This got me thinking about the format where I'm the least forgiving when it comes to bad or abrupt endings, which is novels. Perhaps it's because the time investment is much longer than a movie or maybe it's because the written word doesn't have the leeway that being interactive grants video games, but in my opinion things more or less hinge on the way the the book ends. Since more often than not that will be the thing that will make the reader decide if it was worth the time they invested in reading it.
So out of curiosity I'd thought I'd start a thread and ask which authors do you think are the most consistant in sticking the landing of their books and which most often fumble the final pages?
For me the person that stands above everyone in making each ending feel like a rich dessert after a wonderful meal is Terry Pratchett. In most of his books I find everything comes to a head in an almost perfect way and then lingers on the aftermath just long enough for me to feel like I got to say an individual goodbye to each of his characters. The only time I've not felt this way about his novels was when I read the very first discworld book the Color of Magic (which should be permanently bound with his second discworld book, the Light Fantastic, since it picks up from the literal cliffhanger of the first and brings everything to a much better close) as well as the last few novels he wrote before passing away from Alzheimer's disease.
The one author that I think fumbled the ending the worst compared to how fun the book was to read up to right before the ending was Legend by David Gemmell. It fumbled the ending so bad that I never read another book by the author.
Edited by Tim K - 5/13/17 at 1:26pm