I kid, I kid! This is SMW Central's Library thread. We discuss all sorts of books and stories here. With Media closed down I thought we'd go ahead and try to bring this type of thread back. Now I got some ideas to breathe some life into this kind of thread.
First and foremost, I'd like this post to serve as an index of sorts.
I want folks to check out books you might find interesting or even awesome! You can recommend a book here in a post by giving us a brief non-spoiler summary of the book and why you think it should be recommended to others. I'd also recommend listing what genre it belongs to and other little things you could expect by reading. Is it more of a happy ending kind of book? Is there adventure or even a really crazy twist (without spoiling)? Please feel free to talk about points you like about a book.
Discuss books and stories here!
Now, if you really want to talk and discuss books in more in depth-details that contain spoilers, please use spoiler tags or collapse tags.
To make it less likely to accidentally spoil, you could do this:
Doing this should keep accidental spoilers to a minimum and also allow discussion of those who completed the book to be able to discuss any details they wish.
However, you don't have to do both. As long as you do one or the other. However, here's a recommendation:
If you're giving an entire plot summary, a collapse tag is better.
If you're talking about only a few spoiler-y words, then a spoiler tag is better.
Here's our current list of recommended books (eventually by genre when more get put here).
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Wizard's First Rule
This is a book that starts The Sword of Truth series. The main protagonist is named Richard, who lives in an area of the world known as Westland, which is one of three parts of the known world, divided by magical underworld boundaries.
It is one of the only places in the known world that contains no magic. The neighboring area, the Midlands, is filled to the brim in contrast with magic and magical beings. There's also the third part, D'Hara, which is at the heart of many troubling circumstances and dangerous people.
However, things soon change once certain truths become revealed. A threat no one could have predicted. Or perhaps some have! Recommendations: (links)
See any news of a recent book that caught your attention? Feel free to nominate any books to be listed here. Ones listed here will be listed for some months.
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Is there anything you'd like to see changed about this thread? Any ideas? Please feel free to PM me or note them here.
I'd like to discuss some of my recent books soon as well, but wanted to make this thread real quick before I got too busy with some work. There's tons of cool things I didn't catch about A Wizard's first Rule when I first read it many years ago. However, I will later go over some of the things too.
For now, let's see what kinds of books you've been reading and discuss what you've been liking about them! Maybe see about giving some good recommendations. Personally I am looking for some more new fantasy books myself.
The last book I finished doesn't look like it's very known, so I thought I'd talk about it to start up this thread.
Unwind, by Neal Shusterman, which I bought randomly in a book store, is apparently part of a four-book series. I can only find the second one (aside from the first) translated and available in my country in the web, but I haven't looked very hard. I am looking forward to grabbing at least that one as well because the first one was just the kind of book I like.
Not giving much more away than the book's back cover, it's about a future world where the abortion debacle has been settled with a really weird compromise: parents get to choose whether to keep their kids not during pregnancy (so abortion and child abandoning are both illegal), but by the time they become teenagers. If they don't like how their kid turned out, they sign some papers and the poor one gets taken by the government where their body parts will get split and donated (which the mass appears to believe does not mean death).
I find that solution to the pro-life/pro-choice deal very questionable as it does not solve at all the concern of unwanted pregnancies. Apparently a lack of organ donors was also a thing and the book tries to use that as another justification for what happened. Anyway I just did not focus on what took humanity there and rather decided to enjoy the completely dystopian reality the book takes place in, as it tells the story of children who struggle to run away from their eerie destiny at all costs.
It is simply written, but really interesting. As I said, I want to grab the sequel soon. Maybe next month as I'm out of money right now.
I just started a manga series called Made in Abyss by Akihito Tsukushi. The titular abyss has (at least?) 7 layers and the farther you go down, the more difficult and unpleasant strains you'll experience ascending, and the bottom-most layers would have strains such as no longer being human with none of your personality, and even death. Finished book 3 and it gets very dark and feelsy.
Lately I've been rereading this book series that I think fans of Harry Potter, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, or cats would like: Love Lies and Hocus Pocus by Lydia Sherrer.
It's an urban fantasy series following the adventures of Lily, who is an introverted wizard (a human born able to use magic) and a bibliophile, Sebastian, who is an extroverted witch (someone who makes deals with magical beings), her mentor Madam Barrington, and her magical talking cat Sir Edgar Allen Kipling (who provides comic relief, seems to be able to teleport, and has his own spin-off called Cat Magic) as they battle demons, other wizards and witches (including
her own abusive, well-intentioned extremist megalomaniac of a father
), and their own insecurities. Clarke's Third Law is very frequently discussed. Magic is really just energy manipulation that you shape with your will and command with laid out runes, almost kinda like programming.
There's also a darker and edgier (to the point of actually being uncomfortable to read) spin-off called Accidental Witch that explores Sebastian's backstory. His parents die in a car crash and he wants to bring them back but doing so would involve very literally making a deal with the devil. Features more mature themes, less humor and lightheartedness, and stronger profanities are used more liberally (the main series only has a single instance of the “f” word as well as some mild swears).
I went back and reread The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and it's just as good as I remember. The whole section of the story where Tally is in the Smoke makes me feel a good kind of uncomfortable, since
she's on a mission to rat out Shay using the pendant Dr. Cable gave to her but she can't do it, especially not after David's parents tell her about the brain lesions that come with the operation to make someone pretty, but she ends up accidentally ratting them all out anyway.
I'd been thinking that a movie based on the Uglies series would be pretty cool, especially with all the hoverboarding (I sometimes have a hard time visualizing that) and I'd like to see what Tally would look like on screen (especially as a pretty), and definitely also Dr. Cable and the other Specials.
Geez am I the only one on this entire site who ever reads anything ever?
I don't see why not. Even if it's a game, it still has reading material and the story is generally more in-depth than most regular games. IDK tho, I wasn't the one who made the thread.
I just got done reading Hatchet, a book I probably read in elementary school. Very simple premise, really. A boy named Brian rides in a small bush plane in Canada to see his father, and then the pilot dies of a heart attack mid-flight (making Brian the sole survivor), then the plane crash-lands in a lake in the forest and he uses his titular hatchet (which was a gift) to do things like make fire and cut wood for various uses. Minecraft before it was officially a thing, I guess.
I also found out there's another book by the same author that explores an alternate timeline where instead of being rescued after nearly a couple months in the wilderness he just stays in the wilderness until and even during the winter.