Please sir, I want more..


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Standalone Books That Need a Sequel??

Maybe.  I don’t know. I quite like standalone books tbh.  In a world of trilogies the odd standalone is quite a refreshing break, but, here are nine books that I could definitely stand to read more from – the tenth is for your suggestions please?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I’m sure that somewhere in the universe somebody will have written a second book in series – but, I mean I want to read what happened next in the wonderful words of Austen .  Not gonna happen but it’s a nice dream.

The Martian by Andy Weir.  This was so good – I’m not sure a follow up would work although I would definitely give it a try, the main protagonist is a smart and amusing guy.

The Princess Bride by Williams Goldman.  Could a sequel work.  I’m not sure, I love this story and it’s right up there on the pedestal.  But, I would read more.  I would.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – I love this author and would probably read her shopping list – or some kind of follow up to the Thirteenth Tale.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.  Please, yes, I would read another book from Neverwhere and this is definitely a sequel that could work.  Seriously.  It would be great.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – yeah, it’s not going to happen but I would have loved more.

Sunshine by Robin McKinley – this is a book that I want more from – I think in a way it felt incomplete – well, okay, it wasn’t incomplete but I just want to know what happens next.

The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson.  I loved this book.  I loved this world.  I just want more.  Is it too much to ask?

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I’m sure there are books out there, written by others, that imagine possible futures.  But, I so wish that MM had written a follow up.


29 Responses to “Please sir, I want more..”

  1. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    There is a sequel written for Gone with the Wind, but don’t bother…it’s awful. One of the reasons I often avoid sequels.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ahh, interesting and also good to know – I’ll leave well alone.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Tammy

    This would have been a hard list for me. I think a lot of books are ruined because they turn into a series, so I always celebrate good standalones😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      I feel the same way. Standalones should be celebrated imo. So many trilogies and some of them feel a little stretched.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Nadine - todaysechoes

    A million times yet to The Emperor’s Soul. Easily one of the best short stories I’ve ever read.

  4. lydiaschoch

    Yes, I’d love to see a follow-up to The Martian. Not sure what the conflict in it would be, though. Maybe something to do with other astronauts returning to Mars?!

    My Top Ten Tuesday post.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, maybe, I hadn’t really thought about it above thinking the main character was good to read about – a return trip could be just the thing.
      Lynn 😀

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I did read Gone With the Wind’s sequel, a long time ago, and I will echo the first commenter’s recommendation: keep your fond memories of the original and forget the rest…

  6. PerfectlyTolerable

    Haha there are a ton of Pride and Prejudice “sequels” but I would sell my soul for a real one!

  7. vacuouswastrel

    “Lord of the Rings”. Would be quite different in tone and themes, I think. Tolkien began a sequel but abandoned it. The sequel begins in Gondor with the rise of a satanist cult, but I don’t think Tolkien was best suited to a politics-and-cities story (which may be why he thought better of it), so I think the best sequel would have been one that starts in Gondor but then sees its protagonists move east into the relatively unknown parts of the world, to find the source of the cult (which devoted fans know is surely Alatar and/or Pallando); would also be a good opportunity to address criticism that the easterlings and haradrim were shortchanged in the original novel.

    “The Fifth Elephant”. Sure, Pratchett wrote anothe three Watch novels, but they largely sideline Carrot and Angua, whose individual arcs and whose relationship had been central to that point. I’d really, really like a sequel focused on them – they’re married (presumably), Vimes has retired and Carrot’s now Commander. Hopefully Angua has to go back to Uberwald again (or Uberwald comes to her) (she is potentially a major political player there, after all).

    “Pyramids”. For no good reason, but why not. Pteppic’s daughter trains as an assassin, letting us see the evolution of both Djelibeybi and Ankh Morpork, while gender-flipping the traditional boarding school story to comic and interesting effect. There was always more material to explore with the assassins – Pratchett wrote the guild diary and a short story or two, where he had a lot of fun and expanded that world, but it seems as though he never found an ‘in’ for a full novel. I think a ‘next generation’ novel from the point of view of Pteppic’s daughter would have been the ideal set-up.

    “The Dispossessed”. We end the novel with a lot of change in the offing: our protagonist has changed, and his anarchist homeworld may have to change; the capitalist/communist main planet is in a state of revolution; a revolutionary technology has been invented that will fundamentally change the nature of sentient existence in the galaxy. I don’t know what the sequel should have been exactly, but there’s plenty of material for one.

    “Tender Morsels”. May be written as the story of the mother, but it’s also in effect the origin story for her daughter, who by the end of the novel has gone off to magic school. I’d love to see what magic school looks like in that world.

