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>> No. 5456 Anonymous
4th April 2014
Friday 3:02 am
5456 Vurt
This was really good.
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>> No. 7410 Anonymous
12th July 2022
Tuesday 10:15 am
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>> No. 7411 Anonymous
15th July 2022
Friday 11:42 pm
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Either of you two read any of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series? I'm thinking of starting it but reviews remain sharply divided between it either being poorly written rubbish or a work of genius. By all accounts it's not something fit for audiobook given you need to pay attention and infer events.

It feels like a massive commitment and I like to a finish series once I start you see.
>> No. 7412 Anonymous
23rd July 2022
Saturday 10:35 pm
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I'm not really sure what I made of this, but I didn't entirely know what to expect going into it. I felt quite detached reading it.
>> No. 7413 Anonymous
3rd August 2022
Wednesday 12:20 am
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I really liked this.
>> No. 7414 Anonymous
9th August 2022
Tuesday 9:46 pm
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Americans unleash a bioweapon in Afghanistan. The bioweapon spreads and within four years it has killed almost all of the world although it doesn't matter until it reaches American soil, fuck everyone else.

The first half of the book jumps in time between scientists a) frantically trying to halt the spread of the virus, developing an antidote and creating robotic 'mothers' to care for genetically modified children who aren't affected by the bioweapon in case humanity is wiped out and b) the future where the mothers are raising their children in the desert in Arizona. The latter is interesting but the former is rather dull, particularly as there's a very American and very ham-fisted obsession with the ethnicities of the characters and also because there's a fair bit of jargon as the author seems more interested in showing off her technical knowledge (she's a biochemist) rather than telling a good story. The children are also quite poorly written.

The second half is concerned with the mothers taking their children to a compound in California for safety while the surviving scientists try to make contact and ultimately release them to a tribe of Hopi who've been unaffected by the bioweapon which is still in the air. The mothers who were good and were thought to have turned bad turn out to be good all along. You soon realise in this half you've been railroaded from a story which could have gone anywhere into a rather unimaginative rescue mission where everything turns out just fine and dandy in the end.

>> No. 7370 Anonymous
4th January 2022
Tuesday 10:01 pm
7370 The Manual: (How to Have a Number One the Easy Way)
Two questions, is this book worth reading even if I don't make music or possibly intend to, ever? And can I get a physical copy that doesn't cost a million quid? I think I've been lulled into only being able to read single paragraphs in a much too large font on a monitor.
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>> No. 7373 Anonymous
5th January 2022
Wednesday 1:17 pm
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Interesting. I may well visit one of these "Rye Men's" of which you speak.

Come again?
>> No. 7374 Anonymous
5th January 2022
Wednesday 1:58 pm
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I was watching TOTP2 the other week and it was noticeable how most of the acts from the 60s, 70s and 80s looked like ordinary people rather than actual pop stars, like Alan from down the road could just write a banging tune and then amble on stage one day.
>> No. 7375 Anonymous
5th January 2022
Wednesday 2:43 pm
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>I think I've been lulled into only being able to read single paragraphs
Isn't this the whole book?
Or this?

But you might not have been serious about that, given that you can't get the whole thing printed if you don't have the whole thing to begin with.
>> No. 7376 Anonymous
5th January 2022
Wednesday 3:29 pm
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Rymans will give you a 10% discount if you sign up for a business account too, far as I can tell the staff entirely do not care if it's not a real business.
>> No. 7377 Anonymous
5th January 2022
Wednesday 8:28 pm
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Mullets looked so cool back then.

>> No. 7299 Anonymous
12th August 2021
Thursday 12:29 pm
7299 Sourcing 'rare' books
I'm looking for a copy of Libido Dominandi: Sexual Liberation and Political Control - Amazons listing puts it at over £250, Some American site puts it closer to £50, including an international shipping charge.
There's a PDF available but it's edited and I want a legitimate copy.

An independant bookshop might source it, but how would they go about valuing something like that? What's that kind of specialist knowledge and connection worth - 20% in this case, considering all that they'd really need to do is create a paypal account and use that american site?
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>> No. 7322 Anonymous
13th August 2021
Friday 12:09 pm
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>> No. 7323 Anonymous
13th August 2021
Friday 12:12 pm
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Not unless they're using proxies.
>> No. 7324 Anonymous
13th August 2021
Friday 12:37 pm
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Visit your local library and talk to the librarians - people often have the idea that they're just glorified shelf-stackers, but they're skilled professionals. Through the inter-library loan system, they can search for and request books from any library in the country, including the British Library. Bear in mind that most library services will offer you membership even if you don't live in the borough and university libraries are usually open to the public.

