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Maleficent – Movie Review

Maleficent – Movie Review 

Maleficent shows us how far the modern fantasy genre has come, and not just in terms of the subject matter and frequency of adaptations either, but also in terms of support from the big studios and from audiences. One of the reasons why fantasy stories resonate so well with us is that many of our […]

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Malazan Book of the Fallen – Redux

Malazan Book of the Fallen – Redux 

So, over a period of close to a year, I’ve waxed lyrical about Erikson’s epic series Malazan Book of the Fallen but, with today’s demands on our time, the question remains, should you even bother? Chances are good that you can guess my answer to this question but it may not be as clear cut […]

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The Crippled God by Steven Erikson

The Crippled God by Steven Erikson
5

The carriages have chugged up to the top of the roller coaster, and the anticipation has built for that first downward plunge into g-force turns, and yet, because you’ve been let down once or twice before, you ask yourself, “Will this be ‘meh’?” Well, will it? Hella no! In The Crippled God, book ten of […]

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Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson

Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson
4

Dust of Dreams, book nine of Steven Erikson’s grand work of epic fantasy, the Malazan Book of the Fallen, is really a torturer’s handbook in disguise. This is true for two reasons. First, we all know how important an ending is: whether that be for a self-contained novel or for a longer series. I don’t […]

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Toll the Hounds by Steven Erikson

Toll the Hounds by Steven Erikson
4.5

A ticket to ascendant adventure costs no more than the Toll of the Hounds, but do you have the courage to pay it? Toll the Hounds, book eight of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, is an extraordinarily good read because it gives us what we want, in spades! We get old friends and new, […]

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Reaper’s Gale by Steven Erikson

Reaper’s Gale by Steven Erikson
4.75

You’ve heard of the super cell? That thankfully rare occasion where a number of storms, each one a threat to life and limb and capable of doing some serious property damage, combines to create one mother of an event, the likes of which has people battening down the hatches or fleeing before the front? Well, […]

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The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson

The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson
4

The Bonehunters, book six of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, reunites us with the 14th Army which, under the “trust me, it will all work out” leadership of Tavore Paran, seeks to crush the last vestiges of the Whirlwind rebellion, once and for all. And while this hungry army chases its apotheosis, action is […]

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Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson

Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson
4.5

This review contains some spoilers. Read with caution if you have yet to finish the book. Midnight Tides, book five of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, provides robust proof of Steven Erikson’s skills as an author, and kicks the whole series into overdrive. Now at book 5/10, we have made it to the middle […]

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House of Chains by Steven Erikson

House of Chains by Steven Erikson
3.5

Into any great company a little division must fall, for what better moment than when the rift is healed, the prodigal returns and the collective is fused anew, stronger than it was before. So it was for me with House of Chains, book 4 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. Upon posting my review […]

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Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson

Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson
4

Ahhh, Memories of Ice, Book Three of The Malazan Book of the Fallen, what an enjoyable tropical holiday you are – that is if tropical holidays contained relentless waves of cannibalistic armies, unspoiled (or should I say utterly tormented) elder races and, of course, friendly Bridgeburner staff! No doubt, a tropical holiday is needed after […]

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Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson

Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson
5

Get ready to enjoy your next bite of Steven Erikson’s bountiful feast, The Malazan Book of the Fallen, when you tuck into book two of the series, Deadhouse Gates. Deadhouse Gates is a wonderful return on investment for those who pick it up, for while the preceding installment, Gardens of the Moon, is a good […]

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Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
3.5

Get this: you’re a crack mountain climber, right, and you’ve overcome some of the world’s best peaks; you know, the ones that everyone else climbs too. Then you hear about a summit with vistas you will find nowhere else on earth. It has challenging faces and exhilarating overhangs; it’s a real climber’s climb, for sure. […]

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