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Bump While Reading by Ebenezer Brookham - Fri, 04 Mar 2016 09:04:46 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68199 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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What are you guys reading right now?

Brandon Sanderson just released the third and final book of his Reckoners trilogy, and it was fantastic. Where are all the Sanderson fans in here? It was this board that told me to read his shit, and now that I do, nobody ever will talk about them with me lol

Now starting Altered Carbon. Netflix is making a show based on it, and I like reading books that have adaptions impending so I can compare them later.
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Cornelius Chubblehall - Mon, 07 Mar 2016 10:14:58 EST ID:v1vMwpUb No.68213 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I'm reading book 4 in Orson Scott Card's Shadow Saga. Not as good as the Ender books, but still decent.
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Jarvis Lightman - Tue, 08 Mar 2016 01:57:08 EST ID:ta4EK9n8 No.68220 Ignore Report Quick Reply
About a quarter of the way through World War Z, almost upon the Great Panic for those familiar with it.

I was reluctant to give it a try because I'm kinda burnt out on zombies and the movie looked like fucking garbage. I learned that the two mediums share a name and contain zombies, and that's pretty much where their similarities end. Fair enough. So I gave it a shot and the format alone sold me.

It's basically a series of interviews of people who survived the events telling their part of the story. Government officials and operatives, refugees and human traffickers, there's a good deal of variety to help flesh out the world and story. Like most zombie media, it's about how individuals and societies react when our social systems and safety nets crumble, and I think an anthology of sorts does a great job demonstrating this
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Martha Grimville - Tue, 08 Mar 2016 16:25:27 EST ID:ShH2dWn4 No.68221 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Just finished The Name of the Wind and starting A Wise Man's Fear.

Goddamn. I devoured the first book. Such an excellent story.
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Angus Niddlemire - Thu, 10 Mar 2016 19:11:02 EST ID:v1vMwpUb No.68230 Ignore Report Quick Reply
So I just got caught up on the Ender's Shadow series. They finished telling Bean's life story and now the series will be passed on to Bean's kids for the future sequels. Also, they are finally going to do another Ender direct sequel to the cliffhanger ending of the last Ender book over a decade ago, and the kids from the Shadow series will be finding Ender themselves and linking the two series back into one ongoing narrative instead of the two separate book series.

I also read 2010: The Second Odyssey. It was decent, but a lot of rehashing the first book/movie. Hopefully the final Odyssey books do something intense.
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noko - Thu, 10 Mar 2016 22:44:15 EST ID:SHm6sK6C No.68231 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68199
i'm finishing up the last book in the trilogy. good stuff.

my only complaint is that morgan's editor kinda drops the ball sometimes with basic grammar stuff. but it doesn't take away from the story.

and, netflix is going to have to tone it down. some of it is just absolutely brutal. there's one part in the second book that is just bothersome.
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Graham Geblingdore - Fri, 11 Mar 2016 08:50:14 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68232 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68231
I finished the first book and loved it. I'll probably read the sequels soon.
The coolest aspect of a TV show will be how the main character is going to be played by a different actor every handful of episodes whenever he changes sleeves. Kind of a reverse Orphan Black where they have one actress play every role, this will need multiple actors for one role.
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Wesley Fesslegold - Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:04:13 EST ID:v1vMwpUb No.68238 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Listening to this at work today. Shud be gud.
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Polly Dizzlestock - Tue, 15 Mar 2016 23:33:49 EST ID:IBHm4nnL No.68241 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 . Its so very dank . He is a good author with a powerful message to speak , to say the least.
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Nigger Suvingford - Thu, 17 Mar 2016 16:15:23 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68243 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I am almost finished with this book, it is fucking awesome. The writer is very in touch with modern slang for being a middle aged woman. The prose feels literary but the dialogue is liberally sprinkled with cusses and words like "hentai".
>>68241
Bradbury is the man. I like his short stories more than his novels, the dude's prose just sucks you in.
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Caroline Chinkinmudge - Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:46:47 EST ID:VWjNc8T0 No.68244 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I thought this was a vampire book, but so far, it is a gay pedophile masturbatory fantasy. WTF this book sucks.
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Therm0ptic !cyBOrG7t12 - Mon, 21 Mar 2016 22:27:22 EST ID:9MS8p/wS No.68248 Report Quick Reply
I'm just starting Neuromancer now.
I'm excited.
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James Cranderville - Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:27:30 EST ID:ALoLGouw No.68249 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68248
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Fanny Crorringbeg - Tue, 22 Mar 2016 17:54:19 EST ID:mh8LII8h No.68251 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>1/3 into Gravity's Rainbow
>that shit eating scene
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Basil Nittingville - Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:29:46 EST ID:7Jwk1ke7 No.68267 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I just finished Fight Club 2. What in the shit was that ending?
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Betsy Sellermug - Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:49:55 EST ID:DhUuO5+G No.68268 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Finally getting around to Catcher in the Rye. About 1/4 through it. The protagonist is slightly annoying, but I remember being angst'y at 16 (almost 25 now).

Curiously, I always thought I was going to hate this book, but so far I'm enjoying it.
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Doris Brinkintotch - Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:45:23 EST ID:fxzTEF7c No.68269 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68230
currently reading Shadow of the Hegemon, the sixth Ender book... but my favorite's still the second, Speaker for the Dead
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Sophie Firringford - Fri, 01 Apr 2016 05:44:37 EST ID:7Jwk1ke7 No.68271 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68269
Speaker For The Dead is and always will be the best.
The Shadow saga started weak with the first two, but by the two most recent Bean books, I was bawling like a baby from how real shit got.
Now that I'm out of Bean books, I'm reading the prequel trilogy that takes place during the very first Fornic Wars, when mankind first learned they weren't alone in the universe and got invaded my buggers.
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Graham Blungerwell - Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:03:26 EST ID:xBm2Db3k No.68275 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I read the first two in this series- The Warded Man and The Desert Spear- years ago, then picked up the Demon Cycle after the third book(The Daylight War) and pic related came out.

They're not objectively GOOD, but damn they keep my interest. I like the blend of fantasy and survival horror. I also think it's admirable how Brett has a lot of viewpoint characters in his book, but spreads them over 3-4 storylines instead of giving each one a separate story. The best parts in the series are when the Mind Demons are viewpoint characters, I wish he'd just do that more often. Too bad, it's when the books are at their most interesting.
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Samuel Blondlebanks - Mon, 04 Apr 2016 19:44:42 EST ID:5Fzb18EH No.68276 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I just read The Vampire Lestat.
>tfw I'll never be a vampire and form a kinky vampire harem
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Eliza Bunforth - Sat, 09 Apr 2016 14:44:32 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68283 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Smoking tons of weed and enjoying the hell out of this book.
You guys gave me shit for being too critical of the first book in the series, so for this one I have been getting high as fuck for full immersion into the adventure. Nynaeve is my favorite character so far. She's pretty minor it seems, but the main characters are largely uninteresting and Nynaeve has the closest thing to a personality so far compared to bland losers like Rand and Egwayne and Hurin and Loial.
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Nicholas Fullytedging - Fri, 15 Apr 2016 02:49:43 EST ID:4y0pJitq No.68302 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Reading Modern Romance by Aziz
it's really interesting to see a comedians book be about actual scientific research. Also I've been out of the dating game for a bit so it helps there too
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Jenny Funnerlot - Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:15:46 EST ID:lIDnGMq2 No.68304 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68283
Fuck yes. I read the entire series high as shit as well, great stuff.

Nynaeve is pretty entertaining cause she's so fucking mad all the time and, like a lot of the characters, is a hypocrite. Most people start to develop better in or after book three, when shit starts to get real.
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Ian Smallfield - Fri, 15 Apr 2016 21:08:40 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68305 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68304
>Nynaeve is pretty entertaining cause she's so fucking mad all the time
That's what makes her one of the few characters who doesn't feel one-dimensional. If you ask me, the rest of the characters are too fucking calm for the level of shit they are dealing with.
Anyways, Nynaeve is my Wheel Of Time waifu and she better not get killed by that cunt Brandon Sanderson (jk ilu Brand Sand)
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George Sottingdock - Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:45:42 EST ID:lIDnGMq2 No.68308 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68305
Just wait till you get too Mat's chapters, he's great. But yeah, I know what you mean. There's a few people like that, some major shit happens and they're just like "Okay, guess I have to do this now" but like I said, everyone gets much more developed as it goes on. Also, be prepared to dislike some of the POV characters intensely and having to slog through their chapters. I've seen a lot of people quit reading cause they just fucking sick of Egwene or Perrin, for example, or the characters they liked best just don't appear for a couple of books. It's not necessarily the characters themselves they don't like either, just the situations they're in, sitting around, picking their holes for 2 or 3 books.

But keep at it man, even if you have to take a break for a while between books. It's well worth it.
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Eliza Blacklehall - Thu, 21 Apr 2016 03:18:57 EST ID:T0VUA84J No.68321 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68199
The Once and Future King, T.H. Whizzle

He was a boss. The descriptions of Merlin and his hut are like. . . the best shit.
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Priscilla Cebberbury - Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:56:35 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68339 Report Quick Reply
Going to be finishing the audiobook for Wheel Of Time #3: The Dragon Reborn at work today.
Pro: work is less boring
Con: I can't get high as shit for maximum immersion
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Shitting Hucklenid - Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:59:00 EST ID:o5+D4t0o No.68341 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Currently reading "We." It influenced Orwell in his writing of 1984. It's a dystopian fiction. Personally, it's not as great as 1984 but still an enticing read. Characters have codes for names, are bald, walls are see-thru and sex is state-regulated. In other words

>a mighty fine read
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Nigel Gazzlesten - Tue, 17 May 2016 16:52:18 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68377 Report Quick Reply
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This came out today. My hype is overflowing.
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Frederick Hockleworth - Fri, 20 May 2016 21:52:51 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68378 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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This book is much funnier than I expected.
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ntnchamp2 - Sat, 21 May 2016 22:40:57 EST ID:oyTTCZuB No.68382 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68199
This book just blew my mind a few times. Really prescient and philosophical dystopic alien invasion book written in 1953 by the master.

Childhood's End. SyFy Channel made a miniseries on it last year too that was pretty sweet.
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Eliza Wommlekeg - Sun, 22 May 2016 12:10:22 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68385 Report Quick Reply
>>68382
That was our Book Club book back when we tried having a book club, I was similarly mindfucked reading it, and greatly prefer it to Clarke's Space Odyssey Quadrilogy, which really never goes anywhere or makes as definitive a statement as Childhood's End. Does the mini-series actually do justice to the novel?
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Tetragrammaton !!Gm+jdoM7 - Thu, 02 Jun 2016 22:49:11 EST ID:BE/wqeWD No.68410 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68385
My friend who just recently read the book and watched the show with me said it was a great companion to it. Of course when doing a mini series on American TV they change up a few things but overall he said it was accurate. I haven't read it but I thought the show was excellent.
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Tetragrammaton !!Gm+jdoM7 - Thu, 02 Jun 2016 23:00:26 EST ID:BE/wqeWD No.68411 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I just finished Siddartha by Herman Hesse. Superb book, though it felt like it was building and building and then everything was rushed and wham it ended. It got everything across beautifully but I wish the last quarter had been expanded by twenty or so pages for smoothness.

Working on The Essential Steiner by Robert McDermott, Phd. Superb introductory collection so far on one of the least appreciated and known modern thinkers. It's a tough read at times even for me and I've read several books by Steiner. The chunks he presents are dense and you have to really read carefully to absorb the totality of what he's getting across, which is heavy shit about consciousness, spirituality, reality, other esoteric areas.

Also reading Ginseng: A User's Guide by {author}. I can't remember his name and it is in my car but it's really good if you're into using ginseng or TCM at all.

Also reading An Outline of History Part I by H. G. Wells. Best written history I've ever read but I'm not a history buff, which is why I'm reading it.

