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.