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Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
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I didn't like this book as much as I thought (or hoped) I would, but I liked enough to continue with the series. I've read many epic fantasy series, and there's always a bit of a learning curve with all the character and place names, but in this book he switched so quickly back and forth that I found myself a bit confused a few times (I'm usually pretty good at keeping everything straight). Like George R.R. Martin, who Erikson is often compared to, he shifts back and forth from story lines--but with Martin you usually stick with one character/storyline for a least a chapter. In this book he sometimes shifted every few pages. By the end of the book, when all of the story lines converged I found it much more enjoyable.

The second contrast to Martin is that with Erikson I didn't find myself particularly attached to any of the characters, where with Martin I felt attached almost immediately. I'm hoping that as the story winds on, the depth of character development (and the attachment that arises from it) will increase. I did think the world Erikson created was unique and interesting (although sprawling and, at this point, a bit hard to get my head around). I also did particularly enjoy a few of the characters including Sorry, Tattersail, Lorn and Kruppe. Here's hoping that it gets better with time!
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