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Comparing covers: The Dark One

I’m taking a look at another paranormal romance now, the ubiquitous moon already indicates that we are dealing with werewolves here. But this time the English cover is the more attractive one. I suppose you could argue against this but I consider a damsel with big breasts less appealing than a stud. The romance genre in Germany used to have covers like this one for years and it seems only the recent rise of vampires, demons and weres has put an end to that. Unfortunately Thompson’s book must have either come out earlier than all the others or Bastei Lübbe is more old fashioned than the other publishers and won’t let go of the tradition of using the corniest covers possible.

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Once more the titles have been changed dramatically.

They turned the three titles

  • The Dark One
  • The Untamed One
  • The Cursed One

into

  • Versuchung der Finsternis (Temptation of Darkness)
  • Süsser Rausch der Finsternis (Sweet Thrill of Darkness)
  • Lockruf der Finsternis (Lure of the Darkness)

in accordance with the tacky cover images.

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The pretentious books meme

At Jockey full of Bourbon I found this pretentious book meme, which sounded like fun. Obviously those are the top 106 “unread” books at The Library Thing. Their purpose on the shelf is to make you look smart or well-rounded (or they could have been a gift). The meme has complicated rules as to underscore, make bold, put in italics etc. depending on the status of the book in your case. Too much effort, but I will make the ones I’ve read bold.

Btw, why anybody would think that putting books like “Angels & Demons” or “The Time-Traveler’s Wife” on his “unread” pile makes him look smart I don’t know. They might be bestsellers, but that’s about it. Give me a break!

  1. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
  2. Anna Karenina
  3. Crime and Punishment
  4. Catch-22
  5. One Hundred Years of Solitude
  6. Wuthering Heights
  7. The Silmarillion
  8. Life of Pi : a novel
  9. The Name of the Rose
  10. Ulysses
  11. Don Quixote
  12. Moby Dick
  13. Madame Bovary
  14. The Odyssey
  15. Pride and Prejudice
  16. Jane Eyre
  17. The Tale of Two Cities
  18. The Brothers Karamazov
  19. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
  20. War and Peace
  21. Vanity Fair
  22. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  23. The Iliad
  24. Emma
  25. The Blind Assassin
  26. The Kite Runner
  27. Mrs. Dalloway
  28. Great Expectations
  29. American Gods
  30. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  31. Atlas Shrugged
  32. Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
  33. Memoirs of a Geisha
  34. Middlesex
  35. Quicksilver
  36. Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
  37. The Canterbury Tales
  38. The Historian : a novel
  39. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  40. Love in the Time of Cholera
  41. Brave New World
  42. The Fountainhead
  43. Foucault’s Pendulum
  44. Middlemarch
  45. Frankenstein
  46. The Count of Monte Cristo
  47. Dracula
  48. A Clockwork Orange
  49. Anansi Boys
  50. The Once and Future King
  51. The Grapes of Wrath
  52. The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
  53. 1984
  54. Angels & Demons
  55. The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
  56. The Satanic Verses
  57. Sense and Sensibility
  58. The Picture of Dorian Gray
  59. Mansfield Park
  60. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  61. To the Lighthouse
  62. Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  63. Oliver Twist
  64. Gulliver’s Travels
  65. Les Misérables
  66. The Corrections
  67. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
  68. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  69. Dune
  70. The Prince
  71. The Sound and the Fury
  72. Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
  73. The God of small things
  74. A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
  75. Cryptonomicon
  76. Neverwhere
  77. A Confederacy of Dunces
  78. A Short History of Nearly Everything
  79. Dubliners
  80. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  81. Beloved
  82. Slaughterhouse-five
  83. The Scarlet Letter
  84. Eats, Shoots & Leaves
  85. The Mists of Avalon
  86. Oryx and Crake : a novel
  87. Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
  88. Cloud Atlas
  89. The Confusion
  90. Lolita
  91. Persuasion
  92. Northanger Abbey
  93. The Catcher in the Rye
  94. On the Road
  95. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  96. Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
  97. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: an inquiry into values
  98. The Aeneid
  99. Watership Down
  100. Gravity’s Rainbow
  101. The Hobbit
  102. In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
  103. White Teeth
  104. Treasure Island
  105. David Copperfield
  106. The Three Musketeers

36 out of 106, that is only 34%. But given that the list is not representative, I’m not too bothered. So, what books can you check off this list?

