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>> No. 5456 Anonymous
4th April 2014
Friday 3:02 am
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This was really good.
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>> No. 7194 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 11:16 pm
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I'm not sure what I made of this. It wasn't unpleasant to read, although Vonnegut's faux-naïf writing style wore thin at times. It's largely a meandering stream of consciousness, but most of the commentary within it is rather tame by today's standards.
>> No. 7195 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 12:37 am
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>>7194
I enjoyed Vonnegut a lot more when I was a sullen teenlad who thought being reductionist was insightful. His books are quirky and he's eminently a very good writer with a powerful imagination since I've always found myself becoming trapped within a few pages. But under it all, there isn't a whole lot and his style can grate in excess.
>> No. 7196 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 12:56 am
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This is quite good.
>> No. 7200 Anonymous
4th February 2021
Thursday 9:00 pm
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It never really went anywhere. It was an interesting premise but it just sort of petered out.
>> No. 7201 Anonymous
5th February 2021
Friday 9:15 am
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Very much enjoyed this. British appeasement and German rearmament. Reccomends.

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>> 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. 7186 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 1:53 pm
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>>7185
Back2Cheltingham GCHQ crypto-nonce.

You'll never take me alive!

Also, does it really need to be said not to post links or otherwise provide information to sources of pirated copyrighted content on this website?
>> No. 7187 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 12:40 pm
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If there's something specific you're looking for you could do the audible free trial.

There is also a lot of older content hosted on youtube and the like. Maybe even soundcloud and spotify.

I imagine the reason that there
are less audiobooks online because fewer people listen to audiobooks and the filesize is much larger than that of a humble epub.
>> 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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>>7185
Buy stolen credit card info from the dark web and use it to pay for Audible. It's as good as free.

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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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>>7189
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.

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>> 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

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>> 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.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jul/22/author-loses-spot-in-top-10-bought-400-copies-of-his-own-book-mark-dawson-the-cleaner
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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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>>7153
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.
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23rd July 2020
Thursday 11:04 am
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Brent Underwood made a picture of his foot a bestseller.

https://observer.com/2016/02/behind-the-scam-what-does-it-takes-to-be-a-bestselling-author-3-and-5-minutes/
>> No. 7159 Anonymous
23rd July 2020
Thursday 11:06 am
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>>7157
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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>>7159
I sold those two over the course of three years so I reckon that's my chances fucked.

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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. 7134 Anonymous
7th May 2020
Thursday 9:21 pm
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>>7133

I enjoyed them but agree with your sentiment. It's been a while since I read them but he's only supposed to be a knob cos his dad's missing, which didn't resonate with me at all since I was very pleased my dad was missing.
>> No. 7135 Anonymous
7th May 2020
Thursday 9:40 pm
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>>7133
A lot of 'book smart' people are educated fools who lack common sense and emotional intelligence. As a swot in school I can safely say that a lot of us were twats.
>> No. 7147 Anonymous
7th July 2020
Tuesday 11:02 pm
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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's watched the Artemis Fowl film on Disney+ and he said it was terrible.
>> No. 7148 Anonymous
8th July 2020
Wednesday 1:05 pm
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>>7147
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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>>7148
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.

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>> No. 6963 Anonymous
14th April 2019
Sunday 7:43 pm
6963 Books by women
It's dawned on me that, other than a novel written by a former work colleague, I haven't read a book written by a woman in over a decade. This hasn't been a conscious decision, it's just that the books I've tended to gravitate towards happen to have been written by men. However I feel I should make a conscious effort to read some, even if it's just to gain a different perspective on things.

Where should I start? Virginia Woolf? Jane Austen? Fleur Jaeggy? Dorothy Parker? Arundhati Roy? Olga Tokarczuk? Stella Gibbons?
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>> No. 7143 Anonymous
17th June 2020
Wednesday 3:29 am
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>>7142
I haven't looked it up, but I heavily suspect Chris Wooding is a burd tbh.
>> No. 7144 Anonymous
17th June 2020
Wednesday 8:37 am
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>>7143

She's not much of a looker.
>> No. 7145 Anonymous
17th June 2020
Wednesday 10:18 pm
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>>7144
Respect women with beards mate, it's 2020.
>> No. 7146 Anonymous
18th June 2020
Thursday 4:34 pm
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The Children of Men by P. Do James is a cracking short read. If you've seen the (excellent) film, the book is interesting for how profoundly different the characters are. It's set in 2021 and some parts are eeriely realistic, such as the trend of treating newborn animals like actual children. Weirdo Americans practically do this already.

