Prequel, Sequel, Hopes Dashed

So much anticipation, so much excitement. You’ve read a new book and loved it, and then you discover  there’s a sequel or even a prequel or five other books in the series, and you almost salivate over the keyboard as you search the catalogue and place your hold. You receive the long awaited email or letter telling you the wondrous tome is waiting on the holds shelf at your favourite library. You take it home, you crack open the spine and start reading, but a few pages or even one or two chapters in and your heart is broken, it’s just not that good, in fact it may even stink.Cover of Shift

This kind of literary trauma has just happened to me. I had read Wool by Hugh Howey, I even blogged about it. I loved the concept of a community living in a silo underground, the characters and the suspense and slow revealing of the deceptions and lies behind it. But so much was not revealed about how the silos came to be, and when I learned of a prequel, I got a tad excited. But alas Shift was not what I’d hoped. So about 50 pages in, I decided life was too short, I cared not for the characters populating this book, it was wordy and boggy and I decided to perform the ultimate betrayal…I Googled a synopsis and found out the basic reasons behind the silos and deposited the book into the returns slot.

So I gave up, I wimped out, maybe it was the coward’s way out. Should I have stuck with it, read all 569 pages?

The latest and final instalment, Dust is due out in October, but sadly it will not be waiting for me on a holds shelf.

How do you decide when enough is enough? Do you always read to the end once you’ve committed to a book, or do you, like me, give it a certain amount of time then say ‘Hasta La Vista Baby’ and move on?

Are there series, prequels or sequels you have been disappointed by?

9 thoughts on “Prequel, Sequel, Hopes Dashed

  1. linda blackwell 11 August 2013 / 11:09 am

    I know what you mean its happen to me several times,the last time was when I saw that stevan eldred – grigg had written a book called Bangs,i was so excited as it was all to do with that family from Oracles and Miracles and I had read the other two that followed after. but Bangs was a real let down,i read it right through but it left me feeling depressed,as it was so sad.I hope that was his last book on the family.

    • purplerulz 12 August 2013 / 11:54 am

      we get so bound to books don’t we? We really invest our souls into them sometimes!

  2. Andie 11 August 2013 / 12:31 pm

    Just to go against the international tide, I was terribly disappointed with both The Hunger Games sequels. Catching Fire was just ok, i s’pose, but Mockingjay sucked big time.

    • purplerulzpurplerulz 12 August 2013 / 10:06 am

      I agree, I loved the first book, but gave up on the second… I think I’ll just watch the movie (horrors)

  3. Gallivanta 11 August 2013 / 4:43 pm

    I am trying to teach myself to let go of books that I am not enjoying. I don’t know why my mind insists on persevering; really such a waste of time, as you point out in your post.

    • purplerulz 12 August 2013 / 11:50 am

      It takes a bit of fortitude to let go I found. Many people use the page 33 id stickers the library puts on every book as a marker. If the book hasn’t grabbed you by the time the sticker appears, it’s on it’s way!

      • Gallivanta 12 August 2013 / 12:11 pm

        That’s a good idea!

  4. dazzle 12 August 2013 / 11:16 am

    Yup you should have read it. I enjoyed it set the background to Wool nicely and interwove the past with the present. That being said not sure I want to read much more in the same vein the story can be a bit bogged down at times.

    • purplerulz 12 August 2013 / 11:52 am

      It was one I did feel guilty about giving up on, I do still feel I’ve missed out, but cheating and reading an on line synopsis helped! But that made me feel guilty too!

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