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#4951 - murrlogic (13 minutes ago) [-]
#4952 to #4951 - shadowtails ONLINE (12 minutes ago) [-]

That's cute...
User avatar #4953 to #4952 - murrlogic (12 minutes ago) [-]
me x you
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#4938 - thethirddoctor (10/23/2014) [-]
Did you feel that some of the references were forced?
I liked the book, but some of the story progression pissed me off.
All in all an entertaining read.
#4947 to #4938 - yaribeapirate (5 hours ago) [-]
Weird i just finished this book last week. Can you give an example of what you're talking about?
User avatar #4949 to #4947 - thethirddoctor (5 hours ago) [-]
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book. Ok, so here's my "rant"
I just felt that some of the narrative stopped up when he had to explain different things that happened in his life. Especially after he found the first key and the first door. I know that it's important to build the story up, making him evolve into a celebrity and all that. And then he begins to describe other things that doesn't involve the hunt for the next key. I felt like he "Lost" interest in the game and began focusing on the Art3mis-drooling and the Sixers tell off. This book was clearly written so that it could become a movie later on, amirite? I wanted to be in on the thrill of the hunt, not stop up and hear his beta conversations with girls and forced 80's cartoon references, even thugh I kinda enjoyed the namedropping of some of the movies and games referencced. I'm sorry for the angry rant. I read this last week too, and I've had some time to let the "drama" cool off.
#4950 to #4949 - yaribeapirate (4 hours ago) [-]
lol i'm so dumb, I was confusing this book with another one that's just called player one. Not sure how I managed that with the author's name right there. Sounds a little annoying though, I hate it when a book feels like it's been written specifically to become a movie. Also forced references are the worst
User avatar #4933 - nachoiscool (10/22/2014) [-]
Anyone know a website or place to try to publish some short stories ?
#4948 to #4933 - yaribeapirate (5 hours ago) [-]
A good place to try would be literary magazines associated with universities and stuff. Unfortunately I don't know of any websites.
#4918 - guitarassassin (10/20/2014) [-]
User avatar #4937 to #4918 - tormain (10/22/2014) [-]
User avatar #4906 - dogziller ONLINE (10/20/2014) [-]
so would anybody like to hear about my worldbuilding and stuff? i got this whole mythos and cool stuff to write about but no one to really critique my stuff
User avatar #4934 to #4906 - dogziller ONLINE (10/22/2014) [-]
guitarassassin multidimensional adviceweed
so i made this world that i kinda want to explore in books, movies and games. in it i want to explore every trope of mecha, from battletech to evangelion looking shit. but it has giant monsters, and superheroes interspersed within it because i felt like it. also i made it work because its more of a "homage" to all these things i like. the superheroes either work for the government or are vigilantes no compromise. the kaiju are more like annual migrations type deal where nobody goes to the beaches in the summer months and the mecha range from super bullshit power levels to mundane stuff because i separated my world into 4 ages i call the agent era, super age, dead time, and titan century. the villains are other governments and it has a whole pre-ww1 and cold war feel with the government's flaunting their power by showing off their superhero team or some such. also theres a homeless batman esque dude because i wanted to make a dark vigilante kinda guy.

whatchu think?
User avatar #4936 to #4934 - adviceweed ONLINE (10/22/2014) [-]
Some thoughts I had.

1) Work on your formatting, its rough to read through a brick like that. (unrelated to what you wrote, I know)

2) The 2 ideas are solid, but feel unrelated. Pick either the super-hero or mecha concept. Using both feels... over-saturated. Saying "because I feel like it" for inserting an idea is not something you should do. Everything you put into your story needs to have a purpose. Its a book, not anime, you don't simply have filler.

I personally can see use in either, the super-heroes rooted in politics could make a good read.(although that's prob been done in comics before). Alternatively, the concept of living in a world of giant monsters could be a really strong plot base. Like, what if man isn't the top species on Earth? We have to respect the god-likeness of these behemoths. What would the culture of the world look like? Worth spending time to think about.