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Weekly Geeks 2010-19: Getting Graphic

I first became aware of the term "graphic novel" a few years ago. I thought it meant novels that are, well, graphic in the sense of violence or sex. (I’m a little slow on the uptake sometimes!) My first introduction to a graphic novel/memoir was Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home. (Some of you may know her as the amazing author of Dykes to Watch Out For in all its iterations.) I was enthralled with Fun Home’s story, the illustrations, the form. Since then I’ve read several more graphic memoirs and some graphic novels. A particular favorite author is Shaun Tan, author of The Arrival, Tales from Outer Suburbia and others.
Do you read graphic novels or memoirs? Who are your favorite authors? Which books do you recommend?
If you haven’t read any, why not?
Some people have the impression that graphic novels are glorified comic books, are unsophisticated or don’t qualify as "serious" literature. What do you think? If you track your book numbers, do you count a graphic novel as a book read?

No, I don’t read graphic novels.

I gave them a try, but found I didn’t like them at all. I tried yaoi; God, that was confusing and so not my thing. I blogged about that here.

My husband reads a lot of graphic novels and told me when the first Anita Blake book “Guilty Pleasures” came out as a graphic novel. Another shot, another failure. I hated the art work, I hated how the images in my head were not like the ones in the book.

I suppose it would be different if it was an original novel and not an adaptation, but as far as I’m concerned the less images in a fiction book, the better.

To see what other weekly Geeks have to say about graphic novels, go here.

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Unleashing Angel by Mel Spenser

Blurb: Brian is a land surveyor sent on a job to a remote area of southeast Arizona for a month-long work assignment. There he meets Angel, a college student, home for the summer and helping his family with their campground style motel where Brian stays. Brian realizes that he’s jumped into relationships a little too quickly in the past, but finds it very hard to resist Angel, who’s just his type. Even though he knows he should take it slow, Brian can’t seem to stay away.
Angel has a secret though. He’s a werewolf. Not only that, the werewolf gene is triggered by having sex for the first time. Angel is ‘unleashed’ when he and Brian have sex. Can Brian come to terms with being in love with the most powerful werewolf rural Arizona has seen in decades? And will Angel be able to fit into Brian’s urban lifestyle? Or will a series of misunderstandings, hurt feelings and bruised egos keep them apart?

My thoughts: I chose this story because I like weres (who doesn’t?) and the storyline sounded interesting. “Unleashing” someone promised quite a bit of action in my eyes. I’m not sure whether I expected too much, but my expectations were not quite met

If you don’t like SPOILERS, don’t continue reading!

I liked the storyline and the way the tension between Brian and Angel built up was nicely done. However, when it was finally released I just didn’t feel it. Sorry! The first love scene almost felt like “by appointment” to me, well, not really, but they sort of agreed to do it in a way that just didn’t do it for me. The others felt rushed and there was almost always some issue or other standing between them that needed resolving. Somehow the guys never explored or expressed their feelings for each other in a satisfactory way. As for “unleashing” Angel, apart from some allusions that Angel exuded power, that aspect was sadly neglected in my eyes. After all it is the title of the book so I expected that it would have been elaborated much more than it was.

A lot of time was spent misunderstanding each other without giving the other one a chance to explain – admittedly there wouldn’t be much of a problem otherwise, but the situation was just going back and forth. First Brian treated Angel that way, then it was the other way around. The werewolf issue mentioned in the blurb didn’t exist between Brian and Angel at all, I’m sorry to say. Brian has no clue about what or who Angel is until the very end and then comes to terms with it easily.

A couple of things didn’t make much sense to me:

  • Why would Carmen wait for Angel if he so obviously shows no interest in her? OK, it was an unspoken agreement between whoever that they both would marry one day, but that seemed pretty unlikely given Angel’s unwillingness. Shortly after it became clear to her that he’s never going to marry her – and he expressed that thought to Brian very early on, so I would assume he told others as well – she should have moved on instead of sitting there waiting for him to come around.
  • Why would Brian take Angel to his place without being certain Sam was gone? This had no impact on the story because he WAS gone, but what if he hadn’t moved out? And that WAS a possibility with him.
  • The idea of Carmen that she could “turn” Angel if only she could get Brian out of the way is just ridiculous.
  • I didn’t understand the motivation behind opening Brian’s letter. Besides the fact that doing so is rather dubious in itself it seemed out of character and put Hector in a pretty bad light, he had no reason to distrust Brian and therefore why would he insist on opening the letter?