Recently reread Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams and remembered why he is one of my favorite authors, his Dirk Gently novels some of my favorites.

Also recently finished the Tao Te Ching. One of the most profound and simple texts ever accomplished.
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Albert Wundleworth - Sat, 04 Jun 2016 02:23:42 EST ID:P7WcxzcH No.68413 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68411
You, my fine sir, have excellent tastes and I commend you
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Phineas Drummledig - Sat, 04 Jun 2016 06:37:54 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68415 Report Quick Reply
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Almost done with Gravity's Rainbow.
You dorks made me start reading this massive headache of a novel, but I will feel real accomplished when I finally get to the end.
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Reuben Tillinglock - Sun, 05 Jun 2016 10:17:08 EST ID:K7IurApW No.68420 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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This was decent enough, good suspense, even if the ending played it way too safe.
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Eugene Dartway - Sun, 05 Jun 2016 14:08:05 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68421 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Holy fuck, I finally finished Gravity's Rainbow. It was an interesting read, watching the writer play with the English language and tantalize my stoned mind with hints of trippy elements being at play, but ultimately, the book seemed to be promising some epic explanation that Pynchon seemed unable to actually deliver when the time finally came.
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Doris Hecklefeck - Sun, 05 Jun 2016 23:19:46 EST ID:9Pkfrf/q No.68422 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68421
>the book seemed to be promising some epic explanation
with all the praise he gets, i'll say he has the ability to deliver some epic explanation (although i have nothing to back that up), but chooses not to deliver to fuel that sense of paranoia theme in his novels. Anywho, crying of lot 49 was somewhat interesting? As someone born in the 80s, I wasn't a fan of all the dated references.
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Charlotte Heddlestock - Mon, 06 Jun 2016 06:40:37 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68423 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68422
Yeah, I was thinking that maybe the point was to give us a bunch of dots with no real connections, and make the readers go as crazy as he is by trying to tie them all together, like a paranoid with a wall full of pictures and names with lines of string trying to connect them all.
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Reuben Ficklebury - Tue, 07 Jun 2016 16:00:38 EST ID:xBm2Db3k No.68424 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Started the Mercy Thompson series. My old boss had these as her favorites, and she kept bugging me to try them before she left the job about two months ago. I'm on pic related, the third one.

They're pretty good, if not very deep. The first one was a massive character dump, but the second one got much better. The series features werewolves, vampires, and the fae in a non-retarded way, which is great since I've been a bit leery of supernatural fiction for a while now.
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Frederick Blinkingold - Tue, 07 Jun 2016 20:13:05 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68425 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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this book was spectacular. It was a perfect cap to the trilogy.

I have to say, Brady might be my favorite King villain ever. The guy is like a personification of modern internet culture and he essentially "trolls" his victims into killing themselves.
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Lillian Drublingbudging - Wed, 08 Jun 2016 08:16:49 EST ID:A/JTJjNi No.68426 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Finished this yesterday whilst sitting in a park downtown. I had spread out a blanket in the shade and I was drinking cheap coffee. Really comfy.
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Matilda Pickbanks - Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:38:47 EST ID:5zKQjFkv No.68428 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68199

Just finished listening to twd rise of the governor surpassed my expectations what a way to start a series.

I'm blind or I'd be reading it
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Augustus Blottingstidge - Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:51:31 EST ID:3O7UHk3p No.68440 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68426
kerouac is delicious, after "the children of hurin" i'm going to read the life of buddha by kerouac.

Unfortenatly itr will be in french
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Martha Widgebury - Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:31:39 EST ID:i7Lu+Tms No.68444 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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i keep re-reading pages because its so damn engaging & illuminating. it'll probably take me a lifetime to finish at this rate.
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Samuel Sellymire - Fri, 17 Jun 2016 02:19:11 EST ID:atdyWsTY No.68447 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68444
Such a good book! Incredibly inspiring and really eye-opening. Not to mention the illustrations are beautiful.

I'm reading his "the masks of god" series right now. I was worried I wouldn't enjoy Primitive Mythology, but he's such a good writer I was hooked from the start.
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Phoebe Bomblewut - Sun, 19 Jun 2016 19:36:16 EST ID:Szgt0tZc No.68453 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68199
Just finished Solar Storms by Linda Hogan
Would read again
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Jenny Sicklenat - Mon, 20 Jun 2016 05:08:00 EST ID:mLN7HFVm No.68454 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68447 Yay Campbell. The Masks of God series is amazing! I'm almost through Oriental Mythology, but got stuck.


>>68453 Sounds cool
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Jarvis Dunnerlock - Mon, 20 Jun 2016 19:42:15 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68461 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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This lived up to the hype.
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Hedda Gurringbane - Tue, 05 Jul 2016 20:43:41 EST ID:7O4zAnZ4 No.68489 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Reading about cereal prices >>>>
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Nathaniel Bardshaw - Thu, 07 Jul 2016 07:12:55 EST ID:Up7IDF79 No.68490 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Just finished reading Piano Player. It was a pretty good dystopian novel, but I can see why it wasn't as well remembered as 1984 or BNW. The book also had the typical lackluster ending all dystopian novels seem to have
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Lydia Banningfut - Thu, 07 Jul 2016 17:16:29 EST ID:vdV+4TCH No.68492 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68490


Sometimes it's the destined ending. When the novel focuses on the main characters despair and powerlessness there's only one ending you can logically come to sometimes
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Ebenezer Blackstock - Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:34:50 EST ID:w0PVaXHO No.68495 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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The Gulag Archipelago
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Ebenezer Blackstock - Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:35:25 EST ID:w0PVaXHO No.68496 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68495
it's like absurdist dystopian fiction, only it isn't fiction
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Hedda Clizzlecocke - Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:02:16 EST ID:fcVAZ+ym No.68506 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Reading Stranger in a Strange Land by pic related. Over 300 pages in and unimpressed; it's like SciFi by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin or Hugh Hefner!

Should I stick it out?
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Samuel Greenfoot - Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:07:59 EST ID:a8aoh8Dd No.68507 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Read Dostojevski's Crime and Punishment this week. Also read Michel Houllebecq's Submission yesterday—such an intensive book.

Starting Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice now. Would like to read a some sort of a horror or sci-fi novel next, any suggestions? Preferably modern ones.
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Thomas Purrywater - Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:16:09 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68510 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68507
Laird Barron's The Chroning is the closest a modern horror novel has come to feeling like it was written by an Austen or Dostojevsky. The guy brings the prose and styles of classic literature and crafted an amazing modern tale, like if Hawthorne was alive today and wrote a Lovecraftian yarn.
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Lillian Wonningdock - Tue, 19 Jul 2016 07:33:39 EST ID:+ybbiovy No.68512 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68510
Wow, sounds interesting. Thanks, man!
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Martha Cablingway - Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:02:05 EST ID:Up7IDF79 No.68513 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68506
Would this happen to be your first Heinlein novel? He has a sort of dull writing that grows on you. The ending third is really the best part, and his books tend to be more about preaching some ideal then being actual SciFi.
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Shit Sittingbatch - Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:13:46 EST ID:WIUmUODT No.68515 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68513
yep. starship troopers seems like some badass sci fi war thing when you hear about it but the actual book is just hundreds of pages of heinlein bitching about how much he hates the chinese. it's really painful how obvious the mouthpieces are, especially the classroom parts. it's almost ayn rand tier bad. the movie was good though, it focuses on action and is more or less a satire of the book ideologically. Strange Land has a lot of preaching too but a lot of it was just Heinlein trying to live out his sexual fantasies through writing.
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Polly Harringstone - Wed, 20 Jul 2016 05:16:59 EST ID:Up7IDF79 No.68516 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68515
You're right on point. I think it's what actually makes him unique, though irritating at times. You just need to set yourself to the right expectations and you'll find the books are fun reads that allow you to learn more about Heinlein and his ideals. The SciFi part is just there to set up a world for his opinions.
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Charlotte Pockway - Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:51:45 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68517 Report Quick Reply
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Why should I keep reading this book when every other chapter is some gay after-school special type shit about how evil and addicting weed is?
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Jarvis Pandleman - Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:09:07 EST ID:9Pkfrf/q No.68518 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68517
it alternates between wacky american near-future with comedic political intrigue, annoying precocious kids, and meditations on tennis and addiction---
seriously if you're not enjoying it don't continue, but there seems to be some cred gained with finishing it though. Also, there are a lot of digressions in the book, so you're likely to find some interesting parts.
it's also pretty popular, and there are a lot of online resources if you don't understand parts and want to find interepretations/visualizations, etc.
http://infinitejest.wallacewiki.com/david-foster-wallace/index.php?title=Main_Page
If anything, it's part of the current cultural trend.
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Molly Ganderstock - Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:34:47 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68520 Report Quick Reply
>>68518
I'm enjoying it when it isn't going on about how weed turns you into Boo Radley.
>there seems to be some cred gained with finishing it though
I finished Gravity's Rainbow so I have my bragging rights secured to upstage anyone who tries to pull the Infinite Jest card at parties. At the last party I attended, some dude was bragging about how he was reading Infinite Jest and everyone thought he was some genius. When I announced that I had just finished Gravity's Rainbow, I was like Superman, I could tell almost everyone there had tried reading it at some point and had given up in humiliation. Pynchon never felt like he was judging the druggie characters, instead he reveled in getting down and dirty with them. Wallace makes it out like weed gives you autism. I smoke weed 24/7 and have a perfectly healthy work and social life, Wallace is just a pussy who can;t handle his shit and doesn;t know how to find the right strain for your personality.
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Walter Soddlelore - Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:02:16 EST ID:yUGuriIY No.68521 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68199
I'm reading The Gallic Wars by Caesar
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Nicholas Canningdock - Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:53:35 EST ID:kzEFhAH6 No.68524 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I'm just starting the dharma bums by kerouac.
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Ian Girrystat - Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:37:08 EST ID:fcVAZ+ym No.68525 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68513
Yes, it's my first one (and probably the last, unfortunately). Thanks for the help anyway.
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Jarvis Hozzledale - Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:01:34 EST ID:YPLsjmdC No.68540 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Reading The 120 Days of Sodom at the moment.
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Thomas Sushham - Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:12:41 EST ID:jL5EFvH6 No.68541 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68199

Reading The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldrich by Philip K Dick.
This is my fourth PKD novel im reading and its so nice to just jump back into his style, its like "yeah, this is how stories are supposed to be written".

Like a character mentions a plot device, and the other character seems worried about it and feeds you tiny little bits about what it is, its so much better than having some rando coming in and being all "oh plot device? hahaha that thing that does x y z and a b c e f g y m n l o p? hahahaha oh yeah i guess i forgot what that was" which ive gotten from some of the other novels ive been reading recently.
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Martha Shittingway - Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:17:36 EST ID:uBzhfHmz No.68542 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68382
Clarke's best book (and I've read the Odyssey series)

>>68341
This book is killer. Definitely on par with 1984 and Brave New World

>>68506
Yes. The last third of the book is Nutty Professor.

Currently reading this book by Levi-Strauss. Kind of expected structuralist philosophy, but, instead, I got anthropology. Not a problem since this guy is boss, and he talks about the brilliance of 'indigenous' peoples. Gets a bit complicated at times, but it is comparable in difficulty to contemporary French philosophers.
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Charlotte Focklebut - Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:59:09 EST ID:Up7IDF79 No.68544 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68341
I'm going to check this out now that I finished all the main dystopian novels. Have you heard of Player Piano? It takes place after machines have taken control of the means of production, and a small elite run these machines.
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Charles Cucklebanks - Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:34:38 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68548 Report Quick Reply
Gerald's Game, by Stephen King

I am a huge King fanboy, but never read this because the description sounded horrible. A roughly 6 hour read all about a woman handcuffed to a bed? Sounds miserable. And it is, but in only good ways. This combines the tension of Pit and the Pendulum with the storytelling style that the James Franco film 127 Hours heavily lifted. I was worried that King would leave it open ended, like did all the things happen that she experiences in the room, and I am glad the ending gives a clear cut answer on what was going on. This book was much better than I expected. Maybe it is one of King's worst, but it is best than most horror writers best books.
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Sophie Bunkinteck - Sun, 07 Aug 2016 21:04:21 EST ID:JRgk/hWz No.68563 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Now reading The Chartreuse Of Parma by Stendhal.

