what book series ended up being abandoned by their authors
Posted on 21st of October, 2019

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There are a few that are incomplete due to the fact that their authors passed away before they could complete their work, but I don't know about any that were intentionally abandoned. It's easy to hate on George R. R. Martin and say that he has abandoned his Song of Ice and Fire series, but I think he is really trying to do his best despite a lot of external factors that are against him.
The author is very adamant that he didn't abandon the series, but everyone who started reading The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss is getting a little impatient at this point. Granted, it's only been about eight years since the last book which is not as bad as some of the other books mentioned here, but it still a bit galling. To put it into perspective, I started reading the first book, The Name of the Wind when my son was born and he's almost a teenager now. I guess will have to wait for the Sam Raimi film to get some type of conclusion to the story, provided that ever materializes.
I only recently discovered that Mark Z. Danielewski, the guy who wrote House of Leaves appears to not have had that much luck afterwards. House of Leaves has rightfully gained quite a cult following amongst readers, but then he attempted something different with "The Familar." It was supposed to be a 27-volume serial novel, but Danielewski got up to volume 5 before his publisher pulled the plug on the project. Apparently there were not enough readers into these books to justify the continuation of the series. Someone who has actually read any of the books might be able to shed more information on why they were not that good, but personally I don't like starting on things before they are completed. This is also why I haven't read the Song of Ice and Fire series yet, although I did cave in and binge watched the entire television show after it concluded.

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