Crack'd Pot Trail

Crack d Pot Trail It is an undeniable truth give evil a name and everyone s happy Give it two names and why they re even happier Intrepid necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach scourges of civilization raisers of

  • Title: Crack'd Pot Trail
  • Author: Steven Erikson
  • ISBN: 9781848630581
  • Page: 297
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  • It is an undeniable truth give evil a name and everyone s happy Give it two names and why, they re even happier Intrepid necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, scourges of civilization, raisers of the dead, reapers of the souls of the living, devourers of hope, betrayers of faith, slayers of the innocent, and modest personifications of evil, have a lot to answerIt is an undeniable truth give evil a name and everyone s happy Give it two names and why, they re even happier.Intrepid necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, scourges of civilization, raisers of the dead, reapers of the souls of the living, devourers of hope, betrayers of faith, slayers of the innocent, and modest personifications of evil, have a lot to answer for and answer they will Known as the Nehemoth, they are pursued by countless self professed defenders of decency, sanity, and civilization After all, since when does evil thrive unchallenged Well, often but not this time.Hot on their heels are the Nehemothanai, avowed hunters of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach In the company of a gaggle of artists and pilgrims, stalwart Mortal Sword Tulgord Vise, pious Well Knight Arpo Relent, stern Huntsman Steck Marynd, and three of the redoubtable Chanter brothers and their lone sister find themselves faced with the cruelest of choices The legendary Crack d Pot Trail, a stretch of harsh wasteland between the Gates of Nowhere and the Shrine of the Indifferent God, has become a tortured path of deprivation.Will honor, moral probity, and virtue prove champions in the face of brutal necessity No, of course not Don t be silly.

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    1. *** 4 ***Before you take my rating as just another four stars, let me explain. Some will read this and think it is the biggest bunch of bull ever written. And they will not be wrong. Some will read it and say, yeah, OK, I see the metaphor, I understand the gist, but it has no plot to speak of, it is too verbose, and self-indulgent, nothing to good And they will be right. Still others will read it and feel their soul finally understood, and will call it not just a book, but a revelation. They wil [...]

    2. The best of the 5 (Malazan recommended order so yes 5th) B&KB books. SE referenced the main series a lot more in this one which made it vastly more interesting. He also had a lot of his political overtones for the first time in the series taking on once again modern politics, economics and this time around the perverse world of entertainment, critics and fans. If you've read the main series you know who Kruppe is. People generally love or hate Kruppe. I love Kruppe. However I think SE went t [...]

    3. "Crack'd Pot Trail" by Steven Erikson is the fourth published novella in the Bauchelain & Korbal Broach series. Chronologically, it is set after The Healthy Dead.If one were to try and describe this installment of the series, the closest real world description would be a tale of Scheherazade telling one of her 1001 night stories. However this one concerns a kind of Donner Party in the of winter of 1846–1847, who were snowbound in the Sierra Nevada mountains and lacked a bagged lunch.What y [...]

    4. I don't understand this novella. Bauchelain and Korbal Broach (and Reese, their servant) as characters are only McGuffins in the story. If someone could explain the role of series' characters, please do. You could comment, or send private message.=edited, from 2 star rating into 1 star=I gave 2 star because although when I was reading the novella, because I got surprised a few times and I could enjoy some dark humor. But there is no satisfying climax.On my original review, I gave 2 star rating. [...]

    5. There's just something about Erikson's writing that's cumbersome to me. I've given Gardens of the Moon two earnest tries but have been unable to slog through to the end so far. The thing is, I like the world he's created, and his writing is certainly intelligent and lyrical I suppose it just comes down to a preference of style. I wish I could really put my thumb on it more than that, but I only know I much prefer the Malazan stuff by Esslemont, so I guess I'll restrict my reading from now on to [...]

