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  •  Titanic series have many icebergs to crash against (4+ / 0-)

    so I admire those that make it to the end unscathed.

    An author may have a burst of inspiration, which flags with each succeeding book. The series which most disappointed me like this was His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman. The Golden Compass made magic so very real, and Lyra, the familiars, the compass itself, with sharp story and rich characters. Then the plot and the magic slowly came unglued, leaving a bitter taste in my mouth after the The Amber Spyglass.

    I found the same slow decay, though at a far shallower slope, in the Dune books, the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, and the Ender's Game series.

    Then you have the authors who get infected with their own dreams: they jump onto their plot, and charge off in all directions. Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, plus three strong-minded editors, could have been a thing of real beauty.

    John Scalzi has set eight books in his Old Man's War universe. All I've read of his was The Android's Dream - which was rich enough that I expect he can find eight books worth of ideas for one setting.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 12:38:45 PM PDT

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