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This week I read Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell and Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Both fairly enjoyable books, I'd say strong three / weak four for both.


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Half a King by Joe Abercrombie.



I think this is unofficially geared more towards a YA audience, so there is less (though still a lot!) violence/gore, sex/nudity, and gratuitous profanity than his other work, but I'm still really enjoying it. Sadly the book is a lot shorter than his other work, too, so it's almost done. :(

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Reread Jurassic Park on a whim, since Crichton basically dominated my high school years and I've only barely touched him since.

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Thinking of getting into Terry Pratchett. Anything I should know/what should I start with?



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Thinking of getting into Terry Pratchett. Anything I should know/what should I start with?

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basically the first couple of discworld books are straight fantasy parody/satire. it's pretty funny, but also pretty simple and can get a bit tired. about five books in is where it starts getting good, the world gets developed, gets its quirks and idiosyncrasies, etc. Bolded are books I think are particularly standout. I'd say there are about 4 main groups of characters/settings the series mostly follows, though they cross over pretty frequently. Death in particularly usually shows up every book, for the obvious reason.

 

There's the Rincewind/wizard books which started the earliest so they're the most derivative of other fantasy stuff. Probably worth leaving off until you're into it more. Basically about a terrible wizard who somehow ends up becoming the hero constantly even though he hates it. Reading order: Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic, Sourcery, Faust (Eric), Interesting Times, The Last Continent, The Last Hero, Unseen Academicals.

 

The Witch books, which focus on a trio of witches. Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick. the first book in the series is a pretty funny hamlet parody, so if you're big into Hamlet it could be a good starting point. these books generally explore stereotypical fantasy stuff compared to how they were portrayed in actual folklore/how they're are in the Discworld universe. If you like stuff deconstructing fantasy creatures and cliches, I'd recommend starting here. Reading order: Equal Rites, Wyrd Sisters, Witches Abroad, Lords and Ladies, Maskerade, Carpe Jugulum. There are also some young adult novels set in the same area with these characters as support which are good, these are The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky and I Shall Wear Midnight.

 

The Death books, which are about the personification of Death, and my personal recommendation on a starting point. Might be my favourite series of Discworld. Reading order: Mort, Reaper Man, Soul Music, Hogfather, Thief of Time. 

 

And finally, the City Watch novels. Mostly set in Ankh-Morpork, think medieval London turned to 11. Definitely the recommendation if you're into like crime novels and mysteries and stuff, but that's obviously not essential. Focuses mainly on a cop called Sam Vimes who has to get the City Watch up to code in a city that's pretty overwhelming. I know it's a cliche to say this, but Ankh-Morpork is almost another character when it's a setting of a book. Probably one of the best fantasy cities thought up, very unique. Reading order: Guards! Guards!, Men at Arms, Feet of Clay, Jingo, The Fifth Elephant, Night Watch, Thud!, Snuff. Also very good, my secondmost recommendation.

 

Of course these aren't concrete recommendations. You can easily pick and mix between these and you won't really be lost. I'd recommend getting maybe the first two of a series that catches your eye and starting there. Most books have a theme or a target they're working towards, like "oh this one is about elves", "this one is about christmas (it's equivalent)", "this one is about war politics". There are a lot more shorter series and one offs, too, but I figured just give you the basics and if you're hooked you'll find them out yourself. A lot of those deal with technological advances and their effects on the world. Though, if you want to start with a one off, I would recommend Small Gods, one of the few books of his I think are good enough to stand against the classics and shit.

 

A final note is that the world definitely progresses, there are events you won't really get and character beats you won't appreciate/enjoy as much if you, for example, jump all the way to The Last Continent, for example. 

 

I always like a good opportunity to sperg out over Discworld, it is probably my favourite fantasy universe, and I hope this helps out and isn't too wordy or overwhelming (it totally is). PM me if you need more (haha) information or suggestions. This is probably the most effort I've put into anything on this forum in like 4 years haha.


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I'll be hitting the textbooks pretty hard this month. Getting my education is the goal.



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Finished The Afghan Campaign by Pressfield and The Martian by Andy Weir. Both fairly decent but nothing spectacular.


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Started reading the Hunger Games books, and I'm enjoying them way more than I probably should



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Started reading the Hunger Games books, and I'm enjoying them way more than I probably should


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I was reading Roadside Picnic, but I got sidetracked ~75% through. I recently picked up The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, and am really glad that I did.

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I was reading Roadside Picnic, but I got sidetracked ~75% through. I recently picked up The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, and am really glad that I did.

 

You should check this book out: http://www.amazon.co...d/dp/1897238401

 

I always fall back to that whenever I feel like I'm starting to get worried or stressed out over something. Instantly makes me feel happy every time; it's like a magic bullet to happiness :D


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I reading the Diablo III booklet :shades:



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Finally got around to reading the LOTR, now that any additional movies seem unlikely.

 

Inb4 silmarillions.  But anyways I'm currently halfway done with the Two Towers and I so far I'ved liked the additonal insites but I felt the whole Tom Bombadil part seemed out of place with the rest of the story.



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And I am now reading the quest guide for WoS :P



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Currently reading The Cyberiad, a sci-fi/comedy short story collection, and have discovered a new respect for sci-fi. As an example of the book's genius, it includes a machine which writes poetry, including a love poem expressed in the language of pure mathematics: 

 

Cancel me not - for then what shall remain?

Abscissas, some mantissas, modules, modes,

A root or two, a torus and a node:

The inverse of my verse, a null domain.

 

^ just one stanza from the poem.  



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I like the rhyme yet I am quite confused what it's trying to say despite knowing all the words lol.
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^ Probably should have posted the entire poem, but it's quite a few stanzas long. Basically, the whole thing uses mathematical terminology in a way which imitates and almost sounds like a traditional love poem, but the terms aren't used correctly, and the love part also fails. The poem - like the whole book - is v tongue in cheek. 



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Recently finished The Spectre of Alexander Wolf, by Gaito Gazdanov, am reading The Carter of La Providence, by Simenon. Will probably read either some Sherlock Holmes or Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy next.



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