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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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>>42066030
Those sound like pretty shit cities how are you supposed to be able to find your way around

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>>42066056
It's called that because it's Marco Polo talking with Kublai Khan and Marco Polo is a notorious for lying about shit. His accounts of China are full of fanciful stories about magic and creatures out of folk-lore.

The joke is that Marco Polo is lying to Kublai Khan and they're bullshitting as a means of communication. Marco Polo starts trying to converse with Kublai Khan via pictograms of cities and drawing things to express abstract concepts. His reasoning being that Kublai Khan knows about sacking cities so if he can express the worth of his ideas as cities rife for sacking, he can start a dialogue with the Great Khan.

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>>42066070
How's he draw them if they're invisible though?

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>>42066119
>Infinite Jest
>the book has an end point

Same joke, I know, but titles aren't indicative of content.

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>>42066130
>pic
WTF IS THAT THING

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>>42066131
Some kinda insect, I wanna say a kind of moth from it's body structure.

I like how alien it looks though, doesn't it look like something out of a horror movie?

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>>42066130
>Moby Dick
>It's a whale and not a giant sea cock

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>>42066137
a whale with a giant sea cock

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>>41957489
It is pretty good I'll admit.

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Read my first Lovecraft story, albeit a very short one.

http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/ca.aspx

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>>42067545
You're trying Lovecraft?! Awesome!

Cool Air's not bad, though it's definitely not his best in my opinion.

For me, his best-written piece is
http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/soi.aspx
and his scariest is
http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/cs.aspx
(which I read aloud in my Discord server for Halloween)!

I hope you like them as much as I do!

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>>42067545
If you enjoy Lovecraft, I could show you some really cool places.

http://www.630wpro.com/2015/10/12/the-dark-swamp/

This swamp is now privet property, but i have permission from the land owner to hunt there.

Spooky. as. bawlz.

There is also a Lovecraft tour in the city that brings you to all the cool places that he references in his books and historical sites. Ends at his grave. I've never taken it, but it looks pretty cool!

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>>42067593
Do want!

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>>42067597
Doors always open!

I have 3 beds! Bring friends.

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>>42067545

Cool Air's pretty alright, although it's a bit atypical for Lovecraft. Not bad, though. If you want something less scary, but more in his typical style, I recommend The Shadow Out Of Time. Otherwise, >>42067547 are both great recommendations (Although I'd argue that Colour is both the scariest and his best story. And Lovecraft agreed on that last part, so neener, neener, neener.)

>>42067593

Do you guys have, like, Lovecraft souvenir shops? I always wondered if that was a thing around there.

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>>42067628
>Do you guys have, like, Lovecraft souvenir shops?
Not that I've ever seen. We have a lot of like, spirit shops. Like places that sell luigi boards and tarot cards and stuff, im sure they have some love craft stuff haha. But no, nothing I've seen that is a straight up lovecraft gift shop.

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>>42067650
It was just easier that way.

Why try and fail when you could turn it into a joke? haha.
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>>42067652
what about Waluigi boards?

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>>42067658
HA! Thats what i had in mind when i was thinking "yeeeah, im just not even going to try" hahaha.
Vegans have all the good weeg boards.

>>42067659
Dont even joke about that. :P

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>>42067628
>And Lovecraft agreed on that last part, so neener, neener, neener.)

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>>42067547
In a college writting class I wrote a radio play partially inspired by Rats in the Walls, one of my favorite Lovecraft stories.

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>>42067760
Aw, nice! Do you still have it around?

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>>42067774
If I do still have it it's buried under a bunch of my other stuff. I'm kind of a pack rat. The main thing I remember from it is that the narrator turned out to be the main characters cat. The professor really liked it.

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>>42067780
Neat! If you ever find it, I'd love to read it!

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I'm gonna read some Marcus Aurelius. If these past few months have taught me anything it's that I need a better grip on my emotions or they'll rule me forever. I hope starting with the Greeks isn't just a meme.

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>>42067820

If you go into it thinking Stoicism=No emotions or suppressed emotion, you'll end up confused. It's a common misconception.

If you're worried about emotions, I'd recommend Buddhist texts and commentary.

Or Doug Hofstadter. Good practice for getting into the habit of mindfulness and introspection and thinking about thinking.
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>>42067830
>If you go into it thinking Stoicism=No emotions or suppressed emotion, you'll end up confused. It's a common misconception.
I'm not that misinformed.

