Welcome to the AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler! Please read The Newbie Guide To Absolute Write

editing for authors ad

A publisher or agency using Google ads to solicit your novel probably isn't anyone you want to write for.


Go Back   Absolute Write Water Cooler > Writing Genre > Science Fiction/Fantasy
Register FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-27-2012, 06:08 PM   #1
TroyJackson
practical experience, FTW
 
TroyJackson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Georgia
Posts: 158
TroyJackson is on a distinguished road
What type of ending do you enjoy?

Always has to have a happy ending?

Always has to have a sad ending?

Mixture of the two?

One that keeps you guessing even after it says 'THE END'?
__________________
Come visit me at:

http://www.tempestworks.com

Also on:

Facebook

Twitter
TroyJackson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 06:15 PM   #2
TroyJackson
practical experience, FTW
 
TroyJackson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Georgia
Posts: 158
TroyJackson is on a distinguished road
A followup curiosity -

Does it affect your decision if it's a single story or a series (2,3,10 book)?
__________________
Come visit me at:

http://www.tempestworks.com

Also on:

Facebook

Twitter
TroyJackson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 06:16 PM   #3
EMaree
is drinking tea
 
EMaree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Scotland
Posts: 2,538
EMaree has a golden reputationEMaree has a golden reputationEMaree has a golden reputationEMaree has a golden reputationEMaree has a golden reputationEMaree has a golden reputation
Almost any ending, as long as it's well-written. An ending that sticks with me is good, and sometimes the heart-breaking endings do that more than the happy ones.

I dislike all-encompassing, Harry Potter style epilogues that block me from imagining how the characters' lives continue. I also hate abrupt cliffhangers right in the middle of the climax like The Knife of Never Letting Go.
__________________
Website/Blog- Twitter
Drafting: Untitled UF Novel
Revising: ALL THE BROKEN THINGS (YA UF)
Hibernating: DIVIDE THE SKY (YA UF), THE LEVIATHAN RISES (YA UF)
Published: MG Fantasy "Dragon Tamers" & "Dragon Tamers 2: Digital Tempest"
EMaree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 06:19 PM   #4
WillSauger
The Crazy Man in the Sun. Feel me.
 
WillSauger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Posts: 4,876
WillSauger is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsWillSauger is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsWillSauger is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsWillSauger is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsWillSauger is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsWillSauger is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsWillSauger is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsWillSauger is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsWillSauger is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsWillSauger is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
What I enjoy? A happy ending, no buts about it.

What makes a good ending? Resolution to what occurred. If that's good, or bad, so be it.

And one that keeps me guessing (as in unanswered questions, without likelihood of sequel) is a reason why I will think twice before I read something by that author again.

EDT for follow up: A trilogy/series must end on a good note, but the sequential books leading to that end does not need to have consistently good endings. I'm fine for a sad ending in the series, but not the series ending on sad note.
__________________
Don't Fear Failure.

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn" -- Alvin Toffler.

"The heights of great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night" -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
WillSauger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 06:31 PM   #5
Buffysquirrel
Possibly not a real squirrel
 
Buffysquirrel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Coldest corner of the living room, United Kingdom
Posts: 5,501
Buffysquirrel is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsBuffysquirrel is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsBuffysquirrel is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsBuffysquirrel is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsBuffysquirrel is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsBuffysquirrel is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsBuffysquirrel is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsBuffysquirrel is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
A satisfying ending. It can be happy or sad, I don't mind. What I really hate is when a story just stops. That kind of fail is more common with short stories than novels, I think.
__________________
Writing from a female point of view seems to be generally regarded as something more like writing from the perspective of a deer: you might get points for novelty, but it'd be impossible to get right, and who really wants to hear a deer narrate a story, anyway? Jennifer duBois

Self-sacrifice is vile. Joanna Russ

The Little Dog Laughed
Buffysquirrel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 06:39 PM   #6
lbender
practical experience, FTW
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Maryland
Posts: 901
lbender is a shiny, shiny jewellbender is a shiny, shiny jewel
Quote:
Originally Posted by WillSauger View Post
What I enjoy? A happy ending, no buts about it.

What makes a good ending? Resolution to what occurred. If that's good, or bad, so be it.

And one that keeps me guessing (as in unanswered questions, without likelihood of sequel) is a reason why I will think twice before I read something by that author again.

EDT for follow up: A trilogy/series must end on a good note, but the sequential books leading to that end does not need to have consistently good endings. I'm fine for a sad ending in the series, but not the series ending on sad note.
This (the bold).

