Best classic literature & fiction books according to redditors

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u/finallyifoundvalidUN · 246 pointsr/GetMotivated

this is from the book Calculus made easy

u/yazid87 · 212 pointsr/AskHistorians

Using this thread and other sources the summary is that it is impossible to know for sure but it seems unlikely for two main reasons:

Firstly the story of Prometheus pre-dates the developments in anatomy and medicine you might associate with Ancient Greece. The first written record dates back to at least Hesiod in around 700 b.c., centuries before Herophilos and other pioneers of anatomy. At the time of Hesiod dissecting a corpse would have been very taboo and a form of religious defilement so most knowledge of human anatomy was from the battlefield. Simply put the liver was known to be important because wounds to the liver were known to be fatal. In "The Iliad" there are a number of fatal wounds to the liver, e.g. "He hurled his shining spear /
and hit Apisaon, son of Phausius, /a shepherd to his people, below his diaphragm, /in the liver. His legs gave way" (chapter 11), but proper medical study of human livers had not been conducted at the time of the origin of the story.

Secondly although the story of the liver is well known, regeneration is seen in other stories from Greek mythology and not limited to any one organ. Dionysus was ripped apart at birth but regrown from his still intact heart. The Hydra killed by Heracles regenerated limbs (its heads) when one was removed. So there was no special significance place on the liver's capacity to regenerate compared to other organs.


The Illiad

I like Edith Hamilton's book for a readable breakdown of Greek mythology and the interpretations of different ancient authors, but any you'll find those stories in any reasonable compilation.

u/soyuzman · 57 pointsr/Bitcoin

For anyone who has not read 1984 from Georges Orwell here is a link to Amazon to purchase and educate yourselves. Just imagine the same story but with a Philip K. Dick twist integrating 21st-century tracking technology on citizens.

u/coreyf · 54 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

Ever been somewhere completely foreign? The people talk strange, dress strange and act strange. Toilets flush the wrong direction, cars on the wrong side of the road. People on the street will stand too close to you or get angry if you point with one finger. All kinds of shit that leaves you with a vaguely uncomfortable feeling. You can communicate with people, although misinterpretations are common, and you can interact enough to get by, but you can never really get your point across when needed, and you just plain don't have a grap of their social norms. Pretend this never gets better. That's kind of how we think an autistic feels.

It depends, of course, on where one lands on the aforementioned "autistic spectrum", but holds true to some extent with all autistics. It's hard to get your point across or to get someone else's point, others emotions or reactions to events make no sense, and are unpredictable to an autistic. It is honestly surprising to a person with autism that the neighbor would get mad at you for smashing his car windows with a hammer. You'd be confused if he liked his windows, or just hates that hammer. A lot of folks with autism cling to things like math for comfort. They like patterns, predictable things that always have a familiar outcome.

Check out The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Amazing story told from the point of view of an autistic child.

u/southern_boy · 51 pointsr/iamverysmart

This is from Frank Herbert's Dune series...

And if you haven't - read that shit right now. :D

The 1st book is required reading, the rest are varying levels of interesting. So yeah, buy online or checkout dune from your library and read it. Meet Leto, meet Paul, meet Jessica... meet The Baron. Have fun!

u/seraphimgates · 47 pointsr/socialanxiety

This used to happen to me so much! I can totally sympathize with your situation.

I'm not sure if you're looking for any help, but in my case, I was able to overcome being called out with the following thought process:

  1. The teacher didn't mean to cause you harm.
  2. The teacher doesn't realize that you have SA; they just think you're a stoic person (which kind of makes you a badass).
  3. The teacher is a human, and they're looking to others for validation. The fact that they could get a reaction from someone so straight-faced probably made their day.
  4. You can also try something I did: I slowly backed away from caring what other people thought of me. Don't worry, I'll keep explaining. I did this by reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck and Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. If you take this route like I did, you really have to force yourself to follow through with it. (That's why it's hard for most people.)

    When people mention my name in social gatherings (like lectures or parties) I now feel pride in myself, instead of wanting to throw myself out of the nearest exit door. So that's a plus.
u/mirroredfate · 41 pointsr/NeutralPolitics

From an economics perspective:

u/briar5278 · 32 pointsr/Stoicism

I know, I love the translation too, that's why I always look for this specific picture for this passage!

I saved the picture from this tweet here. The author includes a picture of the book cover, however I'm not sure if that is the cover of the book the picture was taken from. The book is here on Amazon and has the ISBN 9381841934 and is published by Grapevine India Publishers. Again, I'm not sure if this would be the version this page is from, but it is my best guess without DMing the author of the tweet directly.

ETA: This is the Gregory Hays translation, link to Amazon book can be found here.

u/vipergirl · 29 pointsr/Outlander

Jefferson and Washington had to legal right to free their slaves except under meritorious service It was illegal under Virginia law. Despite Jefferson's distaste for the institution, there was no legal route for him, much less passing a law in the state legislature or a Constitutional amendment at the national level.

It is also unfair to judge people by 21st century mores. If Jefferson or Washington were born today, they would very likely be completely different people as you would be if you were born in the 18th century. I am not a fan or advocate for demonising historical figures. Study, debate, but not demonise.

I encourage you to take a look at David Fisher's Albion's Seed.

u/willtwerkformoney · 29 pointsr/CFB

>Mr. Winston posted a video clip in February in which he and a teammate, mimicking a viral music video, jokingly sang a line from the song “On the Floor” by the rapper IceJJFish, which celebrates men not taking “no” for an answer from women: “She said she wants to take it slow, I’m not that type of guy I’ll letcha know, when I see that red light all I know is go.”

Well, at least they got this out of the way early so I could stop reading it. Might as well have named the article "Jameis is a rapist, come on guys you gotta believe us".

On a side note, you know what is a good book? [To Kill a Mockingbird] (!

u/1nfiniterealities · 28 pointsr/socialwork

Texts and Reference Books

Days in the Lives of Social Workers


Child Development, Third Edition: A Practitioner's Guide

Racial and Ethnic Groups

Social Work Documentation: A Guide to Strengthening Your Case Recording

Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond

[Thoughts and Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life]

Interpersonal Process in Therapy: An Integrative Model

[The Clinical Assessment Workbook: Balancing Strengths and Differential Diagnosis]

Helping Abused and Traumatized Children

Essential Research Methods for Social Work

Navigating Human Service Organizations

Privilege: A Reader

Play Therapy with Children in Crisis

The Color of Hope: People of Color Mental Health Narratives

The School Counseling and School Social Work Treatment Planner

Streets of Hope : The Fall and Rise of an Urban Neighborhood

Deviant Behavior

Social Work with Older Adults

The Aging Networks: A Guide to Programs and Services

[Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice]

Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy

Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change

Ethnicity and Family Therapy

Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Perspectives on Development and the Life Course

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

Generalist Social Work Practice: An Empowering Approach

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook

DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents

DBT Skills Manual

DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets

Social Welfare: A History of the American Response to Need


[A People’s History of the United States]

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Life For Me Ain't Been No Crystal Stair

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Tuesdays with Morrie

The Death Class <- This one is based off of a course I took at my undergrad university

The Quiet Room

Girl, Interrupted

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

Flowers for Algernon

Of Mice and Men

A Child Called It

Go Ask Alice

Under the Udala Trees

Prozac Nation

It's Kind of a Funny Story

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Yellow Wallpaper

The Bell Jar

The Outsiders

To Kill a Mockingbird

u/mathemasexual · 27 pointsr/UIUC

There are actually several reasons more security cameras would be a bad idea. Here are some reasons from the ACLU. In addition to that, security cameras are reactive and not proactive. In other words, they do not prevent crime, they only make it easier to catch the criminal (sometimes). They might make you feel safer causing you to let your guard down thereby making you ironically more vulnerable. Security cameras also create an environment of mistrust which divides not only the University from the surrounding community (already a huge issue in Chambana) but also students from the administration which is always watching (George Orwell wrote a great book on this called 1984.) And finally, to expand on a point made by the ACLU, UI already has a surprising number of security cameras (1028 as of 2014, Source) and monitoring all of that video is tedious work which requires hiring new staff and expanding an already bloated administration and/or police force, which is scarcely something the University can afford, especially without a state budget.

u/spookthesunset · 26 pointsr/Buttcoin

Pollution is not possible because the invisible hand of the free market will guide consumers to buy less of the polluting company’s product, thus putting it out of business. Unregulated free markets cannot have externalities because the risks of losing business are prices into the market. It’s true![0]


u/aikoaiko · 25 pointsr/Foodforthought

Here's a great book about that:

A Confederacy of Dunces – 1987 by John Kennedy Toole

“When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign; that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.”

—Jonathan Swift, “Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting”

u/meta_perspective · 24 pointsr/news

It is currently $6.00 on Amazon:

To anyone that wants to read it, it is probably the best $6.00 you'll spend this year.

u/[deleted] · 23 pointsr/forwardsfromgrandma

No, grandma. He is just one of the few who has read the bible.

Click here to buy a bible to read along with in church instead of just listening to the pastor.

u/Celat · 18 pointsr/preppers

First, a quote: "Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present." - Marcus Aurelius

Second, seriously, buy the book of wisdom about him. I promise you it's on the shelf with dog-eared pages of every successful person you'll ever meet.

Third, don't worry about the world ending. It's not, it won't.

You're living in literally (literally) the safest, most prosperous time in all of human history. You're fine. Shit is fine.

Get of social media. You're being mislead by dumb people saying dumb things about stuff they don't, nor ever will, understand.

You're just being subjected to the information overload fallacy. That's all.

You think what your read is real. It's not. Example, gun violence in America has fallen to all time historic lows, but reporting on gun violence in the last 20 years has increased 300%. So people think there's some crisis now, when it's the safest it's ever been.

You're fine. The planet is fine. The US is fine. Go enjoy life.

u/ST0NETEAR · 17 pointsr/philosophy

Correct, and for people whose time is more valuable - the best translation is not free, but it is cheap and very much worth it:

u/captaincrawdad · 17 pointsr/ForeverAlone

This is an incredibly standard case. I see a lot of people giving you sympathy and talking about their similar situation, but you aren't going to get better until you take a step back and actually analyze the situation.

Do you "love" this girl because she has all of the virtues that you value in a person, or is it because she is the first and only female that has let you have sex with her? Clearly, if there is some random bro that she would rather fuck than you, you were mistaken about something. This is the "Halo Effect." You projected all of your illusions upon her. You've always dreamed of what it's like to have a girlfriend and you simply believed that the first girl who gave you a passing interest was the perfect one. This is not the case.

Now let's be realistic. This girl probably thinks you're a nice guy, easy to talk to, etc. However, she probably finds you mostly unattractive, or at the very least an embarrassment to be seen publicly with. I don't know how you ended up as friends with benefits, but clearly she doesn't see you fit enough for a relationship. She probably knew that she would end up cheating you and devastating you more than she did by breaking it off early.

That being said, you can NOT continue to be friends with this girl. It is impossible. You will only prolong your torture. Delete her number, remove her as a Facebook friend, get rid of any way of contacting her. Once you do that, you'll be free. Once she doesn't make any effort to make amends, you'll realize how little your friendship means to her and HOPEFULLY you'll realize that you were wrong about her the entire time.

Finally, in order to really remedy this situation, you need to get some self respect. Get a sense of life. It seems as if you put your entire self worth, your whole life, and your happiness squarely on the shoulders of another person. Learn to appreciate that YOU are the sole justification for your existence. Learn to be happy with who you are on your own. Love yourself, because if you don't why would anyone else want to love you?

Sure Katherine is a shitty person for leading you on as much as she did, probably fueled by her guilt of your eventual heartbreak and the desire to maintain the outlet for her emotional spewings. HOWEVER, this situation is NOT her fault. It's YOURS for not seeing her for who she truly was. It's YOURS for valuing her as much as you did. It's YOURS for making her the sole key to your own happiness. If you can fully comprehend and accept that, you will feel infinitely better.

My recommendation? Never speak to her again (even if she reaches out to you), partake in your favorite hobbies (or start a new one), and read Atlas Shrugged. It will change your life.

u/KrAzYkArL18769 · 17 pointsr/todayilearned

The body is already familiar with it, so it gets metabolized extremely quickly. Thus, the trips only last 5-10 minutes and you are left feeling like you just woke from a dream; memories of the trip fading quickly unless you dwell on them, also much like a dream. It's ironic that the strongest hallucinogen known to man is also the safest.

I truly believe it shows you higher mathematical dimensions similar to what the circle experienced in the book Flatland.

u/SkankTillYaDrop · 16 pointsr/cscareerquestions

Out of the books I read, these were my favorite.

  • Meditations
  • The Effective Executive
  • Managing Humans
  • The New One Minute Manager
  • How To Win Friends and Influence People

    I suppose these focus less on "leadership" so much as management. But they are all helpful when it comes to thinking about being a leader.

    I also can't stress enough the importance of being introspective, and taking the time for self reflection. It's crucial that you be able to take a look at yourself, and see how your actions affect others. How you make others feel. Things like that. I know that's not particularly helpful, but I guess all I can say is do whatever makes the most sense for you to make yourself a more empathetic human being.
u/Saul_Panzer_NY · 14 pointsr/exmormon

"A Confederacy of Dunces"

It fits your situation and is unbelievably funny.

u/shaggorama · 14 pointsr/math
  • The Elements of Statistical Learning

    It's available free online, but I've def got a hard cover copy on my bookshelf. I can't really deal with digital versions of things, I need physical books.

  • If you're looking for something less technical, try The Lady Tasting Tea

  • You haven't mentioned how old your sister is. If she's on the younger side of the spectrum, she might enjoy Flatland.

  • Also, you mention how much your sister loves proofs. Godel's Proof is a really incredible result (sort of brain melting) and the book I linked does a great job of making it accessible. I think I read this book in high school (probably would have understood more if I read it in college, but I got the gist of it).
u/PrimusPilus · 14 pointsr/books

Hard to choose just one favorite, so here are a few of mine:

u/ConanofCimmeria · 14 pointsr/MedievalHistory

My area of particular interest is Old Norse stuff, and as far as I know there's little about band of criminals there, probably because of how their justice system worked. The sagas, though, represent a treasure trove of legal ideas, especially concerning what is to be an outlaw, and have all kinds of exciting juicy fighting bits. I'm going to link to to a few relevant sagas, but the translations are all from the 19th century (and thus in the public domain,) so they frequently are translated differently than they would be now. If you're interested enough, I recommend you buy The Sagas of Icelanders for some really top-notch modern translations.

u/Lurkndog · 13 pointsr/scifi

Sagan didn't create Flatland, it was a book written in 1884 by Edwin A. Abbott.

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

u/joshosh · 12 pointsr/bestof

Flatland describes this situation in a more "romantic" fashion.

u/rasterizedjelly · 12 pointsr/books

Have you read Flatland?

It's a novella, so it's less than half the length of a novel. It's about a 2D world and its reaction to the introduction of a three-dimensional object. Lots of math and philosophical stuff.

I've never read it, since I'm not into those topics, but I've heard plenty of people say that it's good. It's in the public domain, so you should be able to find it free online.

u/Shareandcare · 12 pointsr/DebateAnAtheist

The main character of the fictional book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time could be classified as an intuitive atheist.

As an autistic 15-year old, he holds many beliefs that are wildly irrational. The color of cars he notices on the way to school each day inform him if it will be a good day or a bad day.

So when he declares God does not exist, it's fairly possible (as much as one can read into fictional characters) that his method for deciding that a God does not exist is based on intuition alone.


The classic example may be the Pirahã people, but their rejection of Jesus via lack of evidence may only be part of their innate stubbornness to holding conservatively within their own culture above all else, since they still believe in their own spirits.

u/esm · 11 pointsr/books

I've read several over the years, and find myself coming back to the Hays. Its language resonates with me, and I find the end notes supremely helpful. Different translations may appeal to different personalities; FWIW I'm a programmer, atheist, pragmatic, curious.

For example, here are two translations of 4.7:

>Choose not to be harmed—and you won't feel harmed.
>Don't feel harmed—and you haven't been. (Hays 2002)


>Stop trying to make something of it, and you will rid yourself of the notion, "I've been wronged." Overcome your hurt feelings or injured pride in this way, and you will get rid of the wrong itself.(Hicks 2002)

Whichever you pick: enjoy it, learn from it, ... and, in a year or two, try a different translation. This is a good reminder book, to be reexamined periodically.

u/Stoic_MOTD · 11 pointsr/Stoicism

MOTD #9: The three things you need at this very moment.

(Previous) // (Next One)

If you don’t have it I would highly recommend you get one; the Gregory Hays translation of Meditations. Amazon Link

Want to read more books on Stoicism? checkout these lists: r/Stoicism’s the Stoic Reading List | Ryan Holliday’s Lists 1 & 2| Goodreads

As always if you have a favorite part of Meditations or want to see any other stoic passage in a future posts, please feel free to message me or comment anytime. Anyways, have a nice day/night where every you happen to be… All the best, Chris.

u/HoorayInternetDrama · 11 pointsr/networking

I'd pick:

  • Dantes Inferno. Each layer brings you closer to the end user.
  • The Prince. A good book to help understand why that asshat manager is still employed.
  • Brave new world. Best read to help understand your work place
  • 1984. Understand why you exist to sling bits.

    You might think this is supposed to be a funny post. It's not. I'm very serious, these books will help you navigate most situations. The technical part is just a footnote tbh.
u/therasim · 11 pointsr/books

Collected Fictions is one of my most prized possessions. Any fiction suggestion someone else may mention will be in here.

u/Eusmilus · 11 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Every time questions similar to this pop up, people recommend Neil Gaimen. Well, his book is not bad (I own it), but recommending it to a person asking for a detailed recount of the original myths is downright silly. It's a pretty short collection of myths retold into short-stories by Gaimen. They're well written and absolutely closely based on the original myths, but he still invents new stuff, and again, it's a novel-like retelling, not a detailed account of the actual myths. Here are some further suggestions:

Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by H.R. Ellis Davidson is a great and thorough description of Nose myth and religion by an acclaimed specialist in the field. It's also laymen-friendly.

The Poetic Edda is arguably the single most important source of Norse myths. It's a collection of poems, written down in Christian times but many dating to well into the Pagan era. I've linked the new translation by Jackson Crawford (whose channel is great for learning about Norse myth, btw), but there are others.

Then there's the Prose Edda, which is likewise a very important original source. Whereas the Poetic Edda is a collection of poetry, the Prose Edda sees many of them retold into more consistent prose narrative (hence the title). As a source, however, the Prose Edda is less reliable than the Poetic, since the latter is a collection of actual Pagan myths, while the former is a compilation and retelling by an (early medieval Icelandic) Christian.

The Sagas of Icelanders important sources to Norse myth and particularly religious practice. The Sagas are actual prose stories (and good ones, too), written in the first few centuries after conversion. Figures from Norse mythology, particularly Odin, are often prominent, but the narratives tend not to primarily concern the mythology.

A notable exception is the Saga of the Volsungs, which is one of the most important narratives in Norse myth. Wagner's Ring Cycle and Tolkien's works were both heavily influenced by it. The Volsunga Saga features Norse gods, viking raids, dragon-slaying and much more.

There are more good books, but those ought to be a decent start.

u/tensegritydan · 10 pointsr/printSF

My favorite SF short story writers (in no special order):

u/veringer · 10 pointsr/politics

This assumes America is or was one culture. Different historians classify people differently, but in the broadest sense there are at least:

  1. Yankee
  2. Southern (Dixie + Appalachian)
  3. Midland
  4. Western/Native/Frontier/Spanish

    Embedded in these groups is the idea of a founding culture (going back centuries) that informs attitudes and ideals. To your point regarding skepticism toward education, I think that's a feature primarily of the Appalachian group who were founded by one of the last waves of British immigrants. Glossing over a lot of history: they were poor, desperate, war-torn, and generally uneducated. Late to the party and culturally incompatible with many of the existing colonists, they headed for the hills and subsisted in a romantic but precarious manner. This is where we get the frontiersman and the rugged individualist myth. While tied to "southern" culture (for a number of interesting reasons that we will ignore for simplicity of this comment), they're really pretty distinct. For whatever reasons, this group has asserted itself and suggested their version of "American culture" is the correct one--and we've been living through this friction for a while.

    For a layperson, I suggest the following for further reading:

u/Sequiter · 10 pointsr/polandball

You might want to check out Albion's Seed by David Hackett Fischer for a very thorough explanation of US redneck culture and its origins. Fischer traces four distinct British cultural folkways as they are transplanted and adopted in the United States. Originally regional, these cultures spread across the country as it expanded.

Fischer explains that Southern backcountry culture is derived from "Scots-Irish" (actually an intermingling of Irish, Scottish, and English) people on the borders of Northern England, Southern Scotland, and in North Ireland from the 1600s.

Some markers of the Southern backcountry culture are honor, clan-orientation, a tendency toward a warrior pride, and supporting willfulness in children. This is a result of the centuries of warfare in the borderlands where the original Scots-Irish settlers came from.

This is quite distinct from, say, Virginia culture, which was all about gentrification, hierarchy, the "gentleman" class, wealthy plantations, and the like. The other two cultural traditions traced are New England Puritan culture and Delaware-valley Quaker culture. All of these traditions are currently still regionally expressed and have spread to varying degrees across parts of the US.

u/Ovidestus · 10 pointsr/typography

Oh man, this one looks so good. I would really like to trade my version for that one.

u/pokoleo · 10 pointsr/uwaterloo

UW robbed me of my love for reading for fun.

A ~year after graduating, I was recommended Look Who's Back, which is a funny book about Hitler waking up in 2011, with no recollection on what happened.

It turned into a movie, and is a good/short read.

After that, I read:

u/you-faggot · 9 pointsr/AskReddit

I am assuming this is a generation gap issue. Allow me to bridge it temporarily.

Dune ranks with Lord of the Rings and the Foundation series. Get it.

Also, read Sandkings. Fan-fucking-tastic.

u/finalremix · 9 pointsr/Cyberpunk

Free link to be put on the NSA metadata watchlist for the lazy:

u/ajaxanc · 9 pointsr/artificial

"Big Brother is watching you." - George Orwell

I would say I disagree with this and that it's even unnerving but the reality is that is the world we live in now. If you haven't read George's 1984 you should. Very interesting parallels to our society today (globally, not just in the U.S.).

u/RubberTrees · 9 pointsr/science

Read Flatland. It's the book Sagan was referencing in his demonstration. On top of the 2D world of the protagonist it also visits a line world and a 1D world. It even gives them primitive social hierarchies.

It's really short, you can read through it in a few hours.

$2.00 on Amazon.

u/Erdos_0 · 9 pointsr/books

Everyone should do themselves a favour a get a copy of this book.

u/landedaristocrat · 9 pointsr/books

There are two really good versions in my opinion. I cut my teeth on the Penguin Classics unabridged version.

There is also an Oxford World's Classics version which is good...though not as good as the Penguin in my opinion.

u/Hufflepuffins · 9 pointsr/vikingstv

You'll probably have to buy them - quite a few translations of them are available. I went Penguin, which is a really solid collection.

u/send_nasty_stuff · 9 pointsr/DebateAltRight

I'll start.

1.Our American Pravda by Ron Unz

It's hard to choose from Unz's amazing collection of articles. This one is a great dive on how the United States media system has been bought out by marxism and corporate interests.

2.The Cause of the Second Civil War by Taylor Mclain

Interesting take on why the civil war was fought and how the unresolved issues and lost capital and lives have affected the United States.

3.Biological Leninism by Bloodyshovel

Analysis on what really motivated the Bolshevik revolution and how we are still in the throws of these misguided ideologies.

Ok so I just realized how hard this is to narrow down three articles so since I'm the OP I'm going to cheat and post a few more.


4.Was Aaron Swartz Killed By An
MIT Satanic Child Porn Ring? By Yoichi Shimatsu

A friend of Aaron Swartz investigates his suspicious suicide that was memory holed by the press. What he discovers is horrifying.

5.Book Review: Albion's Seed by Scott Alexander (of Slate Star Codex)

Scott is a liberal but a wicked smart one. Here he does an outstanding summary on a long book called Albion's Seed: 4 British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer and gives his personal views on the author's thesis about the founding stock of the country. If you love history this is an awesome read and it's like taking an entire course in 60-90 minutes of reading. The details and cultural understandings outlined in this article have really helped me understand some of our wacky politics and disagreements in the modern age.

6.The Amazing Warnings of Benjamin Freedman

I've posted this transcript frequently in comments on this sub but still want to include it here. It was one of the texts that really broke me away from liberalism and into dissident right thinking. It gives an entirely different perspective on the first and second world wars and the motivations of the countries and ethnic groups involved in those conflicts. Academia in collusion with media and western liberal governments have systematically covered up this perspective from the public conscientious.

7.The 3-ladder system of social class in the U.S. by Michael Church

This is another essay not written by a dissident right person but does a good job on outlining how the american class system has manifested and calcified. There's no discussion on jewish involvement but you can see from the article how it would be easy for an elite class to be co-opted as they are less and less connected to the lower classes.

edit. if this thread gets some traction we could do it monthly and try not to repost articles shared in older threads. In a few months we should have a really great body of writing to share with new users. I look forward to reading all of your wonderful submissions!!

u/mhornberger · 9 pointsr/history

It predates modern politics by quite a bit, at least in my understanding. I've read Albion's Seed and American Nations, and from my understanding Appalachia and the Scots-Irish culture, plus the Deep South, have always supported war. All of them. The South is also saddled with a culture of honor, and, having been raised in Texas, I can say you lose serious face walking away from a fight.

We like to attribute the contemptuousness towards education as an outgrowth of their poverty, but I think the reverse is true. And I think the contempt for education comes from all the admiration going to "men of action," soldiers, fighters, etc. If you have to distinguish yourself with books and fancy words, you probably can't fight. Or worse, you're afraid to.

u/waffletoast · 9 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

White male desires in US media get precedence over anything else. For the most part they are the ones in executive positions presiding over popular media such as television shows and movies. I think you can probably find some more diversity in literature if you know where to look. I'm not sure if you're into fantasy, but Kushiel's Dart is a good look at a woman who uses her sexuality in a way that serves the plot, the character, and can be sexy. No male gaze BS.

Also do some research for erotica or adult literature written by women. You'll find much more interesting things regarding sexuality from a woman's POV. Also lesbian porn is probably the closest you can get to seeing women actually enjoy another partner sexually pleasing them, rather than some gnarly-looking dude smashing his dick in her vagina, then cumming all over her face. Of course a lot of lesbian porn is made for straight guys, so be careful of that.

I agree with you, though. There needs to be more media that shows how healthy and happy sexuality can be for women, and how it's not just about trying to get a guy off. I think as time goes on things are getting more progressive, though!

u/ThatUsernameWasTaken · 9 pointsr/funny

If she likes that kind of book, tell her to pick up Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey, as well as the rest of the Kushiel's Legacy series. It's literotica, no doubt about that, but it's also some of the best writing and storytelling I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

u/Hank181 · 8 pointsr/booksuggestions

I would have to recommend the Dune series by Frank Herbert.


It really encompasses everything so great about sci-fi: space travel, actual science, futuristic super human capabilities and I've probably already said too much.

One of my all time favorite books.

u/UnDyrk · 8 pointsr/Fantasy

Edith Hamilton's Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes was one of the first books that got me hooked, and it went from there. It's a great place to start as it covers Greek, Roman and Norse.

u/KenshiroTheKid · 8 pointsr/bookclapreviewclap

I made a list based on where you can purchase them if you want to edit it onto your post:

This Month's Book

u/akorn3000 · 8 pointsr/learnmath

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus Thompson and edited by Martin Gardner is one of the best introductory texts for people without a calculus background. Highly recommend.

u/LazyJones1 · 7 pointsr/suggestmeabook
u/DiscursiveMind · 7 pointsr/books
u/avenirweiss · 7 pointsr/books

I know I must be missing some, but these are all that I can think of at the moment.


Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges

The Stranger by Albert Camus

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

White Noise by Don Delilo

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot

Everything that Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by DFW

Infinite Jest by DFW

Of these, you can't go wrong with Infinite Jest and the Collected Fictions of Borges. His Dark Materials is an easy and classic read, probably the lightest fare on this list.


The Music of the Primes by Marcus du Sautoy

Chaos by James Gleick

How to be Gay by David Halperin

Barrel Fever by David Sedaris

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Secret Historian by Justin Spring

Of these, Secret Historian was definitely the most interesting, though How to be Gay was a good intro to queer theory.

u/MagnusMagi · 7 pointsr/Norse

This is where I usually send people looking into the Sagas for the first time. It is a compilation of the more popular Sagas, and the translation is in a moder, easy to understand format. The only downside is that the book is like 5 inches thick! So it's not really the best for bed time reading.

The Sagas occasionally reference one another, or overlap in their details, but they are not linear, and can be read in any order.

Good luck!

u/not_irish_patrick · 7 pointsr/Christianity

On The Incarnation by St. Athanasius of Alexandria - It is a classic that all Christians should read. As C.S. Lewis said, Christians should read more classic books.

The Way of a Pilgrim: And the Pilgrim Continues His Way - Good book about prayer, and seeking God. Some people think it's a piece of nonfiction, and others say it is fiction. Everyone agrees that it doesn't matter.

On Acquisition of the Holy Spirit by St. Seraphim of Sarov - Short and sweet.

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevski. Link is to the preferred translation.

If you can get a copy, Crazy John by Dionysios A. Makris

u/bonham16 · 7 pointsr/askscience

just in case some readers aren't aware... there is a really cool (and short) book called Flatland about 2D creatures that can only conceive of the world in 2D. One of them starts understanding 3 dimensions and things get interesting. Here is a link (normal) for the book I mean:

most of those books looked like they were $2-$4. Go get a copy if you haven't read it yet.

u/fyred_up · 7 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Let me suggest [Kushiel's Dart] ( You got gods, politics, a bit of swords, and lots of well-thought out and well-written sexytimes. And not in a cheesy grocery store Fabio romance kind of way that makes you skip three pages to get past it. It's part of the plot even!

u/TheLionEatingPoet · 7 pointsr/Stoicism

That’s the Hays translation. I have that one and the language is much better than some others I’ve seen posted.

u/Jazzex · 7 pointsr/intj

Meditations -Marcus Aurelius

Enchridion - Epictetus

These Stoic texts are essential to deal with the world around me.

u/mytest135 · 7 pointsr/google

There's a great peice floating around Facebook right now, about the safety officer on site at a school and how he, with basic training, saved the day with his gun. The piece states no one was harmed thanks to him.

The grain of truth to it is that the guy is real, and the event happened. A kid still died, not just the shooter. And the man was an ex swat member, not just a good guy with a gun.

>Trust big brother. This is what your advocating for.

There was a guy posting on Twitter the other day about how a kid who shot up another school was planning on targeting Disney -- but they have armed guards, so he changed his mind. Fox news had run a story on that same subject.

None of it was true. Not a lick of it. The kid had been to Disney with his family months before - that was it. The guy has over a hundred thousand people following him, and the tweet was retweeted to reach millions. All lies, but the comments were certain it was real.

>Trust big brother. This is what your advocating for.

I'm not suggesting that we trust all censorship, but I am stating unequivocally that there needs to be some. People aren't dumb, they're just extremely likely to believe whatever already fits their narrative.

u/jedinatt · 6 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Read Dune.

u/Gravlox15 · 6 pointsr/selfpublish

I'm not an expert, but I don't like 2 of your covers. Tales from a Dead Planet is cool, with a sweet title, but the other two don't make me interested at all.

I would say you need to focus on getting reviews firstly. You really need at least 10 - 20 on each title before they mean a whole lot and can drive sales. To start, harass everyone you know who has read the books. Make them leave reviews, even if they don't like them. Bad reviews are honestly better than no reviews.

Do you have a call to action in the back of your books? Something at the end like, "if you enjoyed this journey, you can leave a review on Amazon and find book 2 there as well," can go a long way toward garnering reviews. Also, you can try submitting to review blogs (like mine) to get some large, editorial reviews which you can put in the editorial section on Amazon.

The $2.99 price point sucks. Almost every indie book / small time author sets there. If you want to stand apart, go higher. It might sound weird, but it works. Looking quickly at the best sci-fi novel ever written, it has a price way higher than yours. Like /u/arkelias says, look at the successful books in your genre and mimic them. Even price point. That also encourages people to actually read the book after they buy it, and it encourages them to leave a review since it is more of an investment.

When I sell books at conventions, I always tell customers to email me when they finished the book whether they like it or not. Many of them do. If they like the book, I email back asking for a review on Amazon. They typically do. If they don't like the book, I thank them for reading it and offer them another book for free. That usually discourages them from leaving really bad reviews.

Try a giveaway on Goodreads. They are easy to run and the readers are obligated to leave a review. Just make sure you confirm the winning accounts aren't spam bots before you mail your book into the abyss.

To the writing: I opened the sample for the Tales book. My editor would have made me rewrite the first paragraph entirely. When you use 'here' so much instead of 'there', it makes me think you're trying to use first or second person instead of third. Am I there too? Are we both there having a chat? In the second paragraph, I closed the sample. "Scientists fought to figure out why this was happening..." That sentence is a huge red flag. Check out this article on using terms like 'here' and 'this' in fiction.

Do you have a professional editor and some proofreaders? Also, do you have a dedicated author website and a twitter?

I hope this helps.

u/cory_stereo · 6 pointsr/IncelsWithoutHate

I'm a gimpcel (Is that even a word? It is now!), and I loved the Greek myths as a child. A shameless plug for the two books on the subject that I read dozens of times as a boy:

  • Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin
  • Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton

    When I first learned about Hepheastus, I remember giggling and clapping my hands like I had just won a prize. Here was a character I could totally relate to--and he was a Greek God! Imagine my disappointment when he was presented as a living joke.

    Even though I didn't understand the nuances of relationships and sex at the time (I was about 8 and hadn't hit puberty), reading about Aphrodite swooning over Ares and "desiring him" really made me angry. I'm not sure if that was the intent the ancients were going for--what we find offensive, or funny, mostly applies to our era--but it still felt like a tremendous injustice. It might've even been the first time I felt romantic jealousy. Not a pleasant memory, but an important life lesson.
u/itchytweed · 6 pointsr/InsightfulQuestions


I think a society that encouraged/mandated exercise and had no stigma for therapy would be much healthier one. In some cases, I think "freedom of ideas" make people lonely and therefore depressed. But that could easily be fixed by teaching more tolerance for those who have different ideas than yours.


I'm interested to know how old you are. Not to judge your thoughts, but to judge your experiences. As an adult, have you ever sat on your kitchen floor attempting to eat an entire cake just because you could? That's freedom. And yeah, it's not necessarily healthy, but if you only do it once a year, it's not necessarily unhealthy either.

The problem with regulations is - humans are complicated. You will never be able to write a set of rules that encompasses the whole of human complexity. Many people would be severely stressed out by having to follow all the rules. Mandatory anything for people with disabilities would be borderline impossible. Have you read 1984? Or ever read To Kill a Mockingbird how the one family was allowed to not go to school?

Plus, what we learn continues to change. Did you know that organic food is no different chemically from GMOs? You could say coffee and wine serves no nourishing purpose and should be banned, however it's been shown that having a stress-relieving substance like wine can help you live longer when had in moderation.

What about religion? Some people believe the belief in such a delusion is harmful to brains, thought processes, and society. While others take great comfort in their god(s) and it helps them navigate life with less stress. Who gets to make the decision on which is allowed? China's plan isn't working out too well.

We should enable citizens live healthy lives - healthcare, healthy food, mental health services, paid time off for mental health (naps, etc), community centers, limit access to harmful substances. But I do not agree in any way that it would be possible to create a utopia under such strict guidelines.

u/quantumcoffeemug · 6 pointsr/math

I'm not sure about an article per se, but maybe some excerpts from Flatland (or the whole thing, since it's less than 100 pages) might fit the bill.

It's a pity they don't know any calculus; my old professor Carolyn Gordon's article "You Can't Hear the Shape of a Drum" is a fantastic read, and a wonderfully intuitive introduction to the ideas of spectral geometry.

My suggestion, if you need a true article, is to paw around online for a while for something on basic graph theory. Little tidbits like the Seven Bridges of Konigsberg are fun; or maybe an article about the four-color theorem. Graph theory is great for people with no formal math training, since it's easily visualized.

u/Morrigane · 6 pointsr/booksuggestions

It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

u/SmallFruitbat · 6 pointsr/YAwriters

In the land of good timing, /r/fantasy is also having a discussion about sex in fantasy today.

I also find these rants (from Limyaael's Rants, of course) to be quite topical: 1 2 3 4 5 6

And I'm probably going to beat /u/bethrevis to the punch even though it's her blog entry, but this conversation seemed to sum up "Adult" attitudes towards sex in YA quite well and stuck in my mind:

>Attendee: Oh no, violence is fine. Is there sex?

>Friend (starting to feel awkward): There's a scene in the book that does get a bit graphic, sexually. But it's relevant to the plot, and it's not gratuitous, and--

>Attendee: puts the book down on the table No. We can't have any sex in the books for the school.

>Friend: But it's a relevant issue. The girl in the scene is nearly raped and--

>Attendee: Oh? It's not consensual sex? Well, that's okay.

For context, graphic sex in books has always kinda squicked me out (though maybe the poor production value in erotica is more to blame - poor grammar also makes me cringe), but before I actually started having sex, I was fairly oblivious to the references in books. As in, totally missed what was going on in books like Brave New World or Song of the Lioness. Just totally skipped it. Didn't bother me or turn me into a sex-crazed deviant like people seem to fear or anything.

Now that I'm older, I do find it conspicuous when a world's meant to be gritty and completely detailed and cover everything from depression to bathroom habits to violence to inner turmoil, but even references to sex remain absent. For example, in the Mistborn trilogy (skirting the YA/genre fantasy border, supposedly), it's all [spoilers](#s "OK, so we're 20 and married and the most powerful people in the land and have no one to answer to and the world is ending and we really need a way to blow off steam... Let's never have sex ever.") It cuts into the believability of the stakes and to me, it seemed like possible justifications for that mindset were skipped over. [Possible justifications being things like ](#s "a political marriage, past trauma, fear of bringing a child into the world and complete ignorance of birth control, traditions built into that fantasy world, etc.")

That's not to say that you need to have sex in order to have a believable romance for high school or college-age characters. I think I'm in love with Levi from Fangirl without anyone getting naked even off-page, and I'm not even sure there was kissing in Boy Proof despite the sexual tension being through the roof. The lack of sex at that point in the story fit those characters and those relationships.

YA-ish books with sex I've recently read: Trickster's Queen (made sense for the characters involved), The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy (props for having lots of build-up re: acquiring birth control and waiting for it to take effect), The Jewel (fittingly thematic, since it's a book about forced surrogacy and there was [spoiler](#s "a contrast between forced, mechanical impregnation and natural, chosen sex"), Eleanor & Park (fittingly awkward and open-ended, just like every other interaction they had), Looking for Alaska (public conversation about private awkwardness seemed really believable).

Edit: Looks like /r/fantasywriters is also having a discussion today, though with more of an LGBTQ slant.

u/Fedora200 · 6 pointsr/suggestmeabook

That version is about half of what should be there. The full version has a bunch of different side stories and plots that make the rest of the work make sense. Reading the abridged version is like eating fries without salt. Personally, I read this version by Penguin Classics.

u/itsamillion · 6 pointsr/AskALiberal

In no particular order:

  • The Moral Animal. Robert Wright.
  • The Open Society and Its Enemies. Karl Popper.
  • Albion’s Seed. D. H. Fischer.
  • *Zero to One.* P. Thiel.
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
  • Critique of Pure Reason. I. Kant.
  • A Treatise on Human Nature. Hume.
  • The Death of the Liberal Class. C. Hedges.
  • A Theory of Justice. Rawls.
  • The Origin of the Work of Art. M. Heidegger.
  • The Denial of Death. E. Becker.
  • American Colonies. A. Taylor.
  • The Selfish Gene. R. Dawkins.
  • Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis. Sigmund Freud.
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces. J. Campbell.
  • The Birth of the Artist. Otto Rank.
  • Modern Man in Search of a Soul. Jung.
  • The Feminine Mystique. Betty Friedan.
  • Sexual Personae. Camille Paglia.
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People. D. Carnegie.

    Sorry I got tired of making links. I’m on my phone.
u/cruise02 · 6 pointsr/math

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus Thompson and Martin Gardner

u/sweatymongoose · 6 pointsr/introvert

Self help books never did much for me. I personally think reading literature that is more challenging or out of your element is more useful for general self help.
Not really a self help book , but I'll plug Siddhartha by Herman Hesse here if you haven't read it. Did more for me than any self help book I researched.

u/aednichols · 6 pointsr/books

For properly awesome maps, check out this edition.

u/worldchrisis · 6 pointsr/harrypotter

I refer to this as my bible.

When a gold trimmed copy of HP 1-7 in one book comes out that can be my New Testament.

u/NOAHA202 · 6 pointsr/tolkienfans

I have the Silver edition, so I can't give you first hand evidence but a search on Amazon says that the dimensions of the book are 6.1 x 3 x 9.2 inches (

u/silouan · 6 pointsr/Christianity

As a practicing Stoic, he put a lot of good commonsense wisdom into action and wrote about how it worked for him. Not everything he wrote or did will please everyone, but he's got some very perceptive things to say and actually did what he recommended much of the time.

Here's his Meditations in a readable modern translation for only six bucks in paperback or Kindle.

u/bigomess · 6 pointsr/books

I have the Penguin Great Ideas edition translated by Maxwell Staniforth. I liked it. The translation flowed well and was easy to read.

There is a newer translation by Gregory Hays I haven't read this one, but this review gives a couple of side by side comparisons.

u/FrozenGonad · 6 pointsr/programming

You might get your friends to read this book. It's about an autistic kid and the story is told through his voice. The book tears your heart out and shows it to you. But it makes you understand. It's a good read too.

u/PM_ME_FORESTS · 5 pointsr/Buddhism
u/krelian · 5 pointsr/tolkienfans

It's absolutely gorgeous and totally recommend. For LotR I have the 50th Anniversary Edition

u/alyeong · 5 pointsr/actuallesbians

Ash and Huntress by Malinda Lo are nice books with lesbian characters, and the best part is, it's pretty normally treated. One of my favorite books of all time though is Written on the Body, by Jeanette Winterson. It has some really beautiful prose. To be honest for that one, it's not explicitly lesbian and the gender of the narrator is never revealed, but I'm always like 99.999% sure it was intended to another woman. Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey has a lesbian relationship that is completely normal as well. It's a bit weird sci-fi kind of novel though. If you've read other things by Jacqueline Carey and are not looking for a lesbian-centric relationship, in her Kushiel series, the main character and the main antagonist have a lot of sexual tension (real, not imagined!).

u/mrxulski · 5 pointsr/BestOfOutrageCulture

It's about criticizing people who burn their Nike shoes and smash their Keurigs for political reasons. Outrage Culture is some dope claiming that Jussie Smollett wanted to start a race war. This sub is where I learned about Umberto Eco's Ur-Fascism and A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Plenty of really dumb people like to brigade this forum with predictable "no you" comments like "you are the people who are outraged" as if laughing at people who burn their Nikes and smash their Keurigs is somehow being "outraged". Any old idiot can "criticize" it takes thought to point out actual outrage.

I've put a total of

If you really want to understand this sub, here are some quotes that started posts. Remember, these are all outrageous things that people put on the internet.

>So true, I'm 51 and what I see these days tells me that the attempts at emasculation of men by the militant feministsand indeed the liberal communists who've been ruining our society for years is working. People are just not what they used to be. Not just physical toughness, but no one seems to have rock solid principles and most people's word is no good anymore. Its a sad state of affairs.
>"[Showerthought] A decade ago, we used to half-joke that anyone criticizing George W. Bush would be labeled a terrorist and thrown in gitmo. I never thought that Feminism would be the political group to actually try to do it."
>"Men love to insult each other. But now you can't call each other gay or faggotedbecause you may cause some offense. Now whatever faggot decided that calling someone gay is offensive is the gayest person ever. I don't blame the SJWs, I blame the people in power"
>"They are incredibly good at putting you under a spell where you run around like a delusional idiot...Feminism is one of the worst ideologies since maybe the kkk. The are racist, sexist, and quite frankly insane."
>"This is supposed to be the American college system....the place forlearning. Instead our colleges are being turned into Nazi brainwashing camps. This country is fucked."
>"The reason the Soviet Union collapsed is the same reason the SJW community will collapse: they refuse to admit when anything is wrong, and challenging the prevailing narrative can get you defamed, attacked, and silenced."
>"SJW's are basically the equivalent of evangelicals in the sense that unless you accept the Original Sin of privilege, they really don't have anything to talk about with you, and you must be evil."
>" The whole idea of "white privilege" is a bullshit concept foisted by American academics who live in real privilege in their cloistered world, where they never have to be exposed to anything that challenges their neat little perceptions. "
>" 'Male privilege' gets disproven every time a man contracts a disease, goes to the hospital, loses his job, falls into poverty, gets robbed, gets mugged, or dies. "
>"Are BLM, Islam, and the skeletons all the same force?" "Yes, they are all death cults. Notice how all of them attack Western art and culture. Islam destroys monuments, BLM burns buildings, and skeletons "deconstruct" great works of art and "creates" poop on the American flag."

If you don't understand Outrage Culture after reading all these stories and links, I don't know what else to tell you. Please follow the links. Most people who accuse others of being offended are the ones who are offended. Ben Shapiro thinks that outrage culture is when college students protest him. The truth is that college students protest him because he spreads lies and bigotry. It's not nearly as funny as people burning their Nike shoes or smashing their Keurigs.


u/MaryOutside · 5 pointsr/books

Perhaps The Life of Pi, or this magnificent bastard, or maybe Lamb. Maybe, if you are up for a challenge, you could try either [Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World] and/or Cloud Atlas. Careful with Cloud Atlas, there is another book by the same title. The one you're looking for is written by David Mitchell. If that doesn't work, report back and we'll figure something else out.

u/Pandora_Glovebox · 5 pointsr/howtonotgiveafuck
u/thepulloutmethod · 5 pointsr/Stoicism

I have this version. It is great. Whenever I read a passage from it I have to sit back and think for a while because it blows my mind.

OP, I think you will benefit from reading it. It uses plain English. Here it is on amazon:

The Meditations, fortunately, have been widely published and are almost certainly available in your native language.

u/stoogemcduck · 5 pointsr/selfimprovement

The thing here that sticks out to me is that not once did you mention any specific thing that you enjoy doing or have a passion for.

Your goal was to make money and prove your dad wrong. That is not a sustainable way to direct your energy. I think it's very lucky that you were able to identify your problem as rooted in your dad and not money per se.

A lot of people pursue money as it's own means and own end and it ends up never being enough and it destroys them. You have to fail, sometimes spectacularly, to learn that kind of lesson and here you are, still young and in the prime place to learn from that mistake so don't feel bad.

I think you really need to sit back and try to figure out what really drives you. Why did you start an online company for example? There are a lot of ways to make money.

Why go that route specifically, and what did you sell? Were you drawn to that for some intrinsic reason other than you thought you'd make the most money that way or did you stumble on something that spoke to you and you were able to drive that to success because of passion? Generally, people aren't able to reach that level unless they're somehow interested in that field.

the short but powerful guide to finding your passion

coaching the artist within - this is geared towards artists but it starts out with trying to get you to find what you're passionate about and then lessons on mastering anxiety, mental blocks and fear of failure. It also sounds like you want to be self directed rather than on a career path which is similar to the 'artist life'.

Drive: The Surprising Truth about what Motivates us

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength


On the Shortness of Life

The Wisdom of Insecurity

The Art of Nonconformity:Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World

Things Might go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: A Guide to Life Liberated from Anxiety

Here are a few things to get you started. They don't have 'the answer' per se, but I think they'll go a long way in helping you reframe your idea of motivation, discipline, and how to deal with fear of failure. And get you started on the right path.

I will also add: do not be afraid to find a good therapist (preferably one trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) especially if you are still under 26 and are on your Mom's insurance.

I am not suggesting you have an illness from the DSM-V per se. However, I think any time you're unhappy and are struggling to reach goals, at a certain point that is a 'mental health issue' you need help with and a therapist is the ideal 'coach' to get you through it with tested and verified methods (and likely in a finite amount of meetings.)

u/HyperLaxative · 5 pointsr/entj

Discourses by Epictetus

A truly amazing book by a slave-turned-philosopher on having a mindset to face any challenges one might face.

Fun fact: The teachings of this philosopher bore a significant influence on Marcus Aurelius and his writings in The Meditations; as well as further Christian scholars down the ages as they adapted Epictetus' teachings to their own by replacing Epictetus' view of "fate" or "destiny" with one of "God".

u/sentientrip · 5 pointsr/getdisciplined

I would actually recommend the modern translation of the book, it’s worth the cost. Easier to understand.

u/scooterdog · 5 pointsr/Entrepreneur

I myself prefer the Gregory Hays edition after seeing it recommended elsewhere.

u/redsledletters · 5 pointsr/TrueAtheism

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Narrator/main character is an atheist, although not atheist for the usual skeptical reasons. He has nearly debilitating autism.

u/theunderscoreguy · 5 pointsr/books

I find things like About a Boy by Nick Hornby or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time nice uplifting books. I think the innocence of children is always loveable. I would prefer the latter, so if you haven't read it give it a read.

u/Crumbuckett · 5 pointsr/S10wallpapers

I would love to see the cover for Dune by Frank Herbert taken and made into a wallpaper.

This one in particular:

u/TheOldGuy54 · 5 pointsr/MensRights

I am on chapter 4 of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. It is amazing how this novel from 1957 is coming true.

How can a state government require that a female be on every publicly traded board of Public Company! Is this America land of the free??? This has to be unconstitutional.

I have nothing against women, I would be just as concerned if it was "every board has to have a Italian, or Canadian on the board. This is government over stepping itself into the private sector. Yes we need laws to protect the environment or making sure people are not hurt on the job. To just say you need one women just because she is female?


Link to the book


Sorry I have to add to my rant.

I think the crab fishing industry is under represented by women also, So lets make a law that 20% of all crab fishing boats crews need to be female. Also the LGTB is under represented on public boards and crab fishing boats so we need to have one LGTB person on each crab boat and publicly traded board??

As I stated above, Laws for environment, health and safety of employees should be in place. This is pure 100% social engineering.


u/tobitobiguacamole · 5 pointsr/financialindependence

In order of impact:

1 - The War of Art -

The most important book I've ever read. If you are pursuing any creative endeavor, I would say this is required reading. It's a super quick read, with every page or two covering a quick idea or example. I read it a bit of it every day before starting work on my music. It's like my bible.

2 - Atlas Shrugged -

Taught me the value of hard work. Gave me the confidence that if I put the work in, I could achieve great things.

3 - How I found Freedom in an Unfree World -

Even if you don't agree with all of it, it definitely helps put some new ideas out there that can change how you view things.

u/Mr_TheKid · 5 pointsr/politics

Just in case you're serious, or for anyone who hasn't read it,
George Orwell's "1984"

Youtube audiobook link

In 5 minutes

u/PC_Master-Race · 5 pointsr/fakehistoryporn

Holy shit. If you're going to invoke the name of Darwin, maybe pick up an actual book instead of reading (can you even properly read?) nut job websites and watching YouTube videos. Fucking idiot.

u/underdabridge · 5 pointsr/gaming
u/Groumph09 · 5 pointsr/booksuggestions
u/xiah · 5 pointsr/AskReddit

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley was fascinating.

u/dopplerdog · 5 pointsr/AskReddit

Available here:

You must be thinking of a different book. It being out of print is almost like "Pride and Prejudice" going out of print.

u/getElephantById · 5 pointsr/suggestmeabook

I'd just buy the excellent Collected Fictions and then, if you want, Selected Non-Fictions. They're nice, inexpensive volumes you may be able to find in a used book store. The non-fiction work is, to my mind anyway, less interesting than the other (which is often fiction pretending to be non-fiction anyway).

If you want specific books, just read Ficciones or The Garden of Forking Paths first, though there's at least a few great stories in every book.

u/Nalzzz · 5 pointsr/literature

Reading Arno Schmidt's - Collected Stories and really enjoying them so far. It's my first dip into his writing and I am loving his playful prose and extreme use of punctuation. I have just gotten to the more experimental "Country Matters" section and love it so far. I'm curious to once I'm done check out his novels to see how he tackles more long form stories. Anyone else read Arno Schmidt?

Interspersed with this I am reading Borges' - Collected Fictions and I am not enjoying them quite as much. I'm wondering is it just the nature of the chronology of them? seeing how everyone fawns over ficciones but not necessarily his whole oeuvre of short stories. Will the later ones get better? I'm interested in Borges because I know Italo Calvino was basically obsessed with him.

u/jeremy77 · 5 pointsr/books

When I was 17, my two favorite books were 'The Catcher in the Rye' and 'Cat's Cradle'. But as you've been reading since you were three, you've probably read them both.
If you want to have a lot of laughs, I highly recommend 'Youth in Revolt' by C.D. Payne.
It's by far the funniest book I've ever read.
And if you want to read the very best piece of storytelling ever, then 'The Count of Monte Cristo', Robin Buss translation, Penguin Classics is for you.

u/katieofavalon · 5 pointsr/Norse

I don't remember if the Poetic Edda is included in this anthology, but I've always gone to Jane Smiley's The Sagas of Icelanders for the other sagas! It's pretty reasonably priced too, for an 800 page book.

u/-R-o-y- · 5 pointsr/Norse

This will keep you off the street for a while. 850 Pages. Is that big a chunk enough? :-)

u/Ysmildr · 5 pointsr/vikingstv

Okay, let me break this down for you in very simple terms:

Every single book I have bought on Viking history goes to extensive lengths IN THE FUCKING INTRODUCTION to detail how Women were treated vastly different to modern day societies (even books written in the 1930s acknowledge this) and that they were warriors. Every. Single. Fucking. Book.

But no, you, who have obviously never read into the subject, know better. You want a list of books? I can provide that.

Book one

Book two

Book three

>Hell's Angels podcast, I don't care

And that's your ignorance showing once again. The podcast is fully sourced and it's done by a guy who majored in History. I'm not sure if he has a Bachelors or a Masters, but he has a degree specifically in History, and he fully sources everything for his podcast. It's not at all some "feminist agenda" podcast, it's actually good history.


I'm fucking done dude. You are ignorant, and instead of learning about it you arrogantly rant about this stuff.

u/Ayupitsme · 5 pointsr/pics

Anybody interested in the origins of the Amish, Pennsylvania Dutch, Mennonites, hell, just about every Anglo culture in the United States and how they STILL influence regional culture, pick this book up:

u/watrenu · 5 pointsr/europe

>Even before (and it'd have to be true, right?) July 4, 1776, there was a distinctly 'American' flavor of the Anglo-Saxon identity that existed among the otherwise 'British' people who colonized the area and took swathes of it away from competing Dutch and French claims on the aboriginal people's territories.

true, Albion's Seed is a particularly interesting book on the English roots of some aspects of American culture

> some flavoring from the 18th, 19th, and 21st century additions of Europe and Latin America.

as well as Africa, an oft ignored source of many modern American traditions

>How valid do you think a "Macedonian" identity is?

a popular conspiracy theory (may even be true in some part, not sure) is that Tito created it

u/davidjricardo · 5 pointsr/Reformed

You've likely read most of these, but here are a few suggestions:

  • The Space Trilogy - C.S. Lewis. Underappreciated works by Lewis - in many ways Narnia for adults. These books are a work of supposition. What if there is intelligent life on other planets that have not fallen into sin? What would that look like?
  • Watership Down - Richard Adams. This is a book about rabbits. Not anthropomorphized rabbits, but rabbit rabbits with their own language and mythology, who care about and experience the things rabbits experience. It doesn't sound like it should work, but it is utterly captivating.
  • Dune - Frank Herbert. A captivating epic in a richly detailed universe. Themes of politics, religion, and technology iterweave in a fascinating tale.
  • Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, and Xenocide - Orson Scott Card. The tale of a child trained to be the commander of earth's defenses against alien bugs. The sequels feature the same character but in an utterly different tale. The books are very different but both one of my favorites. The recent movie didn't do it justice.
  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert A. Heinlein. Heinlein is a genius, but his books often disappoint me halfway through. This one doesn't. My favorite of his works.
  • The Mote In God's Eye - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. After colonizing the hundreds of stars, mankind finally makes contact with an intelligent alien race for the first time. They are utterly foreign and seemingly benign, but with a dangerous secret.

