Perhaps the worst thing about being a reader is realizing you are one. Knowing that no matter how many series you devour, you’ll never be part of them. That no matter how many times you re-read a book you won’t ever know more than those counted pages.
And the very worst thing of it all is finishing a novel- even worse, a series- and then…nothing. You are left with the hangover and a bittersweet taste on your heart and maybe a tear or two rolling down your cheeks. One because it was beautiful, the other because it was so sad, and….and the rest because your life won’t ever be that interesting. Your ending will be terrible and just that. And you’ve just read something epic and fantastic and you want it. You want that story, those friends, that love. You want to be the protagonist, or even a nameless character, all to be part of something bigger than your own existence. All to escape this cruel reality we are to live. With nothing. With hollow people getting wasted and getting high and it’s all so empty so empty so empty
So empty and books are not. Stories are full of…of that something you don’t really know how to call. Transcendence, love, adventure, magic. It has something, it is something and you look around your dark room knowing your life won’t ever compare to that. There won’t be a love like that for you, or that kind of adventure and mystery and-and magic when you blow the candles on your birthday cake.
No matter what.
And that’s perhaps the worst part.
As National Library Week comes to an end remember to check your local library and the services they offer. Volunteer your time or donate books, libraries are a fantastic resource for books, ebooks, audiobooks, movies some libraries even offer clases in various subjects for free or a small fee. So many people don’t know about the wonders of Public Libraries, tell a friend! 📚
I heard @macrolit started a trend of A-Z Book Recommendations? I may be late to this party but it looked like fun, so here are mine!
(Much to my chagrin I had to cheat on Q and Z; and V is also a bit of a cheat since I haven’t actually finished reading the book yet. On the other hand I did manage to get through it without repeating an author. Enjoy.)
The Archer’s Tale by Bernard Cornwell (also published as Harlequin). An adventurous historical fiction novel diving into the life of an English longbow archer in 14th c Europe
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. One of my favorite books of all time; I sob like a baby every single time I read it. By turns heartwarming and heartwrenching, it tells the story of a young girl growing up in Nazi Germany, stealing books and finding escape and solace in reading. It is beautiful and unusual in its style, narrated by Death and painted in vivid imagery.
The Chimes by Anna Smaill.A moving and strange dystopia novel about a world where memories have been destroyed and people communicate using music.
Dune by Frank Herbert. A powerhouse science fiction novel, Dune is at once a space opera, a political thriller, and a study in religion and survivalism.
L’étudiant étranger by Philippe Labro. An autobiographical novel about the sometimes comedic, sometimes serious experience of Labro’s life as an exchange student at a US university.
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. I’m sure this one needs no introduction - the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy remains, in my opinion, one of the best books ever published, and debatably the best fantasy epic of all time.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. A very dark but smart and exciting crime novel.
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers.It’s more accurate to say that I experienced this work than that I read it. Part autobiographical, part stretching the factual truth to tell an emotional one, part wild invention, this is the story of Dave and his little brother, Christopher, making their way in the world after the death of both their parents. It is stylized and designed to pull the rug out from under you, toss you out of your comfort zone, and it’s either insane pretentiousness or exactly what it claims: staggering genius.
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. A futuristic fantasy novel about a living prison, the society that built itself inside, and those on the outside living a lie. A fascinating world to dive into.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrellby Susanna Clarke.A massive brick of a book but well worth the time for the subtle and detailed world building. It takes place in a slightly different England, where magic was once a fact of life but has long been relegated to a purely theoretical field, until Mr. Norrell teaches himself how to be a practical magician.
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. A thrilling adventure story, following the journey of a young boy who ends up caught in the power struggles of 18th c Scotland.
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I don’t care how old I get or how many books he publishes, Rick Riordan will always make me laugh, and I was raised on Greek and Egyptian mythology, so I always adore seeing Riordan play with sticking the gods in the modern day world.
The Martian by Andy Weir. Even if you’ve seen the film, the book is still well worth a read. Weir’s story about a man stuck on Mars is both dramatic and funny.
The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay. The choppy style of this book can get on my nerves, but it’s a fantastic and smart crime novel that somehow gets you rooting for a professional hitman.
One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. A tragic but moving and at times inspiring dive into the oppressive and cruel world of psychiatric care in the 1960s.
Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov. A series of vignettes about an exiled Russian professor told through the eyes of an unreliable narrator.