I like this one more than The Red And The Black. French realism is really not my cup of tea, but there's no denying Stendhal was a genius - I am enjoying this on many levels.
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Oliver Fennerdat - Wed, 10 Aug 2016 01:26:25 EST ID:ixRmifam No.68570 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68199
So, I always heard about this book on internet 'TOP 5 MOST FUCKED UP _____ EVER!!1!!' lists and I figured, well alright, I like BDSM and horror and fucked up shit, I'll give it a shot.

Well, I'm halfway through and in the midst of the scat fetish sections and.. I'm not sure how much more I can take of this.

My boner is eternally dead and French people eating poopy plagues my every thought.

de Sade's a good writer, tho. bump.
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Edward Chishfat - Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:02:02 EST ID:00Y+gvF2 No.68571 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68570
>scat fetish sections
That's the most disgusting part of the movie (Salò) as well. Eugh. It's even worse seeing it than reading about it, you can't help but gag.
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Graham Faddlehood - Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:39:44 EST ID:BNvowfum No.68574 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Picked this up after devouring the King Killer Chronicles a couple months ago. It's different from the main series, but the insight into Auri and naming is fascinating. Rothfuss is just a great storyteller tho. I've noticed in this novella especially, he uses a lot of poetic techniques, like alliterations, meter, rhyme etc. Given the context of the book, it makes for a very fun and interesting read.
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CharlieOftheChans !!YH+5fpni - Fri, 12 Aug 2016 19:14:16 EST ID:2nzGWha6 No.68579 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68563
Letter of the Marquis de Sade to Mlle de Rouset May 12 1779

A quick note in response to your letter of the 7th [in which Mlle de Rousset recounted two humorous stories about how her acquaintances are afraid of her because of her intelligence]:

The 9th, at night.

Your two little stories are comical and have amused me. Is it only now that you discover that people fear intelligence? Nothing can make you more enemies, and the reason is simple. With intelligence you more readily recognize the ridiculous, with intelligence you cannot stop yourself from laughing at it, and quite naturally the result is that those who are ridiculous and without intelligence enormously fear you and end by hating anyone who sees through them so well and can paint them in their true colors. The simplest thing, you know, my dear Saint, is to run with the pack, never to display superiority, and to try to use one's intelligence only to make others shine the brighter. In that way, one is perhaps less happy, because a wicked wit is a great pleasure, I grant you, but one is more tranquil and tranquility is worth more than pleasure. Ah! my little beast, here is someone to bring me my oats; I must leave you now to go eat. I will get back to you for my desert, I will have you for my little compote. Adieu.

As it seems to me that I have answered nearly all of the points of your letter, I am now going to make this statement by way of a small apology for my manner of writing and speaking Provencal. Please have the kindness to note and to put at the forefront of your mind - yes - it is your brain that I want to say (assuming that you have one, which is something not yet proven), that it is impossible, dear Saint, that I could speak Provencal either with the delicacy or with the style that you display. I have never spoken it in Provence except with the peasants. In the upper circles you know that one speaks only French, with the result that it is impossible, just as you have clearly seen, that my style and my language could be anything but low comedy; it could only make you laugh. If you are pleased with it, well and good! But if you laugh at me, I will stop it.

When I was in Germany, where I made six campaigns [in the cavalry], not being yet married, I was assured that in order to learn a language well, it was necessary to sleep regularly and continually with a woman of that country. Persuaded of the truth of this maxim, during one of my winter encampments at Cleves, I rigged myself out with a nice fat baroness who was three or four times my age, and who taught me rather pleasantly. At the end of six months, I spoke German like a Cicero!

If you think that it will be necessary to follow the same method with the Provencal, with the exception of the fat baroness, since, having become a bit more demanding, I desire a bit more equality, by means of which, I say, if you think this method will prove convenient, and if you wish to serve me as teacher on terms much sweeter than my fat baroness imposed on me, then I am yours with all my heart, my dear Saint! In return, I will teach you some pleasant things that I know: to play the hautboy, to dance on a rope, to sweep a chimney, to tell a good story, and other little social graces that I possess to the core and which it will be my distinction and deep satisfaction to teach you.
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Charles Donkinbone - Fri, 12 Aug 2016 20:20:29 EST ID:JRgk/hWz No.68580 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68579
Oh Lord, the first two paragraphs: I try and fail to imagine what it must be to be so terrified of laughter as this man.
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Frederick Sarringdock - Wed, 24 Aug 2016 02:39:07 EST ID:NxJlxkeF No.68616 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68424
dunno what it is, but i always found the alpha and omega branch more entertaining from briggs, set at the same time with some of the characters crossing over, usually just sam, but hes minoir in the other arc.

brett weeks dark angel trilogy was damn good as a note related to the thread.
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Augustus Shakehall - Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:55:08 EST ID:8fVk5qQ9 No.68624 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Now reading this book on Slavic mythology. It's an introductory overview, good for getting people interested in the subject, but it doesn't go in-depth at all.

A chapter on religion and deities, a chapter on rituals and ritual places, a chapter on magic, a chapter on mythical creatures. Very beautifully illustrated.
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Nicholas Suffingstick - Sun, 04 Sep 2016 19:29:58 EST ID:N7Vaeyag No.68638 Report Quick Reply
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Just finished All The Light We Cannot See, a novel about a blind girl during WWII.

Now reading pic related. I'm only one chapter deep, but it is already a much simpler read than Gravity's Rainbow (the only Pynchon book I have read until today).
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Emma Donninghood - Sun, 04 Sep 2016 21:29:00 EST ID:9Pkfrf/q No.68640 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Just finished One hundred years of solitude. I loved it, and it's definitely up there with my favourites (I'm not very well read though). Was pretty good with the feels, but the ending really left me disturbed. It really felt epic without being boring. Can anybody recommend something similarly paced? In contrast, Don Quixote felt like it just kept dragging along at many parts.
Probably going to read If on a winters night a traveller, or huckleberry finn next.
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Hugh Blassleville - Sun, 04 Sep 2016 22:16:52 EST ID:3DNGtEYW No.68641 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Been on a Stephen King kick recently. Ordered the Bachman Books collection and I am almost to the end of Rage. I've read Long Walk before, but I've been really enjoying this story as well. Since it's not a supernatural, or a straight up horror story like Kings other stories, it has been pretty awesome. Apparently Rage is out of individual print because a bunch of kids read it, and decided to do what the main character does (kills his teacher and holds his classroom hostage) . King too is apparently quite regretful about this story, but I've really liked, and I find the Bachman stories more entertaining, and just all around better written than King's other works.
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Clara Pipperhood - Sun, 04 Sep 2016 23:05:27 EST ID:7aZ+UdAm No.68642 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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bump cause a bunch of shitposters can't be wrong.

actuality if you get past all the spooky stirner memes and the shitposting, its pretty quality philosophy. Makes a pretty timeless argument on the shifting of morals throughout history. I can see why Marx roasted him so hard lol
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Jack Chunkinfuck - Mon, 05 Sep 2016 08:20:40 EST ID:N7Vaeyag No.68643 Report Quick Reply
>>68641
Rage was okay, but I get why King distances himself from it. It was his first novel and is poorly written and treats the murderer like a hero, and other whackos read it and took the theme to heart. The theme was basically "killing teachers will wake up the sheeple students and teach them that nothing matters so lets party and kill people." Good one, King.
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Beatrice Dobberfield - Mon, 05 Sep 2016 17:03:07 EST ID:8fVk5qQ9 No.68644 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68640
>I loved it, and it's definitely up there with my favourites (I'm not very well read though).
No matter how many more books you read, that one will stay among your favorites. It's one of the best books of the previous century.
>Can anybody recommend something similarly paced?
Though nothing surpasses it, you can try picking up authors whom he directly influenced, like Salman Rushdie and Isabel Allende. Personally, though the most similar stylistically and story-wise, I didn't find them to be as interesting.
I got more of a similar vibe from Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortazar, and among the non-Latin American writers, Umberto Eco and Mikhail Bulgakov.
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Oliver Pittridge - Tue, 06 Sep 2016 07:19:34 EST ID:N7Vaeyag No.68646 Report Quick Reply
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Still reading Inherent Vice in physical, but listening to the UBIK audiobook at work today. It's short so I'll definitely finish it before I get home.
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Edwin Peblingstock - Wed, 07 Sep 2016 18:34:09 EST ID:8fVk5qQ9 No.68647 Ignore Report Quick Reply
After Czech satire, French realism, and Slavic mythology, I decided to pick up some British fantasy.

Just started The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie, only 50 pages in.

Gahwd, I love reading!

The only good thing about being sick/injured (or both, like I am now) is being able to gorge on books all day long.
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Fanny Ninkinwill - Wed, 07 Sep 2016 19:06:35 EST ID:/NMELvAF No.68648 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68647
>The only good thing about being sick/injured (or both, like I am now) is being able to gorge on books all day long.

>tfw I can listen to headphones at work and finish a book a day on pirated audiobooks
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Edwin Peblingstock - Wed, 07 Sep 2016 19:54:05 EST ID:8fVk5qQ9 No.68649 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68648
What are you, a night-shift security guard at a convenience store in buttfuck nowhere?
Whatever it is, I want your job... envy.jpg
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Martha Fonnercocke - Wed, 07 Sep 2016 20:12:59 EST ID:/NMELvAF No.68650 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>Walking Dead: Rise Of The Governor
Holy shit, that crazy twist.

Now I'm back to Ulysses by James Joyce but it might be over my head. I could finish Gravity's Rainbow but this is a bit much.

>>68649
Lawn care. I drive around fertilizing lawns all day by myself. I only wear one earbud so I can hear the 2-3 random people that try talking to me during my days. I've listened to 100 books this year, it's insane. I never want to work without headphones again.
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Alice Druzzlebury - Wed, 07 Sep 2016 21:49:02 EST ID:8fVk5qQ9 No.68651 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68650
So it's also socially and ecologically beneficial work. (In a bitter voice:) Nice.
I'm going to fertilize this envy like a lawn, so it can drive me to change this, in all but financial ways, unfulfilling career I have.

As for Ulysses, it's not meant to be read in one take, nor to be anything you expect from a book, simply put it was meant as a deliberate break with, and comment on, the established literary tropes. Just like modernist paintings of the time.
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Doris Grandfoot - Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:51:52 EST ID:9Pkfrf/q No.68652 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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listening to the audiobook of this. I doubt anyone other than a fan would read/listen to it. With that in mind, 3 chapters in and it's kept me interested the whole way through.
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Alice Druzzlebury - Thu, 08 Sep 2016 06:18:57 EST ID:8fVk5qQ9 No.68653 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68652
Is dat sum oedipus/psycho shit
You got issues, Doris
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Doris Grandfoot - Thu, 08 Sep 2016 07:35:44 EST ID:9Pkfrf/q No.68655 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68653
autiobiography of comedian. he had an unconventional childhood and relationship with his parents, particularly his mother, which i guess warranted a book deal. lots of dark humour. e.g. he 'assisted' in his mother's suicide when she was terminally ill, getting drunk with her.
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Martha Fonnercocke - Thu, 08 Sep 2016 16:44:29 EST ID:/NMELvAF No.68657 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68655
lol he straight up murdered his mom
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Ebenezer Greenbury - Sat, 10 Sep 2016 16:39:00 EST ID:1gDx6fLw No.68659 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68655
>my mom has ms
>i get drunk/ smoke trees with her on the frequent
how do i even my feels tho
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Fucking Gungerdod - Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:04:43 EST ID:KCzzlVu8 No.68668 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68652
I guess i'm going on an audiobook binge now.
>Book of the New Sun: Shadow of the Torturer
I can't into sci-fi so i guess this is another attempt
>Kafka on the Shore
also an attempt into japanese literature even if it isn't that highly regarded in japan (from what i've heard, murakami is too western for them)

the stanhope autobiography is pretty good. The wording is a little clunky and feels forced at times. I know his motivation for a lot of his adventures is purely for story-value, and he's open about that, but that seems a little off-putting now, and by extension, so does his standup.
Also, learning about the influence AA had on his childhood, has got me thinking of infinite jest again. From what i remember, DFW talked about how people used AA to heal and rehabilitate themselves from addiction through sharing stories during meetings. On the other hand, Stanhope talks about addicts getting thrills from the laughs of sharing their stories, which is very similar to the rush comedians get when performing on stage. They're not incompatible (although stanhope thinks AA is bullshit, which DFW also says in passing i think, but in that 'it could be bullshit but you've still got to try' sort of way) but stanhope's view makes AA seem more like somewhere you want to be and have fun.
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Walter Crindleletch - Sun, 18 Sep 2016 02:46:55 EST ID:8fVk5qQ9 No.68676 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68647
1/3 through the last book in Abercrombie's First Law trilogy (The Blade Itself, Until They Are Hanged, and now Last Argument of Kings).

