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/lit/ is for the discussion of literature, specifically books (fiction & non-fiction), short stories, poetry, creative writing, etc. If you want to discuss history, religion, or the humanities, go to /his/. If you want to discuss politics, go to /pol/. Philosophical discussion can go on either /lit/ or /his/, but ideally those discussions of philosophy that take place on /lit/ should be based around specific philosophical works to which posters can refer.

Check the wiki, the catalog, and the archive before asking for advice or recommendations, and please refrain from starting new threads for questions that can be answered by a search engine.

/lit/ is a slow board! Please take the time to read what others have written, and try to make thoughtful, well-written posts of your own. Bump replies are not necessary.

Looking for books online? Check here:
Guide to #bookz
http://www.ak3d.net/help.htm
Bookzz
http://bookzz.org/
Recommended Literature
http://4chanlit.wikia.com/wiki/Recommended_Reading

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Poo in Loo Edition

What Hindu theme books you read and recommend?

When was the last time you shat in the streets?

Do I have to fuck an Indian girl to gather Hinduism themes?

Recommendations:
>Fantasy
Selected: http://i.imgur.com/r688cPe.jpg/
General: http://i.imgur.com/igBYngL.jpg/
Flowchart: http://i.imgur.com/uykqKJn.jpg/

>Sci-Fi

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>>8442953
Sure, lets discuss Bakker, I have made a strawpoll to kick off discussion

http://www.strawpoll.me/11096577
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>>8444741
>800 pages of battle scenes
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>>8443688
Robin Hobb's Liveship trilogy
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>>8444753
If you lurked you would know what he talking about. There was some anon who used to repost every long post and switch the words around.... like every long discussion...

I thought he just got bored and left, but if that anon is right it looks like he was banned.
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>>8443696
>has anyone read the rest of the quartet ?
Yeah, I thought the whole thing was pretty average. I was also a bit annoyed that he thought up a really cool and unique idea for a magic system and then barely explored it.

https://twitter.com/dzancbooks/status/648601238859190272

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Anyone else?
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Just kidding, guys. Joking but who else can't wait till this gets republished? I've been waiting forever. haha

Just noticed there wasn't a critique thread up.

I don't really have anything I want critiqued, but I'm willing to look at any anon's work. However, I would like some remuneration for the time spent doing so. After all, nobody has any time these days, so I think it's reasonable to demand payment for your (and my) work, despite having no credentials whatsoever (academic background, experience etc.) to justify doing so.

Anyhoo, the rates are about $1 per page for novels and $50 per hour for shorter material (and you'll have to just trust that I'm not a retard that takes an entire afternoon to read flash fiction).

I'll give you 500-1500 words of feedback and possibly make a thread promoting your work tomorrow if I really liked it.

I will not read unsolicited material for free
I will not read unsolicited material for free
I will not read unsolicited material for free
*sips coffee*
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>>8444323
>atheism
>edgy

go back to the 19th century, Dostoevsky, you're tripping too hard
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>>8444327
Actually, it's the other way around. I used to think like you but it's just because I didn't understand theism.
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>>8444342
>Actually, it's the other way around. I used to think like you but it's just because I didn't understand theism.
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I've read this so many times that all I know anymore is that I want to kill the Salvane/Murdoch description paragraph.
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>>8444273
>What's the plot?
"Officially" to hunt down and kill a insane dark mage killing Innocent Supernatural in a city where a secret society watches over
>What kinda world is it going to be?
Masqueraded world

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How much description is too much?

I'm working on my first novel and throwing everything on the page with the idea that I can edit it down later. But it makes me wonder if there's a limit on how much description to include (like the surroundings, what my characters are seeing and feeling).

I don't want to lose my readers, have them nodding off or putting the book down because I get lost in the weeds.

What's your opinion, /lit/? Do you like a lot of description to get you into the story, or do you prefer sparse description (a la Hemingway)?
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>>8444444
>digits were wasted on this thread
Disgusting
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>>8444444

fuckin checked
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>>8444444

I really wouldn't be so forward in foregrounding foreplay for integrating so with the forebrain; it barely forms a forefinger outward from the lizard brain and hardly touches the forward lobe.
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>>8444042
>>8444074
>>8444093

This is an impressive level of buttheart.
Did you post yourself half naked with books? I mean why are you so upset, you are on 4chan after all...
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>>8444444
It has spoken.

