Well, unlike many people here it seems, Gardens of the Moon is my favorite of the serie alongside Memories of Ice . In fact I really miss the "confusion" and the exhilaration-like feeling I got when so many seemingly loose threads snapped perfectly together at the end of the book. It really made me feel like I stumbled upon something great. Maybe I grew accustomed to Erikson's style, but I didn't get this feeling from the other books.
As a side note, does anyboby else think that maybe the man should slow down or something? I mean, MoI was such a literary masterpiece that i thought that this serie could become a classic and a reference for decades to come, that goes beyond the fantasy niche. So House of Chains was a letdown somewhat, by all mean good, just not ... great. And now he is doing like 3 novellas and a novel in a year. Not counting the eventual burnout/writer's bloc or whatnot. Why rush it and let it degenerate into a WoT-like serie (no offence meant WoT lovers ) when there's so much potential? I would hate see it happen ( if it does). Surely the one-book-a-year contract could be amended somewhat if sales are good enough.
Hope you'll excuse my little rant. Here's for hoping Midnight Tides will be the real thing.