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The Bonehunters: book 1
« on: April 13, 2014, 02:52:35 PM »
There is so much to talk about, I'm sure I'll miss something.

The thing that surprised me the most so far is how much I enjoy Apsalar's plotline. She was okay before, but now, cut free from Cutter, I like her much more. Curdle and Telorast are funny too.

Apropos funny. The most I've laughed in the whole series so far is the scene where Corabb eats the toad and has a feathery trip.

What are Leoman's plans?

What's up with Barathol Mekhar and the T'Lan Imass?

What is Karsa going to do and why does the inventor-witch Sammar Dev follow him?

Why did Spite kill all the other nameless ones and what are her plans for the T'rolbarahl (mighty vampire d'ivers from the first empire)?
How will Icarium and Mappo survive its attack? Are they maybe close to Heboric, Cutter, Greyfrog and the girls?

Am I the only one who thinks that there are so many plotlines crisscrossing seven cities, some are bound to meet? Icarium and Mappo, Karsa, Apsalar, Paran, Cutter, Heboric & Co...

Who else is on Apsalar's kill list?

So it is Urko. Was a cool scene where she and him meet.

Apsalar + Ganoes Paran? Wouldn't fit so bad, imho.

Will Ganoes and Tavore meet? She still believes him dead, I think. And he doesn't know that Felisin is dead yet...

So the K'Chain Che'Malle aren't extinct but are planning an assault on...what? Whom?
Curious about what Kalam, Quick and Stormy (annealed in holy fire) will find out. Cotillion was superb again.

Bottle seems to become more important and more involved. Poor Joyful Union. I'm curious what that other squad plans with her scorpion. A mean surprise for the new captain, methinks.

Sorrit, the dragon who, together with Osserc, represented Serc, is dead. It's not the first dead or imprisoned dragon we come across. This will stay interesting...

And this disgusting renegade Gral who works for Spite... what's up with him?
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Re: The Bonehunters: book 1
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2014, 09:21:04 PM »
I really like reading about bottle I didn't think he had in him when the new captain said what's you name  soldier smiles he reply s :) who do you think his grandmother is? also he commented on Holds

(worse thing I did I agreed with nether mother  :) ) we get to see Bult

Pust made me laugh out loud with his monologue in front of Shadowthrone

I Like Curdle and Telorast travelling with Apsalar with their ramblings

Edgewalker (you may consider me an elemental force) listening on to the conversation between Cotillion and the imprisoned dragons

The soldier of hood a seguleh  and another mention of this Skinner an avowed who has cheated death before leaving his spear behind

Urko the drowning thing was a joke  :)

Greyfrog another character I enjoy reading about his a better companion for Cutter than Apsalar (screams? no friend cutter. was Greyfrog breaking wind)

Pearl spying on Quick Ben,Fiddler,Kalam going to backfire on him I'm thinking haha we meet Tayschrenn and his bodyguards  ;)

Apsalar uses the shadow causeway and sees Tiste Edur

Karsa storms a fort and battles another demon all in a days work even if his covered in excrement  ;D

Scillara pregant mean anything?

Corabb with the helmet  ;D

Leoman is going to talk to Queen of dreams hmm

Temul going to be the next great wickan leader acording to Grub maybe

Cotilliom and Quick Ben make each other nervous hehe
« Last Edit: April 17, 2014, 09:31:57 PM by Eclipse »
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Re: The Bonehunters: book 1
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2014, 09:24:55 PM »
There is so much to talk about, I'm sure I'll miss something.

What's up with Barathol Mekhar and the T'Lan Imass?


I forgot about him so many things to keep track off  :)
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Re: The Bonehunters: book 1
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2014, 06:54:32 PM »
Oh man oh man, this series...

Cotillion is practically a fully-fledged character in this one, even getting an amazing sequence from his POV!  :o  This makes me ridiculously happy.

So much to think about, erm...

I agree, Xiagan, about Apsalar. Not only do I love Curdle and Telorast, but her storyline has just taken on a whole new level. Loving it. AND Ganoes Paran!! When she mentions that there are two places dangerous for Ascendants, with Seven Cities being one, what's the other one? I reckon it's probably Assail.

