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The first book?

A question, because I'm very curious: Which was the FIRST book of mine that you read? By first I mean that you read first, not that was published first. I'm interested in discovering which books of mine are the "gateways".

Which was the FIRST book of mine that you read?

Black Ships
42(54.5%)
Hand of Isis
4(5.2%)
Stealing Fire
5(6.5%)
Death Game
7(9.1%)
Homecoming
19(24.7%)
The Lost
0(0.0%)
The Ravens of Falkenau
0(0.0%)
The Furies
0(0.0%)
Lost Things
0(0.0%)
Secrets
0(0.0%)
The General's Mistress
0(0.0%)
Moebius Squared
0(0.0%)
Steel Blues
0(0.0%)
The Inheritors
0(0.0%)

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aishabintjamil
Apr. 25th, 2013 11:54 am (UTC)
Although that's more about chance than about that book being superior to the others. My wife picked it up when we went into the local Borders going out of business sale, and then I read it after she was done. I'm not sure I would have picked it off the shelf myself because the art really didn't appeal to me.
jo_graham
Apr. 25th, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
Was it the trade paperback or the mass market? I'm wondering which set of art? They had really different looks.
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kahva
Apr. 25th, 2013 12:09 pm (UTC)
I should clarify by saying that the first one I started reading was Hand of Isis, but various life things kept interrupting me, so the reading was stop and start. So that meant the first one I read all the way through ended up being Death Game, followed by Homecoming. So for me, a mix of gateways?
jo_graham
Apr. 25th, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
That makes sense. I think the hardcore Stargate fans came in with Death Game.
margdean56
Apr. 25th, 2013 02:22 pm (UTC)
I was lucky enough to be given Black Ships to proofread by Hachette, and later on Hand of Isis. It's rare that I enjoy a proofreading job that much...
jo_graham
Apr. 25th, 2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Oh wow, seriously thank you. That was such a beautiful, nice clean copyedit on both of them. And I'm glad you enjoyed it.
bailey1ak
Apr. 25th, 2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
Homecoming was my first. I started it about 6-8 weeks ago and quickly made my way through all six in the series! Am looking forward to trying a few of your other books.
jo_graham
Apr. 25th, 2013 04:33 pm (UTC)
Oh cool! I think the Legacy series got a lot of new people. I'm really glad you enjoyed it.

The one I'd rec first might be Lost Things, because it's also a strong team adventure like Stargate is. It's a different setting, but it's the same sort of mix of action/adventure and character stuff as the Legacy series, and it's about a team with close ties having these adventures together. I think it punches a lot of the same buttons as Stargate.
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lareinenoire
Apr. 25th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
As I think I told you in a previous comment, Black Ships was the first book of yours I read, after reading this review.
jo_graham
Apr. 25th, 2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of people came in with Black Ships. And I remember that review!
m_nivalis
Apr. 25th, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
I wonder what the overlaps are, if Stargate fans are more likely to pick up Order of the Air than Numinous World fans? And if there is a continuation of readers of the ancient world NW and the Napoleonic era NW? And then you have people like me who read everything and skew the results...

I started with Black Ships and just kept going.
jo_graham
Apr. 25th, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
That's a question I'd like to get at.

I think -- and this is without the data entirely -- that the Numinous World readers bought The General's Mistress, and that the Stargate readers are more likely to have bought the Order of the Air. But I think I need more research on this!
sockich
Apr. 25th, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
I saw a rec post for the Numinous World series and Black Ships seemed like the logical place to start. ;)
jo_graham
Apr. 25th, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
Cool -- it seems like a lot of people got here via rec posts! That seems like the single biggest way I get new readers.
anneruane
Apr. 25th, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
I came in with Homecoming and started reading your other stuff in between later Legacy series releases. Black Ships blew me away.
jo_graham
Apr. 25th, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
Oh awesome! Which ones have you read so far?
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tielan
Apr. 25th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
Black Ships, and you gave it to me. I probably wouldn't have picked up your books otherwise, TBH. Well, except when the SGA books started coming out.
jo_graham
Apr. 26th, 2013 12:22 pm (UTC)
That's right, I did! I'd forgotten that!
wings128
Apr. 25th, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
I absolutely adored "Death Game" and it cemented my belief that women authors handle the genre with an allroundedness that male writers tend to miss in their desire to include as many cool toys and scientific jargon as possible.

"Death Game" for me felt like the long lost episode of SGA that was discovered when they were cleaning out the set stages and I've devoured it, over and over again. It's an old friend I go to visit when I need to escape for a bit :)
jo_graham
Apr. 26th, 2013 12:23 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad you liked Death Game! It was my first Stargate book, and I had so much fun with it. It was like having the chance to write super-long fiction and put in it all the things I love so much about these characters.
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settiai
Apr. 26th, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
Black Ships for me (but I expect you already knew that :-P).
jo_graham
Apr. 26th, 2013 12:25 pm (UTC)
I did! I guessed somehow! :)
jedi40
Apr. 29th, 2013 03:39 am (UTC)
Homecoming was the first of your books that I read and I have loved every book in the series and sad that it's over. I hope there will be more SGA books to come.And more SG1 books with Cam in them.
jo_graham
Apr. 29th, 2013 02:19 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you loved the Legacy series! It makes me happy to hear. I don't know if there will be more Stargate books or not -- no word from MGM yet on the contract.

I had a blast writing Cam in Moebius Squared! I think if I did another one it would probably be late-team SG-1. Cam kind of moved into my head and stayed. So any resemblance to Mitchell Sorley in my book Lost Things is totally, completely coincidental! ;) But if you love Cam, you might check it out -- just sayin'.
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