Because, when the first book in a series is released and the 2nd, 3rd ...11th, 12th are not yet written there is always a long wait. Is it better to wait for the whole series and then buy them together or to grab em when they are published? I do both. If I discover a new author I like, I then buy all his books to date and it keeps me busy for a while. But if u buy as they are published u end up juggling about 6 different series which can be confusing. Of course the author could also die before releasing the final book, as in poor old Robert Jordan. What do you think?
Well cost wise most of the time a set of books doesn't happen, though this does depend on how popular and mainstream the books are.
I personally have about 6 authors that I follow so this means I often have 6 or more series on the go at once. I dont find it all that confusing as I almost have a set mode for each author that helps me get into the world of their books. I guess this will depend on the person, but lets say a new series comes out and it takes what a year per book this means if it a trilogy it will take at least 3 years for them too all come out. The question now if can you wait that long to read them all? I personally get them as they come out.
I like getting the books as they come out because it makes it really exciting. Some authors guarentee to bring the books out once or twice a year to finihs a series quickly which is the best of both worlds! My current new discovery is The Books of Lore, starting with The Elements of Lore by Harry S Hope - a very good fantasy series, if you love inheritance you will love tehse little beauts!
Poor old Robert Jordan indeed, having your writers die before they finish their work is the second worst thing that can happen to a reader (I could say first but since, dying friends is allot sadder I will not)
But to the subject i normally start a series regardless of it is finished or not. If it is good it is promising that it isn't finished since the i can expect a lot more from the writer in the years to come, especially if it's a rather young writer.
I usually find out about a series when half of it is already out. I then rush to the library or buy all the books out, read them super fast - whole artemis fowl series in a week:) Then buy them as soon as they come out or look around for the cheapest (Depending on the price :)
My 11-year old daughter has solved the problem of the long wait by reading books again and again - ok, maybe skipping the less interesting parts from the 3rd time onwards. It's very strange, she doesn't get bored, she says she soaks up minute details that may have escaped her the first time.
It can be frustrating having to wait for the finale of a really good series, especially (from a collector's point of view) if the publishers go and re-brand them half way through, a la Robin Hobb's Soldier Son Trilogy - I waited for it to come out but now can't find the third book in the same style cover as the other two - grr! As for juggling several series at once, I do that too with my favourite current writers like Raymond E Feist and Terry Pratchett (v pleased to see he's still bashing them out with the same glee as he always did - you go Terry!!) but if I find an older series/writer I usually try and buy the whole series second hand and can't touch another book until I've finished the lot!
Oh and Irene, your daughter is not all that strange after all! :-) I know lots of people who read the same books over and over. When you find a truly superb book/series of books you want to relive the experience - it's just the same as watching a film more than once or listening to the same song again, you get that same emotional response but sometimes, as your daughter says, you pick up on nuances and clues that you might have missed before.
I do this. I never used to be able to re-read books. Id figure that id read them, i was done. Nothing more could be got from it. However, out of boredom one day i realised i couldnt remember a lot of stuff that had happened in a book id read a year or so previously and id really enjoyed the read at the time so i started re-reading books. ive got series of books ive read 4 or 5 times now. And its true you pick up many little things that you didnt realise the first or even 2nd or 3rd times through.
its good for series too. i tend to buy them as they come out, meaning i have to wait for a year or so for the next one to come out. but in that time i can read new books or re-read old ones and when it gets near the time for the new one of the series to come out, i tend to re-read the others before it in the series so i fully remember whats been happening and am ready to get into the new book.
I love to read series of books, especially when there is a chronology running through them. It can be frustrating to have to wait for the next book, but I particularly like series that stand on their own too. Wire in the blood books are great, and can be read in pretty much any order. The Soft Target trilogy by Conrad Jones is fantastic if you like thrillers, and they came out in the space of nine months with more to follow I believe. If you like series his books are addictive. There comes a point with some series though were ideas are running a little thin. Lee Child`s Jack Reacher books are brilliant and can be read any which way around, but the last one was very weak and I couldnt finish it it was so dull. The Harry Bosch books by Michael Connelly are well worth a read too.
I agree with the previous reader about the last Lee Child story, it was painful. I`ve just ordered Soft Target 3 this afternoon, which I have been waiting for since July to be released!! I have really enjoyed Conrad Jones`s books, as far as thrillers go he has to be one of the best new writers around. I think this Brisingr series was aimed at young adults really and I was a little let down by this one. His writing reminds me of Darren Shan, who writes teenage horror books that are so corny they are fun, and sell millions of copies everytime he releases a new one!!
I have read all Dan Brown`s books...some good some better....I`m still of the mind that the Da Vinci code has to be one of the most successful novels, because of word of mouth rather than advertising. I have always enjoyed Lee Child`s books and agree with the previous people that `nothing to lose` was not as good, the reviews say it all really. Clive Cussler is a good read if you like action and adventure with a little tongue in cheek added. I have read the `Soft Target` trilogy by Conrad Jones and loved it. Book three `Jerusalem` was awesome, an ending that did the books justice. The Bourne Identity books are brilliant but Ludlum is difficult to read, and of course I love the chik lit series by Sophie Kinsella...hours of harmless fun, very uplifting. Brisngr was a series that I will reread, because there so much to take in, I`m sure I`ll enjoy it a second time around.