It's a novel that leaves me a bit wistful. James evidently could write well about much broader topics than crime and it makes me wonder what else she could've produced had she experimented a little more. I suppose publishers don't share this perspective.
>> No. 7161 Anonymous
31st July 2020
Friday 10:09 pm
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Finished Under the Net last night. I enjoyed it so now I'm starting on The Sacred and Profane Love Machine.

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>> No. 7088 Anonymous
27th April 2020
Monday 10:55 am
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If you had to pick 10 books (or series) that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime what would they be?

Pic unrelated.
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>> No. 7127 Anonymous
30th April 2020
Thursday 8:43 am
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>>7126
Alright there, Keith
>> No. 7128 Anonymous
30th April 2020
Thursday 8:53 am
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Gone too soon.
>> No. 7129 Anonymous
3rd May 2020
Sunday 7:55 am
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>>7125
It's a fascinating book. I live in an area of Hampshire that is surrounded by MOD land - they own tons of the place (and give it to eco warriors to manage when they're not using it).
>> No. 7130 Anonymous
3rd May 2020
Sunday 9:24 am
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>>7126

>Technological Slavery - Theodore J. Kaczynski

You're on a list now.
>> No. 7131 Anonymous
3rd May 2020
Sunday 9:29 am
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I remember reading it at the time it was published - if you didn't know who the writing was by, and what he was up to, it's actually well written.

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>> No. 7076 Anonymous
19th January 2020
Sunday 10:07 pm
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When I am supreme ruler anyone who annotates a book will be strung up from the nearest lamppost.

I was just about to start reading Nights at the Circus but when I've opened it up I've found out that an absolute mouthbreather has underlined passages of text or circled words they've needed to look up, like pinions, Nordic and hubris. This is the second book I've bought like this; the previous occasion was The Debt to Pleasure, which was mainly comments about how they hated the protagonist. I know there's the risk when you buy second-hand books, but for actual fuck's sake.
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>> No. 7082 Anonymous
21st January 2020
Tuesday 7:57 am
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>>7079

Wasn't House of Leaves based on a similar idea?
>> No. 7083 Anonymous
21st January 2020
Tuesday 1:18 pm
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>>7082
They're both terribly gimmicky but at least HoL doesn't come with faux-aged looking pop-out bullshit.

>>7081
I hope you manage to stay awake long enough to enjoy it, it's a good book. Wise Children is probably more easy reading, in my opinion.
>> No. 7084 Anonymous
21st January 2020
Tuesday 7:21 pm
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>>7079
I got up to finishing the introduction, because it was like reading notes on a lecture. Then the novel proper began and I got bored trying to keep track of the two parallel stories happening to the protagonist and the margin-scribblers.

I think it's the most effort-intensive book I've ever read, starting with having to remove it from the separate sleeve it comes in, to dealing with all the inserts and a fucking code-wheel, to not only reading two stories at once but keeping track of the colour of the ink they use in order to date precisely when in the story they are writing the note. Christ.
>> No. 7085 Anonymous
22nd January 2020
Wednesday 4:30 am
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>>7082

I remember people I sort of respected posting on facebook that HOL was the most mind-fucking book they'd ever read. I didn't read it, but I also wasn't sure what to make of such a statement.
>> No. 7086 Anonymous
22nd January 2020
Wednesday 11:22 am
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>>7079
>conceived by J. J. Abrams

I guess that tallies up with all the posts calling it gimmicky bullshit.

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>> No. 6943 Anonymous
8th February 2019
Friday 12:03 pm
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How do I go about writing a book?

I've got a loose idea in my head an undercover officer infiltrates a group, possibly someone like the Democratic Football Lads Alliance, only for it descend into a farce as it turns out 90% of the members are undercover officers who don't want to blow their cover. So far the end result in my head is that the organisation ends up gaining lots of members because the officers make the group seem much larger than it would be otherwise and they're so adept at bureaucracy that they run the group far more efficiently than it would otherwise be. This is the point where you tell me this idea has already been done and far better than I could ever hope to write it. but I'm not entirely sure where to go from here.

