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Subject: Anyone read Catherine Asaro?
Date Posted: 8/22/2008 8:17 PM ET
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I saw The Night Bird at BJ's today and it looked good so I picked up. (I'm a sucker for a captive story).  Well I log it into the TBR here to see if it's WL (it is) and find out it's book 5 of a series.  So book 1 was available and I ordered that.  I found a new copy of Book 2 on Amazon market place for $2.00 and put others on my WL.  

So my question-do they have to read in order?  Will I be missing something if I read this book 5 that I have in my hand?  Or are they independant stories that take place in the same world? 

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 9:03 PM ET
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i *adore* Catherine Asaro, and am #2 on the WL for The Night Bird.  reading the description, i didn't realize this was part of any of her ongoing series.  Fantastic Fiction says:

Lost Continent
Moonglow (2003) (in Charmed Destinies)
1. The Charmed Sphere (2004)
2. The Misted Cliffs (2005)
3. The Dawn Star (2006)
4. The Fire Opal (2007)
5. The Night Bird (2008)
The Lost Continent Collection (omnibus) (2007)

i've read the short story and book one, i just got book 2 and am about to get book 3.  (i waited for ages for those to come out in regular paperback instead of trade, and then finally figured out they weren't going to - and then found PBS.)

so.. just from the descriptions, i didn't realize book 4 was related to books 1-3, and i didn't realize book 5 was related to any of them.  i strongly suspect you'll be ok if you just read book 5.  if it looks like it's going to involve 'Shape Magic', it might be helpful to get Charmed Destinies first since that's where the concept was introduced.

but since i haven't read most of them, i'm not sure that's enough help.

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 9:14 PM ET
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I've never read her, but I have Alpha (Sunrise Alley) en route to me.  Is it a part of a series?

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 9:39 PM ET
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yes, Alpha is the second book in the Sunrise Alley series.  the first book is Sunrise Alley.  :)  i wasn't that fond of Sunrise Alley, so i still haven't gotten Alpha.

my favorites by her are the Skolian Empire books, especially the books featuring Soz.

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 10:29 PM ET
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OK Ellen maybe I"ll start it this weekend. If I'm having trouble following it, I'll wait until I get the others. If I'm not then I'll check your WL when I'm done.

Date Posted: 9/11/2008 3:39 AM ET
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ok, now that i've actually read The Misted Cliffs, and looked again at the descriptions of the remaining books, i have a better answer on which books in the Lost Continent series go together.

Moonglow (in Charmed Destinies) and The Charmed Sphere go together.

The Misted Cliffs and The Dawn Star go together - Mel is the daughter of the couple in The Charmed Sphere, but having just read The Misted Cliffs, I do not believe you need to have read the first pair to enjoy these.

judging from the description, The Fire Opal doesn't particularly seem to be linked to the others other than that they're the same world, but a totally different country.

The Night Bird is partly back in the original country of Aronsdale a generation after Moonglow, and partly in another totally different country.  since the main characters seem to be totally new, i'd guess this can probably be read alone.

 

Mary, did you end up trying The Night Bird yet?  if so, did it seem like you were missing things from earlier books?