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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.15357

>>15325

Steven King being a cunt has made it harder for me to enjoy his work.

On one hand I feel he's given way more credit then he should.

On the other hand, he's made good books too.




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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.15382[Reply]

2:07

>Emily Dickinson

What is this referencing?



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 No.13773[Reply]

Are speed reading techniques legit or a waste of time/money?

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 No.15226

> Get a pdf.

> Get Balabolka

> Create a audiofile.

> Adjust playing time to comfort with VLC.

If you do audiobooks for a while you will be faster and faster. I listen as of know with 2-3 times the speed, depending on the subject. Getting +400 of books done every single day for a couple of years know. Although with novels it can spoil the fun a bit. For non-fiction its just awesome.


 No.15227

>>15226

*+400 pages books

god damit…


 No.15240

>Wanting to read fast

no, read slower


 No.15378

>>15226

This is actually based. Have yoy heard the speed that most blind people are comfortable with in their speed readers? 400 to 600 WPM, my dude.


 No.15381

>>15226

400 books a day? Holy shit dude.

>>15378

Blind people can't read.




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 No.9619[Reply]

What writers capture a good sense of insanity in their prose?

What stories does /lit/ recommend that convey insanity?

Can you remember any passages you liked with characters going or acting utterly mad?

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 No.14181

Bump


 No.14183

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>>9619

Lovecraft.


 No.15347

>>9619

You've gotta be more specific than that, are you talking about the characters or the narrator? Are you talking about conveying madness or just depicting it?


 No.15355

>>11984

I really liked a few snippets. This one here:

>Don Antonio was slipping home by the short cuts. The first blow made him fall with his bleeding face against the causeway.

I love this part. It's sets the tone for the whole riot with just two sentences. Written as terse as possible, the reader is given an immediate demise of one of the gentry. Similarly, the baroness being lifted over the balcony railing and being left exactly at that was a great choice as well.

Another part:

>The first fellow caught him in the shoulder with a hatchet cut. Another was on him with a sickle, and disembowelled him as he was reaching with his bleeding arm for the knocker.

With the quick introduction of this character, we're given an even quicker tragedy. Very well written.

Also, the frequent and strong similes like a famished wolf among sheep or a man's axe felling a boy as if to cut down a mighty tree were excellent too.

It's certainly a masterpiece, being able to fully capture the insanity and brutality of a riot in just a handful of paragraphs. Thanks for sharing this!


 No.15380

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has some great moments that blur the line between reality and psychotic delusion.

As someone who's spent time in a psych ward being treated for psychosis, those parts feel true to experience. I know it's high school reading list tier, but it's at least there for a reason.




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 No.15344[Reply]

I'm genuinely baffled by the adoration for him. I've read his stories and don't understand the appeal. Could someone explain it? Brainlet here.

 No.15345

Enough with fucking Lovecraft treads

>>15177


 No.15371

>>15344

Same reason everyone loves Tolkien. Fantasy writing and its copyright free so everyone can plagiarize it.


 No.15372

>>15344

The way he writes is not really good.

The good thing is in the creatures that imagination generates and how it makes them look before the reader.

He does not describe it or say it is but you, the author, the characters and everyone knows that he is a monster, that the things that are terrorizing the characters in his story is something so moustrous and indescribable that he does not put into words real.

And the best thing is that many times it is not really a monster, but a God or something else, something in a higher hierarchy.

It could be said that for its time it was innovation.


 No.15375

>>15372

>The way he writes is not really good.

except it is


 No.15379

>>15372

Lovecraft was standing on the shoulders of giants of his time. His only innovation was he basically combined a lot of contemporary sci-fi work to his own. Then he got memed by newspapers. To call him innovative is to call Robert Jordan innovative by adding S&M fetish into his version of Lord of the Rings.




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 No.14312[Reply]

Rank my lit folder

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 No.14317

A Wakandan died for this thread


 No.14318

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 No.14398

>urantia

God-tier, anon.


 No.15377

>Windows




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 No.15140[Reply]

Let's just do it. There's not gonna be a better time, anyway. No hurry, obviously.

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 No.15358

>>15354

Do you mean a action packed firefight or a fist fight?

With what >>15356 says can work. I'd like to add to this point.

If you want to write a firefight, try working with writing out the bank robbing scene from Heat. If you want a fist fight try doing the same with a Kung-fo movie like the hallway scene from the original Oldboy.


 No.15359

>>15358

One scene is a rather ordinary street fight.

The other is a "jailbreak", freerunning segment that takes place on the rooftops and involves disarming a security android of a taser gun and using it on the rest. I was seriously thinking hard of Mirrors Edge when I came up with it. I have little idea how real life fighting works, but basically in that game the longer you've been running, the more momentum you get, and the kicks get more effective.

The last one the sniper character gets a shit load of top of the line military technology (e.g exosuit, cloaking device) and does some generally impossible stuff i.e insane core strength and stability while sniping at the same time.


 No.15363

>>15354

I'm sure you could pull it off if you knew how to write really tense, nerve-gripping moments.

You probably shouldn't if you aren't confident or trying to practice though.


 No.15374

Someone wanna write for me? My isekai idea that will never get popular?


 No.15376

>>15374

Care to elaborate? You want to an ideas guy for a writer, and you have the idea you have you won't even tell because it will never become popular?




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 No.14389[Reply]

What esoteric sci-fi novels would you recommend? Like The Incal, Dune, The Metabarons… you know, that kind of style? (I'd prefer they weren't graphic novels tho)

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the ones by Peter watts are kinda mindfucks so read in the back where he explains some of the concepts.


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I like these


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 No.15340

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I think this one made Cordwainer Smith my favorite scifi author. The rest of his Instrumentality stories are worth reading too, though I think only pic related really qualifies as "esoteric".


 No.15373

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Book of the New Sun.

It doesn't get more esoteric.




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 No.15369[Reply]

anyone know some good alternate history books?



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 No.15368[Reply]

>>12678

anyone know some good alternate history books?



 No.15366[Reply]

Haven't read a book in years, friend gave me this one. Read it and really enjoyed it. Wouldn't have picked it up if it wasn't a gift. How do I find similar books that I would like to believe build wisdom?

Bought a kindle just now and want to read more.

 No.15367

>>15366

Book title: The Alchemist Paulo Coelho




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 No.12678[Reply]

Why is this board so dead?

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>>14345

only 4 stars. why?


 No.15339

Don't be surprised. Death is a fundamental part of literature.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Mpz0kJTyBg


 No.15362

>>12678

Halfchan's /lit/ board is super active. I'm happy they're not on fullchan though, too many faggots among them. This board is slow, but that's okay. We've filtered out most of the plebs. I wish we could bring some of the better /lit/ posters from halfchan and try to vamp things up around here, but until then, cheers boys.


 No.15364

>>14345

He’s actually the one posting all the Behead All Satans shit


 No.15365

Reading stories is so dull, especially the parts about characters. I just no longer have the patience to see if a book is good despite having them.




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 No.14986[Reply]

Does any know any GOOD romance Books for men that aren't japanese comic books?

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 No.15304

>>15135

Not OP, but I'll keep that in mind.

To OP, romance is one of those genres that can kind of dip into other genres. Off the top of my head, a song of ice and fire dip into it a bit, but that's not the best example.

I would love to hear of some good men's romance; Japanese or otherwise.


 No.15305

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heh.


 No.15306

>>14986

>GOOD romance Books for men that aren't japanese comic books

Redundant


 No.15315

All of Chuck Tingle's work, basically.


 No.15361

I do feel that it's a niche that could potentially produce a small fortune for whowever can figure out a successful formula.




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 No.12684[Reply]

>Part of the reason Ginsberg was suspended in his sophomore year from Columbia University was because he wrote obscenities in his dirty dorm window. He suspected the cleaning woman of being an anti-Semite because she never cleaned his window, and he expressed this feeling in explicit terms on his window, by writing "Fuck the Jews", and drawing a swastika.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howl#Biographical_references_and_allusions

How does that make any sense? If you're feeling persecuted for being Jewish, why would you write "Fuck the Jews" on your window? Wouldn't you write "Fuck the Goys" or something like that?

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 No.13629

>>13628

Most Jews barely practice Judaism as a religion. It's much more of an ethnic identity (no matter how little Israelite blood they have). Hence the term secular Jew.


 No.13630

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>Schopenhauer, who hated noise (and wrote an amusing essay [1851; translated, 1890] on the topic), had been enraged by her loud chattering on the landing outside his room; in the ensuing altercation he pushed her, and she fell down a flight of stairs. He lost the case and was obliged to pay her a monthly allowance until her death. (When she finally died, twenty years later, he commented, "Obit anus, abit onus" [The old woman dies, the burden is lifted]).


 No.13673

>>12684

I do similar things when I'm angry at someone or something and I think I understand him. Let me try to explain why. You know we all act differently when we're angry, right? We try to find ways to cope with the anger. Well, for some people, the coping mechanism is to demonstrate to the world and all its people just how ridiculously annoying the person you're angry at is. And that can be done by impersonating what that person stands for in an exaggerating way. It's like mocking, but the difference is you normally mock people because they are inferior, laughable, pitiful, and you do that in a humorous way, while, in these cases, you mock people because you're furiously angry at them. It's not the kind of mocking you and your friends laugh at, it's the kind of mocking that makes everyone in the room go silent and look at you with slightly scared eyes and feelings of regret behind them.


 No.15348

>>13630

Lmao, what a bitter incel.


 No.15360

>>13673

are you jewish?




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