Book Series You Stalled Out On
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Has this ever happened to you?

You start reading the first book in a series. You know you're going to enjoy it and are looking forward to reading all the books in the series.

Maybe you even make it through the first book.

Then something happens.

Stall!

Maybe the second book isn't quite as good. Maybe the series just drags on too long. Maybe the tenor of the books changed after the first one.

Something.

And you quit.

This list is for you!

Feel free to add items to the list: Just try to stick to the same format, and be sure to add a poll!

(Frak, this has been a lot of work. I was going to add the Ender's Game books, and maybe The Wheel of Time, His Dark Materials, Shannara, and possibly The Order of the Stick. Well, I guess I stalled out on my own Geeklist.)
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51. Board Game: Star Trek III [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:7561]
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James Blish wrote short story versions of all the classic Trek episodes and also wrote the novel Spock Must Die!. The rest is history. I used to collect all the books, but realized that I couldn't keep up with everything written about classic Trek, Star Trek The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and all the alternate time lines in between. I gave up on the entire written Star Trek genre.

As a side note, I stopped reading all the Dr. Who novelizations for the same reason.
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52. Board Game: Sword of Rome [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:562]
Mark Ashton
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The Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough. A vivid and detailed portrait of the lives and political machinations of ancient Rome's worthies, starting in the era of the Republic. Thanks to
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for turning me on to these -- I've read the first one, and just started The Grass Crown.

The First Man in Rome (1990)
The Grass Crown (1991)
Fortune's Favourites (1993)
Caesar's Women (1997)
Caesar (1998)
The October Horse (2002)
Antony and Cleopatra (2007)

Poll
How far did you make it into the "Masters of Rome" series?
NOPE. Didn't start the series.
BOOK ONE: FAIL. Couldn't make it through the first book.
ONE OR MORE. Made it through at least the first book.
FINISHED! Read all the books released so far.
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53. Board Game: Dragon Quest [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:5409]
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Katharine Kerr: Deverry Series

The Deverry series is a set of books in four episodic quartets (the last is a triplet).

Books in the Deverry Series:
Daggerspell
Darkspell
Dawnspell
Dragonspell.

A Time Of Exile
A Time of Omens
A Time of War
A Time of Justice

The Red Wyvern
The Black Raven
The Fire Dragon
The Gold Falcon

The Spirit Stone
The Shadow Isle
The Silver Mage

She also has stand alone books:
Snare
Polar City Blues
Polar City Nightmare
Freezeframes
Palace
Resurrection

I own (and have read) all the Deverry books, as well as Snare. I can recommend them all!



Poll
Have you read all the Deverry series? (and Kerr's other works)
None. Never read any of her work.
Failed at book one. The first book I read failed to grip me.
One or more. I've read some of these.
Complete Deverry series. I've read and/or own all of the series.
All her books. I've read all of Deverry and all her other books too!
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54. Board Game: Legend of Heroes [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:8832]
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The Drenai Series
By David Gemmell

This is a huge history spanning series of novels, with 3 main timelines.

There's the Waylander series, about an old assassin trying to make right.

The time of Druss the Legend, where the stories mainly revolve around a traditional noble warrior type, Druss, who in the first book, is nearing the end of his life.

The time of Tenaka Khan, who is kind of like a slightly nicer Genghis Kahn.

The books are generally focused around huge sweeping battles, but there's a few quest-ish type books too. The books are mostly, though not completely, low magic, with the plot centred around martial combat.

The first book, Legend, is about the siege of a massive fortress by a almost overwhelming tide of a Mongol-inspired people.

Books in the series
Legend
The King Beyond the Gate
Waylander
Quest for Lost Heroes
Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf
The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend
The Legend of Deathwalker
Winter Warriors
Hero in the Shadows
White Wolf
The Swords of Night and Day


I really loved Legend when I first read it. It's (relatively) low magic setting was something slightly different to me at the time, and it was great. More magic was introduced in some of the later books, to their detriment imo. I quite liked the Jon Shannow books too.

Poll
How far did you make it in the "Drenai" series?
NOPE. Didn't start the series.
BOOK ONE: FAIL. Couldn't make it through the first book.
ONE OR MORE. Made it through at least the first book.
FINISHED! Read all the books released so far.
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55. Board Game: Mice and Mystics [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:111]
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Another of my favourite authors is:

Robin Jarvis

Best known for his Deptford Mice trilogy which then off-shot into the Histories. Jarvis branched into younger childrens books a few years ago with the Deptford Mouselets but has now gone back to teen/adult with the Dancing Jax series.

