Hey, I hope this is in the right place; I'm new around here. I originally posted this on another site, but decided to repost it here to try and get it out to more people:
So, I realized a while back that the Bionicle story is... a little hard to know how to read. You've got the chapter books, the comics, the serials, the podcasts, etc., and no easy way of knowing what order it should all be read in. Well, I've decided to try and fix that.
This is Biological Chronicle: the Complete Bionicle Collection. I've made PDFs containing practically every text- and audio-based piece of canon Bionicle fiction, plus any comics with story material not included elsewhere, in an ideal reading order. Everything is here, from the MNOG walkthrough to the Young Reader books, as well as QR codes (that are also clickable links!) which take you to video-only content. I re-did the existing podcast transcriptions, refined the existing translation of The Crossing, got the best comic scans I could, and just generally tried to make sure that everything is as high-quality as possible. This compilation is divided into 10 "Books," or volumes, each containing roughly one year's story.
Now, I understand that some people might have different preferences for what's included, so I've created a few different versions of each volume to try and have options for every reader (the specifics are detailed for each one below). For example, every volume has a "Text-Only" option: no comics, no picture books, etc. I've also created a single, complete PDF, with EVERY volume in it (as well as another version of it that's text-only).
I've spent many months working on this, but understand that there may still be some minor formatting issues or typos here and there. If you find any, please let me know! I want these collections to be as perfect as possible.
Also, serious thanks to Toatapio Nuva, who typed up all the chapter books, and gave me great advice during the process of putting this together. Without his help, I can't imagine how much longer this would have taken me.
So, anyways... I hope you guys enjoy! All feedback is welcome.
Complete Collection (Last update: 2/25/19, ~15:50 EST)
"Standard/Recommended:" NEW READER? START HERE: Includes "recommended" versions of all Biological Chronicle Books. Provides the best reading experience.
"Complete:" Includes "complete" versions of Books 1, 3, 5, 8, and 9, and "standard" versions of all others. For those that want everything, no matter how much of a slog it might be to read through.
Text-Only, Standard: Text-Only version of the best reading experience.
Text-Only, Complete: For those that want everything, but only in text.
Book 1: Infection (Last update: 2/25/19, ~15:50 EST)
Book 2: Swarm (Last update: 2/25/19, ~15:50 EST)
Book 3: Masks (Last update: 2/20/19, ~13:15 EST)
Book 4: Legends (Last Update: 12/20/18, ~14:40 EST)
Book 5: Venom (Last update: 2/25/19, ~15:50 EST)
- "Standard/Recommended:" Includes screenshots from the Search for the Mask of Light Animations
Text-Only: No comics, or animation screenshots
No Animations: No screenshots
- "Complete:" Includes the short story "Protection," which was excluded from the above versions because it is confusing without the context of the Maze of Shadows videogame. Also includes the comics and MoL Animations
- "Complete," Text-Only:Includes Protection, but not the comics or animations.
Book 6: Doomed (Last update: 12/20/18, ~14:55 EST)
Book 7: Sacrifice (Last update: 5/23/18, ~10:30 EST)
Book 8: Rising (Last update: 2/25/19, ~15:50 EST)
Book 9: Destiny (Last update: 12/20/18, ~15:20 EST)
Book 10: Epilogue (Last update: 2/25/19, ~15:50 EST)
And for those curious, here are my notes from the creation process. These aren't necessarily representative of the final order of things, but rather just what I jotted down during the process of putting everything together. I'll try to put together a more finalized list of what's included and where.