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- Fri, 04 Mar 2016 09:04:46 EST bq5scg8g No.68199
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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.
Cornelius Chubblehall - Mon, 07 Mar 2016 10:14:58 EST v1vMwpUb No.68213 Reply
I'm reading book 4 in Orson Scott Card's Shadow Saga. Not as good as the Ender books, but still decent.
Jarvis Lightman - Tue, 08 Mar 2016 01:57:08 EST ta4EK9n8 No.68220 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
Martha Grimville - Tue, 08 Mar 2016 16:25:27 EST ShH2dWn4 No.68221 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.
Angus Niddlemire - Thu, 10 Mar 2016 19:11:02 EST v1vMwpUb No.68230 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.
noko - Thu, 10 Mar 2016 22:44:15 EST SHm6sK6C No.68231 Reply
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.
Graham Geblingdore - Fri, 11 Mar 2016 08:50:14 EST bq5scg8g No.68232 Reply
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.
Wesley Fesslegold - Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:04:13 EST v1vMwpUb No.68238 Reply
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Listening to this at work today. Shud be gud.
Polly Dizzlestock - Tue, 15 Mar 2016 23:33:49 EST IBHm4nnL No.68241 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.
Nigger Suvingford - Thu, 17 Mar 2016 16:15:23 EST bq5scg8g No.68243 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".
Bradbury is the man. I like his short stories more than his novels, the dude's prose just sucks you in.
Caroline Chinkinmudge - Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:46:47 EST VWjNc8T0 No.68244 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.
Therm0ptic !cyBOrG7t12 - Mon, 21 Mar 2016 22:27:22 EST 9MS8p/wS No.68248 Reply
I'm just starting Neuromancer now.
I'm excited.
Fanny Crorringbeg - Tue, 22 Mar 2016 17:54:19 EST mh8LII8h No.68251 Reply
>1/3 into Gravity's Rainbow
>that shit eating scene
Basil Nittingville - Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:29:46 EST 7Jwk1ke7 No.68267 Reply
I just finished Fight Club 2. What in the shit was that ending?
Betsy Sellermug - Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:49:55 EST DhUuO5+G No.68268 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.
Doris Brinkintotch - Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:45:23 EST fxzTEF7c No.68269 Reply
currently reading Shadow of the Hegemon, the sixth Ender book... but my favorite's still the second, Speaker for the Dead
Sophie Firringford - Fri, 01 Apr 2016 05:44:37 EST 7Jwk1ke7 No.68271 Reply
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.
Graham Blungerwell - Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:03:26 EST xBm2Db3k No.68275 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.
Samuel Blondlebanks - Mon, 04 Apr 2016 19:44:42 EST 5Fzb18EH No.68276 Reply
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I just read The Vampire Lestat.
>tfw I'll never be a vampire and form a kinky vampire harem
Eliza Bunforth - Sat, 09 Apr 2016 14:44:32 EST bq5scg8g No.68283 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.
Nicholas Fullytedging - Fri, 15 Apr 2016 02:49:43 EST 4y0pJitq No.68302 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
Jenny Funnerlot - Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:15:46 EST lIDnGMq2 No.68304 Reply
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.
Ian Smallfield - Fri, 15 Apr 2016 21:08:40 EST bq5scg8g No.68305 Reply
>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)
George Sottingdock - Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:45:42 EST lIDnGMq2 No.68308 Reply
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.
Eliza Blacklehall - Thu, 21 Apr 2016 03:18:57 EST T0VUA84J No.68321 Reply
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The Once and Future King, T.H. Whizzle

He was a boss. The descriptions of Merlin and his hut are like. . . the best shit.
Priscilla Cebberbury - Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:56:35 EST bq5scg8g No.68339 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
Shitting Hucklenid - Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:59:00 EST o5+D4t0o No.68341 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
Nigel Gazzlesten - Tue, 17 May 2016 16:52:18 EST bq5scg8g No.68377 Reply
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This came out today. My hype is overflowing.
Frederick Hockleworth - Fri, 20 May 2016 21:52:51 EST bq5scg8g No.68378 Reply
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This book is much funnier than I expected.
ntnchamp2 - Sat, 21 May 2016 22:40:57 EST oyTTCZuB No.68382 Reply
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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.
Eliza Wommlekeg - Sun, 22 May 2016 12:10:22 EST bq5scg8g No.68385 Reply
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?
Tetragrammaton !!Gm+jdoM7 - Thu, 02 Jun 2016 22:49:11 EST BE/wqeWD No.68410 Reply
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.
Tetragrammaton !!Gm+jdoM7 - Thu, 02 Jun 2016 23:00:26 EST BE/wqeWD No.68411 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.
Albert Wundleworth - Sat, 04 Jun 2016 02:23:42 EST P7WcxzcH No.68413 Reply
You, my fine sir, have excellent tastes and I commend you
Phineas Drummledig - Sat, 04 Jun 2016 06:37:54 EST bq5scg8g No.68415 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.
Reuben Tillinglock - Sun, 05 Jun 2016 10:17:08 EST K7IurApW No.68420 Reply
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This was decent enough, good suspense, even if the ending played it way too safe.
Eugene Dartway - Sun, 05 Jun 2016 14:08:05 EST bq5scg8g No.68421 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.
Doris Hecklefeck - Sun, 05 Jun 2016 23:19:46 EST 9Pkfrf/q No.68422 Reply
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>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.
Charlotte Heddlestock - Mon, 06 Jun 2016 06:40:37 EST bq5scg8g No.68423 Reply
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.
Reuben Ficklebury - Tue, 07 Jun 2016 16:00:38 EST xBm2Db3k No.68424 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.
Frederick Blinkingold - Tue, 07 Jun 2016 20:13:05 EST bq5scg8g No.68425 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.
Lillian Drublingbudging - Wed, 08 Jun 2016 08:16:49 EST A/JTJjNi No.68426 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.
Matilda Pickbanks - Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:38:47 EST 5zKQjFkv No.68428 Reply

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
Augustus Blottingstidge - Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:51:31 EST 3O7UHk3p No.68440 Reply
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
Martha Widgebury - Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:31:39 EST i7Lu+Tms No.68444 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.
Samuel Sellymire - Fri, 17 Jun 2016 02:19:11 EST atdyWsTY No.68447 Reply
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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.
Phoebe Bomblewut - Sun, 19 Jun 2016 19:36:16 EST Szgt0tZc No.68453 Reply
Just finished Solar Storms by Linda Hogan
Would read again
Jenny Sicklenat - Mon, 20 Jun 2016 05:08:00 EST mLN7HFVm No.68454 Reply
>>68447 Yay Campbell. The Masks of God series is amazing! I'm almost through Oriental Mythology, but got stuck.

>>68453 Sounds cool
Jarvis Dunnerlock - Mon, 20 Jun 2016 19:42:15 EST bq5scg8g No.68461 Reply
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This lived up to the hype.
Hedda Gurringbane - Tue, 05 Jul 2016 20:43:41 EST 7O4zAnZ4 No.68489 Reply
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Reading about cereal prices >>>>
Nathaniel Bardshaw - Thu, 07 Jul 2016 07:12:55 EST Up7IDF79 No.68490 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
Lydia Banningfut - Thu, 07 Jul 2016 17:16:29 EST vdV+4TCH No.68492 Reply

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
Ebenezer Blackstock - Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:34:50 EST w0PVaXHO No.68495 Reply
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The Gulag Archipelago
Ebenezer Blackstock - Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:35:25 EST w0PVaXHO No.68496 Reply
it's like absurdist dystopian fiction, only it isn't fiction
Hedda Clizzlecocke - Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:02:16 EST fcVAZ+ym No.68506 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?
Samuel Greenfoot - Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:07:59 EST a8aoh8Dd No.68507 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.
Thomas Purrywater - Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:16:09 EST bq5scg8g No.68510 Reply
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.
Martha Cablingway - Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:02:05 EST Up7IDF79 No.68513 Reply
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.
Shit Sittingbatch - Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:13:46 EST WIUmUODT No.68515 Reply
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.
Polly Harringstone - Wed, 20 Jul 2016 05:16:59 EST Up7IDF79 No.68516 Reply
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.
Charlotte Pockway - Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:51:45 EST bq5scg8g No.68517 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?
Jarvis Pandleman - Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:09:07 EST 9Pkfrf/q No.68518 Reply
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.
If anything, it's part of the current cultural trend.
Molly Ganderstock - Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:34:47 EST bq5scg8g No.68520 Reply
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 enthusiasm. 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.
Nicholas Canningdock - Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:53:35 EST kzEFhAH6 No.68524 Reply
I'm just starting the dharma bums by kerouac.
Ian Girrystat - Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:37:08 EST fcVAZ+ym No.68525 Reply
Yes, it's my first one (and probably the last, unfortunately). Thanks for the help anyway.
Jarvis Hozzledale - Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:01:34 EST YPLsjmdC No.68540 Reply
Reading The 120 Days of Sodom at the moment.
Thomas Sushham - Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:12:41 EST jL5EFvH6 No.68541 Reply

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.
Martha Shittingway - Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:17:36 EST uBzhfHmz No.68542 Reply
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Clarke's best book (and I've read the Odyssey series)

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

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.
Charlotte Focklebut - Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:59:09 EST Up7IDF79 No.68544 Reply
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.
Charles Cucklebanks - Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:34:38 EST bq5scg8g No.68548 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.
Sophie Bunkinteck - Sun, 07 Aug 2016 21:04:21 EST JRgk/hWz No.68563 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.
Oliver Fennerdat - Wed, 10 Aug 2016 01:26:25 EST ixRmifam No.68570 Reply
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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.
Edward Chishfat - Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:02:02 EST 00Y+gvF2 No.68571 Reply
>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.
Graham Faddlehood - Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:39:44 EST BNvowfum No.68574 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.
CharlieOftheChans !!YH+5fpni - Fri, 12 Aug 2016 19:14:16 EST 2nzGWha6 No.68579 Reply
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.
Charles Donkinbone - Fri, 12 Aug 2016 20:20:29 EST JRgk/hWz No.68580 Reply
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.
Frederick Sarringdock - Wed, 24 Aug 2016 02:39:07 EST NxJlxkeF No.68616 Reply
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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.
Augustus Shakehall - Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:55:08 EST 8fVk5qQ9 No.68624 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.
Nicholas Suffingstick - Sun, 04 Sep 2016 19:29:58 EST N7Vaeyag No.68638 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).
Emma Donninghood - Sun, 04 Sep 2016 21:29:00 EST 9Pkfrf/q No.68640 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.
Hugh Blassleville - Sun, 04 Sep 2016 22:16:52 EST 3DNGtEYW No.68641 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.
Clara Pipperhood - Sun, 04 Sep 2016 23:05:27 EST 7aZ+UdAm No.68642 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
Jack Chunkinfuck - Mon, 05 Sep 2016 08:20:40 EST N7Vaeyag No.68643 Reply
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.
Beatrice Dobberfield - Mon, 05 Sep 2016 17:03:07 EST 8fVk5qQ9 No.68644 Reply
>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.
Oliver Pittridge - Tue, 06 Sep 2016 07:19:34 EST N7Vaeyag No.68646 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.
Edwin Peblingstock - Wed, 07 Sep 2016 18:34:09 EST 8fVk5qQ9 No.68647 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.
Fanny Ninkinwill - Wed, 07 Sep 2016 19:06:35 EST /NMELvAF No.68648 Reply
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>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
Edwin Peblingstock - Wed, 07 Sep 2016 19:54:05 EST 8fVk5qQ9 No.68649 Reply
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What are you, a night-shift security guard at a convenience store in buttfuck nowhere?
Whatever it is, I want your job... envy.jpg
Martha Fonnercocke - Wed, 07 Sep 2016 20:12:59 EST /NMELvAF No.68650 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.

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.
Alice Druzzlebury - Wed, 07 Sep 2016 21:49:02 EST 8fVk5qQ9 No.68651 Reply
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.
Doris Grandfoot - Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:51:52 EST 9Pkfrf/q No.68652 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.
Alice Druzzlebury - Thu, 08 Sep 2016 06:18:57 EST 8fVk5qQ9 No.68653 Reply
Is dat sum oedipus/psycho shit
You got issues, Doris
Doris Grandfoot - Thu, 08 Sep 2016 07:35:44 EST 9Pkfrf/q No.68655 Reply
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.
Ebenezer Greenbury - Sat, 10 Sep 2016 16:39:00 EST 1gDx6fLw No.68659 Reply
>my mom has ms
>i get drunk/ smoke trees with her on the frequent
how do i even my feels tho
Fucking Gungerdod - Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:04:43 EST KCzzlVu8 No.68668 Reply
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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.
Walter Crindleletch - Sun, 18 Sep 2016 02:46:55 EST 8fVk5qQ9 No.68676 Reply
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.
Thomas Crezzleweck - Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:52:49 EST ryRKdQki No.68689 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.
Emma Bricklekodge - Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:32:30 EST JRgk/hWz No.68698 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/?
Hugh Bippernuck - Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:36:20 EST 7aZ+UdAm No.68710 Reply
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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.
Polly Favingfield - Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:39:56 EST JRgk/hWz No.68712 Reply
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.
David Lightstock - Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:22:43 EST 7aZ+UdAm No.68714 Reply
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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.
Ebenezer Blebberham - Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:48:31 EST P+czwL1S No.68716 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.
Cornelius Fipperhack - Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:05:16 EST BWuMiisY No.68725 Reply
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The Atrocity Exhibition.
Lillian Chingerdidge - Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:40:44 EST a2fkVETY No.68726 Reply
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Lillian Chingerdidge - Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:43:31 EST a2fkVETY No.68727 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.
Albert Dollyhall - Sat, 01 Oct 2016 17:30:26 EST TWYX8LUW No.68731 Reply
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So fucking good.
Oliver Surringwerk - Mon, 03 Oct 2016 04:46:54 EST JRgk/hWz No.68735 Reply
/lit/ is in a morbid mood lately, it seems
Cedric Sorrywill - Mon, 03 Oct 2016 19:55:39 EST bq5scg8g No.68736 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.
It's October, read more horror and morbid shit.
John Chembleway - Fri, 07 Oct 2016 20:18:31 EST 7aZ+UdAm No.68755 Reply
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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.
Fuck Samblefuck - Fri, 07 Oct 2016 21:57:52 EST JRgk/hWz No.68756 Reply
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.
John Chembleway - Sat, 08 Oct 2016 00:00:45 EST 7aZ+UdAm No.68759 Reply
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.
Fuck Samblefuck - Sat, 08 Oct 2016 00:47:02 EST JRgk/hWz No.68760 Reply
>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.
Rebecca Pegglemut - Sun, 09 Oct 2016 11:32:04 EST SX7cgs55 No.68764 Reply
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.
Molly Cronningtit - Wed, 12 Oct 2016 20:55:59 EST O45aRwNA No.68776 Reply

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
Hugh Cherringhug - Wed, 12 Oct 2016 22:46:36 EST 7aZ+UdAm No.68777 Reply
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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.
James Suzzleshaw - Fri, 14 Oct 2016 02:04:15 EST vvbhXmI4 No.68780 Reply
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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.

