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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. 6704 Anonymous
22nd October 2017
Sunday 6:28 pm
6704 Anne Garreta - Sphinx
I haven't read any fewer books since the last post, but this is the only one I've felt worth recommending to others.
>> No. 6706 Anonymous
19th November 2017
Sunday 10:01 am
6706 Lee Child - Gone Tomorrow
I tried reading some stuff outside of my usual interests.
This was pretty funny, some silly gaffes about technology and phones especially in the first half.
The narrator eventually conceded that he doesn't understand technology and stuck to (describing) his guns. And the New York underground system. There are maybe three pages dedicated to trivia on the construction and use of one particular make of carriage.
Massive overuse of Chekhov's gun. It takes some thinking to get that to work fluidly but it happened so much it read like he was doing it by rote almost, nothing innovative about it.
Solid writing for a thriller although there was one plot point that tantalisingly never got tied up.
Strong but not outstanding use of description, elements of Gary Stu, good pacing, weak characterisation, strong underlying themes of misogyny.
>> No. 6707 Anonymous
19th November 2017
Sunday 10:06 am
6707 Michael Connelly - The Black Echo
This is an almost identical book to the Lee Child one except the self-righteous and grumpy middle aged American man vibes are turned up so high you can smell him. Not to imply the other one is a good book but this one is worse in every conceivable way. Except he doesn't make a tit of himself talking about computers or phones, mainly because it was written seven years earlier in 2002 and they weren't really relevant.
There's definitely a simple formula to these books.
>> No. 6708 Anonymous
19th November 2017
Sunday 10:17 am
6708 Justin Cronin - The Passage
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I quite liked this, although it goes on for 800+ pages then you find out it's just the first in a trilogy which is a bit mental. That said, Cronin's research, empathic characterisation and ability to combine different styles makes it not a regrettable read. If someone told me it was originally I Am Legend fanfiction I'd believe it. The only real problem I found was that the sheer number of characters got a bit confusing sometimes, particularly about 2/3 of the way through.
An ambitious work, just a couple of decades too late to make an impact.
>> No. 6709 Anonymous
19th November 2017
Sunday 6:07 pm
6709 Ian Rankin - Tooth & Nail / Wolfman
This was brilliant compared to the other two. It's not exactly The Name of the Rose but nor is it trying to be. I thought detective fiction was traditionally an American speciality, trust a Scotsman to utterly outclass them at their own game.
All the same themes, minus the constant descriptions of the the minutae of guns, but in a far less smug and obnoxious manner. I'm tempted to read some more of his stuff at some point.

>> No. 6686 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 1:47 pm
6686 Cyberpunk
I just finished reading most of William Gibson's work. I love his creativity and scene building, but most of his stories are quite horribly written, and he obviously has issues with women.

Are there any cyberpunk novels with a somewhat more realistic view of human nature? The only other author I know is Neal Stephenson, and his stuff is fedora tier.
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>> No. 6700 Anonymous
21st October 2017
Saturday 11:05 am
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*Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
>> No. 6701 Anonymous
21st October 2017
Saturday 12:56 pm
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I've never really managed to figure out cyberpunk fiction. It fits everything I should like, but when I dipped into it as a teenager I didn't get on with it, and when I came back to Neuromancer and Snowcrash a couple of years ago I thought they were just simply bad. Terrible pacing, trite characterisation... just badly written in general. I appreciate that in the 80s/early 90s this stuff must have seemed ground-breaking and visionary, but now it merely feels dated and all that's left is the style of writing, which I don't like.

Are there any cyberpunk novels that don't read like they've been written by a speedfreak, or does that just go with the territory?
>> No. 6702 Anonymous
21st October 2017
Saturday 1:55 pm
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Schismatrix? Try to get a version that has the short stories as well, they do tie up some loose ends from the main story.
>> No. 6703 Anonymous
21st October 2017
Saturday 7:18 pm
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Thank you for the recommendation. The first brief chapter on Amazon doesn't have the affect of being written under the heavy influence of stimulants, at least.
>> No. 6705 Anonymous
27th October 2017
Friday 3:23 am
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> I'm not sure why everyone like to suck Gibson's dick for Neuromancer (1984), considering Blade Runner and Tron (1982).
> Gibson didn't innovate anything in particular, he just got lucky and was made into a symbol.

