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#6440 - ashfur (04/16/2015) [-]
Hey anyone read warriors?
#6439 - boobsandtits (04/16/2015) [-]
women are not the final frontier
#6436 - anonymous (04/15/2015) [-]
...James Patterson is God
#6438 to #6436 - anonymous (04/15/2015) [-]
...James Patterson is life.
User avatar #6434 - adviceweed (04/15/2015) [-]
ITT: Good horror novels. I'm in the mood for a spook. (I think I like monster stories kind of horror, but IDK)
#6431 - ronjeremysweiner (04/15/2015) [-]
Whats your interpretation of the Great Gatsby?
do you see the main characters as a bunch of greedy, careless assholes or something else?
User avatar #6433 to #6431 - guitarassassin (04/15/2015) [-]
They were all cardboard cutouts to me. Don't know why everyone wets themselves over this book.
#6428 - anonymous (04/14/2015) [-]
I've been having to write a book lately, and I kind of have an idea that mainly deals with psychological, mental, and the physical well-being. There is only one catch, and that is that I am having a hard time coming up with important characters. My thought is that I need 11 total main characters, some more important than others of course, like some being reoccuring or something. Anyways, long story short, I need like, 4 or 5 evil characters that are well, deal with being evil (i.e serial killers, cannibal, crooked politicians, scientists gone crazy, etc.) and like 3 good characters that haven't been tainted yet (my idea is having 2 kids that are split apart, one that goes missing and the other getting put into an orphanage slowly losing his mind because of the other orphanage kids and staff that insult and berate him constantly until he is eventually adopted by a weird man that explains to this kid that his sister is alive and so on and so forth)(I kind of want to ass like a rapper or singer or something, but I don't know how to weave it in there). Any help?

P.S. I know this isn't the Advice Board, but since this is the Books Board, you guys might know something about making a good book. Right?
User avatar #6430 to #6428 - dasistwunderbar (04/14/2015) [-]
Maybe try and think of your story first. That way you get a narrative that feels right, and you can make characters to fill the gaps. I'm having trouble visualising your book as well. Is it one story, or short stories?
#6422 - logickid (04/13/2015) [-]
When you find something good to read on the Internet.
User avatar #6425 to #6424 - dasistwunderbar (04/13/2015) [-]
You found something worth reading on fanfiction.net ? I must know.
User avatar #6426 to #6425 - logickid (04/13/2015) [-]
Nah but there MUST be something good on there.
User avatar #6427 to #6426 - dasistwunderbar (04/13/2015) [-]
It's fanfiction man. It has an automatic -9001 penalty. It'd need to be something pretty special.
User avatar #6429 to #6427 - boomerpyro ONLINE (04/14/2015) [-]
i thought this one was pretty entertaining
User avatar #6421 - WATCHAGUNADOBOUTIT (04/13/2015) [-]
Any Kingkiller series fans in here? I'm just over halfway through The Name of the WInd and it's great so far. It's a shame that I'll have to wait until sometime 2016 to read the final book in the trilogy.
#6416 - dzimo ONLINE (04/12/2015) [-]
how do i ask someone for a book i borrowed them? i dont mean to be rude but how long can you read The Catcher in the Rye? shit is short.
User avatar #6419 to #6416 - thebeanzlover (04/13/2015) [-]
"Hey, are you done reading that book I lent you? I hate to rush you if you're not done reading it, but I'm going to need it back."
#6405 - rereviven (04/11/2015) [-]
I have to get a YA book made past 2010 for class. Anyone know of one that isn't some romantic special snowflake teen girl one?
User avatar #6432 to #6405 - guitarassassin (04/15/2015) [-]
Isn't that like 90% of all teen fiction after 2010?
User avatar #6435 to #6432 - rereviven (04/15/2015) [-]
I literally can't find one that isn't that
User avatar #6408 to #6405 - redclover (04/11/2015) [-]
SYLO by DJ MacHale
haven't personally read it, but he's a great author and I can't recommend his PENDRAGON series since it's pre-2010
User avatar #6407 to #6405 - youngneil ONLINE (04/11/2015) [-]
Like, teens books? When I was in highschool I read The Enemy, and it was fantastic. Pretty sure it was made after 2010.
User avatar #6415 to #6407 - dasistwunderbar (04/12/2015) [-]
Hell yes. The Enemy is brilliant, and it has many sequels that are nearly as good.
User avatar #6402 - dasistwunderbar (04/10/2015) [-]
Anybody have any experience with Wattpad. My stuff doesn't really get read, and I know that to get it read means fraternising with fanfiction authors, and teen fiction aficionados. I really can't stomach that.
User avatar #6403 to #6402 - newpulse (04/10/2015) [-]
Maybe you are not that good. Maybe it's just that.
User avatar #6404 to #6403 - dasistwunderbar (04/10/2015) [-]
Could be. I was looking for advice on complimenting people on their stories about One Direction making them their sex slave.
User avatar #6406 to #6404 - advice (04/11/2015) [-]
#6400 - newpulse (04/10/2015) [-]
**newpulse rolled user optimism **    
In the beginning people had nothing   
Their bodies ached and their hearts held nothing but hatred   
They fought endlessly but death never came   
They despaired stuck in the eternal quagmire   
A man offered a serpent to the sun   
And prayed for salvation   
A woman offered a reed to the sun   
And asked for joy   
Feeling pity for the sadness that had overrun the earth   
God was born from those two people   
God made time and divided it into day and night   
God outlined the road to salvation and gave people joy   
And God took endless time away from the people   
God created beings to lead people in obedience to her   
The red God, Xuchilbara   
The yellow God, Lobsel Vith   
Many Gods and Angels   
Finally God set out to create paradise   
Where people would be happy by just being there   
But there God's strength ran out and she collapsed   
All the world's people grieved this unfortunate event   
Yet God breathed her last   
She returned to the dust promising to come again   
So, God hasn't been lost   
We must offer her prayers and not forget our faith   
We wait in hope for the day   
When the path to paradise will be opened
**newpulse rolled user optimism **


