So when Orbit put out Brent Weeks‘s awesome Night Angel Trilogy (The Way of Shadows, Shadow’s Edge, Beyond the Shadows) last fall, releasing them blam*blam*blam in October, November, and December (or Sept, Oct, Nov, I can’t remember which), I thought it was a great strategy. It reels in the people who like to wait for a trilogy or series to be finished before they buy into it, plus it’s a ready-made Christmas gift for fantasy fans.
But like any good idea, other publishers are jumping all over it. In the last couple of months chez le bookstore, I’ve noticed a batch of these popping up in the SFF section (and the horror and romance sections — all of which are starting to blend to the point where we’ll soon need a separate Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance section or as I would be wont to call it “Tits and Tattoos”, but I digress…).
- C.E. Murphy‘s The Walker Papers from Mira (Urban Shaman, Thunderbird Falls, Coyote Dreams)
- C.C. Finlay‘s Traitor to the Crown from Del Rey (The Patriot Witch, A Spell for the Revolution, The Demon Redcoat)
- S.J. Day‘s Marked from Tor (Eve of Darkness, Eve of Destruction, Eve of Chaos)
Plus at least two others I can’t recall the titles/authors of right now and maybe a further couple that I haven’t identified as speed trilogies (and seriously, what is it with all the initials? Yes, I release that’s ironic coming from someone who uses dbassingthwaite has his URL but that’s a type thing because the d and the b look good together). Some of the books look particularly intriguing — I have The Patriot Witch waiting to be read.
Still good for readers, but bad otherwise. One – not unique anymore. Two – like hair clogging the drain. There isn’t room on the new release shelves or even the regular shelves for a a dozen copies of 3 new titles right beside each other. Publishers, jump off the bandwagon, please! Space them out a bit.
Seriously, we can wait a couple more months between books if we need to.