I enjoyed the story to a certain extent but it won’t be anything I’ll read again.

Available at Torquere Books

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In my mailbox (1)


Mailbox image by taj at www.sxc.hu

At The Story Siren I came across the weekly meme “In my mailbox”. As so often I’m late in joining and late in posting, I think it’s supposed to be posted on Mondays, but better late than never. This is a good way to keep track of what new books I got and want to read in the near future, so here we go.

The last week I got

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The One that Stayed by TC Blue

Blurb: Life can throw a man all sorts of curve balls, as David discovers when a senseless act of violence tries to deprive him of his lover of two decades. They’ve had their good and bad times, but it’s the good ones that David remembers and wants to hold on to. In fact, he wants more of them, wants to experience more than just the memories that fill his mind as he waits to discover Russell’s fate.
Between meeting Russell for the first time and the horrific instant that tries to take Russell away, their lives have been a series of moments, ranging from awkward to amazing. David wants to believe that their love will conquer all, because he can’t let go. But does Russell feel it, too? Can Russell hold on as tightly, through the surgery that will either save his life or end it? Does Russell love David enough to stay?

My thoughts: It’s quite unusual for me to read books in a series out of order. At first I never had planned to read this book at all, but now I’m glad I did. It is not necessary to read it to understand what is going on in the following book “The One that Broke Free”, but it provides a lot of background info that helps understanding the characters, most of all David, better. I never cared for David too much, I must admit, but now that I know more about him, how his life was before he met Russell, how he met Russell and how they came together, I’m a little fonder of him (I still have some misgivings, especially over the way he treated Elliot in the second book “The One that was Lost”, though).

A lot of the story is told from David’s POV in retrospect. The way the two men meet and find together, as well as the present situation kept me reading on and on, and all of a sudden the book ended, which came as a total surprise for me. I just couldn’t believe the story was over. There were hints at other incidents and problems maybe that left me wanting to know more than TC Blue provided here. Have you got a sequel in the works already?

For readers who like the “One & One” series this is a must read.

Available at Torquere Books

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BlogFest 2010

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Somehow I ended up at A journey of books yesterday and heard about the BlogFest 2010. Sounds like a fun event in the blogosphere so I decided to sign up for it.

The BlogFest 2010 will take place on the weekend of September 10-12 and will feature a pretty large number of blogs with an equally large number of giveaways.

Sign up for the Blog Fest here or have a look at the list of participants so far, as well as the tentative list of giveaways.

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Comparing covers: Perfume

When I wrote my weekly geeks post about PABD I had a look at the covers of “Perfume”. It seems that after the film came out they changed the cover to a more modern look instead of going with the original German one. The original definitely fits the time setting more than the new one, plus all the women were overwhelmed when asleep. The modern one has that urban serial killer feel to it. I prefer that style in general but am not sure whether I like it for this particular book. The Germans never changed the cover it seems, obviously the old one sells well enough. Which one do you like better?

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Witness by L.A. Gilbert

Blurb: Ben Jenkins is a down-to-earth cop leading a quiet life in a big, empty house. Visits to the gay bars scratch an itch, but they don’t really satisfy, and though he’s used to the quiet, he recognizes that the empty feeling plaguing him of late is loneliness.
It takes a police cruiser and a ten-speed to bring him together with Reece Withers, a bike messenger and photographer who’s still waiting for his big break to arrive. Ben’s pretty sure what he’s feeling is love, but they both have old hurts that need to heal before they can live and live well… together.

My thoughts: This was a totally nice story. Just – nice! Ben and Reece were extremely likeable, there were no major issues, at least none that caused any worries that the two men wouldn’t get together or wouldn’t make it, no mean relatives, nothing. Amazingly enough I was never bored even though this story is 212 pages long. You’d think it needs something more substantial plot-wise to go on for so long, but somehow it all works out.

The only thing that really bothered me was the frequent use of the words impish, owlish or sheepish. I can accept an impish looking guy once in the whole story, but if both men look one way or the other constantly then they lose their sex appeal quickly.

Other than that – no complaints. If you want to read something without shedding tears, having a heart attack from suspense or worrying yourself sick, then go for it!

