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.
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