Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders
Time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!
I'm breaking this week's topic into two blocks of five, because finding ten for one category or the other was FAR too much like hard work! Let's start with the best, shall we?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Okay, yes. I'm frequently tempted to pretend that the epilogue doesn't exist, because it's kind of cheese-tastic, and the names of the kids make me want to cry they're so awful. But the rest of the book is completely and utterly phenomenal and I love absolutely everything about it.
Timeless by Gail Carriger
I think what I love most about this is that Gail Carriger was willing to put a definite end point on her series. There are so many book series that drag on LONG after they should have been wound up and just continue to get progressively worse (ahem, Stephanie Plum). Carriger took her characters and gave them a final installment featuring all sorts of high jinks and fun before delivering a happy ending. It wasn't a five star book, but it was definitely an excellent end to the series.
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
This book was so full of twists and turns and suspense that I thought I was going to have a heart attack before I finally got to the end. I loved that the ending wasn't perfectly wrapped up - things were left open ended for the reader to come up with their own headcanon about what ultimately happens. Amazingness.
The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
I was a bit meh about the first two books in the Darkest Powers trilogy, but Armstrong finished it off in fine form. Various characters came into their powers, there were references to characters from the Women of the Otherworld series, and the relationship that develops is so far from insta-love that it's not funny.
The Other Side of Dawn by John Marsden
I grew up reading the Tomorrow series. These books were basically the Harry Potter of my era - one coming out each year or so for the duration of my time in high school. And this one ended things so perfectly. Every time I read it, I spend the last 75 pages or so with tears in my eyes.
And now the worst:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Last Gleaming by Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson and Scott Allie
Oh my God. There are no words for how much I hated this. It's the last omnibus of the season 8 comics, and it. was. AWFUL. It was pretty obvious that Whedon et al had gotten a little overexcited about all the things they could do when they weren't confined by being a TV show, but this was just a trainwreck from start to finish. I literally threw it at the wall I hated it so much.
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
I started reading the Twilight books when I was in Central America in 2008, because they were literally the only English books available at the airport in Guatemala City. I got back to Australia about a week before Breaking Dawn was released, and figured that I may as well buy it to find out what happened in the end. I really wish I hadn't, because I could have happily gone my entire life without the caesarean by teeth section. Plus, it was so ridiculously anticlimactic. Another one that got thrown across the room in anger.
Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong
I wanted to love this, I really did. I've spent years reading the Women of the Otherworld series, and loving pretty much every single installment. But this? Was a massive letdown. It jumped between voices so much that it got confusing, plus Savannah's voice was in first person while the others were in third. I think my biggest problem with it, however, was that it's meant to be full blown war in the supernatural community, and yet everyone comes out basically unscathed.
Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith
I adored Pride and Prejudice and Zombies because it was so ridiculously silly, and included Darcy making smutty jokes about musket balls. Also, sweat is referred to as "exercise moisture". But this? Was terrrrrrrrrrrible. It lost most of the humour that had coloured its predecessors, and took itself too seriously. Plus, the writing was decidedly average. Womp womp.
Circle of Flight by John Marsden
I was torn when Marsden started writing the Ellie Chronicles. On the one hand, I desperately wanted to know what happened to Ellie after the war. But on the other, I was scared that it would impact on my feelings about the Tomorrow series. The first two in the series were okay, but I really didn't enjoy this one. It felt formulaic almost the whole way through, and then Marsden dropped a romantic bombshell two pages before the book ended. Um, WHAT?!?!?
What are your best/worst series enders?