Alright, here's my book* thread for 2021 – starting early this time, so I hopefully won't abandon it due to ETOOMANYBOOKS like last year's. Be warned that January is traditionally filled with fanfics and re-reads.

All tagged with for your muting convenience.

* books, papers, fanfics, etc etc

1/ The Arithmancer (Arithmancer, #1) by White Squirrel. Decent Harry Potter fanfic whith Hermione as math genius. Rat adjacent but nowhere near the mess that is HPMOR. Imagine having actual characters *and* science, at the same time.
books.rixx.de/white-squirrel/t

2/ Lady Archimedes by White Squirrel. Second part of the fanfic series. Better plot, worse writing, and gets an honourable mention for having a bibliography that includes Heinlein, Sagan, Niven and Tolkien.
books.rixx.de/white-squirrel/l

3/ Annals of Arithmancy by White Squirrel. Conclusion to the fanfic trilogy. Contained the quote "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to emotionally comprehend the exponential function." – hitting a bit hard right now.
books.rixx.de/white-squirrel/a

4/ Weaving Fate by Aidan Wachter. Several useful introspection techniques, both meditation and journaling. My favourite was the one where you write a journal as your future self. Very useful stuff if you can ignore the, uhm, magic.
books.rixx.de/aidan-wachter/we

5/ Schadenfreude by Tiffany Watt Smith. Lots of examples of Schadenfreude (and related things), lots of hedging, not much else.
books.rixx.de/tiffany-watt-smi

6/ Just a Random Tuesday… by Twisted Biscuit. Delightfully snarky, but fewer fluctuations in writing quality would've been nice.
books.rixx.de/twisted-biscuit/

7/ Madita by Astrid Lindgren. My yearly Lindgren re-read, just to confirm that she's still one of my favourite authors. Yep, still is.
books.rixx.de/astrid-lindgren/

8/ A Wild Ride Through the Night by Walter Moers. Walter Moers connects 21 illustrations by Gustave Doré in a delightfully weird story
books.rixx.de/walter-moers/a-w

9/ Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn. Village boy into clan lord and assassin in Fantasy faux-Japan. Good fun, if bloody.
books.rixx.de/lian-hearn/acros

10/ Die Panne by Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Delightfully brutal novella (as Dürrenmatt tends to be). The protagonist feels great the whole time, while the reader is trapped in uneasiness.
books.rixx.de/friedrich-durren

12/ Grass for his Pillow by Lian Hearn. Enjoyable second part of the series. Generally better than the first part, except for the sheer stupidity of the ending (which serves to set up a lot of equally stupid drama.)
books.rixx.de/lian-hearn/grass

13/ Im Land des Windes by Licia Troisi. Well-done if slightly generic Fantasy story. The last living half-elf, a young girl, grows up into a dragon rider and has to grow past her hate and stubbornness blah blah blah.
books.rixx.de/licia-troisi/im-

14/ Mimus by Lilli Thal. A young prince has to become the court jester for the enemy king. Excellent YA (re-read).
books.rixx.de/lilli-thal/mimus

15/ Probably Still the Chosen One by Kelly Barnhill. A young hero in a standard Narnia-like portal fantasy, and what happens after she grows up. Short story, available online.
books.rixx.de/kelly-barnhill/p

16/ Sansûkh by determamfidd. A Lord of the Rings fanfic with such a quality of writing and depth of research that I have to revisit it occasionally. Plus, it has art. And a soundtrack.
books.rixx.de/determamfidd/san

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17/ The Lost City of Ithos by John Bierce. Currently the last part of the Mage Errant series. Setting up to drag the whole thing out, in that Fantasy spiral of upping the stakes forever. Characters still okay, plot very generic..
books.rixx.de/john-bierce/the-

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