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 No.13968[Reply]

Post the last book(s) you have read. It would be nice if you add a synopsis or review as well, but it's not a requirement. Just seeing a snapshot of what other image-board anons are reading is itself awesome.

New feature for 2018! This thread is set to Cycle mode. Here's to a forever book reading thread.

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 No.14350

>>13968

Just read Watership Down and I choked up at the end




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 No.8441[Reply]

Thread locked. New thread: >>13968

Aside from having been around forever, the previous thread is autosaging. New year, new thread.

Post the last book you have read. It would be nice if you add a synopsis or review as well, but it's not a requirement. Just seeing a snapshot of what other image-board anons are reading is itself awesome.

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 No.13967

Thread locked.

That's a wrap. Almost two years worth of anons book reading habits and reviews. New year, new thread.

I'll leave this up and stickied for now. Feel free to carry over any discussions into the new thread.




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 No.908[Reply]

Greetings fellow /lit/erati!

Here are the rules:

1. Follow the Global Rules.

2. Try to keep things literature related.

3. No spamming.

4. No illegal content.

Guidelines and FAQ: https://8ch.net/lit/oddsandends.html

That is all.

Let your minds and fingers roam free!

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 No.14411[Reply]

I've searched far and wide for some piece of literature to truly unsettle me and I haven't found it yet, but I'm still searching. Anybody know of any good horror authors/novels? Specifically any that have really unnerved you personally?

 No.14416

File: a603affebdc1e49⋯.jpg (335.27 KB, 1378x1438, 689:719, Horror.jpg)

Reposting the chart.


 No.14430

can we get some PDFs in here?


 No.14437

>>14411

Only story I've ever read that genuinely spooked me was Lovecraft's Rats in the Walls, but that's a short story. A book that really unnerved me personally was Notes from Underground, but not for the reasons you're looking for.




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 No.14399[Reply]

I just graduated high school, waiting to go to college. Recommend me something you wish you had read when you were my age?

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 No.14412

>>14408

interesting. I heard austrian economics was better.


 No.14413

>>14407

that's a good book to have on the shelf for when the fbi comes knocking on your door


 No.14415

File: 97f22b8b3e5fd1a⋯.png (420.29 KB, 959x664, 959:664, friedman?.png)

>>14408

Oh. milton friedman or benjamin friedman makes no difference.

jewish capitalism is terrible and anti human


 No.14417

File: d48588483e7c707⋯.jpg (Spoiler Image, 176.28 KB, 1280x720, 16:9, der einzige und sein eigen….jpg)

>>14412

Man, Economy, and State is good

>>14415

humanity is a spook


 No.14436

File: 6a31efe1eeedff0⋯.jpeg (66.4 KB, 640x640, 1:1, Cprog.jpeg)

>The C Programming Language

>Learn Python the Hard Way

>The Idiot

>Crime and Punishment

There, a good mixture of useful skills to get you started and some existentialism to help you get grounded early in life.




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 No.10318[Reply]

Does anyone have any suggestions for good Lovecraft or lovecraftian themed books? I have a thirst

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 No.14300

File: 0852bad94de0cb4⋯.png (458.77 KB, 1280x725, 256:145, the-almighty-cthulhu-exist….png)

WUB A LUB A DUB DUB CTHUUUULU RICK! *burp*

seriously faggots ya'll disappoint me, the fag op was asking for Lovecraftian suggestions not for you fucks to measure dicks on that racist one note fuckers shit writing. but don't worry OP I got your back. Read these authors for GOOD supernatural horror

M.R James, Robert W. Chambers, Thomas Ligotti, Clark Ashton Smith, Angela Carter


 No.14303

>>14298

>I noticed Clark Ashton Smith got name-dropped in Pickman's Model

I don't really get the references to CAS. As far as I've seen Clark appears to have been an amateurish painter, while he was already a somewhat renowned poet and talented writer at the time. References to his paintings in Lovecraft's works seem like some weird inside joke. Maybe he had a secret gallery for the truly spooky stuff.

I like CAS's fiction, definitely up there at the top as far as fantasy authors go, but I find his straight horror stories mostly bland.


 No.14358

>>14300

>racist

>implying that's a bad thing


 No.14423

>>14300

>racism is bad!

>le epic reddit rick!! XD


 No.14435

>>14300

Not that any of these are bad, but you don't pick up a James story when you're in the mood for a Lovecraft. The focus of the horror is way too different.




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 No.12006[Reply]

Why are followers of Stirner often Communists while Nietzscheans are frequently Nationalists? The two have have rather similar philosophies, and they both show distain for Communism and Nationalism. Why the split?

