Found Any ‘Easter Eggs’?

Many of the books have ‘Easter eggs’ hidden in them:  little clues that foreshadow events in later books.  Some lie dormant for several books before the foreshadowed events take place (and some still haven’t been hatched).

Have you spotted any ‘Easter eggs’ as you read the series? Did you notice them while you were in the story, or have an ‘aha’ moment when they hatched in a subsequent book?

36 thoughts on “Found Any ‘Easter Eggs’?

  1. I am embarrassed to say I have not noticed any, even reading the series twice. Never knew to look for them. Guess I will be rereading them soon with eyes wide open now that I know about the little buggers.

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    1. OMG I never noticed them either. I did have a couple of aha moments but just thought it was my mind playing tricks on me. Like when you read something and you swear to god you have read it before, and flipped back through the pages hoping to find it.

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  2. I’ll admit I have a few things I have wondered about. Aydan speaks of the great therapist she had when first dealing with PTSD. That therapist must have been in Calgary. Why has she not returned when she was looking for someone other than Rawlings?
    Then there is the beating she applied to Weasel while still mostly asleep. Dave and Arnie thought it was some kind of Ninja skill, almost like she had been programed.
    In book 5 when Aydan is in Macon, ‘A whirlwind tour of the local network turned up some data that I was sure would interest the researchers back at Sirius,’ is a nice little tidbit of a teaser.
    I might add to this later. I’ll think about it for a bit.

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  3. i can’t say ive noticed them but I have had a lil moment of I’m sure this was hinted at a few books back.
    I do confess to reading the first what 8 or 9 one after the other over the space of a week or so, so I might not have had the digestion full completed before reading the next one.

    I look forward to my afternoons off and sitting in a comfy chair and starting at book one and reading the series before the end of the year assuming that book 12 is out for xmas, if not I will deff have time to finish and be ready for the new year. and the new book

    ‘fession not had time to stalk the new book much so no idea when its due

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  4. I had never even heard the term “Easter Eggs” used in this way until reading your blog or being a part of the VBBC. I haven’t read very many books in series either, just Sue Grafton, Donna Leon and Tom Clancy. I’m not sure if Clancy’s books are considered a series or not although they have some repeating characters. Oh, I’ve read a book here or there that were part of a series without feeling very compelled to read every book in the series- that is until I read Never Say Spy. It was also one of my earliest ebooks too. I’d never seen an author who asked their readers to help find typos either, and since I found one or more, you sent me the next and the excellent writing, exciting plots, compelling characters, and emotional insights hooked me hard.

    But you pointed out that I had a hand in sniffing out some undisclosed Easter Egg. Did you take courses in how to write books in series? How did you know to hide those Easter Eggs? You seem to know a lot about standard practices and the rules, grammar, and keeping the peace with persnickety people. I’m sure you learned quite a lot as a technical writer, but fiction is quite different, I imagine.

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    1. Thank you for the lovely compliments! You’re right, fiction is quite different than technical writing, and after my “Let’s see if I can write a book” had turned into “Oh, look, I’ve written three”, I undertook an intensive study of the craft before editing/rewriting the first three books to a higher standard for publishing.

      But writing a series and playing off Easter eggs in earlier books came naturally to me – there are always little offshoots that don’t get explored in a book because they’d slow down the plot development, but they’re great fun to pick up later. I remember most of what I’ve written so if I’m working on a plot line where a detail from an earlier book fits in, I go for it!

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          1. Everything we discuss here is a spoiler to those who have not read the entire series but that’s what the *Spoiler Alert* on the Backyard book Club home page is for.

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    2. Easter Eggs as a “secret” inclusion is most common in software, often as a joke by the programmer. These days they are most common in games but even Microsoft has a few. If you ever want to look busy when you were supposed to have been typing in Microsoft Word, just type =Rand(4,6) and press the enter key. Your page will be filled with four paragraphs of six sentences each of random typed material. Other numbers will give similar results. Also, if you happen to use Firefox or Chrome as a browser and Google as a search engine, enter ‘do a barrel roll’ as a search parameter and press enter. I love Easter Eggs.