3) While I know you truly mean only the best, take note that there's a very fine line between homage/reference and copying. Make sure you keep that in mind.

4)While its simple to say 'the villains are the other governments', think about what you mean when you say that. Are they truly evil, or are they sovereign nations pushing their own agendas? Maybe you can have it like propaganda to make them appear evil to the masses.

5) Of the two, I feel your description thus far would apply better to the pre-WWI nationalism feel rather than the Cold War brink of destruction feel. Gives it a 'positive' twist, rather than a negative one, if you will.

6) The ages idea is fine. But answer the following to yourself; in which era does my story take place? why? What's the impact of the prior ages on my characters/world? Where is it going in the future?

I will say that is difficult to write a 'strong' story that spans over (presumably) several centuries. Although maybe an ageless(wolverine like) character may make it work.

I'm out of space on this comment, but yea, that's some food for thought.
User avatar #4935 to #4934 - multidimensional (10/22/2014) [-]
The premise sounds interesting and it looks like it would have to be a huge series to cover all of those aspects.
I like it.
User avatar #4915 to #4906 - guitarassassin (10/20/2014) [-]
Sure. I wouldn't mind taking a look.
User avatar #4911 to #4906 - multidimensional (10/20/2014) [-]
I'm interested.
User avatar #4910 to #4906 - adviceweed ONLINE (10/20/2014) [-]
Sure. Go for it. I'll take a look.
User avatar #4904 - feelythefeel ONLINE (10/20/2014) [-]
Why are people still writing books when we already have a Courage the Cowardly Dog/Golden Girls/Lion King crossover? It's not like it gets any better than that.
User avatar #4903 - adviceweed ONLINE (10/20/2014) [-]
I'm actually writing a book, not reading one, but I got a question, and this seems like the best place. Maybe some veteran readers experienced what I'm stuck on.

Alright, its sorta tough to write this, but I'll try. My problem currently is in my narrative. My story is about a single main character, who becomes part of a team of secondary-primary characters. (I guess most easily exampled in something like harry potter to ron/herminone)

I wanted to open the story with one of these secondary characters, to introduce the world in which the book takes place from a specific angle. The second chapter then goes to the primary character, to introduce them, and a diff. view of the world. The third chap. goes back to the char. from chapter 1, as to relay information (for the reader) why the events of the next chapter are going to happen. From the fourth chapter on, I intend to stick with my protagonist. I feel what I just described sets up a pattern that I don't entirely expect to continue. it also just sound unprofessional.

I went to an English professor with this problem, and they said that the first character you show a reader is generally who they'll see as the main.

I like how it is now, but I've been kicking around the idea of somewhat removing ch 3., and leaving the why to not be known until later. But I feel that leaves out alot of things I wanted in at a specific time. Alternatively, just switch 1 & 2, which is what may happen, but I really like the introduction I have set right now.

I guess my question is opinions or advice from any of you?
User avatar #4939 to #4903 - thethirddoctor (10/23/2014) [-]
What if you don't "introduce" the character. I mean, describe the events and environments. If you try to keep the secondary character nameless for the first chapter atleast, he can come back later, and you implement the same characteristics when your primary meets the secondary. I'm just brainstorming here. Might that work?
User avatar #4940 to #4939 - adviceweed ONLINE (10/23/2014) [-]
I see what you're getting at, but I already solved this issue. That said, I may still find use for it..

I'm moving the first chapter to be the prologue, and deleting the third. I was going to do something maybe the inverse of your recommendation. Simply have the character's name, (and gender, hard to avoid tht), and when they're introduced in the main story, describe them there.
User avatar #4941 to #4940 - thethirddoctor (10/23/2014) [-]
Ah I see. Good thing that you figured it out. Quite clever too. The idea I described works better for a mysterious villain perhaps. I dunno. And that trope is quite outdated. Is this futuristic Sci-Fi or steampunkish? You have in fact intrigued me and piqued my interest.
User avatar #4942 to #4941 - adviceweed ONLINE (10/23/2014) [-]
The first concept stemmed from direct cyberpunk.

