February 22, 2003

Book Snob

I have read quite a lot of books. I'll try to use this forum to mention my old favorites from time to time. For now, I will just advise you to read almost everything you can get your hands on by Steven Brust, especially all the Jhereg related books. There's a certain order you should read them in, but "Jhereg" itself is a fine place to start, then you can figure out the rest from there.

I'm really picky in bookstores these days, but I literally have about 100 unread books that I own from all different genres. I'm working on Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon" right now, which is pretty good. It's one of those books that rotates between three or four different plot lines, alternating about every chapter, which is kind of annoying.

I know they overlap in strange ways, and I do appreciate that, but I would almost rather read four separate short books. Just when I get really interested in a plot line, I've got to wait three chapters to get back to it. Still, there's some really neat stuff about cryptoanalysis, mathematics, computing, philosophy and so on. Also some really funny sequences.

Actually, my biggest problem with the book is that at 1100 pages, it is very tough to read as a small (very thick) paperback. It is awkward and uncomfortable to hold. I felt really stupid last night when I saw a used hardback of the same book for the same price (at the half-price bookstore) that I bought the small paperback.

Posted by Observer at February 22, 2003 12:11 PM

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Oooooo I loath hardbacks. Pain in the ass to tote around for reading, and the unforgiveable sin of taking up too much library space.

Posted by: Humbaba on February 23, 2003 09:14 AM

Oh yeah, I enjoyed Jhereg, but when the series got to the point in the author's life where he was going through a messy divorce and he was venting via his writing, I sorta lost interest.

Posted by: Humbaba on February 23, 2003 09:15 AM

That was "Teckla", yes, and the series gets a lot better after that low point. Even better is the Khaavren two-book set, which starts with "The Phoenix Guards". Brust just started a new series with "The Paths of the Dead", too, but I'm not touching it until it is all finished and out in paperback.

Posted by: Observer on February 23, 2003 11:49 AM