>If you're worried about emotions, I'd recommend Buddhist texts and commentary.

>Or Doug Hofstadter. Good practice for getting into the habit of mindfulness and introspection and thinking about thinking.
I'll check them out. Thanks.

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I finished the introduction! I'm reading the Gutenberg version since I'm a cheapo.

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>the first book's basically just a giant shout out to all his homies who he feels had a good influence on his life
d'aww

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Well, finished the first book. Admittedly I'm not sure I got much out of it. The writing undulates in an unfamiliar manner and I find it hard to focus. I'm sure things'll improve as I get used to it. For now, bed.

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I'm reading Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton, and the personality similarities between Hamilton and myself are staggering.

The man was passionate in pretty much every sense of the word: gentle, loving, and flirtatious, but also fiercely defensive of his personal honor, possessed of a temper and inclined to hold grudges against those who'd wronged him. Damned near everyone in the period who got to know him either loved him or hated him.

Alas, that and our hair color is where the resemblance ends: I'm not a wildly ambitious hyper-genius.
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I've been slogging through books this year (clearing out my Nan's collection, plus was gifted some), so sure, here's this pile next to me and some others I read recently:

>The Complete Fox (Les Stocker)

Factual book about foxes by someone who looks after and rehabilitates wild animals in the UK, and it's pretty good! Author doesn't have a good understanding of statistics*, but it was still informative and interesting.
>And the Policeman Smiled (Barry Turner)
Another factual one, this time about the evacuation and managing of child refugees from Nazi Germany. It wasn't fantastically-well written and some chapters dragged with how poorly they were constructed, but overall it was highly depressing, e.g. the bureaucracy that lost children their lives; desperate people hoping that, if they waited a bit longer, they wouldn't lose all their belongings, and suddenly realising that they and their families were trapped; the problematic creation of Palestine with issues that are STILL GOING ON; the abuse many suffered in the care system; and so on. There's a little anecdote at the end where someone returned to Germany after the war and, seeing a familiar face, remembers themselves to the person, only to be met with a "they should have killed the lot off you off" attitude. Humanity can be pretty damn tragic...

Anyway, onto fictional things:
>Truth or Dare (Celia Rees)
Story about a kid solving a family mystery that I kept hoping it would turn into horror/fantasy, but it didn't. Would give it points for having autistic characters (albeit one very cliché one) without putting it into a spotlight, but the last chapter was basically just a list of facts and stereotypes.
>Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales
Emphasis on the 'Christian', what most surprised me was 'The Little Mermaid', since one of my childhood friends told me, when I was little, that they were cross about Disney's version making it all about a mermaid who had nothing better to do than be lovesick, whereas I would now argue that Disney played that down a LOT: Hans' titular mermaid sacrifices her life and soul to trying (and failing) to impress a boy. Cheery!
>F. A. Steel's fairy tales
Here's a woman who REALLY wanted kids to read about death! Example: in her version, Red Riding Hood gets eaten and that's the end of that. 'Mr Fox' is one of Steel's that could certainly do with more recognition though!
>West of Widdershins (Barbara Sleigh)
Fairy-tale-espe stories by an author who has strong opinions on what young women should do with their lives. It got a bit repetitive.
>The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett):
The first half had its moments, but I was not aware this classic was so very Christian. It's less subtle than the Narnia Chronicles! Eesh. Last chapter doesn't quite deliver the emotional punch it should, either.
>Aesop's Fables
I've never been a big fan of these, but reading them all together, plus some analysis at the end, helped give me more appreciation for the set.
>The King of the Golden River (John Ruskin)
Fairy-tale-espe story that was entirely fine. I won't be keeping the book, but it was definitely a thing.
>Love of Seven Dolls (Paul Gallico)
I am not at all sure who this is aimed at! It's about a girl who joins a circus' puppet show (talking to the puppets and taking on different roles in the plays), and the description of the puppet plays and the puppets' interactions with the girl (they're separate personalities from the puppeteer) are pretty engaging and fun, but then it's also got a whole bunch of carnival rape thrown in, so it's probably not aimed at kids. Spoilers as this is so confusing/frustrating and I don't recommend reading the book: At the end, instead of running off with the handsome young athlete who fought for her, the girl talks to the puppets again and the puppeteer who'd been physically, sexually, and verbally abusing her all this time confesses his love, so she stays with him forever. The end!
>The Magic Fiddler (Claude Aubry)
French-Canadian folk tales, very similar to the Irish ones I've read in that most every one stars the devil in a boring way. Learnt that 'porpoise' means 'sea-pig' (pig-fish) though, and that's something I hadn't noticed before!
>West Country Folk Tales (Llywelyn W. Maddock)
Can't actually remember this one much (I read it a few months ago), but it's one of the non-gift books I'm keeping, so I guess these were more fun? Despite my critical attitude, I am very into fairy tales and folk lore, so it's not a big surprise. I think they were suitably distinct from others.
>Harald: First of the Vikings (Young)
Vikings! Haha, I couldn't really get into it, but it did seem like the type of story that'd do well as a film and, at a glance, I think that's what the Vikings TV series IS doing? Fair.
>Mary Deare (Hammond Innes)
I'll end on a proper novel that I did quite enjoy (though I didn't keep it). It's about mysteries and shipwrecks in the mid 1900s, and I thought it held together pretty well. Not the type of thing I normally go for (I like horror and fantasy), but it was a fun change to instead picture the protagonists dealing with great sinking ships and dangerous rock formations.

