Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish
Heh. There are so many series I have started, and lots of them I’ve stopped reading for one reason or another. There’s at least one I have since been convinced to give another try, and I’ll add that at the end of this list, since I haven’t actually restarted it yet. Still… there’s a lot of series that I’m just done with. (Links go to the series list on Goodreads.)
1. Study by Maria V. Snyder
Poison Study was a great book. I read the sequel because I enjoyed the first book so much. I didn’t enjoy the second one nearly as much, though, so I’m not going to be reading on. (According to Goodreads, though, I even read the third book. I didn’t rate books two or three, though, so I don’t know anything at all about my opinion of book three. And no, I’m not going to re-read the rest of the series to remember it. I’m just going to pretend it’s a stand-alone novel.)
2. Pern by
Anne Todd McCaffrey
I didn’t even enjoy all of Anne’s Pern stories, but once Todd took over the series was dead to me. (Yes, I did read one of the collaboration books. It didn’t feel like the same series, and lacked the magic I enjoyed in my favorite of the Pern books.)
3. Nadia Stafford by Kelley Armstrong
I really enjoyed Kelley’s Otherworld series, and I read all of the novels in that series (and most of the short stories). But I also tried her Nadia Stafford series, and couldn’t get into it. I just didn’t like any of the characters much in book one, so I decided there were too many other books out there to keep going with the series.
4. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
I read the first two books and did not enjoy them, so I’m done. Lots of my friends love this series, so I don’t really know what made them so unpleasant to me.
5. Dragon Jousters by Mercedes Lackey
The first book in this series was so completely average to me that I have no memory of it. As such… there’s no point in continuing with the series. (Also… I’m kinda thinking that I should take this attitude with all of Lackey’s recent work. Read on…)
6. Elemental Masters by Mercedes Lackey
The first books in this series were a lot of fun. I have read nine of the thirteen currently-published books. But while I loved the first couple of books, the middle ones were hit-and-miss. And the more recent ones contained everything that annoys me about Lackey’s recent work and none (or few) of the things that I enjoyed about her classic work. (Think I’m done with talk of Lackey’s series yet? Keep reading…)
7. Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey
I liked the early books, but the series got tired. Sensing a theme yet? I still enjoy many of the Valdemar books written before 2000, and have those on my keeper shelf to re-read. But beyond that… I’m good. (Side note: Goodreads tracks 42 titles in this series. Forty-two. When a series gets that long, even taking into account that some of those are short story collections or 3-in-1 versions of the various trilogies, IT IS TIME TO STOP *.)
8. Demonica by Larissa Ione
I really enjoyed this series. However, I thought it ended after book five, yet apparently it did not. I was satisfied with the ending, and my reading preferences have changed, so I won’t be continuing with the books. If my reading tastes change back, and I start reading more romances again, I might re-read the first books in this series. Who knows? At that point I might change my mind about being done with this series. I reserve that right… I just don’t see any change happening in the near future (if at all).
9. Dante Valentine by Lilith Saintcrow
This is case of accidental giving-up-on. I have intended to read more in this series… ever since I finished the second book about ten years ago. In some respects this series doesn’t belong on this list, because book three is still on my TBR. However, I haven’t had any actual desire to pick the books back up for ten years, so… that kinda speaks for itself. (On the other hand, I still love the author’s more recent works, like the Bannon and Clare series, so maybe I do owe it to myself to read Dante Valentine again.)
10. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Since giving up on this series mid-way through book four, I’ve been told that about where I threw the book against the wall is where it started to get better. I do plan to go back to this series and give it another try… but until I do, it has earned its place on this list.
Have you read any of the series I’ve given up on? And do you agree with my decision to quit, or is there a turning point (as with The Dresden Files) where it gets better, so I should keep reading?
* italics AND all caps. That’s how you know I’m serious. 😉