Well….as you can see, we were going to go to the Carnival tonight.
I’m a weak swimmer so we decided against it.
It was with great reluctance that I read the first book in a trilogy this week: a trilogy where the second and third books haven’t yet been written.
I’ve been burned before with trilogies. I started with the first book of a trilogy back in ’91. Found the second book in a used book store in ’03, and then discovered that the author never wrote the 3rd book of the trilogy. And has no plans to. I’ve been waiting over 20 years to know how the story ends.
And more recently, I read what was supposed to be a trilogy, but then turned into a fourlogy. After the fourth book, it turns out the author wants to make it a sevenlogy. He waited 6 years between the 4th and 5th book. If he continues to wait 6 years between each book, it’ll be 2023 before he’s done and I’ll be fifty years old before I know how the story ends.
So, it was with great reluctance that I read the first book in a trilogy this week: a trilogy where the second and third books haven’t yet been written.
By the second chapter of the book, the reader is firmly rooting for the English protagonist. He started off dirt poor but through sacrifice, hard work, a little bit of luck, and a little help from his friends, he’s starting to come up in the world.
But then—disaster! A family secret is revealed and his life falls apart. And now WWII has just been declared.
He’s on a boat that gets sunk by German torpedoes and everyone dies except him. He’s rescued by a passing ship. As he’s lying there in and out of consciousness, he realizes, much like Jimmy Stewart in “It’s a Wonderful Life”, that everyone would be better off if he were dead. So, when he recovers, he lies and tells everyone that he was one of the dead Americans from his sunken boat, thus taking on a new identity.
But as soon as the ship docks in America and he announces his new name to the authorities, they arrest him. He’s not too worried because he assumes, “Oh, they figured out that I’m lying about my identity and are sending me back to England.” But one of the people from the rescue ship, who befriended our protagonist, asks the cops, “Why are you arresting him?” And the cops say…well….look at they say:
Ahhhh! He took on the identity of a wanted murderer!
And that’s the last line of the book! The last line. How long will we have to wait to see what happens next? Oh, why, oh why did I start reading a trilogy before they were all done?
Oh, wait! Look at what I just found on the next page:
Spring!? That was a few months ago! Ooo! Checking to see if it’s in my library’s system….
…and it is! It’s at the library that’s at the end of my street right now, as I type this.
You know where I’ll be bright and early tomorrow morning.