    I can recommend others if you've already hit all of those already.
u/youactsurprised · 5 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

Dune by Frank Herbert

I read it for the first time at age 11. The whole middle east allegory? WHOOSH - right over my head. Each time I read it now, I see a new layer of complexity in the story.

u/Qwill2 · 4 pointsr/books

However long the list, make some room for anything by Jorge Luis Borges.

For a really short list: Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis, Tertius.

If you have more time: Collected Fictions.

u/robot_therapist · 4 pointsr/MensRights

Dante is a pretty traditional part of the Western canon, but you can probably make the argument if you try.

Some other books to consider (and I'll even give you male protags):

  • Pedro Paramo - the story of a man searching for his father, the birth of magical realism.
  • Chronicle of a Death Foretold (or anything by Marquez) - Who killed Santiago Nassar, and why?
  • Things Fall Apart the story of how society and changing expectations weigh on a Nigerian man named Okonkwo.
  • Fictions by Borges - you will never be the same after you read this collection of short stories. Borges was amazing.
  • If you can make the case for Dante, you can probably make the case for Crime and Punishment, though I'm not totally sure why you'd want to.
  • For an interesting view of a multi-racial American in the 20s, check out The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, which is guaranteed to make you think about what it means to pass and what it means to be true to yourself.

    (And I know you probably don't have time to read any/all of these before school starts, but they're good books to be aware of, and you should check them out if you can.)
u/mushpuppy · 4 pointsr/CasualConversation

If you haven't read it, check out The Count of Monte Cristo too. It's another of those books that makes you understand why certain art is called great.

Also, in case you haven't read it, check out Shantaram. A classic across the world--and barely apparently known in the U.S.

u/MMeursault · 4 pointsr/books

For Norse sagas, Penguin classics has some fantastic editions:

u/Freyjugratr · 4 pointsr/Norse

This book is probably a good place to start. While it does not contain all sagas (such a book would be immensely thick), it has some of the best ones, such as Egill’s saga and Eirik the Red’s saga.

u/Prof_Acorn · 4 pointsr/Christianity

Thanks for the kind words. I always think I come across as a cynic so it's encouraging to know there's some good mixed in with it all, lol.

And also super excited to share Dostoevsky! I didn't encounter him until my late-20s, and was just blown away. Definitely had a lot of similar thoughts as you when I first started reading him.

Here are the two I mentioned:

Brothers Karamazov

The Idiot

Have fun with your literary explorations! :D

u/newsedition · 4 pointsr/politics

"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain" --Frank Herbert

Other Interesting Quotes here:

u/jvlpdillon · 4 pointsr/40something

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind: This is the best book I have read in a very long time. This is about how our cultures, religions, and values were formed based on biology and psychology theories. I know that sounds boring but it is very interesting.

A Higher Loyalty: If you believe Comey your opinion will not change and if you do not believe Comey your opinion will not change. Meh, skip it.

[Dune] ( I do not read a lot of Sci-Fi but with the expected move coming u in a few years I thought I might get ahead if it. It was interesting but not exactly action-packed.

Leonardo Da Vinci The Walter Isaacson biographies about "geniuses" Steve Jobs, Ben Franklin, Albert Einstein are all interesting.

u/GoldenRichards_ · 4 pointsr/booksuggestions

I just started reading Dune and I am really enjoying it so far.

u/beckse · 4 pointsr/books

Edith Hamilton's Mythology is a good overview. I think she might have a few pictures, but not many.

u/PM_Me_Your_Clones · 4 pointsr/booksuggestions
u/CrazedWarVet · 4 pointsr/assassinscreed

Not OP but I highly recommend "Sailing the Wine Dark Sea" by Tom Cahill, and really all of his books in "The Hinges of History" series.
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter (The Hinges of History)

Edith Hamilton's "Mythology". Many consider it dry by today's standards but I appreciate her depth I
Of analysis.
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

On the lighter, young reader side, D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths." Beautiful artwork in there. I grew up reading it with my dad so it's special to me.
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

For when you want to listen with your earballs, check out Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast, specifically the entire series Kings of Kings. It's not specifically about Greece, but about Persia and Greece interacting. He covers a lot of ground, including the Battle of Thermopylae (of 300 fame).

u/Tanglefisk · 4 pointsr/behindthebastards

Heard on this week's episode of Chapo (Don't judge me).

Couple of excerpts from the WaPo article:

>In 2012, he helped three other Americans found a libertarian compound in the mountains, Galt’s Gulch, named for the fictional capitalist haven in Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged.” Cobin quickly split and founded a competing sustainable farm and libertarian compound, called Freedom Orchard.
>A brochure for the mountainside compound advertised an idyllic 400-unit paradise, where “liberty-loving people from all over the world” could enjoy low taxes, organic produce, and freedom from “intrusive and abusive government meddling.” One group, however, was not welcome on his orchard: liberals from the United States.


>In an undated video circulating on social media, Cobin had even spoken about eliminating the “communist plague."
>“When they show off machetes, we’ll have the most massive firearms legally allowed in this country, and shoot to kill,” he said. “Not shoot at their legs, [but] straight in the heart so no witnesses are left.”


There was also a Mother Jones profile written of him in 2014.

u/Red_Ed · 4 pointsr/SF_Book_Club

In the light of recent events ...

1984by George Orwell.

NSA gets what they want...

u/Deckardz · 4 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

I've been exploring this recently. I'm not an expert, but I'll do my best to explain it.

The shape or object represented in the gif you posted is called a tesseract or a hypercube. You can search for these terms for more information.

To explain this, some basics about 2D and 3D must first be established to understand how to continue the explanation to 4D.

A super-brief explanation of the gif above as the four dimension object (spatially) is that it is a representation or projection of viewing a 4D object/shape in a 2D view. (That gif as displayed on our computer screens is 2D because our screens are 2D and it's not encoded as 3D to be viewed with 3D glasses) and a 4-D object or shape actually appears to us to be 3D objects inside of 3D objects, just as if we look at a 2D object - say a square drawn on a piece of paper - we are able to see inside of the 2D object and see additional objects drawn inside of it and just as we are only able to draw a 3D object on a piece of paper if it is drawn as a transparent outline, this gif shows the 4D object drawn as a transparent outline in which we only see the many sides folding in and outside of itself. A being that is capable of seeing four spatial dimensions would be able to look at you and see inside of you. The following demonstrates this concept pretty well:

Fourth Spatial Dimension 101 (video, 6:27)

To better understand the concept of the fourth dimension, read on. I also included more videos below, including an excellent one by Carl Sagan.


First, some facts / definitions:

  • 0D (zero spatial dimension) is simply a point. It either exists or does not exist. There is no concept of a point moving in 0 dimensions because there is no space for it to move.

  • 1D (one spatial dimension) is simply a line. It has length. A point can move along the line from side to side, left or right.

  • 2D (two spatial dimensions) is a plane. It has length and width. A point can exist and/or move from side to side lengthwise and side to side width-wise, left or right, and (if we imagine the plane as a flat surface that's level to the ground,) then we can call the width direction either forward and back, if we imagine looking at the plane on a wall, we might call it up or down. Either is fine. Two dimensions.

  • 3D (three spatial dimensions) is technically called "3-dimensional Euclidean space" but since it's what we commonly perceive, we often just refer to it as "space." It has length and width and height. Other words can be used for these directions, as long as it's three separate directions not in the same plane, such as left-right, up-down, and forward-back.

  • 4D (four spatial dimensions) is known simply as four-dimensional space, probably because we don't use it in conversation enough to have a nifty, shorter term for it. There is also a non-spatial version of four dimensions commonly referred to as "spacetime" which is a combination of 3D space and time.

  • A special note about the fourth dimension... Space vs time as a fourth dimension are differentiated as such: time as the fourth dimension is referred to as the Minkowski continuum, known as spacetime, and the spatial-only dimensions are referred to as Euclidean space or dimensions. Spacetime is not Euclidean space; it is not only spatial. (The gif you linked above is a representation of the spatial fourth dimension. ..yes, it includes time to show it rotating. If you were to consider it as a spacetime dimension then it would be 5 dimensions: 4 spatial plus time, but it is commonly referred to simply as spatial in my understanding.)


    Conceptualizing the limitations and advantages of dimensional perception:

  • Beings that can perceive in 2D can see inside of objects that are 1D.

  • Beings that can perceive in 3D can see inside of objects that are 2D.

  • Beings that can perceive in 4D can see inside of objects that are 3D.

  • Beings that can perceive in 1D can only see representations or projections of 2D objects.

  • Beings that can perceive in 2D can only see representations or projections of 3D objects.

  • Beings that can perceive in 3D can only see representations or projections of 4D objects.

    We are able to perceive objects spatially in 3 dimensions (3D). By spatially, we mean that we're interpreting the environment or world's space, and not considering the fourth dimension as something other than space, such as time. (The gif linked above is of a four-dimensional object of which the fourth dimension is also space.) When we look at a drawing of a square on a piece of paper, we are able to see not only its length and width, but also inside of it because we are viewing it from above - from height. If we look down at it and draw a triangle inside of it, we can see both at the same time. We are able to see inside of 2D objects. A 3D object is comprised of several layers of 2D objects stacked upon one another. So imagine the 2D drawing, and stacking many papers on top of each other until it's several inches or centimeters tall. That's a 3D object now. Then, shape it into a square at each sheet of paper (so cut through all sheets) and you will end up with a cube of paper. Shape it into a triangle and it will be a triangular, pie-like shape. Angle it more narrow on the way up and it will be a pyramid-like shape. With any of these shapes, we cannot see inside of it. But now imagine this: just as we in the 3rd dimension looking at a shape in the 2nd dimension can see inside of it, a being in the 4th dimension looking at a shape in the 3rd dimension can see inside of the 3D object. That is because just like there is only length and width in the 2nd dimension, but no height; in the third dimension we have length width and height, but no __. I'm unaware of whether there is a name for the additional direction that would exist in the fourth dimension.

    I also don't know whether a 4th spatial dimension actually exists or is just an abstract concept, nor do I know whether it is possible or known to be possible to detect. As far as I am aware, the fourth spacial dimension is only known of abstractly, meaning that there is no evidence for it actually existing.


    These videos explain how to understand what the 4th dimension would look like:

    Dr. Quantum explains the 4th dimension (video, 5:09)

    An oversimplified explanation from the movie "What the bleep do we know: down the rabbit hole" in which the character, Dr.Quantum, first explains what an (imagined) 2D world (flatland) would look like to us - who are able to see the 3D world, as a way of understanding (or extrapolating) how a being that could see in the 4D world would be able to see through and inside of 3D objects. (note: I've been warned that this is part of a video that goes on to some cult-like recruiting, so please be forewarned about the video's conclusion and entirety.)

    Cosmos - Carl Sagan - 4th Dimension (video, 7:24)

    Carl Sagan explains how to imagine what the 4th dimension looks if we were able to see it and how it would allow us to see inside 3D objects. An important part of this video is explaining and showing exactly how and why we can only see a distorted version of 4D objects since we only see in 3D

    4th Dimension Explained By A High-School Student (video, 9:05)

    An excellent description of the first through fourth dimension and how we can perceive them.

    Unwrapping a tesseract (4d cube aka hypercube) (video, 1:39)

    Hypercube (video, 3:18)

    Watch the above two videos to see how we can conceptualize a 4D object in 3D space.

    Videos mentioned elsewhere in this comment:

    Fourth Spatial Dimension 101 (video, 6:27)

    Flatland (video, 1:39:56)


    Videos, Books and Links mentioned by other redditors:

    Flatland: a romance of many dimensions (Illustrated) by Edwin Abbott Abbott (book, free, ~230kb)

    Amazon description & reviews

    hat-tip to /u/X3TIT

    "Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions" by Lisa Randall (Amazon book page)"

    Looks interesting.

    hat-tip to /u/karoyamaro


    (Edited: 1- to add video lengths; 2- added book links, 3 - readability more videos, 4 - a warning about the Dr. Quantum video.)
u/Shadoblak · 4 pointsr/bookporn

This is the one I got. It's a bit cheaper and eligible for Prime.

u/Teggus · 4 pointsr/books

Jacqueline Carey writes from the female perspective in the first three Kushiel's books (alternate history/low fantasy). She changes to a male character as the narrator for the second trilogy, but they are still very good.

u/KariQuiteContrary · 4 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

I know some of these have already been mentioned, so just consider this a second vote for those titles. Also, my list skews heavily towards sci-fi/fantasy, because that is what I tend to read the most of.

By women, featuring female protagonists:

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

The Female Man by Joanna Russ

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Circus in Winter by Cathy Day (It's not entirely fair to characterize this as a book about women; it's really a set of interconnected stories featuring both male and female characters. On the other hand, many of the most memorable characters, IMO, are women, so I'm filing it in this category anyway. So there!)

The Protector of the Small Quartet by Tamora Pierce, beginning with First Test (Really, anything by Tamora Pierce would fit the bill here. They're young adult novels, so they're quick reads, but they're enjoyable and have wonderful, strong, realistic female protagonists.)

These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer (Heyer wrote really fun, enjoyable romances, typically set in the Regency period, though These Old Shades is actually Georgian. This one is probably my favorite, but they're really all quite wonderful. Not super heavy stuff, but don't write her off just because of the subject matter. She was a talented, witty writer, and her female protagonists are almost never the wilting "damsel in distress" type - they're great characters who, while still holding true to their own time and place, are bright and likeable and hold their own against the men in their lives.)

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (Another young adult book. And, again, I think it's worth noting that L'Engle's books almost always feature strong and interesting female characters. This one is probably her most famous, and begins a series featuring members of the same family, so it's a good jumping off point.)

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

By men, featuring female protagonists:

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (This is another one that is perhaps not a perfect fit for this category; the titular unicorn is female, but the book is as much about Schmendrick the magician as it is about her. However, there's also Molly Grue, so on the strength of those two women, I'm classifying this book as having female protagonists.)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Coraline by Neil Gaiman (It's a children's book, but there's plenty to enjoy about it as an adult, too.)

By women, featuring male protagonists

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

u/mmm_burrito · 4 pointsr/IAmA

Just curious, have you ever read Jaqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series (note the separate links)? If so, what did you think of it?

If not, might I suggest you give it a shot?

u/menacingkhan · 4 pointsr/Stoicism

The Gregory Hayes translation! I've tried out 4 different translations, and it's by far the most readable. It's also the one Ryan Holiday, arguably the most influential modern writer on Stoicism, recommends.

Get it here:

u/thatdamnyankee · 4 pointsr/QuotesPorn

I'm a huge fan of the Hays translation. Much easier reading.

u/thewreckage · 4 pointsr/booksuggestions

I feel like if your daughter and I were the same age we would be best friends, she sounds exactly like how I was at her age.

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen is wonderful, I read it at about her age. No sex.

John Green's books are amazing, but Looking For Alaska has a blow job part, and The Fault In Our Stars has sex. They are in no way explicit however, and I really would recommend that she read them, at least eventually, maybe at 12, because they're beautifully written and, I think, teach really valuable lessons (in fact, the blow job scene is awkward and uncomfortable and juxtaposed with a conversation that is emotionally intimate to demonstrate that you don't need sex and physical contact for emotional connection.)

I also remember reading Artemis Fowl when I was her age.

Other recommendations:
A Face in Every Window by Han Nolan

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Cul de Sac Moon by Kimberley Clarke (my high school English Lit, Creative Writing and English AP teacher)

And when I was your daughter's age I was really, REALLY into The Royal Diaries series, my favourite being The Lady of Ch'iao Kuo and Elizabeth I.

EDIT: OH! And if she liked The Hunger Games I think she will LOVE The Giver series by Lois Lowry. And Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events might keep her occupied for a week or two, as well as the Chronicles of Narnia.

u/LeEyeballKid · 4 pointsr/autism

A lot of people will suggest The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, which is a fine book, but the author didn't do enough research and was just writing a novel.

I'd recommend John Elder Robison's books. He has wrote multiple memoirs and lives a very vivid life; he, his son, and possibly (don't remember if she was diagnosed) his son's mother are all autistic. I loved the books, and I've never seen myself or connected with a book like I did with his. His books aren't hard to read and I believe there are four in total.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time:

Look Me in the Eye:

u/SlothMold · 4 pointsr/booksuggestions

My university had The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time one year. I hear it was the most popular one, and I personally like the book. I'd also recommend it to ESL learners because the language is not complicated, but the book is not dumbed down or patronizing.

Bonus: There is now a play based on the book, and a film being planned. <--Tying in to other school departments.

u/PedroFPardo · 3 pointsr/Spanish

This one is a little bit more advanced

But I still thinking is a good reading for an adult. It's like is written by a child with Asperger so everything is extremely well explained and I think it's easy to understand. But the concept and the story is quite profound and interesting to keep an adult hooked. It's not a book for children.

You can find the original version in English as well

u/thebigmeowski · 3 pointsr/needadvice

If she was just diagnosed, I'm thinking it's probably more likely that she's high-functioning since you probably would've noticed earlier on if she was low-functioning. And the fact that she doesn't resist affection is a really wonderful sign! My brother wasn't very affectionate when he was her age but he did have some of those same behaviours - not responding to commands, self-focused etc. The word Autism itself comes from 'auto', so naturally a huge component of Autism is a focus on oneself rather than others which makes for more difficulties in social situations. Like I said, our situations are very different because my brother is 3 years older than me but going back to my 5 year old mindset, how I managed to communicate with my brother was through his common interest which is music. He'd play piano and I'd sit with him, we'd talk about our favourite artists etc. Since your sister is still pretty young, it might be difficult to establish a common interest right now but my advice would be interest yourself in whatever she finds interesting, getting her to talk about what she's doing, what she likes. And I hope that as she gets older, she's put in 'typical' child environments so that she doesn't miss out. I'm really happy to say that my brother had a lot of support when he was younger and now he's 23 and extremely well-adjusted and living in his own apartment and has a job that he loves. I wish I could offer you some reference books or something but all of the ones that I read were for younger siblings of Autistic children. If you're interested though here are a few that helped me:

Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome <-- it's about Aspergers but a lot of the characteristics are similar and more importantly, it provides a lot of information for siblings

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime <-- fictional but takes place completely inside the mind of an Autistic person! And it's an amazing read!

The Reason I Jump

u/lerin · 3 pointsr/PolishGauntlet
  • I have not been well. Sickness and death and other bad things. But hey, New Girl started tonight, and it's Sons of Anarchy night, so that's nice.

  • I've been drooling over ILNP's Homecoming.

  • How about some lotion bars?

  • The Dune series is one of my all time favorites, and I've been reading the Outlander series recently.

  • Mani! Here's a better picture.

  • Happy anniversary!! I hope you two have a great day. :)

    Thanks for hosting!!
u/p480n · 3 pointsr/bookshelf
u/Synctactic · 3 pointsr/scifi

There are three science fiction stories that come to mind that deal with interstellar commerce, listed below in order of increasing detail. Which incidentally, is also the same order of oldest to newest.

  1. The Foundation Trilogy
    (hard science fiction)
    Though cargo ships are not described, the main part of the story line forces the reader to understand that trade among many solar systems is required.

  2. Dune
    (Science fiction/Fantasy)
    The story describes the transport system used for many different types of ships, but not the actual cargo ships.

  3. Allopoly: The Cycle of Civilization
    (hard science fiction)
    A detailed description of space cargo ships, the loading and unloading mechanisms, the economic system that they support and that drives them.
u/Nirnaeth · 3 pointsr/DestinyTheGame

Dune, by Frank Herbert. (Amazon link)

Arguably the most renowned sci-fi novel of all-time, it's the first in a series of books. It's followed by:

  • Dune Messiah
  • Children of Dune
  • God Emperor of Dune
  • Heretics of Dune
  • Chapterhouse DUne

    Frank Herbert passed away after writing the last one. Many years later, his son, Brian Herbert, and another author, Kevin J. Anderson, finished the series with:

  • Hunters of Dune
  • Sandworms of Dune
  • Many, many prequel novels

    Many people think that Brian and Kevin's books are not as well-written as Frank's.
u/Paiev · 3 pointsr/Jeopardy

This book is comprehensive and a classic:

Virtually every single Greek/Roman/Norse mythology clue can be answered from this book.

u/nwalker85 · 3 pointsr/GetMotivated

I think everyone should absolutely read Edith Hamilton's "Mythology". It is what I read in my high school literature classes and covers everything better than any other source I've read.

u/Hating_Spurrier · 3 pointsr/todayilearned
u/frothy_pissington · 3 pointsr/funny

I figured she'd hand him this book.

u/TehRawk · 3 pointsr/KotakuInAction
u/4-1-3-2 · 3 pointsr/radiohead

Quite a few books have been referenced in interviews - here's some of the ones I think I remember. They're all very good books despite any association with Radiohead, by the way.

How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

The Crying of Lot 49 (also V. and Gravity's Rainbow)


The Hitchhiker Guide

The Divine Comedy

No Logo

Brave New World

Cat's Cradle

Stanley Donwood

u/amigocesar · 3 pointsr/Catholicism

Just finished Orwell's 1984 about a month ago and I'm close to finishing Ready Player One. Both have been really great. As far as spiritual reading, I'm always reading something by St. Josemaría and am currently reading Chesterton's St Francis.

u/egeerdogan · 3 pointsr/Turkey
u/Bizkitgto · 3 pointsr/conspiracyundone

> Fiction is just a mirror of reality for the most part. Many things that happen in fiction don’t even happen here. But as far as pain and sadness. Joy and love, life and death, it’s all real here. Here it’s real. - Lucian Bane

Fiction that mirrors reality and challenges the reader is more of what we need, the books i listed below have shaped my view of the world in a very thought-provoking way.

Other stuff out there, the pop-fiction, the garbage or crack cocaine for the brain is as bad as TV. Hollywood panders to the masses. Did you know Hollywood usually has two different versions for films released in America and Europe? Yep, that's right - Hollywood dumbs down movies for American audiences. Everything in media these days is centered around comic books and video games - the modern day opiates of the masses.

Some notable fiction that should be required reading:

u/zachalicious · 3 pointsr/amazon

I'm guessing you're looking at the books available from all sellers? In which case sort by price+shipping+tax to get an idea of how much the book will actually cost. A book that's $5.99 with free shipping is cheaper than a book listed at $0.01 + $6.99 shipping. Then just find the cheapest option that is in a condition that you will find acceptable. If you only want new, there is a way to filter for that. Here is a description of what the different conditions mean

For example, here is a link to the book 1984 as available from all sellers. Off to the left you'll see the filters for shipping options ("Prime" or "Free Shipping") as well as the filters for condition. Then just above the listings is the button to sort either by "price + shipping" or "price + shipping + tax." Select the latter to get the true final cost.

u/daveasaurus · 3 pointsr/chicago

That's too bad - are they obscure books of some kind (which the libraries won't have)? Or are they super popular books (which are likely to be checked out and therefore won't show up)?

If you want to try searching for the books at the library's main search site: here, let me know if any results turn up by searching that way.

My app may not search the way you expect it to: it gets a book's ISBN from Amazon, it looks up related ISBNs (most books have many ISBNs due to different editions, different publishers, etc, 1984 for instance has ~100ish ISBNs), and then feeds those ISBNs into the CPL library search. But, in the README at the github repo I mention the CPL library search fails/times-out if you feed it more than 5-7ish ISBNs at a time. So to mitigate this I only search for 5 at a time, and I don't bother searching for more than 20 - if I searched for every ISBN, 5 at a time, it could take a while to retrieve results, parse results, retrieve more results, etc., so I only use the 20 most recent ISBNs and make the assumption that this is sufficient (it is for my needs) - but it is possible that some or many of your books do exist in the system and may actually be available. (I have ~50 books on my wishlist, roughly 40 of them show up as available by my app, popular items such as the Steve Jobs biography or 1Q84 don't show up because they're always checked out/reserved).

u/HGual-B-gone · 3 pointsr/worldpolitics

Sure. Here you go.

From the Smithsonian

From BBC

Or perhaps you’d like evidence from the man who started the concept himself

Look, there’s a wealth of knowledge readily at your fingertips. I don’t know what it takes to convince you but I’ve sure done my job trying to

u/SchrodingersLion · 3 pointsr/math

Gödel, Escher, Bach is a popular one. If you're looking for fiction, then I highly recommend Flatland.

u/Cersox · 3 pointsr/Libertarian

>Fair enough, I didn't consider the possibility of freedom diminishing to such an extent that human beings become de facto robots controlled by a small group at the top.

Ever read A Brave New World?

u/Thelonious_Cube · 3 pointsr/books

Classics: Tristram Shandy, Moby Dick, The Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice, The Grapes of Wrath. All wonderful in their own ways. Tristram Shandy is very 'post-modern' in feel depite being from the 1700's

I'm also rather fond of 'classic' short stories, so I can reccommend various collections like this or this or this - all collections I've read and enjoyed. Cheever, O'Hara, Chekov, Carver are all well worth your time.

Borges is fascinating and strange - a great conversation starter.

Mystery/Thrillers: James Ellroy's LA Quartet, George V. Higgins (The Friends of Eddie Coyle, etc.), Chandler's The Long Goodbye, Ross MacDonald's The Chill, Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me...

There's loads of great sci-fi out there - start with a Gardner Dozois "Best of" and branch out. Philip K Dick (Ubik is a good start). Charles Stross Accelerando. William Gibson. Collections of short stories are great: Rewired, Mirrorshades, various 'best of' collections. Swanwick, Sterling, Egan.

As mentioned Douglas R Hofstadter's stuff is great non-fiction (philosophy? linguistics? cogsci? AI?) with a decidedly playfull streak that makes it a joy to read.

u/punninglinguist · 3 pointsr/genewolfe

The one you really want is this one: Collected Fictions

All his best stories, a lot of them, and all very well-translated. IMO, this is the essential Borges collection in English. I think every story mentioned in this thread is in this book.

u/SuckaWhat · 3 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

Labyrinths and Brothers Karamazov are ridiculously good. Be warned though, Brothers Karamazov vacillates between a slow, ass-dragging chore of a book and the kind of page turner that keeps you up at nights. There were definitely a number of times I wanted to give up on it, but I'm glad I saw it through to the end. It's probably the single most life-changing book I've ever read.

Also, for Borges, you may just want to get his Collected Fictions instead of Labyrinths. It has all of the stories from Labyrinths, plus quite a bit more.

u/Amyclae · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

> I'm not seeing anything online from Borges that could be called a trilogy. Am I misunderstanding you?

I never realized how many editions are being published. I had in mind this trilogy: Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poems. I don't know how obvious it is through the screen, but they line up rather well as a full representation of his work in one lovely little series in real life.

u/jramsi20 · 3 pointsr/genewolfe

I have this collection of his fiction - I’m not sure but I think it includes all his short story collections. There is also a non-fiction volume and a poetry volume in the same set.

You cannot be disappointed with anything Borges so fire at will.

u/EdwardCoffin · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

I highly recommend making sure you read a good translation - there are many bad ones out there.

Check out the publication section of the wikipedia entry for more details.