Unanswered questions - it depends. Gone With the Wind - good ending, although unanswered questions remain. Loads of bad ones exist.
lbender is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 06:52 PM   #7
fadeaccompli
here and there again
 
fadeaccompli's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 899
fadeaccompli has earned our admirationfadeaccompli has earned our admirationfadeaccompli has earned our admirationfadeaccompli has earned our admiration
Resolution of the primary plot threads, in a reasonable and plausible but mildly surprising manner.

Mind, I'm being a bit circular here: of course I'm going to find an ending "reasonable" and "plausible" if I like it. But I'm always a bit bemused at people complaining about implausibly saccharine endings, because I can't remember the last time I read a book that had one. Maybe I bail on those books early, maybe I'm lucky... but I'm far more familiar with reading books that suddenly dodge towards Ironic Tragedy at the last minute in an attempt to be "edgy" or "realistic," as if unhappy endings are somehow more plausible.

I think one of my favorite examples of a good way to end a book is Elizabeth Bear's Dust. The ending is triumphant, tragic, and almost cliffhanger like, as it finishes right as a dramatic and very dangerous huge new change is being implemented... but it's all perfectly logical and satisfying as a resolution of the primary plot threads and problems raised by the book so far. (And having it end on the start of a huge new challenge works because it's the first of a trilogy, too.)

Conversely, I have long loathed Hyperion for the way it ended, both with the final novel and with many of the individual stories within; some of the dramatic tragedy was plausible and reasonable, but some of it seemed absolutely arbitrary and used as a way to heighten the "Oh god life is TERRIBLE yes TERRIBLE and UNFAIR and WOEFUL are you horrified yet? because if not more ARBITRARY HORROR WOE WOE WOE" tone. And then it ended on a complete lack of resolution for the central question of the book. I would have been satisfied with a tragic ending; I would have been surprised and puzzled at a happy ending, unless something really clever was pulled off; stopping at a lack of ending felt like a cheap trick.

But then, I am seldom in favor of Lady Or The Tiger endings to stories. It can be very powerful if done well, but far too often comes across as cheap and lazy. As if the author couldn't figure out how to end things in a reasonable and satisfying manner, so just shrugged it off and tried to pass it off as clever to not have done the work.
fadeaccompli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 08:23 PM   #8
Dimanagul
Will Food for Write
 
Dimanagul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 362
Dimanagul has a spectacular aura
I tend to like it when the resolution is reached with a predictable result but a holds pleasantly surprising method. I tend to put a great deal of weight on the how of a story rather than the what.

But there's nothing more disappointing when I anticipate a creative resolution and it just happens exactly as you expect it to.
__________________
TWO DESTROYERS -- A modern black man armed only with memories of death employs unlikely allies and futuristic cunning when an apocalypse threatens a world of magic.
Progress: Complete at 125k words / Querying

http://dimanagul.com -- Musings and Weekly Short Stories. Get your read on.
Dimanagul is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 08:38 PM   #9
asmira
Mid-Leap
 
asmira's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 112
asmira is on a distinguished road
I like happy and sad endings pretty equally. As long as the story makes me think or feel something, I feel like I've gotten my time and value out of the experience. I don't even mind if a series ends on a sad note.

What I don't like is when it's sad or happy *just* to be sad or happy. And I've seen people do both in writing. You have to build up to your end, whatever it is. And for the gods' sakes... an epilogue is not a Band-Aid!
__________________
--
asmira find some of my short fiction here!
asmira is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 08:47 PM   #10
DeleyanLee
Writing Anarchist
 
DeleyanLee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: lost among the words
Posts: 29,002
DeleyanLee is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeleyanLee is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeleyanLee is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeleyanLee is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeleyanLee is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeleyanLee is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeleyanLee is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeleyanLee is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeleyanLee is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeleyanLee is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeleyanLee is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
I like the heroes to win and the bad guys to lose, which is the definition of a "happy ending" to me. That may mean that the heroes lose their lives in the final battle, but the bad guys are defeated by their sacrifice (what I call a "bittersweet" ending), but the heroes still win. I'm satisfied.

