Discussion in 'Fantasy' started by Jon Snow, Jun 13, 2009.
You definitely need Malazan Book of the Fallen in your life. Fantastic series.
Thanks Bill, it is definitely on my agenda. I found a group read on goodreads that starts in January so I may well go for it it then, unless anyone is up for starting it on here?
One question I do have is do you have to read them all back to back? It sounds like there is a lot to remember though some people say that is exaggerated.
Daniel Abraham - The Dagger & The Coin series. takes place in different areas of the world in the books. he does a good job with world building and has many different species besides humans.
Thanks @stenney, I'll check it out. My "want to read" list is growing rapidly
Here's the recommended reading order. It's all fairly clear ...
Thanks @TomTB. Couldn't be more simple
I have seen several different reading orders, it's all very confusing!
My advice would be to read Malazan Book of the Fallen first and then go for Esslemont novels and Kharkanas. Reading in the publishing order is always a good bet, IMO. That way you're experiencing the series as it was originally intended. The chronological order, in this case, is a tad convoluted.
Yeah I went published order more or less, but interspersed the ICE books with the SE ones, which I'd strongly recommend.
How did you start the series? With Night of Knives or Gardens of the Moon? I was initially going to read the prologue from GotM, read Night of Knives and then finish the remaining GotM, but I ended up reading just the Gardens.
Thanks very much for the advice. I may well start this after I finish my current book and fortunately the choice of what to read first is the same in everybody's reading order. From reading various reviews, a lot of people don't make it past Gardens of the Moon so I'll worry about what comes next if I make it past that hurdle
Gardens of the Moon and Deadhouse Gates (Book #2) are quite different, even if you don't enjoy GotM as much, give Deadhouse Gates a shot. Besides featuring completely new characters and new storyline, it was written a decade after the first and was created as book since its inception (Gardens of the Moon was a screenplay, I think). Many enjoy reading Deadhouse Gates more. I, and @TomTB as well, if I recall correctly, prefer GotM.
I found this diagram which may help.
EDIT: Sorry I misread your post and thought you were asking for advice on what to read first. I'll leave the link here in case it's useful to someone.
NoK was the third one i read i think. Started with GoTM and adored it. Definitely one of my fave's! Didn't like DG nearly as much.
Thanks for the info. I've read a few times that you need to read the first 2 before making a decision on reading the rest. The series must be all kinds of awesome if it's worth pushing through a 1000 page book that you don't like!
I still liked both, though. It's a rewarding series for sure. Very quotable too, I would always find some interesting thoughts and just plain awesome quotes or scenes to mark down.
I currently have a couple of books I'd like to start reading. Two authors I'm most interested right now are Guy Gavriel Kay and China Mieville. I know many of you here like GGK, but what do you think about Mieville? I've had Perdido Street Station for a while now, but never got around reading it. How did you like it?
For GGK, I was thinking of starting with Tigana.
Don't know about Mieville, but I did read Tigana and it's great. Highly recommended.
Just a quick shout out to @Peat and @Silvion Night who recommended The Red Knight by Miles Cameron to me on this thread. It was an excellent book (4/5 on goodreads), cheers guys. I particularly loved that the story was told from the perspective of characters on both sides of the conflict. Will definitely be reading the rest of the series.
Thanks for the shout out and I'm happy to see you liked the book.
Hehe, I think you recommended it to me. I didn't like it because of the whole being about soldiers thing, but I'm glad that so many people here were able to enjoy it.
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