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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.15794

I just finished The Call of Cthulhu and The Shadow over Inns mouth today. I rereading cthulhu, since I couldn't remember it well. It's over rated, which is a shame, since cthulhu is Lovecrafts poster boy. I liked The Shadow Over Inns mouth a lot more. The story was more interesting, and I liked the little twist at the end. Even if the twist did seem a little odd it added a flavor to the end




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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.15260[Reply]

Time to go into the dark

where the night has eyes

to recognize its own.

There you can be sure

you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your womb

tonight.

The night will give you a horizon

further than you can see.

You must learn one thing.

The world was made to be free in

Give up all the other worlds

except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet

confinement of your aloneness

to learn

anything or anyone

that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.

– “Sweet Darkness” by David Whyte

 No.15846




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 No.15038[Reply]

WHERE MY TRADITIONALIST NIGGAS AT?

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 No.15771

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>>15764

I don't know, worked for Bataille.

never change, /lit/


 No.15804

>>15771

Bataille wasn't Christian though.


 No.15811

>>15726

>Ideas should be off-bounds because you were born somewhere because they weren't common

kys


 No.15815

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>>15675

Late reply, but it is best just to assume it is because of /lit/ being a legacy board. Top it off with the usual newfags only coming over because they got banned for arbitrary reasons and you see /lit/ turn from a comfy slow board into a dead shitpost board.


 No.15845

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>>15815

It hurts.




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 No.8458[Reply]

http://www.parentherald.com/articles/17911/20160128/the-winds-of-winter-release-date-update-george-rr-martin-book-nowhere-near-finished.htm

Hello everyone, I am a lazy fatass fuck. It takes me 7 fucking years to write a penny-dreadful, film-script based "novel". And it doesn't matter that it's my full time fucking job, literally the only thing I'm required to do, or that I jack off at 67 years of age by taking bum fuck vacations all over the world to live off the prestige of my now stagnate series that I can't fucking finish, that I'm constantly giving interviews and bullshit for the industry, and that I'm writing OTHER books that literally no one gives a fuck about. That's right, I'm not writing for the series that is the sole reason for all my fame and which everyone wants, no, I write other books that are truly shit and no one gives a fuck about. And when those that gave me all this money call me out on this shit, the best I can do is twiddle my fat fingers, flip them off and then whine on my blog about how ashamed I am of being a lazy fatass fuck. Oh, did I mention that I waste time playing videogames? I have all this responsibility, I'm 67 fucking years old and I waste time playing videogames, because that's really going to get the job done and get all these people off my back. Did I mention I'm a lazy fatass fuck?

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 No.15511

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>>13285

>>15443

Shower this man in dozens more Hugo, Locus and Nebula awards!!


 No.15838

>>8458

jesus christ what a lazy fatass fuck


 No.15842

>>8461

Warband and Morrowind are good though.


 No.15843

>>10299

>semi-historical

>implying they're historical at all


 No.15844

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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.14742

Give me your most hardcore list, most of these are disappointing.


 No.15810

>>14721

Who's the real smarty-pants then?


 No.15821

>>14738

A.K.A. 'How to cultivate cringe energy for magickal work'


 No.15822

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 No.15841

>>14721

I understand why you would make fun of most of these but why is The Art of War, The Prince, 1984, and Brave New World included?




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 No.15803[Reply]

I'm interested in reading odd non-Tolkien fantasy, which is preferably from early 20th, late 19th century sources, what can you guys recommend?

Thus farm I have been reading a decent amount of Lovecraft, and Conan The Barbarian. I just started getting into reading for pleasure I like Lovecrafts narration and general writing style, but I do not like the slowness of the story. My favorite one so far is The Shadow over Innsmouth, since the fish frog men lore was cool, the bit of action, and the twist at the end. When it comes to Conan I like the ease of reading. It so fluid that you automatically keep reading, even if you are not really enjoying it, due to Conan being a boring character. My favorite story is The Tower of the Elephant, since it has black magic, an interesting story, and a fast pace. I just finished Testaments of Athammaus by Clark Ashton Smith, and found it to be weak, but I will give CAS a couple more tries.

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 No.15824

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>>15803

This story is badass all the way through.


 No.15826

>>15823

Bierce, then move onto Blackwood, then Chambers, after that is your choice.


 No.15827

>>15824

I second this. Read this when you can.


