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Subject: Just end it already!
Date Posted: 1/4/2011 3:28 PM ET
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Tried to read Hungry for You by Lyndsay Sands a while back.  Couldn't finish, just hated it.  I won't read any more.  That is one author I just wish would hang up the series already.  To me it's the same story over and over with nothing new.  I was close to thinking the same with Lara Adrian and the Midnight Breeds, but Taken by Midnight added a little bit new that will keep me reading the next one.  But she's right there on the borderline with me.

I know there are a few others I wish would end already, but I've already stopped reading them and can't remember now.  Sometimes I wish authors were a little more conscious of thier story arcs and find away to end them before they get so bad.

 

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 1/4/2011 3:34 PM ET
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Issa I think Charlaine Harris's Sookie series is getting that way too. REally no where to go with it, I love True Blood too. In the mystery world Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum needs to retire get married and have a folk a kids the series needs to stop.

In the authors defense it is hard to kill a cash cow.

Alice

Date Posted: 1/4/2011 3:50 PM ET
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In the authors defense it is hard to kill a cash cow.

Very, very true, but you'd think they would prefer to have a well written book as well.  Maybe buy another cow and do a different series, though I am not an author and I can't say how easy that is.

Date Posted: 1/4/2011 5:19 PM ET
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I gave up on the Weather series by Rachel Caine.  Loved the first one.  But then, how many times can the world end?  It was exhausting.

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Subject: Weather series/C.Harris/Plum's/looking for 'new'_____
Date Posted: 1/4/2011 6:02 PM ET
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Yes, I agree with all the above comments.  sigh!

A series begins to get old, end it already.  I liked that C.Harris did that with the Harper Connally one,

WHICH I DID ENJOY as the four books/novels that they were.  Just RIGHT!

 

Probably difficult to start another "CASH COW" [I agree], but my guess is ...that is what it is.

Glad C.Harris is doing so well with "Tru Blood".

I still luv Patricia Briggs' storyTelling, and so far...Kelley Armstrong's work.  I was surprised to luve that YA series by Kelley,

and also esp. liked the 2nd of the 2 bks. of her series that was NOT paranormal, per se.

I've tried a bunch and a bunch of Evanovich's OTHER bks.and they just don't 'resonate' for me.

 

Some YA, I really REALLY like; others, not so much.  sigh!

life is life !  smiles***

Date Posted: 1/4/2011 9:52 PM ET
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I'm only 9 books in on lynsay sands ( I have them all though), I just have to read them maybe 2 at a time, then take quite a break.  But yea, you're right, its the exact same story over and over again....whiney male, strong female - which you just know they will end up together.  I have not had much of a problem with other authors as of yet, michele bardsleys' oklahoma series is much of the same, but since they are light reads it is not so bad. 

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 3:39 AM ET
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But then, how many times can the world end?

for that series, it turns out to be 9.  ;)

Date Posted: 1/6/2011 4:56 PM ET
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I'm starting to get that way with LKH Anita Blake.I started Bullett and didn't even get through 2 chapters. I'm mad because Edward is in this one and I like him. What happend to Kick A** Anita? Now it's all about "What,you think I can'tr do the job because I'm a woman." All I'm sayin is a little less talk and some more action would be nice.

Date Posted: 1/6/2011 7:53 PM ET
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Just starting Kate?  Wow...you are better than me.  I think that series needed to end after book 9 or 10...even though I keep reading.  It's a train wreck...I think I keep watching hoping for a survivor!  (or maybe just some to rescue a once great series) 

Date Posted: 1/6/2011 11:54 PM ET
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Totally agree about LKH - she's first on my list! Not quite so much about Charlaine Harris, although it's definitely getting less interesting. Don't really agree about Rachel Caine because I'm still enjoying them, but it probably helps that I read them all as they came out, so I can't really remember the plot twists in most of the early ones at this point to compare to the later ones and notice they're similar! (Although the way she brought back an early villain who was supposed to be dead WAS a bit much.0

Date Posted: 1/7/2011 8:48 AM ET
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I completely agree about LKH. She should have wrapped up the series with Obsidian Butterfly. That was the last one I actually enjoyed reading. The last two books were so bad they were DNF for me.

I think Kim Harrison's Hollows series might be edging that line. I hope she ends it soon.

I've had the last Charlaine Harris Sookie book in my TBR for a long time. I'm just not interested enough to read it, which is sad because I love that world.

The Dark Hunter series is a wash for me. I haven't read one since Acheron. I was so disappointed with that one.

I think if JR Ward doesn't pick it up after her next release, I might have to find a new drug. I'll read the next one, but not because I'm interested in Payne and Manny (that name is just so bland and why the big detour? We want a Qhuay book! and a Tohr book!), I'll read it for the secondary characters. I read on one of the blogs that she'll be adding six new brothers to the mix because she's running out of people to write about. This is where I think she might lose me.

 



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Date Posted: 1/7/2011 9:09 AM ET
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I was just happy Lynsay Sands went back to lighter in her series! I don't mind the same 'ol story though and I like seeing the previous characters. But her series and Kerrelyn Sparks' series are really the only 2 I'm following and Ilike predictable!

