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Reading the books in order... Anyone done it?

#1 User is offline   WhiskeyJackDaniels 

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 10:19 PM

Hey, I know trying to figure out the timeline of this series is pretty much mind-numbing and frustrating, but I also know some people have spent a lot of time trying to do so. I was wondering if anyone ever tried to read the series chronologically? You would hafta put most of the prologues together, then figure out MT and NoK and such, but I think it might be kind of interesting. I thought of this because I was watching Pulp Fiction the other day and for years I've always thought the coolest DVD extra ever for that, or any Quentin Tarantino film, would be having the option to watch the movie chronologically and seeing if it would be at all interesting that way.
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Posted 23 May 2009 - 04:09 AM

Try looking through some of the other reading order threads. I know people have tried to string it properly together... It gets complicated, trust me.

Or alternatively take a look at dreks signature, you can see a time line for the events and string an idea together yourself.
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Posted 23 May 2009 - 04:43 AM

QUOTE (Aptorian @ May 23 2009, 12:09 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Try looking through some of the other reading order threads. I know people have tried to string it properly together... It gets complicated, trust me.

Or alternatively take a look at dreks signature, you can see a time line for the events and string an idea together yourself.



Yea I wasn't asking for the recommended reading order (I've actually done that already lol) I was just curious if anyone in their many re-reads had read the books completely according to the timeline (such as it is). Mainly I was bored and thinking of Pulp Fiction when I made this thread.
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Posted 23 May 2009 - 05:41 AM

I tried to do it in order once (not the prologues though), including Karsa's bit. It was an interesting read, but a little jarring.
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Posted 26 May 2009 - 05:09 PM

I imagine such a read would be most effective once the series(es) are completed. It could be interesting, but I think you'd lose much of the narrative impact of the individual books.
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Posted 31 May 2009 - 07:56 PM

Ignore the Timeline. The Timeline does not matter.

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 08:52 PM

Seems like an impossible task as well.

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 12:58 PM

D'rek has the timeline figured out, and I've seen him post it before, but I don't know what thread it was in.
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Posted 01 June 2009 - 01:02 PM

I don't think he has the whole timeline figured out - there are just too many variables to do that. He has made sense of a massive amount of it, though. I think there's a link to the most recently updated one in his sig.
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Posted 01 June 2009 - 11:27 PM

QUOTE (End of Disc One @ Jun 1 2009, 07:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
D'rek has the timeline figured out, and I've seen him post it before, but I don't know what thread it was in.

QUOTE (Mappo's Travelling Sack @ Jun 1 2009, 08:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't think he has the whole timeline figured out - there are just too many variables to do that. He has made sense of a massive amount of it, though. I think there's a link to the most recently updated one in his sig.


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Yeah, I cart the timeline around in my sig. It's a work-in-progress and generally the most recently updated one is actually about 5-10 versions behind where I'm actually at... I only upload new versions when there's been significant progress since the last uploaded version and I'm pretty happy with everything that I've got down.

If you're talking about me outlining the entire chronological reading order of the series, then that is here.

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I kinda love it when D'rek unleashes her nerd wrath, as I knew she would here. Sorry innocent bystanders, but someone's gotta be the kindling (maybe she should change her name to Sinn).
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