 No.15828

>>15824

>>15827

I'll read it today


 No.15839

>>15824

>>15827

It was a pretty good book. I liked the people in the lost world. Usually when someone talks of humanity and mentions morals in their stories it feels preachy, but he managed to not fuck it up. I think he was pretty clever with this. As far as the actual story I like in more in theory than execution. The romance of the book didn't ruin it, but it dulled it. I hate how more didn't even kiss her. Then the book ends. It was pretty good overall, but the ending wasn't even there, and the romance was dull.




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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.15647

a pickle for the knowing ones, Timothy Dexter. he himself wasn't quite sane, not completely insane, but a little bit. his book is just his thoughts as they came to him.


 No.15749

Georges Bataille was a sick fuck, sort of the Left version of Lovecraft's Right.


 No.15807

Derrida


 No.15808

It would be interesting to have a story where the characters are slowly driven insane by using the power of a cosmic horror. I'm thinking of a combination of some of Lovecraft's stuff and Getter Robo. Especially the New Getter Robo anime.


 No.15837

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>>9619

a lot of surrealist lit tackles this issue, you should look into that.

from the chart i'd definitely recommend maldoror, the whole book consists of vignettes written by a misanthropic madman.




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 No.12774[Reply]

What books have you reread the most often?

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 No.14397

>>14384

Thanks, I was considering reading The Brothers Lionheart.


 No.15671

I’ve reread If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler three or four times now. I’m thinking I’ll come back to it either in the fall or next spring.


 No.15677

>>12774

>implying I read them the first time


 No.15829

>>13085

>whereas its absurdist qualities to my mind detracted from its meaning

pleb


 No.15836

>>12774

I have so many books now, and I'm such a slow reader, that I don't have time to reread anything.




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 No.15633[Reply]

rate my archive

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 No.15713

>>15691

That's really the inverse of the anonymous spirit, really. How can you tell if someone is an expert and at what? So-called experts are not necessarily better than other people just because they have a PhD or are successful in one area of life. Another problem with that is what does their expertise bring to literature? Reading books only for knowledge leaves in my opinion one deprived of something fundamental and which I can't seem to name at the moment.

I was joking in my last post, though.


 No.15760

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>>15663

<LOOK AT HOW PRETENTIOUS I AM


 No.15763

>>15664

Oh look it's mr. Knowitall


 No.15825

>>15763

Technically a 'Mr. Know-It-All' would read books all the way through just to brag about it.


 No.15835

>>15634

>9/11




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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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 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.


 No.15725


 No.15791

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I wouldn't call them esoteric per se, but I highly recommend the novels of Greg Egan as science fiction stories that are about dealing with different questions of the nature of reality.


 No.15834

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>>15373

>It doesn't get more esoteric.

Oh yeah?




 No.15832[Reply]

Book clubs never work!

Why this is going to work

I'm seen book clubs started on different boards and they always fail, which is why I created a reading club instead. No one wants to read a whole book of questionable interest every week, and no one can blame anons for not wanting to. My solution for this is to focus on short stories and novellas, so that plenty of anons have the time and will to finish.

You need more material to talk about than that

Thats a valid point and will be taken into consideration. If it proves to be true my plan is to include multiple shorts by the same author, so that we can discus him as well. This will allow anons who don't want to read a whole novel to participate, while still allowing a depth of conversation.

==The White People== =

by Arthur Mache

E. F. Bleiler wrote that the narrative in the Green Book "is probably the finest single supernatural story of the century, perhaps in the literature", and Michael Dirda has stated: "If I were to list the greatest supernatural short stories of all time, I would start with Arthur Machen’s 'The White People,' about a young girl’s unknowing initiation into an ancient, otherworldly cult." S. T. Joshi has called the diary "a masterpiece of indirection, a Lovecraft plot told by James Joyce", and H. P. Lovecraft himself wrote that "Machen's narrative, a triumph of skilful selectiveness and restraint, accumulates enormous power as it flows on in a stream of innocent childish prattle". I copied this off of Wikipedia, since I don't want to give away to much. I'm going to read it again before I write what I think.

RULES

Use spoilers if what you say requires them.

 No.15833

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I forgot the pfd…..




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 No.14946[Reply]

How do we make this board more active? I want a place to talk about literature without having to go to the pretensions website that is reddit, or go on half/lit/ where it's full of Jordan Peterson threads.

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 No.15816

>>15793

>I think you're wrong about /lit/.

Perhaps.

Imagine students were forced to analyze Tretris to death as their only route to becoming gamers. I suppose most of us would flee into the warm embrace of structural equation modeling, loudly proclaiming our joy of escape from such tedium (STEM advocates, take note!).

