Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Malazan Re-read of the Fallen - GOTM Ch. 12 & 13

Amanda and Bill continue their in-tandem re-read of Steven Erikson's Malazan series.  They are up to Chapters 12 and 13 of Gardens of the Moon.
The demon is summoned by Baruk, I recall? And ooh, we get to see more of the Tiste Andii assassins now—sounds like they are out to destroy Ocelot’s team. Does this mean that they are aware of Quick Ben and Kalam? Are they protecting them? Or is their presence just incidental?
...And there was a very quick answer to that, as Kalam is targeted by one of the floating assassins! One thing that immediately struck me during this sharp little encounter is that Kalam is aware his opponent is female, but does not hold back at all. She is shown to be just as good as him at hand to hand, and they have an equal-ish skirmish. This again is a fantastic example of women being written in a strong and realistic manner by Erikson.
 If anyone has been confused by this series, and probably that's all of us, this is a good opportunity to get the plot lines straight, get some story clarification, or just to notice things you probably missed.  I tried to re-read along with Amanda and Bill, but now I'm 3/4 of the way through Deadhouse Gates.  Oops.

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