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Harry potter and the methods of rationality - by less wrong/eliezer yudkowsky Watch

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    (Original post by Infinity_4652)
    Oh yh, why have the harry potter threads died out?
    Will you make a new one for us?



    No, i havent read it. I read the blurb at the back and it didnt interest me so much.
    I really do wonder though what JK rowling's next book will be though? Maybe casual vacancy 2?
    I don't think she'd make a sequel to it, but there was talk about her doing something in the HP universe but with different characters and aimed at a different age group.

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    (Original post by Sheldor)
    I don't think she'd make a sequel to it, but there was talk abouther doing something in the HP universe but with different characters and aimed at a different age group.

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    Oh awesome! I look forward to reading that book when it comes out!
    But if the age group is 30+, i would prefer not to.
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    I've read this twice now and m listening to the http://www.hpmorpodcast.com/?page_id=56 podcast version while I do other things.This is the only fanfic i've ever read but I can't imagine it gets much better than this. For one all the eye-roll-worthy plot holes and Harry-being-a-whiny-***** moments are removed/pointed out, for another I learned a ton about the rationality side of things and enjoy reading the authors explanation of how the Harry Potter world could have actually came about.

    Overall I think you lose a bit of the colour of JK's version (it's not quite as well written as the original and some of the scientific asides are clumsily shoe-horned in which disrupts the flow of the story) but you gain a lot in terms of having a consistent story and a ton of cool pot twists and it doesn't completely destroy the magic of the original (I found this version just as unputdownable). I know this is like sacrilege and stuff and I haven't read the canon since the last book came out but I think I might actually prefer Yudkowsky's story.

    What that ramble is trying to say was that I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Harry Potter and the type of person who generally finds themselves on tsr
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    So is this like Harry Potter taking a more scientific viewpoint of magic?

    If anyone has read the Constable Peter Grant books by Ben Aaronavitch, the main character in those spends a lot of time studying how magic works and why things are effected by it in a scientific way.
 
 
 
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