I really enjoy Steinbeck's works, particularly East of Eden
If you enjoy fantasy, you need Trudi Canavan.
>The Black Magician Trilogy
>The Age of the Five Trilogy
Both are awesome.
>this is how virgins denounce criticism
Listen to me op, u read only, Frederich Nietzsche, then Louis-Ferdinand Céline, and u finish with Charles Bukowski, after that u have nothing more to read, ever, in the world.
Ten minutes in, I said fuck this piece of shit.
The Riftwar Saga - Raymond E. Feist
The Kingkiller Chronicle - Patrick Rothfuss
Malazan Book of the Fallen - Steven Erikson
Not all favorites, just good ones.
In case anyone's wondering why this faggot posted a photo for ants; here's the correct size.
I'm on book 4 now. its pretty meh. The cons are he spends too much time explaining what people are eating, then what they are wearing (even unimportant characters). and the sex scenes are written like a pubescent 12 year old boy. He is not a very good writer but an ok story teller and when you have a lot of down time they are pretty good to kill the time. Book 3 was my favorite followed by 1. But 4 is really boring so far and i am 1/3 of the way thru
Did you read the others in the series?
I read the first 7, then stopped. My favorite was Xenocide, and my least was The Speaker for the Dead.
I also read The Tales of Alvin Maker by Card, but after that, I couldn't read more of him. It was more noticeable in the Ender series, but I got sick of his politics/religious shit.
I'm currently on a Storm of Swords. I'm already spoiled on the whole series though, so yeah. Seems pretty legit so far.
Plot of The Road:
There's this road.
And this father. And his son. And they're walking down the road. and a bunch of evil shit is going on in the background. And the road doesn't end. Ever. And there's a bunch of pseudo-horrible shit that occurs, such as an unimaginative person might come up with in post-apocalyptic world if they had zero access to /b/.
Blah blah blah great lit blah blah blah eat my ass Cormac McCarthy. You couldn't plot your way out of a paper bag.
Yeah, for me, the fourth was easily the worst.
I feel like it got way better with the fifth, and I'm very much excited for the next and the last books, though who knows if even I (let alone Martin) will still be alive by then..)
How many is he supposed to make? I heard seven.
Thank you sir, where are you finding these. Google just has a bunch of Deneryes shit. Any kind of stuff from Aegon I ?
Google (character) art. Search tools, large.
Pretty much everything this guy ever wrote. He's known as the Godfather of "pulp fiction."
Check out Pop 2108 too and of course The Grifters.
At the end of From Dusk Till Dawn (the original film), the place where Seth is headed, El Rey, this is the guy who invented it and in The Getaway, he describes exactly what El Rey is. It might give some new perspective to those who have only seen the film.
I finished reading this a few days ago. Great book. Would read again.
They entered the forest, which blah blah blah green blah blah blah dwarves mighty blah blah blah thews blah blah blah Ranger elves blah blah blah blah blah blah blah eagles blah blah blah blah blah blah...(repeat for fifty pages)
The Lord of the Rings, short version.
>Uncle has magic ring
>uncle gets drunk at party and takes off
>stupid fat hobbit gets uncle's ring
>uncle's ring is BAD RING
>are you a wizard
>let's go to the elves
>hey look another stupid fat hobbit
>hey look two more stupid fat hobbits
>go to town
>town doesn't want the ring
>hey look a ranger who is really a king with an elf fetish
>oh, by the way, these guys want the ring back
>stab stupid fat hobbit
>elves don't want the ring
>well fuck, what to do with this ring
>I know let's take it to a volcano and drop it in
>that's the stupidest idea I've...oh, the elves like it. Okay
>oh hi, a dwarf
>oh hi, an elf that looks like a girl
>oh hi, it's the ranger that's really a king again
>oh hi, an actual prince instead of the elf-shagging broody king ranger
>let's go climb some mountains
>these mountains suck
>let's go THROUGH the mountains, we have a dwarf
>the mountains are occupied
>the mountains ARE OCCUPIED
>jesus can't you people read a fucking sign on the door when the toilet's in use? I mean the mountain
>you shall not pass
>NO SHIT THAT'S THAT I WAS TRYING TO DO WHEN YOU FUCKING PEOPLE SHOWED UP
>my god, what's a balrog got to do to get a little privacy around here? Shit made from goblins doesn't just pop out of your ass, it's not exactly full of fiber, you know
>goddamn it, if I'm falling in the septic tank I'm taking your wizard with me
>noooo not our wizard
>oops there's orcs
>they're taking the hobbits to isengard
>nobody gives a shit
>orcs are not just incompetent but evil, lose hobbits
>hobbits meet the tree
>yes, a fucking tree
>you got a problem with the tree?