Google the words "libgen" and "scihub", because they're the greatest academic resources in the history of humanity.

Choose a reference management application and learn how to use it properly. I prefer JabRef, but the most popular options are Mendeley and Zotero.

Learn the basics of statistics. Even if you're not particularly mathematical, it'll hugely improve your ability to spot dodgy data and see through weak arguments. How to Read Numbers by Tom and David Chivers and How to Make the World Add Up by Tim Harford are gentle, intuitive and very readable introductions to statistical thinking.

If you're thinking about going on a shotgun rampage in Plymouth, seek psychiatric help.
>> No. 7325 Anonymous
14th August 2021
Saturday 4:16 pm
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I don't have any knowledge of the writer, but in the interest of encouraging freedom of research, the following website can be very useful for finding rare books:

>> No. 7331 Anonymous
20th August 2021
Friday 12:14 pm
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I've read 5 chapters so far and the book does seem fairly bias. I'm not really educated enough to point out examples, but it's there to be felt.
Parts of the writing seem reasonable; it has atleast offered in interesting explaination of the french revolutions, which if i ever get around to learning history might serve well compared against other accounts.

(A good day to you Sir!)

>> No. 7328 Anonymous
20th August 2021
Friday 10:27 am
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Can anyone here recommend any good books on modern exploration? Ideally I'm looking for works specifically on lost cities, hard to reach places in the current era, and not books about earlier exploration.

I suppose a National Geographic subscription might cut it, but I like my writing more longform and addressing a particular aspect of exploration.
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>> No. 7329 Anonymous
20th August 2021
Friday 11:06 am
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How modern are we talking?
>> No. 7330 Anonymous
20th August 2021
Friday 11:18 am
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This is one of my favourites. Not quite 'true' exploring but a good insight into isolated communities.
'Cold' by Ranulph Fines is great too, if you like polar exploration.

>> No. 7326 Anonymous
19th August 2021
Thursday 4:34 pm
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Can you recommend any autobiographies of anyone whose importance is derived from how rich and/or powerful they are where they come across really badly?
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>> No. 7327 Anonymous
19th August 2021
Thursday 9:25 pm
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Brian Clough's autobiography is pretty contentious. Does he count? There's an extended bit about Justin Fashanu which explains a lot about Justin Fashanu's death.

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>> No. 7289 Anonymous
28th June 2021
Monday 8:05 pm
7289 Work/life/writing balance
Do you lads have any tips on undertaking big writing projects? I have a couple of non-fiction books I'd really like to work on, aiming for a popularisation of some medical and historical research I've done over the years. I have the credentials to show I can write about it, and one or two pieces aimed at broader audiences online (as well as my scientific publications).

The thing is, I'm also working full-time and am fully pushing ahead with my 'proper' career. I also like to stay healthy and would also like if my human relationships don't crumble during this process.

What I mean is, I have the discipline to get up early, get to the gym, get to work, log off at five, get a little bit of study for future professional exams in, squeeze in three square meals around all this, but then my brain is mush. My weekends are spent generally ensuring I don't live in a shit-tip. I'm not sure I see how I can get in solid writing time without sacrificing sleep, relaxation, health, or one of my other big timesinks. Something has to give.

Writing was easy when I was a student and had the hours to put into it. Are grants or book deals given to no-namers like me? Or should I just save a load of money to take the time off work and write? Have any of you lads achieved a big publication, and if so, how?
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>> No. 7294 Anonymous
30th June 2021
Wednesday 3:31 pm
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If he has the relevant expertise and can put some nice sample chapters together he may very well get a book deal. Non-fiction at least has the advantage that you don't have to complete the whole thing in advance to sell it.
>> No. 7295 Anonymous
30th June 2021
Wednesday 6:14 pm
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The average advance for a new author is around £6,000. The majority of books don't sell enough copies to recoup that advance. I don't know how long it takes to write a book, but £6,000 undoubtedly works out to a piss-poor hourly rate.

If you want to earn a living from writing, learn to write commercial copy. There's still (just about) some money in advertising.
>> No. 7296 Anonymous
30th June 2021
Wednesday 6:44 pm
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I hope you're not a proof reader.
>> No. 7297 Anonymous
30th June 2021
Wednesday 8:11 pm
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Just to point out that nowhere in the OP's post did they mention they're trying to pursue a career in writing.
>> No. 7298 Anonymous
1st July 2021
Thursday 12:38 pm
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OP here. Thanks, yes. In fact I was trying to draw attention to a problem that's sort of the inverse: how do you fit in writing around a normal life? I'm not aiming for writing to be my main career, so I'm thinking about how I can best make the time for writing something publishable as a passion project. I suppose I may well find out through trial and error if I can put together some sample chapters (or adapt previous writing).

