I love to get lost in a good series, and one of my favorite things is to "discover" a series that's already several books in so I can wallow in multiple volumes back-to-back.
I found the Harry Dresden series about book six. Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series (which subsequently became the Sookie Stackhouse series) was on book seven. Kim Harrison was on five. Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson on three. Simon R. Green's Nightside series on five or six. TheBlack Dagger Brotherhood on four or five.
Okay, so I'm kind of slow. Of course, now I'm all caught up and have to wait a freakin' year between releases.
But what about new series? Do you wait till a few are out before you give them a try, or do you read the first and patiently wait for the second?
An interesting thing that has been happening with series in the last couple of years--or at least it's the first I've noticed it--is that publishers are releasing two or more series books in a very short time frame, hoping people like me will go ahead and take the plunge at book one, knowing the second book will be out in a month or two instead of a whole year.
Example. Ben Aaronovitch's new urban fantasy series featuring Constable Peter Grant, who can speak with the dead, kicked off in the U.S. in February with the release of Midnight Riot. A month later, we have the second in the series, Moon Over Soho. The third, Whispers Under Ground, will come out in October.
I'm about to begin revisions on the second in my urban fantasy series. The first one, Royal Street, will come out in April of 2012 if all goes according to plan, with the second, River Road, following...well, I don't have a date yet but probably not too far behind.
So what's your preference on series? Do you wait till several books in a series are out before you read, or do you jump on a new series as soon as the first one's out, as long as it sounds interesting? You've seen my list, above, of the series books I either preorder or snap up as soon as they're released. What is your favorite series you've followed from book one?