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Old 10-09-2018, 01:51 PM
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Top 5 Book series of all time

1. Parker - Richard Stark (Don Westlake)
2. Jack Reacher - Lee Child
3. Myron Bolitar - Harlen Coben
4. Hank Thompson - Charlie Huston
5. Gentleman Bastards - Scott Lynch

Honorable mention:
James Bond - Ian Fleming
Alex Delaware - Jonathan Kellerman
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1. Parker - Richard Stark (Don Westlake)
2. Jack Reacher - Lee Child
3. Myron Bolitar - Harlen Coben
4. Hank Thompson - Charlie Huston
5. Gentleman Bastards - Scott Lynch

Interesting that I've never heard of any of these (series or author) except vaguely recognize the name "Jack Reacher."

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Old 10-09-2018, 04:13 PM
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The Anno Dracula series - Kim Newman
The Commonwealth series - Peter F. Hamilton
The Flashman series - George MacDonald Fraser
The Nantucket trilogy - S.M. Stirling
The Vorkosigan series - Lois McMaster Bujold
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Old 10-09-2018, 04:33 PM
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LotR
Discworld, pTerry
The Flashman series - George MacDonald Fraser
Hornblower- CS Forester.
Harry Potter-J.K. Rowling
The Dresden Files- Jim Butcher
Nero Wolfe- Rex Stout.
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Not sure I can stretch to five, but

Aubrey/Maturin (Master and Commander) - Patrick O'Brian
Vorkosigan saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
The Culture novels - Iain M Banks

If trilogies count then

The Karla trilogy - John Le Carre
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Old 10-09-2018, 04:35 PM
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The Aubrey - Maturin Series by Patrick O'Brian.
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In no particular order:

Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Discworld by Terry Pratchett

Narnia by CS Lewis

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
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In no particular order,

Discworld - Terry Pratchett

Vorkosiganverse - Lois McMaster Bujold

The Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper

The Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis

The Fairyland series - Catherynne M. Valente
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The Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper

The Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
The Dark is Rising is also excellent. Crappy film, tho.

Narnia is great but doesnt quite hold up as much for adults.
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IMHO, not a series. A single work that was published in three volumes. Certainly not the same kind of series as others mentioned in this thread.
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IMHO, not a series. A single work that was published in three volumes. Certainly not the same kind of series as others mentioned in this thread.
Yes & no, but that is why I listed it by itself, no author and five others.

The Hobbit and LotR is a small series.
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Frankly I think L. Frank Baum's OZ books are more entertaining to read than anything C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, or J.K. Rowling wrote.

When I was younger, the Choose Your Own Adventure and the Which Way Books series was very popular. I also was a fan of the men's adventure genre: The Executioner series, Phoenix Force, Able Team, and Deathlands.
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Frankly I think L. Frank Baum's OZ books are more entertaining to read than anything C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, or J.K. Rowling wrote.

When I was younger, the Choose Your Own Adventure and the Which Way Books series was very popular. I also was a fan of the men's adventure genre: The Executioner series, Phoenix Force, Able Team, and Deathlands.
I enjoyed a number of the Destroyer series with Remo Williams, and the early Casca series.
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La Comédie humaine, by Honore Balzac
Les Rougon-Macquart, by Emile Zola
The Chronicles of Barchester, by Anthony Trollope
Vanity Fair (and its prequels/sequels), by William Makepeace Thackeray
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The Gormenghast books, by Mervyn Peake. Unfortunately there are really only two: Titus Groan and Gormenghast. By the time he was writing Titus Alone he was already in the grip of Parkinson’s disease.

If two books constitute a “series,” then Lewis Carroll’s Alice books.

Hurrah for Richard Stark making the first post!

I read the first two of Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula books — didn’t know there were more — had enough by the end of Part II, really.

Can’t get enough of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe novels, but I wish he’d written twice as many during the 1930s...those were the best!
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Frankly I think L. Frank Baum's OZ books are more entertaining to read than anything C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, or J.K. Rowling wrote.
They are a fun, entertaining, and perhaps unfairly neglected series. They're simpler, more juvenile, and less ambitious than those others—not that there's anything wrong with that. They're open-ended, imaginative, and fairly cheerful—something I sometimes wish there were more of in modern fantasy fiction.
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:55 PM
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Some nonfiction series I'd recommend:

1. The Straight Dope.
2. The Book of Lists by David Wallechinsky,Irving Wallace and Amy Wallace. (Though they maybe outdated at this point.)
3. 1001 Before You Die series. (it starts 1001 Movies You Must See Before Die and goes on from there.)
https://www.goodreads.com/series/551...before-you-die
4.Time Life's Mysteries of the Unknown series
https://www.goodreads.com/series/973...of-the-unknown
5. Uncle John's Bathroom Readers
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Old 10-10-2018, 02:47 PM
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1) Outlander

And, in no particular order
2) Wizard of Oz
3) Gentlemen Bastards
4) Harry Potter
5) Masters of Rome (Colleen McCullough)
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Old 10-10-2018, 03:07 PM
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It looks like you guys have this pretty well covered, and I don't have the energy to make up a list myself, but if I may nominate a current series for honorable mention, I'd like to sing the praises of The Books of Babel, by Josiah Bancroft. It's a steampunk adventure about a man searching for his lost wife in the Tower of Babel, and the only bad thing I can say about it is it's not finished yet. Of course, that's also a good thing because I have more of this wonderful journey to follow in future...



