Saturday, July 17, 2010


Every good story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Except for
your favorite book series, which as we all know must go on forever.

I was thinking about this the other day when I finished "The Silver
Mage"  the fifteenth and last book in Katharine Kerr's Deverry
series. On the one hand, I'll miss visiting her wonderfully detailed
world and it's characters. On the other end, it should be the
author's choice as to how and when they stop writing about their
creations. And I'd rather have all the threads of a series brought         
to a satisfying conclusion by its creator than to have them keep on 
writing it because it's profitable. That's when writing becomes an
industry, not a craft, and I think it's pretty easy to spot when a
writer reaches that point, because there's a certain spark missing
from their writing.

Of course there's the other sort of ending for a series, the one
where its creator suddenly dies without having brought things
to that satisfying conclusion I mentioned in the last paragraph.
An example that comes to mind is Robert Jordan and his
"Wheel of Time" series which just seemed to roll on and on
right up to his passing. His fans worried that it would never be
completed. Luckily, Jordan's widow and estate had his notes
and outlines for the last three books and selected another
fantasy writer, Brandon Sanderson, to write them and bring
the series to a close.

There's some discussion if there is anyone who could continue
Robert Parker's Spenser or Jesse Stone series. I have to
confess I'm of two minds again about this. I am a big Spenser
fan and the thought of no more new novels with Spenser and
Hawk and Susan saddens me. But could anyone else write 
dialogue like Parker with the same wit and flair? I don't know.
Ironically, Parker himself completed "Poodle Springs", an
unfinished novel of the late Raymond Chandler.

And then there's the series that have become family traditions.
Anne McCaffrey's son Todd now writes novels set in his mother's
Pern universe, and Clive Cussler's son has begun co-authoring the
Dirk Pitt series.

So, what series are you a fan of that you will miss when they come to
their end, untimely or not?


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  2. I hope Sue Grafton is able to complete her alphabet detective series, Kinsey Millhone - she is up to U published last fall.

    Bill ;-) (replaces earlier post with an error... sorry!)

  3. I was sad to see the Brother Cadfael series end, though Ellis Peters/Edith Pargeter did manage to wrap up the series before her death. Also sorry to read the last of Julian May's Pleistocene exile saga, though there were some things that could have been cut from the series. Interesting question!

  4. One series that came to an uninspiring ending was Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld. The last book gives me the impression that he was indeed tired of it and had written that one because the publisher insisted rather than because he wanted to. Too bad, because the first three are quite good.

    And the classic disappointing series end, to me, is what Agatha Christie did to Poirot in Curtain! I was devastated by that one.

    I want you to know that I have sincerely flattered you by mounting my own book blog, an idea that you beat me to! I would be honored if you would take a look at The Autobiography of A. Bookworm, at .