>other hobbits go elsewhere to go find convenient volcano to drop ring into
>orcs stab prince
>prince lets on he had a thing for the ranger
>suddenly no hobbits
>fuck, no hobbits? we're losing our Catholic school priest molester cards now. Dammit
>let's go find the hobbits
>cue heroic sodomy music
>we are a bunch of idiot faggots who want you to think we're the opposite gender we actually are. Ha ha, oh what fun it is to dress like the opposite gender OW OW OW STOP HITTING ME WITH MY OWN ARM OW OW OW OW
Might have missed it, but the fact that no one has mentioned Bukowski yet, honestly, is more than a little disturbing.
This is still 4chins /b/, right?
the Day by Day Armageddon 3 part series by J. L. Bourne. The last one was pretty stupid, but the first 2 were awesome. Great read if you like zombie books.
Tokien was long-winded i.e. writing out the stupid songs in Lord of the Rings instead of just writing "and so such and such sang a song"..no he had to dedicate a whole fucking chapter to that shitty song. He was no song writer, I can tell you that much. Plus his characters were fricking weird improved greatly in the films i.e. the oliphants (oh look it's an elephant with an "o") oe the ents stupid walking trees the movies did their best to include in the film but left a lot of people scratching their heads whether Tolkien was on drugs at the time. And worst of all...fucking stupid Tom Bombadil weirdo character too weird in fact to be included in the film though he was a big part in the book.
What the fuck.
MFW: J.R.R Martin is 1 million times better than Tolkien ever was
Anyone into Sci-fi ought to read Stranger in a Strange Land
(So when I said 'first and last books', I meant books #6 & #7)
Although, according to wikipedia, "He has publicly hinted that the series might be stretched to an eighth volume". No source link for that, though..
It was originally going to be a trilogy, but he wrote too much and went into too much detail, etc.
Here's to hoping he lives long enough to finish the 7th (and possibly eighth) book.
HERE IS MY FUCKING FACE WHEN I REALIZE TOLKIEN WAS AN OVERATED CUUUUUNT...!!!
This is a great book
Conrad's short stories are great too.
Especially An Outpost of Progress:
"Few men realize that their life, the very essence of their character, their capabilities and their audacities, are only the expression of their belief in the safety of their surroundings. The courage, the composure, the confidence; the emotions and principles; every great and every insignificant thought belongs not to the individual but to the crowd: to the crowd that believes blindly in the irresistible force of its institutions and of its morals, in the power of its police and of its opinion."
Any good dark fantasy series?
>Black Jewels. Best I've read so far.
>Old Kingdom. Not really dark fantasy. I really like the adventure aspect.
>Black Company. Books of the north were great, books of the south were dull. Waiting for books of the east.
>The Broken Empire. I like the way the story is being told by warping between time.
>Did you even read the book?
Yes, they forced me to read it out loud when I was captured and sent to Guantanamo Bay. I was begging to be water-boarded by the end of the first chapter...
Extreme measures is a book I read that goes back and forth between the CIA and some terrorists, read it maybe 6 years ago but I remember it being good especially the beginning
Also anything by Philip K. Dick if you're into sci-fi.
List of films adapted from Dick's stories...
A Scanner Darkly
The Adjustment Bureau
to name a few
I wanted to like this book, I really wanted to. I was interested in the story because holy fucking fuck fuck the Vietnam war. But I can't stand the last third or so of the book. I won't spoil the ending, but you best be prepared to be disappointed.
If you are looking for a good "military" book, read Catch 22. Real short book, real easy read, real funny outlook.
oh god yes
ill tell ya this too
people like the movie, people who have read the book like it too. I've asked allloot of people as to there thoughts on the abortion, people like it.
You really only need to read Ender's game and Ender's shadow. The other books in the series really fall off in the worst way. Kind of the same way the Full Metal Jacket starts to fall apart after Boot Camp.
your missing one of his shorts, ender has some christmas shit going on and its a damn good one.
plus -spoiler- bean being a super crazy big headed freak was pretty great, and him killing that evil limp dick/leg cunt was good too tho i was honestly bored through allot of the books
Since this is /b/ I'll only suggest edgy super fucked up shit:
>William S. Burroughs:
Story of the Eye
>Samuel R. Delany
>>562356765 Hogg is a novel by Samuel R. Delany, often described as pornographic. It was written in San Francisco in 1969 and completed just days before the Stonewall Riots in New York City. A further draft was completed in 1973 in London. At the time it was written, no one would publish it due to its graphic and copious descriptions of murder, child molestation, incest, coprophilia, coprophagia, urolagnia, anal-oral contact, necrophilia and rape.
I wouldn't say god tier, but these are series' that I enjoy.
Wheel of Time
A Song of Ice and Fire
A Stormlight Archive
The Lost Sword/Sword series + Empire of the East (I read this A LONG time ago)
The Kingkiller Chronicles
the Gone novels
Anyway, yeah, so the Gone novel aren't the highest class books, but I enjoyed them. And I haven't read Fred Saberhagen's Sword books in a long time, but I remember them being good.