I detest endings that don't give me a solid conclusion. I want to know who won, who lost, and what that cost. Stories like The Lady or the Tiger just piss me right off and I'll blacklist that author (or director, if it's a movie) onward. I understand that some people really like being able to decide what it all meant, but I'm not one of them.
__________________
My blog: Myth Mugger


Flamechild, the first anthology in the Children of the Vortex series, is now available here.
Stonechild is a free intro story to the Children of the Vortex series, now available here
DeleyanLee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 08:53 PM   #11
virtue_summer
Always learning
 
virtue_summer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: California
Posts: 1,236
virtue_summer is a splendid one to beholdvirtue_summer is a splendid one to beholdvirtue_summer is a splendid one to behold
I don't have any single preference when it comes to this. I want it to fit the story and different endings often work for different stories.
__________________

virtue_summer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 11:15 PM   #12
CrastersBabies
all hail zombie babies!
 
CrastersBabies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Rocky Mountains
Posts: 3,620
CrastersBabies has a double-platinum reputationCrastersBabies has a double-platinum reputationCrastersBabies has a double-platinum reputationCrastersBabies has a double-platinum reputationCrastersBabies has a double-platinum reputationCrastersBabies has a double-platinum reputationCrastersBabies has a double-platinum reputation
Thoughtful and genuine resolution of character arcs. I like an ending written so well that I could write what comes next w/o second-guessing myself. An ending that makes sense. An ending that is thought-provoking.

I also prefer happier endings, even if some of the characters have changed in good or bad ways.
__________________
"That is hoity-toity nonsense." ~ Bufty
CrastersBabies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2012, 11:19 AM   #13
Coco82
practical experience, FTW
 
Coco82's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 391
Coco82 is on a distinguished road
Happy? Maybe not happy per se, but satisfying. If I like a character I don't want them to die of course, but that goes w/o saying. Also, I do prefer series. All the novels I read are part of a series and I like to seek out new ones while I wait for the next installment of a current favorite, ie. I love ASOIAF, but not sure when Book 6 will come out so I may start some of the Baen books since they've just been added to Kindle.
__________________
WIP: Un-named Future History novel





A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
Coco82 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2012, 04:13 PM   #14
RobertEvert
practical experience, FTW
 
RobertEvert's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Ivory Tower
Posts: 454
RobertEvert has a spectacular aura
Any ending that makes me want to think about the book after its over.
__________________
***********************
"In this world, you must be oh so smart, or oh so pleasant. Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." -Elwood P. Dowd

AUTHOR OF "RIDDLE IN STONE" NOW AVAILABLE!!!

The first chapter is available here

My Blog:Neurotic Novelists of the World Unite!

Facebook New friends always welcome!
RobertEvert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2012, 04:47 PM   #15
bearilou
DenturePunk writer
 
bearilou's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: yawping barbarically over the roofs of the world
Posts: 5,590
bearilou is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsbearilou is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsbearilou is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsbearilou is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsbearilou is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsbearilou is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsbearilou is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsbearilou is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsbearilou is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsbearilou is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsbearilou is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
What kind of endings do I enjoy?

Good ones.

Quote:
Originally Posted by RobertEvert View Post
Any ending that makes me want to think about the book after its over.
I would also add that it doesn't leave me in an unhappy little mess. That doesn't mean it has to be a happy ending but I will put an author down and never read him again if his endings leave a blasted crater in the emotional landscape of his characters, reducing them to quivering wrecks.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phaeal View Post
The first draft is a huge pile of clay that you've laboriously heaped on your table, patting it into a rough shape as you go along. From the second draft onward, you'll cut away chunks, add bits, pat and punch and pinch, until you finally have a gorgeous figure of, oh, Marcus Aurelius. Or a duck. But a damn fine duck.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr Flibble View Post
write like your face is on fire.
I tweet. Not often, maybe not interestingly, but I tweet.
My sort-of-not-really blog.

AW's Erotic Underground Anthology is here!
bearilou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2012, 04:56 PM   #16
L. Y.
Old Fish; Thick Scales
 
L. Y.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: The 5-0 (cue theme music)
Posts: 5,785
L. Y. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsL. Y. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsL. Y. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsL. Y. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsL. Y. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsL. Y. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsL. Y. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsL. Y. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsL. Y. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsL. Y. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsL. Y. is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
Personally, I like a happy ending (too many sad endings in RL). But I also appreciate that bittersweet ending in which the MC (or other prominent characters) sacrifices it all to save the day.



ETA: When endings are not resolved, I would hesitate to buy another book by that author.
__________________
Write. Edit. Rinse, repeat.

Edit with your head, write with your heart.

