I love book series.
Anyway, I love multiple books by the same author with a continuous plot line and characters. I love the opportunity a series affords to see a story in greater depth and broader scope. Mostly I just love getting to know some of my favorite characters better.
There are three series that stand out as my all time favorites.
One: The most recent series I’ve loved is George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.
The premise: set on what one can only assume is another planet, since it bears almost no resemblance to Earth, other than the basic, scientifically determined necessities for life support like air, water and an elaborate, corrupt political system. The seasons last years instead of months and dragons, though a known fact in the past, are said to be extinct. A usurper has taken over the throne, casting down and killing its former, bat-crap crazy, occupant through treachery and deceit. War and winter are on the horizon and it is anyone’s guess which will be worse, or who will die next.
The Plusses: Fascinating, investible characters, multiple, tightly woven, richly textured plot lines and a three dimensional tapestry of history and setting, combine to draw the reader into a world he/she doesn’t want to leave.
Minuses: He hasn’t got the sixth book out and we’ve been waiting a really long time.
Current books in the series: Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance With Dragons
Next up: The Winds of Winter, and for pity’s sake George, hurry up.
Two: Ooops, I’m about out of words. Guess you’ll just have to wait a bit for my next pick.
Hint: The author is a guy with an interesting take on an old legend.