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.

I hope Gravity's Rainbow develops more of a plot.
Lillian Claddlestat - Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:54:08 EST 34k6tPm4 No.68781 Reply
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.
Henry Wonninghood - Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:31:12 EST SX7cgs55 No.68817 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.
Barnaby Pankinway - Mon, 24 Oct 2016 02:11:50 EST ixRmifam No.68824 Reply
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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[/&]
Emma Sosslewell - Tue, 25 Oct 2016 02:23:53 EST 4Ry4SBXq No.68833 Reply
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.
Henry Dromblebury - Sat, 29 Oct 2016 12:40:06 EST KxZHtlNn No.68844 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
Basil Hopperstit - Sat, 29 Oct 2016 23:07:08 EST 7O4zAnZ4 No.68847 Reply
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I'm learning about Mamluks and Mongols, bitch
Archie Lightville - Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:14:08 EST bSG5eA2K No.68849 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.
Charlotte Genningwell - Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:17:42 EST AGQz7qa6 No.68850 Reply

if i may ask, with spoilers included , how safe does the ending occur as
Basil Drallerham - Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:43:39 EST SQ5BllkC No.68851 Reply
Like a corny Disney movie ending. Goosebumps books are scarier and edgier than Dean Koontz books.
Jack Doffingshaw - Tue, 01 Nov 2016 14:22:56 EST 7aZ+UdAm No.68852 Reply
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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.
Charlotte Garrysotch - Tue, 01 Nov 2016 17:47:26 EST 7O4zAnZ4 No.68853 Reply
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
Thomas Sommlefoot - Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:20:14 EST 7aZ+UdAm No.68856 Reply
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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?
Thomas Sommlefoot - Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:21:34 EST 7aZ+UdAm No.68857 Reply
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Pic of the inside.
I'm pretty excited to start digging into this. Looks fuckin 2spooky
Cyril Pudgelick - Sun, 06 Nov 2016 04:59:13 EST awrKeCin No.68859 Reply

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.
Polly Blackway - Tue, 08 Nov 2016 16:20:34 EST bq5scg8g No.68863 Reply
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.
Phyllis Fimmleperk - Sat, 19 Nov 2016 14:21:43 EST TGkmid2h No.68873 Reply
What George RR Martin should I read next if I liked the Game Of Thrones books?
Lillian Blythestock - Sun, 20 Nov 2016 03:14:30 EST 7O4zAnZ4 No.68874 Reply
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taking a break from Serious Nonfiction to read some of Bertolt Brecht's plays
Phineas Bandercocke - Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:06:41 EST 2XHNGumn No.68876 Reply
henry miller - black spring. but i find it too boring
William Gonnerpat - Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:17:00 EST 3nPUxnAi No.68883 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.
Nell Seppergold - Fri, 25 Nov 2016 04:09:05 EST ip/6PPSA No.68889 Reply
You should read Joe Abercrombie's First Law series
William Grandlock - Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:46:29 EST UMsgPp0v No.68895 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.
David Clendlespear - Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:13:42 EST jGN+HjRq No.68904 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.
Molly Fabberfoot - Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:23:19 EST UMsgPp0v No.68909 Reply
Still working on gravitys rainbow, its a big piece of work. Going to finish this damned thing one day.
Ian Smallson - Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:28:51 EST LnLia5sI No.68911 Reply
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.
Angus Mobbleshaw - Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:11:04 EST 4sRbxDVw No.68915 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.
George Shittingdale - Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:59:41 EST fZJECHgo No.68921 Reply
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The newest Expanse book. RIP Fred Johnson
Therm0ptic !cyBOrG7t12 - Sun, 25 Dec 2016 01:09:38 EST FYs5Mcdj No.68954 Reply
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Arrived today!
Wesley Chodgenod - Sun, 25 Dec 2016 22:44:33 EST X5pzY1Ax No.68955 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
Therm0ptic !cyBOrG7t12 - Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:19:58 EST FYs5Mcdj No.68961 Reply
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...
Hannah Brillywat - Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:49:54 EST ScoviWFC No.68964 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.
William Crugglenot - Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:20:47 EST UMsgPp0v No.68965 Reply
Wish I was a faster reader. Still doing gravitys rainbow. Lot to fucking keep up with.
Polly Brookway - Fri, 30 Dec 2016 19:10:40 EST mDgVwoAe No.68967 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.
Ntnchamp2 - Mon, 02 Jan 2017 00:16:45 EST oyTTCZuB No.68969 Reply
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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.
Nathaniel Pittham - Tue, 03 Jan 2017 21:07:26 EST UMsgPp0v No.68971 Reply
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.
Betsy Sillygold - Wed, 04 Jan 2017 21:25:13 EST F4/G8Wqg No.68972 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.
Thomas Poffingstone - Wed, 04 Jan 2017 21:27:21 EST b3o+PfkK No.68973 Reply
I'm reading Infinite Jest right now. Gravity's Rainbow was much better.
Caroline Pandercocke - Thu, 05 Jan 2017 06:45:58 EST ScoviWFC No.68974 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.
Betsy Sindlebury - Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:42:39 EST t4dShZJ0 No.68975 Reply
Guys, I'm looking for a book on dating and manhood. If anyone can point a book out, that'd be great.
Esther Simblestodge - Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:26:26 EST F4/G8Wqg No.68976 Reply

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.
Lydia Dodgedure - Sun, 08 Jan 2017 17:51:58 EST t4dShZJ0 No.68977 Reply

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

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.
Clara Hirringville - Sun, 08 Jan 2017 20:13:34 EST t4dShZJ0 No.68979 Reply

hahaha, dude that's hilarious. yeah, i won't mention it. thanks again for putting me on to neil strauss.
Charles Parrybury - Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:00:01 EST BYLHNXV+ No.68986 Reply
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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
Henry Drollerpadge - Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:09:16 EST P+czwL1S No.68988 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.

80s audiobooks are the best. The corny soundtrack somehow does the trick.
Frederick Cremmlechore - Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:47:36 EST mDgVwoAe No.68993 Reply
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.
Nicholas Fuckingwater - Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:26:03 EST 1gDx6fLw No.68994 Reply
I lost my sides when he did the woman voice
Augustus Duckfuck - Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:09:22 EST BYLHNXV+ No.68996 Reply
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.
Sidney Benningwock - Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:48:34 EST xLZ7stqN No.68997 Reply
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.

looks like a lot of comedians do that with their books.
Nicholas Pidgelere - Tue, 24 Jan 2017 01:27:24 EST 4NhWCFnK No.68998 Reply
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.
Hamilton Fingershit - Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:46:27 EST 4NhWCFnK No.68999 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.
Lydia Nunninglock - Sat, 04 Feb 2017 17:06:27 EST 7aZ+UdAm No.69010 Reply
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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.
Samuel Baddleworth - Sat, 04 Feb 2017 21:41:07 EST hsesUG8o No.69011 Reply
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This one just came out last month. Its a pretty good children's series so far I highly recommend
Edwin Chinningman - Sun, 05 Feb 2017 13:49:10 EST OzrFfTao No.69012 Reply
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Pretty interesting read
John Mazzlekut - Thu, 09 Feb 2017 22:25:13 EST QwKOT86j No.69021 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.
Shit Sombleridge - Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:15:48 EST DiCyCDMj No.69022 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!
Clara Pommlemere - Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:37:02 EST AMM/kIX9 No.69023 Reply
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.
Clara Murdfield - Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:10:47 EST aqwYhZTk No.69024 Reply
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.
David Bliddlesack - Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:24:27 EST HxknaKbq No.69028 Reply
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.
Lydia Breckleville - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:51:04 EST QwKOT86j No.69039 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.
Ernest Papperdale - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:56:45 EST oECPBdR6 No.69047 Reply
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you guys are wrong everyone knows mother night is the best vonnegut book
Fanny Geckledale - Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:18:13 EST b0VPR/Op No.69098 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.
Ebenezer Pushbane - Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:24:56 EST VMkRszkt No.69113 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.
Eliza Cillyfotch - Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:18:08 EST ylxQEmun No.69114 Reply
Are those different to his Tales of the Unexpected short stories?
Ebenezer Pushbane - Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:16:13 EST VMkRszkt No.69115 Reply
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.
Sidney Worthingfoot - Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:12:49 EST v2NvwHSV No.69122 Reply
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This kindle book I found. Looked cool
The Birthing of Worlds - James byous
Phyllis Pudgefield - Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:21:11 EST 61roUa/V No.69158 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.
Alice Fimbleket - Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:37:03 EST g+nXkGjk No.69159 Reply
He wrote a meta sequel to American Psycho named Lunar Park that I highly recommend. Ellis wrote it as an homage to Stephen King.
Phyllis Pudgefield - Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:03:55 EST 61roUa/V No.69160 Reply
King is one of my favorite authors so I'll definitely keep an eye out for that :)
Fucking Duckbanks - Wed, 12 Apr 2017 01:16:26 EST S2P2yF1L No.69161 Reply
Isnt The Dark tower being made into a tv series or something?
Pardon me, I live in a cave
Reuben Brasslestig - Wed, 12 Apr 2017 04:53:07 EST 61roUa/V No.69162 Reply
Being made into a movie, with McConaughey playing the Walter Padick.
Frederick Biblingleg - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:48:08 EST 0Pzt/39s No.69190 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.
Angus Gebblegold - Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:55:20 EST woX/e+vx No.69192 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.

>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.
Angus Bundock - Thu, 04 May 2017 17:20:07 EST 2hPCgF01 No.69197 Reply
John bergers, Ways of seeing
Angus Bunbanks - Fri, 05 May 2017 08:05:33 EST pBRbsmMH No.69198 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.
Priscilla Senkinstere - Fri, 19 May 2017 06:43:21 EST q/Q1ubmp No.69205 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.
Thomas Grimgold - Sat, 20 May 2017 22:33:52 EST 9HurK2R3 No.69206 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
Lillian Shakestone - Sat, 20 May 2017 22:55:50 EST lmWxOx4v No.69207 Reply
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?
Shit Fecklepone - Sun, 21 May 2017 07:43:36 EST q/Q1ubmp No.69208 Reply
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.
Albert Lightspear - Mon, 22 May 2017 04:10:06 EST PvetUl4q No.69210 Reply
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
Molly Clollyville - Mon, 22 May 2017 23:12:28 EST lmWxOx4v No.69214 Reply
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.
Nicholas Figglekon - Wed, 24 May 2017 06:29:51 EST q/Q1ubmp No.69215 Reply
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.
Jarvis Billingdale - Sun, 18 Jun 2017 12:18:32 EST e/ASfKSd No.69251 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.
These both sound fantastic.
Jarvis Billingdale - Sun, 18 Jun 2017 12:30:50 EST e/ASfKSd No.69252 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.
Phoebe Worthingbury - Mon, 19 Jun 2017 06:53:22 EST XlAl+UF1 No.69253 Reply
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.
Molly Sollynatch - Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:59:54 EST kv6JxZcP No.69255 Reply
I finally finished Infinite Jest. That is all.
Wesley Wodgesadge - Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:50:54 EST 61roUa/V No.69261 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.
James Cenkinlere - Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:28:02 EST e/ASfKSd No.69264 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.
Ebenezer Marringdale - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:48:00 EST DP0+pc1C No.69269 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.
Albert Shakewill - Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:13:48 EST ylxQEmun No.69280 Reply
There's one good scene in that book and the rest is wank.
Barnaby Pablinghood - Sat, 01 Jul 2017 14:19:45 EST ylxQEmun No.69282 Reply
The bit where the orchestras are playing and they're listening in by radio from the stations.
Cedric Sishmidge - Sun, 02 Jul 2017 20:01:10 EST /O1OzMju No.69284 Reply
Bird Box is great. I read the authors newest book though, called Black Mad Wheel, and it sucked. Worst book of 2017 so far.
Henry Poffingworth - Mon, 03 Jul 2017 20:53:48 EST b0VPR/Op No.69285 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...
Nicholas Snodspear - Tue, 04 Jul 2017 20:10:52 EST /O1OzMju No.69286 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.
Cornelius Docklekadging - Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:16:30 EST 8gO8FFO9 No.69294 Reply
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Well that was a fucked up book.
Henry Bummledale - Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:35:54 EST 129jvgtB No.69300 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
Polly Wubberfick - Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:24:05 EST b0VPR/Op No.69302 Reply
Finishing up a collection of Brecht's short stories

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
Walter Trotcocke - Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:43:07 EST oS3CSIDQ No.69307 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.
Molly Soggleford - Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:41:55 EST g+nXkGjk No.69308 Reply
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.
Edwin Darryville - Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:53:02 EST BJD1Z8OA No.69310 Reply
i was underwhelmed by the elaborateness of their heists. I guess i was expecting more.
Doris Clengerchidge - Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:28:34 EST m1O13QAv No.69312 Reply
Anyone here read the Malazan books? I'm in book 3 and unsure if I should continue.
Hugh Sollerridge - Fri, 28 Jul 2017 02:52:55 EST fvcjNgut No.69315 Reply
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.

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.
Eliza Duckman - Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:10:20 EST 7mXsf2k2 No.69316 Reply
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.
Henry Brosslespear - Sat, 29 Jul 2017 11:34:56 EST BJD1Z8OA No.69317 Reply
I audiobooked the first one so i think i'll give the 2nd a try. Thanks for the headsup.
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.
Jack Snodfoot - Sat, 29 Jul 2017 19:04:03 EST qQOj8HsF No.69318 Reply
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.
Archie Brookville - Sun, 30 Jul 2017 17:08:53 EST NDMKvf+S No.69320 Reply
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Blowing through this guys short stories, he's a god tier surrealist.
Jack Nuffingbock - Mon, 31 Jul 2017 20:07:05 EST NDMKvf+S No.69321 Reply
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Historical fiction about WWII with werewolves.
C-Higgy !lfsExjBfzE - Wed, 02 Aug 2017 01:51:41 EST MnaUA0rp No.69325 Reply
Reading The Girl in the Spider's Web right now.
Charlie of the Chans !!kWjRhGF5 - Wed, 02 Aug 2017 11:42:56 EST FSH3aYMi No.69327 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:

Isabella Fangold - Mon, 07 Aug 2017 18:42:16 EST F198k12t No.69337 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.
Hamilton Clullerkud - Tue, 08 Aug 2017 21:44:24 EST nYVF5eQR No.69341 Reply
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Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
Ebenezer Fibberwater - Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:35:25 EST oS3CSIDQ No.69351 Reply
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.
Lillian Blatherhood - Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:39:11 EST 4oEXgKKw No.69352 Reply
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.
James Supperman - Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:01:54 EST oS3CSIDQ No.69353 Reply
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.
Cyril Piffingsane - Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:58:54 EST lC/6pe/m No.69357 Reply
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.
Clara Sottinggold - Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:49:38 EST 3R71OMFk No.69358 Reply
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.
Charlotte Bomblehitch - Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:40:40 EST lC/6pe/m No.69359 Reply
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This book was surreal as fuck, I highly recommend it to fans of trippy lit.

