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I am halfway done reading The Malazan Book of the Fallen. What strikes me: how a tricky medium the long-form fantasy novel must be. To do well. To finish before dying of old age. The tricky part being, I assume, since I haven't written one myself, to make the earlier volumes talk to the later, and not just the later volumes to the former. It's the difference between writing one long, complex story and just a bunch of books with the same setting. Erikson's story is maybe too complicated, but I love it for that. It keeps doubling back, filling in the gaps, showing what was happening over there while this was happening right here. This volume (the fifth) I would have to say is my favorite so far. It's very funny in places, despite having a kind of doom written over it; we know from events in the last book that the whole setting (a kind of splinter off the main world of the previous books) will be destroyed. And still we laugh at the antics of its gods and monsters and heroes and villains, a fake world within a fake world...
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Date:June 1st, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
Yet another Malazan partisan. One day I shall start into those books...
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Date:June 21st, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
I delayed starting the series for a long time. 9,000 pages is pretty daunting. I'm in book six now, which, as a 1,200 page mass market paperback, is actually quite difficult to hold comfortably...
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