This week’s Booking Through Thursday:
Series? Or stand-alone books?
I don’t really mind either way. I’m very happy to read stand-alone books (most of the reviews on this blog are of stand-alone books), but I also love a good series – see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (book 2, book 3), I’m a big fan of Sue Grafton’s “A is for…” series and I’m getting into Clive Cussler’s collections.
Two problems with series:
1. I want to read them in order. But I refuse to buy new books (second-hand is fine). Therefore I have to either connive to get them out of the library in the right order, or I have to collect the whole set before I can read them. I’ve read the first few Grafton novels about ten times because I keep starting the series and then not being able to proceed (I get stuck around F most of the time).
2. Back-detailing/spoilers. Some of the time you need to know what has happened in a previous book to put this book’s content in context; for example, the start of The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest makes no sense if you haven’t read The Girl Who Played With Fire. Really it should have been written as one enormous volume.
But if you’re just not ready to let go of a great cast of characters or some fantastic writing, knowing that there are more waiting to be read is a great solace.