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran.Although she takes great liberties in the realm of historical accuracy, Moran’s Ancient Egypt is nevertheless a compelling and exciting world.
Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett. I could’ve listed any Discworld book on here because I have yet to read one I dislike, but I did particularly enjoy Raising Steam’s dip into steampunk and the Industrial Revolution, and its relationship with the fantasy life of Discworld
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. A story about a Shakespeare troupe in a post-apocalyptic world, so I was basically destined to love this. It follows the story of several different characters before, during, and after a near-extinction level plague, tying together the different narratives.
The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips. Written as if it were an autobiography, this is the story of a man whose father, imprisoned as a con man, leaves him what seems to be a lost Shakespeare play when he dies.
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I read this as a young teenager and I still love it; it’s a good combination of an adventurous YA sci-fi novel and a reflection on the societal fixation on beauty
The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman. A collection of speeches, essays, introductions, and more.
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. The sequel to The Name of the Wind, Wise Man’s Fear keeps me just as captivated and invested in its main character as the first one did.
Xenocide by Orson Scott Card.In all honesty it’s been years since I read any of the Ender’s Game books and this was just one of very, very few books I could come up with that had an X in the title, but I remember it being really good sci-fi and social commentary.
The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 by James Shapiro. An incredible book on the social and political context of Macbeth, Anthony and Cleopatra, and King Lear.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell. An amazing book set on Dejima at the turn of the 19th century, about the clash and exchange of culture between the West (primarily the Dutch) and the Japanese.
Good writers are good readers. I say this all the time, though often I feel it’s a piece of advice that gets overlooked or glossed over, whether it just is a little too vague or time-consuming (reading is so time-consuming!) that many new writers don’t understand - this as the most important piece of advice I could ever offer.
I’m in a reading slump so regularly, it feels like I hardly read anything at all. They’re honestly one of the reasons why I’m a slow reader and why I don’t read that many books in a year.
Weeks go by where I don’t pick up a book and it’s sad that I don’t want to do something I love. Soon as I’m in a slump, I’m in no mood to read, I’m not tackling my overflowing TBR and things are spiraling out of control!
I feel like I’m being over dramatic but I can see the pile of ARCs and review books I need to read… People ask how I manage all the ARCs that need reviewing and the truth is, I don’t. I just have to take my time and read whenever I feel like it.
I’ve noticed a lot things can easily put me in a slump and affects how much I read or if I want to read. But I have some tricks I try when I feel like that. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t but I thought I’d make a post about them - it might help if you’re prone to reading slumps like me.
1. Sample A Chapter
If there’s a book you’ve been meaning to pick up for a while, or there’s a few books on your TBR that have been there for ages - pick it up and read the first chapter.
I have this strange habit or reading the first few pages whenever I get a new book, just to get a taste of what it’s like. And usually, those few pages make me want to keep reading.
Just sample the first couple pages to see if it hooks you right away. If it does and you find yourself wanting to read more, that’s great! But if it doesn’t, just put down and read the first chapter of another book. This isn’t starting and DNFing a bookjust after one chapter so, don’t think of it as that. Because in future, you’ll pick it up again and possibly enjoy it a lot more than you would have in a slump.
So, if that chapter isn’t working for you, don’t keep reading it or forcing yourself. You’ll dislike the book just because of your slump and it’ll ruin what potentially could have been an amazing book if you’d read it any other time.
Just reading a first chapter has helped me a lot. Not every book with be interesting, so I pick up another one hoping it’ll keep me reading. It’s like letting the book give a 60 second pitch as to why you should read it next. Maybe it’ll work for you, maybe not.
2. Re-read A Favourite Book
There’s something comforting about re-reading a favourite book because I know I’ll love it, and I’m always excited to dive back into a familiar world. I’ve picked up the Harry Potter books or The Infernal Devices since I love those series and it would get me back into a routine of reading again.
If you have a favourite book that’s comforting, just pick it up and read it. You’ll be happy to be back with those characters. I feel like I could grab any Harry Potter book and sink into the story, I don’t need to go in chronological order if I don’t want to, but just enjoy the familiarity.
It probably won’t help reduce your TBR and you might not like re-reading when you have so many new books to get through, but there’s something about re-reading a book you really love.
Can’t find a new book to read? Might as well enjoy one you know and love.
