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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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>>42088370

The whole series written by Frank Herbert is fantastic, although it does get a bit weird after God-Emperor, kinda feels like it loses the last connection to the original book by that point (I know, the gholas and that was intentional, but it's still a bit weird to me), but it still remains worth reading.

Anything by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, though, can go right in the trash.

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>>42088370
What would you recommend to read on Confucianism?

Also I just finished this: [Taoism Audiobook] Musings of a Chinese Mystic (Teachings of Zhuangzi) The Way of Dao - 2017 which is basically built off of Confucianism but is critical of it and takes it much further. Some of it kinda resonated with me (particularly the stuff about the problems of finding happiness in external things, I like the idea of finding true happiness purely within yourself and free from dependency on the world outside you) but some of it also spooked me a little (mainly the stuff that implies free will may not exist and we are just puppets of god or whatever, although I don't think this was meant to be scary).

I really like Max Stirner and some of this Taoism stuff almost sounds like a more mystical/spiritual version of what he wrote centuries later.

EDIT:
>email field
wtf lol
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>>42088390
This is what I read for the SHORT version: https://www.amazon.com/Confucianism-Short-Introduction-John-Berthrong/dp/1851682368. It does a good job of convey the three facets of Confucianism: What Master Kong thought, what the later scholars took from it and added, and how laymen performed it.

The book recommends the Leys translation of the Analects, and I'll further say that the Norton Critical Edition as a series is usually good. I haven't read specifically the Norton Critical of it, but it was of *immense* help when I was doing Russian Lit. The traditional Four Books and Five Classics is probably overkill, I'd probably just stick to the Analects and Mencius, but if you plan on looking into more Chinese topics you should just bite the bullet and study the Four Books in depth. You can mooostly ignore the Five Classics and lean on annotations for other Chinese subjects.

Daoist philosophy is definitely one of those things I pick and choose from. A lot of Daoist thought is so aggressively anti-intellectual that I find it gross. I will forever regret swapping my perfectly good Penguin edition of the Daodejing for some stupid westerner's revisionist version; no writing has ever frustrated me as much as Zhuangzi. Lots of the ways of Dao are useful, but as a whole I found the most use out of Buddhist thought personally. The Gospel of the Buddha influenced me than any other text. It encouraged me to dust of a lot of suttas and read them in depth. Chinese Buddhism, as it turns out, is a weird tradeoff between Buddhist self reliance and Chinese supplication and reliance on higher stationed individuals. Also, rainbow mind telepathy. Thanks Amitāyurdhyāna Sūtra!

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>>42088394
Thank you so much, I saved this whole post in my "General Literature" document.

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>>42088396
is gud
If I ever win the lotto, I'm going to buy a one of those elusive $1k+ copies of the Pali canon and pay people to scan them. The idea that bhikkhus could translate it in English and then jealously guard them like exclusive property is unthinkable, Gautama Buddha was quite clear that nothing should be held in the closed palm of the teacher, and he taught without charge, asking only for food.

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Mountain Man by Vardis Fisher.

If you like read books about lawless settlers and Indians fighting blood feuds, this is the book for you.

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Read The Book of Tea (Audio Book) by Okakura Kakuzo (1863-1913)
This is another book with stuff about daoism in it, but also "teaism" and its influence on aesthetics and art and stuff.

I like the notions about "finding beauty even in the mundane" and the idea that "there is an art to cleaning."

Like, I guess I just really like the idea of being able to appreciate/enjoy or even have deep experiences with things that most people consider boring, basic etc. I feel like it could open the door to just having a general better sense of positiveness about many things in life.

It makes me think of music like harsh noise wall and vaporwave, which takes samples of stuff that most people consider uninteresting (for the former, stuff like static, rain, animal noises etc., and for the latter, stuff like elevator music or supermarket muzak) and recontextualizes/uses them in ways that are actually enjoyable.
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[Mysticism Audiobook] Taoism Based on Naturalism: Yang Chu's Garden of Pleasure

This guy was basically the ancient Chinese Max Stirner, and these are his only surviving writings, with the rest being lost in mass book burnings.

Apparently he was heavily critiqued by many, with people calling his early form of egoism complete blasphemy, basically.

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Anybody got any recs for things along the lines of Nick Land’s CCRU era writings?

Reading Fanged Noumena right now and he’s such a good writer. Gonna read the CCRU collection next and then Anti-Oedipus.

Looked into his new stuff and it’s so incredibly disappointing in content and style compared to the stuff in FN. It’s like he’s another person with this Dark Enlightenment stuff that is just at a so much lower level than his older stuff. His blog is even worse.
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Am reading the Overlord light novel.

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>>42088370
Dune was good, but not what I expected
I expected a lot more of the first chunk of the book, before the end of the first act, but I like what I found in the second two acts. I do hope that Dune Messiah and onwards do more of 'normal but skilled people politicking' and less omnissiah emperor dabs on the mortals. Don't get me wrong, I love watching Muad'dib style on everyone. However, what little I know of Dune 2 and onwards is that the opposite is going to happen. Oh well.

I now choose what next to read, maybe you all have a suggestion? The options I'm stewing over are:
-Witcher 2 (as in, Time of Contempt)
-Rama I
-Carl Sagan's Contact
-Forever War 1
-A Song of Ice and Fire 1
-Foundation 1
-Ringworld 1
-Neuromancer
-Martian Chronicles
-Unspecified history book

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Ender’s Game?

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>>42090194
By Foundation and Chronicles i assume you mean the originals by Asimov and Bradbury, respectively.

Fundamentals should be attended to by anyone serious about their reading health. I recommend the above choices as your next read, perhaps in parallel as they have contrasting perspectives.