Awsum books all. I own the lot.

His books
The Deptford Mice:
The Dark Portal
The Crystal Prison
The Final Reckoning

The Deptford Histories:
The Alchymist's Cat
The Oaken Throne
Thomas

The Deptford Mouselets:
Fleabee's Fortune
Whortle's Hope

The Whitby Witches:
The Whitby Witches
A Warlock in Whitby
The Whitby Child

Tales From the Wyrd Museum:
The Woven Path
The Raven's Knot
The Fatal Strand

Deathscent:
Deathscent (just one book released so far)

Thorn Ogres of Hagwood:
Thorn Ogres of Hagwood (just one book released so far)

Dancing Jax:
Dancing Jax
Freax and Rejex

There is also the Deptford Mice Almanac which accompanies the Deptford mice books. I also own that



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How many of Robin Jarvis' books have you read?
None. Never felt the need to read these.
One was enough. I didn't manage more than the one.
More than one but not all. Some of them I read, but not all.
One or two complete series. But not the entire anthology.
Every book. You wonderful person, you! :)
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56. Board Game: Station Manager [Average Rating:5.17 Overall Rank:10124]
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The Bas-Lag Series
By China Miéville

Bas-Lag is a normal fantasy world brought into the industrial age, and then twisted just a bit by semi-Cthulhu-ish entities and China Miéville's weird imagination.

Opinion on Miéville's stuff seems to split opinion pretty strongly. With some people finding the Bug people too gross, the politics too heavy, or some of the stuff just too weird.

Personally, I love them, if only because they are something different in a genre that a lot of time might as well be called the 'we loved Lord of the Rings' genre.

If it can inspire someone to make this

it can't be all bad.

Books in the series
Perdido Street Station
The Scar
Iron Council


Poll
How far did you make it in the "Bas-Lag" series?
NOPE. Didn't start the series.
BOOK ONE: FAIL. Couldn't make it through the first book.
ONE OR MORE. Made it through at least the first book.
FINISHED! Read all the books released so far.
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57. Board Game: The Wind in the Willows [Average Rating:4.75 Unranked]
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William Horwood

William Horwood is amazing. He got me hooked on books when I was 11. My sister gave me a christmas present of Duncton Wood and I was hooked. I read the entire book before bedtime (no mean feat for an eleven year old!!) I now own his entire collection with the exception of The Boy With No Shoes (a sort of auto-biography of Horwood).

Now most of you will know of Kenneth Graham's "The Wind in the Willows". But how many of you knew that Horwood has written four other books in the series. He has written in the same style as Graham and the books truly do the original homage and justice. If you liked/loved Wind in the Willows you MUST read these.

Also, if you know anyone with disabilities, or any computer/whiz geek, the Skallagrigg is an absolute must read. It has been turned into a major film with Richard Bryers and both are fabulous stories of emotional depth for those who are disabled.


Horwood's Books:

Duncton Wood Trilogy:
Duncton Wood
Duncton Quest
Dunction Found

The Book of Silence Trilogy:
Duncton Tales
Duncton Rising
Duncton Stone

The Wolves of Time:
The Wolves of Time 1
The Wolves of Time 2

The Wind in the Willows:
The Willows in Winter
Toad Triumphant
The Willows and Beyond
The Willows at Christmas

Hyddenworld Quartet:
Spring
Summer
Autumn (un-released yet)
Winter (Un-released yet)

Stand Alone Books:
The Stonor Eagles
Callanish
Skallagrigg
The Boy with No Shoes



Poll
How many of William Horwood's books have you read?
None. Never picked one up let alone read it.
One only. Started or read one but didn't want to read more.
More than one. Some of these (maybe a full series) but not all of them.
A few series. Some of the series of books, but not all of them.
The lot. Every book in every series.
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(I'm gonna tick 'The Lot' as I have them all bar the Boy With No shoes.)
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58. Board Game: Eragon [Average Rating:3.73 Unranked]
Mark Ashton
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The Inheritance Cycle, by Christopher Paolini.

