I change my reading list about once every two weeks because my interests and needs for reading material change over time. My list at the start of May was six books. I cut it to three because there were three books I wasn’t bothering to read:
The Lord of the Rings
Bethorm: The Plane of Tekumel
Space Opera is by Catherynne M. Valente, who I follow on Twitter. The book and its contents kept popping up on my feed during April, so I downloaded a sample from the Nook store. The blazing wordplay in it is astounding. So I bought a copy as soon as I could. Social satire on a galactic scale.
The Lord of the Rings is by J.R.R. Tolkien. I am reading my third copy. My father gave me my first copy circa 1979. He had read it and set it aside. I still own that copy, yellowed and worn with age. More recently I bought and read the fiftieth anniversary edition. I just finished reading that copy last year. My third copy is the e-book in one volume. I bought it because I kept losing track of where my second copy was in my personal library. Also, it was on sale. I am re-reading it now on the impulse to bookmark the pages with meaning for me.
Bethorm: The Plane of Tekumel is a tabletop RPG source book. It describes the science fantasy world of Tekumel. Generic fantasy settings with happy birds and singing elves have lost their savor for me. How my taste in settings shifted is a subject for another blog post. My first step away from generic settings was Trollworld, the established setting for Tunnels & Trolls, which has Teutonic and Celtic elements and is thoroughly lethal to player characters. Tekumel is another step away from generic fantasy, a savage world set in the far future. Full disclosure: I know one of the co-creators of Bethorm via Facebook. Jeff Dee, artist and tabletop RPG creator.