Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson(98 ratings)
|Series||Malazan Book of the Fallen, The|
|Submitted by anthony |
the first book was good. book 2 is great. there are a couple of reasons for this. one, the story is tight. quite frankly, some of the other books are far to sprawling. deadhouse is able to avoid that trap. it has the same myriad characters and plots - most converging at the end - but there is no delay in the story, it's balls to the wall goodness all the way through. and all of erikson's best horses are here: dangerous and vicious good guys. bad guys who have too much charisma to be hated. a better understanding of the holds - a truly brilliant and invigorating magic system that roots in erikson's past as both an archeologist and anthropologist. and, unlike most fantasy, erikson has the balls to overlay his story w/both mystery and meloncholy - the second being the most important aspect of any substantial work of fantasy. there are characters you'll love and there are storylines that will truly sadden you. and yet others will reinvigorate. all of this book is such that you'll be wanting more. fortunately, there's an asimoff size amount to go (except its good).
|Submitted by Jason |
Most of the charecters that we grow to love in Gardens and actually finally begin to understand at least slightly toward the end of that book do not appear in the sequel Deadhouse gates. While this is a great effort by Erickson and a worthy follow up to a strong first book, I am frustrated by basically none of the main charecters being in this text. I found myself through the entire book, thinking, "what are Whiskyjack and Paran and the rest doing?" rather than completely focusing on the story at hand. Unfortunatly, Erickson again introduces a whole host of charecters with very little if any background being provided, many of whom have similar charecteristics. The first book forced me to turn to the cast of charecters and glossary at the beginning and end in order to keep things mostly straight (I don't think anyone could keep it 100% in order on the first read). I liken it to reading George RR Martin but set in a world which is about a thousand times more complicated. In all seriousness, in order to get through the second one, I actually made copies of the glossary and list of charecters from both books and kept them by me while reading. I have to admit that his frustrates me somewhat but doing it did make things much easier.
|Submitted by Gary Zarback |
Steven Erikson follows through his first book with a resounding thunderclap that will shatter your teeth with horror, decadence and futility, yet strengthen your hope - all viciously crammed in one terrifyingly epic continuation called Deadhouse Gates.
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