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 No.14215

>>13818

>I use overly complicated flowery language so I am better


 No.14216

>>14010

>but he was perfectly fine with pan-europeanist kinds.

weird, he was way ahead of his time


 No.14426

post PDFs of their best works ITT?


 No.14432

>>14426

Are you stupid?


 No.14434

>>12006

Nietzsche believed in Hyperborea.

Stirner only beliefs in himself.

Now who do you think would like whom?




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 No.13503[Reply]

Is he a hack? I've heard people say he steals ideas and overwrites. Plus he acts like a virtue signalling faggot on twitter.

How does his literature compare to others? Do they hold up on their own or is his writing an extension of post-modernism, hence it's (((popularity)))?

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 No.14071

For me, his style of writing is too bland and dull. It's very indistinct and average. Also, he unironically uses onomatopoeia like a 5-year-old in his endless and ineffective attempts to frighten (bzzzzz! creeeeak! ziiiiiing!)


 No.14080

So very boring. Reading one of his books is like watching paint dry.


 No.14090

>>13964

His "horror" is hardly horror, its more or less unironic parody at its best.


 No.14429

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>>14090

it's suspense in my opinion, like it's not scary but stuff is happening. people who are actually scared of his books, I can't even put it in words.

Eyes of the Dragon is my favorite Steven King book, and it's way different from his other works. I might read The Gunslinger after this thread


 No.14433

>>13503

Each time he acts high and mighty on twitter, remind him that he had the boys from the losers club gangbang beverly.




 No.14431[Reply]

How do you gays and gayettes feel about Moby Dick?

Is it a boring slog or a fantastic piece of fiction?



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 No.12532[Reply]

Hi /lit/ I'm working on a novel and actually am in need of advice on how to write a proper romance.

I've never written anything of the sort but the romance between these two characters really adds to the story since it would be the backstory of the protagonist and it would explain why he acts like a douche with everyone. It is because he was unable to protect his wife who died in a terrorist attack, ever since then he fears that he will have to see those dear to him die, either because he is incapable of protecting them or simply because of time, given the fact he has been cursed with immortality.

His wife had endured the same curse and this led them to somehow connect and fall in love.

Problem is, I dunno how to put this into words in a way that works, I fear it would just feel autistic or stupid.

The setting is a Urban fantasy one that parodies various fantasy tropes, I.E.: mages have to pay a monthly mana bill to Telecom Italia in order to cast spells and sometimes their connection to the world ' s leylines may lag resulting in severely delayed magics.

The novel is in Italian,so I don't think I could share it here, at the moment I was starting to write a part in which the protagonist reminisces about the past after drinking, but as I said I dunno how to write this flashback about his romance.

Pic unrelated.

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 No.14143

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This thread interests me, greatly, cuz I have a story in mind in which a blossoming romance begins but she dies, and he eventually turns embittered at the world. Anyone got thoughts on how to present the romance in this?

>>12552 >>12548 >>12553 >>12555 >>12563 >>12565 >>12578 >>12587

what the actual fuck?

I aint google translating that shit.

>>12628

>guy is a pussy faggot

>I'll take "I've never met any writers before" for $500, Alex.

>>12666

Well said, Satan.


 No.14144

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>>14143

>I aint google translating that shit.

Oh fucking hell


 No.14225

>>12532

to build a believable romance you must throw ton of action into their life, they should start from normal relation, then there should happen something unpredictable when both sides will feel that 'this is it' and well, they should start dating, having sex, promise a lot of stuff to each other, then finally one day get married, have kids, it must not be perfect line, they can fight, they can get separated, there may happen tragedy which will make them drop relationship [but then reunion] think about most believable thing, make the woman arrogant about the guy but unconscious interested ect.


 No.14425

>>12532

>>14225

in my opinion do something like they both have weird crazy symptoms of the curse, but theyre slightly different from eachother, so they work together to find out what each of their unique 'illnesses' are, just to later discover after bested obstacles that they have the same curse


 No.14428

>>14425

also possibly give the curse a really terrible trait, similar to fatal STD, where they can only have a partner with the same curse and it's INSANELY mega rare or some shit. good luck OP




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 No.14371[Reply]

House of Leaves was a book i remembered hearing about a lot from Silent Hill fans back in the early 2000's. They described it as the ultimate note taking mystery. A puzzle you needed to deep dive into and spend years unravelling. I always meant to get around to it but only recently did and boy was this an oversold product.

The 'puzzle' is that its a book about a guy finding a dead mans unpublished novel about a movie that doesnt exist and the junkie burnouts notes as he tries to put it together. Somehow this drives him insane though i think the point was meant to be that like his mother he was suffering an illness already.