I love it. Captivating. The characters in particular. I just checked his biography, and, yep, sure enough, the guy was a psychologist.
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Thomas Crezzleweck - Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:52:49 EST ID:ryRKdQki No.68689 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I'm listening to the audiobook for Alan Moore's new one-million word long novel, Jerusalem. So far it is trippy as fuck and might go down as the new Gravity's Rainbow.
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Emma Bricklekodge - Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:32:30 EST ID:JRgk/hWz No.68698 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Started reading The Name of the Wind by Patric Rothfuss. Hyped by my entire family and all my Goodreads friends.

My aunt came by yesterday and brought me fruit cookies and the existing books from the chronicle. I didn't expect either, but that woman always knew how to treat me <3

What's you opinion on the book, /lit/?
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Hugh Bippernuck - Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:36:20 EST ID:7aZ+UdAm No.68710 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68698
Lol shit my roommate is reading that right now. I can see the book from where I'm sitting. For a second I thought I might of come across a fellow /lit/ frequenter. Highly recommended he said.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra. I'm halfway through. Just finished on the topic of eternal recurrence.
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Polly Favingfield - Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:39:56 EST ID:JRgk/hWz No.68712 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68710
I'm now 3/4 through The Name of the Wind.

What I adore:
Like my absolute favorite, no competition, nothing even comes close, I cannot even begin to describe and you would not believe nor understand how special this is to me, book ever - 1001 Nights - it's a story in which someone tells stories in which someone tells stories... story babushka doll! Yes yes yes yes yes all of my love

What I think of all the others aspects: meh

Say hi to your roommate!

As for Thus spoke Zarathustra, here's my observation - second place book with most exclamation points. The only book with more exclamation points I ever encountered was Erin don Daniken' s ... some shit (I couldn't get through it because how stupid it was and how much he was yelling at me).

Neitzche wants to make good points. Neitezche thinks strong is good. Neitzche makes his arguments strong by force. Of punctuation.
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Polly Favingfield - Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:52:46 EST ID:JRgk/hWz No.68713 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68712
>Erin don Daniken
Erich fon Daniken*
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David Lightstock - Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:22:43 EST ID:7aZ+UdAm No.68714 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68712
Lol yeah, now that you mention it. There really are a lot of exclamation points in here. Usually when Zarathustra is finishing up a rant, or railing on one of his followers or adversaries, or basically anyone who listens to him.

I disagree with you though, Nietzsche doesn't necessarily think strong is good. He frequently makes allusion to what Nietzsche might construe as strong to wind passing through the masses. Simply passing through furious mob, merely ruffling their clothes as it whisks away. Nietzsche creates a metaphor of the masses attacking the strong and as they do so they merely 'spit into the wind.'
Buy, hey, its fuckin' philosophy so who the hell knows, 'cept Nietzsche and he's dead as fuck. And probably didn't know either.

Tonight, bumping for DGR for a class I have thursday. I didn't realize I actually knew who one of the authors was from lightly skimming anarcho-primitivism YT videos in the past, so its pretty cool I get to familiarize myself with the literature.

So far, its alright. Sometimes I get the vibe that the authors are just boiling down complex historical events to create an example that can be poured into the shape of their own ideological beaker. Like equating the assassination of Trotsky to 'the destructive masculinity of the male ego.' Like never mind Trotsky's relationship to Lenin, Stalin, using him as a scapegoat and Permanent Revolution. Its just penises, according to the authors.
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Eliza Sevingchene - Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:49:33 EST ID:zxsq8mth No.68715 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68712
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Ebenezer Blebberham - Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:48:31 EST ID:P+czwL1S No.68716 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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This book is fucking terrifying. It is a post-apocalypse tale where Earth has been taken over by some creatures. Anyone who sees the creatures goes crazy and kills others and then kill themselves. No survivors know what the creatures look like and spend their lives with their eyes closed. The creatures don't attack humans, all you have to do to survive is never see one. This book made me anxious as fuck.
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Cornelius Fipperhack - Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:05:16 EST ID:BWuMiisY No.68725 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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The Atrocity Exhibition.
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Lillian Chingerdidge - Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:40:44 EST ID:a2fkVETY No.68726 Report Quick Reply
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SPACE
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Lillian Chingerdidge - Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:43:31 EST ID:a2fkVETY No.68727 Report Quick Reply
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Also, I just finished this. It was the goriest book ever! A dude has his face pulled off through his own butthole.
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Albert Dollyhall - Sat, 01 Oct 2016 17:30:26 EST ID:TWYX8LUW No.68731 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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So fucking good.
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Oliver Surringwerk - Mon, 03 Oct 2016 04:46:54 EST ID:JRgk/hWz No.68735 Ignore Report Quick Reply
/lit/ is in a morbid mood lately, it seems
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Cedric Sorrywill - Mon, 03 Oct 2016 19:55:39 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68736 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I have crossed the finish line of my goal to read 100 books in 2016! God damn, what a ride.
>>68735
It's October, read more horror and morbid shit.
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John Chembleway - Fri, 07 Oct 2016 20:18:31 EST ID:7aZ+UdAm No.68755 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68199
Bumpin with some Marx.

I read some Ayn Rand this summer and I'm pretty familiar to right ideology just from being around my family alone so I'm trying to familiarize myself with more leftist works.
I read some Trotsky in August, which was cool, but I feel like if I'm going to be checking out literature by Marxists, I should at least read some actual Marx.
So, yeah, pretty cool stuff. Not exactly 'fun' reading, but I'm glad I'm doing it.
Marx will be extremely tedious for several chapters at a time, dissecting and formulating endlessly until suddenly rising up into a furious tidal wave of political fury.
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Fuck Samblefuck - Fri, 07 Oct 2016 21:57:52 EST ID:JRgk/hWz No.68756 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68755
The weird thing about The Capital is just how much easier it was for me to read in English than in my native Serbian language. (I don't know German). Never had that occurred to such an extent in any other book I read.

All of the one-word economic terms in English are only properly translated by long, clunky multiple-word idioms in Serbian. It becomes terribly obvious just how much their culture is centered around and advanced in economics compared to mine.
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John Chembleway - Sat, 08 Oct 2016 00:00:45 EST ID:7aZ+UdAm No.68759 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68756
Wow that is interesting.
I wonder if thats due to Central Europe's insane economic history and its role in essentially kicking off the industrial revolution. Even stranger though how Marxian economics only really took shape in Eastern Europe despite its origin in Central Europe.
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Fuck Samblefuck - Sat, 08 Oct 2016 00:47:02 EST ID:JRgk/hWz No.68760 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68759
>I wonder if thats due to Central Europe's insane economic history and its role in essentially kicking off the industrial revolution
I do believe to a large extent that's the case

>Even stranger though how Marxian economics only really took shape in Eastern Europe despite its origin in Central Europe.
Ah, you see, his economics has a focus on social far more than on the economic issues, and treats them as superior. And our culture has the same focus and hierarchy.
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Rebecca Pegglemut - Sun, 09 Oct 2016 11:32:04 EST ID:SX7cgs55 No.68764 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68411
Siddhartha has amazing prose, but I see what you mean about the rushed feeling. It feels like it could at any point up to sixty pages from the ending, but I suppose that's in line with the "you're always learning" message of the book.
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Molly Cronningtit - Wed, 12 Oct 2016 20:55:59 EST ID:O45aRwNA No.68776 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68755

I found that book to be an absolute chore. Super dense near the middle. The start of it is alright though. Couldn't get past the middle section
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Hugh Cherringhug - Wed, 12 Oct 2016 22:46:36 EST ID:7aZ+UdAm No.68777 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68776
Yeah, it is absolutely a tedious and sometimes even straight up boring read, but well worth it in my opinion. So many people walking around today feeling and talking all political and that's cool and all, but if you don't have any foundation or theory then what do you have?
Its annoying. Everyone just sharing these heartfelt, 3-minute Facebook videos and thinking they know shit. Everyone has an opinion on whats wrong with the world 'it's ________ and __________ fault!" and everyone has an opinion on what the world should look like, "we should have _______! we should abolish ________! etc. etc"
But I mean, no one knows why things are the way they are and even less does anyone have any tangible ideas on how to change it.
So yeah, I've decided to start familiarizing myself with more theory.

Anyway, finished Zarathustra last week, so I'm onto Twilight of the Idols and then after that the Anti-Christ.
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James Suzzleshaw - Fri, 14 Oct 2016 02:04:15 EST ID:vvbhXmI4 No.68780 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68517
>>68520
I read Infinite Jest two years back and loved it. I ended up reading a ton of DFW's other work, fiction and non-fiction, and really enjoyed all of it. I had to take a break from him though, just needed a change, so I read an Asimov novel.
Back on point - I really enjoyed DFW's writing and Gravity's Rainbow was recommended to me several times and I'm about 150 pages in now. Christ it's dense and I'm a bit worried it won't end up being all that I hoped it would, but I'm working my way through it steadily. Do people really read these books just to appear super smart? I don't think I pick up on every little thing, or even most of the allusions, but it really isn't that tough to read through some excellent (although so fucking dense) prose and get something out of it. It is a bit of a pain trying to go through something like that along with school though.

>>68520
I think a lot of it was just that DFW was spergy and also smoked weed and it didn't help his sperg-related anxiety. I am pretty spergy and also have smoked weed and it's a bit scary how addictive it can be in some situations (although nothing like harder drugs of course). Although I read Infinite Jest before smoking weed with any regularity, it was really validating to me that he treated it like a real thing, and a real problem for some people.

/ramble
I hope Gravity's Rainbow develops more of a plot.
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Lillian Claddlestat - Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:54:08 EST ID:34k6tPm4 No.68781 Report Quick Reply
>>68780
Gravity's Rainbow's plot is in all the things that they DON"T show you. The surface of the book is scattered and rambling. Pynchon seems like he took a lot of acid while writing that book. Some crazy fucking shit is going on behind the scenes in that story, you need to watch for hints.
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Henry Wonninghood - Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:31:12 EST ID:SX7cgs55 No.68817 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I started Brave New World this morning to "clean house" with more of the required high school lit I was never assigned. It's neat so far, though I believe I missed out on the unique experience of it due to cultural diffusion. It even comes across at times like cliché with the historical revisionism bits. Then I have to remind myself that it was the 1930s, and Huxley invented the clichés. So it's all good.

Also funny how "Trotsky", "Marx", and "Lenin" are all referenced before it even starts.
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Barnaby Pankinway - Mon, 24 Oct 2016 02:11:50 EST ID:ixRmifam No.68824 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68199
I swear to Christ this is the last Nietzsche thing I read at least for a year.

