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Khephra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:01 PM
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What's the longest you've read in a book series?
I'm almost current with Brust's books, so that's like 15 books? Laz, you got a number?
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NightTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:04 PM
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1. In my teens, I used to read "men of action" series.
Not just the best-seller stuff like James Bond and Dirk Pitt, but also the paperback series that came out an average of one new book every three months. They had names like the Executioner, the Destroyer, the Death Merchant. By the time I finally lost interest in that stuff, each of those series had 70+ books in them, the lion's share of which I had read.
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Ladyhawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:04 PM
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2. Up to "O" in the Kinsey Millhone series.
15, also.
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Wwagsthedog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:41 PM
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12. Iv'e just finished P is for peril
That would be 16 of Sue Grafton's Millhone adventures. "Q is for Quarry" is in my bookcase. Not ready or another yet but do plan to read it at the appropriate time. Has anyone herd of "R" yet?
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:04 AM
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20. I have read through Q Is For Quarry n/t
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Kenneth ken Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:15 AM
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23. I'm also current on Grafton - n/t
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:50 AM
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41. So am I
I'm also current on P.D. James' Inspector Dalgliesh mysteries, Faye Kellerman's Peter and Rina Decker mysteries, both of Anne Perry's series, both of J.A. Jance's series, and I have a bit of catching up to do on Tony Hillerman's and Nevada Barr's series.

:-)
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Catch22Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:05 PM
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3. Does Cussler's "Dirk Pitt" series count?
Edited on Wed May-05-04 11:08 PM by Catch22Dem
I'm a big fan, and I don't care how corny they are.

ON EDIT: I'm also a fan of Dan Brown's "Robert Langdon" books and Nelson DeMille's "John Corey" books. I became an instant fan of the Corey character when I read "The Lion's Game"
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:06 PM
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4. L. Ron Hubbard's Mission Earth series. 10.
Pretty damn good satire.
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BigMcLargehuge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:48 AM
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45. it was satire?
I made it through the first two then just couldn't read anymore. The turgid prose, the horrible grammar, the annoying hyphenated words OF THE FUTURE (chank-pops... puff-sticks... PUH-LEESE).
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:25 PM
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57. I thought it was funny
:shrug:
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Parrcrow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:11 PM
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5. If you string together....
Asimov's Robot, Empire and Foundation series' (as he does himself) I guess you end up at about 15 books.

The Dune series is currently sitting at twelve with several more to come.
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TheMightyFavog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:14 PM
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6. I'm on the sixth book in the Aubrey/Maturin series.
End of Line.
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Mike Daniels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:12 PM
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55. I read all 20 of the A/M books
Edited on Thu May-06-04 01:27 PM by Mike Daniels
I must admit that when I first checked out the first book I lost interest because I couldn't understand what was going on with the sailing techniques. My dad then bought me the two supplemental books (the dictionary and plot summary books) and I started over on the first and was hooked on them from that point on.

I wish O'Brien could have lived long enough to at least done a few more that took place after the war ( #20 deals with the post-war British involvement in the campaign for Chilean independence) as I thought that the series would have stayed just as entertaining.

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Salviati Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:19 PM
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7. Wheel of Time series 10 books...
by Robert Jordan. Now I'm only waiting for the next one because I'm too bloody minded to stop now. I started this thing, and by gum, I'm going to finish it. What I'm really looking forward to though, is the next book by George R.R. Martin...
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Pithlet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:19 PM
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8. The Vlad books.
I love Brust. His latest book is not in that series, but Laz told me he's writing the next one currently.

That is probably the longest series for me, too, that I can think of.
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:27 PM
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9. In Death series by J.D. Robb
I think I have read all available so far in paperback, about 17 I think.
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bobbieinok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 03:19 AM
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30. have you read the latest - the 1st half by Nora Roberts + 2nd by JD Robb
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kitkatrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:16 AM
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34. Oh, goodie, another one!!!!!
Edited on Thu May-06-04 08:17 AM by kitkatrose
:hi: I've only gotten to the last paperback too. I need to get the "Rememberence ?" one.

I've also read most of the Anita Blake series and am waiting on pins and needles for the next Evanovich book. :) Happy days...
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CrownPrinceBandar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:34 PM
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10. All of the original Dune series...........
and four of the prequels.
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mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:37 PM
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11. Anybody read "Wild Cards"?
I think I read most of those.
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henslee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:44 PM
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13. Alfred Hitchcock's 3 investigators series.....
They came out in the 60's.... Mystery of the Whispering Mummy, Mystery of Terror Castle, Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot. Anyone remember these books?
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montana_hazeleyes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:14 AM
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31. I used to love a three investigators series ,
but it was three teenage boys and I don't remember the author. Probably not the one you're speaking of. But those titles sound familiar.

