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books books let's talk about books Chewy [Element Of Fortitude]!MUSIC.FbVYCountry code: blank.gif, country type: ponyflag, valid: 41918898[View All]

I'm a little over 300 pages into Moby Dick and it's REALLY good.

There are an enormous amount of references to historical figures/events, biblical stories, and other authors/books that are mostly lost on me because I am not very well-read in that regard.

My plan is that when I finish the book I will buy my own copy and at some point go through rereading but with a highlighter to mark all the things I want to look up or read about.

I love the prose but I think it's funny how almost every sentence is what my high school english teacher would have considered a "run-on" sentence.

What be you reading, /oat/?
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AnonymousCountry code: blank.gif, country type: ponyflag, valid: 1 42143331

Read don quixote

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>>42143331
Cool, have you read, have any opinions, etc?

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>>42143303
Hmm. Well, why do those books speak to you in particular? What are you hungry for?

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>>42143481
I stumbled upon Don Quixote by chance and thought it looked really interesting. I like adventure novels, but I haven’t seen too many meta comedy adventures, never mind classic ones, so this looked interesting.

The Origin Of Species, and The Histories are just books I’ve wanted to read to awhile now. Thought the Histories might be a good gateway to get into the Greeks in general, next to the Iliad and the Odyssey.

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>>42143493
Id reply to you in that trash thread, but i haven't been able to post there in days, just keeps saying im spamming haha.

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>>42143507
Weird. Try just replying here.

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>>42143508
No bullshit politics on /oat/ son. Just didnt want you to think i was ig nor angus.
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>>42143509
Fair enough. /oat/ is a wholesome place.

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>>42143510
How ya been?

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>>42143512
Sorry, just got back in with the dog.

I don’t know. I got the back and sides of my hair all shaved off two days ago. Other than that I’ve just been trying to keep myself occupied, going out a lot, reading, watching anime, playing some vidya, etc.

How about you?

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>>42143516
And i got busy at work haha.

Its good your staying busy and giving your dog attention.

Im fine, just figuring out some shit before winter. A lot to do, and im kinda dragging on it.

Now that there was an update to the site, i might be able to reply.

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>>42143516
Nah
>
Still cant post on that board.
C'est le vie.

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>>42143524
Oh, i typed ef before i decided to take the screenshot, but its trash.

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>>42143523
>giving your dog attention.
She chased a good two foxes while we were out. She always comes back with a big stupid look on her face with her tongue hanging half way out of her mouth, and the she tries to hug you, it’s really cute.

>>42143524
Try going into desktop mode.
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>>42143524
Send him an email! :P

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>>42143526
Sounds cute.
Too much work.

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>>42143527
I thought about it, haha. But i dont want to make him work for a site he dosnt use for such a frivolous thing.
Indont post there much anyway.

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>>42143526
How much of Suicide Note did you get through?

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>>42143537
As I said I looked at it, but I didn’t end up reading any. 2,000 pages is far too long.

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Just found this really weird set of books about this guy who spent a good decade exploring China in the 1840-50s studying tea.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Fortune

The History Of Tea

Watch from about 12:00 to 14:00.

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Someone made a book from the Slate Star Codex blog. (It's just the blog posts concatenated together in book format.) It's available as PDF/epub/mobi:
https://old.reddit.com/r/slatestarcodex/comments/hkbfj4/all_articles_20132020_in_one_ebook_epub_mobi_pdf/
At over 9000 pages, it's a big book...

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Finally got it.

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>>42143854
*Codles like a child*
Good pony~
Who's a good pony?
You're a good pony!

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>>42144003
That's so adorable~
Cute cute cute.

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BUMP

finally started a book again. Don Quixote.

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>>42148549
Finished this a few weeks ago, it was really good, although I felt like I was too smooth brained to appreciate a lot of the poetry and other stuff in it. Still fun though.

I started pic related today.

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I've been keeping up with reading a chapter each time I take a walk in the morning (audiobook).

On chapter 6 now.

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Received Thomas Gilby's Poetic Experience: An Introduction to Thomist Aesthetic this week. A hard book to find, written by a relatively unknown Dominican friar. Gilby paints the work of Saint Thomas as promoting "poetic experience", contrary to his reputation as one of the great systematizers in history (his Summa Theologiae comprises sixty-one volumes) and his stance in the modern cultural imagination as a scholastic who tried to "prove" the existence of god. Gilby's thinking is very modern (in the twentieth century sense) and recognizes the role of formal expression against the Romantic retreat into mysticism, at the same time taking the distinction between "rational" experience and the poetic as the meaningful difference and point of departure for the essay.

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>>42148981
I usually average at about ~60 odd pages a day, but I’m aiming for 100 a day this week because I have way too many books that I have to get through. Tried it last week, but it was raining almost everyday, and I do most of my reading outside, so the challenge was pretty fucked from day one.

