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Old December 8, 2009, 07:54   #31
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My sister told me to read _Goblin Quest_, and while it doesn't count as a good book for the purposes of this thread I feel it deserves a mention. It's about a goblin who gets shanghaied by a group of adventurers. It is very D&D.

The goblin notices that in the fight where all his goblin compatriots were killed, the wizard didn't cast any spells. Instead, he stayed back shooting arrows to save his spells for later.
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Old December 8, 2009, 15:18   #32
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The goblin notices that in the fight where all his goblin compatriots were killed, the wizard didn't cast any spells. Instead, he stayed back shooting arrows to save his spells for later.
Ironically, the wizard's previous companions failed to notice the exact same behavior.
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I just finished 'Seveneves' by Neal Stephenson. Pretty cool SF story about the moon blowing up by some unknown phenomenon, and humankind's desperate struggle to survive the consequences of the remains of the moon crashing into earth. While it does get a bit uhh.. 'technical' at times, (which may not be a bad thing for the explored SF concepts, but also cause it to be a quite a bit to chew at times), it's still a good read.

Also been reading some books by Haruki Murakami. Very good, would recommend, especially the 'Wind up bird chronicles'. Probably best described as magical realism?. If 'wind up bird chronicles' appears too intimidating, maybe try something shorter first, like 'After Dark', to see if you like his style. Might also give you a feel if the translation is any good (unless you can read the original Japanese ).
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Old October 19, 2017, 02:10   #34
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I just finished 'Seveneves' by Neal Stephenson. Pretty cool SF story about the moon blowing up by some unknown phenomenon, and humankind's desperate struggle to survive the consequences of the remains of the moon crashing into earth. While it does get a bit uhh.. 'technical' at times, (which may not be a bad thing for the explored SF concepts, but also cause it to be a quite a bit to chew at times), it's still a good read.

Also been reading some books by Haruki Murakami. Very good, would recommend, especially the 'Wind up bird chronicles'. Probably best described as magical realism?. If 'wind up bird chronicles' appears too intimidating, maybe try something shorter first, like 'After Dark', to see if you like his style. Might also give you a feel if the translation is any good (unless you can read the original Japanese ).
I really liked Seveneves, especially the first parts which were spectacular. Neal Stephenson is awesome- my favorite is probably Cryptonomicon.

My lastest book was "How to tame a fox and build a dog" by Dugatkin and Trut. It's a popular science book about one of the longest-running science experiments- cool if you want to know about what it was like to do science in cold-war USSR, or if you are interested in evolution or animal behavior.
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i'm reading the grand dark (2019) by richard kadrey right now
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Mentioned it in another thread because I forgot about this one, but The Last Ringbearer, by Eskov, is an interesting read for someone who likes the Tolkien lore. From Wikipedia: "The novel is based on the premise that the Tolkien account is a "history written by the victors". In Eskov's version of the story, Mordor is described as a peaceful country on the verge of an industrial revolution, that is a threat to the war-mongering and imperialistic faction represented by Gandalf (whose attitude has been described by Saruman as "crafting the Final Solution to the Mordorian problem") and the elves. "

There is an English translation (official but non-commercial, because of Tolkien's lawyers) floating around on the internet.
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Just finished a book about a plain gold ring with powerful magic including the power to turn the wearer invisible. ..and it was written before anything Tolkien wrote.
What book is that? I'm reading Harry Potter and it's ... erm... it's okay.
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I recently read (and thoroughly enjoyed) Ann Leckie - Ancillary Justice/Sword/Mercy -- a scifi-trilogy. Don't want to spoil anything but I strongly recommend these!
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What book is that? I'm reading Harry Potter and it's ... erm... it's okay.
Which one? Since the Potter books grew with their target audience, the complexity and interest of the books increases the further along you are. Kind of a genius move by JK Rowling.
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