temple wrote:Back to books, back to fantasy, and back to a pretty mammoth time investment. Today I'm pimping The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson.
Recently completed, it's a ten-book sequence (and all ten are weighty enough to beat a Frenchman to death with) concerning a magic-heavy world, the empire that currently spreads across half of it, and a big ol' threat that doesn't even get introduced until the third book.
Erikson's a trained anthropologist, and he invests all his skill into portraying a myriad of societies and cultures (all the way back into the world's prehistory) that feel real, despite their sorcerous trappings.
These aren't books for the faint-hearted, nor the easily distracted. Erikson drops you into a story already in midflow (in the manner of all good histories) and expects you to catch up. Subplots spawn and multiply with feverish rapidity, and an endless procession of protagonists, enemies, bystanders and legendary figures fill the pages; the penultimate book juggled 244 characters, many of them newly introduced. The author himself admits that readers will know if they love or hate the books a third of the way through the first volume. I urge you to give that first volume a try (Gardens of the Moon); if you find yourself able to withstand the story's heady cornucopia, you will enjoy a tale like no other.
Soundwave wrote:hmm 10 books eh? I love a long story.
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