Top Ten Books I Wish Had Sequels

  1. Railsea – China Mieville. I don’t want more story – I think Railsea is perfectly formed as it is – but I want more world, more of the giant moles and the salvagepunk and the people living on trains.
  2. Radiance – Catherynne Valente. I love Radiance‘s decopunk aesthetic, and Valente’s prose is just gorgeous.
  3. Uprooted – Naomi Novik. I’d like to see more of the romance between Agniezka and the Dragon.
  4. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl. I understand why it doesn’t have a sequel. But: how does Blue’s life turn out? Her relationship? Does she ever find out more about her father? So many questions.
  5. Night Film – Marisha Pessl. Ditto, really. The fact that it doesn’t answer any of our questions is key to its effect, but that doesn’t stop me asking them.
  6. The Truth – Terry Pratchett. William de Worde does pop up in other Pratchett books, but the founding of The Times is so interesting that I want more – more odd stories and investigations and confrontations.
  7. Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter. I would really like to see a story in which Fevvers inhabits a romantic relationship with Jack while holding onto her transgressive larger-than-life-ness. Maybe that’s an impossible story, though.
  8. Iron Council – China Mieville. I want another book like Perdido Street Station, really, set in the dim dark grimy depths of New Crobuzon, a story of strangeness and potential.
  9. The Carpet People – Terry Pratchett. This is such a delightful concept – of a people living in the fronds of a carpet – that I really wish there was a sequel.
  10. Evelina – Frances Burney. The diary of an eighteenth-century teenager just coming out into society, half comedy of manners, half feminist melodrama. It feels a bit like an eighteenth-century Bridget Jones, actually, and it would have been great to read about how Evelina copes with marriage.

(The theme for this post was suggested by the Broke and the Bookish’s weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday.)

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