L. Y. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2012, 05:35 PM   #17
VirtuousKnight
New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
 
VirtuousKnight's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Alaska
Posts: 18
VirtuousKnight is on a distinguished road
Any ending will do, as long as I'm satisfied with it. Though I prefer a mixture of a sad and happy ending, depending on the book.
VirtuousKnight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2012, 07:52 PM   #18
Escape Artist
Plotting her escape...
 
Escape Artist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Walking the fine line between cute and creepy...
Posts: 539
Escape Artist has a spectacular auraEscape Artist has a spectacular aura
Quote:
Originally Posted by RobertEvert View Post
Any ending that makes me want to think about the book after its over.
I like endings like that, too. The ones that resonate.

Other than that, I tend to enjoy bittersweet endings far more than happy ones. Just as an example - 1984 - I mean, how sad is that? Winston went through all of that and then just caved, but...

What makes it sweet, to me, is that if he and Julia were willing to rebel, even if in so small a way, there've got to be others out there as well. In that thought is where I found hope. That somewhere, in the future, all their trouble would not be for naught.

Books like Sophie Kinsella's Can You Keep a Secret? - while very well written, IMO - depress the fuck out of me. I mean, the MC dumps her long-time boyfriend with no real consequences and ends up with a millionaire who's killer in bed and confident and... ...life's not anything like that. I feel lied to with books like that.

Life is messy and sad and difficult, with just a few bright spots here and there and I like books (and endings) that reflect this.
__________________
Current Projects:

Six Feet Under - (drafting)

In Lieu of Death - (brainstorming)
Escape Artist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2012, 07:25 AM   #19
Roxxsmom
Benefactor Member
 
Roxxsmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Lost in space. And meaning.
Posts: 4,328
Roxxsmom is a candidate for sainthoodRoxxsmom is a candidate for sainthoodRoxxsmom is a candidate for sainthoodRoxxsmom is a candidate for sainthoodRoxxsmom is a candidate for sainthoodRoxxsmom is a candidate for sainthoodRoxxsmom is a candidate for sainthoodRoxxsmom is a candidate for sainthood
I'm a sucker for happy, or at least satisfying, endings. I don't want to see the protagonist bite it at the end, or become evil, or lose the guy or gal she or he loves to the villain (or simply see them go their separate ways).

But I also like thoughtful endings. So if an ending is grittier, I may enjoy it if it's well written and makes me think. Sometimes tearjerkers or incomplete victories work. At some level, the protagonist has to sacrifice something for his or her success. So if the sacrifice is presented in a way that's meaningful, it can still leave me feeling good at the end--even if it's poignant.
__________________
Please excuse me, I was raised by wolves.

My twitter - My FB - My blog
Roxxsmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2012, 07:32 AM   #20
blacbird
That hairy-handed gent
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Who ran amok in Kent
Posts: 28,403
blacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
One that fits, that satisfactorily concludes the story in an organic, connected fashion. Regardless of genre.

caw
__________________
Bugrit! Millennium hand and shrimp!
blacbird is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2012, 08:13 AM   #21
Death Wizard
Tumhe na koci puujetha
 
Death Wizard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 5,146
Death Wizard is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeath Wizard is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeath Wizard is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeath Wizard is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeath Wizard is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeath Wizard is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeath Wizard is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeath Wizard is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeath Wizard is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeath Wizard is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsDeath Wizard is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
Most of the good guys can be dead as long as a couple have made it and have some hope.
__________________



Author of The Death Wizard Chronicles, a six-book epic fantasy. Book 1 (Forged In Death) is now available for purchase on bellebooks.com, amazon.com and other venues. Also, Book 2 (Chained By Fear) is now available here, Book 3 (Shadowed by Demons) is here and Book 4 (Torn by War) is here. And a pair of DW short stories (Torg's First Death and The Black Fortress) also is available for free.

www.jim-melvin.com; www.amazon.com/author/jimmelvin; www.deathwizardchronicles.blogspot.com; facebook

"It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell." -- The Buddha
Death Wizard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2012, 08:40 AM   #22
rwm4768
practical experience, FTW
 
rwm4768's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Missouri
Posts: 9,935
rwm4768 has a golden reputationrwm4768 has a golden reputationrwm4768 has a golden reputationrwm4768 has a golden reputationrwm4768 has a golden reputationrwm4768 has a golden reputation
I like the right ending. Most of the time, that's a happy ending, but if the book is building toward a sad ending, I can live with it. If done effectively, it can be all the more powerful.
__________________
My writing blog: http://ryanmuellerwriting.blogspot.com/ (updated 4/20)

