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January 26, 2005

Series Books

I have just finished Kage Baker's excellent The Life of the World to Come, seventh (if you count Black Projects, White Knights and Mother Aegypt) in her "Company" series of books that currently includes In the Garden of Iden, Sky Coyote, Mendoza in Hollywood, and The Graveyard Game.

And I want to know what happens next. And I want to know now! And I have a very bad feeling about this: <not really a spoiler> our heroes cannot penetrate the Silence, and presumably the faction that wins can and does</not really a spoiler>. The reason I cannot learn what happens next because at the moment there are no more books to read: Kage Baker has not written the end of the big story arc yet.

Thus I am once again contemplating my forsworn oath not to read any books that are part of a series until the author has not only publicly announced the end of the series, but has also done things to make sure that the series is... shall we say beheaded and staked? I really don't want to become one of those damned addicted souls bidding a fortune for advance bound galleys on eBay, do I?

And what, exactly, is the title "The Life of the World to Come" supposed to mean in this context (yes, I know where it comes from)?

Posted by DeLong at January 26, 2005 11:55 AM