I’m over reading series, for the most part. If a novel claims to be “Book I” of anything, I drop it, right there.
David Weber has apparently given up on Honor Harrington, and his series of prequels, “Manticore Ascending,” is crap. His final Safehold novel was a real damp squib, and The Sword of the South was such an awful read that it put me off the Orfressa series for good. It turns out that all the other Bahzell novels were written as background to this one, which was apparently his very first attempt at a novel. As far as I’m concerned, if he wanted to continue the Orfressa series, he should have burned the manuscript and started fresh.
The Foreigner series is still going strong, but at 18 novels already, I’m getting a bit weary. If Cherryh weren’t such a great writer, I’d already have given up.
Connie Willis and Lois Bujold are always worth reading, but their output is slow (not complaining, just eager). Bujold’s last two Vorkosigan novels (Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance and The Red Queen) are worth a read, even if you’ve never read her other works. I just couldn’t get into the Sharing Knife series—anyone read and liked it? It would be interesting to read your opinion.