3. Listen to Audiobooks
I will always stand by Audiobooks since they’re a fantastic way to read. They’ve helped me out of slumps, and made me read more and quicker than I usually do. I even recommended listening to books on my Being A Slow Reader blogpost so, make sure to go check that out if you haven’t.
I always listen to music when I’m out, on the bus, or on my way to work that I’ve started listening to books instead. I can read a chapter, maybe more during my journey and it’s such an efficient way to read.
It can help with slumps too. You can multitask whilst listening, or maybe you’ll enjoy the fact someone is reading the book to you as it can be quite calming. You can bump up the speed and read a book faster. Because it’s such a quick way to read by listening, you’re instantly immersed in the book and you’ll be hooked before you even know it.
Honestly, just listening to a book has gotten me out of slumps without realising it. I always found myself putting my headphones in to continue the story.
You should give audiobooks a try. It’s a new format of reading and maybe you’ll like a change from physical books or ebooks. But remember to sample the narration before getting an audiobook and make sure you like it. It’s something I always do because the narration can make a difference to your reading experience.
4. Pick A Hyped Book
I see hyped books all over my social media. New releases or upcoming books that people are loving. I’ll see this book popping up everywhere and everyone is raving about it, for good reason.
Whenever this happens, I trust a book to live up to my expectations. It’s so highly praised, I know there’s a bigger chance of me enjoying it like everyone else did.
I’m not saying everyone loves the same books, there are plenty of popular books I don’t like. But the book’s been getting great reviews for a reason - and a good book that’s been getting 4 and 5 stars is what you need to get you out of a slump.
I read Caraval by Stephanie Garber after a ton of people could not stop talking about it and telling me how amazing it was. I ended up reading it and yes, I loved it. My timeline was filled with praise for Caraval that I went in with high hopes, trusting that I would like it and I did. After I started reading it, I couldn’t stop and now I’m waiting for the sequel.
Pick up a book that everyone’s enjoying and hopefully, you’ll love it, too. It’s worth a shot!
5. Don’t Force It
Don’t force yourself to read when you’re in a slump. You’re already in no mood to pick up a book and making yourself read will feel like a chore.
You can try these little tricks in this blogpost but if they don’t work, you’ll have to wait until you naturally feel like reading.
This last one isn’t a tip but some advice, I guess? It’s like when you had to do required reading at school and it was the last thing you wanted to do. Forcing yourself to read isn’t fun.
And that’s it for my tips! I hope you found this helpful, or let me know if you already do some of the things I listed.
I’d love to know your thoughts or how you get out of your reading slumps if I haven’t mentioned it above.
Thank you so much for reading, I really appreciate any likes, reblogs and comments!
How can I get into art? Like, I am into art, but how can I learn about it?
In many ways! The first I would suggest would be to go to your local museum (if you have one). Most museums offer tours (sometimes free), so take one! Alternatively, you can walk around and read the plaques, or get an audio guide, if they have them.
Next, use the internet to your advantage!
I know Wikipedia is “untrustworthy” but I think it’s a really great source, especially for just finding stuff out. Look up your favorite artist or your favorite painting and just read about them, and then click all the links and read those articles too. Some other online resources:
Khan Academy - we used this in my art history class last year. It goes along with the AP course curriculum, but it has way more than just that. They have fantastic videos and articles about all types of art, and they’re very interesting and informative. They also have lots of other topics, but I’ve never really explored anything aside from art history
Google Culture - this is new, and I haven’t really looked at it, but @asteriaria recently told me about it and it seems awesome! You can explore artists, eras, exhibits, etc.! Just to show you, I took a few screenshots of my favorite era/painter, and they have exhibits from different museums, articles, the works, a timeline of all the artists of different eras together, etc… It’s amazing.
The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History - I’ve read a few articles from this and it’s fantastic. The Met has an amazing collection and all of it is catalogued online, so you can simply read the little plaques that they have at the museum, or you could read the articles they’ve posted about them! They have countless essays (and I recently heard at my orientation that the Met has some two million works, most of which are catalogued online). It’s almost as good as going, I think!
Also I would certainly suggest going to your local library or bookstore and looking for some books. There are so many authors and topics to look at that I couldn’t really name a specific one that gives you a good overview and isn’t a textbook … but Janson’s History of Art is pretty good, though it only covers Western art.
