SeriesRing of Fire reading order / per Eric Flint

Series author: Eric Flint

30 Works Popularity 5,107 (1,996 Members) 9,851 Books 213 Reviews ½ 3.6
Grantville Gazette I by Eric Flint 525 copies, 9 reviews2
Ring of Fire I by Eric Flint 695 copies, 13 reviews3
1633 by Eric Flint 1,403 copies, 33 reviews4
Grantville Gazette II: Sequel to 1632 (12-in-1) by Eric Flint 360 copies, 3 reviews5
1634: The Baltic War by David Weber 732 copies, 12 reviews6
Grantville Gazette III (12-in-1) by Eric Flint 295 copies, 2 reviews7
1634: The Ram Rebellion by Eric Flint 633 copies, 12 reviews8
Grantville Gazette IV by Eric Flint 196 copies, 4 reviews9
1634: The Galileo Affair by Eric Flint 929 copies, 12 reviews10
1634: The Bavarian Crisis by Eric Flint 490 copies, 9 reviews11
Ring of Fire II by Eric Flint 304 copies, 4 reviews12
1635: The Cannon Law by Eric Flint 583 copies, 10 reviews14
1635: The Dreeson Incident by Eric Flint 361 copies, 6 reviews15
Grantville Gazette VI by Eric Flint 110 copies, 4 reviews16
1635: The Tangled Web by Virginia DeMarce 216 copies, 7 reviews17
1635: The Papal Stakes by Eric Flint 186 copies, 9 reviews18
1635: The Eastern Front by Eric Flint 292 copies, 5 reviews19
1636: The Saxon Uprising by Eric Flint 240 copies, 10 reviews20
Ring of Fire III by Eric Flint 138 copies, 6 reviews21
1636: The Kremlin Games by Eric Flint 193 copies, 8 reviews22
1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies (The Ring of Fire) by Eric Flint 130 copies, 4 reviews23
1636: The Cardinal Virtues (The Ring of Fire) by Eric Flint 104 copies, 5 reviews24
1635: Music and Murder (Ring of Fire anthologies Book 4) by David Carrico 42 copies, 3 reviews25
1636: The Devil's Opera (Ring of Fire) by Eric Flint 148 copies, 6 reviews26
1636: Seas of Fortune (The Ring of Fire) by Iver P. Cooper 114 copies, 5 reviews26.5
1636: The Barbie Consortium (Ring of Fire Book 18) by Gorg Huff 35 copies27
1636: The Viennese Waltz (The Ring of Fire) by Eric Flint 119 copies, 3 reviews28
Ring of Fire IV by Eric Flint 81 copies, 3 reviews29
1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz by Kerryn Offord 85 copies, 2 reviews30
1636: The Ottoman Onslaught (Ring of Fire) by Eric Flint 103 copies, 4 reviews31

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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. (English, Unclassified)

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