This is one of those moments I hate.
I rarely read incomplete series. It’s just not in my OCD nature. If I am going to read a sprawling epic of a tale, I want to read the books back to back until the reading is done. No need to wait years between novels. No need to take the time to reread to remember what has happened in earlier volumes. It’s just the most efficient way to spend my time.
Yesterday I received a package from Tor Books. Now I have to start reading like crazy! This was inside:
That is an Advanced Reading Copy of one of the most anticipated books of the year—The Crippled God by Steven Erikson.
The Crippled God is the final chapter in the Malazan Book of The Fallen series which began with Gardens of the Moon. It is now a complete series, one I can begin without fear of waiting, waiting, waiting for the next book. I should begin it. There are a great many people around the internet(s) who think Malazan is the best series of all time, rivaling the merits of J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, and George R. R. Martin.
I’ve always been intrigued by it. Steve and I have been friends for five or six years now and his pure intelligence, wit, and charm makes reading this series a certainty. But now I have nine massive volumes to read before getting to The Crippled God. In short, this ARC won’t help me. It will only tease me, one of those annoying itches I can’t scratch.
Therefore I am going to give it to the most ardent Malazan fan I know.
And hopefully he will review it here on Suvudu!