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Why we love to hate J.K. Rowling by George Cladgelat - Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:05:39 EST ID:ylxQEmun No.69257 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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For a young man in the 21st century, J.K. Rowling embodies just about everything that he hates about his own mother, but can't outright say to her. An aging neoliberal single mother with an inflated sense of self-importance using twitter to cope with her increasing irrelevance. The sort of woman who hasn't seriously thought about any of her opinions, but feels the need to push them on to others and condescend to anybody who might think differently.

She is an archetype. Neither insightful nor funny nor controversial. She is a consummate mediocrity basking in the praise of similar mediocrities the world over who have projected their own aspirations on to her, satisfied that somebody like them is a billionaire. Her Christianity is an accessory. She takes everything that she's been taught by public school and daytime television and fashions a god out of it.

She conceives of public affairs in the nebulous terms of "love" and "hate". The fact that an action might fall outside of either of these two categories, or that something she deems "hateful" might in fact be the wiser choice has not occurred to her. Despite this, she is shockingly easy to bait into a bitter, spiteful rage. Furthermore, her generosity only extends as far as her personal comfort. At the end of the day, it's little more than virtue signalling and if social opinion undergoes some vast sweeping change then she'll fall in line.

In many ways, she's already missed the boat. Her brand of comfortable feminism has already fallen out of style. She just doesn't know it yet. The second wave man-hating sexual phobia that sees rape everywhere. Its frigidity is evident in her writing. Then the bizarre merger with proud slut queer positivity. The post-hoc declarations of characters' sexual proclivities. The rationalization of racial retconning. It's like she discovered a Harry Potter fan tumblr, followed a couple links, and incorporated whatever she saw, resulting in an incoherent schizophrenic worldview. That's probably exactly what happened.

Her name is fucking Joanne. Need I say more?
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Betsy Fiffingchock - Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:23:42 EST ID:Jp5dXAij No.69262 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69257
so much fucking jelly in this post that its ozzing out of my screen and getting on my keyboard

> to cope with her increasing irrelevance
You know she still writes successful books, right?
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Clara Worthingcocke - Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:58:14 EST ID:l05TS9f7 No.69263 Report Quick Reply
>>69262
The cringey part is that she publishes them under a male name. She acts like a feminist and then will hide her books under male titles because "she doesn;t like her new work being compared to Harry Potter".
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Augustus Ducklock - Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:14:43 EST ID:qM6K+efP No.69265 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69263
She published one name under a pseudonym. Her most successful novel post Potter was published under her own name. You're dumb.
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Lillian Sonningfedge - Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:39:57 EST ID:N4/nqu0x No.69266 Report Quick Reply
>>69265
The one book written under her name post-Potter was critically panned and disliked by fans. She publishes a whole series of books under the psuedonym. I read one and disliked it, but critics and fans at least say they are good. You don't know what you are talking about.
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Clara Donningville - Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:45:38 EST ID:Jp5dXAij No.69267 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69266
You are correct
"The Casual Vacancy" was not well received, and published under her own name. The critics compared it to harry potter constantly, even though it was outside that universe. So, she decided that she wants to grow as a writer without the shadow of HP hanging over her, and thus a new series under a pseudonym was born

That series is pretty well received and successful, and even if it was published under a pseudonym the publishers (or lawyers? cant remember) leaked it was actually JK who write them.


Bump While Reading by Ebenezer Brookham - Fri, 04 Mar 2016 09:04:46 EST ID:bq5scg8g No.68199 Ignore Report Reply 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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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.


Your top 10 favourite books of all time by Isabella Mogglefoot - Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:14:58 EST ID:+UF3ekGW No.69116 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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1: One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

2: Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

3: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murasaki

4: Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy

5: Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut

6: Watchmen - Alan Moore

7: A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller Jr.

8: The Stand - Stephen King
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Charlie of the Chans !!kWjRhGF5 - Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:49:18 EST ID:FSH3aYMi No.69242 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>69241
Thanks, thanks! Got me a J. G. Ballard audio I could never find, "The Drowned World."
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Phoebe Honeyspear - Thu, 08 Jun 2017 03:46:52 EST ID:oleNEoHE No.69244 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69241
>>69240

Thanks for sharing these resources guys. Here's five books I can recommend:

Here's some texts I recommend to everybody:

Man in the Modern Age - Karl Jaspers
Rubaiyat - Omar Khayyam
Kim - Rudyard Kipling
Bloodchild - Octavia Butler
Godel Escher Bach Eternal Golden Braid - Douglas Hofstader
Fear and Trembling and the Sickness Unto Death - Kierkegaard
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Charlie of the Chans !!kWjRhGF5 - Sun, 11 Jun 2017 15:22:38 EST ID:FSH3aYMi No.69246 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>69244
Here are some of mine. You can download them if you like. I don't think I'm allowed to post direct links, so please follow this PasteBin link:

https://pastebin.com/NLtZEQqh
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Charlie of the Chans !!kWjRhGF5 - Sun, 11 Jun 2017 15:37:56 EST ID:FSH3aYMi No.69248 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69246
>>69246
wrong Paste Bin, this one is it:

https://pastebin.com/LLPJFg26
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the flicker !FwnV7hV52I - Wed, 21 Jun 2017 03:34:34 EST ID:fRoklkT3 No.69256 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Most people named only novels, but the OP says "favorite books", not novels.

Life a User's Manual, The Man Without Qualities, Tristram Shandy, Bartleby, The Aleph, the Zhuangzi, the gospel of John, the Quran, Augustine's Confessions.


Under Dr. Huxley''s prescription by Ebenezer Pockfuck - Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:36:09 EST ID:83LDejjU No.69254 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Hello everyone
I'm working on a review/guide/actualization of Huxley's Eternal Philosophy.
Has anyone got some interesting materials that can be linked to that? Book, music, movies, anything that plays around that

THANKS


libgen by Charlie of the Chans !!kWjRhGF5 - Mon, 29 May 2017 17:24:42 EST ID:FSH3aYMi No.69218 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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It often happens that I find something worthwhile on the Internet, and then find out I'm one of the last to know. Maybe not this time. I came across a Russian site called LibGen, and their (apparent) goal is to break the overpriced monopoly on scholarly publications. Elsevier, Springer-Verlag, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Pressm and above all, Brill Academic Publishing of Belgium, publish roughly 90% of the world's academic books and papers - at outrageous prices. If the scientists, engineers and technicians, and scholars who create these various works had a decent share in the profits of these publications, I could understand that; but the simple truth is, THEY DO NOT. As a historian of Western and Eastern thought, I spent many years buying expensive text-books when I could ill-afford them. Now, they can be had for free in .pdf format at LibGen. Here's the text (some of it) from their "Letter of Solidarity:

There are many businessmen who own knowledge today. Consider Elsevier, the largest scholarly publisher, whose 37% profit margin1 stands in sharp contrast to the rising fees, expanding student loan debt and poverty-level wages for adjunct faculty. Elsevier owns some of the largest databases of academic material, which are licensed at prices so scandalously high that even Harvard, the richest university of the global north, has complained that it cannot afford them any longer. Robert Darnton, the past director of Harvard Library, says "We faculty do the research, write the papers, referee papers by other researchers, serve on editorial boards, all of it for free … and then we buy back the results of our labour at outrageous prices." For all the work supported by public money benefiting scholarly publishers, particularly the peer review that grounds their legitimacy, journal articles are priced such that they prohibit access to science to many academics - and all non-academics - across the world, and render it a token of privilege.

Elsevier has recently filed a copyright infringement suit in New York against Science Hub and Library Genesis claiming millions of dollars in damages. This has come as a big blow, not just to the administrators of the webs…
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Reuben Fimmerban - Fri, 02 Jun 2017 21:11:06 EST ID:CPp3gKsK No.69237 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I've been using libgen for years. It saved me hundreds. I'm about to graduate with a bachelor's and I never bought a textbpok.
Since apparently people don't know about these things, I'll share this:
http://sci-hub.io/
Find an academic journal article that you don't want to spend $30 to look at? Just too lazy to log in to your school's access? Just paste the articles URL/pubmed/DOI and you can look at it for free.
Sci-Hub has been served lawsuits, but their servers are based in Russia, and the Russian government pretty much doesn't give a good god damn. They have more important things to deal with.
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Charlie of the Chans !!kWjRhGF5 - Fri, 02 Jun 2017 23:13:23 EST ID:FSH3aYMi No.69238 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>69237
THIS.

I'd like to add, that while the enraged publishers can put a healthy squeeze on them, the fact that they and their servers ARE in Russia gives them a lot of protection. Do you really think that Vladimir Putin would allow Russian citizens to be extradited? Good, rouble-earning citizens? If Ed Snowden is safe there, so are the LibGen folks. What we can do is to get books from them and to spread the word. Unlike Kim Dotcom's ordeal, there will be no international co-ordinated raid.