If you have any more questions, please come and ask!! Especially if you want to know where to find more about a specific era or topic :)
I hope it's okay to rant here a little bit but I'm so tired of reading books where the MC says thing's like 'I'm not like other girls' and how every female character besides the MC is described as sluty or and evil b*th honestly that's a really harmful narratives for young girls to read it just makes me so sad
My dude, I’m not sure what you’re reading, but there are so many great books being written with fantastic female friendships in them—Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Shadowshaper, Labyrinth Lost. Get thee to a savvy librarian who can steer you to better stuff.
I just saw your reply on that disk world post and i have the urge to borrow my mum's copies. Can you recommend a good place to start? They sound really good but here are so many.
The ones I always recommend to start with are either Small Gods, Guards, Guards!, or Wyrd Sisters.
Mort is also a good starting introduction to the world—it was the book Terry often told people to start with. It’s the book he felt he had the best grip on where Discworld would be going. (the first two novels The Color of Magic and The Light Fantastic were not his best, and he fully admitted to that.)
You can either pick to go with the Watch Series and read them through as a series of eight books: [Link]
The Witches Series (which I guess technically starts with Equal Rites, but it’s not necessary to read it to read the rest of them) as a series of eleven books: [Link]
And then there’s the Industrial Revolution arc which mingles nicely with the Watch Series if you want to read those in tandem, 6 books total. [Link] (NB. The Truth would be a particularly good read right now, for current events and doesn’t need any of the other books to make sense)
There is of course also the Rincewind series, which can be read independently of all the others. [Link] and the Ancient Civilizations series which consists of Small Gods and Pyramids [Link]
So think of it this way, it’s a series of books randing from 2-11 books long, that just so happen to take place on the same planet and you don’t need to read them in chronological order outwith the series if you don’t want to. So not really all that many after all :D
Trust me. When you get to the one that reads The End, 41 books is not enough.
Also here’s the overall link for series reading orders, for anyone who wants it:
If you guys haven’t heard about the Book Doctors, then what have you been doing with your writing life allow me to educate you. David Henry Sterry and Arielle Ekstut are a husband and wife couple who work closely with NaNoWriMo and are the authors of a fantastic book titled “The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published.” (get it and read it, it’s fabulous) These two wonderful people just did a YouTube livestream (it’s two hours long, watch it here) and at the tail end of it, David Sterry mentions the five elements of a really solid pitch…
Research: Make sure that any facts you use in your pitch (as a hook or that are relevant to your novel) are accurate. It sounds like common sense, but you might be surprised how so many details can get overlooked. Unfortunately, pitches are all about detail. Suffice it to say, if you’re writing a medical thriller, then you’ll want to have intimate knowledge of medical procedures.
Connection / Networking: One of the things that surprised me about pitching a novel is the “resume” part of a pitch. I thought that pitching was all about selling your book, but you have to sell yourself, too. If a well-known author has praised your book, mention that! If you’re writing a book for middle schoolers titled “How to Be A Loser 101″ then throw in a mention of how you were a loser for years and years (humor and connection. Double whammy). If you’re like me and you don’t have any credentials relevant to your story, then this humorous route may be the way to go.
Writing: A pitch should be under 250 words. Every word needs to count, needs to be chosen, needs to be the best word to sell your book and yourself. You need to take time, slow down, and really think. 250 is a lot less than it sounds, so try not to get discouraged and keep at it until you feel that you’ve really summarized the essence of your book. *Note: pitches for sci-fi and fantasy novels can be a little bit longer because they tend to need more buildup and explanation, but don’t go over 300. Just don’t.
Perseverance: Writing the right pitch can take a long time. Heck, it took the Book Doctors months to come up with theirs, but now they can recite it in sync, with hand motions (skip to 2:01:38 to see it!). Condensing an entire novel down to 250 words is hard, even without considering that those 250 are supposed to convey why your book needs to be published. But take it one step at a time, and most importantly…
Have fun with it! We all know that joy and passion should permeate our work, and that should be no different when it comes to your pitch. Let your pitch have style and humor and voice and cliffhangers, just like your book does.
Keeping all these elements in mind when you’re writing your novel pitch can be really helpful. And if you hit a wall? Step back, take a breath. Use your resources (like the Book Doctor’s video here or their book “The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published”). And if you want to, send me your pitches! I’m not professional, but I’d love to hear about your guys’s books. Tag me in a post or send them to me in a message and I’ll help if I can!
