Friday, March 11, 2011

The order of the Lord John books and stories

One of the more frequently asked questions in the Diana Gabaldon section on Compuserve is, "What is the order of the Lord John books/stories?"  This is something that confuses a lot of people, and it's only become more complicated and difficult to keep straight in the last couple of years.

Diana posted some more information on Compuserve yesterday about where her upcoming stories fit into the overall chronology, and I thought I'd pass it on for the benefit of everyone who doesn't follow the discussions on Compuserve.  (WARNING to spoiler-avoiders: the link above goes to a discussion of a SCOTTISH PRISONER excerpt, so you may encounter spoilers there!)

Here is the full list, in the order that the books are meant to be read -- which is not necessarily the order of publication (just to make things even more confusing!)  Diana's recent comments are in blue.  In her words, "The parentheticals being the historical events that background each book/novella."

"Lord John and the Hellfire Club"
first story in LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS
short story - 1756

LORD JOHN AND THE PRIVATE MATTER
novel - 1757

"Lord John and the Succubus"
second story in LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS
novella - 1757

LORD JOHN AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE
novel - 1758
(Battle of Krefeld, 1758)

"Lord John and the Haunted Soldier"
third story in LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS
novella - November 1758 (follows immediately after the end of BOTB)

"The Custom of the Army"
novella, published in August, 2011, in the WARRIORS 3 anthology (see the "Custom of the Army" FAQ for more information)
(Battle of Quebec, 1759)

THE SCOTTISH PRISONER
novel, to be published November 29, 2011
(1760 (ish)  Irish invasion of England (failed))

"Lord John and the Plague of Zombies"
novella, will be published in the DOWN THESE STRANGE STREETS anthology in October, 2011
(1761 - slave rebellion, Jamaica)

As you'll notice if you look at the dates, all of the Lord John books and stories take place during the period described in VOYAGER when Jamie was at Helwater.

I hope you find this information helpful.  Please feel free to pass it on to anyone else who might be interested.

UPDATE 3/12/2011 8:00 am:  I suggested to Diana yesterday that she include a version of this list in the beginning of SCOTTISH PRISONER, because I think a lot of readers would find it helpful.  She replied, "Splendid idea!"  (I hope she does decide to do this, and naturally I will be thrilled if my suggestion actually makes it into the printed book. <g>)

UPDATE 8/6/2011 1:22 pm:  Diana has confirmed that there will indeed be a list of the LJ books and stories included in SCOTTISH PRISONER!

7 comments:

Cari said...

Thanks, Karen! I learn so much history, thanks to our dear Diana. :-)

BTW, do we know yet which will be published first, Scottish Prisoner or Plague of Zombies?

Karen Henry said...

Cari:

Even Diana doesn't know yet which will be published first, "Zombies" or SCOTTISH PRISONER. But I'll post here as soon as a publication date for SCOTTISH PRISONER is announced.

Karen

Anonymous said...

Karen.....

As a Librarian and Gabaldon reader, I applaud and appreciate your ongoing, dedicated efforts to maintain order in this Outlandish universe!

Carla

Karen Henry said...

Carla:

Thanks so much! :-)

Karen

Shanyn said...

Lord John and the Hellfire Club is also included in the Kindle version of Lord John and the Private Matter...

tallulahnscarlettsmama said...

thank you SO much for this information,it has helped me to order all of these books off amazon :D i have been holding off reading scottish prisoner as i want to read them all in sequence,obsessed much!
fantastic blog,will be following you
cheers sam :)

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