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Humanity is nearly extinct after 300 years of hungry demon corelings. A handful of Messengers brave the night between the increasingly isolated populace behind protective wards. Arlen Bales will search anywhere, dare anything, to save the world. Maybe Abban, a merchant in the Great Bazaar of Krasia who purports to sell anything, has the answer....

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The Great Bazaar and Other Stories Reviews

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2018-11-15 14:06

    2.5 starsThe Great Bazaar:In THE WARDED MAN, one of Arlen's POV sections begins with him in the ruins of an ancient Krasian city where he finds the tomb of the Kaji. This is story of how he got the map to that city: hijinx ensue after his return from another abandoned city, having nearly been killed when he encountered a new type of desert demon. Entertaining and informative, but not indispensably so.Deleted Scenes: ArlenApparently, this was a writing assignment that birthed the DEMON CYCLE, but it was eventually cut, b/c having been written so long ago, it didn't match the tone of the novel that sprung from its loins . . . At least that's what Brett's editor told him. Personally, I think she was being kind. The scene was meant to be a prologue, and is a glimpse into Arlen's childhood days of exploration, but it offers no new insights--every point had been sufficiently illustrated in the book itself, making it redundant and uninteresting.Deleted Scenes: Brianne BeatenI think it was a (self-indulgent) mistake to write Introductions/Why it was Cut explanations before each section. Scenes are always cut for good reasons, and readers understand that, wanting them anyway b/c author love, knowing full well that what they're about to read isn't going to be up to the author's usual standards.BUT. Brett believes they are. He takes great pains to point out that he, and he alone chose to cut this scene, for no other reason than he needed to cut the word count and it was easily removed. So he did. Despite it being painful for him to do so.In reality, like the Arlen scene, all the points made were points sufficiently made elsewhere, and the scene itself was haphazard and disjointed, coming out of nowhere, for no reason other than to make the already hardcore Leesha look hardcore.Taken for what it was--a cut scene--it would have been fine. Taken on the author's incorrect belief that it should have been included, but word count . . . not so much.Krasian Dictionary:Moderately helpful, but incomplete.The Ward Grimoire:Meh. Just a very few of the most basic wards. There's more information about the demons they ward against than the wards themselves, and the majority of that information can be gleaned from the actual book as you read it.

  • Mark Lawrence
    2018-11-09 20:51

    Peat gave me this years ago when we met in London with Myke Cole. A nice little booklet, signed and dedicated. I put it away for later. Later turned out to be five years later when I rediscovered it as I moved a bookcase from the upstairs hall to the living room under wife's orders.It's a short story and takes less than an hour to read, so I sat down and read it rather than lose it again.I really liked it. The story feels like a satisfying wedge of The Warded Man. It's told at a time where Arlen was decidedly at the human end of the human-demigod scale he accelerates through in the series, and to be honest I like him best when he is vulnerable and learning new things.Abban is possibly my favourite character in the series, and the lame merchant plays a central role here. One of the things I've always liked about the books is that whilst the demons are powerful, murderous, and set on destroying all mankind ... it's actually the Krassians who are the most terrifying with the cruelties they habitually inflict on each other. We get a flavour of that here too.So, in short, a great taste of the best the series has to offer.It should be noted that my booklet is just "The Great Bazaar", there are no other stories in it. I couldn't spot that edition so I'm leaving this here.Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter #prizes

  • A Bald Mage** Steve
    2018-10-27 21:06

    via GIPHYI thought this short story was just as good as Brayan’s Gold and gives the reader more of an in-depth look into Arlen’s personality and his overwhelming thirst for knowledge of more wards and the history of the Messengers.Abban, a merchant in the Great Bazaar of Krasia has been giving Arlen treasure maps so he can go and steal some ancient pottery so Abban can sell it on. Arlen as usual finds himself in the midst of a Demon attack but for once he doesn’t have the right wards to fight Clay Demons and he finds himself having an unexpected ally that has been hunting him for many years.Full review on my Blog: Happy reading :) and Keith have set up a new page on our Blog for our Demon Cycle read feel free to have a look and tell me how rubbish it is! :)

  • Bradley
    2018-10-28 20:54

    This one fills in a big portion of the pre-warding Arlen right before he goes in search of the first Deliverer.Pretty perfect for those of us who wish we had all that early-days Arlen after his filled-out childhood after he goes off on his own but before he gets screwed. Honestly, we get all the same information in the Warded Man, but this is quite a bit more fleshed out, almost as if it was cut for pacing issues from the original. Which I understand, of course, but like the other novella, I kinda wish I could have the Warded Man (Director's Cut). :)

