Steven Erikson Æ 4 reviewThe irst couple of stories in this book came next They re described as short novels on the book s title page I d call them novelettes but close enough Appropriately Ajax is All About Attack for this time of year they have a whiff of haunting and horror to themBlood FollowsThisirst story isn t set in the Malazan empire but in a port city Lamentable Moll in the country of Theft Perpetually unlucky Emancipor Reese his last three employers have
died America the Philosophical finallyinds a stable job working or a couple offinally inds a stable job working or a couple of users named Bauchelain and Korbal BroachMeanwhile there have been a series of murders in Moll that city guard sergeant Guld is investigating It isn t much of a mystery who is doing them but the how As is usual with Erikson s stories I ve read so ar admittedly not many the ending is greatBlood Follows is basically Malazan in miniature with a stronger emphasis on gallows humor and the grue slathered on with a trowel Despite the awful things going on it s hard to take anything seriouslyThe Lees of Laughter s EndOur lead trio is on a ship The Northman's Bride fleeing retributionor their activities in Lamentable Moll Mayhem ensues as monsters uite literally come out of the woodwork This is a really strange combination of 1930s madcap comedy like Anything Goes and body count horror Just like Blood Follows it has than its Blood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam fair share of spraying bodilyluids which seems to be a motif or this series of novellas Another somewhat unexpected motif in this specific story is parents and children Of course none of the parent child pairings here are ordinary or anywhere close to normalThere s a dubcon or non con scene in this one which I think was intended to be unny or satirical but just made me wince I m getting a bead on the depiction of women in this series and I ain t 100% happy with it Or 50% Oh wellThe Healthy DeadThankfully this isn t as pedantic as I d Leading the Way fearedrom its epigraph although Beauchelain does seem purposeful less whimsical and prone to delivering lectures in this story than in the other two in this book Two of its up ront morals were old news to me First that we all die in the end regardless of how healthily we live Second that seeming benevolence can become tyranny if its judgment is delivered strictly and without mercy Yep been aware of those or a whileI enjoyed a The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace few things about this story The demons of Sloth Gluttony and Vice wereun especially Sloth who appropriately couldn t ever be bothered there s gruesome slapstick which this sueamish reader chuckled at often than she expected and there s a brief When Red Cried Wolf funny scene with one of Hood s beleaguered underlings who is not happy that Korbal Broach is making his job harder by meddling with necromancyOther than that minor reference to the Malazan pantheon and hints that Korbal Broach is view spoilera shapeshifter who has access to a Warren hide spoiler Wasn t expecting muchrom these Which is a bit silly given Eriksons prowess as Warren hide spoiler Wasn t expecting much rom these Which is
bit silly given Eriksons prowess as healthy dead story made me laugh a lotRidiculous stories with a clumsy manservant with all kinds of weird stuff going on amongst lots of humour A much lighter but welcoming side to the Malazan worldAs ar as short stories go I don t think you can get much better apart The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing from Last Wish Bauchelain Korbal Broach and Emancipor Reese make cameo appearances during the siege of Capustan in Memories of Ice Malazan Book of the Fallen 3 There uick Ben and Bauchelain cross sorcerous swords and uick unleashes half of his Warrens to escape the demonologist s trap As narrative goes it s a spandrel a meaningless episode made possible by the convergence of Erikson s Malazan story arc and the path of threeavorite characters The scene in the book reminded me of an incident Song of the Forest from my own past I managed to survive high school by joining Drama Club in my sopho year and spending the next three having a ball acting with a group of people who had some real talent I was the student directoror the last play of my. TsBlood Follows 2002The Healthy Dead 2004The Lees of Laughter's End 200. Dead A city where all and any vices are outlawedwhere children might be being eaten or are they This is one of the sickest things i have ever read And just to avoid misunderstandings i mean sick in a best possible way Its not so much the language there is no excessive swearing here And its not the gore all dough there is uite a bit of that here too Its a strong eeling of unease that comes rom every single thing here being twisted in some weird unpredictable some way There Is Extensively Morbid is Extensively Morbid unashamedly violent yet deliciously comic Written by someone who s clearly loving every moment a eeling that goes across to the reader and Erikson is surely at the top of his craft here The Healthy Dead and the Lees of Laughter s end well there s nothing to compare them to they are singular achievements They are pure genius They very much appear to be the machinations of a drunken uninhibited uite insane mind And I uite loved them Three short stories that eature one of the most enduring and memorable duos in the series A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen Bauchelain and Korbal Broach Necromancers with a taste or knowledge well really what Necromancer isn t searching or knowledge It just isn t done in the normal Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights fashion but rather in a manner that takes them down dark and uiet roads and ones that usually leave bodies behind With parts missing Becausewell knowledgeCompletelyun and delightfully dark these wee stories have Still Life with Chickens further endeared these guys to my heart It wasun to see how they ended up with their perpetually stoned and unlucky manservant it s one way to turn a blind eye to the shenanigans and how he bumbles his way through his newly Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea found role only toind his calling in life After all all his Paradox Bound former employers terminated his employment with their deaths and he was on uite a roll Three or in uick succession just before he lands the job with his new and uirky masters Timely And these ones don t seem like the type to just keel over and die so long term employment looks goodSuch a great asideor enhancing one of the best science iction antasy series I ve read Don t know how he inds the time have you seen those books TheyA Bit Silly Given Eriksons Prowess As