It's a little less so as of now.
User avatar #4943 to #4942 - thethirddoctor (10/23/2014) [-]
Cool. You should give me an update once you've reached a milestone in your narrative. I sounds like you have skills, worrying about primary and secondary characters. A lot of the "writers" I've stumbled upon on this site is mostly obsessed with making their character cool and snarky.
User avatar #4944 to #4943 - adviceweed ONLINE (10/23/2014) [-]
Thank you, much appreciated. I will.
#4926 to #4903 - juffs (10/21/2014) [-]
Maybe have the first character be a throwaway nobody that dies at the end of his chapter? If that's relevant to the story somehow
#4927 to #4926 - juffs (10/21/2014) [-]
Or, alternatively, you could have the first chapter/prologue be through a storyteller of some sort
User avatar #4929 to #4927 - adviceweed ONLINE (10/21/2014) [-]
Eh, neither of those work.
#4930 to #4929 - juffs (10/21/2014) [-]
What kind of writing book do you want it to be?
User avatar #4931 to #4930 - adviceweed ONLINE (10/21/2014) [-]
as in?
It's science fiction, and either of the 1st or (limited) 3rd person.
User avatar #4912 to #4903 - multidimensional (10/20/2014) [-]
Turn the first chapter into a Prologue and remove your third chapter, it will probably work smoother that way.
User avatar #4913 to #4912 - adviceweed ONLINE (10/20/2014) [-]
I was actually thinking that myself. I'm fine with the ch.1 thing, but I sorta had a diff prologue already and i feel i need the material of ch.3.
User avatar #4914 to #4913 - multidimensional (10/20/2014) [-]
I'm out of ideas then.
User avatar #4932 to #4914 - multidimensional (10/21/2014) [-]
Something wrong, Mentosandcrack ?
User avatar #4907 to #4903 - averagewhitekid ONLINE (10/20/2014) [-]
Maybe try splitting the first chapter into a couple of characters instead of just one. That way you still are introducing the world from that groups' perspectives, but instead of just using one character and making people feel as though that is the main character, they will instead just remember the multiple people introduced as side characters.
I hope I didn't word this too poorly
User avatar #4908 to #4907 - adviceweed ONLINE (10/20/2014) [-]
Nah, I get what your saying. That's not a terrible idea, but IDK if it follows my intentions. Worth noting though.
User avatar #4905 to #4903 - dogziller ONLINE (10/20/2014) [-]
dunno when you'll see this but i would feel that the story is taking place from an observer's viewpoint which i'd like. instead of following the ultimate champion you'd follow the ultimate champion around. this book i read recently kinda had that where there wasn't really a main character and the closest one to a main dude wasn't even the real focus. anyway i'd read it if it had a sufficiently interesting story and world building.
User avatar #4909 to #4905 - adviceweed ONLINE (10/20/2014) [-]
can you elaborate on that?

It sounds like your referencing third person, but I doubt you actually are.
User avatar #4900 - focalanemo (10/19/2014) [-]
I like books but I have a problem with reading books. The problem is when I start reading and the story becomes really good I begin to imagine the scenario, but I always stop reading and doze off in my imagination.
Any tips to help prevent this?
User avatar #4902 to #4900 - adviceweed ONLINE (10/20/2014) [-]
You may take a liking to writing if thats what you do. It's what I do.
User avatar #4901 to #4900 - trapuke (10/20/2014) [-]
Use it as inspiration and when you fade off like that write a story instead.
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#4882 - juffs (10/18/2014) [-]
What book made you fall in love with reading, FJ?
User avatar #4895 to #4882 - orelse (10/19/2014) [-]
#4897 to #4895 - emperorstew (10/19/2014) [-]
this is the best book ever. Inspired me to become an author
User avatar #4945 to #4897 - fudgepotato (10/24/2014) [-]
I've never read the series on my own or finished it, but when I was little my father would read this to me and my siblings when we went to bed.
User avatar #4898 to #4897 - orelse (10/19/2014) [-]
I've always had a fondness of the Xanth series.
Kept me going all through grade 9-10, mostly just mystery and philosophy novels for me these days.
A pity the Library is now nearly an hour away from me.
User avatar #4893 to #4882 - dasistwunderbar (10/18/2014) [-]
Beyond the Deepwoods, every kid should read it.
#4892 to #4882 - gibroner (10/18/2014) [-]
fucking loved this book
#4899 to #4892 - juffs (10/19/2014) [-]
My niggah.

