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#8313 - cognosceteipsum
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(08/22/2016) [-]
I just finished conspiracy against the human race
#8307 - kozdafunny
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(08/17/2016) [-]
I've recently gained the possession of a book I can't exactly find online easily. I want to know if anyone else here knows the rarity of this book. It's called "If I were a Dictator" by Julian Huxley, copyright 1934. It seems to be a first edition.
#8306 - rockmanfan
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(08/17/2016) [-]
not sure if here or the art/drawing board is the right place to discuss it, but i want to talk about themes in fantasy. considering the insane amount of high-fantasy games/books/media out there, what are some of the themes that you, personally, most resonate with? good Vs evil? order Vs anarchy? or maybe more specific to the genre, like the implications of racism, fascism, classism, or other prejudices that pop up occasionally and are talked about through the metaphors of different "races". what would you say are some of the best, well-written high-fantasy pieces, or at least parts of a game, book etc that really stuck with you?
#8344 to #8306 - cosmicapprentice
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(09/21/2016) [-]
A theme that I've only seen on Michael Moorcock's Elric novels that I very personally relate to is the theme of neutrality, casting aside the concepts of good and evil, not picking a side, but questioning what it is to be good or evil, what does it take to be good or evil, or not being one or the other at all but just being human; those are mental struggles the main character always ponders throughout the stories as he battles his way to his own goals. Moorcock, in his universe, explores these three major powers: Chaos, Order and Balance. Chaos and Order being evil and good respectively, but someone who can attune with Order is neither, he/she fights for his own purposes, using the means necessary without ever siding with the Lords of Chaos or the Lords of Order, even to a point of seeing both as enemies that must be eradicated.
#8327 to #8306 - ljxjlos
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(09/01/2016) [-]
What good and evil are concerned, I really liked Brandon Sandersons ending of The Wheel of Time (or Robert Jordans, that is, even if Sanderson wrote it out). They handled the theme pretty interestingly during the "final battle" - actual spoiler even if it really wasn´t a battle, at all. More of a philosophical discussion, which I found fascinating, too.
#8308 to #8306 - dasistwunderbar
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(08/21/2016) [-]
There's something about a good vs evil story that always rubs me the wrong way. Having a faction of just evil motherfuckers always seemed like a cop-out to me. I don't know if you've ever read the Gentleman Bastards series, but there's a far-flung mysterious land in it called Jerem and literally all they are known for is slavery and apeshit warriors. Everything else in it is so well-considered and he just decides 'fuck it let's have the evil darkies from across the seas'.
#8309 to #8308 - rockmanfan
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(08/21/2016) [-]
it is easy to make it very cliche. the best good vs evil stories are ones that go in-depth into the evil's reason and motivation. the greatest villains IMO are ones that you feel like in another setting they could be the protagonist, or at least not AS evil. the other ones i enjoy are basically forces of nature. a villain who is more or less just a living embodiment of some natural entity, but are still intelligent enough to plan and strategize.
#8310 to #8309 - dasistwunderbar
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(08/21/2016) [-]
I see what you're saying, but if the 'evil' has reason and motivation that can be rational, then they're not evil, right? For example, Darth Vader wasn't evil because he fought rebels, he was evil because he tortured people and blew up planets for giggles. Evil has to be unreasoning, otherwise it could just be extremely efficient accounting.
#8311 to #8310 - rockmanfan
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(08/21/2016) [-]
i think i'm talking more about evil because of situation, not choice. like, someone who has to commit evil acts otherwise face calamity. very hard to pull of, but very effective when done right. i'm exhausted from work so i can't really think of examples right now.
#8312 to #8311 - dasistwunderbar
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(08/21/2016) [-]
I'd always figured evil as more of a matter of motivation than consequence. If a good man kills an enemy on a battlefield, that's not evil, but if an evil man builds a free orphanage so he can rub one out looking through the windows, that's evil. Doesn't matter if those orphans grow up to be doctors, the act was an evil one.
#8304 - monstrumologist
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(08/14/2016) [-]
GIF
Can anyone share an ebook/pdf copy of this book? I was told it's a good read, and I'm sorely lacking anything good to read this term:
Bloodties: Nature, Culture, and the Hunt (Kodansha Globe)

the last book I've read is Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen. Anyone want a copy of the epub?
#8300 - rahzma
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(08/12/2016) [-]
I need some help. I'm looking for stories about super powers. Any good story that has people with powers would be a great help to me. I'm trying to write my own story, and I've managed to come up with a few things I think are good, but I want to really research what others have come up with. I'd like any and all recommendations from anyone here. Of course I'll be looking for things on my own as well, but I'd really appreciate any help I can get from others.
#8320 to #8300 - captnnorway
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(08/30/2016) [-]
I'd say Worm, if you're willing to read a story posted on the internet. First part is pretty angsty, but it's about a teen age girl who gets bullied, but it turns out she has super powers that she's trying to hide. Without spoiling too much, she tries to join the good guys, but fuck up.

