I am a fan of Anne Rice's writing, and recently purchased the first book ( soft cover) in her new Songs of the Seraphim series, Angel Time. Devoured that in a couple of days...being on holidays... and while still giddy with the joys of reading at the beach and basking in sunlight, far from B.C.'s wintery clime, I splurged and bought the next book of the series, Of Love and Evil.
...for a scant 171 page read, the first two chapters of which reiterate wordage from the previous book.
Anne, no offense, I have been and always will be, a fan (channeling my inner Spock here)
but these prices are driving us right into the digital arms of e-readers.