When I was much younger I read the Rama trilogy by A.C. Clarke and I hated it. I felt it could have been combined into one volume. I kept buying the next book hoping the author would provide the answers. Alas I never found the answers I was looking for.
Since then I have been very sceptical of any Sci-fi or Fantasy series when there is always another book to purchase and I dislike these stretched out stories. (Does anyone remember the TV series "The Fugitive" - every episode was the same - just with different characters in it.)
And why oh why do some authors give their characters such unpronouncable names? As soon as I flip through a book and notice these the book gets put back on the shelf.
I mostly avoid sci-fi and fantasy these days unless It is related to life on earth as I know it. It has to be believable (to me) not necessarily realistic.
My favourites tend to be old pulp sci-fi such as, John Wyndham's - The Day of the Triffids, Fredric Brown - The Mind Thing, and any Robot story by Isaac Asimov.
How do I choose my favourite books when I have so many? The list would be very long. However, some of them are:
Pearl S. Buck - The Good Earth
Alexandre Dumas - The Count of Monte Cristo
Kenn Follett - The Pillars of the Earth
Bryce Courtenay - The Potato Factory
Larry McMurtry - Lonesome dove
Michael Crichton - Next
Stephen King - Cell
Stephen King - The Stand
Tim Green - Exact Revenge
Simon Clark - The Night of the Triffids