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 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 1:10 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Do you have a favorite book series? More than one series? I’m thinking of a book series like the Bond novels or the Jack Reacher novels. Share your series and if you want, tell us a bit about the series.

My favorite series is James Lee Burke’s David Robicheaux novels. David is a sheriff in a Parrish near
New Orleans. Burke’s mysteries and characters are rich in details, and his writing is deep, insightful and stunning!! I think he is one of our best living American writers.

Other series I gobble up.

-Robert Parker’s Spenser and Jesse Stone novels. (Ouch, Parker died.) Easy, fun reads with moral centers in each novel.
-Michael Connelly’s Hieronymus Bosch novels. He is a tough cop, and the stories are always excellent.
-John Sanford’s Prey series featuring detective Lucas Davenport. His Virgil Flowers series is also very good.
-John Connolly’s Charlie Parker series. Great sidekicks, characters and killers not always of this world.
-J.D. Robb’s many novels featuring Detective Eve Dallas. Set 60 years in the future, she is one tough
Detective. Good characters, mysteries, and they are rather erotic in places.
-Carol O’Conner’s Mallory series. Tough almost unlikeable detective but always stories that amaze.
-Karen Slaughter’s novels follow a doctor, sheriff, and an agent. Not for the faint-hearted.
-Sara Blaedel has four books out all set in Denmark. Her lead detective works in sex crimes with stories about sex trafficking, honor killings, etc.
-Ace Atkins has a series out about a war veteran who returns to the South to act as sheriff.
-I’m revisiting John MacDonald’s Travis McGee novels. Wonderful to relive the 60’s and early 70’s where McGee solves mysteries without the Internet or cell phones.

-British authors that write excellent novels or series: Alison Bruce, S.J Bolton, Mark Billingham who does the Thorne novels, Elizabeth George novels with Detective Lynley are for those who like long reads,
Susan Hill’s Simon Serrailler novels about a flawed detective in a British town, Jane Casey’s DCI Kerrigan novels, Leigh Russell DCI series, Mo Hayder’s Jack Caffrey novels, Val Mc Dermid’s Tony Hill books; Peter James and Peter Robinson have wonderful British detective novels; Anne Cleeves has a detective on the Shetland Islands.

-Scandinavian novelist who have series novels out are: Anne Holt, Ake Edwardson, Thomas Enger, Camilla Lackberg, Arnaldur Indriason from Iceland, Lars Kepler, James Thompson who is American but lives in Finland and writes about a Finnish detective. (And many more.)

-Christopher Farnsworth has a vampire series, yep a vampire, who has guarded our U.S. President since after the civil war.

I have more, but time to quit for now. Forgive my run on sentences or lists. Share your favorite series.

 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 2:01 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

More on the whys when I have time, but Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe stories and Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes delight me in my adulthood. My early childhood was misspent reading Encyclopedia Brown's detective tales and my early teen years were delightfully wasted reading the Mack Bolan and Phoenix Force series.

 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Do you have a favorite book series? More than one series? I’m thinking of a book series like the Bond novels or the Jack Reacher novels. Share your series and if you want, tell us a bit about the series.

I've always enjoyed series of books, from an early age when I was introduced to the Narnia, and Alan Garner's Weirdstone books.

Later on I picked up on the Bond series and Alistair McLean's generally unrelated but very similar stories. That morphed into the Quiller books, which are like a first person Bond, where the joy lies in the hero's thought-process. The Len Deighton spy novels, originally the nameless spy who became Harry Palmer and subsequently the nine books (plus prequel Winter) featuring Bernie Sampson which I still think are a superb read.

I also like the Jack Reacher books, most of which I've read one way or another without actually owning more than one of them. Great page turners and unashamedly pulpish, spoiled a little for me by attracting the self-obsessed attention of one T Cruise, esq.

However, the greatest series of books for me are the Patrick O'Brian seafaring series of 20 or so books, and Haruki Murakami's novels, again not truly a series (although Dance Dance Dance follows on from A Wild Sheep Chase, and 1Q84 is three books in two volumes) but both O'Brian and Murakami have produced miraculous work in my opinion and I can't imagine being without them.


 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

- C.S. Lewis' Narnia series.

- I have been a mystery/detective novel buff as well. My favorite of the contemporary private eyes is Bill Pronzini's Nameless Detective series which has been continuing for over 40 years. I should note that this series "jumped the shark" for me about 10 years ago - but I can easily recommend the "Nameless"novels of the 1970s-1990s.

 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 2:43 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Stephen King's dark tower series.

 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 3:36 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Oh this will take a while:
Let's start with the mystery genre....
As a kid I read The Hardy Boys books by "Franklin W. Dixon"
When I got just a bit older I started reading tons of mysteries and still do.

Perry Mason by Erle Stanley Gardner
Donald Lam and Bertha Cool by A.A. Fair a pen name for Erle Stanley Garner
Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie
Ellery Queen by Ellery Queen
Sherlock Holmes by A. Conan Doyle
87th Precinct by Ed McBain
Luis Mendoza by Dell Shannon
Gideon Fell and Henry Merrivale by John Dickson Carr (aka Carter Dickson)
Nero Wolfe by Rex Stout (as well as the excellent Wolfe novels by Robert Goldsborough)
Lew Archer by Ross McDonald
Travis McGee by John MacDonald
Solar Pons by August Derleth (The series was later continued by Basil Copper)

Pulp Series:

The Shadow by Maxwell Grant
Doc Savage by Kenneth Robeson
The Avenger by Kenneth Robeson
The Spider by Grant Stockbridge
Conan the Barbarian by Robert E. Howard(As expanded by Lin Carter L. Sprague De Camp and others)

I'm sure I have overlooked a few. Next post I'll tackle the SF and fantasy series.

