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The Crippled God: The Malazan Book of the Fallen 10 [Format Kindle]

Steven Erikson
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The Bonehunters are marching to Kolanse, and to an unknown fate. Tormented and exhausted, they are an army on the brink of mutiny.But Adjunct Tavore will not relent.If she can hold her forces together, if the fragile alliances she has forged can survive and if it is within her power, one final act remains. For Tavore Paran means to challenge the gods.


Ranged against Tavore and her allies are formidable foes. The Fokrul Assail are drawing upon a terrible power; their desire is to cleanse the world - to eradicate every civilization, to annihilate every human - in order to begin anew. The Elder Gods, too, are seeking to return. And to do so, they will shatter the chains that bind a force of utter devastation and release her from her eternal prison. It seems that, once more, there will be dragons in the world.


And in Kurald Galain, where the once-lost city of Kharkanas has been found, thousands have gathered upon the First Shore. Commanded by Yedan Derryg, they await the coming of the Tiste Liosan. Are they truly ready to die in the name of an empty city and a queen with no subjects?


In every world there comes a time when choice is no longer an option - a moment when the soul is laid bare and there is nowhere left to turn. And when this last hard truth is faced, when compassion is a virtue on its knees, what is there left to do?Now that time is come - now is the moment to proclaim your defiance and make a stand...


And so begins the final cataclysmic chapter in Steven Erikson's extraordinary, genre-defining 'Malazan Book of the Fallen'.


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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 930 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0765310104
  • Editeur : Transworld Digital (21 février 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Le dernier tome 15 avril 2014
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Aussi extraordinaire que les autres et une conclusion digne du cycle. Dans la mesure où un autre cycle est en cours et que Ian C Esslemont s'améliore à chaque tome, voici un univers qui n'a pas fini de m'enchanter.
Sur les 10 dernières années, une production beaucoup plus fournie que George RR Martin (excellent par ailleurs) et des voyages dans un univers beaucoup plus vaste.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A fitting, but not entirely flawless, conclusion 5 mars 2011
Par A. Whitehead - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
The Crippled God is the final novel in The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Steven Erikson's monumental epic fantasy series that began twelve years ago with Gardens of the Moon. In that time Erikson has reached the heights of writing two of the very finest fantasy novels of the last decade (Deadhouse Gates and Memories of Ice), but there has been some growing scepticism over later novels in the series, which have tended to open up more confusing storylines then closing down or clarifying old ones.

The Crippled God has been billed as the second half of Dust of Dreams, with Dreams described as all set-up and Crippled as all-resolution. That's an exaggeration: Erikson spends the first three hundred pages or so setting things up and clearing his throat rather than cutting to the chase, but at the same time that's less than some of the other books. We still get lengthy philosophical discussions between lowly grunts which are rather unconvincing, but frankly the people for whom that's a major problem will have dropped the series long ago. Fortunately Erikson is somewhat less obtuse in this novel than in any previous ones. On occasion he even resorts to - gasp! - actually telling us what the hell is going on. This new, more reader-friendly Erikson who respects traditional narrative techniques a bit more than previously takes a little getting used to.

The Crippled God is also the book that stands alone the least well out of the series, as it picks up after a huge cliffhanger ending. Erikson seems to enjoy the fact that he doesn't need to do as much set-up as normal and throws in everything including the kitchen sink into the mix. Previews and author interviews suggested that quite a few storylines and character arcs from previous novels would not be addressed here, which is mostly focused on the Crippled God and Bonehunter arcs, so it's a surprise that as many characters and events from previous novels (including some of Esslemont's) show up as they do, and most of the few who don't are at least mentioned.

There's also a growing circularity to events. This appears to be Erikson's way of showing the readers that the Malazan series wasn't as incoherent and chaotic as it has often appeared, but there was a masterplan all along. He mostly pulls this off very well, with some storylines and characters which initially appeared very random now being revealed to be integral to the series.

Erikson's biggest success in The Crippled God is with avoiding the nihilism that has occasionally crept into previous books by emphasising the overriding theme of the Malazan series, which has always been compassion. Heroism and self-sacrifice, amongst common soldiers and gods alike, abounds in this book. Erikson pushes forward the message that true heroism is reached when it is performed unwitnessed with no singers or writers to celebrate it later. There is tragedy here, as each victory only comes at a tremendous cost, but less so than in earlier volumes. With everything on the table - the warrens, the gods, the world, humanity and ever other sentient being on the planet - the Bonehunters and their allies simply cannot afford to fail, even if it means crossing a desert of burning glass, facing down betrayal or forging alliances with old enemies, and Erikson has the reader rooting for them every step of the way.

