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From Steven Erikson - with gratitude to you all.

#1 User is offline   Hetan 

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 03:57 PM

Hello all
In a response I just posted on the Life As A Human site (not in the last installment, the one before that, I think, the one with 30-odd comments), I described my feeling as if I have staggered out from under an enormous burden. And it was last week, on my facebook page, when I announced the closure of an adventure that has spanned almost thirty years of my life, from those wild ambitions of youth – all that manic gaming with Cam where we forged an entire world from our imaginations and from all that inspired us from the literary genre of Fantasy – to this ageing man stumbling free, finally, not yet ready to look back, not yet capable of making sense of all this, and it may be that I never will.
I look out the window on my left now, onto the High Street of Falmouth, watching the crowds moving back and forth, and it was while seated on this leather sofa about a week ago that I wrote the last line of The Crippled God, saying goodbye to the most extensive story I will ever tell. I’ve since joked that my next project is a twenty-four volume saga set in the same world, chronicling the life of a character from birth to seven years of age, whereupon said character is jailed for being a career criminal. Called The Malazan Book of the Felon. Flippancy can be a useful defense mechanism, for a while, but eventually the silence returns.
On the speakers here in Mango Tango, Dylan asks ‘How does it feel?’ and that acerbic tone invites derision, in my case self-directed, as if a voice inside wants to say ‘big deal. Besides, mate, the best is now behind you.’ And I’m reminded of the last poem in the book, which invites something very different, as if to answer my self-doubts with a caustic regard for the willfully blind. What do I mean with all that? Wait and see. As for me, the willful blindness persists, and I see nothing ahead and nothing behind. I’m empty, and it feels all right.
I often remind myself that The Malazan Book of the Fallen will never challenge the bestsellers within the genre; will never achieve the broad appeal of, say, The Lord of the Rings, or even The Wheel of Time. But still, I feel an immense gratitude for the readers I have found – for you who participate on this site and for all the lurkers staying in the shadows. We have been in conversation for some time now, you and me, sharing an investment in time and energy; and while I have been the one in the know when you have speculated and wondered, the time is coming when the roles will reverse – when I am the one who can only look on, not knowing what is coming next, as you (hopefully) continue to explore the series, with all the authority that only fans can achieve.
So, I have already begun my wait. To see what you think. What you feel. To see all that you take from these books, and to see what you will make of them. Forgive me if I stay in the shadows. But this is now yours, not mine. And that is as it should be.

With gratitude
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"He was not a modest man. Contemplating suicide, he summoned a dragon". (Gothos' Folly)- Gothos
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 04:00 PM

Words. Still fail me.

oh, okay, let's try this...

The series has been, to date and every step of the way, nothing short of an amazing journey through a world that fantasy lit readers are truly gifted to have access to.

And I, speaking only for myself but i suspect a few others, am SO excited to see how it ends. (and then continues...)

So in as much as "...The Malazan Book of the Fallen will never challenge the bestsellers within the genre; will never achieve the broad appeal of, say, The Lord of the Rings, or even The Wheel of Time. ..." for what it's worth, there are many of us who think it has done that, and surpassed them. Maybe not in numbers of sales or readers, but in sheer quality and scope and 'holyfuck did i just READ that?!?!?' moments that other works do not and can not provide.

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PUST: *pauses ranting* What does that mean?
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PUST: What? What is a dude? WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?????
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 04:29 PM

Abyss says it all really. This series is one of the most unique and compelling stories that I have ever read, and perhaps ever will read. Being exposed glimpse by glimpse to this marvelous world you and ICE have both created has been nothing short of extraordinary, and I only hope that more people experience the same wonder and delight that came with reading each installment of this series. The amount of posts we have been getting recently from new users extolling this series and how engrossing they found it seems to indicate that it is a series becoming ever more popular as time goes on. You probably have a better way of gauging that than myself, but it's definitely something I've noticed recently. The recent successes of works such as Twilight and the Sword of Truth (rather subjective choices, I'll admit) show that broad appeal is not at all the best indicator of quality. Lord of the Rings never achieved the status it holds today until at least a decade after its publishing, and the true test of a work is how it stands the test of time, and I truly believe the Malazan Book of the Fallen will do that admirably, and remain one of the great works of fantasy.

