Disappointing Books

I’ve been dis­ap­point­ed in most of the books I’ve read late­ly and I can’t fig­ure out why. I’m hop­ing I’ve just run into a bad batch of books because the alter­na­tive is that I’ve lost inter­est in read­ing. And that isn’t pos­si­ble.

In the last few months I’ve read Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun and Ghouls Gone Wild, both by Victoria Laurie. And by that, I mean to say I fin­ished Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun, but haven’t man­aged to fin­ish Ghouls Gone Wild. I liked this series when the first book was pub­lished, but had a hard time fin­ish­ing these last two. For some rea­son, the main char­ac­ter has become annoy­ing, shal­low, and stuck in place. I can­not see any char­ac­ter devel­op­ment. To be fair, I’ll prob­a­bly try to re-read the first two books in the series, and I’m hop­ing I won’t sud­den­ly hate them, also. Either way, I prob­a­bly will not pur­chase any more books in this series.

I’ve had the same prob­lem with Victoria Laurie’s oth­er series, Psychic Eye Mysteries. The main char­ac­ter, Abby, is no longer inter­est­ing and Abby’s FBI agent boyfriend is down­right irri­tat­ing. I espe­cial­ly hate his nick­names for Abby. (What kind of nick­name is “Sweet Hot?”) I have no inter­est in read­ing any addi­tion­al books in this series.

I’ve also had a prob­lem with the last Mary Janice Davidson book I read in the Undead series. I’ve grown to dis­like the main char­ac­ter. Again, she’s shal­low, which was orig­i­nal­ly part of her charm, but now it has just gone on too long. After read­ing the first six books in this series, I have no inter­est in pur­chas­ing any more books with these char­ac­ters. I think this may be an excel­lent exam­ple of milk­ing a series that should have stopped when it was a tril­o­gy.

Reading the GeekMom blogs led me to try the Arcane Society series by Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle. I liked the first book, Second Sight, enough to try addi­tion­al books in the series, but I was also a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ed in the book. Maybe Nora Roberts and Linda Howard are spoil­ing me for great sto­ries, but I expect­ed bet­ter from Quick/Krentz/Castle. I did like Second Sight enough that I’m going to try more books in this series, but I’m going to pur­chase them from a used book­store.

I’ve actu­al­ly start­ed read­ing non-fic­tion books after this series of dis­ap­point­ments. I pur­chased a cou­ple of basic physics books to refresh my mem­o­ry and I recent­ly pur­chased some nature books that I am look­ing for­ward to read­ing.

I know it can­not be all me because I still love J.D. Robb’s Eve Dallas series and there are more than 30 books in the series. The mys­ter­ies are still inter­est­ing and the char­ac­ter devel­op­ment is con­sis­tent and believ­able. I also have read the Shirley Damsgaard “Witch” series and am still enjoy­ing the sto­ries.

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Author: Susan

Technical writer and engineer