Eragon
Eldest
Brisingr
Inheritance


Poll
How far did you make it into the Inheritance Cycle, by Christopher Paolini?
NOPE. Didn't start the series.
BOOK ONE: FAIL. Couldn't make it through the first book.
ONE OR MORE. Made it through at least the first book.
FINISHED! Read all the books released so far.
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lemony snicket a series of unfortunate events

I like the first few book and I even tried a few time to finish all the books but in the end I just got bored. everything was the same in each book.


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60. Board Game: Saganami Island Tactical Simulator [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:4552]
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Honor Harrington

A military/space opera science fiction series set about 2000 years in the future. A plucky little nation called the Star Kingdom of Manticore finds itself up against the much larger and voraciously expansionist People's Republic of Haven. Manticore has the technological superiority and Haven has the overwhelming strength. Who will win?

The first few books dance around a bit before getting the conflict going strong. The early books, especially, have a lot of great and detailed ship battles, often with our dear Captain Harrington up against daunting odds. Later books introduce more and more political aspects, to the point where the most recent books barely have any of the grand combat of the early books. Or, actually, the combat is on a grand scale, but still manages to be less interesting. (Mostly. The ultimate battle in At All Costs is pretty intense stuff.)

Books in the series:
On Basilisk Station (1993)
The Honor of the Queen (1993)
The Short Victorious War (1994)
Field of Dishonor (1994)
Flag in Exile (1995)
Honor Among Enemies (1997)
In Enemy Hands (1997)
Echoes of Honor (1998)
Ashes of Victory (2000)
War of Honor (2002)
At All Costs (2005)
Mission of Honor (2010)
A Rising Thunder (2012)
Shadow of Freedom (2013)

Short-story collections
More Than Honor (1998)
Worlds of Honor (1999)
Changer of Worlds (2001)
Service of the Sword (2003)
In Fire Forged (2011)

There were also four books written to cover events happening parallel with the events from War of Honor through Mission of Honor:

Crown of Slaves (2003)
Torch of Freedom (2009)
-and-
The Shadow of Saganami (2004)
Storm from the Shadows (2009)

There is also a young-adult series:

A Beautiful Friendship (2011)
Fire Season (2012)
The Treecat Wars (forthcoming)

I started reading these books around the time the fifth one came out and have thoroughly enjoyed all of them. I do prefer the first half of the run -- and David Weber could definitely use an editor with a stronger hand -- but I keep coming back to each book in the series, though this is less for the characters and more for the over-arching story. I freely admit that this is not great literature. It is, however, wonderful escapist literature.

Also, I did not stall out on this series, so maybe it doesn't fit.


Poll
How far did you make it into the "Honor Harrington" series?
NOPE. Didn't start the series.
BOOK ONE: FAIL. Couldn't make it through the first book.
ONE OR MORE. Made it through at least the first book.
FINISHED! Read all the books released so far.
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61. Board Game: Chaos [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:5267]
Mathue Faulk
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The Chaos Walking Trilogy



The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness:
Monsters of Men
The Ask and the Answer
The Knife of Never Letting Go

This is a great YA series, and I'm curious how many actually know of the books. The first book is decent, but can be hard to read due to the format, but the last two are great. One of my favorites, but I'm sure it has its critics....

Poll: How far did you make it in the "Chaos Walking" trilogy?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
NOPE. Didn't start the series.
95.1% 136
BOOK ONE: FAIL. Couldn't make it through the first book.
0.0% 0
ONE OR MORE. Made it through at least the first book.
2.1% 3
FINISHED! Read all of the books released so far.
2.8% 4
Voters 143
This poll is now closed.   143 answers
Poll created by mfaulk80
Closes: Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:00 am


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62. Board Game: Sky Runner [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:8306]
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THE BIG SKY

This list has stuck with fantasy for too long!!!



This series about America in its expansionist era is simply incredible. I say this having read the first book only by the way .



Books by A B Guthrie, Jr:

The Big Sky (1947)
The Way West (1949)
These Thousand Hills (1956)
Arfive (1971)
The Last Valley (1975)
Fair Land, Fair Land (1982)

The first book is sooooo good. I cant stress that enough. As geeks, I'm sure that many of us sharpened our literary teeth on pre-industrial survivalist fiction. I'm talkin' My Side of the Mountain. This story just absolutely fills the era with life, that an adult can enjoy. There is a lot of violence so it is adult driven. I would love to hear from anyone else who has read the rest of the series because I can't wait to read them once I find them at the thrift .

