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How to read The witcher

So, have you decided to read The Witcher books? Great! This is a fairly long series, and it gets a bit difficult to know the proper order to read them. Here you will find which is the best order to read these books, a quick guide so you can start reading this amazing saga written by the Polish Andrzej Sapkowski. It’s time to know more about Geralt and his journey.

Make sure you read this story and learn everything about Geralt of Rivia before The Witcher Netflix gets released! If you like worlds full of fantasy, action and witty dialogues you will love this series. Learn more about Ciri and about Yennefer, you might know them already if you played The Witcher 3: Wild hunt. Here you will learn about their past, this is the story of how Geralt and Ciri know each other.

There is much controversy on what is the correct reading order of these books. In my opinion, the one that makes more sense is reading them in chronological order (with one exception). The saga begins with two short story books after this come the novels, they subsequently end with a prequel. Some might think short stories are not needed in order to read not considering them part of the book series, this is not the case, the short stories not only introduce a lof of characters, it is also here where the bond between Ciri and Geralt begins. So make sure you read these too or you will miss a lot!

So, in my opinion, the best way to read this saga is the following:

The witcher reading order

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Instructions

  • The Last Wish
  • Sword of Destiny
  • Blood of Elves
  • Time of Contempt
  • Baptism of Fire
  • The Tower of Swallows
  • The Lady of the Lake
  • Season of storms

Now that you know, it’s time to start reading! you have no excuses anymore I’m afraid, so check the list once again to make sure you got the short stories first and let’s start reading The Witcher series, you will not regret.

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Eden: Part 1

Today is Friday or, better said, Freeday! in this category I recommend great books that you can download for free (and legally) on the Internet. Let´s begin with Eden: Part 1 (the Eden series)

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Eden: Part 1 is a free book we can download online, the first book of a two-part story (being the Eden: Part 2 the second one). The author, J.Sharpe, is from the Netherlands. His work is translated in English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and even a few are also available in braille.

Sharpe is a Dutch author who has written several mystery thrillers and short works. He likes to mix genres in his works and this shows up in this first part of Eden. This book undoubtedly brings a lot to the thriller genre, but also provides interesting brushstrokes of the horror and paranormal genres. This cross-genre works really well, he created his own style but his writing, despite being quite particular and unique, reminds to Stephen King’s prose.

What is the book about?

The plot of this book revolves around the end of humanity and through its reading, we will be plunging into an exciting story that keeps the reader turning pages. The story sets the main character, Anna Meisner, in a dark room, tied to a chair. In front of her, there is another woman, who looks a lot like her.

The woman commits suicide while Anna is found a few days later in a state close to death. Anna wakes up in a hospital where the police consider her suspect of the woman’s death. This is the intense beginning of a story that will undoubtedly make us enjoy this exciting fiction thriller.

The book develops a very interesting plot, which brings us closer to discover the world of the angels. A world that in appearance anyone would consider is close to the divine if not the divine itself. A world in there are no mistakes, all pure and perfect. But nevertheless, as J. Sharpe will show us throughout the story that develops in the book, this is not the real appearance these divine creatures have, because in this story angels are not the perfect and pure creatures anyone would attribute to these beings sent by God.

Actually, this quote summarizes pretty well this:

“Angels: they’re among us. I would know. There’s one trapped inside of me. But the image you probably have of these “helpers of God” is wrong, I guarantee it. They are all maniacal assholes.”

The main character has a motivation to continue forward. To solve a lot of enigmas, due to the complicated scenario she has to face, as she is suspected of committing a crime.

Where can I find it?

This book can be found for free on the internet (here) as a way of encouraging the reader to read the entire series consisting of part one and part two (which can be bought on Amazon). As I previously said, the book is available on Amazon and you can download it to read it comfortably in any device (you can download the free Kindle app in their same website). This is a good way to know about this fantastic novel, and if you liked it you can purchase the second volume to keep reading. Depending on the Amazon country website you can either find it free or not, so if you liked the book or want to support his work you can actually buy this book instead of downloading it for free, or maybe you can buy Eden: Part 2, of your choice.

Awards

This thriller that places us in a world that is about to end as we know it, has been nominated for the Bastaard Fantasy Award, an important recognition that places the author in a prominent place. Of all the books we can download for free on the Internet today, this is undoubtedly a fantastic choice for all those lovers of intense stories, who are looking to keep their eyes on the pages of a thriller in some terrifying way.

 

Hope you will like this suggestion, this one is one of those free books to read and enjoy. Keep reading!

 

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Read online free websites and books

You want to read online for free, but you don’t know how to do it? Sometimes we want to read a book online and we don’t know where to. The Internet allows us to read a lot of wonderful stories for free, just at the click of a mouse. In this post, I will suggest you free online book reading websites.

 Why people want to read books online

For a few years now, people use the internet for everything and reading couldn’t be less. Many people prefer to read online or using ebooks to avoid piling up books and books at home. Being on the web, they do not occupy a physical space in our homes after our reading. A respectful approach of course.