 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 4:14 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)



Harry Potter

Oh, gosh....and I'm how old?

 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 4:18 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Donald Hamilton's magnificent

No less a luminary than the accomplished wordsmith below had this Appreciation in the series' honor:

And then there's Peter O'Donnell's



 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 4:22 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

And it seems I'm the only one, here on the board.


When I was but a child, I was nuts for the Henry Huggins books.

 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 4:24 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

My early childhood was misspent reading Encyclopedia Brown's detective tales....

 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 5:19 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I'm having fun reading these favorites from all of you. I'm writing some down.

The only series that I've read from all of your lists is the Nameless Detective series. I love the series and am still reading his current Nameless novels. (Oops, and the Travis McGee books.)

P.S. Ron, it is okay to stay young. smile

 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 5:51 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

Fletch (by Gregory Mcdonald)

The Destroyer (by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir)

Tai-Pan, Nobel House (by James Clavell)

Philip Marlowe series (by Raymond Chandler)

 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 6:21 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Moving on from mystery series....

As a kid I loved the tales of Uncle Wiggily by Howard Garris.
I soon discovered that science fiction was as much fun as mystery stories.

The Skylark and Lensmen series by E.E. Smith
Time Traders, Sioux Spaceman, Beastmaster, and the Witch World series by Andre Norton.
The Barsoom, Pellucidar, Venus, and Tarzan series by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Thongar by Lin Carter
Brak the Barbarian by John Jakes
Deryni series by Katherine Kurtz
Darkover by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by Tolkein
The Ship Who Sang as well as the Pern series by McCaffrey
They Dray Prescott series by Kenneth Bulmer
The Harold Shea series by L. Sprague deCamp
Dune by Frank Herbert
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
The Dying Earth series by Jack Vance
Xanth by Piers Anthony
Discworld by Terry Pratchett
Hitchhikers Guide by Douglas Adams
Shannara series by Terry Brooks
Landover series by Terry Brooks
Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, compled by Sanderson
The Sword of Truth by Richard Goodkind
The Horseclans by Robert Adams

I'll add more later.

 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 8:15 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

Donald Hamilton's magnificent

BREAKING BAD owes a lot to "Death of a Citizen", whether they know it or not.

And I just remembered, he also wrote the novel, "The Big Country".

 Posted:   Oct 14, 2013 - 9:11 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Sherlock Holmes (the Conan Doyle ones, anyway....especially the earlier stuff), Narnia, SOME of the Bond canon....but eclipsing them all (by a VERY long way) is Frank Herbert's (and ONLY Frank Herbert's) "Dune" sequence...a quarter of a century after picking the first one up, I still find it breath taking....

 Posted:   Oct 15, 2013 - 4:42 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Yes, Dune - forgot about that. Read whatever was available in the series in the mid-1980s. I should also mention the Harry Potter books, read (of course, ahem) to ensure suitability for the kids.

The 87th Precinct series is mentioned above - that's another series I dabbled with years ago, couldn't tell you exactly which ones. Ed Mcain wrote another series of books - the Matthew Hope novels - of which I read a few. Also a number of Tom Clancey and James Clavell epics.

And I quite forgot about the various series churned out by Alexander McCall-Smith (Number One Ladies Detective Agency, 44 Scotland Street, Sunday Philosophy Club) which Mrs TG buys and I'm compelled to read out of sheer enjoyment.

It's amazing we found time to have children.


 Posted:   Oct 15, 2013 - 4:44 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

A few more that sprang to mind as soon as I hit "Post Message" on the above - Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe books, Allan Mallinson's Matthew Hervey books and the Railway Detective series (set in and around York in the early part of the 1900s) by an author whose name currently escapes me.

 Posted:   Oct 15, 2013 - 8:21 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

A few more that sprang to mind as soon as I hit "Post Message" on the above - Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe books, Allan Mallinson's Matthew Hervey books and the Railway Detective series (set in and around York in the early part of the 1900s) by an author whose name currently escapes me.

There I was having difficulty thinking of a series I've read and along comes TG to the rescue big grin

I haven't read any Shape novels but I have read his Warlord Chronicles, a trilogy of books with his "historical" take on the legend of King Arthur which I thought was utterly brilliant.

Likewise his still on-going Saxon Stories set in the Britain of King Alfred and taken from the viewpoint of it's protagonist Uhtred of Babbenberg, I'm sure our own forum member Uhtred ( named after this character ) would like to tell you more? Like him I bloody love these works.

 Posted:   Oct 15, 2013 - 8:25 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Oh, and I see I missed out on John Connolly, I read the first 4 Charlie Parker novels and enjoyed them, creepy stuff, this is a detective in Stephen King land.

 Posted:   Oct 15, 2013 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

YO, TeeGee - Whuzzit This? big grin Department:


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