I'm 230 pages in so far. Erikson is really really teasing the audience. So far, there is only one short half page section of Quick Ben and no Kalam whatsoever.
The main focus of that post in the other thread is Erikson's obsession with taking something relatively minor and being super duper melodramatic and "emo" about it. He seems to like to make super duper badass characters and have them be crazy awesome for a few novels and then he turns them into simpering fools that question everything they've done and cry in their milk about how unfair the gods are or about how humans should all die.
That's why I like Karsa so much. He's nothing like that. Ever.
[action=Naren]fears that Karsa will appear in The Crippled God as a simpering fool doubting everything he's done, complaining about how unfair life is.[/action]