Date Posted: 1/7/2011 3:43 PM ET
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I haven't read these series but I tend to prefer series that focus on different characters. I have problems with the same character going through the same things. I do like Stephanie Plum books. I am up to the fifth one. But they are kind of reptitive, I don't know whats the deal with that.

Date Posted: 1/7/2011 3:59 PM ET
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For me the Weather Wardens are one where the world should have ended already.  I've never really cared for any of the characters past the second book so I'm okay with the world just falling into a big black Djinn hole.

I'm with Heather on JR Ward.  The secondary stories always seem to catch me more than the main story.

I used to be a huge fan of Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick, but have stopped reading since she switched to her Arcane Society Arc.  Each book spends so much time debating the use of psychic power that there is no realy story left.  When authors feel then need to spend half of every book explaining the arc and not the story, I think it's a sign to hang it up.

Date Posted: 1/7/2011 9:19 PM ET
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I agree with so much said here!  Especially the Lynsay Sands and Charlain Harris books. Sands had those two books that basically dealt with whether or not that guy killed his wife.  I found that so boring I didn't even bother to read the second one about the son.    I think it was the 2nd to last Sookie book that I just felt totally cheated by.  At the end of the book I was thinking 'that's it?  That warranted an entire book in HARDBACK?!'  I still love Hamilton's Anita Blake books but she's put out a couple that I think didn't have enough story to them for their own book.  Maybe an anthology. 

I keep going back and forth on whether I  prefer a series about one main character or a different couple each book.  If a series about the same character stays exciting everytime, that's great but so many lose my interest after the 3rd book.  With a different couple each book, I find that they can seem to be the same story just with different people.  Of course there are books that continue to be well written and completely hold my attention.  Such as Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series, JR Ward's BDB, Jeaniene Frost's Night Hunter Series...I could go on...and on.lol  Hmmm...maybe a new thread could be started.  Series that are still good after 3 or more books!

Date Posted: 1/8/2011 11:40 PM ET
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I completely agree about LKH. She should have wrapped up the series with Obsidian Butterfly. That was the last one I actually enjoyed reading.

Ditto!  I loved Anita now I can't stand to look at the covers.  I haven't started the Lynsay Sands books yet so I can't comment. 

I agree with the Stephanie Plum series.  I loved them but now they aren't making me laugh.  I'll still give the next one a shot though :)

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Date Posted: 1/9/2011 7:55 AM ET
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You know Suzanne that is worse thing I get mad at these series that they are not that good but I STILL buy the next hope hoping it will be good again. It would one if I waited to win it in the swap but no I go out there an buy it..... When will I ever learn?

Alice

Date Posted: 1/9/2011 10:29 AM ET
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I don't like series that switch characters with each book.  I find ongoing series with the same character much more interesting.  I think the problem is some authors don't know when to end it. 

Date Posted: 1/13/2011 12:23 PM ET
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Agree with all the series discussed and I can add two more.  Sherrlyn Kenyen (Dark Hunter) which was mentioned by Heather and Christine Feehan (Carpathians).

The series have gone on so long and they try to throw in characters from previous books but I can't remember them. However I'll still pick up the next book in all the series mentioned.cheeky

I loved Keri Arthur's "Riley Jensen" series and I was sad but glad when I read the last book and I didn't even know it was the final one!

Another series that I read that's suppose to end on the 6th book is the Succubus books by Richelle Mead.

Finally, I'm so glad Shadowfever comes out next week and it's the 5th and final in the series.  I hated her cliffhangers!

 

Date Posted: 1/15/2011 9:44 AM ET
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If Rahchlle Mead ends her sucubuss series with the 6th book I think it would be just rite. I just REALLY hope Georgina finds the happy ending she is looking for. I think she deservs it.



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Date Posted: 1/15/2011 10:06 AM ET
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I loved "Hungry For You" by Lynsay Sands.  Maybe because I've only read 3 books in this series, spaced far apart, is why it hasn't gotten old for me. But I can't get upset over the series, or any series, being repetitive because all books are repetitive... like with historical romances, how many times can a girl get abducted by a rogue or lost in a bet by one of her male relatives? The only thing that "sets them apart" is that some are considered stand-alones and others are part of a series. Nothings completely original these days, in my opinion.

Anyways, I for one hope my favorite series { there's a few of them } doesn't suddenly get canned because someone else is bored with them. I'd be highly ticked off if that happened.

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 1:06 PM ET
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Being an old timer, I've enjoyed the Lynsay Sands series over the years because the books are something light to read in between the darker / urban fantasy series. 

The same goes with the anthologies but sometimes I pick up one of these and it's a start to a whole new series by a new author and then can't wait to read what's going to happen next!!!! 

I was sad when the first Faith Hunter series stopped but then I tried her next series and it's looking like another winner.  Like most people in this post are saying, some authors don't know when to quit a series and try something new....when searching for new books I find the same old books being reprint over and over again, thank goodness amazon shows the different years a book was printed otherwise I'd be getting the same books!!!

The paranormal / urban fantasy genre gets my imagination going to the point that I'm saying, hey that could happen now and we just don't know what's going on in our own world, glad the genre is taking off, loving the books!!!