The points about the practicalities of getting a book deal are appreciated, though. I welcome any views you all have.

>> No. 7287 Anonymous
24th June 2021
Thursday 10:22 pm
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I've spent about an hour watching Michael Rosen videos on YouTube. I'm not really sure why, but it was pleasant.

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>> No. 7288 Anonymous
24th June 2021
Thursday 10:35 pm
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He's a good storyteller in the oral tradition, one of the very few good enough at it to make a living from it. It's not something you see a lot of these days.

>> No. 7273 Anonymous
26th May 2021
Wednesday 6:51 pm
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Do you think you'll ever write your memoirs?

My girlfriend is interested in genealogy and has come across a number of relatives who've left their memoirs for future generations to read. I suppose it could be a bit of a family heirloom and allow future generations to learn something about your life rather than just having a line on the census to go on or the local news article about the time you dropped a brick on a bunch of crabs.

Then again, I'm not sure how much I could write about spending my days shitposting on the internet.
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>> No. 7282 Anonymous
27th May 2021
Thursday 5:19 pm
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Is your girlfriend extremely posh? This strikes me as something you only do if you have a family library to store it in.
>> No. 7283 Anonymous
27th May 2021
Thursday 7:15 pm
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The thought of a family library is very appealing, though i wouldn't want to have to move it. Books are heavy, yo.
>> No. 7284 Anonymous
27th May 2021
Thursday 7:25 pm
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You don't need to move your library when it's in the country pile that's been in your family for eighteen generations.

Books are fucking heavy, though. The only ones of mine I've kept are all big cooking hardbacks and my notebooks from my previous life as a cheflad. That's just one medium sized box and it weighs about as much as I do. I just think it's simply impossible to have a substantial book collection if you ever plan to move.
>> No. 7285 Anonymous
27th May 2021
Thursday 7:38 pm
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I think her grandad was loaded but he remarried when her grandma died and all of the money went to his second wife's kids. I believe his memoir is the only one she has a physical copy of, which is largely about how he was stationed in India during the Second World War and spent most of it having a lovely time mountaineering. She recently got in contact with her second cousin once removed, or whatever the fuck it is, whose family have been in Canada for several generations and they sent over a digital copy of their father's memoirs.
>> No. 7286 Anonymous
29th May 2021
Saturday 6:02 am
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You could always write a memoir and cookery book at the same time.

>> No. 7243 Anonymous
24th May 2021
Monday 3:49 pm
7243 Know any good literary agents?
I've sent off my manuscript to a handful based on the usual criteria for picking agents but thought one of you might have a recommendation.

>> No. 7185 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 11:37 am
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Audiobooks seem a lot harder to come buy than PDFs and ePubs on torrent entirely legal filesharing websites.

Is there any particular reason why, and can you lads recommend any websites for this?
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>> No. 7197 Anonymous
1st February 2021
Monday 8:34 pm
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I downloaded the Borrowbox app and signed up to my local library services that use it. Have ebooks and audiobooks
>> No. 7198 Anonymous
1st February 2021
Monday 10:02 pm
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Tried audiobookbay?
>> No. 7199 Anonymous
1st February 2021
Monday 10:35 pm
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Buy stolen credit card info from the dark web and use it to pay for Audible. It's as good as free.
>> No. 7233 Anonymous
24th May 2021
Monday 1:39 pm
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You can get a Quickbooks accounts for free if you enter 0's in the direct debit information area, at least you could when I worked there a year back. Or you can just say you're an accountant and get the full package free.

I wonder how often these cracks are available, but simply just not attempted because of how stupid it would be for it to work.
>> No. 7242 Anonymous
24th May 2021
Monday 3:28 pm
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>> No. 7189 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 7:58 pm
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What are some "good" detective noir books, /lit/? I'm talking real classic, atmospheric ones with cheesy plots that you read for fun, nothing actually literary. Even le Carré would be too intellectual.
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>> No. 7190 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 8:16 pm
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Not particularly atmospheric, but you may enjoy the 'nursery crime' books by Jasper Fforde (>>7169).
>> No. 7191 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 8:37 pm
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John P. Marquand has a fair few books that I'd say fit that bill.
>> No. 7192 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 9:03 pm
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Raymond Chandler. The Big Sleep is a classic.
>> No. 7193 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 10:05 pm
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I'll take a wild guess at L.A. Confidential, although I've not read it, but the film is excellent.