Sorry to keep clogging the BWR with Fedorarich, but I keep finding this shit at the library, so i won't stop till its done

I'm also drunk[/&]
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Emma Sosslewell - Tue, 25 Oct 2016 02:23:53 EST ID:4Ry4SBXq No.68833 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68777
Some of the things published in his last ten years of mental illness a lot of his stuff was put together by his sister for more cash, and should be taken with a grain of salt. Some ideas could be random thoughts or perspectives scribbled down that never panned out but was edited for publication by her.
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Henry Dromblebury - Sat, 29 Oct 2016 12:40:06 EST ID:KxZHtlNn No.68844 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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fun head fuckery , puts me in a good (but weird) headspace..regretfully dont own a copy with this sick ass cover
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Basil Hopperstit - Sat, 29 Oct 2016 23:07:08 EST ID:7O4zAnZ4 No.68847 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I'm learning about Mamluks and Mongols, bitch
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Archie Lightville - Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:14:08 EST ID:bSG5eA2K No.68849 Report Quick Reply
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spent the day smoking weed and reading Cujo.

Cujo is a mother fucking boss. Every time he enters a scene, I get all excited. Dude has mad gravitas for a villain. The little kid in this was so fucking annoying, I was on Cujo's side in that fight. Some kids need to get eaten by rabiod dogs and stop all the whining.

Pic related, how I picture Cujo.
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Charlotte Genningwell - Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:17:42 EST ID:AGQz7qa6 No.68850 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68420

if i may ask, with spoilers included , how safe does the ending occur as
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Basil Drallerham - Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:43:39 EST ID:SQ5BllkC No.68851 Report Quick Reply
>>68850
Like a corny Disney movie ending. Goosebumps books are scarier and edgier than Dean Koontz books.
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Jack Doffingshaw - Tue, 01 Nov 2016 14:22:56 EST ID:7aZ+UdAm No.68852 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68199
Just finished Genealogy of Morals and das Kaptial. Holy shit, I felt 10 pounds lighter after I finished Kaptial. That was a sloooowww fuckin burn. Really glad I read it though.

Started reading the Inferno to get my mind off the materialistic polemic stuff. I read it as a kid, but I didn't get most of it, so I'm giving it another go.
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Charlotte Garrysotch - Tue, 01 Nov 2016 17:47:26 EST ID:7O4zAnZ4 No.68853 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68852
Yeah some parts of Capital I thought were really engaging, fun and not incredibly difficult to get through, which was surprising since I'm a dumb asshole when it comes to this stuff; and then just when you start getting comfortable you hit fuckin' 50 pages of reproduction schema or ground rent calculations or an elaborate exegesis of 19th century finance. But yeah, just read it over the summer myself and definitely don't regret it
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Simon Sandleston - Thu, 03 Nov 2016 02:28:19 EST ID:KVUWWQZt No.68855 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68849
Have you seen the movie?
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Thomas Sommlefoot - Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:20:14 EST ID:7aZ+UdAm No.68856 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68853
Yeah, that was my exact experience. The first 50 pages kinda rile you up and come off like an intense podium speech and then BAM hundreds of pages of theory, which doesn't let up until your 50 pages from the end.

Also, I bought this kind of on a whim. I've always been interested in the esoteric and occult and it was nearing Halloween when I bought it, so I was in a pretty spooky mood.

Anyone ever looked into anything like this?
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Thomas Sommlefoot - Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:21:34 EST ID:7aZ+UdAm No.68857 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68856
Pic of the inside.
I'm pretty excited to start digging into this. Looks fuckin 2spooky
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Cyril Pudgelick - Sun, 06 Nov 2016 04:59:13 EST ID:awrKeCin No.68859 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68199

Finished The Martian Chronicles. Was going to pick up something new but found Naked Lunch with some of an old friends items so I'm giving that a read at the moment. The other book I found with their stuff was Memnoch the Devil.
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Polly Blackway - Tue, 08 Nov 2016 16:20:34 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68863 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68859
Memnoch The Devil is fun, and you will be able to understand it even if it is your first Lestat book. It was also the last good Lestat book before they took an insane downward turn in quality.
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Phyllis Fimmleperk - Sat, 19 Nov 2016 14:21:43 EST ID:TGkmid2h No.68873 Ignore Report Quick Reply
What George RR Martin should I read next if I liked the Game Of Thrones books?
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Lillian Blythestock - Sun, 20 Nov 2016 03:14:30 EST ID:7O4zAnZ4 No.68874 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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taking a break from Serious Nonfiction to read some of Bertolt Brecht's plays
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Phineas Bandercocke - Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:06:41 EST ID:2XHNGumn No.68876 Ignore Report Quick Reply
henry miller - black spring. but i find it too boring
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William Gonnerpat - Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:17:00 EST ID:3nPUxnAi No.68883 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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What were you guys favorites of 2016? I read 100 books this year, mainly via audiobooks at work, many of them new releases. Pic related was pretty nuts.
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Nell Seppergold - Fri, 25 Nov 2016 04:09:05 EST ID:ip/6PPSA No.68889 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68873
You should read Joe Abercrombie's First Law series
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William Grandlock - Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:46:29 EST ID:UMsgPp0v No.68895 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Getting back to some gravitys rainbow I stalled out, but its a great book. I sort of stalled out on everything and I'm getting back into gear lately.
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David Clendlespear - Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:13:42 EST ID:jGN+HjRq No.68904 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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This might be the best book of 2016. It's like if Kurt Vonnegut lived to see the SJW generation.
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Molly Fabberfoot - Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:23:19 EST ID:UMsgPp0v No.68909 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Still working on gravitys rainbow, its a big piece of work. Going to finish this damned thing one day.
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Ian Smallson - Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:28:51 EST ID:LnLia5sI No.68911 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68199
The Arts and Crafts Movement in the United States was responsible for sweeping changes in attitudes toward the decorative arts, than considered the minor or household arts. Its focus on decorative arts helped to induce United Slates museums and private collectors to begin collecting furniture, glass, ceramics, metalwork, and textiles in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The fact that artisans, who were looked on as mechanics or skilled workers in the eighteenth century, are frequently considered artists today is directly attributable to the Arts and Crafts Movement of the nineteenth century. The importance now placed on attractive and harmonious home decoration can also be traced to this period, when Victorian interior arrangements were revised to admit greater light and more freely flowing spaces.
The Arts and Crafts Movement reacted against mechanized processes that threatened handcrafts and resulted in cheapened, monotonous merchandise. Founded in the late nineteenth century by British social critics John Ruskin and William Morris, the movement revered craft as a form of art. In a rapidly industrializing society, most Victorians agreed that art was an essential moral ingredient in the home environment, and in many middle- and working-class home craft was the only form of art, Ruskin and his followers criticized not only the degradation of artisans reduced to machine operators, but also the impending loss of daily contact with handcrafted objects, fashioned with pride, integrity, and attention to beauty.
In the United States as well as in Great Britain, reformers extolled the virtues of handcrafted objects: simple, straightforward design; solid materials of good quality; and sound, enduring construction techniques. These criteria were interpreted in a variety of styles, ranging from rational and geometric to romantic or naturalistic. Whether abstract, stylized, or realistically treated, the consistent theme in virtually all Arts and Crafts design is nature.
The Arts and Crafts Movement was much more than a particular style; it was a philosophy of domestic life. Proponents believed that if simple design, high-quality materials, and honest construction were realized in the home and its appointments, then the occupants would enjoy moral and therapeutic effects. For both artisan and consumer, the Arts and Crafts doctrine was seen as a magical force against the undesirable effects of industrialization.
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Angus Mobbleshaw - Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:11:04 EST ID:4sRbxDVw No.68915 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Now that I'm on winter break I can binge-read a book or two for something other than grad school.....

"Unspeakable: Father-Daughter Incest in American History". Absolutely horrific, you'll need mind-bleach after some sections, but god DAMN Dr. Lynn Sacco of the University of Tennessee is a fire historian and it deserved all the critical acclaim and the two awards it received.
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Polly Bunwill - Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:20:57 EST ID:T5uUN6ni No.68918 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68199
Redpilled as all hell, can't put it down.
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Phineas Bazzlebury - Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:13:49 EST ID:an5iNyfz No.68919 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68915
Totes going to search for that on amazon.
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George Shittingdale - Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:59:41 EST ID:fZJECHgo No.68921 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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The newest Expanse book. RIP Fred Johnson
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Therm0ptic !cyBOrG7t12 - Sun, 25 Dec 2016 01:09:38 EST ID:FYs5Mcdj No.68954 Report Quick Reply
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Arrived today!
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Wesley Chodgenod - Sun, 25 Dec 2016 22:44:33 EST ID:X5pzY1Ax No.68955 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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got this in honor of Christ's birth. it's a defense of the Soviet command economy from a non-socialist neoclassical perspective
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Therm0ptic !cyBOrG7t12 - Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:19:58 EST ID:FYs5Mcdj No.68961 Report Quick Reply
>>68954
2070 predictions:

We lost the war on breast cancer.

Music is made by ALL people. Not just the nerds in their basement or the hot girls, ALL people. Everyone has their own artist name and you can hear each person's "sound". If your music sounds similar to another's, guess what? YOU TWO might be compatible. For those who choose to opt out of the Solyndra MySound augmentation, there are elderly dance clubs where people in their 70s and 80s put on live DJ shows, house music and it's fucking gross and they make out and there's a VICE doc about it and movies of course. Every country in the world has a welfare program for musicians due to widespread piracy.

Average breast size in Japan: 32F

By 2070, due to the low oxygen levels, the NEGGL will also impose an 'air tax' on its people. At birth, doctors place a chip inside your lungs that monitors the amount of air your body processes and you will be charged a certain amount of Astro-blics (the global currency, based on the ingenious yet fatally flawed bitcoin protocol) to your file on the Universal Data Base. If you are unable to pay the air tax, your Universal Data Base account will be terminated, profile pictures deleted, and you'll be sent to a subterranean labor camp.

Pop music is really good and everyone likes it...
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Hannah Brillywat - Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:49:54 EST ID:ScoviWFC No.68964 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Got Metro 2033 for 99¢. Love post-apocalyptic themes, love Slavs ... Let's see if the book is any good.
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William Crugglenot - Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:20:47 EST ID:UMsgPp0v No.68965 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Wish I was a faster reader. Still doing gravitys rainbow. Lot to fucking keep up with.
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Polly Brookway - Fri, 30 Dec 2016 19:10:40 EST ID:mDgVwoAe No.68967 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Currently rereading The Book of the New Sun, just finished the third book. I consider it one of my favorite series, but there's so much I didn't quite understand the first time around. I think I'm absorbing a lot more this read through.

After that, I plan on checking out The Picture of Dorian Gray because I just finished watching Penny Dreadful and now I"m all hyped on that period.
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Ntnchamp2 - Mon, 02 Jan 2017 00:16:45 EST ID:oyTTCZuB No.68969 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68967

Just finished Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk and I didn't really like it. Someone on this board recmmended and I don't understand why. Maybe because I liked Palahniuk when I was 16 but now I'm 30.

