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Books for lonely people by Cedric Bimbletine - Sat, 19 Dec 2015 17:25:34 EST ID:TkLSrPeS No.67906 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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What book made you feel comforted in a time of loneliness? Maybe you felt acknowledged or validated or like a character in the story would've made a great friend to you.

This'll be highly personal, so it might be a bad idea for a book recommendation thread, but I am hoping to find a good story that takes me out of my current isolation. Strangely, ASOIAF did this, but now it's over - until later.
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Betsy Famblefoot - Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:49:25 EST ID:7hFRI++H No.68878 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Cyril Henningmatch - Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:18:24 EST ID:cgku5/lZ No.68879 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Turn the verbs in the following sentences into the passive, but do not change the tenses!
The original subject disappears because it is not important.
E.g.: Somebody fetched a chair for Mrs Dixon. => A chair was fetched for Mrs Dixon.
1) They speak French at this shop.
2) Somebody stole my car.
3) They have sent the books to the wrong address.
4) Somebody will bring the beer.
5) Somebody has bought this fur coat.
6) Somebody has left this umbrella behind.
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Cyril Henningmatch - Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:36:17 EST ID:cgku5/lZ No.68880 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Can someone help me with this shit?
Oliver Pucklekudging - Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:04:45 EST ID:r6yn1q7L No.68881 Ignore Report Quick Reply
French is spoken at this shop
My car was stolen by somebody
The books have been sent to the wrong address
The beer will be brought by somebody
This umbrella has been left behind by somebody

Show me you understand the underlying grammatical principles by turning this sentence into active:

Shitty content is submitted and accumulated by lazy and underage druggies
Hedda Davingfuck - Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:08:00 EST ID:cgku5/lZ No.68882 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Thx dude

Homage to Catalonia by Nicholas Nicklecocke - Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:39:35 EST ID:fiHjnwC3 No.68871 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Just finished it today. Great read. Orwell gift for the written word really shines here.
I especially like the political aspect. He remains stoic throughout the book and even warns people about any possible mistake he has made and his small, personal bias regarding the commentary; which is why I think it has a really constructive possibility to influence/challenge people's /pol/itical views.

It's a true story about his own experience as a militia member of the POUM during the spanish civil war. It's consistently exciting and it even has twists, something you'd expect from a fictional adventure novel. I've read 1984 before this book, and after reading you can evidently see the connections between his own first-hand experience and the dystopian story of Winston Smith.
James Murdspear - Mon, 21 Nov 2016 04:41:42 EST ID:LufUZZit No.68875 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I read 1984 when I was 14, quickly moved on to Homage to Catalonia, Down and Out in Paris and London and various essays. Death of an Elephant (I think that's what it's called) stuck with me the most I think.
Fucking great author.

I've abused too much alcohol to remember much of those books to be honest

H.P. Lovecraft by Edward Pockham - Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:01:51 EST ID:N85caPFQ No.68706 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Any Lovecraftian Fans? (Image unrelated, at school, won't let me download shit)
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Hugh Sabberville - Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:54:54 EST ID:niqrdEXr No.68796 Ignore Report Quick Reply
His racism makes sense when you consider he is a crazy person who thinks the demons from his books are real. I like his racism, it just lends to his mythos of insanity. Dude was a mad man.
William Gollerbutch - Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:18:38 EST ID:8B2Dkrx/ No.68827 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Yes, he's been my favorite author for a while.
My favorite are:
"The case of Charles Dexter Ward"
"Ex Oblivione"
"The White Ship"
Cornelius Fammershit - Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:01:35 EST ID:INHiQkMj No.68828 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I agree with this guy almost completely. Shadow out of Time, Dreams in the Witch House, and The Dreams of Unknown Kadath are my absolute faves.
I love this works since it is a self consistent fantasy world which coexists with ours, yet whose scale was only ever hinted at.
Cornelius Fammershit - Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:02:36 EST ID:INHiQkMj No.68829 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I love his work *
Graham Toothall - Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:21:26 EST ID:0GCEKy4P No.68872 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Nah, constantly in pain. He apparently had cancer, which is why in every picture he has that look.
>believed demons from his book
He didn't though.

enchanted world series by Jack Turveyhood - Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:30:22 EST ID:z4D4JeAQ No.68866 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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these are excellent books for young and old
i have nearly the complete series... 19 out of 21 maybe 20 out of 21
anyways 4 of the ones i own have severe damage due to water damage causing the pages to stick together

looking for them in pdf if it can be helped
googling and checked tpb as well as ipt
looking here and irc

Resources! by Sophie Goodstock - Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:59:07 EST ID:UHwd3TMX No.68806 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Has anyone on he been published? I'm just curious about what people do with their work. Do you just try to publish online randomly? Are there resources locally?

