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January Books

I ended up reading three "proper" books in January (not including RPGs):

1. Making Money by Terry Pratchett, featuring Moist Von Lipwig, the main character in the excellent Going Postal, taking control of Ankh-Morpork's bank and mint. Usual Discworld stuff ie very good!

2. The Walking Dead: Miles Behind Us by Robert Kirkman, second in the series of zombies-taking-over-the-world graphic novels I've borrowed from Andy. Nice crisp black and white art and an enjoyable story of survival in a post-apocalypic setting. Loads better than 28 Days Later.

3. Black Powder War by Naomi Novik. This is the third in the Temeraire dragon series set during the Napoleonic Wars and took place party in Istanbul which gave me a few ideas for Parsantium. It started off slowly but got exciting towards the end. I'll probably read Empire of Ivory which is the fourth book. The only thing that annoys me sometimes is some of the rather wet dialogue between the often childlike dragon Temeraire and Laurence, his stiff-upper lipped rider and companion.

As well as these, I read three D&D/d20 books as I've got half a shelf to get through of stuff I got for Christmas or bought in the last few months:

- Elder Evils, a sourcebook about horrific campaign-ending uber-villains, some in the style of Cthulhu and the other Great Old Ones. Some great stuff in here.

- Pathfinder #4 Fortress of the Stone Giants: some good background articles on the Pathfinder Chronicles world but the adventure itself didn't do much for me.

- Carnival of Tears:  I don't need any more adventures, least of all 3.5 ones, but the cover (an evil-looking crazed clown), the subject matter (a carnival which goes wrong, leading to murderous mayhem) and the author (Nick Logue) of this Gamemastery module sold it to me. No idea if I'll run it, but it was a good read nonetheless. As I've come to expect from Nick, there are a lot of grisly goings-on and a fair bit of horror and gore.

I'm also 50 or so pages into the Pirate's Guide to Freeport, effectively the second edition of the original Freeport book. This is a great city sourcebook with some fantastic writing that just makes me want to run another campaign in the setting. It's also systemless which means there are no stats cluttering up the text. 


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Feb. 3rd, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Discworld
I usually read one or two Discworld novels a year (although I didn't read any in 2007). I've been reading them out of sequence for a while and haven't read all of them but I've enjoyed Night Watch, Going Postal and Making Money a lot out of the recent ones. I didn't really like Monstrous Regiment that much - I prefer the ones set in Ankh-Morpork, even more if the guards are the main characters. Generally speaking though, I think the later ones are better than Colour of Magic, Sourcery etc.
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