His prose skills are as strong as ever, and in fact are strengthened by not having as much time to pontificate. There's a clarity to Erikson's writing here which is refreshing. Erikson's battle mojo is also back in full swing, with the engagements described with an appropriate amount of chaos and desperation.

Character-wise, Erikson is back to being a mixed bag. Some of the soldiers are ciphers but others come through very strongly (Silchas Ruin's motives and actions are a lot more comprehensible now). The Shake in particular are much-improved. Ublala Pung serves as great comic relief, and, whilst they don't appear as such, the presence of both Tehol and Kruppe are felt, lending much-needed moments of sunshine amidst the darkness. Erikson's choice of which characters to build up in depth and which to skim over during the preceding nine books makes a lot more sense as well, as it's some of the best-realised and most intriguing that bite the dust here. Characters die, and, mostly, it hurts when they go. If one in particular doesn't trigger at least a lower-lip tremble amongst most readers, I'd be shocked.

There are weaknesses. After all the set-up, the actual grand finale is appropriately epic (eclipsing even the gonzoid-insane conclusion to Dust of Dreams), but at the same time a number of other side-stories are still not fully resolved. Depending on the reader, this will be either okay or infuriating. More problematic is that we go from the grand convergence though multiple epilogues to the final page in a very short space of time: there is little time spent on the aftermath and a few more mundane questions about what happened to certain characters are left unanswered. There is also the problem that, at two key points in the narrative, Erikson reaches outside the scope of The Crippled God to basically tap other characters from several books to do something vitally important to the resolution. It's not deus ex machina - it's all been set up quite well, in one case from nine books back - but it does feel a bit odd that everything comes down to relying on a character who is only in the novel for two pages.

There's also a fair amount of scene-setting for Esslemont's next few books (particularly the next one due later this year, set in Darujhistan) which is a little incongruous, though it does feel good to know that the world and the saga will continue. Erikson resolves enough that a primary fear - that this is merely Book 10 in a 22-book series rather than a grand finale - is averted, but not enough so that there won't be some grumbling.

Particularly well-handled are the final events in the book. Some may accuse Erikson of sentimentality here - though he's never been as dark and nihilistic as say Bakker - as he gives a few characters some happy endings and closes the vast circle that began so long ago, but it is a fitting and affecting ending.

The Crippled God (****) marks the end of this crazy, awesome, infuriating, awe-inspiring, frustrating series, but fortunately not the end of this crazy, awesome, infuriating, awe-inspiring but frustrating author's career. The Malazan Book of the Fallen bows out in fine style. The novel is available now in the UK and USA.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Review of the entire series 20 octobre 2011
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
If you've made it all the way to the end, you should most definitely finish off the series. There is a lot to love about Erikson's work, but there is a lot he needs to work on. Below are my grades for the different aspects of the entire series:

****SPOILER ALERTS****

World Building: A+
Erikson is second to none in creating a rich fantasy world. 100,000+ years of history, 5+ races with their own customs, history, and gods leads to a very in depth and enjoyable world. Outstanding effort and a watermark for all of fantasy.

Characters: A
I really enjoyed a lot of the characters in Erickson's series. Gruntle (mostly), Quick Ben, Baudin, Brys, the Bridgburners and Bonehunters, Karsa, Krupp, the list goes on and on. They were flushed out, and we even got a rare glimpse in the past for a few of the characters. Plus, Erikson created Tehol, the best king ever.

Motivations of the mortal Characters: B (except the Paran clan)
For the most part, the motivations of the characters are well explained.

Battles: A
Erikson can and should stick to battles. He has a lot of clarity the battles are all exciting.

Non-magical Descriptions: A+
Lot's of good writing in the series. He paints wonderful pictures of corrupt empires and desolate plains and masterfully weaves in the history of each location.

Story Arcs: C+/B-
This one pains me a bit. Erikson has some of the best story arcs ever in fantasy: Coltaine's march, Gruntle's arc, the fall of the corrupt Letharii empire, the crawl of the Bonehunters through the burned out city, Karsa's journey from home. Taken alone, they are wonderful examples of modern fantasy. How they tie back into the main arcs are pretty disappointing. Then there are the arcs that made the series feel long, and upon finishing felt very out of place: Nimander and crew, anything with the Tiste Liosin, the Shake, post siege Gruntle (sad to see him misused), the Parish, Sin and Grub, Toc the Younger, some of the Imass, the unending toil in Dragnipur.

Gods/Immortals: B
Lot's of Gods and immortals. There is the good, the bad, and the ugly. Shape shifting D'ivers immortals, shape shifting dragon immortals. A pantheon of deus ex machina to add an extra flavor to the story and motivate and push characters along.

