Quote from skorchdnite »Quote from toctheyounger77 »Quote from skorchdnite »Alright, hopefully you still check your MTGS account because I finished The Crippled God last night.
Ha! Literally just randomly logged on after someone from salvation jumped on a nexus thread of mine overnight.
Thoughts? It's a long ass journey, but TCG is pretty amazing in my opinion.
Nice coincidence! Yeah, it's long but absolutely worth it. I honestly haven't been that satisfied with a series since I read A Song of Ice and Fire almost a decade ago, which is saying something because I read a lot of books. I'm actually a little worried that Malazan's turning me into a book snob - I tried reading one of Mark Lawrence's (who had been one of my favorite authors for a while) newest entries this summer between TTH and DOD and it was just not doing it for me.
Have you read the rest of the Malazan universe? I worked ICE's books a bit into my first read through of MBOTF, specifically NOK, ROTCG, SW, and OST, and I've read one or Bauchelain and Korbal Broach books, but haven't hit Kharkanas or PTA yet. If so, do you think I should next read Blood & Bone, Dancer's Lament, or Forge of Darkness?
Honestly, I hated Mark Lawrence. I read the Broken Empire and just hated every page of it. I thought it was cliched and overwrought, not subtle at all, and just not well written. I understand his writing has improved, but I won't try again. In terms of grimdark fiction though, if you haven't read Joe Abercrombie, you definitely should. He's an excellent writer. The First Law series is top notch.
I have read the rest of the Malazan universe, barring one book which I just ran out of steam with. Here's my thoughts for each, as they do vary in quality:
Bauchelain and Korbal Broach novellas - dark black satire, which I really enjoyed. Virtually non-related to the main story arc so you don't need to read in any sequence.
ICE - varies in quality, but I really enjoyed ROTCG, SW and NOK. OST was a weird one for me, and I've heard Assail isn't great, but I don't mind ICE's writing, so I do want to finish it. Blood and Bone is good, too, it relates to the Crimson Guard. I know there's folk out there that don't like that one, but I enjoyed it, again.
Kharkanas - these are Erikson's attempt at Homerian epics. They're a VERY different read in terms of writing tone, and they do a lot to give context to the mythos of the Tiste and the early ages. Bear in mind its an unfinished series, which is a massive shame as far as I'm concerned. Nonetheless I thought these were great. I'd definitely give them a go.
What you read next depends on who you want to hear more about - Ammanas/Dancer, go Dancer's Lament. Crimson Guard, go Blood and Bone. Tiste of all varieties, go Forge of Darkness.