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    Finished the first Malazan book. It was good. The POV complaint still was an issue all the way through. I liked most of the characters but man the POV would quite literally switch every other page sometimes.

    I've seen some common complaints it's confusing and I get it, terms and people are thrown at you from start to finish with zero intention for you to understand them immediately. But it's really not that bad. Honestly rather than the magic, god, or region gibberish I was more confused when a mysterious character would appear and having to ask myself "am i even supposed to know this person". Especially got weird near the end when all the different characters were running into each other every other paragraph.

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    I think it isn't so much the terms constantly being thrown at you, a lot of novels do that.

    Found it, here's the thing I wrote about it:

    It's not just one thing that makes Malazan difficult to get into. The entire first book (and probably a few after that) seem almost actively designed to repel viewers through most of the means novels use to bring people in.


    Most novels give you a point of view character, or three. You're introduced to the world along with the characters, and the world they know, and then explores outward from there.


    Malazan doesn't care if you like, empathise with, or understand a character, or their world. You're dropped in alongside someone, or at a scene, and when the scene is done, you're tossed out. Wanna know literally anything other than what the characters were talking about? Too bad, book doesn't care.


    Most novels provide some context. The characters namedrop, they hint at things, and if the series is mediocre or bad, they'll actively infodump an "as you know, blah. Therefore, bleh."


    Malazan drops you in the middle of an office conversation and doesn't change the conversation so that a beginner can infer things through context, leaving that for several hours down the line (probably). We get "Can you believe what Ted did? What an idiot." instead of "Can you believe Ted just suplexed the CEO? Holy shit, do you think he's gonna be arrested or fired first?"


    And so on. Erikson refuses to make the basic concessions most authors will include by default, which seems to have worked out for him, but for 99% of authors this won't work and is a terrible idea in general, unless you've got something really going for you.
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    Hm. On the one hand, I agree with you that including this basic context in some way is a very good thing, but on the other, when talking to someone you presume already knows the story, "Can you believe what Ted did?" seems like a more natural way to open the conversation.

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    Oh, just to be clear, I haven't read those books.

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    While I see what you mean, I can't really think of any specific examples which annoyed me too much. Everything is explained eventually for the most part, it felt fairly easy to filter information clearly not intended to be understood immediately.

    The sheer frequency it occurs is definitely an issue for sure. Honestly, I think the series shares a lot of similarities with mystery novels in structure despite not really being a mystery. The exposition is given in a way where as you're reading you're just constantly adding questions to a massive list about the world/characters, and over time you gradually obtain answers. I feel like the annoyance people have (not necessarily you, based on some reviews I've seen) are people expecting to understand everything that is being said right away because they don't like to be confused. You kinda need to read this expecting to be confused.

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    2: I finished The Accursed Kings by Maurice Druon. Not much to say about it other than I really enjoyed the descriptions of Robert of Artois and Mahaut every time they occupied a page. Like two fairytale giants.

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    One of my favourite novels! Shame it couldn't grab you more.

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    So, I had a novel published a few months ago!

    https://www.amazon.com/-/es/Jennifer...language=en_US

    It's got vampires and action and the complicated relationships of immortals!



    https://www.amazon.com/-/es/Jennifer...language=en_US

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    You got published? Good for you Elf!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elf View Post
    So, I had a novel published a few months ago!

    https://www.amazon.com/-/es/Jennifer...language=en_US

    It's got vampires and action and the complicated relationships of immortals!
    Oh, wow, nice! Congratulations! :-D I'll have to wait until the Kindle version is released on Amazon BR, but it seems interesting!

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    Congrats on finally getting your work in print!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elf View Post
    So, I had a novel published a few months ago!

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    It's got vampires and action and the complicated relationships of immortals!
    Congratulations!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elf View Post
    So, I had a novel published a few months ago!

    https://www.amazon.com/-/es/Jennifer...language=en_US

    It's got vampires and action and the complicated relationships of immortals!
    Congratulations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattias View Post
    You got published? Good for you Elf!
    That's honestly where I've been for years, trying to get this thing published.



    https://www.amazon.com/-/es/Jennifer...language=en_US

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elf View Post
    So, I had a novel published a few months ago!

    https://www.amazon.com/-/es/Jennifer...language=en_US

    It's got vampires and action and the complicated relationships of immortals!
    Congrats, and nice to meet you, Elf.
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    Got a copy of the Ramayana and Mahabharata for xmas. Been distracted with other stuff so haven't done a deep dive on reading them just yet.

    And oh dang, congrats, Elf!
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    I really like Yukio Mishima's style. It doesn't really matter who is translating his work, his descriptions are so damn good. Oftentimes I just like to sit back and appreciate specific passages because they are put together so well and undeniably beautiful.

    however other times i just go why. I mean, I understand, but why man

    It happened sometimes while I slept that I had a pollution.
    This did not involve any concrete sexual image. For example, a black dog would be running down a dark street: I could see its panting breath escaping like flames from its mouth, and my excitement grew with the ringing of the bell that hung from its neck; then, as the bell reached its loudest pitch, I would have an ejaculation.

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    would like to clarify it's more so how the pov views his urges as disgusting and not appropriate for who he is, i think

    This is another good one from what I read earlier:
    Koji thought about the sunlight that shone brightly into the connecting corridor that led to the bathhouse, cascading over the windowsill, spreading out like a sheet of white glossy paper. He didn't know why, but he had humbly, passionately loved the light streaming down through that window. It was a divine favor, truly pure--dismembered, like the white body of a slain infant.
    but yeah, these are more specific passages that kinda seem edgy out of context. still, good writer

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