I also loved the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series.Kept reading them even in my 20's. I still have a few of the originals from way back when.
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Mike Daniels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:14 PM
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56. Loved those as well and bought them in mass
Of course, they'd probably be tripe if I were to read them again now but they made lazy summer days pass quickly.

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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:44 PM
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14. Worldwar
A six-volume alternate history series by Harry Turtledove. The premise is that aliens invade the Earth at the very start of WWII, forcing the Nazis, the Commies, and the Good Guys (us, of course!) to unite in order to repel the invaders.

Good stuff.

--bkl
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Angelus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:45 PM
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15. Most all Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles"...
Edited on Wed May-05-04 11:46 PM by Angelus
I've read all of the "Vampire Chronicles", now I'm starting "The New Vampire Chronicles."

So...there's about 13 books in all. :)
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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:24 AM
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38. I have read them all, too. I should have given up after "Memnoch"
Her books have gone downhill in quality, plot wise, but her style is so good.

My favorite of her books is "The Witching Hour". The ending kind of sucks, the sequels definitely suck, but the main story is so engrossing.
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Misunderestimator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:37 AM
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39. I still consider it a Vampire Trilogy... after the first 3 .... downhill
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Angelus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:47 AM
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44. Hey...you should try reading "Vittorio the Vampire."
It's really great. It's book number two in the New Vampire Chronicles. It's her best book, by far, since Interview With The Vampire.
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Misunderestimator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:14 PM
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52. I'll do that
I just ordered used copies of the first 3 again. I go through books like toilet paper, and always shed hundreds every time I move... those got lost somewhere.

Thanks for the suggestion.
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Angelus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:17 PM
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53. No problem.
:)
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lazarus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:51 PM
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16. you called?
Brust's written 20 books total, but 15 of them are set in Dragaera.

I dunno if you'd count them all as a "series", though. 5 of them are the "Paarfiad", and 10 of them are in the "Vladiad."

And three of the Paarfi books are actually three volumes of one book.

I just finished Sethra Lavode, which is an interesting conclusion to the Khaavren Romances, or Paarfiad. BTW, that's Tazendra on the cover, not Sethra, as far as we can tell.
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sir_captain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:51 PM
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17. Do the books of the Aeneid count?
I even read them in Latin!
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SOteric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:41 AM
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33. They damned well should.
And I read them in Latin too! :7
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sir_captain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:46 AM
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43. Here's hoping
that in regards to the current political situation, haec olim meminisse iuvabit. ;-)
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Mattforclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:52 PM
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18. A bunch of goosebumps
don't ask how many
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LDS Jock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:53 PM
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19. 9 books.. the Work and the Glory series
which is a historical fiction series about the founding of the Mormon church.
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:21 AM
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21. Discworld - 28 of 'em and
That's not including The Last Hero... it took me a while to find and count them all :-)
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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:24 AM
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22. 25 or 26 Edgar Rice Burroughs "Tarzan" novels
Maybe 18 of Mazo dela Roche's "Jalna's of Whiteoak" series
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Donkeyboy75 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:16 AM
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24. All of 807 in the Dewey decimal system.
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Kenneth ken Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:17 AM
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25. I've read all of John D MacDonald's
Edited on Thu May-06-04 01:38 AM by Kennethken
Travis McGee books - 22 - 21, I stand corrected.

Thanks brotherbuzz
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BrotherBuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:48 AM
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28. Woo-hoo another one?
Damm, you edited your post while I was going to ask which one I missed. Agnes, the Busted Fush, Plymouth and Boodles gin, Meyer with the Bernard Maynard Keynes....gee I miss it all. I would love to read just one more.
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Kenneth ken Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:11 AM
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29. sorry about that -
yeah, I'd like to read another, too. McGee is probably the best character ever created.

I tried to read Dirk Pitt, because a friend likes those so much. Pitt just comes off as a third-rate McGee wannabe IMO.
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ForrestGump Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:20 AM
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26. Willard Price's naturalist books, Sven Hassel's and Leo Kessler's WWII
Germnan books -- all in my teen decade -- and maybe a few others.
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BrotherBuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:31 AM
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27. Entire Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald
I'd still be reading the color series if that damned J.D. MacDonald didn't up and die....