Thanks, lads.
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>> No. 7060 Anonymous
25th October 2019
Friday 12:04 pm
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G K Chestertons The Man Who Was Thursaday might be worth a read. It sounds essentially the same but the ending - more a mystery around who's undercover and who's not, and a bit of talk about anarchy. It's pretty short. Might be helpful.

I've always wondered about writing; whether you should have something to say that your characters revolve around or if it should be nothing more than a story. I can see both aproaches being boring for a reader.

How well does screen writing theory translate through books? The anatomy of a story kind of thing?
>> No. 7061 Anonymous
25th October 2019
Friday 1:52 pm
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>>7060
It's the same basic theory but the way most screenwriters phrase it all makes me cringe.
>> No. 7062 Anonymous
25th October 2019
Friday 2:22 pm
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>>7060
I've never seen anybody reference Chesterton outside of the early Deus Ex fandom but I welcome it. It's like he stepped in from an alternate dimension where Arthur Conan Doyle wasn't insufferably dull.

>How well does screen writing theory translate through books? The anatomy of a story kind of thing?
Screen writing theory is (with the exception of modernist filmmakers - you know the ones) largely based on classic literary structure. Joseph Campbell constructed the model of the "monomyth" or "hero's journey" that has been so ubiquitous throughout the ages that it's difficult to shake it when watching film or engaging with formulaic prose once you're aware. That's not to say it's tacky or overdone, just overly reliant on plot linearity rather than individual character exposition to flesh out the book/film universe.
>> No. 7063 Anonymous
25th October 2019
Friday 6:32 pm
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>>7061
You have to chat bare shit in the visual arts, it's the only way.
>> No. 7064 Anonymous
26th October 2019
Saturday 1:27 pm
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> I've never seen anybody reference Chesterton outside of the early Deus Ex fandom
Not who you're responding to but DX was how I got exposed to Chesterton's work.
There's something else I'd read written by him, something that was quite profound and even more so given that it was written a hundred years ago. Can't fucking recall what.
Sage for veering off-topic.

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>> No. 7049 Anonymous
23rd September 2019
Monday 4:08 pm
7049 Everyday writing
How to hit the sweet spot between being too terse and milling the wind with unnecessary embellishments?

I can't help but notice that I'm lacking in clear expression of my thoughts sometimes. Add the perception that the texts I write and my speech seem somewhat... torn. Like a mosaic assembled from shite glass pieces instead of being fluid like water, perhaps covering area a bit excessively yet getting where it should get.

I cut the bullshit and it's the aforementioned mosaic. I add a bit of fluff and it's a load of bollocks.
Help lads. Some folks write really bloody well, I could read their posts all night. What's the trick?

Immediate sage for crass autism. Also not sure if this should go here or in /uni/.
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>> No. 7050 Anonymous
23rd September 2019
Monday 5:23 pm
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What immediately stands out about your post is that you don't seem to understand how paragraphs work, or what they're for. It's not just breaking sentences up for easy reading; the sentences are placed together in a paragraph to carry a through-line thought or idea from beginning to end. What you've got there is two paragraphs split into four, with the ideas only just about in order.
>> No. 7051 Anonymous
23rd September 2019
Monday 6:38 pm
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Despite his rather lacklustre ability to knock out flaccid suburbanite horror on an annual basis, Stephen King's "On Writing" is a cracking read for anybody looking for a bit of guidance on how to tackle the ennui that clings to writers just like you, '80s drug binge notwithstanding.

Give it a look.
>> No. 7052 Anonymous
24th September 2019
Tuesday 11:14 am
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>>7050
Noted.
> with the ideas only just about in order.
The irony innit? This stuff is one of the reasons I posted this request.
>>7051
I'm not a writer in a sense that I don't write books. That's why the 'Everyday writing' post title.
I'm looking for a method to improve my shitpostingwriting overall as well as fleshing out what's on my mind better.
Would that book still be of use?
>> No. 7053 Anonymous
24th September 2019
Tuesday 11:33 am
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>>7052
I think you'd be better off learning about speech and rhetoric. Have a look on here https://www.thegreatcourses.co.uk/ for some lecture series that appeal to you then go to piratebay and download them.