I just thought of another really amusing series that brought me much joy: The Johannes Cabal series by Jonathan L. Howard. Johannes Cabal is a necromancer and misanthrope who has sold his soul to the Devil. Check out the preview at the link; thank me later.


That reminds me, The Lockwood & Company series by Jonathan Stroud is a YA series, but I read it as an adult and loved it. It's about a company of young ghosthunters and has a strong female protagonist.


A YA series (or maybe just a trilogy) that grabbed me when I was an actual kid, the Lewis Barnavelt books are classics. Go see The House With A Clock in Its Walls at the movie theatre if you must, but I hope you get to read the book first.


Well dang, here I am making a list...I'm going to save my last spot in case I think of any others later!
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2. The Book of Lists by David Wallechinsky,Irving Wallace and Amy Wallace. (Though they maybe outdated at this point.)
I'd also recommend Significa, if you can find a copy (I see used copies on Amazon). It's another work by the Wallaces but they do longer pieces in this one rather than lists.

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3. 1001 Before You Die series. (it starts 1001 Movies You Must See Before Die and goes on from there.)
If you like movies, I recommend Danny Peary's Cult Movies series. He did three volumes (Cult Movies, Cult Movies 2, and Cult Movies 3). He also did three other books on movies, Alternate Oscars, Cult Movie Stars, and Guide for the Film Fanatic. And then he inexplicably stopped - he hasn't written a book about movies since 1991 and he now writes books about baseball. So his books on movies are a little dated because they don't include any movie made in the last quarter century. But they're still interesting on the movies they do cover.

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4.Time Life's Mysteries of the Unknown series
My favorite Time Life series is Time Frame. It's a general history of the world with each book covering a hundred year period.
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One that hasn't been mentioned is Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series.
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Old 10-10-2018, 08:34 PM
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1.) the Three Musketeers -- Alexandre Dumas
2.) Repairman Jack -- Dr. F. Paul Wilson
3.) the Polseotechnic League/Terran Empire (David Falkayn/Captain Sir Dominc Flandry) -- Poul Anderson
4.) Adam Dalgleish -- P.D. James
5.) the Deptford Trilogy -- Robertson Davies
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Aubrey/Maturin
Flashman
Game of Thrones
Chronicles of Amber
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Flashman
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Four good choices then you ruined it.
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Old 10-10-2018, 10:15 PM
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I guess it's not really a series like the others listed so far, but because I'm a frustrated, pretentious lit major, I'll add the Yoknapatawpha novels by Faulkner. Dense, overwritten, and essential. If you read only one, read The Unvanquished.

And Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels, which prove that hardboiled detective fiction can be literary and emotionally satisfying. I don't know, but I have to assume, that David Simon and George Pelecanos are fans of his.
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The Jack Ryan series doesn't count? How 'bout the one for Jason Bourne? Or Dirk Pitt? I'm also a big fan of Whip Holt.
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I strongly recommend the Quiller series (spy adventure) by Adam Hall. (Adam Hall is one of several pen-names used by Elleston Trevor. Other Trevor novels are also good, but the Quiller series is special. Several Trevor novels were made into movies. Searching just now it appears there's a whole season of Quiller TV episodes I was unaware of!)

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Interesting that I've never heard of any of these (series or author) except vaguely recognize the name "Jack Reacher."
Interesting that my reaction to OP was exactly the same as yours!

I've heard of very few of the other nominations as well. Exceptions include:

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Hornblower- CS Forester.
I read the Hornblower series when I was in about 7th grade. Loved it. Recently I watched the 8-episode TV series and loved it also.

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The Karla trilogy - John Le Carre
Read it quite long ago, but have forgotten. The 6-episode TV Smiley's People with Sir Alec Guinness is wonderful (and freely available on YouTube) — I envy anyone about to watch it for the first time. ( I didn't like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, also with Guinness, nearly as much.)

