rules: list 10 books that have touched your life in some way.
they can be anything, even a short comic book, and there is no right or
wrong answer. just 10 books that have stayed with you. tag 10 people
including the person who tagged you.
Mage: the Ascension Revised: this is my game (well, 20th anniversary edition now). It’s all about points of view, and has some serious tones of liberation of oppressed people, and worldviews that conflict. I’ve been playing it basically nonstop since 1999.
Flatland: half critique of Victorian England, half math book, this is why I’m a geometer.
Foundation: The idea that a mathematician could be a hero, and the idea that society could be modeled seriously by mathematics really stuck with me, and, well, now I do machine learning. So Yeah.
Connections: a book and miniseries. It’s amazing, everyone should read it or see it. Check it out here. It’s about technology and society and how everything fits together.
Wraith: the Oblivion: Another gaming book, in fact, another World of Darkness book. This is the best RPG that I’ve never played, and NEEDS to be a computer game, along the lines of Planescape: Torment.
Cien años de soledad: Or in English, “100 Years of Solitude.” This is absolutely my favorite “serious” novel, and it was the only thing that made me care about about learning Spanish in high school.
American Gods: I love this book, @neil-gaiman, in my opinion, hasn’t managed to top it, but doing so would be such a tall order (though he’s come close a couple of times). Granted, a part of this is that the gods in the book so very strongly influenced my portrayal of spirits in the World of Darkness games that I run.
Going Postal: It was hard to choose between this and Making Money, because Moist von Lipwig is my absolute favorite protagonist of the Disc. Funny enough, I read Making Money first, but both books are amazing.
Seven Japanese Tales: My other favorite bit of “serious” literature, and another that’s not in English. I still can’t read it in Japanese, though, despite three years of near immersion…
Lies My Teacher Told Me: I read this in middle school and I haven’t trusted history teachers and textbooks since. It got me interested in what had previously been a boring subject for me, and now I devour works by actual historians constantly.
Warnings: Graphic Depictions of Violence, Major Character Death
Characters: Mabel Pines, Dipper Pines, Stanley Pines, Stanford Pines, Bill Cipher, Wendy Corduroy, Gideon Gleeful, Pacifica Northwest
Relationships: Mabel Pines/Pacifica Northwest, Bill Cipher/Dipper Pines
Summary: Forty years ago, Geometry crumbled at the hands of an unknown aggressor, and a once stable planet suddenly devolved into chaos. The human populace, its versatility still somehow intact, persevered despite the difficulties this new world presented, a world where both human and inhuman constructs have gained minds all their own and refuse to adhere to logic. But for reasons not even the most knowledgeable Geometers can discern, a few dozen areas around the globe have managed to maintain the normalcy of the times before the decimation of all known stability, and Dipper and Mabel Pines, having always been enthralled with the impossible ways of the only world they’ve ever known, are eager for the chance to visit the most famous of these havens: Gravity Falls. Here, they hope to gain a better understanding of Geometry, of what what brought about its destruction, and how they might steer their own futures toward aiding the efforts of righting it again.But sometimes it’s better to leave well enough alone. Because trying to fix what was broken so long ago might just prove more difficult a task than initially thought.Because trying to fix what was broken so long ago might just shatter it beyond repair, instead.