>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...
Nigel Daffingstock - Tue, 29 Aug 2017 14:04:50 EST fOt/PzXg No.69385 Reply
Can /lit/ recommend some good noir books?
Simon Blatherridge - Tue, 29 Aug 2017 18:53:07 EST P9BCu8eZ No.69386 Reply
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Finished reading The Complete Stories, by Edgar Allen Poe. God-tier writing here, lives up to all the hype. I'm obsessed with Lovecraft and now can see where he learned lots of his tricks from.

Now in the middle of One Hundred Years Of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Really really good. I hear this invented magical realism and I see how tons of books I love were inspired by it, from Haruki Murakami to Niel Gaiman.
Walter Worthingforth - Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:13:47 EST RzVR6Kju No.69387 Reply
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You guys, this book is so fucking good.

Inherent Vice is the quintessential stoner noir book.
Matilda Greenwater - Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:18:43 EST sxWutB1O No.69389 Reply
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Has anyone read this? I'm currently halfway through and enjoying it...but it's an odd book.
Hannah Mubberwater - Mon, 04 Sep 2017 15:11:11 EST Bbdm1lE8 No.69399 Reply
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I've been reading carl jung's Synchronicity: An acausal connecting principle. I can hardly make heads or tails of it. The idea of synchronicity seems to be, in my opinion, quasi-religious in nature. I'd love to speak with someone else that's read this or is familiar with synchronicity itself, if you chose to believe in it that is. Jung seem's to be known for his work is psychology but you hardly hear disccusion on his views on ESP, synchronicity, and the implications of the archetypes (whatever they might be.)
Lydia Worthingwill - Wed, 06 Sep 2017 18:56:49 EST DsEV8+ml No.69401 Reply
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This was hot.
Nicholas Craddletatch - Thu, 07 Sep 2017 01:34:27 EST mMe3VcFr No.69403 Reply
David Brin's Existence

so far trippy af. Gotta love space monkeys
Doris Blarringwill - Sun, 10 Sep 2017 08:15:36 EST hyPV2FCg No.69411 Reply
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rereading Stormlight Archives beofre book 3 drops soon
Ernest Crattingbury - Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:48:25 EST b0VPR/Op No.69460 Reply
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It's like a fusion of world-systems theory, historical materialism, and thermodynamics. Not sure I agree with all of it but still a really fascinating read
Nell Diblingbury - Wed, 27 Sep 2017 19:53:58 EST XJ44xi1T No.69462 Reply
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p good so far. did i hear this was a movie?
Shit Murdfield - Mon, 02 Oct 2017 02:53:20 EST RD7y6WKh No.69473 Reply
I haven't posted an update in a long time, so here goes:

>The Prague Cemetary by Umberto Eco - horrifyingly plausible recreation of the rise of anti-semitic thought in early modern Europe and a work of intensely curated style

>Poetics by Aristotle - reread as working through the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. Surprisingly craft oriented book of theory that essentially created the formal discipline of literary theory.

>The Prince by Machiavelli - The invention of political science in under 120 pages. Also fascinating for contemporary analyses of Italian nationalist movements and figures of the period. Immensely perceptive treatment of political realities.

Twelfth Night by Shakespeare - fun gender swap comedy play, though a little more pointed and less humane than some of the Shakespeare I remember. Can't tell if it is a celebration or condemnation of the inevitability of our fallibility in the prusuit of happiness beyond our vanities.

>Incidents at the Shrine by Ben Okri - moving, occasionally funny, usually harrowing collection of short stories dealing with modern Nigeria and Nigerian expats. Explores variously the violences and intimacies of African (and General) life, and their interior effects on the soul that lives them.

>Exisitential Errands by Norman Mailer - Assortment of late 60s and 70s period nonfiction pieces including mostly essays and interviews. Some brilliant writing and original thought deeply marred by a tremendous ego. Sometimes fascinatingly original, sometimes infuriatingly dull. Am interested in checking out his fiction.

>The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by Tolkien - Compelling and forceful original compositions based on Norse myth, poetry, and prose. Instructive and interesting scholarship as a bonus.

>Words of a Rebel by Peter Kropotkin - Energetic and mostly polemical early Anarchist political journalism and theory by one of the most important Anarchists theorists of all time. Come for the cocktails, stay for the molotovs.

>The Tempest by Shakespeare - a much more forgiving comedy than Twelfth Night. Seemed to be on the same side as it's flawed characters, and thus all of us flawed, imperfect beings (well, let's not get into Caliban, poor guy). "This isle is full of noises, sounds, and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not."

>The Sound and the Fury by Faulkner - not the earth shaking masterpiece that was Absalom, Absalom!, but a minor classic of its own. Beautiful, lurid, mean, gracious, honest, terribly sad. Exploration of the idiocies, romances, prides, and failures of the South and it's peoples as they struggle to live together in the legacy of primordial sin and fall.

>Discourse by David R. Howarth - Reread, but nonetheless a thorough and readable introduction to discourse theory as a methodology in the social sciences which critiques a number of approaches and offers a compelling view of its utility and scope.

>The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson - Caustic, humane, cynical, optimistic, and imperfect. Energetic and wandering by turns, it's a timely book to have read in trying to understand the legacy of American capitalism in Puerto Rico. Implies a trajectory if you're familiar with Thompson's later work.

>Radiant Action by Matt Hart - To borrow some phrasing from a review, it outlines a compelling ethos of radical compassion. A punk rock elegy for the kindnesses disappearing from our lives that might just give us the tools to reanimate them. Cathartic and musical.

>Radiant Companion by Matf Hart - Luminous, gracious, vicious poems. Illustrates life lived louder, loved, and in love. My favorite collection of poetry I've read this year.

>Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell - Compassionate, generous, and very readable. Lacks a bit of the poetry of the film due to it's more rigid structure, though still a virtuoso piece of stylistic experimentation. Deals perhaps more deeply with the themes of domination than the film, and perhaps also (just a little) less hopefully.

>Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard - Challenging piece of cultural critique and theory. Perceptive critique of the ideological vacuity and totality of neoliberalis post industrial Western capitalism and its malleable unrealities. Troubling and informative.

>The Reaver by Richard Lee Byers - Harmless and mostly rote D&D fiction. A bit of a shame to know that the novel line has ended given the energy generated by 5e.

>...Isms: Understanding Art by Stephen Little - Very surface level but useful introduction to movments within the visual arts from the very first stirrings of modernity unto the present day. Light reading, but instructive and useful reference material.

>Hamlet by Shakespeare - A masterpiece of human psychology. Needs to be read again, to work through the subtleties of its language and character.

>Brief Interviews With Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace - Horrendously sad, occasionally funny book that plumbs the depths of emotional and psychic anguish that we inflict upon others and ourselves. Deals extensively with problems of intimacy, authenticity, objectification, domination, and power.

Wampeters, Foma, & Granfalloons by Vonnegut - Readable if somewhat insubstantial collection of essays and other nonfiction prose by Vonnegut. A handful of really powerful pieces couched in lighter work. Vonnegut however always remains fundamentally humane and bitterly funny throughout. He was on the side of people.

>Simpatico by Sam Shepard - Confusing, lonely, sharp little play. Had low expectations based on reviews and was pleasantly surprised. Not as obviously important a text as something like Buried Child, but perceptive and darkly comic in its own way. A fairly ugly vision of American life.

>God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Vonnegut - A frighteningly sober look at the failure of American empathy couched in a goofy morality tale. Bitter, tender, and unflinching.

Surprise the World by Michael Frost - A Christian text intended to illustrate the importance of fostering 'missional habits' I read as part of a small group I was asked to attend. Useful text in some ways even for non-Christians in demonstrating the importance of fostering habits that propel you in loving ways into your community and outside your traditional interpersonal groups in accordance with whatever loving, humanist ethos you're living by.

>What Narcissism Means to Me by Tony Hoagland - An interesting collection of poetry that I found at times searingly intimate and reflective and at others vainly banal and wrongheaded. Will be reading more Hoagland, at any rate.

One-Dimensional Man by Herbet Marcus - Though a little dated in terms of its specific historicity, still a fascinating and gripping critique of the systems of domination omnipresent in techno-rational post-industrial societies (of all ideological flavors). Depressingly clairvoyant, but incredibly useful.

>Cat's Cradle by Vonnegut - A wandering middle slightly softens the blows of an otherwise original and scathing exploration of the supposedly amoral progressive techno-rational sciences and their fundamental inhumanity when not alloyed directly with some humanistic ends and means. Pitch black humor and deep, abiding cynicism about our ability to be better than we have consistently shown ourselves to be.

>Oleanna by David Mamet - Ambiguous and vital exploration of the boundaries of abuse, power, sex, and institutional roles. Nagging suspicion that I may be affording the play more credit than it deserves in terms of its true complexity, but was absolutely gripped while reading it. Hope my suspicions are incorrect and that it really is exactly as ambiguous as I could generously read it.

Am currently reading The Sacred Canopy by Peter Berger, which is about the sociology of religion and the way it functions to legitimate and co-construct cosmically significant guarantees of meaning upon socially constructed and historically contingent social realities.
Shit Murdfield - Mon, 02 Oct 2017 02:54:35 EST RD7y6WKh No.69474 Reply
Sorry for fucking up my formatting scheme guys I'm on my phone and very tired.
Betsy Sonderdale - Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:52:13 EST Sux5uHGI No.69476 Reply
I've been reading a lot lately, fewer tv shows to distract me lol
Of course, between hockey season and finally deciding to start The Wire, that might not continue. I've got half a dozen books on hold at the library, though, and I'll try to keep the momentum going.

>A Dirty Job, by Christopher Moore
Pretty funny, but not to the point where I'm tripping over myself to read more of his books.
>The Wheelman, by Duane Swierczynski
Pretty fucking good. I loves me them criminal protagonists, it's got a good plot, and the writing's pretty good. My library doesn't have anything else he's written, so it'll have to wait until I have money to burn again, but I definitely want to read more.
>The Shotgun Rule, by Charlie Huston
God DAMN. Not quite noir, by my definition (which is stuff like The Contortionist's Handbook and the Kiss Me, Judas trilogy), but a fucking great book all-around. I guess it starts off as noir and escalates into more of a thriller. And it fucking escalates, 0-60 in the blink of an eye. I literally finished the book and started figuring out what to read next.

Currently reading The Slow Regard of Silent Things, by Patrick Rothfuss. It's been so damn long since I've read one of his books for the first time that I'd forgotten how much his style makes you want to savor every single word.
Nell Commleseg - Sat, 07 Oct 2017 12:11:08 EST 1MdE3704 No.69478 Reply
Yea, Christopher Moore is basically Terry Pratchett for Millenials, I wouldn't recommend him to anyone but a 13 year old, the jokes rarely land for me.
Clara Smallham - Sun, 08 Oct 2017 17:10:28 EST qQOj8HsF No.69481 Reply
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new John Dies At The End book
Nell Lightham - Sun, 08 Oct 2017 23:49:26 EST HWr9V6B8 No.69482 Reply
>The Sacred Canopy - A compelling piece of sociological theory and worldbhilding. Berger's theory is always humanistic and humane, and elegant in its simplicity.

I am now reading two books, Closing Time by Joseph Heller and The Collected Poems of Yeats. Closing Time is VERY different than Catch-22. Reflexive, disappointed, and moribund where the original was vital, bewildered, and morbid.

Yeats is a towering poet. I generally prefer contempotary, imagistic poetry to the great poets of our past, but Yeats is so sensuous and rich that I still love him.
Cedric Duckleville - Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:26:06 EST XT+L+WtE No.69507 Reply
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I've been reading lots of horror for cocktober/halloweener and this book just blew me away. It's a collection of shorts that feels like a modern, more subtle Lovecraft.

Another good 2017 horror novel is The Grip Of It by Jac Jemk.

I also read The Drowning Girl, a cool ghost story about a schizophrenic girl. Anyone know any other good horror about insanity (besides the obvious Shining)?
kim jong chill - Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:04:48 EST 1qX2FefF No.69510 Reply
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hey guys, not reading this book right now, but came across it in the store and figured 420chan would appreciate it
Eliza Tootforth - Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:51:40 EST 1MdE3704 No.69511 Reply
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hail the horror god
Molly Billerfuck - Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:41:59 EST 22fToCjp No.69513 Reply
I absolutely love the movie and I bet the book is 100x better.
Walter Sammlebury - Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:36:26 EST LcsC+kFT No.69516 Reply
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Finished it today. It was actually exactly like the movie, which I had seen before reading this today. No major changes, the film was a faithful adaption to the T. It wasn't like The Shining where the book will have tons of stuff the movie didn't include. The one big difference I guess was the book had some scenes from inside the crazy characters head, the one who was ripping all the paper into shreds, and hearing his crazy inner thoughts was a blast (also getting his more fleshed out backstory)
Nell Gockletat - Thu, 02 Nov 2017 03:42:51 EST 3B6qhA6I No.69570 Reply

I just started this and have trouble understanding some of the shit he is saying, am I retarded? the parts I do understand just make me wanna do Heroin again
Nathaniel Nigglebed - Thu, 02 Nov 2017 04:01:47 EST kB9vcdQ8 No.69571 Reply
Its written in a very disjointed semi-stream-of-conscciousness style so it can get confusing, the words hold more visual meaning that actual direct representations of ideas. When you read a paragraph of Naked Lunch it should paint a scene rather than describe wtf is actually going on because its 100% drug fueled delusional nonsense
It took me like a month to finish it and I read a book a day sometimes so don't fret it can be kinda tough to slough through
Ian Lightlock - Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:24:50 EST +X4OK9E5 No.69573 Reply
Yeah like the other guy said, it's just druggie madness, not a real plot. ANy element of plot and narrative flow is because a slightlymore sober Jack kerouac heavily editted the manuscript and made it comprehensible for humans.
Esther Pickwell - Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:52:17 EST qQOj8HsF No.69593 Reply
Stormlight Archives 3: Oathbringer is out tomorrow, get fucking hype as fuckity fuck. The first 30~ chapters are online, the book is off to a rockin' start
Fuck Gobberdore - Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:29:58 EST ylxQEmun No.69594 Reply
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Brother, would you spare me some of your oaths?
Priscilla Cusslekig - Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:41:26 EST kB9vcdQ8 No.69596 Reply
Aaaaaahhhh wtf how did I not know about this?!
Thank christ I get payed tomorrow
Hannah Hevingbatch - Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:24:54 EST 822qYC+K No.69597 Reply
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I thought it was coming Friday, not that you'll hear me complain about it.
I just picked up Edgedancer today, didn't even know about it until a few days ago. I was hoping Lyft would get more time in the spotlight in Oathbringer, but a novella is fine too.
Esther Pickwell - Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:38:03 EST qQOj8HsF No.69598 Reply
>Thank christ I get payed tomorrow
Brand Sand's mormon christ coming through for ya
Maybe its friday if you're a Brit but as an American it is in my stores tomorrow. I'm pirating it :/
Angus Hemmernune - Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:36:58 EST 822qYC+K No.69600 Reply
Finished Edgedancer. Nin having a change of heart was literally the last thing I expected when I started it yesterday. Even when it happened, I was thinking "this has to be a ploy to get Lift to drop her guard." I sort of liked the idea that the Listeners' transformation on the Shattered Plains wasn't the real arrival of the Voidbringers, but I guess that's not the case.

