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O.k. this dosent really deal directly with roleplaying, but we often base games off of popular fiction so I'm counting it. I've been looking around for a good sci fi/fantasy novel for Christmas, and I 've noticed something. 90% were all part 3 or 4 of the 10 part cycle. Am I the only one to find this annoying.  

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You can't blame publishers for making money -- it'd be like blaming sharks for killing things: it's in their very nature.

 

But there are books that can be read on their own, like the books in Louis McMaster Bujold's Chalion sequence or Terry Prachett's Discworld series; and in all probability there are good Speculative Fiction books that are not part of a series at all (though they are rarer than Norwegian Unicorns).

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For myself I find that there are not enough good series out there. 

 

Cracking out multiple volumes of garbage is as bad as single stand alone books that are garbage.

 

If... and I mean IF i find a good book I prefer it to be part of a series.  Hopefully a long one where the author manages to keep up both quality and interest. 

 

Few and far in between though.....

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this used to be a problem in fantasy but the practice has spread to SF as well.  It annoys me, I dont get a finished product for my first investment, I hae no idea of how well the author can wrap up a tale.  An issue with many of the authors I have read - no idea how to finish.

 

that problem is worse when there have been six or more books leading up to the ending..

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