/b/'s favorite books?
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.
Nothing even comes close.
My favorite was Dickens, right up until someone sent me Adams' essay on Australia, which led to HG2TG, which led to the end of my desire to ever read another work of fiction ever again.
Hitchhikers Guide left me wanting nothing.
if you had this as kid your childhood must have been a ton of laughs
>i want am make gold
>no i am make gold, u r path to do nothing because universe wants
>now we r both alchemist, bad book
>zomg so random dolpins and 42s!
>i read 1984 so i figured i didn't need to read this one
homoerotic cover / 10
If Monty Python wrote the book of Revelation.
The only book I thought was so funny I read it twice.
Literature is great, poetry, fine, but quality nonfiction, now that is a treat.
This title sounds easy. It sounds serene, peaceful, even a little melancholic. It is none of those things. This lucky crazy badass fucker right here, decided to do a thing against all advice and odds, went into a field and built himself a little wood boat, learned and prepared what he could, and just went out and fucking did it, and the adventure and insane shit he lives through is beyond what he or anyone else ever imagined.
That tasty sandwich you had for lunch today, was not actually epic. THIS SHIT RIGHT HERE is actually EPIC, in the truest classical sense of the word. And it was all corroborated afterward by the financiers... and THEN how it ends, holy fuck.
This book is why people today still build replicas of his boat and try doing what he did, and die trying it. A lot. It's a thing.
surprised Mein Kampf hasn't been posted yet.
The golden compass books were pretty damn good.
garbage books, shit ending made me cry.
eh. I dunno. It definitely like, spoke to me, like the Fuhrer was writing it specifically to me, encapsulating the spirit of the German people, but then the middle section just kind of dragged on. Ja Ja, Jews this, Jews that, on and on it goes... snooze. Methinks mein Fuhrer needs an editor.
This book turned me on to Neil Gaiman. The writing's so fucking dry and witty. I love it. I have yet to read any Terry Pratchet. Want to tho.
Nothing beats Robert Jordan. Though Hitchhikers guide to galaxy is probably funniest thing I've read.
Watchmen is a great graphic novel.
Gonna read this now. I read the wikipedia page and I feel like this is gonna be good.
Do i need to have this SUPER advanced vocabulary to understand this. I have a pretty decent vocab but if it starts using some voodoo words I'll have to whip out a dictionary.
you're fucked mate dont even
It's fucking deep though man. If you take it at face value, yeah it's a comic book, but it reflects on a lot about the human condition and a reflection of the time period of the Cold War.
Mine was H2G2 until I read an interview with Douglas Adams where he cited 'The Sirens of Titan' as the inspiration for that book.
Now Cat's Cradle is my favourite book.
Trust me, it make's sense.
That being said, Douglas Adams is definitely my favourite person ever. I had the pleasure of meeting him at a book signing once. I handed him my copy of 'Don't Panic' and he opened it up right to the middle pages and wrote across both of them in big black marker
'this book has been defaced by its author
THHG2TG isn't just a god tier book it's an amazing series. As you get further and further into the series shit just gets funnier, and shit that was random before just makes more sense.
For example there's a part early on in the first book where they use the improbability drive, and create a whale, and a potted plant. They actually explain why it happened in a later book.
Damn so many of my options got picked but here is a favorite from when I was growing up.
FUCK YEAH MAN!
Oh a lion hunter,
In the jungle dark,
And a sleeping drunkard,
Down in Central Park,
And a Chinese Dentist,
And a British Queen,
All fit together,
In the same machine,
Nice, nice, very nice,
Nice, nice, very nice,
Nice, nice, very nice,
So many different people in the same device.
From memory: How did I do?
Ever read Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency? It's along the same vein. The way he describes this super old man at a dinner party had me laughing so hard, I had to put it down and come back to it later.
Stranger in a Strange land, but I am in a pretty big Scifi phase including the works of Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, Stapledon, and Bradbury.