Hell yeah, man!
Andromeda strain was one of the first books I read when I was ready to shed that "books are boring" and "cool kids don't read" stigma of Elementary School.
Thank you kind sir. I will be saving this post for...science.
I'll be real blunt with you guys, so feel free to chime in your two cents as well.
My coworkers keep on recommending me read "John dies at the end" and "This book is full of spiders." I don't know much of nothing about either except that it is written by somebody who writes for Cracked.com
I saw the movie of John Dies at the End, and I loved it. I've heard the books are better.
I'd read the books if I could get my hands on them, or if I get a little less lazy and just download them from somewhere.
Am I the only one here that loved the Dark Tower series?
Here are some awesome books (and books series) for you to read that are incredible.
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (and his other books)
The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis (first in series)
Roman Blood by Steven Saylor (first in series)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
Dracula by Bram Stroker
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (first in series)
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
That should tide you over for a while.
Lolita, The Satanic Verses, Catch-22, The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, The Middle Parts of Fortune (only 1930s WWI novel to use realistic swearing), The Outsider, Crime and Punishment, Atonement, Dharma Bums, Mrs Dalloway, The Secret Agent, READ THESE BOOKS
Burroughs? Top Tier? LOL
Irvine Welsh? One trick pony much? Should have stopped at Trainspotting.
Cormac McCarthy’s The Road? Still no one can explain to me how in a post-apocalyptic world a female can be fertile enough (without any nutrition) to give birth to a child that can then be eaten in a cannibalistic fashion. Talk about spectacle much...
Now some other posts suggested Dracula? The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man? Dharma Bums?
Yeah, sure, read that trash if you want to get fucked in a Starbucks.
You're an idiot
Read this for your health.
48 laws of power
The A game
The hitchhikers guide the to universe (complete set)
Sun tzu the art of war
Day of the dragon
The mind control method by jose silva
War and peace
What is Called Thinking? by Martin Heidegger
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
Existentialism and Human Emotions Jean-Paul Sartre
Notes From Underground Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
and last but most definitely not least,
The Will to Power Friedrich Nietzsche
These are some pretty good books. Some are hard to understand. People that I've spoken to rarely understand Nietzsche, or at least interpreted his work in a very different way than I have. I think existentialism is a great way to explore the universe inside your mind, so long as you take care not to become a elitist prick on your way.
The worlds religions
CompTIA A+ cert (for you nerds out there)
Romeo and Juliet
Quran (helps to get an understanding of muslims)
Bible (not the new king James version)
Flowers for Algernon
I have a copy. It's fucking weird man. Some of the stuff in there I can really get behind, but then they throw 5 pages in telling you how to curse someone by jacking off onto an altar to summon Belial the god of lies.
Charles Darwin, "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life," 1859
An amazing book that most people will never actually read and try and spew out what he actually said.
The communist manifesto
Fort apache The Bronx
>no Emile Zola
>no Archibald J. Cronin
Seriously, Germinal (Zola) and Stars Look Down (Cronin) are brutally realistic and a perfect depiction of cruely of life. Read them, faggots. I read Stars Look Down when I was 14 or so, and my vision of the world was never the same, so I guess I'm a bit biased, but it would probably have a big impact on me as an adult as well.
basically the best book I ever read, it's kinda about a future internet and basically the future of humanity which ends up being like amazing version of /b. Also there is easter eggs inside the book where people irl had to beat high scores on certain games like tron e.t.c. and they won one of them back to the future cars.
Most of books by King and Pratchett
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
1984 by George Orwell
Cat's Cradle Vonnegut, Kurt
RPO is a pile of shit.
It's /b/tard teenager wish--fulfillment.
Please go make a thread on /lit/ about how much you like it. They appreciate a good laugh.
Actual good books:
Under the Volcano
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
That should get you started, OP.
some books i would recommend
elephants of acid
the sigularity is near
Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
>with catch 22
is this some sort of literature trolling scheme, do you look for "best book" lists, or will you really pretend you ever read/understood it and put it in a same list with catch 22?
Count of monte cristo
The forever war
Man in the high castle
Anything Steinbeck, all depressing as fuck
I read it twice but I still didn't understand every word, no.
It's a hard read but there are plenty of reading guides out there to assist you and if you just take your time and enjoy the flow of the writing instead of forcing it on yourself you'll get through it and and have a good time doing so.
Catch 22 was both very funny and very tragic and an overall excellent read. Easier than Ulysses of course, but that doesn't make it a bad book.
These people know their shit.
I would add The Rebel by Albert Camus and reiterate that Lolita is a fucking masterpiece.
For something more humorous I would recommend The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
The First Law trilogy and associated standalone books by Joe Abercrombie for some great fantasy with imperfect characters and a friggin awesome story.
