I recently began reading Steve Erikson's Malazan series, and was really enjoying it. I finished book 5 and went down to a local bookstore to get book 6. The staff there informed me that it wasnt released yet. Upon hearing this I replied, yes it was and in fact so was book 7 and book 8 was due out this year. They then told me yes I was right, but they had only released up to book 5 in our country, and book 6 was due for release later in the year (incidently 2 months after book 8). Now this seems ludicrious to me, as of course I cant wait and so will buy them online from somewhere. Point is; Surely they realise that the branch of their publishing empire in our country will suffer due to their retarded strategic sales plan. So what gives? I mean when a band releases a record it is available within a week or so worldwide, but why not a book? I wrote the company an email about it, but they dont seem to want to reply, So I thought I would bitch about it here. So there you go.