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28 April 2016 @ 06:56 am
Omnibuses Since the subject arose  

Outcasts and Exiles                                181K

Outcasts and Gods                               76K

Exiles and Gods                                    52K

All the Little Gods                                 33K

Thieves and Horses                             16K

Art Theft                                                4K

Wine of the Gods                                     354K

Black Goats                               133K

Temple                                          6K

Explorers                                    102K

Reunions                                      1K

Spy Wars                                    102K

Archmage                                 10K

Comets                                                      230K

Comet Horse                             4K

Rumors                                      21K

Comet Fall                                 94K

Life with Hell                              5K

Comet Fever                              7K

Dark Lady                                  83K

Purple                                         16K

Magicians and Princes                           262K

Mortimer                                     19K

Hauling Freight                           16K

Christmas                                  9K

Young Warriors                        111K

God of Assassins                       91K

Heirs of Crown and Spear          16K

Stories of Empire                                    258K

Empire of the One                       124K

Warriors of the One                       8K

Dancer                                          63K

Olympian                                     28K

Just Following Orders                     16K

A Small Family Wedding                19K

Magic and War                                         282K

Earth Gate                                101K

Mages at Large                          40K

Triplets                                      26K

Sea Wolves                                28K

Bad Karma                                   11K

Dark Side of the Moon                24K

Cascades                                    52K

matapampamuphoff on April 28th, 2016 11:59 am (UTC)
Very tentative. I keep looking at the first one and thinking I should finish the AnnaKarina story and add to it. In fact, I suppose I should go check out how big most omnibuses are.
Bretbretw on April 28th, 2016 06:03 pm (UTC)
Interesting grouping.

As a reader who has read the series so many times I've lost count, internally, I have a much different grouping.

Gods Arc: Outcasts through Goats
Rustle Arc: Explorers through Dark Lady
Xen Arc: Purple through Earth Gate (and maybe more?)

And then other random stuff.

I sort of consider Goats an independent book, not part of an arc, that is the inflection between the Gods arc and the Rustle Arc.

But then, I always read books for the characters first and then action (of those characters) second, so a grouping for me would be based on the main (or major) character.
matapampamuphoff on April 28th, 2016 07:02 pm (UTC)
I've thought about other ways to group it, for instance all of Damien Malder's stories together. But I think sticking to chronology and breaking off where a new group of characters start picking up is _probably_ going to work better.

Some of the short stories can be shifted around, Archmage and Purple could probably be kicked to the next groups.

But I have a lot of characters showing up together, so does _Empire of the One_ go in Xen's Omnibus or Rael's? So time is going to over rule characters . . . for now. I'll be running on three tracks for a bit. Disco, Directorate, and Eldon. Haven't a clue yet what I'll do with them.
Bretbretw on April 28th, 2016 09:47 pm (UTC)
Rael would get her own Omnibus? To me, she's just a Xen supporting character. Even in Dancer, she's pining away for Xen a lot of the time. Is there a single story with Rael that Xen isn't at least mentioned?

But Empire? To me Xen is totally the focus of that book. He's in just about every scene during the last 3rd (starting with the attempted assassination) and even before that, everything revolves around him, from the spying to the horse shows.

Apparently you don't agree with that, which makes me chuckle - authors can only do so much to ensure that the story they want to tell gets conveyed to the reader. We readers are just so unpredictable and uncontrollable! :-)
matapampamuphoff on April 28th, 2016 11:40 pm (UTC)
Exactly. If I split the Omnibuses up by character where do her stories belong? Xen's Omnibus really doesn't need a story about a girlfriend who occasionally pins for him.

This way you get a fairly coherent flow of the events in the Empire. The Directorate stories will carry that on further.

That's pretty much what I'm looking for. To be able to read an omnibus straight through and have a reasonable flow from story to story. It's not always possible. In the Empire one, for instance, I'd need to add a note before JFO to the tune of "In the intervening year they've opened diplomatic relations with Comet Fall, see the details at . . . "