The big let down however wasnt the story which was a fine enough piece of meta fiction but the sheer childish nature of the 'hardest book you will ever read' i was sold on. Sometimes you have to read a page in a mirror. Or turn it upside down. Sometimes the amount of text on a page gets smaller and smaller as the formatting squeezes it into a smaller box of broken words to convey the feeling of the characters in a shrinking hallway. Yeah i get the symbolism here. That doesnt make it a puzzle though.

I finished it in about 4 days of casual reading and left it with a resounding 'okay, that was it' but i see hipsters gushing about it on youtube who seem like they desperately want to be 'part of the smart kids club' about this and i feel like its a case of it since many say they took over 8 years to read it.

I feel like it was probably a lot more amazing at the time it came out with all the experiments in media at the time but compared to a game like Silent Hill 2 or a multimedia project like This House has People in it the whole thing came off as outdated and bland.

Am i crazy or is this just some hipster badge of honour shit at this point?

 No.14424

sounds so fucking bad and gay, im sorry you endured it anon




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 No.14186[Reply]

>We, Brave New World, Player Piano, Fahrenheit 451

>concise refutations of the utopian literature of the previous century

>warnings about social and economic trends that are actually spreading throughout western democracies

>outcry against the dehumanization of man

>thought-provoking observation that one's man utopia will always be another man's dystopia

<1984

<dude fascism lmao

Why the fuck is 1984 treated like the greatest of the old dystopian novels?

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 No.14392

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 No.14394

>>14392

Get the fuck out with this Know Your Meme tier dated crap.


 No.14409

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 No.14414

>>14186

for me, there's the odyssey, theres harry potter, lion witch wardrobe, and lord of the rings. and then there's also 1984.

there are basically only a few good ideas for stories.

keep in mind that most of these author were presumably part of a global elite that gave them inspiration.

Eric Blair or "george orwell" worked at the bbc, and just like the movie (and also v for vendetta, it illustrates the warning of BRITISH>>14201 not american totalitarian dystopia.

>>14200

this is my opinion, but brave new world was just mandatory to fulfill my ocd. it wasnt very good, but it helped my understanding of the indulgences of society and the great philosophical questions of our time.

tl;dr 1984 is the staple dystopian novella introduces a totally(almost) new idea to literature


 No.14422

>>14394

I thought it was funny.




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 No.14410[Reply]

I want to know what books you would recommend to an alien if you have read more than 3k books. I'm talking novels and fiction/philosophy literature. Not your run-of-the-mill coloring books or dr. seuss.

 No.14418

Marx if alien is hostile so it gets completely wrong idea of humanity and hopefully self-destructs as the ideological cancer spreads to their colony.

Bible if alien is friendly and needs to understand humanity.


 No.14419

>>14418

That is an unacceptable response.

I expect more from you, anon.


 No.14420

everything by Christopher Moore and Neil Gaimen. Hitch Hikers Guide to The Galaxy all volumes. The Celestine Prophecy-all volumes. The the illuminatus trilogy…… hands down. robert willison.

This is step one if they are cool ill give reading list two


 No.14421

great i stutter in text. woohoo whiskey let them anal probing bastards read that




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 No.14382[Reply]

Summer is here, can't read a shit on phone screen outside now, and paper books can't be pirated as nice as they are.

What does /lit/erati use? I'm thinking of getting a top of line Kobo reader, how is the screen glare on that? I owned e-ink reader years ago and back in the days it was pretty awful, how is it now on paperwhite/carta tech?

 No.14385

I have a basic 8th gen kindle. Sometimes buy books off of amazon, sometimes they give away classics for free. Sometimes I pirate, which is ez on kindle. Get the paperwhite if you want, I didn't because I figured I could turn on a light I guess.

The screen is very good on the kindle I would say, looks like paper. Resolution is alright I guess, could be higher but it's workable. Touch response is good too.

Do get a jacket for it though, it scratches easily and doesn't really like moisture much, which is a bit of a bitch because I live in the tropics.


 No.14386

>>14385

How's reading on 6" screen? That's smaller than most paperbacks.


 No.14405

There's two very recent threads on this topic here already …

I've a Huawei 10" which I couldn't now do without. I like the bigger screen.

May I suggest utterly avoiding kindle - the files for it are not very compatible with other systems, swapping with friends etc. An adroid tablet will read ePub, pdfs etc and you can download almost anything ever written from the internet for it easily. Free too, easily found and without legal issues if what you're downloading is (cough, cough) out of copyright.




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 No.14312[Reply]

Rank my lit folder

 No.14314

0 / Gore Vidal


 No.14317

A Wakandan died for this thread


 No.14318

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 No.14398

>urantia

God-tier, anon.




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