When all the books on your enormous to be read pile look fantastic and you can’t focus properly on the one you’re currently reading because you start to panic that you will never find time to read all the books and then you just end up going on tumblr instead, but then you find even more books you want to read.
Apart of fanfic, what books or authors you prefer ?
Oooh, thanks for this question. This is for everyone:
I read a lot of genres, to be honest. But because of the style I use and type of fanfics I write, I find it especially helpful to read a lot of “juvenile” fiction. This kind of books is usually frowned upon since critics (and people that like to think of themselves as superior to everyone else) believe that they have nothing good to offer. And while I won’t deny that a big part of this genre’s too basic and in some cases, it’s even badly-written, I think there are tons of incredible novels out there.
So, my first big series was Harry Potter. I started reading it on my own when I was 6, and I read every book as it got out. So, even though in time I’ve come to realize that there are so many things Rowling did wrong (I think of her as a 6/10 author, honestly; I don’t think she’s particularly good at her job), this entire saga is one of my favorites. I read them all in order once a year during my winter break, and it never disappoints me.
I have The Complete Seriesedition in my bookcase, in English, and with all that fantastic art by Kazu Kibuishi. I just love it.
A couple of years ago I was going on a 20 hours road trip in a car, and I wanted to have something to read during those boring hours, so I went to a bookstore near my house and started looking for something interesting to read. I decided to buy “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan, and HOLY SHIT.
The first thing I did when I got to the new town (I kid you not), was going to the closest bookstore and buy the other 4 books of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians saga. I devoured them in a week or two. Since then I’ve bought the other 5 books of the Heroes of Olympus saga, the trilogy of The Kane Chronicles, the first book of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard and the first book of The Trials of Apollo, all of them by Rick Riordan and all part of his amazing universe. So I have 15 books from good ol’ Rick.
Well, that’s because Rick Riordan is my favorite author of all time, and I try my hardest to imitate his style, even though I add some of my personal touches. Too bad they fucked up the movies (TOTALLY NOT HIS FAULT, HE HATES THEM TOO), if they did justice to them they could have a Cinematic Universe that would give Marvel a run for their money.
IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE PERCY JACKSON SAGA BUY IT AND DO IT NOW.
(also, @viria , one of my favorite artist out there, is doing the official art for Riordan’s page, which is awesome)
But my ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOK SAGA is…
Memorias de Idhún, by Laura Gallego García.
I don’t know if there’s an English version of them. I suppose there is, and I hope there is since this 6 book saga is the best thing I’ve ever read in my life. So many plot lines without feeling confusing, so many interesting twists, so much romance (the love triangle here is like nothing you’ve ever seen, I bet you $500 you’ve never read anything like it), SO MUCH FRICKING AWESOME ACTION. It has magic, it has Gods, it has new races, it has dragons, it has a wonderful world, it has prophecies, it has… IT HAS EVERYTHING!
Look it up and read it, if you can. You won’t be disappointed.
(this is an image of the comic, but check out the novels)
I can name a few that have made an impact in my life.. Harry Potter is certainly one of them.. I have loved reading all of my life.. I’m not a super advanced reader per say.. but reading is one of my favorite things in life.. I love when someone gets excited about a book, a story they’ve read..
There are so many of us out there.. BookNerds I mean..
Do you consider yourself a book nerd? If so, what caused you to have this love for books? For me it was learning to read in my second language.. knowing I could have a different adventure with each book I read..
