Novel

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Name novel
Appearance paperback book
Base price 20 zm
Weight 20

A novel is a special type of book that appears in NetHack. When unidentified, a novel appears as a paperback book.

Though they do not teach spells, novels are considered spellbooks and can be written with a magic marker, taking 5–9 charges to do so. This is subject to failure if novels have not been identified.

The following information pertains to an upcoming version (NetHack 3.7.0). If this version is now released, please verify that it is still accurate, then update the page to incorporate this information.

Novels can no longer be written with a magic marker, and the blank spellbook you select to write on may be destroyed in the attempt.

Generation

The first book or scroll shop to be generated in the dungeon is guaranteed to stock a novel.

The following information pertains to an upcoming version (NetHack 3.7.0). If this version is now released, please verify that it is still accurate, then update the page to incorporate this information.

Novels additionally comprise 0.1% of randomly generated spellbooks. Players and monsters cannot start with a novel, nor will one be granted as a prayer boon.

Effect

Reading a novel causes NetHack to display a quote from a Discworld book. The first novel you read gives you 20 points of experience; subsequent novels have no additional effect. Reading novels breaks illiterate conduct.

List of novels

  • A Hat Full of Sky
  • Carpe Jugulum
  • Equal Rites
  • Eric
  • Feet of Clay
  • Going Postal
  • Guards! Guards!
  • Hogfather
  • Interesting Times
  • I Shall Wear Midnight
  • Jingo
  • Lords and Ladies
  • Making Money
  • Maskerade
  • Men at Arms
  • Monstrous Regiment
  • Mort
  • Moving Pictures
  • Night Watch
  • Pyramids
  • Raising Steam
  • Reaper Man
  • Small Gods
  • Snuff
  • Soul Music
  • Sourcery
  • The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
  • The Colour of Magic
  • The Fifth Elephant
  • The Last Continent
  • The Last Hero
  • The Light Fantastic
  • The Shepherd's Crown
  • The Truth
  • The Wee Free Men
  • Thief of Time
  • Thud!
  • Unseen Academicals
  • Wintersmith
  • Witches Abroad
  • Wyrd Sisters

Strategy

Novels are among the many sources of experience that a pacifist player should make use of early on. Outside of this, they tend to have little practical use.

History

Novels were introduced in NetHack 3.6.0 as a tribute to Terry Pratchett, the author of the Discworld series, who passed away in 2015, the year of NetHack 3.6.0's release.

Variants

The November NetHack Tournament

In The November NetHack Tournament, a random novel can be found in a secret closet within the DevTeam Office.

EvilHack

In EvilHack, new novels are added that can be found in some of the branches introduced to the variant: