This is another one of those series where Barbara talked me into trying the first book and I was hooked. The latest book (about number 16 or 17 as I recall) is currently winging its way towards me, signed no less, from Uncle Hugo’s in Minneapolis. I’m rather worried about what the postage will have cost me, but it’s all in a good cause. (Feeding one’s book habit is a good cause, isn’t it?) The new book being published this year, Ghost Ship, joins up several story lines that have been running across several books. My memory of details is terrible, made ever so much worse by my CFS, so I decided to reread the series before Ghost Ship came out. Since it is on its way and I’m only four books along, it’s not going to work out quite how I planned. I shall have to decide it I dive into the new book right away or gaze at it longing where it sits on my bookcase until I’m read for it. A difficult dilemma that, and one I shall only face up to when I’m forced to do so.
This is one of those series where the books were deliberately written in a non-chronological order. (I love and hate those both at the same time.) My initial reading was almost in publication order, but more have since been published all over the timeline. After much thought and deliberation, I’ve created my own personal order for reading the series and that’s what I’ve used here. I honestly don’t know if I’d suggest this order to first time readers or not; I think it’s better for putting things into better context after you’ve read the books already . If you’re seriously interested in trying the series, have a chat with me in the comments and we’ll see what might suit you.