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You should read The Silmarillion after reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy. To start off with an analogy: The Silmarillion starts on such a gigantic scale that if you begin with it everything else is going to seem confusing, petty, or irrelevant. If you want to understand the history of the American Civil War, you don't start with the Big Bang. What'...


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Voronwë's answer is excellent, but I'm going to post the answer I was planning to anyway. LotR is a gripping tale; the Silmarillion is more like a textbook or encyclopedia. This is a slight exaggeration, but the Sil is definitely written in a much less engaging style; it describes the history of eons rather than the events of an exciting war. It focuses ...


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TL;DR: Begin your Holmesian adventure with short stories from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Continue with the early novels before moving on to the later short stories. End with The Valley of Fear and then The Hound of the Baskervilles, to see Holmes (and Doyle) at his finest. The order is, for the most part, ...


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You don't need to read them in any order. Overall advice The interesting thing about The Hardy Boys is that the writing style has changed over time. I don't know just how many ghostwriters have been used since their beginning in 1927, but it's got to be quite a few (Wikipedia suggests it's more than a dozen, often collaborating). Combine that with the fact ...


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Definitely read To Kill a Mockingbird first. Although Go Set a Watchman reads more as a first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird, without reading Mockingbird, much of the bigotry Atticus displays in Watchman will not be unusual. In Mockingbird, Atticus is portrayed as a hero defending the underprivileged blacks, and in Watchman, that illusion of him is ...


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Warning: This is long. A reminder: Percy Jackson and the Olympians deals with the Greek gods. The Heroes of Olympus deals with the Greek and Roman gods. The Kane Chronicles deals with the Egyptian gods. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard deals with the Norse gods. The Trials of Apollo has Greek so far, and might have Roman. Warning: There may be some ...


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Another point that hasn't been mentioned. The Silmarillion has a summary of the Lord of the Rings as its final chapter, "Of the Rings of Power and The Third Age". It is a full summary of LoTR and would be a gigantic spoiler. Clearly the Silmarillion was meant to be read after LoTR. I realize you have already seen the movies, so a spoiler isn't that big ...


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I would agree with the posters saying: first LotR (to enjoy it fully, and it is an easier read, and the huge scale of the Silmarillion events will not "dwarf it down"). But not in your specific case. In your case: you already know about (most of) the LotR events, through Jackson's filter (which discards some things, and changes some others, to make it more ...


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In my personal opinion, the best order would be the publishing order. It's the order they were written in and for the most part is pretty straight forward. The main stories, in order of publication: Ender's Game Speaker for the Dead Xenocide Children of the Mind Ender's Shadow Shadow of the Hegemon Shadow Puppets Shadow of the Giant However, the in-...


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I've already posted about this on another SE site. Let me try to go into even more detail here. There are two obvious possibilities for the ordering: publication order and in-universe chronological order. These do not agree, but in most cases where they do agree, they should probably not be contradicted (i.e. if book A comes before book B in both of these ...


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This solves your problems. It shows a nice chart outlining a few different ways to read the cosmere. Here it is: On the other hand, as long as you read each series in order, you can really do whatever you want. However, there are characters who recur in different books, and certain reading orders are preferred. Here's what I usually recommend in terms ...


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You are asking two different questions here, one in the title ("should I read the Silmarillion before or after LotR?") and one in the text ("what would be the upside to reading the Silmarillion before LotR?"). You have gotten very good answers to the first question, although there are some factual inaccuracies (e.g. if we're going for time-order, it turns ...


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The Commonwealth universe consists of three series of books that should be read in publication order: Commonwealth Saga: Misspent Youth (2002), "prequel" Pandora's Star (2004) Judas Unchained (2005) Void Trilogy: The Dreaming Void (2007) The Temporal Void (2008) The Evolutionary Void (2010) The Chronicle of the Fallers: The Abyss Beyond Dreams (2014) A ...


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HDE's great answer is much more detailed than mine and has more reasoning for each of his reading order choices, but with that in mind, I thought I'd chime in. I've read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, and I'd say to have a full appreciation for the literary masterpiece Doyle created, an absolute beginner to the series should start with The Adventures ...


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Orson Scott Card said something about this (shamelessfully stolen from this answer on SFF) You can read them in the order written - Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind, then Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant. Or you can read them in chronological order of story beginnings, which is ...