Living Hell by Catherine Jinks for a short, bizarre, and generally just fun sci-fi horror with an awesome concept.
Music of the Spheres by Jamie James for more educational/thought provoking reading.
Tyranny of the Night by Glen Cook for a hugely detailed and immersive fantasy, higher level reading but still fantasy.
John Dies At The End by David Wong for /b/ embodied in scribbles on a page. Just read it. Hail Korrok. Read This Book Is Full Of Spiders too.
The Pathfinder Gamemastery Guide if you want to know how to design a world and broaden creative horizons. Seriously, read this even if you'll never play DnD, it's informative and helps to work out your brain.
Literally JUST finished reading this. Can't believe I put if off for so long. It was awesome.
The Silence Of The Lambs.
Still don't know what to think of Hannibal.
Don't read Hannibal Rising (at least it's my suggestion).
Thomas Harris has a fantastic way of describing something with as little of effort as possible, and still paints the picture very vividly. His books flow very well too. I definitely suggest them.
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
The Forever War by Joseph Halderman
Beyond Good & Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
Galapagos by kurt Vonnegut Jr.
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke (and Stanley Kubrick to some extent)
those are some pretty good ones if you like sci-fi
I'll put a second on The First Law trilogy.
Those books messed with me because of how non typical they were. It was awesome, and world shattering all at once.
I only put myself back together after reading it by convincing myself that there was a flicker of light (hope) that could still be seen after all was said and done (if you looked for it).
Oh sorry, i was an asshole, its just that everybody throws that book around because its always on top of reading lists and pretend to understand it, but your answer was pretty cool.
The radio shows are also worth listening, specially high.
I wanted to read it because of all the quotes people put around /pol/, a couple of them cracked me up, i always figured the book would be a hateful rant, but it looked super innocent and idealistic, i would even say autistic.
I also would like to recommend We Were Soliders Once... And Young if you like war novels. It has details from both sides of the Vietnam War, and goes into great detail of what these guys experienced.
Pretty much anything by William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, and Neil Gaiman
yeah the man's prose leaves much to be desired
yeah, Hopefully Idealism has really reached it's death in modern society (That is if it was alive to begin with) but I feel that the world may be changed by individuals, not through such comicbook heroics but by deluding the masses into a beneficial state of mind. Of course I could be completely wrong about that as well.
Have you read the standalone books too? Best Served Cold was different, not as good as the trilogy. The Heroes was awesome, brutal, and provided insight into some of the cogs that keep the story going, I'd say it's better than all but Last Argument of Kings. Haven't read Red Country yet, just started reading
The Name of the Wind so I'm occupied.
I need a second trilogy from Joe. I need to know how it's all going to end.
Also, basically everything from Neil Gaiman. American Gods is just weird.
If you haven't read Phillip K. Dick's novels, I genuinely feel bad for you.
The Man in the High Castle
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
A Scanner Darkly
Radio Free Albemuth
The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
Head of security, and fucking Vietnam hero. Died going back into the tower to try to bring more people out. He was a soldier, in the classical sense of a man willing to put his life on the line defending others.
Yeah man. Those guys were crazy brave. I remember reading about the one guy (forgot his name) that got lost at night with a head wound, and had to sleep with ants trying to crawl in the there and shit. I would've never had the balls to go through what those guys went through, I probably would've offed myself by the second day.
lies of locke lamora - Scott lynch
red seas under red skies - Scott lynch
republic of thieves - Scott lynch
part of the gentleman basterd series. so good.
also house of the scorpion, read that shit quite a while ago, it was awesome at the time.
Drizzt series by RA salvatore.
Totally true. If there's a movie with a book, I always read the book and then watch the movie, but the Lord of the Rings was completely unsmokable.
The Hobbit was nice, though, and I really enjoyed all the movies.
No problem, man. I am very aware of both the lists and the posers who read those rather than the actual books.
If I wanted to troll OP I'd have said Infinite Jest, which is actually a decent book and a fairly easy read, but the pretension surrounding it makes it effective bait.
not a good storyteller, IMNSHO. Great ideas, good predictive tales, but seems to lack a "soul". Characters all seem made of cardboard.
His essays are often entertaining and humorous, so go figure.
yep pretty sure it was this thx anon
Philip K. Dick is great if you want your mind to be absolutely melted.
Asimov imo is probably the most optimistic of all Sci-Fi writers, especially compared to Hinlein or Clarke. which make his books very enjoyable and relaxing to read,... that's just my opinion anyway.
david gemmel - sword in the storm and all the rigante novels
charles stross- the atrocity archives and all the laundry series
>361 BCE + 2375
>reading books solely for the narrative
Lol, how's your James Patterson collection coming along?
Dont listen to fucks who dont know art when they see it. Fucking great book.