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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.14633

File: 7e02ba617eb0a93⋯.jpg (33.95 KB, 270x400, 27:40, 6452538.jpg)

The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

Snappy prose, engaging, imformative, evocative characterizations. Very good read.




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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:

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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.14641[Reply]

So, I'm having a hard time remembering the title or author to this book I read sometimes between 2006-2008. It was from a local library I'm not longer near. It was a new issue in hardcover so I assume it was first published around that time.

All I remember is a vague recollection of the cover art having some sort of modern special forces soldier.

As for content it was definitely geared towards adults. I recall the plot being of a former American soldier moving to a village in Georgia (Country) and buying an estate there which including what amounted to serfs. Once there he basically started a harem of girls he was "buying" from the local whore houses. All the while having some sort of insatiable lust towards a specific girl he was never able to bang.

What seems like a subplot to me is that he was equipping and training his serfs into a private army.

Sorry for the vagueness and I appreciate any help.

Oh and I got the feeling that it was a sequel to another book by the same author or at least a continuation of a story with a character from a prior book.



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 No.12978[Reply]

Old thread >>5000 is at the bump limit, so I'm making a new one.

"A /lit/ board without a writing thread is worse than useless."

Aspirant authors, tell me of your work.

Feel free to post excerpts or general ideas and don't hesitate to critique someone (especially if you want a critique of your own work in return).

To start it off, here's my post about what I'm working on from the previous thread: >>12848

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 No.14615

I'm working on a post-apocalyptic kind of novel set 2000 years after the 23rd century. I have a skeleton for the dialogue and events up to chapter 3, but I've been spending my time on a timeline that'll probably never make it into the book I'm writing because I think it'll spoil the mystery of the story I have in mind.

Am I a dope for making an extensive history to my world that'll never get used in full?


 No.14625

>>14564

You should read The Language of Fiction: A Writer’s Stylebook by Brian Shawver. I found it very helpful.


 No.14637

Is there a rule against writing fiction in 2nd person?

Personally I find it far easier to get across what I want to convey by writing the main character in 2nd person, then side characters as 3rd. Any recommendations, should I rewrite what I have so far into 3rd person or stick to my guns?


 No.14638

>>14637

There's no rule as such. It's usually considered a usual error of a neophyte writer, one struggling with the whole idea of POV and how to deploy it. For commercial fiction it's discouraged as being unpleasant for the common reader.

Reasons in favor of using it include: attempting a specific effect on the reader where it would serve such, as a form of high literary technique for where nothing less than avant-garde would do, and purely as an exercise.

If you are looking for common readers to view your work you have to be careful, and fairly well experienced as a writer, to accomplish this.


 No.14640

>>14615

>Am I a dope for making an extensive history to my world that'll never get used in full?

Take it as a challenge to get more creative with how you think through and write the details of your story. Whatever bits of the history you're coming up with you don't think you can find an organic place for in your story - find an organic place for each of them anyway.




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 No.14532[Reply]

I just wanted to share this OC

 No.14635

>>14532

>Perfect health

>Camus

The faggot had emphysema




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 No.14582[Reply]

>read book

>it's shit

>have to finish it because autism

Fuck you book

 No.14583

File: c1b3a8d96dbb2f7⋯.jpg (30.29 KB, 506x428, 253:214, bruce2.jpg)

Did that before, finished it in 3 days.

>tfw you still remember it.


 No.14592

File: d00cb765dff65d8⋯.jpg (5.67 KB, 144x175, 144:175, Smug Yamanaka.jpg)

>Mfw not autistic

>Mfw can tell a book is shit based on the first few chapters

>Mfw I always throw them out


 No.14596

Look on the bright side, you'll feel good when you finish it because you'll never have to read it again


 No.14616

>am born

>its meh

>have to finish it because autism


 No.14634

File: bf3321e1ecfe301⋯.jpg (11.58 KB, 181x278, 181:278, index.jpg)

I'm currently going through that one torrent of "The top 100 Sci-fi" audiobooks. There's a couple so far that I've skipped through:

Stranger in a Strange land (When it develops into a weird sex-cult thing, though I like the word Grok)

Anything by Heinlein after Starship Troopers

Some Kurt Vonnegut (Though, I may read Slaughterhouse 5 one day)

The Left Hand of darkness just seemed like Feminism: the book

Lord of Light: I get where he's going with it "could it be fantasy, could it be sci-fi", but wasn't interested.

I think that's it for now. I just got off a binge of 31 of the 41 Discworld books and am looking for something else. (I started the Witcher books in chronological order)




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 No.14617[Reply]

Please recommend me some wholesome and pure, Christian romance novels.

 No.14632

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 No.12994[Reply]

What was his fucking problem?

