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I can't say that I read a lot of science fiction or fantasy, but I did recently finish a book called The Time Traveller's Wife.

My wife had been given a copy by her boss, and about 50 pages in wanted me to read it along with her, so we could discuss it and she could ask about the time travel paradoxes and such (which, as a geek, I was more deeply versed in). Cue a trip to the library....

The basics of the time travelling could make a cool premise for an RPG character in a super-hero or sci-fi setting.

It was a good read and I would recommend it as a book to share with your spouse or [insert appropriate significant other here].

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GnomeBoy wrote:
I can't say that I read a lot of science fiction or fantasy, but I did recently finish a book called The Time Traveller's Wife.
It was a good read and I would recommend it as a book to share with your spouse or [insert appropriate significant other here].


My wife had read this novel as part of her book club. She had recommended it to me, and I have yet to read it...

When I finish with my current book (Sword in Red Ice...the latest in the J.V.Jones series of 5 books), I'll have to read this one...

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Hey, guys.

This is a one-time-only bit of self-promotion (for these boards, anyway—I yap away on my own website). Yesterday my first novel hit shelves. And in honor of oldschool D&D (DCC-style, to be sure!), there's a tiny bit of dungeoncrawling in the book and even a very oldschool monster which I believe Gary Gygax himself may have created. After yesterday, that now means even more to me. So I hope I've done right by him.

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Anyway, that's it. If anyone's interested in this, it's available now!

Back to your regularly scheduled book thread. :)

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Jeff LaSala wrote:
Yesterday my first novel hit shelves.

Yes, but can you recommend it as a good book...? :twisted:

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Han Dee, (Weaver) Neutral Thief, Str 10, Agi 13, Stm 11, Per 11, Int 15, Lck 14, AC 13 (Leather), HP 25, Luck Die d6, Backstab 3, Sneak Silently 10, Hide In Shadows 9, Pick Pocket 10, Climb Sheer 10, Pick Lock 9, Find Trap 9, Disable Trap 9, Forge Doc 10, Disguise 3, Read Lang 5, Handle Poison 3, Cast Scroll d14+2, birth augur (Born under the loom) +1 to all skill checks (including thief skills), Banepicks (auto pick lock/disable trap, but lose 1d3 random ability loss, if a 3 then 1 pt is perm)


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D'oh! Good point, GnomeBoy!

I'll have to defer to someone with an objective opinion. :)

But I'll venture to say....yes! :roll:

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This seems to be an appropriate reading suggestion, considering the recent news - has anyone read "Master of the Game" by Gary Gygax. It's non-fiction, but contains some good advice on creating your compaign, running games, adventures for conventions, etc. Anyway, it's been a LONG time since I've read it, and I have it packed away somewhere currently (long story)...but I recall it being a decent read.

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Anybody hear of Shelfari? A friend of mine introduced me to it...kinda like a MySpace for bookworms.

I don't normally sign up to those things, but I rather like it.

If anyone wants to form a GoodmanGames Readers Group, let me know. It would be nice to have other scifi and fantasy suggestions available.

Also, I've checked, and they have comic books as well. Joseph, you'll be happy to know that you can share your adoration of Alien Legion and Metabarons with others...

Anyway, just thought I'd pass it along.

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 Post subject: Re: GoodmanGames BookClub - Sci Fi and Fantasy suggestions
PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:01 pm 
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Try Jack Whyte's The Camulod Chronicles. I found the first book in this series by chance at the library. I was killing time while my wife finished up some homework. I wondered into the historical fiction section and began pulling books off the shelf at random. When I pulled The Skystone down and saw the picture of Roman soldiers I was intrigued. I decided to get it after I read that it was a retelling of the Arthurian legend infused with real world history. Whyte is definitely a straight forward mans author. I love his style. Even when he is describing very feminine things like nurturing and love I can understand what he is getting at with absolute clarity. He is the opposite of Anne Rice who I enjoyed but sometimes felt lost or off track with her poetic style of history. I would highly recomend this series.

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Jeff LaSala wrote:
Hey, guys.

This is a one-time-only bit of self-promotion (for these boards, anyway—I yap away on my own website). Yesterday my first novel hit shelves. And in honor of oldschool D&D (DCC-style, to be sure!), there's a tiny bit of dungeoncrawling in the book and even a very oldschool monster which I believe Gary Gygax himself may have created. After yesterday, that now means even more to me. So I hope I've done right by him.

Image

Anyway, that's it. If anyone's interested in this, it's available now!

Back to your regularly scheduled book thread. :)


I know many people here may not be fans of Eberron, which I think is an amazing campaign setting that I have spent the last 2+ years adventuring in, but I must say that this book is really really good.


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 Post subject: Re: GoodmanGames BookClub - Sci Fi and Fantasy suggestions
PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 1:00 pm 
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Thanks for the kind words, xredjasonx. :)

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 Post subject: Re: GoodmanGames BookClub - Sci Fi and Fantasy suggestions
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The Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson are excellent. Be prepared for a long epic stay.
The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. I didnt expect much from the first book as I bought it on a whim. The series manage to hold my attention through all three books. These books do elves justice (as im not a fan of elves in general).
The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone series by Greg Keyes.

Lately Im drifting back to some decent sci-fi and Im currently reading Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber.
Before this I read Julie Czerneda's Species Imperative and enjoyed it.

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 Post subject: Re: GoodmanGames BookClub - Sci Fi and Fantasy suggestions
PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:21 am 
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Well...I haven't read much worth sharing lately but, I'm really looking forward to a couple of new releases (coming out in October and next week, respectively):

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson (3rd in the trilogy)

and

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book is another foray into young adult literature for Gaiman, but I've heard a lot of good things about this book...so I have high hopes.

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