Very late, but Discworld is amazing. Keep in mind the early stuff like Colour of Magic is still getting a bit of a feel for the world and humor, but the Night Watch series starting with Guards! Guards! is probably the strongest Discworld novels and would be pretty easy for someone not huge into fantasy to get into. Sam Vimes and the supporting cast are incredible characters, the sub-series relies more on grizzled cop stereotypes than fantasy elements. Discworld overall isn't too huge on the fantasy, it's a more satirical universe mixing comedy and commentary.
I only got into Pratchett right after he died unfortunately, there was an in memory sale so I picked up almost all of the Discworld novels for super cheap on Google Play Books, read probably 15 of the Discworld novels in a couple of weeks. There's a pretty good guide if you end up wanting to get deeper into Discworld, theres so many books and all of them have cameo characters and references you can miss out on stuff sometimes it can be hard to keep track of what you've read. I found myself coming across Discworld novels I didn't know about even after I thought I had read them all for a while.
it's pretty great so far
Currently vaping: Great Awakening
Got this book a bit ago, didn't know we had a books thread. Printed 1791 and it's in overall good enough condition that I'm going to sit down and read it soon. Just the front pages are in kind of bad shape; the rest are excellent.
Anyone here read Infinite Jest? What did you think of it? It had a lot of memorable scenes and the themes of dependency were really strong throughout the book. I thought that the page-spanning paragraphs weren't necessary, and I understood the point of the end notes but still found them annoying at times. I think I would of liked it more if it had used footnotes ala House of Leaves, but that would lessen the feeling of splitting the hairs, I assume.
I'd like to buy more Discworld novels or otherwise more Terry Pratchett novels in general, but here in Italy said books are apparently extremely rare or something.
I'll have to drop in London and do a raid on the local bookstores.
As of now I've only managed to read all the novels from the Death cycle (Mort, Reaper Man, Soul Music and Hogfather)
Kind of an autobiography and reflective work containing thoughts and notes. Think of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and On The Road but the main character is muslim and he's tripping with other muslims on pilgrimage.
I just picked up "Battlecry of Freedom" at a thrift store. Part of the Oxford series I'm reading so I'll get to it someday, but it was $4 so I grabbed it
Rereading Player Piano. Had to read it in a college course years ago and fell in love with it, got me into reading Vonnegut's other novels.
Bruv, I'm a little bit into book 7 now and this is soo good
Currently reading three at a go:
The Ultimate Question 2.0 by Fred Reichheld and Rob Markey
This is more for work, really. It's a fascinating look at how companies are using the Net Promoter Score rating to quantify how to grow their businesses through happier customers. If you're wondering what NPS even means - have you ever seen that survey question "How likely are you to recommend our product to a friend or colleague?" that pops up when you use an app or service? The answer you give to that seemingly benign question holds the key to companies deciding which of the three buckets you fall into as a customer - A Detractor (If you gave it between 0 - 6), A Passive (7 or 8) and a Promoter (9 - 10). They then use this data to basically calibrate how the CustServ teams should calibrate their workflows to get that number up/sustain it.
Admittedly, if you're not in the field as such, it's quite a dry read filled with alphabet soup, but if you want to see how you're being sold to, this is a fascinating read.
The Value of Simple, by Dr. John Robertson
Came highly recommended over on Reddit's /r/PersonalFinanceCanada as a great primer on how to invest in Canada. Being a new immigrant here that's pulled out all his investments from India before moving, it's been a very great read so far. Unlike most books (that often waste a lot of time talking about stuff you should know like making saving a priority, etc.), this one has a laser-focus on investment and straight up walks you through the process of actually setting up your funds for ETF's, Index funds, etc. An excellent read and a very worthwhile reference that I will likely go through many times in the future as well.
Rogue Heroes, by Ben MacIntyre
Always been fascinated by the secrecy around Special Elite Forces and this one is remarkably different - the author goes back to the origins of the SAS and through research at the SAS archives, letters sent to loved ones by operatives and other documents, constructs an amazing account of the circumstances around the creation of and the first missions of the SAS. It doesn't talk about any of the current or recent historical events (Like the famous Iranian embassy operation), but based on what I've read so far - HO. LEE. SHIT. This is movie-worthy on the grandest scale.
Just this for now
I just got American Psycho. Haven't seen the movie, and I really struggle to find books that hook me in. While I wait for it to arrive, what do you all think of it.
Still making my way through it. It's a little hard to follow sometimes, as trying to describe what it's like under the influence of things like acid is. It's entertaining, reading from such a unheard of perspective is definitely the most interesting part of the book. He has another book I've ordered called The Taqwacores; another book about islam and drugs, except with punks.
Finally picked up DUNE and The Forever War.
Looking forward to reading through these.
The Forever War is great. It's been some years since I read the sequel, Forever Free, but I remember it having a strong premise that later gets really schlocky.
I can highly recommend the Forever Peace though. Not the same universe as the others but closer in content to The Forever War than its actual sequel.
I felt like going through the City Watch adventures from Discworld. I'm reading Feet of Clay now.
Got myself some new books for reading later. Quite hyped about Animal Farm and Blood Meridian.
Blood Meridian's an absolute trip.
i need to actually read the warcraft books so i'm starting with Illidan by William King
it's a good read so far but a lot of the dialogue I read seems wow-level in the sense that there's times where it's sleepworthy
at least im getting mad lore from it and im still enjoying the story
So before I dive into Neuromancer, are the other books in the Sprawl trilogy worth reading as well?
Really getting into Dune.
The hype and praise that people heap onto it is well placed and I'm seriously enjoying it so far.
I finished Kafka's Metamorphosis and I wasn't very fond of his style of writing. The story itself was funny and interesting. I'm assuming it's a book that diverted from what used to written in the 20th century hence its significance.
Started reading The Beach by Alex Garland
A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League
It is 1993, and Cedric Jennings is a bright and ferociously determined honor student at Ballou, a high school in one of Washington D.C.’s most dangerous neighborhoods, where the dropout rate is well into double digits and just 80 students out of more than 1,350 boast an average of B or better. At Ballou, Cedric has almost no friends. He eats lunch in a classroom most days, plowing through the extra work he has asked for, knowing that he’s really competing with kids from other, harder schools. Cedric Jennings’s driving ambition–which is fully supported by his forceful mother–is to attend a top-flight college.
In September 1995, after years of near superhuman dedication, he realizes that ambition when he begins as a freshman at Brown University. In this updated edition, A Hope in the Unseen chronicles Cedric’s odyssey during his last two years of high school, follows him through his difficult first year at Brown, and now tells the story of his subsequent successes in college and the world of work.