Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Malazan Re-read of the Fallen - GOTM Ch. 8 & 9

Amanda and Bill are up to Chapters 8 & 9 in their re-read of Gardens of the Moon:
This level of analysis in a book is unheard of for me—I am a reader who quite often skims. To sit and have to contemplate who a character might be is forcing me to slow down—and, I have to say, the reading experience is that much more rewarding. I am not having those usual moments in a book where I think “now I know I’ve met this character before—who were they?” Or, I mean I am, but only as a result of Erikson wanting me to think this rather than because I am reading too quickly and skimming over details. Has anyone else had to adjust their reading method while tackling GotM and later Malazan books?
My own re-read of GOTM is almost over.  I'm closing in on Chapter 21, and am surprised by two things: 


1)  How much less complicated the book feels with my wide-angle lens, and
2)  How much foreshadowing it contains.


I've found references to Icarium; I didn't even notice Silverfox makes an appearance the first time I read it; there is a warning about the Seer of the Pannion Domin beginning his Holy War; all kinds of mentions of the Crimson Guard and many other moments that had me stop and marvel at how clearly Erikson saw the whole arc of the series, right from the start.  I have a few new titles that are beckoning to me right now - K.J. Parker's The Folding Knife, Mark Charon Newton's Nights of Villjamur, and the finale of Brian Ruckley's Godless World Trilogy -  but I am very tempted to just swing straight into Deadhouse Gates.  Re-reading GOTM has been such a delight.


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