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message 1: by JSWolf (new)

JSWolf | 649 comments http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/r/j...

Fantastic Fiction has Midnight in Death listed as #8 and Good reads has it listed as 7.5. I think Goodreads is incorrect and Fantastic Fiction is correct. If that is the case, can someone please fix all of the In Death series to match Fantastic Fiction?


message 2: by Beth (new)

Beth (bethjustbeth) | 1586 comments According to J.D. Robb's website listing, “Midnight in Death” is a story included in the Anthology, "Silent Night," November 1998, and not a part of the series novels.

http://www.jdrobb.com/books/quick.html


This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For | 949 comments Midnight in Death was a short-story/novella, not a full novel, which is why we have it (as well as a number of other similar stories) listed as half numbers rather than full numbers. I personally think our current numbering system is more accurate and should not be changed.


message 4: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa (alyssa_hesper) | 0 comments This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For wrote: "Midnight in Death was a short-story/novella, not a full novel, which is why we have it (as well as a number of other similar stories) listed as half numbers rather than full numbers. I personally t..."

I agree with you. The half #'ing system has always helped me distinguish between the full books & the short story/novellas.


message 5: by JSWolf (last edited Jan 04, 2011 10:36AM) (new)

JSWolf | 649 comments Actually, I found the answer.

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 6: by JSWolf (new)

JSWolf | 649 comments Beth wrote: "According to J.D. Robb's website listing, “Midnight in Death” is a story included in the Anthology, "Silent Night," November 1998, and not a part of the series novels.

http://www.jdrobb.com/book..."


All that list shows is that it's not a full length novel and instead included in anthology. That says nothing definitive about numbering.

I think Overdrive and Penguin have it correct in terms of numbering.


message 7: by Beth (new)

Beth (bethjustbeth) | 1586 comments I agree it should not be changed. The novels are the numbers in the series. The half #'s show where the other stories are published, but are not a part of the series of *novels.*


message 8: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa (alyssa_hesper) | 0 comments JSWolf wrote: "Actually, I found the answer.

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 answe..."


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 9: by JSWolf (new)

JSWolf | 649 comments If you are going by the official J.D. Robb site that shows the shorts not in order, then take a look here http://www.jdrobb.com/books/allbooks.... and you will see that they are indeed listed in order. So Midnight in Death is surly listed in the #8 slot making it #8.


message 10: by willaful (last edited Jan 04, 2011 11:33AM) (new)

willaful The author's preference is given priority but lacking *actual numbering* from Robb, I see no reason to change the GoodReads system, which is perfectly functional. Chronological order doesn't necessarily indicate numbering -- for eample, we would show the bundle of books 1&2 as 1-2, not whatever chronological place it has on that list.

If this is so important to you, you have the option of becoming a librarian and starting a secondary, chronologcal listing for the series. Or you could try to find a current librarian who agrees with you, who's willing to do that work.


message 11: by Alyssa (last edited Jan 04, 2011 11:35AM) (new)

Alyssa (alyssa_hesper) | 0 comments JSWolf wrote: "If you are going by the official J.D. Robb site that shows the shorts not in order, then take a look here http://www.jdrobb.com/books/allbooks.... and you will see that they are indeed listed in o..."

In your link, I don't see any #'ing done by JDR, just books listed. However on this particular page, http://www.jdrobb.com/books/quick.html you'll see the full books listed seperately from the short stories/novellas. IMO, this proves Beth's point that the full novels are the #'d parts of the series while the shorts are additions to the series. While Missing may be #8 due to publication date, it fits between the full stories.


message 12: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 45034 comments Mod
Beth wrote: "I agree it should not be changed. The novels are the numbers in the series. The half #'s show where the other stories are published, but are not a part of the series of *novels.*"

Completely agree. There's a reason this method was arrived at, after much discussion. It works!


message 13: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn (seeford) | 579 comments I've already posted something similar in the other thread about JD Robb, but worth mentioning here, I think.
On the JD Robb website, it lists Fantasy in Death as book #30 on the 'all books' page. You only arrive at that number by counting all the full-length novels - if you were to add in the novellas, etc published that number would be significantly higher. I think that demonstrates that the GR system is perfectly accurate in this case.


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