Tetralogies

Series -- or subseries -- consisting of four books (precisely four).

Please enter only the first book of each series, or alternatively an omnibus volume. Thanks! (Excess volumes will be deleted.)
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102 books · 30 voters · list created August 21st, 2013 by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (votes) .
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Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) 545 books
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message 1: by Laura (new)

Laura The list is growing...


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Good -- thank you! :) For the "like," too, of course!


message 3: by Laura (new)

Laura My pleasure...


message 4: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Isn't the Earthsea trilogy a.....well, trilogy ? 1) A Wizard of Earthsea, 2) The Tombs of Atuan, 3) The Farthest Shore.


message 5: by Laura (new)

Laura You are right. The Earthsea Cycle series have 6 books, one named as The Earthsea Trilogy and another one as The Earthsea Quartet.

I have also found some trilogies which have only 2 books. Quite ambiguous, isn't it?


message 6: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Furey Actually, the Earthsea cycle includes 5 novels and a bunch of short stories.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Just to understand, because I haven't read it myself: Are there any books in the Earthsea cycle that are more like The Hobbit or The Silmarillion to The Lord of the Rings than any of the 3 parts of The Lord of the Rings are to each other? If there are, how closely are they related to the other books?

Can a reasonable case be made for four books within the Earthsea cycle to stand apart from the others (similar to the way that the 3 books of The Lord of the Rings stand apart from The Hobbit and The Silmarillion)? If not, great series though it may be, I'm afraid I'm going to have to delete the Earthsea book(s). I've expressly stated in the list description that "Tetralogy" is to be taken literally, i.e., FOUR books -- not five, six, three plus three or, for that matter, three plus one.


message 8: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Furey The Earthsea cycle is composed of the original trilogy, plus 2 extra novels set a few decades after the original trilogy (making it a quintet), and the short stories, which are best read after the fourth book. I don't really see how you could count it as a quartet. I LOVE those books, but I would never put them on this list.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Thank you -- from your explanations, I take it that it's actually more like 3 + 2 + 1 (the "1" being the short stories)?


message 10: by Thom (last edited Aug 21, 2013 12:23PM) (new)

Thom Dunn From The Farthest Shore: "Ged is done with doing now; henceforth he will simply be." (probably not verbatim).


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Looked into it -- no, definitely not a tetralogy. Regretfully deleted.


message 12: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Aug 21, 2013 01:11PM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) FWIW, I've also deleted the omnibus edition of The Master of Hestviken, because the same series is already represented on this list by its first book, The Axe. Could I invite those who've voted for the omnibus edition to vote for The Axe instead, so we actually do keep it within the "1 book per series" idea? Thanks in advance!


message 13: by Laura (new)

Laura I would keep it within the "1 book per series" otherwise we will have huge lists which don't show their real dimension.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Laura wrote: "I would keep it within the "1 book per series" otherwise we will have huge lists which don't show their real dimension."

Yes -- that's the idea! :)


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) FWIW, I've created another list specifically for series comprising six books, and have entered the Earthsea cycle there: http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/42...


message 16: by Laura (new)

Laura I just voted in this list.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) So I saw. Thank you! :)


message 18: by Laura (new)

Laura :O)


message 19: by Abbey (new)

Abbey Two on the list really aren't applicable:

1. Agatha Christie's MAN IN THE BROWN SUIT was a stand-alone, not part of ANY series.

2. Dorothy L. Sayers' Wimsey stories have far more than four novels in the series

otherwise, very interesting list T-A, thanks for setting it up.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Abbey wrote: "Two on the list really aren't applicable:

1. Agatha Christie's MAN IN THE BROWN SUIT was a stand-alone, not part of ANY series.

2. Dorothy L. Sayers' Wimsey stories have far more than four novel..."


They're both there for a reason.

Man in the Brown Suit is the first of the four books featuring Colonel Race. They weren't released as a series, true, but have widely come to be considered one in the interim.

Strong Poison is the first of the four novels completed by Sayers herself featuring the story of/relationship between Lord Peter and Harriet Vane. Most Sayers fans consider them a series within the series (I certainly do).


message 21: by Abbey (new)

Abbey Thanks for replying to my comment! Agree with you re. Wimsey/Vane novels, but thought list was concerned with an entire series equalling four, not a sub-set. My mistake.

However, "IMO" (grin) Col. Race, is one of the "lesser characters" in the Christie stories. Unlike even Battle we never actually "go along" with him in the solving of a crime - in the stories he shows up, he's always awfully peripheral, isn't he? Pulling strings behind the scenes but not really detecting, unless you count his Spymaster-type activities. Battle does occasionally take center stage for a brief period in some of "his" stories but unless my memory has gone completely wonky (possible...) he never really "detects" in a story, ykwim? Yes, I know he "helps" Poirot in DEATH ON THE NILE but you'd hardly call *that* one "A Colonel Race Book", would you? He has maybe three short interactive scenes with Poirot in that novel, and that's it - and pretty much that's all we ever see of Race in all his novels - in MAN IN THE BROWN SUIT he has a couple of short scenes with Anne (whose book it actually is, imo!) but that's all.

ANYway, "differences of opinion" - that's what makes horse races (grin) - and book lists/discussions! Thanks for putting together this list (and lots of others too!).


message 22: by Abbey (new)

Abbey whoops - fuzzy sentence construction in the "however..." para:
- "in the stories HE shows up, he's always awfully peripheral..." I meant Race, not Battle.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Abbey wrote: "Thanks for replying to my comment! Agree with you re. Wimsey/Vane novels, but thought list was concerned with an entire series equalling four, not a sub-set. My mistake."

