I've been meaning to do this for months now and when I read my horoscope this morning it said I should do some writing (something about putting my creative juices to work). Thus I begin with this admission; I'm a book junkie. And so we are clear, not the self-help crap (just kidding, not about reading it, but it being crap), the non-fiction or the biographies that prattle on endlessly about nothing but themselves. I love, LOVE a great story teller; writers that can weave words into the fabric of a story and keep me engaged book after book. Writers that develop characters who become my new best friends. Writers who take me on a journey of the mind and paint a picture I can see as vividly as if I were there. Let me tell you, there's several authors out there who can do that. One of the most enjoyable aspects of a series is in the hunt. Finding an author who has 10, 20 or even 30 ongoing saga's is like suddenly engaging in a treasure hunt, with the reward being days, weeks and even months of pure pleasure. I've had my best successes in landing almost entire series on EBay and their bulk book lots. When I find a good portion (sometimes even all of them), I grab them, often at bargain prices. I then backfill what I'm missing at the Half Price Book Store at La Rhonde, at thrift stores or on Amazon where I can often buy a used paperback for 1 cent...unfortunately shipping is $3.99. I know, I could go to the Library (I do have my card), but I love owning books. I love the feel of them in my hand, knowing I can pick them up and reread them anytime (in this case memory loss helps). Best of all I have and will lend entire series to friends looking for something that will engage them for long periods of time (especially after surgery). For the record, I do own a Kindle Fire. I've tried mightily to adapt to reading books on it, but it's just not the same. I know lots of people who only read the online books and magazines, its just not for me. My goal here is to share some of the dozen or more series authors who I enjoy the most. Like a good book, I'm in no rush to post them. Hopefully others will share their favorites. The quest for ongoing new authors is tricky, because each of our tastes are different. I've had some suggestions that I had no interest in; others that got me started in an entirely new direction. There is a downside to series authors; the writer dies, or they get bored with the trying to keep the characters alive. Reading the final book in a series is almost akin to visiting an old pal in hospice; you know the end is near. You know the funeral is just around the corner and the finality of it is sadness and loss that is tough to take. And there-in lie the beauty of this thread, perhaps we can help each other find another new best friend, companions that will guide us down the path of enlightenment, through the trials and tribulations of the written word. Far better their angst than ours eh? I'm at book number 20 (the last in the series) of a character I've grown quite fond of. He's on wife number 3, is a recovering alcoholic and his massive friend is a walking time bomb. But enough for now, like all good books, something need be left to the imagination. To be continued.