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I have a couple of side quests to kill monsters of a particular type, and they say I should read up on them. I can double-click the quest in my journal, and the tracking symbol appears, but it doesn't mark anything on my map.

Is there any way to track where these books might be? Or do I just have to ransack the area and hope I find what I need?

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Killing enough monsters of the specific type can also unlock the knowledge, you don't necessarily need to buy a book. Although I'm not sure about the specifics of that. – Mad Scientist May 22 '11 at 14:38
@Fabian I read something like that too, but I had probably killed 10 or 20 without seeing any results, so I decided to look for the book instead. – sjohnston May 22 '11 at 15:25
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I am only at the first part of the game (Flotsam), and there is a book shop just opposite the Dwarven smith where there are books on monsters.

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I found this place after a little bit of exploring. Presumably there will be more book shops later on. Still, I wish the game would mark it specifically on the map. – sjohnston May 22 '11 at 5:30

The dwarf who does your hair and is the third poker competitor also sells books. You should have the nekker book if you picked up everything. They increase your knowledge to 3/3 instantly, whereas it takes a while fighting. Probably great for rarer monsters in small quantities.

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