I love these things from The Broke and Bookish, but always forget to do them…
…But I haven’t forgotten this time! I couldn’t think of ten sequels so instead this’ll be a top eight. Let’s jump in!
The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin
Okay, let’s just get the obvious one out of the way, shall we? I wasn’t too crazy about the previous two entries in the series, but if there’s one thing they did right it was build up to the events of this next book. It’ll either be a much needed return to form for the series or an impossibly large let-down. Either way… I’ll end up reading it.
Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovich
While I found the fourth Peter Grant book, Broken Homes, underwhelming, I’m hoping it was just a fluke. Taking the series out of its usual London setting should be fun and will hopefully make for another entertaining read.
Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
Like most of the novels on this list, Royal Assassin has been out for a long time but I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. While I enjoyed The Assassin’s Apprentice, it didn’t really pick up much till the end, focusing quite a lot on world-building. Hopefully it will pay-off in this entry.
Dracula the Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt
As I’ve pointed out, I really enjoyed Dracula, with it being an almost-perfect monster novel. The idea of Stoker’s great grand-nephew writing a sequel over a hundred years later is too fascinating/bizarre to pass up. I don’t know if it’ll be any good, but it’s at least worth a shot.
Closing Time by Joseph Heller
This one intrigues me for most of the same reasons. The fantastic satirical novel, Catch-22, has a sequel that nobody ever really talks about. Upon discovering it I thought it seemed a bit unnecessary, but the idea of spending some more time with Yossarian is not an unappealing one.
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey by Rachel Joyce
Speaking of unnecessary sequels… Given the strength of her first two books, I believe that Joyce wouldn’t produce a sequel (or spin-off?) to Harold Fry without good reasoning. I have no doubts that this will be another engaging read.
The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Here’s one that I’m pretty certain is going to be bad. I wasn’t crazy about the first one and the thought of Defoe trying to bring Crusoe back to the island sounds hilariously contrived. I don’t hate-read much, but old, unnecessary sequels to classics will always be worth checking out for me.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Am I grasping at straws? I’m grasping at straws. I read Tolkien’s The Hobbit quite a while ago, but haven’t gotten around the trilogy that follows it because of how dauntingly big it is. And there are too many books to read! Eh, maybe I’ll just watch the films instead…