Bottle is brilliant. I wasn't quite so sure why Eclipse loved him so much in House of Chains, but now I get it! Such an unusual character and the possibility that he is like the new Quick Ben? Awesome.

Karsa's scene against the K'Chain Che'malle...I just dunno what to say about it. I wonder if Karsa and Icarium will eventually come face to face again? I really have no idea how Icarium could beat him.

Urko was Keeper after all! This series really does pay off when you really pay attention.

Who is the former-Seguleh that is now Hood's Soldier? Presumably some historic/mythological figure for the Seguleh. They probably mentioned him in Memories of Ice offhandedly. Argh!

Definitely feels like everything is going to come to head - not to mention the fact that the Siege of Y'ghatan is pretty much upon us already. Also looks like there are Tiste Edur around. I wonder if some of the cast of Midnight Tides are going to become involved...

Also with all the mentions of him, I'm expecting an appearance from Dassem Ultor at some point. (My money is still on him being 'Traveller')

And poor Mappo. I hope he survives...
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Re: The Bonehunters: book 1
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2014, 05:59:36 PM »
I love Greyfrog!! ;D
Totally wins the most amusing character overall, so far  :D
And he is handy to have around...the way he got rid of those guys was nothing short of jaw-dropping - quite literally in his case!  ;D :P

Spite  :D
So she has finally put in an appearance...and wiped out almost a dozen nameless ones to free a demon. Expected nothing less, really. Hope its not too long before she puts in another appearance....wonder what her sister is up to?

Also liking Apsalar more...and the ghosts have been quite amusing so far, but they could get really annoying, really quickly, I think.

Pusts 'interview' with Shadowthrone made me laugh out loud too  :D

Barathol Mekhar....related to Kalam Mekhar?

Cotillion just keeps getting more awesome everytime he appears...I think Apsalar is wrong - for all the reasons she thinks he wouldn't make a good God, I think he'd probably be better at it the most of the current options.  :P
He seems to be doing a good job of keeping Edgewalker amused, too - must be the most interesting distraction / fun that Edgewalker has had for...centuries?  ;D
Will he take up the the offer of assistance? Will he release the dragons? Will we ever find out why Ben makes him so nervous??  8)

Loved the tour of sky keep...
Eleven keeps are assembled in the imperial warren for some reason...are these completely new arrivals? (I mean newly arrived to this world in the present as opposed to being brought through from another time)... Which kind of K'Chain are they carrying? - That's assuming they do contain K'Chain, of course....the only working keep we've seen so far was full of Andii... very intriguing!!

Heboric is starting to get on my nerves a bit....and now that they have realised Scillara is pregnant, how will they proceed - will they split up?

Not sure about the other dangerous place for ascendants....Apsalar said that one was from her knowledge and the other Cotillions...Assail, if it is still populated by the Forkrul would be a definite contender - but that's assuming she is the source regarding Seven Cities and the other place is somewhere we have yet to see....I think Letheras under Rhulad's rule would also be a place to be wary of...especially as there is very little access to warrens....Elder/Hold magic practitioners (like Bottle) would probably be fine but Ascendants are new and appear to mostly be tied to warren/house magic.

Not sure why Karsa is travelling with a witch. Another Erikson 'odd couple' , I guess  :D

Corabb - luckiest man alive? a bit touched?  ???  Funny though  :D







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Re: The Bonehunters: book 1
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2014, 01:52:04 PM »
Pusts 'interview' with Shadowthrone made me laugh out loud too  :D

That was hilarious. Pust, like Kruppe, has a weird way of speaking that not everyone will enjoy but I find him really funny.

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Barathol Mekhar....related to Kalam Mekhar?

I'm thinking probably his Dad?

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(I mean newly arrived to this world in the present as opposed to being brought through from another time

Have we ever actually had time travel confirmed in the series? I remember there being some confusion over Shadowthrone and Cotillion somehow being present at the chaining of The Crippled God, but apart from that what evidence do we have?

