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Posts Tagged ‘Robert B.Parker’

How to Keep Track of Book Series

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The website FictFact has created an enormous database of serial fiction, keeping track of the order and release dates of your favorite series so you don’t have to.

Readers often complain that the proper reading order is never marked on their favorite fantasy, detective, or romance series. Now FictFact will do all the work. For instance, if you wanted (like this GalleyCat editor in 8th grade) to read the entire 40-book Spenser private detective series by the late, great Robert B. Parker, you could follow this link to see the entire series laid out in order.

Here’s more about the site: “FictFact is a tracking site focused on book series. Let us know what books/series you’ve read and we’ll let you know what you need to read next and what’s coming out soon. Registration is free, so let us know how you like it, and what series, books & authors we might be missing. FictFact is a Brain Scan Studios project.” (Via Lifehacker)

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Novelist Robert B. Parker Has Died

robertparker.pngThe celebrated private detective and crime novelist Robert B. Parker has died.

The bestselling author carried the private detective genre into a new century, writing about a tough detective named Spenser since 1971. He was also picked to complete “Poodle Springs,” an unfinished novel by the great private detective writer, Raymond Chandler. This GalleyCat editor will always treasure fond memories of reading the novelist’s Spenser series as a kid.

Here’s more from Sarah Weinman, the literary journalist who broke the news this morning: “He is survived by his wife, Joan, and his sons, David, a choreographer, and Daniel, an actor. Several more novels will be published in 2010, including SPLIT IMAGE, the newest Jesse Stone novel (out February 23) and BLUE-EYED DEVIL, an Appaloosa novel (out on May 4). Much, much more soon, and something tells me a whole lot of tributes will be rolling in over the next day or two. In the meantime, some choice tributes and links:

Summer’s Fiction Logjam

Former Dallas Morning News book critic Jerome Weeks brings to light what may seem like a major upcoming headache for both book editors and publishers: a plethora of major literary works crammed together between April and June. “There are so many significant authors with novels coming out in the space of about 9 weeks that when I proposed reviewing Don DeLillo‘s post-9/11 novel, FALLING MAN, to one editor, I was told there was already too many fiction reviews booked for May through June,” Weeks explained. “When DeLillo can’t catch a break, you know it’s crunch time.”

No kidding, what with impending releases by Nathan Englander, Haruki Murakami, Michael Chabon, Michael Ondaatje, Susanna Moore, Armistead Maupin, Chuck Palahniuk and Khaled Hosseini. But the craziest publishing day for fiction has to be June 5, as new bestseller staples by Clive Cussler, Robert B.Parker, Jeffery Deaver, Laurell K. Hamilton, Ann Brashares and Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin are released that Tuesday. Calling it a dogfight is probably an understatement…