Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl – you find a list of all the blogs participating on her page!
This week’s topic is series you’ve given up on ever finishing.
The first series I’ve given up on is Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. Book #26 comes out this August – TWENTY-SIX. I’ve read eighteen. Even though they seem to be bending back towards what they were like in the beginning – mystery crime novels with supernaturals – I’m just done. The middle of the series was solidly werewolf and vampire porn, which I’m not exactly mad about, but it wasn’t what I expected from the series, so it felt like a bit of a bait-and-switch.
Similarly, I’ve also given up on Laurell K. Hamilton’s other series, the Meredith Gentry series. There’s only nine books in that series, and it appears that I’ve read the first eight, so perhaps I should revisit that just to finish the last book. It was published in 2014, so maybe that’s the end of the series? I don’t know.
This one’s hard for me to admit, but I think I’m giving up on The Dresden Files. Don’t get me wrong, it is a great series and I really love Jim Butcher’s writing. But to start that series again I’d need to re-read all of it, because everything that happens feeds into the rest of the story. I enjoy plotlines like that, but I’ve forgotten so many details that I can’t just pick up where I left off with that series, I wouldn’t understand what was going on. I’ve read the first – six or seven, I think. He’s up to fifteen now. I have too much other stuff to read.
I’ve stopped reading most of Christine Feehan’s series – I’d still like to keep up on the Leopards series, as that was always my favorite. But the Carpathians and the Ghostwalkers and Sea Haven – I just don’t have time.
Similarly, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters series. I don’t even know how many books it’s up to now – I own a bunch. (I own a lot of Feehan, too.) But it’s time to move on from that world.
Barb and J.C. Hendee’s Noble Dead saga intrigued me at first – I own the first 4 or 5 – but they just got boring. And they’re up to I don’t know how many now, but they’re divided by phases, and I saw “Series 3 Book 2” and I’m just done.
For a throwback, I’m gonna toss in The Black Stallion series. A lot of people never realized this was a series, but it was. The Island Stallion and The Black Stallion And Flame were two of my favorites, but there was also The Black Stallion’s Blood Bay Colt and The Black Stallion And The Girl and so many others. There are at least twenty Black Stallion books written by Walter Farley between 1941 and 1983, and more written by his son after Walter died. I grew up on these books.
Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series was great to start, but, like so many of these ultra long series, just started to bore me eventually. I still like Novik – Uprooted was AMAZING and I’m really looking forward to Spinning Silver.
Another series I’ve given up on is the Buffy comic series. I’ve seen all the TV shows, and I own the first season or two of comic books, but I stopped subscribing at one point and never kept up with them after that.
Honorable Mentions – These are two that I’ve given up hope on, not out of not wanting to finish them, but we’ve been waiting on the next book on each of them FOR YEEEEAAARRS and I’m starting to doubt we’ll ever GET a next book. George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, and Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles.