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« on: April 12, 2011, 07:00:00 am »

Do you prefer to read books that are part of a series or or standalone books?

I tend towards series, for the simple reason that my reading for pleasure usually needs to be something somewhat predictable and mindless. I like a number of crime / forensic procedurals, including:

Kathy Reichs' Tempe Brennan Series (NOT the the TV version)
James Patterson's Women's Murder Club Series
Jefferson Bass' Dr Bill Broxton / Body Farm Series
Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone Series

Standalone books I read tend to be non-fiction.

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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2011, 07:10:47 am »

Not fussed either way. If it's a good book it's a good book.

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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2011, 12:30:03 pm »

I really enjoy a novel that's part of a greater series but stands on its own and can be enjoyed irrespective of the series as a whole. Donald Westlake's Dortmunder books are like that; you can start with any one of them and not feel you've missed something.
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2011, 05:58:00 pm »

I'm much the same as Dozy.

However, for Fantasy and and Sci Fi, it's not somuch the continuation of a storyline like the horrid "Wheel of Time" series that dragged on for about 6 books too long, but the continuation of a character. Bob Howard had it right with Conan, new stories that could have him anywhere at any age, etc.

I also really like Stephen Hunter's "Bob lee Swagger" series. They're done in one, but I look forward to his further adventures.
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2011, 09:42:23 pm »

The series I read are books that have their own story but with the same characters and themes. I agree, don't like books that are "to be continued" - I like connecting characters and recurring plot lines but each book needs to be it's own contained story as well.
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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2011, 04:54:36 pm »

The series I read are books that have their own story but with the same characters and themes. I agree, don't like books that are "to be continued" - I like connecting characters and recurring plot lines but each book needs to be it's own contained story as well.

Eggzakery.

Although occasionally a clever author will pull off a continuation that I dont' mind like David Gemmell did with the White Wolf series. I'm just not terribly good at waiting for the next installment. Especially since Gemmell died two books into his 3 book "Troy" series.
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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2011, 06:55:44 am »

I read a really good Book about Helium the other day,i couldn't put it down. rimshot.gif



I do like stand-alone Books but i'm a big fan of continuing storylines in a series as long as it doesn't drag on.My favourite examples would be Raymond Feist[my fave Author]who's storylines usually extend over two or three Books with a few singles thrown in along the way.But they all progress through what becomes an all too familiar world over generations so there's new characters all the time who age as new Stories develop and the legacies continue on.
Terry Brooks is also a great proponent to follow through multiple Books although he pretty much sticks to a Trilogy rule for stories.




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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2011, 08:51:13 am »

I read a really good Book about Helium the other day,i couldn't put it down. rimshot.gif

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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2011, 09:55:44 am »

I read a mystery novel about Rogaine. It was a real hair-raising tale.
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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2011, 05:42:20 pm »

I started reading a book about the history of Valium, but I couldn't stay awake long enough to finish it.
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« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2011, 06:32:14 pm »

I read the story of Congressman Mark Foley. It was a real page-turner.   Jaw Drop
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