Also set whatever you listen to your books on at 1.25-1.5x speed if you don’t already. That’s how I listen it things, and it makes them much more efficient. It’s a bit strange at first, but after a minute or two listening to the faster speed your brain normalises it and you can’t even tell the difference. Of you’re listening to longer audiobooks you could cut literally hours off by just adjusting the speed slightly up to 1.25x.

>>42148990
Sounds interesting. Obscure books can be really cool.

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I found a pretty kickass bookstore recently and bought a bunch of books there. I'm currently reading Underground

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>>42148559
So how did you interpret it? Was it a tragedy or a comedy, both or neither?

>>42148981
How are you enjoying it?

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>>42149205
Hiding walls of text so the thread isn’t cluttered up.

More like a somber, somewhat depressing slice of life story, although I really don’t think that gives it justice. I suppose you could say it has tragic elements, but I wouldn’t call it a tragedy.

The book’s about Robert Burns, and works as a kind of narrative, based on a true story biography of his life. It starts with him at his farm mining at a lime quarry, then goes onto him having various conversations with his friends, family, and wife. The book is, as I said, quite depressing because of the subject and how much (and well) it goes into the extreme hardships and poverty of Burns and people around him, but it’s equally uplifting, in a kind “things may be extremely bleak and brutal, but we have each other” kind of way.

Also I’d really say that this book is more poetry than an actual novel. The characters are really well developed and story is interesting, but it really shines through in its prose.

To contrast this with the Transpotting book in terms of its use of Scots, this book is subtle, and the language feels completely natural, it really defines the characters and pulls you into the story, and again, its subtle but excellent use of Scots is where a lot of the great poetry in this book comes from. For a non-Scot this might be a bit difficult, but I found the language to be perfectly naturally. It also only uses Scots in dialogue, everything else is written in perfect English, and while not as poetic as the Scots in the book, is nonetheless written in a very interesting and engaging way. This is how you write a book with Scots.

I found Trainspotting in comparison to be completely unreadable, despite the fact that I live and was born in the era, and place where the book was written and is set in, even knowing most of the places written about in the book, visiting many regularly. The 18th Century Scots felt completely natural, reading a paragraph of 21st century Glaswegian Scots from this book felt a sludge.

The book tries to force as many Scots words and slang as possible, not just in the dialogue, but all throughout the dammed thing. While these words are technically used, and I recognise most of them, no one who I’ve ever met uses them half, or even a quarter as often as they do in this book. IRL someone might use one or two of these words or phrases in every paragraph or so, but when they’re literally every other word used, and it’s the most obtuse vernacular possible it legitimately reads like foreign language you’re only half familiar with. If your book can’t be read, and sounds like a foreign language to someone who was likely born less than a few miles from you, you know you’ve fucked up. (I would post an example, but I don’t want anyone reading the picture and accidentally mixing up the books.)

I know I kind of went off on a side rant. But one of the first things I thought of when reading this was just how beautiful and poetic it was compared to Trainspotting. Feels like an authentic comfy book written by and for Scots, about Scots, while the later feels like a cash grab amid at Americans, so they can gawk at the language in the book.

I put it down after getting a third of the way through, because again, I really think this should be read primarily as a work of poetry, so I intend to dip in and out of it. Well worth a skim through at the very least for the prose alone if you ever have the chance, not to mention the amazingly written characters.

I don’t exaggerate when I say that this may be the comfiest book I own. If I had to describe it in a word that would be it, next would be poetic. I feel like I’m not qualified enough to give the book the credit it deserves.
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>>42149270
I was talking about Don Quixote haha.

But that actually makes me want to read that so that's even better.

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>>42149273
Oh, sorry. Thought you were talking about the book in the post.

Kind of both, although more of a comedy than a tragedy, and when this book wants to be funny it can be really funny.. As I said in the post, it was good, although I feel like I didn’t really get much out of it. Felt really archaic, in a way that was enjoyable, but hard to really get much out of.

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>>42149280
Unfortunately I think that’s probably translation dependent. Iirc the Everymans translation is Motteux right? That translation was written in the 1600s. English is just different.

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>>42149315
Yes, and it was translated in 1700-1703.
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>>42149079
It's fun to find a rare book in an age where books are generally no longer rare.

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>>42149440
I have a pretty cool charity shop fairly close to me that does 3 books for a pound, and a lot of those are really good, and there’s a decent amount of rarer books there as well. I got the Robert Burns one for free because they just give away a lot of their books, because they get in more than they can sell.

