Category Literature

A Shakespeare Shared Universe: Introduction

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Hey everyone!

Welcome back to my read series, where I update you every other week on what series I’m reading and my thoughts. Feel free to follow along. Yesterday, I uploaded my first non-sci-fi/fantasy timeline that focuses on Shakespeare. I’m actually a really big Shakespeare fan, more than any other ancient literature. I hated him in high school (probably like most kids). However, the more I learned, the more I grew to love the Bard.

And that got me thinking: what if there was a Shakespeare shared universe? That’s when I got the idea for my own story, which I am currently writing. The story is called Plots and Errors, and it’s going to be a YA series of books. I plan on competing the first book during NaNoWriMo this year.

Now as part of my research, I’m trying to read all of the plays and put them together in a possible Shakespeare shared universe. I already know a lot about the plays, so I have placed them in a tentative order for now based on how I think it will all fit together...

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15 Best Shared Universes – Ranked

Art for the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) timeline, featuring characters from the saga.

On this site, we love the shared universe. Like, crazy-jump-up-and-down-make-a-whole-website-about-them kind of love. Shared universes are at the center of what we do here. Most of our timelines involve a shared universe. Now you might be thinking of a shared universe as something like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that’s only part of it. The MCU is a “cinematic” shared universe. You can have a lot of shared universes that use other mediums besides film as their tentpole platform.

So below are our top picks for the best shared universes, which we define as multiple series that come together to form a whole. These can be stories told on different platforms, or different series of stories on the same platform that are part of a larger series. We’ve sorted these based on the level of complexity, critical reception, and fan response, but if you disagree with our order be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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The Reckoners Readthrough, Part 2

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Welcome back to the second and final chapter of my Reckoners read-through. Be sure to check out the first installment if you haven’t already. This is a series where I read through some of my favorite series and record my thoughts in blog form. This post will be relatively short because I only have two books to discuss today. But it was a really great series, and I highly recommend it to everyone. If you’re a fan of Brandon Sanderson, you’ll love it. If you haven’t read Sanderson, you should. I’ll be doing a similar read-through for his Cosmere series later in the year.

Anyway, in the last post I talked about Steelheart, the first book in this series, as well as the short story Mitosis which takes place between Steelheart and the sequel, Firefight. Today I’m talking about the last two books in the trilogy.

3) Firefight

Firefight follows Sanderson’s habit of having a lot of twists and turns in the second act. Everything seems to go wrong in this book and you never see it coming...

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9 Best Science Fiction Book Series

the Ender-verse ranked second in our best science fiction book series

Two weeks ago we wrote a piece on the best fantasy books series. For fans of science fiction, don’t worry we haven’t forgotten you. Introducing our list of the best science fiction book series to start reading next. Now we don’t have as many science fiction timelines listed on the site as we do fantasy, but more continue to show up. Just this week we added a new timeline for the Red Rising series, which you can consider an honorary mention to the following list. We hope you enjoy!

9. The Solar Cycle by Gene Wolfe

solar cycle ranked nine in our best science fiction book series

Set in the distant future when the sun is dimmer and the Earth has cooled, the Solar Cycle is a series of series by Gene Wolfe. The primary series is called the Book of the New Sun. This is definitely a series you should pick up if you’re into extremely distant future scenarios.

Where to start: We recommend starting at the beginning with the first book published  The Shadow of the Torturer. Then you can read some of the prequel short stories.

8. Known Space by Larry Niven (...

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The Reckoners Readthrough, Part 1

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Hey! So welcome to a new series of posts that I will be doing every few weeks tracking my progress as I read/watch/play-through many of the timelines that you find here on the site. You see, AllTimelines.com is more than just a website for me. I started creating timelines because I loved to experience these franchises in chronological order, and that’s what I’m going to do here. I plan to write a brief (very brief) review of each item and give you my thoughts on the overall progress.

We’re starting with something simple, The Reckoners trilogy, by Brandon Sanderson. There are only three books and one short story in this series, but I thought it would be a good place to start, especially since I plan on reading through Sanderson’s much more massive Cosmere series starting later in the year. And fair warning, this article WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS! You have been warned. So let’s get started.

1) Steelheart

So the premise of Steelheart is that multiple individuals have turned into Superheroe...

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11 Best Fantasy Book Series

The Lord of the Rings timeline art. Featuring the eye of Sauron.

Here at All Timelines, we love long-form storytelling. As a result, we also love long fantasy series, the more books, the happier we are. A good portion of the traffic we get on this site are people looking to read one of the many series located in our fantasy timelines page. So to help with those recommendations, here are our 11 best fantasy book series recommendation. These range in theme from YA fantasy, to epic fantasy, to urban fantasy. We will try not to pick and choose between subgenres, though we will keep it somewhat clean (sorry Game of Thrones).

Do you disagree with something on this list? Be sure to leave any comments you have below (keep it classy friends). Remember this is just our list, and we’d love to hear yours as well. We hope you enjoy!

11. The Forgotten Realms, by Various Authors

forgotten realms number 11 in our best fantasy books series.

If there’s one shared universe that you can get lost in forever, it’s The Forgotten Realms...

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Star Wars Bloodline Review

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Note: No spoilers in this review. For my spoiler review, listen to the May 2016 episode of Legends and Lore.

I’ll be honest, ever since Lucasfilm decided to set a “new precedent” for their Star Wars literature, relabeling the old as Legends and introducing the new as official canon, I haven’t been a huge fan of the books that have followed. Sure, some of them were okay, my favorites being A New Dawn, Aftermath, and Lost Stars. But I’ve waffled on which I liked more. While they were good, none of them really stood out as being my clear favorite. Well that is no longer the case.

Bloodline is now, by far, my favorite Star Wars book in the canon, ranking as high as some of my absolute favorite books from the old Expanded Universe, now Legends. And that’s saying a lot. While I won’t dive into spoilers in this review, here are some of my thoughts to get started with.

First of all, let’s talk politics, because the book certainly does . The Force Awakens had almost nothing to tell...

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Star Wars Adventures in Wild Space: The Escape Review

Star Wars Adventures in Wild Space: The Escape Review

I admit, as a Star Wars reader located in the United States, this book by Cavan Scott went entirely over my head for a while. Some discriminatory part of me even entertained the thought that a Star Wars book from a foreign publisher couldn’t be part of the Star Wars canon, but I was dead wrong. Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space: The Escape is certainly part of the canon, and an intriguing prologue to a series of new junior novels that should entertain both kids and adults.

After finally getting my hands on this book, I was pleased to find it a very quick read. In fact, it’s more the size of a short story than a junior novel. That works out well, however, because the book serves not as the first book in the series, but as more of a prologue to that series. Even the physical dimensions of the book differs.

Plot

I thought the plot of this book was one of its strengths...

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Star Wars: Aftermath Review

I will admit, the book started out a bit rough for me. The sentence structure took some time to get used to, as did the present tense. But just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean it’s a reason to criticize it. Eventually I got used to Wendig’s style, and things progressed rather smoothly after that. I’ve read 3 of Wendig’s other books, and they match the same style. It’s not bad writing, that’s just the way he is.

Plot

The plot started in about 4 different places, but quickly consolidated most of those into a single storyline that did not take much effort to follow. At first the plot seemed to jump around a lot, but that quickly ended. The pacing of the book progressed to a thrilling climax that kept me glued to my seat, until I finished. The build up to said climax remained steady and unrushed. The plot also moved around a lot, so it never felt repetitive or stagnant *coughTarkin*

Characters

At first, I thought many of the characters lacked good motivation, but I si...

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