I hadn't read much more than short stories online and (excessive amounts of) webcomics for quite a while, so all in all I think I'm doing pretty well! A lot of my Nan's books were easy to dismiss as 'miserable fiction about children during the war', 'miserable fiction about young women not enjoying family life', and/or 'miserable fiction about people returning to their home towns and thinking over what could have been' (bonus points for when they were about ALL of those things).

Not sure I'd call any of these books must-reads unless you're particularly into fairy/folk tales, though.

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>>42067860
Steve Guttenberg?

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accidentally bid on a copy of house of leaves that ends up being more expensive than a new copy would cost me .

i hope someone else outbids me.
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Shout outs to the real swell lad that took the bullet and outbid me on that copy of House of Leaves. Saved me overspending like ten dollars on a less-than-mint copy thanks to shipping fuckery.

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I just finished Harmony. The ending was... sure a thing. I feel like most of the really interesting stuff was in the last third of the book but it was a really good last third.

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>>42068900
Bidding frenzy can be funny like that.

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>>42069735

I just hope whoever it was got a better deal than I'd get. The shipping price was over twenty dollars from New fucking York. Was the packaging going to be fucking gilded there, buddy?

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>>42069751
Wrong pic but that's still a suitable one.

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Reading a book on cave paintings. It's breddy gud. Have an unrelated pic and some neanderthal reconstructions that are amazing.
http://www.kenniskennis.com/site/Home/

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I'm reading 'The Opposing Shore' by Julien Gracq.

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I just read through this and... holy shit. It was incredible. I teared up at points like when he was trying to find his glasses or give his wife the tylenol or the index card that just had "IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT" written on it. It's not the kind of IF I usually like but the way it used Twine's features actually enhanced the story enough that I feel its use was justified. Just... if you have maybe an hour to kill and want to feel feels tonight, give it a read.
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>>42071125
Wew, I was just about to bump this thread.

I just finished 'Walking' by Henry David Thoreau. It was recommended to me by a friend after I told him about how I have been continuing to take walks every day. It's a good, brief nonfiction book about nature.

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>be at record store today
>they have a very small book section
>not much that interests me, except for this THICC Tom Clancy book
>decide not to get it for some reason
>fast forward to right now
>regret not getting it so badly
>tfw

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>>42073199

Tom Clancy books are common fare at any sort of second-hand store like Goodwill or the Salvation Army. I have a big stack of TC books and I think I got them all second hand, usually for no more than a dollar or three.

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>>42073215
Are they any good?

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>>42073218
I read Rainbow Six and enjoyed it. I didn't finish it though but it was interesting learning about the story for the rainbow six games.

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I'm thinking of checking out Zygmunt Bauman's Liquid series at some point. It seems to be about how changing social structures have made it harder than ever to maintain anything. People are stuck loosely tying themselves to whatever happens to be around them under the knowledge that whatever it is could disappear at any moment and too much commitment would leave them hurt. There's like ten of them on different topics but I'm mostly interested in Liquid Modernity and Liquid Love.


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