Im close to Austin so I really would love to find a fun zine to feed. I feel like it's a short list locally, looking online for places that fit with what I do. While also uncomfortable with sending my work places I don't live for some reason. Pretty sure I'd have better luck on Tumblr.

Well it's a long shot on this board but maybe a reply in a few years. Feel free to pile your question on too, may it one day be answered. In God's name we pray, amen.
Simon Mushwure - Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:27:39 EST ID:g+nXkGjk No.68807 Ignore Report Quick Reply
There's this thread >>68150 I made with all the sites amateur writers sharing stories and discussing their process and works. No one yet has mentioned being actually published. A few people have posted short works but I am the only one in there who seems to have completed a novel length work before.

I am trying to get some short stories published in anthologies and e-zines, hopefully something works out. If you write a novel or collection of stories, Amazon will sell you paperback books of it. My book is 250 pages and costs me about $6 a copy, which I then sell to friends and randoms for $10-$12 depending on how much I like the person. It's a cool way to give your work a professional presentation until you get a real publisher to buy your manuscript.

Best book to give to drug addicts by Bombastus !uYErosQbLM!!Mybq1UbK - Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:40:11 EST ID:YNQHQ3r0 No.68738 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I normally suggest Nichomachean Ethics with loving the mean and fetishizing it and whatever.

What other books can help you find inner joy?
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Caroline Bullerbut - Sun, 09 Oct 2016 15:51:10 EST ID:8fVk5qQ9 No.68767 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Fyi, the lit teacher was the older sister of the teacher mentioned in http://boards.420chan.org/art/res/51021.php

I am IztYKjtH8 in that thread.
Charles Drembleson - Sun, 09 Oct 2016 16:29:36 EST ID:DjhHGfPo No.68768 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Well I feel like I have to defend Aristotle now. He's not preachy, on the contrary! He's telling you, to question yourself, in respect with they way you're chosing what to do, and what is right or wrong. He gives a criteria according to which one can judge actions, but in no way is it close-ended!

Though I totally agree, it's not a book for a drug addict, it's boring as fuck, and hard to read. I study philosophy and for me it's hard to sit and read Aristotle for more than 1 hour.

I'd suggest stuff that's short and has a lot of dialogues, like theater plays or interviews. Some theater play by Sartre or Camus oughtta be interesting, in my druggie days I used to read that stuff all the time. There's a series of books called "Conversations" that are interviews made to famous philosophers, like Foucault, Deleuze, Cioran, Derrida (those are the ones that come to mind right now), that explain interesting philosophical concepts in a really accesible language.
Caroline Bullerbut - Sun, 09 Oct 2016 19:30:37 EST ID:8fVk5qQ9 No.68770 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>books for addicts
>to find inner joy
>Sartre, Camus

Lllolollllolololo, after reading them, I find inner emptiness, and the excuse to snort another line
Cedric Crullernick - Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:58:51 EST ID:nVZUy6yR No.68792 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Diary of a Drug Fiend by Aleister Crowley. The ending is a bit butchered, but the plot serves more to contain some very insightful ideas about the nature and psychology of addiction.

The plot is still engaging to make it a book you can easily finish in a day.
Phyllis Tillinghall - Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:18:21 EST ID:AGQz7qa6 No.68801 Ignore Report Quick Reply
the scarlet ibis

Books with best written magic/powers by Matilda Hublingted - Mon, 10 Oct 2016 23:03:59 EST ID:NnSLnhxt No.68773 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I mean, cool and interesting and with consequences and a complex system and all that. I loved the One Power in the Wheel of Time series, and it is the only thing that kept me reading those god awful books (sorry to fans, it just got so boring and drawn out). The One Power is pretty overpowered, but is balanced with enough weaknesses and drawbacks that it is very cool still.

Harry Potter system is uninteresting to me because it seems limitless and confusing. So many unnecessary spells. Spells themselves come off as wishes that people conjure into reality by speaking phony latin.

COOL spellcasting books ONLY.