So thank you Steve (and ICE too), for inviting us into such a brilliant and unique world, and though I am sad to see this particular tale end, I am eagerly awaiting its conclusion. I would also like to note I would read the Malazan Book of the Felon. :)

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 04:32 PM

View PostHetan, on 30 July 2010 - 03:57 PM, said:

I've since joked that my next project is a twenty-four volume saga set in the same world, chronicling the life of a character from birth to seven years of age, whereupon said character is jailed for being a career criminal. Called The Malazan Book of the Felon. Flippancy can be a useful defense mechanism, for a while, but eventually the silence returns.


Hey, that sounds fun! You could use the Malazan Book of the Felon to twist around all the crime/suspense novel cliches! And then a sci-fi series, and then a teen romance series, and then a self-help book...


View PostHetan, on 30 July 2010 - 03:57 PM, said:

So, I have already begun my wait. To see what you think. What you feel. To see all that you take from these books, and to see what you will make of them. Forgive me if I stay in the shadows. But this is now yours, not mine. And that is as it should be.


I like the notion that you're now waiting in as much anticipation as we are, Steve! I know we won't be disappointed with tCG and I believe you won't be disappointed with our "fan authority" afterwards, either!


Cheers, Steve, we've got just as much gratitude for you on this side!

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I kinda love it when D'rek unleashes her nerd wrath, as I knew she would here. Sorry innocent bystanders, but someone's gotta be the kindling.
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 04:32 PM

The relationship between an artist and those who support his art is a magical one. At the best of times, each can only feel gratitude for the other - the artist, because people buy and love his work, which without an audience would be less; and the readers, who can in wonder only thank the artist for his creation, because it is meaningful and good and a labor of love.

So I say, Steven Erikson, thank you.
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 04:39 PM

There are no words to descirbe the great job You've done with the story told in Malazan novels and the very universe, crafted with such perfection. So I will write no more than this:

Thank You so much, for tons of awesome entertainment.
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 04:41 PM

View PostHetan, on 30 July 2010 - 03:57 PM, said:

So, I have already begun my wait. To see what you think. What you feel. To see all that you take from these books, and to see what you will make of them.


I'm afraid it will be a long wait. I simply don't have the words to describe such things. So all I can say is, thank you.
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 05:48 PM

Who know's whats to come in the future, but for me, this series has been the best i have ever read and the best i will ever probably read. No series i have read has ever gripped me like this, or tore my heart out as much as this, or brought to me a complete speechless state. For that i feel blessed to have been on this journey and talk about mind deadening anticipation for the final book, god even when i was a child at christmas i never looked forward to it as much as i am doing now, just waiting, counting down the days! Week off work, definately! God is it January yet!

As for LoTR, WoT etc, only a matter of time before this series is recognised for where it truely stands in the genre. I've lent my dear poor copy of GoTM to my friends so many times and they have then gone on to be hooked and bought the full series - friends that don't normally read this genre - are now addicts!

It's not enough for what you've brought me, what more can i say though, but thank you!

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 05:55 PM

From someone who moved onto reading Epic fantasy series quite recently: this series is far superior to WoT. And, if you discount the languages of Tolkien, surpasses Middle Earth as the greatest imagined world ever conceived.
I can't wait to read the last book, and yet I'm dreading the last full stop.

As others have said before, Thank you!
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 06:10 PM

Abyss pretty much said it the way i feel about this series. Really glad i decided to give this series a go (despite that atrocious GOTM cover! hehe). I appreciate the fact that you allowed us as readers to make of everything the way we will, instead of holding our hand. You trusted us, and we in turn trust you. Thank you for everything you put into making this what it is....nothing short of epic!
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 06:28 PM

i first hear about the malazan books in 2004-2005.
i heard the name before, but didn't look into it.
then i actualy began to hear more of it in 2007, more and more.
by then i was disillusioned with the fantasy genre, which despite some efforts was going downhill.
then i saw the first book in a book store, and it was 2008.
i bought it and it was sitting in my home for maybe 6 months before i actualy began reading it.
and i'm grateful ever since.
it's a great thing you've made mr. erikson.

