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What are you reading these days?

What are you reading currently? Fiction or non-fiction or poetry, any genre, any language! Tell us what you're reading, and talk about it a bit.

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  1. grahamiam
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    Book club book is The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming-Yi. I'm rereading it and three years later it remains my favorite piece of Taiwanese literature. It's about collecting, obsession, tracing the...

    Book club book is The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming-Yi. I'm rereading it and three years later it remains my favorite piece of Taiwanese literature. It's about collecting, obsession, tracing the history of ordinary people through objects (or, more accurately, tracing the history of objects through ordinary people). It's slow and contemplative and tangential. I love it.

    Fair warning, it has quite a bit of animal deaths in it.

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  2. lou
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    I'm reading the science fiction RPG book Stars Without Number, and I like everything about it so far. As an inexperienced GM, it is nice how much of the book is devoted to generation tools and...

    I'm reading the science fiction RPG book Stars Without Number, and I like everything about it so far. As an inexperienced GM, it is nice how much of the book is devoted to generation tools and practical advice. And the D&D like system is good because it is basic, there are no hard to grasp concepts.

    I love that the author embraces Old School Renaissance, creating a game that is lethal and with high stakes. It seems that many RPGs nowadays emphasize narrative, the game aspect is not as important and severe consequences are less common. I think I'm gonna like this Old-school style.

    I kinda wish it had more classes but with Background, Focus, and Discipline the class is not an absolute. Also, Psychics/Psionics are clearly the most interesting of them all, and other classes don't get nearly as much attention. To the point that I wonder why anyone would choose anything other than Psionics. Maybe there should be an effort to make the "boring" classes cool.

    The chapter on Space Magic just feels wrong, but I guess some people really love casting.

    This book is very focused in helping you generate the contents of your adventures, so the lore, while interesting, lacks specifics. I believe that is a good thing, but some people may miss a more structured approach.

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