Lover of books, rats, and things that are nifty. Atheist, liberal, historian, scientist.
Ooh, I haven’t seen that one before! Definitely adding it to my list, thanks! :) My favorite of the talking rats genre of books is Terry Pratchett’s The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. I like the Redwall series too, but the rats are always the bad guys.
I haven’t found too many good dinosaur books outside of the Jurassic Park series. Eric Garcia has a series of books in which the main characters are dinosaur descendents disguised as humans. If you’re into Star Trek, there’s a book called First Frontier in which the villains are dinosaur descendents (?? I think. It’s been a while since I’ve read it) who prevented the extinction of the dinosaurs and so the crew of the Enterprise has to go back in time to make sure humanity evolves. No, seriously, Star Trek + dinosaurs = awesomeness. There’s also Dinotopia, which I haven’t read yet, but I’m totally in love with the illustrations.
I’ve been trying to find a book of dinosaur short stories I read a long time ago, but I can’t for the life of me remember the title, so I can’t tell you what it is. :(
The great thing about Pratchett’s Discworld series is that it’s really a bunch of little series tied together along with a few stand-alone books, so there are a lot of places to start.
Guards! Guards! is the start of the City Watch series-within-a-series, which is my favorite of the series-within-a-series. Dragons, secret societies, virgin sacrifices, conspiracies, and an incompetent Watch headed by an alcoholic Sam Vimes abound.
My favorite of the Discworld novels is a stand-alone: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. It’s about talking rats.
Here’s a nice chart detailing how the books fit together: