Not long ago, I unintentionally re-read Peter Straub’s book Koko yet again. It was published in 1988, followed in 1990 by Mystery and in 1993 by The Throat. The three are known collectively as the “Blue Rose Series.”
What is it about these books that has led me to re-read them?
They’re called a series, but they don’t quite line up. Two characters appear in two of the books, but not in all three. Primary characters in one of the books don’t exist at all in the others, or maybe they do, but with different names and personalities. One of the main characters is a writer, and the final book suggests the other two were written by him. Things like this make the reader say, “WTF?” and go looking for details they half-remember. And that’s often a reason to start reading the whole set all over again.
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