Can it be compared to A Song of Ice and Fire? No, not really. It's a whole 'nother experience. They're both fantasy, of course. An acquired taste, Malazan, but you know, I can't help but want to pimp this saga, much like I used to pimp A Song of Ice and Fire, oh, in the early 00s. The best case for Malazan remains, of course, that it is an actual finished work, with a resonating, solid ending. And there's so fricking much of it, too - the ten books of the main cycle (which are all you really need), in addition to six or is it seven companion volumes by co-creator of the world Ian C. Esslemont, in addition to a plethora of novellas. It starts out rough (Gardens of the Moon) but by the end (The Crippled God) it's like..the most profound thing ever.