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Toll the Hounds by Steven Erikson
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I may be reading these too close together, which may be causing a certain amount of Malazan fatigue. On the other hand, I keep picking them up, so... ( )
  sinceyouasked | Mar 17, 2017 |
This book was WAY too big. Close to 1/4 of the book was the internal monologueing of every single character whining about this, that or the other. The actual happenings/doings were completely overshadowed by all the existential, emo-gothic complaining.

I could only recommend this book to a hardcore fan who needs Erikson for a fix. Almost as bad as Goodkind when he got on his soapbox. ( )
1 vote BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Erikson is a master at winding threads upon threads through and around each other. Complex motives, deeply emotional themes, and amazing characters are forced to find their way through a landscape torn by war, greed, selfish desire and horror. But there is always hope. ( )
  majkia | Jan 24, 2016 |
All that momentum Erikson built with Memories of Ice (we'll ignore the non-entity that was House of Chains) Midnight Tides and The Bonehunters comes to a screeching halt here. Reaper's Gale already showed Erikson returning to his worst, reach exceeding grasp, and so it is again. Quite why much of this book needed to happen I don't know. I wonder, given the threads left hanging, if wasn't simply to set up his pal ICE... I really didn't see the need to return to Darujhistan, I've never much cared for the Andii (who simply seem to get in the way of a lot of the story, much like the Jaghut) and certainly don't give a toss about what's going on within Dragnipur (the whole storyline of which seemed an exercise in excess and editorial failing).

It's not to say this is an awful book, I just wonder how much any of what happens here will impact the last two books, and whether (as it seems now) it isn't all just filler and fluff. ( )
  DRFP | Feb 25, 2014 |

As with many of the other books in this series, this is a better book upon the second reading. This is a bit too slow in sections but makes up for it with an extremely fast paced, hectic and extremely impressive final 100 pages where the story takes you from laughing out loud, to sadness to giggling with childing delight and back to sad again. The slow setup works, but at times it is slow going. ( )
  StigE | Feb 22, 2014 |
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to the memory of my father,
R. S. Lundin, 1931-2007.
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'I have no name for this town,' the ragged man said, hands plucking at the frayed hems of what had once been an opulent cloak.
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The world, someone once said, gives back what is given. In abundance. But then, as Kallor would point out, someone was always saying something. Until he got fed up and had them executed.
He was a man who would never ask for sympathy. He was a man who sought only to do what was right. Such people appear in the world, every world, now and then, like a single refrain of some blessed song, a fragment caught on the spur of an otherwise raging cacophony.

Imagine a world without such souls. 

Yes, it should have been harder to do.
Survivors do not mourn together. They each mourn alone, even when in the same place. Grief is the most solitary of all feelings. Grief isolates, and every ritual, every gesture, every embrace, is a hopeless effort to break through that isolation. 

None of it works. The forms crumble and dissolve. 

To face death is to stand alone.
‘Sad truth,’ Kruppe said – his audience of none sighing in agreement – ‘that a tendency towards verbal excess can so defeat the precision of meaning. That intent can be so well disguised in majestic plethora of nuance, of rhythm both serious and mocking, of this penchant for self-referential slyness, that the unwitting simply skip on past – imagining their time to be so precious, imagining themselves above all manner of conviction, save that of their own witty perfection. Sigh and sigh again.'
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765348853, Mass Market Paperback)

In Darujhistan, the city of blue fire, it is said that love and death shall arrive dancing. It is summer and the heat is oppressive, but for the small round man in the faded red waistcoat, discomfiture is not just because of the sun. All is not well. Dire portents plague his nights and haunt the city streets like fiends of shadow. Assassins skulk in alleyways, but the quarry has turned and the hunters become the hunted.
 
Hidden hands pluck the strings of tyranny like a fell chorus. While the bards sing their tragic tales, somewhere in the distance can be heard the baying of Hounds...And in the distant city of Black Coral, where rules Anomander Rake, Son of Darkness, ancient crimes awaken, intent on revenge. It seems Love and Death are indeed about to arrive...hand in hand, dancing.
 
A thrilling, harrowing novel of war, intrigue and dark, uncontrollable magic, Toll the Hounds is the new chapter in Erikson's monumental series - epic fantasy at its most imaginative and storytelling at its most exciting.

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"In Darujhistan, the city of blue fire, it is said that love and death shall arrive dancing... Assassins skulk in alleyways, but the quarry has turned and the hunters become the hunted... And in the distant city of Black Coral, where rules Anomander Rake, Son of Darkness, ancient crimes awaken, intent on revenge. It seems love and death are indeed about to arrive, hand in hand, dancing."--from publisher description.… (more)

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