I humbly present to thee my take on the latest link-up from those fair maidens at The Book Chewers:
“Answer ten questions about sequels! Interview yourself. Add pictures if you like. Have fun!”
I know not why I speaketh in faux-Shakespearean…
Best sequel you’ve ever read?
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling! The other day I was reading a post on The Little Engine That Couldn’t and the writer perfectly summed up why it’s such a good book: it’s tightly plotted. The earlier books spent too much time introducing things and the later books became bloated with subplots.
Worst sequel you’ve ever read?
That would be The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan, for a number of reasons. I found Tyson irritating. I didn’t think the book was as funny or creative as The Lightning Thief. I thought Percy’s quest was stupid.
Sequel that outshone the first book?
A Year Down Yonder, sequel to Richard Peck’s A Long Way From Chicago. Sorry, I’m writing in sentence fragments again. Like Suzanne Collins. Anyway. The books are about a brother and sister, with the brother narrating the first book and the sister the second. I thought the sister was a better-developed character.
Do you often read sequels or do you read the first book and move on?
Gah. This is a difficult question because so much depends on the first book. If I loved the first book then I’ll almost certainly read the sequels. If I didn’t, then I won’t bother. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood to search the library in order to find A) all the sequels and B) find them in order. Sometimes the library doesn’t even have all the sequels!
Basically, I leave the decision about continuing with a series until after I’ve read the first book.
What’s a sequel that really surprised you in a good or bad way? Why?
Any of the sequels to Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson were very surprising in a very bad way because they were so stupid. Patterson, dude, what were you thinking? You had an awesome idea and you managed to mess it up in every way possible. Sigh. I had high hopes for that series but now I haven’t even bothered to read the two most recent books because I don’t want to waste my time.
What’s the last sequel you read? Briefly, what did you think of it?
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin had a decent plot but the writing wasn’t as pretty as that in the first book.
What are three sequels you’re planning to read… eventually?
- Son by Lois Lowry
- Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
- Going Solo also by Roald Dahl (it’s the sequel to his autobiography because evidently other interesting events happened in his life after Boy)
What’s the first sequel you see when you look at your bookshelf?
The Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene. It’s part of the Nancy Drew series and I’m not entirely sure why I still have it since I stopped being a fan at about age eleven.
Best sequel cover?
What book(s) do you think desperately need a sequel, but don’t have one?
I want a sequel to Matilda by Roald Dahl where we, the readers, get to see her new life with Miss Honey. Maybe it would even show the mishaps of the rest of the Wormwood family. I’d also love to see a sequel to A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, although I’m not sure what it would be about since the characters I love most are dead.
Alas, alas, both Dahl and Dickens are dead so I’ll never get my sequels!
What about you, dear readers? What books do you wish had sequels?