  • Kristalia
    2018-11-16 13:49

    Final rating: 3.75/5 starsFor the Great Bazaar - 4 stars. For the other stories - 3.5 stars.Was it worth it? It was - we were given some more insights in the new demons, and how Arlen got the map to the Anoch Sun. It was good, all in all. I really love Arlen - thank god all these stories are about him ♥ #Fangirl signing out.► REVIEW(S) RELATED TO THIS BOOK: ◈The Warded Man (Demon Cycle, #1)◈Brayan's Gold (Demon Cycle, #1.5)◈The Great Bazaar and Other Stories (Demon Cycle, #1.6)◈The Daylight War (Demon Cycle, #3)◈Messenger’s Legacy (The Demon Cycle #3.5)

  • Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
    2018-10-27 15:55

    [1.5 stars]: I didn’t get a single thing out of this short story that wasn’t already presented in The Warded Man. The first few pages were promising, but it was all downhill from there. I was hoping for more cultural immersion or at the very least some character development, but all I got was an expansion of a minor plot element for which I’d already known the outcome. I’d say pass on this one and move right along to The Desert Spear – it’ll give you cultural immersion

  • Claudia
    2018-10-27 18:59

    Lovely addition to the main series.It contains the prologue and two chapters which were removed from the first book, from various motives (explained by P. Brett).The main story, "The Great Bazaar", is a detailed one on how Arlen got the map from Abban and started looking for the lost city, Anoch Sun. There is also a battle on the way (prior to the scene related to this particular map) with some demons which do not appear in "The Warded Man".The prologue, entitled "Arlen" (which is, in fact, the story from which the Demon's Cycle emerged) is introducing us in the life of Arlen as a child and the last one, "Brianne Beaten" reveals an encounter between Leesha and Brianne (I can't tell more without revealing clues from the first book).Beside these three short stories, there are also a Krasian dictionary and a Ward Grimoire - with the designs of the main wards for all types of demons -, both very interesting and delightful.Therefore, I'll say that this part is a must read for all those who want to know more details related to this unique world.

  • Gamma Mouse
    2018-11-07 18:02

    The Painted Man (also known as The Warded Man for those who like their books American-Made) is one of the best fantasy epics of recent years. Period, exclamation point, throw whatever other punctuation you want at it, doesn’t matter; the book seriously kicked it, bringing it like Beckham (That Posh has skillz!) The novel’s protagonist, the demon-fighting Arlen Bales, easily captures the mantle of greatest Arlen ever, (trouncing Senator Arlen Specter who doesn’t fight demons, he just works with them.) Peter V. Brett’s debut was such the tasty fantasy goodness I’ve taken to stalking Barnes & Noble delivery trucks hoping a copy of the upcoming sequel, The Desert Spear, happens to fall off one. And into my greedy little mitts. Pathetic, I know, but The Painted Man was that damn fantastic. Like half-blind, bikini-clad Scandinavian supermodel who owns a liquor store and golf course munching on a chocolate chip ice cream cone on a hot summer day kind of fantastic. But then you discover—Oh Horror—she’s rocking a purity ring and thinks MTV is high art, and suddenly, you’re left wanting more; it makes you greedy. But like Gordon Gekko says, Greed is good, so embrace it, want more. Maybe even plant a big, sloppy smootch on its kisser. Because sometimes you get what you want—and what you need.If The Painted Man was a Director’s Cut DVD, The Great Bazaar and Other Stories would be the second disc filled with all the Extras. More story, deleted scenes, a ward grimoire; it’s all here. Even Brett offering context and insight into the scenes. Love The Painted Man? Then you’re going to love this collection, since it features more of what made that book so great.The majority of the collection is devoted to the short story “The Great Bazaar”, a fantastic piece that works incredibly well as a standalone introduction to The Painted Man universe. The story follows Arlen Bales, now settled down, and proprietor of the Bales Motel. Arlen lives with his mother in a nearby house overlooking the motel. One night a blond demon, escaping from her past, checks into the motel…Alright, I’m lying. Really, did you think I was going to give it away; the story’s short, go read it. Abban, a merchant in the Great Bazaar”, is the rockstar in the story. Forget Team Jacob or Team Edward, Abban will have the love-struck pre-pubescents shrilling like wind demons after they catch his deeds in “The Great Bazaar.”If I hadn’t read Brett’s debut, this story would have forced me to; it’s such a wonderful scene. Much better than you’d imagine, and not what you’d expect from material that didn’t make the original volume. Often, one hears the phrase deleted scenes, and thinks, This is the stuff that wasn’t good enough to make it in. That’s far from the case in The Great Bazaar and Other Stories; all the material here has the same high level of quality found in the novel. There’s not as much as I would have liked, but hopefully it’s enough to get me through to The Desert Spear without getting slapped with a restraining order from Barnes & Noble.Fans of The Painted Man will love The Great Bazaar and Other Stories. People not familiar with Brett’s work will find this a great introduction. Being a fan of the novel, I can only view the collection in that context. Which means I’m biased. Which means I’m going to score this similarly to The Painted Man. Which means that bikini-clad, liquor store-owning Scandinavian supermodel might have just welded that purity ring onto her finger. Because already I want more.Final Grade: 9.25 out of 10

