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Even at the beginning of the book the events in Catch-22 are not in chronological order; instead they are mixed up in a seemingly random order. ...
I know that defining a genre like science fiction is hard, it's borders are no fine line. So I'm happy with an answer that says: if you count this book to sf it was first, otherwise this other book.
I know there is some level of continuity between the discworld books by Terry Pratchett despite the fact that they are not published in order. I would also love suggestions on what series to start with; ie. the Rincewind books or the city watch books etc?
(Pretty sure you don't take book recommendations, so this one is probably no good.)
I'm looking for novels dealing with building a new world long after civilization is wiped out. Not the typical post-apocalyptic story about the surviving remnant, like Emberverse, but a long-term "history" where there is little to nothing left of the old world and civilization has started again from scratch.
In The Hitchhicker's Guide trilogy, Marvin ends up living for a very long time. How long does he live before he finally dies?
I have watched different versions the movie and read the book a number of times, and I still can't decide: was Deckard a replicant? ...
I just finished Larry Niven's Destroyer of Worlds then picked up Betrayer of Worlds and Fleet of Worlds at the library. A quick check of the dust jacket synopsis doesn't clue me in as to which order I should read them in, and since they are both prequels to Ringworld, I'm not sure the publishing date is a sure indicator of the story's timeline. What order should I read them in?
I grew up pronouncing them "CAL-er-men" and "CAL-er-mean", but I've increasingly heard "cuh-LOR-men" for both instead, which I like better. Did C. S. Lewis ever say which he used, or does someone (such as Douglas Gresham, his step-son) remember him pronouncing the words?
I am working on creating a Harry Dresden costume. As such, I need the descriptions from the series for the following items (I can't find them): Silver rings Blasting Rod Staff Shield Bracelet Bob's Skull (I think it's just a basic skull, not sure though) ...
In the book Last Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko, the seventh level of the gloom (or twilight) seemed to contain ghosts or something, but I never truly understood what was going on. What happened in the seventh level of the gloom?
I was researching the Dresden Files, and I know that the TV series doesn't follow the books very well. One subject was Harry's father and his death. In the books, how did Harry's dad die?
I guess I have no doubt that zombies are part of the human imagination, and that they would simply spring up in our dreams even if we'd never heard of them. But I'd still like to know what the earliest known written appearance of the zombie is. I want to know if it was in a short story, someone's diary, an historical account, et cetera. Someone must have studied this, right?
I'm not very good at discerning themes from books, but one of the ones that I picked up from Foundation went something like this: "a culture that stops learning is doomed to fail." What major themes exist in Foundation?
How long can demigods live? Daedalus lived for thousands of years... by making a discovery for immortality, like Nicholas Flamel? Circe lived for thousands of years... by using magic? Or is she a minor god? Anyone else?
I've already read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, which I assume would be the best start in any case. I also got about halfway through The Silmarillion several years ago and am quite familiar with the legendarium as a whole, but for the sake of argument let's assume I'm starting from scratch. What is the best order for a budding scholar of Middle-earth to read Tolkien's books?
Near the end of Anathem, the story posits three different "world lines" ...
I know there is a list on Wikipedia of the books in the "Matador series", but I'm primarily interested in the society/pseudo-religion "The Siblings of the Shroud" explored mainly in "The 97th Step". Has this group appeared as anything more than cameos in any of his other books?
I have only read one book in the series, "Dies the Fire", but found myself frustrated that the underlying cause of "The Change" was not revealed and thus did not continue with the series. Is the cause ever revealed? If so, in which book?
The series of books by R. A. Salvatore featuring the Dark Elf Drizzt has at least twenty published books in it. I know the Icewind Dale Trilogy was the first published, but it starts with Drizzt already on the surface world (Dark Elves live underground). ...
So this past Saturday a group of my friends and I all watched the three Lord of the Rings extended edition movies in one sitting. ...
How long did it take for Frodo and Sam to get from the Shire to Mount Doom in Mordor and drop the ring in?
In Shadows of Imagination, Clyde S. Kilby asserts that The Lord of the Rings joins the high art of the world in revealing the significance, even the glory, of the ordinary At the same time, in his 1966 paper "The Moral Universe of J. R. R. Tolkien," David M. Miller declares that it rejects the minutia of every day life Are these two viewpoints necessarily contradictory?
I just read about the book The Silmarillion and thought I'd like to buy it, but I'm a little confused about the different versions that I found. ...
Having heard that Sylvester McCoy is slated to play the role of Radagast the Brown in the upcoming film adaptations of "The Hobbit", I am wondering what role this character actually plays in those events?