Originally Posted by pilotbob
There's a big difference between a second book in a trilogy vs a second book in a series. To me, the latter just means they are related and have the same characters and locations... sort of like Star Trek... you can pick up pretty much any one of them, they are all stand alone books.
So, when you say "series" do you mean this is part of a single story or just same settings and characters?
Actually, for a good while now, you can't just pick up any recent Star Trek book because they no longer are stand alone. Ever since the A Time to
series came out and books written post Nemesis
the books have been no longer completely stand alone. So that analogy no longer fits.
Even if people say yes, a book in a series is stand alone, I find it never really is. Sure, the story line might be. But there is usually things in the previous books that help the reading experience of the later books.