Fuckin lol, I didn't realize I had spelled it that way until a moment ago.

Nah, US, I'd just read that the release date was the 17th.
Charles Gublingdale - Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:38:20 EST 1MdE3704 No.69610 Reply
Just finished Oathbringer. Holy fuck boys, that was a goodie. It'd be a perfect book if not for the annoying love triangle subplot
Barnaby Brungerville - Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:14:53 EST XT+L+WtE No.69623 Reply
there's a new Expanse book in 2 weeks, time to re-read the entire series
Clara Heggleham - Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:56:21 EST kB9vcdQ8 No.69658 Reply
Finally picked up Oathbringer, read about 200 pages today before work, holy FUCK
Love it, I can't get enough
Nell Senkinwell - Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:38:57 EST o49G+YK/ No.69660 Reply
Fighting with The house of leaves. At points its a real struggle. I haven't read anything in like a month and the rustiness gets back so easily. My mind just cant focus and this shit requires concentration. Its interesting tho'
Eugene Bushkotch - Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:59:28 EST uwSxzdH+ No.69662 Reply
I always want to read that but I'm fairly audiobook exclusive so I keep having trouble finding time to sit still with a physical book.

have fun, it's a goodie
James Claywill - Wed, 03 Jan 2018 06:51:22 EST LAEmldx+ No.69715 Reply
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Betsy Blebblestidge - Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:15:15 EST KIxfma/5 No.69752 Reply
Something about winter makes me go into a reading spree. Couple of years ago I read about a dozen Terry Pratchett books, this time I've gone through 14 Inspector Rebus books since mid-December.
C-Higgy !lfsExjBfzE - Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:46:50 EST qEX4jkdc No.69753 Reply
Finally read through The Girl in the Spider’s Web. I enjoyed it though I feel like having it being centered around an enthusiastic savant who happens to be the one witness to the crime is a bit of a hackneyed trope. Gonna read The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye once it’s out on paperback.
Shit Trotdale - Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:28:47 EST 4ZAy8Pkj No.69754 Reply

sounds reminiscent of the incident with the dog at night time or whatever it was called
C-Higgy !lfsExjBfzE - Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:08:20 EST qEX4jkdc No.69755 Reply
I read that book too and that’s a fantastic read but that plot point in The Girl in the Spider’s Web is more like Mercury Rising except much better written and even then, while it is a key part of the plot, it’s only a small part in a much bigger and more compelling story. I enjoyed reading the Millennium trilogy and I think David Lagercrantz does a good job of continuing the series.

This post was edited by C_Higgy on 15-01-2018 20:56:01
Barnaby Clobberforth - Mon, 15 Jan 2018 02:50:44 EST kB9vcdQ8 No.69756 Reply
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Started Songs of Earth and Power by Greg Bear today
I am really fucking enjoying this so far
Cornelius Gankinlack - Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:33:29 EST 4NhWCFnK No.69768 Reply
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new book from my fav female horror writer.
Walter Shakeson - Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:13:09 EST 4NhWCFnK No.69769 Reply
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never read these books before, hope its a blast. Saw the movies when they came out but not again since and I was a dumbass kid so I barely paid attention and now forget 95% of them.
Simon Mapperfuck - Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:53:02 EST 0TRjhzEu No.69773 Reply

The word is ADAPTATIONS. This is /lit/, not /illit/.
Wesley Brevinghood - Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:39:53 EST 4NhWCFnK No.69797 Reply
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finished re-reading American Psycho, now re-reading pic related
Rebecca Sadgebod - Tue, 23 Jan 2018 22:38:02 EST pzzBCzyM No.69801 Reply
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I'm finishing "Deleuze: violencia del pensamiento" (Deleuze: the violence of thought) by Jose Luis Pardo. It's basically an attempt to summarize Deleuze's entire philosophy in 200 pages. Confusing as fuck if you don't already understand his ontology. I'm also finishing a compilation of Bataille's first essays. He's got some really dark, fun stuff.
Martin Dartman - Wed, 24 Jan 2018 07:31:56 EST 4NhWCFnK No.69804 Reply
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Clara Fummlebot - Sat, 27 Jan 2018 15:36:02 EST NDMKvf+S No.69821 Reply
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this is a bit juvenile but still very cool. Pretty sure I caught a Gravity's Rainbow homage tucked in here. A cyberpunk future suffering a dragon apocalypse.
Eliza Fivingtut - Sat, 27 Jan 2018 16:18:16 EST LbayZHfR No.69823 Reply
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High literature it ain't, but since TLJ came out I've been on a Star Wars kick, so I'm reading X-Wing: Rogue Squadron.

It's decent, if a little schlocky. Like Top Gun in space.
Cedric Bandergold - Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:43:25 EST NDMKvf+S No.69838 Reply
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fun vampire apocalypse written more like Stephen King's The Stand instead of some gay Millenial style twinlke vamp poofters.
Hamilton Geddlegold - Fri, 02 Feb 2018 06:47:23 EST 2r2x3AMv No.69849 Reply
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just started a re-read of Chuck Palahnuik's Haunted. Reading the story Guts currently. kek
Thomas Wabblepadge - Mon, 05 Feb 2018 19:32:23 EST MiEbPJi0 No.69854 Reply
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Book written by this guy:

He's in prison for manufacturing LSD in a missile silo.

It's roughly 700 pages of near poetry level prose. The basic premise is a Harvard student is writing a paper about LSD manufacturing and is allowed to meet 5 of the 6 major manufacturers capable of planetary scale distribution. Each of the 6 has a special role in addition to manufacturing such as security, government infiltration, lab transport practices (Pickard moved his lab every two years), etc. The discovery of the 6th is left up to "you (the protagonist of the book) and your readers".
Sophie Pallyfield - Tue, 06 Feb 2018 06:00:20 EST ylxQEmun No.69855 Reply
>The discovery of the 6th is left up to "you (the protagonist of the book) and your readers".
It's supposed to be Pickard himself isn't it. Isn't it.
Yeah it blatantly is.
Charles Hidgeberk - Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:05:34 EST mveM3Otk No.69856 Reply
It likely is but it also seems like the protagonist is meant to be Pickard as well.
Charles Fuckingham - Wed, 07 Feb 2018 08:21:00 EST ylxQEmun No.69859 Reply
Maybe it's meant to encourage the reader to take up LSD manufacturing. Maybe the guy was off his nut on acid most of the time and can't be expected to make sense.
Charlotte Blatherdock - Thu, 08 Feb 2018 08:44:44 EST OlVmXVzO No.69860 Reply
finished my Gravity's Rainbow re-read, not gonna necrobump the Pynchon thread I made just to pat myself on the back but it was an exhilarating read, moreso than the first time through. I've read a lot more Pynchon novels since my first time with Gravity's Rainbow, and now I feel I get how the man's mind works better, making it easier to digest some of GR's weirder parts.
Fuck Dattingville - Thu, 08 Feb 2018 23:24:14 EST MiEbPJi0 No.69862 Reply
I'm about 1/5 of the way through this 652 page piece of literary art and all I know is this guy knows how to build up to a chapter section that is like a "wave" in an acid trip where all the effects intensify. They have often been so profound and beautiful and within the context of the story so meaningful that I've had to set the book down and walk around for a bit.

10/10 Read so far for anyone interested in psychedelic/trans-humanism.
Martin Crungerfuck - Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:29:17 EST x6dAJpUY No.69881 Reply
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good so far, modern literary horror/weird lit
Thomas Febbersod - Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:35:23 EST GISQX63E No.69883 Reply
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Apollonius - On Conics Book VII
Leon Walras - Elements of Pure Economics
Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Emile

After this:
Ibn Al-Haytham - Reconstructed Eighth book of On Conics
Irving Fisher - Mathematical Investigations into the Theory of Value and Price
Alexis de Tocqueville - Democracy in America

I've been wanting to read some On Conics while high, but I worry it might interfere with comprehension a bit.
David Dannernore - Sat, 17 Feb 2018 02:55:50 EST JK3oY1oG No.69884 Reply
Narcissus and Goldmund

My favourite of Hesse's so far, I've read all the one's people talk about
Basil Havingcocke - Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:23:15 EST K8DXx1vL No.69889 Reply
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Nathaniel Chodgeheck - Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:45:25 EST viTAvq0S No.69905 Reply
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Inherent Vice
Caroline Pittbury - Fri, 02 Mar 2018 20:07:21 EST zbsbjabk No.69920 Reply
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it's very good so far. lush prose, superb characterization, a modern insight into politics every man should read this
Angus Pumblepine - Sun, 04 Mar 2018 17:08:49 EST MiEbPJi0 No.69926 Reply
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This book.

The author is so good with words there are points on the book where I've had to put the book down and think for a bit.

Last night I read a part detailing with what amounts to a crack house. It was rough.

I recommend this book. 10/10.

This is a work of art.
Angus Pumblepine - Sun, 04 Mar 2018 17:20:15 EST MiEbPJi0 No.69927 Reply
excerpt from:
We feigned a heavy nod, as though dazed, then grinned lasciviously to deflect suspicion. We looked upon a gruesome scene.


A book has never made me feel that kind of disgust.

It wasn't directed at people so much as the desperate situation.

It made me subconsciously break a personality flaw suppression technique it was so difficult to read.
Nigel Hellerfadge - Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:40:05 EST QCY/VEz2 No.69929 Reply
I feel like I should buy this book but I also feel like I won't finish it for some reason.

Could you give a little mini review on it
Betsy Fommlenedging - Tue, 06 Mar 2018 01:08:54 EST O/eWPvU3 No.69931 Reply
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also re-reading VALIS
Martin Brablingford - Wed, 07 Mar 2018 21:41:01 EST MiEbPJi0 No.69935 Reply
Sure I'm only half of the way through it.

The book is by William Leonard Picard. The book starts out by displaying his letter to Harvard which got him accepted into Harvard.

A little backstory. Picard studied drug policy and actually predicted the fentanyl problem 15 years in advance. He came up with a policy to prevent this but obviously he was ignored. Given his current life situation my guess is that LSD was somehow involved with his policy but there is no information about what it was on the internet. It may be in the book at some point. I'm not sure.

The book details the protagonists release from prison for an indecent involving recycled lab equipment and his subsequent stay in a monastery where he writes his letter to Harvard and is accepted to study drug policy. He also meets one of the six LSD chemists that belong to a secret society of sorts that actually conducts counter-surveillance against the government and against gangs that peddle malevolent drugs(Meth, Coke, Heroin). The chemist he meets is named "Crimson" and all the others have code names that are a color.

The author is extremely good at building up to a "peak" that you could correlate to the peak of LSD. Once he reaches this peak there is a subsection in the book that contains some very powerful imagery. The book has prose of such quality it is poetic. During these peaks they often involve a tragic situation being salvaged or are simply a beautiful show of compassion or a powerful look at despair brought on by the tragic situation.

Whenever he protagonist meets one of the six there is a part where he gets a contact high from being around them and the author eloquently and almost perfectly describes the mental and visual effects of a trip.

The book also shares some similarity to a James Bond movie that has an X rating.

The author often uses some really unique literary techniques that I haven't seen or heard of happening in something that isn't so serious. They are also subtle. One example is a word that is framed in such a way that the location of the words on the page look like the word actually does. There is also an event that happens on a certain page that I only caught after I picked the book back up(during the peaks I often put the book down to think) and did a O_O. The attention to detail in this book is unreal.

I realize this isn't super mini but the book is 656 pages of high prose so any less wouldn't do it justice.

As an aside this man should not be in prison. He should be directing drug policy in this country because I feel his views and methods would essentially negate the destructive and addictive nature of the Kings of Vice(meth, heroin, cocaine).
Ernest Dettingham - Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:08:15 EST QCY/VEz2 No.69937 Reply
Sounds good think I'll try to order it this week
Ian Crorringworth - Thu, 08 Mar 2018 21:01:28 EST MiEbPJi0 No.69939 Reply
Read it slowly, the author recommends it. There is no reason to rush through it.
David Fopperbare - Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:57:01 EST g4NCVvbl No.69942 Reply
I like to read a work of fiction and a work of non-fiction, switching back and forth between them depending on my mood.
Currently reading Of Wolves And Men, an exhaustive study of wolf behavior and myths about them through history, and re-reading Catch-22.
David Murdford - Sun, 11 Mar 2018 01:19:58 EST LhxB1L1U No.69947 Reply
i couldn't get past the first 10 pages. I felt it was pretty boring with tons of art references that don't feel very integral to the story. How are you finding it?
George Nisslehood - Sun, 11 Mar 2018 13:55:08 EST O/eWPvU3 No.69950 Reply
I find it really engaging though it's totally self-contained and seems to have no story at all, or is hidden so well in the form of tons of minute, seemingly disparate details.
there's an incredibly subtle and kind of sad beauty that slowly emerges from the narrator's voice, but their voice is often hilarious and feels extremely real.
the narrative lines in the book seem intentionally hard to follow and it ends up being a huge mindfuck. i really enjoy reading this book and would highly recommend it
David Murdford - Sun, 11 Mar 2018 15:31:13 EST LhxB1L1U No.69951 Reply
hmmm, maybe i'll rent it again. The reason i got interested in it was because it was described as stream-of-consciousness, which it did seem to be, however a lot of what the narrator was saying went over my head. Would you happen to know of any good stream of consciousness books? i've recently picked up portnoy's complaint. The only work i've read in which it was used effectively for me was Molly Bloom's soliloquy in Ulysses.
George Nisslehood - Sun, 11 Mar 2018 17:20:42 EST O/eWPvU3 No.69952 Reply
I haven't read many books that I'd say are in the "stream of consciousness" style. one thing i like about the Markson novel is that it seems to unfold from what seems like the "brain voice" but doubles back on itself in this weird meta-narrative and is more like maybe a lake or slowly moving whirlpool of hyper-aware self-consciousness. Without the need of other (human) characters at all, at that. Whenever I open this book I find little sentences that just feel perfect for my state of mind at the time.
tldr: i don't know
James Huffingham - Sun, 18 Mar 2018 06:43:29 EST P4Dz3zyp No.69956 Reply
Bought myself VALIS as a treat. It's better than I thought it would be and I'm really enjoying it but it's kind of missing something that would tip it over the edge from brilliant to genius. I'm not sure what that is.
Walter Clizzleham - Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:47:12 EST O/eWPvU3 No.69958 Reply
First time I picked up VALIS was about 5 or 6 years ago at the end of a heavy PKD phase. I had similar feelings of liking the book but not feeling like it was missing something critical.
I picked it up again this month and remembering why its such an interesting read, and I feel like I'll likely pick up on more meaning behind this one.
But my impression of VALIS is that it's one of PKD's last stabs at trying to bind together all these super complicated personal experiences into a strange meta-fiction and I can definitely see being a little dissapointed by the end of it. I still have probably 1/3 of the book left so we'll see.
Walter Clizzleham - Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:48:02 EST O/eWPvU3 No.69959 Reply
horribly mangled my wording in this post, i'm a bit out of it. hopefully that stuff makes sense. nb
Henry Clummerdog - Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:21:49 EST GHqwVUI7 No.69961 Reply
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Eugene Pittway - Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:43:35 EST ylxQEmun No.69963 Reply
That sounds about right. I haven't read Radio Free Albemuth but from watching the film it seems to be a lot of the same ideas, all stuff from his own life. They're not unlike Illluminatus! but without the humor to tie it together.
Cyril Murdville - Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:58:25 EST nPR5sEce No.69966 Reply
Just did a Hamlet study. First I read the dumb-dumb translation where things ar eput in a more modern way. Then I read the Sparknotes analysis of every scene. Then I listened to an audio play of the classic translation.

