Re: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts Of Empire review thread
The events of ZSG occur after RBoE so the minor Vaughn subplot leaves fewer questions if read in that order.
Then again, having fewer questions isn't necessarily more enjoyable. There's a reason most mystery stories don't reveal the killer's identity until the end. I read ZSG first, so I experienced the Vaughn subplot as something that began as a mystery and finally got explained in RBoE. That's just as valid a way to tell a story as the alternative. So no, it really doesn't matter what order you read them in.
Heck. Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction
has its stories arranged out of strict chronological order--but frankly, it's all the better for it. The order is thematic
, not chronological.
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