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Series? Or Stand-alone books?
I like both! I have several authors whose works I collect, simply because I love their writing. I suppose most of the books I have in my permanent collection are part of a series, but I do have some stand-alone works too and some of those rank among my favourites of all time. The Stand by Stephen King is one notable stand-alone favourite – despite its heftiness at over 1000 pages, I’ve read it at least a dozen times and always find something new and fresh about it. I’m also a big fan of ben Elton’s writing and his are all stand-alones.
One the flip-side, some of the series I adore are Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels , Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld books, Simon Scarrow’s Roman series, and Stuart MacBride’s Logan McRae crime thrillers. Christopher Brookmyre has written both stand-alones and follow-ons, and I love them all too. Same with Philippa Gregory.
On an additional note, Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman is a stand-alone and an awesome read, as is The Princess Bride by William Goldman.
I suppose it depends on the books – if they’re good, I’ll like them, irrespective of their being stand-alones or part of a series.