  • mark monday
    2018-10-24 16:06

    well this was fun and served as a good reminder for me that I need to continue on with this series. Arlen remains an interesting protagonist - the annoying cliche parts of his personality (angry angsty guy always battling that voice of weakness in his head) are forgotten when chuckling over his willingness to be a dick to people who get on his nerves. I like seeing that in my heroes; it's usually a trait reserved for villains or anti-heroes.clay demons were pretty fun, but even more fun was the basic scenario of searching for riches in a strange abandoned village. a very old plot line but I'm still happy to see it whenever it appears.this short story also confirmed why I've been so hesitant to continue on with the series. I just don't have a lot of enthusiasm for reading about Krasian culture, even seen from outsider Arlen's perspective. I suppose there's interest to be had in reading about a pseudo-Islamic desert society in a fantasy setting, but I feel like I've seen versions of that in so many books, starting with Dune. and add to that familiarity the understanding that this particular culture is also deeply macho and deeply chauvinist... and that just doesn't get me excited. the concepts behind Krasia weary me. still, I guess I should soldier on. the first novel was pretty good and I do want more of Arlen.

  • David Sven
    2018-10-28 20:59

    The Great Bazaar is a short story that sits somewhere between chapters 16 and 17 of The Warded Man and tells of how Arlen gets Abban to help him steal the map to the lost City of Anoch Sun from the Krasian Temple of Heroes. Brett says he chose not to write about the three year period between those chapters when Arlen is working as a messenger and has instead opted to possibly revisit that time period later on. In his own wordsThis was an exciting, adventure-filled period in Arlen’s life, and a very fertile spawning ground for short stories about him traveling from town to town, touching the lives of different people living behind the wards.Like Caine in Kung Fu. If only. Just like Brett's other short story Brayan's Gold, the supposed centrepiece(in this case stealing the map) takes up so little of the already meagre word count and is rather anti climactic when we get there. We do get introduced to clay demons - which was cool as far as adding to lore goes, but I would have preferred more of the plot to be devoted to the actual lifting of the map of the Lost City. Maybe something a bit Oceans Eleven; I don't know, but what we get instead lacked punch. Thinking about it, I had a similar issue with Brayans Gold. I would have preferred a short meant to showcase snow demons to dispense with most of the travelling to and from and exchanging pleasantries to concentrate a large portion of the story on the snow demons themselves. Maybe have the book start with Arlen being stalked by one and surviving and give us the back story on the fly - But that's another story.Back to this book, on top of The Great Bazaar, we get two deleted scenes that were cut because they added nothing to the story and interfered with the pacing. They were right to be cut. The first story is a prologue to The Warded Man but was written so long ago that the tone just didn't match the rest of the book.The second story centres on Leesha dealing with some domestic abuse while she is still apprenticed to Bruna. Again, it was right to be cut I think.The best part of the book was the Grimoire at the end illustrating the wards and giving a brief description of how they fit into the magic system. There's also a Krasian Dictionary that may come in handy as a reference when reading The Desert Spear.Again, the fanboy in me is glad I read this book, but it is not a "must read" and I would not really recommend it as an introduction to the main series because it really doesn't showcase Brett's talent. I think he has tried to create standalones that can also act as mini chapters of the bigger series; but with too much in too few pages it just ends up a bit flat.3 stars

