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Bauchelain and Korbal Broach: Three Short Novels of the Malazan Empire, Volume One

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The first three tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, the famed necromancers from the Malazan Book of the Fallen, collected in one volume.

BLOOD FOLLOWS

In the port city of Lamentable Moll, a diabolical killer stalks the streets and panic grips the citizens like a fever. As Emancipor Reese's legendary ill luck would have it, his previous employer is the unknown killer's latest victim. But two strangers have ...

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Overview

The first three tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, the famed necromancers from the Malazan Book of the Fallen, collected in one volume.

BLOOD FOLLOWS

In the port city of Lamentable Moll, a diabolical killer stalks the streets and panic grips the citizens like a fever. As Emancipor Reese's legendary ill luck would have it, his previous employer is the unknown killer's latest victim. But two strangers have come to town and they have posted in Fishmonger's Round a note, reeking of death-warded magic, requesting the services of a manservant...

THE HEALTHY DEAD

The city of Quaint's zeal for goodness can be catastophic, and no one knows this better than Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, two stalwart champions of all things bad.The homicidal necromancers - and their substance-addled manservant, Emancipor Reese - find themeselves ensnared in a scheme to bring goodness into utter ruination. Sometimes you must bring down civilization...in the name of civilization.

THE LEES OF LAUGHTER'S END

After their blissful sojourn in Lamentable Moll, the sorcerors Bauchelain and Korbal Broach - along with their manservant, Emancipor Reese -set out on the open seas aboard the sturdy ship Suncurl. Alas, there's more baggage in the hold than meets the beady eyes of the crew, and unseemly terrors awaken. For Bauchelain, Korbal Broach and Emancipor Reese, it is just one more night on the high seas, on a journey without end.

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To the seven novels of his Malazan saga, Steven Erikson now adds these three novellas. Blood Follows tracks the path of a serial killer on a mission all his own. The collection's title characters appear in The Healthy Dead, a finely twisted tale of larger-than-life misdeeds and then reappear in The Lees of Laughter's End for a strangely unnerving open seas voyage upon a sturdy ship. Fantasy to keep the night lights burning until dawn.
Publishers Weekly
This collection of edgy and violent narratives tied to Erikson's Malazon Empire series pushes the boundaries of epic fantasy with morally ambiguous protagonists, bloody altercations and gritty world-building. Bauchelain, a cultured necromancer; Korbal Broach, his eunuch companion with an intense desire to procreate; and their luckless manservant, Emancipor Reese, find themselves embroiled in a murder mystery in “Blood Follows,” a shipboard battle against unearthly powers in “The Lees of Laughter's End,” and the politics of a fascist kingdom in “The Healthy Dead.” Through short, clipped chapters, a focus on gore-filled action and an economy of words, Erikson moves the plots quickly. A bit of ironic dark humor adds needed levity to otherwise disturbing, even sordid stories enthralled with the seedy side of human nature. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765324221
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Series: Malazan Book of the Fallen Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 152,776
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 6.22 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Erikson is an archaeologist and anthropologist and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His Malazan Book of the Fallen series, including The Crippled God, Dust of Dreams, Toll the Hounds and Reaper’s Gale, have met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. The first book in the series, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award. The second novel, Deadhouse Gates, was voted one of the ten best fantasy novels of 2000 by SF Site. He lives in Canada.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    highly recommended

    read everything you can that pertains to the series "MALAZAN BOOK OF THE FALLEN" by both erikson and ian esslemont...if these two authors decided to write 100 more stories pertaining to this world and the characters that inhabit it, the only thing i wouldn't like about it would be the fact that i won't live long enough to be here for the final installment...i've been reading scifi and sci fantasy since the mid-fifties, and have read alot of enjoyable tales...this series easily ranks among my top three favorite reads...what i really enjoy is that fact that it's as much fun to read the second and third time, something i am rarely moved to do...it was stunning , and glorious and deep...get this series...my daughter and granddaughter would tell you the same thing

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

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    Looking for a massive world with much possibility of fast moving events? Pick this up and follow the trio to mysteriously, dangerous men in volume 1 of three short stories.

    These stories are on the dark side and are very detailed in the world. I have really been enjoying the books with which I feel I should use sticky notes to help me remember who's who and who did what.
    The first story started out with me being confused for a little while. But, once I got through it I understood what was going on. In this first story you realize just how massive a world Erikson has created. These stories are based in the same world as Erikson's epic series, of the Malazan Empire.
    There seems to be a lot of mysterious magic and different creatures/beings in this colossal world. You do get introduced to a new set of characters in each story, but you are always following the trio of men; Bauchelain, Korbal Broach, and Emancipor (the manservant). This trio of men seem to not be the "bad" guy in so many words, yet... they are. They are definitely not the heros either, but they may have a touch of it in them. I like how he follows from different character point of views, then I found myself wondering what was going to happen when they crossed paths. I had many questions and thoughts of not knowing where this trio of men was going in the world and what trouble they would uncover and create.
    In the second and third stories you start to see more of the Gods and old ways of the cities. There is so much happening quickly in these short stories that you have to keep going. The third story even touches on a topic that was very interesting to me, healthiness. Can it be done too much? I really enjoyed the topic and the extreme views of the characters.
    I enjoy a story that is on the dark side and has a large amount of details to follow. I have not read the Malazan Empire yet, but this is my goal for 2010 - read the 10 books series.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    Interesting Read

    I wasn't particularly interested in what happened to Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, they aren't my favorite characters. I did read this book because I wanted some more Malazan, I'm glad I read it though, it explained Emancipor's willingness to stay with them and I always wanted to know why on he did. The stories were also very exciting and I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Anti-heroism at it's finest

    Evil walks among us and woohoo what a ride

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Dark twisted and great

    I at first was taken about by the darkness and harsh reality of this world. But, then then I was pulled in by the wordsmith. Excellent fantasy.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    awesome

    funny and fast paced

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