Chronological Lists of Complex, Intersected Series


“Bookstore in Florence, Italy” is Warburg’s own work under the CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL licenses, via Wikimedia Commons

There are some series that drive me so mad (I am so very OCD in some respects) that I needed to put together a list (or three!) to keep track of where the short stories fit in and where the interlocking series and subseries intersected chronologically and not in their publication order, ’cause that’s how I like to read them. The individual title links will take you to Goodreads.

The below is the result of my preoccupation. I had been inserting these into the individual book reviews, but I thought this was an easier way to update the lists — it certainly does give the list more room(!) and I imagine that the reviews will also breath easier without the list box crowding its space.

While there aren’t many authors listed here, I’m sure it will grow as I encounter more authors who confuse me with their short stories scattered throughout their novels or that have a variety of series that dip into other series by the same (or another) author. The lists are under the author’s name; click the name of the series to open its listing.

Are there any series with a difficult chronology that drives you mad?

Ilona Andrews

Kate Daniels
Gray Wolf
Free: Curran (POV) Vol 1 includes:

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Kelley Armstrong

Darkest Powers
Darkness Rising

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Patricia Briggs

Mercyverse

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Meljean Brook

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Jim Butcher

The Dresden Files

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Orson Scott Card

Ender's Quintet

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Kate Douglas

Chanku = Wolf Tales + Sexy Beast

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Jennifer Estep

Elemental Assassin

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Janet Evanovich

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Christine Feehan

Dark Saga

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John Flanagan

Ranger's Apprentice: The Early Years

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Jeaniene Frost

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Diana Gabaldon

Outlander is an time-traveling historical fiction series involving Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser. Gabaldon’s Lord John series is a spin-off involving a gay soldier in His Majesty’s army who fell in love with Jamie.

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Cindy Gerard

Gerard has written three series (so far) that tie into each other: The Bodyguards; Black Ops, Inc.; and, One-Eyed Jacks.

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Laurell K. Hamilton

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Charlaine Harris

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Kim Harrison

The Hollows

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Thea Harrison

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Emma Holly

Hidden

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Faith Hunter

Jane Yellowrock

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Craig Johnson

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Robert Jordan

Wheel of Time

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Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dark Hunterverse (DH)

According to Kenyon, the following are all part of the overall Hunterverse. There are some misnumbered entries that will eventually get straightened out; it doesn’t help that Kenyon is inconsistent in how she does number her titles with some short stories being numbered as full volumes and some getting the xx.5 routine. The important thing is that the titles flow one after another.

Dark-Hunter
Dream-Hunter
Were-Hunter
Chronicles of Nick
Hellchaser
Lords of Avalon
Companion Books

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Lynn Kurland

Kurland does not distinguish between short stories and full-length novels in the numbering.

Nine Kingdoms

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Mercedes Lackey

Elemental Masters

All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters Anthologies

Elves on the Road

Elves on the Road

Bedlam’s Bard

Bedlam's Bard

Diana Tregarde

Diana Tregarde

SERRAted Edge

The first four revolve around elves and their human friends working on race cars by Savannah, Georgia. The library doesn’t have the next four.

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Valdemar

Valdemar

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Lora Leigh

Lora Leigh doesn’t believe in half-numbering her short stories, however, you can tell which they are by the TITLE: “Short Story Title”.

Tempting SEALs
Nauti Boys and Girls
Breeds

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Anne McCaffrey

pern

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Seanan McGuire

Incryptid

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Tamora Pierce

Emelanese Universe
Tortall Universe

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Sir Terry Pratchett

Discworld (DW)

Discworld
Ankh-Morpork City Watch
DEATH
Moist Van Lipwig
Rincewind
Tiffany Aching
Witches Trilogy

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Nora Roberts

MacGregor Family Saga

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Steven Saylor

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Nalini Singh

Singh’s free short stories can be found in her newsletters to which you have to subscribe. If you’re a fan of either series, sign up!

Guild Hunter
Psy-Changeling

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Thomas E. Sniegoski

The Fallen

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S.M. Stirling

Emberverse

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Carrie Vaughan

Kitty Norville

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David Weber

Honorverse


Stephanie Harrington
Honor Harrington
Short Stories That Need Slotting In

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Timothy Zahn

Cobra

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