Esslemont’s plans

Not a particularly interesting interview but at least we have more insight about the four books that Esslemont has planned as part of the Malazan series. I wish he said more about how the writing is going and what’s the schedule more than just the confirmation that the project goes on.

Here what we know:

1- Stonewielder. It should be out in about a year. “tackles the Korel, or Fistian, subcontinent. It centers on Malazan entanglements there, the Stormriders, and a local religious cult.” And that’s more or less what we already knew.
2- The Darujhistan novel. Still confirmed. I had doubts because I think Erikson wrapped most plot threads in Toll the Hounds. There’s more to say, apparently.
3- Jacuruku.
4- Assail.

Maybe these last two novels will deal with the aftermath of the main series. It remains to be seen WHEN these books will be published since the main series closes next year. 6-8 years at least before we see these books, since Esslemont isn’t the writing machine that Erikson is.

Tom Chilton realizes down the road what I was preaching for many years

My understanding is not perfect, especially when he starts to babble, but from halfway through till the end he really seems to realize some core problems that go against all he “designed” up to this point. Permeable barriers and all.


Enjoy the backpedaling, smart ass.

It looks from the video they are redoing water effects with this expansion. RotLK was shadows, this one water. We are in the future. Tech and design. So advanced. Think of all the progress in the last few years. Unbelievable.

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The wail of the Wheel of Time

If the decision to split “A Memory of Light” in three different books in order to milk the franchise didn’t reveal a particular intention, this may even to the loudest and dumbest apologists.

Brandon Sanderson has written another piece where he explains he WILL WRITE the outriggers (Dune-like) as long Tom covers him with money while he unloads all responsibilities on Harriet.

The reasoning is quite interesting:

It would be very hard to let someone else write it. Almost as hard as it would be to let go of another series.

This being Sanderson expressing his own feelings, and one wonders how JORDAN would feel about Sanderson writing his stuff.

Translation: he already stabbed Mr Jordan once, and he’s the most fitting to do it again.

What is irritating is the complete lack of sincerity and the continuous attempts to justify what he does without taking ANY responsibility for his choices. It’s Tom that wants the books, it’s Harriet that will decide if they will be made. He’s just the passive writer with no choice but to save the day.

The outriggers being another three books, the prequels another two. He’s set for a great career.

Some banter

I’m utterly enjoying House of Chains. The banter is exceptional as always.

‘All right, fine. I’ll play along, on one condition.’
‘What condition?’
‘That whenever you manage to escape, you free me as well. A small thing, you might think, but I assure you—’
‘Very well. I, Karsa Orlong of the Uryd, give my word.’
‘Good. I like the formality of that vow. Sounds like it’s real.’
‘It is. Do not mock me, else I kill you once I have freed you.’
‘Ah, now I see the hidden caveat. I must twist another vow from you, alas—’
The Teblor growled with impatience, then relented and said, ‘I, Karsa Orlong, shall not kill you once I have freed you, unless given cause.’
‘Explain the nature of those causes—’
‘Are all Daru like you?’
’It needn’t be an exhaustive list. “Cause” being, say, attempted murder, betrayal, and mockery of course. Can you think of any others?’
‘Talking too much.’
‘Well, with that one we’re getting into very grey, very murky shades, don’t you think? It’s a matter of cultural distinctions—’
‘I believe Darujhistan shall be the first city I conquer—’

How many trees…

The first image is everything I have of Erikson and Malazan in general, including duplicates.

The second image is clickable and is the majority of the books that I bought in the last two years and that are somewhat related. Pretty good stuff there.