This happened to me last week. I recently found the final book in the Quadrail series by Timothy Zahn, and since it’s been so long since I read the first one (about two and a half years ago, I think) I’ve been re-reading the series. It was a good thing I did, because there were a lot of little nuances I’d forgotten and which I really loved seeing become more important as the series progressed.
Last week, I wanted to do nothing but live, eat, and breathe the Quadrail series. By the time I hit the final book, Judgement At Proteus, I was squirming with the anticipation. And it didn’t let me down. It was every bit the awesome, action-driven, twisted plotting type of story I’ve come to expect. If any of Zahn’s other novels are like this (I have started another one of his series, the Dragonback books, and it promises to be every bit as cool), then I have a serious amount of collecting to do.
I finished the final book in two days, and since then I’ve been walking around in a bit of a daze, my brain picking apart all the foreshadowing, every twist and turn, all the plants that were put even in the previous novels but used in the final few chapters of the last book. I’m still cheering for Frank and Batyta and the whole group.
In a few days, I’ll probably crash from the high, which means I’ll get all mopey because, as awesome as the books are, there isn’t another one. That’s it–the final book. I read it, and now I have to move on to other characters, and other worlds, and I’ll never again read Judgement at Proteus for the very first time.
But for now, I’m going to enjoy it. 🙂
Do you ever feel dazed from writing that is just awesome?