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Old May 11 2011, 01:08 AM   #520
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Re: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts Of Empire review thread

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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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