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August 6: Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels (they were complete stories but you just could have read more and more about these characters or set in that world.)
This one was a lot more difficult than I expected, and I came up short. So many stand alones are complete, after all.
1. Eleanor & Park; Rainbow Rowell. Two misfits fall in love on the school bus. The ending on this one is, I have to warn you, a little evil. It’s wonderfully written, but designed to leave you wanting to know much, much more.
2. Good Omens; Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman. The end of the world is coming, the Antichrist has been born–but none of the forces of Good and Evil really want it to end. There should always be more Pratchett and Gaiman.
3. Hellspark; Janet Kagan. Scientists are trying to determine whether a native species on a newly discovered planet are sentient, when one scientist is discovered dead. A thought-provoking book about culture, language and body-language–I could have used more about these characters or this world.
4. The Hob’s Bargain; Robin Hobb. A woman makes a bargain to marry a Hob, a forest creature, to save her village. Being the kind of book that ends with the possibility of more, this book is both really satisfying, a frequent reread, and terribly frustrating because I want to know just a little more.
5. Love and Other Perishable Items/Good Oil; Laura Buzo. The whole point of this book is about the unsuitability of a fifteen-year-old in love with a twenty-one-year-old–so I really want to see her at eighteen, or even better, her twenties.
6. The Ship Who Searched; Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey. Brainships have a badly malformed human being inside them, paired with a Brawn mobile partner–instead of being locked in machines on life support, they fly among the stars. This is part of a series, but the only time you see two particular characters–some of my favorites.