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About AbroadKew

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  1. Iridescence by Brockhampton, all of it. The entire album is amazing. There isn't a single bad song on the album. My favorite though is San Marcos. If you have any appreciation for hip-hop/rap then this album is worth a full listen. Brockhampton - San Marcos
  2. I am finishing Voices of Chernobyl and Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. They're both amazing books. Voices is the second Chernobyl book I read after watching the HBO mini-series and I have been stuck on 75% for a while because it's actually super depressing. I started Genghis Khan in the mean time and am at 75% of that now as well. I plan to finish both here in the next few days and move on to why I joined this forum... to read Sanderson for the first time! Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World completely changed everything I thought of Genghis Khan and Mongols in history. I definitely recommend it. It is actually kind of crazy how progressive he was with how bad his reputation is these days. Edit, 40 minutes later: After posting this, I decided to go relax and read a bit more of Genghis Khan and I have finished it! I highly recommend this book. Edit, 11 hours later: I have now also finished Voices of Chernobyl... another great book but SUPER intense. Elantris time!
  3. The Doors of Perception/Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley I went in completely blind and just assumed that because I loved Brave New World that I would love this. I don't have a problem with non-fiction and read quite a bit of it but I didn't realize it was based on his true life experiences with of a drug until like a quarter of the way through some how. I just wasn't connecting with it at all. It's the only book that I made a conscious decision to stop reading. I might go back to it some day though.
  4. Oh, no worries there. If for some reason, I am not totally convinced then I won't give up on Elantris. Sanderson checks many boxes for things I might like and has too much of a good reputation in places that I generally trust for me to give up on his first novel. Thank you! I don't know anything about Mistborn but when I first heard of Stormlight yesterday and realized it was connected, I knew it might have been meant to be. I will definitely be getting myself to at least the end of Mistborn! Thank you! --- No matter how it is sliced, I am very confident that I am going to enjoy this journey overall.
  5. Nothing, Elantris will be my first. I have always just been aware of him.
  6. Morning, I was looking for a new fantasy series to read after I finish Voices From Chernobyl and Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World as I'm reading them both concurrently and am 75% finished with both. I like to sprinkle in some non-fiction into my life every so often but I always come back to Fantasy and all the series I am reading either are finished, or the author is still writing. I went to Google and typed "good fantasy reddit" and The Stormlight Archives won /r/Fantasy 2019 Top Novels. I recongnized the name Brandon Sanderson and he is an author that I have been meaning to read for years (I always read how amazing a job he did with Wheel of Time which is another series on my bucket list) but just haven't gotten around to yet for some reason and decided to investigate a little further. I am going in completely blind and decided to start with Elantris. As of right now, I am thinking about publication order but we will see how that evolves. I actually found the Discord for this forum before I realized there was a forum but now I am here too. It has been about 16 years since I have really been a member of a legitimate message board. I miss this style of community, to be completely honest. IRC and a message board, those were the days. Anyways, hello!