  • Vagner Stefanello
    2018-11-15 15:07

    Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:E aqui estou eu novamente para contar a minha opinião sobre The Great Bazaar and Other Stories, outro livro do Peter V. Brett que se passa no mesmo universo da série principal.Situado entre os capítulos 16 e 17 de O Protegido, The Great Bazaar já nos introduz a Arlen como mensageiro e atualmente em Krasia, a Lança do Deserto. Sempre quis saber mais sobre o local, e esse conto sanou um pouco a minha curiosidade a respeito dos krasianos e como eles se comportam.Em busca de riquezas, Arlen vaga pelo deserto atrás de Baha kad'Everam, um vilarejo krasiano conhecido pelos seus artesãos e as peças de cerâmica que produziam, cujo valor é inigualável. Há mais de 20 anos não há notícias do que acontece no local, que jaz abandonado e sem a presença de humanos, como constatado após uma expedição realizada por krasianos há muito tempo.Todo mundo sabe que pra trabalhar com cerâmica tem que ter barro e argila, e como isso existe em excesso no local também dá pra imaginar que existe o que mais? Isso mesmo, demônios do barro/da argila!! E nada melhor que um ambiente propício como esse para se camuflarem e realizarem emboscadas contra os viajantes mais desavisados, como é o caso do nosso Arlen...Voltando um pouco a Krasia, temos um capítulo com o ponto de vista de Abban, o khaffit que Arlen negocia suas mercadorias e o recebe sempre com um humor diferenciado e lábia inigualável.Nessa parte fica mais evidente o modo que as pessoas em Krasia são tratadas, sendo que os guerreiros possuem um lugar destinado ao Céu e quem não tem capacidade de segurar uma lança e lutar é desprezado imensamente, mesmo que alguns desses "párias" virem bons mercadores no futuro. E as mulheres, então, são praticamente tratadas como ninguém. Algo como acontece atualmente nos países muçulmanos, diga-se de passagem. Isso é assunto polêmico para outra hora.Krasia é uma cidade com hábitos e costumes totalmente diferentes de todo o resto da Thesa, seja pelo modo como tratam os seus habitantes e reverenciam os seus sacerdotes, seja pelo modo como combatem os terraítas à noite em seus labirintos feitos especialmente para isso.E a bebida que Abban apresenta a Arlen? O tal couzi é uma "mistura de canela com grão fermentado destilado", muito forte e com um gosto horrível nos primeiros goles. Muitos guerreiros a bebem antes das batalhas, buscando a coragem que possa lhes faltar. Será que Arlen gostou? :vMas o momento mais importante do livro não é esse. Quando Arlen e Abban estão discutindo sobre suas mercadorias, o guri do Riacho de Tibbet pede algo que poucos têm acesso: um mapa das ruínas do Sol de Anoch, a cidade perdida onde o Salvador teria dado seus primeiros passos e comandado toda a humanidade contra os terraítas. Um local que não é encontrado há séculos e pode esconder relíquias de valor inestimável, assim como proteções que ninguém mais se recorda.PULO RÁPIDO PARA O CAPÍTULO 17 DO LIVRO 1: todos sabem que essas ruínas dão uma mexida total na vida de Arlen, e gostei muito de saber como Arlen consegue o mapa de sua localização.The Great Bazaar and Other Stories também traz trechos cortados de O Protegido por pedido do responsável pela edição ou por vontade do próprio Peter V. Brett mesmo. Um desses trechos é o que Peter desejava que fosse o prólogo da obra principal, mas o editor pediu para cortar por ter uma narrativa diferente do restante da obra. O outro é um capítulo com Leesha indo ajudar uma ex-amiga a recuperar-se de ferimentos, o qual mostra como ela cresceu mentalmente e parece estar preparada para o que o destino lhe reserva.Temos também acesso a um dicionário krasiano de termos e a um grimório de proteções ao final, sendo que esse possui imagens de proteções ainda não vistas no 1º livro e que podem ser melhor compreendidas por quem já tiver lido os volumes restantes. Muitos me recomendaram ler esse livro curto só depois do livro 3, mas acho que consegui aproveitá-lo de uma maneira satisfatória.Resumindo, The Great Bazaar and Other Stories é uma leitura interessantíssima e deve ser desbravada por todos os fãs da série e quem mais desejar. Recomendo!

