Now that the last Malazan book is out- remind me what's going on, please.

When I first discovered Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the [del]Risen[/del] Fallen, there were eight books out. I read them all one after another. Even though I’m a fast reader, it took quite a bit of time. Maybe a month, even.

When book nine came out, I bought, read it, and had no idea what was going on, because I’d forgotten who was who and what was what and why. The eight zillion plots were hard enough to keep track of when they were fresh in my mind; a year later I was completely lost.

So, um, this may be a bit of a difficult request, but could some of the die-hard fans out there recap what’s happened? I don’t need a detailed paragraph, just a few words after a name. The major names, anyway.

Please?

Do you want to know the general shape of things at the start of book ten? Or are you more interested in where specific people are?

I guess whatever puts things in context. I’m sorry if I’m being vague, but I’m being vague because I’m not sure of things.