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Old 14 February 2019, 06:19 AM
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I am reading Night Watch by Terry Pratchett.

Night Watch Commander Sam Vimes is transported back in time by a lightning strike and is working with his younger self. So Pratchett is going a bit anniversary special Dr Who.


Good cause I am missing Dr Who.

It is funny cause another book I read recently involved time travel, I picked it up- totally at random and can no longer remember it.



I have lost track of the Discworld novels. I was once reading them in order as they came out, back in the 80's and 90's. But I may have to make a plan to catch up. I am enjoying this one.
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Old 14 February 2019, 10:54 AM
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I have lost track of the Discworld novels. I was once reading them in order as they came out, back in the 80's and 90's. But I may have to make a plan to catch up. I am enjoying this one.
While it is easy enough to find lists of the books online, here's a list of the core novels, in chronological order:

1. The Colour of Magic
2. The Light Fantastic
3. Equal Rites
4. Mort
5. Sourcery
6. Wyrd Sisters
7. Pyramids
8. Guards! Guards!
9. Faust Eric
10. Moving Pictures
11. Reaper Man
12. Witches Abroad
13. Small Gods
14. Lords and Ladies
15. Men at Arms
16. Soul Music
17. Interesting times
18. Maskerade
19. Feet of Clay
20. Hogfather
21. Jingo
22. The Last Continent
23. Carpe Jugulum
24. The Fifth Elephant
25. The Truth
26. Thief of Time
27. The Last Hero
28. The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents
29. Night Watch
30. The Wee Free Men
31. Monstrous Regiment
32. A Hat Full of Sky
33. Going Postal
34. Thud!
35. Wintersmith
36. Making Money
37. Unseen Academicals
38. I Shall Wear Midnight
39. Snuff
40. Raising Steam
41. The Shepherd's Crown

#41, The Shepherd's Crown, is very short, as the story is only the core story, with none of the fleshing-out his other novels enjoyed. This was directly due to his advancing medical condition.

There is at least as much ancillary material out there, as well as a handful of short stories that can be found here and there.
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Old 15 February 2019, 04:55 AM
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I have read all up to The Last Continent and one or two since then. I think I will make a list and tick off what I have read and make an effort of getting the others.

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Old 15 February 2019, 12:37 PM
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I am reading Night Watch by Terry Pratchett.

Night Watch Commander Sam Vimes is transported back in time by a lightning strike and is working with his younger self. So Pratchett is going a bit anniversary special Dr Who.
Enjoy! This book got me through an incredibly difficult time at the place I was working then. Yes, it's time-travel fantasy satire, but (as usual for Pratchett), there are some pretty deep things going on.
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Old 28 February 2019, 04:33 AM
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Enjoy! This book got me through an incredibly difficult time at the place I was working then. Yes, it's time-travel fantasy satire, but (as usual for Pratchett), there are some pretty deep things going on.
It is a bit sad that while the book was published before he died the edition I was reading was printed after his death.

And this should really go in little things that annoy you or in first world problems but....

I was trying to make a table on the computer to list all of Pritchett's book so I can mark of which ones I have read as which ones I actually own, but whenever I save it, it puts all the titles in one cell.
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Old 02 March 2019, 03:19 PM
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The only book I finished reading in February was a book of Neil Gaiman essays, The View From the Cheap Seats. It includes versions of the ones that were in the illustrated book I read last month, and a lot of others, which are mostly introductions to other people's work or books. The trouble is, he's very good at making you want to then read those books, but of course, since the introductions here are not actually attached to the books, you can't. I'd only read a couple of the books themselves in the past, so it's meant that I had to go out and try to buy a lot of other books, some of which don't seem to be easily available.

