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  1. blubeast1237

    blubeast1237 Jedi Master star 5

    Apr 10, 2007
    Or, a better question would be how do you get out of the icky period.

    The icky period, to me, is that feeling you get after you finish reading a book and either it is a standalone or it is the end of the series. I recently experienced it after reading Speaker for the Dead. I thought it was a good book, but it felt like a drag and discouraged me from reading for a while.

    Or do you just not get the icky period. Because after I finished Ender's Game I was so hyped up about reading the next in the series that I read a completely unrelated book until I got the funds to get the next book.

  2. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jul 20, 2002
    I get a little sad at the end of a series, evem if it's something I've read half a dozen times - sad because it's over, not necessarily sad because of the ending.

    I usually switch my attention to something else - I go talk to someone, or I get online, or I pick up another book. It doesn't last more than a couple minutes (and I'm pretty easy t distract :p ).

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

    May 25, 2002
    My 'icky period' is when an author I really like passes away and I finish their final book. I know there won't be any more. I experienced it when Ed McBain died as I was a great fan of his 87th Precinct series. I also experienced it when Tony Hillerman died as I liked all of his books.

  4. Idrelle_Miocovani

    Idrelle_Miocovani Jedi Master star 6

    Feb 5, 2005
    My icky period is after I finish a really good series or standalone and I know there's nothing that comes after. I usually console myself by a) re-reading it (and by the time I finish re-reading it, I've had enough, so it gets rid of the icky feeling :p ), b) thinking about fan fic ideas for it (or if it's something like Harry Potter, then I go along with the ff ideas anyway and write them) or c) forgetting it and picking up something new.

    Despite the above, this actually doesn't happen to me too often; by the time I finish, I'm usually pleased with how it's ending and I've come to terms with said ending. For whatever reasons, I get the icky feeling more from TV shows than books or movies. [face_thinking]
  5. Crystena77

    Crystena77 Jedi Master star 4

    Jun 15, 1999
    I usually avoid the "icky" feeling by doing what I am doing now. Before I complete the final part of series, I search out another series to look forward to.

    This thread and some others have given me some good ideas. :)
  6. timmoishere

    timmoishere Jedi Grand Master star 6

    Jun 2, 2007
    I usually wait a few days until she stops bleeding. [face_sick]
  7. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Jedi Grand Master star 9

    Mar 26, 2001
    I had this happen to me with Madeline L'Engle. After she died, I read Many Waters again and cried because she'd never put out another work.
  8. FelsGoddess

    FelsGoddess Game Host star 5 VIP - Game Host

    Sep 5, 2004
    It depends, I guess. I tend to get more agitated when a book during a series is awful rather than when it ends. I usually just do other things, be it read another book or write.
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