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Do doujinshi's count? Otherwise, I don't at all qualify for this XD

1 year ago
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PS Book based games,

There is Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light that are based of the books.
And then you get games like The Forest of Doom which play like the old "fantasy gamebooks" if that is what you meant.

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depends on doujinshi
right, I forgot about Metro. you're welcome to join if you like

1 year ago
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Yay, request sent :)
Oh, and another big game that is based on a book series is the Witcher series.
Then there's also the S.T.A.L.K.E.R series, sort of, they are more inspired by the novel Roadside Picnic, a stalker entering the bombed area looking for artifacts... yeah, not a direct recreation or a licensed one but close enough.

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Given all the variations you've presented I 'd say some clarifications on what actually qualifies are needed.

  • Metro 2033 is an adaptation of the book of the same name. Metro: Last Light however isn't an adaptation of the following book (Metro 2033) but a direct sequel to the first game.
  • The Witcher games aren't adaptations but rather non-cannon sequels. The first one was actually rather poorly written in some areas.
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is the weakest of all the ones you've mentioned in that it basically only shares it's general concept with the source material. You could make the same claim about pretty much any game being based on some book in a similar fashion.
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Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth is also based on a very successful and popular book.

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Right this moment I'm reading the Art of War by Sun Tzu

1 year ago
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FANTASTIC read. Should be required reading for all. Especially political leaders.

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I'm just at the beginning - I find it interesting but I'm not sure I'd say it's a 'useful' or required reading if you're not going to go to war XD

1 year ago
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All political leaders probably have read both Sun Tzu and Machiavelli by the time they've left high school.

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Assuming most political leaders can read at all. Or even graduated KINDERGARTEN.

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I know this is 10 months old reply but do you really think trump has ?

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I don't think Trump ever went to high school to begin with.

6 months ago
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I'm picturing more of a Billy Madison type scenario where his dad paid to have his teacher give him passing grades

6 months ago
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100th time I'm hearing about this book, must be good

1 year ago
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It's interesting, for sure, but the way it's written could made it boring.

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https://www.gutenberg.org/files/17405/17405-h/17405-h.htm
There should be a free (&legal) digital copy. I can't say for sure, because German IPs are blocked right now by project Gutenberg :/

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Try also some good old Machiavelli "Prince". "Book of Five Rings" by Musashi Miyamoto is quite good one too.

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I've studied Machiavelli in school, so I really can't convince myself to read it for fun XD I'll keep it in mind, tho!

1 year ago
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Yeah, it's interesting from a historical perspective/IR perspective, but not exactly something I'd recommend people read for fun or uncritically.

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I dont read books Monika.

1 year ago
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Just Monika.

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books thank you

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popular science, biographies, fitness guides - anything welcome. Shaun T. is well known in Russia too. Feel free to join the group

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I am reading midnight tides, epic 10-books saga about a world at war with a lot of magic and diferent races

But the last book I read was And Then There Were No ne from Agatha Christie. I really tried to find out who was the killer, as was everybody in the book.

I failed.

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I think everyone failed to find the killer, in that book XD But Agatha Christie often "cheats", making impossible for the reader to find out who the culprit is.

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Another Malazan fan :)
Don't think you are through after the ten canonical books. There is much more stuff ;)

1 year ago
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I recently read Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals. I'd love to be part of the literature club.

1 year ago
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Hope my ratio will suffice

I do like the idea, I hope it will catch on

At the moment Im almost through Dean Koontz book "Innocence", so Im gonna go with that here. Beautifully written.
Hadnt read anything from Koontz and had no idea what this book was going to be about, but got it for 4 Eur marked down from 17. Seemed like a great deal so here I am, reading and being clueless what am I supposed to feel reading it :D

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I don't know if my ratio is soooo good, but is good at least.
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child :)

1 year ago
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I thought that was a theater play thing, where did you get the book? I wish Rowling started a new series of books instead of spamming twitter.

1 year ago
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Yes, is based in that theater play. And I bought the book in a bookshop here in Spain

View attached image.
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I wish Rowling started a new series of books instead of spamming twitter.

I'm enjoying her tweeting more than I enjoyed any of her books. And I liked them (not loved them but they're alright). Her tweeting though is hilarious. Wish she'd use that sarcastic sharp wit in her writing more.

