How many times have you walked into a book store or stood at a magazine rack and found what looks like a great book to read, only to find out that the novel is book number five in a series. The book series has become increasingly popular mainly because; readers look forward to the next installment of a book from their favorite writer or a favorite character; it is a great way for the writer to develop characters over time; and publishers love it because it is a guaranteed sell. Readers will follow a series even if some of the novels in the series are not necessarily good, which is good for the writer and the publisher but is not necessarily good for the audience. Publishers will contract writers to write a set number of books within a certain time frame, usually one a year, which can lead to a certain amount of stress for the writer to continue pumping out great novels one after the other. Some writers are good at it, but some are not, which lead me to create this blog.
It is a bit of a time commitment to start a series, so it would be nice to know beforehand if it is worth the time and effort to start a series and continue it. Some series start out slow, the first novels not being very good but improve greatly with time. Do you really want to give up after book two or is it worth moving on to book three, four and five? Many of the writers try to write their books as standalones, so that a reader can start anywhere in the series, but rarely is this successful. It would be nice to know if it is necessary to start out from the beginning or just start with book three. Letting the reader know about these things is what I hope to accomplish with this blog.
Some series must be read from beginning to end because there is a continuous story line that runs through the series, a good example would be the Harry Potter series. In other series, the characters will progress and develop but each novel will have their own separate adventure which is the most common type of series. Most series will have one protagonist with other characters making appearances sporadically throughout the series, whereas other series will have a group of characters that stay together throughout the series. More often than not the series strength lies in the development of its characters and not necessarily its storylines.
The focus of this blog will be primarily on forensic, medical and techno-thrillers. The reasoning behind this is that, I am a scientist in my day job which means I love science. These types of thrillers usually have a certain level of science incorporated in them, some of it pretty good and some of it not so good. I hope to highlight some of the scientific aspects from these novels and give you a perspective from a scientist point of view.
A final note, being a writer is not my day job but I love to read when I get free time, so writing this blog is an act of love of reading more so than writing. That being said, if I am critical of a writer, it does not mean that I don’t respect them. I think that writing a good novel and even a semi-good novel is a gift in story telling which I do not have, therefore, if I am blogging and reviewing a series, I am showing my respect to that novelist.