Length: C
First off, Erikson gets high marks for actually completing his work. He set out to write an epic and delivers. However, I personally feel it could have been trimmed and a lot of fat removed. A lot of the philosophical talk didn't seem particularly deep and revealing. A lot of the story arcs felt out of place as well.

Explanations: F+
Imagine Erikson is teaching you how to swim. Imagine you don't speak the language. Imagine he throws you in the deep end and starts explaining how to swim. Welcome to the Malazan series. I kept hoping that as the series progressed, certain things would become clear and looking back I could rave about how brilliant it all fit together. Alas, upon finishing the series this was not the case. This is all the more disappointing because he has some really cool stuff that just isn't explained or utilized well. Do the Deck of Dragons readings do anything? How does a mortal become aspected to a god? How does one become an Eleint? Explain Mother Dark a bit more. Why are they helping the Crippled God? Explain the Azoth houses more. Why and how does it entrap people? All the different thrones and gods aspecting and de-aspecting, what is the point? Explain Burn and T'iam more. They seem like key immortal figures/gods but why is very unclear. Why are there so many god's of war? What is the point of becoming a "royal card" in the Deck of Dragons?

Motivations of the Gods/Immortals: D (including the Paran clan)
It is still very unclear why some of the gods are banding together to help out the poor old crippled god. Errastas and crew clearly want anarchy and to sit on the pile when the dust settles. Shadowthrone, Cotillion, Mael, K'Rul, Ganoes, Tavore, D'rek? It is very unclear what motivations they have and why they do what they do.

System of Magic: F^F
Erikson can't do magic. He sets up a good framework: warrens are magic supplied by the elder god K'Rul's blood. Cool. After that, magic loses all cohesion and becomes this plot device that is used over and over to effect a major plot change or get a character out of a jam. It becomes this amorphous sonic screwdriver device that does what is needed to fit the plot. Yes, I am aware that this is a fantasy novel, but other authors in the genre have put a little logic into their systems and used magic as a tool and not a crutch. There were to many WTF moments involving magic. Besides, the best parts of the series are when he doesn't use magic. Gruntle's battle against the Cannibal horde, the entire fall of Lethar (the battles had magic), Karsa's journey, Coltaine's march were all light on magic and were crown jewels in the series.

Overall: C
I am a bit torn on this, I would recommend parts of the series to friends, for sure. Again, Coltaine's march, Gruntle, Tehol and company, the fall of the Edur and Lethari empires. These are all excellent pieces of writing. Taken as a whole though, I just can't bring myself to recommend the series. It feels to long, un-distilled, and wandering and I found myself struggling to get through parts. There were also a lot of moments where "magic happened" and really ruined the flow of the writing. Contrast this to a work like George R.R. Martin, where even non-fantasy folks (my wife, sister, mom, dad) can really tear into them and want more. I really want to like the series, and at some point may re-read it, but there will be a lot of page skipping over the weaker parts of the book that will save me a lot of time.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Epic End to an Epic Series!! 4 mars 2011
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Book 10 of TMBOTF series is essentially the story of the largest convergence in the history of Erikson's created world, which picks the impossibly desolate Glass Desert for the final battle. Every race, every civilization that we've met thus far, lead by the T'lan Imass, Jaghut, K'Chain Che'Malle, and the Forkrul Assail, are brought together in a writhing, tumultuous broil of destruction and carnage. The Letherii, Malazans, Tiste Andii, Barghast, Tiste Liosan, Kolansii, the Hounds, Tiste Edur, Toblakai, Genabackans, Awl, and Wickans are all present. The Elder Gods, Eleint, and even the dead (whom Erikson has always been reluctant to leave ... well, dead) are also critical pillars of this phenomenal tale.

Basically, if you had a favorite character(s) from the first 9 books, then they're in this book, to some extent!

Erikson's capstone story is a frantic maelstrom that I feel is best read with the first 9 books firmly in recent memory. I started the series in October of 2010 and timed it so that I finished Dust of Dreams early last month. The weekend before the March 1st release date, I skimmed all the books again. I don't think I would have been able to appreciate the contributions of the lesser-known characters to the tale had I not experienced their own stories in the recent past. There were simply too many people (many of which switched names at least twice!) and similarly-spelled locales to keep straight for long, at least in my middle-aged memory.

I'm typically critical on the final book of a series. It's hard to find the fine line between knotting up loose ends & large story arcs, but leaving something to the imagination of hungry fans. However, I rate this book a solid "5 stars", because Erikson does just that. For context, my favorite books were 2 (Deadhouse Gates), 3 (Memories of Ice), and 8 (Toll the Hounds). I was disappointed by book 9 (Dust of Dreams), but now I know why Erikson had to write it. If there was one book I would have re-read before book 10, it would be this one. There was so much foundation laid for the newcomers to the series, and for the convergence to actually occur.

