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A pet peeve

Okay, it’s so trivial that it’s more like a pet-rock peeve, but it bugs the hell out of me.

Why can’t authors number the books in a series?

Or, if not number them (though that is the easiest option), at least provide a sequenced list inside the book or on a website or somewhere?  Robert B Parker, one of my favorite mystery authors, has a website in which the series are broken out  listed in alphabetical order! What the F? I’m trying to remember which book was the second-most-recent book in the Jesse Stone series and have to click on every title on the list, write down the title and publication date, and then put them in order.

Sigh.

Well, it’s not like I’m going to get it out of the library any time soon. I’m 167th on the list at the Minute Man Library.

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  1. Westlin Wind
    March 18, 2008 at 1:00 am

    While I agree that they should number series, I use this website for all those who don’t.

    http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/p/robert-b-parker/

  2. March 18, 2008 at 8:29 am

    romance writers often number their series, but their writing sucks anyway. my library allows me to sort by publication date, you may want to click into the regular libraries card catalog. or the publisher and wikipedia sort by date. huh. he is my co-author’s favorite writer [spenser series]. i find him tedious. i checked his website: the series are listed most current work 1st,then chronologically going backwards. perhaps you reordered it somehow?
    http://www.robertbparker.net/series.asp

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