Series and Sequels


What's Next (Kent District Library, Comstock Park, MI): Interactive search to help find adult fiction in series. Searches can be made by title, author, or series name by filling in any or all of the fields.

Series and Sequels (Los Angeles PL, CA): 'A listing of fiction books for adults which are part of a series, or are sequels to earlier novels. Can be searched by author, title and series name or characters.'

Series, Sequels, Sequences and Associations (William Graczyk, Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped): Listed by author, series titles that are not included in To Be Continued (1995). Quite lengthy list of series (over 500) in all genres, some with links. From Harold Adams' Carl Wilcox series to R.D. Zimmerman's Alex Phillips/Mady Phillips series, and including all Agatha Christies.

Historical Fiction Series: 'An epic book list of historical fiction series and sagas.' Organised by time and place: Prehistoric and Ancient, Multi-Generational and Family Sagas, Military and Nautical, and Set in Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Australian and New Zealand. Lists series title, number of books in series, author(s), and description.

Prehistoric Series: Authors and titles of books in series by publication date. From Margaret Allan (aka W.T. Quick) to Joan Wolf.

Inspirational Fiction in Series (Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Jefferson City, MO): Lists about 100 series along with description of series. These wholesome books tell a good story without sex, violence, or strong language, and reflect strong moral values and courage in overcoming obstacles. Compiled July 2001.

Old Fashioned Reads: Books Your Parents and Grandparents (and Maybe You!) Loved (Katherine Hoylo, Fiction-L): Compiled June 1997. About 100 series listed in order by authors' last names, from Louisa May Alcott to Henry Winterfeld's series, Detectives in Togas. Also lists 10 more single books.

Western Fiction in Series (Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Jefferson City, MO): Excellent mini-bibliography, lists 19 authors of western series, with series name and titles in each series, description of series, and sometimes, additional info or links on the author. Updated Oct. 2004.

SciFan Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books in Series (SciFan): Search by writer, book, or series name, or browse by author's last name or by series name. Claims 4,000 series. Also has a list of the biggest and most popular series. Few book summaries on this site, but provides links to Amazon and/or Alibris for each book.

Alternative History Series (Uchronia): Good information on about 85 alternate history ('what if') series, from Robert Adams's Castaways in Time to George Zebrowski's Cliometricon.

Sequels and Prequels

One Good Book Deserves Another: Sequels, Preludes & Homages (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Title, author, publication info, summary for each book. Extensive list of books written as preludes, sequels, or homages to other writers' books. From March, Geraldine Brooks' sequel to Alcott's Little Women books, to Jeremy Reed's sequel to Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian. LOTS of Jane Austen homages. Updated 2009.

Meanwhile ... A List of Sequels, Prequels, and What Might Have Been (Michaela Haberkern - Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link, brief summary for about 25 books, most related to classic fiction, some featuring minor historical characters, from Pamela Aidan's An Assembly Such As This, with Mr. Darcy's p.o.v. in Pride and Prejudice, to John Updike's Gertrude and Claudius, exploring the lives of Queen Gertrude and King Claudius before Hamlet begins. Updated March 2006.

Modern Sequels (State Library of Tasmania): 'A select list of recent fiction that includes sequels to both old and modern classics. These titles also represent recent fiction that derives plot and/or character details from previously published works.' Listed by author's surname. Extensive. Provides names of authors and titles of works. Updated June 2010.

The Next Chapter: Familiar Stories Retold (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Listed by the familiar story they're retelling or continuing. Author and title provided for 22 novels. For example, under Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, these three are listed: Mansfield Revisited by Joan Aiken, Ladysmead by Jane Gillespie, and Miss Abigail's Part by Judith Terry. Compiled Nov. 1999.

Sequels to Classics (Bundaberg Library, Queensland, Australia) : About 40 sequels to classics, sorted by the name of the classic, with author's name. No summaries or webcat links. Includes sequels to books by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, AC Doyle, Rex Stout, Kenneth Grahame, Rudyard Kipling, etc.

Everything Old is New Again (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA): Author, title, webcat link, cover image for books that are contemporary re-tellings or re-makes of 9 classics. Updated June 2009.