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How far did you get with the Big Sky series?
NOPE. Didn't start the series
BOOK ONE: FAIL. Couldn't make it through the first book
ONE OR MORE. Made it through at least the first book
FINISHED! Read all the books in the series.
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63. Board Game: Assassin [Average Rating:3.42 Overall Rank:11131]
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wikipedia wrote:
The Bourne Identity is a 1980 spy fiction thriller novel by Robert Ludlum about a retrograde amnesiac who must discover who he is and why several groups, including an assassin and the CIA, are trying to kill him.


Basically The Bourne Identity movie only tells of the CIA coming after him and leaves out the second storyline of an assassin also trying to kill him. The second and third books are nothing like the movies.

Books in the series:
The Bourne Identity
The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Ultimatum
(There are more books using the Jason Bourne character, but weren't written by Robert Ludlum.)

Loved the first one. Liked the second one a lot. Couldn't get through the third one... I got too annoyed with the girl's character and her effort to save Bourne that 2/3 of the way through Ultimatum I made an effort to quit reading. Seriously lady, he is a trained assassin, I don't think you're going to help save him from another trained assassin trying to kill him. You're better served by just getting out of his way.

Poll: How far did you make it in the "Bourne" series?
NOPE. Didn't start the series.
BOOK ONE: FAIL. Couldn't make it through the first book.
ONE OR MORE. Made it through at least the first book.
FINISHED! Read all the books released so far.
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64. Board Game: Law & Chaos [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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The First Law
Joe Abercrombie

From Wikipedia:

The trilogy centers on the fortunes of three major characters: Sand dan Glokta, a crippled torturer in the Union's Inquisition; Jezal dan Luthar, a self-centred nobleman and swordsman; and Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian warrior of the North forced into an uneasy alliance with the Union to defeat his sworn enemy, Bethod. In addition to these characters, the story follows Collem West, an anger-prone and constantly worried Union officer; the so-called Dogman, a world-weary and experienced northern scout; the fierce southern woman Ferro Maljinn, an ex-slave bent on revenge; and the scheming wizard Bayaz, First of the Magi.

Books in the trilogy:
The Blade Itself (2006)
Before They Are Hanged (2007)
Last Argument of Kings (2008)

Standalone follow-up books:
Best Served Cold (2009)
The Heroes (2011)

Poll
How much of "The First Law" trilogy have you read?
NOPE. Didn't start.
BOOK ONE: FAIL. Couldn't make it through the first book.
ONE OR MORE. Made it through at least the first book.
FINISHED! Read the entire trilogy.
BACK TO THE MUD. Read the entire trilogy and one follow-up book.
YOU'VE GOT TO BE REALISTIC ABOUT THESE THINGS. Read the entire trilogy and both follow-up books.
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65. Board Game: Runebound: Blade Dancer Character Deck [Average Rating:6.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.54 Unranked]
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Tamora Pierce's tale of a girl's dream to become a knight. This was my oldest son's favorite series when he was 6-8.




Alanna: The First Adventure
In the Hand of the Goddess
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
Lioness Rampant




Poll
How fat have you gotten?
Never started.
Aborted first book.
Only one.
More than one.
The entire series.
      242 answers
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66. RPG Item: Star Wars Roleplaying Game: Saga Edition [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:242]
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Wow, still not mentioned?

Oh well

I read Heir to the Empire, and adored what Timothy Zahn did. Then I read The Jedi Academy, and while it wasn't actually bad, it just didn't compare well.

And then when I discovered just how bloody many books were being churned out, I said sod that...

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How far did you get in the Star Wars expanded universe?
NOPE. Didn't start the series.
BOOK ONE: FAIL. Couldn't make it through the first book.
ONE OR MORE. Made it through at least the first book.
FINISHED! Read all the books released so far.
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67. Board Game: Star Wars Miniatures [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1087]
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The Star Wars expanded Universe


Here's a biggy that you could probably break up into dozens of entries. There's probably only Star Trek that comes even close to the shelf groaning mass of books set in the Star Wars universe.

