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  • anchorm4n's Avatar
    1640 1787 Posts Joined 03/13/2019
    Posted 4 months ago

    Thanks to Alfi again for recommending the First Law trilogy, it was a great read. The ending was especially interesting and reminded me a bit of Eragon - it felt a little disappointing at first, but when you think about it, anything else wouldn't have fit the characters at all.

    Right now I'm halfway through The Warded Man, first volume of the 5 book Demon Cycle series by Peter V. Brett. It's a super exciting read with a very interesting setting. In short, Demons come up from the Core every night and humankind has no chance but to hide behind wards in their homes. When one of those fails, they get slaughtered. The protagonist(s) grow(s) up in that world and begin(s) to question certain behavioural patterns of their elders. It's one of those books I just can't stop reading.

    If you haven't tried yet, I also can't help but repeat my recommendation of To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars by Paolini.

    What are you reading at the moment? 

    I notice I am confused. Something I believe isn't true. How do I know what I think I know?
    Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres, hpmor.com

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  • doingtheobvious's Avatar
    1090 662 Posts Joined 06/01/2019
    Posted 4 months ago

    I am partial to Earth Abides (1949) by George R. Stewart. If you like post-apocalyptia and seeing how society functions and starts to re-emerge after all our infrastructures collapse inward upon themselves? You might like this.

    I have also slowly been trudging through Metro 2033 (2002, 2005; 2010 US) by one Dmitry Glukhovsky. Slow going because it is a dense read with a lot of moving parts. I wanted to see if it bears has any similarities to the game that bears it's namesake. The short answer is: sortakindamaybe.

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  • Fedrion's Avatar
    Maximum Volume 1475 731 Posts Joined 05/28/2019
    Posted 4 months ago

    Second and third books are like a totally different series, which although makes you scratch your head, are really good books! I ended preferring the books than the second and third games.

     

    Anybody read the "World of Watches" series, by Sergei Lukyanenko?

    I just finished the last book, and got to say... Wow.

    Really well explained story, incredible ambiance, really cool characters, and as almost everything in Russian novels, a lot of philosophical and political background. 

    If anyone wants to read a mix of sci-fi/fantasy they are really good.

    Papa Nurgle wants to share his gifts.

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  • R's Avatar
    Design Champion 825 655 Posts Joined 04/23/2020
    Posted 4 months ago

    Well, I don't like to read at all. But in childhood, when the father forced me to read some books, I finded a "The Stainless Steel Rat" series of sci-fi novels by Harry Harrison. Books tell about life of James Bolivar diGriz. He goes by many aliases, including "Slippery Jim" and "The Stainless Steel Rat". He is a futuristic con man, thief, and all-round rascal. I read them in one breath.

    Now going to read Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality...

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  • Demonxz95's Avatar
    Content Squad Little Devil Teemo 1885 1968 Posts Joined 03/19/2019
    Posted 4 months ago

    I'm not currently reading anything right now, but I have a question for you guys. How many of you here know about this book?

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  • PopeNeia's Avatar
    Darkmaster 575 777 Posts Joined 07/06/2019
    Posted 4 months ago

    Gonna recommend The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson of course. The books all start off really slowly but have great pay offs at the end

    This ain't no place for a hero

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  • anchorm4n's Avatar
    1640 1787 Posts Joined 03/13/2019
    Posted 4 months ago

    @doingtheobvious: Thanks for the recommendation of Earth Abides, I've bookmarked that one 

    @Fedrion: I didn't like the first Watch movie very much, is that an indicator for the books?

    @R: I hope you enjoy hpmor as much as I did, have fun!

    @Demonxz95: Had not heard about it yet, the descriptions I've seen so far a pretty vague. What is it about? Would you recommend it?

    I notice I am confused. Something I believe isn't true. How do I know what I think I know?
    Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres, hpmor.com

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  • Alfi's Avatar
    Devoted Academic 1635 1208 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 4 months ago

    If you like World of Warcraft or other MMORPGs try The Way of Shaman series by Vasily Mahanenko (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25342750-survival-quest)

    The genre is LitRPG - Literature RPG, and basically this is a science fiction book about a guy, who is forced to play an RPG in virtual reality. Great fun, starting from level 1 as a Shaman Jeweller and working his way up until owning his own guild. 

    I really love this style - this really is like watching a very good twitch gameplay, reading about a shaman who is for example as a low level charecter grinding killing rats to get a +2 pickaxe instead of his regular one and using the knowledge of game to get a faster leveling experience.

    Highly recommend.  

    -=alfi=-

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  • Alfi's Avatar
    Devoted Academic 1635 1208 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 4 months ago
    Quote From PopeNeia

    Gonna recommend The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson of course. The books all start off really slowly but have great pay offs at the end

    Great books and the author should finish the first cycle in 2023 (he plans to write two cycles of 5 books each roughly 1000 pages). But I would recommend basically anything from Brandon Sanderson. 

    -=alfi=-

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  • Demonxz95's Avatar
    Content Squad Little Devil Teemo 1885 1968 Posts Joined 03/19/2019
    Posted 4 months ago
    Quote From anchorm4n

    @Demonxz95: Had not heard about it yet, the descriptions I've seen so far a pretty vague. What is it about? Would you recommend it?

    It's kinda hard to explain without spoiling a lot of it, but (and I'm going to try here) the book's main themes are about love of education and love of life. It's about a boy named Milo who feels constantly bored all the time. One day he finds a mysterious package shipped to him containing a map and a tollbooth. This leads to him going on a grand adventure through the lands in his map in which he learns to love the life that previously bored him.