WIP:
Empire of Chains (Epic Fantasy): 172K Revising
The Battle Stone (Upper MG Fantasy): 70K Revising
Lightweaver (Epic Fantasy): 49,000/120,000
rwm4768 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2012, 09:11 AM   #23
jjdebenedictis
is watching you via her avatar
 
jjdebenedictis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 4,439
jjdebenedictis is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsjjdebenedictis is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsjjdebenedictis is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsjjdebenedictis is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsjjdebenedictis is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsjjdebenedictis is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsjjdebenedictis is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsjjdebenedictis is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsjjdebenedictis is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsjjdebenedictis is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsjjdebenedictis is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
Quote:
Originally Posted by fadeaccompli View Post
Conversely, I have long loathed Hyperion for the way it ended, both with the final novel and with many of the individual stories within; some of the dramatic tragedy was plausible and reasonable, but some of it seemed absolutely arbitrary and used as a way to heighten the "Oh god life is TERRIBLE yes TERRIBLE and UNFAIR and WOEFUL are you horrified yet? because if not more ARBITRARY HORROR WOE WOE WOE" tone. And then it ended on a complete lack of resolution for the central question of the book. I would have been satisfied with a tragic ending; I would have been surprised and puzzled at a happy ending, unless something really clever was pulled off; stopping at a lack of ending felt like a cheap trick.
Hyperion by Dan Simmons? Because if so, you need to read the second book in the series, The Fall of Hyperion, because they're really two halves of the same story.

Hyperion, all by itself, drove me to frothy-mouthed internet ranting because of its lack of resolution. However, once I found and finished the second book, all was forgiven. Together, those two books are one of my favourite science fiction stories of all time. Apart, they don't form a complete narrative.

Oh--and just so you know, it's best to pretend the series ended after that, because gadzooks, do Endymion and The Rise of Endymion ever stink.
__________________
Twitter: jjdebenedictis
GoodReads: jj-debenedictis
jjdebenedictis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2012, 09:26 AM   #24
kaitiepaige17
Inappropriate smiley INCOMINGGGGGG!
 
kaitiepaige17's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Smiley Heaven.
Posts: 1,745
kaitiepaige17 is better than ice cream with hot fudgekaitiepaige17 is better than ice cream with hot fudgekaitiepaige17 is better than ice cream with hot fudgekaitiepaige17 is better than ice cream with hot fudgekaitiepaige17 is better than ice cream with hot fudgekaitiepaige17 is better than ice cream with hot fudgekaitiepaige17 is better than ice cream with hot fudge
It completely depends on the story. Personally, however, I like a very emotional ending, whether it be happy or sad. I like shocking endings. I hate when a book just "ends." I want to know by how powerful the last page, paragraph or line is that the story is over.
__________________
Follow me on Twitter, writing friends (Kaitiepaige11)

"Love is not an emotion felt by two people, but the joining of one soul that had before been split between two bodies."
kaitiepaige17 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2012, 06:51 PM   #25
fadeaccompli
here and there again
 
fadeaccompli's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 899
fadeaccompli has earned our admirationfadeaccompli has earned our admirationfadeaccompli has earned our admirationfadeaccompli has earned our admiration
Quote:
Originally Posted by jjdebenedictis View Post
Hyperion by Dan Simmons? Because if so, you need to read the second book in the series, The Fall of Hyperion, because they're really two halves of the same story.

Hyperion, all by itself, drove me to frothy-mouthed internet ranting because of its lack of resolution. However, once I found and finished the second book, all was forgiven. Together, those two books are one of my favourite science fiction stories of all time. Apart, they don't form a complete narrative.

Oh--and just so you know, it's best to pretend the series ended after that, because gadzooks, do Endymion and The Rise of Endymion ever stink.
I didn't like the first book well enough to go read another of the same length by the same author, even aside from the ending. But in general, I think there's a failure somewhere--possibly just by marketing--if a book ends on a cliffhanger and it's not made VERY CLEAR that what I am reading is not, in fact, a book, but a portion of a book. I mean, at least slap "PART ONE OF THE X SAGA" on the front or something.
fadeaccompli is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Custom Search

If this site is helpful to you,
Please consider a voluntary subscription to defray ongoing expenses.

Buy Scrivener 2 for Mac OS X (Regular Licence)


All times are GMT +4.5. The time now is 01:53 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.