The Star Wars expanded universe is huge (absurdly so) by this point. There were earlier books (Splinter of the mind's eye, the quite wacky Han Solo and Lando Calarisian novels), but the whole thing really kicked off with Kevin J. Anderson's Heir to the Empire series.

I expect lots of people dropped out with the New Jedi Order series, and the Vong were pretty unpopular. Personally I thought they added something a little different from the endless new super-weapon of the week cycle the books were on at the time. Though the first few books in that series are a bit all over the place with what the author's were thinking about.

I dropped out during the Legacy of the Jedi, which I read all but the last book. Mainly through exhaustion, though I also didn't like what they were doing with some of the characters.

I am always tempted to pick up some of the Matthew Stover ones. They were pretty good (for Star Wars novels).

And all this is even before you think of the comics.


Notable series
Heir to the Empire
Dark Empire
Jedi Academy
Young Jedi Knights
X-Wing
Tales of the Jedi
The Bounty Hunter Wars
The New Jedi Order
Clone Wars
Hand of Thrawn
Dark Nest
Star Wars: Legacy
The Dark Times
Legacy of the Jedi
Knights of the old republic
Republic Commando
Fate of the Jedi
The Old Republic


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How far did you make it in the "Star Wars expanded Universe"?
NOPE. Didn't start the series.
SERIES ONE: FAIL. Couldn't make it through the first few series.
ONE OR MORE SERIES. Made it through a few of the early series.
A WHOLE BUNCH OF SERIES. Read a ton of them.
FINISHED! Read all the books released so far.
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68. Board Game: Horus Heresy [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:730]
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The Horus Heresy Series

Set in the Warhammer 40k Universe; this series of books follows the actions of both sides involved in the Horus Heresy; the great moment when the Imperium of Man turned to civil war. For the most part, the books are stand alone novels, each one focusing on a different major character or event; and only the overarching civil war ties them together. Yes, most of the books mention details from past books, but having read those books isn't a prerequisite. Some of the novels do present an over-arching trilogy, such as the first three books; but these are an exception.

Seeing as these books are written by a set of authors, the tone and style from book to book will naturally change. I won't bother listing all the authors here, nor will I list any of the audio short stories, or side stories that can be found online; only the core books sold in a bookstore. Novels are still being published in this series, with the latest installment being released this month (August, 2012).

Horus Heresy
Horus Rising
False Gods
Galaxy in Flames
The Flight of the Eisenstein
Fulgrim
Descent of Angels
Legion
Battle for the Abyss
Mechanicum
Tales of Heresy
Fallen Angels
A Thousand Sons
Nemesis
The First Heretic
Prospero Burns
The Outcast Dead
Deliverance Lost
Know No Fear
The Primarchs
Fear to Tread (Release date of August 2012)

Let me begin by saying the series is good - if you enjoy this sort of sci-fi setting. However, the sheer magnitude of books can seem a bit daunting if one is intent upon reading them all. I read the first four books in a matter of days; loved every sentence of them! However, once I hit the fifth and sixth books, Fulgrim and Descent of Angels, I found msyelf struggling to get through them. Fulgrim was just...meh, in my opnion. I didn't really care for it; and this greatly affected my disposition as I began reading Descent of Angels.

By the time I finished those books, I was burnt out. Took my two years or so before I finally decided to read a few more (since I already owned them). I began reading them with gusto again; but when I hit Deliverance Lost, my interest has once again burned out. I have that book sitting my desk, barley a 100 pages into it, and not finding msyelf motivated to finish it. Maybe some day...

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How Far Did You Get in the Horus Heresy?
NOPE. Didn't start the series.
BOOK ONE: FAIL. Couldn't make it through the first book.
ONE OR MORE. Made it through at least the first book.
FINISHED! Read all the books released so far.
      261 answers
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69. Board Game: Valley of the Pharaohs [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:7322]
Carthoris Pyramidos
United States
Evanston
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Adventures of Amelia Peabody


There are 18 of these novels by Elizabeth Peters. In publication sequence:

Crocodile on the Sandbank
The Curse of the Pharaohs
The Mummy Case
Lion in the Valley
The Deeds of the Disturber
The Last Camel Died at Noon
The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog
The Hippopotamus Pool
Seeing a Large Cat
The Ape Who Guards the Balance
The Falcon at the Portal
He Shall Thunder in the Sky
Lord of the Silent
The Golden One
Children of the Storm
Guardian of the Horizon
The Serpent on the Crown
Tomb of the Golden Bird
A River in the Sky


I've only gotten as far as The Ape Who Guards the Balance, although I own some of the later volumes. The first few books are really Scooby-Doo-style Victorian mysteries in Egypt. I preferred the later H. Rider Haggard pastiches, although the London-based Deeds of the Disturber was really good. Often funny, the books gradually evolve into a family-based adventure soap opera.