    “Ash: A Secret History”. I’ve zero idea what this would be about, particularly as it would completely ignore the entire setting of the first novel and follow Ash (won’t say more due to spoilers), which in effect necessitates a whole new world. But the world needs more of Ash…

    • @lynnsbooks

      The only one I’ve read from your list is Lord of the Rings – I did think about Tolkien for this list but then I thought I’d prefer to leave things as they stood. I’d be so disappointed if there was a sequel and it just didn’t stand up to his earlier work.
      I’ll check out Tender Morsels and A Secret History, thanks.
      Pratchett – well, apart from the Tiffany Aching books, I haven’t read the rest but I keep promising myself to start something as a project. And then failing to do so. One day.
      Lynn 😀

      • vacuouswastrel

        Just to provide a little context…

        …Tender Morsels (Margo Lanagan) is marketed as YA, but it’s pretty traumatic – it hits most major triggers within the first few pages. It’s a retelling of some fairy tale tropes, from the point of view of a traumatised young woman. It has some issues, but its big virtue is that it’s beautifully written, and feels both ‘realistic’ and magical at the same time.

        …Ash: A Secret History is perhaps the pinnacle of epic fantasy, although it could also be classed as alternate history or science fiction. It’s a thrilling (if sometimes brutal) story of a female mercenary captain in what seems like, but is in important and gradually revealed ways NOT, 15th century Europe. As well as being an all-action thriller with engaging characters and a completely unpredictable, constantly evolving plot, it also has the virtue of being extremely well-researched, and conveys the real sense of life in a pre-modern society better than maybe any other novel I’ve read.

        Of the Pratchetts…
        …Pyramids is a novel about Pteppic, the heir to a kingdom very reminiscent of Ancient Egypt. Like many heirs in recent history, he’s been sent to study at, in essence, an English boarding school (a lot of nods to the history of that genre), but in this case the boarding school is The Assassins Guild – part elite boarding school, part political organisation, part sociopathic serial killers. Pteppic studies at the school for a while before returning home to deal with the hidebound religious ritual and magically dimension-distorting pyramids (it’s because of quantum) of his homeland. It’s about faith and traditions, and contortion of the space-time continuum, and philosophers firing arrows at tortoises.

        …The Fifth Elephant is a story about policemen sent on a diplomatic mission to a developing country – in this case, to Uberwald, which is basically (as the name implies) Transylvania, complete with vampires, werewolves, and maybe fantasy’s best implementation of dwarves – weird, deeply religious, and gender-indeterminate. The premise is almost a James Bond film – our man in Uberwald has gone missing (chased through snowy forests by sadistic werewolves), and Sam Vimes, the copper’s copper, is sent to get to the bottom of it, while remaining diplomatic (which he is bad at). But it’s also the culmination of a multi-book romance arc for two of his watchmen, Carrot (“simple, but not stupid” – charismatic, kind, literal-minded and always underestimated – and Angua, a cynical werewolf who fled her reactionary noble family in Uberwald to make a new life for herself in the big city.

        They are all very good books. Though you might want to read Men at Arms and Feet of Clay before The Fifth Elephant.

      • @lynnsbooks

        Thanks for that – that’s really thoughtful and very helpful.
        Lynn 😀

  8. jennifertarheelreader

    So many great choices, Lynn! I would love A Gone with the Wind follow-up! I would be over the moon!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, me too, providing it was MM.
      Lynn 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Apparently there has been one – although I wonder if by another author? – And apparently it was not good.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Oh man, my kingdom for a sequel to The Emperor’s Soul. I know it ended so perfectly, but to be back in that world would be amazing.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, I loved that book and would love to return to the world.
      Lynn 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Exactly. I know it did end perfectly, but I want more. Is that too greedy.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Greg

    The Princess Bride! Ooh that would be SO interesting, I agree. A fun book to just think about and imagine where it might go. 🙂

    Also Neverwhere sounds fabulous, but I have yet to read it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved Neverwhere – the naming of the places and the floating market, and characters. It’s packed with creativity.
      Lynn 😀

  11. Brooke Lorren

    A few people have mentioned The Martian. I’ve only seen the movie though.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Personally I think the book is far better. The movie isn’t bad, but the book was much more tense somehow.
      Lynn 😀

  12. waytoofantasy

    Yeah, I have read a lot of P&P related books including ‘sequels’ some of which are quite fun. (There’s also the show Death Comes to Pemberly which I really enjoyed.)

  13. Lauren @ Always Me

    I’d love to see a Neverwhere sequel!

    Check out my TTT and my most recent 5 star review

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