Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Malazan Re-read of the Fallen

Tor has decided to do a re-read of Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen.  
So, here’s the plan: we’ve broken up the books in parts of roughly 100 to 150 pages each. The page count is based on the US mass-market editions, but we’ll use chapter divisions as a yardstick so you can follow along regardless of which edition you have. We are planning one article per week—a leisurely pace, so as many people as possible can read along and still otherwise be productive members of society. This means that we’re probably going to take at least a year to cover the books that have been published so far—and by the time we’re done,The Crippled God will hopefully be out, so we can lead right into the final volume.
It sounds like it will be fun for new Malazan readers, who may need a bit of a lifeline to follow the plotting, and also for veterans interested in seeing the story arc laid out carefully.  Both Steven Erikson and his writing partner, Ian C. Esslemont have agreed to pop in and do a wrap-up, perhaps commenting on some of the conclusions the re-readers have drawn.
To be clear, neither of us is holding ourselves up as some sort of Malazan expert (especially Amanda, who expects to be going “huh?!” a lot). We’re not promising all the answers (we’re aiming for 82.7% of them) and we’re sure we’ll even make some mistakes (*gasp*). In a nutshell, we’re going to muddle through this together with you, and hopefully with your help we’ll all achieve a better if not complete grasp of this somewhat daunting material.
Amanda and Bill have already begun, and their thoughts on the prologue and first 100-ish pages of Gardens of the Moon can be found here.

I'm planning to do a re-read of the first nine books in advance of book 10 coming out next year.  Perhaps this would be a good time to get started on that?


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2 comments:

nixon66 said...

I started a re-read of the series in June myself, so it's nice to see others doing the same. The books do really reward a re-read incredibly. You know what's happening through that confusing Gardens of the Moon now. Warrens, Ascendants, and more just make sense now, and you get a better picture of the subtleties that are discussed and little bits and pieces of plot or description that don't take a hold for another book or three.

mri said...

I agree, nixon66; I haven't begun a proper re-read, but I often pick up a Malazan book at random and dip into it for a dozen pages, and even in those brief snapshots I notice more and more connective tissue. I'm both excited and daunted to start again at page 1, book1. I wonder if my favourite characters - Tool, Kalam, Apsalar, Itkovian - will remain so on a second reading? Or if I'l notice Fiddler or Hedge doing more things in the margins?

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