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slunken 02-15-2019 08:42 PM

I started LeGuin's "the dispossessed" but just cant' get into it.

Is it supposed to be obtuse at the beginning? Like we're in the character's shoes and don't really know what's going on?

Only on ch. 3

Also is this leading up to be some huge morality tale about how humans mistreat one another?

FoolofaTook 02-15-2019 08:49 PM

it's about anarchy and the overthrow of the patriarchy. not sure about the obtuse beginning.


anyways, i told you to do left hand of darkness first!

FoolofaTook 02-15-2019 08:52 PM

oh wait yeah i do remember the beginning is confusing. never fear all will be made plain.

it's a really, really good book. just hang in there.

slunken 02-15-2019 08:53 PM

I think I'm just going to go back to my cheap cyberpunk novels



more suited for a dummy like me

slunken 02-15-2019 08:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FoolofaTook (Post 4498294)
it's a really, really good book. just hang in there.

ok, i will.

after years of reading dumb rock bios and pastoral fiction i sometimes forget that its good to have to "work" on a book

FoolofaTook 02-15-2019 09:05 PM

man you just need a little patience. if i, the densest dunce on this board, could get into it anyone can.

buzzard 02-15-2019 11:40 PM

I'm in need of book recommendations.

Preferably in the .epub format, thanks.

D. 02-16-2019 12:47 AM

who the fuck reads??????

D. 02-16-2019 12:48 AM

nerds

D. 02-16-2019 12:48 AM

nerds read, that's who

i made this whole thread so i can take note of the nerds

Alice 02-16-2019 04:30 AM


FoolofaTook 02-16-2019 09:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by buzzard (Post 4498321)
I'm in need of book recommendations.

Preferably in the .epub format, thanks.










These are the best I read in the last year.

slunken 02-17-2019 02:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by D. (Post 4498349)
who the fuck reads??????



get some

D. 02-18-2019 02:22 PM

need to get my kid that shirt tbh

yo soy el mejor 02-18-2019 07:13 PM

i respect reading 2 much 2 wear it on a shirt

yo soy el mejor 02-18-2019 07:13 PM

THIS IS MY COSTUME

yo soy el mejor 02-18-2019 07:14 PM

i read excerpts of old diaries today. i laughed a little until nothing was funny. apparently i've always hated writing with blue ink.

Alice 02-18-2019 07:52 PM

Writing with blue ink is never ok

Mals Marola 02-18-2019 07:56 PM

fuckin'

why

Alice 02-18-2019 08:46 PM

I don't make the rules Mals

FoolofaTook 02-18-2019 08:55 PM

at the risk of sounding arrogant, god makes the rules through me

yo soy el mejor 02-18-2019 10:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tyler (Post 4498770)
I don't make the rules Mals

2-14-2004
FUCK. I HATE BLUE PENS

D. 02-19-2019 08:22 PM

Started a short story collection by Mexican author Sandra Cisneros called Woman Hollering Creek. They're like a few pages each and I am really getting into it. I read her more popular book, House On Mango Street years ago and also enjoyed that. :cool:

Oh, also reading Matilda with the kid before bed.

wHATcOLOR 02-20-2019 01:21 AM

atomic habits by james clear
measure what matters by john doerr
hard landing by thomas petzinger
educated by tara westover

i need to just finish these up because i have dozens waiting to be read

also im splitting time btwn 2 cities and so i have a different stack of books waiting to be read in each place :/

redbreegull 02-20-2019 01:33 AM


Alice 02-20-2019 04:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wHATcOLOR (Post 4498922)
atomic habits by james clear

How do you like this so far? A friend gave it to me for Christmas but I haven't started it yet. I don't really know anything about it and have a feeling of general skepticism toward it

wHATcOLOR 02-20-2019 01:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tyler (Post 4498929)
How do you like this so far? A friend gave it to me for Christmas but I haven't started it yet. I don't really know anything about it and have an feeling of general skepticism toward it


overall, quite good. not sure if you're already familiar with the author but he's maintained a blog for many years on the topic of habits and systems.

his writing is super clear and organized, plus well researched and thought out, so it's very easy to get through because he makes it pretty effortless to read. and the ideas are useful and practical.

but like any sort of book where the premise is 'here's a set of information you can use to improve your own life,' how useful it is depends on the person reading it. if you're reading it because you want to, and because you're already motivated to do some things differently, it's an excellent tool. if you're reading it just because some other people said it's good and you're not that motivated to do anything differently, than it doesn't matter how good it might be.

and like all nonfiction, it could benefit from being more brief. i'd say this book is far leaner and more efficient than most nonfiction generally, so this dynamic isn't bad here, but all the same.. it could lose at least 10% and be slightly better for it

cork_soaker 02-20-2019 01:52 PM

recents:

the grapes of wrath
the heart is a lonely hunter
the sun also rises
play it as it lays

np:

light in august

Alice 02-20-2019 05:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wHATcOLOR (Post 4499017)
but like any sort of book where the premise is 'here's a set of information you can use to improve your own life,' how useful it is depends on the person reading it. if you're reading it because you want to, and because you're already motivated to do some things differently, it's an excellent tool. if you're reading it just because some other people said it's good and you're not that motivated to do anything differently, than it doesn't matter how good it might be.

Motivation is a major struggle for me but hopefully I stay in category 1. That story in the introduction about getting hit in the face with a baseball bat hurt to read. I'm liking it so far though

FoolofaTook 03-06-2019 10:53 PM

"Narrow minds devoid of imagination. Intolerance, theories cut off from reality, empty terminology, usurped ideals, inflexible systems. Those are the things that really frighten me. What I absolutely fear and loathe. Of course it’s important to know what’s right and what’s wrong. Individual errors in judgment can usually be corrected. As long as you have the courage to admit mistakes, things can be turned around. But intolerant, narrow minds with no imagination are like parasites that transform the host, change form, and continue to thrive."
-Kafka on the Shore


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