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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Top Ten Sequels

The Tuesday Top Ten, as invented by The Broke and Bookish, and these are my picks.

This week's list is Top Ten Sequels--I hope this includes books in a series, because it isn't often I read books written in a 1,2 format.

1. Eldest by Christopher Paolini. When Eragon came out, I'd never been so inspired. An ambitious debut for young adults, written by a teenager! When Eldest came out...Suddenly Eragon was less impressive and Christopher Paolini more so.

2. Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire. A lot of people didn't like it, the main complaints being that the story appeared to be slow and without direction. This book was the rare occasion I liked the use of directionlessness... Lack of direction was sort of the point. Liir didn't know who he was or where he was going... He had to find out for himself.

3. Does The Lord of the Rings counts as a sequel? I'm saying it does.

4. Fell by David Clement Davis. I read The Sight as a kid... I was in love with wolves; there was something magically haunting and wise about the animal...So when I found The Sight at the library, a book that was magical and haunting and just happened to be about wolves...I was enamored. I read Fell as an adult, who secretly always wondered what became of the troubled black wolf...And now I know.

5. Like LOTR, I don't think Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince needs much introduction...Except to say, "Shit gets real."

6. I read Angels & Demons. It was good, but The Davinci Code was way better. A&D was a little too far fetched (and this is coming from someone who favorited a story about magical wolves) The DaVinci Code had just the right amount of crazy controversial conspiracy to surpass its prequel.

7. The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker. This book was funny and sad and a little ahead of its time, even for the 90s.

8. The first book, The Map of Time, was steampunk-ish, centered around travel and murder. Imagine my surprise, when The Map of the Sky became a stage for an alien invasion.

9. I haven't read every story in The Newford Series, and this is hardly the weirdest of the collection, but I loved getting to know Jilly Coppercorn, even if she was confined to a hospital bed.

10. Mira Grant is mean. She saves the biggest plot twists for the end and leaves you waiting for the next book (luckily the trilogy is ended so new readers don't need to wait). Humor and horror blend in this science fiction action adventure story...The conspiracy is here, as is the apocalypse.


  1. What a diverse selection of books. I wondered also whether continuing series counted as sequels but I guess LOTR and Harry Potter count. Most of these I haven't read, but I'm glad you enjoyed them.

    1. On the diversity: I try to read a little something of everything... But you should try Felix J Palma's The Map of's if you're ever in the mood for something long and strange.


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