Saturday, 1 May 2010

Weekly Geek - When you can't get pass that series book

Last week was the release of the latest instalment in The Black Dagger Brotherhood series - LOVER MINE, the much awaited book by J.R. Ward. One of my blogger friend, Pattepoilue from One Book Away From Heaven is having a problem getting past one of the earlier books in the series to make her way to LOVER MINE.

She tossed out a post asking for help in getting her mojo back on or some suggestion on what to do about the book that she just does not want to read.

I am pigging backing on that post and tossing it out here to the Weekly Geeker – to see how you guys deal with that book in that series that you are following, that is just not doing it for you.

  • What series do you read where you have had an issue with one of the books in the line-up.
  • Do you cut the author lose after one miss, or do you have a limit of failed books before you toss in the towel.
  • What's your suggestion for that book that you struggle with in a series.
  • If you are not a series reader – Toss the question out on your blog, see what your readers think. 
We all have at some point have read a series book, or you might be in this sort of a bind now - use this post to find out what your readers think of series books.

On Pattepoilue post I said

I read up to the next book after this one and then stopped ..
However with how Ward interlink the scenes and the brothers past and present - you really will miss out if you don't read Phury's book...
I would say just go to Butch's book and hopefully something will jump start your mojo and you will go back and read Phury's book...
How I deal with flops in a series - I just read it through.. I make some time and just sit and read the whole thing through..
Because I know if I put it down - I wont take it back up.. So just one go...
Challenge yourself to a 24hr 1 book read-A-thon.

E.H>

My answers

  • I am reading a whole lot of series at the moment – some authors come back quickly with the follow up book and some take years before the next one hit the shelves.. Most of the books I am having issues with at the moment falls into the paranormal category.. I am taking a break from them for a while.. It’s all becoming the same regurgitated material and it doesn’t make for great reading..
  • I have a three book limit, and then I take a break, some authors I never go back to. Some I wait until I am in the mood and then dive back in.. But it would have to be something major for me to cut an author loose.
  • Depends on the type of reader you are – If you are a DNF type of reader – don't force yourself, Mood readers – wait until the mood hits you, Me – I power through and just be done with it.  I wont know if I hate it or if I want to carry on if I don’t read the book.
  • What's your thoughts on books that just does not cut it for you in a series – do you have a plan or a work in progress for dealing with them.

P.S. This post  was my post for the Weekly Geek .com site..

 

17 Speak To Me:

Tam on 1 May 2010 at 15:04 said...

Hmmm. I gave up on the Black Dagger Brotherhood I think after book 4 (like many LOL). What I've done is find major spoiler reviews and get a quick summary that way. That's cheating huh?

Usually for me it's not on particular book that turns me off, I just sort of lose interest and can't be bothered following up. Advice? I don't think you can force it or it will just turn you off the series. Maybe wait until you hear the buzz on the street (net) and see if that fires up your interest when you see people saying how amazing it was (and may save you some money if you hear them saying what crap it was.)

Val on 1 May 2010 at 15:24 said...

E.H., these are good questions. I'm trying to think of some series .... the ones that come to mind are all mainstream paranormals (rather than m/m).

I started having problems with the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher because something about the main character's attitude towards women creeped me out. He wasn't misogynistic at all, but just overly preoccupied with his sexual attraction towards all women in general as if he couldn't just dial it down a notch and relate to women as friends and regular people. When I got to the book where the protagonist takes on a gorgeous teenage girl as an apprentice wizard, the vibe got too creepy for me, and I dropped the series and never looked back.

Two other series, I've been wavering on because I'm coming to dislike the heroines' personalities: the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison and the Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine. With both of those series, I'm hanging in there just fine because the world building and storylines are so interesting. So I guess protag's personality is negotiable but creepy sexual tension isn't for me.

When I hit a book in the series that doesn't engage me as strongly as the other books, I plow through it like you do, but I skim it really fast. I've also taken a year off from reading a series and let the books pile up a little. But sometimes that necessitates re-reading, which makes me impatient, ha, ha!

Fiction Vixen on 1 May 2010 at 16:09 said...

Great topic EH!!

# What series do you read where you have had an issue with one of the books in the line-up.

Black Dagger Brotherhood. Wasn't fond of Lover Enshrined but the series in general certainly made me want to keep going.

# Do you cut the author lose after one miss, or do you have a limit of failed books before you toss in the towel.

No way. Not every book is going to work for me, favorite author or not. If I've enjoyed the authors other works I'll give it another go. However, occasionally if I've been with a series for a while and I realize I've had enough, I have no problem moving on even if I haven't been disappointed in a particular book. Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series is an example. I made it two books past Acheron and decided to part ways. Just had enough time in the Dark Hunter world.

# What's your suggestion for that book that you struggle with in a series.

If I'm seriously not feeling it, I move on. Too many books to read to worry about the ones that do nothing for me.