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Yes. It's not the same from Harry Potter saga, obviously, but... I liked it :)

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I haven't read a book in a long time. It was the 4th of ASIOAF, if I'm not mistaken.

Have a bump

1 year ago
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I just finished the "First Law" trilogy by Joe Ambercrombie.
I didn't enjoyed it as much as i did his "Shattered sea" trilogy, but i will continue reading his other books that are set in the same world.

1 year ago
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Great idea Nera(Monika), I am about to finish the Mistborn trilogy of books and I still have an infinite list of books to read.

1 year ago
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one of these days I have to play this game... Thanks, friend.

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The last one was Jennifer Morgue, by Charles Stross, second entry in "The Laundry Files" series. I am currently reading Into the drowning deep by Mira Grant.

1 year ago
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send the request again

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I can´t, the button to do so is not there, it just says " Your request to join was denied". I tried signing out and back in but it didn´t work.

1 year ago
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**** well it seems I can invite friends so I send you friend request

1 year ago
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Got it and joined, thanks.

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omg I love Mira Grant! The Newsflesh trilogy is so f cool! W

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Yes it is, and there is now a fourth book that takes places during the events in the first book. I have yet to read it.

1 year ago
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yeah, I heard about it... I'm a little worried, tho, 'cause the trilogy is so good and I don't think there was the need for another book? I'm not sure I'm going to read it.

1 year ago
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It´s supposed to be from a different point of view or something. Also there are quite a few novellas/short stories in the same universe. Her Parasitology trilogy is pretty cool too.

1 year ago
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Yes, it's the other side of the campaign... still, I'm not sure it was needed. The novellas are another thing, imho, cause they just add details

1 year ago
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SseleP seems like you should run such group-)

1 year ago
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hahaha I'm way too disorganised to run a club X° I just like to read and talk about books and stuff <3

1 year ago
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Last book I've read: Red seas under red skies by Scott Lynch - It was pretty fun but maybe not as good as the first one in the series.
Currently reading: Iron Gold by Pierce Brown - I'm not that far in but again, it doesn't seem to be as good as the ones from the original trilogy.
I don't know yet what I'll read next. I'll have to think about it.

1 year ago
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I've just read the three books that are currently available from The Gentleman bastard Sequence myself. Lies was definitely the strongest of the three and whilst I enjoyed Red Seas it did seem like it was primarily filler to get Locke and Jean in place for the events of Republic. Even though I failed to dodge some rather significant spoilers for Republic I still felt it was an improvement over Red Seas. That said, having read all three it feels as though the first three books belong together as an extended intro with the remaining books to serve as the actual story.

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Red Seas felt somewhat like an Ocean's 11 movie with many predetermined situations to be sprung when needed. Lies on the other hand felt more dynamic and based more on cause/effect.
I will probably read the next one in the near future because, while I did have some grievances with the last book, the series is pretty good in its own right.
Nevertheless, you saying that the first 3 books are a sort of a prelude to the next ones puts me off a bit. Barring some notable exceptions (e.g. A Song of Ice and Fire or The Dark Tower), I've been keeping away from series with more than 3 books simply because it takes too much time to get through them all and I don't like being stuck in the same universe for too long. There are many other interesting pieces out there and I'd like to sample them all. That's also one of the reasons I've been alternating books in different series lately and it seems to be working well enough.

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Lies and Red Seas were either written together before publication or Red Seas was rushed as there was only a year between them. There was then six years between Red Seas and Republic. Thorn was originally due as early as 2013 but as far as I'm aware isn't even finished yet. So given there's one book in progress and another three still to come after that you'd be waiting a while to get through them regardless.

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Oh. OK. So the 4th one hasn't been released yet. Then I'll finish this sequence as a trilogy and we'll see in a few years if it's worth continuing.
Thanks for the info.

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Finished The Great Gatsby last week, and Clash of Kings audiobook today :3 Reading Lolita but not enough time and not the easiest read.
Only a bump

1 year ago
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Do not forget to check your newly picked medium and long games :)

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I'm currently on the last part of the Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. Good read and somewhat long.

Funny story: I bought the first part in paperback years ago (in spanish) and I had to return it since a good chunk of it was replaced by a repeated block and assembled upside down.
I'm now reading it in english on Kindle.