Currently reading Heir to the Empire. Really liking it so far. I don't read much sci fi anymore but I like the mythology of Star Wars in a Joseph Campbell sort of way.
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Nathaniel Pittham - Tue, 03 Jan 2017 21:07:26 EST ID:UMsgPp0v No.68971 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68969
I really want to get to a point where I understand the timeline/lore of the star wars universe but that just seems like a huge load of work to do. I'll get there someday. Maybe when I'm old and retired.
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Betsy Sillygold - Wed, 04 Jan 2017 21:25:13 EST ID:F4/G8Wqg No.68972 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I had a bookmark exactly half way through a dance with dragons, got kind of bored with it so i put it back on the shelf and went and read other things, its been bugging me lately that i never did finish it so im beginning where i left off, Then i have Valis by PKD left in my pile but im considering buying Gravity's Rainbow or infinite jest next time im in the book store, to challenge myself.
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Thomas Poffingstone - Wed, 04 Jan 2017 21:27:21 EST ID:b3o+PfkK No.68973 Report Quick Reply
>>68972
I'm reading Infinite Jest right now. Gravity's Rainbow was much better.
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Caroline Pandercocke - Thu, 05 Jan 2017 06:45:58 EST ID:ScoviWFC No.68974 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I bought Jurassic Park and A Game of Thrones. I'm a fucking sucker for deals. Give me a coupon for 50% and I'll buy anything.
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Betsy Sindlebury - Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:42:39 EST ID:t4dShZJ0 No.68975 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Guys, I'm looking for a book on dating and manhood. If anyone can point a book out, that'd be great.
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Esther Simblestodge - Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:26:26 EST ID:F4/G8Wqg No.68976 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68975

The Game by Neil Strauss

Neil Strauss is one of my favourite authors, he is kind of a "hey i have this problem with my life, i wonder how i fix this? oh hey heres a group over here who says they can help me, ill go write about it" type author.
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Lydia Dodgedure - Sun, 08 Jan 2017 17:51:58 EST ID:t4dShZJ0 No.68977 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68976

Ah, this looks like it's going to be a great read. Thanks, brother.
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Edwin Debblelot - Sun, 08 Jan 2017 19:24:23 EST ID:F4/G8Wqg No.68978 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68977

Just dont do what i did and tell your partner that you've read it, because they think they have been played.
I told my girlfriend i was super happy to be getting a first edition of the truth, which led to us talking about neil strauss and once i mentioned i read the game she felt cheated even though there was no cheating? i was like "what are you talking about? whats wrong with learning to have confidence to talk to you? and talk to you like a person?" The book gets a really bad rap because people think its some kind of cheat code to get women to sleep with you rather than just a confidence builder.

Like the mystery part where he goes into the "peacocking" just said to me if you can go out looking like a fucking idiot, you can go up and talk to that girl looking down at her drink nursing it. know what i mean?

Anyways ill let you read it, its a great book. Emergency by Neil Strauss is probably my favourite of his books, because i enjoy conspiracy type stuff.
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Clara Hirringville - Sun, 08 Jan 2017 20:13:34 EST ID:t4dShZJ0 No.68979 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68978

hahaha, dude that's hilarious. yeah, i won't mention it. thanks again for putting me on to neil strauss.
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Charles Parrybury - Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:00:01 EST ID:BYLHNXV+ No.68986 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68199
Not really "reading" but I just listened to the audiobook of I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison. Definitely one of the most depressing things I've ever read/listened to. Truly surreal, horrifying stuff. Loved it.

And the audio book is cut with these weird, trippy, totally 80s synth tunes between each chapter or break or whatever, which surprisingly went a long way for setting the tone and the general mood of the whole story. And Harlan Ellison did a great job narrating.

I decided to upload it to YouTube as well
https://youtu.be/Yl5JNHg4q8A
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Henry Drollerpadge - Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:09:16 EST ID:P+czwL1S No.68988 Report Quick Reply
I read books 8 and 9 of Wheel Of Time over the long weekend. Holy shit, these books have gotten boring as fuuuuuck. I can;t wait til Robert Jordan dies and I get to the Brandon Sanderson books, I hear those are better.

>>68986
80s audiobooks are the best. The corny soundtrack somehow does the trick.
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Frederick Cremmlechore - Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:47:36 EST ID:mDgVwoAe No.68993 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68967
Finished Book of the New Sun and started Dorian Gray. I'm going to give myself time to digest the main series and read other books before I read Urth of the New Sun again. The series was even better the second time around, being 4 years older since the last time I read it and understanding more. Actually, as someone who was raised Catholic but haven't considered myself religious since teen years, and knowing Wolfe identifies as Catholic (and Catholic themes are pretty prevalent in his writing) Book of the New Sun has me reconnecting with religion, or at least more open to its themes and lessons.
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Nicholas Fuckingwater - Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:26:03 EST ID:1gDx6fLw No.68994 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68986
I lost my sides when he did the woman voice
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Augustus Duckfuck - Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:09:22 EST ID:BYLHNXV+ No.68996 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68994
It's extra hammy cuz that character is a black woman, and he - at the time - was a 65 year old white dude.

You should hear the A Boy and His Dog audiobook from the same collection, there's this bit in the beginning where he does this lame ass "tough guy" voice while delivering a line that went like "...and if my gear gets rusted I'm gonna break yer fuckin bones!" and it just does not work. He winds up sounding like a wimpier version of a low-level raider in Fallout, or like that guy from Back to the Future who wears the 3D glasses, one of Biff Tannen's dorky entourage.
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Sidney Benningwock - Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:48:34 EST ID:xLZ7stqN No.68997 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68996
Agree with you completely on that, which is a REAL shame since i just started getting into audiobooks read by the authors because they are able to convey the intonations they intended.

On that note, anybody have GREAT examples of audiobooks where the authors are reading their work? I've already started with David Foster Wallace which I highly recommend if you like his work.
David Sedaris' short stories.
Patton Oswalt with Zombie Spaceship Wasteland.
Aziz Ansari with Modern Romance.

Actually--http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/37378.Audio_Books_Narrated_By_Their_Authors
looks like a lot of comedians do that with their books.
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Nicholas Pidgelere - Tue, 24 Jan 2017 01:27:24 EST ID:4NhWCFnK No.68998 Report Quick Reply
>>68997
Mainly you get notable memoirs for writers reading their book. I like An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth by Chris Hardfield (astronaut memoir), you can hear the whole range of emotions in his voice from joy at seeing space for the first time to embarrassment when a mistake of his fucked up a flight.
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Hamilton Fingershit - Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:46:27 EST ID:4NhWCFnK No.68999 Report Quick Reply
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I read about a dozen books a month but don't bump this thread unless I find something really worth hyping up. Well, this is that book. The greatest horror of the last few years, it's like 80s King where horror was not just disgusting but also fun.
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Lydia Nunninglock - Sat, 04 Feb 2017 17:06:27 EST ID:7aZ+UdAm No.69010 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68199
Hey /lit/ haven't posted here in a while.

Ive been reading a lot of dense political theory these past few months, so I took a break and just finished pic related. Quick and easy read. Finished it in like 3 days.

It was pretty good. Honestly, just felt like the French version of Catcher in the Tye.
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Samuel Baddleworth - Sat, 04 Feb 2017 21:41:07 EST ID:hsesUG8o No.69011 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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This one just came out last month. Its a pretty good children's series so far I highly recommend
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Edwin Chinningman - Sun, 05 Feb 2017 13:49:10 EST ID:OzrFfTao No.69012 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Pretty interesting read
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John Mazzlekut - Thu, 09 Feb 2017 22:25:13 EST ID:QwKOT86j No.69021 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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First time posting!

I'm about 2/3 through this book and I'm really getting into it. I heard someone describe it as a more honest To Kill A Mockingbird which is pretty true. Definitely more complex and taboo with the added element of a gay character. It's in a southern slice of life style which can sometimes drag a little if you don't like the particular character it's following at that moment. It will feel like nothing is happening and then suddenly you hit a really cutting sentence and you start tearing up. A few really fantastic passages on dying and depression. Overall I recommend it, but not over her novellas which are both amazing.
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Shit Sombleridge - Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:15:48 EST ID:DiCyCDMj No.69022 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I remember liking Vonnegut's writing style from reading Slaughterhouse-Five, but pic related is more personal to me so it blows Slaughterhouse out of the water. The combination of idealism and eccentricity of the main character is fantastic!
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Clara Pommlemere - Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:37:02 EST ID:AMM/kIX9 No.69023 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69022
I never understood why Slaughterhouse Five was so hyped up. Not saying it's bad, but I liked Sirens of Titan a lot better, which was very similar thematically. Yet nobody talks about that one.
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Clara Murdfield - Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:10:47 EST ID:aqwYhZTk No.69024 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69023
my favourite's Cat's Cradle. Has the pacing of a good thriller and definitely doesn't overstay any particular point for too long.
I found Slaughterhouse Five to be too preachy yeah, the bokonoism thing is preachy but whatever.... and the meta parts to be uninteresting and kinda distracting.
Sirens of Titan was pretty good, but i had a tough time enjoying it because i was comparing it to cat's cradle the whole way through. Both have a similar tone, but it's probably that i found the ice-9, spy stuff, midgets, dictators plot points to be more interesting than 'vengeful' time-travelling 'ghost', mars invading earth, bird aliens, space cave worms, and fate stuff, but i'll admit i appreciate the variation.
Also Breakfast for Champions...maybe i'll have to read it (audiobooked it first) but i remember it having a pretty unsatisfying ending.
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David Bliddlesack - Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:24:27 EST ID:HxknaKbq No.69028 Report Quick Reply
>>69024
I don't recall Breakfast Of Champions having much in the way of plot, so not having much of an ending wasn;t a shock IMO. Vonnegut admits the book is very self-indulgent and it is more for his hardcore fans rather than newbies.
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Lydia Breckleville - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:51:04 EST ID:QwKOT86j No.69039 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>69021 me again. Since the last post I read Reflections In A Golden Eye by McCullers and was slightly disappointed. The consensus seems to be that it was her 2nd and therefore "mature" novel and although it seemed more revised than some of her early work it also lacked the feeling of a town-wide scope that she used in books like Clock Without Hands or The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter. Some pros: amazingly prescient of "suburban" malaise--I didn't realize military bases had such suburban housing but the fact that those communities exist all over the US today kind of spooks me. Also the passage that the title comes from (that says "reflections in a golden eye" or whatever) was the closest thing to a DPH trip I've ever seen in a novel. Another gay 'fairy' character appears in this one; I had mixed feelings about him but he was complex enough to be interesting even if he was a caricature.

For school I'm currently rereading The Neon Bible by John Kennedy Toole and The Member Of The Wedding by McCullers and also reading The Genealogy of Morals (not all the same class). If I have any free time I'll hopefully be reading The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone by Tennessee Williams.
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Ernest Papperdale - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:56:45 EST ID:oECPBdR6 No.69047 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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you guys are wrong everyone knows mother night is the best vonnegut book
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Isabella Blackdale - Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:28:19 EST ID:gzTaKzPW No.69059 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68199
I'm reading the witcher
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Fanny Geckledale - Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:18:13 EST ID:b0VPR/Op No.69098 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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The sequel to Fanshen, which I read a couple months ago. It's by an American farmer who went to live and work in a small Chinese village in one of the communist controlled areas during the last year of the Civil War, so the first book consists of his observations about the land reform process and its successes and failures, interviews with locals about how things have changed, descriptions of everyday life, that sort of thing. This one is similar except its based on his return visits after the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. He's obviously sympathetic to Mao, but also doesn't tend to mince words about the various major problems, fuckups and excesses of those periods. It's surprisingly in-depth and pretty fascinating, though a bit limited in scope since it generally focuses on Shanxi province rather than China as a whole. Still, clears up a lot of misconceptions without drifting too far into hagiography. And the narrative structure is a nice change of pace from most of the dry history books I read these days.
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Ebenezer Pushbane - Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:24:56 EST ID:VMkRszkt No.69113 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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i've been reading these 4 this month, i blew through the first 3 and now i'm halfway through lust. it's interesting to read what he wrote for adults though i think that i was expecting a bit more. some of the stories are very enjoyable, though.
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Eliza Cillyfotch - Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:18:08 EST ID:ylxQEmun No.69114 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69113
Are those different to his Tales of the Unexpected short stories?
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Ebenezer Pushbane - Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:16:13 EST ID:VMkRszkt No.69115 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69114
It's a bunch of stories from different sources put together into new collections, so some that were printed in magazines, some from his books. Probably there are some from Tales of the Unexpected, I haven't been paying too much attention to where each story is from and I haven't read his other collections.
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Sidney Worthingfoot - Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:12:49 EST ID:v2NvwHSV No.69122 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>68199
This kindle book I found. Looked cool
The Birthing of Worlds - James byous
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Phyllis Pudgefield - Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:21:11 EST ID:61roUa/V No.69158 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Recently read Bret Easton Ellis' Less Than Zero (which I really enjoyed) and am now about three quarters of the way through American Psycho, which I am enjoying decidedly more.

