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Old 12-20-2017, 12:06 PM   #1
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The Pendergast novels of Preston & Child

I remember how much I LOVED reading "The Cabinet of Curiosities," which is #3 in the series.

For some strange reason I haven't read any more, but that's about to change.

Are the rest as good as the one I read, in your opinion?

And should I now read the remaining series in chronological order?

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Old 12-20-2017, 12:27 PM   #2
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Are the rest as good as the I read, in your opinion?

And should I now read the remaining series in chronological order?
I binge-read books 1-8 pre-ereader days. The rest are in my enormous TBR heap. I'd say you do need to read them in chronological order. I seem to remember book 4 as being fairly self-contained but books 5-8 have a continuing storyline.

The reason I stopped at 8 was that I didn't enjoy it as much as the previous ones, but I didn't hate it and I continued to stockpile the rest.

I'll be interested to read others' opinions of the later books to see if I should consider kick-starting another binge
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What is the chronological order of the books?
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Is that really chronological order?
It's the order in which they were written, I believe. Although I think book 14 Blue Labyrinth should be labelled 2014, not 2012.

For internal chronology I can only speak for the one's I've read. As far as I can remember, books 1-8 internal chronology sequence is the same as published sequence. Also the short story Extraction (which I haven't read) is a prequel about when Pendergast was a child, so could perhaps be considered book zero.
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It's the order in which they were written, I believe. Although I think book 14 Blue Labyrinth should be labelled 2014, not 2012.

For internal chronology I can only speak for the one's I've read. As far as I can remember, books 1-8 internal chronology sequence is the same as published sequence. Also the short story Extraction (which I haven't read) is a prequel about when Pendergast was a child, so could perhaps be considered book zero.
I'm asking for chronological order so when I eventually start reading these books, I can read in the order of my choice.
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What is the chronological order of the books?

Oh, no!

Seriously, I don't think it makes much difference, except for the continuing story-line of a few of the books.

--- As jackie_w mentioned, I think it's the order in which they were published. I'm notorious for reading things out of order, anyway, but I never read back-to-front. (Unless I'm standing in front of a mirror!)

Has anyone else read any of these? They seem to have been very popular at one time, and I think that Preston and Child broke up and then got back together. Is that true?

I still remember how terrifying "The Cabinet of Curiosities" was! My spine tingles when I think of it, just like in the movie "The Tingler" with Vincent Price. That, too, scared the crap out of me. Anything to do with spinal manipulation.....ughghh!

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Old 12-20-2017, 11:31 PM   #9
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I read The Relic years ago, but don't remember much about it.

I've always mean to get back to Preston and Child (Riptide has been on my TBR for quite a while). The synopsis of their books always felt like pitches for high concept blockbuster movies. I don't mean that in a bad way.
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I've got the first 7 now. In the Relic, Pendergast is a kind of a secondary character. This story is mostly told from the point of view of someone who works at the museum. Reliquary was the first where Pendergast was the primary. I liked the Relic, which was made into a pretty decent movie. Reliquary was pretty good as well. I read the those in paper back when the movie came out, and couldn't find the others. I tend to like to read series in order, so if book 3 isn't available, I tend not to try to read the others out of order. I finally got book's 3 and 4 at the Sony store some years ago. Definitely time for a re-read.
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I've got the first 7 now. In the Relic, Pendergast is a kind of a secondary character. This story is mostly told from the point of view of someone who works at the museum. Reliquary was the first where Pendergast was the primary. I liked the Relic, which was made into a pretty decent movie. Reliquary was pretty good as well. I read the those in paper back when the movie came out, and couldn't find the others. I tend to like to read series in order, so if book 3 isn't available, I tend not to try to read the others out of order. I finally got book's 3 and 4 at the Sony store some years ago. Definitely time for a re-read.

Thank you.

I'll probably go ahead and pick up the package deal that contains both #1 and #2, and save $5.00:

https://www.amazon.com/Pendergast-Fi...preston+kindle

If they compare favorably to #3 (and how much I loved that one), then I imagine I'll go ahead and buy about 3 more in the series.
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