Series: Ring of Fire reading order / per Eric Flint

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1632 by Eric Flint1
Grantville Gazette I by Eric Flint2
Ring of Fire by Eric Flint3
1633 by Eric Flint4
Grantville Gazette II by Eric Flint5
1634: The Baltic War by David Weber6
Grantville Gazette III by Eric Flint7
1634: The Ram Rebellion by Eric Flint8
Grantville Gazette IV by Eric Flint9
1634: The Galileo Affair by Eric Flint10
1634: The Bavarian Crisis by Eric Flint11
Ring of Fire II by Eric Flint12
1635: The Cannon Law by Eric Flint14
1635: The Dreeson Incident by Eric Flint15
Grantville Gazette VI by Eric Flint16
1635: The Tangled Web by Virginia DeMarce17
1635: The Papal Stakes by Eric Flint18
1635: The Eastern Front by Eric Flint19
1636: The Saxon Uprising by Eric Flint20
Ring of Fire III by Eric Flint21
1636: The Kremlin Games by Eric Flint22
1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies (The Ring of Fire) by Eric Flint23
1636: Seas of Fortune by Iver Cooper24
1635: Music and Murder (Ring of Fire) by David Carrico25
1636: The Devil's Opera (Ring of Fire) by Eric Flint26
1636: The Barbie Consortium (Ring of Fire Book 18) by Gorg Huff27
1636: The Viennese Waltz (The Ring of Fire) by Eric Flint28

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Series description

Don't get too frustrated trying to read these in exact order.   Some stories are taking place simultaneously, and the short stories in the Gazettes are set at different times.  Eric Flint says that he is trying "to portray as far as possible the chaos and complexity of real history."  

This is the reading order recommended by Eric Flint in the afterword to 1635: The Tangled Web for the Ring of Fire series, also known as the 1632 series, and part of the Assiti Shards series.  This is split into sections in order to convey Flint's opinion that certain Grantville Gazettes, marked with the decimal ".9x" should be written in conjunction with some of the novels, but not in any particular order.   As an example, the Grantville Gazettes marked 1.9x should be read while reading the "1" novels, but no particular order is assigned.  Titles which have the same number should be read about the same time, e.g. Ring of Fire I and Grantville Gazette I.  No matter how carefully you follow this, things will still not be entirely in strict chronological order.  (Sufficiently confused?)

The works can also be read in an order reflecting the area of the world with which they are chiefly concerned, e.g. the Baltic versus southern Europe.   For a discussion of that, see the Wikipedia article reference at the end of these notes.

Parts of the Earth accidentally displaced backwards in time by art works of the Assiti. The 1632 series, based on a single displacement of a West Virginia back to Germany in the 30 Years War, is the lead series. They are actually transported to 1631, but supposedly the publisher thought that 1632 was a more appealing title.

The series, including the reading order, is discussed at some length in Wikipedia: 1632 series, which also has links to the official fan site etc.


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