Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Malazan Re-read of the Fallen - GOTM Ch. 14 & 15

Amanda and Bill are up to Chapters 14 & 15 on their Malazan Re-read of the Fallen:
That bleak view of humanity is a constant undercurrent in this series and gives it a level of depth and seriousness that I at least really respond to. Lorn wondering if humans have inherited from the Imass along with the world, their single-minded focus on war and if humanity would also “bow to it [war] in immortal servitude, no more than deliverers of death.” And we get maybe the first direct questioning of whether the T’lan Imass war was perhaps not so benign as Lorn realizes the Jaghut would not have started the war. And we get the even more bleak sense of history repeating—this endless realization of humanity’s destructiveness and inability to do anything about it as “such tears had been shed before, and would be again . . . And the winds would dry them all.” Kallor, therefore, as the symbol of the whole human race: never learning, driven by ambition and desire for domination over people and the world itself to perform destruction upon destruction in either cruelty or obliviousness. In later books, we’ll see how much of this relates to our modern society. It’s a difficult view to argue against, I think.
 I am now up to chapter five of Memories of Ice (which, at this point, is my favourite novel in the sequence), and I have to admit that burning through the first three books in a month has brought all kinds of story details into sharp focus.  All the connective tissue is there, it's just that some of the story beats are only referred to once, or described differently by a secondary voice, which explains why this series can be so overwhelming.

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