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Yes, a reader of Wide Sargasso Sea who is unaware of its connection to Jane Eyre is pretty much guaranteed to have missed the entire point of the novel. Jane Eyre is so iconic that Rhys could simply assume knowledge of its plot while writing her own book. The heroine of Wide Sargasso Sea, her husband, and her half-brother are all very important characters ...


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If you're tackling the first three books, I'd say Lot 49, followed by V., followed by Gravity's Rainbow. "A Journey into the Mind of Watts" makes a nice addition somewhere in there. There is a serious ramp-up in difficulty across those three books: Lot 49 is slender and doesn't require too much prior knowledge to follow what's happening or why something ...


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There's no need to read the Poirot books in any particular order. Agatha Christie has rewritten a few of the early Poirot short stories (see list) from the book Poirot's Early Cases (1923) and The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories (1939) and the posthumous collection While the Light Lasts and Other Stories (1997) into full novels later. Thus, if you read ...


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I think the best way to understand Hero is to read or watch The Power of Myth; the book is a transcript of the series of interviews by the same name. Bill Moyers sat with Campbell to discuss Hero, and frankly I wouldn't have attempted Hero without it. The Power of Myth is also a bit rambling, but it's two people talking, which is a lot easier to understand ...


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Yes, the books are related and are intended to be read in order. In Search of Lost Time is one work in seven volumes. Each volume is not an independent work. Rather, the novel is a developing story; the narrator is relating events from his life, and each volume furthers the narrative. Outside of specialized research or publication/translation contexts, it is ...


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General Review of The Tales of Goldstone Wood This is a wonderful book series. It's Christian fantasy allegory, so if you liked Narnia, you'll probably like this. However, two caveats: Most of the book covers aren't accurate to the content of the books. Just ignore them completely. The books are published out of chronological order, to the detriment of the ...


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Corey has suggested they are best read in publication order, (main novels in bold): Leviathan Wakes (2011) The Butcher of Anderson Station (2011) Caliban's War (2012) Gods of Risk (2012) Drive (2012) Abaddon's Gate (2013) The Churn (2014) Cibola Burn (2014) Nemesis Games (2015) The Vital Abyss (2015) Babylon's Ashes (2016) Untitled ...


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Read the Malayalam original first. Whatever your aim in reading the English translation, you will achieve it more readily by having the knowledge of the original in mind. As the quote you have provided from P P Ravindran says, the two works are far enough in Vijayan's career as to belong to completely different stages in the development of his sensibility. ...


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I read the books in the chronological order of the story, that is, the Silmarillion, the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, and I would recommend this order - although maybe not for all readers. The good points of this order are: When reading the Hobbit and the LotR, you know the settings. Others have pointed that LotR focuses on hobbits and they nearly ...


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I read the books out of order (first The Da Vinci Code, then The Lost Symbol, then Angels and Demons, and then Inferno), and I don't think there is much reason to read them in any particular order. The stories are completely separate from each other; the only connection between them (besides Langdon himself) that I recall is a brief mention of Vittoria in ...


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I would agree that the Silmarillion should be read after the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, but for quite a different reason than everyone seems to be espousing. For me, when I finished the Hobbit, I wanted to enter the world again. The Lord of the Rings does so, but in a "vaster" way - the battles and acts have a large impact on Middle Earth, and it ...


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The Hunt for Red October is the fourth book in a (currently) 24-long series, known as the Jack Ryan series by Tom Clancy. That link has the books by publication date, but you might prefer them by chronological order: Without Remorse (1970) Patriot Games (1981) Red Rabbit (circa spring of 1983) The Hunt for Red October (1985) The ...


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I read the first four Earthsea books in my adolescence, and in the last several years have been reading Le Guin's adult works and re-reading Earthsea. I would say that there is no strict order that you need to read them in aside from reading Earthsea novels chronologically. You do not need to read any of the Earthsea short stories before starting with A ...


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(Admittedly, this advice is contrary to what most people say on the subject - Kevin Troy's answer has the standard advice covered very nicely - but I'll give my answer nonetheless. If it's not useful to you you'll be no worse off, but on the off chance it is, well, here you go:) My advice would be to start with Gravity's Rainbow. Why? Because it's the one ...


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No. There is nothing introduced in the first few books that you need to know in the later ones. Everything you need to know--i.e., character names, professions, hobbies, appearance etc. are reintroduced in each book. You certainly may read them in order, and it doesn't hurt--as a 7-year-old, I demanded that my parents buy me only the next one in the order-...


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