Top Ten Sequels I Would Quite Like To Read

“Even the present was nothing to the pride of his memory.”

Mervyn Peake

  1. The Neon Court – Kate Griffin. I love Griffin’s urban fantasy series, which began with A Madness of Angels, and I can’t wait to read more of it. I just need to find it in a bookshop somewhere…
  2. The Boy Who Lost Fairyland – Catherynne M. Valente. I love the Fairyland stories, and I’m just waiting to find a paperback copy of The Boy to go with the other books in the series I own. Also, it’s a teensy bit embarrassing venturing into the 9-12 section in Waterstone’s to find it.
  3. Twilight Robbery – Frances Hardinge. I haven’t read all of Fly By Night yet, but I WILL, because Strange Horizons is sending me copies of both as part of their fund drive prize draw (SQUEEE!!). Anyway, Fly By Night is a lovely, steampunky fairytale, and anything that offers more of that will be quite perfect, thank you very much.
  4. The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant – Stephen Donaldson. I am waiting patiently for an omnibus edition of this because otherwise it won’t go with the first two volumes. THIS WILL HAPPEN. ONE DAY.
  5. Tongues of Scarlet – Naomi Novik. My interest in this is relatively low, because the Temeraire novels have been a mixed bag and aren’t, you know, mind-blowingly interesting. Still, it would be nice to return to that world at some point fairly soon.
  6. Titus Awakes: The Lost Book of Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake/Maeve Gilmore. Finished by Peake’s widow after his death, Titus Awakes apparently sees Titus turning into Peake himself, which sounds like it may be both deeply weird and literarily fascinating. Plus, I adore Gormenghast.
  7. Scarlet – Marissa Meyer. Admittedly, this is unlikely to happen anytime soon, but I wouldn’t mind following up Meyer’s quite interesting “Cinderella” retelling Cinder. It’s got that nicely Star Wars-y beat-up aesthetic, and might be good preparation for The Force Awakens.
  8. Mad About the Boy – Helen Fielding. If I saw this in a second-hand bookshop for £2 I would probably buy it. I love the Bridget Jones books – they are hilarious and just what you need occasionally – so more of the same, even sans Mr Darcy, would be lovely.
  9. The Shepherd’s Crown – Terry Pratchett. What? It says “quite” in the title. I think I only really want to read this for completeness’ sake, actually; I have no faith that it will be anything like the Pratchett books I love.
  10. Slaves of the Mastery – William Nicholson. I quite liked The Wind Singer (although, feminism issues) and I would not object to reading another of his as a rest from Serious Books.

(The theme for this post was suggested by the Broke and the Bookish’s weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday.)

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