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So I have decided to read Steven Erikson's series The Malazan Book of the Fallen. The tenth and final book of which comes out soon. That's right--ten books. The author has been writing one a year, and is actually going to finish, which is impressive in itself in a genre where the books in series tend to proliferate and strangle their authors. Also impressive is Erikson's seeming ambition to tell every side of the story. (And I'm guessing that there will end up being a lot more than just two.) In the first volume, Gardens of the Moon, we get points of view from the soldiers of an expanding empire and from within a city they're trying to conquer, along with glimpses of dozens of weird gods and monsters and tyrants and prophets that I have no doubt will have much greater roles to play in the volumes to come.

Erikson's writing is good enough. It falls squarely in the realm of genre fantasy writing, though what's nice is that different sections are written in different styles of genre fantasy writing. There are gritty military parts, there are mystical visionquest parts, there are sword-and-sorcery parts. (My favorite character in the book reminded me someone out of Jack Vance.) Erikson's world is a large and pleasantly varied one. Prehistory also plays a large role--I gather Erikson's background is in anthropology and archaeology--and so this is also a world with a detailed past. Hard to know for sure, but right now I'm thinking these prehistoric aspects of the story--what happened 300,000 years before the main events--might be Erikson's most original.

I plan to write a bit on each volume as I read it. (I'll be reading other books in between, however, in case you worry for my sanity.) Also, in case you're wondering what prompted me to read this series now: I've had the first book for years, and it was actually in pile of books to get rid of, when I happened to read this blog post. I think it was the mention of Henry Darger than tipped the balance...
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Date:March 6th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
Fun! Is this project concurrent with your novel revisions? Also, wow: you read way faster than I do.
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Date:March 7th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
It is concurrent. I read pretty fast, but that way, if a book is really good, I can always re-read it in a few years and not remember much of it...
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