In the beginning people had nothing
Their bodies ached and their hearts held nothing but hatred
They fought endlessly but death never came
They despaired stuck in the eternal quagmire
A man offered a serpent to the sun
And prayed for salvation
A woman offered a reed to the sun
And asked for joy
Feeling pity for the sadness that had overrun the earth
God was born from those two people
God made time and divided it into day and night
God outlined the road to salvation and gave people joy
And God took endless time away from the people
God created beings to lead people in obedience to her
The red God, Xuchilbara
The yellow God, Lobsel Vith
Many Gods and Angels
Finally God set out to create paradise
Where people would be happy by just being there
But there God's strength ran out and she collapsed
All the world's people grieved this unfortunate event
Yet God breathed her last
She returned to the dust promising to come again
So, God hasn't been lost
We must offer her prayers and not forget our faith
We wait in hope for the day
When the path to paradise will be opened
#6398 - sry (04/10/2015) [-]
fuck books just
#6394 - altairtheassassin (04/09/2015) [-]
Anyone ever read Deltora Quest?

This shit was my Intermediate School 2003-2004.
#6410 to #6394 - pipeworks (04/12/2015) [-]
Deltora Quest was the shit.

I still read them from time to time, when I'm feeling nostalgic. Some of the best childrens' literature ever written.
User avatar #6411 to #6410 - altairtheassassin (04/12/2015) [-]
Would love to see a Movie series, or live action show based on them

Make it like GoT....but for kids/teens

So only half the nudity, incest and murder
#6412 to #6411 - pipeworks (04/12/2015) [-]
Have you seen the anime?   
It's not the best adaptation ever, but I think it does a pretty good job nonetheless
Have you seen the anime?

Deltora Quest - Ep 1 - The Adventure Begins English Dub

It's not the best adaptation ever, but I think it does a pretty good job nonetheless
User avatar #6413 to #6412 - altairtheassassin (04/12/2015) [-]
Anime makes me want to vomit
#6414 to #6413 - pipeworks (04/12/2015) [-]
Alright then.
Alright then.
User avatar #6401 to #6394 - rushreaper (04/10/2015) [-]
oh i remember reading those. i don't remember to much tho besides that there was some mix up of kids it turned out at birth.
oh and there was a belt that they were getting gems in each book and one had a city of rats
User avatar #6392 - darealsnooki (04/09/2015) [-]
I wrote a poem recently, and I wanna know what you guys think of it. It's titled "Eagle".

