Book number 11 in the Sookie Stackhouse series, Dead Reckoning, has just come out.
Even though, I’m on a waiting list for the book at my library I am ambivalent about what to expect.
The last two books were really average and the last book, Dead in the Family, was a major disappointment.
At what point do you give up on a series? When has an author ‘jumped the shark’?
I’m edging toward closing the book on the Sookie Stackhouse series. I think that Harris has exhausted all possible and interesting storylines.
She has had the competing boyfriends issues (Eric and Bill), romance with a werewolf and discovery of fairies relatives.
Now, the characters just seemed to be treading water. In fact, I found Sookie quite annoying in the last two books as all she seemed to be doing was bleat on about wanting a nice boyfriend to settle down with. Ugh!
So, why do authors do it?
Sure, there is a fan base to satisfy and of course the money, but at some point I wish someone would step in and say ‘enough already’.
Don’t they realise they just destroy the legacy of their own work.
A prime example I’ve previously blogged about is Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta series. I finally stopped at Book 15: Scarpetta Factor.
And I just checked her website and I can’t believe that she is bringing out another Scarpetta book this year!
News flash: Emperor of All Maladies won the 2011 Pulitizer Prize for general non-fiction.