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 No.13800

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>>13573

because even though they talk about only wanting to fuck pure aryan women most of pol is so crippling lonely they would waifu the first jew or black who showed them a little attention


 No.13803

>>12994

Hunters in the Snow?


 No.13988

>>13061

I agree fam. Shame the author commited sudoku otherwise he might have made more funnies


 No.14628

>>13061

I agree that it's very funny, though it has a largely pointless story. That's the reason why it was so hard for the author to publish it, which is what made him catch the bus in the end.

Do you guys know of any more comical books?


 No.14631

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>>13019

MAI BOY!!!1111




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 No.6881[Reply]

I've a hankering for some reading, and I know I could ask for some general advice as to what to read.

On the other hand, I thought I'd lend a hand to anyone else searching for something to read as well.

So, you've got them?

Post your infographics.

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 No.14602

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 No.14605

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>>6886

missing The Sorrows of Young Cry Baby as well


 No.14614

>>6886

>4.48 Psychosis

Someone should have said this was a play and not a book because as I read it, it seemed counter intuitive, the author tried writing images but said images were hard to decipher. Unless that was intentional on her part that was bad writing and spuratic. Later on things became a lot easier to understand but it felt shallow. Generic depression and looking at the author's history this really is boring entry depression, the likes of which seems self induced. The only thing I can give the author credit for is how she killed herself, it takes a very intelligent mind to hang yourself using shoe laces.


 No.14629

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>>14614

I actually got to see 4.48 Psychosis live when I was in college. It was pretty striking performed, but that's probably just the nature of plays: they usually turn out better performed. Granted, I don't think 4.48 is a perennial classic, but for what it is, it's pretty decent.


 No.14630

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>>14629

Ack! Forgot to mention that my reply isn't related to my image. Here's another. Enjoy the breadpill.




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 No.14618[Reply]

Are the Earthsea books still enjoyable to read for adults or are the mostly just for kids?



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 No.14610[Reply]

Iv been wondering about any information about this small childrens book. Would be greatly appreciated.

The Robot King by Brian Shelznick

 No.14612

Not really but it's written by The Robot King by Brian Selznick and I've read The Invention of Hugo Cabret before so judging by the cover something something robot and making assumptions, something something character study? Or something of the sort.




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 No.14584[Reply]

(recommendations would be appreciated:)

 No.14586

File: 157d65d35d2b9e1⋯.jpeg (9.7 KB, 176x286, 8:13, images (19).jpeg)

Ernst Junger The Forest Passage and Eumeswil


 No.14587

File: b57ff0008edc4cc⋯.jpg (72.34 KB, 320x487, 320:487, Live-and-Think-cover.jpg)

To Live and Think Like Pigs


 No.14606

The Technological Society and The Myth of Progress


 No.14607

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File: 0cda7ca9d2dcd09⋯.jpg (42.8 KB, 311x475, 311:475, 991715.jpg)

The Art of Being Ruled (1928) - Wyndham Lewis


 No.14609

>>14606

Ellul is good, but do you mean Sorel's Illusion of Progress or the recent book by Wessels?




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 No.14608[Reply]

Anyone here done a thorough study of Schiller? I'm looking for a good translation of "Über Anmut und Würde". Frederick Beiser in his book on Schiller from 2005 states English readers are lacking a proper translation of the piece. The only one I've been able to get ahold of is from 1992 in a collection of his works.



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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.14500

>>13503

I think I only ever read Dolores Claiborne and that was a pile of shit that was at least four times longer than it needed to be. I think that pretty much turned me off Stephen King's shit for good.


 No.14516

>>13555

He never does. Writes by the seat of his pants.

>>13999

>He has the ability to start an interesting work and then completly butcher it.

Desperation the sentence. What a fucking terrible book.


 No.14572

File: ba603c8764ba362⋯.png (109.89 KB, 428x429, 428:429, TURD2_electric doo doo.PNG)

Something something something, tweenage sewer orgy.


 No.14597

His ideas for stories are pretty good, but his books are trash. I think he's the only writer who consistently has screen adaptations made that are better than the book they're based on


 No.14603

He has a couple I like:

The Gunslinger (Dark Tower through book 3-4 is alright)

The Stand

Salem's Lot

Firestarter

Cycle of the Werewolf, but it's not really a standard novella

>>13555

IIRC, The Gunslinger started out as short stories that he ended up joining together into a novel. The second book came out like a decade after the first short story was published, so he probably didn't envision it as a series to begin with.

>>13999

I actually like the magic because it amplifies the Good vs. Evil aspect and isn't widespread. The Stand's main issue is that it suffers from serious bloat, mostly because there are more characters than King knows what to do with.




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