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    Default When reading the JY canon, is it better to go by publication or continuity order?

    When people read the Jin Yong canon, is it better for them to read the stories in the order that they were were originally published, or is it better for them to read the stories in continuity order?

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    His stories got better as he wrote more. So if you go by the order of publication, you'll be reading his less interesting stories first, and I don't recommend that.

    For me, I simply read whatever interested me, with no particular logical order.
    楚留香笑道:你口气倒真不小。 小字出口,他已箭一般向阴姬冲了过去。他知道自己唯一能胜过对方之处,就是个快字。所以他尽量利用 这快字,只要他能抢得一刹那间的先机,他就或许还有战胜的希望。他出手实在快,快如急风,快如闪电。谁 知他刚一出手,阴姬的手掌一挥,就立刻有一股奇异的力量阻住了他的去路,这股力量如浪潮初起,澎湃不绝。楚 留香莫说根本无法抢得先机,根本就近不了她的身。

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    Chronology doesn't really matter unless the stories are connected. In which case, the Condor Trilogy are already written in chronological order. The flying fox series kind of sandwiches the timeline, so you can read it either way. BXJ comes before DOMD even though the connections are minimal and the Book and Sword really doesn't have much relevence with the other Qing Dynasty stories. Plus, some stories may be better in reverse chronology. For example, even though DGSD comes before LOCH, you won't really appreciate the beggar clan martial arts as much without background knowledge of LOCH b/c JY doesn't go into detailed description of the XL18Z and Dog beating stick.

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    I would only read the Condor Trilogy in chronological order. The others don't really matter.

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    Does this mean...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pannonian View Post
    Does this mean...?
    I don't think so. Snake tarts have been around long before other forms of Indo-mice interactions.
    楚留香笑道:你口气倒真不小。 小字出口,他已箭一般向阴姬冲了过去。他知道自己唯一能胜过对方之处,就是个快字。所以他尽量利用 这快字,只要他能抢得一刹那间的先机,他就或许还有战胜的希望。他出手实在快,快如急风,快如闪电。谁 知他刚一出手,阴姬的手掌一挥,就立刻有一股奇异的力量阻住了他的去路,这股力量如浪潮初起,澎湃不绝。楚 留香莫说根本无法抢得先机,根本就近不了她的身。

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