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The Crippled God by Steven Erikson
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Title:The Crippled God
Authors:Steven Erikson
Info:Bantam (2011), Edition: Book Club Edition, Hardcover, 848 pages
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Tags:fantasy, malazan

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The Crippled God by Steven Erikson (2011)


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Three million words later, it's over.

It's been seven months of my life. Mr Erikson, I salute you. ( )
  thebookmagpie | Jan 30, 2016 |
Three million words later, it's over.

It's been seven months of my life. Mr Erikson, I salute you. ( )
  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
Three million words later, it's over.

It's been seven months of my life. Mr Erikson, I salute you. ( )
  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
After a brutal battle with the K'Chain Nah'ruk, the Bonehunters march towards Kolanse, the location of their final battle. To get there they must first cross a desert of glass, agreed by all as an impossible task. Awaiting them at journey's end: Forkrul Assail, the arbiters of humanity. Elsewhere, in the realm of Kurald Galain, is the city of Kharkanas. A mass of refugees stand on its Shore, awaiting the breach of Lightfall and the coming of the Tiste Liosian. This is a fight they cannot win in the name of an empty city and a mad queen. Yet elsewhere three Elder Gods plot to shatter the chains of Korabas, the Otataral Dragon, from her eternal prison. Her release will send a force of devastation across the realms that no mortals can withstand. And if that is not enough the gates of Starvald Demelain are about to open which will release the Elient, true dragons, across the world.

The Crippled God is the tenth and final tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Picking up exactly where book 9 left us, the story immediately takes off and the reader must hang on tight. Everything you have come to expect from a Malazan novel is here: humor, action, magic, philosophy, utterly realistic characters, elder races, gods, heartbreak, joy and more. It amazes me at how set ups from the very first novel are all tied together in this book. Many story threads are given closure. Many important questions are answered. It wouldn't be a Malazan novel if some plot points and questions didn't remain. For me I can't say they bother me at all.

Where Erikson really shines is his representation of the human condition. He is able to dig deep into the heart, mind and soul of his characters to give us an array of views on war, love, hate, pain, sorrow, joy, life, death and all those themes that are the core of what makes us human. And compassion. If there is one theme for this series it is that of compassion. While Erikson forces us to look into the mirror and see all the ugly we wish we could hide he also shows us the beauty of the soul. These are the scenes that will move you.

The Crippled God is a fitting ending to what has become my all time favorite series. I started these books in 2012 and it has been quite a journey. To say that I have enjoyed these books doesn't do them justice. Amazingly complex, overwhelmingly hearbreaking, laugh out loud funny and everything in between this series elevates what it is to be epic fantasy. Thank you Steven Erikson for such an amazing story. I look forward to rereading this series in the future. ( )
  Narilka | Aug 18, 2014 |
We go round and round and this is the story of the world. Do not flee us. Do not flee this moment, this scene. Do not confuse dislike and abhorrence with angry denial of truths you do not wish to see. I accept your horror and expect no forgiveness. But if you deny, I name you coward.

And I have had my fill of cowards.

This is it, the close of what I can only refer to as the best collection of epic fantasy ever created. I don’t want to give a summary or even mention any names which might spoil this book or what comes in its first half, Dust of Dreams. The Crippled God picks up right where DD left off, and I recommend reading it immediately after completing the former. (I chose not to break and read Esslemont’s Stonewielder in between, and am glad I did so.) These last two books together were an emotional roller-coaster, as story-lines come to an end, as characters we’ve known and come to love over the years face their most heartbreaking challenges yet.

Was every storyline and question closed off, answered? No, at least not obviously so. Was there sufficient closure? Yes, I thought so. I was not disappointed by this ending. I cried several times in the last few hundred pages. Erikson is a genius in many ways, but his crowning achievement will always be his insight into human nature – the good and the bad of it, the mixed motivations, the self-doubts and recriminations, the sparks of compassion and the heartbreaking way people can go to the mat for one another.

I first picked up Deadhouse Gates from a used bookstore in the summer of 2005, and was immediately hooked. I backed up to read Gardens of the Moon and since then I have read and re-read the early episodes of this series so many times along the journey, never wanting to forget an important detail from an earlier episode when I'd been waiting for the release of a new one. My final re-read of the entire series began in June, 2011 and it has taken until early 2014 to complete it (with some breaks caused by work and personal events). I will read this series again one day, which is something I can say of very few books, let alone a project as monstrous as this one. I’m so grateful to Erikson for this gift, and have made sure to infect as many people as I could with a love for his books over the years. I will continue to do so. ( )
  philosojerk | Feb 18, 2014 |
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Many years ago one man took a chance on an unknown writer and his first fantasy novel—a novel that had already gone the rounds of publishers a few times without any luck. Without him, without his faith and, in the years that followed, his unswerving commitment to this vast undertaking, there would be no 'Malazan Book of the Fallen.' It has been my great privilege to work with a single editor from start to finish, and so I humbly dedicate The Crippled God to my editor and friend, Simon Taylor.
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Ignorant historians will write of us, in the guise of knowledge. They will argue over our purpose - the things we sought to do. They will overturn every boulder, every barrow stone, seeking our motives. Looking for hints of ambition. They will compose a Book of the Fallen. And then argue over its significance. In the guise of knowledge - but truly, what will they know? Of each of us? From that distance, that cold, cold distance - you'd have to squint. You'd have to look hard .... Whatever we manage to do, it will have to be enough. We will bring this book to an end, one way or another.
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Tavore Paran struggles to hold her army together in order to combat a fearsome alien force, while the gods threaten to once again unleash dragons to destroy the world.

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