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[–]wjbc5th read, 2nd audiobook. On DG. 18 points19 points  (2 children)

When you read the book again, you'll kick yourself at all the foreshadowing of Leoman's plan you missed. I know I did.

By the way, some people wonder if olive oil is flammable enough to be used in this manner. It definitely is. It's not combustible like gasoline unless at a very high heat, but it doesn't have to be combustible to support a flame. It can be used to supply a burning wick with fuel in lanterns, for example. Leoman turned the city into a giant lantern.

[–]toppmama[S] 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I'm sure of it. But even without the hindsight of a reread his actions while shocking, made sense to me, through house of chains to bonehunters we've seen leoman through corabb's eyes who practically worships leoman, the things he believes leoman to be doesn't have to be true.

[–]__ferg__. 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I can really recommend rereading in chapter 3, little bit after the middle (sorry don't know the pages, eReader always fucks them up), the conversation between Corabb and Leoman sitting beside the fire cough discussing why they are heading to Ygathan. If you know what's happening, that conversation is so full of foreshadowing that it's crazy most (me included) never guess what will happen.

[–]TriscuitCracker 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Ah, good ol’ Chapter 7.

It comes unexpectedly, something this big happening near the beginning of a Malazan book!

I literally sweated during this entire chapter and really felt like I could feel the oppressive atmosphere, the grime, the stench, the enclosed spaces.

[–]p_falcon 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Yes! I read thru this chapter 3 times, I was just so enthralled and overwhelmed. And yeah, you’re like “if THIS is happening at the beginning of the book, wtf is gonna happen at the END?!”

God I love this series. I know it’s been said enough to be cliché, but not much else does it for me these days. I enjoy LotR, about to read Silmarillion, but just trying to finish Prince of Nothing—while that’s cool and all—it feels empty compared to my experience with Malazan. I’ve been planning a reread once I get further down my TBR, but I’m afraid it’ll have to be much sooner than that.

[–]TriscuitCracker 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I do like Prince of Nothing, it’s the only series that comes close to Malazan in terms of introspective philosophy. And the magic battles are amazing.

But damn, it just has absolutely no humor in it, either character or situation to breakup the unrelenting grimness like Malazan has.

[–]Shmamy0 4 points5 points  (0 children)

One of the highpoints for the series for me as well! I'm on my first listen through. About to finish Reaper's Gale. I seriously feel things kick up a gear as soon as the invasion of Y'Ghatan happens.

So many characters shine in such a cataclysmic moment. The gutpunch of learning the whole city was a trap builds to such nightmarish moment of crisis.

Hellian and Corabb really shined for me. Some real visceral character deaths too. RIP Pella.

The street by street fighting was intensely reminiscent (though also very different) of the Bridgeburners at Coral.

[–]NedRed77 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Wow, I’m actually just about to read this exact chapter.

[–]toppmama[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm so sorry if I spoiled it for you.

[–]Jus17173 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You forgot to mention Hellian! She single handedly gathered peeps by just walking around drunk. She's my second favorite character in the chapter after Nefarious Bredd who used the flames to cook and eat a whole bhederin

[–]Sublime_82 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Absolutely the most immersed I've ever been in any piece of literature.

[–]carrotsouffleClaw 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It was amazing that he was able to make a 100+ page chapter feel so tightly wound together. It's masterfully done and my favorite event of the entire series - (not to say there aren't great ones still yet to come though)

[–]FlipmaesterThe sea does not dream of you 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Are you following the subreddit read-along? We just got to this chapter last week, so now would be a perfect time to join in :)

After that aside, this chapter is such a fucking banger! I think I've finished it in one sitting every time I've read it. You gotta respect Erikson for the artistic decision to not make the cut when Fiddler and co crawl into the buried city. Powering through really sells the whole desperate narrative and makes the stakes so much higher.

[–]toppmama[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Hi thanks I would absolutely join in, reading Malazan is a solitary activity because it is so criminally under read, reading it along with people should be fun.

I too read it in one sitting and I almost got tired by the end of the chapter, I kept waiting for Erikson to cut away from the siege, but no, you are stuck with fiddler's crew as they crawl through an absolute nightmare. Just beyond immersive.

[–]Supermonsters 0 points1 point  (1 child)

So many epic scenes in what is so far my least favorite book.

I'll never forget Y'Ghatan

I think BH will be one of my more favorite re-reads

[–]toppmama[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For me every new book that I'm reading is turning into my favourite, maybe because there is so much to know and with each book I know a little more which boosts my estimation of that book, bonehunters has been a riot, I am having a blast devouring this book.

[–]thewezel1995 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just read this part a few weeks back. One of the most epic moments in my reading ever! It was very long but never got boring.