Thursday, March 17, 2011

Malazan Re-read of the Fallen - Memories of Ice

Amanda and Bill (over at Tor) are continuing their Malazan Re-read of the Fallen and are now up to Book 3: Memories of Ice:

I’m so, so, so glad to see the return of Toc the Younger—I was really beginning to enjoy reading about him in GotM when he was so abruptly removed from proceedings. How scary must it be to wake in a place you don’t know, after days or weeks have passed, with no real knowledge of what must have happened? Consequently, Toc’s pragmatism and admonitions to himself to think like a soldier and ensure his survivial shows a rare man indeed.
I am also pleased to see Tool again—the unique, deadpan humour of this character is very rewarding. Toc and Tool have been effectively used by Erikson here to bring the reader up to speed on various events—such as the death of Lorn, the fact that the Malazan Empire failed to take Darujhistan.
Memories of Ice is one of the best books I've ever read, and my favourite book in the series (currently; Book 10 is sitting here waiting for me to gather the courage to dive in, but it would have to be some kind of wonderful to supplant MOI in my favour) and I just re-read it last year so am excited to see the details that Amanda and Bill elaborate on.

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