  • seak
    2018-11-20 19:06

    I probably don't need to mention this again, but I love the Demon Cycle by Peter Brett. It just gets me. It's not perfect, but there are so many great things about it that I can easily dismiss/overlook/completely ignore any shortcomings. I keep reading and I can't get enough. Brett has created literary crack.The Great Bazaar and Other Stories takes place somewhere in the middle (time-wise) of The Warded Man, book one of the Demon Cycle. Our hero, Arlen Bales, is working as a messenger -those who brave the night and accompanying demons to bring messages to different towns. Brett explains in the introduction that this was a hugely fertile ground for stories that were mostly skipped over in the main sequence of novels because they would have taken a toll on the timing and pace.Let me just say that I greatly appreciate authors who do this, streamlining the main sequence and releasing other stories, less important stories, that fans will read anyway, but that drag down an otherwise excellent book. Something I wish other authors would replicate...*looks to Erikson*.So what's included in The Great Bazaar and Other Stories you may ask. Well, let me tell you...The Great Bazaar is the main bulk of this book, as you can imagine, but also included are deleted scenes (one of which was the original beginning written for a writing class project), a Krasian Dictionary, and a Ward Grimoire. The Great Bazaar is an excellent story of one of Arlen's visits to Krasia. Having already built up a name for himself as the only non-Krasian to enter alagai'sharak, the Krasian's nightly fight against the demons, Arlen learns of places that haven't been visited in ages, but which are supposed to contain many riches. Sadly, they neglected to mention the clay demons, against which Arlen had no protecting wards. The Great Bazaar also delves into Arlen's relationship with the kaffit (essentially means coward), Abban, who helps Arlen out in The Warded Man.The Krasians are a very interesting, hardly putting any value in anyone who can't fight, which means women and the weak are not much thought of. While I loved the action and adventure that was Arlen's trek through the desert, my favorite parts were probably in the bazaar where a former warrior picks a fight with Abban and Arlen. I have to say I enjoyed The Great Bazaar more even more than I did Brayan's Gold. While Brayan's Gold was high in action, there wasn't a whole lot of incite into the story, Brett's intention being only to showcase Snow demons and that's about it. Go read it, it's great. 4.5 out of 5 StarsPs. It's only $4.99 on the Kindle.

  • Gavin
    2018-11-08 15:49

    This novella set in Peter.V.Brett's Demon Cycle series actually features an unexplored adventure from Arlen's days as a Messenger. It was a tale from his time in Krasia. Arlen's old friend Abban had given him a map to the ruins of a desert village that was overrun by the demons twenty years ago. Arlen journeyed there hoping to salvage some of its secrets and to loot some of the old pottery the locals were famous for. All does not go smoothly as Arlen encounters a new type of demons that his wards have limited power against! After surviving the night Arlen returns to Krasia and soon convinces Abban to help him steal the map to the fabled city of Anoch Sun.The story was short but fairly entertaining. The stuff with the demons in the abandoned village was a little dull but the time Arlen spent at the Great Bazaar and the glimpses we got into Abban as a character were entertaining and enlightening.This was a decent short story. One worth reading but if you were to ship it you would not be missing out on anything crucial to the main series.I listened to the audio so only the Great Bazaar novella was included. Additional deleted scenes and stuff were included in the physical version. Rating: 3.5 stars. Audio Note: Pete Bradbury gave another excellent performance of the audio.

  • Nj Sun
    2018-11-19 13:59

    4,5 SterneObwohl ich eigentlich schon so lange aus der Geschichte raus bin, habe den 1. Teil vor 3 Jahre oder so gelesen, war ich wieder sofort drin. Die 4 Kurzgeschichten fande ich wirklich gelungen und hat mir wieder Lust auf mehr gemacht. :)

  • Larnacouerde SH
    2018-11-20 21:40

    Simply put.Just like Peter V. Brett said;The Great Bazaarshows everything I love about Arlen.And also about few things Ward Grimoire, Demons and people you should know. Trust me, if you're a big fan of Demon Cycle just like me, you'll enjoy it.Believe or not, to see Khaffit or the whole landscapes of Krasian Desert is really touching and was good adventure as always. Your choice.