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>> No. 6796 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 12:37 am
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What features of book covers are a tip-off it's going to automatically be a terrible book? I think good-looking people, models and six-packs.
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>> No. 7022 Anonymous
16th July 2019
Tuesday 5:22 pm
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>>7021
The threads are leaking again! It's much better than that, I assure you. Naturally I won't be sharing since I don't want Charlie Brooker to nick it.
>> No. 7023 Anonymous
16th July 2019
Tuesday 5:30 pm
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>>7022
Mate, saying "dibs on Konnie" didn't actually make her your fiancé.
>> No. 7024 Anonymous
16th July 2019
Tuesday 5:51 pm
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>>7023
Close but no cigar. It's actually about a team of gay Scottish footballers who moonlight as costumed superheroes in their spare time. It's called 'Power Bottom Rangers'.
>> No. 7025 Anonymous
16th July 2019
Tuesday 6:31 pm
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>>7024
I wasn't keen on that episode of Black Mirror.
>> No. 7026 Anonymous
16th July 2019
Tuesday 6:38 pm
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>>7025
It's been terrible ever since the yanks got hold of it to be fair.

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>> No. 7008 Anonymous
25th June 2019
Tuesday 4:43 pm
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Have you ever read a book where someone's attempt at a local detail was wrong and threw you out of it? I was reading pic related and for the UK bits, the South African author had been busy name-dropping Eastenders and things, then there was a bit in a hospital and she said it had Laura Ashley couches. In any hospital I've been the seating just has to be waterproof. Laura Ashley would definitely look out of place, unless private hospitals are different or something.
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25th June 2019
Tuesday 6:17 pm
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Olaf Stapledon tries to imagine the history of humanity over the next two billion years but many reviews recommend you skip the first four chapters or so because of how laughably inaccurate his account of the near future is; the book was published in 1930.

France and Britain end up in a catastrophic war, with Germany seen as the main peacebroker of Europe. Nuclear power is discovered but it is then all the research is promptly destroyed so it can never be used as a weapon of war, so First Man ends up building a religion and rituals around coal powered aeroplanes until everything goes to shit when they run out of sources of energy.
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26th June 2019
Wednesday 12:47 pm
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>First Man ends up building a religion and rituals around coal powered aeroplanes until everything goes to shit when they run out of sources of energy.
>laughably inaccurate

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>> No. 6989 Anonymous
29th May 2019
Wednesday 12:24 am
6989 Realm of the Elderlings
This series has had an odd draw on me. I don't recall how I got on to the books, but I started with Assassin's Apprentice almost when it came out, read on with Liveship Traders and the Tawny Man and then it slumbered.

About a year ago I learned that Fitz and the Fool was done, read the trilogy, realised that I'd missed Rain Wild Chronicles and read that and now I'm working my way backwards again through Liveship Traders. I'll have to touch Tawny Man and Farseer again eventually, I think, just for completeness, but the prospect fills me with joy. Re-reading the books with the foreknowledge of what happens and where it goes is a joy in itself, but comparing what I got out of the story when I was basically a teenlad versus what I now realise is going on. I'm gushing, and hence I'm reluctant to touch the confined Tawny and Farseer trilogy again, but outside of Pratchett this is the first time I'm genuinely enjoying re-reading books.

Do you have books you read before, thought done, then touched again and learned something new?
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>> No. 7003 Anonymous
30th May 2019
Thursday 12:37 am
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I should've just picked a picture of Tintagliaa random fantasy trope.
>> No. 7004 Anonymous
30th May 2019
Thursday 5:54 pm
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>>6989
> Do you have books you read before, thought done, then touched again and learned something new?
Some of the books I'd been reading as a teenlad, yes.
A casual glance turned into a full-blown re-read once. There were certain moments I just didn't notice back then due to insufficient life experience.
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30th May 2019
Thursday 6:48 pm
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I thought Winston was literally shot until i read it a second time.
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30th May 2019
Thursday 8:22 pm
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>>7005

In my head, I can only hear the name Winston in a West Indian accent.
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30th May 2019
Thursday 11:51 pm
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