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    Default The Witcher (books) - Andrzej Sapkowski

    I was interested if there are people here who read the books of the Witcher Geralt from Andrzej Sapkowski. Some might know also the PC game The Witcher which bases on the books, but I want to talk about the books. I used the forum search but apparently there is no thread about it.

    I am wondering what types the characters have. I have trouble figuring out them and would like to hear what you might think. Though the names of some characters in the German translation seem to be different, so I hope there won't be confusions with the names.

    Especially Dandelion (in German Rittersporn, I hope Dandelion is the right name in English version; I mean Geralt's friend, the poet) is difficult to type for me. He behaves very different in the first two books in comparison to the third and fourth book (which I am reading right now), that means in the first two books he is far more silly and foolish, while in the third book he comes off more intelligent although of course he still does make jokes. I wonder if that has to do with the translation or with the author. I would type him as ESTP, but I am not sure about it. He might be also ESFP, ENFP or ENTP.

    Geralt seems like an INFP actually, but maybe I just want him to be :P I am sure about the I, and I think he is a Feeler as well who shows himself as very cold only to the outside and seems to believe it even (it was a topic in several conversations as well), but he has strong values which come out often and struggles with the evilness in the world often, and he often seems to be deeply hurt in his inner. I am not sure about the N and the P though. He doesn't seem to care much about social norms etc. though, and when I see him in contrast to Dandelion he doesn't seem to be a S either.

    Some list of the most important characters (you can write about others too if you want). Again, I don't know if the names are all the same.

    Geralt (the witcher)
    Dandelion / Rittersporn (the poet, Geralt's friend)
    Nenneke (the priestess of Melitele, also in friendship with Geralt)
    Yennefer (Geralt's loved sorceress)
    Calanthe (the Queen of Cintra)
    Ciri (the granddaughter of Calanthe with the special bond to Geralt)

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    Wow, had thought those books are more common. No one read them?

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    Which of the English translated books do you recommend reading?

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    Oh, didn't expect that thread would one time come up again ^^

    I just looked which books are available in English and apparently there is at the moment only "The Last Wish" and "Blood of Elves", and in this year there should come also "Times of Contempt". The Last Wish is a short book of small stories about The Witcher. They are not all directly related to each other, however many of those stories give you often important information which gets referenced back to during the novel saga which starts with the "Blood of Elves". Maybe you could understand the book also without the short story books, but maybe there would be some details missing; you learn about how things came together, and learn much about the relationships between the main characters. So usually I would start with "The Last Wish", since it gives you a soft introduction form into the Witcher saga and the short stories have their own charm. The writing style differs greatly between the short stories and the novels from my opinion, but I enjoyed them all.

    The thing which is wondering me is that in German translation there were two books with short stories, and the second one (which should be in English "Sword of Destiny") was quite important as well. This one is missing in English translations apparently.

    Anyway, I would recommend them all, but if you want to start, you should start with the first one from my opinion (The Last Wish).

    PS: I have read now the whole novel saga.
    PPS: The typing attempts of the characters in the OT are old, I might think now different ^^

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