Semptember Sequels!

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 I just subscribed to this amazing blog, which posts weekly linkups and prompts. As you may have guessed, this week’s topic is the sequel, a creature which can be incredibly wonderful or perfectly deplorable depending on both the book and the reader. I’m told there are people who don’t like any sequels, whereas there are other folks who love them. I’m firmly in the latter group, as you can read below.

1. Best sequel you’ve ever read?

The Horse and His Boy. I know it’s a children’s book, but I’ve loved it since I was a child. Who cares if I still do? I actually end up rereading the whole Chronicles of Narnia series every couple of years, and The Horse and His Boy even more often.
2. Worst sequel you’ve ever read?

All of the Challenger and Company short stories that followed The Lost World. I’ve loved that book since I first read it, so I was hugely excited when I found out Conan Doyle had written more with those characters.

And then I read those stories…
3. Sequel that outshone the first book?

The Horse and His Boy. Again. I think the writing is tighter, the characters more likeable, and the story just generally better than the earlier books.
4. Do you often read sequels or do you read the first book and move on?

It depends on whether I liked the first book or not. If I did enjoy it, then I’ll likely read the sequel(s). If not, you couldn’t make me touch it with a thirty-yard pole.
5. What’s a sequel that really surprised you (in a good or bad way)? Why?

I’m not sure if it’s the latest one to do it or not, but The Mark of Athena really stands out. If you’ve read it, you will know why. If not…spoilers. Big, honkin’ spoilers which I cannot and will not inflict on you.
6. What’s the last sequel you read? (Briefly, what did you think of it?)

Fired Up by Mary Connealy. It was decent, but honestly the quality of her books in general has been declining in recent years. It wasn’t nearly as good as some of her previous books.
7. What are 3 sequels you’re planning to read (eventually…)?

1) Allegiant by Veronica Roth

2) United We Spy by Ally Carter

3) And whatever the next sequel to The False Prince is.

8. What’s the first sequel you see when you look at your bookshelf?

Isaac Asimov’s Robots and Empire. I haven’t actually read it yet, but it’s sitting right next to the first of the series, which I loved.
9. Best sequel cover!?

The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen. Actually, the cover art was gorgeous for both books. Simple, but beautiful.
10. What book(s) do you think desperately need a sequel…but don’t have one?

The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie comes to mind. But due to the pesky little fact that Christie is dead, I don’t see one happening any time soon. *sigh*

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6 thoughts on “Semptember Sequels!

  1. Oh Alligent!! I can’t wait for that one either. (Though I’m pretty sure the author is just going to kill everyone. Grr… XD) And The Horse and His Boy is a brilliant book! It’s my second favourite (the Silver Chair was too epic with Puddleglum). I just loved Aravis and Shasta together. The banter? Priceless? (Also Bree…)

    Thanks for linking up with us!! 🙂

    • Ahhh! Puddleglum! The Silver Chair is actually right below The Horse and His Boy on my list, though I’m pretty fond of the whole series. Aravis and Shasta: one of my original OTPs. XD
      Thank YOU for the awesome prompts! I’m really enjoying your blog!

  2. Well, I’m not sure about sequels exactly, but the Discworld series gets better as it goes along. In every book, more stuff is added to the universe. A lot more stuff. From minor villages and inane details (the village of Bad Ass was named after a stubborn donkey), to whole countries and civilisations (in Quirm, everyone speaks Morporkian, for instance).

    • I’ve never read the series, but that’s one of the things I love about a well-written sequel. Details building upon details and making a wonderful story even better.

  3. I love The Horse and His Boy too. I’m not sure I can love it more than The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but it is close. Quite close.

    Thanks for linking up and for subscribing to TBC! Pleased to meet you. =)

    • Honestly, I love the whole series(though I wasn’t as crazy about The Magician’s Nephew or Prince Caspian). 🙂
      Thank you for the wonderful prompts! Likewise!

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