So here I am, currently trying to read Midnight Tides, the fifth book in Steven Erickson’s epically sized Malazan fantasy series. Now, I’ve liked the first four, certainly well enough to wade through upwards of 2000 pages of story in a genre that I am not pre-disposed to enjoy. But, and you knew one was coming, for some reason, I just can’t seem to get into Midnight Tides. Maybe it’s because House Of Chains wrapped up a four book long story cycle, closing the book, as it were, on several characters, leaving Tides to pick up with completely new stories and characters.
The prospect of reading through 500+ more pages of new stuff, even if it does tie in to what has gone before, isn’t exactly filling me with excitement, even though I have enjoyed the other books. For some reason, I’m having issues getting into this new story. As an example, it took me roughly four days to read through 60 pages in Tides. I took a break around page 40 or so, and in another four days I started, and finished, Queen Of Candesce. I feel like I’m burned out already on the Malazan series, even though I know there is a lot more to come, and Erickson has done a stellar worldbuilding job with his setting. So, is this series fatigue? Have others reached this point with this, or any other series? To those who have read farther than me, is it worth it to keep going? Or is this a symptom of fantasy fatigue?
Maybe its just me. As you can see from my shelf, I also have Carnival in my queue. I’ve actually read about 20 pages in, and, while the setting has some promise, it hasn’t really grabbed me either. But! I just obtained from John two very interesting looking books. The awesome looking The Making Of Star Wars (see my shelf on the right) and 1945, by Robert Conroy, which combines two great tastes: science fiction (in the form of alternate history) and World War II. So I face the hard choice to figure out what I want to read now. I’ll probably go with the Star Wars book, being the fanboy that I am.
What do you think: Series or Fantasy fatigue, and can I cure it?