    6. "It is time for the critical feasting." Very entertaining and enjoyable, with (not so) subtle jab at author/reader demanding and often ungrateful 'relationship'.To paraphrase Francis Bacon: If you start something in certainty, you will end up in doubt. Or in this case: if you start something with expectations, you will end up disappointed. And you'll probably eat that poor bloke who disappointed you. :D

    7. Wow. This book is different. For fans expecting a typical romp in the Malazan Empire's world, you might be disappointed. For those looking to enjoy the offbeat and funny adventures of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach and their manservant Emancipor Reese, I'll just say that the titular characters only appear on the last 2 pages of the book. So I want to warn you now: your expectations about what you're getting are likely to remain unfulfilled.And yet, it's still become one of my all-time favorite boo [...]

    8. Strange, strange book.Erikson's Malazan series is a bleak dark fantasy with mostly likable if flawed characters. There's a hopefulness even among the ugliness. This book is just the ugliness of life. It is also a thinly veiled commentary on contemporary life. In a non funny satirical way.A company of knights, hunters, pilgrims, and poets are traveling together. And for reasons mostly unexplained begin to practice cannibalism. The others decide that the poets are useless and make it into a compet [...]

    9. Huh, it's been about a year and I still have not reviewed this book. Well, time to take some few moments of my day to do so. In Crack'd Pot Trail, the story follows those who have sworn to hunt Bauchelain and Korbal Broach down for their crimes and they end up in this stretch of desert.Okay, the plot is not important. Like all Bauchelain and Korbal Broach novellas, this is all about Steven Erikson getting something off his chest. In this case, he is letting off some steam for various reasons rel [...]

    10. I picked this up at the library after reading a short story of Erikson's called "Goats of Glory". Apparently Erikson's signature world is called Malazan. Goats of Glory and Crack'd Pot Trail are my only exposures to it and it seems to hold promise.Coming in at 200 pages, the book is an efficient use of narrative length. There are more characters than one would assume belong in a book this short, but I feel the author was very honest about introducing them all at once at the beginning of the book [...]

    11. So, this story is about how some people hunting down Bauchelain and Broach came together, met up with a troupe of poets, and started eating them. Except not really was actually all just a metaphor on how people treat artists. While this was skilfully done, it also seemed a little self-indulgentd there was only a short appearance by our necromantic duo, barely worth mentioning. So in the end, it was almost a trick on readers, daring them to complain.

    12. Grim, macabre, and with the dark twisted humor I've come to expect. Excellent story, full of that good stuff that makes me love Erikson so much. Halfway through I was patting myself on the back for figuring it out but even as I was, a nagging part of my mind kept saying "that was too easy". And I was rightdid not see that twist coming, although the clues were there.

    13. A wide and varied group walks the Cracked Pot trail, an ancient road of pilgrimage through the desert of Seven Cities.Many among them are artists, aiming to win the (annual) competition to elect the century's best artist held on the other side of the desert, while others are pilgrims, hunters, knights or simply lost souls.But after a few days of marching their food stores are depleted, and those few mules and horses they possess are far too important to be sacrificed.How to avoid death by starva [...]

    14. ok, so first off you can see it took me a while to really read this one (the date's a little fuzzy, probably more like 2010ahem), and I must confess to white lying to Steve that I'd read it when at the time I hadn't gotten past my 2nd attempt to get through the setup. sorry Steve, I could see in your eyes that you knew I hadn't. the guilt (that totally virginal made-up word!) has been gnawing me alive. till now. this, my 4th go at it, succeedede opener is a bit of a rough go, I'm sorry to say, e [...]

    15. Two truths hold about this book.1. It is the Malazan book you will complete in the absolute shortest amount of time.2. It is the absolute worse book of the series.Considering how much I enjoy the Book of the Fallen, this installment was an utter heinous letdown. Among the books written by Steven Erikson (whom I revere as possibly the greatest author of fantasy epics ever lived) this is a piece that just doesn't fit - the bastard dwarven son of the lot, if you will. So much of it was pointless to [...]

