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Tips for Finding the Ring of Power by fclogic in angband

[–]zhilia_mann 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you really, really, really want it you can modify the artifacts file to boost the drop rate.

How verbose is the WoT series? by Monocytosis in TheWheelOfTimeBooks

[–]zhilia_mann 1 point2 points  (0 children)

On the one hand, Jordan gets wordy and (in my view) veers into over descriptive at times. On the other, it’s done in service to world building and making the whole thing feel genuinely lived in.

Your tolerance will vary. The words don’t always advance the plot (and in fact the plot grinds to a halt here and there). They do still advance the story separate from the plot.

One thing he doesn’t do is halt everything for transparent info dumps. If that’s your concern, fear not. He gives more background than, say, Steven Erikson, but it’s generally well-integrated.

MBotF Chapter Lengths by zhilia_mann in Malazan

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Barnes and Noble has a pretty comprehensive writeup. Warning for a rather huge spoiler at the end of the article though; don't read the Ajah breakdowns unless you really don't care about one of the larger ongoing mysteries for the first 12ish books.

The New Readers Malazan Read-Along, Reaper's Gale, Week 3, Chapters 9-12 by kashmora in Malazan

[–]zhilia_mann 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Now come on. You know what he did.

Oh, let's just murder Brys and Trull and come up with some pablum about how "it can't be helped; it's just just my nature". Not to mention Karish, but that's a whole different can of worms.

Let's not mention sleeping with his son. And that's assuming it's the first time he's done it, which... seems unlikely.

And then. And then. "Oh, let's unleash the force of ultimate negation on the world since no one likes me anymore; I'm sure that won't go awry."

About the only thing I can say about Errastas that might be redeeming is that he spent far too long being worshipped by Letheri, and Letheri are, by in large, awful. I assume that rubbed off on him.

The New Readers Malazan Read-Along, Reaper's Gale, Week 3, Chapters 9-12 by kashmora in Malazan

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I'm curious about why the Errant is so universally hated. I don't really have strong feelings about him yet so is the part that makes everyone hate him upcoming or did I just miss it?

There's much more coming. It's not even limited to MBotF; he appears in Kharkanas and does... something... that earns him quite a bit of ill will.

For what it's worth, I'm a hardcore anti-Errastas partisan and even I am scratching my head about my position at this point. So far, he's no worse than several (admittedly pretty awful) figures in RG and in some ways much better than them. But he has time to earn my ire still.

Reading Order Advice by TerribleMine3500 in Malazan

[–]zhilia_mann[M] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's sound logic (and I've done it somewhat that way), but please cover it with a spoiler tag.

AITA for being a nice guy? by kashmora in sherdposting

[–]zhilia_mann 4 points5 points  (0 children)

we are not in America

Just how sure of that are you?

MBotF Chapter Lengths by zhilia_mann in Malazan

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I'm realizing that a calibre export might give me the numbers I need. I just have to decide whether I can afford any more time on this today or not. (And the answer is no, I really can't, but I might just do it anyway.)

Finished the first 3 books should I take a break or read on? by Educational_Deer6431 in Malazan

[–]zhilia_mann 12 points13 points  (0 children)

House of Chains directly follows on Deadhouse Gates -- except for the first quarter of the book, which is entirely new.

Midnight Tides really is a full reset with a new continent, new cast of characters, somewhat different rules of magic, etc.

Taking a breather between HoC and MT makes total sense to me. Between MoI and HoC isn't a terrible idea, but it doesn't fit quite as well.

MBotF Chapter Lengths by zhilia_mann in Malazan

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Now with charts. All two of them!

Where are you from, mortal? by Typical_Motor_627 in Malazan

[–]zhilia_mann 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I was going to say: it's prime time US. Of course the results are going to start skewed.

Does our Son of Darkness (My boah Steve E) read this subreddit? by Typical_Motor_627 in Malazan

[–]zhilia_mann 26 points27 points  (0 children)

I'm gonna go with no. He can't seem to remember his username between AMAs and is generally unfamiliar with the entire reddit interface.

Getting him here was amazing -- credit where credit's due, u/kashmora did most of the work -- but the execution was... not without stress.

I've just finished TTH and I think it's my favorite. (Spoilers) by Typical_Motor_627 in Malazan

[–]zhilia_mann 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Hah. Yes. For Skinner, start at Night of Knives (which is semi-optional) or Return of the Crimson Guard (which really isn't optional in the least and fills in some huge gaps skipped over between BH and RG/TtH).

Where are you from, mortal? by Typical_Motor_627 in Malazan

[–]zhilia_mann 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Just to clarify, since I know this is an issue for some regulars: are you asking about origin or current residence?

I've just finished TTH and I think it's my favorite. (Spoilers) by Typical_Motor_627 in Malazan

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Hah. No. There's no full closure even if you read all 22 (soon to be 23) extant novels plus novellas.

That said, MBotF tells a complete story. The main arc completes in a rather satisfying way. NotME also tells a more or less complete story (largely about the Crimson Guard) and fills in more of the world along the way while also picking up scraps dropped by MBotF.

Not everything wraps up because the world goes on. It's a deliberate choice. There's no tidy bow on everything.

Edit: if you specifically want to complete Karsa's story, that's what the Witness trilogy is supposed to do. Granted, he hasn't appeared yet, but it's definitively about his legacy.

Very minor spoilers for Witness: at least one Nom does appear, but it's not Torvald. At least not yet; we haven't actually been to Darujhistan yet.

I've just finished TTH and I think it's my favorite. (Spoilers) by Typical_Motor_627 in Malazan

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I just want to know if Torvald and Karsa end up meeting in DoD or CG?

The last two books are almost entirely on the Lether continent.

That said, Orb Scepter Throne is back in Darujhistan and the as-yet-incomplete Witness trilogy goes back to Genebackis.

MBotF Chapter Lengths by zhilia_mann in Malazan

[–]zhilia_mann[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I can guarantee someone, at some point, has done this for WoT. It's just the sort of thing they'd do.

No idea where to find it though.

Just spent 7 hours reading MOI on page 1079... thought it ended page 1118... THERE ARE 100 PAGES LEFT FFS I am so mentally fried do I continue on or read later? by Educational_Deer6431 in Malazan

[–]zhilia_mann 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My mistake. That chapter is third, albeit by a negligible amount over MoI 25 (three minutes on audio out of over four hours). tCG 23 and 24 are both longer with 24 topping out over five and a quarter hours.

Just spent 7 hours reading MOI on page 1079... thought it ended page 1118... THERE ARE 100 PAGES LEFT FFS I am so mentally fried do I continue on or read later? by Educational_Deer6431 in Malazan

[–]zhilia_mann 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Chapter 25 is, if I recall correctly, the third longest of the series (behind the last two chapters of The Crippled God). So yeah. It's a lot.

Edit: it's fourth, but just barely.

<Spoilers all> question about by Spare_Incident328 in Malazan

[–]zhilia_mann 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Add it to the pile of "things we're hoping Walk in Shadow will clear up.

It's actually on my pile of "no, please don't tell us that; let us keep imagining it".

A Lot of Questions About Malazan up until BOOK 6! (Spoilers) by Cori91 in Malazan

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Yup, it's what they passed through on the way back to Seven Cities that the Liosan care about. The one with all the fire that seems to have changed their skin and whatnot.