What Gibson really achieved with the sprawl trilogy, far beyond his unrealistic imaginings of cyberspace or his prediction of the Internet of Things was capturing the hearts and minds of an entire subculture of teenage hackers and phreaks. Gibson was able to capture both the thrill of hacking and drive and desire to hack incredibly well, while also fueling the fires of many a teenage fantasy that they could one day be a "cyberspace cowboy" or a "digital samurai" selling their hacking talents to the highest bidder (which, to be fair, most of us actually are).

Essentially the "cyberpunk dystopia" setting was entirely arbitrary and interchangable; other than the silly bit where the AIs merge and become the matrix, Case and Bobby's stories could have been transplanted into any setting with technology advanced enough for Gibson's mumbo jumbo to pass muster and the trilogy would still have had the same success.

> Snowcrash a couple of years ago I thought they were just simply bad. Terrible pacing, trite characterisation... just badly written in general.

Did Stephenson ever really write any sincere cyberpunk fiction? Snowcrash was an on-point lampoon of cyberpunk for the most part, with every character, idea and scenario stereotyped and turned up to 11 for (admittedly negligible) comedic effect (Hiro Protagonist? Come on).

>> No. 6679 Anonymous
30th September 2017
Saturday 12:26 am
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How can I read faster?
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>> No. 6685 Anonymous
2nd October 2017
Monday 12:45 pm
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Skim the bits with little useful information, read the useful bits more slowly and take copious, well-organised notes. Learn about concepts like the forgetting curve, spaced repetition and chunking.
>> No. 6687 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 1:59 pm
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1. When I start a book, I read the first chapter, and if I'm not hooked by the end of it I skip the whole book.

2. If I'm still reading after the first chapter and get to a boring patch, I read the first sentence of every page until it gets interesting again.

3. If it's clear that the author is padding out his work, or intentionally obfuscating it to hide its meaning from the plebs (Edward Bernays, Daniel Kahneman, etc.), I read the last paragraph of the whole work.

Every so often, I'll pick up a book I skipped before and try it again. As I have gotten older, some books have started making more sense to me while others have lost their appeal.
>> No. 6695 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 8:43 pm
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>> No. 6696 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 8:33 pm
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>> No. 6697 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 11:02 pm
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>> 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. 6674 Anonymous
28th September 2017
Thursday 3:34 am
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It's Mortal Engines, not 'Hungry Cities'. It'll be bloody sorcerers stones next.

They're making an Artemis Fowl film too. I have absolutely no idea how that will work, I'd put money on it being a disaster.
>> No. 6675 Anonymous
28th September 2017
Thursday 2:43 pm
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Part of the reason I didn't carry on reading the series when I was younger is because of how despondent I was at the end of the first book that London was destroyed.
>> No. 6676 Anonymous
28th September 2017
Thursday 7:13 pm
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Going off on the horns of a furious tangent...
Anyone else ever get the thing where reminiscing about one thing automatically ties to a different thing because of two things happening at the same time in the past?
I first read mortal engines at the same time as listening to 40ft by Franz Ferdinand, now those two memories are stuck together in my head and a mention of the book always makes me think of that song.
>> No. 6677 Anonymous
28th September 2017
Thursday 7:13 pm
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At least it's a happy ending.
>> No. 6678 Anonymous
29th September 2017
Friday 8:15 pm
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Sorry slightly tilt this towards a cunt-off, but I was referring to the series, which is titled as such, cunt.

Upon further inspection of the Wiki, the series appears to be known to the Author as the 'Mortal Engines Quartet'. Cuntoff averted.

