Hmm, interesting opinions I'm getting.
GotM also hints at one of the core problems with Erikson as a writer: there may appear to be dozens of characters in Malazan books, but don't be deceived. There are really only about five: Malazan Soldier, Corrupt Aristocrat/Cleric, Angst-ridden and Aloof Immortal, and Scheming Spy/Assassin.
Yeah, I have gotten that. The Bridgeburners do hold one's interest (kind of like Case holds the reader's interest in Neuromancer
) but none of the characters feel that unique. Crokus is kind of annoying, Kruppe seems to have a bit of a character shield, and Anomander Rake feels... wankish? Though he at least acknowledges that Kruppe is smarter than him.
Which brings me into the other thing I kind of dislike in GotM, the power levels. ZOMG continent-shattering magic! Wizards more powerful than gods! Omtose Phellack! Kurald Gallain! Fap fap fap! I'm starting to wonder if Erickson was a Dragonball Z fan.
(Also, you'd think travel by warren would be a lot more popular, considering the number and power of the mages. Fuck, even Kruppe can play around with a guy's memory like it's nothing.)
So yeah, "mile wide, inch deep" might be a good way of describing it. Erickson's world does feel like it doesn't quite fit together, with the magic side of things being too powerful.