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How far did you read in the Amelia Peabody books?
NOPE. Didn't start the series.
A BOOK: FAIL. Couldn't get through the one volume I picked up.
ONE OR MORE. Read at least one novel in full.
FINISHED! Read all of 'em.
      225 answers
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70. Board Game: Starfall [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:6836]
Oliver Kiley
United States
Ann Arbor
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Commonwealth Saga +
Void Trilogy


British Sci-Fi author Peter F. Hamilton is probably best known for his Night's Dawn Trilogy (Reality Dysfunction, Neutronium Alchemist, etc.). I liked that series well enough, and it's a defining act of the new space opera movement, but the Commonwealth Saga + Void Trilogy was much better and more mature.

The commonwealth stories recap humanity's rise as a space traveling race and covers are rather nasty run-in with not-to-friendly alien beings. Multiple plotlines twist and turn through book at a variety of scales, from the intimate and personal, to political, the galactic. A real page turner.

The Void Trilogy takes place approximately 1200 years after the Commonwealth Saga, and includes many of the same characters, but a challenge of even greater scope for humanity and its allies. Space Opera rules!

Commonwealth Saga
Pandora's Star
Judas Unchained

Void Trilogy
The Dreaming Void
The Temporal Void
The Evolutionary Void



I feel at liberty to include this, because while I've read all the main books, I haven't yet gotten around to reading the non-essential prequel of sorts, Misspent Youth.

Poll
How far did you make it in the "Commonwealth / Void Trilogy" series?
NOWHERE. Didn't start the series
BOOK ONE = FAIL. Couldn't make it through the first book
ONE OR MORE. Made it through at least the first book.
I QUIT! Read one or more and have no intention of finishing the series.
FINISHED! Read all the books released so far.
      241 answers
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71. Board Game: Trak-Chek [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
Rich Dodgin
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Edinburgh
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The Amtrak Wars by Patrick Tilley



From Wikipedia:
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The Amtrak Wars is a series of novels written by British author Patrick Tilley. The series is a post-apocalyptic science fiction with some fantasy elements such as the existence of magic. Six novels and an illustrated companion guidebook were published between 1983 and 1990, with additional books planned but never completed.


1.Cloud Warrior (1983)
2.First Family (1985)
3.Iron Master (1987)
4.Blood River (1988)
5.Death-Bringer (1989)
6.Earth-Thunder (1990)


I loved these books when I was growing up.

The only frustrating thing was that the series didn't real end as such, and there has been tantalising rumour after rumour that Patrick Tilley is going to continue with the series.

From Wikipedia:
Quote:
In a letter dated 26 August 1991 Patrick Tilley confirmed that both the fans and publishers wanted additional novels to be published in the series and he was pursuing the matter, but only if he could "make it good enough". Rumours circulated for several years that additional novels in the sequence were being written, reaching a height in 1999 when a seventh volume was listed for publication by several websites. Unsubstantiated rumours surfaced in 2001 that Book 7 would be called Ghost Rider, and that one of the characters killed at the end of book 6 wasn't actually dead. In 2007 Patrick Tilley once again hinted that the series would continue, although possibly only as a trilogy rather than six more books.

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72. Board Game: Gettysburg: Badges of Courage [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:2685]
Agustin Kapuno
United States
Fort Wayne
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Civil War Alternate History
by Newt Gingrich & William R. Forstchen

This is a Civil War alternate history trilogy that starts with a Confederate victory at Gettysburg. Lee took a different course of action and ultimately destroyed the Army of the Potomac. Grant, amid great political hurdles, was called back to Washington to rebuild the Union army. The last book is the final reckoning between the audacious and brilliant Lee and the calculating Grant.

