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Today’s Top Ten:
The Top Ten Series I Haven’t Finished (either due to procrastination, boredom or other reasons)
My list will be a mix of both book and TV/Film as there are some that should be books, or read like them, or they are series based on books themselves. It’s pretty rare for me not to finish a series; I’m kind of compulsive like that, but sometimes you just have to let it go. As a result, this isn’t a list of 10 – just as many as I could figure
- The Jaz Parks series by Jennifer Rardin.
I loved this series deeply. It has a kick-ass heroine who is developing her own abilities (supernatural and otherwise) as the series progresses, and a centuries-old vamp who know works for the good guys. Toss in a crazy gadgets guy, a gorgeous man-for-hire and a goofy dog, and you have a great team. Sadly, however, Jennifer Rardin died suddenely just before the release of the final book in the series. The book is done, and published, but my heart broke a little when I heard that she was no longer with us, and I just can’t bring myself to finish that final book, even though I know the ending will be amazing. Thanks, Jennifer, for a great series.
- Quintin Jardine’s Bob Skinner series.
This is another amazing series … at least up until a point. Quality British detective series that doesn’t hold any punches, Jardine writes great books, and his characters are allowed to have flaws. Too many flaws, in this case, as he changed the main character’s behaviour so radically that it no longer (in my mind) matched the detective that I had grown to love. I don’t condone cheating in real life or in fiction, and that a character who had been portrayed as devoted to his wife and family could act so horribly was a major seismic shift for the series. It was also the deal breaker, and I never went back.
I adore this series. I love it and can quote whole sections of the tv series with friends (and a few glasses of red wine). My ringtones on my phone are selected quotes. Seriously, there is deep and abiding love for Captain Tightpants and his crazy crew. That’s exactly why I can’t bring myself to watch the last half of Serenity. I know what happens – I’m not living under a rock – but I’m not prepared to watch my favourites die. I know it happens, but I don’t need to see it. It would break my heart a hundred times.
I really tried with this one. I wanted to like it – it seemed to be everything that I would like, but there was something … icky… about the relationships, and after book one, I never went back. Sorry, fans – I know there are legions – but I just couldn’t do it.
- The Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray (Great & Terrible Beauty, etc).
Again, another series where I just couldn’t get into it. Shame really, because I loved the idea of it all, and I think that her latest, The Diviners, is probably one of the best books of the year. Still, it didn’t sit right with me and the writing began to irritate me after only a few chapters. I abandoned it about halfway through book one and never looked back.
I started this series with great enthusiasm, and really enjoyed book one. Such amazing world building! Such great social commentary! And then… book two fell flat. I never did finish it, and never had any desire to go back. Oh, and then that movie – with Kyle Maclaughlin? Every reason why I should have liked it, and it turned me off even more.
- Heroes (TV series).
Season one of this television series was incredible – so innovative, so fun, so creative!! It even used graphic novels, for cripes sake! Then…. It all became a little too much, and it lost its way. I wanted to like it, but after setting up Sylar as a great big baddie, then deciding to keep him around, it all felt too much. I’ve never had this problem with Supernatural, but Heroes just had too many people doing too much to keep going.
I’m going to include the Caster Chronicles and the Mortal Instruments under a separate heading, as I’ve every intention of reading them but they keep getting pushed back. With the movies coming out soon, they are leaping to the top of the list, I promise!