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power at ground zero by lynne sagalyn

I really wanted to like this well-researched history of the post 9/11 reconstruction effort, but it’s just too poorly written to be worth the effort, with everything from confusing organization of timelines to ambiguous sentence construction hindering what is already a very dry (albeit important and fascinating) topic. 

the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson

My overall one sentence media review of the entire 150 hour endeavor that is this series (altho of course it has spawned a dozen other ancillary novels at this point) is that if you have the time and patience for a long series of books where you never really know what the plot is in any useful sense, but an endless succession of characters have deep, extended, metaphorically minded conversations about it, all interspersed fairly frequently with devastating violence, then they will reward you deeply, but if not, you'd have a way better time re-reading Brandon Sanderson.

Dust of Dreams and The Crippled God by Steven Erikson

The last two books of Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen series share some of the same faults of the books before them (too many rapid swaps in perspective, an unnecessary amount of coyness and obfuscation masquerading as scene-setting style, so many different types of fantasy powers flying around that the whole thing feels like Calvinball), but you have to hand it to Erikson that he writes well, weaves a wonderful tale, is a joy to read, and has his fair share of impactful, inspirational moments.