Books in the Series


I thoroughly enjoyed this series and the authors offer plausible situations that could have occurred based on their research.

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How far did you make it in the Civil War Alternate History?
NOPE. Didn't start the series.
BOOK ONE: FAIL. Couldn't make it through the first book.
ONE OR MORE. Made it through at least the first book.
FINISHED! Read all of the books.
      224 answers
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73. Board Game: Sandmann, lieber Sandmann [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Sandman
By Neil Gaiman

Moore gets all the credit for comics really breaking out of the 'for kids' ghetto, but Sandman was one of the first, if not the first, real series that ran with the idea from it's start (or at least after the first storyline, Preludes and Nocturnes).

Focusing (sometimes loosely) on Dream, one of the 7 Endless, personifications of certain aspects of reality, and his life, Sandman tells an epic tragedy in the true classic sense of the word.

For me Sandman does what Moore always claims he is trying to do (while I love Alan Moore, I don't think he manages this particular goal that often). Takes the comics medium and produces something that simply can't work in any other form. And he tells a great story to boot.

Gorgeous covers by Dave Mckean helped too


Books in the series
Preludes and Nocturnes
The Doll's House
Dream Country
Season of Mists
A Game of You
Fables and Reflections
Brief Lives
Worlds' End
The Kindly Ones
The Wake
The Sandman: The Dream Hunters
The Sandman: Endless Nights


There's a few spin-offs too, notably the 2 Death mini-series.

Poll
How far did you make it in the "Sandman" series?
NOPE. Didn't start the series.
BOOK ONE: FAIL. Couldn't make it through the first book.
ONE OR MORE. Made it through at least the first book.
FINISHED! Read all the books released so far.
      269 answers
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74. Board Game: Reunion [Average Rating:1.50 Unranked]
John Holder
United States
Centennial
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I've always like Alan Dean Foster's Pip & Flinx books, which are part of something bigger:

The Humanx Commonwealth Novels by Alan Dean Foster

Nor Crystal Tears (1982)
Voyage to the City of the Dead (1984)
Midworld (1975)
Drowning World (2003)
The Howling Stones (1997)
Sentenced to Prism (1985)
Cachalot (1980)
Quofum (2008)

Those featuring Pip and Flinx:
For Love of Mother-Not (1983)
The Tar-Aiym Krang (1972)
Orphan Star (1977)
The End of the Matter (1977)
Flinx in Flux (1988)
Mid-Flinx (1995)
Reunion (2001)
Flinx's Folly (2003)
Sliding Scales (2004)
Running from the Deity (2005)
Bloodhype (1973)
Trouble Magnet (2006)
Patrimony (2007)
Flinx Transcendent (2009)

Icerigger trilogy
Icerigger (1974)
Mission to Moulokin (1979)
The Deluge Drivers (1987)

Founding of the Commonwealth
Phylogenesis (1999)
Dirge (2000)
Diuturnity's Dawn (2002)

Poll
How many of the Humanx Commonwealth books have you read?
NOPE. Didn't start the series.
BOOK ONE: FAIL. Couldn't make it through the first book of one of the series.
ONE OR MORE. Made it through at least the first book of one of the series.
FINISHED A SERIES! Read all of the books in one of the series.
FINISHED! Read all of the books in all the series.
      233 answers
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75. Board Game: Thirty Years War: Europe in Agony, 1618-1648 [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1692]
John Lapham
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1632 Series

I love this series, but I still stalled out on it. In fact, I can count on one hand the number of series that I have finished. I stall out on almost all of them either because they become repetitive or the number of characters and plot lines becomes unmanageable. I've read far more of the books in this series than I typically do and I can see myself coming back to it. There are a couple reasons for this. First, this series is managed by one author, Eric Flint, but the books are written by several authors, creating far more variety than is typical in a series like this. Second, this series has a mix of fictional and historical characters, and for whatever reason, I find I have less trouble keeping track of hundreds of characters when many of them are historical figures with which I already have some passing knowledge. The series has more books than I want to list here, but the Wikipedia page for the series has a comprehensive list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1632_series.

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How much of the 1632 series have you read?
NONE. Didn't start the series.
BOOK ONE: FAIL. Couldn't make it through the first book.
ONE: Finished the first book.
Many: Finished two or more of the books in the series.
All: Read all the books released so far.
      138 answers
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