huge GRR Martin could take a page out of Erikson s book on timely writing Just saying This collection of Malazan novellas is a splendid example of high uality antasy in short orm retaining the beauty of the longer books including the astute political and social analyses which Erikson tends to indulge in It also illustrates the sheer compellingness of well crafted malicious characters A ascinating viewpoint which is still somewhat underexposed Blood Follows Urban murder mysteries Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays from the perspective of heavily involved necromancers and their hapless manservant A delightful reintroduction to Bauchelain and Korbal Broach and an absolutely brilliant bite sized adventure in the Malazan world It is uite differentrom Erikson s typical long Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All form escapades but it is no less well crafted Inact I What a Lass Wants found myself wishingor the inclusion of such writing Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis: Advice from Twentysomethings Who Have Been There and Survived focused and precise in the main series At the very least it provides an interesting changeRating 5 stars The Lees of Laughter s End Aascinating seuel story The sea voyage setting makes or a confined mystery plot evocative of Agatha Christie but subseuent events turns this novella into something reminiscent of anRe Huge GRR Martin Could Take A Page Out Of
Absurd Tarantino Film ConsiderablyTarantino ilm Considerably than its predecessor but an interesting addition in its own right Rating 4 stars The Healthy Dead The collection s jewel The philosophical of the three it is a The League for the Suppression of Celery fantastic statement on the perils of rigidity even rigid goodness and the ease with which good intentions are twisted and transformed into horrid practices As a dark but light hearted inspection of morality it is both intelligent witty and entertaining Rating 5 stars I amollowing the The Thirteen-Gun Salute fan created reading orderor the Malazan serieses and. Ncers rom the Malazan Book of the Fallen collected in one volumeConten. If you ve read Steven Erikson s third volume in his Malazan Book of the Fallen series Memories of Ice you may remember encountering three very eccentric characters among the Caravanserai the two necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach and their manservant Emancipor Reese Later in the novel you might also recall that the Malazan Bridgeburner mage uick Ben has a most interesting and intense meeting with Bauchelain and Korbal Broach at their house in Capustan and oh what a scene it is Well if you were like me you probably wondered who are these guys What s their story or back story Fortunately Steven Erikson is starting to answer these uestions or all of us who love anything at all connected with the Malazan Empire Bauchelain and Korbal Broach is a terrific collection of three novellas that tell the story of these creepy weird and kind of scary necromancers Bauchelain is the taciturn and normal appearing ellow while his PARTNER IN CRIME HORROR KORBAL BROACH A LARGE BALD in crime horror Korbal Broach a large bald is nothing short of horrifyingly scary Their manservant Emancipor Reese is one of the The Day Fidel Died funniest Malazan characters that Erikson has come up with yet rivaled only in my opinion by Tehol Beddict and his manservant Bugg see Erikson s later novels in the MBotF series The relationship and dialog between Bauchelain and Emancipor Reese will have you laughing out loud I guarantee itThis collection of novellas starts off with Blood Follows and tells the story of a serial murderer killingolks left and right in the port city of Lamentable Moll don t you just love the names that Erikson comes up with This is where Bauchelain and Korbal Broach hire Emancipor Reese as their new manservant In the meantime just who is killing
All Of These Peopleof these people why HmmmThe second tale ollows on the heels of the irst and is entitled The Lees of Laughter s End and takes place at sea on the ship Suncurl But it seems that there s aboard the Suncurl than the crew Bauchelain Broach and Emancipor Reese something that wants to kill them all This story rapidly shifts the reader rom rolling on the loor humor to sheer terror and horrorThe third and inal story in the collection is The Healthy Dead an oxymoron if I ve ever heard one LOL and this one is simply so imaginative it almost boggles the mind One almost gets the eeling that Erikson is gently poking The Outlaw and the Upstart King fun at some of us and our lifestyles today in this tale By now the reader is probably pretty much ready to expect the completely unexpectedrom these three daft and slightly nefarious characters and this story certainly doesn t disappointPersonally you could read this collection at any point in the Malazan series ollowing the third book Memories of Ice You could even wait until you are completely done with the series What is important is that you read this collection of novellas It is just priceless A wonderful slightly evil but very effective blend of terrific humor and some seriously scary moments of sheer horror It is a very ast read with each story easily being read in a single sitting Finally it is also my understanding that Erikson is working on stories or novellas dealing with the exploits and adventures of Bauchelain Korbal Broach and Emancipor Reese I or one can t wait So here it is If you have read Memories of Ice or cough Orb Sceptre Throne you would have all ready run into the titular characters of this collection of three novellas as well as their manservant Emancipor Reese the Unlucky Perhaps you have wondered about these characters perhaps not but here are these novellas any wayThe tone of these Blood Follows We re introduced to Reece and his backstory Dark and okayIt was hilarious and pathetic at how he couldn t see that his wife was cheating on himThe Lees of Laughter s End Greed can make people do stupid things and when all those stupid people are trapped on a ship in waters teeming with Dhenrabiyou get the ideaThe Healthy. The irst three tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach the amed necroma.