Or UNCOOL books if you want to vent.
Nigel Climmerchodge - Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:02:51 EST ID:4me3EgfW No.68774 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Harry Potter was never too much about the magic anyways. The magic was there to remove you more from your world and to make some of the plot make sense. Lots of seemingly nonsensical stuff were tools to convey stuff (like the patronus fighting off the dementors as a way of using your own mind to ward off bad thoughts or feelings, you see Harry use it again in the next movie to fight off one that chases Dudley cause Dudley is a little bitch with issues and Harry has to spread the positivity and shit)
Though of course that's not always the case, but I think the series has a relatively forgivable concept of magic.

Now, this isn't even a book (well, it is a manga, but), but I was just talking to my friend about old stuff and we brought up fucking Naruto.
It's a fucking shonen (means content for young boys), I know, but they had a fairly interesting, non-invasive (far from perfect, but) "magic" system going in the first 100 chapters or so with their ninjutsu and shit.
Then they had a dragonball z moment and the next 600 chapters were just a gradual downhill mess until the story literally became "you are the chosen one" tier (literally). I mean the magic powers went from having a blood-tribute contract-signing summoning system (that was seen as really extreme at that point in the story) to being able to summon giant magic skeleton ghosts out of nothing and instantly making black fire on people that is impossible to put out (besides those times when it was possible because fuck it this is a show for young boys right?)
In terms of limitless and confusing magic, this stuff blows Harry Potter the fuck out.

But you didn't even mean to talk about that kind of magic.

A videogame like Eternal Darkness is more your idea, I think. If you're into that kind of stuff, I'd totally recommend playing cause it's a great game with a really interesting magic (sorry, "magick") system. None of that fireball-shooting stuff. We're talking runes n shit here, my man. The game even has a sanity gauge instead of generic magic bar system. Aint that somethin

Wait, you wanted books.

Have you checked out Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic? It's a fuckin classic.
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Hugh Clodgeshaw - Wed, 12 Oct 2016 02:44:12 EST ID:NnSLnhxt No.68775 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Thank you for a well thought out response! I have watched Naruto, and found the fighting system interesting, but never got very far.

Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem is one of my favorite video games. That magic system rocked! Runic magic is great, especially needing to combine and think through the time it takes to mystically carve those runic circles in real time, which takes longer and longer as you summon greater power. That's a good summary of how I like my magic. With great power comes greater complexity and consequences.

I still remember all the god's names. Chatturgha, Xellotath, Uly...aoaoth. MANTOROK. The most 'helpless', but cunning of them all (if you played through the entire game and got his essence as your primary). Kills off all his enemies by using you to summon them to fight at the end, then converging different timelines so they simultaneously destroy one another... damn! That was the most badass ending ever. Highest replay value game I've ever owned, it is basically like 3-4 games in one, with an ever-evolving understanding of a complex story if you get into it and pay close attention.

And the whole insanity meter effecting your ability to fight, on top of needing magick and health. That insanity meter, and the visual/audio effects were legitimately creepy and occasionally nauseating, as well as "jump scares". Made you really WANT to keep your sanity meter up - or down, if you're feeling freaky. ;)

Do they even make games like this anymore? Bummer.

I loved Earthsea magic. Spoken word having power. Ursula Le Guin is a favorite author of mine, I believe I've read all of her work. The non-magical ones, too. The Dispossessed and the other novel that takes place in the same universe. Good stuff. Her take on magic was lovely and it didn't gobble up the story, it was beautifully interwoven into interesting plots with memorable characters.

My favorite was probably the second Earthsea, where the priestess girl is learning about the labyrinth she is supposed to guard. Creepy, that whole place.
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Noir by Phyllis Blillystat - Tue, 04 Oct 2016 21:30:54 EST ID:t4dShZJ0 No.68740 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Hey, can you guys recommend some good noir books?

Henry Fedgekick - Tue, 04 Oct 2016 21:56:49 EST ID:qcdeiwYX No.68741 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Altered Carbon is a great fusion of noir and cyberpunk.
Charlotte Hasslestock - Tue, 04 Oct 2016 22:50:25 EST ID:n5AQW8f+ No.68742 Ignore Report Quick Reply
gun with occasional music by jonathan lethem is a good noir sci-fi. Quite amusing and set in a future where animals have been genetically modified to be self aware.
Simon Brookspear - Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:50:46 EST ID:c+8yEdP3 No.68743 Ignore Report Quick Reply
The Long Goodbye is the best.

funny/sarcastic witty books and crime books by Matilda Clemmerfield - Sun, 10 Apr 2016 05:59:06 EST ID:VtDQAzYU No.68285 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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FIrst of im looking for some books what have good funny witty/sarcastic humor...Sort of like discworld and hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy but not i the fantasy/sci fi genre

Non fiction crime books ?drugs/mafia/heists/petty crime/gangster shit/drug dealing...not really looking for the likes of serial killer and detective books like The Black Dahlia.

