April 18th, 2012, 07:40 AM
Malazan: Are the Esslemont Books Required?
I know that sounds like a weird question, so let me explain. I've been reading the Malazan books for what seems like 2 years now (while mixing in other things). I am nearing the end of Reaper's Gale, and had planned on jumping to Return of the Crimson Guard per Wert's recommended reading order. However, I'm getting a little burned out by the length of each book and the fact I've spent 2 years on them so far. And I am trying to read the WoT books to be ready for the final book in January 2013.
So, I am wondering how much I will miss if I stick to just the Erickson books for now and skip the Esslemont books? I own ICE's books, and will continue to buy them when released. But I would really like to "wrap up" my Malazan reading soon. And the best way to do that would be read all 10 Erikson books, and come back in a year or two and read ICE's books. While I know there is more to the story than those 10 Erikson books, I would still feel like I accomplished (COMPLETED) something if I could get through his part of the series.
For those of you who have read all the Malazan books: how much would I miss by reading only the Erikson novels for now, and revisiting the ICE books at a later time?