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One thing I really hate when reading is getting to the end of a book only to discover that the author has chosen not to bring the story to an end, but rather to continue it in a new volume. Which I don't have. Which probably isn't even published yet. Or if it is, is only available in an expensive hardcover version. It's most aggravating when it seems that the only reason the author (or the publishing house) made the decision to do so was based solely on the desire to sell more books. I once threw an Anne Rice book across the room for this violation of courtesy, and have not willingly read any of her books since.

Now, mind you, I love trilogies (and quadrilogies and giant numerous series), so it's not that. It's more that I think a book should be at least somewhat complete in itself, and that it should have SOME SORT of satisfactory conclusion even if it leaves you wanting 1) more and 2) to know what happens AFTER.

I finished reading The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde last night, after what seemed forever, and was extremely disappointed. He seems to have become consumed with his cleverness and forgotten that he has a story to tell. Absolutely no advancement to the story was made from where it left off at the end of the 2nd book through to the end of this, the 3rd installment, and I'm left wondering if I should bother with the next one, whenever it should come out. I should, perhaps, have guessed by the title what was in store for me. Bah.

I'm waiting for final, final changes on my catalog at work so that I can do the absolute final proof-reading before I drive it to the printer and turn it over to them to make real and beautiful. I can't just email the piece because the Quark file alone is 30 MB. It's the biggest print piece I've ever designed and been responsible for, 34 pages including the cover, and I've gotten quite a bit of compliments on the layout, so I'm very pleased that it has turned out so well with such short deadlines. Within the next 3 weeks I have a 4-page newsletter, a 2-page product brief, an email newsletter and 5 presentations to deal with, among other things. And 2 of the weeks are short ones, because of Swedish bank holidays (Ascension Day and the Day After Pentecost).

Really Good Writing Out There Right Now: Lester by Tequila Mockingbird

More Really Good Writing Out There Right Now: Why My Wife Won't Sleep With Me
(thanks to The Zero Boss for the link)

Excellent Essay on the Layers of Friendship: Some are Silver and the Others Gold by purrthecat
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OMG OMG OMG! I'm on your list!

*big hug* I should write something not off the cuff, and see what you think. *hee*

How on earth are you going to manage getting those next projects done in between taking photos of the ptint job just completed and giving detailed insight into it on LJ for all your friends who want to see it?? ;)

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It WAS!! argh!! And I had a brand new hardcover copy SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR in person!!

Yikes! I second the trash-landing with The Witching Hour series. It took forever to wind up the tale which unraveled into drivel. Most of the time if I"m even aware that it's a never-ending story I'll avoid it. That would've worked well with Oryk and Crake too come to think of it. I could've bypassed the whole disappointment of reading it.

I've been meaning to pick up The Well of Lost Plots but I've found I really don't remember much of the first two at all, and don't really want to take the time to re-read them both. I'll probably end up buying it anyway, so my hardcovers match. I have this series matching problem, which is why I own 3 copies of The Golden Compass.

:) you sound just like me! I bought a whole new set of the Narnia Chronicles because they had cover illustrations by Leo & Diane Dillon, but then I couldn't bear to get rid of my originals. :)

thanks for the links

They are all three good. Thanks. I especially was touched by "lester"
..and purr gave me much food for thought about friendship. I'm glad she put the thoughts down for us.

I agree...the best trilogies/otherogies are the ones where each book can really stand on its own, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Just leainv you hanging at the end of a book is a realy crappy way for an author to treat his/her audience.

I'm on board with you on this one. I have to know it's an installment going in, or I get tetchy!

I don't mind the Fforde books though-- I think because I'm in it first for the literary nonsense and silliness, second for the cleverness, and only third for the story. I don't much care what happens to Thursday; I just enjoy the ride.

But he's the only author I feel that way about. I hurled Ann Rice across the room too!

I loved the first one, and in the 2nd one forgave him, partly because he IS clever and partly because the plot moved along, but the 3rd book just aggravated me to no end. Cleverness is all very well, but it's NOT a plot. :)

I know, I know...

But... he's so funny!

What a relief to get that out of the way. I refuse to let you do anything remotely resembling work while you are here. TLC all the way (well, after you wash the windows, do the laundry, clean out the bird cage, scrub the bathroon etc)

clean out the birdcage? *draws a line*

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