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Subject: How do you juggle multiple paranormal series?
Date Posted: 5/13/2008 10:12 PM ET
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I've been a fan of the genre for a while, but recently I've been discovering a LOT more authors and been lucky enough to find a lot of great deals. The absolutely wonderful "problem" that came with that is- where do I start? Since it's in the same genre I would hate to mix info up between two series (or more!), but I also never read a series book after book so it stays fresh (though I usually mix it up with something from another genre.) What do my fellow multi-series paranormal readers do?

Some series that are lighter and very distinct in tone- like Sookie Stackhouse & Queen Betsy I have no problem with, and I have the last 2 BDB books to read and I'm sure I can keep that one straight. It's the ones like Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, Rachel Vincent, Karen Chance, Patricia Briggs, Cheynne McCray etc etc. where I'm afraid of getting things crossed. Are you able to read lots of series at the same time, or do you usually stick to one until you start another?

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 10:51 PM ET
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i've read all the authors you mentioned, and i don't get the worlds crossed up.  there's enough differences.  though i admit, if it's been more than a year since i read the last book, i will either check out my book journal entry to try to refresh my memory on where things left, or peek in the back of the book - or just re-read the earlier books.

i will read books in a series back to back if i have them, but generally not more than three in a row.  unless i'm reading a series, i do try to switch up on the next book whether it's switching genres completely, or just switching from something dark to light, or at least switch from vampires to werewolves before reading the next vampire book.  :)

of course, i guess i'm not sitting down with piles from all of them at the same time.  i probably wouldn't read more than two of the series at a time.

out of this list "Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, Rachel Vincent, Karen Chance, Patricia Briggs, Cheynne McCray", they're all good, but i suggest starting with Patricia Briggs!  (and if you're going to read two in parallel, probably not Rachel Vincent.  maybe Karen Chance or Cheyenne McCray.)

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 10:53 PM ET
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I skip around...whatever grabs me at the time.   I also have 2-3 books going at a time.   I guess that is the double edged sword of a healthy TBR pile, good WL position and when it's a favorite and I don't get a good WL spot (for me that is under 35) then I will buy them.   I dropped whatever I was reading Sunday to pick up the newest Katie MacAlister (had to buy that one!) and I'm about 3/4 done with it.   I don't think I've had any problems keeping them all separate but I do know that sometimes I'm just not in the mood for a particular type of story and can't make headway so I move on to something else until I can actually read the book.  

There haven't been many that I've just given up on but the clunkers don't get a second chance and neither do any sequels by that author.   I'll sometimes give them another chance if they start on a new series, giving them the benefit of the doubt that their writing/story line has improved. 

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 11:08 PM ET
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So far I have 11 series going. I can't remember to pay a bill but I have no problem keeping track of my series. Go figure
Date Posted: 5/14/2008 2:45 AM ET
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I have multiple series' going as well. I can't read books back-to-back in a series so I always skip around. So far so good, with no confusion. I can remember the characters too. I think it's because I become somewhat attached to them.

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 8:19 AM ET
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if i can't remeber i just go to amazon and read the description/ reviews of the previous book in the series and it refreshes my memory but its not generally a problem with the great authors cause i'm waiting for the next book with baited breath good luck

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 9:52 AM ET
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I have one series going at a time and I don't read back to back since I read a lot of different genres. I used to go longer inbetween series books but now I read the next in the series every 6 books.My old brain can't go any longer than that before I start to forget.  I also switch up genres each book too. If I've just read a paranormal, I'll read a chick lit, then a mystery, than an erotica and so on. I'm almost caught up in the In Death series now so my next series will be a paranormal series.

Date Posted: 5/18/2008 5:20 PM ET
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Thanks for you input :) I was mainly "worried' about things like Lara Adrian's series mixed with J.R. Ward's, or the fact that Nalini Singh's seems kind of in-depth in its world building, as does Lilith Saintcrow. I guess as long as I mix it up to some extent I won't have any problems.

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Date Posted: 5/22/2008 8:51 PM ET
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I've never had any problems reading multiple series at one time.  I'm actually reading 5 different series right now.  When I don't have the next book in the series, I just move onto another series.  I hate to read them out of order, so that's why I'd rather read multiple series at once.

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 11:49 PM ET
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Goddess!  I probably have 100's of different series going right now across genres, I love to read series back to back and I used to reread the previous books in the series before reading the new one but that was years ago before I had so many going.  LOL  I rarely get them confused with the other, usually they are nothing alike and the characters are different.  There are times where I'll have to skim back through a previous book to find a plot point that has been brought up in the new book but I manage.  LOL  My problem is remembering titles of books since I'm really bad about not looking at covers or titles. 

Date Posted: 5/24/2008 11:27 AM ET
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I've never thought about this.  I suppose either I don't get the series mixed up, or I read enough books in between so I don't have a problem.