To me, this is one of the best things about a chan - to spread the word.
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Charlie of the Chans !!kWjRhGF5 - Sun, 11 Jun 2017 15:34:23 EST ID:FSH3aYMi No.69247 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I posted a Paste Bin link over in World Languages ~

http://boards.420chan.org/lang/res/12186.php

for a lot of Coptic and New Testament resources in .pdf format. I don't think that I'm allowed to post direct links, thus Paste Bin:

https://pastebin.com/NLtZEQqh

Also, I found this site which will convert any kind of file. I've been using it to convert .epubs to .pdfs, it's great!:

http://www.online-convert.com/
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Clara Tillingdock - Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:04 EST ID:Jp5dXAij No.69249 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69222
I'm not asking for you, i'm asking for me
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Charlie of the Chans !!kWjRhGF5 - Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:27:32 EST ID:FSH3aYMi No.69250 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Some books by Graham Hancock:

https://pastebin.com/944v7ShN


fanfic by Cyril Chellerwater - Sun, 11 Jun 2017 12:00:19 EST ID:6L73iEpb No.69245 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I'm new to fanfic and curious what everyone's favorites are, and also snag some recs. I recently discovered Harry Potter And The Methods Of Rationality and it made me wonder how many other high quality stories are being told using already popular franchises rather than making their own characters. I'm looking for fanfic that is story driven rather than shipping, although I can overlook occasional romance as long as its not a romance story first and formost.

I like geeky shit like sci fi, anime, capeshit, etc. I am looking for alternative versions of classic tales, continuations of ended franchises. Also, modern Marvel and DC comics suck since they never kill anyone, good or evil. I'd like some fanfic that takes those worlds in directions the comics are too tame/pussy to ever go, like Justice League with Game Of Thrones style delivery.


Duality of good and evil by Caroline Finningdare - Sun, 07 May 2017 09:49:29 EST ID:vZQFfa2Q No.69200 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Lately i've been looking into the physosophy of good and evil,the angelic and the demonic and so on.I am looking for a book that explores the duality of concepts like these,any suggestions
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Graham Picklecocke - Mon, 08 May 2017 10:59:21 EST ID:DjhHGfPo No.69201 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69200
You could check some maniquean texts. They were some earlt form of christianism that believed that both good and evil existed and fought inside of human beings. They had some weird traditions like eating the souls of fruits that fell to the ground or something.

Also Beyond good and evil, it speaks against said duality, but it could still provide an interesting read.
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Ian Horryledge - Sat, 13 May 2017 15:20:10 EST ID:3eJ6C1P0 No.69202 Ignore Report Quick Reply
the Tao Te Ching is a good place to start. yin and yang is literally a model to describe duality
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Angus Sumbleken - Fri, 02 Jun 2017 14:49:29 EST ID:JRgk/hWz No.69234 Ignore Report Quick Reply
"The Realm of Spirit and the Realm of Caesar" by Nikolai Berdyaev
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Rebecca Bunlock - Wed, 07 Jun 2017 12:57:25 EST ID:Zk0J+JKu No.69243 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Like someone already said I'd say the tao te ching, it's the definitive choice.


Writers thread by Edward Hacklestock - Wed, 17 Feb 2016 20:22:13 EST ID:2cqnyO9u No.68150 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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How is your writing going /lit/? Anyone here working on something or have any work they want to share? Not poetry, we have the OC Poems thread for that.

I am 2 acts done with a 3 act novel. I have written short stories before, and this is my first long endeavor. I had always lacked confidence, but one day, I suddenly stumbled upon the perfect horror novel just sitting in my mind. Like, it is literally the greatest horror story if this generation. It will go down as The Wire of horror stories for it's brutal look at reality at the bottom of the barrel. But it will also be like Trailer Park Boys and have a cast of lovable losers, who are down and out, living where every day feels like the end of the world, and having that corner of the ghetto become the backdrop for what will be the end of the world for real, with the local stoners and crackheads the last line of defense before an ancient evil reclaims the planet it once ruled a millennia ago. It is not a horror comedy like John Dies At The End, it is straight horror with some comedic moments the way an action movie can have good comedy. I know it will be an insta-classic and probably get a film adaption. As a long time 420channer, I will find some way to get it to you all for free after I find a publisher, since I know this site thrives on piracy, even if I have to pay them for digital downloads for all 3-5 regulars here. Drugs and the apocalypse, it should be right up most of /lit/s alley.
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Priscilla Hemmerworth - Sun, 21 May 2017 22:17:31 EST ID:5kvSno/C No.69209 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Whats the best topic or genre to write about if you wanna sell books to make money? I know erotic fiction previously had been the go to answer but Im worried that it has become over saturated; same with drug memoirs; same with politics.