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Frankly I think L. Frank Baum's OZ books are more entertaining to read than anything C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, or J.K. Rowling wrote.
I read almost all the OZ books in 2nd grade! Decades ago, hearing my nephew was a Harry Potter fan, I bought him the Wizard of Oz. I don't think he even opened it.
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Oh, can I add Stephen King's Dark Tower saga? And how could I forget Game of Thrones??
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Dortmunder - Donald Westlake
Keller - Lawrence Block
Rebus - Ian Rankin
Bosch - Michael Connelly
Harry Hole - Jo Nesbo

Honorable Mention:

Prey novels - John Sandford
The Dark Tower - Stephen King
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Some of my favorites:

A Song of Ice and Fire - George R.R. Martin
The Change Series - S.M. Stirling
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series - Douglas Adams
Land of Oz works - L. Frank Baum
Ringworld Series - Larry Niven

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Nero Wolfe
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Discworld - Terry Pratchett
Gregor Demarkian - Jane Haddam
Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkein
Known Space - Larry Niven
Ballad Series - Sharyn McCrumb

not in any particular order
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Two SF series that may not be all-timers, but for their length (both in calendar time and the number of books published) and general popularity should be recognized:

Honor Harrington (Honorverse) by David Weber (and others)
Ring of Fire (1632) by Eric Flint (and many others)
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The Sten series - Chris Bunch & Alan Cole

The Destroyer series - Richard Sapir & Warren Murphy (originally)
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Alan Quatermain, H. Ryder Haggard
Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Oz Books, L. Frank Baum
Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
Longmire, Craig Johnson: if you've watched the series, you really need to read the books, which are far superior.

Longmire is just one of a whole slew of more modern series that are excellent, like the Harry Bosch series (Michael Connelly), David Robicheaux (James Lee Burke), Joe Pickett (C.J. Box), and others.
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The Napoleon Bonaparte books by Arthur Upfield top my list. If you, like me, love crime fiction because nothing else can implant such a deep and lasting sense of place and time, then you will love these.

Travis McGee

Spenser

There are so many others, Dave Robicheaux, although my tolerance can ebb and flow for the boneheaded way he talks to people, Elvis Cole, Lew Archer, Lucas Davenport, Virgil Flowers, Harry Bosch, the list goes on, but those top three? I can reread them over and over. And I have.

I am out of practice with fantasy and SF, but Gibson's Sprawl trilogy comes to mind.
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Well dang, here I am making a list...I'm going to save my last spot in case I think of any others later!
Hap & Leonard!!!!
Y'all can all rest easy now.


The Hap & Leonard books are by Joe R. Lansdale. They're about two good friends who are makin' their way, the only way they know how. That's just a little bit more than the law'll allow. Or am I thinking of something else? Well, anyway, it's these two guys who go around trying to make the world a better place by doling out well-deserved ass kickings. Admittedly, after reading a few of these I feel like I'm reading the same book over and over again, but I don't complain about eating the same piece of chocolate cake over and over again, and so it is with these.
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Three not mentioned:

Lonesome Dove series.
Pillars of the Earth series.
Berrybender Chronicles.

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Three good ones that haven't been mentioned:

The James Bond novels - Ian Fleming. Grittier and more intense than the films
Dune and its sequels - Frank Herbert A sprawling blend of sci-fi, politics, ecology and mysticism
The Foundation series - Isaac Asimov The fall of the Roman empire, reimagined on a galactic scale
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The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, Herman Wouk
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Four good choices then you ruined it.
In my defense, I’m referring to the entire Middle Earth mythology, not just the trilogy & prequel. Hard to find a more expansive job of world building. The First Age stories are glorious and heartbreaking. Just ask Feanor.
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For adolescents of a now certain age:
The Hardy Boys
Nancy Drew
Tom Swift
The Bobsey Twins
The Rover Boys

All created by Edward Stratemeyer and published under pseudonyms.
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Expeditionary Force by Craig Alanson is fun if you're into Humanity Fuck Yeah stories.
The Alastair Stone Chronicles by our very own Infovore
The Night's Dawn trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton
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The Anno Dracula series - Kim Newman
The Commonwealth series - Peter F. Hamilton

The Flashman series - George MacDonald Fraser
The Nantucket trilogy - S.M. Stirling
The Vorkosigan series - Lois McMaster Bujold
I'm with you, re the three which I've bolded (never heard of the other two, I'm afraid). Stirling's companion Emberverse series has IMO, become beyond-awful.

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The Matthew Shardlake historical thrillers by C.J. Sansom
Richmal Crompton's Just William books -- "for kids from seven to ninety-seven"
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Hasn’t been mentioned yet, but I rather enjoyed The Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks.
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The Malazan books by Steve Erikson is the best sustained series I can think of - ten books. It has periods of extreme wobbliness, but overall it maintains an impressive narrative momentum. Hardest working man in literature - 10 doorstoppers published in 12 years, which must be part of the reason why it manages to keep its impetus, most other epic fantasy series end up going off a cliff at some point.
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The Malazan books by Steve Erikson is the best sustained series I can think of - ten books. It has periods of extreme wobbliness, but overall it maintains an impressive narrative momentum. Hardest working man in literature - 10 doorstoppers published in 12 years, which must be part of the reason why it manages to keep its impetus, most other epic fantasy series end up going off a cliff at some point.
Ah, the series I'm too intimidated to begin. I wonder how well acted out the audio books are. I keep trying to convince myself to read them, but I am too intimidated. I heard you need to take notes on who is who and what is going on in order to follow it.

I don't know if I have that in me.
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