There's a good translation by Robin Buss, published by Penguin. I've read both it and the free one on Gutenberg, and there's no comparison, Buss's is much better. From the section in Wikipedia linked to above:

> Buss's translation updated the language, is more accessible to modern readers, and restored content that was modified in the 1846 translation because of Victorian English social restrictions (for example, references to Eugénie's lesbian traits and behaviour) to reflect Dumas' original version

Most of the versions out there are based on the 1846 translation cited above, including the Modern Library and Oxford World's Classics editions.

u/jurassicbond · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

I'd agree that it's a little dense for audiobooks. Be sure to get the one translated by Robin Buss as it's the superior version and is unabridged:

u/thecoldedge · 3 pointsr/AdviceAnimals
u/stellalugosi · 3 pointsr/Norse

The Icelandic Saga Database
The Sagas of the Icelanders

I have a huge copy of the entire collected sagas entitled "The Icelandic Sagas", but I can't find a link to it online. While it may not be a "book" per se, they are out there as collected works in various forms and editions. Considering that many of the sagas demonstrate various values and traditions of the Norse culture, as well as giving some insight into the relationship between humanity and the gods, I think dismissing it as "low-context folk belief" is to ignore the importance of these "folk beliefs" to the overall world view.

u/skadipress · 3 pointsr/Viking

It can't be done, unfortunately. You'll always have to choose a compilation with some sort of selection of what is accessible in translation.

Penguin's Sagas of the Icelanders has a decent enough selection for a rather lower price than you were quoting.

u/textandtrowel · 3 pointsr/AskHistorians

This is a really great question, and I was hoping it might have attracted the attention of some of our better qualified respondents. Alas, my recent focus has been mostly on 8-9c archaeology, which means I'm not terribly current with the sagas and other Old Norse literature, most of which wasn't written until late in the Viking Age or even shortly thereafter. But I can point you in a few good directions!

First off, I'd recommend the short and sweet blog post by Marianne Moen on Dangerous Women. Since we actually have very few surviving stories from a Norse perspective during the Viking Age, Moen does a good job bringing archaeological evidence to bear for demonstrating how powerful Viking Age women could be—as well as discussing why at least some archaeologists have been reluctant to do so.

Among the sagas, two characters who I can think of offhand are Aud the Deepminded and Melkorka. As I recall, you can read about them both in the Laxdæla Saga. It's available free online although it might be worth paying for a modern and more readable translation. There's an edition out by Penguin, which should be easy to find or order, and I think the same translation got used for the robust collection Sagas of the Icelanders (sorry: Amazon link).

And if you're up for a bit more, check out Nancy Marie Brown's The Far Traveler (also Amazon) about Brown's pursuit of information about the Viking Age woman Gudrid. Gudrid's story is exciting, and Brown's research techniques are interesting, so they make a useful pairing in this book. I think it does a good job bridging the textual and archaeological evidence for what life was like for women in the Viking Age.

u/Wanderken · 3 pointsr/Norse
u/Compton05 · 3 pointsr/history

Egil's Saga was indeed one of the most exciting pieces I've ever read. It's almost like you are reading a movie script. The book can be purchased here.

u/QueenAtziri · 3 pointsr/MedievalNorseStudies

Here's two off the top of my head that are pretty great:

Viking Age Iceland is a GREAT primer on, well, Viking Age Iceland :)

The Sagas of Icelanders is a nice entry level compilation of sagas and thaettir (excluding the amazing Njal's Saga unfortunately) that got me into the Icelandic sagas.

u/hga_another · 3 pointsr/KotakuInAction

The most basic source is said to be Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America, one of which is the one from which the South's "honor culture" came, and that our blacks learned.

And my mother is Cajun, grew up on a rice farm in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana does tend to be a particularly unique part of America, not sure how many lessons you could usefully draw from your corner of it to the rest of the South. And I'm from the SW corner of Missouri that's culturally South, also unique in being at a meeting place of the West and Midwest.

u/Galle_ · 3 pointsr/PoliticalHumor

Albion's Seed is a good overview.

u/revonrat · 3 pointsr/math

Calculus Made Easy -- Can't get much better as far as bang for the buck. Follow it up something more rigorous. Maybe, Calculus, Vol 1 by Apostol. The problem with Apostol, as most calculus texts, is price.

u/Bakeshot · 3 pointsr/Christianity

After reading your whole post, you seem to be doing the right thing by continuing to participate in a church community. We were created to live, share, love, and serve together and having that socially integrated approach to faith is a very good place to start.

That being said, and to answer your question as posted: to the library or bookstore. That is where you should go from here. Some recommendations if I may:

u/seeing_the_light · 3 pointsr/Christianity

Make sure to get this translation, too - older ones have been known to put people to sleep!

u/MrDominus7 · 3 pointsr/books

Here's a link to the Pevear & Volokhonsky edition

I highly recommend them as well. And I'd go with getting the paperback version - it's something you might want to hold on to, highlight, make notes about, etc.

u/pyratemime · 3 pointsr/TheExpanse

For an epic series consider Dune by Frank Herbert especially as we approach the new Dune movie in 2020.

For well written political-military sci-fi with a good grounding in realistic physics try the Honorverse by David Weber. First book is On Basilisk Station

For exceptional military sci-fi Hammer's Slammers by David Drake. They are a series of short stories that can stand on their own but when read together form a cohesive story arc.

For a one-off story that deals with some major issues of technology and how it can affect our near future try the bio-punk story The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. Be warned however there are some really... uncomfortable parts that are NSFW to put it mildly. Easy to skip but wanted to be up front about that.

As a personal guilty pleasure I will also recommend the military sci-fi series the Legacy of the Aldanata by John Ringo. It is not "hard sci-fi" but I really like Ringo and the core quadrilogy is so much fun. Start with A Hymn Before Battle

u/quad64bit · 3 pointsr/videos

It's literally called 'Flatland': It had a sequel too, about higher dimensions. It illustrates the way in which one might comprehend things at are not directly observable from your current presepective- obviously using geometry- but it isn't really a math book, it's a story. Carl is paraphrasing the central plot in this video.

Edit: for the lazy: "This masterpiece of science (and mathematical) fiction is a delightfully unique and highly entertaining satire that has charmed readers for more than 100 years. The work of English clergyman, educator and Shakespearean scholar Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926), it describes the journeys of A. Square, a mathematician and resident of the two-dimensional Flatland, where women-thin, straight lines-are the lowliest of shapes, and where men may have any number of sides, depending on their social status.
Through strange occurrences that bring him into contact with a host of geometric forms, Square has adventures in Spaceland (three dimensions), Lineland (one dimension) and Pointland (no dimensions) and ultimately entertains thoughts of visiting a land of four dimensions—a revolutionary idea for which he is returned to his two-dimensional world. Charmingly illustrated by the author, Flatland is not only fascinating reading, it is still a first-rate fictional introduction to the concept of the multiple dimensions of space. "Instructive, entertaining, and stimulating to the imagination." — Mathematics Teacher."

u/HotDealsInTexas · 3 pointsr/TumblrInAction

> fuck it, I'm gonna write a story about polygons. there, you happy?

Too late:

u/RDS · 3 pointsr/conspiracy

Ishmael (and the rest of the series) by Daniel Quinn opened my eyes in my senior year of high school.

It's about a Gorilla, who has lived beside man for a number of decades and teaches a pupil through stories and analogies about how we are already at the cusp of civilization collapse. It's about a lot more than just that, namely the relationship of humans, animals, the planet, and how humans have a unique, egotistical view of themselves where we deemed ourselves rulers of the planet.

Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins is an eye opener as well.

Other great reads:

Magicians of the Gods by Graham Hancock.


UFO's by Leslie Keen

Siddhartha - Herman Hesse

I also really enjoyed the Myst series by Rand & Robin Miller (the books the game is based on). It's about worlds within worlds and an ancient race of authors creating worlds through magical ink and books (sci-fi/fantasy).

u/SoIWasLike · 3 pointsr/Buddhism

The easiest and best way I know how is to watch The Buddha. Then read Siddhartha.

Then check out the Buddhism overview at The Big View, which is tailored to giving a really good overview for neophytes.

Let that sink in a while and you'll naturally find your own questions, which you can then come and ask here or search for on your own.

Buddhism is simply putting into practice a method of the mind to find contentment in the moment. Everything else is an artifact of religion. It's a truth that some guy (Siddhartha) figured out 2500 years ago and decided it would be a good idea to tell others about. And it kind of caught on.

u/Locke005 · 3 pointsr/books

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. A great story about a man who is unsatisfied with life and his quest to find happiness. Hesse tries to capture some of the aspects of Buddhism and eastern wisdom. A very good book to put things in perspective.

u/cheesenbeer · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

I really liked Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

u/SebastianLazari · 3 pointsr/Fantasy

I have this edition. It's the 50th Anniversary Edition, from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

I like it a lot. The black and red big maps. Slipcase. Golden pages.

u/italia06823834 · 3 pointsr/lotr

The one you linked to Amazon is not the same edition as the image you linked.

The image linked is ISBN: 9780618517657
Amazon Link

It's a really nice edition.

u/scaliper · 3 pointsr/lotr

There's always Vilya(the prettiest of the Great Rings in my opinion), although rings could be misinterpreted ;)

Also, if she doesn't have it, may I recommend this gorgeous tome?

u/anthereddit · 3 pointsr/pics

Lord of the Rings 50th anniversary edition - 4.5 pounds, 10 x 6.6 x 2.7 inches

Kindle Touch - 7.5 ounces, 6.8" x 4.7" x 0.40" (172 mm x 120 mm x 10.1 mm)

Carrying a 4.5 pound fat book around, sometimes pretty annoying.

Carrying a Kindle with up to 3000-odd books in it, pretty easy.

u/zblueice137 · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey is the first book of her Kushiel's Legacy series. They were a lot of fun to read.

u/KittenAnne · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Kushiel's dart and the following books - are by far some of the best books I have ever read. It is an adult book and intense and deep. But soooo good!

u/honilee · 3 pointsr/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu

I second reading the Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card, but I'd finish that first before I started reading the Ender's Shadow series (even though they technically occur in the same universe and feature many of the same characters).

But that's science fiction (with some interesting ethical/religious elements in later books in the series). I really think you'd enjoy Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey (please don't judge it by its cover; you also read paranormal romance, so I think you could be willing to look past that).

From Library Journal:
>Trained from childhood to a life of servitude and espionage, Ph?dre n? Delaunay serves her master, Anafiel, as a courtesan and spy, ferreting out the dangerous secrets of the noble houses of Terre d'Ange. When she uncovers a treasonous conspiracy, however, her life takes on a new and deadly purpose. Set in a world reminiscent of late medieval and early Renaissance Europe, Carey's first novel portrays a society based upon political and sexual intrigue. The author's sensual prose, suitable for adult readers, should appeal to fans of Tanith Lee, Storm Constantine, and Terry Goodkind. Recommended for adult fantasy collections.

From Publishers Weekly:
>This brilliant and daring debut, set in a skewed Renaissance world (people worship Jesus-like "Blessed Elua" but also demigods), catapults Carey immediately into the top rank of fantasy novelists. In the character of Phedre ne Delaunay, "a whore's unwanted get" sold into indentured servitude in opulent Night Court, the author has created a particularly strong and memorable female lead, and has surrounded her with a large and varied cast, from nobles and priests to soldiers and peasants. An engrossing plot focuses first on court intrigue and treachery, then, in a surprising shift, on high adventure, travel in barbarian lands including Alba (England) and war. Two demigods rule Phedre: Naamah, for sensual love; and Kushiel, for sado-masochistic pain, his "dart" being a blood spot in Phedre's eye. Not everyone will go for Phedre's graphic if elegantly described sexual encounters, which usually involve the infliction of pain, whether from lashing, branding or even cutting. Phedre, however, is no cliched sexpot but a complex character motivated by religious zeal. At the end, the heroine reminds one of an equally strong-minded sister whose home was Tara. No mere feminist novel, this is an assured and magnificent book that will appeal to both male and female readers.

It is book one in a trilogy, so there's plenty to read if you enjoy this one.

I enjoy reading paranormal romance novels occasionally. Would you recommend any that you've read recently?

u/mllemonique · 3 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Kushiel's Legacy series. It's set in an alternate history France (called Terre d'Ange) and it's primarily about a courtesan/spy who also derives pleasure from pain. There's lots of BDSM in it, so it may not be your cup of tea, but it's a great series.

If you'd rather go for something more light, try Men in Kilts or The Corset Diaries by Katie McAlister. I'm not one for purely romance genre, but I read this one several years ago and liked it.

u/Malazaniac · 3 pointsr/books

Probably this. It's a classic.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.

u/shelbys_foot · 3 pointsr/politics

I'd recommend Louisiana adopt this book instead. It's set in New Orleans and the title describes Louisiana's current government perfectly.

u/xwonka · 3 pointsr/books

I don't know about intellectually stimulating, but "A Confederacy of Dunces" is fucking hilarious.

u/Uncle_Erik · 3 pointsr/fatpeoplestories


I came in here to mention A Confederacy Of Dunces, one of the funniest books ever written. It actually is a FPS and much more.

Anyone who enjoys this subreddit ought to read it.

u/jasenlee · 3 pointsr/books

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. It's unlike anything I'v ever read (not the same old story) and you'll find yourself speaking in the main characters inner dialog for a couple of weeks (at least I did).

u/karmathestrange · 3 pointsr/books

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books and A Confederacy of Dunces.

It was easy for me to discover the classics of literature, but the concept of a funny book made my eyes roll a bit. I read writers who were being clever and cute and I could recognize that something was humorous, but nothing came close to making me guffaw like an exceptional comedy film could.

I was wrong. I would end up laughing like a maniac at passages in both of these books while riding the subway. With Hitchhiker's I'd have to force myself to re-read some of the more hilarious passages the way you'd rewind your favorite scene in a movie.

Up until then a book hadn't really made me laugh, and here I was smiling and laughing at these books. It felt amazing.

u/jumpstartation · 3 pointsr/Stoicism

The Gregory Hays translation is the one I own, and you'll find people in this subreddit raving over it. Of the translations I've read from on the internet, the language presented in his version is as modern and concise as you'll find--I'd definitely check it out.

It's relatively cheap on amazon too.

u/Sennmeistr · 3 pointsr/Stoicism

There is no definite answer to this question. Meditations is always a hard read and it depends on what your preferences are.

I'd like to refer you to the FAQ, where several translations are compared. For more comparisons, see this comment.

Most people here seem to like George Hays translation.

The translation by George Long is freely available online here, but in general quite hard to read as it resembles a 'biblical' writing style.

Some people also liked the version by Hicks.

u/awesomefresh · 3 pointsr/Stoicism

I believe the most accessible, deepest, and all-around best stoic work to be Aurelius' Meditations. Aurelius, as the last good emperor of Rome, wrote personal notes to himself that have been passed down and read constantly by everyone from John Stuart Mill to Bill Clinton. It has changed my life, and I was riddled with anxiety. I see now that my above Amazon link is on sale for only $6. This is the best translation by far. Don't bother reading any translation that's not by Hays, they're all very old and clunky.

Here are some quotes specifically about motivation. Realizing that you lose your mind even quicker than your body:

>Not just that every day more of our life is used up and less and less of it is left, but this too: if we live longer, can we be sure our mind will still be up to understanding the world--to the contemplation that aims at divine and human knowledge? If our mind starts to wander, we'll still go on breathing, go on eating, imagining things, feeling urges and so on. But getting the most out of ourselves, calculating where our duty lies, analyzing what we hear and see, deciding whether it's time to call it quits--all those things you need a healthy mind for...all those gone.
> So we need to hurry.
> Not just because we move daily closer to death but also because our understanding--our grasp of the world--may be gone before we get there.

And of course, getting out of bed in the morning:

> At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: 'I have to go to work — as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I'm going to do what I was born for — the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?'
> — But it's nicer in here ...
> So you were born to feel 'nice'? Instead of doing things and experiencing them? Don't you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can? And you're not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren't you running to do what your nature demands?
> — But we have to sleep sometime ...
> Agreed. But nature set a limit on that — as it did on eating and drinking. And you're over the limit. You've had more than enough of that. But not of working. There you're still below your quota.
> You don't love yourself enough. Or you'd love your nature too, and what it demands of you. People who love what they do wear themselves down doing it, they even forget to wash or eat. Do you have less respect for your own nature than the engraver does for engraving, the dancer for the dance, the miser for money or the social climber for status? When they're really possessed by what they do, they'd rather stop eating and sleeping than give up practicing their arts.
> Is helping others less valuable to you? Not worth your effort?

u/SuperSmash01 · 3 pointsr/Stoicism

"If anyone can refute me— show me I’m making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective— I’ll gladly change. It’s the truth I’m after, and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance."
Meditations, Number 21 Book 6 (Gregory Hays translation)

I actually got into a discussion with some folks about that quote; they were suggesting that it is a bit self-contradictory. Turns out the term "perspective" tends to bring in a modern sense of subjectivity that makes it seem self-contradictory (i.e. "are any perspectives wrong? Or just different ways of looking at the same thing?"). Not a debate Aurelius was intending there, I don't think. So, to supplement, below are the two other translations of the same bit, with less ambiguity there.

"If anyone can show me, and prove to me, that I am wrong in thought or deed, I will gladly change. I seek the truth, which never yet hurt anybody. It is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance which does harm." Maxwell Staniforth translation

"If someone can prove me wrong and show me my mistake in any thought or action, I shall gladly change. I seek the truth, which never harmed anyone: the harm is to persist in one's on self-deception and ignorance." Martin Hammond translation (I picked this up at a used bookstore—can't find it on Amazon offhand...)

On the subject of translations, I'm no Greek scholar so I can't offer an informed opinion on which is most "accurate to intent." For easy reading I prefer the Gregory Hays one, and so it is the one I recommend to people interested in reading Meditations for the first time (and which is why it is the one I generally "quote"). But if you love Meditations is much as I do, my next recommendation would be to read every translation you can get your hands on.

EDIT: Links to books of each translation.

u/debaserr · 3 pointsr/INTP

Related: Stoicism

>That things have no hold on the soul. They stand there unmoving, outside it. Disturbance comes only from within—from our own perceptions.

>Choose not to be harmed—and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed—and you haven’t been.

>Stop perceiving the pain you imagine and you’ll remain completely unaffected.

>Discard your misperceptions. Stop being jerked like a puppet. Limit yourself to the present. Understand what happens—to you, to others. Analyze what exists, break it all down: material and cause. Other people’s mistakes? Leave them to their makers.

>Today I escaped from anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions—not outside.

u/gstieglitz · 3 pointsr/poker

I've followed some of the anti-tilt material in the poker world and I think I still prefer some basic Stoicism. I try to play with the mentality of a soldier: You can't expect to win every battle; sometimes conditions of loss and victory are simply beyond your control. Your sole duty is to do the best you can, regardless of the outcome.

Also, if you're just starting I'd recommend SNGs over cash games. You're less likely to burn through buy-ins as quickly as you would in a bad cash session and the educational value of the games is also pretty decent.

u/one-sentence · 3 pointsr/CollapseSupport

I suggest reading "Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius, which you can read for free at Project Gutenberg or buy the superior Gregory Hays translation.

u/Warofthought · 3 pointsr/Stoicism

Yeah, There is a free version online as a pdf, however I did see you wanted a printed version so here's a link to that,

u/tylerhovi · 3 pointsr/FreeEBOOKS

Give Gregory Hays' 'The Meditations' a try. While its still far from an exciting read, I found that its much more reasonable to work through. Probably best read in doses and re-reading honestly.

u/jonathan2282 · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Some translations are cheaper, but the one I linked above is the one I have (bird on the cover), and is easier to read. It's a personal journal where he talks about what he learned from people, how to approach problems, etc. There's really no structure, just his random thoughts.

I was going through a particularly tough time when I picked up the book a couple years ago. I love his thought process and following his way has made me a happier person overall.

u/a_wild_dragonite · 3 pointsr/Drugs

both of these books are great reads:

and are about young individuals struggling with life's harships.

take a step back from the drugs, if only for a little. Exercise daily, read, cook a few meals.

be safe, feel better

u/heymister · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I'm gonna forego all the other threads about good books and best books because, on reddit, the list always seems to be the same. Not knocking it, as I've contributed to it, and because I agree with most of the choices I find each time. But I'm going to list a few books I read in the past ten years of so that don't fit the reddit norm, and because they struck a chord with me.

  1. Trout Fishing in America -- Richard Brautigan.

    A great drunk writer.

  2. At Home with Jamie -- Jamie Oliver.

    I've been working to cook from scratch, and this book has helped me understand the beauty and satisfaction to be had in working all day to create one meal.

  3. Understanding by Design -- Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe

    As a teacher, this has been instrumental to my work. Learning how we learn and learning how to teach others to learn is succinctly broken down into necessary parts.

  4. World War Z -- Max Brooks

    By far the best book I've read in ten years.

  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time -- Mark Haddon

    Just plain, good storytelling, and with a narrator who'll question your capacity to understand other narrators.
u/Scotty425 · 3 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

A great book that expresses this topic a bit is 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime'. It's written from the point of view of an autistic boy and it really gives you some insight into how people with autism experience love and caring and how it effects their relationship with others.

Link to amazon for the interested:

u/tit_curtain · 2 pointsr/Portland

Do you think they come from flatland ?

u/HopDavid · 2 pointsr/AskPhysics

I recommend the book Flatland by Edwin Abbott. The Kindle edition is only a buck. The dead tree version is less than three bucks.

The main characters of this book are two dimensional creatures that live in a plane. There are some neat visualizations on how we in our 3 spatial dimensions interact with the plane dwellers. Tyson uses some of these. For example a sphere passing through the plane would, from a plane creature's point of view, first be a dot that appears, then a growing circle, then a shrinking circle, then a dot again, then it disappears.

Flatland also takes a look at 4 dimensions.

In Monster's Inc, there are two three dimensional spaces that share a plane (the door). A two dimensional analogy would be two planes intersecting along a line. 2D creatures moving about these planes would still perceive themselves as being in 2 dimensions. So I disagree with Tyson that the movie is a good portrayal of 4 dimensional space.

u/ypsm · 2 pointsr/rpg

You might benefit from reading Flatland: a Romance of Many Dimensions, if you haven't already.

u/RKBA · 2 pointsr/collapse

I could say the same about you. Politics does not consist of a spectrum between two points because that only determines one dimension, whereas there are actually at least four points (liberal, conservative, statist, and libertarian) that form a field of political beliefs rather than a one dimensional spectrum with infinite gradations. To help you understand dimensionality you might pick up a copy of Flatland.

u/nomnommish · 2 pointsr/answers

This may be slightly off-topic but you could read Siddharatha by Herman Hesse. The book is entirely about self-realization, and the name Siddha-artha itself means "finding what you are searching for".

Edit: Another book on similar lines (although a lot more dense) is Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance. I read it many years ago but it definitely left a big impact. The wikipedia summary is quite good.

u/StrawDawg · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Also not really specifically what you are asking for, but a subtle kick to the head with some perspective mixed with eastern philosophy may help.

Get into some Alan Watts... lots of videos/lectures online.

Book form:

Maybe also a slow read of Siddhartha by Herman Hesse.

u/telperiontree · 2 pointsr/atheism

Read Siddhartha.

Actually, read everything by Herman Hesse. He's fantastic.

Disclaimer: Not an official anything, but he does a good job.

u/steveven · 2 pointsr/books
u/mr_pleco · 2 pointsr/Christianity

I started reading buddhist texts, and realized that it's generally morally superior to the christianity that I was raised with. Then I explored other religions more, started drawing parallels, realized it was all made up and became atheist. =)


Of note, the book that kicked things off for me was Siddhartha.

u/WeDoNotRow · 2 pointsr/books

Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse. It's a great book to read when your life is changing, I've read it almost 6 times and have leared something different on each re-read.

u/repocode · 2 pointsr/bookhaul

50th Anniversary Edition, 2004

It's a really, really nice book. My girlfriend's brother has it.

u/tipsyskipper · 2 pointsr/BookCollecting
u/indyjones360 · 2 pointsr/lotr

50th anniversary is the best edition! I have it. It’s printed in the USA and is by far the most nostalgic and durable version for LOTR fans! Here is the link:

The Lord of the Rings (50th Anniversary Edition)

u/pixelbaron · 2 pointsr/lotr

50th Anniversary edition is nice.

Hardcover in a slipcase.

u/non_granola_rolla · 2 pointsr/GenderCritical

I would heartily recommend Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Dart if you are looking for a new series. Fantastic female protagonist, epic fantasy and amazing writing.

u/Pinky_Swear · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

[Kushiel's Dart] (

Excerpt from synopsis:

>"Phèdre is trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber, but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Almost as talented a spy as she is courtesan, Phèdre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland. Treachery sets her on her path; love and honor goad her further. And in the doing, it will take her to the edge of despair...and beyond. Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin; they can all wear the same glittering mask in this world, and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear. "

Through Wolf's Eyes.

Excerpt from synopsis:

>"Firekeeper only vaguely remembers a time when she didn't live with her "family," a pack of "royal wolves"-bigger, stronger, and smarter than normal wolves. Now her pack leaders are sending her back to live among the humans, as they promised her mother years ago.

>Some of the humans think she may be the lost heir to their throne. This could be good-and it could be very, very dangerous. In the months to come, learning to behave like a human will turn out to be more complicated than she'd ever imagined.

>But though human ways might be stranger than anything found in the forest, the infighting in the human's pack is nothing Firekeeper hasn't seen before. That, she understands just fine. She's not your standard-issue princess-and this is not your standard-issue fairy tale."

u/escapeartist · 2 pointsr/scifi

Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel and The Sundering series are both very good.

u/PitaPityParty · 2 pointsr/LowLibidoCommunity

There is a lot of crap erotica out there, for sure. Finding good ones are hit or miss.

I tried a regency romance once. Super cheesy and cliche. Not for me.

I like Literotica because there are lots of stories to browse. There good stories and there are a lot of bad stories. Sometimes I will open a story, read a paragraph or two, and go right back to searching for a new one.

I've been trying to find good erotica books and series. Every other book is a Shades of grey clone. There are times in most of them where I end up rolling my eyes at some of the dialogue and descriptions. Sometimes, I will skip over parts if I'm just not into it.

A lot of erotica on Amazon for the kindle is free. It will often be the first book in a series to try to convince you to continue reading the rest. I read lots of these free ones and if I like the author/style then I will consider reading more. I haven't found any I like enough yet but I keep trying. Sometimes I can read enough of a bad erotica to do the trick. There are definitely some that I just quit reading.

Not erotica but I will also /r/gonewildstories. Nothing like stories that can actually happen.

The best erotica I have read is the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A. N. Roquelaure, which is a pseudonym for for Anne Rice. But be warned, this is very, very heavy BDSM. It might be too much for many and at times it was a little heavy for me and I consider myself to be relatively kinky.

The best romance novel I have read was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It is a time-travel, historical romance to be exact. From what I remember it was actually a pretty good read. If you are going to read a romance, I think this is a good one to start with.

Though not erotica, Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey is a fantasy novel with some romance/erotic elements. I read it several years ago before my libido bottomed out but I'm pretty sure it turned me on. Interesting read as well. Definitely has a theme of sado-masochism, but compared to the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy it is nothing. If you already enjoy fantasy novels you should give it a go.

Hope that helps. You really have to dig to find anything good. That being said, often the act of searching alone is enough to get my engines revving.

u/lifeisfractal · 2 pointsr/AskWomen
u/vrimj · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Has she read the Kushel series by Jacqueline Carey?

It is sort of a romance, but it is mostly a sweeping fantasy series set in an alternative europe where angels once walked the earth. It has heavy and well done BDSM elements, but if she liked 50 shades that shouldn't turn her off

u/rarelyserious · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Have you read A Confederacy of Dunces yet?

u/GoAskAlice · 2 pointsr/fatpeoplestories

Piggybacking off your comment because I'm a nice, helpful motherfucker, to drop an Amazon link

Lucky me, found it in my husband's enormous collection of books.

u/SgtPeppersFourth · 2 pointsr/iamverysmart

For those of you who don’t know, this is a passage from A Confederacy of Dunces. Its protagonist, Ignatius J. Reilly is the original neckbeard. He is the perfect mix of /r/lewronggeneration, /r/justneckbeardthings, and /r/iamverysmart.

