Dear reader you may think this is a strange title for a post on Sci-Fi/Fantasy blog. You may think it is related to starships, weapons or planets. Or your imagination leads you in a direction.......
But as we mostly write about books, the title is related to books.
This week I finally received my paperback copy of Dust of Dreams (2009, 889 p.) [US][UK], by Steven Erikson. It is the ninth tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. For fans it is a must read. I want to read the whole series in 2010. The plan is to read one book per month. That means I will read Dust of Dreams in September 2010.
What distinguishes this book from other books? Look at the title of the post and you know the answer: SEIZE
I compared Dust of Dreams with Drood (2009, 771 p.) [US] [UK] by Dan Simmons and A Shadow in Summer (2006, 356 p.) [US] [UK] by Daniel Abraham. Of course it is only a comparison of seize and not of content. I know you will toss in that Dust of Dreams has more pages than the two other books. But that is not my point. It is the sheer size of the book. You will understand what I mean when you have a look at the following pictures taken be me.
Two of the pics also show a 30 centimeter ruler. I hope that helps to imagine the size of the books. Dust of Dreams his definitely not a book to be easily read in bed. If you fall asleep it will crack your nose.
When you look at these books and someone tells you he/she has read 10 books last month then you should ask him/her about the seize. It makes a big difference whether he/she read 10 books the seize of Dust of Dreams or 10 books the size of A Shadow in Summer. So don't let blend you by numbers. If you want real figures than you need the number of words per book. I would like when publishers would add this information.
And now is picture time(click on pic to enlarge):
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