It’s the era of book sequences. Not that the authors of yore couldn’t hold a thought steady – don’t make the Eye of Sauron turn your way – but suddenly we’re surrounded by stories coming to us in quick trilogies or torrential series. There are vampires, superheroes, gods, witches and even horny college graduates raining down on us.
But it needn’t all be supernatural or Sci-Fi. Cutting through the clutter, leaving aside the commons from Nancy Drew to The Game of Thrones to the notorious Shiva Trilogy, here are 7 book series that would appeal to 7 very different kinds of readers.
1. Castaneda For The Spiritualist
All you trippers and aspiring shamans out there, click here and place the order if you don’t already know the wonderful anthropologist Dr Carlos Castanada. He will introduce you to Don Juan and life will never quite be the same again. This gentleman trained under real shamans and that journey comes to life in his eerie yet honest prose.
2. Canopus in Argos For The Spaced
Not entirely science fiction, Canopus in Argos: Archives is more of a commentary on the society told as what the author Doris Lessing calls ‘space fiction’. Lessing is known for her novels and short stories, but this particular omnibus of five novels is unique for its spiritual inclinations. Here we find traces of Sufi philosophy weaving through Lessing’s engrossing narratives.
3. Jasoosi Duniya For The Detective
Want a break from Sherlock Holmes but not exactly with someone as familiar as Byomkesh Bakshi? Say hello to Ibne Safi’s Jasoosi Duniya series. This fine fiction writer from Pakistan – well he was born in present-day UP before we split up, so you pick the nationality – wrote 127 books trailing the escapades of Colonel Faridi and his trusted Captain Hameed.
4. Devi For Comic Buffs
Meet India’s first real super heroine worth falling for – Devi. She’s a hot, fearsome warrior created by Shekhar Kapur (whom you might recall from the 90s TV shows if you were alive back then) along with Virgin Comics. This gorgeous comic became all the rage when it was launched in 2006 with artwork to die for.
5. Dr Seuss For The Playful
Nothing, and we mean nothing, no other piece of literature, is as good for communal reading as the incredible Dr Seuss’s books on Life. He is often mistakenly cast away as a children’s writer, but in fact the wisdom in his words is just what you need for inspiration to go places. Did you know that the word ‘nerd’ is a Dr Seuss invention?
6. The Dark Tower For The Wicked
This potentially macabre series is Stephen King’s self-proclaimed epic. The Dark Tower is a set of eight books, each of which has a story of its own, and each of these somehow brings together characters, settings and references from King’s other novels so far. Expect a film adaptation of this to be out this summer.
7. Discworld For The Humourist
Admittedly, we’re giving into the ‘popular’ here. But it’s hard to leave Terry Pratchett out of any such list, he will find his way back in on the back of a tortoise called Om. This great man who was with us until two years ago, gave us a neat 41 fantastically comical books all set in a magical place called Discworld balanced atop four elephants standing on a turtle. Now that’s a series.
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