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Subject: Repairman Jack.
Date Posted: 1/16/2010 1:59 PM ET
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Does this series need to be read in order?  Can each one stand on its own?  Is this truly a horror series?  Which one is the best?  That  All The Rage sounds good.  Is it?



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Date Posted: 1/19/2010 11:50 PM ET
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I would say they don't necessarily have to be read in order. The first three might be best in order since they are part of another series. Maybe if possible read The Tomb first, I think it is the first. But the newer ones I have read stand on their own. I wouldn't say they are a truly horror series. Some are maybe supposed to be, but others are more supernatural type than horror. I didn't find any of them scary. Can't answer your other questions, sorry.

Subject: Thanks!
Date Posted: 1/20/2010 8:20 PM ET
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I appreciate the input!  :0)  Thank you!

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 9:33 PM ET
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Ok, the 1st RJ book is The Tomb.  The Jack appears to die at the end as it was meant to be a 1-off story.  Legacies picks up with Jack living, and then continues to the other  12+ were done.  There are only another 2-3 to go.  The other series that Anthony is mentioning is The Adversary Cycle.  the 1st 3 books, The Keep, The Tomb, and The Touch can be read in any order.   Wilson realized that he could tie these novels, as well as manyof his other short stories (and references in novels) to a large"world".  He then finished the Cycle with Reborn, Reprisal, and Nightworld (this were originally written as 1 novel, but then split because it was too large, but should be read in that order.  If you wanted to read the RJ books, it would start with The Tomb, then the other RJ novels, ending with Nightworld (Jack is in Nightworld, but IIRC he is not in Reborn or Reprisal).  The Tomb was written in 1984, and Legacies was in the earlies 90's.  When Wilson had the Tomb re-released, he rewrote sections of it to fix some of the continuity issues and made it a little more modern.  He is also rewriting Nightworld to make Jack an even more important character and to fix the continuity.  The current RJ novels take place in RJ continuity every few months, with less time passing between each book in RJ time as they get closer to Nightworld. There is also a trilogy of Jack books (book 2 is almost out), that shows Jack in his teens and explains how he gets how he is.  Jack is not really horror, although there are horrific elements to it, but actually runs from horror to sci-fi to mystery and other genres.  I feel that it would be better to read them in order, as other books are usually mentioned, and everything is tying together the closer you get to the end of the series.  It might appear daunting, but the books read easily when you get into them. If you just want to try one, start with The Tomb, that way if you really like it you can continue..  All the Rage is a good one, but I don't really have a favorite.

Subject: Wow! Great Info! To stevefaust.
Date Posted: 1/22/2010 8:37 PM ET
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Thank you for the awesome info!   You have given me great insight into the series.  I want to recommend an F. Paul Wilson book to you that I loved, if you haven't already read it.  The Select.  It is a medical thriller but wonderful in my opinion.  Well thank you again kindly.  I am off to put The Tomb on my wish list!

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 1:35 PM ET
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I have never read The Select, as for some reason I shied away from his medical thrillers (and I'm not a fan of pure science fiction, so some of his older stuff is out), but I will probably give the Select a try at some point in the future.

Subject: The Select
Date Posted: 8/10/2010 10:04 PM ET
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I have read mostot the r.j. books but have never been able to get The Select past 30pages (and I read the other medical non-jack book - the name escapes me at the moment). My all tyme favorite is also a non-jack but is still related - The Keep.

-wharf rat

Date Posted: 8/13/2010 2:51 PM ET
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I enjoyed "The Tomb", "The Keep" and "Midnight Mass" by Wilson. I would recommend any of them!

Date Posted: 9/3/2010 10:45 PM ET
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I have read most of F. Paul Wilson's work and I wouldn't read the Repairmanjack series out of order. The books build on one another in unique way. Midnight Mass was an awesome vampire read. His medicals don't quite do it for me, but he is an awesome author to all of his fans out there.