I see the water
I see the fire
Only one of them has my desire

The letter "P"

I could care less about the burning leaves
I say this not out of deceive

The letter "E"

I am not right wing
I am not left wing
I am the one flapping

The letter "A"

I do not like this idea of violence, no
You cannot spell love without the letter "O"

The letter "C"

As an eagle, I will soar
This mental nest, I do adore

The letter "E"
#6417 to #6392 - anonymous (04/12/2015) [-]
reading a lot of poetry and getting inspired by it is generally a good idea, that way you learn the subtle shit that makes them flow well without feeling like you're in school
User avatar #6397 to #6392 - dasistwunderbar (04/09/2015) [-]
I don't see much of a rhyme sscheme here, but freestyle is cool too I guess.
The way you've put peace into your poem made me laugh a little. Better off without.
"I say this not out of deceive". This doesn't make sense. Maybe " I don't say this to deceive."
"You can't spell love without the letter O". I mean, you're right, but what does this have to do with the poem?
#6395 to #6392 - altairtheassassin (04/09/2015) [-]

Perhaps make the "Peace" more subtle, and integrated with the poem?
User avatar #6374 - ivoryvogorian (04/08/2015) [-]
I should post my james patterson collection here

Anyone heard of Alex Cross? I swear some of his books turned into a movie and one of them had morgan freeman in it, I think it was up came the spider or something.
User avatar #6375 to #6374 - dasistwunderbar (04/08/2015) [-]
James Patterson is a Necromancer. If I ever find my kids reading Maximum Ride they're getting left at the fire station. On fire.
User avatar #6376 to #6375 - ivoryvogorian (04/08/2015) [-]
Dude, james patterson is pretty swell

Secrets of king tut, or was it murder? idk
Kiss the Girls
Up Came The Spider

I like his art style, but hey, we both see him differently and thats totally fine. In all honesty, his books are mostly based around crime as far as I read.
If you believe that, okay then.
At least state a bloody reason. It's like blaming Tom Clancy for treason.
User avatar #6377 to #6376 - dasistwunderbar (04/08/2015) [-]
I can't actually pass judgement on his crime stuff, I imagine it's okay, but Maximum Ride is schizophrenic, dull, overstretched, and reads like a Wattpad story entitled 'One Direction is going One direction (and that Direction is my vagina)' in how it understands teenage love interests. Daniel X made me throw up in my mouth a little (more on the side of wOw so zany xD), and Witch and Wizard I got halfway through before I realized literally nothing had happened in the entire book so far and there were another 45 books to go. If you come saying Patterson writes acceptable kids stuff I will fight you in the street.
#6378 to #6377 - ivoryvogorian (04/08/2015) [-]
or like saying the Simpsons teaches family morals

I see your point and I dont recommend reading JP books for 10-..
However just to get off track I played rated M games like Turok on the N64, yet I saw no harm. Seen virtual blood. If your kid reads it, stop him at that age. Honestly, I dont like this generation much, but JP is interesting author. I got into Alex Cross. I stopped reading for a year and a half cause I started seeing spots even for my PC I am on as of now. But still, just advise your kids if you have any. Start them out with the younger aged books JP wrote, like his middle school books meant for those to a good start.


User avatar #6379 to #6378 - dasistwunderbar (04/08/2015) [-]
Is this for me? This doesn't make sense.
User avatar #6380 to #6379 - ivoryvogorian (04/08/2015) [-]

Like. What I said.

