I'm worried to see that so many of Erikson's fans do not see the brillance in this short book. It makes me wonder if those people really understand some parts of the Malazan books, especially the funny/selfconscious banter. This particular novella might be his best yet, although to be honest, I don't think I could handle 1000 pages of this! Works perfectly well in a short format, though. If you like Kruppe, you'll love this. If not, well..As I said before, while I like Esslemont too, his writing often feels like "Erikson for dummies". Crack'd Pot Trail is Erikson for intellectuals in a metatextual way. Screw the critics, screw the fans, they know nothing.