I would love going to thrift stores and finding treasures, or going to the library and checking out like 20 books at a time.. people thought I was crazy.. but that was me.. and books are what make me happy.. ❣️Ellie RG
Hi! :) I just saw that you answered an ask about drarry where you said your interests have moved to other ships such as Andreil. I'm assuming that's Andrew and Neil from The foxes court trilogy, sorry if I'm wrong. I was just wondering, if you have the time, if you would suggest one or two of your favourite Andreil fics or maybe authors because I'm not really sure where to start with that ship. Thank you! And it's totally fine if you'd rather not or don't have the time to do this! Thanks again x
also sorry if you’ve put a rec list or something similar on your blog somewhere already and I’ve been oblivious and missed it ><
Yes, it’s Andrew and Neil from TFC, my precious, precious children who I will defend with my life and whose happiness means the world to me! There are so many fantastic Andreil fics, so I’m happy to share :)
The best one to read right after you finish the series is Lessons in Cartography(122K)and its sequel The Cartographer and the World (50k so far, WIP) by crazy_like_a because they seriously read like a fourth book. They’re so incredible and emotional and capture the Foxes so perfectly. I’m reading Lessons in Cartography right now and my girlfriend keeps raving about how amazing it is and sharing little upcoming scenes with me that make me squeal and dramatically clutch my chest because I can’t contain all my feels. If you want a long AU that sucks you right in and will ruin your heart, there’s Way Down We Go by nekojita (621k), which has Andrew and Neil meet in juvie while they’re both in California. It’s so fucking fantastic and portrays their relationship beautifully. Andrew and Neil are such a team in it. It gets really rough, but the author is good about warning for potential triggers, and Andrew and Neil battle through everything together and come out so strong and I just! God, I love them so much. There’s also Armies by nekojita (342k so far, WIP), which is a gangster!Andreil AU that has Neil call his uncle Stuart after his mother died and go to England to join the Hatfords. I get so excited about it because it’s got darker Andreil, Neil having a really sweet, albeit bloodthirsty, family who’s fiercely devoted to him, and such a lovely Andreil relationship in the midst of all this chaos.
I’m so grateful for TFC fandom. Not only are there so many amazing artists and graphic makers, we’ve got unbelievable writers who gift us with long, gut wrenching fics full of character development that make me want to sing my love for Andrew and Neil from the rooftops
Am I alone in saying that I felt let down by Fantastic Beasts? It was an OK movie, but nothing anywhere near on par with any of the Harry Potter books (except Cursed Child, I haven’t read that so I have no opinion) or movies. It was too overstuffed with too many plots. It had some good ideas and characters, and with a good edit to the screenplay it could’ve been a fantastic movie. I would’ve loved to have seen more character development, but I was left not really getting to know anyone.
Stupid Tumblr ate my post… multiple times. Maybe if I try it without the picture? 😑
Tonight was meeting one (of two) of gym friends book club! It was an absolute blast!! We’re meeting again next week because five of the ten of us couldn’t meet this week and the book we read is so crazy that it MUST be discussed. (The Vegetarian by Han Kang)
I’ve said it before many times, but I seriously don’t know how I get to be this fortunate. I am surrounded by amazing people–at work, at the gym, at home, online–I have such a fantastically diverse, loving, supportive, snarkily funny group of people in my little world. I NEVER want to take that for granted.
New follower here! I read your last replied ask and i was wondering...what is HPMOR? and what is the Discworld books? Another saga?
HPMOR is Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, also known as The Fic That Must Not Be Named because some of its fans (who like to call themselves “Rationalists”) are fucking terrifying and tend to dogpile people who criticise it or its author. It’s on FF.net. Read it with caution. It has an interesting premise but it rapidly starts going against both the rules and the messages of canon as well as just… changing canon in general so the author can make up SCIENCE reasons for magic… even though magic has already been scienced successfully.
Discworld, on the other hand, is fantastic. It’s a world created by the late Sir Terry Pratchett and while some of his early books are… flawed, he improves so much over the course of so many books. Not all of the books cover the same characters, there’s multiple arcs, and multiple settings, the Disc is a flat world which is held on the shoulders of four elephants standing on the back of the turtle, travelling through space and - in it’s own canon - only exists because of magic. It’s hilarious. I started with Making Money (how one of the biggest cities on the Disc develop paper money) then went back to Going Postal (how one of the biggest cities on the Disc gets it’s postal service up and running, also featuring a criminal learning how to think of people as people, and dealing with corruption), and then I went to Thud! which is about the centuries-long war between Trolls and Dwarves and societal prejudices and societal and religious intolerance and identity and it’s so good, ok it’s so good. Then there was The Monstrous Regiment which covers a troupe of soldiers told from the perspective of a lass named Polly who signs up pretending to be male because otherwise she wouldn’t be allowed to sign up and over the course of the story various OTHER characters are revealed to ALSO be female and basically the majority of their militaries High Command turns out to be disguised women (and some who may be trans, there’s a general implication with some characters that they may just… prefer to be wearing the trousers and be called “Sir” than “Madam”. There’s also a big implication of lesbians. A very big implication of lesbians).
