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The Brain & Brawn Ship Books in Order

The Brain & Brawn Ship Books in Order: How to read Anne McCaffrey’s series?

By The Writer of the Dragonriders of Pern series.

What is The Brain & Brawn Ship about?

Created by sci-fi/fantasy writer Anne McCaffrey, The Brain & Brawn Ship book – also known as “The Ship Who…“, tells the various adventures of brainships, meaning human being with severe birth defects that are placed in self-contained life-support shells in which they will spend their entire lives, and are trained to become the “brain” of a starship. Most brainships are partnered with humans, dubbed as “brawns.”

Anne McCaffrey wrote five short stories, published between 1961 to 1969, later collected in the first book of the series. During the ’90s, the series have been revived, and she wrote the other novels in collaboration with four co-authors, two of whom each later completed another novel in the series alone. Also, The Brain and Brawn ship series takes place in the same universe as the Crystal Singer books.

Pink Carnation Books in Order

The Pink Carnation Books in Order: How to read Lauren Willig’s series?

Ready for some Napoleonic-Era spy adventures?

What is The Pink Carnation series about?

Written by bestselling author Lauren Willig, The Pink Carnation series follows a collection of Napoleonic-Era British spies as they fight for Britain and fall in love.

Everything begins with Eloise Kelly, a modern-day student who is determined to finish her dissertation on two spies, the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. But what she discovers is something historians have missed: the secret history of the Pink Carnation-the most elusive spy of all time.

The Blossom Street Books in Order

The Blossom Street Books in Order: How to read Debbie Macomber’s series?

By the writer of Cedar Cove.

What is The Blossom Street Series about?

Written by American author Debbie Macomber (known for her Cedar Cove series), The Blossom Street Series begins with Lydia Hoffman, a woman who has opened A Good Yarn Shop on Blossom Street. The shop represents her dream of a new beginning; a life free from cancer and the serendipity that comes from taking chances.

Each book in this series introduces different women, brought together by the age-old craft of knitting, who make unexpected discoveries—about themselves and each other. Discoveries that lead to friendship and acceptance, to laughter and fulfillment of their dreams.

David Wong Books in Order

David Wong Books in Order (John Dies at the End, Zoey Ashe)

All of the books!

Who is David Wong?

Born January 10, 1975, Jason Pargin is an American writer known by his pen name David Wong. Former Executive Editor of Cracked.com, Pargin started to publish his first book as a web serial beginning in 2001.

The success of the online version of John Dies at the end lead to a book deal then to a film adaptation by Don Coscarelli that was released in 2012. Since his first book he wrote more John and Dave books but also a second series.

Brother Cadfael Books in Order

Brother Cadfael Books in Order: How to read Ellis Peters’s Series?

For those who like Medieval Murder Mysteries, like Sister Fidelma.

Who is Brother Cadfael?

Written by Edith Mary Pargeter, using the pseudonym Ellis Peters, this classic series is about Monk who aids the law with solving murders during the Anarchy in England.

Set in the 12th century, the novels focus on a Welsh Benedictine monk living at Shrewsbury Abbey in western England. Even if Brother Cadfael spends much of his time tending the herbs and vegetables in the garden, he is the monk to look for when there’s a murder to investigate.

Deadpool Reading Order

Deadpool Reading Order: How to read Wade Wilson’s comic book story?

A killer for hire with the dream of being a hero.

Who is Deadpool?

Created by writer Fabian Nicieza and artist/writer Rob Liefeld, Deadpool is introduced in The New Mutants and X-Force as a supervillain, before becoming one of the most iconic Marvel anti-hero. He is a mercenary who is aware is a fictional comic book character. He breaks the fourth wall, and often has conversations with his two internal monologues.

His past is still a little bit of a mystery, as there are multiple versions of it. Maybe his childhood was hard, maybe not. What we are sure of is that Wade Wilson became an international assassin who worked for various governments when he developed an aggressive cancer. In an effort to find a cure, he enrolled in the Weapon X program, which gave him a healing factor from another member (you know… Wolverine) and set him to work for them. The results of his stay there were a diminished mental state, a healing factor that could not cure his cancer or heal his scars, an infatuation with death, and his freedom to return to for-hire mercenary work. As “The Merc with a Mouth” he set out as Deadpool to kill and have a good time doing it.

Aurora Teagarden Books in Order

Aurora Teagarden Books in Order: How to read Charlaine Harris’s series?

By the author of the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood series.

Who is Aurora Teagarden?

Written by American author Charlaine Harris (and seen on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel), the Aurora Teagarden series is a mystery series about a librarian who loves true crime stories and solving real crimes.

The story resolves around Aurora “Roe” Teagarden, a librarian and membre of the Real Murders Club, a group of 12 enthusiasts who study famous baffling or unsolved crimes in the town of Lawrenceton, Georgia.

The 100 Books in Order

The 100 Books in Order: How to read Kass Morgan’s young adult science fiction series?

Not just a TV Series on The CW.

What is The 100 about?

Adapted on television by The CW, The 100 is a post-apocalyptic science fiction and young adult book series written by American author Kass Morgan. Almost 100 years ago, a thermonuclear apocalypse happened. Now, the only survivors to the human race live in a space colony. To maintain control on population and resources, all crimes, no matter how small, are punishable by death, unless you’re under 18. In that case, they just wait for you to be old enough and kill you.

Facing dangerous odds of survival, the Colony decide to send 100 teenage prisoners on Earth to discover if the planet is habitable. A group – among them Clarke Griffin, Jaha Wells, Octavia Blake and her older brother Bellamy Clarke – crashes on the East Coast of the former United States and soon discover that Earth is not only survivable, but that they’re not alone.

Chronicles of Elantra Books in Order

Chronicles of Elantra Books in Order: How to read Michelle Sagara’s series?

Welcome to Elantra, a city ruled by Dragons!

What is the Chronicles of Elantra series about?

Written by Japanese-Canadian author Michelle Michiko Sagara, The Chronicles of Elantra is a fantasy series set in the fantastical city of Elantra.

The story resolves around the magical adventures of Private Kaylin Neya, a young woman with a complicated history. Kaylin serves the Hawks in the towering Halls of Law (Elantra’s version of a police officer). She’s a mortal in a city ruled by Dragons.

Animosity Reading Order

Animosity Reading Order: How to read Marguerite Bennett and Rafael de Latorre comic book series?

When the wild things are not wild anymore.

What is Animosity about?

From Marguerite Bennett, the writer of InSeXts and DC Comics Bombshells, and artist Rafael de Latorre (Superzero), the Animosity series is a road trip working as a coming-of-age story with black humor and a sci-fi twist.

The pitch is: One day, for no reason, the animals woke up. They started thinking. They started talking. They started taking REVENGE. The story takes place in a chaotic world where the newly intelligent animals fight humanity, or each other, for their own life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. In the middle of this, 11-year-old girl Jesse and her dog, Sandor, who is devoted to her and her protection, begin a cross-country journey to find Jesse’s half-brother, Adam, who is living in San Francisco.

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