If you enjoy this subreddit, you will probably enjoy this book.

u/karthurneil · 2 pointsr/books
  • House of Leaves. It won't really teach you anything, but you'll get a sense of accomplishment from finishing it.
  • A Confederacy of Dunces. If you feel like you have no direction in life, this might make you feel better about yourself. If nothing else, its a good laugh.
  • Catch-22. Mentioned here already, but really, it might be the best book of the 20th century.

  • EDIT The French Laundry Cookbook. It's a must for foodies, it's a phenomenal coffee table book, and it's inspiring to read the perspective of someone with so much passion for their craft.
u/RGazala · 2 pointsr/books
u/lllll-lllll-lllll · 2 pointsr/AskMen
u/Phenax · 2 pointsr/infj
u/friend_in_rome · 2 pointsr/malelifestyle

The translation by Hays is good too.

u/BulkTill230 · 2 pointsr/bodybuilding

How to Be A Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci is my favorite, and the first book I read on it.

The Guide To The Good Life by William Irvine is also pretty good.

Ryan Holiday's books are good too; I just finished Ego is The Enemy, and while not strictly Stoic, it has Stoic values. He also has a daily devotion type book called The Daily Stoic.

You can also get this version of [Meditations] ( I haven't finished it, but I think it's safe to recommend Meditations without having read it entirely.

The main key to Stoicism is to learn the basic ideas, and just be deliberate and conscious in life with the ideas; it's hard to change how you view things and react to events. You have to be conscious of it. A good amount of introspection helps a lot too. You can catch yourself doing something and correct yourself instead of letting your emotions and impressions lead you. Try to reflect every day on what you did a good job of and what you did a poor job of; thinking about these things makes it more likely that you'll do better the next day

u/EmpsFinest · 2 pointsr/Stoicism

Sure thing! Make sure you order the paperback version - supposedly amazon likes to change translations depending on what format you pick.

u/nkothro · 2 pointsr/LaTeX

I also just enjoy typesetting stuff! (Figures, since I am a graphic design major.)

Project Gutenberg has been a great resource, lots and lots of examples/books that require different styles of organization. I am currently working on a LaTeX version of Beowulf, the fun part of this for me has been trying to create a page layout that does the poem justice and treats all the footnotes and sidenotes nicely. I've also made my own copies of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn in similar fashion.

Another thing I am working on is Marcus Aurelius' meditations. I bought a copy of Gregory Hays Translation, which I used as an exercise in creating a "journal" format in LaTeX. Now, I am playing around with showing several translations of Meditations (a number are on the internet) and putting them in LaTeX so that the same passages, but translated into English differently, are side-by-sde.

I have a number of these little projects. Only a few of them have been finished.

u/weaselstop · 2 pointsr/Stoicism

I recommend starting with Gregory Hays’ translation of Meditations. This quotation is from that version.

u/TheStoicNoob · 2 pointsr/Stoicism

This one best simplest English version it's by Gregory Hays

u/CodeNewfie · 2 pointsr/malementalhealth

I'll also suggest books on Stoicism and Philosophy. However, before you jump right into the ancient/classical wisdom I'd recommend a modern introduction to introduce and help digest the principles.

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William Irvine.

Then - Move onto Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and the rest. A great way to embrace stoic ideas daily is The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday

Also, strong recommendations for:

u/KnowsTheLaw · 2 pointsr/Stoicism
u/lochalsh · 2 pointsr/offmychest

Hey, I’ve been through something similar but I’m not going to pretend that I know exactly what you’re feeling. Something that helped me greatly and kept my head above water through the whole thing was a collection of writings by Marcus Aurelius (old Roman emperor) called Meditations. Pick up the Gregory Hays translation. I’ve never read a book of personal philosophy that changed my life so profoundly and actually taught me how to work through what felt like utter devastation. You’re not alone.

u/sirclesam · 2 pointsr/Fantasy

Definitely not fantasy but the first thing that came to mind was "The Curious incident of the dog in the night-time"

u/B787_300 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Get those kids some books!

oh lawd, this is going to be LONG
for advanced readers,

Enders Game

The Giver

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

The Harry Potter Series

The Heir Apparent

Farenheit 451

A lot of these books can be read young and then reread when older to get more meaning

For younger beginning readers

Dr Seuss, I really remember Green Eggs and Ham, Go Dog go, and One Fish two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

Oh and surprise me, i really like SciFi/Fantasy and have read the Dune Series and ASoIaF, but the Modern High Power Rocketry Book would be very very appreciated.

u/brynnablue · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Did anyone else learn about the Monty Hall problem from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

u/guttertothestars · 2 pointsr/books

I usually have at least two, one being fiction and the other nonfiction. Currently reading The Ethical Brain and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

u/helterstash · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Totally different genre, but Keiko reminded of the protagonist from this book: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

u/phunkyvida · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Not sure if these are appropriate, or if she's read these already but here's a few off the top of my head:

u/hookehalley · 2 pointsr/writing

I recommend reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. Its written from the POV of a 15 year old autistic boy. I found it to be a compelling read precisely because the author does an excellent job putting you in the boys head and showing us how he sees the world.

u/strangenchanted · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

Dune by Frank Herbert.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams. You have probably read it, but if you haven't, it's superbly funny sci-fi comedy.

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. A book that I re-read once every few years, and every time I find something new in it.

Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon. A gripping, heartbreaking non-fiction book about police detectives. It inspired the acclaimed TV series "Homicide: Life on the Street." Simon would go on to create "The Wire."

The Big Nowhere by James Ellroy. Noir-ish procedural crime fiction. If you enjoy "Homicide," you may well like this.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, "a philosophical novel about two men, two women, a dog and their lives in the Prague Spring of the Czechoslovak Communist period in 1968," according to Wikipedia. One of my favorite books.

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. Detective novel meets sci-fi in one mind-bending existential work. If you watch "Fringe," well, this book is Fringe-y... and more.

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. Time travel. Victorian England. A tea cozy mystery of sorts.

Graphic novels! Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman. Love And Rockets by The Hernandez brothers. The Sandman by Neil Gaiman. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki. Elektra: Assassin by Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz. And of course, Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. To discover yet more great comic books, check out the Comics College series.

u/DrMarianus · 2 pointsr/ProjectMilSim

After loads of reading on the bus to work every day, here follows my reading list for military aviation:


  • Viper Pilot - memoir of an F-16 Wild Weasel pilot who flew in both Iraq Wars
  • A Nightmare's Prayer - memoir of a Marine Harrier Pilot flying out of Bagram.
  • Warthog - Story of the A-10C pilots and their many varied missions in Desert Storm
  • Hornets over Kuwait - Memoir of a Marine F/A-18 pilot during Desert Storm
  • Strike Eagle - Story of the brand new F-15C Strike Eagle pilots and their time in Desert Storm


  • The Hunter Killers - look at the very first Wild Weasels, their inception, early development, successes, and failures
  • Low Level Hell - memoir of an OH-6 Air Cav pilot


  • Unsung Eagles - various snapshots of the less well-known but arguably more impactful pilots and their missions during WWII (pilot who flew channel rescue in a P-47, morale demonstration pilot, etc.)
  • Stuka Pilot - memoir of the most prolific aviator of Nazi Germany (and an unapologetic Nazi) who killed hundreds of tanks with his cannon-armed Stuka
  • The First Team - more academic historical look at the first US Naval Aviators in WWII


  • Skunk Works - memoir of Ben Rich, head of Lockeed's top secret internal firm and his time working on the U-2, SR-71, and F-117 including anecdotes from pilots of all 3 and accounts of these remarkable planes' exploits.
  • Lords of the Sky - ambitious attempt to chronicle the rise and evolution of the "fighter pilot" from WWI to the modern day
  • Red Eagles: America's Secret MiGs - the story of the long-top secret group of pilots who evaluated and flew captured Soviet aircraft against US pilots to train them against these unknown foes.
  • Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage - story of the US submarine fleet starting at the outbreak of the Cold War and their exploits

    Bonus non-military aviation

    I highly second the recommendations of Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, and Diamond Age. I would also recommend:

  • Neuromancer - defined the cyberpunk genre
  • Ghost in the Wires - memoir of prolific hacker Kevin Mitnick
  • Starship Troopers - nothing like the movie
  • The Martian - fantastic read
  • Heir to the Empire - first of the Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy and the book that arguably sparked the growth of the Extended Universe of Star Wars
  • Devil in the White City - semi-fictional (mostly non-fiction) account of a serial killer who created an entire palace to capture and kill his prey during the Chicago World's Fair
  • Good Omens - dark comedy story of a demon and an angel trying to stop the end of the world because they like us too much
  • American Gods - fantastic story about how the old gods still walk among us
  • Dune - just read it
u/foreverxcursed · 2 pointsr/ProjectMilSim

Are you looking for pulse pounding, believable-but-still-inventive enough, hardcore mercenary action? Well look no further.

Direct Action - Written by a former Ranger/SF guy, this is the first in a set of (so far) 3 books featuring Deckard as the main character. Deckard is a former SF and CIA SAD guy who ends up getting contracted by a shady cabal to form a PMC for them to use in their attempt to bring about a NWO. He says "fuck that." This is honestly some of the best in the genre of military fiction. Written by a dude who has been there and done that, it's well written and believable enough, and the action...gritty, hardcore, doorkicking, operating action. It does not stop once it starts, and neither do the sequels, Target Deck and Direct Action. They're a blast to read and I can't recommend them enough.

Task Force Desperate - America's dollar has collapsed. The military is incredibly underfunded and no longer has the ability to project power. This all comes to a head when an American military base in Djibouti is attacked and taken over. With the US no longer able to respond to events such as these, Jeff's PMC, Praetorians, are contracted to handle the situation. The guy that wrote it is a former Recon Marine, so similar to Jack Murphy, he's been there, done that, and it shows. If you want hardcore action, this is another solid book for you. The plot is a bit out there, but hey, fuck it, it's fun.

Moving away from fiction...

Level Zero Heroes - Written by one of the first MARSOC dudes that went into Afghanistan when MARSOC was first stood up. He's his MSOC's forward air controller, and it's just a pretty cool and interesting look into the special operations world from a new (at the time) SOF unit.

Horse Soldiers - About the first ODA that went into Afghanistan within weeks of 9/11. They worked really closely with CIA SAD, and it's an incredibly interesting write up on what these guys managed to do in incredibly austere conditions. They rolled around the country on horseback. That's bad ass.

First In - Similar to Horse Soldiers, but written by one of the CIA paramilitary officers that coordinated with the Northern Alliance and the SF ODAs when they first came in country. A bit dry, but if you're interested in this sort of thing, it's one of the best (and only, from its perspective) accounts of the early parts of the Global War On Terror.

Now for some non military stuff.

Dune - The best sci-fi novel ever written, bar none. It has political intrigue, an oppressed people against an overwhelmingly larger force, oh, and giant sandworms. It's hard to describe just how rich the world of Dune is in a simple paragraph, so I won't even try. If you're into sci-fi and you haven't read Dune, you owe it to yourself. You're in for a treat.

The Road - The bleakest thing I've ever read. It takes place after some type of apocalyptic event in the US (which is never detailed), and is the story of a father and his young son attempting to survive in the wasteland amongst cannibals that keep their "livestock," chained in a basement, roving bands of marauders, and other horrors. It's written in an incredibly minimalist style which adds to the tone and atmosphere so much. If you want something heavy, this is your book.

I'll probably add more but here are my recommendations for now.

u/uncertain_death · 2 pointsr/videos

Dune by Frank Herbert.

u/Slapbox · 2 pointsr/politics
u/pineapplesf · 2 pointsr/santashelpers

I take it from Harry Potter and Divergent he likes strong, morally-white protagonists on journeys to save the world. I don't know his exact reading level or interests, so I will make the following suggestions by category. I ranked books in each category by difficulty.


Teen Fantasy:


Dealing with Dragons: Funny, easy to read, dragons, magic, and sarcasm.

The Lioness Series, Immortal Series, or The Magic Circle Series: Strong female leads and interesting to read with great stories (Think Mulan). My brother loved them.

Artemis Fowl: Strong, morally ambiguous but ultimately altruistic, sarcastic, and smart protagonist against the world.

User Unfriendly: Dudes get sucked into a video/rpg and try to get out without dying. Like Tron, but less sci-fi and more fantasy.

Halo: One of my brothers who HATES reading -- or at least is incredibly picky actually stayed up all night to finish four of Halo books. He also really likes the games. I don't know which one is the first or the best but this one had the best reviews. I dunno if it is dark either -- I haven't read it :'(.

The Dark Elf Trilogy: Darker than anything else I have on here (or can be) hero vs world type fantasy. Drizzit = my brothers' hero growing up. Kinda WOW-esque? Having played both, I understand how much of WOW is inspired by DnD. I personally didn't like this.

Redwall: Harder to read, talking animals save the world from other talking animals. I personally hated this series, but my brothers read every single book in the series at the time.


Adult Fantasy:


Magician: Magic, totally badass protagonist, BORING first couple chapters, but ultimately the most OP hero I have ever read. Amazing, truly amazing. I think it is two-three books in the first series.

Harper Hall: Dragons, music, strong, but lost protagonist. Deals with sexism and gender biased. The other books in the cycle range from sci-fi to political fantasy.

Dragonbone Chair: Strong, badass hero vs a dragon. What happens? He becomes more badass. It is a lighter verison of LOTR/Sword of Shanara (which is probably too much politics/genetics/enviromental commentary -- generally boring-- for him right now) --

An even lighter alternative, more teen book is Eragon. That being said, I absolutely DETESTED these books. I don't care if he was 16, he didn't coming up with any of his own material. But -- a lot of people really like it, so your brother might!




Ender's game: Amazing ending, especially if he likes videogames. I haven't seen the movie, but my Dad said it was "loosely inspired" from the book. All I know is the book was world-changing. It has some legitimately dark points (like gouging out a giants eye or drowning puppies).

Johnny Maxwell Trilogy: This dude is cool. I didn't know until I linked it that it is hard to get a copy >.<.

Dune: This, like LOTR, is VERY political and can be very easily boring. It might also be too adult or hard for him. There is mental illness and just crazy people in the later books.


Mature Humor:


He should be ready for some British humor, which is a little more mature than American humor (sorry) and much more sarcastic. You also have to be in the mood for it, especially if you aren't expecting it.

Sourcery: Really, really funny.

Hitchhiker's Guide: Also funny.

Magic Kingdom for Sale -- Sold: American. Funny take on fantasy books.


I kept away from darker books where the protagonist is morally grey (Artemis fowl and Drizzit being exceptions -- though they are both still definitely heros), sex, questionable themes, or general mental derangement.

I also stayed away from more modern books, which I have read a lot of if you would like recommendations for those instead. I read a lot in general, so if you have a questions about a book in particular, I can try to help.

Edit: Links

u/Blue_Three · 2 pointsr/dune

I'd like to add that - according to the artist - they remaining five books will (at least for now) only be released as mass-market paperbacks. The first book is available in both paperback and mass-market editions, with the paperback being of better quality and not as tall/thin as the mass-market paperback.

Once we get closer to the movie's release, there'll probably be a whole bunch of editions and a box set too, so I'd just wait a bit.

u/Chimp-Spirit · 2 pointsr/entp
u/Bhiner1029 · 2 pointsr/dune

It's the newest trade paperback edition by Ace Books. Here's a link to Dune on Amazon: Dune Mass Market Paperback. You should be able to find the rest of the books from there as well.

u/rotll · 2 pointsr/Cooking

Read at least the first book, "Dune". You won't regret it.

u/sharer_too · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions
u/YouJustSaidWhat · 2 pointsr/StarWars

ITT: A lot of questioning of how Vader defecated and/or urinated while in his suit.

In real life, to tackle the challenge of "how do I poop while wearing a full-body suit without removing said suit," a lot of time and effort has been expended. One solution already in use in meat life is quite simple, although it is arguably pretty gross. Astronauts use something called a maximum absorbency garment (MAG) to take care of immediate needs.

Looking to other science fiction, numerous examples exist of solutions to this question. My favorite is the stillsuit of the Fremen in Dune by Frank Herbert.

Then, of course, there is the use of The Force to regulate biology. Time and time again, examples have been provided in the movies, books, games and role playing of both light- and dark-side users using their connection to The Force in order to control pain, go into a mediative coma, expand sensory awareness, heal oneself and others, etc. It isn't much further of a suspension of one's disbelief to accept that Vader used The Force to suspend his biological needs.

TL;DR -- Simply put: Vader did not shit or piss whilst in his armor.

u/StoryDone · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

You will get home at 632 pm.

Here is a book

My day was lovely; I was able to read two books and I shall be going out with my best friend for dinner in a bit.

u/resuoh · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  • I'm pretty new, but I think i have done what could be defined as "participating?"
  • Arabella - Arctic Monkeys
  • Blergh
  • In shake form?
u/oceanceaser · 2 pointsr/birding
u/queenatstormsend · 2 pointsr/CasualConversation

Strong recommendation for David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (Dutch clerk in late 18th/early 19th century Dejima, lots of depth, gorgeous prose) and for Walter Moers's Rumo and his Miraculous Adventures (fantastical but oddly profound; I'd pick it up even if it doesn't sound like something you'd enjoy). I finished both of these very recently and they were amazing. They hopped right on my list of favourite books, if I'm honest.

Otherwise, I'd very much recommend my all-time favourites: Le Petit Prince (in French or English), Under Milk Wood, Cloud Atlas, and To Kill a Mockingbird (which is always worth a re-read, too).

I included Amazon links so that you know exactly which books I'm talking about, but please consider buying from local bookshops!

u/MuscleMansMum · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Time to settle the score!

/u/ottiecat gifted me a book ( To Kill a Mockingbird) in her pets contest, where she literally gifted every single person who participated, left everyone an individual note on her gifted post and personal notes with the items themselves. What a BABE!

She also has To Kill a Mockingbird on her books list so she got me a copy even though she wants one herself, what a sweetie!

u/Wickett6029 · 2 pointsr/GreekMythology
u/bodycounters · 2 pointsr/tipofmytongue

I'm not sure about the purple cover but the format sounds like Edith Hamilton's Mythology

u/napjerks · 2 pointsr/GreekMythology

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton

u/Spellersuntie · 2 pointsr/Libertarian

Not everything I'm going to list is really libertarian per se but I think they do give important context for the libertarian/broader right wing movement

Economics in One Lesson. It's repetitive but gets the point across

Anarchy, State, and Utopia is a philosophical perspective

IThe Moon is a Harsh Mistress. It's difficult to call Heinlein a libertarian but this book definitely is. Also where the 'rational' part of my flair comes from!

There is No Alternative. I'm not sure how many people would consider Thatcher a libertarian but she's an important part of the history of the modern struggle against socialism that I think is overlooked in the United States

The Fatal Conceit. One of Hayek's must read works. A much shorter one that is I think just as important, Why I Am Not a Conservative

Atlas Shrugged. I'm not saying it's a good book or that you don't know of it but it's worth thumbing through just to see what all the hubbub's about. Prepare yourself for a latent S&M fetish.

Capitalism and Freedom. Maybe reading this will help you figure out why Naomi Klein seems to hate Friedman so much. Also very good and much more digestible is his television series Free to Choose and the similarly titled book

The Communist Manifesto. Provides good context. And maybe a chuckle.

u/newnowmusic · 2 pointsr/gaming

I haven't really played Gears or Mass Effect much and so am in no place to comment but here's what I'd suggest for the other two.

As a series Assassins Creed is amazing but be warned the first game, while inventive and exciting gets a bit repetitive towards the later third. But after that ACII and its counterparts 'Brotherhood' & 'Revelations' are astounding and with the news on ACIII the series is going to pan out/close on a real high.

For a revelation and in-depth story Bioshock is my personal go-to on all cylinders. The first game dig deep into Randian objectivism and once you read the blogs and opinions you realise that it is a game about the very nature of gaming. I would suggest reading 'Atlas Shrugged' as you play through to get the full depth of the first game.
The sequel is good if you really get into the story of the city of Rapture but doesn't come with the depth of philosophy that the first does.
But if Rapture is your thing it's worth a play to see how it panned out, also get hold of John Shirley's adaptation of the story Bioshock: Rapture.
Again the upcoming Bioshock: Infinite is going to take the series to new heights (pun intended!) and will be a worthy addition to the franchise.

u/ClownsInCongress · 2 pointsr/The_Donald

Basically it's a novel set in the future where someone like bernie sanders ran the country and how people like Trump fought back. It's a really good read for it being such a political/philosophical book.

u/lifestuff69 · 2 pointsr/TheRedPill

Watch The Rubin Report on YouTube. Dave Rubin interviewed both Ben Shapiro and Jordan Peterson, as well as MANY of the other names I see posted by others here. He interviews people from different political, social, and economic philosophies. I even fund him on Patreon because his channel is great (and important).


If I had to pick three people that made the most dramatic impact on my life in terms of how I think, seek and evaluate evidence, and use reason, these people would be at the top. While the people on my list did not always agree on everything, I do believe that they are/were intellectually honest:


Thomas Sowell

u/fierywords · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

The Catcher in the Rye is a pretty good gateway book for more literary fiction.

1984 and Animal Farm will probably appeal to your SF tendencies.

If you want something more contemporary, maybe try The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. It has to do with comic books...

u/angry_skinny_Jesus · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

1.I have indeed.

2.1984 by George Orwell Go for used, please!

3.Delirium by Lauren Oliver. This book, and really just the entire series are addicting. (I read all three in just under a week.) Love is a disease, and falling in love means having your brain scrambled.. It's this whole crazy thing.

4.Christmas is for reading!!

u/JackFucington · 2 pointsr/watchpeopledie

History is cyclical and it tends to repeat itself. Maybe you should be a little more concerned with educating yourself on what your side of the political spectrum was responsible for in the 20th century. I could care less about your personal experience fallacy, those tend to be extremely bias based on the worldview the person wants to portrait and they tend to ignore what statistics say, and in this case the statistics for Europe are quite damning.

If you don't think that it can happen again you are very naive. You live in a world where it is still happening. Socialism has destroyed Venezuela right before our eyes, plain as day, and there is nothing you or I can do about it and no government that cares to intervene, nor should they. North Korea is a relic from the 20th century and one big Gulag. China, a world superpower is a great example of a country that censors the data in/data out that you are referring to. Read The Will to Power by Nietzsche, The Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn (even if its just the abridged version, it is a masterpiece and changed my life), and Orwell's 1984. Read these and then cross reference what you learn with current political climate regarding political correctism, left wing authoritarian political systems in your countries over there that compel speech and ban certain idea's and criticisms, your governments collectivist policies and your firearm policies. After you read them you should be able to see striking similarities to your current political landscape and you will know just how close you are to the edge. At very least you will escape the ideological bubble you seem to be in.

u/NoCowLevel · 2 pointsr/atheism
u/formode · 2 pointsr/blog

Orwell's 1984

Actually, use qgyh2's affiliate link: 1984

u/prepperjournalist103 · 2 pointsr/preppers

My personal favorites are influenced by the most-likely scenario for me, so here they are, if you need some recommendations for similar movies, just ask, I'll be more than happy to help.

Movies: Tomorrow When The War Began (2010), Red Dawn (2012), Goodbye World (2013).

TV Series: The Walking Dead, that's it. Don't even need to link it, we all know it.

Books: Going Home (entire series) by A. American., 1984 by George Orwell.

Games: none, I don't play anything, anywhere. I guess I could say 'I ain't playing', I'll show myself out.

Bonus edit: Full Movie: Tomorrow When the War Began

u/IhrFrauen · 2 pointsr/TumblrInAction

>we need to start monitoring what people say online and in person

Hey... I know a book about that. Here you go!

u/edheler · 2 pointsr/preppers

Dystopias that everyone should read:

u/Clementinesm · 2 pointsr/books tracks sales from the different Amazon websites globally. Specifically, you can go to the charts subsection and see a graph of the past two years of 1984's sales rank (not the number of sales, but the actual ordinal position). Yes, it does spike every year around this time, but it's not been in this high position recently. The news shouldn't so much be that it is mymber 1, but that it is the highest it's been in a long time (and in fact cannot get in any higher position). Do not just contradict me without first providing facts and evidence and analysis. Yes it does peak at the beginning of Spring semester, but that obviously is not the only (or significant) reason why

u/lordLies · 2 pointsr/DebateReligion

Well yeah...

u/DioTheory · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon


Oops, First Contest!

And if I win, either this book or this hair thingy would be ideal.

u/crustation · 2 pointsr/books

I love music, so my favourite one was Last Night A DJ Saved My Life. A history of electronic music which gave me a real in-depth appreciation of the electronic music scene now.

I also really liked A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking and Flatland (not exactly non-fiction, but extremely interesting).

u/niiru · 2 pointsr/books

I am 33 pages into this right now!

I've read 1984, Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451 within the past year, and so far I'd say this compares very favorably. The tone, for some reason, reminds me a lot of Flatland.

And! I just bought Player Piano, which is mentioned in the article as being a derivative, so my next couple of weeks are looking pretty solid.

u/99999999999999999989 · 2 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

I suggest reading Flatland. It really helps to grasp the concept of higher dimensions. It is an easy read and not long at all.

u/SUCOL · 2 pointsr/TrueReddit

This book will give you some insight from an autistic child's point of view, it was a great book.

u/Efdehess · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

The curious incident of the dog in the night Time

It was my first book in English; a great story, really easy to read.

u/_Captain_ · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I would really love The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time! It looks so awesome and I really, really want to read it. So many people have recommended it to me and I'd love to follow through with the recommendation! Plus, really, it has 2222 reviews right now and that's just awesome. Thank you so much for this contest!! I love used books!

Buying a book is not about obtaining a possession, but about securing a portal.

u/poisomivy · 2 pointsr/autism

If you're looking for non-clinical, there's a fictional book called the the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (

I would also recommend checking out some of the many wonderful blogs, by parents of autistic children but especially autistic adults themselves.

u/MalevolentGoblin · 2 pointsr/neutralmilkhotel

It looks like the cover of this edition of Brave New World:

Maybe it was the same graphic artist? The cover was done by Nyamekye Waliyaya who is employed by HarperCollins Publishers.

u/TheGlew · 2 pointsr/Futurology

Watch Gattaca and read Brave New World if you think this is going to benefit you in any way what-so-ever.

u/BigCitySlicker · 2 pointsr/politics

Because it's a Brave New World

u/Endrealis · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

[Brave New World] ( by Aldous Huxley. Newer and well done

u/MrSamsonite · 2 pointsr/ifyoulikeblank
u/lobster_johnson · 2 pointsr/asoiaf

I have only read Borges in English, sadly, and actually only his short stories.

The most recent translations, by Andrew Hurley in the complete Collected Fictions, are considered to be excellent, although he's a bit stiff-legged in places compared to earlier translations; for example, "Funes el memorioso" has become the rather dull "Funes, His Memory", whereas in the earlier translation, the poetry of the title was preserved as "Funes the Memorious" and becomes somewhat Lewis Carrolesque in English. On the other hand, he corrects some liberties taken by earlier translations. Of course, Borges would probably say that the original text was probably not all that faithful, either. :-)

Speaking of Borges, have you read Adolfo Bioy-Casares' The Invention of Morel, perchance?

u/CiroFlexo · 2 pointsr/Reformed

All right, here's my best effort at trying to tie together all these threads with some recommendations. Two different routes to take.

1. Get some polish poets. My recommendations of three volumes would be Zbigniew Herbert's Elegy For The Departure, Czesław Miłosz's New and Collected Poems: 1931-2001, and Wisława Szymborska's Map: Collected and Last Poems. In mid-to-late 20th c., Polish poets were at the top of their game. They were confront a lot of issues like morality, politics, oppression, society. Herbert is a personal favorite of mine. Miłosz is just a towering figure. And Szymborska was a master at language. Miłosz and Szymborska both won the Nobel Prize, and Hebert was nominated several times but (controversially) never won.

2. Get some novels by Erskine Caldwell. Tobacco Road and God's Little Acre are the natural starting points for him. If you're into Percy and O'Connor, he's a natural fit. Personally, he has some controversial views, but he was a master at presenting the struggling, impoverished South.

