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Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson
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Feb 15, 2008

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I think of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series is sort of an overwritten Lensman. The characters are debateably less flat, but it leans heavily on spectacle setpieces that are very impressive and loud. Mages don't fling lightning bolts around, they hurl miles-wide coruscating fields of green fire that howlingly strip the flesh off the bones of tens of thousands of soldiers at a time--except the soldiers with plot protection.

The characters with plot protection simply don't die. There's at least one every book who dies and is resurrected in some fashion or other. For some reason, this tends to cut down on suspense, along with the fact that most are either practically demigods, literally gods, or have the homebrew-rpg equivalent of special treatment by the GM--all of which tends to make all of them not very interesting, in whole or as individuals.

For all that, it's entertaining spectacle, and there are very memorable bits from every book.

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