Definitely not what I was expecting
By Graham W. Jenkins on February 25, 2010
So I'm a big opponent of all things heteronormative, and so it was nice to finally find some literature that featured horses partaking in a different lifestyle (not that it's a choice, mind you, I just liked that they admitted some lady horses probably liked other lady horses). Except that this book was not at all about homosexual mares.
Rather, it was about these great busty lesbians who seemed to have very little in the way of steady work. Their days consist mostly of sleeping, some horseback riding (but only little walks of twenty minutes through the garden, a loop around the veranda, and then back again), and then stories by a campfire at night (a campfire at a country estate? With no butlers or Indians? What?!?). Inexplicably the ladies' steeds are present at these storytelling sessions as friends and partners, though lacking even the rudimentary body language reading capabilities of Clever Hans it escapes me how they ever thought they might seduce the ladies. Short answer: they don't.
The series of campfire stories are utterly predictable, ranging from the oppressive, homophobic patriarchy to the repressive, bigoted anti-matriarchal forces. Naturally I loved them, but come on, ladies! Alisa and Monica, I know you can do better. Maybe just Monica, actually. Alisa, this was a good effort, but it remains your only book and I worry you may have hit a protracted case of writer's block. Take a cue from Monica, who had some great sequels like "Lois Lenz, Lesbian Secretary," and "Bobby Blanchard, Lesbian Gym Teacher," and who could forget "Program Evaluation Procedure for Leisure Service Agencies?" A distinct lack of equine-related subplots, but then again, so was this, and I presume that it's a mistake you'll soon rectify in "Emily Earheardt, Lesbian Horse ...
Unique book, but not cloppable
By Princess Twilight Sparkle on September 27, 2014
I found this book in Princess Celestia's restricted archives in the Canterlot library. She disapproved, but if she didn't want me reading it then she shouldn't have put the book behind seven easily defeated magic cipher locks with deadly traps. It was practically out in the open!
Despite the enticing, forbidden fruit title of this book, it made me very disappoint. The distinctly non-lesbian (they're stallions, actually) ponies are depicted as dumb beasts and subservient to some sort of bipedal simian females. At no point do any lesbian ponies get together for a good, healthy [REDACTED BY EQUESTRIAN CIVIL AUTHORITY]. I don't think this book even belongs in our world based on the residual magic resonance that surrounds it. The mysterious "human" creatures are certainly the denizens of some strange and distant dimension.
Anyway, I loaned the book to Lyra Heartstrings and haven't seen her since. The overdue charge is on her head.
I'm an atheist, and heard so much whining from Christian groups about the movies that I got and read the books. What a clusterfuck. Supposedly all about atheism, but what are the characters doing? THEY ARE WARRING AGAINST HEAVEN.
How in the fuck can they go to war against a God that doesn't exist? It's self-contradictory.
>I have yet to read any Terry Pratchet. Want to tho.
He has some amazing books, but a lot are meh. I would suggest Thief of Time first, as it's pretty good as a standalone. Night Watch is another good one, but it helps to have read some of the other "city watch" books first -- Guards, Guards! was the first (meh), Men At Arms (meh), Feet of Clay (pretty decent), Jingo (ok), Fifth Elephant (ok).
Man, Neverwhere is sitting on my shelf and I can't get around to it cuz I'm reading 5 other books atm(includind 2 pratchett books). And Good Omens have been staring at me from the shelf of a local bookstore for a while but I always tell myself I still have a lot of unfinished books.
Terry Pratchett is amazing tho, definitely try it, If I can advise, go with discworld, keep the older novels in the series for later, his writing started to get exponentially better after the first 2 books. They are all good tho.
And this series is also great, if you are into Space Opera. Complex characters and plot, interesting universe. The short story "Investments" was the first one that I read; it comes after the three novels, and I had no idea they were out there for years after I read it.
So I need to ask people who read Stephen King. I've only read a couple of his books and the dark tower series looks really cool to me. I've heard that it references his other books and somehow ties them together. So what books of his should I read before I get to the dark tower?
