Bibliography and Reader’s Guide

My books fall generally into four categories, the fourth being ‘None of the Above’. It’s a pretty sure thing that when readers like a book from Group A, B, or C, chances are they are more likely to enjoy another book from that same group than one from another group. Below all the titles are listed chronologically, in the order in which they were written, with a helpful hint attached in brackets as to which “group” they belong. But first, a definition of the groups follows.

Group A, my personal favorite, could be called ‘Magical Futurism’. It includes the duology of ‘Orange Car with Stripes’ and ‘Missy Tonight’, as well as ‘Renegade Robot’, ‘Death Ray Butterfly’, ‘Secret Sidewalk’, ‘Squatter with a Lexus’, ‘Hidden Highway’, ‘Unwritten Rules of Impossible Things’, ‘The New Guy in Moon Base Twelve’, ‘The Lemon Thief’s Ex-Wife’s Third Cousin’,’Entropic Quest’ and its sequels, the ‘Outlier’ series ,’Humanoid Central’ and the ‘All Geeked Up’ collection which includes ‘World Weary Avengers’, ‘Ledman Pickup’ and ‘In Constant Contact’.

Group B might be called ‘Speculative Fiction’, and while these share certain traits with Group A, they tend to be less humorous and a tad more serious. The group contains the Dragon City series (‘Snapdragon Alley’, ‘Freak City’, ‘Dragon Town’ and ‘Happy Slumbers’) as well as ‘Zombie Nights’,  ‘Sexy Teenage Vampires’, ‘Time Zone’, ‘Rampant Pheromonix’, ‘Phantom of the Mall’ and the screenplays ‘Jimmyland’ and ;Golden’.

Group C is more mainstream, more traditional fiction, in the ‘Realist’ or ‘Naturalist’ sense, and includes ‘Somebody Somewhere’, ‘Fixture’, ‘Raisinheart’, ‘The Part Time People’, ‘Bobby and the Bedouins’, ‘The Girl in the Trees’, and most of the short stories in ‘Cashier World’ and ‘The Mortal Hole’.

Group D is where I’m putting the stuff that doesn’t so neatly fit in the other categories, such as ‘Fissure Monroe’, ‘Macedonia’, ‘Dawn Debris’ and my little kids’ book, ‘Tiddlywink the Mouse’

My hope is that this sort of classification will help readers pick another book they might enjoy, assuming they have enjoyed one in the first place!

Chronology of my fiction available (for free) from Smashwords

1982 – 2014 Cashier World [Group C] Short Stories

1983 Phantom of the Mall [Group B] (completely rewritten in 2011)

1984 Fixture [C] (edited by Benhamish Allen)

1984 The Part Time People [C] (edited by Benhamish Allen)

1984 Fissure Monroe [D] (intended as a live performance piece)

1985 Rampant Pheromonix [B]

1996 Dawn Debris [D] (based on a character from Dawn Debris)

1998 Somebody Somewhere [C]

1999/2006 Time Zone [B]

2006 Macedonia [D] (a sort of tribute to Macedonio Fernandez)

2006 Golden [B] (a screenplay version of Time Zone)

2007 Squatter with a Lexus [A]

2007 Secret Sidewalk [A] (borrows certain characters from Squatter with a Lexus)

2007 Hidden Highway [A] (borrows certain characters from Secret Sidewalk)

2008 Orange Car with Stripes [A]

2008 Missy Tonight [A]  (a standalone sequel to Orange Car with Stripes)

2009 Snapdragon Alley [B] (the first book of the Dragon City series)

2009 Tiddywink the Mouse [D] (a read-aloud book for young children)

2009 Freak City [B] (the second book of the Dragon City series, originally intended as a sort of version, rather than a sequel)

2009 World Weary Avengers [A]

2009 Bobby and the Bedouins [C}

2010 Ledman Pickup [A] (continues with characters from World Weary Avengers but not a sequel)

2010 Zombie Nights [B]

2010 Death Ray Butterfly [A] (borrows certain characters from Zombie Nights)

2010 Raisinheart [C] (borrows certain characters from Zombie Nights and Death Ray Butterfly)

2010 Renegade Robot [A]

2010 Unwritten Rules of Impossible Things [A] (borrows characters from Secret Sidewalk)

2011 Jimmyland [B] (a screenplay based on Phantom of the Mall)

2011 Rainbow Country [C]

2011 Sexy Teenage Vampires [B]

2011 Dragon Town [B] (the third book in the Dragon City series)

2011 Entropic Quest (with Johnny Lichtenberg. Epic Fail Book 1) [B]

2011 In Constant Contact [A]  (continues with characters from World Weary Avengers but not a sequel)

2009-2014 The Mortal Hole [C] (short stories, contains all three Sexy Teenage Vampires)

2012 The New Guy in Moon Base Twelve [A]

2012 Humanoid Central [A]

2012 Happy Slumbers [B] (the fourth and final chapter of the Dragon City series)

2012 The Von Barkingham Method of Time Travel [A]

2012 The Girl in the Trees [C]

2013 The Lemon Thief’s Ex-Wife’s Third Cousin [A]

2013 Prisoners of Perfection (with Johnny Lichtenberg. Epic Fail Book 2)  [B]

2013 The Ghost on the Wall [C] (featuring Jimmy Kruzel of Raisinheart and Death Ray Butterfly)

2013 The End of the Line (with Johnny Lichtenberg. Epic Fail Book 3) [B]

2014 Wish World [A] (featuring Marcus and Ben from Squatter and Sidewalk)

2014 The Outlier (Beepers, Migrants, Lost Souls, Zappers) [A]

2014 Close to Nowhere [C]

2015 How My Brain Ended Up Inside This Box [B]

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11 thoughts on “Bibliography and Reader’s Guide

  1. My favorite is still Entropic Quest. I love that story. It’s one of those stories that the ideas and characters linger… Thanks for providing this list Tom. I was trying to figure out which came first… Now I can start working through it.

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  2. Hi Tom,
    I am chomping at the bit to start on your stories. I just want to verify this is not just the order in which they were written, but the order in which they should be read as well. I do not know which of these are related, or which are part of a series (other than perhaps Snapdragon Alley and Dragon Town). That sort of ordering might be very helpful to new readers in addition to the chronology.

    Thanks Tom!

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