>> No. 6624 Anonymous
9th September 2017
Saturday 9:35 pm
6624 GURPS
anyone know where I can get the PDF's? books are quite expensive...
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>> No. 6662 Anonymous
13th September 2017
Wednesday 9:47 pm
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Just FYI, all the Anne Fine stuff I could find on undernet and bibliotik is in that mega, except for an audiobook of some sort that I skipped for the sake of my ratio.
>> No. 6663 Anonymous
13th September 2017
Wednesday 10:09 pm
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>>6662 thanks
>> No. 6664 Anonymous
14th September 2017
Thursday 12:05 am
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Is GURPS really any good though? I played a bit of Discworld GURPS back in the day and it didn't wow me. I feel like it'd be easier to design my own system than bother learning a new one, tbh...
>> No. 6665 Anonymous
14th September 2017
Thursday 3:49 pm
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Gurps does my nut in for the sheer blandness of it. If you want a system that does nothing to reinforce the individual thematic tone of a setting but gives you a clearly defined set of rules then this is the system for you.

In glorious Soviet regime all other RPG systems are banned as decadent bourgeois opiates of the masses. Praise the Generic Universal Role Playing System of the Soviet People!
>> No. 6666 Anonymous
14th September 2017
Thursday 9:15 pm
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>>6664 For what I want I believe so.

>>6665 if you or anyone else can recommend a role playing system then I'm all ears.

I'll tell you lot what it is and then a recommendation?

its a ww2 style game set in the 80's where Hitler won the war by dropping it on Washington first. it starts as a basic rescue mission and will have a bit of lore that I'm writing for padding out. then it turns into Hitler's mission to Mars and the summoning of Cthulhu by Hitler in exchange for a longer life as he's 85 by '84 but Hitler misunderstood the wrath of the elder gods and the heros end up stopping all of this.
That's the wide arc of this and the problem I had was finding something that fitted with "conventional" weapons pistols, rifles and what not, along with some basic DnD stuff like for example; Arcane strike = experimental rifle that's found.
a lot of this would be home brewed but the struggle is with finding something that works. the Grit mechanic in DnD wasn't appealing so I thought something basic would.

>> No. 6094 Anonymous
6th August 2015
Thursday 1:10 am
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Here's a cute, English girl talking about Philosophy.
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>> No. 6174 Anonymous
30th September 2015
Wednesday 4:56 pm
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I'd love to get Dionysian with her.
>> No. 6175 Anonymous
30th September 2015
Wednesday 5:31 pm
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Is this satyre?
>> No. 6176 Anonymous
30th September 2015
Wednesday 6:15 pm
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Phwoar I'd Noam her Chomsky IYKWIM
>> No. 6177 Anonymous
1st October 2015
Thursday 12:42 pm
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I want to fuck her
>> No. 6620 Anonymous
13th July 2017
Thursday 2:42 pm
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Here's a fit asian talking about books


>> No. 6605 Anonymous
25th June 2017
Sunday 12:00 pm
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Morning, lads.

It's my birthday coming up and there's very little I actually want so I thought I'd primarily ask for books (I'm >>/job/11278), although I'm not entirely sure which ones to ask for so I'd be grateful for recommendations please, lads.

Authors I like include, but are not limited to, Bill Bryson, Hunter S Thompson, Philip Pullman, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Iain Banks, Jon Ronson, Philip K Dick, John Lanchester, George Orwell, Olaf Stapledon, Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller, Aldous Huxley, etc. That sort of thing.

Thanks, lads.
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>> No. 6606 Anonymous
25th June 2017
Sunday 12:41 pm
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>Aldous Huxley, George Orwell

You'd probably like 'We' by Yevgeny Zamyatin. I've never read it but it is very much in that dystopia style, and I've heard good things.
>> No. 6607 Anonymous
25th June 2017
Sunday 12:54 pm
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You could try Paolo Bacigalupi, Hannu Rajaniemi or Vurt. Stanislaw Lem?
'We' isn't a terribly exciting book if you've already read 1984 and BNW, it's more of the same (although it was written first).
>> No. 6608 Anonymous
25th June 2017
Sunday 2:52 pm
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Seconding Vurt.