>> No. 7166 Anonymous
19th October 2020
Monday 5:08 pm
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Can anyone recommend me their best books on archeology? Looking especially for collections of photography or image-rich works.

I'd also be open to online blogs or magazines if the subscription is reasonable.
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>> No. 7183 Anonymous
5th December 2020
Saturday 4:03 pm
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Schliemann's book about Troy.

Kurt Mendelssohn book about the Pyramids
>> No. 7184 Anonymous
5th December 2020
Saturday 4:25 pm
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Kuntmann's book about Fartz

>> No. 7150 Anonymous
22nd July 2020
Wednesday 7:26 pm
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What's the easiest way to become a bestselling author? If buying 400 copies of your own book is enough to move you from thirteenth to eighth in the Sunday Times charts then it can't be that hard to game the system.

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>> No. 7156 Anonymous
23rd July 2020
Thursday 9:38 am
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Get on telly for a bit, get someone to ghost write any old shite for you, have a teary on This Morning. Bestselling status in no time.
>> No. 7157 Anonymous
23rd July 2020
Thursday 11:04 am
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So I'm assuming these book charts are daily/hourly say, not an assessment of total volume for a particular year.

So something like you're using the fibonacci sequence to weight books based on how long they've been out.

I'd have to think about it some more. Say new releases get a 21x multiplier, releases from last week 13, and so on down to 1.
>> No. 7158 Anonymous
23rd July 2020
Thursday 11:04 am
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Brent Underwood made a picture of his foot a bestseller.

>> No. 7159 Anonymous
23rd July 2020
Thursday 11:06 am
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Or more precisely by not using just the discrete whole-number values, but actually mapping time-since-release on to the continuous interpolated Fibonacci plot.
>> No. 7160 Anonymous
23rd July 2020
Thursday 12:55 pm
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I sold those two over the course of three years so I reckon that's my chances fucked.

>> No. 5761 Anonymous
8th October 2014
Wednesday 9:35 pm
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Evening, Mumsnet lads.

I'm running low on ideas of what to read to my son [7]. We're working our way through the Mr Gum books and if I can't think of something when we're finished my other half will probably subject him to Enid Blyton. We've read The Hobbit and all of Ronald Dahl's books for children but I don't know where to go next, possibly Harry Potter (although I've never read them so I don't know what they're like) or maybe something by Terry Deary as he's obsessed with ancient Egypt. Goosebumps?

I'd be grateful for any tips. Any books you were particularly fond of from your childhood?
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>> No. 7148 Anonymous
8th July 2020
Wednesday 1:05 pm
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I'm still punishing myself by trying to finish the Keys to the Kingdom series. Currently in the middle of having stopped reading Sir Thursday about six months ago.
>> No. 7149 Anonymous
8th July 2020
Wednesday 3:33 pm
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He's read the first four Old Kingdom books this week so far, plus a fair chunk of the Nome trilogy. I picked up Mister Monday in a second-hand bookshop a few years back and now he's suddenly into Garth Nix again he's asking for all of the Keys to the Kingdom books.
>> No. 7349 Anonymous
25th October 2021
Monday 10:57 pm
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He's not reading as much as he used to but he's just finished the Mistborn trilogy, which he's rated 7/10.
>> No. 7350 Anonymous
26th October 2021
Tuesday 3:46 am
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It's a good intro to Mr Sanderson's writing style and 7/10 hits the nail on its head. Mr Sanderson is consistent and prolific if nothing else and has written other books in the same style or even the same universe. Maybe stay clear of the Wax & Wayne books, they depart from fantasy and instead move into something between noir and slapstick in a Mistborn Spaghetti Western trope style.

May I recommend Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy? I enjoyed both author's work immensly, yet Robin Hobb's style is more focussed on how characters interact, while Sanderson is more about how the world works. Maybe supply Assassins Apprentice and see.

Either way, good job on you and your lad, good stories deserve to be told.
>> No. 7365 Anonymous
27th December 2021
Monday 4:00 pm
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Quick festive laddo update.

>Laddo didn't wake up until about 3:15 this afternoon. Bought him a few Garth Nix books to keep him going and evidently he decided to read a couple of them last night/into the early hours of the morning.

He got Terciel and Elinor by Nix for Christmas. He didn't wake up until early afternoon today because he was up until the small hours reading the entire thing.

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