Lea on 1 May 2010 at 16:22 said...

Hey EH:

Great post and question from Pattepoilue as well. I have a 2 book reading limit with respect to series. I will read the books through if it is a series I have previously thoroughly enjoyed but after that I can't continue. It's almost as if I become intolerant of the author's voice.

This being said, I've glommed a number of series that sit on my shelf so I'm going to be in a very bad way if I don't like the first one or two books. lol

I do try to be fair, just like anything else in life, authors can write a book that doesn't resonate with fans but I after two books? Nope, I'm done.

I hope you are having a good weekend EH!

L

Chris on 1 May 2010 at 16:49 said...

For me, skimming over the bits about the Lessors in the BDB series helps. But I'm not sure anything can really salvage Phury's book. Heh.

Val: Hmm. I hadn't noticed that about the Dresden Files. I did give up on the Rachel Morgan series because I got pissed about a certain character being killed off. And I gave up on KMM's ...fever series because she exceeded my allowable cliffhanger threshold. :)

Erotic Horizon on 1 May 2010 at 18:28 said...

@Tam

I gave up on the Black Dagger Brotherhood I think after book 4

Me and you hon - I probably will get back to them, especially with the m/m shift that she is now incorporating in her plotline...

I just sort of lose interest and can't be bothered following up

I didn't even think of that - but I can relate, as I age and my interest change I jsut stop reading books that used to make me go gaga...

I also agree with you on the saving money..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 1 May 2010 at 18:35 said...

@Val.

the ones that come to mind are all mainstream paranormals

Why am I not surprised - could it be that there comes a time when our feet are more firmly planted and we get tired of the "sameness" of the para books. Might be age related.. been there and done that sort of feeling.

Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher

Do you know I love that series, and I take them a little at a time, but I am so annoyed at how he little by little eased in that creepy sterotypical woman thing - I stopped at book eight I think..
glad I'm not the only one freaked out by it.

I have never read the Warden series - but I have read a series by JJ Massa that deal with elemental as well - after a while I just got bored of them - there was too much predictables for me to go on with..

I am a big believer in ploughing through those difficult books....

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 1 May 2010 at 18:39 said...

@FV..

I just had to step back from those brother after three non pleasureable books - but Ward seem to have pulled it back and the fan are screaming for more.

No way. Not every book is going to work for me, favorite author or not

I agree with you - so my three book in the same series limit - too much books out there to try out.

Too many books to read to worry about the ones that do nothing for me.


That needs to go up on the side bar - never a truer word..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 1 May 2010 at 18:44 said...

@Lea
It's almost as if I become intolerant of the author's voice.

Strong words hon - But I understand - I have my own little funk as well where reading authors work is concerned..

I've glommed a number of series that sit on my shelf

Another life long member here as well - but i do love to read the first one - first.

A wonderful Weekend to you as well my dear..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 1 May 2010 at 18:47 said...

@Chris..
skimming over the bits about the Lessors in the BDB series helps

I picked up on that bad habit about the second book in.. Enough people on the net here to fill in the gaps of what I missed..

Yup - that Dresden series -have all these grating inferences (at least to me)

because she exceeded my allowable cliffhanger threshold. :)

Is that even possible..

E.H>

pussreboots on 2 May 2010 at 01:53 said...

I haven't heard of the series that sparked this week's question but I do have some strong thoughts about series in general. You can read them here.

pattepoilue on 2 May 2010 at 13:41 said...

Hehe there are a lot of good answers here! Like you it takes a lot for me to stop reading an Author. I will try and try and try until I go through the 'less funn' books. It's very rare that I don't finish a book, but as I said I can't even start phury's book...it makes me ill to think of it lol.
I'm still not sure that i can skip a book in a series, I think it will come back and haunt me until i read it ;)

pattepoilue on 2 May 2010 at 13:43 said...

@Val I love the Dresden Files and as I say a lot my least favorites are the first ones in this series. It really gets better and better. You should give Harry another chance =)

Erotic Horizon on 2 May 2010 at 20:43 said...

@Kerry.

Thank you for the articles you directed me to - they were well thought out and I have to admit I do agree with a lot of it..

Happy week hon..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 2 May 2010 at 20:45 said...

@Pattepoile..

Like you it takes a lot for me to stop reading an Author

I would wish most reader are of the same opinion or we would be missing out on some fantastic books/authors..


You may have to just read the book to get rid of your guilt..

E.H>

Sheila (Bookjourney) on 3 May 2010 at 23:41 said...

I haven't read any of these but have heard such good things about them. I am counting the books in your picture to see how much work I have to do to catch up ...LOL

Erotic Horizon on 4 May 2010 at 12:30 said...

@Sheila

Potter is a fav with a lot of people - you have are in good company...

E.H>