Sunrise over Fallujah is pretty good too, a kinda-sequel about the guy's nephew
User avatar #4924 to #4899 - gibroner (10/21/2014) [-]
huh never heard of it before I'll have to check it out.
User avatar #4891 to #4882 - finblob (10/18/2014) [-]
Skulldugery Pleasant
and then I got back into it with Discworld.
User avatar #4886 to #4882 - herecomesjohnny (10/18/2014) [-]
philip pullman books
User avatar #4885 to #4882 - thebestpieever ONLINE (10/18/2014) [-]
The Little Prince.
User avatar #4883 to #4882 - leadstriker (10/18/2014) [-]
space station seventh grade
#4884 to #4883 - juffs (10/18/2014) [-]
Mine would probably have to be Hatchet
User avatar #4879 - childpls (10/18/2014) [-]
just finished blood of olympus

feel with me brethren
User avatar #4894 to #4879 - childpls (10/19/2014) [-]
this board is inactive as fuck
User avatar #4877 - newposterintown (10/17/2014) [-]
Here is the second Instance if anyone is interested in reading.
If you haven't read the first one and are confused, go to my profile.
User avatar #4875 - megavoir (10/17/2014) [-]
Is it different enough to read A Clockwork Orange after watching it?
User avatar #4881 to #4875 - thebestpieever ONLINE (10/18/2014) [-]
If you've not read the book, then yes because it is written in droog speak, so the rhythm is different. Also, the ending is completely different. But if you're asking if the movie changes your perspective, then I would say no.
#4876 to #4875 - andrakian (10/17/2014) [-]
Not if you read the american version. But the british version has a (totally canon) epilogue that totally chances the meaning of the story, but wasn't published in america.
#4871 - ljxjlos (10/16/2014) [-]
So...I guess that´s it...Wolverine´s dead...

I found his death to be a little underwhelming. Yeah, it´s kinda understandable that he didn´t want others to be like him but still, dying for total strangers - other possibilities would have been better, I was really hoping he´d die protecting his students or something.
Still kinda sad, though, even knowing that he´ll be back somedays sooner or later. I´m really interested at how this will change the marvel world, tho, especially the whole relationships in the Avengers and the X-Men...as well as his students.
User avatar #4872 to #4871 - megavoir (10/17/2014) [-]
what series is this
im not too keen on how comics work
User avatar #4880 to #4872 - ljxjlos (10/18/2014) [-]
"Death of Wolverine" - only 4 Chapters and it´s about Wolverine dying "for good" ( meaning it´ll probably take some years to revive him instead of some month.
User avatar #4916 to #4880 - guitarassassin (10/20/2014) [-]
Wait, I know he died already, but is that seriously how long it took them to do it last time?
#4870 - kanatana (10/16/2014) [-]
Okay, if you have not read the "Codex Alera" series and you are a fan of Jim Butcher, you are doing yourself a disservice. The first couple books start off somewhat slowly (kinda like the Dresden Files) but GodDAMN does the epic ramp up along the way. Check it out.
User avatar #4917 to #4870 - guitarassassin (10/20/2014) [-]
I read the first book. I have a hard time deciding to get the second book because of the writing. VERY early Butcher style is hard to get into. His more recent stuff is easy to get into. WHEN WILL WE SEE THE BIG APOCALYPTIC TRILOGY, JIM!!!! I WANT TO SEE SOME SERIOUS SHIT GO DOWN ALREADY!!!
User avatar #4919 to #4917 - kanatana (10/20/2014) [-]
I just finished the fourth book, "Captain's Fury", and let me tell you here and now, GO READ THEM. The series picks up in the third volume, and by the fourth, it ramps up the Holy Shit Factor by several levels, and gambits, betrayals, and displays of political maneuvering worthy of Dresden himself all play a role.