Edited Addendum:

3. Get a collection of short stories from Jorge Luis Borges. Ficciones and The Aleph (as published by him) and Labyrinths (as first published in English) are the collections you see most often, but I'd reccomend something all-encompassing, like the more modern Collected Fictions.

u/kodran · 2 pointsr/currentlyreading

Hi! I've heard this is a good collection with a good quality translation, but being Mexican I've always read his work in Spanish. I'll ask a friend and let you know if she comes up with anything better.

I would recommend Ficciones (I think it is named the same in English) as a Borges starting point. It has some of his best stories (Tlön, my personal favorite by him, among them). Also without spoiling anything, I'll just say his themes are, most of the times, related with truth, existence, loops, time, and the universe.

Let me know what you decide and what you think of him.

If you want specific titles from his short stories that I would recommend:

Tlön Uqbar Orbis Tertius if you love fantastic worlds and have a soft spot for linguistics.

"There are more things" (that's the original title, yeah, in English). Won't say anything else about it.

The book of sand is actually a great story.

The Garden of Forking Paths is a bit of a thriller and a puzzle.

Happy reading!

u/KarateRobot · 2 pointsr/ifyoulikeblank

Borges is a good choice, for sure. In fact, this is a really excellent collection that should make OP happy for a while.

Roger Zelazny is one of my favorite writers in any genre, and I second your recommendation of him in general, but I wouldn't consider him a magical realist. He wrote straight-up fantasy and science fiction, he just did it differently than anyone else.

Another recommendation: Donald Barthelme might be called a magical realist, but I don't know if he would identify as that. He wrote surreal and experimental short stories set in our world.

Also Kafka and Marquez.

u/epops · 2 pointsr/books

The Count of Monte Cristo is easily in my top five favorite novels and it's influence can be seen in many facets of contemporary literature. It was initially released by Dumas's publishing house in periodic serials, much like the episodes of TV we watch today. Reading all the way through this book is like binging five seasons of your favorite show. There are many versions available but I strongly recommend the unabridged Penguin Classics version, not only because it is complete but because incorporates the the politics of the French Revolution that greatly influences the motives of all the characters in the book.

I also recommend printing out a character map and using it as a book mark. There are many characters with complex story lines and referencing this from time to time will help you stay on track. Don't be afraid to go back and reread a chapter. Take your time with this one and savor it.

u/Mattd555 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

The best Revenge story ever written!

u/passingby · 2 pointsr/books

The one that is often recommended is Robin Buss' translation found here. I am currently reading it and haven't had any issues with it. It hardly even reads like it was translated as well. I'm 400 pages into it and am absolutely loving it.

u/TocYounger · 2 pointsr/Malazan

I've been looking online and can't seem to find anything. I searched google for "Visigoth primary sources" and just found some law texts that they wrote out and a little bit of history "The history of Jews in Spain" which I don't think would be very inspirational for writing an epic fantasy.

Buy by the sound of it, you might be interested in this one book The Sagas of the Icelanders .

I really enjoyed it, give it a shot.

u/Scrivver · 2 pointsr/Firearms

Not a pagan, but I have read the Poetic Edda (Hollander's edition) after being inspired by the works of JRR Tolkien and his son Christopher's excellent commentaries on them. The Edda is really awesome.

There is also the Prose Edda, and I would recommend The Sagas of Icelanders

u/Acsiaf · 2 pointsr/VisitingIceland

Bought this one in Reykjavik, is mostly nordic but Iceland is nordic so there is no escaping that :)

u/Tiako · 2 pointsr/AskHistorians

This collection from Penguin is very good, has a decent selection of sagas and an excellent introduction. If you have not read any of the sagas before, I don't think there is a better entry point. After going through those you will need to read Njal's Saga, generally considered the best one.

Penguin has published several of the other ones, but personally I was not able to read all of them until I had access to a university library.

u/shamalamastreetman · 2 pointsr/Norse

The best FREE online source (

The most important works on the subject are the EDDAS, the poetic and prose and your collection cannot be called complete without them ( (

Sagas of the Icelanders is a pretty comprehensive book and an easier than scholarly text read (

A great historical (a little mythology) view of the Vikings in John Clements the Vikings (

A great dictionary/listing of Viking myths can be found in Cassell's Dictionary of Norse Myth & Legend (

A great source for the kings of Norway and their (mis)adventuires would be the Heimskringla but there isn't as much mythology in there, more historical (

There's a bunch of other sagas you may want to sink your teeth into: Njal's, Grettir's, etc... If you want to listen about some Viking sagas via podcast, I'd recommend Saga thing, both entertaining and informative (

u/TaylorS1986 · 2 pointsr/AskAnAmerican

> but it's important to remember that in a very real sense, pre-revolution British history is also American history. We may not emphasize that part of the narrative in many history classes (I think that's a mistake), but the transference of fundamental ideas and attitudes in politics and culture is undeniable.

The best book on this is Albion's Seed by David Hackett Fischer.

u/MiyegomboBayartsogt · 2 pointsr/DarkEnlightenment

Albion’s Seed by David Fischer: Scottish Presbyterians used to wear red cloth around their neck to symbolize their religion; other Englishmen nicknamed them “rednecks”. This may be the origin of the popular slur against Americans of "Scots/Irish descent, although many other etiologies have been proposed.

u/Mynameis__--__ · 2 pointsr/Libertarian

American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, by Colin Woodard. It is an excellent read.

Another book that is similar to this (but much longer) is Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America, by David Hackett Fischer

u/liatris · 2 pointsr/news

What you refer to as black culture is actually the culture they picked up from Celtic immigrants to the US. It is commonly known as "cracker culture" or "redneck culture." Immigrants from the Celtic borderlands immigrated to the Southern US whereas more cultured immigrants from South Britain moved to the Northern US particularly the New England area. The people who moved South were considered lawless, violent, had touchy pride where they would kill someone for insulting them, promiscuous, didn't value work much, didn't value industriousness or entrepreneurship, were anti-intellectual etc.

The Celtic culture (pre-Anglicization of course) had disastrous results for anyone who adopted it, regardless of race.


Cracker Culture: Celtic Ways in the Old South

Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America

Black Rednecks and White Liberals

You can listen to the relevant parts of the last book here. It's written by Dr. Thomas Sowell, a black, Harvard educated economist. He covers the issue of the origins of "ghetto culture"in about the first 2.5 hours.

It's fascinating the influences of Scottish culture on black culture. Most don't realize but Gospel music came directly out of Scottish culture.

>There has also been a long tradition of influences between Scottish American and African American communities. Psalm-singing and gospel music are a mainstay of African American churchgoers. The great influx of Scots Presbyterians into the Carolinas introduced African slaves to this form of worship.[23] The style of gospel-singing was also influenced by Scottish Gaelic-speaking settlers from the Western Isles, particularly North Ulster. Scottish Gaelic psalm-singing, or "presenting the line" as it is technically known, in which the psalms are called out and the congregation sings a response, was the earliest form of congregational singing adopted by Africans in America. [23]

>The first foreign tongue spoken by some slaves in America was Scottish Gaelic picked up from Gaelic-speakers from the Western Isles.[23] In a North Carolina newspaper dated about 1740, an advertisement offers a generous reward for the capture and return of a runaway African slave who is described as being easy to identify because he only spoke Gaelic.[24] In one church in Alabama the African American congregation worshiped in Gaelic as late as 1918, another indication of the extent to which the Highlanders and Islanders spread their culture, from North Carolina to Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.[25]

The line connecting Gaelic psalm singing & American Music (2007) Line Singing Conference at Yale.

Ben McConville (31 August 2003). "Black music from Scotland? It could be the gospel truth". Scotland on Sunday. Retrieved 2007-12-18.

You also see the Celtic influence on American black culture in traditions like "jumping the broom" at weddings, calling hog entrails "chittlins," saying "ax" for ask, "acrost" for across those and other pronunciations that have been termed ebonics are actually antiquated pronunciations that can be traced back to immigrants from the Celtic borderlands.

u/gaberax · 2 pointsr/AskReddit
u/mahtats · 2 pointsr/cscareerquestions
  1. My BSCS was distance learning. The degree doesn't say anything about the status in which you achieved it okay, get that out of your mind now. I was doing my schoolwork on break days in Afghanistan during a deployment, so if somebody said something to me about distance learning, I would ask them if they served our country. My MSSE is distance learning since I am a full time developer now. Most companies have no issue with an online MS, so I don't know where the online BS stigma came from. Just pick a good program (not like a for-profit school) that is reputable; no need to ever mention in an interview that you did it online, its moot.

  2. Calculus Made Easy. Best book I ever had through my years of engineering. Keep this with you!

    Now even though you have emphasis to seek a mathematical inclination, I should state that if you go into a CS program, it is not inherently going to force you into a mathematics heavy career. My CS program was very heavy into mathematics, and my job is as well. But many of my cohorts went on to do JS web development or UI/UX design which may use little to know mathematical constructs.

    Just my two cents, happy to share anything you need.
u/jeffreyg · 2 pointsr/learnmath

Pick up Calculus Made Easy .. check out its reviews on amazon. it will help you actually understand calculus instead of just memorizing techniques.

u/doublestop · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I am doing this very thing. I found some fantastic books that might help get you (re)started. They certainly helped me get back into math in my 30s. Be warned, a couple of these books are "cute-ish", but sometimes a little sugar helps the medicine go down:

  1. Algebra Unplugged
  2. Calculus for Cats
  3. Calculus Made Easy
  4. Trigonometry

    I wish you all the best!

u/FrozenLava · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn

I liked Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson It has been around long enough it should be in most libraries, and the original (without Martin Gardner's revisions) is availible on Project Gutenburg for free:

u/Max_Poetic · 2 pointsr/television

Dostoevsky. It's the best book I've ever read. Be sure to pick up the Pevear/ Volokhonsky translation.

u/trevman · 2 pointsr/books
u/MapleLeafEagle · 2 pointsr/Reformed

If you're in for some fiction I recommend The Brothers Karamazov which is a classic read and highly influenced by Dostoevsky's faith. Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin is a short, modern work and also a great work of fiction influenced by faith.

u/sirsam · 2 pointsr/Christianity

Great! I have, elsewhere: this one is the best that I know of. It's recent, has helpful notes, and preserves the humorous tone admirably.

u/moscowramada · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

I just read a few pages and compared them, and let me tell you - Pevear & Volkhonsky will be a big upgrade! You can see them side by side below.

I remember when Pevear and Volkhonsky first started with their translations in the 90's, how highly acclaimed they were - and how much they improved on the fusty 19th century translations that preceded them. I kind of get that vibe from the Macduff translation too, honestly. P&V are much more accessible in their language and interest level, if you ask me - I know I'd be much more motivated to read the latter. If you continue with the reading preview on Amazon, you'll see it builds with each paragraph.

Even if you already have the Macduff translation, I strongly recommend you replace it with the P&V one, linked below. After all, considering the amount of days it's going to take you to read it and the price per day, it's worth the 11 bucks or so it will cost you, for 3+ solid months of entertainment.

u/moguapo · 2 pointsr/books

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

If you want to merge classics with philosophy then I strongly recommend The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky. I also would suggest using this translation of the book.

u/wayword · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Some of my favorites:

u/GingerJack76 · 1 pointr/AskLibertarians

It's a problem, but it doesn't have a solution, at least not in the proper sense.

Unfortunately this is a complex question despite how simply it can be worded. If you asked: What would it take to make a Dyson Sphere, you get papers on papers of the different technologies that require this level of tech. We can generally simplify these things down to sentences, "you need X and Y and Z." But with questions like this, you're talking about a natural force, humans, and trying to act against their nature, which doesn't work. Humans can't actually go agaisnt their nature, sure, to some degree we can repress ourselves, but anyone in psychology will tell you the same story, it rebounds, and hard.

Just as an experiment, try believing that something you think is absolutely immoral is moral. You can't. It's a part of you. This part is what is known as your personality, or the way you interoperate and solve problems. There can be change, radical events in people's lives can result in radical shifts in views, but only within a certain limitation. Personality is at least 50%, if not more, based in your genes, it's hard coded, you can't change it without changing the hardware. We do find solutions to problems as we get older and make additions, but you can't change the base structure you're working with. Think of it like having a car, you can put new kinds of fuel in it, you can give it new paint, but you can't really change it's handling or how fast it can go without changing the physical nature of the car.

Why is all this relevant? It's because the problem isn't just humans not having jobs, it's humans not having a purpose. This is devastating for people. Purpose is a part of that naturally built structure because we're made to solve problems that matter. Solving trivial problems, without actually going anywhere, will lead to depression, people will develop chronic pain on their own, they can develop other forms of symptoms and even get sick. Most people do not think about this aspect, and only think about money, how will people feed themselves. This is because we have that as a problem, we're programed to view the world through the problems that are present and change, slowly, what new problems are as they present themselves or show themselves through humanities unique ability to imagine the future.

The top comment so far on this thread, made by u/Charles07v, ignores these problems entirely. Comments like these forget that humans are limited. Machines that simulate muscle and mind, and can do jobs better than humans, will replace humans. We are not special, we are just very advanced, there's a difference. We have the capability through collective knowledge, see the first paragraph with the Dyson Sphere, to layer tech to make ever more complicated tools and systems. Eventually we will find something that can replace us, to where we won't be needed, and there is nothing that can stop that from happening.

>I’m sure there were people panicking over the rise of automobiles over horse carts too.
>>And electricity, and oil from the ground, and the printing press, etc...

And then Chernobyl happened. Nagasaki, plastics were invented, green house gases. Examples like this laid out by both u/qdobaisbetter and u/jeffreyhamby are comments made from the result of not experiencing the problem. For most people, we do not think of not having anything to do because there is nothing to be done, but there is nothing to do because we don't want to. We can always choose to get something done, get a new job, work towards making more, get a better education, and it amounts to something: the collective knowledge and effort of humanity. But in a world where these things don't matter, where your effort is drops of water in the vastness of the universe, it brings up a new problem. Songs like Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine" and even the saying "just a cog in a machine" highlight some peoples anxiety with this, we, in part, are already seeing the symptoms of this. Effort to contribute to society, meaningfully, is becoming harder and harder because of how much you have to know to even get started, or how specialized the jobs are becoming.

We can't expect humans to take the problem seriously until they experience it. And practically speaking there is no solution. We cannot prevent progress, even if it means horrible conditions.

But why libertarianism? The framework going into this problem will determine how our future is laid out, just as Christianity laid out the foundations for our modern democratic republic. Libertarianism ensures that any authoritarian solution would be limited, and maybe brilliant minds who engage in this problem, experiencing the symptoms the problem is causing, can find a proper solution. Do not dismiss this, it is real, and we are woefully under prepared for the transition to a post scarcity society.

u/KoKansei · 1 pointr/Anarcho_Capitalism

> Have you seen predictions from long ago about what life in the 2000s would look like? They were usually pretty far off.

Some of them were off. Others got pretty close to the mark.

u/FUCK_METALLICA · 1 pointr/worldnews

It's hard to teach this concept in a few words I don't think it makes sense for most people for various reasons. The reference is from brave new world:

u/BloodGrape · 1 pointr/Documentaries

Two prophetic books should be required for you if you're going to stand up to this age The Abolition of Man and Brave New World.

u/wasabicupcakes · 1 pointr/mentalhealth

> I feel like this is the world WE Created. Technology, career pressure, economic inequality, social all contributes to poor mental health.

If you have never read it, do yourself a favor and read this:

u/petiteuphony · 1 pointr/books

It's a tie between Brave New World and Kafka on the Shore for me.

u/bodhemon · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

I liked On Truth and On Bullshit two tiny little books philosophizing about exactly what they say they are. I also highly recommend Borges' short fiction, each individual work is short, but you can consume as much as you choose since there are so many.

u/MesozoicMan · 1 pointr/AskHistorians

I don't know if they are considered the best, but the translations used in the set that this book is from are quite readable and widely available.

u/tiersy · 1 pointr/atheism

Nice to see Deutsch on the list (among all the other great ideas, of course). Happy Birthday and enjoy that papery knowledge.

If you wanna mix it up with a bit of fiction then I would highly recommend picking up this version of A Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

u/RunLikeHell · 1 pointr/books

Ya I had to research a little too. Back when I first bought it off amazon a long time ago I ended up getting this version. Which is the unabridged Buss translation. Mine had a portrait on the cover. Now it looks like it might be different.
The Count of Monte Cristo

That's about all I know. I don't really know how to find the best version of a book very easily.

u/DEATHbyBOOGABOOGA · 1 pointr/books

Well, like I say, that was iBooks on an iPad. The font size I read at fits 3-4 paragraphs on a page, there might be fewer in a paper copy.

On the other hand...what size were the pages?

This is the exact edition I read. iTunes lists it as 1300 pages.

Penguin Classics Paperback is listed at 1276 pages

u/TeutonicMurphy · 1 pointr/MGTOW

Actually I am quite familiar with Le Comte de Monte-Cristo! At least that it was originally written in an older dialect and published serially. I first read the unabridged English translation by Penguin Classics a few years ago. It's still to this day my favorite book of all time. Les Miserables was a more difficult read that I did not finish- because of the "digressions"- but maybe a (slightly) more mature version of myself can revisit it.

Saw the film version of Count with Jesus Jim Caviezel and wasn't really impressed but it stoked my curiosity at least. Haven't seen the musical or the film adaptation of Les Mis solely because I don't want to break my rule of thumb of reading the book and then seeing the movie. Big Tolkien fan and I've missed all of the Peter Jackson films for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit on the big screen for this very reason. The movies don't live up to the books at all. --I am digressing haha.

Surprised those movies didn't come up at all. I always liked the books especially for the ideas of brotherhood and a common cause. I was also probably the last generation before the digital age hit everyone above the age of 2. My wild imagination is one of the things I'm most thankful for but I don't let it disrupt reality.

u/redvelvetcupcaek · 1 pointr/books

I wish I can say. I'm still in the process of "shopping." That's why I asked too, because it will be the first time for me to read the Count's story. One input was from /u/Nighthawk_Me, who said he/she read the Penguin Classics by Robin Buss and I read pretty decent Amazon reviews because Buss' version is unabridged. I didn't know Buss did work for the Project Gutenberg version, so I'm on my way to check that out now.

u/Bentomat · 1 pointr/literature

I read this version of Monte Cristo and thoroughly enjoyed it, but it seems it may have been abridged. The top review on Amazon recommends this version.

u/KhanOfBorg · 1 pointr/books

That's the one that I've been trying to find. It's my favorite book, so when I heard that the 'unabridged' one that I read still wasn't complete, I knew I had to find the real (or as close as I can get) version.

Is yours this one translated by Robin Buss?

u/Fantasysage · 1 pointr/AskReddit

The Count of Monte Cristo. Amazing read, and seems apropos. Get the full unabridged version with the modern translation.

this one

u/wilsoniya · 1 pointr/AskReddit

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Be a man and get it unabridged. Get the Buss translation--it's very modern and quick. This is 1250 pages of awesome adventure for $10.

u/andro1ds · 1 pointr/MedievalHistory

And on vikings - primary sources though not all of battles - here’s a quick overview of sources

They may be found around the web but here are links to a few to buy

I can recommend the
Icelandic sagas, personally I find them great fun lots of skull bashings - you may have to buy them.

at least some are here Or here

Icelandic sagas

Saxo gramattucus or Saco’s saga (13th century danish ‘history’ of kings

Snorris saga - not sure if there is a newer more comprehensive translation as I read in original language

and the Eddas

Younger Edda

Elder Edda

And on vikings - primary sources though not all of battles

I can recommend the
Icelandic sagas, personally I find them great fun lots of skull bashings - you may have to buy them.

at least some are here Or here

Icelandic sagas

Saxo gramattucus or Saco’s saga (13th century danish ‘history’ of kings

Snorris saga - not sure if there is a newer more comprehensive translation as I read in original language

and the Eddas

Younger Edda

Elder Edda

u/S_Chaplin · 1 pointr/vikingstv

I just got this book back in September.

Good read so far.

u/Rhydnara · 1 pointr/AskHistorians

I just ordered this.

I'm not sure if it has Bosa Saga in it. 13th century dick jokes are a particular favorite of mine, so I'll be bummed if it's not included.


u/Jjex22 · 1 pointr/history

Well it follows an interpretation of compounded tales, mentions and claimed relations of Ragnar Lodbrok. In terms of accuracy we don’t actually know if he even existed at all with any certainty.. and if he did, we equally have no idea how much or any of the original tales, legend and documented record would actually refer to him or to each other, so go from there.

It’s very likely to be more accurate than any Robin Hood or King Arthur show basically.

But they’ve done a good job I think in making a show that’s entertaining, revived interest in the old Norse sagas (instead of just focusing on a few bits of Norse mythology as was common before), history and awareness of the period, and has a good portrayal of some aspects of life at the time, even if in a very HBO kind of way.

For the actual history of the times, history text books, the history channel are really the place to go, but if you want to know more of the Saga’s this book is great place to start:

u/mnemosyne-0002 · 1 pointr/KotakuInAction

Archives for the links in comments:

u/blueoak9 · 1 pointr/FeMRADebates

> Do you have a citation for men being forced into marriage for this purpose? I assume this doesn't include marriage for political purposes.

I don't include political marriage.

Here's a citation:

"Albion's Seed" is a huge, thick examination of four streams of migration and culture from Britain into the American colonies. It is so huge and thicnk that I'll just summarize the bit I am referring to.

The first of four sections examines the Puritan culture in New England. he refers to laws forcibly placing unmarried men into households if they left he paternal home, until such time as they married and moved into am marital home.

Later, 1890, a tax on bachelors was proposed that prompted the formation of one of the first men's rights groups.
The article goes into quite a bit of detail and this proposal was by no means the first.

u/Atlas_B_Shruggin · 1 pointr/PurplePillDebate

yes! did you read albion's seed or thomas sowell's black redneck, white liberal?

john fonte Walter Russell Meade (?)talks about your tradition as the "Crabgrass jacksonian" tradition


u/blueblarg · 1 pointr/AskHistorians

I feel like there's two ways I can interpret your question, so I'll answer both just to be safe.

If your question is "Why did I pick so many Scotsmen as examples?" then the answer is simply that most of my historical knowledge focuses on North America and Europe (although I've gotten really interested in African history recently), so that was the area of study I readily had examples for (although I did include a Korean example). I'm almost positive you'd be able to find similar examples in any other culture.

If your question is "Was there a cultural reason so many Scotsmen were willing to risk themselves in battle?" then the answer would be "probably". Scotland has a notoriously warlike culture. When they weren't busy fighting the British, they were busy fighting each other. As one Scottish proverb puts it, "twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion." It's been theorized that the reason the Scots were so notoriously ready to thrown down was because they had a culture of honor, a phenomenon that often pops up in societies that are economically dependent upon herd animals for their livelihood, as well as an absence of effective law enforcement (Scotland fits the bill for both of those things). In short, if most of my wealth was in the form of herd animals, and there was no law enforcement around, then I would be a very attractive target for anyone looking to gain instant wealth, at the expense of my livelihood. Therefore in order to survive, I would have to make it clear to the world that I was not a shepherd to be fucked with. I could accomplish that by delivering swift and disproportionate vengeance upon anyone that attempted to take advantage of me. If I didn't do that, it would show the world that I was an easy target. When fighting and violence is that central to your life, you probably aren't extremely adverse to war, either.

Interestingly enough, the concept of a culture of honor also applies to inner-city drug dealers. When you're carrying all your wealth (whether it be money or drugs) on your person, and you have no option of reporting a theft due to the illegal nature of your wealth, you pretty much have no choice but to deliver justice yourself.

The Scotch-Irish are an especially noteworthy subculture, with a well-deserved reputation for being fiercely independent and not afraid of violence. These are people who left Scotland and settled in Northern Ireland. Many of them took the leap of immigrating to America, and were a key group in settling/conquering the American frontier (which back then was much further east than what most people think of), as well as the Appalachians, an area not too dissimilar from their native Scotland (Here is a relevant map. Spotting the Appalachians should be pretty darn easy).

Many of the greatest fighters in American history were Scotch-Irish. No less than 12 American Presidents were Scotch-Irish (and that's not including President Obama, who believe it or not has some Scotch-Irish from his mother's ancestry), including Andrew Jackson and U.S. Grant, both famous for their skill in war. Other notable Scotch-Irish warriors include Chesty Puller, George Patton, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Stonewall Jackson and James Webb. That's just a quick sampling, barely scratching the surface.

Anyways, I'm finished talking your ear off. If you'd like to know more, I highly recommend either James Webb's history (appropriately titled Born Fighting), or Fischer's Albion's Seed.

EDIT: Forgot to mention that both the Hatfields AND the McCoy's were Scotch-Irish, two groups notorious for their propensity for violence.

u/Flonn · 1 pointr/AskReddit

If I remember correctly, I read it in Albion's Seed. I'll see if I can dig up an exact source.

Another term that I learned to have a origin is Cracker, which was an expression of the British to describe Scots, whom they considered to be an unruly group, with loud voices, akin to the crack of thunder.

These terms were brought specifically to the southern US, as a lot the poorer 'rednecks' from England settled there.

u/Itziclinic · 1 pointr/atheism

This is broadly correct. If anyone is interested in the different groups that initially came to the Americas to settle (and when/why) I'd recommend a book called Albion Seed.

u/silence7 · 1 pointr/climate

Blinton actually does have what the conspiracy theory believers claim is the rationale for the alleged conspiracy of scientists. It isn't much of an explanation, since the scientists allegedly running a conspiracy could generally make a lot more money working for industry.

My impression is that its more a case of projection. A large chunk of the denialism is in fact perpetuated by paid PR people, though there are some with other motives. The other big reason for acceptance of the conspiracy theory is that a large chunk of the US population is very into conspiracy theories for cultural reasons. Read the section on what David Hackett Fischer terms the "borderer" cultural group in his book Albion's Seed for something of a discussion about how these cultural issues impact modern American politics.

u/I_pity_the_fool · 1 pointr/AskHistorians

> I am trying to figure out where.

Maybe this book?

u/cultic_raider · 1 pointr/math

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus Phillips Thompson

Amazon link

>Considering how many fools can calculate, it is surprising that it
>should be thought either a difficult or a tedious task for any other fool
>to learn how to master the same tricks.
>Some calculus-tricks are quite easy. Some are enormously difficult .
>The fools who write the textbooks of advanced mathematics (and they
>are mostly clever fools) seldom take the trouble to show you how easy
>the easy calculations are. On the contrary, they seem to desire to
>impress you with their tremendous cleverness by going about it in the
>most difficult way.
>Being myself a remarkably stupid fellow, I have had to unteach
>myself the difficultieis, and now beg to present to my fellow fools the
>parts that are not hard. Master these thoroughly, and the rest will
>follow. What one fool can do, another can.

>The preliminary terror, which chokes o most fth-form boys from
>even attempting to learn how to calculate, can be abolished once for
>all by simply stating what is the meaning|in common-sense terms|of
>the two principal symbols that are used in calculating.
>These dreadful symbols are:

>(1) d which merely means "a little bit of."


>(2) [; \int ;] which is merely a long S, and may be called (if you like) "the
sum of."


u/cmbyrd · 1 pointr/learnmath

Does this appear to be the same book to you?

Same main title, and guy - but a different subtitle, this looks more like the older one you linked, but if I can save a buck or two... d=

u/doc_samson · 1 pointr/learnmath

Hey no problem glad I could help. The resources you can get from this sub are fantastic so use the hell out of this sub.

A couple other things you might be interested in.

  • A very partial Map of Mathematics -- what we learned in school (arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trig, calculus) is only a few fields out of more than 100 fields in math now. It's mind-boggling to see how sprawling the entire field of math is, and as you go "higher" there is more and more overlap and interconnections between fields. I found it very helpful to understand this because it forced me to put things in perspective and realign how I thought about math as a whole. It's huge.

