Series, eh, Steve? That’s tricky. No one has ever asked me this before. I am not big on series. I mean, most of the time, the level of investment required is more than I’m willing to expend, and in some cases, I haven’t even bothered because I simply didn’t think the book needed a follow-up — for example, Dune and Ender’s Game are very good books that I enjoyed a great deal. Dune is even a favorite of mine. But absolutely nothing about either of those books made me even the slightest bit curious about sequels, and I haven’t bothered. With Inkheart, the good book was the first one; the second was all right and the third was bad.
However, some series are definitely good and worth it. These are the ten that I think are. (Again, these are mostly just in the order I think of them.)
1. The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis
I read these over a span of years, and it was slowish going; I’ve probably read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe more times than the rest combined. I read Dawn Treader when I was nine, which leads one to assume the first two were read sometime previous to that. Those are my copies, too, by the way. Anyway, as I think I’ve mentioned, maybe more than once, I grew up on Narnia from the Sunday afternoon Wonderworks episodes to the cartoon and the books. Very much influential on my person and psyche. I suppose I could mention the plot. Um, four children are sent away from war-torn London to the safe countryside; there, the youngest of them discovers a doorway to a magical realm through an old wardrobe. In exploring this realm, the children eventually become crowned Kings and Queens of Narnia and free the place of the influence of the evil White Witch. Subsequent adventures involve all four children, the two youngest children, their cousin Eustace, and one lost Narnian prince who happens to meet the adult children during their tenure as kings and queens. There’s also some backstory involving the creation of the wardrobe, and both the beginning and the end of time.