Saw a hardback collection of the whole Sherlock book collection there a few days ago that would have been just 50p by itself. Came so close to buying it, but I try not to have too many unread books, and I already have about 4. If it’s still there in about a week or two I’ll get it, if it’s not there’s no doubt that there’ll be several different things that I’ll find equally as interesting anyway.
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>>42149446
You're a pretty fast reader, aren't you? I think if I concerned myself with having a backlog I would never get any new books. Some books I go straight through; others I like to "have around" and consult or return to intermittently. My library is stocked heavily with bookmarks and I am perfectly content and even proud to pace it that way.

Books are tantalizing. When I'm in a browsing situation, I have to be clear with myself what I have room in my life for, rather than what I have left to read. There's always something left to read. But there is far less that resonates with my curiosity, my uncertainty, and my need in the present, which is more often a feeling than a fully articulated thought (the book is part of the process of articulation). So in most cases I "follow my nose" in terms of my taste, and follow my budget with regard to new purchases.

I notice you read a lot of fiction. Do you ever attempt to write fiction yourself, or is it just a love affair?

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>>42149447
>You're a pretty fast reader, aren't you?
Not really, I just read a lot because I don’t have much better to do. I’m probably slightly slower than most if anything, I just have more free time.

Also I was lying a bit when I said that I have just ~4 unread books. I have a few more, but they’re books I don’t intend to finish anytime soon for one reason or another. One of them’s a massive hardback collection of Has Christian Anderson stories, that I occasionally look at, but will probably never read half of, never mind fully read. The rest are too long and/or hard or uninteresting for me to want to get through them right now.

I’m hoping to get through pic related before I buy anything else. I usually buy about 4 book, read them, and then buy another 4.

>Do you ever attempt to write fiction yourself, or is it just a love affair?

No, although I’ve thought about it quite a bit. It’s something I’ll do at some point, but not right now.

Where do you buy your books anyway?
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>>42149205
Its okay. It was at my friend's encouragement to read it and I'm 10 chapters in now. Given that the whole book is somewhere in the ballpark of 1,000 pages, I'm gonna give it more of a chance. The routine of one audiobook chapter while walking most mornings has been really good so far, especially when I take cool pictures.

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Everyone gangsta when we talking about the war on the sparrows, but nobody want to talk about the war on grass.

Imagine going out into your garden and individually removing every blade of grass by hand.

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>>42149668

So this is where the SJW lunatics got the idea that lawns are symbols of white supremacist patriarchal colonization...

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Currently on my reading list are:
The Influence of Sea Power upon History 1660-1805 by Alfred Thayer Mahan.
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James D. Hornfischer
Sea Power by Admiral James Stravridis.

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Got these earlier on today. The small blue book is apparently the signed diary (or collection of short essays about random things in his life or his thoughts on everything from golf to goldfish) of the guy who wrote the Winnie The Pooh books. I thought it was just some random guy who wrote it when I bought it, so I was a bit surprised when i looked up the name. Already read about 6 or so of the chapters, if you can even call them that. Pretty good.

I got the English one because I had already bought the other two, and it’s a buy 3 for a pound deal, so it was essentially free. After skimming through it it doesn’t look as interesting as I first thought, but again, it was free, and I’m sure I could at least read a few of the more interesting parts, and skip the others.

The last book is pretty obvious, I mean, it was 50p. That’ll be fun to dip in and out of, and I’ve put it next to my Robert Burn’s novel.

>>42149695
Are those just military books, or do they cover trade, exportation, geo-politics, etc.

Also nice sword.

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>>42149731

Mostly military, they do touch upon trade and geopolitics though. The Influence of Sea Power on History is the book that caused the battleship arms race of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and as such is the reason the like of everything from HMS Dreadnought to IJN Yamato were built.

Is a US Navy Officer's sword.

Add to that list:
On Wave and Wing by Barrett Tillman.
and: Overlord volume 14,The Witch of the Falling Kingdom by Kagane Maruyama.

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>>42149457
A hardback collection of fairy tales is interesting enough as an antique, and is perhaps even a caricature of what antiques represent to us. A few years ago when I was still living up north I found an old library tucked away on a road leading up to the river, about twenty minutes from where I was staying. I was in a particularly gray city living in old factory housing and would make jaunts to the more nostalgic townships that were nearby, and in one of them I stumbled on an old colonial maintained by the local historical society which had a small but interesting collection of books. It was toward the end of my time there, and I intended on going through some of the local and out of print volumes that were preserved; but on my first visit I remember taking out a volume of Rudyard Kipling, which turned out to be a good pairing with the memory of the creaking library and the invitation of escape that it offered. "Escape" might not be the right word, though.

Where do I buy books? Sometimes there are large book sales around here where I'll go and look around for a couple hours. Most of the time though I am interested in something in particular, and sometimes something rather expensive, so I will order online.


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