  • The small book Calculus Made Easy by Sylvanus Thompson. Written 100 years ago it teaches calculus using nothing more than basic algebra. It turns out the way calculus is taught today relies on the concept of limits which is hugely important in "real math" but is completely counterintuitive when first starting out with calculus. The calculus curriculum standardized on teaching limits up front around 1950 or so. This book uses the intuitive concept of infinitesimal quantities which limits replaced. The way the book teaches it lets you feel how calculus works and get a very intuitive gut feeling for what is going on, as opposed to the modern limit-based proof approach that IMO sucks the life right out of calculus. Limits are important but Newton and everyone else did just fine without them for 300 years, so I say learn it the intuitive way first and then learn limits once you understand what is going on.

  • Specifically the sections on how math definitions work and the concept of mathematical objects. Since you are a developer these things should be very easy for you to pick up, and they really helped me understand how math really works in general. The site was made by a math researcher specifically to help struggling undergrads bridge from "how to solve equations" and turn into "how to reason about mathematical objects with specific properties" required in more abstract math. Which is some of the most interesting math, again from the standpoint of building on how you are already kind of wired to think anyway.

    Have fun!
u/PositiveAlcoholTaxis · 1 pointr/math
u/CaptainJeff · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus Thompson. This book reads like a book, not a "normal" calc book and explains things extremely well. The first edition was actually published all the way back in 1910 and it has stood the test of time for calculus. I, seriously, cannot recommend this book enough for teaching oneself calculus and for actually UNDERSTANDING what you're doing and why.

u/mpurbo · 1 pointr/math

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson. I read this book 10 years after college and I felt like I finally really understood what calculus is all about. Kind of rekindled my interest in math.

u/firefightersquirrel · 1 pointr/CasualConversation

[First choice to start at high school algebra] (

[A second choice that is also pretty good, but not as good as the 1st one] (

[Great book that explains calculus, will be even more amazing if you don't have a good teacher] (

Also, Khan explains all the problems step by step, which will allow you to solve them on your own.

u/Figowitz · 1 pointr/Physics

For your calculus brush-up, I would wholeheartedly recommend Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson. Available as pdf here or a newer, revised edition from Amazon here in which Martin Gardner has updated terminology, notation and such, as well as adding some excellent introductory chapters that help with the intuition. It is a deceptively small book with around 300 A5 sized pages, but it delivers most everything you need to know about calculus, including many handy tricks, in a intuitive down to earth style. Each chapter has a bunch of problems of varying degree along with solutions in the appendix. To top it off, Richard Feynmann was introduced to calculus from this book too...

In my opinion, a solid and intuitive understanding of calculus is one of the most important aspect of understanding much of physics, and the book has certainly helped me a great deal.

Another important aspect is of course vectors, for which I enjoyed the slightly unusual treatment in About Vectors by Banesh Hoffmann, although I'm unsure if it is fitting for revisiting.

u/M_Bus · 1 pointr/learnmath

I also recommend this timeless classic, Calculus Made Easy by Sylvanus P. Thompson. It's really great for developing intuition.

Source: I learned calc while doing precalc, just like OP is planning.

u/sarj5287 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Here's my choice from my list

And you should just take him to the Shard and give him a parachute! And then take pictures of his flight!

u/mnhr · 1 pointr/DebateReligion

This excerpt references several anecdotes given earlier in the chapter. I'll post them here if you're interested.

>People talk sometimes of bestial cruelty, but that's a great injustice and insult to the beasts; a beast can never be so cruel as a man, so artistically cruel. The tiger only tears and gnaws, that's all he can do. He would never think of nailing people by the ears, even if he were able to do it. These Turks took a pleasure in torturing children, -too; cutting the unborn child from the mothers womb, and tossing babies up in the air and catching them on the points of their bayonets before their mothers' eyes. Doing it before the mothers' eyes was what gave zest to the amusement. Here is another scene that I thought very interesting. Imagine a trembling mother with her baby in her arms, a circle of invading Turks around her. They've planned a diversion: they pet the baby, laugh to make it laugh. They succeed, the baby laughs. At that moment a Turk points a pistol four inches from the baby's face. The baby laughs with glee, holds out its little hands to the pistol, and he pulls the trigger in the baby's face and blows out its brains. Artistic, wasn't it?

and another

>This poor child of five was subjected to every possible torture by those cultivated parents. They beat her, thrashed her, kicked her for no reason till her body was one bruise. Then, they went to greater refinements of cruelty- shut her up all night in the cold and frost in a privy, and because she didn't ask to be taken up at night (as though a child of five sleeping its angelic, sound sleep could be trained to wake and ask), they smeared her face and filled her mouth with excrement, and it was her mother, her mother did this. And that mother could sleep, hearing the poor child's groans! Can you understand why a little creature, who can't even understand what's done to her, should beat her little aching heart with her tiny fist in the dark and the cold, and weep her meek unresentful tears to dear, kind God to protect her? Do you understand that, friend and brother, you pious and humble novice? Do you understand why this infamy must be and is permitted? Without it, I am told, man could not have existed on earth, for he could not have known good and evil. Why should he know that diabolical good and evil when it costs so much? Why, the whole world of knowledge is not worth that child's prayer to dear, kind God'!

The entire chapter online

The book on Amazon

u/zypsilon · 1 pointr/RandomActsOfGaming

I know it's huge, but worthi it. Thanks for the offer!

u/NeoMatrix12 · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

Thanks I was wondering however if anyone have opinions on this translation of the Brothers Karamozav as it's considered the best current translation.

u/The_Chief · 1 pointr/books

If you are a real American, you want these transaltions on Doystevsky. The older Penguin translations are highly inaccurate or so I have read. I enjoyed All Quiet on the Western Front, Fortress of Solitude, and Ragtime.

u/m_d_h · 1 pointr/bookexchange

Is this the copy of Brothers Karamazov that you have? If it's not I'll exchange Snow Crash for Oryx and Crake.

u/Vargau · 1 pointr/AskRo

Sience ficiton cu pagini putine eu nu prea am vazut sincer sa iti zic, iar cele care sunt sunt de toata jena.

Daca chiar vrei sa citesti ceva calumea, poti incepe cu Dune ... o parte.

EU o recomand in engleza, si o gasesti pe, de unde vine intr-o saptamana si au si deal-uri bune.

  • Dune
  • Paul of Dune
  • Dune Messiah
  • The Winds of Dune
  • Children of Dune

    Asta pot sa iti recomand din seria asta, restul nu merita.

    Dupa lista e mare.

    Ubik - Philip K. Dick
    Starship Troopers - Robert A. Heinlein
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    The Gods Themselves - Isaac Asimov
    The Time Machine - H. G. Wells
    Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
    The Dispossessed - Ursula K. Le Guin
    Neuromancer - William Gibson

    asa mai recente poate fii

    The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
    Hot Sky at Midnight - Robert Silverberg
    Midnight Robber - Nalo Hopkinson
    Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

    Eu personal le caut in engleza, pentru in primul rand sunt mai ieftine si pentru ca nu ma enevez la fiecare poceala sau sens schimbat de vreun traducator roman autist, posibil sa fiu snob aici, dar este ceva cu care ma pot impaca. Le iau in bulk / reducere / discoutn de pe amazon prime pentru ca POSTA ROMANA CIORDESTE.
u/shrikezulu · 1 pointr/ArtisanVideos

"Dune" is one of the best science fiction books ever written. It's by Frank Herbert, and is quite amazing. If you are a reader, I can't suggest it enough. They have made a few movies out of it, most notably one with Sting, but they completely suck ass.

u/VA_Network_Nerd · 1 pointr/ApplyingToCollege

Read that.

Now read it again, and focus on the significance of the essays.

Being well-read gives you a common connection or foundation with others who are similarly well-read.
Being well-read helps you develop stronger language context skills, and a more broad vocabulary which will be useful to you when you have to describe deeply meaningful topics about yourself and your dreams in 400 words or less.

Search A2C for how many interviewers or application essays asked the applicant to discuss their favorite book, or something they recently read. It's a common theme.

Ask Google how many books Bill Gates and James Mattis read in an average month.

You say you're interested in STEM. Ok, here are two books IMMENSLY popular with the nerd-crowd:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


Please, don't say or think "But, I've already seen those movies..."
No movie has ever been as detailed in conveying a story as the book.

And if robots & robotics are seriously among your interests, Asimov is pretty much required reading.

I, Robot

u/patos · 1 pointr/books

I'll concede that lots of SF has hideous covers, but what's wrong with this
Dune cover? Seems fine to me and readily available.

u/imalittlepiggy · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Dune would be super cool! I don't mind used at all!

Labor Day (which is also on my birthday this year! Yay!)

And a good quote, though not my favorite (how could I possibly choose?) from one of my favorite series ever...

"They didn't understand it, but like so many unfortunate events in life, just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it isn't so."
― Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning

u/ryani · 1 pointr/Games

And some people spend millions of dollars on cars. The question is more 'is the base game a good game and a good value' and 'are the expansion packs a good value'. Looking at what it costs to get all the possible content is irrelevant to whether the game itself is good.

It's like saying you wouldn't buy Dune because "if I buy the whole series, it will cost hundreds of dollars". No, you buy Dune because it's a great book, and you buy the others if you think they are good and will add to your experience of that universe. (My friends have told me they aren't, so I've stayed away)

Just because someone out there spent hundreds of dollars to buy the whole series, doesn't devalue the individual elements.

u/repros4lyfe · 1 pointr/FinalFantasy

I got a couple more. Dune is awesome. It's really difficult to describe this book, since a lot of it is told from a third-person perspective wherein the reader gets the thoughts and all the micro-details of different characters' feelings and observations. It's not your usual novel. There is a film version directed by David Lynch from 1984 that completely sucks.

On the topic of Dune, Alejandro Jodorowsky, whom I respect on some levels and really hate on others (his sexism is particularly bothersome), was going to make a film adaptation of Dune but it was shut down before it reached production. There is a great documentary on that project, one of the most inspiring documentaries I've seen. Jodorowsky also made some really experimental movies back in the 70s, including The Holy Mountain. Trailer here. Warning: this movie will probably offend you in some way or another. NSFW. There is nudity, there is death, there are questionable filmmaking practices, and there's a turd that gets turned into gold. Movie here.

Then there's this Japanese Star Wars ripoff from the 70s called Message From Space that reminds me of Final Fantasy 1 in some ways. Instead of warriors of light carrying crystals, it's a bunch of space jockeys with glowing walnuts. It's entertaining to watch, and quite ambitious for what it is. Is it a good movie? Well, like I said, it's entertaining.

u/rocketsocks · 1 pointr/booksuggestions
u/DogeIsStillRelevant · 1 pointr/randomactsofcsgo


Dune is a great read. It is impossible to overstate how great this book is.

u/NJBilbo · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Dune is a classic science fiction book that really incorporates a great deal. It's I've if the most fully realized universes I've ever encountered including elements if political intrigue, religion, action, philosophy, romance, and science -- especially ecology. It's the story of a desert world that has only one benefit, the spice. Spice is a substance that makes interstellar space travel possible and therefore whoever controls the planet controls the universe. It's the story if fighting over the planet and how one boy, Paul Atredies (Maud'Dib) comes if age and unites the native population to attempt to claim the planet for their own to throw off the chains of imperialism.

I've recommended it often to people who say they hate science fiction and they always find something they love in it. I've read it more times than I can think if and always find so ethnic new.

u/ObviouslySpying · 1 pointr/Eve

No no no, the book is called: To Kill a Mockingbird, there is no How.

u/sameoldsong · 1 pointr/books

The Talisman-by Stephen King and Peter Straub. The authors then continued the story with a second book called Black House.
An amazing fantasy adventure for any age. A good bridge for you as well. Other adventure fantasy type books that I felt were ageless, A Boys life- by Robert McCammon. Anything and everything Jack London. Read Stephen King short stories then move onto Edgar Allen Poe. To kill a mocking bird- by Harper Lee A Watership Down- By Richard Adams Of Mice And Men- by John Steinbeck
Then you may want to move on to another type of adventure.
Into the Wild- by Jon Krakauer. Every book is a bridge to another and so on. I could name so many more, but each book will lead you to them.

u/PBJLNGSN · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I only have two books on my list that are under $10, but I would LOVE this classic :) Thanks!

A mental mind fuck can be nice.

u/G0ATLY · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

1.) Of course!

2.) Physical book that I would prefer used please.

3.) I have not read the book so I am unsure but the books are always better than the movies!

Thank you kindly! I love books!

u/prove____it · 1 pointr/news

I've recently had the chance to read along with my goddaughter the books she's assigned in school and it's been a great experience. I don't have to read them and certainly don't have to report on them but I get to discuss them with her and that's the best part. So far, some of the highlights have been:

Of Mice and Men

To Kill A Mockingbird

And, the most memorable and impressionable book I read in my own schooling was an obscure scifi book entitled, Babel-17. I bet many here would enjoy its exploration of the nature of thought, language, and action. I still go back and re-read it every few years.

u/thedefinitionofidiot · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

To Kill a Mockingbird. What's not to love? It's a classic American novel.

u/sasseriansection · 1 pointr/OutOfTheLoop

Read a book. May I suggest this one? Or maybe see what these people are up to.

Injustice by its very definition means that the justice system is failing someone.

u/Bufo_Stupefacio · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

If you liked Dan Brown, you could give Umberto Eco a try with Foucault's Pendulum or In the Name of the Rose - His books are more intelligent and were written before Brown was around.

I read a lot of historical fiction, if that is of interest you could start with The Gates of Fire by Pressfield or The Last Kingdom by Cornwell

Mystery, action, and fantasy all rolled into one - Dresden Files might be of interest to you - it is kind of a detective noir mixed with fantasy. Also, the series vastly improves as it progresses.

If you would like a coming of age story, The Power of One follows a boy in turn-of-the-century South Africa and examines class and race relations in a very accessible way.

If you want to try reading some of what are considered "The Classics" I would recommend All Quiet on the Western Front and To Kill a Mockingbird

Tried to think of some of my favorites across several very different genres...If any of these appeal, I can expand on them with more similar suggestions.

u/AwwwYeahOP · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

A paperback edition of To Kill A Mockingbird can be found here.

As of late, I have been going back through books that I read in high school, and re-reading as well as annotating them. Thanks to the generous users here in this community, I have a growing amount of supplies that are helping my side project dream come true.

Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird has stuck with me as one of the most genuinely entertaining and engrossing books ever written. It is widely regarded as such, and I think back to my days in freshmen English classes whenever I hear mention of the name "Atticus", or see a knot in a tree that could perhaps be holding goodies for the neighborhood children.

This classic book has inspired me to be much more like Atticus Finch and lead a humble and honest life, and I aspire to one day be the father that Atticus Finch was to his children.

Edit: so it goes

u/blakdart · 1 pointr/politics
u/R3MY · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I have four. I believe they are books that everyone should read.

Invisible Man

To Kill a Mockingbird


The Catcher in the Rye

Each one of these have changed the way I see the world. They all have amazing stories for the perspective of characters I normally would not have been able to identify with.

u/Pisceswriter123 · 1 pointr/fantasywriters
u/effinmike12 · 1 pointr/conspiracy

Good deal. It looks like file conversions have improved a bit, so you may have some options. I looked around, and I do have an extra copy of Mythology: Timeless Tales of God's and Heroes by Edith Hamilton. It's paperback and in almost like new condition. Shoot me a msg if you are interested. Totally free on your end. It's no biggie either way.

u/SmashingKuro · 1 pointr/mythology

This book provides a decent introduction to all the major Greek myths. I'd recommend it as a starting point. Then, once you're fairly familiar with the major characters of the mythology, you can have a better appreciation of things like The Iliad and The Odyssey. It does include an abridged version of both of those, though, so you may or may not want to skip those parts until you read the full versions.

u/Mange-Tout · 1 pointr/funny

If you read The Iliad and The Odyssey you would remember it. They are big, dense classics. If what you say is true then what you learned in High School English is almost laughably inadequate. Greek history and literature are very dense subjects. There are hundreds of different heros, gods, and monsters, all with their own story. Here is a good book to get you started.

u/kaptainclaudia · 1 pointr/books

Mythology by Edith Hamilton It was the most informative book on mythology I have ever read. Definitely one to reference and use over the years if you are interested in mythology.

u/srosorcxisto · 1 pointr/satanism

For Ayn Rand, I would start with her novel Atlas Shrugged and then follow that with her nonfiction work on objectivism, The Virtue of Selfishness.

For Max Sterner, his main work is called the Ego and his Own, but you probably will want the updated translation called the Unique and its Property which is a much easier read.

u/cov · 1 pointr/funny
u/PyrusCommunis · 1 pointr/mexico

El bienestar es generado por la riqueza. La riqueza es generada por el libre mercado y el capitalismo. El socialismo por otro lado sólo genera corrupción (tanto por medio de los sindicatos como al darle mayor poder al gobierno). Y, quizás más importante, no funciona. Ya existen [pruebas suficientes]. La URSS, Venezuela, Corea del Norte, Cuba, todos son estados fallidos que sólo han traído muerte, famina y sufrimiento a su pueblo.

¿Puedes tener bienestar social con un PIB bajo? Por supuesto que no, es imposible. ¿Y cómo generas éste PIB en primer lugar? Con el libremercado. Fue así como hicieron los países escandinavos.

Y yo te podría citar trabajos de Ayn Rand 2, de Adam Smith o de Bastiat, pero me parece que es más fácil entender conceptos económicos con los videos que te he linkeado. ¿Propaganda? ¿Y los trabajos de los autores que citas no lo son? ¿Qué es lo que diferencia la propaganda de lo que no lo es? ¿Tu opinión personal (xD)? Y en todo caso, tú no has proporcionado fuentes, argumentos ni nada similar. Edúcate por favor, no quiero que ideologías enfermas, fallidas, y sumamente dañinas inunden el país que me ha visto nacer y crecer por culpa de gente ignorante, perezosa e hipócrita como tú.

u/dapf · 1 pointr/AOC

On thing is the legal framework and another is the means that make stuff possible.

Take the "war on drugs". There are very stringent laws forbidding drug use, how are we doing on that front? The place to win that "war" is not on the streets and the border crossings, it's the core of society, the family. You win that war at the dinner table, on the minor league baseball fields, at bedside telling goodnight stories. That's what's going to take to win that "war".

Child labor was necessary for the most part of history. What made it unnecessary? Tractors, enhanced seed, pesticides, washing machines, assembly lines, cars, vaccines, sewers, all the stuff product of brilliant minds operating in freedom and hard work, these people are the real heroes of western civilization. If we didn't have that, we would need children to work. And, believe me, no parent wants that.

We want the same thing, it's just that we have different visions. You concentrate it what is good and looks good whereas I focus in what does good. And my main focus is Freedom. No one, not the state or anything else, should stand between the voluntary interaction of two people.

I'd happily accept and read your book if you do the same with my book:


u/noodlez222 · 1 pointr/Libertarian
u/aynrandfan · 1 pointr/Libertarian

I would recommend seeing the total picture of Objectivism, and seeing it is a superior ideology than libertarianism (or that Objectivism is in a way libertarianism, plus much, much, much more). Objectivism focuses on ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics which freedom absolutely depends on.

Atlas Shrugged

The Virtue of Selfishness

Capitalism The Unknown Ideal

Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand

There is a significant difference between libertarianism and Objectivism, and people need to look hard at both sides and choose.

u/DashingLeech · 1 pointr/atheism

If you'd chose Ayn then you aren't a very critical thinker. Even basic game theory destroys Rand's laissez-faire capitalism reasoning. Heck, the Prisoners Dilemma alone shows the difference between proximate best interests and ultimate best interests, and is solved via mandatory compliance enforced by a collectively represented agency (aka, a democratic government). Without it, the rich get richer and use their wealth to keep competitors down. It's the same story we've see throughout history where personal private interests take over control of a country for personal gain.

That there are still people convinced by Rand's economic immaturity just tells me that we need to move basic economics (including strategy and game theory) into high schools.

Edit: I cede the rest of my time to this book review (halfway down the page titled "Literary worthlessness only exceeded by its philosophical vapidness") (I don't see a way to link to a specific review.)

u/Aenir · 1 pointr/mildlyinteresting

Not if its paperback at least; 1984 is $8 on Amazon.

u/jeankev · 1 pointr/gaming

Itunes is a bad example as an album on itunes is the exact same price as a physical album.

Amazon is also a bad example, physical books are often the same price, sometimes cheaper than digital (see and

For video games, the only network I know (PSN) sells new game at the exact same price as physical media (The last of Us is at 70$ right now on PSN). Old video games have lower prices, exactly just like your local retailer.

Companies make saving on digital market, that does not mean customer make saving as well.

u/ziddina · 1 pointr/exjw

No. 1984. Ray Franz released his first edition of "Crisis of Conscience" in 1983, so that's probably where you've gotten confused. You can preview "1984" at this link:

u/NeverwinterRNO · 1 pointr/RandomActsOfGaming

Well given the recent events going on in our real politics I suggest "1984"

u/Apoplecticmiscreant · 1 pointr/conspiracy

Allow me to explain... it's a book. You know, those things made of paper, with pages. You click the linky above, and then you use your eye balls, and you read words on the pages. They are scary words. Words about the darkest parts of human nature. Words that will make your thoughts that you yourself posted here, seem absurd even to you after you've read them. Ask mommy or daddy to buy that book for you.

There, now I was a prick.

u/Phantom-viper · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Cool contest!

I like this physics book for college but it's slightly over 10.00, so if that is too far 1984 happened to have a price drop at the same time as prime day. Good luck all! Which deal should I take?!

u/JasonDJ · 1 pointr/funny
u/9877654432110 · 1 pointr/google

Trust big brother. This is what your advocating for.

u/nuttyp · 1 pointr/Libertarian

> we will, for the first time, truly have to work together as a race. it is the only way we can survive getting out of this century,

I'm fairly confident that given historical trend we will emerge from this century just fine. Admittedly if you believe in the notion of the Four Turnings, then we could very well be in a 4th cycle which could mean that we are due for a crisis. This doesn't surprise me considering the current climate we have in socio-geopolitics.

>beyond a bit of cold war propaganda being replaced maybe lol. the individual would influence their education, the community would provide it

This is why I tried my best to qualify my statements with some historical considerations. The cold war propaganda was nothing in comparison to what really happened. The Gulag Archipelago does a good job exposing the "entire aparatus of Soviet repression".

I know it's a bit unfair to throw in references like that (especially a massive book like Gulag Archipelago). At the very least, I think you should at a minimum revisit Orwell's classic 1984. George Orwell himself states that he's a democratic socialist, despite having written one of the greatest book against totalitarian socialism.

u/4gigiplease · 1 pointr/Quote4

Click the link to purchase on Amazon: The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. There are many editions though.

You are welcome to visit your local/regional library. Or stroll through the shelves at your local vintage bookstore.


Partake in the Fruits of Human Knowledge

u/ThePurplePieGuy · 1 pointr/politics

That's just one of many sources that i base my theory on. You act like unless there is a source that specifically states something it isnt true. It's just a theory...

A theory that explains a broader point... GMOs are just the latest in a series of human influenced selection processes that have given us everything from the Golden Retriever to a modern banana.

u/lisper · 1 pointr/Creation

> Where is the SCIENCE that shows beneficial mutations outweigh negative ones?

And if you want more:

> Who discovered it?

I already told you: Charles Darwin. And then Richard Dawkins filled in the most important details. (That's actually the reason Dawkins is famous, BTW, not because he's an atheist.)

Have you actually read "Origin of Species"? Or "The Selfish Gene"? Or "The Extended Phenotype"?

> He had virtually nothing original to offer

Then why do you think he gets all the credit?

It's possible that the credit should go to Blyth. I don't know, I'm not a historian. But either way, it doesn't matter. Someone discovered evolution, and if it wasn't Darwin then it was Blyth, and if it wasn't Blyth it was someone else. What difference does it make who it was? It's like arguing over whether Samuel Pierpont Langley was really the first to demonstrate powered flight and not the Wright brothers. Airplanes are going to fly either way.

> Darwin knew nothing of genetics

That's like saying that Einstein knew nothing of relativity.

The fact that parents pass traits on to their offspring has been known since ancient times. Not only did Darwin know of genetics, he actually uses the word "genetics" in Origin of Species!

u/CreationExposedBot · 1 pointr/CreationExposed

> Where is the SCIENCE that shows beneficial mutations outweigh negative ones?

And if you want more:

> Who discovered it?

I already told you: Charles Darwin. And then Richard Dawkins filled in the most important details. (That's actually the reason Dawkins is famous, BTW, not because he's an atheist.)

Have you actually read "Origin of Species"? Or "The Selfish Gene"? Or "The Extended Phenotype"?

> He had virtually nothing original to offer

Then why do you think he gets all the credit?

It's possible that the credit should go to Blyth. I don't know, I'm not a historian. But either way, it doesn't matter. Someone discovered evolution, and if it wasn't Darwin then it was Blyth, and if it wasn't Blyth it was someone else. What difference does it make who it was? It's like arguing over whether Samuel Pierpont Langley was really the first to demonstrate powered flight and not the Wright brothers. Airplanes are going to fly either way.

> Darwin knew nothing of genetics

That's like saying that Einstein knew nothing of relativity.

The fact that parents pass traits on to their offspring has been known since ancient times. Not only did Darwin know of genetics, he actually uses the word "genetics" in Origin of Species!


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u/bigtcm · 1 pointr/biology

Off the top of my head? The most obvious gift: On the Origin of Species

u/French__Canadian · 1 pointr/nottheonion

What? You should read that book. This is what started the theory of evolution and has nothing to do with fake fetus drawings.

edit: I should specify, in science, everything is a "theory" or rather a model. Nothing in science should be taken as literal. The goal of science is to imagine a way how things could work such as to explain what we see and what will be. But it's ever only a model.

u/grrrrreat · 1 pointr/4chan4trump

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u/arman0 · 1 pointr/news

Oh right, just like the bullshit theory in The Origin Of Species. Dismissing a book out of hand is the height of ignorance.

u/IceKnight366 · 1 pointr/DebateAnAtheist

>I'll start with this, offering an explanation with no explanatory power isn't really an explanation.

Since it's been a while, what explanation are you talking about exactly?

>We still don't know what a pre-Big-Bang space looks like. Did time, space, or matter exist in some form before? We don't know and I'm not sure it's possible to know. My point with quantum mechanics wasn't that it negated a premise. It was that the field is new and constantly growing and the statement that the universe "began to exist" isn't settled because of the gaps in our knowledge.

Yes I agree, the field is constantly growing. As it has been since it's beginning, which is no different from any other field of science. I'm glad you agree that quantum mechanics doesn't defeat any of the premises. However, it doesn't even undercut any of them. You can't just say, "Quantum Mechanics" therefore we don't know and should just remain skeptical. The fact remains that we have very strong scientific evidence that the universe began to exist (The cosmic microwave background radiation, the Red shift of light from galaxies moving away from us, Radioactive element abundance predications, Helium/hydrogen abundance predictions, Star formation and stellar lifecycle theories, The Second Law of Thermodynamics applied to nuclear fusion inside stars, The Board-Guth-Vilenkin (BVG) Theorem.) That is, that time, space, matter and energy came into existence a finite time ago. Quantum mechanics does nothing to undermine that. And this is really where I get truly disappointed with most atheists these days. They are all for following scientific evidence. But when scientific evidence points towards an argument for God's existence they are unjustifiably skeptic. They don't have this type of skepticism about anything else, but all of a sudden it comes out of no where when the science disagrees with their presuppositions. If you don't want to follow the scientific evidence where it leads

>Saying that there must have been a cause and then doing some hand-waving when any questions are asked about it isn't really explaining anything. It's like the humunculus in psychology. If there's something not understood about the brain we could just offer the humunculus as the explanation. What is it? No one really knows, but it must do that unexplained thing. That's not an explanation. In what other fields are such explanations acceptable?

