Originally Posted by Alia
I don't know where to ask this question, but I hope someone reads it and can direct me the right way. Here I go:
I'm a little anal about starting books in order. I've heard lots of good things about Tad Williams and I would like to read his stuff. What is the very first book he published? Or what book should I start with?
Having read almost all of Tad's stuff I'd suggest you start as you say with the first series Memory, Sorrow and Thorn and for me his best. This is the one most similar to Kate's Crown Of Stars series in terms of style as we've discussed previously.
Not sure on the order or titles in the US but basic order is:
The Dragonbone Chair
Stone Of Farewell
To Green Angel Tower (pretty sure this was later split into 2 books).
The next series most similar to this in context and style is the new Shadowmarch Trilogy, although it is set in a different world, people etc..
Book 1 Shadowmarch now available. I've read this and enjoyed it too!
His other major work is Otherland, a mix of sci fi and fantasy in a setting that swtiches b/w our world and cyberspace come virtual reality. I enjoyed this also but different in style or at least content to the above works.
B/w Shadowmarch and Otherland he also published a stand alone novel called War Of The Flowers. Reads bit of this and has had mixed reviews. It's a contemporary novel set in Northern California (so mate you may enjoy it!) and a parallel fantasy world.
He's also written another stand alone novel Tailchaser about a cat in a fantasy setting. Not bad, not as good for me as M,S,T.
Check out the other threads on this forum for info on these series.
Here's a link to Tad's web site with a list of the books and info and excerpts on them FYI: http://www.tadwilliams.com/books.html
Hope this helps, going to catch some ZZZZZs now.