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Books by Multiple Authors

Books by Multiple AuthorsOne of the pages that gets the most traffic on my blog is a post I wrote years ago as a part of my now-disfunct Listed feature. In that particular instalment, I looked at novels that were written by two or more authors. Since it’s been quite a while since I’ve looked at this subject, I thought it might be fun to look at additional books that have been written by multiple authors. I haven’t included the original list, but you can certainly go take a look at what I had originally listed as books by multiple authors.

It seems that these kinds of books fall into one of three categories.

First, there’s the adding to an already-written classic category. There were a lot of fairly popular ones of these a few years back. They can be great if you love a certain book and want a new spin on it… but the narration can also be a little jarring if the newer author’s writing style doesn’t flow perfectly with the original author.

The other two can be a little harder to tell apart from strictly from a reader’s point of view – you’d either need to be very familiar with at least one of the author’s writing styles, or know a bit about the backstory behind how the book was written.

First, you have the books where one author writes a chapter or a section, and then another author writes the next one. Sometimes, there will only be two different sections in the book, both written by a different author, and sometimes the authors will write alternating chapters. Then there are the ones where the authors write together – helping to develop a story and craft the narration together.

So what are some additional books that have been written by multiple authors?

  • Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen. I quite enjoyed this one and am really looking forward to the movie. Read my review; view book information on LibraryThing.
  • Camp Creepy Time by Gina and Dann Gershon. This was written by a brother and sister, one of whom is also an actress. The book was pretty darn cute too. Read my review; view book information on LibraryThing.
  • The Twisted Lit series by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes. I’ve read their one that is a retelling of Macbeth, and found it adorable. Read my review of Exposure; view series information on LibraryThing.
  • A House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. Personally, I only read the first one in this series (Marked). I found it pretty good… but I think the whole vampire-thing was a little overdone at this point in time. Read my review; view book information on LibraryThing.
  • Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. Ah, Veronica Mars! One of my favourite franchises, partially written by the creator of the television show. Read my review; view book information on LibraryThing.
  • The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan. Okay. So I will admit that I’ve only read a few of these short stories. And I’ve pretty much given up on her Mortal Instruments series because (quite frankly) I’ve just lost interest in them completely. Also I never saw the movie even though I really wanted to. But I still love Magnus Bane and his rainbow leather trousers. Most of these short stories is written by Clare either Johnson or Rees, and if I were ever to go back to Clare’s Shadowhunter books, this is where I would start. View book information on LibraryThing.
  • The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes by Jennifer Cruise, Eileen Dreyer and Anne Stuart. This was one of my forays into the romance genre (though it was still very much a fantasy novel too), and I don’t know how it compares to other romances, but it was enjoyable. Read my review; view book information on LibraryThing.
  • The Virals series Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs. This was written by a mother and son duo. Kathy Reichs wrote the Bones series, and this was her first foray into the young adult genre. I heard her speak a few years ago at a convention (I don’t remember which one it was), and it definitely made the series sound good, though as a young adult novel, I’m sure the pacing is much faster than it would be for her Temperance Brennan books (what the TV series Bones is based on). View series information on LibraryThing.
  • Elixir by Hilary Duff & Elise Allen. I read the first two books in this series, and found them to be pretty good considering that I never would have thought of Duff as an author. But she apparently came up with the idea and — helped her craft it into a full novel. Read my review; view book information on LibraryThing.
  • Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters. I haven’t read this, but it looked entertaining. View book information on LibraryThing.
  • The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. I have only heard great things about this trilogy, and have thoroughly enjoyed what I have seen of the television show. View book information on LibraryThing.

And an honourable mention goes to Grimm’s Fairy Tales, because (a) I love fairy tales and (b) this collection was originally collected in the 19th century by two brothers – Wilhelm Grimm (left) and Jacob Grimm.

What do you think about books written by more than one author?

Have you read any that you’ve really loved? What are they?

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:09 am February 3, 2015.
Category: Bookish Talk

  • Kailana

    Good list! Then there are authors that are two people… Ilona Andrews and Charles Todd for example. :)

  • Lesley Donaldson

    I like anthologies based upon a theme. Though it may contain a tried-and-true author, the anthology also provides tantalizing samples of new authors and styles.