1 year ago
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just story: a friend of mine still dragging suitcases with paper books to other countries, says they feel more like a book.
Stephenson, that means, you're well familiar with cyberpank, can you name other mentionable works?

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I wouldn't consider Cryptonomicon a cyberpunk novel. The technology described is all quite real and not futuristic.
Other works from Stephenson? I loved Anathem and The Diamond Age

1 year ago
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I'm not looking to join, but I've been trying to read books by Aussies or about Australia because... well, I forget we can write things too XD

Just wanted to rec Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, and for an interesting read with some political themes, D. H. Lawrence's Kangaroo?

1 year ago
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Peter Carey, Sean McMullen, KJ Bishop.

1 year ago
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Crow Rings, vol.1: Child of Odin - Siri Pettersen. Got is as a farewell gift from last of my work place: internet bookstore. Quite good, but not good enough for me to search for the rest.
Are graphic novels and comic books also counts (or at least graphic novels like Sandman)?

1 year ago
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Currently on Murder on the Orient Express, I love everything Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes or whatnot, so this is a decent read. :)

1 year ago
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Last one I read was Kindred, by Octavia Butler. Currently in the middle of The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy. I'll send a request along.

1 year ago
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Just finished "The House of the Dead" (English title sounds awful, like some kind of B-class horror movie) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Good thing, especially if you're interested in this specific era (Russian Empire and its interior problems, including Polish uprisings). I'll send a request.

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English title sounds awful, like some kind of B-class horror movie

Then you shouldn't read "Dead Souls"-)

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I've already read that - not a big fan though. Luckily "dead souls" is a technical term explained in the book, while "The House of the Dead" is just poorly translated. Literally it's a dead house, not a house of the dead. What's more, the English title lacks the "Notes from..." prefix which is present in the original title (and the Polish translation). I know, it doesn't really matter, it just sounds bad to me ;)

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Currently reading "March of the Musicians" by Per Olov Enquist, the book is set in Northern Sweden in the first years of the XX century, an interesting read, although the unfamiliar setting adds to the complexity. The book describes the growth and the struggles of labor movements of the forestry industry and the very harsh living conditions that would push 700.000 Swedes (nearly 10 % of the population) to emigrate to the US between 1880 and 1910. The title of the book is a reference to the Grimm fairy tale "Town Musicians of Bremen".

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Just finished book 2 of the Phileasson Saga, a fantasy saga based on a Dark Eye pen & paper adventure from the 1990s. There are no literary highs hope this is an English expression in the books but I was looking for some easy reading. If you can read German and ever had a positive experience with the Dark Eye universe, you probably should give those books a shot.

1 year ago
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Do audiobooks count? Cause I never liked reading.
Anyway, I have been listening to 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos and The Witcher Series.

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I have read studies about this. Hearing an audiobook activates basically the same areas of the brain when interpreting the story, compared to reading a book which the only difference is the use of the eyes and the activation of this part of the brain. So if anyone tells you that because you hear audiobooks and do not read you are not worthy, tell them science got your back!

1 year ago
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Sure thing, but reading has one advantage that hearing doesn't: learning/commemoration ortography by seeing how proper spelling of words looks like. You can't deny it.

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Denying is not necessary, but the same logic applies with an audiobook, hearing has one advantage, learning/hearing the pronunciation of words.

1 year ago
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Good thing if you are trying to learn new language, but we hear much words in general. Reading is less in use. For example: in my country like 63% people didn't read even one book per year in 2016.

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It is the opposite for me, I read a lot of English thanks to the internet and my procrastination but hearing accents and pronunciation is not a thing I do constantly so they sure help me a lot. But you are completely right... reading is underused and my country is also severely lacks a reading habit.
Not trying to be confrontational just exposing my point of view here and acknowledging yours.

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I've primarily done this myself for years. As my work doesn't require a great deal of focus to distract me from what I'm listening to I listen to audiobooks rather than music.

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I recentlly read Endo Shunsaku's "silence" It is better to read this altogether. It's amazingly funny to read and understand the feelings of Christianity and foreigners at the level of doubt as to whether the author is really Japanese, thanks!

1 year ago
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Currently 2/3 through "The Martian", which I'm listening to as I jog. I only listen as I jog, so good motivation to get out there!

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