Lots of interesting characters with unique powers that really blend together well. It gets pretty dark at times, and most of the characters are neither good nor evil, just pretending. But it's very well written, really long as well.

parahumans.wordpress.com/
#8301 to #8300 - dasistwunderbar
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(08/13/2016) [-]
Seven Wonders by Adam Christopher was okay. Watchmen was great but pretty grim, same for Kickass. Honestly, all the best superhero stories are in comics. Go grab yourself an armful of spiderman.
#8298 - thereasonableperso ONLINE
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(08/10/2016) [-]
I've been feeling the need to put some ideas on paper. What's a good site to post my shitty short stories on? Is Fanfiction.net as bad as they say?
#8302 to #8298 - dasistwunderbar
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(08/13/2016) [-]
If it's not smut and it's not fucking poetry, stick it on here. I like critiquing work, and I'm sure other people'll help out too.
#8303 to #8302 - thereasonableperso ONLINE
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(08/14/2016) [-]
Go no. No poetry. And I suck at at writing smut.

I tried once. Once!
#8305 to #8303 - dasistwunderbar
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(08/14/2016) [-]
Well, like I say, I'll take a shot at it, or if you're looking for other writing places that aren't fanfiction.net , you've got wattpad.com for any writing, but the community is a little teenage girl-centric. reddit.com/r/writing and reddit.com/r/destructivereaders will critique anything you throw at them, so long as you return the favour.
#8299 to #8298 - predatorwolf
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(08/10/2016) [-]
Depends on what you've written. If it's a fanfic, then... yeah. If not then try something else, even if it's a small blog or something.
#8296 - sirnigga
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(08/08/2016) [-]
**sirnigga used "*roll 1, 0000001-1000000*"**
**sirnigga rolls 0,458,629**
ive been meaning to be here but ive been absolutely "book"ed
#8293 - mondominiman
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(08/07/2016) [-]
Finished this book up not to long ago, it was actually pretty good and kept me hooked the entire time. Just found out there was a movie adaptation, hopefully it's just as good
#8289 - epicalania
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(08/06/2016) [-]
So I was wondering if there were any reasonably well known or significant tavern keepers in old myths or religious texts? I figured there was a chance someone here might know any.
#8287 - iphraem
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(08/04/2016) [-]
Has anyone read "lock in" by john scalzi? Is it just me or is he more feministic than usual in that one?
#8286 - maxpaynenarration
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(08/03/2016) [-]
Finished Her Name In The Sky today after picking it up today and loved it. It's a lesbian coming-of-age story but seems so well done and different. Plus, like...hot lesbians, so there's that. Was a brilliant read--I definitely recommend it.
#8285 - supervillian
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(08/02/2016) [-]
trying to write a book with some friends
we're all throwing ideas in the fray
if anyone wants to check it out and offer criticism and ideas it's here
www.writing.com/main/view_item/item_id/2090906-Basura-Plot--Timeline
#8297 to #8285 - cupotruth
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(08/09/2016) [-]
Do not define your characters before you start your story as they are meant to mature through it. Since the characters are strangers to your readers treat them like that too, be surprised by what they would do in a situation then work your surprise into the story. Why did the super violent dude not kill someone outright? Why does the person seem to play everything off as a joke when they are clearly very serious about finding the answers? These people are not finished until your story is, do not treat them as a separate unit to be explained and then plugged into the story, weave them in and don't be afraid to have them completely different by the end.

At least that what I think would make it more organic, remember you aren't filling out a DnD character sheet you are writing a story. Aesthetics and powers of a character fall behind the, well... character of a character.

Don't fall into the "wouldn't it be cool if..." trap either, because yeah it might be cool but if you start making too many you will have plenty of potential but no execution, focus on a small of amount of cool and make it shine. Remember, a bunch of uncut diamonds looks like a box of broken glass compared to one perfectly ground one sitting alone on a pedestal.
#8277 - wertologist
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(07/31/2016) [-]
Posting here because there isn't a comic board.

Anyone know where I can read the Alien comics? I only found a few side issues and I have no clue what order they go in. I'm talking about the AVP Aliens. I'm trying to find the comics that take place after the movies.
#8278 to #8277 - wertologist
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(07/31/2016) [-]
Comicexplain, know any good comic sites?
#8275 - hourlyb
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(07/30/2016) [-]
Please read my shit OW fanfic. My OC, du nut steel.
Seriously though, I would appreciate some feedback on it. Tips, language/grammar changes, whatever. Thanks in advance.
archiveofourown.org/works/7445920/chapters/16917316
#8271 - ukobarrywewa
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(07/28/2016) [-]
Hey guys, I'm offering FREE EDITING right now; if you have a short piece of prose that you want edited, send it to ukobarrywewa@ gmail.com .
#8269 - philliyoMLB
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(07/28/2016) [-]
Hey guys, can someone refer a book to me? I feel like you guys are into futuristic/sci-fi or fantasy books, but I don't really want to read anything like that unless it's like a future U.S. book but not apocalypse if that makes sense. Honestly idk what I want but my favorite books are Night by Weisel, Artemis Fowl, Fallen Angels, Slaughterhouse 5, and the Martian. I know those all vary but I'm just trying to help. I like baseball too but not usually the books, especially if Mike Lupica writes it. So if you have no idea what book fits my preferences just post your favorite. I remember someone offered a book called John Dies at the end, is that a good book? Also does anyone know a site I can just read books? No torrent or anything like that.
#8321 to #8269 - captnnorway
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(08/30/2016) [-]
If you like Artemis Fowl I'd say Airman by the same author. It's been years since I read it, but I remember that being really good with sorta the same style. Smart kid on the wrong side of the law, but using his wits to save himself. It's set on an island in old england though, so maybe you consider it fantasy.