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sup /lit/

is speed reading a meme?

does it work?

how much realistically we can improve our reading speed and comprehension?

how many books do you read in month? (fiction, non fiction and educational)

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>>8444726
I don't think it's wise to speed read; I find it better to just set aside more time to read.

Over the past 2 weeks I read 13 books, shortest of them being The Myth of Sisyphus or Heart of Darkness. I'm on break right now, so I can do that. But even setting aside 2 hours a day should be enough to read a non epic sized book (took me 2 days to read Dance Dance Dance which is about 400 pages)
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>>8444740
I meant two hours a day a week so a total of 14 hours a week for one book (that's being kind of generous I think)
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>>8444743
>>8444740

>I don't think it's wise to speed read

why do you think that? Does reading comprehension diminish if you speed read?
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>>8444752
For me, personally, yes. Maybe you can train yourself so that a glimpse of a line is enough to produce an action in your head, but for me I enjoy it at a listener's pace (as I read to myself often because I'm more auditory than anything).

If you can do ito, then go for it. But I don't see it working for me and I'm comfortable being able to do a book a week (that's my minimum goal for next year)

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Whats the weirdest shit you've seen wrote by the previous owner of a used book you've purchased?
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>>8444644
Faggots mostly. Like I don't mind them in theory, but I don't understand why they require constant attention and demand that every conversation they participate in somehow makes note of their sexuality. Must be some side effect of their father issues or whatever
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I bought a copy of Borges's Labyrinths that was given to the previous owner as a high school graduation gift dated 2007. Not that weird, but fuck that guy for giving such a cool gift away to a thrift store (assuming he didn't die).
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Is this weird?
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>>8444695
"May the work that you love be the play that you love"? Am I reading that right?
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>>8444756
I think it's "work that you have"

OHH gee! I Love myself a good read :))
Get claimed 4 /n/ dess~ :3
What EPIC reads woud you reccomend for a smart science man like myself??? X)
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>>8444443
I genuinely want you to kill yourself.
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Why do children scream when I touch them?
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>>8444443
Vsauce is a good channel.
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>>8444477
This. He never claims to be a free thinking fedora tipper
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>>8444444

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If you read Kierkegaard in english you dont get it.
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He was a shithead anyway.
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If you speak you don't get It.
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>>8444719
>tfw lobotomy scheduled for next week
I'll be in uncarved as fuck.

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I heard Clinton bring up the alt-right.

Any books I can read about this movement?
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>>8444685
No he was touched to be exact
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>>8444700
>a post without a single original thought

What do you get out of parroting buzzwords I don't get it
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>>8444685
Yea dude, not him but Spengler was, like, actually insane. His book is a neat read and a very ambitious critique. Particularly I like the chapter on triangles. But like I said, he crazy.
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What Washington Can Learn from the World of Sports, by George Allen

I haven't read it yet, but Jon Gruden, Ted Nugent, and Deacon Jones all raved about it on the back cover.
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Sage

Report.

Get the fuck off our board.

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What do you think of my antiques?
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They don't look like antiques. Look early 20th century at the latest. Early 1900's stuff isn't worth anything more than modern printing unless it's a rare edition.
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>>8444744
I made no claims about them being rare or expensive.

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ITT: Times you forgot to hide your power level
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>>8442977
I'm a 4chan level otaku.

I don’t talk with you chumps in anime club.
I don’t read your «anime magazine» with new releases I saw two years ago.
I don’t need to go to a club full of fat smelly people to watch Full Metal Alchemist all over again.
I’ve got fuckin' live feed torrents of the newest animes you haven’t even heard of, and figures from said anime being shipped to my house so I can masturbate on them.
Go read your «yowie» on fanfiction.net, I’m downloading loli dojinshi and reading the fucking raws.
You keep wearing your Naruto headbands and shit, socializing with your weeaboo friends. I’ll be walking by, anonymous. You’ll never know that the master of anime had passed you by. Because I suppress my power level.
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>>8442689
>have mom read the trial
>"so what was he guilty of?"
>call her a pleb
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>>8442675
I was once getting along well with this girl at a bar who was like the hot girl there that everyone wanted, until somehow the conversation turned to the Ukraine crisis(this was in 2014), and within a few minutes I was yelling about geo-political propaganda networks and the entire patio including the girl were literally laughing at me. I realized entirely that what I was doing was autistic but the smug self-assurance of these fucking people with their spoonfed opinions that they regurgitate from the headlines of the three newspapers they read overwhelmed any desire I had to try to get the girl or really display any social graces whatsoever.

