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Monday, October 24, 2011

Book Review: Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson

Midnight Tides (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #5)Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have just one word to describe this book:


Alright, I'm done.

In all seriousness, this is another case of my putting aside a book for lack of time, only to pick it up again months later and thenceforth being completely unable to put it down.

Mr. Erikson, I am envious of the way you weave words and worlds. I adore the language, the lucid flow of beautiful words that paint incredible visages before my mind's eye. I am enamoured by your characters - that they are so strong, and weak, and whole, and flawed, and beautiful, and hideous. That they engage in terrible acts for beautiful reasons.

You, sir, are a master of the genre.

Enough of my love-letter.

There is so much I loved about this book - the language, the characters, the humour, the heartbreak. I especially enjoyed the humorous play between Tehol and his man-servant, Bugg. I loved the way each character, no matter which side of the conflict they were on, were intrinsically human, caught in internal struggles between what is right, what is wrong, and the often impossible choices they faced. I found it easy to relate to.

I actually felt a twinge of regret when I shut it, having finished the narrative.

I feel like I'm gushing a bit, and I probably am. That's only because there is something about this book, and this series - something I'm yet to fathom fully - that pulls me in wholly and completely. This is what good writing should do.

I sit at my computer in awe, and cannot wait to start on the next book in the series... after I finish reading the books I have on loan from friends.

Mr. Erikson, you've done it again.

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Debbie Maxwell Allen said...

Ok, this book is going on my wish list. Only because of your lovely review. The best part: "they engage in terrible acts for beautiful reasons". My kind of book!


S.M. Carrière said...

Honestly, Steven Erikson is by far the best modern fantasy author I've read thus far.