Why It's Hard to Say Goodbye

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Ryan McRae

I have a lot of books. Too many, really. I sigh a sigh of relief when our lease gets extended. I don't have to move the books. 

But also as I peruse them, I'm noticing that I will without a doubt read the first two books of a trilogy and not touch the third. And these are trilogies I enjoy. Sometimes I read them just as they come out. And an axiom that I shift from is that I don't read a trilogy until it's done (this is known as the Rothfuss Law, IYKYK.) 

One of the books, Locklands by Robert Jackson Bennett, one of my favorite authors sits unread. And now I face the quandary we all do as readers. Do I read the first two books again which I loved and devoured? Or do I just plod on and try to remember through the COVID fog that still eats at my memory? 

I also have three episodes of the Expanse final season I haven't finished. And I haven't finished those books (three to go?) Sure, I get distracted, but epic fantasy, the world-building lends itself to get connected to the protagonists, the heroes and the last page comes. 

Sure they may have grown and developed, saved the kingdom and saved the world. But I think our brains have a hard time when the we say goodbye and we have to carry the grief that they are gone now. But perhaps the stasis we put them in as well as ourselves is a crueler fate. 

After I finish Lonesome Dove, my current love (I know, a western) I'm going to find all of my thirds, put them in a stack and start saying goodbye. Locklands. You're up first. 

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