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Subject: Anyone else getting a bit tired of the series in anthologies??
Date Posted: 12/17/2008 12:08 AM ET
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I swear almost every series I have been reading lately, I sit down excited to read the next book, only to find out that there is a novella in a anthology that I missed and either have to wait until I get through a WL line I never knew I had to be in, or read the book without a piece of the story. When I read the anthologies, it seems like I am getting #5 in X author's series, #3 in Y's and #15 in Z's!. Anyone else notice this trend lately? It seems like its most popular in the paranormal books. Has it always been this way? I've only returned to reading the genre since joining PBS.

Done with my little rant. Off to find a different book to start.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 12:40 AM ET
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It drives me nuts too!  I wish that they would just write original short stories for the anthologies that doens't fit in with a series.  Or if it being a part of the series is neccessary making it part of the world but have it be about a side-character so that it isn't neccessary to read it to get the full effect of the series!

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 12:50 AM ET
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I agree - it's a little aggravating especially if it's the only reason I might want to get the anthology. I just did that the other day for a Ronda Thompson novella.
Date Posted: 12/17/2008 1:41 AM ET
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i don't mind the ones where it's side characters, or bits that aren't important to the main story, but i don't think it's particularly fair to make it so you must get an anthology to get the whole story of the main series.  even though i actually like anthologies, i may not read them in the right order, and if it's a trade paperback i probably won't get to it until much later.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 1:56 AM ET
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Why can't they just add it to the next novel as well?  Mark it as a prologue with a note that it was in an anthology.  Much rather have that then the big excerpt at the end, teasing us for a book that won't be out for months. 

I was so please to see that Michelle Bardsley put her short on the website right before her novel came out.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 10:05 AM ET
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I just read Dead After Dark. Kenyon and Ward did the first two stories; I liked them, although I'm not sure Ward's story was part of the BDB series. I was hoping the characters will fit in to her next book. The last two stories I didn't read. (Squires and Love) I started, but couldn't get into them, and that's what makes me mad. I paid full price and only got half a book.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 10:15 AM ET
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I hated dead after dark. kenyons story was crap, I wish the heroine had died. Wards wasn't bad, I'm pretty sure it's characters won't be in any of the books of bdb though.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 1:35 PM ET
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Ashley, you didn't mention the last two stories. What did you think about them? I like the way you speak your mind--not many people appreciate it from me. In Ward's story the female (name??) did say they needed to find out where his people are. If it's not in her next book, then the story was unfinished as far as I'm concerned.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 3:06 PM ET
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I dont like it either..esp when there are 2 series and 2 related ones are in teh same anthology and I can't decide which series to shelve it with...really makes it hard! or the anthology is tradesize whle the others are mmp(lora leigh's seal series did this)

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 3:24 PM ET
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I didn't read the last 2. I'm not big on susan squires and the last one got bad reviews so I didn't bother. It's possible Ward will have those characters in her next book, but I don't think they would fit in with the BDB characters. They wondered about other vamps but they didn't say they would look for any (though, being in the same town you wouldn't think it would be that hard) but who knows. I wish her BDB books were more like this short story though. Cept that whole " ive been like a man in a womans body" remark....that was just....weird.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 3:29 PM ET
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Yeah, now that I think about it, that was weird.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 3:38 PM ET
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I only mind because the stories don't get to be very detailed because of length. Other than that it doesn't bother me. It's nice sometimes to have a variety of stories to read & it also helps you discover new authors you like.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 7:31 PM ET
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I like Emily's idea of putting the short story at the beginning of the next novel.  I have to say I do like anthologies though.  I've "discovered" some great authors I hadn't read before that way.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 8:48 PM ET
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I too like anthologies, I just hate having to hunt down which story in which anthology fits in which series at which point......

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 12:27 AM ET
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I guess I have a love/hate relationship with them.  Normally I love them because I have found new authors by reading them and sometimes when I am really busy, I like being able to get through a whole story in 100 pages.

Last night it was hate when I settled in to read the MJD Queen Betsy #5 book to find that there was a novella in Dead & Loving It that came before it and thats an anthology that includes Wyndam werewolves that are from another book or series of hers, and it sounds like you want to have read about them before reading Dead and Loving It. I may never get to Queen Betsy #6.

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 1:34 AM ET
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i've read both, though it was a while ago, and while the novella happens in between #5 and #6, i really don't think it affects the events in #6 at all.  maybe someone who's read #6 more recently could say for sure.

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 11:16 AM ET
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Date Posted: 12/18/2008 4:42 PM ET
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I TOTALLY agree.   I'm actually a big fan of anthology stories, except when those stories are part of a series (even worse, an integral part of a series).    And for paranormal romance, this seems to always be the case these days.  And very few authors are good about telling you where those anthology stories fall in the series (Nora Roberts is one of the good ones.   She has a comprehensive list of all of her J.D. Robb In Death stories on her website - including those that are in anthologies.)

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 8:19 PM ET
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You won't understand what is going on with George the Fiend and his new werewolf hunny if you don't read the anthology in Dead & Loving It.

Date Posted: 12/19/2008 1:20 AM ET
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I thought as much. Do I need to read her other book(s) to get the history on the werewolves in order for Dead and Loving It to make sense?

Date Posted: 12/19/2008 10:07 AM ET
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Not really, there's enough info in the one anthology that it will make enough sense, the only other one out is called Derik's Bane and it really won't give you any info for the Betsy series.