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Has anyone read a book & when you were finished you felt sad b/c it was the end?

You wished the story would go on & on & on!

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Allll the time!!


Pretty much every Terry ?Pratchett fan cries when (sometimes at last) reading “The Shepard’s Crown”. It is the last book he ever did or ever will write and his estate has forbidden anyone else to use his Discworld universe. Th Th Th Th that’s all folks.

Detritus Level 6 Feb 17, 2019

Yes, this has happened to me several times in my life. I usually end up reading books like that again, at a later date.

ashley44 Level 7 Mar 20, 2018

Im disappointed when I don’t feel disappointed ?

Haemish1 Level 8 Feb 17, 2019

Absolutely! I also find myself in a sort of limbo; those moments after living in the story, before returning to reality.

AmiSue Level 8 Mar 20, 2018

I was very sad when I read Terry Pratchett's last book. His books had always brought me so much joy, and the knowledge that there would never be another one brought me to tears.


All the time. Proves it was a good book.

ITguy64 Level 5 Mar 23, 2018

But I wasn't ready to leave your world yet!

Only all the time. Why do you think fanfic exists? Of course, some of it sucks, but a lot of Marion Zimmer Bradley's contributors to Darkover went on to develop full-fledged worlds and careers of their own.


Common outcome.


Often, especially if it is the last in a great series.

Rugglesby Level 8 Mar 20, 2018

I've had full-on book withdrawal on occasion, actually.

zenstain Level 5 Mar 20, 2018

It's a thing, yep. I need a new read to get me there again, tough to find.


Almost every Vonnegut book I read.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was like that and was always pleased to discover the "trilogy" had more than three books.


Like, every book.
Specifically the Sackett series by Louis L’amour, he died before he could complete it.

@pthomas59 i’ll check’em out and add it to my ever growing list. I swear I’ll end spending a quarter of my life reading.


Yes, but fortunately I like Series books, so there is usually another one coming in a year.


Many times, particularly when I was young.

JanGarber Level 7 Mar 20, 2018

Yes-can't think of a specific book right now but yes.


yes, Heidi Old Yeller and others

btroje Level 9 Mar 20, 2018

havent read the last terry pratchet book wish he had left it i his will others
could carry on the series

weeman Level 7 Feb 17, 2019

Personally I am glad they is not allowing anyone else to continue it. I don't remember ever seeing a series continued by somebody else that was anything except dreadful.

@GeorgeRocheleau zelazny’s Amber series is a case in point.


many times! the best books make it hard to leave the world the author created. In my mind I never have to. ?

Donna_I Level 7 Feb 17, 2019

Heinlein's "Time Enough for Love" produced that response.

PBuck0145 Level 7 Feb 17, 2019

Oh yea..for me with Heinlein it was I Will Fear No Evil...i was about 10 or 20 pages to end on my commute. I sat in the train station to finish.. I love him.


Yep. Especially from the book
Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason.

WeaZ Level 7 Feb 17, 2019

When that happens look for something else by the author.



  • Hyperbole and a half
  • The lost gospels, Al Jourgenson
Qualia Level 8 Mar 24, 2018

Once you experience that, and I have many times, you hope the next one does the same.
There have been times, when it was the very last page that shook me. You just stare at it and feel the void because it's over.

gloriadeb Level 6 Mar 23, 2018

I can't count how many books left me feeling that there is more.....

Holysocks Level 7 Mar 20, 2018

Absolutely!!! Angela's Ashes, I Know This Much is True, The Notebook, Still Alice, and probably 100 more that I cannot think of off-hand.

BlueWave Level 8 Mar 20, 2018
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