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. Continue reading “A Shakespeare Shared Universe: Introduction”

15 Best Shared Universes – Ranked

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. Continue reading “15 Best Shared Universes – Ranked”

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. But you do grow to love the characters even more. Each of them has something that makes them unique (though admittedly sometimes it seems like Sanderson is trying too hard at this). Again the idea that Superheros are the enemy, and the real heroes are those without powers, makes for compelling storytelling.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much the previous short story, Mitosis, actually fit and improved this book. There were a lot of references to the short story that passed over my head the first time I read Firefight. So I can attest to reading everything chronologically. It was a good call. Now this book ends in a really bad cliffhanger (typical of the second installment of a trilogy), so that leads me to…

4) Calamity

This is the book where you realize just how brilliant Sanderson’s world-building is. Everything you thought was just a coincidence is explained. Plot threads that were hinted at in the first book come together. What started out as just a fun story becomes a thriving world. I won’t spoil the ending here, but I thought it was brilliant. Everything came together and it felt like the end of a very complete story. I highly recommend it to everyone.

9 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! Continue reading “9 Best Science Fiction Book Series”

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. Continue reading “The Reckoners Readthrough, Part 1”

11 Best Fantasy Book Series

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! Continue reading “11 Best Fantasy Book Series”