1964 The Deep Blue Good-By
1964 Nightmare In Pink
1964 A Purple Place For Dying
1964 The Quick Red Fox
1965 A Deadly Shade of Gold
1965 Bright Orange for the Shroud
1966 Darker than Amber
1966 One Fearful Yellow Eye
1968 Pale Gray for Guilt
1969 The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper
1969 Dress Her in Indigo
1970 The Long Lavender Look
1972 A Tan and Sandy Silence
1973 The Scarlet Ruse
1974 The Turquoise Lament
1975 The Dreadful Lemon Sky
1978 The Empty Copper Sea
1980 The Green Ripper
1981 Free Fall in Crimson
1982 Cinnamon Skin
1985 The Lonely Silver Rain
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tsakshaug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:20 AM
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32. Lonesome dove
unless you count the happy hollisters series from my early youth
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:19 AM
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35. Trying to read the "Parker" series in order
But the old ones are out of print and I am too lazy or cheap to buy off Ebay, so I am waiting for the reprints.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:20 AM
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36. I've read probably a good 35 or so of the Star Wars books
also must have 30 or more Dr. Who books.

Figure maybe 10-15 Conan books.

Also a lot (probably around 15) of the "Cat Who...." series of mysteries. Love those books!

Anchor Bible Commentary series, and some other Bible commentary series - read a heck of a lot of those, though not cover to cover.
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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:23 AM
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37. "Sneaky Pie" Brown's murder mysteries -- 10 (that's all there are so far)
Sneaky Pie's a cat and her books are "co-written" with Rita Mae Brown. They're light murder mysteries set in a small town in central Virginia. All the animals -- cats, dogs, horses, and wild animals -- talk. Quite entertaining.
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ZenLefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:47 AM
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40. Katherine Kerr's 'Deverry' series is pretty voluminous
I think I've read about twelve of them; the thirteenth was not yet out last time I checked.

They're not great, in my opinion. It's a little soap-operaish and the plots, especially in the later ones, tend to get a little lame. But I do like her style of writing, as it flows easy and she has a gift of making it seem significantly more real than the crap churned out by most modern day fantasy writers (like robert jordan :puke: ).

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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:16 AM
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42. About a dozen of the Hardy Boys books.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:48 AM
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46. oddly enough the Wizard of Oz series while a preteen
there was like 36 of them. I may want to revisit them cuz they were great escapism literature

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Shananigans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:49 AM
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47. I'v read a series that was over 100!
Remember the Sweet Valley High twins? I read every single book in the series until they stopped producing them. I know there is well over 100!
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BigMcLargehuge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:49 AM
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48. The Destroyer series
I've read about fifty of them, some in order, some not... but it doesn't matter. Each book kind of stands alone with only allusions to past exploits in most cases and very few externally recurring characters.

Wicked fun reads if you like hilariously goofy martial arts/assassin stories.
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southpaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:52 AM
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49. 3...
James Morrow's 'Godhead Trilogy'

Towing Jehovah
Blameless in Abbadon
The Eternal Footman


Not much of a series reader...
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bikebloke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:54 AM
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50. Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series.
Edited on Thu May-06-04 11:55 AM by caledoni
I'll pick up the latest from the library this weekend. I think this is the twentieth. Nice swashbuckling popcorn reads.
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Az Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:54 AM
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51. Its a tie, Terry Pratchett Discworld and Larry Niven's Known Universe
Both at 31 books to them. Though Pratchett is still at it and has already overtaken Niven's catelog.
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:35 PM
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54. My secret vice was Star Trek
When I was a kid I read all the Tom Swift books too...

"Next day the four young people took off in the Challenger. "Too bad we have to leave all those handsome outpost engineers behind." Sandy sighed and gave Phyl a mischievous twinkle.

Bud winked at Tom. "Lucky thing we're taking the girls home, skipper, before they get spoiled completely."

Tom Chuckled. "Good idea for us to see they get their feet back on the ground!"


Needless to say, these books did not improve my social skills.
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:33 PM
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58. Read 145 books in the ...
... Don Pendelton "Executioner" series.

Plus hundreds and hundreds in the Donald Duck comic book series. ;)
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BritishHuman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:10 PM
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59. 10 books
I'm current on Wheel of Time (more out of a sense of duty by this point). Hugh Cook's Chronicles of an Age of Darkness was 10 books, and pretty cool.

As a guilty pleasure, I've read all of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter books.

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