Vincent van Gogh - Old Man in Sorrow (On the Threshold of Eternity)So last time my colleagues gave me the pulpit, I got you all going about those fantasy series that went on well past their expiration date. The ones where you pull book 4 or 5 or 8 off the shelf and go “Honey, does this smell bad to you? Could you smell this?” And then your significant other goes, “Why would I smell that? Do you think it’s bad?” And you go, “Yeah.” And they’re all, “So what would possess you to think I want to smell it? What world do you live in where anyone… ” Well, anyway, you know, those kinds of series.

So this week, let’s flip that question over. Which are the series that you thought ended too soon? Either too abruptly or, perhaps more likely, the ones where there are still stories to tell and you wish the author would return to those characters, or at least that world. What series do you want to see expanded with another book, or two, or four, either as sequels or prequels? Let’s not count tragically unfinished ones here; stick to series that the author has, apparently, resolved, brought to a close, moved on from (dragging you hanging from his/her leg and soaking his/her trousers in tears).

So c’mon, whaddya got? The Road Still Goes Ever On: The Adventures of Bilbo and Frodo in the Undying Isles? How I Gave Up Boys and Make-Up and Thus Found Myself Once Again in Narnia, by Susan Pevensie? Memory, Sorrow, Thorn, and Blood? The Dark is Still Rising?


  • Bill Capossere

    BILL CAPOSSERE, who's been with us since June 2007, lives in Rochester NY, where he is an English adjunct by day and a writer by night. His essays and stories have appeared in Colorado Review, Rosebud, Alaska Quarterly, and other literary journals, along with a few anthologies, and been recognized in the "Notable Essays" section of Best American Essays. His children's work has appeared in several magazines, while his plays have been given stage readings at GEVA Theatre and Bristol Valley Playhouse. When he's not writing, reading, reviewing, or teaching, he can usually be found with his wife and son on the frisbee golf course or the ultimate frisbee field.