Anyone have a favorite Hamlet line? I saw a lot of classic lines in it and reading the play gave them all new context, but I'll go with one I hadn't heard before.
"Oh, from this time forth,
My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!"
Frederick Pengerworth - Sat, 24 Mar 2018 06:04:38 EST ylxQEmun No.69967 Reply
Here's a fun drinking game: watch Hamlet and do a shot every time you hear a line that's been used as the title of a film or book.
Try not to die.
>The number of titles from Hamlet has grown so large that a single file containing all of them takes forever to load; there are over 150 titles from the "To be, or not to be" soliloquy alone.
Hugh Sebberway - Sun, 25 Mar 2018 09:20:00 EST HDHCXJ5a No.69969 Reply
I decided to start the witcher series. I almost finished the first book (and the first game)
Cyril Gomblechig - Tue, 27 Mar 2018 08:30:41 EST 1TnvmNs6 No.69971 Reply
Just finished this series recently.

First 2 books are great, 3rd is alright, and the last 2 are trash.

Great worldbuilding, terrible plot.
Priscilla Nickleshaw - Tue, 27 Mar 2018 16:38:58 EST BBstXIyt No.69973 Reply
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This was a "fuck it" purchase from the fantasy section of my local bookstore. I accidentally stayed up until 3am reading it the day I bought it.

Basic synopsis, it's a retelling of Arthurian legend from a historical context. This first book concerns one of Arthur's ancestors, a late-antiquity Roman veteran who forges Excalibur.

As soon as I get paid I'm running back to the store and picking up the rest of the series.
Cornelius Wablingwick - Tue, 27 Mar 2018 17:31:07 EST nPR5sEce No.69974 Reply
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Just read Dubliners by James Joyce, now I'm reading Portrait Of An Artist As A Young Man, all in build up to eventually tackling Ulysses. Shout out to Sparknotes for helping me catch all the deep shit in Dubliners.

Hearing stuff like this is why I never picked up the first book, even though it gets highly rated on many fantasy lists.
Thomas Clavingson - Tue, 03 Apr 2018 17:30:46 EST tHH8wuhk No.69995 Reply
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That was really interesting, thanks mang.

Finished Naked Lunch a while back, just got a copy of Soft Machine so that's what I'm on now. Keeping an eye out for more Burroughs and related stuff at the local shops. Pic unrelated, a guy from /opi/
Cyril Forringladge - Wed, 04 Apr 2018 19:32:06 EST 1TnvmNs6 No.69996 Reply
Just started reading the first book. About 200 pages in and although it's a slow start, I have faith in Sanderson. Loved both Mistborn series.

I will say that I don't like how little there is to no about the magic system in the book so far. There's a few scenes with it and a few mentions here or there, but I'm sure it'll click in as it goes on.
John Crenningsit - Wed, 04 Apr 2018 19:51:57 EST rXW/delc No.69997 Reply
It starts slow and builds a beautfiul fantastic world, then shit gets real
Nigel Bedgeville - Wed, 04 Apr 2018 23:40:06 EST gBtxQtyy No.69998 Reply
The Way of Kings was my introduction to Sanderson, so I didn't realize how quickly his other books introduce the magic systems. IIRC, the book doesn't start really getting into Surgebinding until over halfway through. It works, though - I mean, the system is based on the characters' personal philosophies, so it has to set those in steel before it can start building off of them.

Considering how frequently The Stormlight Archive has choked me up, I'm a little surprised that Mistborn doesn't do the same for me. I just hit The Avalanche for Well of Ascension (I know because I just thought "ehh, I might as well read the last 150 pages tonight, I can get it done"), and Zane revealing his mistcloak was the first thing in the series to really punch me in the gut. Of course, that was immediately overshadowed by the reveal of his Hemalurgic spike, but it still choked me up. I'm actually glad I've heard a lot about the world beforehand from WoBs and the Coppermind wiki: enough to catch most of the foreshadowing and cryptic stuff about Ruin and Preservation on the first read, but not quite enough that all the twists and turns are spoiled. Hopefully I don't finish the book and post another paragraph or two about it tomorrow lol
Frederick Hogglemere - Fri, 06 Apr 2018 05:06:56 EST RF51lEeJ No.69999 Reply
Tried reading Lovecraft, couldn't understand shit in english, now downloading in my native language.
Lydia Creggletotch - Fri, 06 Apr 2018 17:49:04 EST icC0G438 No.70000 Reply
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finally finished the 10 book series Malazan: Book Of The Fallen.
Charlotte Pockworth - Sat, 07 Apr 2018 05:22:54 EST ylxQEmun No.70001 Reply
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Just finished Carter's Nights at the Circus which was incredible, nobody can write like she did.

Working my way through Lem's Cyberiad now, another genius although it manifests in very different ways. This book occupies a space between Le cosmicomiche and Ficciones but with a better sense of humour. Obviously it's translated from the Polish, but the translator (Michael Kandel) has done a fucking fantastic job. There's all sorts of clever wordplay and rhyming poetry that he must have had to come up with almost entirely by himself just to get it to work in English.
Caroline Bonderladge - Tue, 10 Apr 2018 20:30:52 EST YfpxDCjA No.70008 Reply
Ready Player One. Its going to be the next popular thing soon, so I thought Id get a head start. Its turns full fedora on page 17 but I like the world he's built so far. Starting Chapter 3 now.
Walter Dingertudge - Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:13:13 EST AD7VYWJ/ No.70025 Reply
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I thought this would feel like a chore to read, but with the help of the Blumhouse reading guide, it is actually a blast.
Walter Dingertudge - Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:55:47 EST AD7VYWJ/ No.70027 Reply
I used that pic assuming that was supposed to be the joke, but apparently it's a museum copy of a First Edition once owned by the author himself.
>it is only known for sure that two people owned this book before Boston College: James Joyce and a C. U. Clark. When Clark purchased the book he wrote the following on the epitaph: “C. U. Clark bought from J. A. Joyce British Museum London”. Whether it was Joyce reading his own work that managed to wear out the cover of the book is unknown, but the cover indicates prolonged use, and hopefully enjoyment, by a reader at some point in time.
I suspect Joyce personally carved a dick into his cover before selling to a collector to troll any museum to ever display it
Hugh Driggleture - Thu, 19 Apr 2018 03:44:39 EST 7Df882Aq No.70028 Reply
I just read "They Bite" by Anthony Boucher. I found out about it while reading about serial killers on Wikipedia.
Lots of Southwestern small-town flavor, I like it when Weird Horror comes in mundane settings.
The ending was kinda weak, though. It tried a little too hard to be subtle and ended up just being vague.
Hannah Greenhood - Mon, 30 Apr 2018 00:54:30 EST 4vZzZP5I No.70050 Reply
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Caliban's War.

After having previously watched the show, I'm finding a lot of the little differences really interesting. So far, the show seems to have been a really faithful adaptation, only missing some small things and characters that aren't really vital.

Almost every character in the show is an amazingly accurate portrayal of the character. Especially Bobbie who must have been a pretty tough one to find. Surprisingly, Meng is ridiculously sympathetic in the book. He was in the show as well, but there were just some things they couldn't feasibly do, like making him emaciated and near death when they found him. Also, if they had him crying a bunch in the show it might have not come off as super relatable even though it's totally acceptable considering circumstances.

But yeah, great book so far. My kindle crapped out for a while and finally got me a new one so I'm binging some reading that I missed out on.

Side note/shilling: I got this Kindle for like $35 and it's really fuckin dope. I got the 4th gen with the paperwhite display and it is actually easier to read than a book, especially in daylight. Doesn't have that reflective glare like the LCD one that I had did (though there is just a little bit of glare, but the screen is matte so it's not bad). It even goes down to the little details that make it really comfortable, like making the dull black lines visible, where it looks like you can see lines on the pages behind it. Yeah really dope device and super cheap.
Sidney Turveydale - Tue, 01 May 2018 07:21:34 EST 4vZzZP5I No.70054 Reply
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Managed to burn through Caliban's War.

I have no idea what to think of that ending. In the final chapter I was just starting to think "this super neat bow they put on it is ridiculously lame, what a lame way to end it" and just as that thought was bouncing around my head it got smacked down by Venus. And then the prologue and Miller showing up was baffling, compounded by speculation of whether or not Miller was dreaming. I've been avoiding spoilers as much as possible but I did get a hint that he was coming back so I guess it was really him, not sure how he could have materialized on Miller's ship or on the Luna station or wherever Miller and the Roci crew were currently at in the epilogue. Guess I'll find out tomorrow when I begin binging the next book.
Clara Fanridge - Thu, 03 May 2018 17:09:58 EST 7dRhKx8m No.70057 Reply
finished Animal Farm today. I had heard the book was anti-communist and based on the Russian Revolution, and while it is certainly based on a failed communist uprising, I wouldnt say the book is ant-communism, more anti-all Governments, saying that no matter who replaces the shitty government, they will become equally shitty as time goes one. Unless i'm wrong and Orwell really hates pinko commie scum. Have 1984 up next which will likely clarify some of my curiosity on Orwell's personal beliefs
Wesley Puzzlespear - Fri, 04 May 2018 07:17:49 EST ylxQEmun No.70058 Reply
I find it interesting how people assume that any given author only ever had one set of immutable personal beliefs that never changed over time or book-to-book. As though there's some coherent gestalt perception of reality that can be learned from reading enough of their work, instead of seeing it as the output of a living, learning human being like the reader.
Isabella Crellymut - Fri, 04 May 2018 16:59:42 EST 7dRhKx8m No.70059 Reply
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read Kafka's The Trial today. It was entertaining but I need to do research into what it actually meant. It felt like it was supposed to be a metaphor for something, or maybe an allegory, but I'm having trouble putting my finger on it. Maybe it's about Nazi Germany, maybe just about feeling like an outsider to life/society. Kafka is big on hiding his true story behind a thick metaphor so I'm curious what was actually supposed to be depicted here. For example of Kafka's working through metaphor, his story Metamorphosis about a guy who one day wakes up a giant cockroach is actually a metaphor for depression/mental illness.

To paraphrase Kurt Vonnegut, character development is a sham invented by hack writers. Most people don;t ever change that much.
Henry Pinkingold - Sat, 05 May 2018 10:52:09 EST pzzBCzyM No.70061 Reply
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I believe you're not taking a good approach to Kafka. Kafka wrote out of deep dispair. He wrote constantly and could never amount to anything (by his own standarts). I don't believe he was thinking of a big metaphor that would explain his somewhat esoteric and cryptic texts. I think he was rather expressing his worldview and his experience of life in the most direct possible way (which obviously isn't a scientific description of it, but a poetic one). I think the best supporting statement for this is the sheer amount of different interpretations on Kafka's texts. And the fact that Kafka mostly hated metaphors (look for metaphors within the stories, in his descriptions, and you'll find close to none).

If you want to delve into Kafka here are some good commentaries: Hanna Arendt's introduction to his novels is really good. Specially for getting Kafka's concept of bureocracy. Deleuze and Guattari's "Kafka: for a minor literature" is also really good (though really long and complex). Gershom Scholem has a great book on Jewish thinkers, where he discusses Kafka and Benjamin, I think this is the best introduction to Kafka I've read (I don't quite remember which book it was though, maybe something on Jewish Mysticism).

I think I'm forgetting something crucial, but anyway, another great way to get into Kafka would be reading his correspondence with his 'lovers' Felice and Milena (and I say 'lovers' because he wrote to them for years, but only saw them once or twice in his life). I believe understanding Kafka implies not understanding him, leaving loose ends in every story, leaving it 'open', uncomprehended and uncomprehensible, unending.
Hugh Sunkinville - Mon, 07 May 2018 17:49:48 EST 7dRhKx8m No.70069 Reply
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Finished the new Chuck Palahnuik book. I'm too high to explain why I didn't like it very much, so I'm plagiarizing a Goodreads review to sum my thoughts up for me:
>Even though the premise is good, the execution is just not there. The book jumps from character to character so much that I couldn’t grasp who anyone was, or care about anything they were doing. It also seemed to take FOREVER to actually get to Adjustment Day - by my calculations, it started on page 111. For a 330ish page book, that’s a hell of a lot of build up to the event the book is named after. I really wanted to like this. But the jumbled narrative and lack of a central character to really relate to made the whole thing quite a slog. This might work better as an HBO series than a novel.
Fuck Wugglebury - Tue, 08 May 2018 05:54:41 EST JbMBxovX No.70073 Reply
rereading Wheel of Time, focusing on the rapes of female characters, reading those parts slowly
Sidney Hinnerfoot - Tue, 08 May 2018 07:46:17 EST ylxQEmun No.70074 Reply
The criticism about the event happening 111 pages in seems dumb but as regards to the rest, Palahniuk has always been a bit of a one-trick pony and may have overreached himself trying to break that mould. Maybe he'll learn from it and the next book will have something of the best of both worlds.
Matilda Clayshit - Tue, 08 May 2018 16:15:22 EST YPb38PfM No.70077 Reply

I liked Haunted, even if it was just old short stories put together to form a new story.
Eliza Fangershaw - Sat, 12 May 2018 19:04:15 EST zdXfRTSA No.70091 Reply
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Ebenezer Dinderman - Sun, 13 May 2018 05:00:38 EST 4vZzZP5I No.70094 Reply
Reading Cibola Burn right now. I'm digging this a lot better than Abaddons Gate and i think it's because of the characters. I find myself liking (somewhat) these characters far more than some of the characters in Abaddons. Also the story in Abaddons felt like too grand a scale. It almost felt like an other SF universe like the Enderverse or some shit. I did absolutely love Anna though.