And sorry if I didn't, Christ, come on. I was trying to make a point and I seen yours.
User avatar #6381 to #6380 - dasistwunderbar (04/08/2015) [-]
What? No, I mean your comment doesn't make any sense to read, not your point, I'm sure that's great.
User avatar #6382 to #6381 - ivoryvogorian (04/08/2015) [-]
Sigh.. Fine. I know what you mean :/
User avatar #6383 to #6382 - dasistwunderbar (04/08/2015) [-]
I don't think you do. Make your goddamn point. Put your fingers on the keys and make what fucking point you were going to make in counter to mine. I want to read your comment, but I can't read the gibberish you presented.
User avatar #6384 to #6383 - ivoryvogorian (04/08/2015) [-]
I saw blood and gore at a younger age, which is what I was meaning

James Patterson is NOT for kids however if they want to read it then let their innocence die then.
User avatar #6385 to #6384 - dasistwunderbar (04/08/2015) [-]
Not really connected to what I was saying, but blood is not something kids need to be afraid of. I agree that tasteless gore is inappropriate, but kids need to have an understanding of mortality, and if they gain that by reading, I'd be fine and dandy with it. If they can by themselves come to terms with the idea that if they're not careful, they can do great harm to themselves, then that's pretty much ideal, and descriptions of suffering, if they're done tastefully, can be just the way for that to happen. Not through Patterson's books though. Not because they're violent, because they're garbage.
User avatar #6386 to #6385 - ivoryvogorian (04/08/2015) [-]
Good point

To me it isn't garbage. Kids do need to be careful, like, VERY. Some kids are different then others, and by such means grow up to be responsible adults and enjoy reading because of said author in their childhood.

Doesn't make it all bad, even if one bad book ruins the bunch.
User avatar #6387 to #6386 - dasistwunderbar (04/08/2015) [-]
Pure trash, absolute feces. There is no reason to read Patterson's kids' material. Name one quality that elevates these works above bedrock.
User avatar #6388 to #6387 - ivoryvogorian (04/08/2015) [-]
Alex Cross

To me its amazing, astonishing. How he struggles to find the psycho that is the one responsible for the murders. I don't care if you bash it or not, my opinion stands firm.
User avatar #6389 to #6388 - dasistwunderbar (04/08/2015) [-]
But that's not a quality. It's the plot of the book. Say something that's good about it. For example, Tolkein feels like folklore, Asimov projects big moral questions into understandable sci-fi aesthetic, Rowling understands children like no other.
#6418 to #6389 - anonymous (04/12/2015) [-]
you should try to be more overbearing and abrasive towards people who don't deserve it
User avatar #6420 to #6418 - dasistwunderbar (04/13/2015) [-]
Good advice. I should totally agree with others' opinions, no matter how poorly presented.
#6372 - nomadfourohthree (04/08/2015) [-]
So I got back into warhammer 40k (again).

I've played lots of WH40K games, vidya and otherwise. Read a lot of stuff too, but strangely enough, I haven't read any WH40K themed novel. shame on me, I know, carry on So would anyone more educated than me in that matter recommend me something, please? Like, what is a must-read when it comes to warhammer?
If there is a huge variety, here's something I like reading about that could narrow it down:
- I love the Imperial Guard
- I find it more interesting to read about the life of a regular soldier, rather than commanders and big shots (why I liked Clone Wars so much - because they didn't focus on the Jedi, but the troopers)
- No regiment preference
- I don't mind trilogies and the like, but prefer stories that don't over do it (fit in a single book)

