So yesterday I was chatting away to a few people about Steven Erikson - that writerly chap who had the grand ambition of conceiving and writing The Malazan Book of the Fallen. Those people I was chatting to included Niall Alexander - he of The Speculative Scotsman site - and Mihai, who runs Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews.
Now, Niall had already planned to do a series of features on Erikson over the course of the next few months - you can find all the lovely details here but for the lazy clickers amongst you I shall pull out the pertinent information:
Well, this all sounded very interesting - especially being as both Mihai and I had tentatively planned to do full reads of Erikson's work as well. And therefore led to the Gate Crashing of the title. We decided to jump on Niall's band wagon and join him in reviews/discussions etcSo much so, in fact, that in a few weeks you'll be seeing the first in what I hope will be a regular feature series here on The Speculative Scotsman. For the moment, I'm calling it The Malazan Diaries, and whatever particular shape or form it might take, it's going to be a chronicle of my experiences with The Malazan Book of the Fallen from the very first page of the first book in the sequence to the last page of The Crippled God, which still doesn't have a release date yet, though given Erikson's track record should be along sometime in 2011. If I've time enough, I may even take in the novella-length side-stories, not to mention co-creator Ian Cameron Esslemont's novels of The Malazan Empire.
It's going to be quite the trip, and God knows, it could take years for me to make, but I mean to be good and ready for the last novel in The Malazan Book of the Fallen when it arrives. For now, I'll say no more - only advise that you keep your browsers and RSS readers tuned to The Speculative Scotsman for more details on The Malazan Diaries shortly. And if you're feeling particularly kind, you can even help spread the word. This promises to be a long and involved discussion of one of the great fantasy sagas of all time, and if you know a Malazan fan, please do point him or her on over here; I'd love to have everyone with even a passing interest on the series along for the ride, and the participation of an experienced Erikson reader could make for a perfect counterweight to what I'm sure will be a wealth of uninformed observations and assumptions.
I am particularly intrigued by this because (although I'm not sure yet!) I have a sneaking suspicion I might be one of those who falls off the Erikson train at an early stage. I read Gardens of the Moon a long while ago, and never bothered picking up the second - whether this is down to a clash with Erikson's writing or merely my mood at the time, I am not certain. We'll see how it goes down this time around!
So - as Niall says too - I hope you'll join all three of us on this bumpy journey with plentiful comments and participation!