Even so, reading books online is still something more situational. Maybe you are waiting for that delayed train and you might want to read something meanwhile? or maybe you have a free reading life philosophy? Or you are just curious about websites to read books for free? Whatever, let me satisfy your curiosity.

Now, don’t get this post wrong, this post is about reading books online legally. It is important to respect the copyright, there is a lot of work in every book, too much effort, hope, and money invested.  This is why I recommend visiting only websites that take into account and respect the writer.

Read online free websites

Below you will find free reading websites which I hope you will find useful:

Project Gutenberg:

This is an American website, here you can find about 60,000 copies completely free, that is a lof of free online books. Its creator was Michael Hart, who also invented eBooks in the 1970s. In this webpage, you can either read the books online or download them (epub, Kindle formats), so it is also a way to get free book downloads.

Project Gutenberg does not charge any fee, without any cost to readers.  You don’t even need a special app, your Website browser will be more than enough. As I stated before every book here is free, the webpage encourages you to make a small donation for their project through Paypal to keep it running, donating or not is of your choice, of course.

Wikisource

Wikisource – The Free Library is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation, an American-non-profit and charitable organization which you may know by its most relevant project: Wikipedia. While Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, and therefore, contains articles, Wikisource contains the books themselves.

Right now, this project contains 417,491 texts in English, and their webpage is easy to handle since it’s pretty similar to Wikipedia a web design we are all used to.

This is a project to create a free content library and includes the following (as they state in their webpage)

  1.  Source text previously published by any author
  2. Translations of original texts
  3. Historical documents of national or international interest
  4. Bibliographies of authors whose works are in Wikisource

The best thing about this website is the simplicity to explore the available texts, also always free. Whether by genre, by country of origin, by period… you will find tons of books on each subject. If you’re looking for texts in lesser-known languages, don’t worry, Wikisource is sure to find it.

Another useful thing about this webpage,  if the book you want does not exist in your language, you might be able to find it translated in this website.

Internet Archive

This organization is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.  Right now their archive contains more than 20 million books and texts. You can either download these books or use their open library website in order to read these books online.

Openlibrary.org has a fine browser while books are categorized by genre. If you are willing to read a book it is as simple as right-clicking the “Read button” and just start enjoying a new book!

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This website is a Spanish platform with a somewhat limited free library. They also offer a premium service for a small monthly fee allowing you to download and read without limits. You only have to sign up (you can log in using Facebook and Google accounts too) in order to create an account and start reading. Right now their catalog contains more than 1 million titles in multiple languages.

As stated before their free library is limited, some titles are free, many others, more than 1 million, do not allow their download if you do not contract the Premium service. The cost is 8.99 euros per month but if you really love reading, it will be a very useful service for you.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed these free reading sites. Let me end encouraging you donating for free book authors, why? If you loved a book, if it made you feel so much, why not make a donation to the author, so he can keep creating such lovable stories? Think about it 😊

 

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Racism in literature

 

Let’s talk about racism in literature, surely a delicate topic. I am aware that this subject can generate a lot of controversies. So, first of all, I would like to clarify that in this post any racial reference does not have any negative connotation and this issue will be treated with all the respect it deserves.

Racism has been present one way or another during our existence. As a result, there are manuscripts of different ages that reflect it. Many writers found in their literary art a way to denounce this.

Racism in fiction and medieval fantasy genres

Even in fiction and medieval genre, many authors have included racism in their lore in one way or another. To cite a few examples of more than well-known sagas, in Lord of the Rings, Tolkien included in the lore the contempt that existed between some of the fantastic races of the Middle Earth, who does not remember the contempt that existed between the dwarves and the elves? both races had no problem in showing their mutual contempt. However, Gimli (a dwarf) and Legolas (an elf) would end up being great friends.

Another example in fantasy literature would be Harry Potter (which if you loved, you can check these other suggestions). The aversion that some magicians felt towards Muggles (a person who lacks the magical ability and was not born in a magical family) or mudblood (a foul name for someone who is Muggle-born) would be a different approach to racism. Racism is present in these novels in different ways, and is in fact, partly at least, the plot of the second volume of this saga, The Chamber of Secrets.

There are not a few authors who, in one way or another, introduce racism in their books, as something to deny or fight against. By denouncing it, these books help many people to realize this issue, to create social awareness and to stand up against racial prejudice.

Which novels are about facing racism?

To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee, 1960.A classic of modern literature, no doubt. This book takes place in the Alabama of the 1930s.  It tells the story of a lawyer, Atticus Finch, who stands up against all the prejudices of a village, deciding to defend an African-American man accused of raping a young white woman. While the rest of the villagers already consider him guilty, not even requiring a trial, Atticus Finch will do his best to prove his innocence earning the disrespect of most of the Maycomb citizens (a fictional city). The story is set in the Alabama of the 1930s. The story speaks of racism as present in society but shows the titanic efforts of those “racial heroes”, such as the courageous lawyer Atticus Finch, to fight against it.