  • Benjamin Thomas
    2018-11-02 15:49

    This is a nice little companion book for the main Demon Cycle series. It includes a novella about Arlen’s formative years as a Messenger, recounting a tale of a trip to collect some rare artifacts on his way to the Great Bazaar of Krasia where he interacts with the merchant Abban. It’s a nice story and allows some more details about clay demons to come out. The book also includes two “cut scenes” from The Warded Man manuscript including the original story that the author wrote for his fantasy writing class back in 1999 where the assignment was to write a first scene of an original fantasy novel. It’s an OK scene and works here as a curiosity but it’s easy to see why it was cut. A second cut scene relates to Leesha and also works as a stand-alone vignette for those that have read the book. If not then I feel sure it would seem incomplete.Two more tidbits are included: a short glossary/dictionary of just 3-4 pages and a “ward grimoire” where we get to see what some basic wards look like. The value here is less about the artwork of the wards themselves as the accompanying information about the various demons they defend against.

  • Dawn
    2018-10-21 17:51

    Good little addition to the Demon Cycle series. Nothing spectacular, but still worth reading if you enjoyed the other books in the series. I'd recommend reading it after Warded/Painted Man and before Desert Spear though, as all of the stories and deleted scenes are from Warded/Painted Man.

  • Marcos
    2018-11-11 14:39

    Very entertaining short read.

  • DaJa
    2018-10-28 13:38

    Eine nette Geschichte mit Szenen die für die eigentlichen Bücher einfach zu lang sind.

  • Justin
    2018-11-11 14:47

  • Emiliya
    2018-11-09 18:40

    Жалко, че не е включена в първата книга. Много по-добре обяснява началото на търсенето на Анокх Слънце. Редакторът се е престарал.

  • Mark
    2018-10-24 17:01

    When I read The Painted Man last year it became one of my favourite books I'd ever read. It had everything I wanted and Peter V Brett told the story in such a way that I just couldn't put it down until I reached the last page. The sequel, The Desert Spear, became one of the top three books I was looking forward to this year, but when Subterranean Press announced The Great Bazaar I knew I had to have it. Fortunately I managed to get my order in and when it arrived I quickly managed to get over my fanboy giddiness and jumped straight into it. It was just what I needed to tie me over until The Desert Spear hit the shelves!To make things clear, The Great Bazaar is a short novella, but also contained here are two deleted scenes from the novel along with an appendix of Krasian phrases and what they mean plus a section on the various wards in the world of the Demon Cycle. Because of this it's very difficult to go into too much detail without spoiling anything for those that haven't read it. However, here's a short bit about each of them:The Great BazaarThe highlight of this short book by far. It follows Arlen during his messenger days before he finds the old combat wards. It revolves around the Krasian city of the Desert Spear where Arlen once again meets up with Abban who provides him with details of a deserted Krasian settlement about a weeks journey from Krasia itself. Abban promises great finds here and specifies just what he could find, but not all is as easy as it seems and Arlen find himself caught off guard when he reaches the place Abban has told him about.I really, really enjoyed this short story and thought it proved a very good foundation to head into The Desert Spear. Not only that, but seeing some more of a younger, pre-painted man Arlen was good. It also shows a little more of the relationship he has with Abban as well as a little more detail about the Krasian society. Loved it.Deleted ScenesOne deleted scene from The Painted man is just a little more character development for Leesha, but it works well and, in my opinion at least, could easily have been present in the first book. The second is Brett's original opening chapter of The Painted Man, following Arlen as a child as he spends the day outside travelling as far as he dares from his home before turning around and returning before the fall of night. I think this scene was right to be cut from the final product as it's a little too different to fit in well.ExtrasThe Krasian and Wards appendices are also a nice little touch, but ultimately they don't have the must-read factor of the main story present here. Worth seeing though and it makes up the pages in what could have been a too-short book.ConclusionI'm, as previously stated, a huge fan of The Painted Man, so my opinion of this will be biased. The Great Bazaar is worth reading and is a stand-out story that really hits the mark. It could also be seen as a good introduction the the series, although I would recommend reading The Painted Man first. My only disappointment is that it's such a short collection. The 'other stories' of the title is a little misleading as they are simply a couple of deleted scenes and I would have loved to see another couple of stories focusing on Arlen's messenger days here. Also, Brett's introductions and reasons why the scenes are a nice inclusion and add that little extra to the collection.At the end of the day I came away full satisfied and as a fan of Brett's work I would recommend this in a heartbeat to other fans. It's worth the price and, as always with Subterranean Press' releases, it's a high quality book. Fans should check it out for sure.