    It's a very interesting book that I loved as a kid (which is tough for me because I tend to not like very many books). Even though it's often classified as a "children's book", it's arguably just as relevant and thought-provoking to read as an adult.

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  • Fedrion's Avatar
    Maximum Volume 1475 731 Posts Joined 05/28/2019
    Posted 3 months, 4 weeks ago
    Quote From anchorm4n

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    @Fedrion: I didn't like the first Watch movie very much, is that an indicator for the books?

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    No, the movies (Both of them.. and the second worse...) differ a lot, and I really mean a LOT of the books, the books are better connected and have more coherence.
    The movie tries to summarize 3 different stories and mixes the plot on which it should be based a lot... a shame, because I personally really liked both of them.

    To be more direct, no, they are nothing like the movies. The books are better 100%.

    Papa Nurgle wants to share his gifts.

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  • CrystalMaiden's Avatar
    60 6 Posts Joined 10/24/2021
    Posted 3 months ago

    I like Isaac Asimov and his novel Academy, also Stanislav Lem and Charles Bukovsky

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  • Maxxx17's Avatar
    Banned 35 3 Posts Joined 11/22/2021
    Posted 2 months ago

    I'm reading The Witcher Saga right now. There are eight books in it. On the game.

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  • cristymoo's Avatar
    60 5 Posts Joined 12/17/2021
    Posted 1 month ago

    I read the book The Richest Man in Babylon today. A friend gave me this book with a request to read it. Actually this book is a great instruction on how you can save money.

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  • Crusader2010's Avatar
    Garrosh 465 121 Posts Joined 05/30/2019
    Posted 1 month ago

    Hi folks! Just found this thread (again, lol). I'm not currently reading any books but I would love to start again.

    My issue with most of them is how long they are and the abundance of useless sections. I've tried reading The Foundation in the past, but it got boring after some hundreds of pages. If the essential action could be put together, i would gladly read it and have fun doing it. I simply don't have the desire/time to skim through pages to search for 1-2 paragraphs that evolve the main plot or such.

    So, this is my question to you guys: what do you recommend that is action-packed and having very few filler/useless sections? 

    I know i've read quite a bit of short stories (few dozen pages at most) on the web and really enjoyed them. Are there any real books that are even close to this in terms of plot presentation?

    As for the genre, i love sci-fi, post-apocaliptics, fantasy, magic stuff, nazis,  anything out of the ordinary really.

    Thanks!

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  • anchorm4n's Avatar
    1640 1787 Posts Joined 03/13/2019
    Posted 1 month ago

    Hmmm... I'd say hpmor.com is pretty fast paced :)

    I'm also currently reading the 5 books Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett which is just awesome. There are some cutbacks now and then to explain the protagonists' origins as well as slower parts where changes in society take place, but it never gets boring, there's always some action going on. Big recommendation for everyone who likes to read magical fantasy away from the usual spell casting stuff.

    Next in line, I've finally given in and gifted myself with the Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear. A colleague convinced me it was worth it to read them even without much hope for the last volume to be released soon. 

    I notice I am confused. Something I believe isn't true. How do I know what I think I know?
    Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres, hpmor.com

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  • linkblade91's Avatar
    Global Moderator Lissandra 1485 1757 Posts Joined 02/09/2019
    Posted 1 month ago

    I should take a picture of my shelf: there's a stack of Firefly books just sitting there collecting dust. Somebody ought to read them lel

    If you have the time, you should totally check out our weekly Hearthstone card design competitions! :D

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  • DragonDraena's Avatar
    330 73 Posts Joined 08/10/2021
    Posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    Cru, if you're looking to try something without much filler, try a book of short stories, like Neil Gaiman's Snow, Glass, Apples. 

    I've also enjoyed Tolkien and the Pullman series mentioned above. 

    For those of you who enjoy sci-fi, I recommend The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K LeGuin. Parts of that book wandered around my brain for months after reading it. 

    Other books that lingered (in a good way) include:

    The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern (I could smell these scenes, the writing is that perfect)

    The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas (this book may be old, but boring it is not!) 

    The Princess Bride, by William Goldman (the movie is fun, and the book is a whole nother level) 

     

    Winter is a great time for reading, thanks for all the recommendations. Will be lining them up against what my local library has available at the moment. 

     

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  • Sammy00's Avatar
    70 5 Posts Joined 01/05/2022
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    The last my book was Flowers for Algernon. The book is written in the diary genre. It is easy to read, in one breath. Affects very subtle levels of the human psyche. Things are rising that many of us have thought and are thinking about ... I was surprised in one place by the description of the hero, which looks like he is in a meditative state: the body expands, merges almost with the universe, etc. I liked the book very much, because I am very interested in the psychology of the human soul and this kind of work: the description of the sensations of the most experimented is amazing and unusual.

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  • Timothylee495's Avatar
    20 1 Posts Joined 12/24/2021
    Posted 2 weeks ago
    Quote From Sammy00

    The last my book was Flowers for Algernon. The book is written in the diary genre. It is easy to read, in one breath. Affects very subtle levels of the human psyche. Things are rising that many of us have thought and are thinking about ... I was surprised in one place by the description of the hero, which looks like he is in a meditative state: the body expands, merges almost with the universe, etc. I liked the book very much, because I am very interested in the psychology of the human soul and this kind of work: the description of the sensations of the most experimented is amazing and unusual.

    Indeed, I am in agreement with you. The topic fascinates me a lot. I read this book at my new home civil engineers melbourne.  

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