Butcher says that there will be about twenty books total in the series, so roughly speaking you've got four or five years to go before you get your apocalyptic trilogy, my friend.
User avatar #4920 to #4919 - guitarassassin (10/20/2014) [-]
If I wasn't already reading Witcher 1 and Project Nemesis, and have a huge backlog already, I'd get into it more.
User avatar #4921 to #4920 - kanatana (10/20/2014) [-]
What if I told you something potentially more awesome than a zombie T-Rex/necromancer death battle awaited you in the fourth volume?
#4922 to #4921 - guitarassassin (10/20/2014) [-]
....Be right back.
....Be right back.
#4923 to #4922 - kanatana (10/20/2014) [-]
... But you'll have to read the previous volumes to understand WHY it's awesome.
... But you'll have to read the previous volumes to understand WHY it's awesome.
User avatar #4862 - yoin (10/15/2014) [-]
Is there anywhere I can find a plot summary of the book "sccop" by Evelyn Waugh?
User avatar #4863 to #4862 - yoin (10/15/2014) [-]
User avatar #4860 - samsaysbai ONLINE (10/14/2014) [-]
Whats a good website to read comic books on?
User avatar #4864 to #4860 - ljxjlos (10/15/2014) [-]
There are rarely websites who sport too many comics. Basically you´ll have to either download them or buy them.
Only one I know of that has some stuff (I read Injustice there) is deadpoolsupplier on imgur.
#4857 - aejann ONLINE (10/14/2014) [-]
It is 4:09am, and I've hit the point of anti-tired trying to write this paper for my Lit class.
User avatar #4865 to #4857 - chupiter (10/15/2014) [-]
I feel you. I'm doing one now for my class. It's about american identity. I'm using Crèvecoeur and Stephen Crane.
#4858 to #4857 - aejann ONLINE (10/14/2014) [-]
It's about the nature of humanity, drawing from Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and Anna Sewell's "Black Beauty", btw.
#4849 - struttndatass (10/12/2014) [-]
The strongest experience you've ever had reading.

I read a fine balance in my language when i was a lot younger, like 12 or so. Still remember most of the personas and my initial perception of them.
User avatar #4866 to #4849 - chupiter (10/15/2014) [-]
One of the books that really got to me as a child, was the first one I read by myself, and a book I had borrowed from the library myself. It was Call of the Wild by Jack London and it was awesome. I'm still trying to get that feeling back. I almost get it when I read Steinbeck and sometimes Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!
User avatar #4856 to #4849 - ljxjlos (10/13/2014) [-]
Definitley "The Children of Húrin". I was completely awestrucken. Read the while thing twice in one go. I just couldn´t comprehend how incredible that book was, what writing, storytelling...what everything is concerned.

Second was reading the finale of "The Wheel of Time". I completely broke down. That series is one of the two stories (next to One Piece, but that´s a manga and a whole other story) that accompanied me nearly through all my life. Bought the first book in 2000 with 7 years, before I could actually read huge stuff like that because I liked the shining cover and all that. I don´t know how I battled myself through it. Bought more and more of it some years later when I could finally comprehend books like that and since then I´ve been waiting for every new book like for my birthday or christmas. It´s been running along with my life and I can pretty much remember every major event and the situation I was in when I read it, what music I did like back then, etc, etc.

Third? Matt Ruff´s Fool on the Hill. It´s a modern Fairy Tail and it took me completely back to my childhoof while reading even though I read it with 20...it was pretty intense.
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