I need something really original and also what is the best method to determining the demand of the market? Ofc Im looking at best seller lists but what else? Any idea how to gauge the market?

Anyway any suggestions would be helpful and hopefully this thread might be able to help someone else.

The way I see it, hardly anyone buys books anymore except for old people so I need to think of something that old people will order from amazon. I was thinking that bitcoin or crypto currency might be a good non fiction topic as they are probably interested in it and want to make money but they dont understand online culture, the darknet, or what makes crypto valuable in general. But anyway I would be really interested in hearing other people's opinions.

As for memoirs, I think that would be relatively easy as I led a pretty wild life when I was younger but the problem is that ironically I didnt start getting laid till I laid off the partying so I think that my life wouldnt be very interesting without romance, so I was considering just making that part up and of course I would be relying on my recent success with women but grafting it into my party days, although I dont know how I could develop myself as a character disingenuously, or at least it would be difficult.
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Isabella Farryforth - Thu, 25 May 2017 05:42:10 EST ID:XVieWp2Z No.69217 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69209
My short erotica still sells better than my horror/comedy novels.

Speaking of drug memoirs, my way of avoiding how cliche they all seem is fictionalization. I add a supernatural element or two, but besides the paranormal element, the rest of the novel is technically drug memoir. I'd rather make everything closely inspired by reality than write real non-fiction. There's a million drug memoirs, but mine is the only one with ghosts and Lovecraftian entities as metaphors for the trials of being a fuck-up. Maybe Stephen King has done this before so it isn;t entirely original but still..
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Doris Bazzlestut - Wed, 31 May 2017 04:41:24 EST ID:rn3/eq9a No.69225 Ignore Report Quick Reply
So, since you asked, I don't have to fear getting called a shill right?

I have my practice novel on Inkitt. It's a weird story about interdimensional creatures attacking earth, meant to be the beginning of a trilogy.

https://www.inkitt.com/stories/horror/80048?ref=a_50a6f147-46d9-4094-8ce6-3d23b2db8340&started_reading=true

I also have a short story on Wattpad, and am desperately trying to get eyes on it. It's a Weird West story about werewolves and the Oregon Trail. Might lead to something else.

https://www.wattpad.com/413138779-a-weird-tale-from-the-oregon-trail-1

I also write on No Sleep as KendersAreCooler.
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Edward Fanningson - Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:03:58 EST ID:l0ZpEjMX No.69227 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>68168
tried to read a bit, couldn't, sorry. i agree, needs heavy editing - simplify.
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Angus Duvingman - Fri, 02 Jun 2017 17:52:04 EST ID:SEwIuYVf No.69235 Ignore Report Quick Reply
First chapter of my new novel (genre: horror). I might make it a prologue rather than a Chapter 1. Looking for general impressions, like if it's enough of a hook to keep someone reading on to chapter 2. It depicts the books antagonist as he descends into insanity and I tried to work a lot of visual horror into it, I'm curious if its effective or not.
http://textuploader.com/d98hd


Books on s p a c e by Ian Fallyfield - Fri, 05 May 2017 16:06:31 EST ID:j50ohrvP No.69199 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Any good books on the universe? Thank you!
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Ian Horryledge - Sat, 13 May 2017 15:20:45 EST ID:3eJ6C1P0 No.69203 Ignore Report Quick Reply
A Brief History of Time - Wheelchair Nigga
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Shit Goodman - Wed, 31 May 2017 17:11:27 EST ID:JBGMY1fx No.69226 Ignore Report Quick Reply
All books are about the Universe.
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Cedric Chankinfuck - Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:35:14 EST ID:iO/De/3+ No.69229 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Beatrice Bannerbanks - Fri, 02 Jun 2017 01:21:08 EST ID:w62Ir2kB No.69230 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69203
I knew he had a fucking name.


SUGGEST SPACE OPERAS. other mindfuck sci-fi too by Alice Favingdet - Mon, 22 May 2017 07:23:56 EST ID:uFYLvNzV No.69212 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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i need space opera books due to the continuing lack of widescale extraterrestrial visitation. suggestions??
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Phineas Bugglesudge - Mon, 22 May 2017 17:52:00 EST ID:9HurK2R3 No.69213 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Leviathan Wakes and the rest of The Expanse series.
Really good shit.


