Friday, September 16, 2011

Firsts in Fantasy: Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson


Over at Tor, Bill Capossere is making a pretty good case for why you should read Steven Erikson's remarkable series The Malazan Book of the Fallen:
Characters that are actually complex, not the faux complexity that pretends to opaqueness but is eventually, comfortingly explained. True complexity encompasses contradiction and confusion. Like real people, Erikson’s characters change their minds, their personalities, have murky motivations or motivations that remain stubbornly unclear or unrevealed. Most of us, if we were honest, would be hard-pressed to say we truly “know” anyone, or more than a tiny handful of people. Why then should we expect to “fully understand” characters?
If you've read this blog for longer than a month it should be no surprise to you that Malazan is my favourite sequence of novels.  I've never read anything so complex or nuanced. It does ask a lot of its readers, but if you have the patience the rewards are rich.  So, as Bill writes: "...you waited a few years, finished A Dance with Dragons in three days, and now you’re kicking yourself for rushing through it even as you’re jonesing for something else to get you through the next several years until book seven. How about ten books, plus a handful of novellas, plus a promised new prequel trilogy: think that might tide you over?"
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