I’ve recently come off of a long hiatus from the urban fantasy/paranormal romance genres. I just got burned out on them and needed a break. But now I’m back and I’m rediscovering why I liked them so much. I’m working my way through the Psy/Changeling series, the Mercy Thompson series, the Kate Daniels series, and the Dresden Files. Oh! And the the Charley Davidson series. I’ve learned that one thing that makes these genres work better for me is listening to them on audio. Maybe it’s something about the first person POV that clicks in audio form, I don’t know. But it’s really working for me. Technically, I’ve been listening to the Dresden Files for a few years now, but there’s no mystery why that works for me. My crush on James Marsters (the narrator) is a well-documented fact.
But I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to get through them all. Now that I’ve started them all, I’ve been sort of cycling through them in a rotation, but I don’t think that’s the best way to do it. They’re all UF/PNR, so maybe they’re a little too similar for me to listen to so many series at one. Cycling through them that way makes them all sort of blend together. Maybe I should just pick one to start with and go until I finish it then move on to the next one? Keep cycling through them?
So I thought I’d take a poll. How do you deal with a series that’s new to you, but several books in? Do you just jump in and go straight through? Do you read them slowly, while you’re reading other books? In other words, someone help me figure out what to do!!
Also – let me know if there are any other UF/PNR series I need to check out!
I space them out. I’m a big audiobook too. I just started The Dresden Files last year and I fit them in between my review books. I rarely do an entire series of books back to back. I love all the series that you mentioned, especially on audio. I would also recommend Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane and White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland, both are great UF series on audio.
Oh, I’ve heard good things about those series, too! I’ll check them out. Actually, I’m almost positive I read the first book of both of them before my hiatus, so I’ll have to start them over. 🙂
I go for the long haul glom. Total world immersion is the way to go. In fact, if I know there’s an ending coming up, I’ll wait till the final book is about to be published before picking up the series. I just read the first two Ann Aguirre Dred Chronicles for the August 25th release date. I read Meljean Brook’s Guardian series, except for the very last one, over the course of a long weekend. Same with Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate.
I think that’s what I’m going to have to do. Especially since I started so many of them. They’re all so similar. I keep waiting for Mercy Thompson’s Adam and Sam to show up in the Snow Dancer pack.. 🙂
It’s really better that way.
I used to power through them with glee but now that my TBR is a hulking mountain, I can’t spend the time to do that. I need to adopt the “Mel-method” and stick them in here and there. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get audios fit into my life (9 year old son might get annoyed when I don’t answer him). But I have the same series as you that I need to get through, especially Kate Daniels & The Edge!!!
tee, hee… Sam and Adam… I’m two books behind in Mercy/Alpha & Omega now, too (*sigh*)