pic sort of related - Vostroyan Firstborn
User avatar #6363 - dasistwunderbar (04/07/2015) [-]
Board is pepsi max. Anyone here write? I'd love to get some writer's feedback on a chapter I'm struggling with.
User avatar #6365 to #6363 - hourlyb (04/07/2015) [-]
BTW I'm not a professional writer by any means.
User avatar #6364 to #6363 - hourlyb (04/07/2015) [-]
Sure. I'll do you if you do me.
Be aware; buttfuck ton of reading in the spoiler.
Miranda stood up and walked over to the viewport, looking at the bright stars. “My father got me the best genes money could buy. But I guess that wasn’t enough.” Arlid stood up, “You always bring up your genetic tailoring. It really bothers you, doesn’t it?” Arlid saw her solemn reflection in the viewports glass. “This is what I am, Shepard. I can’t hide it. The intelligence, the looks, even the biotics; He paid for all of it.” Arlid walked over to her, thinking of what to say. “Everything you’ve accomplished is because of your skill. The only things I can take credit for are my mistakes.” Miranda finished, looking into Arlid’s eyes through the reflection.
“So I can't admire any part of you? Not even your mind and body? You give your father too much credit. He may have given you gifts, but you have done so much with them.” Arlid gently touched her shoulder and turned her around. “When you are out there fighting alongside us, he isn’t helping you. It doesn’t matter how you do it, You are the one doing it. You’re perfect because of you Miranda, not him.”
Miranda looked at him, looking mixed between astonished and flattered. Arlid stepped back, realizing “admiring your body” sounded a lot less creepy in his head. Suddenly, Miranda moved forward and kissed him. Arlid was left standing in shock, while her arms locked around his neck and her tongue played with his. It took Arlid a full second to finally pull himself together, closing his eyes and wrapping his arms around her back, pulling her in closer. They stood like this for many seconds, before finally Arlid had to breathe.
“Wow. I mean, just… WOW.” Arlid gasped. Miranda’s smiled at his reaction, his speechlessness saying volumes. But her smile began to fade, realizing just how bad the situation was. She loosened her grip. “We should stop here.” Arlid looked at her quizzically, “Why, what’s wrong? Was it bad? Is it the beard?” Miranda shook her head, “No, it was amazing. It’s just, we… we shouldn’t be doing this. I… I need some time.” She quickly walked back to her desk, blushing. Arlid watched her rush back, stunned at what happened in the last 25 seconds. He suddenly realized that maybe he should give her some space, and walked out; an undisguised spring in his step.
Miranda was looking blankly at the console, her mind still going over what happened just an hour ago. Why did she do it? She was supposed to be the most reserved person on the ship, and yet… She shook her head. What was it? Was it just stress? No, she was under even more stress during Lazarus, but she didn’t make out with anyone then. Was it because of his fame? The great Commander Shepard, savior of the Citadel. No, it wasn’t that either, she had never felt this way when just watching him on the news.
She sighed and closed her eyes. It just kept replaying. Him looking directly at her, speaking unfiltered and honestly, putting his heart out, the sudden onslaught of emotion that flooded her until she finally pounced him. She opened her eyes, she could hear her heart pounding, just from the memory. She had never felt this way about anyone before. She didn’t need this, dammit, not while people’s lives were at stake. But…she couldn’t shake him. His face, his eyes, his voice, his words; he was flowing through her mind. She didn’t need this, and yet she found herself needing him, wanting him. She sighed, and tried to get back to work, focusing on the console.
User avatar #6366 to #6364 - dasistwunderbar (04/07/2015) [-]
Okay thanks man, here's a link. docs.google.com/document/d/1YYT1-baa3RQMVx_9IzDrbtHhx63IEv4SBj5X2V5PXxo/edit?usp=sharing

Comments as I'm reading it:

"Bright Stars" is a little obvious, and doesn't add anything.

Is this the actual dialogue from the game? These lines are mad familiar.


Need a full stop after biotics, or no capital on He.

"Looking mixed between astonished and flattered" is really awkward, say aloud. Maybe "looking at him with a mixture of astonishment and gratitude"?

Tonal issues with the creepy bit. Keep it romantic, no time for "lol so awkward"

full second doesn't sound right, maybe a couple of seconds? Or just knock off the full.

Personal issue, but using caps "WOW" looks a little xD to me.

The beard bit made me laugh, but it's a little out of place.

25 seconds is a little mathematical. Would it really hurt your story just to say minute here?

I might be wrong, but didn't Miranda get with Jacob during Lazarus?

unfiltered is not an adverb. Just honestly is enough there anyway.

no comma needed after pounding.

