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30 Day Book Meme - Day 01

Day 01 - A book series you wish had gone on longer

Barry Hughart's books about Master Li (a sage with a flaw in his character) and Number Ten Ox, his brawny (but not stupid) assistant. Fantasy stories set in a mythical China that never was, with humour, adventure and wonderful characters.

There are three in the series - Bridge of Birds, The Story of the Stone and Eight Skilled Gentlemen, but the really frustrating part is that the fourth book has actually been written, but Hughart is so pissed off with the publishing industry that he won't let anyone publish it. Gah!


OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)

 George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. Not because I want to read it - I gave up on it about 100 pages into the first book when I realised that I hadn't yet met a single character that I'd bother to spit on if they were on fire - but in the probably forlorn hope that if Martin gets the wretched series out of his system, he might go back to writing stuff that I enjoy reading.

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oddmonster
Aug. 11th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
Okay, that bit about the fourth book sucks! Do you know if any fans have written to him and expressed willingness to buy if he would self-publish?

A great series I follow is in a similar boat: Geoffrey Knight's Fathom Five. The second book ended on a cliffhanger, the third is written and ready to go, but apparently there's a hitch in the publishing process somewhere. AAAAAAAA! Cannot cope! Hello here is my credit card, publisher, please unhand this book now right now zomg.

I haven't read anything by George R.R, um and I probably wouldn't change my mind after reading this. 100 pages is a long time to stick it out with a bad book.
cat63
Aug. 12th, 2010 11:03 am (UTC)
Do you know if any fans have written to him and expressed willingness to buy if he would self-publish?


I don't know - the story has been going around for some years now, but I don't know if anyone's been able to get in touch with him to ask...

I haven't read anything by George R.R, um and I probably wouldn't change my mind after reading this. 100 pages is a long time to stick it out with a bad book.

The thing is, I expected to like it, because I'd enjoyed everything else of his that I'd read, so I probably gave it a bit longer than I would have if it had been another author...
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