Book meme

There’s a fascinating 30 day book meme going around, that I thought I’d chime in. (I don’t anticipate 30 daily posts, and I may skip some – complete list below.) While there aren’t spoilers in this one, I will make note of any, and put them below the ‘more’ tag.

Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)

I read a lot of series books, and am therefore pretty tolerant of the problems of a series – things that get so tangled that going on is immensely complicated, or where the author just needs to change what they’re doing, or a series stops selling well.

I would love especially to have more books in Deborah Grabien‘s Haunted Ballad folksong series (the last one was in 2007, and I don’t know if she has more planned), and in Lois McMaster Bujold’s Chalion series (I’m also deeply fond of her Vorkorsigan books, and her others, for that matter: she does hope to return to that world at some point.) And I’d love another Jacqueline Kirby book from Elizabeth Peters (though again, I also like her other series, and just finished the latest in the Amelia Peabody series). But mostly, I don’t pine for series, as much as I do for more stuff from authors I love.

Beyond that, I’m not so sure. I try not to pine for series where the author has died, as it seems a waste of time. (Though I am among those who would cheerfully inhale more Dorothy Sayers, for example.)

In terms of series that I wish had stopped sooner than they did: Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake books took a sharp turn after about Blue Moon, and I wish she’d done a more deliberate split at that point (or perhaps a book or two later) than what she ended up doing – perhaps branching off a new sequence with a coherent arc/series title, or something.

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