This week's topic is series books.
- 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 loose 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.
- If you are not a series reader – Toss the question out on your blog, see what your readers think.
Megan McCafferty's series also comes to mind. I did enjoy Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings. But I wasn't such a fan of Charmed Thirds and Fourth Comings. In fact, after Charmed Thirds, I was ready to give up on the series. But after hearing that the series ends well, I did pick it up again. And knowing that all was not lost, I kept going. I love, love, loved Perfect Fifths.
Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on your perspective) reading Breaking Dawn dimmed my love for the Twilight series. If I'd known how it was going to end--how ridiculous it would actually be--then I'm not sure I would have read past the first book. Though that isn't exactly fair. Because then I would have missed some great Jacob stuff. Still, I don't know how much longer it would have lasted anyway. I think when a book becomes so popular that you see a big display at BabiesRus, it's time for it to go away for a while.
And if anyone is interested in the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, stick with the original trilogy. Avoid the prequels and sequels. Oh how I wish I had. Because reading those others was very painful.
I do typically give authors second chances (and sometimes third and fourth chances). I've even had instances where I hate the first book and yet I still pick up the second book to see what happens next. Sometimes I do enjoy the second book more. But other times not so much. It really depends on if I see anything redeeming about the book--the writing, the characters, the plot, the premise.