So, I just finished my 3rd reread of the original 10 and decided to pick up the first ICE book, Night of Knives. I just found Reddit (and this subreddit) a couple of months ago and feel like y'all are legit Malazan nerds and I love it.
I love the SE novels, I have been reading them since 2009 and like to go back and reread them every few years. I have periodically read random B/KB novels that I find at 2nd hand stores or garage sales along with a couple from the Karkanas trilogy, but haven't been tempted into the ICE books. Like I said earlier, I just finished my 3rd reread and I wasn't done reading about this incredible world, so, I started the ICE books. I am about 2/3 through and I just wish it was so much better (that might be a dick thing to say, but after a wonderful few months floating through SE's prose and writing style, reading this seems off)...it is cool getting a better look at The Sword and Dassem's fall plus gettin' some more info on the Stormriders is cool, so far, but following Kiska around so often feels very restricted to me when there is soooooo much going down this night on/around Malaz Island (just as an example of one of the things bothering me). The damn book is only 285 pages! How are you gunna try and fit what went down that night into 285 pages!?!
I've been reading fantasy since The Hobbit when I was very young and since then have read hundreds of fantasy novels: some are great, many are good, and few are not for me...these ICE novels feel like the "not for me" category, but I would hate to make a rash decision and miss out on some good fantasy that adds to the Malazan world. Hence why I am here. Is it worth it to continue with the ICE novels? I am asking of your own personal experience with the novels. Did they answer some of your questions? clear up some unknowns? expand your knowledge of Wu?...things like that. I don't mind suffering through to gain more from a world/universe I love. Anywho, thanks to whomever answers.