I just saw this over at The Wertzone, in relation to the tenth anniversary of Steven Erikson’s Malazan novels.
it is now ten years since Gardens of the Moon, the first novel in Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen series, was published. Preceded by tremendous reviews (JV Jones’ review in SFX and the Stephen Donaldson cover-quote were probably instrumental in the book being as successful as it was), the book led to no less than nine sequels (seven of which have already been published) and Erikson becoming one of the most-discussed epic fantasy authors of modern times.
I’m not a genre writer who shuns the genre, and Erikson really brings out the fanboy in me. Although I’m only four books in —and it’ll take a good while until I get anywhere near finishing the series— I love it. This really is one of the most pleasing, immersive and challenging epic fantasy series I’ve ever known. I remember reading Memories of Ice and actually being awestruck at what Erikson was trying to achieve, and it really isn’t often that happens to me as a reader. The sheer scale, the sheer depth, the history—it’s incredible. The guy can slap down good prose, too. And to be able to produce one of these books a year, every year, on schedule, is an immense feat as a writer.