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The Crippled God by Steven Erikson
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May 15, 11

Read in April, 2011

There was never going to be a finale to this series that would be completely satisfying -- Erikson has simply created a world that's too enormous, and a cast of characters far too numerous, to be able to tie everything up. The Crippled God, then, is his best effort, and it's certainly good enough. There are characters who I wish had played a larger part in it, and I'm certain that every other fan of the Malazan series has their own list that's different from mine. Ultimately, though, Erikson manages to point various groups toward the same terminus via myriad pathways, and the climax is a battle to save the world that's simultaneously grand in scope and beautifully personal. One of Erikson's greatest talents, I think, has been to build enormous, world-shattering events while focusing in on the real people involved and the personal consequences of the events -- what things mean to individuals, and the emotional outcomes. It makes you care more when you're seeing what's happening to characters you've come to love. I think perhaps Erikson fell in love with his characters a bit too much in this book; honestly I expected more of them to fall during the book. Which isn't a criticism, certainly, only an observation. In any case, I enjoyed the book thoroughly, and only wish that it weren't the last.
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Sfbooknerd Agreed. I wasn't completely satisfied but it was a great book.


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