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  1. @SheliJ @Kronykal You should have reversed the song as well!

  2. @jonathangreen @snowbooks I know they say don't judge a book by its cover, but DAMN! That looks lovely!

  3. @Elishabenabuya Incidentally, in reference to Magic: The Gathering, https://t.co/EnIEcBTRNs

  4. Gabriel Chase

    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    I love how the series is filled with beautiful literary techniques and games. At first I thought I was reading too much into this, but repetition of techniques like alliteration (e.g. "Whiskeyjack stood alongside him, also studying the stars" with its concatenation of S sounds), and others, led me to believe otherwise. This was confirmed by a section in Memories of Ice where a portion of the text about Crone can also serve as a meta–statement on the book, or indeed the Malazan series itself: "Layers upon layers of complexity and ambiguity." Let me give you an example of what I mean from the prologue: I once read a book in which the narrator described the meanderings of a river bank in close–up detail, before going on to describe the river in its entirety. It seemed like the literary equivalent of a camera looking closely at something, then zooming out into the sky to view the whole. Erikson achieves the same effect here but much more subtly. Let me repeat the quote, but with the important sections highlighted: The T and P sounds in 'trapped' are expanded into two separate words, which represents an 'opening out' of the view of the entrapment. The B and S sounds of 'boggy sinkhole', on the other hand, are brought together into a single word, 'basin'. In total, there is the effect of both expanding the viewpoint out of the sinkhole as well as narrowing it in relation to the basin — and yet done in such an understated way! All that I have read so far seems to be peppered with this sort of literary play. I love it!