Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 24 September, 2012 by Lianne in Meme / 11 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Top Ten Series I Haven’t Finished (because either you didn’t like them, you just have procrastinated, etc.)

Interesting topic for this week! I have varying reasons for why I didn’t finish the following series (almost all of them fantasy, haha). In no particular order:

01. Patrick Rothfuss’s The Kingkiller Chronicles — Aside from the fact that he’s still writing the third volume in…the series? the trilogy? Can’t keep track these days…I haven’t gotten around to the second volume, The Wise Man’s Fear, because it’s taking forever and a day for it to hit mass paperback ;_; The Name of the Wind (review) was fantastic though and I’m looking forward to catching up soon enough =P

02. Scott Lynch’s The Gentleman Bastards series — Like Rothfuss, Lynch is still writing the series at the moment. The Lies of Locke Lamora (review) works very well as a standalone and I’ve debated in the past whether to just stick to it and not read the rest of the series since I have a ton of other books to read but I did enjoy the first book and would like to see where Locke Lamora and his friend ends up later on. So yeah, eventually I will continue? =)

03. Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen series — I tried, I really did. Aside from GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire, this series popped up quite a bit on the recommendation list. I started reading Deadhouse Gates and it was just so slow…and depressing…and I did not care about the characters or about the world so yeah, I don’t think I’m going to get around to the rest of the series. It’s just not my type of read.

04. Pamela Freeman’s The Castings trilogy — I read the first book, Blood Ties, a few years ago and alas, it just didn’t grab me as much as I thought it would’ve.

05. David Anthony Durham’s Acacia trilogyAcacia (review) was a fantastic read but I’ve been hesitant to get around to the other two books in the trilogy for some reason. Again, I think it has to do with the fact that the first novel works well as a standalone. But like Lynch’s series, I just might get around to it eventually ^_~

06. Frank Herbert’s Dune series — I read the first three books–Dune, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune–when I was in high school, borrowed the books from our library (yeah, our school library was pretty cool that way). It was a little weird when it got to God Emperor of Dune and then summer vacation rolled along and I just never got around to finishing the series. I did make note of it to get back to the series at some point in the near future.

07. Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series — I enjoyed Wizard’s First Rule enough (if only because I saw bits of Legend of the Seeker) but this series is far too long and I hear it gets a bit redundant along the way so yeah, sorry.

08. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series — I read the first book in the series last year when I was hearing rumours that it was going to be picked up as a movie/television adaptation of some sorts. Although the concept of the gunslinger passing through with magical abilities was interesting, the story didn’t really grab my attention.

09. Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series — The first book in the series, The Furies of Calderon, was interesting enough but it hasn’t quite convinced me to continue following the story. 50/50 here, am planning on re-reading the book at some point before deciding.

10. Brandon Sanderson’s The Stormlight Archives series — Okay, granted he’s still writing this series (the second one’s coming out…next year? 2014? Not sure). I read the first book in the series The Way of Kings (review) and was greatly looking forward to it (Brandon Sanderson’s one of my favourite authors in fantasy right now) but was sadly disappointed; I found I didn’t really care for the characters and the overarching plot just didn’t seem to exist or was convoluted by the subplots. So yeah, don’t think I’m finishing the rest of the ten-book series.

And that’s my list for this week! There’s obviously other series that I didn’t include in this list but alas, I’ll be typing this entry all day lol. Anyways, what series made it on your list this week? =)


11 Responses to “Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. The Gunslinger is BY FAR the worst book of the Dark Tower Series. It took me a month to read it (with my husband constantly nagging me that it was such a great series – and since he never reads? I wanted to read something with him…)

    After I finished the Gunslinger I reluctantly picked up book #2 (Drawing of the Three) and it was a slow start, but after about the halfway point I couldn’t put it down and read the rest of the series in about 2 wees.

    Come see my Top Ten / Teaser Tuesday!

    • Glad to hear that the series does pick up. I do remember reading somewhere–was it in his introduction? Or on GR?–that the first book was pretty meh compared to the rest. I guess I’ll try to get around to the other books one of these days 😉 Or pick up the comics; it occurred to me while reading the first book that it would probably make a better visual story.

  2. I agree with Jac, the Gunslinger was awful but the second book in the DT series was great and I have heard they get even better.

    I still have not started the Kingkiller Chronicles. I have owned the first book for over a year and really need to get on it!

    • I hope you get around to the Kingkiller Chronicles! I really need to re-read the first book but I remember being totally riveted by it =)

      Thanks for the heads up about the Dark Tower series, I might pick up the second book one of these days 😉

  3. Dune and the Dark tower series are both on my to-finish pile. King says in the updated edition that his first few books are not as strong as the later ones in the Dark Tower series…not sure how that’s supposed to make me read it lol. Dune is such a time commitment! Thanks for the great list! I love fantasy and I haven’t read many of these so I’m off to goodreads lol.

    Here’s Ours

    • lol I know what you mean! I think the series may work better visually, I don’t know xD

      Agreed re: Dune, it’s absolutely wonderful but with the scope of the story, yeah, I need to clear my reading schedule a bit to finish it!

  4. Li,

    Thanks for the kind words. At least you haven’t left the Acacia Trilogy unfinished because you didn’t like it! That’s a relief. 😉

    Personally, I think if you like the first one you may enjoy the rest. And it’s just a trilogy, after all. Nice and tidy and finished, in mass or trade paperback. I’m just saying…



    • Hi David, thanks for dropping by my blog! 🙂 You make a very good point that the story is contained in a trilogy–technically I’m 1/3 there! =) Acacia is such a fully-realised world though, I don’t think I can stay away for too long without knowing what happens next 😉

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