Most of what I have read have been non fiction...ALl I can remember of the non fiction what I have read really has been the hunter by richard stark and one by George V. Higgins which I really liked.

Im going go through their books in time...

So any recomendations ?
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Tetragrammaton !!Gm+jdoM7 - Thu, 02 Jun 2016 22:45:26 EST ID:BE/wqeWD No.68409 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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The Dirk Gently books by Douglas Adams. You're welcome.
Walter Dosslestone - Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:01:05 EST ID:ij/L8S3K No.68462 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Nothing Like the Sun is pretty funny/witty.
Shit Blubbledotch - Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:54:22 EST ID:CurQwkhN No.68467 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Not for the faint of heart. Very graphic
Nell Pockman - Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:53:54 EST ID:rMJKGmBn No.68471 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Patrick Robertson: A Tale of Adventure by Brian Hennigan
Zodiac and Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Lydia Nammlegold - Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:08:50 EST ID:8u73IO7E No.68729 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Gun Monkeys by Victor Gischler fits the bill, dead thread is probably dead though

/polit/ by Augustus Blabbledet - Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:06:03 EST ID:yUGuriIY No.68545 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Is there any political literature you guys would recommend? I am talking about something less obvious than the communist manifesto and Imperialism: the highest form of capitalism. Something more along the lines of On Liberty or Nationalism , in terms of popularity and importence.
Political ideology doesn't matter, but I'd enjoy something more leftist.
I thought of buying We Will All Go Down Fighting To The End.
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Caroline Clendleladge - Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:44:52 EST ID:4me3EgfW No.68587 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Shit nigga I was just reading that last night
John Hillerfuck - Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:40:00 EST ID:9sDZURPV No.68606 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Quentin Skinner has some interesting books on history of political concepts. He has some cool stuff on Machiavelli and on Hobbes. I'm not sure what the names of the books are. His lectures are also really enjoyable, there's a load of them in youtube. Check him out, I think you'll enjoy him.

Zizek is also a fun read, and since you mentioned Ideology, that's this guy's specialty. I'd suggest just watching some of his conferences, he mostly repeat what he has written.

Other than that, and since you haven't mentioned it, I'd suggest you try and read Locke's 2nd treatise on civil government. You'll get a really good idea of what liberalism is on it's most basic form.

There's also some interesting politicians coming out of Italy (though a lot more hard to read than the ones I mentioned before) like Agamaben, Cacciari and Esposito. This is mostly post-nietzschean political philosophy, but it's still a really interesting point of view if you want to go the (un)foundation of politics.
Lydia Chammerridge - Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:38:20 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68620 Report Quick Reply
This. For politics, it is better to learn new opinions that challenge your own, not things that just repeat and reinforce what you already believe. If you are confident enough in your beliefs, hearing dissenting opinions will only remind you why you believe what you believe. Otherwise, you might learn something new by being open minded.
Eugene Hindlebick - Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:35:35 EST ID:yUGuriIY No.68723 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I bought Living Spirit of Revolt :)

I also bought Homage to Catalonia
James Nickledale - Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:24:47 EST ID:mLN7HFVm No.68728 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Living Spirit of Revolt is gold, good choice. The core bit about the transcendentalists is really interesting. With all the different sources its a good springboard too.

non fiction by Eliza Dommlechare - Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:34:48 EST ID:4NNqwBak No.68538 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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What are some essential non fiction books for someone who is into medieval history, medical history, biology, epidemiology, and ancient history?

Anything about daily life during a particular era is also welcome.
Augustus Blabbledet - Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:21:06 EST ID:yUGuriIY No.68547 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Charles Darwin - Hosts of Living Forms
Haven't read it myself but almost all of my previous biology classes about evolution are based off it. Also read that book by that austrian priest(?) who studied genetics.

>ancient history
Caesar - The Gallic War
Mos def a great read. He writes in 3rd person. Get one with explanatory notes, etc.