Other ones from here I can remember going through are the Illuminatus! trilogy and possibly also the Red Mars series.

>> No. 6587 Anonymous
8th April 2017
Saturday 11:01 pm
6587 Immunology
I'm looking for a book about the human immune system, could any of you lads recommend one? I'm a beginner with no formal training what so ever.
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>> No. 6589 Anonymous
9th April 2017
Sunday 3:14 am
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Who do I call if I have Djinn problem? Is there a halal equivalent of Ghostbusters?
>> No. 6590 Anonymous
9th April 2017
Sunday 7:23 am
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Immunology is a complex topic. Unless you took A-levels in chemistry and biology fairly recently, you're unlikely to learn much from a typical undergraduate immunology textbook. An introductory course in biology from Coursera or Khan Academy might be a good start; if you're really keen, you could do A-levels or an Access to HE course at your local FE college.
>> No. 6591 Anonymous
9th April 2017
Sunday 10:57 am
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Oh do piss off you idiot.
>> No. 6592 Anonymous
9th April 2017
Sunday 3:13 pm
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Immunology looks fascinating and incredibly complex. As the previous poster pointed out, if you have no formal training you're probably going to be reading gibberish. Hell, I have a Chemistry A-level and a degree in Physics (he wrote smugly) and I doubt I'd get much of what I was reading, at least at the level where I wasn't just repeating things by rote.

If you really want to study immunology, which is a highly admirable ambition, I'd recommend first studying chemistry at an adult education college then seeing what mature student courses are available. From what I understand mature students are sought after since they're genuinely pursuing a dream as opposed to wandering into x subject since they assume uni is what they should do at that age.

Either way I wish you all the best m7.
>> No. 6593 Anonymous
13th April 2017
Thursday 3:32 pm
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I'd recommend "Biology: The Science of Life" by Robert A. Wallace, if you can find it. It's just a general biology textbook, but well written and a good introduction.

After that, I have no idea. I used this one:

It will be rough going no matter what. You basically have to memorize an alphabet soup of enzymes and ligands. Worse, everything is unintuitively named because it was discovered by accident or for some reason unrelated to its function. For example, the enzyme "XP" is named after the disease it causes, Xeroderma Pigmentosa, rather than its function (DNA repair).

t. used to work in the immunology department at MIT.

>> No. 6548 Anonymous
9th February 2017
Thursday 9:44 am
6548 Alternative history
About 15 years ago a mate mentioned a series of books in which the Vikings and the Native Americans had the first industrial revolution.

Anyone got an idea what the fuck they are called or who the author was? I don't think it is Alan Smale from what I have read.

I am desperate to read them, because it is really pissing me off that I cannot find them.
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>> No. 6570 Anonymous
11th March 2017
Saturday 7:25 pm
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Gina? Vaginas did not discover America. I meant to say China, fucking autocorrect.
>> No. 6571 Anonymous
12th March 2017
Sunday 11:05 am
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Except it is utter bollocks. But thank you for trying to help, I do appreciate it.
>> No. 6573 Anonymous
13th March 2017
Monday 11:15 pm
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Which part of the book did you find to be falsifiable or far fetched?
>> No. 6576 Anonymous
15th March 2017
Wednesday 5:39 pm
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Well, if I am thinking about the same book, the fact that the thing is utter Chinese propaganda bullshit?
>> No. 6577 Anonymous
15th March 2017
Wednesday 7:19 pm
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<Insert obligatory joke about Columbus being a massive fanny here.>

>> No. 6538 Anonymous
17th January 2017
Tuesday 6:00 am
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The Bo Weevil Club Book: Memoir of a Nerd Child

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>> No. 6539 Anonymous
17th January 2017
Tuesday 1:05 pm
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You're an odd woman.
>> No. 6540 Anonymous
17th January 2017
Tuesday 2:06 pm
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I hope you're well Emily.

>> No. 6528 Anonymous
18th November 2016
Friday 8:31 pm
6528 Audiobooks
This past year I have been listening to audiobooks on my walks and find the experience to be quite enjoyable. However whilst there is no end of recommendations for written works I feel as if there should be a distinction between a good book and a good audio book due to how written work translates into the spoken word and the narrators delivery.

