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The Crippled God: The Malazan Book of the Fallen 10 Mass Market Paperback – Feb 20 2012
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"Easily the best fantasy series to appear in the past decade."
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Archaeologist and anthrolpologist STEVEN ERIKSON's debut novel, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award and introduced readers to the epic fantasy adventure that is his acclaimed "The Malazan Book of the Fallen" sequence. The Crippled God is the tenth and final chapter in what has been hailed "a masterwork of the imagination."
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have just finished my second read of the entire series, and loved it every bit as much as the first time. Since all the books are released now (unlike my first time through) I was able to read all 10 books back to back. I think it was a really strong finish, the twist to how things end was great. While I had no idea how things were going to end the first time, reading it the second time I could see signs of what would happen, and it was really neat to see it all setup.
All in all, a great read, and worth going through all 10 books!
I recommend this series to any lover of "realistic" or adult fantasy - probably not for younger readers.
The first book or 2 may feel dry or slow, but push through and the author will present to you a true epic.
For the most part, R. Nicholson (previous reviewer) took the words right out of my mouth.
I have yet to discover another fantasy author who quite captured me so thoroughly and kept me so enthralled for so many years. Such a beautifully powerful tale, inspiring so many moments of deep thought and reflection... I'm grateful to have happened upon the Gardens of the Moon by random chance.
However, I must say that the series - especially this last book - had its flaws.
I am certainly, by no means, a novice with difficult reads. I've thoroughly consumed Neal Stephenson, and countless other great writers. Nonetheless, There were many moments that I simply felt lost in the countless spaghetti stranded plot strings, desperately trying to recall what had happened to lead to this, or that. I'd often find myself struggling to pull the meaning of a characters brief interior dialogue, or trying to discern the end result of it. There were many moments of frustration that I simply plowed along through, driven by my history with and overall love for the series.
I was rather disappointed to find that, unlike any previous edition of the series, there were far too many moments within that I simply found myself unable to empathize with the sentiments of the characters. I felt that there was an overabundance of "breaking into a sob" or "lines of tears running down bleak faces" which simply felt hollow. I simply couldn't feel the moments of near weeping that the characters experienced when dealing with the Adjunct. This, and primarily this, was a major anchor to the tale for me.Read more ›
I review this book with some ambivalence...on one hand I loved the entire series but yet had some difficulty with Erikson's continual and frequent digressions to confusing side stories (confusing at least to me) and the seemingly unending stream of internal musings by and between many of his characters.
While the tale of Adjunct Tavore and her 'Bonehunters' seemed 'relatively' easy to follow, as did actions of her main opponent, the Forkrul Assail, there were other areas of the book that I had little insight as to what was going on. The entire book seemed to jump around from one story to another; tales that you knew must be related to the main story, but the connection was not easily obvious. And to confuse things further, these side tales where often laced with seemingly private thoughts and often feature protracted discussion about topics I knew nothing about and between characters who seemed to be on the periphery.
As a result, I almost had to study some sections of what might be called a complicated novel. After a while I just started to get weary of continually trying to discern what people were 'really' saying or thinking. While there were thrilling accounts of battles and tactics there were other prolonged (emphasis on prolonged) sections that reminded me of difficulty I had interpreting large sections of the 8th book, "Toll the Hounds"...a book that was probably my least favorite in the entire series.
One of my concerns for this particular novel focused on the fact that there seemed to be no real closure to this tale...Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
THE PERFECT END TO A PERFECT FANTASY SERIES. RIGHT UP THERE WITH LORD OF THE RINGS AND A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE (GAME OF THRONES). Read morePublished 12 months ago by Byron Freeman
Great ending to the series. Definitely going to back and read them from the beginning. Quite long, but a fun book to move through nonetheless.Published 23 months ago by JGIRO403
I really enjoyed this series, some books more than others. While this was a decent conclussion I just felt that there was too much left unfinished. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2012 by winnipeg85