I Love to Read Series
Posted by Gail | Filed under Gail Pleasures
I blast through about 200 books a year and read everything from sci fi to mystery, romance to non-fiction. What I never do is finish books I’m not enjoying. I don’t have the kind of discipline to wade through a book just because I started it. I have been known to turn to the middle of a book and read a couple of pages to see if the writing grabs me. Failing that, I dump the sucker and move on.
When I find a writer I really like, I read everything he or she has written. And when I find characters that repeat that I like, it’s a bonus.
Mike Carey has created a character named Felix Castor who I love. Felix Castor is a freelance exorcist, and London is his stamping ground. The humour is British, the tale totally believable, if you like fantasy. In The Devil You Know, a book of what turns into a series, Castor accepts a seemingly simple ghost-hunting case at a museum – just to pay the bills, you understand. But what should have been a perfectly straightforward exorcism is rapidly turning into the Who Can Kill Castor First Show. Castor knows how to deal with the dead. It’s the living who really tick him off.
Fever of the Bone by Val McDermid is the sixth in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan crime series. Given the depressing regularity with which paedophiles stalk the pages of crime novels, it’s something of a relief that this monster is a rarer beast. McDermid is another Brit writer, this time in the who-dun-it genre.
One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde Over the past decade, British novelist Jasper Fforde has established himself as a master of metafictional suspense stories. His original series of Thursday Next novels continues to be the crown jewel in his career. One of Our Thursdays Is Missing is the sixth book in this series as well as the second book in the sub-series known as BookWorld, a sub-series for which Fforde has said he plans to write two additional books. So this sixth effort is deeply embedded within the mythology and history of the Ffordian universe, where fictional and non-fictional characters from books interact with each other and the real world. FABULOUS!
Soulless is the first in Gail Carriger’s delightful series the Parasol Protectoret, Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless. SMART WRITING, WITTY DIALOGUE, ENGAGING STORY… I’ve already devoured Changeless, Blameless and Timeless, so now I’m waiting for Gail to write me a new series.