Hixie's Natural Log

2003-06-16 13:45 UTC Visual consumption of dead trees

During my aforementioned trip I read three books, mainly while waiting for planes to get to the airport, take off, and land, and while sitting on the T-bahn.

Redemption Ark, by Alastair Reynolds
Good solid science fiction that hangs well together.
Life, the Universe, and Everything, by Douglas Adams
This is my sixth reading of this particular DNA book.
The Dilbert Future, by Scott Adams
An unfortunately accurate look at the world.

Now I'm back, I will be resuming my careful second reading of The Lord of the Rings, which has been slowly progressing for several months now. When I last read it, I hadn't started LARPing yet. Now that I have that experience to draw on, I'm finding surprisingly many similarities between the ways the parties act in The Lord of the Rings and the ways parties act in LARPs. I don't mean the obvious stuff, like wearing chain mail or having the journey neatly partitioned into encounters, but the subtle ways in which the characters interact — some wanting to hack and slash while others want to sneak past; the way in which information is sometimes ignored by party members, much to their later detriment; the ways that awkward alliances are forged between members of races that are traditionally at war...

Later today I should be getting two Discworld books in exchange for a couple of books I leant out last week. They ought to give me two good sleepless nights!