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Depends on what you mean by Foundation 1.

Prelude to Foundation and Forward the Foundation come first chronologically, but were written later. And, IMHO, they're a bit better than the core "Foundation Trilogy." Although the several of the Foundation series expect familiarity with previous Asimov story arcs. The fate of Giskard and how the Earth wound up in the state it's in.

At any rate, if you've never read Neuromancer, do it right now. Also, the short story Johnny Mnemonic. (The POS movie has almost nothing to do with it and actually cut out a principle character, so I hope you never saw that garbage).

The other two in the Sprawl Trilogy and New Rose Hotel and Burning Chrome are optional.

Mr. Gibson said he isn't too impressed by CD Projekt's 2077 trailer. I'm not sure what he means by "generic."

I suppose most people envision something like Blade Runner/the Ghost in the Shell Ghost City sequence with grey, dingy skies and rainfall and lots and lots of neon lights everywhere instead of just brightly lit Detroit with flying cars, but isn't the rainy Bladerunner aesthetic a bit overdone? Even though that's exactly how he wrote it in the legendary opening paragraphs.

Ghost in the Shell - Ghost City
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>>42090194
While were talking about Dune how did David Lynch get this from something called a battle girdle.

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>>42090197
I'm hesitant to read anything by that author. It's so unfortunate, because something I wanna expose myself to more space tactics, but the guy seems like such an asshole that it's offputting.
>>42090199
Yes and yes, this is why I had them on the list! I'm leaning towards Foundation first. I can't parallel read similar-ish things, unfortunately. My brain will combine the stories.
>>42090203
If no-one had replied, I'd probably have read Neuromancer first. Cyberpunk is my jam, and it's on the lips of everyone's inspiration list.

Generally, I read things in release order, and I can usually tough out mediocre first entries when necessary. I blame video games for giving me this non-skill.
>>42090270
Who the fuck knows, I just assumed it was like your paladin's belt in [fantasy game]. Shield belts had rules, but I felt like they were more on the magic side. You know, like a lot of Dune.

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Recommendations for a thought-provoking book I could read over the next month?

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>>42092065
Harmony by Project Itoh.

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Anyone know a good site for downloading free audiobooks, other than ThePirateBay or the Internet Archive?

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Aiming to resume 2666 now that I am back home.

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Look at the size of this thing, I didn't realize it was gonna be this huge.

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Tangential question: What's a good place for donating spare or unneeded books?

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>>42096457
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alternative: Goodwill

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>>42096467
Honestly, you could donate almost anything to the library tbh. Including video games. So a book wouldn't be a problem.

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>>42096468 What is this lye brair ee of which you speak?

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>>42096469
I know you're joking, but libraries are pretty cool places tbh. Make for great hangouts and all that jazz.

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By the way, a reminder that I'm going to read "The Soft Machine" soon when it gets here. I ordered it though a thing called an "inter-library loan". It's gonna be a good read.

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>>42096457
Library.
Half-Price Books.
Goodwill.
If non-fiction, maybe a community college.
A lot of coffee shops have a take-a-book-leave-a-book cubby space.
A neighborhood Little Free Library.

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>>42096599
Them dubs! <3

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>>42096599
>Library.
>Half-Price Books.
>Goodwill.
>If non-fiction, maybe a community college.

All of these are options for me, Thank You.

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Getting back into 2666.

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I hadn't read books for a while now, so I recently got myself an used Kindle to change that

I bought myself The Man Who Spoke Snakish (I've read it, but not the English version. I wonder if the translation is any good) and the new Xkcd book (How to)

I'm also checking out Fallout: Equestria for the first time

>>42009437
>>42062569
I've been looking into the best ways to get books and articles on my Kindle
Turns out you can get a "Send to Kindle" e-mail address, which you can send PDFs and MOBIs to
If you want to send an epub, use Calibre to convert it
If you want to send a PDF, but want it to behave like an ebook, set the title of the e-mail to "Convert"
For articles, there's an official "Send to Kindle" Chrome/Firefox extension that works surprisingly well (make sure to right click->This can read site data->When you click on the extension)
I also keep my travel documents on my Kindle, just in case my phone runs out or something, it's nice to have as a backup

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>>42097497
Calibre (with the de-DRM plugin) is pretty much the best ebook management tool there is. If your reader device doesn't support or interface with it, it's a crap device.
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>>42097499
You're probably right. Does it support wireless sync though?
I keep my Kindle in another room next to my bed, it'd be annoying to bring it here every time I want to put something on it

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>>42097501
Full syncing, I'm not sure since I never bother with automated mass transfers of any sort.

Importing through a local network is simple.
https://www.epubor.com/calibre-tutorial-transfer-e-books-to-kindle-through-local-wireless-transmission.html

Or you can send them through email.
https://dearauthor.com/ebooks/getting-ebooks-from-calibre-to-your-device-using-send-to-device-and-the-connectshare-functions/

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>>42097497
Thank you for this info. I literally forgot about my Kindle lol.

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Surprised this thread is still up.

I just finished the sixth book in the Earths Children series, or better known as The Clan Of The Cavebears.

I can tell the author struggled with the last two books, and while I'm really looking forward to some conclusion on a couple of plot points, I think I would have felt better if she just wrapped it up rather than becoming repetitive and rushed. BUT, it's her story, and she is still a very good story teller.

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I also really need to go through my books and toss some out because I ran out of space.

Again...

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>>42097678
Dont toss them out, donate them!
to me

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I don't think UPS would appreciate me using ten of their trucks

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>audiobook switches narrator five hours in

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