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      1. I knew about the ‘rand’ function in Word and I use it quite often, especially when I’m setting up a technical document and just need some paragraphs of text. But I’d never heard of ‘do a barrel roll’ – love it!

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  5. Thinking about Easter Eggs that might have already hatched, I think both Smith/Doytchevsky and Mike Connor might be considered as such. And maybe Richardson as well.

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      1. Didn’t Smith get shot alot in the face?????? Oh I’m gunna have to re-read them soon now I’m doubting myself and my memory. I’m half convinced it was him with the kiln but like I said I gotta re read

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  6. I’ve not thought about Easter eggs as a literary device. Sure, the goodies and such in software, but not in fiction. I took a fiction writing class almost 25 years ago (a miserable experience) and learned some of the terminology, forerunners for one, and that’s what I’ve always called them. Easter eggs? I like that lots better!

    I almost always recognize when they come to fruition, but I’m not that good at picking them up in the first place. Or I think I see something coming and then miss it completely.

    Have I mentioned lately how much I enjoy how unpredictable I find the Never Say Spy series to be? 😀

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    1. I’m thrilled that you don’t see them coming! Sometimes it’s fun to spot them and then feel a glow of satisfaction when they hatch, but I still like to have some surprises.

      And I guess I’m still more computer geek than writer – when I hear ‘forerunner’ I think of Toyota. 😉

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      1. Toyota Forerunner. Nope. That doesn’t work at all. If it did, they wouldn’t have had TEN MILLION CARS on recall at the same time a few years back. Literary fourrunners? Only when one gets past trilogies, I’d think. 😊

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  7. Just been lay in bed thinking about things, my memory is a strange lil creature, I do love to re-read any book and re watch films and TV shows, but certain things suddenly make me go oh that’s about to happen. And sometimes I can’t rewatch something coz I suddenly know every plot twist to the end, sometimes I can disconnect it and enjoy whatever it is. But with books there is always something you didn’t pay that much attention to, and suddenly you realise that it had a huge impact on everything.
    Mind there are some books I can’t re-read, as I’ve read them so much, and others it’s like curling up with an old friend a bottle or three of wine and a good box of chocolates, and its pure pleasure to meet up with old friends and enjoy the journey again. Aydan is a new old friend and I love rereading, my other indulgence is Terry Pratchett love my discworld days.

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    1. I’ll have to give Terry Pratchett a look. Someone else mentioned his work elsewhere recently. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the reminder, Karen. Always looking for new ways to feed the terrible addiction.

      And speaking of that, thank you, Diane, for the BookBub link. I’ve soaked up DOZENS of freebies and budget-priced books there. Thuh Missus and I share a Kindle account. She just watches the list get longer and longer and rolls her eyes. I, of course, just keep reading. 😜

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  8. I have had a few “aha” moments reading your books….darned if I can recall them specifically right now, maybe a re-read will be necessary.

    I don’t refer to them as Easter Eggs….because I’m not really hunting for them. I just call it AWESOME writing! I love how Authors are so clever that they can drop clues and hints in just the right spot to make them seem benign and then have them come out a book or two later (or even a chapter or two later) with such deep meaning. Just creative genius at work!!!!

    I’m certain there will be more of those awe inspiring revelations in books to come!!!! I can’t wait to read on!!!!!

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  9. I suppose that one Easter egg is Kane’s exwife and her strong desire for a child. In a previous book she served to flesh out Kane’s back story a little bit- only a line at that time. Then she and their child are the focus of a whole book’s plot.

    My thanks go to Janet Hacking for explaining the geek version of Easter Eggs. How delightful that geeks program in stuff like that just to amuse themselves and others “in the know”.

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    1. That was definitely an Easter egg! I meant to come back here and mention a few more, but with my brain fully occupied by real estate, none come immediately to mind. To quote the Terminator: “I’ll be back!” 😉


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