Available at Dreamspinner Press

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Comparing covers: A hunger like no other

I visited Pattepoilue’s blog One book away from Heaven for the first time a few days ago. Some time ago she posted the covers of a couple of books, that is she posted the French, US and UK version, which were quite different from each other. One of the covers she posted was the one of “A hunger like no other”, the US version of which I hated from the first moment I saw it. That gave me the idea to have a look for the German cover of it and start a new series of cover comparisons. I have no idea what the result will be, more often than not German covers are quite tasteless, but from what I saw in the bookshops the PNR genre covers tend to be quite nice, albeit extremely alike. 

For the first round I’ll have a look at the Kresley Cole book, too. That US cover is the most tasteless cover ever as far as I am concerned. In fact I hate it so much that it must have had quite an impact on how I felt about the book. I didn’t like how I always visualized that guy and that half naked what was her name when I read it and Lachlain’s brogue did the rest. It was my first Kresley Cole book and will be my last. The German one is run-of-the-mill PNR, nevertheless I prefer it.

Anyway, here we go…

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Now I could go on about German titles, but I already went on a rant some time ago. So I’ll only say that the German translation means “Night of Desire” and is –surprisingly –  somewhat similar to the original.

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Weekly Geeks 17-2010 P.A.B.D. (Post Amazing Book Depression)

This week’s Weekly Geeks is coming from Tara SG from 25 hour books

P.A.B.D. has plagued me on and off for my entire life. I know many bookworms who are faced with the same problem. Please read on to see if you have PABD and see how you can help yourself or others suffering from this disorder.

So what is P.A.B.D.?
Post Amazing Book Depression – The over-whelming sad feeling one gets after finishing a great book.

Signs of P.A.B.D.

missing characters

* often includes talking about characters in day to day life
——- ex. I wonder what Katsa and Po are doing.
——- ex. Do you think Cat and Bones will get married?
——- ex. If she doesn’t choose Eric, I don’t know how I’ll survive.
* hearing songs that remind you of certain characters/scenes

  • constant rereading of the same book

* extreme cases can lead to the reading of fan-fiction

  • stalking of the author

* constantly checking their blog for updates
* Googling interviews in which the book (or series) are mentioned
* joining multiple fansites

  • lack of interest in other books

* finding yourself staring at your bookshelf and seeing nothing worth reading
* wandering around the bookstore/library picking up and putting back books

How to live with P.A.B.P.

  • Find other books by the same author.

* Is there more in the series?

  • Search for books with similar themes.

* Thanks to the hard work some dedicated book lovers, you can find sites that help you find books similar to those you love.
* Use Amazon to see what others are buying that liked the book.

  • Have a rebound book.

* Keep a favorite book on hand to immerse yourself in.

  • Force a friend to read the book

* This will give you a chance to experience reading the book through someone else.
* You will then have someone to endlessly discuss the book with.

Books Known to Cause PABD
* Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
* Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
* The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
* Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris
* The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Have you had PABD?
What book caused it? How did you deal with it?

I don’t know whether I ever suffered from PABD. I feel strongly about some series and have steadfast opinions about some things, like Bill has nothing on Eric or V is the best brother, but I can live without them.

The other books mentioned above as popular PABD books never held my attention for a long time. The Harry Potter books I can do without. I read them and forgot them. Twilight I gave away after reading and I was glad when  TTTW was over because it was such a tear jerker.

A series I will be sorry to see coming to an end is Andrea Camilleri’s Commissario Montalbano books. I love all the characters, the setting (even though I don’t think I’d want to go there, it’s way too hot in Sicily) and the way he writes. Thank God there are quite a few books out there, so I have plenty to re-read.

Two books I would have liked to continue reading are

Perfume by Patrick Süskind
The story was so compelling and the characters so interesting that I was sorry to see Grenouille die in the end, even though he was so unlikeable. The way Süskind describes scents, smells and stenches is absolutely fabulous, within the first paragraph you are drawn into the story and you never get out of it again before it finishes.

Confessions of Felix Krull by Thomas Mann
If you’d like to know more about this book, please go to this weekly geek post from some time ago.
It has the subtitle “The Early Years” (in German it is called “Der Memoiren erster Teil, which implies that there is a sequel), but there never was another book by Mann about Felix Krull which is a pity. I would have loved to read more. It ended very early when Krull was only at the beginning of his “career” and since he wrote his memoirs in jail at old age (Mann wrote the book in first person) I’m sure there would have been many more stories to tell.