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 06:29 PM

I am "on vacation" at the beach with the family , my wife would kill me in my sleep if she knew I was on the net, but I just wanted to say that I did not think I would ever read fantasy again years ago, and I have not only read this series several times but grown immersed in it. I think about scenes when I am going to sleep, I think about others when I wake up, I beg people to give it a try, and am appreciative of it like I never have been for any work of fiction in my life. Wonderful work Mr Erikson.....
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 06:59 PM

Maybe I'll have something else to say later as I don't have much time right now, but I don't believe that you (Erikson) are unaware of the journey you've undertaken. Modesty at the cusp of an exceptional 10-book series is appreciated, but unnecessary. I'm one who arrived late to the party and only recently finished House of Chains (and already read and loved all four novellas), but book after book I noticed a very lucid and roaring "intent". The journey HAS a point.

From the "sleight of hand" part in Deadhouse Gates, to the very last words in House of Chains, I witnessed the shaping of a very radical and lucid purpose (even optimistic, I'd say). It can't be denied.
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 07:23 PM

I don't know much about how much and what kind of influence the MBotF has or will have on the genre of fantasy literature in the future, but I know something else, and that is there are books which can change and/or influence one's life - and that's what the MBotF did for me. I read and re-read the books again and again and - for me most importantly - whenever I feel uneasy about the goals in life I've set myself I only need to pick up one of these wonderful books and I'm instantly gripped by them and feel upbeat once again.

Long story short: Thank you, Mr. Erikson, for writing the MBotF and letting all of us take part in the pleasure of the journey to it's end and beyond :)


P.S. I'd totally read The Malazan Book of the Felon :D
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 07:24 PM

Thanks for a wonderful ride. One that I am proud to say, I take multiple times a year. Scanning the pages as some obscure passage FITS! something said in a previous book and understanding comes!


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Posted 30 July 2010 - 07:28 PM

Thank you Steve, for a wonderful journey across the pages, with the final leg coming up for us soon. It has been quite a trip, and like others, I think the qualities and appeal of MBotF will not fade once TCG comes out, but rather soar with time, and will be seen as one of the works that will undo the borders between 'fantasy fiction' and proper 'literature' in so far as they even exist for all but the critics.

Enjoy your free time away from the notepad - we'll be badgering you for future projects, of course, but that's what a fanbase does - and you should only start to worry once we don't :).

In case you're looking for some extra cash, after MBotFelon only appeals to the hardcore fanbase here, who will quietly call it your best work yet, you might want to start on the Malazan Book of the Socialite... doesn't have to be a thousand pages or contain shaved pates, but if there's a bit more kissing under the moonlight on a balcony, it probably wouldn't hurt sales for the sixteen year old romance orientated crowd, or the sale of movie rights :D.

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 07:29 PM

Thanks for the message, Steve, and for creating such a wonderful playground for all of us kids to play in. Kudos and congratulation on finishing an epic piece of literature.
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 07:57 PM

One thing - your books changed my view of literature.

Second thing - its not over yet (for us), TCG is coming!
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 08:13 PM

I remember standing in Barnes & Noble trying to decide wether to buy the MMPB of GOTM or the "Bodice Ripper" covered version TPB (or HB - that I don't recall). I went with the MMPB because it was a new series and I didn't want to chance spending the extra money if I didn't like it.

I'm still here, and my only regret in rewading this series is that I should have bought the TPB or HB.

Thank you for a great, great read.
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 08:32 PM

View PostHetan, on 30 July 2010 - 03:57 PM, said:



With gratitude
Steven Erikson


You're welcome.

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