I've edited the list description to make that clearer, thanks for the hint!

I won't also add the "losely connected" bit because it might be misconstrued into something I'm not actually looking for, and FWIW, in the Colonel Race (and Superintendent Battle, and Ariadne Oliver) books, I do see more than a lose connection based on one character only. It's by far not as predominant as in Sayers's Wimsey/Vane books or, for that matter, Christie's Tommy & Tuppence series, but there is enough of a subtext history of Race's character (and his friendship with Poirot) to make these books stand out as a series, at least to me -- and if the number of Superintendent Battle and Ariadne Oliver books were four also, I'd also add those for the same reason.

A few years ago Christie's publisher came up with boxed sets/ominbus editions of the novels featuring some of Christie's "minor" serial characters (i.e. those with a more limited appearance):

The Complete Superintendent Battle
Poirot: The Complete Ariadne Oliver, Vol. 1
Poirot: The Complete Ariadne Oliver, Vol. 2
The Complete Tommy And Tuppence
The Complete Quin And Satterthwaite: Love Detectives
The Complete Parker Pyne, Private Eye

Granted, they didn't also release an omnibus edition of the four Colonel Race novels, but neither is there one for "Bundle" Brent (of The Secret of Chimneys and The Seven Dials Mystery) -- which in turn is a subset of the Superintendent Battle books, and in neither of those two books Battle is actually the main detective, either; nevertheless they are included in the publisher's Superintendent Battle box set. So whichever way you look at it, there is always going to be a bit of an arbitrary choice involved. All of which, I suppose, takes us back to "it's more than just Race being a character in the story, even if he isn't the main character" ... :)


message 24: by Kim (last edited Oct 01, 2013 03:18AM) (new)

Kim I have some issues with These Old Shades (currently #48 in the list) being the first book of a four book series, even though that's how it's been catalogued on GR. These Old Shades has a sequel, Devil's Cub and characters from both books appear in An Infamous Army. Characters from Regency Buck also appear in An Infamous Army, but those particular characters have no connection to the characters in These Old Shades or Devil's Cub. Rather than a four book series, it's probably more accurate to say that there's a trilogy (of sorts) and a two book series (of sorts).

I added Kate Atkinson's Case Histories because it's the first book in her Jackson Brodie series. Atkinson has suggested that there won't be any more Jackson Brodie books, but it's possible that she'll change her mind at some point, in which case the book will have to be deleted from the list!


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Kim wrote: "I have some issues with These Old Shades (currently #48 in the list) being the first book of a four book series, even though that's how it's been catalogued on GR. These Old Shades has a sequel, De..."

I'm going to have to leave a response to this to someone who has actually read these -- myself, I'm alas only (and barely) familiar with Heyer's mysteries!


message 26: by Laura (new)

Laura I do agree with Kim even if I haven't read this series yet.

TA do you agree in removing this series from the tetralogies and be transferred to the trilogies series?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Laura wrote: "I do agree with Kim even if I haven't read this series yet.

TA do you agree in removing this series from the tetralogies and be transferred to the trilogies series?"


Absolutely! I'll delete it here, and you add it to "trilogies." Deal? :)


message 28: by Laura (new)

Laura Done!!


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) So I see. Likewise! :)


message 30: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Anyone wanna argue about Proust's oeuvre ?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Laura wrote: "I do agree with Kim even if I haven't read this series yet.

TA do you agree in removing this series from the tetralogies and be transferred to the trilogies series?"


I have read all four, and agree with Kim.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Thom wrote: "Anyone wanna argue about Proust's oeuvre ?"

Heptalogy, surely, or, if you want to break up volume 1 into its 3 separate parts, ennead?


message 33: by Laura (new)

Laura There are too many editions of Proust's book, I will keep them separated as a heptalogy.


message 34: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady Parade's End is there, currently at #41, but so is Some Do Not ... & No More Parades (Parade's End #1 & #2) currently at #48...


message 35: by BookLovingLady (last edited Oct 21, 2013 06:20PM) (new)

BookLovingLady I've added Kinderen van de Arbat (Children of the Arbat), as there are FOUR books in Russian and in a Dutch translation, which makes it a tetralogy. Trouble is that there seem to be only three of these translated into English... The second one, 1935 en volgende jaren (1935 and following years), seems to be missing in English? The third one, by the way, is Angst (Fear) and the fourth one is Stof en As (Dust and Ashes).


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Booklovinglady wrote: "Parade's End is there, currently at #41, but so is Some Do Not ... & No More Parades (Parade's End #1 & #2) currently at #48..."

Thanks for mentioning this, I've taken out the duplicate with the single vote and left "Parade's End," for which 2 people have voted, stand.


message 37: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Themis-Athena (“Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson) wrote: "Booklovinglady wrote: "Parade's End is there, currently at #41, but so is Some Do Not ... & No More Parades (Parade's End #1 & #2) currently at #48..."

Thanks for mentioning this, I've taken out t..."

Right on.


message 38: by Fiona (last edited May 16, 2017 02:38AM) (new)


message 39: by Laura (new)

Laura Fiona wrote: "Related lists:

2 books (duologies): https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/9...
3 books (trilogies): https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/9...
5 books (pentalo..."


thanks Fiona but Themis-Athena and I made our owns listopias since we do have similar taste for books.


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