Making steady progress on Infinite Jest, but it's still going to take me another few months at this rate. Meanwhile I've also been reading (partly because of Neil Gaiman) Dangerous Visions, a book of science fiction stories from 1967 edited by Harlan Ellison. Some of them are really good, although others feel a bit "Seeds of Gamergate". Quite a few of the writers' idea of a dangerous vision seems to be chopping up women... My favourites so far have been by Philip K Dick, Howard Rodman, James Cross and Carol Emshwiller I think. And Philip Josť Farmer has a very similar style to David Foster Wallace in Infinite Jest, which was interesting as it's so distinctive. (Although I didn't like Farmer's story much).
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After a looong hiatus, Jasper Fforde’s got a new book out. Sadly, it is not the Shades of Grey sequel I have been waiting years for, as that book ended on a To Be Contd note and it was my favorite Fforde book by several country miles.* However, this new book, Early Riser, is glorious and reminds me a lot of Shades of Grey. Except instead of a far-future probably alternate universe filled with a hierarchy of color-blind people, this is an alternate universe snowball Earth that is roughly contemporary to our present day. The Ice Age megafauna still exist, and it’s so desperately frigid that humans have evolved to hibernate. I kept thinking of Nancy Kress' book Beggars in Spain even though it's completely different in tone because where her book focuses on people genetically engineered to never need sleep, Early Riser takes the opposite tack where humans need to go dormant for 4 months every year. Some people remain awake as overwinterers while the vast majority hibernates. The porters manage the Dormitoria towers, maintaining an even temperature so the residents don’t prematurely come out of hibernation if the building overheats or freeze during extreme cold snaps. The Winter Consuls handle security against thieves, raiders, and wildlife but occasionally get called in to check on winter pantry levels and utilities/services glitches. Some people, derogatorily referred to as Winsomniacs, have decided to not hibernate and are a constant drain on limited food resources. One character has a hypothalamic disorder that prevents hibernation, and is much more educated than people older than her precisely because she is not down for the count for 4 months. Snickers are considered a totally valid form of payment since I guess Toblerones would be too expensive. Fforde uses footnotes and excerpts to drip in the occasional exposition, but generally he expects the reader to be able to get up to speed by figuring stuff in context. There are several references to WinterTech peppered throughout the book, since obviously batteries are going be pretty useless at -40 Celsius. Scattered references to a "wintercoat" indicate that the people have large amounts of insulating body hair, enough to have swirls anyways. The book is set in South Wales, and as far as I can tell Wales is an independent country ruled by Princess Gwendolyn the 38th as part of long line of Gwendolyns descending from Prince Llewelyn. The characters are actually speaking Welsh, which only gets alluded to when Farnesworth asks the characters if they speak English like civilized folk. As I mentioned before, I loved this book a lot, I think as much as Shades of Grey. Early Riser, though, is a standalone and actually has a definitive ending. While Fforde can easily write more books in this world if he wants to, it’s not like he left any dangling ends screaming for a sequel.

Anyways, up next in my queue is another recent release: the Ann Leckie fantasy novel The Raven Tower. I’ve really enjoyed her sci-fi novels set in the Imperial Radch universe, so I’m very optimistic about my chances of liking her shift into Fantasyland.

*Also the main reason I absolutely hated on Fifty Shades of Grey, because I saw the title and immediately thought this was the sequel Prince that Was Promised, and then I noticed the author...and genre...and publisher blurb. So not the color-blind dystopia book I was looking for.

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Old 03 March 2019, 09:51 AM
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*Also the main reason I absolutely hated on Fifty Shades of Grey, because I saw the title and immediately thought this was the sequel Prince that Was Promised, and then I noticed the author...and genre...and publisher blurb. So not the color-blind dystopia book I was looking for.
He did a web chat in The Guardian a couple of years ago, and I asked him about Fifty Shades of Grey. The question and answer is conveniently at the top of the second page, here:

Jasper Fforde webchat - as it happened

Apparently some booksellers played on the confusion to sell "extra" copies of his own book...

The rest of the chat is interesting as well. In one reply he does hint that he might have started to think about a Shades of Grey sequel. (2019 is given as a possibility, but whether that's when he's going to start writing it, or when he thinks it might be published, is a different matter. It's clear from the questions that although the book might not have sold well, it has a lot of fans among the people who did buy it - myself included).

I saw his new one in hardback last year, but was out of work at the time (and don't like hardbacks anyway) so I've been waiting for the paperback. Last I looked, that wasn't out in the UK yet but maybe it is now...

(eta) And although this has nothing to do with my reasons for wanting the sequel, I kind of hope that there is a sequel that wraps things up a bit, and that the first one is promoted again with it and they both become hugely popular, because as well as being good for Mr Fforde and his publishers, I just remembered that my own copy of Shades of Grey is a limited-edition signed and numbered (out of 1000) first edition hardback in a box. Although Jasper Fforde was probably too popular by that stage for it ever to be actually valuable rather than a marketing trick, it would still be nice if the book eventually ended up selling millions, so I could say "aha!".

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Old 09 March 2019, 06:38 PM
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In one reply he does hint that he might have started to think about a Shades of Grey sequel. (2019 is given as a possibility, but whether that's when he's going to start writing it, or when he thinks it might be published, is a different matter. It's clear from the questions that although the book might not have sold well, it has a lot of fans among the people who did buy it - myself included).
That's good to hear. He did mention in the afterword that he was hoping to go back to a more regular publishing schedule. Apparently he had run a contest to raise money for refugees and the winner was written into Early Riser as Josh from Canada. He even had some input into writing the character as well. Not sure if Josh from Canada is responsible for the hand-in-blender method or the "Lacrosse is intentionally violent. Hockey is incidentally violent" bits, but they were hilarious.
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Old 10 March 2019, 09:11 AM
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I looked at Easy Rider but it's still only in hardback here, and given the increasing size of the to-read pile again, I decided to wait for paperback. (I can't easily carry hardbacks around with me anyway). But as soon as I see it in paperback, it's being bought and going straight to the top of the list...
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Old 11 March 2019, 11:24 AM
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I am a bit late to this party but...

I picked up the entire The Hunger Games series at my local second shop for $6. $2 each. Have read the first one. This is a sit up half the night reading. I have enjoyed but it is pretty intense so I am not sure if I am up to reading the next one yet. So maybe I will just read those magazines I got at the library now.
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Currently reading Bad Blood, which details the whole Theranos fiasco. Even though I just started the book, the CEO sounds like a piece of work.
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