Overall impression is pretty good, you get a sense of the connection between the characters. Only niggle is your Shepard seems a bit off. He reacts like a high-schooler, but she's supposed to be attracted to his man-of-the-hour status.
User avatar #6371 to #6366 - hourlyb (04/07/2015) [-]
All of the grammatical/word-choice critiques are 110% right, definitely gonna put them in.
Yeah, it is the actual dialogue from the romance scene. I like how it's written, might change it later.
Miranda and Jacob may or may not have gotten together after they stopped the assassination of a Batarian politician, 5-6 months before Lazarus. After that, they are just friends/colleagues.
Yeah, I definitely get the high-schooler vibe. But he is in love with Miranda, practically since the moment he gained consciousness on the operating table and saw her. Hard to write for nervous guys without it becoming trope-ish.
User avatar #6369 to #6366 - hourlyb (04/07/2015) [-]
Replace "claws" with "talons", sounds more avian/functional
Might just want to replace the pneumatic towel dispenser with just a kerchief. Feels slightly unnecessary, also gives the old man a air of experience/having done this before.
Get the feeling that there is a bigger universe around this. Which is good, because I'm interested.
Some of the sci-fi terms feel a bit generic. "Securibot/Femmebot" Might want to use something different, like Patrol Automatron or Prosta-droid.
Other than that, pretty good.
My computer is dying, so I'll get back to you.
User avatar #6370 to #6369 - dasistwunderbar (04/07/2015) [-]
Prosti-droid seems a little too explicit, but you're right, they are too generic.
The pneumatic towel is actually important, and the way he's done it before is bang on the money. Spoilers for future ben, but he's being groomed to become a human supremacist terrorist. He isn't the first one they've done this to, and he's not even the only one right now.
Talons! That's the word i was looking for.
User avatar #6362 - yousaygoodbye ONLINE (04/07/2015) [-]
Anybody have some good fantasy suggestions that are cheap?

Longer the books the better, I'm a super fast reader
User avatar #6390 to #6362 - ljxjlos ONLINE (04/08/2015) [-]
Wheel of Time is superb, takes a long time to read even if you´re a fast reader (I´m the same, too) and the single books are rather cheap...there are 35 of them, tho...well, in Germany, I think half as many in other countries as two are bound as one everywhere else.
User avatar #6391 to #6390 - yousaygoodbye ONLINE (04/08/2015) [-]
User avatar #6396 to #6391 - ljxjlos ONLINE (04/09/2015) [-]
Also, if you don´t want to spend too much, you can give Matt Ruffs´ Fool on the Hill, or Brandon Sandersons´ Mistborn a try.

Or, if you haven´t read it yet: Everything by Tolkien. That´d be the first choice because it kinda doesn´t get better what literature is concerned.
#6360 - bionicpanda (04/06/2015) [-]
A shadow emerged from the dark of the wood. It stood in front of Royce. Tall, it was, and gaunt and hard as old bones, with flesh pale as milk. Its armor seemed to change color as it moved; here it was white as new-fallen snow, there black as shadow, everywhere dappled with the deep grey-green of the trees. The patterns ran like moonlight on water with every step it took.
Will heard the breath go out of Ser Waymar Royce in a long hiss.
“Come no farther,” the lordling warned. His voice cracked like a boy’s. He threw the long sable cloak back over his shoulders, to free his arms for battle, and took his sword in both hands. The wind had stopped. It was very cold.
The Other slid forward on silent feet. In its hand was a longsword like none that Will had ever seen. No human metal had gone into the forging of that blade. It was alive with moonlight, translucent, a shard of crystal so thin that it seemed almost to vanish when seen edge-on. There was a faint blue shimmer to the thing, a ghost-light that played around its edges, and somehow Will knew it was sharper than any razor.
Ser Waymar met him bravely. “Dance with me then.” He lifted his sword high over his head, defiant. His hands trembled from the weight of it, or perhaps from the cold. Yet in that moment, Will thought, he was a boy no longer, but a man of the Night’s Watch.
The Other halted. Will saw its eyes; blue, deeper and bluer than any human eyes, a blue that burned like ice. They fixed on the longsword trembling on high, watched the moonlight running cold along the metal. For a heartbeat he dared to hope.
#6399 to #6360 - lordling (04/10/2015) [-]
I got soo confused when I saw a notification saying I had been mentioned, that's the first time its happened in a while.
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