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Feeling Manipulated by a Book, AGAIN!

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Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post about a book I bought that was number one in a trilogy and it was not a full book- book 1 ended in the midst of the action and I felt like it was a tactic to get me to buy the next one in the series. I refused. I want the books I read to have a beginning, a middle and an end. Period. End of sentence.  They can go on to have the same characters in other stories but I want a full story in the volume.  This cutting the book at a pivotal scene is nothing but a marketing tool and I DO NOT LIKE IT!! See here: https://sherryfowlerchancellor.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/the-summoning/

Imagine my surprise today when I read one of the books that  has been in my “to be read” stack for several months and One Of My Favorite Writers DID IT TO ME, too.  And he did it even worse. Right before a battle scene- I kept thinking there were not enough pages left in the book to bring together all the various peoples and defeat evil. AND THERE WEREN”T!!! 

This was book FOUR of a series with the same characters- each book previous HAD A SATISFYING ENDING!! This one did not and I’m pretty pissed off. I had every right to expect a full story from this writer- he is an excellent writer- love his characters, his wit and his philosophy. This particular book was 292 pages of a great book until it wasn’t.  I never expected this out of this writer.

I’m going out on a limb here and telling you not to buy Lost Souls by Dean Koontz.  Never, never, never thought I’d be telling people not to buy one of Dean’s books but I am. I never thought he’d sell out to marketing people. One of the things I always admired about him was his refusal to allow his books to be abridged by audio books- his were always full length.  He always said he’d never sell another one to Hollywood either when he hated the one movie they made (which I saw) but why, why, why did he do this to us??  Why not finish the book, Dean?  I feel bereft.

The Summoning – Part Two

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Got delayed in finishing reading this one.  Had to go out of town to a conference  and had no time to read.  I know I was recommending this book when I first posted that I was reading it. I was throughly enjoying it.  And now I’m mad.

I take back my recommendation of this book. Don’t get me wrong, the writing is excellent and the story line is intriguing – that I like.  What makes me mad as a snake is that it is NOT a complete book.  The book ends in the middle of the action. IN. THE. MiDDLE. OF. THE. ACTION.  You have to buy the next book in the series to even get a conclusion to this book.  Reminds me of the middle movie of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. That was what I call a “bridge” movie- you HAD to see movie # 3 to find out the end of movie #2.  I, for one, refused and I still haven’t seen it.

I have to think that this is a marketing ploy to get people to buy the second book. I won’t do it. I refuse. I hate to be manipulated and that is exactly how I feel right now. Manipulated in a very bad way. When I buy a book, I want a conclusion. Now,  don’t get me wrong, I want to be intrigued enough to buy a second in a series to see what happens next but I don’t want to be forced to buy a second book to get any conclusion at all.

There was also one scene near the end where I found myself hoping the author hadn’t gone for the cliché I’d expected to happen all along. I was proud that she hadn’t done it and then in the last 30 pages, she did.  Bummer.  Hated that she gave in to that impulse. Based on the creativiity in the earlier part of the book, I expected better of her.

So, even though I’ll probably get blasted for this. I have to say it – Don’t buy  it- Just say no.