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The amount of time I have to read has gotten way too limited in recent years, but I have been listening to a lot of audiobooks this year and I am enjoying those.

Keeping in mind that whatever I read or listen to is bound to affect my writing, what books do you think the author of Erfworld should read?

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     Post Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:14 am 
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    Ender's Game!
    Or Neverwhere! (Or American Gods, or anything at all by Neil Gaiman)

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     Post Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 6:39 pm 
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    I recommend Worm, an excellent web-novel that is, in my opinion, the absolute best the superhero genre has to offer.
    The same author has another (in-progress) novel, Pact, which is also amazing (genre is modern fantasy).

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     Post Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:28 pm 
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    Discworld. It's satire on the traditional fantasy stories and filled with a lot of humor, but the stories can still be very touching. If you like it when a pun is stretched over 200 to 300 pages, Discworld would be a good read. Most of them are in audiobook form and there have been some movies made and a television series coming out.

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    The suggestions already mentioned are good, but you've probably read Discworld and Neil Gaiman already. Let's try something a bit different: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, by Mark Twain. I'm sure you've heard of it, but you may not have actually read it. The title character's situation is a bit reminiscent of Parson's...

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     Post Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 10:21 pm 
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    What are some of your all time favorite books? That might help us suggest titles.

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    I think it's always worth branching out and avoiding ruts. Not only for fresh experiences, but you see connections you might otherwise never see. Who knows? You could read, I dunno, a nonfictional account of beatnik culture and see something that inspires a superb idea for Erfworld. I mention this because so far everyone has gone for recommending well known generally considered 'classics' of SF&F. The best book I read lately was Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter, which defies easy genre-typing, as it ties together art, mathematics, philosophy, computer science, mythology, theories of consciousness, famous musical works, comical short sketches and word games.

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     Post Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 11:38 am 
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    I'm not sure if this counts, but the Locke & Key is possibly the best new American comic book (or graphical novel) series that has come out during the last ten years. It's fresh, the characters are interesting and relatable, it has Cthulhu Mythos references, and there is no super heroes.

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     Post Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:11 am 
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    Any of the Hammer's Slammers books by David Drake. Drake is the master of the Military Sci-Fi genre and has yet to let me down even after reading any of the books multiple times, (ALWAYS make sure you read the Epilogue as they provide insight into both the book and to the author).

    Another awesome David Drake book is Ranks of Bronze (Ancient Roman Legionaries in a Sci-Fi setting with just enough historical accuracy to give it a good dose of plausibility which does not happen very often with Sci-Fi).

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     Post Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 5:45 am 
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    Huh, last post february 2015 :D, noone has suggestions for you lately? Or they just post them by other means? :)

    Anyway, "What should Rob read next?" THIS: http://hpmor.com/

    Oh My God! I was literally crying laughing out loud yesterday in the train
    EVERYONE that likes to laugh should read this ^_^, actually EVERYONE should read this. Not only is it funny, but the discussions he makes on several topics are quite informative/interesting.

    Cheers!

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     Post Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:06 am 
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    A big +1 for Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. The author also has some nice tips on writing intelligent characters.

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    All Tomorrows by Nemo Ramjet. Face-meltingly good sci-fi. Best science fiction I've ever read. Even better than Isaac Asimov's stuff.

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     Post Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:30 pm 
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    Say, Rob, have you read Villains by Necessity by Eve Forward? Restoring evil to the world so it isn't consumed in an ever expanding ball of Light and quote-unquote Goodness.

    Or if you don't mind something web-based, there's "Mother of Invention" on fictionpress.com. The story's about a young mage who gets trapped in a temporal loop, and is actually paranoid and clever about exploiting it. It has a well-developed society and magic system,
    but is also, sadly, still being written so it's incomplete. (38 chapters out though, so plenty to chew on!)

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    Written by a friend (first trilogy done, more on the way):

    http://www.amazon.com/Honor-You-Call-Ma ... =honsinger

    very good sci-fi military strategy - also on audio

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    If you haven't already read it, I strongly recommend Ready Player One and excellent Story about 80's culture (as seen through a futuristic lens) games, technology, and their impact on society. (Both positive and negative)

    It's quite an excellent story, and a fairly easy read.

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    I would highly suggest the Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fforde. If you're not up for reading the whole series, then I'd suggest picking up Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots, and Something Rotten, or even the spin-off book(s) like The Big Over Easy.

    The universe that these books are set in is literally a literary one "Bookworld". Most of the characters starting in LiaGB - technically including the heroine - are fictional characters from other works of fiction. Thursday Next exiles herself into this world (from a parallel universe to our own where a church run by Irreverends call Idolatry Friends of St. Zvlkx is the predominant religion of the UK and the half-times during Pro-Cricket is when the team Lawyers get a chance to swing objections at each other and get a judge's formal ruling on the validity of the teams' scores) as a consequence of accidentally breaking several major literary laws that are enforced by the literary enforcement agency "Jurisfiction" and she is then assigned to report directly to Miss Havisham...

    And it gets better, we actually find out what happened with Godot when everyone was waiting for him among other things.

    I am confident that you will see that both Erfworld and the Thursday Next Series are essentially of the same spirit.

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    Hi,

    Not actually a book recommendation, but, seeing what you read recently, I thought I would let you know that the BBC have done a TV dramatisation of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, official page here:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02mrqzv

    Also, Susanna Clarke has published a book of short (faerie) stories under the title "The Ladies of Grace Adieu", which is worth a read.

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     Post Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 12:25 pm 
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    My first instinct was to just start talking about books I love or have read recently. But the "prompt" was what books should the author of Erfworld read. I think you should try one or both of Garth Nix's collections of short stories, To Hold a Bridge and/or Across the Wall. I think you'd find some interesting things there. (in both cases you can probably skip the first story unless you've already read the Old Kingdom books)

    Also on a more THIS BOOK IS AMAZING note, if you haven't read A Wizard of Earthsea yet you really should, very short, very very good, Ursula K Le Guin doesn't screw around.

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    I have to warn everyone AGAINST reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.

    The first 20 pages or so of the book were interesting and reminded me of Terry Pratchett's style, complete with entertaining footnotes. This is followed by roughly three hundred pages of pure tedium about the boring Mr. Norrell, a very boring person who goes about "not using magic" while being as boring as possible, in which Jonathan Strange is not even mentioned. I had to give up at this point and return the book to the library because it was getting very overdue and accumulating "new book" rate fines. I've heard it gets better, but after struggling through those first three hundred pages I can't imagine anyone wanting to read any more of it.

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    With a family, full-time job, and as a part-time writer, I find I seldom have time to read as much as I want. So to improve my own writing, I sample as much diversity as I can, targeting those things I believe will be both enjoyable and useful to improve myself.

    Along those lines, I was surprised by Sheepfarmer’s Daughter, the first in a trilogy by Elizabeth Moon. Published in '88, it is a little older than what I usually read, but its style isn't outdated. The book portrays an ordinary, if highly skilled, soldier's daily life and perspective very well, including her interactions with far more powerful individuals (from leaders to magical characters like wizards, clerics, etc). I appreciated the depictions of daily soldierly life, the attention to detail and accuracy of the medieval setting, and the tone set as characters learn, grow, die, etc.

    If you have specific things you want to work on, I may be able to give a more targeted suggestion.

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