>>70069 what would you recommend as an intro to Chuck P? All I've read is Guts which i love and i do love the movie Fight Club.
Martha Clubblewirk - Sun, 13 May 2018 07:36:02 EST zdXfRTSA No.70096 Reply
Guts is included in the larger book Haunted, which is one of his best. It's a short story collection woven into a larger novel (the kid who chewed through his own Guts is a main character in the larger narrative).
Invisible Monsters, Survivor, and Choke are the trifecta of his great novels. Many people say they enjoy the Fight Club book even though they had seen the film and thought they'd be bored rehashing everything. Besides those, Rant is also good, it's Chuck's sci-fi book and uses the freedom of sci-fi to deliver a twist so crazy it makes Tyler Durden look like a soccer mom.
Nicholas Conkinhood - Sun, 20 May 2018 13:15:18 EST 7Df882Aq No.70105 Reply
I finished Wikipedia's List of Serial Killers By Number of Victims this morning. That was a fun list of articles and so very fucking long. I had finished Wikipedia's List of Serial Killers Active Before 1900 previously, so I guess I'm all caught up on murder trivia until somebody else goes bonkers.

I'm thinking about going for the List of People Claimed to be Jesus next, seems like it'll be a hoot, but I kinda want to keep this morbid kick going and start back up on the Holders Series, I don't have much left of the Lost 2000.
Fanny Hallyridge - Thu, 24 May 2018 19:54:09 EST OOuhd3Fl No.70110 Reply
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Just read the new Stephen King book. Stay gold ponyboy.
Betsy Fanshit - Mon, 28 May 2018 02:36:36 EST EwPTfYGG No.70114 Reply
Babylon's Ashes about 2/3 through.

Fucking Fred
Rebecca Crollyman - Wed, 06 Jun 2018 21:48:38 EST 4vZzZP5I No.70141 Reply
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The Gunsliger

Very interesting, albeit at times extremely slow. The style it's written in makes it easy to stay engaged though. And the gunslinger's internal dialogue and backstory is very interesting. A good introduction to the series, albeit mundane at times.

Drawing of Three
Excellent and riveting. The contrasting styles in each character are beautifully juxtaposed next to each other. Towards the end of the book you can really appreciate how intricately and well woven together all the stories are. I'm hoping this series just continues the trend of getting better and better.
Nell Bezzlekare - Mon, 11 Jun 2018 19:14:55 EST mKlN7klY No.70150 Reply
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loving this so far
Albert Worthingcocke - Sat, 16 Jun 2018 05:50:35 EST mKlN7klY No.70155 Reply
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I can't tell if I like this or not. It has a cool world and premise but some parts are boring as heck. Only ~100 pages in so far.
Molly Worthinglock - Wed, 20 Jun 2018 20:39:16 EST RQSkkkju No.70165 Reply
I'm on book six of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series which I started reading because of recommendations from this board.

So far this is my least favorite of the series. It's really dragged along with too many irrelevant characters doing nothing and too many perspective shifts during the action. I can only take so much soldier banter and descriptions of journeys. Luckily it's starting to pick up a little. Ganoes is my least favorite character because he has no agency except when he does something stupid and impulsive that ends up plot armoring him into something good and even then he still has to be told what to do by people smarter than him.
Phineas Cuddlefuck - Thu, 21 Jun 2018 05:26:25 EST dNpI79TF No.70166 Reply
Yeah, it's a very slow, bloated series. But that's the series style so I've gotten past groaning when a scene goes on 3 times too long with soldier slice of life. I finally finished the series back in April, now I'm reading the prequel trilogy (which isn't actually complete yet, but fills a lot of holes about the backstory of the universe)
Simon Gettingworth - Mon, 25 Jun 2018 22:37:17 EST y06YYraG No.70179 Reply
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a fuckin great short story collection by jack barth.
Martha Broshdidge - Tue, 26 Jun 2018 16:12:52 EST 4vZzZP5I No.70183 Reply
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Reading The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch and was describing the plot to my girlfriend and she says it reminds her of The Matrix, which actually it is quite similar in many ways. I wonder if the Wachowskis read this book and took inspiration.
Reuben Blatherwater - Wed, 11 Jul 2018 22:09:56 EST trBB+HZv No.70218 Reply
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Just finished The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski.

Focused on the main character, Geralt, a monster-hunter for hire in a world where the monsters are still around, but lessening due to his profession. He's "cool" so you love hearing him speak cleverly, or seeing him be superhero with a sword. You want to know more about his world, after getting tiny taste-tests of lore. I've heard the series described as "Europe's Lord of the Rings" or something. This book is a collection of short stories, the first in a series of 8 books. Reminds me of Vampire Hunter D, even with the dash of sexuality thrown in - not normally by bag, but it's minimal enough and entertaining.
Immediately started on the second book, Sword of Destiny.
James Pashwodge - Thu, 12 Jul 2018 08:48:05 EST ylxQEmun No.70219 Reply
>I've heard the series described as "Europe's Lord of the Rings" or something
Ernest Sossleforth - Sun, 15 Jul 2018 13:08:51 EST JbMBxovX No.70229 Reply
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Finished book one of the Powdermage Trilogy. The descriptive writing is okay, it's entertaining and fast paced, but there's something off about how smoothly everything goes in this story. Dramatic tension is always followed by a spontaneous plan which will go off without a hitch, the bad guys responding exactly as the main characters believe they will. All characters have someone around them who always knows something crucial at the right moment and speaks up or guides them to a solution within paragraphs of a problem rearing its head.

The story starts to feel like: Problem! ---> "Hmm, if we do this, the bad guys will do this, and we can do this!" ---> Pretty much unfolds as expected ---> Next problem! There's a formula you can start to sense. Everything starts to feel predictable, no one is in too great a danger, and little deus ex machinas sprout up every single time a character is in too much danger. A lot of idiocy moves the plot forward or keeps main characters alive against forces already established as being smarter, deadlier, and more experienced than they are.

Entertaining, but damn it left a lot to be desired. If I sound like a dislike the book, I'm more disappointed in the author for taking the easy ways out. He wants to write all the badass parts and leave the rest of the story to exposition conversations and time-jumps (i.e.: someone's on a mountain, next paragraph they're back in the city). Moving the plot forward and skipping over the "ordinary" parts that make a story complex.
Jarvis Horringhane - Sat, 21 Jul 2018 18:38:39 EST 1434VkH2 No.70240 Reply
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The Darkness That Comes Before, book 1 of the Prince Of Nothing trilogy. This muh fuckin shit.
Shibbles - Thu, 02 Aug 2018 18:54:57 EST gxm0NLi/ No.70250 Reply
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Fuck yeah
Almost finished with Walkaway by Cory Doctorow. It is fucking amazing. If you love William Gibson, you'll love this.
David Turveywell - Sun, 26 Aug 2018 16:07:40 EST LkCidWjG No.70297 Reply
I started the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy. Never read them but i'm loving it. Better than the movie and a bit uplifting after i finished "the dictators handbook" which was great but a bit depressive i guess.
Doris Horrynet - Tue, 28 Aug 2018 01:34:02 EST 4vZzZP5I No.70298 Reply
A lot of people think they're not so great toward the end of the series but I thoroughly enjoyed it all the way through. Have fun!
George Dravingfack - Tue, 28 Aug 2018 23:34:19 EST Hj0ZEJRy No.70299 Reply
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I read Hitchiker's Guide about a year ago for the first time. It disappointed a little.It was solid, enjoyable fiction, but I think it was overhyped. I probably would have really loved reading it when I was a little younger I
I read a collection of 3 Phillip K. Dick's novels and the first two of Isaac Asimov's Empire novels. Since then. The Man In The High Castle was alright, but I liked the more futuristic The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldrich a shit load more. Can't recommend it highly enough.\
The first Empire book was really good. The second fairly good, I need to read the third. Second foundation sounds pretty tight from the clues about its origin from the first two books.

Almost done reading Carl Sagan's Demon Haunted World. He went on proving aliens abductions aren't real for a few too many chapters, but then turned it into a case for skeptical though and relying on evidence, and the dismal lack of it in any of our media.
Walter Nummledale - Fri, 31 Aug 2018 18:09:32 EST BBstXIyt No.70301 Reply
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Lotta King fans in here.

Castle Rock got me on a kick so I decided to read a Pangborn story. Seems I kinda started at the end of the town's timeline though.
Eliza Grandforth - Sat, 01 Sep 2018 06:50:34 EST Ivuktz9u No.70303 Reply
Yea, that book was meant to wrap the Castle Rock stuff and had more Easter Eggs towards old books than a dozen eps of the castle rock tv show. I liked the parts where Cujo's ghost lurks around randomly yet adds nothing to the plot.
William Settingstone - Sat, 01 Sep 2018 17:59:50 EST BBstXIyt No.70305 Reply

Well, maybe I'll go back to the earlier ones and see if anything jumps out at me. A brief summary of The Dark Half sounded like some Secret Window shit so I probably passed it by.
Reuben Hollernit - Sun, 09 Sep 2018 22:18:38 EST 4vZzZP5I No.70313 Reply
Been working on the dark tower series for what feels like an entire year now but probably closer to 8 months. I wish I had more free time.

I'm in The Wastelands and just got past when Eddie slayed Blaine the Mono and that was fuckin fun, if a bit predictable. But still the entire time on the train leading up to it was really well written and woven. And the timing of the finale of that event couldn't have been better because I was getting a bit sick of the damn riddles, lol. It was bordering on tedious at that point.

I'm excited to see what happens when they get off.
Matilda Parryspear - Tue, 11 Sep 2018 18:13:16 EST 8tmdSOIU No.70316 Reply
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Y'all remember in True Detective when there were all those creepy symbols made out of sticks? Now I know where they based that from, the Lovecraftian nightmare story "Sticks". Also True Detective relatred, there's been some King In Yellow references in these stories too.

All these stories are rocking me hard. Getting an early start on my Halloween reading since it's been dark/cloudy/cold this week, feels like October already.
Excerpts - Thu, 13 Sep 2018 15:20:25 EST k9TAbtTt No.70318 Reply
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Posts some excerpts from books. Do it now.

Preferably not from the net.
Betsy Borringhick - Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:21:04 EST BBstXIyt No.70319 Reply
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>reread Hearts of Atlantis for the first time since middle school (when I didn't get it at all tbh)
>remember some fucky shit about where Ted is from but don't recall exactly what
>finish the first part of the book
>mfw he gets caught by the low men and starts going on about the Beam, the Tower and the Crimson King
>mfw he mentions that there's a gunslinger and he's almost to the Endlands

Now I gotta go finish THAT series, I was halfway through book 4 when I stopped.
Hamilton Drommleson - Fri, 14 Sep 2018 17:43:08 EST 8tmdSOIU No.70320 Reply
Yeah, that old fucker is important in one of the end books of the series. ANother book with a character who will be important in book 5 is Salems Lot, if you read it after book 4, it would make 5 all the more enjoyable.
Charles Grandman - Sun, 16 Sep 2018 18:15:09 EST 8tmdSOIU No.70322 Reply
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a masterpiece of bizzaro lit from the man who brought us Sorry For Ruining Your Orgy
Sophie Dricklenone - Fri, 28 Sep 2018 22:18:43 EST 3HA052Vx No.70333 Reply
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taking another journey along the wheel
Samuel Nicklebury - Mon, 01 Oct 2018 21:12:58 EST uda8XXc6 No.70337 Reply
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3/4s of the way through the three musketeers translated by barrow
at least its better than the count of monte cristo

Read 400 pages of battlefield earth in the hospital i dont think im going to finish the other half. In fact ive already returned it to the library.

I just tried to start Tess of the Durbervilles

I cant get through any of this shit i need cocaine. Maybe then i can also get some of these ideas for novels that have been cooking in the old noggin.

Lately ive become convinced that all the greatest contributors were avid cocaine users
Cedric Giffingville - Thu, 04 Oct 2018 01:45:16 EST xNw5Ihmg No.70340 Reply
Almost done with The Bear and the Nightingale
Nigel Heffingded - Thu, 04 Oct 2018 02:23:55 EST LPeRExqd No.70341 Reply
Watched Cube. It was fun to see McKay and Ezri in a movie together.
Charlotte Chesslechere - Mon, 15 Oct 2018 06:17:26 EST 5u/5XmVf No.70349 Reply
Anyone reading any horror this October, or have read something good recently to suggest? I want to read something Halloween-y once I finish the Malazan book I'm on (the 4th)
Emma Sankintut - Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:06:38 EST ylxQEmun No.70350 Reply
Earlier this year I enjoyed reading Remember Why You Fear Me and They Do The Same Things Different There by Robert Shearman. They're both short story collections so easy to dip in and out of, sort of surreal horror.
Polly Fumbleluck - Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:01:39 EST Y6GWRCoI No.70353 Reply
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a version of the Bible meant for Grim Reapers
The Blackledge Bible
this thing explains how Arrow Snakes, Dragons, Vampires, Werewolves and Unicorns came around int the stories until they created the Wycliffe's Bible, which sometimes introduce those figures, but most editions hide them under hints, in order to keep the bible from being just something for kids

And in order to keep the Blackledge Bible safe, it introduces itself as a Jehova/Yahweh Bible right from the start, and says to ignore those naming of things as the name of God
Augustus Pussledock - Mon, 29 Oct 2018 19:37:26 EST pS2QiTJ1 No.70377 Reply
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Just finished Oathbringer from The Stormlight Archive. I could gripe about Sanderson but when it comes down to it I like the story and crave more despite his writing flaws, and he is getting better.

Started The Passage by Justin Cronin. I'm about 300 pages into it, right before a huge shift in the story. I gotta say, it's mostly a slog so far. The prose is pretty bad, as is the character's inner dialogue. I'm not sure how to describe it but let's just say he could have cut half of that crap out and the story would have been better for it. Shit, replace it with more dialogue and things actually happening and it would could be great.

The premise is there, the story so far is there, just the meat of it connecting everything was boooorrriiiinnnggg until the last 50 pages or so of Part 1. I'm going to stick with it for now because I know a lot is about to change. Hopefully things improve.