For more Weekly Geeks about PABD please go here.

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Book giveaway at E.H.’s blog

Erotic Horizon is having a book giveaway on her blog at the moment. The great thing about it is that she has two contests running, one for the US and Canada and one for the rest of us. She is giving away a book bundle of seven books and two smaller ones, so if you are interested in romance books (some of the authors are Elizabeth Hoyt, Kresley Cole and Anne Stuart) head on over to E.H.’s blog and enter the drawings.

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Waiting for Jack by Kristen Moeller

Blurb: Waiting for Jack is Eat, Pray, Love meets the Success Principles. Its memoir meets “how to.” It’s an inquiry into why we keep waiting for our lives to start, why we look outside ourselves for the answers and why we hide the magnificence that we really are.  After so many years of being a seeker and not a finder, I declared an end to the “waiting for Jack.” Through the sharing of intimate and authentic stories (both mine and others), the reader takes the journey to break free from the “self-help treadmill” and to find their own “inner Jack.” 

It is the permission we have been waiting for to end the cycle of searching and never finding.  It’s an inquiry not an answer—the reader is provided with tools and challenged to find her own unique answers. It is the call to stop “jacking around.”  It’s the access to being set free to create our lives and to stop waiting to live.

We are all Waiting for Jack—whatever or whoever “Jack” is. We falsely believe the gifts of life are just around the corner, that anywhere is better than here, that one day we will arrive and everything will be okay. So we don’t try; we give up. We sell out and we forget who we are. We are afraid to succeed, afraid to fail, and afraid to say we are afraid. But as Wayne Gretzky said, “You’ll always miss one-hundred percent of the shots you don’t take!”

So take the shot, get on the path, and move forward. Authentically give your word to something that matters to you. And remember, you don’t have to wait for Jack.

My thoughts: I wouldn’t consider myself to be a self-help junkie, but I do like to read the odd self-help book. Who doesn’t? When I read the subtitle “How to Stop Waiting & Start Living Your Life” it reminded me of myself a lot. From years of experience I know what waiting feels like.

In this book Kristen Moeller shows us in different chapters about various areas of life, like love, money, health etc. how our behaviour is rather destructive to our well-being because it prevents us from living our life. Instead we constantly wait for our life to begin when in reality all we’d have to do is go ahead and live it. Who can’t recognize himself when she describes how people analyze every little nuance in tone of someone and immediately draw the conclusion that they are the reason for it?  Who can’t recognize himself when she describes someone who thinks if his/her partner only did this one thing then the world would be perfect? There are lots of examples where you will go “Oh my God, this is me”.

While reading this book I had to think about the lyrics of a song by The Smiths: “Hand in glove, we can go wherever we please, and everything depends upon how near you stand to me”. I always found this very true and it is exactly what Kristen Moeller describes in her book. Instead of being oneself and then take what is offered and make something out of it we look for someone, something, anything  and believe that this will turn us into what we are supposed to be. Without it we are nothing.

“Waiting for Jack” is a great encouragement for everybody who believes that there is this one thing /person out there without which we cannot live our life to the fullest. It tells clearly that this one thing does not exist. Better accept ourselves the way we are, make the best of it and live our life now instead of constantly waiting for external sources to make us happy.

I’m glad I read it.

Waiting for Jack is available on amazon

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The one that broke free by TC Blue

Blurb: The last thing war vet Travis MacRayne expects to find while house-sitting in Boston is a man like Vincent Clark. Even more unexpected is that Vincent seems to be attracted to Travis, too — scars, bad leg, and all. But Travis has to go back to Alabama the next day, and a cell phone just doesn’t seem like enough to bridge the distance.
It’s the first of many obstacles that Vincent teaches Travis to overcome, and Travis wants nothing more desperately than to believe in the love he feels building inside. Still, the doubts instilled by harsh experience are difficult to put aside. Can Vincent convince Travis that the time is truly right to break free?

