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Subject: Question about book listings
Date Posted: 5/15/2009 9:33 AM ET
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Does anyone know who creates book listings? I recently was VERY confused when I ordered, read and then went to post a book that was listed as Title, (Book 12). I knew I had (or at least thought I had) the book that immediately preceded it in the series, but that was listed as Book 10. I was trying to figure out for the life of me what happened to Book 11. It doesn't exist!! I even checked the author's website. Do the book ttitles come from some general database somewhere? I sent in an edit correction, but I'm not sure what has happened yet. It just made me curious.

Date Posted: 5/15/2009 10:09 AM ET
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They get it from other sources and they also get edited here. A lot of the series info is added through data edits here.  I know in the paranormal listings these get really messy because there are so many short stories from anthologies mixed in to the reading order that the single  issue books jump numbers. There are others like Kenyon who have series like the Dream-Hunter and Dark-Hunter that intertwine so you have #1 in the Dream series being a higher number in the reading series. (trying to collect those and its very confusing) They've even started having little e-book only parts to series.

Maybe you want to post the question in the genre thread and see if you are missing a short story in there.

Date Posted: 5/15/2009 10:18 AM ET
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I'll do that. I know she did have a short story/novella -- one of those collections with three authors conributing to the compilation -- but her own website considers Carrot Cake Murder as Book 10, and Cream Puff Murder as Book 11 (Joanne Fluke, www.murdershebaked.com) The compilation actually came BEFORE Book 10.

Last Edited on: 5/15/09 10:20 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/15/2009 10:32 AM ET
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This an issue with Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books, Christine Feehan's Dark series and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files-they all write little shorts for anthologies and it kind of goofs up the chronology and number order. 

Date Posted: 5/15/2009 11:09 AM ET
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