergence as champions of anti-fanaticism (for their own reasons, of course). The writing is reminiscent of the Tehol and Bugg sequences in "Midnight Tides", but somewhat darker. Altogether another great read, as all of Erikson's fantasies have been. I only hope that Mr. Erikson continues to chronicle the adventures of Emancipor Reese et. al. and that the ten or so novellas that (will) comprise the cycle are someday gathered in a long, omnibus collection.
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on 13 November 2007
It's Erikson with a Pratchett twist. Any readers of Malazan Book of the Fallen will know he has a flair for humour lurking in there (Kruppe and Tehol Beddict + Bugg, as well as Bauchelain and Korbal Broach!). Some pretty dark laughs embedded in this little gem! The plot is refreshingly lighter than his other work. Can easily be digested in one weekend.
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on 16 July 2004
This is a beautifully printed & presented, signed limited first edition and consequently fairly expensive for 100 fairly sparse pages.
If you are an Erikson fan you will probably want to read this, if you can get hold of it, however I found it a little disappointing. This is probably because it is impossible for Erikson to recreate one of his traditional epic stories in 100 pages so he created a reasonable lighthearted yarn instead. I have nothing against the humour but it would be nice to hear a bit more background about the two mysterious protagonists (This is one of the things which made 'Blood follows' so readable - Characters from the two's past out for revenge).
So a reasonable read but don't expect too much.
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on 18 October 2005
Whether this is really worth the money, being a very short tale and certainly a mere fraction of Erikson's normal works, simply depends on your opinion of his work. It's worthwhile if you like the Malazan novels and personally I greatly enjoyed this as a side-story to the general world he writes in. There's more opportunity for his excellent sense of humour and fun to see two particularly immoral characters acting as heroes in their own special way.
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