If not, I just downloaded the entirety of The Expanse series so far. Love the show, I know the books are bound to be a bit different so why not.
Jack Hovinglane - Tue, 30 Oct 2018 06:14:57 EST 4R+2FIsx No.70381 Reply
The Passage is uttter shit, stop reading now, do not read sequels. The first 300 pages were the only parts I slightly enjoyed, so if you already hate it, flee now before the shift makes it more boring than ever. I've never regretted finishing a book series more than Passage. Plus it's all Jesus propaganda after book 1.
Walter Blurringware - Tue, 30 Oct 2018 14:46:58 EST pS2QiTJ1 No.70382 Reply
>Jesus propaganda
ah fuck I had a bad feeling about that as soon as it's clear there's some psychic connection to Amy and the nun/FBI dudes are all magically in on a Plan. I'm going to read a bit more and decide whether to drop it then. Thanks for the warning lol
David Demblehood - Thu, 15 Nov 2018 03:53:22 EST 2wh48ehg No.70391 Reply
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Been reading Nausea by Sartre. I'm not really sure what I think so far, but one prevailing thought I have about this book is that it's insanely nonsensical yet makes perfect sense. Being a schizoid type personality really makes me relate to the main character. And I don't think I've ever really read anything this cpaerf
Reuben Billingstock - Fri, 16 Nov 2018 06:31:12 EST xaio4l4p No.70392 Reply
Currently enjoying the first book in the Monarchies Of God series. Epic fantasy, which is always cool, but some of the prose is next level stuff, painting the kind of literary mental pictures that most Fantasy wouldnt bother with or be competent enough to pull off
Sounds like something I'll definitely want to read, sounds like the Kafka and Brian Evenson stories I hold so dear.
Oliver Nattingbanks - Fri, 30 Nov 2018 06:50:07 EST Hbj6yhAZ No.70407 Reply
Just finished sapiens. It was fun, nothing new tbh but a fun read.
Hedda Sangerridge - Sun, 02 Dec 2018 09:15:05 EST /snVBb4c No.70409 Reply
Reading my way through "the good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ". Really boring prose and the plot's utterly transparent if you have even an inkling of Pullman's world view. Oh look there are two dudes and one of them is just preaching while a mysterious angel referred to as " the stranger " is slyly getting the other dude to do organised religion. Wow so subtle I bet nobody else has ever read Twain and this isn't obvious. Ugh. I don't dislike Pullman but this book isn't for me, I don't know who'd enjoy reading this.
Esther Hunnerham - Fri, 15 Mar 2019 13:35:35 EST zQUxMHtk No.70454 Reply
i am fond of reading sci fi
Ian Findernudge - Tue, 19 Mar 2019 19:21:16 EST dxaf/QHW No.70474 Reply
Finally knuckled down and got some momentum re-reading The Book of the New Sun. It's just so fuckin' dense that I never get more than a few chapters in before I hit a depressive patch, give up on reading for a week or so, and never get back into it, but this time I just got that shit done.
The structure annoys me from time to time, there's too much jumping around in the narrative - like, 'The Claw of the Conciliator' begins some time after 'The Shadow of the Torturer' ends, with no explanation of how the characters got to where they are or what happened between then and now. Then 7 chapters later, there'll be one sentence, an off-handed remark, like Wolfe just realized that he never explained what happened and is hand-waving the discrepancy away.
That said, it's still one of the best books I've ever read.
Hamilton Smallforth - Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:15:51 EST ylxQEmun No.70478 Reply
Reading Raw Spirit by Iain Banks. It's bittersweet; wonderfully warm writing on subjects I deeply enjoy and a more personal look into Iain's mind than his fiction. But he's dead and I've read all but one of his books. There'll never be another new one to read, after this.
It's hard to binge it: much like the whisky it's about, it's best enjoyed a little at a time so it can really be savoured.
Henry Honderham - Wed, 03 Apr 2019 20:11:07 EST HUvOizv+ No.70505 Reply
there's a new Expanse book out. The asshole writer killed one of my favorite characters of the series in literally the first sentence of the book, what the fuck is this George R R Martin shit?
Albert Cussleham - Fri, 12 Apr 2019 18:15:10 EST hsesUG8o No.70518 Reply
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this one was amazing just finished it last night
Basil Honeycocke - Sat, 13 Apr 2019 16:40:49 EST ylxQEmun No.70524 Reply
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at least he spent more on the cover art for this one than the first in the trilogy
Frederick Sarrysat - Mon, 15 Apr 2019 15:42:08 EST i40pK0sM No.70527 Reply
Finally finished the Expanse book, it's maybe the craziest installment of the series. And there's only one book left! If the final season of Game Of Thrones sucks, at least The Expanse is clearly poised to go out on a high note.
Martha Gavingdale - Mon, 22 Apr 2019 01:56:22 EST 6m/sCXny No.70548 Reply
I'm reading The Darker shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. Really enjoyable read so far, currently at page 150. Gotta like the concept of parallel Londons, world-building and character development is solid.
Phyllis Buzzwell - Fri, 26 Apr 2019 13:03:51 EST qf4e6YqL No.70559 Reply
I just saw the new Avengers movie and geeked out when they showed a dude reading J G Ballard's Terminal Beach! I'm in the middle of re-reading Passport To Eternity but now I'm thinking I should follow the Disney brainwashing and get Terminal Beach
Wesley Suckletutch - Sat, 04 May 2019 10:14:28 EST f5c9Wifx No.70581 Reply
I'm trying to read Toll the Hounds by Steven Erickson but goddamn this is possibly the single most stylistically mangled thing I've ever read. No book has had me literally screaming at it like this one has. He randomly inserts omniscient narration from one of his characters about all sorts of bullshit I don't care about. He introduces dozens of characters that have absolutely no bearing on the plot, hell he even devotes a couple of pages from the point of view of some animals, and for some reason every damn character decides to go on long philosohpical internal diatribes that also have nothing to do with the plot. When the plot does move, you get about five paragraphs from one character's viewpoint before we're switched to another one. It's such a shame because this is the eighth book in a ten book series but I'm not sure I can finish this fucking slog. Every time the goddamn random omniscient narration from Kruppe comes out again I want to scream.
Sophie Granddock - Thu, 09 May 2019 15:55:06 EST WiI92/iE No.70600 Reply
Malazan is cool and all, but fuck if Erikson doesn't bore me to tears with some stretches
Martha Pemblefadge - Thu, 09 May 2019 18:22:37 EST 6kuutRcd No.70601 Reply
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Great 80s souther gothic/haunted house story
Barnaby Herrynodge - Fri, 10 May 2019 16:50:29 EST tEOPuSXt No.70605 Reply
>for some reason every damn character decides to go on long philosohpical internal diatribes
you're on your 8th malazan book and you're making this complaint now? I'm only on book 7 but after the first book with Tehol and the Edur (and to a minutely lesser extent, every single book in the series), I'm surprised you'd keep going if that bothers you.
Barnaby Herrynodge - Fri, 10 May 2019 16:57:43 EST tEOPuSXt No.70606 Reply
not to imply that shit doesn't drag. sorry Erikson but you literally could not pay me to care about Kruppe, and whoever told you that you should start every chapter with a poem has not read your poetry. I wonder how things would be if he had someone helping him with the pacing and action (some of his action scenes are very cool but a lot of them are lacking imo).
Emma Duppertodge - Sat, 11 May 2019 08:32:29 EST WiI92/iE No.70611 Reply
I read the first book in his Blackwater saga recently. The southern gothic vibes were cool but for some reason I wasn't left feeling motivated to read the rest of the series.

I just skip those fucking poems. As for the action scenes, those are what keep me reading through all the boring scenes. Shit like the Siege of Y'gatthan or the big battles at the end of book 3 bring epic fantasy to new levels for me.

Also, I understand everyone's complaints about all the unnecessary characters, but book 10 has a great passage that addresses these complaints and gives Erikson's justification for including all the "filler". I suck at remembering quotes but there's some character ranting about how they want to write a thousand page book about war, then they change it to wanting to write ten books, each one at a thousand pages long, and how they would all focus on all the unimportant nameless fallen in the wars to contrast against the more-official histories that only care about the super-duper-important historical figures.
Oliver Clogglestark - Mon, 13 May 2019 16:39:45 EST E41KWb/C No.70616 Reply
On a horror kick. Currently reading Ramsey Campbell's Alone With The Horrors and Thomas Ligotti's Songs For The Dead Dreamer. Also recently finished Laird Barron's Black Mountian, which got me on this horror jag to begin with
Sidney Hidgebetch - Sun, 26 May 2019 19:06:02 EST tEOPuSXt No.70658 Reply
is it worth it? is it good? Like did you enjoy the time spent, or was it a letdown of sorts?
I know it's interesting and "good", but there are works that I recognize as good and well crafted that I got no enjoyment and little value out of. sort of like watching an extremely talented musician play music that you absolutely do not like, you can appreciate the talent and craft required to make it without liking the actual end result.
Sidney Hidgebetch - Sun, 26 May 2019 19:08:50 EST tEOPuSXt No.70659 Reply
>is it good
meant to ask "Did you like it?" instead
Alice Wegglesetch - Sun, 02 Jun 2019 18:36:16 EST ZJSeCg1n No.70669 Reply
Meditations on the Tarot

ees good shit mang

also mycelium running by paul stamets

also good sheet mang
Phineas Sembleway - Sun, 02 Jun 2019 20:47:23 EST IdugN5W/ No.70671 Reply
LOL, those posts from 2016 are actually mine. I did enjoy the book, even with some parts being tough to get through. I've even read it a second time since 2016. It's got a lot of genuinely trippy parts that I truly enjoy and I'll probably read it a third time in a decade or so
George Drecklehitch - Wed, 12 Jun 2019 06:42:10 EST cHWGrP6H No.70698 Reply
I am still reading Arch of Triumph for about 3 months ( I must confess it's one of the best books I have ever read) and I am going to write my college essay using this book and some help of https://paidpaper.net/craftresumes-com-review to make it faster. I checked some reviews before and I suppose it would be good additional for my work.
Has anyone read this book? Your thoughts?
Molly Ballyhall - Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:37:37 EST SWzbhaAB No.70703 Reply
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About halfway through Feersum Endjinn, my first time reading his non-Culture SF. Really digging it despite the somewhat aggravating phonetic chapters. It could definitely be set in the same universe as The Culture; it seems like he explored a lot of ideas here that would enter The Culture later.
Phyllis Dreckletedging - Wed, 19 Jun 2019 22:34:14 EST SWzbhaAB No.70710 Reply
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holy fuck, this book
Phineas Grimstock - Sat, 22 Jun 2019 11:50:36 EST SWzbhaAB No.70714 Reply
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Maybe the weirdest thing I've ever read. A sort of biomechanical hellworld, chock full of body horror and cosmic weirdness; kind of along the lines of guro manga (reminds me a lot of "Panorama of Hell"). It's translated from allegedly untranslatable Japanese and is dense with puns and clever neologisms. Also, it's quite funny as a commentary on working life. Here's the first page.
Phineas Grimstock - Sat, 22 Jun 2019 11:55:49 EST SWzbhaAB No.70715 Reply
Ah shit, hard to read. Try this:

In stable orbit above a congealed accretion disc in the depths of galactic space, there swarmed untold millions of corporatians, who together formed the immense, nimbotranslucent corpuspheres of which an archipelagolopolis was composed. In the midst of their jostlings were two consolidated corporatians—<Gyo the Intercessor> and <Ja the Vigilant>—who together formed a stately, gourdlike shape over ten thousand shares in diameter. Seeking to engulf one another, these two had made mutual acquisition bids, and after the passage of a great length of time, in the midst of the unnatural equilibrium maintained within their incorporeated system, subordinapes dictated from life-forms sampled on countless worlds toiled each according to the standards of the corporatian to whom he belonged. They formed a vast, multifaceted ecosystem, wherein cycles of death and rebirth were repeated endlessly.
Martin Duckridge - Sun, 23 Jun 2019 02:11:28 EST pyv38Bpq No.70716 Reply

sounds exactly the same as our 1-word-at-a-time thread. even starts off with orbital stuff.
Walter Claybury - Sun, 23 Jun 2019 21:50:18 EST rXW/delc No.70718 Reply
I cant imagine trying to read a whole book like that, it does not flow naturally at all; reads like an AI wrote it
Walter Clayshit - Tue, 25 Jun 2019 01:55:32 EST aO4zx6pe No.70723 Reply
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try breaking up that big sentence and expand on what's occurring there. What would these events look like from an individual perspective practically involved within these great institutions?
Jack Muttingbury - Sat, 20 Jul 2019 05:54:22 EST QFiP8knW No.70793 Reply
I'm reading "The way of kings"

Like it so far. I needed something fantasylike
Nell Dartstone - Sun, 28 Jul 2019 21:10:52 EST FcuAWIkm No.70819 Reply
The book is a collection of short stories that do exactly this. The excerpt was the intro.

Yeah, I can see that perspective and it probably suffers a bit from being translated, but the style is ultimately in service of the story and IMO is very effective at that. It helps to create this very oppressive world. The one thing that I thought was a bit of a failure is the way they translated the "ruby characters" -- japanese characters that add a sort of connotative spin to a word if I understand correctly -- they just put them in smaller print, but mostly the sentences don't make sense if you skip over them. Anyway, definitely not for everybody, but very memorable and appealing for some oddballs.
Phyllis Hirringwark - Sat, 10 Aug 2019 07:47:16 EST WexlEVCh No.70842 Reply
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Going to start this tonight
Lillian Giblinghutch - Sat, 17 Aug 2019 01:39:36 EST EhGm3DiZ No.70864 Reply
About to finish Words of Radiance then time to move ont to Oathbringer. Only decision now is buy the paperback or read on kindle....
pelican - Sat, 17 Aug 2019 08:52:40 EST llq78gKH No.70870 Reply
Camp of the Saints by Jean Raspail, it was mentioned in a New York Times article about anti-immigration groups
Reuben Nannershaw - Sun, 18 Aug 2019 15:14:43 EST SrZR0WEm No.70876 Reply
I love Bukowski, but this was a steaming turd
Martin Buzzwill - Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:09:51 EST 8rSF1oLI No.70886 Reply
Aleph and other stories by Borges. Only a few stories deep but I love it already, feels like Magical Realism brushing on the fringes of Cosmic Horror at parts.

also finished Demons By Daylight and Scared Stuff by Ramsey Campbell. Dude is amazing, I'll probably read all of his short story collections if he keeps up the quality.
Barnaby Clurryhuck - Sat, 24 Aug 2019 09:18:54 EST ylxQEmun No.70890 Reply
Hey it's Borges' birthday today. Happy Birthday old man!
Henry Doblinghood - Sat, 14 Sep 2019 08:35:29 EST reK9sGDz No.70934 Reply
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This was a lot better than I expected!
Fucking Sozzlehood - Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:39:00 EST U+LeqA5S No.70949 Reply
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Grace of Nation. Honestly I am not a big fan of reading but anyway I was asked at school to read one of theese books and to write an essay by using content and the main part of them, to use quotes etc. As I've told before I am not good at writing at all so I'd checked grabmyessay.com reviews at https://topessayguiders.com/grabmyessay-com-review/ to be sure in my assignment. In the result I have been reading for about 4 weeks and I liked it very much and I also got whatever I needed to write.
Speaking about Reckoners trilogy, I would like to start reading it soon because I have not read fantastic for a while. I'm about to change it
Wesley Dorringfore - Wed, 25 Sep 2019 12:33:32 EST GLGHJXjs No.70966 Reply
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I read whatever daddy NPR tells me to read.
Thomas Hosslekat - Fri, 27 Sep 2019 18:53:24 EST 7CZ4zA5h No.70978 Reply
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Digging these manga books which translate classic novels.