Pratchett also has the Witches series which is what I went to after this, specifically Tiffany Aching’s arc, which starts with The Wee Free Men, in which Tiff marches into Fairyland to get back her brother and also hits the Queen of Fairy in the face with an iron frying pan. She’s like eleven years old or something, it’s amazing. After this she begins training to be a witch. There’s also the Watch arc which is just… it’s centred around Vimes who is the most grumpy, curmudgeonly, angry, furious, drunken man in the city and he just… does his job. Works for justice. Knows he has flaws and tries not to let his prejudices affect things. Starts to cut back on his drinking. Starts to turn the Watch into an actual force. In Thud!, by the time of that book, he’s so so so anchored into this, an immortal demon spirit that everyone who knows of it fears is afeared of him! Because when the Summoning Dark tries to eke out the dark of him and make him do evil things Vimes has his own watchman inside his head to keep him from doing these things. To quote the book:
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodies? Your grace.”
“I know that one,” said Vimes. “Who watches the watchmen? Me, Mr Pessimal.”
“Ah, but who watches you, your grace?” said the inspector, with a brief smile.
“I do that too. All the time,” said Vimes.
And he does. He has a Watchman inside his head and it is so powerful an immortal demon cannot break him. The Watch also has a wonderful lady werewolf named Angua, she is awesome and you will love her.
There is also Death, Death’s Granddaughter Susan, and The Death of Rats. Also The Death of Rats’ friend, Quoth, the raven.
Yes that is a pun within a name, within a sentence there. Pratchett’s writing is full of this.
There’s ALSO the wizards arc, which includes Ponder Stibbons, creator of the Disc’s first computer, and also the Librarian, who, by a fluke of magic, was turned into an Orangutan. And no, he does not want to be turned back. Being a great ape is very handy for getting around a library, apparently.
There is also a book about football, which includes the Wizards playing football, dwarf fashion, more stuff about prejudice, and also a football-AU Romeo and Juliet. No that is not a joke.
There is also Rincewind, he who is known for Potatoes and Running Away. Rincewind is best explained by reading about him. He’s one of those characters. He also has a many-legged and -toothed Luggage. Sometimes it eats people.
Oh, and there’s also a book where Vimes arrests two different armies, including one from his own country. He also arrests a dragon.
Basically, read Discworld. It’s fantastic. There’s no way I could ever cover all of it’s awesome in one post.
I posted this on a thread, but thought I’d repost here.
THESE THINGS ARE WHY I ADORE FANFIC WRITERS!!
They aren’t getting paid, they love providing fans with hours of entertainment, tears, and laughing, til it hurts. I admire these amazing people, more than I can say, BECAUSE they are talented, and as said in the beginning, most have school, kids, jobs, or any combination of all three.
It infuriates me something fierce, when these dedicated individuals are put down, and ripped apart, for doing something they, and their fans love!
Yes, I said THEIR fans, because we may be members of fandom communities, but do you really think that we would read their stuff, if we weren’t fans of their writing, too? Would we sit through huge, multi-chapters fics, like Bell, Book, and Candle, by the fantastic @skittidyne ? Or read smaller ones, like Adventure of a Lifetime, by the always sweet @haikyuuliberos ? How about all the amazing stuff by @ellessey-writes and @esselley ? There’s soo many more I could list, because there are so many amazing fanfic writers out there.
These people deserve respect. Not only are they providing us with great stories, they also provide artists, like me with inspiration for our pieces. Some have even helped me, and who knows how many others, gain the courage to post our work, for others to see. Do you know how amazing it feels to have a writer you admire get excited about your art, or to have them tell you it’s good, and to post it, or even ask to post it for you? It’s beyond words, really.
I know this was long, but they’re wonderful, and deserve praise.
Also, im working on a fic rec list, to spread the awesomeness of my favourite writers.
Reading Albus Dumbledore’s footnotes for Tales of Beedle the Bard and crying because of how many times he sites Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them because he could have just been like ‘this creature does this’ but instead he’s like 'go read this book that my badger son wrote so that you can find out what I could tell you in one sentence but I’m going to tell you to go by the book and read all of it so you can support my baby salamander in everything he does also did I mention that newt scamander wrote it? did I mention that part? newt scamander? ring? any? bells???’
Tl;dr: Albus Dumbledore being proud of Newt Scamander