That may or may not sound strange to you but I was hoping we could have an audiobook recommendation thread. Tell us about the works you have enjoyed and why so we can all go for contemplative walks or listen to something on our commute beyond the same songs day-in day-out.

I would like to start by recommending a classic or rather Classic American Short Stories as narrated by William Roberts. It is of course a collection of short stories from authors such as Twain and Bierce that whilst working on a range of themes and styles I feel all work perfectly as something you would hear by a camp-fire.
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>> No. 6530 Anonymous
18th November 2016
Friday 9:03 pm
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I've been spending the past few months listening through the works of Robert A. Heinlein.

It's definitely worth trying at least a few, even if you don't think that science fiction from the 50s and 60s is your cup of tea.

>> No. 6531 Anonymous
18th November 2016
Friday 9:18 pm
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I've been enjoying Lincoln by Gore Vidal recently. Also, I've been told The Things They Carried, narrated by Brian Cranston, is a good listen.
>> No. 6532 Anonymous
20th November 2016
Sunday 5:06 pm
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This talk of science fiction reminded me that I've had Flowers for Algernon on my reading list for some time. There is a torrent floating online for it.

The first person reporting writing style lends itself well to audiobook format and it works well as a story too. By and large what happens has been spoiled by references in pop-culture but its still enjoyable and on some level I relate to the main character because we've all been the dippy lad at work in our teens.

>> No. 6516 Anonymous
11th November 2016
Friday 12:39 am
6516 Journaling
Does anyone here keep a diary or written journal?

As I approach a quarter of a century I start to think more and more that one day I may appreciate having some recollections of my youth. I'm interested as to what techniques or practice anyone here brings to their own personal log, whether written or digital.

Any tips for keeping it up, or discussion on what kind of details you find important to include and those you don't bother with. Tell me about your journals.
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>> No. 6522 Anonymous
12th November 2016
Saturday 6:32 pm
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I used to write in journals daily for a couple of years but then binned the lot after re reading years later.

Like most people that grow up and realise that they were a clueless naive stupid fucker, I didn't want writings to remind me that I was a clueless naive stupid fucker.
>> No. 6523 Anonymous
12th November 2016
Saturday 6:47 pm
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I kept a diary of all my nightly dreams for six months when I was 17. Sadly long since left at the parental house and chucked out. You had to write the dream down fast before it disappears or was forgotten and I remember doing that straight away every morning. It was an interesting discipline to try.
>> No. 6524 Anonymous
12th November 2016
Saturday 8:42 pm
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Taking notes, self-improvement in general, life as a whole?
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12th November 2016
Saturday 8:54 pm
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Pretty much.
>> No. 6526 Anonymous
13th November 2016
Sunday 8:14 pm
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That sounds exactly like my current notebook. There's more shopping lists and WiFi passwords in it than there are memories, so perhaps I'll carry on using it as such. Summarising books you've read sounds tedious to me, but perhaps I should try to reflect on what I read more; I eat my way through fiction and treat books as more of an escape than any way to challenge myself though, so perhaps it's not really translatable.

I'm writing them in the knowledge that I'll grow up and find myself naive and pretentious. I'm alright with it, though it is rather cringe-inducing to read how I wrote even 5 years ago. But that's life, mate.

>> No. 6463 Anonymous
31st August 2016
Wednesday 8:26 pm
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Does anyone know of a good book concerning the translation and interpretation of the Quran in simple English? I would really appreciate it.
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>> No. 6505 Anonymous
25th September 2016
Sunday 5:10 am
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The bible became codified at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD.