  • sabisteb
    2018-11-05 18:07

    Der große Basar ist eines Sammlung aus 2 Kurzgeschichten und 2 weggefallenen Szenen aus Das Lied der Dunkelheit, die aus den unterschiedlichsten Gründen gestrichen wurden.Die Kurzgeschichte Der große Basar erzählt von Arlens und Abbans Geschäftsbeziehung und wie Arlen in den Besitz der Karte kam, die ihn nach Anochs Sonne führte.Die Kurzgeschichte "Brayans Gold" erzählt von Arlens erster langer Tour als Kurier auf welcher er als erster Mensch einem Schneedämon begegnet.Diese beiden Kurzgeschichten werden durch 2 weggefallene Szenen ergänzt, die jedoch in sich so geschlossen sind, dass sie schon als eigenständige Kurzgeschichten gelten können.Zum einen ist da der weggefallene Prolog, der von einem kleinen Jungen erzählt, der sich nie weiter von daheim entfernen darf, als eine Strecke die es ihm ermöglich abends wieder daheim im Schutze der Siegel zu sein. Sie entstand im Rahmen eines Fantasyworkshops und war der Ausgangspunkt der Geschichte des "painted/warded man", die Peter V. Brett erst Jahre später wirklich schrieb.Zum anderen wurde aus Gründen des Umfangs eine Szene gestrichen, die Leeshas Arbeit als Heilerin beschreibt und welche Macht mit dieser Position auch einhergeht.Ergänzt werden diese Geschichten durch eine farbige Karte Krasias, ein krasianisches Lexikon und ein Grimoire der Siegel, welche die Kapitel von Das Lied der Dunkelheit und Das Flüstern der Nacht unterteilen.Einerseits spielen diese Geschichten zwischen den Kapiteln von Das Lied der Dunkelheit, andererseits wird in diesen Geschichten jedoch schon auf Teile von Das Flüstern der Nacht vorgegriffen, welches erst im August 2010 erscheinen wird, besonders das Grimoire verrät schon einiges aus dem zweiten Band. Ich würde daher fast empfehlen das Buch erst nach Das Flüstern der Nacht zu lesen, weil man dann die Anspielungen auf Abbans Jugend und diese verschollene Khaffit Siedlung in der Wüste viel besser verstehen wird.Ungeschickt fand ich, dass der Nachname Arlens "Bales", ins Deutsch übersetzt wurde als Arlen Strohballen. Das mag zwar seine bäuerliche Herkunft unterstreichen, ich empfand das als störend. Auch durch die Übersetzung von Corelinge zu Horclingen und Core zu Horc (wohl in Anlehnung an Orcus) wurde eine komplette Bedeutungsebene des Namens eliminiert.Fazit: Eine schöne Ergänzung zu Das Lied der Dunkelheit und Das Flüstern der Nacht, jedoch ein eher kleines Büchlein mit großer Schrift. Nichts für Leser, die die Romane nicht kennen, für diese ist dieses Büchlein definitiv zu dünne Kost, eher was für Fans der Trilogie.

  • Cristina
    2018-10-26 19:41

    Em O Ciclo dos Demónios, de Peter V. Brett toda a história roda em torno de um simples facto que fez divergir este mundo do que conhecemos: os demónios. Todas as noites estes seres mágicos se erguem do núcleo para atacar os humanos, e todas as noites os humanos se escondem por detrás das runas, caracteres com os quais tecem barreiras mágicas. Estes sucessivos ataques terão feito regredir uma civilização que, pelas pistas deixadas ao longo das histórias, terá sido bastante evoluída.Por receio de pernoitar fora das muralhas protectoras de uma cidade, os seres humanos raramente viagem, e o sentimento de medo é constante. Ainda assim, existem aqueles que se arriscamo como profissão, mensageiros, que levam correspondência e mercadorias entre as povoações. Arlen, o herói deste ciclo fantástico é um desses mensageiros.Brayan’s Gold faz-nos rever um Arlen ainda jovem, mas já aprendiz de mensageiro e bastante corajoso. Acompanhado por um mensageiro mais velho, mas bêbado e cobarte, tem como missão a entrega de uma perigosa carga, explosivos. Para além da instabilidade da carga e do ambiente irregular, Arlen depara-se ainda com assaltantes e demónios, que o seu parceiro de viagem não ajuda a defrontar.Na segunda história, The Great Bazaar, Arlen retorna ao deserto para procurar tesouros escondidos em cidades abandonadas. Atacado por demónios desconhecidos, Arlen sobrevive por pouco a mais uma aventura. De regresso ao bazaar é recebido por Abban, um rico mercador que, no sistema de castas daquele povo, pouco mais é do que uma mulher. Astucioso e ambicioso, Abban convence Arlen a mais uma aventura.Num mundo onde qualquer descuido com as runas é fatal, vamos assistindo à transformação de Arlen num herói cada vez mais introvertido e isolado. Tendo sofrido perdas bastante traumáticas, carrega nos ombos a culpa de sobreviente. Mas nestas aventuras revemos um Arlen audaz e destemido, ainda jovem e optimista. São duas aventuras interessantes principalmente para quem leu os restantes ciclos da saga.Estas duas histórias foram publicadas separadamente, em dois volumes pela Subterranean Presso em edição limitada. Recentemente, surgiu uma edição da Harper, mais acessível, que contem um pequeno glossário para que os novos leitores não se sintam perdidos.

