I'm a few books behind in my reading of the series, but I do enjoy The Malazan Book of the Fallen a great deal. I received a note from Tor books telling me the following:
The Crippled God, the tenth and final novel in his long-running Malazan Book of the Fallen series, will debut (at #12) on the printed bestseller list in the March 20, 2011 edition of the New York Times. It's been a long, LONG time coming, and couldn't happen to a more deserving author.
Steven's first novel, Gardens of the Moon, came out in 1999 to much fanfare and flopped. We spent the next ten years and eight novels telling everybody and anybody who would listen that this was THE fantasy series to be reading, the best that no one knew about. The depth and breadth of its world, characters and cultures, its heartbreaking yet addictive story, and the level of pathos and philosophy embedded into every narrative layer is staggering. Erikson's core fans knew; so many of our top-selling authors kept telling us, he's the guy who deserves it more; yet it was on us to convince everyone else.
Then last fall, Steven's ninth novel, Dust of Dreams, finally squeaked its way onto the NYT extended bestseller list, claiming the last spot at #35 and it was just this afternoon that we learned that the tenth and final novel in his Magnus opus will get the due he so richly deserves.
So congratulations to Steven Erikson; congratulations to Eric Raab, Steven's editor here in the states; and congratulations to the thousands of hardcore Malaz fans, who were right all along, and kept telling us and everyone else!!