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The Lees of Laughter's End [Hardcover]

Steven Erikson
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Dec 1 2008 Tales of Bauchelain & Korbal Broach
West of Theft, on a vast stretch of ocean known as the Wastes, the free-ship Suncurl pilots its way along the Lees of Laughter's end, away from the city of Lamentable Moll. Aboard the ship, three passengers have become the subject of the crew's gossip: the luckless manservant Emancipor Reese, and his masters, the homicidal necromancers known as Bauchelain and Korbal Broach. But a bizarre force pursues them along the cursed sea-lane known as Laughter's End, even as an arcane thing awakens aboard the Suncurl. What secrets do the captain and her First Mate conceal from the rest of the crew? What lurks in the darkness of the ship's hold? And what of the eunuch's strange behavior... or his frightening offspring?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 13 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
my favourite characters in their own mini-series!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By R. Nicholson TOP 500 REVIEWER
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"The Lees of Laughter's End" is a novella by Malazan Series author Steven Erikson. The book is 120 pages in length.

The story...*SPOILER*

The seaworthy vessel, 'Suncurl' has left the seedy coastal town of Lamentable Moll (gotta love the name) on a run through the treacherous waters known as the Lees of Laughter's End. This is a trip fraught with dangers at the best of time but one in which the well seasoned captain and skanky crew would normally prevail. However this time, not only are they being pursued, but they've taken on some mysterious cargo and three suspicious travelers; those being the necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach and their manservant Emancipor Reese...the result might be best described by a line from a Gordon Lightfoot song 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald'..."does anyone know where the love of God goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours".

*END SPOILER*

This is the third short volume involving the dynamic duo of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach and once again Steven Erikson has produced a minor masterpiece. Anyone familiar with Erikson's nine (soon to be ten) books of "The Malazan Book of the Fallen" series, will be somewhat accustomed to the strange names and place.

I've almost begun to believe that Erikson's true strength in writing is in these short stories that simply rivet the reader from beginning to end. The action is non-stop and unpredictable; at one moment horrific...the next slapstick funny. The characters are reprobates of the worst sort who'd sell their own mother (or your mother for that matter) without batting an eye. Where backstabbing and clandestine plotting are not only a way of life but almost an art form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another marvelous tale involving Bauchelain and Korbal Broach Aug. 4 2010
By R. Nicholson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"The Lees of Laughter's End" is a novella by Malazan Series author Steven Erikson. The book is 120 pages in length.

The story...*SPOILER*

The seaworthy vessel, 'Suncurl' has left the seedy coastal town of Lamentable Moll (gotta love the name) on a run to through the treacherous waters known as the Lees of Laughter's End. This is a trip fraught with dangers at the best of time but one in which the well seasoned captain and skanky crew would normally prevail. However this time, not only are they being pursued, but they've taken on some mysterious cargo and three suspicious travelers; those being the necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach and their manservant Emancipor Reese...the result might be best described by a line from a Gordon Lightfoot song 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald'..."does anyone know where the love of God goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours".

*END SPOILER*

This is the third short volume involving the dynamic duo of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach and once again Steven Erikson has produced a minor masterpiece. Anyone familiar with Erikson's nine (soon to be ten) books of "The Malazan Book of the Fallen" series, will be somewhat accustomed to the strange names and place.

I've almost begun to believe that Erikson's true strength in writing is in these short stories that simply rivet the reader from beginning to end. The action is non-stop and unpredictable; at one moment horrific...the next slapstick funny. The characters are reprobates of the worst sort who'd sell their own mother (or your mother for that matter) without batting an eye. Where backstabbing and clandestine plotting are not only a way of life but almost an art form. Only this time, capt'n and crew find themselves just a tad over-matched.

Conclusion:
Erikson is at his best. I suspect there will be those who will bristle at the price of this small hardcover book, but I won't be one of them...it's worth every penny. 5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Night in the Vein May 1 2014
By Arthur W. Jordin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Lees of Laughter's End (2007) is the second Fantasy novel in the Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach series, following Blood Follows.

In the previous volume, the bells of Lamentable Moll were pealing to signal the death of a very important person. The killings had happened for the past several nights. The victims were eviscerated and organs are missing.

Mancy returned home to tell his wife that he was now unemployed. His master was the latest victim. The same thing happened several days before.

Subly asked why he has not yet found anther job. Mancy went to a tavern to drink with a couple of crabbers. They told him of a job offer posted in the fishermen's round.

The notice mentioned travel. That meant he might be leaving Theft Island and his family. He was interested in travel right now.

