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message 1: by JSWolf (new)

JSWolf | 95 comments http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/r/j...

Fantastic Fiction numbers Mdnight in Death,/i> as #8 and yet Goodreads has it as 7.5. I think 7.5 is wrong. What is the official numbering? Is Goodreads correct or is Fantastic Fiction?


message 2: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa (vanessamc) | 646 comments I think they're both right depending on your point of view. I'm not sure what the official numbering system is, but I prefer the Goodreads version. 7.5 identifies that it is a shorter story and in between the two long-length stories in chronology.

Sorry I couldn't provide an exact answer to your question.


message 3: by JSWolf (new)

JSWolf | 95 comments I found the answer at Overdrive.

This is actually #8 and not #7.5. So when fixing the series number to #8, In Death book that is numbered #8 will have to be #9 and so on. I found the definitive answer at Overdrive. http://search.overdrive.com/TitleInfo...

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/r/j... <--proper numbering shown

http://search.overdrive.com/TitleInfo... shows Fantasy in Death to be #37 and it matches Fantastic Fiction.


message 4: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa (alyssa_hesper) I just posted on the Goodreads librarian thread about this, I prefer seeing it as a half designation vs. whole. This helps me know that it is a short story/novella between a full story as you indicated Vanessa. At the end of the day the #'ing is still placing it in the correct spot, just listing it as half instead of whole.

I looked on J.D. Robb's website to see if she had some type of #'ing listed on her booklist and there isn't. I think it's like Vanessa said - depends on your point of view.


message 5: by Zaanodes (new)

Zaanodes | 38 comments Depends on if you count short stories in anthologies as a 'whole' number or a 1/2. Midnight in Death is a short story in Silent Night and in Three in Death.

Fictfact doesn't do 1/2's. Goodreads does.
Fictfact doesn't do '0' for prequels, Goodreads does.

So...as I said, depends on how you want to count.


message 6: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa (alyssa_hesper) JSWolf wrote: "I found the answer at Overdrive.

This is actually #8 and not #7.5. So when fixing the series number to #8, In Death book that is numbered #8 will have to be #9 and so on. I found the definitive an..."


Overdrive & Fantastic Fiction seem to be sites just like Goodreads. They have just chosen to # all the books in this particular series with whole #'s. That doesn't necessarily make it the 'right' or 'wrong' way - just their way. Every site has their own policy or SOP, Goodreads is just different from theirs. I think that if JDR wanted them #'d in a certain way she would have it listed on her site.


message 7: by JSWolf (new)

JSWolf | 95 comments Zaanodes wrote: "Depends on if you count short stories in anthologies as a 'whole' number or a 1/2. Midnight in Death is a short story in Silent Night and in Three in Death.

Fictfact d..."


But Overdrive has the shorts numbered in order. No .5, but a full number. So are you saying that Overdrive is not a reliable source?


message 8: by JSWolf (last edited Jan 04, 2011 11:05AM) (new)

JSWolf | 95 comments http://www.jdrobb.com/books/allbooks....

Shows the shorts in order. Look at the 8th from the bottom. and this is from the official J.D. Robb website.


message 9: by Zaanodes (new)

Zaanodes | 38 comments JSWolf wrote: "So are you saying that Overdrive is not a reliable source..."

No. Never heard of Overdrive. I don't know if it is good/bad/indifferent.

I just was explaining how one story could be 7.5 on one site and 8 on another. Neither is wrong. They just count shorts differently.


message 10: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth (ezepeze11) | 582 comments Personally I prefer the .5s so i know if it is a short story and where it goes


message 11: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa (alyssa_hesper) JSWolf wrote: "http://www.jdrobb.com/books/allbooks....

Shows the shorts in order. Look at the 8th from the bottom. and this is from the official J.D. Robb website."


As I stated on another thread in the Librarian group -the link that you refer to does have Midnight listed where you stated, however the books are not numbered. I think this page just refers to publication date. On her quick list page, her short stories are listed completely separate from the full books - IMO this means that JDR doesn't count the shorts as full installments in the series. I also pulled this from the Did You Know section of her site:

* With Fantasy in Death (February 2010) Nora will have published 190 full-length novels. Fantasy in Death is also the 30th book in the series.

If Fantasy is #30 there is no way Midnight can be #8.
Here's the link to it if you'd like to look for yourself http://www.jdrobb.com/about/didyoukno...


message 12: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth (ezepeze11) | 582 comments Ugh I halfway wish that there wasn't any half ones at all... They confuse me :(.


message 13: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa (vanessamc) | 646 comments Hi Everyone,

In addition to the links, I made a topic that has the books listed in order. Please feel free to let me know if there's anything I've missed.


message 14: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa (alyssa_hesper) Elizabeth wrote: "Personally I prefer the .5s so i know if it is a short story and where it goes"

I completely agree with you!

Vanessa I'll check the topic out but I'm sure you haven't missed anything.


message 15: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth (ezepeze11) | 582 comments Thanks!


message 16: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa (vanessamc) | 646 comments You're welcome!!


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