15 July 2010

Speed

No, the title was not an excuse to include a photo of Keanu Reeves...

Anyway, I was looking at the lovely Kristen from Fantasy Cafe's latest Leaning Pile of Books and it got me to thinking about the publication dates for various series. For two of the books listed, the sequels are being released in quick succession. And the same has happened/is happening with a number of other series. Why? I know readers are rapacious for stories but...and maybe this is just me...sometimes it's overwhelming. Where is the chance to savour the story already told and to anticipate the one to come? The chance to chew the fat over the various outcomes (and rant about the delay)? Isn't it our right to rant about the delay between books? *grin*

I have to be honest, I like delays between books in a series. *ducks* Sometimes it's nice to have a break. I always worry I'll get tired of a series, tired of characters rather than just tired of a subgenre. So, why the short publication time? Does anyone know? And do you like the short publication times for some series or do you prefer to wait?

13 comments:

  1. No idea, but I've wondered the same thing.

    I like the short amount of time, if the books in the series aren't epics!

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  2. I'm with Chris. Maybe that's why I rather wait until all the books of a series are out before I start reading them, so then I can decide for myself if I want a long (or short) break from the series or not. ;)

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  3. I'm with the two ladies above. If I like a series why wait to read it? I prefer to get the next book sooner rather than later, or as Janna said, I wait for the whole series to be out and then if the first book is of interest, buy them as I want to read them.

    I have no clue as to why the releases are coming in faster these days, but no complaints from me, lol!

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  4. Chris - I must confess, if I've just read a book then I usually want the next one straight away (Anne Bishop's Black Jewel books are a good example). It's just when I behind already in a series and another book is released that I start...um...panicking.

    Janna - I'm doing exactly that with Karen Mae Morning's series (waiting until the whole series is out). It's a bit daunting though, knowing how many books I will have to read to complete the series. I guess for me it's feeling behind the eight ball that's the problem (if that makes sense :)

    Hilcia - LOL! I figured I might be in the minority with this :) I guess it's just feeling overwhelmed with the books in a series. Which reminds me - I need to read Bonds of Justice (Nalini Singh) so I don't fall behind. (It took me way to long to read the previous book.)

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  5. Hmmm... I'd rather not wait, if it's a trilogy or quartet.

    If it's a long running series (In Death anyone? waiting is fine--gives me time to read other authors' work :grin:

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  6. I'm with you, Orannia - it's a bit overwhelming sometimes. When I put the books for the post you referenced together, I was actually feeling that way. There are just so many books I want to read already and it seems like an increasing number of series are coming out with smaller and smaller waits. I suspect that a lot of trilogies and shorter series are set up that way since a lot of people like to wait until the whole series is out to read it so they can read them all together. But for someone like me who likes a break between books (except for really exceptional ones), it just seems like it adds too quickly to that 'more books I want to read' pile.

    Part of the overwhelmed feeling comes with being a reviewer, though, since there are some books I just got a few months ago that I wanted to review and haven't yet - and the sequel is already out or coming out really soon!

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  7. I usually don't like waiting long for books, but I've come to realize that too fast pace a release, the quality sometimes suffers. I'd rather wait and get a great book than get them one after another and have them suck.

    Although, I do like Janna's idea... except I must buy as soon as it's out :(

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  8. I think it's just a promotional thing, actually. I don't care much either way, since I never remember what happened in the previous books of a series. :P

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  9. azteclady - that's it exactly. Some series are so long running (In Death is a good example) that even starting them is daunting...but that's a whole other post *grin* But even with trilogies... IIRC the books in Christina Dodds' first paranormal series were released in quick succession - one a month? And I was behind from the get go. I just need to space out books so as not to neglect others (if that makes sense :)

    Kristen - that's it exactly. And I don't even have the reviewing problem...am still trying to write a review of Corambis! But that's a good reason - if readers are waiting to read the whole series, then releasing books quickly means that readers are probably more likely to pick them up?

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  10. I need to read my comments more closely. Sorry azteclady and Kristen. Was trying to say that you both had excellent points, and somehow used the same phrasing! DUH!

    Mariana - great point. Unless the author has held back, a rush to get all the books in a series out leads to pressure, which may lead to errors creeping in :(

    heidenkind - LOL! I must confess to the same problem, especially if it's been a while between books in a series. I have no idea who is who or why they are doing what they're doing!

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  11. I like a break..I have a hard time with books that come out three in three months...I feel overwhelmed if I don't start with book one right away.

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  12. Mandi - me too! And that overwhelmed feeling...not good! It's nice to enjoy a book :)

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  13. I like a longer space between books than one month. I barely have the first one in my hands and then boom! boom! The others are out and I feel compelled to buy them before I even read the first one! I like four to six months better. It gives me time to read other material especially since I read from numerous genres these days, and yet it's not too long that I forget details of the previous book. I start to have trouble keeping into a series with releases spaced a year or more apart.

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