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Toll the Hounds

Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 8
Lu par : Michael Page
Série : Malazan Book of the Fallen, Volume 8
Durée : 44 h et 1 min
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In Darujhistan, the city of blue blue fire, it is said that Love and Death shall arrive dancing. It is summer, and the heat is oppressive, but for the small, rotund 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, ruled by 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 next chapter in Erikson's monumental series - epic fantasy at its most imaginative and storytelling at its most exciting.

"This novel and all others in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series follow my own pronunciations of Malazan words and names. My thanks to Michael and Jane and everyone at Brilliance Audio." (Steven Erikson, Victoria, B.C. Canada, January 2014)

©2008 Steven Erikson (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Critiques

"Extraordinarily enjoyable.... Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics." ( Salon)
"Truly epic in scope, Erikson has no peer when it comes to action and imagination, and joins the ranks of Tolkien and Donaldson in his mythic vision and perhaps then goes one better." ( SF Site)

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  • jungmin vermeer
  • 21/05/2019

What?

I mean it followed the slow build of the others, which I like, but I felt like I didn’t have a clue what was happening the whole time. Things would just happen and plot would go unexplained until the last hour. So many details. So many characters. Hope the next one’s more plot driven.

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  • Tyler
  • 08/04/2019

Anti-climactic

While the series continues to build toward it's climactic end, the climax of this book itself is a bit lackluster. Several events that have were heavily foreshadowed throughout the book are given only light treatment, or dealt with by characters other than those who are most affected by them, leaving the reader feeling cheated and dissatisfied with the resolution of those conflicts. It's still a fantastic novel, but it isn't quite up to the level of the other books in the series.

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  • Ian L Goodchild
  • 28/02/2019

long painful and amazing.

This was hard to get through. but the ending made it all worth it. just... yeah......

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  • Heather
  • 22/02/2019

struggled to finish....

I really liked the previous volumes in the series. This one leaves me wondering. Wondering why so much prose and poetry were necessary between segments.... running out of storyline, probably not, but it's way too much used as filler.

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  • Rakanishu
  • 05/11/2018

Series low point, but still far better than most.

Story: huge blocks of exposition drug it down
Performance: while some voices were spot on (Murillio for example), some were incredibly inappropriate, showing a lack of understanding of the characters. Also a lack of range for the large cast.

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  • Robert
  • 21/06/2016

Soooooo Wordy but Worth It

Let's start with the cons: it appears that Steven tried his hand as a poet… he was not successful. I could've done without all the fanciful narration.
Pros: good plot development, tied up a lot of loose ends, and of course he created some questions to be answered in the next book but that is a good thing. Very intense and exciting ending. On a final note I think Michael Page gets better by each book he does and his performance really sells the story.

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  • Richard Watts
  • 22/06/2015

Good, but my least favorite of the series

What made the experience of listening to Toll the Hounds the most enjoyable?

The Narrator is very good and by book 8, I have gotten comfortable with his style and delivery. The pace and tone are good and the book itself has a decent pacing so part of his job is done for him.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

This is book 8 in a 10 book series. It is, so far, my least favorite of the series. I actually read the books starting in the 1990s but had to get them from the UK which meant long periods of time between books.

I bought the series from Audible to listen to them in order, back to back. I have found that in doing so, subtle parts that I missed when reading the books so many years ago, I pick up on now.

They are all great, but this is my least favorite of the series. The book tells parts of the story from inconsistent points of view (in my opinion) which is not bad, but not as smooth as the earlier stories. Still, a good read, but just a different style than the other 7 books.

What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

If you are listening to the series, by book 8 you are very comfortable with Michael's style and you recognize characters by voice. When I read the books, I sometimes had a hard time keeping the many, many characters straight. Especially if time had elapsed between my reading.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is very difficult to do this given it is a 40 hour commitment. I do find myself trying to get to the end of a chapter or looking forward to a serious block of time when I can listen for a few hours at once.

Any additional comments?

This is a great series. While this is not my favorite book, I have both read and listened to it. I still highly recommend the book and the series.

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  • kyle
  • 10/12/2018

Skip this book.. or at least the first 40 hours

This was terrible. It was a vast disappointment punctuated with moments of interest. The author needs to understand that killing off your likeable characters does not make a good story. Having random people pop up in the story to play significant roles is just bad writing. Yes, these characters are explained in the other series... but that's the point, these characters dont have any significant moments within "The Book of the Fallen". And the ramblings... god please stop rambling and focus on the story. The author badly needs a better editor to cut out about 1/4 of this story.

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  • Phil
  • 03/08/2015

Just stays good!

I love fantasy series, but I find they "burn out" and get tedious or repetitive, and end up going longer than they should. 8 books in, I'm still jazzed for each new chapter! I am really astounded that I let the first book hold me back from this series for so long! (Clarification: great book too, just requires you to take it seriously; not a weekend reader).

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  • Dag
  • 20/04/2015

Brilliant

I have loved this series since I picked up the first book, book 8 is no exception, once you start it is hard to stop and take a break.
The narrator does some characters justice, Iskaral Pust is in my mind perfectly portrayed, while Anomander Rake sounds like an old manservant.

All things considered The malazan book of the fallen is the best high fantasy out there, from The black Company to The wheel of time and A song of fire and ice.

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