My thoughts: I liked the first two books in this series that I read, The one that got away and The one that was lost. So I was quite pleased to find that there is another story out. “The one that broke free” is quite different from the other ones. The characters seem rather uncomplicated and have not as many issues as the previous ones. External interference is kept to a minimum, even though there are plenty of homophobes about. In fact, Alabama seems to be a hotbed of bigotry and narrow mindedness. This is the second story in a short period where that hateful behaviour was a major plot point. However, in this case, those righteous “Christians” actually help the couple along their way, which is nice for a change.

Travis has his doubts as to why Vincent is attracted to him and he expresses those doubts at any opportunity, but they don’t keep him from pursuing what he wants. Vincent, on the other hand, was said to have some issues as well, but they didn’t come out in the course of the book. He seemed perfectly fine with himself and his life at this moment.

The two main characters are both very likeable. Travis is a The Cure fan so he can’t do anything wrong as far as I am concerned, and Vincent is absolutely lovely and yummy to boot. No complaints here. However, I really don’t know why people’s names always have to be shortened in this cutie fashion. I just can’t bring myself to call Vincent Vinnie. In my eyes the only guy who can get away with being called Vinnie is Vinnie Jones, but that is just me.

The whole story flowed smoothly and was just as pleasurable to read as any other book by TC Blue I’ve read. Readers who have read other books in this series will be happy to hear that we meet previous characters again, Jamie and Eliot, who is Travis’ brother, as well as Jamie’s fathers.

Highly recommended. 

Available at Torquere Books

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Weekly Geeks 15-2010: Book series

Last week was the release of the latest installment in The Black Dagger Brotherhood series – LOVER MINE, the much awaited book by J.R. Ward. One of my blogger friend, Pattepoilue from One Book Away From Heaven is having a problem getting past one of the earlier books in the series to make her way to LOVER MINE.

She tossed out a post asking for help in getting her mojo back on or some suggestion on what to do about the book that she just does not want to read.

I am pigging backing on that post and tossing it out here to the Weekly Geeker’s – to see how you guys deal with that book in that series that you are following, that is just not doing it for you.

  • What series do you read where you have had an issue with one of the books in the line-up.
  • Do you cut the author lose after one miss, or do you have a limit of failed books in a series before you toss in the towel.
  • What’s your suggestion for that book that you struggle with in a series.

E.H. posted a great topic this week. Since she mentioned the BDB series I’m going to start with the brothers right away. When I started reading the series I loved it. Up to book 5 I was ok. That one is my absolute favourite, even though the ending sucked, because I’m a V girl all over. Book 6 was a disappointment , so I didn’t bother getting book 7. I only learned from E.H.’s post that there is book 8 out now. Not interested in it anymore.  There you are. I cut the author loose after one miss.

To stay with (paranormal) romance, I also liked the first few Carpathian novels by Christine Feehan, but after a few books I quit reading that, too. The stereotype males with their continuous “little women” were too much even for me. So, no more Feehan for me.

Two series I finished with, albeit with mixed feelings, were the Twilight series and the Harry Potter books. Twilight, because I had to know what the fuss was all about, but I skipped a lot. After I was finished I gave them away immediately. I usually am a re-reader, but I will never read them again, I’m certain.
Harry Potter, because I had to know what happens next and how it will end. However, for me the HP books are totally not memorable. I know, HP fans will stone me for this, but after reading an HP book I forget the plot almost at once. Of course I remember all the basic stuff, but what exactly happens in a specific book is gone. When a new book came out I practically had to re-read the previous ones in order to follow the plot. I found this weird. If you asked me anything about the books apart from general wizardry, Hogwarts, Weasley questions, I wouldn’t be able to answer.

A series I gave up after half of the first book is the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I got the first three books, which shows I was pretty optimistic about it (they also were buy two, get one free), but I didn’t like the first book at all, so no second chance for Alexander McCall Smith.

The series I follow loyally are all detective series.  And with those I never miss one.

I read all Dorothy L. Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey books, all Agatha Chrsstie’s  Poirot and Miss Marple books. On my auto-buy list are the following:

  • David Wishart’s Marcus Valerius Corvinus series. You just have to love wisecracking Corvinus.
  • John Maddox Roberts’ SPQR series – not for the brilliant detective work, but for the general setting
  • Andrea Camilleri’s Comissario Montalbano series. Montalbano is the epitome of manhood for me, I hope that there are many more books to come.

Basically if I read a book in a series and don’t like it, I’m done with the series. For good.

Read what other Weekly Geeks have to say.