The paperback book is 910 pages long. WARNING!! When you're about 2/3 of the way through, you simply will not be able to put this book down. Read late at night at your own peril, for you will be a zombie the next day at work because you slept about 45 minutes (don't ask me how I know this) ...

Turning the last page was a somber moment. However, for the timely closure you've brought to your tale, Mr. Erikson, I (on behalf of all fans waiting for authors to finish their respective series'), thank you!!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Out with a whimper 7 octobre 2011
Par kozmak - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
The series likely should have ended with Memories of Ice. In terms of narrative and emotional payoff, I think it's fair to say the series never hit those heights again. The fourth, fifth and sixth books comprised a decent plateau, but it had that feeling of length and plot merely for the sake of more.

With The Crippled God, Erikson seems to be content with the narrative rock bottom he hit in books eight and nine. That mass of underdeveloped and under thought characters, The Malazan Marines continue to bore, having turned from a few interesting characters into a cast of 20-30 names that all speak with the same salt-of-the-earth country sounding accent. He also continues with the pages shallow philosophical insights that any of us could have inferred through competent plot development. But the worst of it is that he's lost track of the characters people cared about, tossing them aside for new, half baked ones. Spread so thin, there is little he can do in this final book to really satisfy the reader.

It feels like a case of writer burnout. A work that started as something different, a remedy in fact, seems to have lost itself in demands of length. You will, of course, read the book. But know that you don't have to, and that in reading it you'll likely look back with nostalgia on those early books, wondering, with each passing page, where it all went so wrong.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The disapointing end to a series with infinite potential 1 février 2012
Par anonymous - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
In order to really review this book, you have to really look at the entire series and see how it lead up to this point and if this conclusion successfully left the reader feeling like things are complete. In my opinion, this book feels only slightly more "final" than any other book in the series... it leaves alot of the characters stories still going. It leaves alot of questions unanswered. But it isn't the fault of this book alone, its the culmination of the way the story has been told since The Bonehunters.

It would take me forever and alot of spoilers to really disect this book (and the series) with its problems. But I will try to make it quick:
- The motivations of the characters are spotty in the end. I mean really, all of this for the crippled god? Is there anyone who can actually see how the events could possibly have been planned from the first few books to lead to this?

- The characters still tend to be WAY too overdramatic. You take characters that have been around for hundreds of years, lived through many wars, some destroyed entire civilizations, some even died and come back to life, and your telling me that they are gonna cry every other time we see them? Or that every new god or baddy introduced is something that everyone needs to fear like its the end of the world? And then just forget about them completely when they don't play a part anymore?

- The story arcs that are closed by the end of this book are not even the most interesting ones. I don't really wanna spoil it so I won't say which ones, but in the end I was severely disapointed on what was chosen to be left open (especially since this was a two part book with lots of time to close up more of the story)

- Way too much detail is put into mundane aspects of some of the basically "throw-away" characters lives. This isn't as big of a problem as it has been in the previous novels but its still creates whole sections of book that can be skimmed without losing anything important

- Some of the bigger characters that have been with the series from almost the beginning get very little time in this book and are, in some cases, randomly thrown in and/or killed off in rediculously pointless ways (I understand that it may be what the author was going for but that doesn't mean I have to like it)

Maybe in the author's mind, everything is connected and actually makes sense. But until someone comes out and explains it without all of the extra fluff, the story from beginning to end in this series is more like a long line of random events and chaos thats somehow led to a "planned" conclusion. Much of what it seems the author is trying to say is about the futility of war and the way you can never predict anything with any certainty, especially your own death (which is undermined by the fact that somehow the most crazy and convoluted plans made by characters in the book still end up working out). Reading is made a little easier in this book by the fact that the amount of philosophizing that was getting out of hand in the previous books has been toned down. The action is more direct and less drawn out similar to the way that made the first few books so amazing.

In conclusion, if you are this far in the series, nothing I say will stop you from reading this book because the amount of effort it takes to get to this point needs to be rewarded. But don't expect this to be a very satisfying end. The high points of the series for me were Gardens of the Moon, Deadhouse Gates, Memories of Ice, most of The Bonehunters, and alot of the Toll of the Hounds. The lowest point in the series was most of Dust of Dreams and all of (ugh) Reaper's Gale. This series had such an amazing start, it had the potential for being one of the most epic series ever created. It makes me sad to see where it ended and that its over without living up to that promise.
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