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Heboric is starting to get on my nerves a bit

I agree. One minute he is blind, the next he is mad, the next he is sane, the next he is a prophetic lunatic, the next he's sane again...BUT I do like the characters around him, and at least they do react to the reader's issues with Heboric, so it isn't like it goes unnoticed that he is a bit difficult.

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Not sure about the other dangerous place for ascendants....Apsalar said that one was from her knowledge and the other Cotillions...Assail, if it is still populated by the Forkrul would be a definite contender - but that's assuming she is the source regarding Seven Cities and the other place is somewhere we have yet to see....I think Letheras under Rhulad's rule would also be a place to be wary of...especially as there is very little access to warrens....Elder/Hold magic practitioners (like Bottle) would probably be fine but Ascendants are new and appear to mostly be tied to warren/house magic.

Korelri also sounds pretty dangerous going by the mentions of the stormwall etc. I think she probably means Assail, as I doubt Cotillion would have much knowledge of Lether, it still adhering to the Holds and the Gods/Ascendants of the Houses not being in play there apart from The Crippled God.
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Re: The Bonehunters: book 1
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2014, 02:38:07 AM »
(I mean newly arrived to this world in the present as opposed to being brought through from another time

Have we ever actually had time travel confirmed in the series? I remember there being some confusion over Shadowthrone and Cotillion somehow being present at the chaining of The Crippled God, but apart from that what evidence do we have?

I'm not sure why I keep thinking that...but I'm pretty convinced that some of the stuff we've seen can only happen if there is some element of time travel....
Wasn't there mention of Kellanved and Dancer spending a hundred(+) years travelling the warrens and the world in general through the portals in the House...I can't see how they have been managing everything otherwise....or, as you say...if they were present at the chaining??
Also we saw from the trip Mappo and Icarium took in the sky keep that there can be some kind of 'bleed through' of events...can that be forced? controlled?
And when L'oric found his father...was that a different realm running a concurrent timeline with the one we are involved with, or was that in the past....there were active sky keeps in that realm that he was avoiding and the natives were the Eres'al (- who, as Ganath said, eventually became Imass, who then became human)...so I guess I assumed that was in the past.
Also, there is that whole dreaming thing that can allow passive viewing to the past - can that be active too if they need it to be??

I dunno...the whole series seems to make more sense to me at the moment if they can time travel...I guess as we move further along and more things are explained we'll find out one way or the other...

...or not! :P :o :-\
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Re: The Bonehunters: book 1
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2014, 08:18:39 PM »
 There may be some time travel, but I know Kellanved, Dancer, surley, Dujek, Dassem, and others are far older than you would expect. ;)

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Re: The Bonehunters: book 1
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2020, 07:07:26 PM »
It's me!
I've just finished book 1, and things are finally starting to make some sense hehe

At first I was so confused, still finding my feet...

Some comments:
- Curdle and Telorast, who/what exactly are they, what's their goal?
- Interesting story, Cotillion talking with the 3 dragons (I wrote this in my notes, now I can't actually remember ::))
- Karsa's fight with the big creature, wow, he's strong!!
- What's the point of Mappo and Icarium? Ever since the first book they keep walking around without a target... Icarium never remembers, or when he does, Mappo stops it -- some pages later: oh that's interesting, seems something is actually happening to them
- All these slain dragons they found, what are they? I remember vaguely a backstory of some dragons in previous books, but no details. Are they of a specific race? Argh my memory!
- Apsalar and Paran, nice! Too short, though. Interesting how she got to the ship from the Shadow realm

There's just so much going on...
I think:
1. Heboric, Cutter and the others
2. Apsalar
3. Karsa and Samar Dev
4. Leoman in Y'Ghatan
5. The Malazan army, now outside Y'Ghatan
6. Icarium and Mappo
7. Kalam, Quick Ben, etc
And I've also seen
8. A D'ivers (??)
9. Paran ( will we follow him now?)
Did I miss any?

Anyway I love the humour, it seems it's way more widespread now - even Cotillion jokes around ;D

I should have started taking notes and post-its when I first started this series ::)
« Last Edit: January 08, 2020, 07:23:11 PM by ScarletBea »
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