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas, 2017. The Hate U Give addresses the problem of racism in our time. This novel tells the story of Starr Carter, a girl born in a poor neighborhood of African-American people who attends high school in an elegant neighborhood. Things will get worse when she witnesses how Khalil, a childhood friend, get shot by the police.

Broken Earth Series

By N. K. Jemisin, 2015 (first novel). This series is a prominent example of racism in fiction. In this case, the prejudice goes against the orogenes, people with a mutation that makes them capable of preventing (and also causing) earthquakes.  They are both hated and feared, many of them ending up being murdered due to this.

Thud!

Terry Pratchett, 1997. Thud! is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, it is part of his Discworld series. In Thud! A murder of a dwarf will reveal their contempt for trolls, a different approach to racism. If you want to know about Discworld, you only have to click here to know more.

 

Literature conveys messages through characters, this is why it is so powerful and yet beautiful. It thus becomes a perfect tool for raising awareness and mobilizing society.

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The Kingkiller Chronicle all you need to know

You probably have heard about this saga already. The Kingkiller Chronicle is probably the most popular fantasy series right now.  both lots of fans and critics consider this saga the heir of A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) books. Not because these stories are similar, they truly aren’t at all in fact, but because these novels by Patrick Rothfuss are expected to turn into a media phenomenon.

The books are of course already best sellers. That’s not all, these novels are not getting a Tv series like A Song of Ice and Fire did, or a movie adaptation like Mortal Engines, or “just” a video-game series as The Witcher. No, The Kingkiller Chronicle didn’t have to make such a choice, because it is getting all of it! movies/series/video-game, multiplatform experience. Yes, the full pack.

As you see, quite a big deal. Books have already a passionate fan base, and the potential to reach to reach a whole new audience with all these adaptations.

I just love the way the author, Patrick Rothfuss, shared this news on his webpage, let me show you a small fragment:

Then Lionsgate got in touch. “About that whole TV-show-and-a-movie thing you mentioned,” they said. “If we’re going to do some sort of big narratively intertwined multi-platform development deal based on your books, wouldn’t it make more sense to do a video game along with the TV show and movies? Because seriously, why wouldn’t we want to do a video game too?” (I’m paraphrasing a little here you understand.)

I said, “What?”

The films will cover the book’s story while the tv series will be a prequel. I will write about this in detail in “To the big screen” though, let’s focus on the books right now.

What is the series about?

This series genre is Heroic Fantasy. As advanced in a previous post this saga tells the story of Kvothe, a retired legendary hero who will narrate his life adventure to Chronicler (a scribe). The book is structured so it’s the same Kvothe who tells his own story, while there are certain interludes where the interaction between Kvothe and Chronicler is described. Kvothe tells with delightful detail how his life was from his childhood to present.

The story is set in the fantastic world of Temerant. While the story is crude and compelling, the characters are powerfully built, and the action is truly convincing. I love the pace and flow in each chapter, the story is so engaging you really wish Kvothe to succeed! The author made a great work, the writing is a subtle combination of power and beauty.

The book is really accessible, so not only fantasy readers will love this, there is no need to be into medieval fantasy genre to enjoy this book.

How long is The Kingkiller Chronicle?

The King Killer Chronicle is a trilogy. The first two novels are already published while the third and last book has no release date yet.

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  • The Name of the Wind. 662 pages, published on March 27, 2007.
  • The Wise Man’s Fear. 994 pages, published on March 1, 2011.
  • The Doors of Stone. To be determined.

Regarding the reading order, there is actually no need for a “how to start reading” for this series.  Just take the publishing date as the reference.

Awards

This book series have already sold over ten million copies and the two first novels in the trilogy are of course Bestsellers.

Here are some awards achieved by the author and his novels:

  • Quill Award (2007)
  • “Best Books of the Year” (2007) – Publishers Weekly–
  • NPR Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books (2011)
  • Ranked 3rd in “Best 21st Century Fantasy Fiction Novels” (2012) –Locus–

How has The Kingkiller Chronicle been received by critics?

The critics are in general positive, all of them praise the author and his manuscripts:

I was reminded of Ursula LeGuin, George R. R. Martin, and J. R. R. Tolkien, but never felt that Rothfuss was imitating anyone. Like the writers he clearly admires, he’s an old-fashioned storyteller working with traditional elements, but his voice is his own. I haven’t been so gripped by a new fantasy series in years. It’s certain to become a classic.”
The London Times

“No ordinary fantasy full of pointless quests and overblown drama. Rather, it is a finely tuned coming-of-age story, full of humor, action and the occasional dose of magic.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Writers like George R.R. Martin and Gene Wolfe are old hands at revitalizing old tropes, giving fantasy the depth and humanity of the great literary novels, but Rothfuss sets out to retell what should be the most familiar tale of all, in the most familiar mode (the triple-decker). Remarkably, he does make it fresh again in this opening book, complete with an interesting take on magic that adds both emotional impact and intellectual excitement. So bring on volume two!”
Locus

As you see, a must-read saga. I bet you will claim this when you end these books: Wottaread! 😀

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