I'm not going to lie, the drawn out passages describing Bateman's cannibalism and necrophilia turn my stomach, but it's honestly one of the most well written and absorbing critiques of American consumer culture I've ever read. Spent around 5 hours straight reading it yesterday and can't wait to finish it when I get home after work.
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Alice Fimbleket - Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:37:03 EST ID:g+nXkGjk No.69159 Report Quick Reply
>>69158
He wrote a meta sequel to American Psycho named Lunar Park that I highly recommend. Ellis wrote it as an homage to Stephen King.
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Phyllis Pudgefield - Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:03:55 EST ID:61roUa/V No.69160 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69159
King is one of my favorite authors so I'll definitely keep an eye out for that :)
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Fucking Duckbanks - Wed, 12 Apr 2017 01:16:26 EST ID:S2P2yF1L No.69161 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69160
Isnt The Dark tower being made into a tv series or something?
Pardon me, I live in a cave
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Reuben Brasslestig - Wed, 12 Apr 2017 04:53:07 EST ID:61roUa/V No.69162 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69161
Being made into a movie, with McConaughey playing the Walter Padick.
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Frederick Biblingleg - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:48:08 EST ID:0Pzt/39s No.69190 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Anyone doing a Goodreads reading challenge this year? My goal is 150 books, but many say I am cheating because I listen to audiobooks at work. Are audiobooks cheating? Anyways, I'm at book 60 so far. Right now it''s Wolf In White Van by John Darnielle, the lead singer of the band Mountain Goats. Listened to a lot of good stuff this year, trying to go outside my usual wheelhouse.
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Angus Gebblegold - Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:55:20 EST ID:woX/e+vx No.69192 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I've adopted a strategy of reading three books at a given time (fiction, non-fiction, drama/poetry) to keep myself from getting uninterested and falling off. It helps whenever I'm in a depressive episode because I find it difficult to read during them sometimes.

Currently:
>All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
>Jacob, Menahem, & Mimoun by Marcel Benabou
>Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

Really enjoying both All the King's Men & JM&M. Have only read the intro to Under Milk Wood, which is actually the script for a radio play by Thomas, and I'm planning to just sit and read through it in one sitting and then see if I can find somewhere online to listen to it performed.
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Angus Bundock - Thu, 04 May 2017 17:20:07 EST ID:2hPCgF01 No.69197 Ignore Report Quick Reply
John bergers, Ways of seeing
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Angus Bunbanks - Fri, 05 May 2017 08:05:33 EST ID:pBRbsmMH No.69198 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Read books 4 and 5 of the Saxon Stories, the books behind the TV show The Last Kingdom. Uhtred Son Of Uhtred kicks ass.

On to Crime & Punishment. Loving it so far, almost finished actually. Want to read more older books like this, ones that don't suck. This book is like the OG American Psycho or Fight Club, although obviously not as extravagant and more grounded in reality, but summing up the mindset of a man at war with himself and his surroundings.
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Priscilla Senkinstere - Fri, 19 May 2017 06:43:21 EST ID:q/Q1ubmp No.69205 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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How have you guys not told me about this book before now? It's like Neil Gaiman and Stephen King took a ton of drugs and wrote a book together.
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Thomas Grimgold - Sat, 20 May 2017 22:33:52 EST ID:9HurK2R3 No.69206 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Leviathan Wakes by James S A Corey
Damn good book. Way better than the Syfy adaptation, though it is damn good.
Space fucking vomit zombies
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Lillian Shakestone - Sat, 20 May 2017 22:55:50 EST ID:lmWxOx4v No.69207 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69205
I love murakami. The wind up bird chronicles. hard boiled wonderland and the end of the world, wild sheep chase, and dance,dance,dance are all good ones as well. Haven't much cared for the last few he's churned out though. Is this the first of his you have read?
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Shit Fecklepone - Sun, 21 May 2017 07:43:36 EST ID:q/Q1ubmp No.69208 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69207
It was my first Murakami read. I went in blind and thought it would be something way more pretentious and lame than what I got. Instead it blew my damn mind. If I continue with his books, I was thinking of going chronologically.
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Albert Lightspear - Mon, 22 May 2017 04:10:06 EST ID:PvetUl4q No.69210 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69192
Absolutely fucking loved All The King's Men. Best novel I've read in recent memory. JM&M was also quite good, very comfy. I still haven't had a chance to listen to Under Milk Wood, but even reading the script was a lot of fun, and you can tell thay Thomas knew well how to take advantage of the form as a vehicle of language. Do any major writers still write for radio? Seems like something of a lost art. This was also my first exposure to Dylan Thomas.

Since that post I read another group of three:
>A Case of Need by Michael Crichton
>Looking Awry by Slavoj Zizek
>Love and Other Hungers by Sarah O'dell Underwood

I'm not a huge fan of Crichton, but I was somewhat amused by this one. It is essentially a pre-Roe v. Wade abortion thriller. Not terrible. Looking Awry is supposed to be Zizek's introduction to Lacan using popular culture, but I saw one reviewer describe it instead as an introduction to pop culture using Lacan and I thought that was a very perceptive way of describing it. Love and Other Hungers was a comfy collection of poetry, written by a fellow native of NE Tennessee. Slight. But comfy.

Currently reading:
>A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens
>Interrogating the Real by Zizek
>the Bacchae by Euripides
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Molly Clollyville - Mon, 22 May 2017 23:12:28 EST ID:lmWxOx4v No.69214 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69208
chronologically, I am pretty sure kafka on the shore is one of his later novels. His older one's are the Rat trilogy ( wild sheep chase and dance,dance dance being the better ones imo and at least until recently the only ones translated in to english) and hard boiled wonderland. Norwegian wood was published around then but was pretty boring in my opinion, not really the grounded-surreal vibe of the other books. Then wind up bird chronicles, kafka on the shore etc. His short stories are pretty good as well. 1Q84 and the colorless tzukaru were unimpressive to me, I got the feeling he was just churning them out.

Anyway, Murakami occupies a special place in my heart. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did at one time.
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Nicholas Figglekon - Wed, 24 May 2017 06:29:51 EST ID:q/Q1ubmp No.69215 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69214
So I was going to read his old stuff but saw he had a brand new story collection out called Men Without Women. I should have taken your advice and skipped his new stuff, these stories were NOTHING like Kafka On The Shore, they were all dull tales of middle aged guys getting divorces. literally every story was the same plot. Here's hoping my next Murakami read will be better.

Some other shit I read lately:
A couple collections of Laird Barron tales. This guy is the best short horror writer since Lovecraft. Such poetic prose about mind-bending terrors.
Harry Potter and the Methods Of Rationality. A fanfic novel bigger than The Stand.
Fevre Dream by George R R Martin, GRRM writing werewolves and vampires instead of dragons and midgets.
The Thrawn books from Star Wars universe.
Wolf In White Van by John Darnielle (lead singer of The Mountain Goats)
The Circle by Dave Eggers.
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Jarvis Billingdale - Sun, 18 Jun 2017 12:18:32 EST ID:e/ASfKSd No.69251 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>OP brings up Sanderson
>200 posts later, only two other mentions of him
I just finished rereading The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance. Fucking hyped for Oathbringer, it's supposed to be out this November.
>>68716
>>69205
These both sound fantastic.
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Jarvis Billingdale - Sun, 18 Jun 2017 12:30:50 EST ID:e/ASfKSd No.69252 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Shit, I forgot to mention that I'm rereading The Book of the New Sun now. I'm only a few chapters into Shadow of the Torturer, though, so I'll probably put it on hold to read some new stuff, like the two I mentioned above.
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Phoebe Worthingbury - Mon, 19 Jun 2017 06:53:22 EST ID:XlAl+UF1 No.69253 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69210
Finished all of these. Dickens was quite good, though I would not rank this novel with his very, very best, it is certainly among his better works. I am actually Sydney Carton. My edition also contained a really fascinating essay by Stephen Koch that deal with the significance of rape as the primordial crime of the novel and the sexual dimensions of revolutionary violence which all fascinated me in light of having read Robin Morgan's book The Demon Lover which examines the sexualized, patriarchal roots of political violence in the form of terrorism.

Interrogating the Real by Zizek was also excellent, and actually got me really tuned up to want to rework a Lacanian/Hegelian reading I made of Krapp's Last Tape several years ago before I even knew who Zizek was, and make it more explicitly Zizekian and submit it to the journal of Zizek studies. That'd be fun.

The Bacchae was good, though my translation was a bit flat, I thought (which makes sense given that it is an academic Cambridge translation), though it did have some interesting notes on staging that illuminated certain things about the text I might not otherwise have considered. Euripides was certainly a little more formally daring than some of his fellow tragedians.

I am now reading:

>The Prague Cemetary by Umberto Eco
>The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli
>Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

I'm about halfway through Eco and really enjoying it. This is the first of his novels that I've read. The Prince is a reread, but with a new introduction. I haven't started Twelfth Night yet, but I haven't read any Shakespeare since high school, so this will be a treat I'm sure.
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Molly Sollynatch - Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:59:54 EST ID:kv6JxZcP No.69255 Report Quick Reply
I finally finished Infinite Jest. That is all.
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Wesley Wodgesadge - Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:50:54 EST ID:61roUa/V No.69261 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Currently reading The Island of Doctor Moreau as a buffer between Lenin's State and Revolution and some other political text I'll doubtless read afterwards.

Only ever read Wells' Short History of the World before, it's interesting to read his fiction because he is a fantastic writer, really descriptive and imaginative. I'll doubtless end up reading The Time Machine soon, especially as I really enjoyed the film.
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James Cenkinlere - Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:28:02 EST ID:e/ASfKSd No.69264 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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So I read Bird Box (Josh Malerman) and Apathy and Other Small Victories (Paul Neilan) over the past two days.

Bird Box was pretty creepy, and I loved the idea of something that drives sane people crazy having no effect on people who are already insane. I'm dumb as fuck, though, for not realizing that blind people would be completely unaffected.

Apathy and Other Small Victories... holy shit, I don't know if I've ever laughed at -anything- as hard as I laughed at this book. Stealing saltshakers, a guinea pig in gimp gear... so much stuff that's making me laugh just remembering it. By the end of the first chapter I knew I'd be buying it so I could add it to my rotation of books I reread every year or two. Seriously guys, find this book and start reading it - you'll know within the first few pages whether or not you'll enjoy it, and if you'll enjoy it, you'll love it.
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Ebenezer Marringdale - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:48:00 EST ID:DP0+pc1C No.69269 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I just finished SevenEves by Neal Stephenson.

It is perhaps the best science fiction novel I have ever read, and I have read quite a bit.

The first two thirds of the book read kind of like the book The Martian by Andy Weir, but with infinitely more at stake, as well as more detailed in the technical aspects. The final third sets up the most compelling far-future human society I have ever experienced in print or other media.

