I don't know what it is with my reading lately, but I've really been into linked books. There was the Nora quad about weddings, the Arcane series from Jayne Ann Krentz, Suzanne Enoch's Sam&Richard series...the list goes on.
But one series, which will remain nameless because this isn't a review site and I'm not a reviewer, left me wanting more of one thing and less of the other. In both of the books I read (there are 4 so far, I think), I was left with the feeling that the main plot wasn't really the plot at all. The sub-plot overshadowed it. The pages with sub-plot were soooooo good and had me turning pages quickly and re-reading segments. The main plot? Skimmed it. I skipped entire sections because I just didn't care.
And that got me wondering: why was the sub-plot more intriguing for me?
It's a question I've been able to answer. So much time was spent on the main plot (as it should be) and so little time with the sub-plot (again, as it should be) and yet the sub was all sparkly and innovative and interesting and the main kind of stumbled around and stagnated. I read the first book and was left with a 'huh' feeling at the end. I couldn't quite put my finger on the why it wasn't working for me. By mid-book-2 I knew what the problem was: the main story wasn't reaching me. Sure, I could go on buying the books and reading for the sub-plot, but I felt a little robbed at that thought.
So I'm not buying more of that series. But I will try the author again - because I think I might like some of his other work. We'll see.
In the meantime, have you ever read a book where the sub-plot overshadowed the main for you? Did you like it? And did you give that author another chance?