Reading the Count of Monte Crisso right meow.
Jarvis Blythewell - Wed, 02 Oct 2019 16:48:26 EST reK9sGDz No.70995 Reply
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Just finished my Malazan reread. It's great seeing how everything connects the 2nd time around, but the final 2 books were boring as fuck on reread, shit just dragged like an iceberg.

Now I'm reading Borne by Jeff Vandermeer. Some parts are a little too silly for my taste, but the use of language and imagery is amazing. I recall loving Vandermeer's book Annihilation but the sequel seemed boring and I dropped it, but now I'm wondering if it's worth revisiting and trying to finish the trilogy.
Sophie Barddale - Wed, 27 Nov 2019 05:28:20 EST reK9sGDz No.71158 Reply
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This book was so fucking cool/weird. I need to read more stuff like this, sci-fi written with a heavier emphasis on the prose than the plot.
Emma Musslefoot - Wed, 04 Dec 2019 10:13:13 EST BoZaoBh5 No.71183 Reply
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Read the OG Howls Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.
It's quite different from the anime adaptation which in comparison had some big things grafted on, a lot of small/medium details removed/altered.
The movie is probably a bit better tbh, better rythm and more motivated actions/events, but the book still has it's own haphazard clumsy charm. Would recommend as a light read.
Hamilton Murdfield - Wed, 04 Dec 2019 23:17:17 EST ZyRSN3L+ No.71184 Reply
I just finished Crime and punishment and it may be one the best novels I've ever read. You get so into everyone's head. The intense anxiety and delirium of the main character is almost too much at times.

Going to read The Algebraist by Banks next.
Matilda Burryman - Sat, 07 Dec 2019 07:42:31 EST YKVvVDXo No.71186 Reply
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I just got Max Blumenthal's new book The Management of Savagery. I really like his work. I've already read Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, and The 51 Day War, both of which are very informative and engaging. Not really a fan of fiction, so I usually read history, science and politics.
Wesley Bonderspear - Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:39:59 EST reK9sGDz No.71284 Reply
Reading through the weird short story collection Mouthful Of Birds by Samanta Schweblin and just read the most unsettling Flash Fiction I've seen in a long while, y'all might like this one, takes 90 seconds to read tops, http://bookanista.com/butterflies/
Martha Hecklehit - Sat, 25 Jan 2020 10:53:41 EST YKVvVDXo No.71291 Reply

Currently reading Palestine in Israeli School Books: Idealogy and Propaganda in Education by Nurit Peled-Elhanan, and Manufacturing Consent by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky.

I'm having a hard time deciding what to read next, but I have it down between Howard Zinn's "People's History of the United States," and "The Nonsense Factory: The Making and Breaking of the American Legal System," by Bruce Gibney.

I was also given a copy of Hunter Thompson's "The Great Shark Hunt" from my dad which I'm really interested in, but I have so many other books waiting for me that I honestly haven't got the slightest idea when I'll find time for it.
Beatrice Finkinville - Sun, 26 Jan 2020 07:29:50 EST oyVg+j/A No.71293 Reply
I started reading discworld, started with the first one. Now i'm reading "wyred sisters" Good stuff,
Esther Crigglewill - Sat, 01 Feb 2020 23:46:09 EST ikBB58Xx No.71297 Reply
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It has a great atmosphere, as a fan of Bioshock I was hooked.
Nigel Wubberchon - Fri, 27 Mar 2020 14:03:37 EST YKVvVDXo No.71355 Reply

Half way through Zinn's "People's History of the United States" right now. I read Anton La Guardia's "War Without End" just before that, which is a general history of the Palestine conflict from the late 19th century up until the early 2000's. His 12 years living in Israel as a media correspondent gives an in depth look at both sides of the conflict. 9/10, would recommend to anyone interested in the subject.
Doris Challychare - Tue, 07 Apr 2020 22:43:21 EST 10lGMMmG No.71363 Reply
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what a fantastically terrible tragedy, a good study of someone getting the rug pulled out from under them to the point where they cannot enjoy their own art, and the best metafiction i have ever read.
Edward Chiblingbanks - Wed, 22 Apr 2020 18:52:33 EST IdugN5W/ No.71376 Reply
List of my last month's quarantine binge-reading:
Ramsey Campbell - Inconsequential Tales
Thomas Ligotti - My Work Is Not Yet Done
R F Kuang - The Poppy War + sequel
Jack Vance - The Dying Earth
Orson Scott Card - Enchantment (re-read)
Stephen King - If It Bleeds (brand new sequel to The Outsider)
M John Harrison - The Light Trilogy
Samanta Schweblin - Fever Dream
J G Ballard - Concrete Island
Cixin Liu - Three Body Problem trilogy (re-read)
Iain Banks - The Wasp Factory
Hedda Henningwell - Sun, 26 Apr 2020 02:00:51 EST jjPIPMUE No.71378 Reply
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Pretty funny book so far. About a stoner wizard.
Hedda Henningwell - Sun, 26 Apr 2020 02:04:23 EST jjPIPMUE No.71379 Reply
Woah, my ID looks like it could be an author’s pen name... J. J. Pipmue
Phoebe Drobblefoot - Mon, 27 Apr 2020 07:09:39 EST K8G+46ov No.71381 Reply
Currently reading Copperhead. I'm enjoying it, Cornwell is very easy reading.
Emma Giffingchure - Tue, 28 Apr 2020 00:46:54 EST YKVvVDXo No.71384 Reply
Reading at the moment a general history of ancient Rome. It doesn't go into a lot of depth, but it covers pretty much all aspects of Roman life and society from the start of the Republic to the fall of the Empire. My only complaint is that it seems oddly written at times, which makes me wonder now if it might be a translation. Also not feeling that interested in ancient history compared to modern history, probably to do with the pertinence of the latter.
George Fidgefoot - Thu, 30 Apr 2020 06:49:30 EST UNTZC4jB No.71395 Reply
Lately I’ve been reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I regret putting off reading it for so long, it’s quite good. Inb4 someone shits on me for my generic opinion.
Isabella Panningbury - Sun, 10 May 2020 20:07:37 EST zFhc+Pa/ No.71409 Reply
I've become obsessed with M. John Harrison lately. I posted earlier when I read the Light trilogy, and now I've read his entire Viriconium sequence (3 novels and a short story collection) and also a more recent short story collection called You Should Come With Me Now: Stories Of Ghosts that is pure brain-melting goodness. I can't tell if this guy has an inside line into how the universe works, or (the most likely option) we have a similar mental illness. Either way, I'm off to read his entire bibliography.
Martin Meddledale - Fri, 15 May 2020 15:58:34 EST 8H6+A2pJ No.71421 Reply
It's cool man. It's a fun ride with plenty of social and genre sci-fi skewering. I recently read through' Venus on the Half-Shell' --a weird authorial experiment by Philip Jose Farmer writing under the pseudonym of Kurt Vonnegut's Kilgore Trout-- actually directly inspired Hitchhikers.
The Earth is even destroyed by the first 10 pages.
Sophie Sundlefudging - Mon, 25 May 2020 00:47:35 EST YKVvVDXo No.71432 Reply
I read David Grossman's The Yellow Wind the other day, couldn't put it down. Currently reading the Southern Gates of Arabia by Freya Stark and a book about human rights throughout history.
Cyril Cheshshit - Thu, 23 Jul 2020 15:09:24 EST bOa/w1l8 No.71474 Reply
Currently reading "capitalism realism"

Pretty good and more actual as ever
Walter Worthingbury - Wed, 25 Nov 2020 13:12:55 EST Q4sYlTRG No.71602 Reply
Bertrand Russel's History of Western Philosophy.
Shit Blackwill - Wed, 09 Dec 2020 01:48:59 EST xsKa3RsF No.71607 Reply

Fuck yeah, love David Grossman. Only read two of his, Horse in a Bar and To the End of the Land. Fantastic books. Also read a collection of essays from him. So damn thoughtful.
Nell Dinkinkock - Sat, 30 Jan 2021 02:26:24 EST uodiSc09 No.71631 Reply
Currently reading Capital Vol 1 and and penguin edition of Frogs & Other Plays by Aristophanes. After the plays, I'll be getting started on Verso's edition of Mao's On Practice & Contradiction with the intro by Zizek (though it also contains several other essays by Mao beyond the two named in the title, which was a nice suprise!).
Fuck Tootwill - Tue, 02 Feb 2021 22:22:36 EST Xb+UZOYu No.71632 Reply
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During my lunch break at work, I'm reading Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie, the third and final book in the Imperial Radch trilogy. Some damn good science fiction, highly recommend reading the entire thing.

Before bed/at home, The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu. I went into it with zero knowledge of the subject matter. I've been perplexed right up until where I just stopped reading. It's starting to make sense. I'll be fucked if I'm not having trouble remembering who some of the names refer to (Ye, Wang, Lei, etc.).

Just before these, I read Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. I really enjoyed that one, especially because it lacked most of the supernatural spooky shit. The Stand is still his best novel, though.
Archie Nivingsig - Tue, 16 Feb 2021 17:23:48 EST OzOsKxIO No.71649 Reply
Reading Animal Farm for the second time, havent read it since I was in middle school and I didnt know a single thing about Communism in those days. Great book.
Hamilton Nicklewill - Sat, 20 Feb 2021 07:52:18 EST xHTqOx8U No.71655 Reply
Random reads from the last months:
Stormlight Archive 4: Rhythm Of War was trash. Overwritten and duller than a box of rocks.
Ramsey Campbell's The Kind Folk and also Incarnate. Kind Folk was better.
Finished volume 3 of Book Of The New Sun, read a bunch of spoilers to help me get more invested in the world/plot.
WIlliam Gibson's Bridge trilogy. Good stuff, i love how this man spins sentences.
Re-read Joe Hill's NOS4A2 with a book club, made me want to quit my job and become a serial killer with a cool car.
I re-read that recently and found it hilarious that I used to buy into the propaganda that it was specifically denouncing communism rather than being blanket condemnation of any organized government and the shitheads that will inevitably rise to take advantage of those institutions due to human (animal) nature
Hamilton Fecklemug - Fri, 26 Feb 2021 20:32:16 EST OzOsKxIO No.71658 Reply
i absolutely agree with this, it does speak to a broad variety of oppressive and totalitarian subjects/ideas. but at the same time key parts like the repeated use of the term "comrade" and many other things were undeniably references to communism.

frankly TPTB dont care much what path they take to rule and control to them all that matters is that its effective and can be maintained. the most hardcore totalitarians dont care if they have to be far left or far right in order to rise to the top, thats all just a means to an end for them.
Edward Goodman - Sun, 07 Mar 2021 21:30:31 EST wngiPHpi No.71661 Reply

Yeah, I always thought it was denouncing most forms of government. I was legitimately shocked when I recently learned it was anti-communist propaganda. Like, if anything, I thought it was in support of communism and against the ruling class which forms from capitalism and the consumer system.
Hamilton Pummerstock - Wed, 17 Mar 2021 00:18:44 EST yboUNzWY No.71668 Reply
I just started reading the war memoirs of Charles de Gaulle last night. Very fascinating. I suggest any history buffs check it out for a good read.
Simon Hebbershit - Sat, 17 Apr 2021 11:18:59 EST 4JutkeUp No.71674 Reply
reading Ancient Egypt history books and that shit is lit
Jenny Shittinglock - Wed, 12 May 2021 17:55:41 EST BlMMGWG+ No.71680 Reply
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>yfw you realize Brandon Sanderson's word count since this thread was made is approximately 1.6 million
That's just counting novels and novellas at publication, so no accounting for earlier drafts (which, considering that Oathbringer and RoW both lost about 50-100k words between first draft and final, would bring the total over 1.75M), or unfinished / long-unpublished works (IDK how much work he had to do for WoK Prime, and he's already written about 30k words of The Lost Metal).
What, did all the Cosmere fans just join 17th Shard?
John Greenbury - Thu, 03 Jun 2021 06:18:12 EST ZpKrv4cq No.71687 Reply
I am into reading math books Mastering Essential Math Skills by Richard W. and
Math Skill builders by Golden Books because I need to prepare for online exam and essays. Pluse will apply to some help to https://assignmentshark.com/math-assignment-help.html because I want to get good scores for my essay.
Rebecca Pickhood - Sat, 05 Jun 2021 14:19:24 EST JDyzAErq No.71688 Reply
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like hearing the word spoken by the angels themselves
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Edwin Depperbudge - Sun, 06 Jun 2021 04:45:54 EST 84xvwYyS No.71689 Reply
The Aeneid, The Ramayana, and a German translation of The Edda. I'm getting real historical here
Fucking Challernane - Sun, 13 Jun 2021 08:55:23 EST VKYsYExf No.71692 Reply
Casa de los Espíritus by Isabel Allende
Reading something in Spanish while I'm here in Mexico to stay sharp and not be a total neo-colonial American jerkass.
Also just read Die Edda, the German translation of the Edda, which is interesting stuff and just a damn shame that white supremacists had to go and co-opt Old Norse mythology.
Martha Blocklebene - Mon, 13 Dec 2021 21:13:25 EST UV8Bdy38 No.71763 Reply
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Reading some nonfiction like usual. Got it free from the library. Haven't trudged through the first two I have and I already want the whole set. I had a really good elementary book on prion disease, too but I had to return it or pay over $60. Here's a pic
Charlotte Bellylad - Wed, 02 Mar 2022 16:51:26 EST RwpPwu7T No.71799 Reply
finished A Rebours, now reading Marx's Capital (on page 130/1000), and Proust's second volume of In Search of Lost TIme (page: 220/600)
David Pockbury - Mon, 27 Jun 2022 18:21:05 EST G97IjSoh No.71826 Reply
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Shitting Bomblestore - Sun, 03 Jul 2022 14:12:16 EST e1T33h7U No.71827 Reply
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Reading this magnificent book

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