When you write a parallel novel – if you ever have – as the author you can not possibly know if it stands alone or not. Now I do know METAL MAN WALKING stands alone since I wrote it first. But, ANNIE DREAMING – I thought it was able to be read first or second without destroying the other novel and without needing the other novel. Recently a reader confirmed that ANNIE DREAMING stands alone which is gratifying.
ANNIE DREAMING is not a sequel or prequel; it’s a companion. ANNIE DREAMING is not the same story, neither is it a completely different story than METAL MAN WALKING.
Therefore, read either one first. In both novels are hints of the other; both novels should enhance the other but not need the other.