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Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen
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Steven Erikson is an archaeologist and anthropologist and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His Malazan Book of the Fallen series, including The Crippled God, Dust of Dreams, Toll the Hounds and Reaper's Gale, have met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. Gardens of the Moon was the first novel in the series and was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award. The second novel, Deadhouse Gates, was voted one of the ten best fantasy novels of 2000 by SF Site. He lives in Canada.

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The embattled Malazan Empire struggles to hold on to its lands and increase its holdings as the greedy Empress Laseen pushes her Legions to the limits of their endurance. As Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his elite Bridgeburners, along with the combat sorceress Tattersailm, turn toward yet another battle, darker forces gather that promise to involve the gods themselves in the affairs of men and women. First published in England, Erikson's saga of war and empire delivers first-rate military fantasy reminiscent of Glen Cook's "Black Company" novels. Intriguing world-building and well-rounded characters make this a good choice for most fantasy collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

In this sprawling fantasy epic of the Malazan empire at war with its enemies and itself, the first of a projected 10-volume series, Canadian newcomer Erikson offers many larger-than-life scenes and ideas, but his characters seem to shrink to fit the story. Perhaps they need to stay small enough for the reader to keep them all in mind. Jumping often between plot lines, the novel follows Ganoes Stabro Paran from his boyhood dreaming of soldiers to his escape from imperial service. Paran travels on journeys of body and soul, going from innocent to hardened rebel against gods and empire without losing his moral core. Other characters may go further, to death and back even, but none is as sharply portrayed. The book features a plethora of princes and paupers, powers and principalities, with much inventive detail to dazzle and impart a patina of mystery and ages past. The fast-moving plot, with sieges, duels (of sword and of spell), rebellions, intrigue and revenge, unearthed monsters and earth-striding gods, doesn't leave much room for real depth. Heroes win, villains lose, fairness reigns, tragedy is averted. Erikson may aspire to China Mi?ville heights, but he settles comfortably in George R.R. Martin country. Agent, Howard Morhaim. (June 16) FYI: The first four volumes have already been published in the U.K. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"Complex, challenging.Erikson's strengths are his grown-up characters and his ability to create a world every bit as intricate and messy as our own." "An astounding debut...has the potential to become a defining work in Fantasy." -- Neil Walsh "SF Site" "Complex, challenging...Erikson''s strengths are his grown-up characters and his ability to create a world every bit as intricate and messy as our own." -- J. V. Jones "SFX" "There''s nothing safe about fantasy like this: intriguing, complex, thought provoking, exceedingly well-written, and, for the intelligent reader, exhilaratingly satisfying." -- Paula Guran "Cinemafantastique" "An astounding debut.has the potential to become a defining work in Fantasy." -- Neil Walsh "SF Site" "Complex, challenging.Erikson''s strengths are his grown-up characters and his ability to create a world every bit as intricate and messy as our own." -- J. V. Jones "SFX" "Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics on a scale that would approach absurdity if it wasn't so much fun."--Andrew Leonard "Salon.com " "Steven Erikson is an extraordinary writer. My advice to anyone who might listen to me: Treat yourself to Gardens of the Moon."--Stephen R. Donaldson "There's nothing safe about fantasy like this: intriguing, complex, thought provoking, exceedingly well-written, and, for the intelligent reader, exhilaratingly satisfying."--Paula Guran "Cinemafantastique " "Gripping, fast-moving, delightfully dark, with a masterful and unapologetic brutality reminiscent of George R. R. Martin. Utterly engrossing."--Elizabeth Haydon "The experience of reading Gardens of the Moon is akin to being plunged into a full-immersion course in a heretofore undiscovered realm."--Jacqueline Carey "A brilliant book! Exciting, inventive, intelligent--frequently funny. A wonderful book to read and to recommend to others."--David Drake "I stand slack-jawed in awe of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. This masterwork of imagination may be the high water mark of epic fantasy."--Glen Cook "An astounding debut has the potential to become a defining work in Fantasy."--Neil Walsh "SF Site "" "Complex, challenging Erikson's strengths are his grown-up characters and his ability to create a world every bit as intricate and messy as our own."--J. V. Jones "SFX "" "Erikson is an extraordinary writer. My advice to anyone who might listen to me is, Treat yourself to Gardens of the Moon. And my entirely selfish advice to Steven Erikson is, write faster." --Stephen R. Donaldson "I stand slack-jawed in awe of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. This masterwork of imagination may be the high water mark of epic fantasy. This marathon of ambition has a depth and breadth and sense of vast reaches of inimical time unlike anything else available today. The Black Company, Zelazny's Amber, Vance's Dying Earth, and other mighty drumbeats are but foreshadowings of this dark dragon's hoard." --Glen Cook Erikson is an extraordinary writer. My advice to anyone who might listen to me is, Treat yourself to Gardens of the Moon. And my entirely selfish advice to Steven Erikson is, write faster. Stephen R. Donaldson I stand slack-jawed in awe of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. This masterwork of imagination may be the high water mark of epic fantasy. This marathon of ambition has a depth and breadth and sense of vast reaches of inimical time unlike anything else available today. The Black Company, Zelazny's Amber, Vance's Dying Earth, and other mighty drumbeats are but foreshadowings of this dark dragon's hoard. Glen Cook " Erikson is an extraordinary writer. My advice to anyone who might listen to me is, Treat yourself to "Gardens of the Moon." And my entirely selfish advice to Steven Erikson is, write faster. "Stephen R. Donaldson" I stand slack-jawed in awe of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. This masterwork of imagination may be the high water mark of epic fantasy. This marathon of ambition has a depth and breadth and sense of vast reaches of inimical time unlike anything else available today. The Black Company, Zelazny's Amber, Vance's Dying Earth, and other mighty drumbeats are but foreshadowings of this dark dragon's hoard. "Glen Cook"" "Erikson is an extraordinary writer. My advice to anyone who might listen to me is, Treat yourself to "Gardens of the Moon." And my entirely selfish advice to Steven Erikson is, write faster."--Stephen R. Donaldson "I stand slack-jawed in awe of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. This masterwork of imagination may be the high water mark of epic fantasy. This marathon of ambition has a depth and breadth and sense of vast reaches of inimical time unlike anything else available today. The Black Company, Zelazny's Amber, Vance's Dying Earth, and other mighty drumbeats are but foreshadowings of this dark dragon's hoard."--Glen Cook

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