Does it ever happen to you that you read the first novel of a series – usually a debut novel that at the time that you bought it had no sequels yet – and then you never read the rest of the series but you often think about buying that sequel?
That happens to me a lot.
There are many, many books which in my opinion are just “ok”, and when I am standing in the bookstore and I see the sequel, I think: “maybe not today. I’m not feeling it”. And then it just never happens.
It is the completionist in me that wants to read finished series. And since everything is a trilogy nowadays I often feel guilty about not completing series.
Here are unfinished ones I feel particularly on-the-fence about:
- Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series
The lies of Locke Lamora (read)
Red Seas under Red Skies (not)
- Mark Lawrence’s Red Queen’s War
Prince of Fools (read)
The Liar’s Key (not)
The Wheel of Osheim (not)
- Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles
Name of the Wind (read)
Wise man’s Fear (not)
- Becky Chambers’ Wayfarers novels
The long way to a Small Angry Planet (read)
A Closed and Common Orbit (not)
- Yoon Ha Lee’s Machineries of Empire
Ninefox Gambit (read)
Raven Stratagem (not)
- Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen
Reaper’s Gale (not)
Toll the Hounds (not)
Dust of Dreams (not)
The Crippled God (not)
I could go on. But with every one of these series, I fear that I will just be reading an “ok” book to complete a series. And if I were to complete everything, I would resign myself to a whole year of potentially mediocre reading experiences.
With the exception of Steven Erikson’s series, all these uncompleted series ended up in limbo because the first book just didn’t blow me out of the water, and then a sequel will be more of the same or often worse, and at that point a novel enters the benthic zone of “not worth the effort”. Especially when we’re talking about huge novels having hundreds of pages. This especially goes for the fantasy writers out these.
Are there any books you’d still recommend me to pick up from this list? I want to be swayed. Maybe I need some outside encouragement.