Any of the 'Malazan Book of the Fallen' range is heart-achingly involving and moving in its' range and content and character developement and complexity of the storyline, with NO competition in any genre of novel writing in the current market place. The writing is of such quality that I have been turned into a very strange reader, who has read, after many try-outs given to other authors, nothing but 'Steven Erikson' for about three years! When I have finished reading the whole series this time (Im currently on 'Toll the Hounds' again!) after I have read 'Dust of Dreams' and waited with baited breath for the new episode to read, it is highly likely that I will go back to 'Gardens of the Moon' and start again from the beginning!
I know what you mean. Everything else I try reading just seems a bit simple and bland (although George R R Martin tells a good tale) Esselmont is getting better and adds a lot of detail without the intensity of Erikson but I am forced to agree that if you have read Erikson everything else just seems a bit easy.
well i like his books, but tolkein the master wordsmmith put more into 3 volumes than he put into 10 rambling epics. he spent far too long digressing into side issues and one or two books 8 & 9 were just lost in space. The basic plot is very good, and he does good characters, and its broad for sure, but he does need to realise not to put every single word you write into the book....
I like the labyrinthine plots, love many of the characters, and there are some great set pieces. What i don't like is that many characters whether beggars, high fists or ascendants seem to have the same pretentious navel gazing 'internal dialogue' on the meaning of life and moral dilemmas. Not everyone thinks the same yet whenever the dialogue is 'internal' it seems the same character is talking/thinking. Also the dodgy prose at the start of each chapter suffers the same fate. All supposed to be drawn from many cultures, ancient texts and authors...yet they all follow exactly the same formula. Don't get me wrong i think the series is great overall, and ninety five percent well written. But that five percent pseudo intellectual stuff really grates, and at times really drops an anvil onto the pace of the story.