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Subject: Opinions on a few series
Date Posted: 11/16/2009 8:37 PM ET
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Okay.  I'm thinking of starting a few books/series and would like some insight from people who have read them. 

1.  The Weather Warden Series by Rachel Caine

2.  Blood Lines by Maria Lima

Date Posted: 11/16/2009 9:01 PM ET
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 1.  The Weather Warden Series by Rachel Caine

Haven't read this series. Sorry. :(

2.  Blood Lines by Maria Lima 

I was curious on this one as well.So,I guess we'll find out together.LOL.



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Date Posted: 11/16/2009 10:02 PM ET
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Rachel does have a tendency to have cliff hanger endings.  I was reading the Weather Warden series quite faithfully until about number 6.  This series must be read in order.  And I ended up having to review the end of the last book before starting the next.   I really liked the ideas in the first one.  But I have a limit in how often the world almost ends.  (Still reading Morganville though.)

 

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 1:10 AM ET
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the Weather Warden series (and Rachel Caine in general), is one of my 'must get now' series when a new book comes out.  then i have to loan the new ones to my mother the next time i see her because she really likes the series too.

i read the first chapter of the first book in Maria Lima's series and it didn't appeal to me.

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 2:08 AM ET
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I've only been able to read 3 out of the series. it just gets to be a little much with the :"saving "  I hope to  be able to get interested inf inishing the 5 I have left on my shelf.  So far, NOT happening.  Then she comes along with "Undone.  I read the first page, and when I saw Djinn, I threw the book on the shelf.  Enough Already!  Same thing with Morganville Vampires......just draaaagging out.  I thought Fade Out would be it with that title.  I stopped reading in the middle of Feast of Fools.  And again, the others are sitting on my shelf.   Rachel, I think we are done.

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 3:41 AM ET
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I have read the first 6 of Weather Warden. I really enjoyed the first 3 of them, and then the stories get kind of repetitive.

I think its a problem for a lot of writers who have the open-ended series going. I've read a ton of traditional fantasy and even though quite a bit of them come in trilogies or even 4 or 5 books, there is usually a clear story arc that encompasses all of the books.

With Weather Warden (and a lot of current paranormal series) the first few books are different and interesting, and then usually by book #4,  the stories become repetitive and boring. My personal opinion is that this is caused by the writers having no idea where the characters in the stories will ultimately end up.

Another one where I loved the first book and then by the fourth, I was tired of the same old, same old is the Morgan Kingsley series by Jenna Black. The first book was engaging, the second book was more or less the same story as the first, the third book didn't move the ultimate storyline much either, and then the fourth book is still more of the same. Character doesn't learn anything from anyone, doesn't grow in any way, and it seems like the characters sit around waiting to be attacked by mysterious happenings which they then go to the same nightclub in every book to investigate. Appaarently in the city where they live, there is one universal nightclub where all the baddies hang out. No baddies anywhere else, just in the one nightclub. OK, tired of that! Ugh! I heard such good things about this series that I had high hopes for it. But, no.

Anyway, back to Weather Warden. If you like the first book, I am sure you will like all of the first 6 anyway ... although if your tolerance for reading the same story over and over is low, I would stop after Book 3. Or maybe 4.

I haven't read the other books you are asking about.



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Date Posted: 11/17/2009 6:17 AM ET
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Thanks guys.  I think I will read a few and then take a hiatus, and not make the same mistake as I did with Riley Jensen.  I read 6 in like 2 weeks and I went from loving it to tired of it in a hurry.  I still love it but I started reading book 7 and put it down after a chapter.  I need a break before I go back.  Then I'm sure I'll be happy to be reunited with Riley. 

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 7:52 AM ET
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I really enjoyed the first books in the Weather Warden series but the last couple have me wondering if it's time for her to end it.

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 11:57 AM ET
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 I love the Rachel Caine series but would never recommend reading them back to back... if you did, I could see how it would drive you crazy.

Date Posted: 11/19/2009 5:11 PM ET
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I've read Undone, which I really liked, but I haven't read the Weather Warden series (I have Ill Wind on my TBR though).  I love Morganville vampires but sometimes I do think it's ok for an author to decide a series is going to end.  Much as I love Harper Connelly by Charlaine Harris, I actually appreciated that the fourth book is the end.

Subject: Authors knowing when to end it all!
Date Posted: 11/22/2009 2:49 AM ET
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I loved the Weather Warden series right up to Cape Storm and then like most people, I said enough is enough. Hopefully Caine will finally end the series after Cape Storm.

In all of the book series I've read, I think only one time an actual series came to a conclusion. I've ended lots of them on my own when the story kept dragging on and on.

If it is one character throughout the series, you wonder how he/she can go through so much (Weather Warden, Riley Jensen, Morgan Kingsley, House of Night). If it is a different character each book, you think "been there done that" where the story is basically the same in each book, with different names, and a slight twist (Dark-Hunter, Black Dagger, Immortals after Dark, Lords of the Underworld). I still like all the books but wish the Authors knew when to say when.

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 11:17 AM ET
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I agree on the books with Single characters, there's only so much you can take.  Although, I like Riley I think it's about that time she give her a grand conclusion.  Although  remember how disappointed I was to read the final Harry Potter, but how absolutely magnificent of a job she did at ending it.  Although it could have had a little more depth of what came after. 

But I don't agree about series with different main characters but the same overall world.  If you get the right author, I love them.  It's a way of continuing to delve deeper into a world you are familiar with and you can't wait to find out what happens next but with a somewhat new storyline and love story, i.e. Blackdagger Brotherhood, Immortals after Dark, Demonica, The Midnight Breed, etc.  Every time they touch upon a new character you can't wait to meet.  I salivate waiting for the new IAD books to come out and the Lords of the Underworld and can't wait to see who the next story is going to be about.

Subject: Amend my opinion
Date Posted: 12/1/2009 1:07 PM ET
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Ok, you are right Kim about IAD, Demonica being good even if it is about the other characters. As for Dark-Hunter, her books get better as you go along. Weird. I have to say, right now, my book of the year is Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding. I got it yesterday and read it straight through the night. It was so good. I usually am not a straight Urban Fantasy fan but wow. This book was good. It is the first in a new series. First thing I did today was pre-order the next book. It was THAT good.

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 8:00 PM ET
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I've read Undone, which I really liked, but I haven't read the Weather Warden series (I have Ill Wind on my TBR though)

NO!!!  REading Undone before reading the Weather Warden series will give ruin some of the key moments of the WW series.  I know a few people that have done this and my recommendation to anyone who has not read WW....do so BEFORE starting Undone. 

I'm anal about reading things in order and about giving up plot points...

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 9:42 AM ET
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I'm going to have to try that one, Michelle.  I love finding new treasures.  LOL  I found this great book store near my house that sells and trades used books and she has an overwhelming Paranormal section.  I told her my fave authors and she suggested Pamela Palmer's Feral Warriors series to me and I read the first book in a day and loved it.  She didn't  have the second book so I had to order it and I'm waiting for it to come in.  LOL  I haven't read Dark-Hunter yet, although I believe I have the first on my shelf, so I'll have to give it a try.  There are many series that get better as they go along.  I think the Midnight Breed and Riley Jensen got way better from book 3 on.