Oberon, Titania by Ox - Tue, 16 May 2017 01:09:52 EST ID:u0iuTpaL No.69204 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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A‪waiting a wicked Familiar,
‪Blossoms blown into the Past
‪The Late-Light Lotus, O Lantern-Locus,
Cast-away, dark-torch caught aimless,
Black-Blinking Iris sails toward insular;
"Motes made the Moon,"
Iris bleeds truth in a whisper,
As tepid tears flood forth
from future-feared wounds,
Gauze guilt-gilded gossamer;
Crimsoned Iris wastes a wink on whim:
Up rises the cacaphonic conflagration,
Chiral-tongued anther spitting lead,
Over top liquid mosaic of Motes
belied by Ichor's bromide,
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Writing a book for the first time by Hedda Peffingmetch - Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:44:33 EST ID:rMTBFubI No.69164 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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It's that time of the year where my eyes turn into dollar signs and the hunger for money becomes so great that everything seems possible or at least worth the shot, as long as there is a chance of some money. So much so that me, who never reads books or writes anything, can potentially become a successful writer. But obviously I know it's more dreams instead of reality and so here i am asking about some thoughts on my mind.

>How does someone like me know if I'm writing something good or not
>how do you know if you are even cut out for writing?
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Samuel Bandlestatch - Sat, 15 Apr 2017 01:44:39 EST ID:CQZtOz+q No.69180 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Just like with any practice, you improve with time and effort. Its gonna take awhile until your writing is good. Even a gifted writer's latent talent wont progress without diligence. So if someone without a notable potential for the art did their best and persevered they too could be a master.

By what standard is the writing judged? Well I guess it depends. What are your own thoughts about your work? Have a friend read it. Their impression? Post it here to probably get shit and support. A publisher? Critics? ...

Hey, its good y'all were able to write a book, instead of, you know, not.
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Alice Munderspear - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:40:37 EST ID:QBAOTC0t No.69188 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69164

You will never know if what you are writing is good. Like art or music, the only way you can tell if something is good is if
  1. You like it
  2. Other people pay you for it
People can always hide behind the excuse that their writing is 'too deep' or 'beyond' common plebs and thats why agents wont publish it. Don't do that.

You will also never know if you are cut out for writing. Write because you like to write, tell the stories you want to tell, not the stories you think will make you money (unless you are actually good, in which case write flash porn fiction). As you write more and think critically about your work (possibly joining some communities online to have other people critique your stuff) you will eventually get better. Then you'll write more, critique other people, write some more. You'll talk about your book and no one will listen or care because no one gives 2 shits about your sci-fi fantasy cross over where the aliens speak in verse and barter with space weed. So you take a break for a few months, the rejection was really rough and your hopes were dashed. But, like some degenerate addict you keep coming back to the keyboard, turns out you don't care about what other people think (most of the time) because you like YOUR stories and you enjoy writing for its own sake.

Eventually you write a bunch of short stories and submit them to what few publications are left, they are all rejected and you feel like dirt again. But fuck, you keep writing anyway because despite all the rejection and seclusion you still want to tell your stories, you still think they are good, and you still feel like you've got something to say that someone else isn't saying. So you write more short stories and give them to your friends this time, you've been at this for YEARs so you must have gotten better. But they are your friends so their approval ends up meaning nothing. You want to get published because thats the only way to know for sure.

So you write some more, critique some more, get critiqued, accept critiques, ask for more critiques. You grow a very thick skin and stop being so sensitive about when other people tactlessly rape your work because you …
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Isabella Mevingbanks - Sun, 30 Apr 2017 20:27:03 EST ID:ERVqL6V2 No.69193 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>69188
Thank fuck there was one decent post worth reading after all the go-kill-yourselves.
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Caroline Blallystere - Mon, 01 May 2017 14:23:49 EST ID:ylxQEmun No.69194 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>69178
Yeah, of all the people who happen to use the same VPN as you one of them also comes to the literature board on 420chan. That's totally believable.

>>69188
Good stuff.
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Sophie Bullyhure - Wed, 03 May 2017 13:35:54 EST ID:eN2ZCZE2 No.69196 Ignore Report Quick Reply
i got a book by alexander pope called an essay on criticism which might help you, I only read the first couple of lines to see what it was like and it seems useful


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