#8272 to #8269 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/28/2016) [-]
Hmm, future America but not apocalypse. If you're up for some dystopia, I can unreservedly recommend the Man in the High Castle, Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep, Fahrenheit 451 and Neuromancer. Or if you want something slightly more optimistic, Ender's game, the Forever war or any collection of Isaac Asimov's short stories.
#8270 to #8269 - ukobarrywewa
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(07/28/2016) [-]
John Dies at the End is an amazing book. It's horror/comedy, so if you don't like that, don't bother. It's written by one of the head editors for cracked.com .
#8268 - ukobarrywewa
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(07/26/2016) [-]
I just watched Miyazaki's "Tales from Earthsea" because I am a huge Earthsea fan and a huge Miyazaki fan. Then I found out it was the wrong Miyazaki. It turned out Studio Ghibli wanted to give Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro Miyazaki some practice directing. The result was a sub-par blend of the third and fourth books. Anyone else here read Earthsea?
#8273 to #8268 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/28/2016) [-]
Hell yeah, I still have my old battered copy of the quartet. That was a damn weird read for a kid, and yeah the film wasn't up to much.
#8265 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/26/2016) [-]
Anyone know where I can get a hold of Anders Behring Breiviks Europa 2083 or Ted Kaczynskis manifesto?
#8267 to #8266 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/26/2016) [-]
Bruh.

Thanks.
#8263 - tvfreakuk
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(07/26/2016) [-]
Anyone else here read the Darren Shan Saga?
I decided to buy and reread all of them due to the fact that I had only read up to book 5 for ages.
Jesus Christ it was good. I loved Lake of Souls; that whole thing with The Grotesque and everything.
Spoilers: my fan theory (I know it obviously has no credence as an argument to whatever Shan was actually trying to portray, but it's just what I like you think about it) is that The Grotesque was the last of the vampires, mutated over time. It's mainly just with the context clues; 1. The followers of TG are theorised to be descendants of those albino parasite people that lived in Vampire Mountain (I can't remember their name), 2. Ba'Shan's spiders are also there too, and 3. The Grotesque is human-like, with fangs and red eyes (red eyes like a Vampaneze would have

That being said, most of those things may have just been orchestrated and placed their by Mr. Tiny to just fuck with Darren's head but I just like the idea of it.
#8291 to #8263 - mondominiman
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(08/07/2016) [-]
I remember reading his cirque du freak series years years ago when I was still just a kid. I don't think I ever finished them . Are his newer books much better?
#8294 to #8291 - tvfreakuk
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(08/07/2016) [-]
I've never read his newer stuff. I remember looking his short novel Koyasan. It's about a young girl who has to go into the village graveyard (which is basically a forrest full of vengeful spirits because her baby sister ran off and is being held captive)

I've just recently been getting into reading book series I never finished before. Especially when I saw the entire Cirque du Freak series on amazon for £20 when they're usually £5.99 each. I still need to read the last Power of Five book series by Anthony Horowitz, which wasn't really my fault seeing as it took him fucking years to bring out the last one.
#8262 - thechosentroll
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(07/25/2016) [-]
So, I got bored and decided to read some Iron Man comics. Turns out that he's not only adopted, he was adopted from Bulgaria. My country is so fucking obscure and small, that they are using it for character origin stories now, instead of just making up a new country like they usually do. I can't tell if I should be proud or pissed.
#8279 to #8262 - jaevel
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(07/31/2016) [-]
Why should you be pissed? Do they represent Bulgaria as a bad country?
#8280 to #8279 - thechosentroll
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(07/31/2016) [-]
Not worse than it actually is.
#8281 to #8280 - thechosentroll
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(07/31/2016) [-]
Wait, since when do we have flags?
#8282 to #8281 - jaevel
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(07/31/2016) [-]
Since now, it seems.

Anyway, why are you mad about it?
#8283 to #8282 - thechosentroll
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(07/31/2016) [-]
Not particularly mad, just sort of confused. Normally, when they're doing a character origins thing, they avoid tying major characters like Iron Man to a certain country. They either make one up, like Latveria, or just use some really tiny and obscure one that people will think is made up, like Liberia.