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Subject: Karen Marie Moning reading order?
Date Posted: 2/10/2009 8:39 AM ET
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So I am only on Kiss of the Highlander, but I have the first 2 fever books coming to me on audio that I would like to listen to in the car. Do I need to read all the highlander books first or is the fever series seperate?

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 8:45 AM ET
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I haven't read many of the Highlander books, but i've read all of the Fever books.  I would probably have understood the Fever books better had I read the rest of the Highlander books first. 

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 8:45 AM ET
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The Fever books were very good on audio. 

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 12:11 PM ET
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I didn't know the 2 series were related..I'm on The Immortal Highlander now on audio and it's good.it ties in with the previous 2 books then I have Spell of the HIghlander which I'm not sure how it ties in and a short story...

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 12:57 PM ET
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The reading order is:  Into the Dreaming, Beyond the Highland Mist, To Tame A Highland Warrior, The HIghlanders Touch, Kiss of the Highlander,  The Dark Highlander,  The Immortal Highlander and Spell of the Highlander

FOLLOWED by

Darkfever, Bloodfever and Faefever.

Yes the two series are related but you don't find that out until Faefever.

 

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 1:58 PM ET
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I tell ya what, not to pick on KMM or anything, but I feel like a sheep being herded down the chute with these blasted series and series related to the other series stuff:P  I've gotten to the point that there are certain authors I can't even pick up just bookstore browsing anymore without worrying that I'm walking into the middle of something that's been going for a while.  Why can't they print series numbers on the spine?  Y'know, "book 2 in the blah-blah-blah series"?  Is it because they'd now have to say that and "book 2 in the blah-blah-blah series, which is related to the yada-yada series"?  Wth happened to the standalone?  I'm tired of having to google search every new author I want to try, to make sure I don't start with the wrong book.  Ok, rant over:P

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 2:11 PM ET
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Don't worry, I feel the same way. I cannot stand it, and its even worse when they don't even say anything at their website.

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 2:58 PM ET
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Kim, I have said that a thousand times myself! If the book is part of a series they need to put it somewhere on the cover! Is it so hard? Book 5 of such-and-such? A few weeks ago I was in the store looking at the inside cover of some books by Sunny to figure what order they went in ad they were listed differently inside each book's cover! I ended up buying the third book in the series by mistake. Ugh.



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Date Posted: 2/10/2009 3:07 PM ET
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Amen to that Kim.  I don't know how many times I have been at the store looking at a book and didn't buy it because of that.  It is so frustrating. 

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 8:34 PM ET
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Wth happened to the standalone?  I'm tired of having to google search every new author I want to try, to make sure I don't start with the wrong book.  Ok, rant over:P

Kim, this is something I ask myself over and over again; there's nothing wrong with stand-alones, why don't they have more of them. There are a lot of authors I don't want to start because they're relatively new to me and I don't have the energy to start a major backlist glom just to have all the books in a series. I thought by now now these lengthy series would be on their way out but they seem to be just as popular as ever. I read one Moning book and liked it but after a couple of books into the series I just stopped buying them because I lost track of where I was with them. Same with Kenyon - first few in the series and I have NO idea how many I have missing. <g> I used to be OCD about reading books in their proper order, now I try not to care as much cuz I'd never get to 'em otherwise.

Currently reading What I Did For Love/Phillips; Duchess By Night/James; and a 1994 Futuristic which is very good.

 

 

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 9:49 PM ET
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I'm listening/reading KMM's Highlanders series now and while I hate trying to figure out the order, the character I'm reading now is Adam Black who in book 1 was the really 'bad guy'..I've gotten bits and pieces of him through nearly all the books except for maybe the 2nd so now that his story is here I have a lot of his background so the story has more meaning. and the Virgin River books it's like getting bits more of the characters than could be gotten ina single book. I do wish they'd make it clear that it's  series, reprint, and where in the series...

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 11:33 PM ET
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The Fae books should be read in order, but you don't necessarily have to read the Highlander books before the Fae.  The highlander books also do no need to be read in order.  While some of the story lines intertwine and characters are shared, they are stand alone.

The Highlander books are a loose series due to repeating characters, but each is a complete story.  The Fae books are more of a serial... the ending of each book isn't truly the end.

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 11:37 PM ET
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It's especially annoying because not every book in a series is going to be good.  I pick up a lot of books from reviews, and if it weren't for the fact that AAR always puts it in their reviews if it's part of a series, I might not find that out until I get like book 6 of something I haven't even read book 1 of yet.  As bad as Stephanie Laurens is with the Bastion Club & Cynster crap, at least her books are all labeled that way.  Of course, these days, you can almost assume that if she writes something new, it's one or the other:P  I'm thinking though that this is some kind of manipulative crap to keep you buying even the books that review poorly, just so you can stay on top of a series.  Like book 1 is awesome, and then 2 and 3 suck, but 4 is the bomb, so you end up buying 2 & 3 anyway.  Brilliant marketing strategy, if that's the case.  I'm about to boycott them though, if they don't stop it.  I seriously feel like there's something manipulative about it:P

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 8:52 AM ET
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The Fae books should be read in order, but you don't necessarily have to read the Highlander books before the Fae

Thanks, thats what I was wondering.

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 11:51 AM ET
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Thanks Lita, what a relief.  Who knew I was supposed to be reading a whole other series before I randomly started the fever books, LOL?