Oral story telling gave way to poetry written, and poetry to novels of fiction as the choice form of mass entertainment. The poets complained, but who ever listens to poets? Theater strove to remain a contender, nipping at the pulp writer's heel. Then came the next parvenu spectacle, novels competing for attention with film. For more than seventy years novelists have suffered with a shrinking pool of readers.

I hail from a generation who grew up both pre-internet, and pre-personal computer. The last time I discussed books with a colleague at work, he spoke fondly of his shelf full of Star Wars works. Yet, the conversation quickly shifted to deeper online pursuits. League of Whatever, Whenever, guild nights a go-go, etc. He was raised to become a devoted reader, but has not touched a book in ten years. Same story for others. Multiple times over.

/lit/ is not in competition with misguided educators.

Recommendation lists are not wrong, per se, but I don't see their value as motivational. Image boards are awash in comprehensive picture mosaic guides, be they literary elitist, or /pol/ist, or plain pulp. If anything, for my own authoritative guides, I rely most on published writer commentaries, interviews, and essays to lead me to my next read.

Most distantly, I finished a compilation of novels by William Dean Howells. More recently, I read The Pistol. Presently, a biography of James Jones. Next, I will tackle From Here to Eternity.

No image-board recommendations are there to lead me along that path.Post too long. Click here to view the full text.


 No.15817

>>15816

I'm iffy on recommendation lists too. They're on /v/ because there used to be no shortage of

>what should I play /v/?

type of threads. Those types of people are motivated to play to begin with, and wanted to find something.

In the worst case, there'll be a board culture of drones who unquestionably concur on the quality of a game, or habitually namedrop a game without being able to say why they like it beyond some shallow reason. But it's not something that occurs on 8chan, so I'm not very concerned.

>writing

I think the idea of writing being an efficient and effective way to get across a story, world, and characters can appeal to anons (without being a game programmer and making a game, or without being an illustrator and drawing manga/comics). There's already a writefag thread though.

If there's a concern about having an idea or story reuploaded and stolen by some fag on discord/tumblr/medium/archiveofourown, there's probably some method like PGP or RSA or whatever to sign a file.


 No.15818

>>15796

I would recommend that you try some early 1900s novella or short stories. They wouldn't take long to read, and I've noticed that western media being very preachy is a newer thing.

>>15816

It's obvious that you have been reading for pleasure for a really long time, and it makes perfect sense for you to not see the benefit of recommendation. You know enough authors and works to know what you want to read next. If you didn't know them and what you like to read you would you would be lost.

It doesn't matter if shows ,and video games have come to replace ready, since we have the Internet. When I was in high school I did meet young people who still read for pleasure, but they were not primary reading western works. They were reading light novels. I think a decent amount of people on 8chan read light novels, reading is reading, so I see no reason why they wouldn't like Conan. I'm not talking about manga.

Theirs no reason to give up on the thought of reading as a pass time for people. The average person might not read, but that should only make reading better. As a medium it is solid, and it will always be the second easiest medium to break into as a story teller. The first being a verbal story teller.

>>15817

I find it funny that almost everyone on this site hates every form of new western entrainment, but no one ever even thinks to write a short story. I wrote one awhile ago, so I can say this without being hypocritical. In a month, after I read more, I plan on actually working on my writing skills, so that I'm not just a consumer.


 No.15819

>>15818

>I wrote one awhile ago, so I can say this without being hypocritical. In a month, after I read more, I plan on actually working on my writing skills, so that I'm not just a consumer.

Are you the faggot with the 30K+ word fanfiction of some 90s hentai?


 No.15820

>>15819

It was about a guy who woke up with a head injury, so no thats not me.




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 No.15812[Reply]

Is this board /lgbt/ friendly?

 No.15813

No.


 No.15814

No, fags out.


 No.15830




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 No.15797[Reply]

join my discord book club motherfuckers, pseuds and fags can fuck off

epub for monthly reading provided

gg/cpbXAR

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 No.15799

>>15798

mayhaps you have a better alternative in mind? I was thinking mumble but nobody uses it and I don't want to pay for a server.


 No.15800

>>15798

Pretty much this. Why don't you share your books on /lit/ instead of gating them behind a ~private community~ for a botnet program?


 No.15802

10ips a day, and you shill your shit here. You're amazing incompetent, so it no surprise that you're also an anime nigger.


 No.15806

>>15800

well, I wanted something a bit more community-esque than the anon culture on /lit/. something a tad more structural.

>>15802

hey friend, I just googled the picture, I don't watch the cartoons. also, amazingly* :L


 No.15809

>>15806

>well, I wanted something a bit more community-esque than the anon culture on /lit/. something a tad more structural.

Go back to reddit.




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