  • Becky
    2018-10-21 21:59

    I decided to plough through some novella's from various series that I haven't gotten around to yet, and this was on the list. This review is actually for the newer edition (I believe) entitled The Great Bazaar and Brayan's Gold, which includes this and Brayan's Gold, so I don't know what the 'other stories' in this version actually are I'm afraid!Arlen is in the desert region of Krasia, searching the desert sands for a village that was lost to the demons, but which may still contain some valuable pottery, pottery which Abban the merchant desires greatly. Arlen faces challenges on the way though in the form of clay demons that he has never encountered before, meanwhile Abban is still planning to exploit situations to his best advantage...This story is set in the middle of The Painted/Warded Man as well, but later on than Brayan's Gold, when Arlen has reached Krasia but before the major events that take place there (I won't spoil it for those who haven't read the book ;) ). Brett provides enough information in this story for you to understand enough about the main world and the mechanics of it without having read at least The Painted Man, but I think you would get a lot more and appreciate it a lot if you have, particuarly as if you have read the book you will understand the importance of what occurs in this story and what it sets up, as well as more about Abban than I feel you get in this story (this part about Abban is particularly best understood if you have read all 3 of the currently published books in the series). This story was a lot more interesting than Brayan's Gold and a lot more gripping, and obviously felt a lot more important and complete than the other story was.Overall, this story was great, and again it was nice to see a younger Arlen again :)

  • Kathrin
    2018-11-10 13:58

    The book contains two short stories and two deleted scenes from the first novel of the series. The book also contains a little appendix for the Demon World. The short stories are a good addition to the first novel and I truly enjoyed reading them. They give some more insight into Arlen's way to becoming a messenger. The two deleted scenes were presented with an additional note on why they didn't make it into the book. This part was highly interesting for me as I like to know more about the way a book was written. Especially the prologue was great and gives a great opening to the first book. All in all, it doesn't take long to read this book and it's a nice to know when continuing the series. I'm a big fan of Brett's writing and had a good time reading. However, I guess you don't miss much if you don't read this book.

  • Terence
    2018-11-05 14:02

    I loved it. The Great Bazaar absolutely should have been in The Warded Man, it would've help show the seriousness of acquiring a map to Anoch Sun. I always enjoy reading about Arlen and seeing his unique blend of boldness and luck. Arlen seems like the perfect blend between Krasian and Greenlander because he wants to fight demons even when it seems impossible, but he sees value in all people not just Sharum, Dama, and Dama'ting.Abban is really a great character and it's reinforced in The Great Bazaar. The khaffit merchant is far more dangerous and subtly powerful than anyone realizes and I love that about him.The Ward Grimoire was a fun addition, showing the wards drawn out and the descriptions of what they are for. Definitely cool.

  • Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
    2018-10-23 17:05

    I wasn't absolutely thrilled with The Great Bazaar. Brett does put an interesting twist on religion, and it seems to me that it is mimicking Islam in a fictitious way. That; I do find interesting and at the same time infuriating. The magic system is very well thought out and executed. Brava!That's all for now.Cheers Pretties!

  • Bogdan
    2018-11-07 21:07

    The Great Bazaar was a better story than Brayan`s Gold and has a more signifiance level in the main story`s evolution.And don`t forget that you have the ocassion to meet again Abban the most ruthless merchant at haggling from the whole Krasian Empire.

  • Scrambles
    2018-11-21 14:05

    Short, sweet and a great refresher before moving onto The Desert Spear. Bring on The Desert Spear.