Marcus Aurelius - Meditations
I haven't read this one yet but it is sitting around my place, waiting for me. Normally I can't stand philosophical bullshit, but you got to have a book by a roman emperor (especially if you're a roman buff like I am)

Sun Tzu - The Art of War
I have only read a little of this out of two different examples, one of which I own.
Some really cool shit.
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test - Sun, 31 Jul 2016 16:24:01 EST ID:MmzxvvtO No.68553 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Charlie of the Chans !!kWjRhGF5 - Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:44:55 EST ID:2nzGWha6 No.68696 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Definitely read Marcus Aurelius. If you can get the Greek-English edition published in 1941 by Oxford UP, by a fellow named Farquaharson (?sp?), its is the best ever about this man and the text. Not sure, but I think the 1st edition was in two volumes. Next best is the Loeb edition, which is available as a .pdf in a number of places.
Emma Bricklekodge - Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:53:52 EST ID:JRgk/hWz No.68697 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Playing spot the odd one out, epidemiology is a modern thing, how come you lumped it into the middle of those histories (biology also being an ancient science)? Wtf

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So, I started writing a novel in preparation of NaNoWriMo, so I could kinda remember what I'd had in mind. What do you guys think?


“The Glitter of a Prince”

The dry air of the crack mines of Mondo VI whistled softly tonight. The view from the solid crack rock bars milled from the wall was breathtaking. The first floor built into the mountain was a mile high, and adorned with barred windows for its unwilling denizens to look out of. A figure looms in this particular port, at the northeast alley of Ninja Grid; its features sharp and unwavering, as if carved from onyx. Rippled black muscle painted upon a skinny, malnourished frame. Jumbo Shoeshine was his chosen name.

And upon this serious and grimacing brow, a set up eyes look upward at the glaring twin moons, and a mind swears it heard the wail of an electric guitar moaning into the night.

The Cock Hall of Castle Phallus was of solid twenty-four karat gold. The cocks themselves were eight feet in height, three feet in diameter, and lined the halls to the east and west. Depending on how much the younger members of the Royal Court had to smoke that day, sometimes they counted fifty on either side, or as low as thirty-eight. But counting the cocks was but a child’s game, and gone were those halcyon days.

Tonight there was a strange red glow dancing off the phallic statues, condensed into a small point that sat upon a metal box; clearly some mage’s trickery. A cable ran into a small loudspeaker that produced unnaturally large noise for its size. And as the circuit cycled back to its origin, the nimble sandstone-colored fingers of the Prince Fetis II danced across a glassy black fretboard.
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Martha Hudgefield - Fri, 12 Aug 2016 02:48:18 EST ID:lrw8ma8G No.68578 Ignore Report Quick Reply

It's a society of crack smoking dick worshippers, and the tale of one young black ninja who fights back with smooth lyrics and funky bass.

Point taken about implying how the reader should feel.
Emma Chedgepat - Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:22:36 EST ID:4JMlzFlY No.68583 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I laughed at Jumbo Shoeshine. You have a good sense of humor, that's something you can't teach.

The description of this world is a little lacking. I understand that there's a dick castle and a crack rock mine, but there's not really any context for them. When you're starting of a novel, especially a fantasy/sci-fi affair like this, that has an exotic setting I think it's best to start really zoomed out, describing the world, and get more and more zoomed in, until we meet our main character.

You've done that to some extent, but I feel like you could flesh it out a lot more. Also try incorporating some other sensory descriptors, I'm sure the smell of burning crack rocks lay heavy in the air that night or something.

I have the same gripe with your main character. You're writing this in a kind of comic book, omniscient style so you can take the time to get into the visceral details of your character when you're introducing them.

Show don't tell, etc. Good luck with NaNoWriMo.
Sidney Gussleheck - Sun, 14 Aug 2016 17:55:32 EST ID:lrw8ma8G No.68584 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Thanks, I really appreciate the feedback. This is sort of a snapshot of what I want to do, kind of a Beggar Prince type story if it met Equilibrium. Mostly for my use, so I can know where to pick up when NaNoWriMo happens.

So your feedback is super important to me, and I appreciate anything else you have to say. I'll try and post again either mid or end of NaNoWriMo to see what people thing, before I edit.
Augustus Sashpick - Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:50:39 EST ID:an5iNyfz No.68585 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I suggest doing the exact opposite of what >>68583 says. Why would you begin with a load of exposition? Start with a character doing what they do in the world. Let the reader figure out the shape of the world from who and what the character interacts with, does and experiences. Use exposition lightly or not at all.
Charles Dinkindale - Sun, 18 Sep 2016 21:20:21 EST ID:7GP/XfOF No.68683 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I agree with this one. Start in the middle of the main character doing something cool and exciting, as you go through with the scene you can more naturally build the world around it. Some times you can't avoid some forced things like "Harry was an orphan boy..." but most of the time you can

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