The book I was reading didn't get much better, but two-thirds of the way through, I checked to see if the author was indeed going to end the series in craptastic fashion. Turns out, he's not. There's more coming (I don't know how I made the mistake), and this book was a transition book.
I'm not a fan of transition books because nine out of ten, the author is sick of the character, series, and readers; it's a shit-slide down, down, down until I stop reading altogether because any love for the character has been worn away.
Although I have to say that if Charlaine Harris and Carrie Vaughn have included transition books in their series, they've done it on the sly. I haven't noticed any dips in quality.
My luck in books lately has been decidedly lacking. The last batch from the library included a whole lot of dreary writing. The sole exception was KING RAT by China Mieville. Awesome twist on the Pied Piper tale told from the POV of the rat and set in modern London. Amazing read: funny, sad, horrible (in a good way), stomach-churning (in a good way), and suspenseful. When I finished, I knew I had to order all his books- his writing needs to be owned, not borrowed.
Really, there were parts when I had to tell myself to stop admiring the craft of his writing and get back into the story.
I'm hoping my luck changes before school starts.