Taken from the preface to Gardens Of The Moon dedux, written by Steven Erikson:
"Beginning with Gardens Of The Moon, readers will either hate my stuff or love it. There's no in-between. Naturally, Id rather everybody loved it, but I understand why this will never be the case. These are not lazy books. You can't float through, you just can't. Even more problematic, the first novel begins halfway through a seeming marathon - you either hit the ground running and stay on your feet or you're toast."
It is true that, especially in the first 100 pages, is really confusing. But once you get past those ages (maybe read them twice, as I did) you really start to enjoy it so much that you can't put it down!