I’ve read two Book 2’s of trilogies this past week where Book 1 just didn’t do it for me.
One was Maelstrom by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Anne Scarborough. Classic case of “I loved the original trilogy” (and much of McCaffrey’s writings) so I wanted to read another good book set in the world of Petaybee. Changelings (Book 1) was not a particularly good book, but it had it’s moments, and now I wanted to know what happened next. (I also had the idea that it was a two book series, not a trilogy or more–this might have made a difference. I don’t like books in series where one or more books seems to be more dedicated to setting up problems to be solved in the next book than actually resolving problems. Still, if someone asked me if I’d recommend the Twins of Petaybee series, I’d have to say no).
Book 2. Cartomancy by Michael A. Stackpole. Not a horrible book, but I don’t like the way that time passes. It’s a little light on interactions between characters, light on dialogue, and I’m still mad at the author for events that took place at the end of the first book. Still, why I am still reading this book? It’s here. I want to broaden my horizens, reading wise. Curisosity to see what happens next. There are bits and pieces which I like, just a little spread out for my taste.
Given that both of these books have a Book 3 which is not yet published, I am likely to one day have to decide whether to read that book. I probably will read book 3 of the Twins of Petaybee series, I like the characters, if not the plots, too well to easily turn away–and I hate cliff hanger endings. The Sequel to Cartomancy? I’ll probably skip it. Not one of my favorite authors, so already at a disadvantage as far as getting me to remember to look for it, not a book in my usual genre, not a book I am likely to enjoy that much. Maybe someday, but not a book I’m anticipating highly.
I’ve sampled a couple of Honor Harrington Novels by David Weber. Never read one all the way, just sampled. Clear case of “Science Fiction Series of a sort I often like, featuring a lead female character” that I just can’t get into. I don’t know why. I’ve seen Honor Harrington listed with the Vorkosigan Saga and (I think) other series that I’ve read, and I think “I should like this, too”, but I don’t.
I watched the movie A Prairie Home Companion with my parents recently. I think we were all a little dissapointed with the plot, and not thrilled by the movie. But we generally like Garrison Keillor, have seen Prairie Home Companion live, and enjoyed the music, seeing some of the radio voices come to life, etc. Not quite what you asked, especially since we will shrug and move on, probably not watch it again, but still. . .
I’d be surprised if I ever wrote the sentence " I really wanted to like it". But I know I’ve had that sentiment as I’ve read various books–especially when I try to broaden my horizons. If someone whose opinion I respect says it’s good, or if a favorite author comes out with a new book, or even just if a lot of other people seem to enjoy something, there can be a strong desire to want to like something. And so I may read it, and keep reading after I’ve decided it isn’t entirely to my taste, in the hopes that I will see what someone else saw. Or out of a desire to see what happens next–especially if I like a character.