Fiction Inspired by Jane Austen

Bibliography of Jane Austen Sequels (Pemberley) 'This file lists novels which are sequels to Jane Austen's novels, and also fiction about Jane Austen herself.' Author, title, pub. data, and sometimes brief description. About 70 sequels listed.

If You Liked...Jane Austen's novels (Hennepin County Library, MN): 'Austen reimaginings, retellings, sequels, prequels and other madness.' About 55 titles in all. Updated May 2010.

Jane Austen Reimagined (Harris County PL, TX): Author, title, summary for about 30 novels (prequels, sequels, Jane as character), listed in order by Austen's original titles. Updated May 2009.

Novels Inspired By Jane Austen (Springfield City Library, MA): Author, title, summary for about 20 books in all, from Eliza's Daughter by Joan Aiken to Sense and sensibility and sea monsters by Ben H Winters. Updated May 2010.

Jane Austen Lives On (Skokie PL, IL): 'Contemporary novels inspired by Jane Austen’s books, her characters, and her own life.' Sections are: Fiction with Jane Austen as a character; Contemporary fiction Inspired by Jane Austen's novels; and Continuations of Jane Austen's novels. Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for each of about 50 books (some in series).

Jane Austen Books and Austenesque Fiction (Austenprose): Lists the Austen Canon, plus 9 Austenesque novels (from Austenland by Shannon Hale to The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James) and 5 non-fiction titles.

If you like Jane Austen...Sequels to Austen's works (Springfield-Greene County Library, MO): Author, title, webcat link, cover image, summary for about 10 novels (three by Sharon Lathan and two by Elizabeth Aston).

If you like Jane Austen... (Douglas County Library System, OR): Author and title only for about 50 novels with Jane Austen as a character and novels based on various Austen novels (listed by original Austen title).

Readalikes and Books Inspired by the Character of Sherlock Holmes

Holmesian Fiction (Lincoln City Libraries, NE): 'Follow-ups, parodies and pastiches featuring Sherlock Holmes and Holmes-like characters.' Author, title, and some webcat links for about 300 novels, series, and anthologies, from Poul Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest to Wayne Worcester's The Jewel of Covent Garden. Also short list of Original Radio Programs. Updated March 2010.

Sherlock Holmes Returns (Harris County PL, TX): 'This selection of works includes books that feature Holmes himself and others that feature major and minor characters from the Holmes stories.' Author, title, webcat link, and generous summary for about 30 books. Updated May 2009.

'New' Sherlock Holmes (Janice Burwash, Fiction-L): Author and title listed for about 45 books that continue the legacy of Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, from Edmund Aubrey's Sherlock Holmes in Dallas to Ray Walsh's Mycroft memoranda. Also lists some relevant websites. Compiled Sept. 2002.

Welcome Back, Mr Holmes (Williamsburg Public Library): 'Since Conan Doyle's death, many more Sherlock Holmes books have been published. These range from traditional stories written in the Conan Doyle style to parodies of that style, and the stories take place in time from the Victorian period to the present day, and even into the future. Most of these recreations have Holmes and Watson as the main characters, but some authors have chosen minor characters from the original tales to be their protagonists.' Lists 18 authors and story collections, with summaries/reviews of the titles. Compiled Oct. 1998.

Sherlock Holmes' Further Adventures (Wake County PL, NC): Author, title, webcat link, setting, and summary for 15 novels, from The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr to Sherlock Holmes and the Hapsburg Tiara by Alan Vanneman. Updated March 2009.

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (and Friends) (Sachem PL, Holbrook, NY): Author, title, pub. year, and summary for novels (about 30), mystery series (about 10), and short story collections featuring Holmes or another Conan Doyle character. Updated Oct. 2009.

Sherlockian.Net: 'Pastiches, parodies, new stories.' Laurie King's novels, online stories, classics and well-known works, etc.

Sherlock, continued... (St. Charles Public Library, IL): 'The character outlives his creator to appear in these books.' Author and title only for 18 novels featuring Sherlock Holmes, from The Glendower Conspiracy by Lloyd Biggle to The Seventh Bullet by Daniel Victor. Compiled Feb. 2000.