Alex Rider. He’s James Bond but a teenager, and without the womanising, alcohol, gambling or weapons.
With all these fun parts removed, you might be thinking “what’s left?”. But rest assured, these books are non-stop action and crammed full of missions, puzzle solving, combat fighting, gadgets, fast cars, faster planes, ferocious animals, and evil organisations.
Rated for readers 13 years and older, boys aged 10 and older will love these stories, especially as audiobooks (about 8 hours long each).
It is important that you read the books in publishing order, which follows. Continue reading
I think the best reading order for John Sanford Books is:
- The Prey Series (by published date)
- The Singular Menance trilogy
- Sanfords “Other Novels”
- and only then give the Virgil Flowers series a try (by published date)
- and The Kidd series last
First off, a bit of bad news. I’m sorry to say that Terry Pratchett died in March 2015.
The good news is, his discworld stories are amazing and you can enjoy them any time.
You have 2 choice when deciding on a reading order for discworld novels:
- By publishing date
- No order at all. Complete chaos
Reading them randomly actually kinda works because his stories are crazy, fun and chaotic and they are not part of a series, the characters are different in every book, but my preference is still to read Discworld novels by publishing date. Continue reading
Can you name the 2nd best selling novel of all time?
The Lord of the Rings trilogy [Amazon].
What about the 3rd best selling book of all time?
The Hobbit (1937) [Amazon].
And Tolkien wrote these in the 1930’s and 1950’s. What a legend.
I propose the following reading order for J.R.R. Tolkien’s books. Continue reading
New to Dean Koontz books?
The first thing you need to know is that Koontz writes a lot.
2, 3, sometimes 4 books a year. Whew! Hard to keep up, let alone catch up!
I propose the following reading order. Continue reading
Did you know that 14 of Michael Crichton’s novels were turned into movies?
That’s got to be some sort of record.
The most famous of those would be Jurassic Park I think.
I’m also sorry to report that Crichton died in 2008 (at age 66), but that didn’t stop his publishers from release 1 novel after his death (Pirate Lattitudes, which was awesome by the way), and had another author finish of another novel (Micro).
Michael Crichton has written some great books, but if I’m honest, he’s written a few duds too. Eg I read Sphere (1987) just a few months ago and couldn’t get through it!
So with his stories I suggest you give them all a go, but if you’re not enjoying it, don’t feel bad if you stop a few chapters in, or half way through. Just close it, and move on to the next one.
Having said that, here’s what I propose for reading order. Continue reading
Take a quick look at the list of Jeffrey Archer books sorted by publishing date below.
You may notice that Archer’s writing career has gone through 3 phases:
- He started with the Kane and Abel series
- then, for 27 years wrote stand-alone books
- And then started a series that is now up to its 6th book
You could read his work in that order, by publishing date from oldest to newest, but I propose the following reading order instead:
- His Stand-alone Novels
- then, the Clifton Chronicles
- then, the Kane and Abel Series
Have you heard of Theodor Seuss Geisel?
But you’ve probably heard of the pen name that Geisel used most often “Dr Seuss”.
He used 2 other pen names also:
- “Theo. LeSieg” (did you notice that “LeSieg” is Geisel spelled backward?)
- and one book using the name “Rosetta Stone”
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 and died 24 September 24 1991.
You may notice in the list below that several of his books were published after his death. Continue reading
For C.S. Lewis, I propose the following reading order.
- The Chronicles of Narnia in chronological order (not publishing order)
- then, The Space Trilogy
- the Stand-alone Novels after that
- and then Short stories / Collections if you are a super-fan
Chronological order for The Chronicles of Narnia
This is the place to start if you are new to C.S. Lewis, and it’s also important to read these books in this chronological order, not publishing order.
The reason is that this is a better order because the story progresses through time. Publishing order jumps back and forth in time too much. Continue reading
Robert Ludlum (1927–2001) was an American author who also went by the pen names of Michael Shepard and Jonathan Ryder.
Robert published 27 novels that last one being published five years after his death.
I propose the following order when reading Robert Ludlum novels:
- Jason Bourne Series
- Covert-One Series
- Paul Jason Series
- Stand-Alone Novels
Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne Series
What’s special about this series of books is that Ludlum wrote the first 3 books in the series himself (which became 3 fantastic movies starring Matt Damon), and then Eric Van Lustbader took over the series following his death.
Lustbader has done and outstanding job of honouring the characters that Ludlum created and writing in the same action packed style. Continue reading