At one point I decided to treat people like they weren't worth talking to seriously and my social life got a lot better
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>>8442675
every time I bring a woman home
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>>8442996
You're a total newfag.

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>would of
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>could of
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>could of
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yep
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The way I like to make my chicken breasts is quite simple. There is the normal way, and, my friends, the cultured way. Shakespeare once said, "you are what you eat." And I'm not a chicken breast. So I have to make sure that I'm eating something far more masculine. What I do is this. I freeve the chicken breast until it is solid, and then I drink a few cups of water. Then I pee all over the breast: it is actually sterile, and warms the outside while giving the center a rock hard core. The outside represents the male ego, steamy and sterile, sterilized by an even feminized society. The center is the male id -- cold, hard, determined. This becomes an icon of my very being: and then I must eat it. But the outer layer is still quite wet, so I use the male body's natural napkin, the scrotum, as a drying agent. This is because like any self affirmed male, I respect my natural Dasein. The chicken breast is now at the crossroads between food and thought: and while some might take the fork in the road and eat the breast, I choose to watch it for a while before consumption. It is cold, it is perfect, it is Me.
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East would of

Is this book worth reading? It is at the same level of Tolkien ?
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>>8444690
As every other fiction book?
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Hard question to answer, OP.

I love the books, including all their glaring flaws, but have also spoken to people who really hate them. And from what I've seen everyone who reads them falls into one of those two categories. I've never met anyone who has read some or all of the series and thought the books were "okay". It's love or hate and no middle ground.

There are a few things to keep in mind about the books that might help you out if you start reading them though:

1. They are a product of their time. Yes, it's farmboy hero vs the formless dark lord, but that's what was popular at the time. Moreover, I never found that it detracted from the books.

2. In the context of the story, men and women have the opposite relationship of power to what you'd find in our world. In WoT, the men fucked things up. Although the truth of that has been obscured by the passage of time, it was women who put the world back together and it's the women who hold most of the power. So, while Jordan's female characters suck in some ways, most of the problems people dump at their feet actually stem from the fact that they are (intentionally) unlike real-world women.

3. The books are long. Really long. I have only managed to read the whole series from start to finish twice, though I've tried several other times. Jordan's original plan for 3 books became 6 books became an indeterminate number of books and once you hit that middle point they start to flag and get bogged down in secondary and tertiary plot lines that would undoubtedly be entirely removed from a modern book/tv show/movie. But, at the same time, the length of the series is one of its great strengths. There is a great deal of small information and flavour that can be a bit tedious while you're actually reading, but still turns out to be what makes the books so great. The world is in them is very real and very fleshed out.

I'd say yes, give them a go. Probably don't judge the series by the first book if you can help it, because it's mostly about setting up the story and has a relatively small impact on the story as a whole. If you finish the third book and don't like the series then don't continue. Books 4, 5, and 6 are among the strongest in the series, and the ending is certainly worth reading if you make it to the half way point and are still going.
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>>8444711
I like being imersed in the story, so long book are perfect for me.
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>>8444701
Meh. With most fiction I feel like I take something away from it. A good text raises questions that need to be answered, forces you to confront things, colours your perception of the world and other literature, that kind of stuff.

The Wheel of Time is just a plot-driven melodrama. There's not a lot to talk about. It's fun, it's good, the world is neat, and some of the characters are interesting. The series itself, though, isn't super valuable beyond entertainment.
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>>8444736
The only halfway interesting questions it raises pertain to the role of men and women; but it generally takes the stance that men and women are fundamentally different, and that through their cooperation society is improved. That's not a new or even terribly interesting idea, so it falls a little flat.

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>summer is over
>come back to /lit/
>I'm excited and actually put on a suit and some cologne for the occasion
>clear throat to prepare my mid-Atlantic accent
>there are still 6 threads on DFW, pol nazis, newfags
>no more gays, Catholics or communists
What the fuck happened to a once great community? This fucking sucks
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>>8442997
D&E was the only good tripfag I've ever seen on any board on any chan.
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>>8441005
>my IQ is, statistically speaking, probably much higher than yours.
>IQ
>statistically speaking

Wew lad, not with those redundancies it isn't. Mad Men is was great series though.
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>>8444464
>is was
I love watching pedants fuck up. The feeling is fucking intoxicating
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>>8440954
He sure loves thse meme tier bombastic contradicting statments.
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>>8441005
This is great. Made me smile.
Someone post some more funny pastas, im in a bad mood.


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