an Epic Fantasy Come True – Steven Erikson and Ian Cameron Esslemont Interview Combo

This is me combining two interviews I conducted with Steven Erikson and Ian Cameron Esslemont and representing them in one convenient place. Back in 2008 I was able to interview the architects of my favorite book series of all time – The Malazan Book of The Fallen –  one of the handful of entertainment/art that I truly obsess about and love.

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You also can check out my gut take and review after completing the Malazan Book of the Fallen.

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Closing the Book on The Malazan Book of the Fallen – Steven Erikson’s Epic Fantasy Mic Drop

I remember reading a book, the first book I’d ever review online, called Meditations on Middle on Earth, which was collection of essays from the who’s who cast of fantasy authors reflecting on The Lord of the Rings. When they read it, where they were, how it influenced them. Among them was Robin Hobb, who I also later interviewed, and she posed a question in her essay that was something to the effect of the thought of why even try (to write) something that has already been done at that level? I find myself, from the fan’s perspective, in a similar place. As a life long fan of epic fantasy, this guy, one Steven Erikson… he’s done it.

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When I finished reading Steven Erikson’s The Crippled God I was hit with asoiafitis, that truly magical yearning of just having to go talk about what you just experienced. Upon searching I feel like the book and especially the series ended with alarmingly little, or rather, not enough main street fanfare.

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A Malazan Night of Knives Among Old Guard Friends

I’m a huge fan of the everything Malazan. I am of the opinion that Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen is the single finest fantasy series this or any other world has ever seen, surpassing my past and still very much loved favorites by George R. R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, Tolkien, and Patricia McKillip (because picking up Riddle of the Stars mesmerized me as a child).

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Fans of Erikson’s series would get chapters and tales from Ian Cameron Esslemont, Erikson’s co-creator of the setting. I think it’s fair to say these efforts were met with mixed reactions.

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