So no, only the interpretation and 'translation' has been changed (parts conveniently ignored and amended to reinforce an interpretation). Weirdly the Torah didn't become codified until the 11th century which makes the Christian account more accurate. The dead sea scrolls are far enough away from either in their content to undermine any concept of divine truth contained within though.
>> No. 6506 Anonymous
25th September 2016
Sunday 1:19 pm
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The proper way to respond to them is to point out that God also hates figs.
>> No. 6507 Anonymous
25th September 2016
Sunday 5:03 pm
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No. The Da Vinci Code is not historically accurate. The Council Of Nicea did not decide which books would go in the Bible, that was decided a century before by a document called the Muratorian Canon. A fragment of it was found and it had a list of books very similar to the New Testament. Furthermore, a search of what the Church men were saying in the second and third century show that they did not mention any extra books that were then removed by the Council.

Purely from a historical perspective, the Quran is the most valid Abrahamic religious text because it was created late enough to have sources from other societies such as the Byzantine and Persian empire comment on it. It was written within one century whereas the Bible is a mish mash of books spanning over five centuries. A lack of independent scrutiny from other civilisations also make the Bible particularly iffy compared to the Quran as we didn't get the account of the Israelites from the Assyrians for example. This is in stark contrast to Islam which faced the wrath of Saint John of Damascus pretty early on.


Furthermore, the archaeological evidence from the various sites mentioned in the Bible do not add up to the historical account. To be fair though, the Quran mentions flying horses and genies and men who were 12 feet tall, so perhaps it's all hogwash.

To GCHQlad: I have a passing interest in theology, this does not make me a radical nor does this deserve being logged
>> No. 6508 Anonymous
25th September 2016
Sunday 7:47 pm
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>The Council Of Nicea did not decide which books would go in the Bible, that was decided a century before by a document called the Muratorian Canon

I stand corrected, I wouldn't touch the 'Da Vinci Code', my source is various public educational institutions which evidently have been telling everyone the wrong thing (it seems to be a common enough misconception the Wikipedia page even mentions it).
>> No. 6509 Anonymous
25th September 2016
Sunday 9:02 pm
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>this does not make me a radical nor does this deserve being logged

If you've done nothing wrong, you've nothing to fear lad. I'll mark the file for you.

>> No. 6486 Anonymous
8th September 2016
Thursday 12:32 pm
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I know we have a few writerlads on gs, I was wondering if any of you could give some advice on getting work out there and seen?

I've been submitting my short stories to small zines for years now but nobody seems to read them and the zines themselves tend to be neglected and disappear after not much more than a year or so.
I can't find an audience and it feels like I'm getting nowhere.
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>> No. 6492 Anonymous
8th September 2016
Thursday 8:12 pm
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I know this isn't that relevant, but as I say, I don't know any writers, and I wanted to share what I've discovered as I've tried to become a competent writer. I'm at the stage of writing short stories and bits and pieces of this novel. I think that I would self-publish, if I was able to put a bit of money away and maybe pay for some marketing. I don't have any hopes for making money by selling what I've written, I'm just hugely passionate about it. But there's also websites that will publish books in a better-than-amateur quality for you, like www.lulu.com
>> No. 6493 Anonymous
8th September 2016
Thursday 9:23 pm
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That's not particularly helpful for my situation as I'm shooting myself in the foot by refusing to approach it from a social media angle, but well done. I have a small writer's circle on a nom-de-plume facebook account who, while they're generally more complimentary about my work than anyone else's, aren't really what I'd call fans or an audience.

Personally I'd avoid self-publishing at all. It seems like a shortcut that means you don't get the real validation of beating the literary gate-keepers of publishing, regardless of how much you make from it.
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9th September 2016
Friday 12:52 am
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I have had sex with four attractive women a lot younger than me as a direct result of my extremely modest literary success. It sort of helped that I became single at the same time as the book was coming out. But actually it is also really nice getting feedback from random readers in far-off countries I've never met and probably never will - makes me feel like a more useful human being.
>> No. 6495 Anonymous
9th September 2016
Friday 6:08 pm
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I have no idea what you're all talking about but couldn't you sell short stories as radio programs?
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9th September 2016
Friday 6:27 pm
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You'd need to find a buyer. Here that basically means the BBC. You'd need to find the right commissioning editor during the right commissioning round, not to mention an idea of who might read some of the parts in your play for voices.

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