But now you've confused me. I don't know whether I should expect The Fall to be a serial novel or a series of novels.
I haven't read any of it yet, so I can't say. I'm just making a limited point about the title, not a blanket declaration about the structure or merits of the entire work.
Isn't it telling though, that by making your point, you've only served to confuse me?
The author states explicitly in his afterword that each story is meant to stand alone. This one sadly does not.
I'll be honest, I never read the back-matter in books, so I didn't notice this. But I went back and looked, and you're correct. DRGIII specifically writes that the authors of The Fall
have "produce(d) five single novels that, when taken together, form a cohesive, overarching story." So The Fall
intended to be a serial novel
and as such, each novel should be able to stand on its own, with its own story arc. I have to say, this is not the case for Revelation and Dust.
Being a part of "a cohesive, overarching story" does not exempt the author from providing a cohesive story in his novel.