I thought this was /b/'s favorite book, there's always a thread dedicated to it at all times.
as standalones pratchett's books are solid, but nothing amazing. but read as a series, the characters develop and the whole discworld universe progresses, making it really engaging
the city watch.. "arc"? is my favourite by far, but I'd definitely recommend Thief of Time, as well as Thud (which is my favourite of Pratchett's books)
Anyway, Ice Station Zebra is probably my favourite book, with the George Smiley novels being a close second (I know, spyfiction/10, but I'm a filthy casual, not an English professor)
It's not like it's required reading.
I started the dark tower series on wizard and glass ( the most spaghetti western of them all) and then went up chronologically.
After I finished all the books i decided to try reading related books because I was interested in the characters.
Insomnia and Salem's lot are the ones that have the most notorious connections, I'd say (and they are REALLY good books by themselves), but the shinning, it, cujo, hearts in atlantis and a couple more I think get referenced. So just read what you feel like reading, mang.
The first book is actually the worst. The second one in MUCH better. In fact, he went back and revised the first book after he mapped out the whole series so it would fit better and not suck as much.
here all tho I am byest by it if you won't go with it then go with animal farm
this is loosely based on the same book and is an easier read to get through. its pretty fuckn great
I love the whole series, but pic related is still my favorite.
It's hard to beat stomping around downtown Chicago on the back of a zombie t-rex.
His "Laundry" series is also awesome. Starts with "The Atrocity Archives" (totally awesome), then "The Jennifer Morgue" (letdown), then two more great ones.
His "Merchant Family" series was rather disappointing, and unfortunately it looks like he's going to continue it as his main one.
>he went back and revised the first book
That explains a lot. I've never been able to understand how people even bothered to read that series. All I ever read was the first book, and it sucked so badly that I never even looked at the rest.
Not that I'm going to pick it up at this point; he's almost as bad as Dan Brown with his reuse of the same fucking plot time and time again.
Most of the way through this... It seems like it just treads the same stuff over and over
But it just started to get boring after a while because it seemed like it stopped covering new ground and was getting a bit..masturbatorial? I'll have to pick it back up and finish it one of these days. For now I've got some new Henry Miller stuff with my name on it.
It's very good. I think it's the strongest in the series. It's a very different book than the first one though, expect a lot more philosophy than action/strategy. Ender's Game kind of serves as an introduction to this and the ones that follow.
Literally just read that one.
I like the series, its mostly fun, even is Dresden himself is a bit on a prick.
I felt like the dinosaur thing was a bit silly, and kinda took me out of it.
Dresden suddenly can raise the dead? Just because?
If old = strong + hard to raise, why wouldent necromancers have already used used the dinosaurs? Cavemen? Subcavemen? Hell, even old school mammals, bones ready and available at your local museum.
I get that humans are meant to be stronger in general, but it doesnt make sense that the necromancers havent thought about options.
I can forgive all that, though, because that final thread given to Marva was awesome.
/b/ know of any books like The Count of Monte Cristo that are well written where the main character is fueled by revenge? Fucking love this shit. Was lucky enough to find a first edition in French at a church book sale
>first edition in French at a church book sale
Holy shit, I have to start going to more churches.
Stephen Brust has two or three fantasy novels written with a (supposedly) similar prose style, but they are not along the same lines as far as plot. Still enjoyable. The Phoenix Guards is one, I think the second is called 500 Years After or something like that. Or maybe I have the order backwards.
I think Dresden's sudden ability to raise the dead was mostly because of the conditions the necromancers created for their ritual. I think he even said himself on any other night he couldn't have done it.
Dude seriously go to church book sales. You find fucking gold, the only problem is they have no idea what they have and write in pencil how much they want on the inside of the books. I had to get my books restored since I wasn't going to erase .75$ out of each front cover myself.
This timeless piece.
Eh, I liked Dune Messiah more than the original Dune. Brian Herbert's ejaculations are shit though.