    16. Canterbury Tales meets cannibalism meets rampant sexual humor. Yup. This series of books is interesting, because Bauchelain and Broach never feel like they fit in the Malazan world. However, this book which has really nothing to do with Bauchelain and Broach, feels much more in the style of the Malazan series, mostly because of it's often rather morbid sense of humor. It's probably a poor sign the that book I have enjoyed the most so far is the one that is least involving the main characters, bu [...]

    17. The Malazan series was entertaining if exhausting, but I'm happy to say that this mis-titled stand alone novel is probably my favorite by this author yet. Think Canterbury Tales gone horribly awry in a darkly humorous fashion.

    18. Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen series took the fantasy world by storm when Gardens of the Moon was published in 1999, leading to a 10-novel epic fantasy series, several additional novels written by Ian Esslemont, and a number of novellas. Earlier this year, Crack'd Pot Trail, a tale of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, hit the shelves, offering a strangely compelling narrative concept in an over-embellished, long-winded package.Using the backdrop of the Bauchelain and Korbal Broach nove [...]

    19. Nutshell: The Canterbury Tales meets the Donner Party. A party traveling across a desert has lost their supplies, and in the nights, the poets in their number have to sing not to be supper: the one that tells the worst story is eaten. Viciously funny and unsparingly critical of society.Crack'd Pot Trail is delightfully straightforward in stating its intent: to conduct a dialogue vis-a-vis the Artist and its relationship to its peers, the Patron, the Critic, and the Audience. It's cheekily on-the [...]

    20. So Tolkien and Boudinot were sitting in this crackhouse smoking well, crack! And along came Erikson (also thigh on crack) and bashed them in the head with some blunt object! (Maybe a chair leg or an axe stick) then he proceeded to use necromancy (or genetic engineering) to create this magnificent writhing monster! That he used to produce this master piece! Damn! This book is mostly about the parasitic/symbiotic/love/hate relationship between artists, critics and audience taken to the extreme! A [...]

    21. It is an undeniable truth: give evil a name and everyone’s happy. Give it two names and…why, they’re even happier.Intrepid necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, scourges of civilization, raisers of the dead, reapers of the souls of the living, devourers of hope, betrayers of faith, slayers of the innocent, and modest personifications of evil, have a lot to answer for and answer they will. Known as the Nehemoth, they are pursued by countless self-professed defenders of decency, sanity, [...]

    22. This book wasn't very good.There I said it, the first (collection) of Korbal and Bauchelain was quite enjoyable but this just seemed a mish mash of random characters vaguely related to the story eating each other and having sex with the occasional spout of violence thrown in while they tell stories or sing.  It was like X-factor where Simon Cowel eats you if you're bad and to be honest they all should have been eaten.I'm hoping the next book actually features the characters the series is about [...]

    23. Too much inner thaughts! but: what a twist, didn't see that coming. Great sense of humour as always, loved it.

    24. To me this is Erikson's Canterbury Tales in the Malazan world.The first 30% of the book was pretty tough for me to get through, but it picks up after that, and by the end it is pretty gripping. I am still a bit confused by the ending though, and who exactly Avas Didion Flicker is.Lots of good commentary in here on the relationship between authors, their work, and their audience, as well as some truly hilarious (horrible) poems by one of the story's poets who insists on putting popular stories in [...]

    25. Turgid and worse, unforgivably boring. A lapse into irrelevance and hermetic banality all the more regrettable given the immense potential that the Canterbury format affords. Irony so thick not even the resilient characters of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach could cut it with a blade; meta-critical meanderings with such a limited audience for whom they will be humorous that the rest of us could probably pretend this book never existed and be the better for it.

    26. Why does Steven Erikson at times write awesome fantasy, and at times just strings words together in an attempt to make it as hard as humanly possible to understand what the characters might be saying?

    27. While interesting, I wasn't in the right mood for this book. Most of the time I had the impression I was reading a verbose reality show. I am usually an admirer of Erikson's prose, but at this installment he crossed the line from "magnificent" to "what did I just read?" in my prose rating.

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