erickson's in my library to read. i tend to like to own all the books in a series before i read them. but the days of tirlogy's seem to be gone with jordan, goodkind, erickson, modessitt, farland and many others now taking series to 5-6-7-12 books lol. probably start them soon
I know! I'm the same way - after the fourth Wheel of Time book I got pissed and said that I would never again start a series until the whole damn thing was written. I lasted a long time too. Then I was recovering from a nasty bout of achilles tendonitis two years ago when I picked up the first of the Malazan books and the first of George RR Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" books. Now I'm stuck waiting for the next installment in both series. Two tremendous fantasy series, too.
There is actually a prequel to the Erickson Malazan books by his friend and collaborator Ian Esslemont titled "Night of the Knives". He's also got another book called "Return of the Crimson Guard" that takes place between the sixth and seventh Erickson books. I haven't read either of them yet because they were only released in Europe, although their American release is supposed to be pending.
Kind of a weird dynamic there - two friends that collaborate on creating the 'verse and the framework for the epic story and then they both write about it, with some overlapping of characters even.
Erickson is a strange writer for me to read. I spend the first 20% of the book trying to follow what the hell is going on, the middle 60% completely absorbed in the story and the last 20% awake at 4am unable to put the book down. Every single one of them is like that. Weird.
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