I can't wait for the movie to come out, and I would be completely heartbroken if Stephenson doesn't revisit this universe in another book.
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Albert Shakewill - Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:13:48 EST ID:ylxQEmun No.69280 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69269
There's one good scene in that book and the rest is wank.
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Charlotte Fecklepotch - Sat, 01 Jul 2017 03:01:10 EST ID:4JMlzFlY No.69281 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69280
Alright, which one was it?
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Barnaby Pablinghood - Sat, 01 Jul 2017 14:19:45 EST ID:ylxQEmun No.69282 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69281
The bit where the orchestras are playing and they're listening in by radio from the stations.
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Cedric Sishmidge - Sun, 02 Jul 2017 20:01:10 EST ID:/O1OzMju No.69284 Report Quick Reply
>>69264
Bird Box is great. I read the authors newest book though, called Black Mad Wheel, and it sucked. Worst book of 2017 so far.
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Henry Poffingworth - Mon, 03 Jul 2017 20:53:48 EST ID:b0VPR/Op No.69285 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Narrative history of Delhi during the Sepoy Mutiny. Enjoyable read, though he maybe gets a little bogged down in telling me for the fifth time that everything smelled like citrus and rosewater at the feast where they ate grouse, pheasants, turkeys, spiced finches, whole chickens, roasted peacocks, curried peacocks with chilis, baby quails, partridge legs...
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Nicholas Snodspear - Tue, 04 Jul 2017 20:10:52 EST ID:/O1OzMju No.69286 Report Quick Reply
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My new favorite book right here. Words can't describe how weird an author this is. I'm going to rapidly consume his entire bibliography.
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Cornelius Docklekadging - Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:16:30 EST ID:8gO8FFO9 No.69294 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Well that was a fucked up book.
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Henry Bummledale - Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:35:54 EST ID:129jvgtB No.69300 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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A brief love affair with a white man, I realized 2 years ago thanks to internet campaigning that almost all the books I'd read were written by men and all of them white men. So I started reading mostly women and people who aren't of European descent.
It's not that race should matter in making a decisions it's that the fact that I was only recommendations and only being recommended white people meant someone else's prejudices were affecting me. It's not a problem with some genres, so some people don't have to bother making this effort, but the sort of stuff I read seems to have a strong bias towards male and pale, yanno?
But yeah FUCK I had to read this book it is INCREDIBLE
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Polly Wubberfick - Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:24:05 EST ID:b0VPR/Op No.69302 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Finishing up a collection of Brecht's short stories

>>69300
Midnight's Children is another good one from Rushdie, if you're looking for more. It's like a magical realist depiction of Indian independence from the perspective of several generations of a single family
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Walter Trotcocke - Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:43:07 EST ID:oS3CSIDQ No.69307 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I'm about a hundred pages into the third book in the Gentlemen Bastards series. I really enjoy Lynch's writing and world building, and I'm stoked Republic of Thieves is starting to get into the inner politics of the bondsmagi.

I'm just sad there won't be another book to read as soon as I finish this one. Discovering a great new series only to get caught up and have to wait for the next book is such a bittersweet feeling, looking at you Kingkiller Chronicles.
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Molly Soggleford - Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:41:55 EST ID:g+nXkGjk No.69308 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69307
I see the author has a new book planned per year for them. I just read book 1 last month and haven't decided whether or not to continue them. Like, all my favorite characters died so I'm not as committed to the series after wholesale slaughter of my fav cast members. They should have pulled a GRRM and killed Locke Lamora instead of killing every cool person he ever met instead.
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Edwin Darryville - Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:53:02 EST ID:BJD1Z8OA No.69310 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69308
i was underwhelmed by the elaborateness of their heists. I guess i was expecting more.
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Doris Clengerchidge - Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:28:34 EST ID:m1O13QAv No.69312 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Anyone here read the Malazan books? I'm in book 3 and unsure if I should continue.
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Hugh Sollerridge - Fri, 28 Jul 2017 02:52:55 EST ID:fvcjNgut No.69315 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69308
It's worth continuing. I was struck by those deaths too, but the series is really about Locke and Jean's relationship and later Sabetha in the third book. Plus, they come back in interludes later so you still see those characters. Their deaths constantly come up and weigh on Locke and Jean. I won't say I was disappointed in him killing off most of the main cast in the first book but their deaths weren't wanton.

I just love the world Lynch has built, and the structure with which he builds it. I love the interludes, which give a little back story here and there but also pertain to the main narrative it interrupts. It's an interesting and deliberate use of foreshadowing I haven't seen before. And I've got a soft spot for Locke cuz he reminds me of myself.

>>69310
You may love or hate their heist in the second book then. It's elaborate as hell, gets convoluted with a bunch of different factions fucking with them and when they pull it off, they come away with no money and they're poisoned.

I'm still working my way through book 3, but this series still captivates me like hell.
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Eliza Duckman - Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:10:20 EST ID:7mXsf2k2 No.69316 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69315
Maybe I'll listen to the second audiobook at work next week.

While on that topic, any audiobook fans here? I work landscaping 40 hours a week and blow through books by the dozens. This reason alone is a big part of why I'll probably listen to Locke Lamora 2, because wtf else am I gonna do all day?

Gonna namedrop a fuckload of book titles that I listened to in the last couple weeks: The Scarlet Letter, Laird Barron's entire bibliography (dude is the second coming of Lovecraft), Stephen King's The Running Man, Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy, Kurt Vonnegut's Timequake, George R R Martin's Dreamsongs (almost every short story he ever wrote, as long as Infinite Jest, another book I just finished but in physical instead of audio). I've listened to other things but obscure things that I doubt anyone hear would recognize or give a shit about.
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Henry Brosslespear - Sat, 29 Jul 2017 11:34:56 EST ID:BJD1Z8OA No.69317 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69315
I audiobooked the first one so i think i'll give the 2nd a try. Thanks for the headsup.
>>69316
yup i listen to audiobooks as well. But i'm very picky with the narrator. I try to find books narrated by the authors first. Here's a list of some i enjoyed:
David Foster Wallace stuff (Consider the Lobster, Shipping Out, the Big Red Son, some of Brief Interviews with Hideous Men) read by the author
Roadside Picnic (narrated by Robert Forster)
The Sun Also Rises (narrated by William Hurt)
Kafka On the Shore (don't know who read it)
A Good Man Is Hard to Find (read by author)

also have you given podcasts a try? Or the Great Courses?

I'll be sure to look up the narrators of those audiobooks.
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Jack Snodfoot - Sat, 29 Jul 2017 19:04:03 EST ID:qQOj8HsF No.69318 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69317
I've listened to a small number of fiction podcasts, but no educational ones. I listen to some non-fiction books but only in subjects I have particular interests in.
I'm not as picky about quality or the narrator, I've listened to some real crap quality audios on occasion.
Also listened to Kafka On The Shore a few months back, curious to read/listen to more from the author.
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Archie Brookville - Sun, 30 Jul 2017 17:08:53 EST ID:NDMKvf+S No.69320 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Blowing through this guys short stories, he's a god tier surrealist.
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Jack Nuffingbock - Mon, 31 Jul 2017 20:07:05 EST ID:NDMKvf+S No.69321 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Historical fiction about WWII with werewolves.
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C-Higgy !lfsExjBfzE - Wed, 02 Aug 2017 01:51:41 EST ID:MnaUA0rp No.69325 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Reading The Girl in the Spider's Web right now.
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Charlie of the Chans !!kWjRhGF5 - Wed, 02 Aug 2017 11:42:56 EST ID:FSH3aYMi No.69327 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Hi everyone. I didn't want to intrude in this thread unless I had something to offer, and, well, I do. I put86 books into a .zip file and uploaded them at DepFile. Some of you may have heard that DepFile has an unsavory reputation because people from the darknet use it. I don't know anything about that. I've been using the place for years with no problem. It's doesn't have https capabilities, and that's what I know about it. Normally for things that are under 200 MB I use Zippyshare, but this package is about 530 MB. The titles are in the accompanying pic. I hope that you enjoy; and the link is:

http://depfile.us/miuJxyqmoAo7
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Isabella Fangold - Mon, 07 Aug 2017 18:42:16 EST ID:F198k12t No.69337 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>Locke Lamora book 2
Ugh. Ive never been so frustrated with a book. It was a strong novel, but had some issues that were so major for me that it's hard to overlook them. Notably, the use of a flashforward opening scene to attempt sowing confusing and distrust in the reader. It was just so poorly done, obvious, and idiotic. It ruined almost every scene for me, like, 'should i be worrying about that dumb prologue right now, or is the writer just a shithead troll?' Big shock, Shithead Troll won the bet. Also, it has a major cliffhanger ending, but the act of making it a cliffhanger makes me fairly sure they will never follow through on it in book 3. Final complaint, they dialed down the swearing. BOOOO. Fucking fuckers.
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Hamilton Clullerkud - Tue, 08 Aug 2017 21:44:24 EST ID:nYVF5eQR No.69341 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
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Ebenezer Fibberwater - Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:35:25 EST ID:oS3CSIDQ No.69351 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69337
Yeah, I'd share those criticisms. I actually forgot about the prologue entirely until the scene came up again and it had very little pay off.

I'm just about finished with the 3rd book, and I'd say book 2 is the weakest of the series, but I really enjoyed its setting of Tal Verrar and the Sea of Brass. In terms of the cliffhanger, they resolve it pretty early on in Republic of Thieves. It's like the first gear that gets the plot rolling but it doesn't linger.

I mentioned the interludes in an earlier post and one of the weaker aspects of book 2 is its lack of them. Book 3 is 50-50 interludes and the main story and I really enjoy the way it drives the plot and character development. I will say that I've reached a point in the narrative where a huge bomb is dropped regarding Locke's origin, and it has me wary. I'm interested to see how it progresses, but it's kind of out of left field.
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Lillian Blatherhood - Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:39:11 EST ID:4oEXgKKw No.69352 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69351
Yeah, I read Republic Of Thieves last week too and forgot to post about it. Locke's orogins felt like the writer trying to suddenly turn the books into some Wheel Of Time stuff instead of the heist books they always were. Book 4 will be make or break on if I continue the series. I thought 3 had the weakest "heist" plot yet, with close to no stakes for anyone involved. I hated how quickly the end of book 2 was just written off and was only a plot device to force the characters to once again be subservient to some massive asshole (kinda the plot of every book in the trilogy at this point). ALso, didn;t dig Sabitha as a main character, for once I was waiting for the ending where everyone usually dies and was pissed nobody wound up dying this time.
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James Supperman - Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:01:54 EST ID:oS3CSIDQ No.69353 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69352
Yeah, the election stuff is weird. Like, it comes off as a weak excuse to get Locke, Jean, Sabetha and the bondsmagi in the same plot. Honestly, I enjoy the interludes of them in Espara way more than the main plot. I still don't know how I feel about Sabetha. I like her as a foil to Locke, but she's such a bitch sometimes.
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Cyril Piffingsane - Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:58:54 EST ID:lC/6pe/m No.69357 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69353
Exactly, the entire book was plot evices driving it rather than anyhting the characters cared about. If the core crew doesn't give two shits about the success or failure of their heist, why the hell would I care about it? The flashbacks were the better part of the book but only because it felt like book 1 again with the whole OG crew back together. I'd have cared more if they were already trying to rig an election for money making reasons, then the bondsmagi showed up and started fucking with them midway through, and the results of it would actually impact the heroes in some fucking way. If it weren't for the reveals on Locke's origins, the book would have been utter filler. And these books are too damn long for filler.

Also, after the recent Rick and Morty with The Falcon, i couldn;t take the return of The Falconer seriously at all with his dorky name.
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Clara Sottinggold - Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:49:38 EST ID:3R71OMFk No.69358 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69357
I'm like less than 100 pages from finishing book 3, but I agree with you. The election is such a thin plot device. Honestly, he could've put Sabetha in the archon's service through some means, given her the role of Merida (was that her name? She was such a throwaway main character, I can't remember) and book 2 and 3 could be one, with the bondsmagi still fucking with them and still unloading the Locke origin tidbit. Like another said, book 4 is gonna make or break this series.
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Charlotte Bomblehitch - Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:40:40 EST ID:lC/6pe/m No.69359 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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This book was surreal as fuck, I highly recommend it to fans of trippy lit.

>>69358
>Like another said
Yeah that was my post too, my ID just changes all the time. As far as I can tell, there's 3 of us reading Locke Lamora ITT.
Also, I thought these books came out fast but I guess I'm wrong, Goodreads says we can expect book 4 in about a year, 9/2018ish. Dag. Sounds like the big War will break out, hopefully it's good. I was hoping it came out this year...


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