In this novel, Bauchelain is a wizard and a necromancer. He is Korbal's partner.

Korbal Broach is a eunuch, a killer and a necromancer. He uses the dead for his own nefarious purposes.

Emancipor Reese is the manservant of Bauchelain and Broach. Mancy is fleeing his wife and two children in Lamentable Moll.

Sater is the Captain of the Suncurl. A deserter from Toll's City, she knows little about ships.

Ably Druther is the First Mate of the Suncurl. He knows something about seamanship. He is from Moll and knows Mancy as the Luckless.

Birds Mottle, Heck Urse, and Gust Hubb are troopers who also deserted from Toll's City. Now they are sailors on the Suncurl.

Bena the Younger is the daughter of Bena the Elder. They live in the crow's nest of the Suncurl and keep watch both day and night.

In this story, the Suncurl has sailed from Lamentable Moll and is now a week west of Theft in the Tithe Strait. Bena the Younger is looking for the blood trail of Laughter's End. Her mother encourages her.

No other ships are in sight. Bena the Younger strokes her mother's hair. Then she sees the vein of blood and looses a piercing cry.

As the cry dies down, Druther climbs up beside his captain. He asks if she thinks that someone is still following then. She tells him to shut up. When he continue to talk, she warns him that his tongue will be cut out if he isn't quiet.

Mottle says that the cook is a poet. Urse agrees with her. Mancy thinks that he isn't much of a cook. He is smoking Durhang to get an appetite.

Hubb comes rushing into the mess room yelling that someone has cut off his ear. His mates check and find one ear completely missing, but the hole is bleeding profusely. Back at the stern, Korbal is baiting a hook with an ear.

The crusty nails in the timbers have come from the sarcophagi in Moll. Now the souls in these nails are creaking. As they sail into the blood, they are singing songs of freedom.

A lich abides within the hold of the Suncurl. It starts eating the souls in the nails. It grows stronger.

Korbal has constructed his progeny from parts of his victims in Moll. Now he adds the eyes, mouths and legs of the rats on the Suncurl. Then he sends it out to hunt the lich.

Bauchelain has Mancy oil and repair his armor and sharpen his sword. Something is coming after the ship. Bauchelain prepares for a god.

This tale brings death to the Suncurl. Then all sorts of mayhem occur. Mancy is beaten and dragged up to the crow's nest. The sailors start disappearing.

Korbal changes his bait. The next installment in this sequence is Healthy Dead.

Recommended for Erikson fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of terror, violence, and a bit of morbid humor. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
4.0 out of 5 stars The Art of the Short Jan. 18 2010
By Keogh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Great short stories are hard to pull together in the strictest confines of the discipline. One must juggle different elements than a pure novelist does: read it in an hour, get full plot development, flesh out characters, deliver a nice little zinger at the end. The field of authors who can actually do this (and that I have read) is very short: EA Poe, HP Lovecraft, RE Howard, CA Smith, PK Dick, Cordwainer Smith. The common thread being that great short story writers typically only write short stories. The twist here being, you have to have read several thousand pages of the Malazan Empire Books to even run into these guys: Bauchelain & Korbal Broach. Strictly speaking, these little treats are awesome for the lucky folks who have read Steven Erikson's books. For the uninitiated, you will miss out on some of the deeper threads being expanded on in the story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked, warped sense of humor Oct. 17 2009
By Book Fiend - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I don't know how any writer can string words together the way Erikson does. These stories are campy, gorey horror mixed with Abbot and Costello Who's on First. Look for Bauchelain and Korbal Broach , Three short Novels of the Malazan Empire, Volume One. Fun reading in between the Malazan Empire big novels.Bauchelain and Korbal Broach: Three Short Novels of the Malazan Empire, Volume One (Malazan Empire Novels)
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Lees Of Laughters End Sept. 11 2009
By Roe Emery - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
You must be a fan of the Malazan tales to have any appreciation for this little story. It's a quick read and is the sequal to BLOOD FOLLOWS. I'm not really sure if anyone survives this odd adventure so there will probably be a third volume forthcoming to let us know just what the hell happened. The two stories are no where near as entertaining as any single volume in The Malazan Books Of The Fallen and not meant to be. Bauchlain & Korbal Broach are not on my list of interesting characters from those volumes so it's a mystery to me why Mr. Erikson chose them for our entertainment. I guess their gruesome ways must somehow be interesting to some of us. So I'd say give them a try when you run out of the other Malazan tales. They will maybe ease the wait for the next volume? roee
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