May 28, 2013

Blog Tour: Blood and Bone (Malazan Empire #5) by Ian C. Esslemont – Interview

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Blood and Bone (Malazan Empire #5) by Ian C. Esslemont

presented by Tor Books!

We are so thrilled to have author, Ian C. Esslemon stop by the blog
for a quick Q&A where he shares some of his Top Favs!



In the western sky the bright emerald banner of the Visitor descends like a portent of annihilation. On the continent of Jacuruku, the Thaumaturgs have mounted yet another expedition to tame the neighboring wild jungle. Yet this is no normal wilderness. It is called Himatan, and it is said to be half of the spirit-realm and half of the earth. And it is said to be ruled by a powerful entity whom some name the Queen of Witches, and some a goddess: the ancient Ardata. Saeng grew up knowing only the rule of the magus Thaumaturgs — but it was the voices out of that land’s forgotten past that she listened to. And when her rulers mount an invasion of the neighboring jungle, those voices send her and her brother on a desperate mission.

To the south, the desert tribes are united by the arrival of a foreign warleader, a veteran commander in battered ashen mail whom his men call, the Grey Ghost. This warleader takes the tribes on a raid like none other, deep into the heart of Thaumaturg lands. While word comes to K’azz, and mercenary company the Crimson Guard, of a contract in Jacuruku. And their employer… none other than Ardata herself.

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by Ian C. Esslemont
TOR Publication Date:   May 21, 2013
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Top Favs with Ian C. Esslemont

Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why


Two of my all-time favourites are Joseph Conrad and Herman Melville.  Wait a minute, now I know why there are so many ships in my Malaz novels!  No, the real reason is that before flight, if you wanted to travel any long distance, the only way to do that was by boat.  As to why, well, no one has to explain the ‘why’ of Conrad or Melville!

As to a favourite SF&F writer, hmmm.  One book I continue to return to is Dune.  Not so much for the writing, as Herbert had some shortcomings, but because of the astounding scope of his ambition in the work.  And, I think it speaks to us increasingly as questions of full-planetary stewardship are now ours to fail.

Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why


I guess the fantasy genre authors who originally inspired me to write were Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Roger Zelazny and Glen Cook.  Howard for the plain gusto, energy, and his ‘damn-everyone-I’ll-just-do-what-I-want’ attitude he displayed.  Fritz Leiber for the humour and sense of play he brought to fantasy.  Zelazny for his innovative treatment of classical mythology in fantasy, and finally, Cook for his melding of gritty realism with fantasy.

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why

I’ve never experienced writer’s block so far (knock on wood), so I have no techniques.  When I’m stuck on a scene, I just have to set the MS aside for a time and go play with some other project.  Usually, after a few days, I bring a refreshed cleansed set of eyes and mind to it, and the problem has resolved itself.   That’s about the extent of any writers block I’ve ever experienced.  Frankly, there’s so much material in the Malaz world, I could go on to do ten more novels – if they’ll let me.

Now, as to progress on a project, well that’s a different issue.  I have various novel ideas that have lain fallow for years.  Every once in a while (once a year or so)  I’ll take them out and dust them off and take another run at them.  But this isn’t writer’s block in that I’ve written plenty of material in these other novels, its just that none of it has completely gelled to my satisfaction, so far.

Top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why


I’ll answer this as my favourite genres of music.  Firstly, I’m a big electronic music buff.  And I don’t mean the newly popular EDM (electronic Dance Music and its antecedents Trance, House and Techno), though, there’s some good stuff in there.  No, I’m talking about what in Britain is referred to as ‘electronica’.  This is the broader exploration of the possibilities new technology allows into what is, or isn’t, music.  Electronica has the potential to be to our times what ‘classical’ was to its.  I mean musicians who are following in the footsteps of a group of artists who in no way have been granted the appreciation they deserve: Kraftwerk.

Another genre of electronic music is called ‘synth rock,’ and, as I spent a lot of time in university bars in the eighties, I have a lot of nostalgia for this genre.

And finally, when if I’m feeling droopy while I’m trying to write, I like to crank up the drama with epic music.  One name for this genre is ‘trailer music’.  These are short pieces of dramatic classical music meant for film trailers.  It’s sort of a ‘make your own fantasy film soundtrack’ sort of experience.  Artists here go by names such as Audiomachine, Immediate, and Brand X.

Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why


I like movies that can sustain multiple viewings – but not entirely, as I also like to veg out occasionally in front of silly movies as well.  Depends on my mood and energy level.  One movie I can – and have – watched multiple times is Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.  That’s one of my favourites.  There’s so much to find in it, both visually and in the extraordinary richness of themes that he’s taken on … all care of our own Philip K. Dick.

I’m quite fond of Tarantino as well.  I love the unapologetic enthusiasm of Kill Bill.  It’s also an interesting alternate-word piece.  If you notice: in this world, everyone carries a sword!  There are sword-holders in the airplane seats!  Sword-holders on the motorcycles!  People are walking around the airport carrying swords!  To be a master-assassin in such a world you’d have to be pretty damned good.

Finally, I also have to admit that I’m a Bond fan.  Daniel Craig has given Sean Connery a real run for his money, but I’m an old-school fan.  Give me Sean’s original any day.


About the Author:


Ian Cameron Esslemont is a Canadian writer.

Ian C. Esslemont and Steven Erikson co-created the Malazan world in 1982 as a backdrop for role-playing games. In 1991 they collaborated on a feature film script set in the same world, entitled Gardens of the Moon. When the script did not sell, Erikson greatly expanded the story and turned it into a novel.

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1 Comment

  1. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    WOW! This series sounds SO GOOD!!! I am so glad I came across it. I’m definitely adding this series to my TBR list and I’m going to look up the first book since this is #5. This is exactly my type of story that I can definitely sink my teeth in!! AWESOME POST!! Thank you MaryAnn & Gabby for sharing this awesome series with us!!

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