This is not a post about books we didn’t like. This is a post about books we thought were ok but that didn’t make us feel like reading more in the series.
These are not books where, for example, we read the whole series but only liked the first one. Also these are not books where the first in the series sucked. These are just books that make us go, ok, I’m done here.
Rita Mae Brown’s most recent: not that compelling nor different from her other series.
Homicide in Hardcover and If Books Could Kill: Good enough but not great.
Storm Glass, Sea Glass, and I feel finished. She spent the whole second book being kidnapped and it got old. #2 says: Hey! I felt that way too… They’re getting shipped to reader cousin. Too bad because I really liked Fire Study. But I did feel like the author has exactly one villain with one motivation and one plot (even though the villains are actually different, they all seem to do the same sordid thing for the same sordid reasons).
The Graceling series: The first one was so fantastically great that I’m afraid to read the next one in case it’s not as good or even just different #2: I haven’t read the first because #1 has scared me that it will suck me in and I haven’t had a block of suckinable time.
The Mysterious Benedict Society: #2 wants them all, but I think the first one was enough for me. I liked it; I feel done. #2 says: book 2 was not as good as 1 but it was still good. I hope to get 3 at Christmas.
A Beautiful Blue Death: again, ok. Pretty decent, even. But I don’t feel compelled to read more. Lovely covers on these.
The Decoy Princess: I enjoyed it, and I’m done. #2 Could not finish it, sent it to cousin after a year of being halfway done with the book. Seemed appealing at first but I just couldn’t get into it. Spunky heroine not spunky enough?
Lankhmar: Swords and Deviltry. Less fun than I think it should have been.
The Glasswrights’ Apprentice: enh.
Silent in the Grave: I loved loved loved the first three. I feel done. I don’t feel a need to read the fourth.
#2 says: I do! Though I also loved the way #3 ended. I’m hoping #4 is several years later. [possible spoiler deleted!] But somehow I doubt.
The Apothecary Rose: I read two, but they were only so-so.
Anvil of Ice: It was ok, but I’m done.
Resenting the Hero etc.: The series just steadily gets less funny, and more depressing as the heroine gets more neurotic instead of spunky and the hero’s character development gets more 2-dimensional instead of less. She should do a book from the hero’s perspective for a change.
Magic Lost, Trouble Found. Just lost interest in the third book after loving the first two. Maybe someday I’ll pick up #4… I think the problem with #3 is that it has the feeling that there won’t be any closure anytime soon. Sort of like watching Naruto anime when they’re running low on manga. (Let’s drag things out.)
I mean to finish the Kage Baker The Company series (#1 says: me too!) and the Kim Harrison Dead Witch Walking series (#1: not me), but they’re just too hardcore for me to read when work is stressful. If I’m gone for a weeklong conference where I don’t know anybody, I can finish one if I have a 6-8 hour plane ride home. I do wish that the main character in Dead Witch Walking would get a week off from people trying to kill her. She doesn’t even get to take a breath between books. How do her muscles ever heal? (Yeah yeah, she has charms for that.)
Have you pooped out on any series lately?