You are conflating two topics - what the cause of the universe is between furthering our explanatory knowledge of that cause. This isn't some God of the Gaps argument where we just say, "This, this, this, therefore God". Rather, this is a deductive argument leading to the conclusion that God exists. If you want to refute the argument you need to refute one of the premises. The other thing you're conflating is our lack of ability to further our explanatory knowledge with not know what the explanation is. Suppose archeologists were to stumble upon some arrow heads and pottery shards in the ground. They would be justified in concluding that these materials were from some older previous society that use to be there. They would be justified in this even if they had NO idea who these artifacts belonged to or WHERE they came from. That is, in order for an explanation to be the best you don't need an explanation of the explanation. God leads deductively from the KCA even if we can't further our explanation any further than this. Be careful not to confuse the two.

>As for your demonstration that disembodied minds aren't incoherent, I disagree. Minds require brains. That seems fundamental. There has not been any mind ever demonstrated to exist without a physical brain of some sort. I don't understand how simply stating it is possible makes sense in any coherent way, especially since I don't have any reason to believe it is possible.

We do have reason to believe it's possible! What's that? It's not logically impossible or incoherent. Therefore it's possible. If you are going to maintain that "Minds necessarily require brains" you'll need an argument for that. Unless you can give that the argument is successful. Moreover, "We don't have any evidence for unembodied minds". Sure we do! That's what the KCA is!

>You exacerbate this problem by then arguing that a disembodied mind is capable of speaking. Speech is a physical process. Sound requires matter. There must be a medium for the propagation of waves. Again incoherent.

I think this would be trivially easy to falsify, but that's unnecessary. Fine, we are unaware of how the cause created everything. But it must be extremely powerful so it must have something to do with that.

> If the carpenter is making a cut it's a cut in SOMETHING. If it's a cut in nothing then there is no cut. You can't cause an effect on nothing because there's nothing to effect.

Nothing Means “Not anything”. The word “nothing” in English isn’t a name of something. It is a term of universal negation. It is the absence of anything. It is to say that to say something exists is false – it expresses a false proposition. Ex: When you say, “I had nothing to eat for lunch” you mean I did not have anything for lunch. You don’t mean that you ate something and it was nothing. It would be inappropriate to say, “I had nothing for lunch” while somebody asks “oh, how did it taste?” and you say “Oh it was real tasty! It was great!” What you are doing is attempting to reify the language of nothing. That's an incorrect understanding.

>As for your tangent on some new theory of evolution, firstly evolution is not a theory on the origin of life. It's a theory on how organisms change and it accounts for the diversity of life.

u/MajorWeenis · 1 pointr/atheism

For the lazy:

u/drsteve103 · 1 pointr/askscience

Just read this:

and extrapolate to 3 dimensions. You'll have a great understanding, I promise, and it's fun to read. I'm assuming here you're wanting an expression of a 4th SPACIAL dimension, and not an exposition on "time as a 4th dimension of spacetime."

Think of a safe in 2 dimensions...a 3 dimensional person can hover OVER the safe and see everything that's in it. That same person could pluck an item out of the safe with ease. The 2 dimensional person would crap themselves when they opened the safe only to find that object mysteriously missing.

I doubt there are 4 dimensional people who can look into our safes and steal stuff, because, well, they haven't so far. Unless you count my socks that are constantly being stolen out of my dryer.

u/Afinkawan · 1 pointr/AskScienceDiscussion

I heartily recommend the book Flatland on the subject. Make sure you get the edition with illustrations as the others are rubbish. You can also read it for free on Project Guttenberg.

u/Officer_Pedesko · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
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u/Yeltsin86 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'm always very unsure about the positioning of adverbs in a sentence, especially those of time and, in some cases, of frequency and manner. Do they go at the beginning of a sentence, at the end, in the middle, whatever?

EDIT: As a non native speaker, there's an even worse one: those particles, I don't remember their name, after verbs that are part of the verb, like throw up, flip out, take off etc. Some verbs can take a lot of them, and often it seems to me that there's no apparent logic behind the particle and the meaning

u/ooohnowigetit · 1 pointr/exmuslim

That depends on what you're interested in. There's a bunch of philosophy, psych books I could recommend but I'll go for some more general but still amazing books.


u/Bloaf · 1 pointr/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu

I can't imagine many people picking:
Square (Flatland)
but he got it.

u/RapedByPlushies · 1 pointr/answers

The Carl Sagan video below is also pretty good. In fact, he and I used the same reference Edwin Abbott's Flatland, a book written in 1884. When Sagan cuts the apple, that's the same as the cheese slicing conveyor belt.

You can pick up a copy of Abbott's Flatland for pretty cheap. It's easy to read and is pretty short.

u/mortymotron · 1 pointr/space

Further to this, perhaps the most well-known analogy was neatly illustrated in the book Flatland.

Check it out if you haven’t. The book considers the perspective a two-dimensional object on a two-dimensional plane surrounded by three dimensional space and objects. From that perspective, objects in z-space that do not intersect the xy-plane cannot be “seen” on the plane. Moreover, their intersection with the plane, while perceptible, is not perceived as a fully three-dimensional object. So, for example, a sphere that intersects the plane is perceived on the plane as a circle with a diameter equal to that of the sphere’s great circle at the intersection.

u/modernbenoni · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

Further down I linked this video which explains some pretty complicated concepts in a manner easy to understand.

The video uses the comparison of 2D and 3D universes as a parallel to 3D and 4D. If a 3D object enters a 2D world then it appears in that world as a 2D object. It is only as the object moves orthogonally (perpendicular but generalised for n dimensions) to the 2D plane that you can see all of the 3D object, but only in 2D "slices" at any time. In the video above the guy uses his finger, and the observers would see 2D slices of the finger.

This is significantly harder to wrap your head around when thinking about 3D and 4D, but the same principles apply.

If you want to read more on the subject then the book Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is highly regarded. The video uses the same concepts, but this book was written in 1884 which is just mad in my opinion; it was very forward and abstract thinking at the time, and still is today.

u/Chainznanz · 1 pointr/interstellar
u/zt666 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
Amazing fictional novel about imagining dimensions in a funny way. The main character is named "A Square". I want a copy for the purposes of lending to my friends! :)

u/Lost7176 · 1 pointr/HardcoreSMP

I just wrote a super long response and accidentally the tab and whole textbox. Anyway, it consisted of a few points,

  1. being that, as far as I understand it, quantum fluctuations suggest that what we previously thought of as "empty space" is actually filled with subatomic particles coming in and out of existence, and in light of this, it is possible to imagine that, however unusual, the big bang could have spontaneously come from nothing and will return thereto eventually.

  2. Continuing with the "cone" analogy (that our universe is a 4 dimensional object, analagous to a 3 dimensional cone, and that we are experiencing 3 dimensional transects along a 4th dimension of time, analogous to a 2 dimensional planar transect traveling along the 3rd dimension of height), you can't talk about something "before" our universe, because the very notion of time is a property of our universe. It's like asking "what is the height of point X outside the cone," when the very notion of height applies only within the cone object. We can imagine that such a point exists, but by virtue of its definition we can't know what it is, otherwise it would be part of our universe.

  3. As I see it, the first atom probably emerged from a primordial soup of subatomic particles, but where those subatomic particles emerged from is still a big question. As mentioned, I suspect quantum fluctuation, I think that there's always some activity of particles coming and going out of existence, with statistics favoring small particles/energy levels over very short periods of time. Of course the chances of such a big bang mess of particles emerging spontaneously would therefore be be infinitesimally small, but in an infinite span of multidimensional possibilities, perhaps it was inevitable that such an unlikely event would happen somehow and since only under those circumstances could a conscious 3 dimensional brain come to exist, so we find ourselves in the unlikeliest of circumstances - and it could be no other way (else we would not be here to marvel at it).

    I'm still drunk, probably moreso than before, but I hope at least some of this makes sense. I have no authority in any aspect of physics, but I do enjoy reading and thinking about the nature of our existence. Two books - Flatland and In Search of Schrödinger's Cat have probably had an undue impact on my beliefs and theories. But fuck it, this is a minecraft server subreddit and I can ramble about half-baked cosmological perspectives if I feel like it.
u/LordFast · 1 pointr/AskMenOver30

If you truly want something and it comes close to the intensity of not being able to live without it, the universe tends to find a way to give it to you.

The trick though is that you only ever get what you /need/ as a version of what you want, but never the full picture of what you want. For every good, there's an opposing bad attached to it, and if you look deep enough there's an undeniable irony in most things.

Why am I saying this? I'm saying it because it's helpful to either be content, or pissed off, but not really in limbo. And it's possible to get out of limbo by leaning into the negative emotions and letting them "bounce" you back the other way.

You're on the right track. Keep going. I also recommend picking up and reading through this.

u/druminor · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

Grendel by John Gardner and Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse are books that you might enjoy. Siddhartha is the story of a man trying to find enlightenment in ancient India (the story takes place during Buddha's lifetime.) Grendel is an existentialist retelling of Beowulf from the point of view of the monster.

u/lougroot · 1 pointr/books

Bats Out of Hell - Barry Hannah

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline - George Saunders

Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy

Siddhartha - Herman Hesse

Actual Air - David Berman

u/Criticalthinking346 · 1 pointr/BookLovers

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

u/ThreshingBee · 1 pointr/FreeEBOOKS

I checked one of the bot's recent lists and it looks like the format is always [country link]/(rest is the same) for example:

u/TheNickropheliac · 1 pointr/offmychest

Find a passion to channel your insecurity into as well. I've come to learn that creation (art, especially) is one of the few salvations from unhappiness available–at least to my mind :)

If you're getting into meditation and honing yourself as a person, I definitely recommend Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. I picked up a copy at The Strand bookstore in NYC last year when I was seventeen, and it completely redefined the way I see the quest for The Self. Hands down, it's one of the best, most beautiful pieces of fiction I've ever read.

Check out the reviews and let me know what you think; hopefully it helps:

u/harmoni-pet · 1 pointr/westworld

I went through a heavy Watts phase in college. A few of his books are just transcriptions of his lectures. Become Who You Are is probably my favorite. Most of what he's doing is taking concepts of mindfulness and self from Eastern traditions like Buddhism, and explaining it through a Western style of understanding.

If you like Watts, you would probably like Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. Very similar tones, except this is more of a universal parable.

I'm not sure if people still read this book, but Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was pretty influential for me.

u/burnmyiz · 1 pointr/cigars

Siddhartha, it deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha.

u/RyanTheGod · 1 pointr/trees

I actually purchased the 50th Anniversary Edition about 5 years ago.

Edit: Found a better link. So sexy.

u/Ciryaquen · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

If you are ok with a single volume edition, then this is the best one I've personally owned.

Apparently there are two different versions floating around, one dark grey and the other dark blue.

I bought mine from Amazon about a year ago and mine looked like this one.

Seems like there's a chance you could end up with this one though.

u/Mughi · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

This set is extremely limited (500 pcs). You're not going to find it any cheaper than this. If you're planning on opening and reading it, why not just get a cheaper editon? The only things missing from cheaper editions are the revised family trees and the Khazad-dum painting in LOTR, as far as I know. You can get that particular edition as a standalone for less than a hundred bucks on Amazon. Apart from some other random artwork, you wouldn't be missing anything important. You can get the slipcovered Children of Hurin for less than $40 on Amazon. If you want the best edition of The Hobbit that I know of, you should check out John Rateliff's History of The Hobbit link.

u/ph34rb0t · 1 pointr/Games

Video games as a medium seem to lose value over time at a greater rate than books, closer to that of a film.

Looking at some of the best 2004 had to offer:

Here is a classic book, which 8 years from its release (the particular version that is) has been devalued by 28%.

You can get a used copy for $32.77, roughly 50% of the current 'new' price

Half-Life 2, also released in 2004, is $9.99 new. Original MSRP: $39.99, so that is close to 75% devaluation.

You can get the physical copy used, if you want the physical copy that is, for around $5.99 shipped.

Harry Potter comes through with a price of $8.51 new from MSRP of $29.98, around a 70% devaluation. Used is around $3.00.

u/sjeanke · 1 pointr/books

was given Lord of the rings in dutch as a gift; bought it as english paperback later; and a few weeks back I saw the 50th anniversary edition for 30 € and couldn't resist :)

Also: i too have the fake leather edition of Lamb (which I assume you have OP), god that book is amazingly funny :)

u/swissdude323 · 1 pointr/lotr

Here it is on, although seems slightly more expensive.

u/person95 · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

I love my 50th anniversary Lord of the Rings. Sturdy book, all books in one tome, and it looks classy and refined.

u/plentyinsane · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This because I just finished watching The Two Towers last night!

u/wmeather · 1 pointr/books
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u/scatteredloops · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

When I flew to the US in 2004, I read Kushiel's Dart, followed by the others in the trilogy as I travelled about.

It's set in a medieval era alternate earth - same countries, though they're called different things - with a touch of magic. The main character is chosen by one of the gods to always find pleasure in pain (far more than a masochist would), and this gift and curse help her throughout her life. She is raised as a spy, and trained to be a highly paid courtesan (something of prestige in this story). I find the writing to be exceptional, as well as incredibly researched. It does have a lot of sex in there, along with kink stuff, but it's not in the way.

I really enjoyed the series, and can't help but link it to my journey to the US :)

u/Karbear_debonair · 1 pointr/funny

You might enjoy the Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey, if you're into pain games. Bits of it are a little ridiculous, but it's pretty well written. This is the first one, if you want to look into it. It does start a little slow, but it's worth it.

u/kiki_havoc · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

If she's into something a bit more intense and darkly romantic, the Kushiel series by Jaqueline Carey are a great read. I love them, and I read everything you said your wife enjoyed, so logic dictates she might be interested :D. It is definetly made for a more mature (NOTE: NOT TEENAGE) reader, as it does get intense. This is the first book.

u/sporkems · 1 pointr/books

From Kushiel's Dart.

All knowledge is worth knowing.

u/fruitblender · 1 pointr/TwoXChromosomes

Look into this fantasy book series. There, the main character has sex as a job, much like Inara from firefly, as a profession and as a ritual to worship a goddess in the book's lore.
>a healthy, non-monogamous, sexually empowered female

This series has exactly that, and thats one of the many reasons why I love it.

u/mrsjksnowwis · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

So, I'm not sure if you're anything into BDSM... but this book/series is great. It's a little dark, but is also a great fiction, almost fantasy, and great romance.

u/swtrilman · 1 pointr/CasualConversation

Sure! I know exactly what you mean. So, I will say that a lot of the most interesting stuff in Fantasy is (and has for a while) being done in YA fantasy, and I don't mean stuff like Twilight.

Garth Nix's Abhorsen series (starting with Sabriel) is excellent. Melina Marchetta's Finnikin of the Rock is kind of along the lines of what you're talking about, but is really well done.

Just about anything by Dianna Wynne Jones is great, I will call out specifically Howl's Moving Castle (the inspiration for the Miyazaki film of the same name) and also her 6 part [Chronicles of Chrestomanci] (

If you're in the mood for something more adult, I really enjoyed Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series, starting with Kushiel's Dart, but that gets into some S&M stuff, which, YMMV.

And then Terry Pratchett's Discworld. Which is just fantastic.

u/ardentaffection · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

The Kushiel's Legacy by Jacqueline Carey (first book is amazing - called Kushiel's Dart). Seriously... Read a the synopsis - it's truly awesome.

u/SupriyaLimaye · 1 pointr/movies

The Thursday Next books could be interesting,

I'd give anything to see this series made into films or a mini-series, but it's probably not feasible. But these might work.

u/Kishara · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

These are a little racy, but Jaqueline Carey's Kushiel series is pretty much exactly what you are describing. The first book is Kushiel's Dart. Epic fantasy with a long journey etc. One of my all time favorite series.

u/kaisawheel · 1 pointr/AskReddit
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u/Selrisitai · 1 pointr/writing

John Kennedy Toole's first novel was rather complex.

u/Stoicas · 1 pointr/Stoicism

I have two different editions of Meditations. My favorite one is Meditations: A New Translation
The introduction is very well written and gives you some extra background on what shaped Aurelius. Translation itself is easy to read and uses modern English.

u/cyanafff · 1 pointr/Stoicism

Of course. It’s the Gregory Hays translation, as mentioned in other comments.

This one is my copy.

Idk your country, but incase it is US I included this link too.

u/Catafrato · 1 pointr/LucidDreaming

This is a very good video introduction to Stoicism.

The main ancient Stoic books that have survived are Marcus Aurelius's Meditations, Epictetus's Discourses and Enchiridion, which is basically a summary of the Discourses, and Seneca's Letters to Lucilius and Essays. All these editions are relatively new translations and, in Seneca's case, abridged, but they will give you an idea of what Stoicism is about. I suggest you first read the Enchiridion (it is no longer than 40 pages) and then the Meditations (around 150-200 pages), and then dig deeper if you get interested.

There are other ancient sources, and quite a lot of modern work is being done currently, but those are the ones I suggest you begin with.

Then there are very active modern Stoic communities, like /r/Stoicism, the Facebook group, and NewStoa, with its College of Stoic Philosophers, that lets you take a very good four month long course by email.

The great thing about Stoicism as a way of life is that it has neither the blind dogmatism of organized religion nor the ardent skepticism of atheism. It puts the soul back in the universe, in a way, and, on the personal level, empowers you to take responsibility for your actions and to take it easy with what you cannot control.

u/trevthepally · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

Lol fair. Is there a difference between these editions? The first one seems like it might be different. I like the cover better though.

Meditations: A New Translation


u/somebuddysbuddy · 1 pointr/Stoicism

I haven’t read the Hicks one, but I can vouch for Hays. It’s really good.

The first copy I got was some translation that was much worse than Hays. Killed my motivation to read it because it was so hard to follow. What I’m saying is, consider the Hays version even if you’re not worried about deep or serious study.

Specifically, I had the paperback:

u/Stoic_Scientist · 1 pointr/Stoicism

Gregory Hays translation (978-0812968255)


u/muxil · 1 pointr/booksuggestions


Would this bi it then? Is it the same for hardcover version? Because it says its translated by George Long

u/syntaxocs · 1 pointr/philosophy

So whats this book then? -

Is it a condensed version?

u/Truth_Be_Told · 1 pointr/BeAmazed

If i may suggest something.

Elderly people need to make peace with their ageing process (both physical and mental) and a study of philosophy is the only way. This gives you the big picture in the "grand scheme" of things and you realize that everything is just natural and as they should be. Thus one learns to adapt themselves to the situation instead of being miserable over it. Obviously, this is easier said then done and hence the need for life lessons from a teacher via philosophical study. I have found the following books helpful in this regard;

u/civilianjones · 1 pointr/AskMen

You are my pet peeve :) I can't stand people who are negative about everything. But I empathize-- that's just how you were raised, and major props for recognizing it and trying to improve.

I have two things for you:
"This is water"

And Meditations:

u/mike_dariano · 1 pointr/Stoicism

I thought Hays's Translation of Meditations was the best overall stoic book I've read.

u/ExtraGravy · 1 pointr/Stoicism

FYI - Get the latest translation by Hayes, I find it much more readable than the one I was using before.

u/dudefaceguy_ · 1 pointr/daddit

I second this. By all means do everything you described such as quitting substances and getting plenty of sleep. But if you are doing everything right and it still doesn't work (or if you fall apart and revert to old behaviors) then definitely consider meds and therapy. Humans are imperfectly designed and usually need a little customization.

Also, I was really happy reading your story because I was depressed for many years and recently got out of it with a combination of meds, lifestyle changes (mostly good sleep), a new job, and my new daughter. It's always great to hear about someone being good to himself like you are.

Here's my reading recommendation:

Hopefully someone will have good advice about interacting with the moms, since that sounds like the hardest part. Do you have quality legal counsel?

u/yogert909 · 1 pointr/AMA

You might want to look into some stoic philosophy.

A personal favorite of mine is Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.

u/wizardomg · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime by Mark Haddon. You're welcome... about Shadow.. It's mystery someones burning copies of a book and the kid in the bookstore tries to figure out who's behind it. It's soooo goooood. For the other request maybe Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

u/autumnfalln · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

10 or under

I would really love this book! Thanks for hosting, you rule! =D

u/EmeryXCI · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'm sure you've read it before, because (at least here) everybody has to read it in school multiple times, but To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite novel ever, and one of the only books I have read more than twice.

Also, Sarah Dessen is my favorite author. All of her books are YA and most include some sort of summer romance. They're total chick-flick-esque though. So if you're not into that, then steer clear.

I can't really think of much else because lately I have been reading much longer, denser, novels that take me a while to chew through and really digest because I have so much free time, otherwise I can just pick over those little things in a matter of hours. So, it's been a while since I've read a fun, light, book. && I have an awful memory anyways. lol

It looks like you have gotten a TON of suggestions on here. I'm going to bookmark this page for myself, because I am always looking for more reading material. So thanks for that :P "I love reading books!"

Thanks for the contest! If I win, I have a "books" wishlist. Surprise me :)

Edit: I was reading through some of the replies, and something somebody else mentioned reminded me of a book I have sitting on my bookshelf at home. It is dog-eared, stained from drops of coffee spilled on it, folded into a curve (you know, how a good paperback book gets so that it's kind of rounded and doesn't sit flat/closed). It's probably one of the most well-written novels I've ever read, and it's very short, although not necessarily light. But SO GOOD. It's called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and it's written in first person perspective of a 15 year old boy with Asperger Syndrome. I HIGHLY suggest checking it out!!

u/P1h3r1e3d13 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

> On my way to school I watch the cars going past the bus and remember their colours.

> 3 red cars in a row mean that it is going to be a Quite Good Day. 4 red cars mean that it is going to be a Good Day. 5 red cars mean that it is going to be a Super Good Day. And 4 yellow cars in a row mean that it is going to be a Black Day, which is a day when I don't speak to anyone and don't eat my lunch and Take No Risks, because yellow is the colour of custard and double yellow lines and Yellow Fever which is a deadly disease.

from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

u/ascotttoney · 1 pointr/books

Just finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. Interesting perspective, but the lack of emotion made it hard for me to really invest my own emotions and kept me from really loving the book.

u/annarchy8 · 1 pointr/TrollBookClub

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I tried. I really did. But it's dull and condescending and really, the author is not autistic.

u/WildParasHasAppeared · 1 pointr/gaybros

If you like the Mezzanine, you may also like the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. Similar stream of consciousness style.

u/pp19dd · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, written by an author with Autism.

u/bdough04 · 1 pointr/funny

any thing like this?

u/aeronix · 1 pointr/IAmA

How did you get it diagnosed / what made you (or whoever) realize that it might be an issue?

Have you read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time? It's for sure one of my favorites.

u/rosepudding · 1 pointr/socialwork

Boyfriend bought me The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime that I have been trying to finish between coursework and readings for months. Really good!

u/darknessvisible · 1 pointr/books

I think he might enjoy The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. The teenaged protagonist has Asperger Syndrome and I think his sometimes frightening experiences in the story will resonate with anyone who has ever felt themselves to be different, or a member of a minority.

u/weekendcriminal · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I really enjoyed this. IS that sort of thing appropriate?

u/GradyHendrix · 0 pointsr/books

I'm sticking to short books that may be slightly above her reading level, but to be honest I think most kids read "up" anyways, and if she's bored she might like the challenge. These are all fast-moving, narrated by a first-person narrator with a great voice that hooks you, and they all have that "what happens next?" quality I think is really valuable in keeping you turning pages.

True Grit - yes, it's a Western, but it's a fast, funny book that is narrated by a 14-year-old girl who is a total badass. I didn't expect much from it and it hooked me like heroin.

Kamikaze Girls - a translation of a Japanese book about a super-high-fashion girl stuck in the sticks and her biker gang best friend. Really mean, really funny, and totally different from what you'd expect. The world it takes place in is so real, so detailed, but so alien to the US (but also kind of familiar - we all sometimes hate our hometowns) that it sucks you in.

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime - I agree with the other poster who says this is a good one. It's really sad, but the story sucks you in.

The Fault In Our Stars - great YA book that is funny and sad and all about cancer which feels Very Important to read about when you're 12. But super-gripping and the narrator has a great voice.

u/Mr_Gustav · 0 pointsr/Shadowrun
u/ellimist · 0 pointsr/Physics

Yeah, that's the one I have. I like it. For basic physics, it tells you basically what you need to do. You may need to study calculus if you haven't taken it yet. Basic integrals and derivatives is a good place to start and then you can look up what you come across later.

Calculus Made Easy is pretty good, too.

u/carpeclunes · 0 pointsr/AskReddit

Calculus Made Easy

This book is excellent and really breaks calculus down so that it is easy to digest.

u/dibs1313 · 0 pointsr/literature

In my opinion, the FSG translation is the one you should read. Best captures the humor that gets lost in other versions.

u/Pr4zz4 · 0 pointsr/occult

Don’t let man fool you. -
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

The Anti-Buddha -
Siddhartha: A Novel

u/k-h · 0 pointsr/AskReddit

Jacquiline Carey - start with Kushiel's Dart

Interesting alternate reality, strange sex.

u/IcecreamDave · 0 pointsr/politics

Look up the Scottsboro Boys, Emmett Till, or read a book. Here's two.

False Accusations of Rape: Lynching in the 21st Century

To Kill a Mockingbird

u/bezoing · 0 pointsr/books

It's basically the mythology of Middle Earth. If you ever had to read Edith Wharton's Mythology for school, you'll find the Silmarillion similar.

There is plot, but it works on both a much larger and smaller scale. In the pages of the Silmarillion, you have the entire history of Middle Earth, told through much smaller stories. You don't have a central character, but instead focus on the various Valar, Maiar, and Elves that tell the story of Middle Earth.

Is it dry? Yes. But it's worth it if you want to know answers to questions like:

  • Who is Sauron? How did he gain his power?
  • What is a Balrog? Shelob?
  • Who/what is Gandalf?
  • Why are the Elves leaving Middle Earth for "the West"?

    It's great if you want more out of Tolkien, but it's definitely not like LOTR.

    EDIT: Formatting
u/usurper7 · 0 pointsr/Libertarian

I've read it and it's pretty good, if you like romantic comedies.

Try this.

u/killien · 0 pointsr/PoliticalDiscussion

no, the book

it's free online. you should read it.

u/internetideamachine · 0 pointsr/GGFreeForAll

>Words change. Words mean different things in different places.

Nothing creepy and Orwellian about that, nope, nuh uh

u/LawOfExcludedMiddle · 0 pointsr/math

For the love of... we had to take tests. I'm jealous. You wouldn't be able to really appreciate most of them without some mathematical training, though. I'd go for the Monty Hall problem or "Set theory and different 'size' infinities". Flatland is certainly still worth reading, though, and there are fun videos about the type of person who sells Klein bottles.

If you're honestly interested in the Set Theory stuff, I'll try to find you some better resources. The Wikipedia articles are probably far too technical.

u/BENNANIALAE · -1 pointsr/dataisbeautiful

Interesting, useful and cheap. Why wont I buy it ?

u/PM_UR_SUICIDE_NOTE · -1 pointsr/PanicHistory

It's like saying evolution is the key to the human species, and someone else saying, "It's not the only reason, people who want to really know what else went into it should read this"

It's so absurd, I think I'm taking crazy pills sometimes. But, I guess because you had the gif, you're taken as the expert. So, again, good for you, man. I'm glad you could show me that no matter where I go on reddit, the facts don't matter, it's how snarky you are.

u/HardlyStrictlyVegans · -1 pointsr/askscience

N-dimensional space. I literally just now started reading Edwin A. Abbott's Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. I highly recommend this book if this type of dimensional thinking intrigues you.

u/mattthegreat · -3 pointsr/DotA2

You mean like this book?

u/nobody25864 · -5 pointsr/funny

The hebrew and greek text. The original. Those ones. It's not that hard. This is like saying "which origin of species is our modern one, this one or the 150th anniversary edition? I assumed you could understand that when I say our bible, I mean the best we can put together the original version of what they said, which is said to be at least 99.5% accurate, with most inaccuracies in non-crucial sections.

If the dead sea scrolls weren't enough to convince you of accuracy, and I think what the word "light" was dropped from some verse in Isaiah without changing the real meaning of the verse, then nothing will. Seriously. You're not showing skepticism, you're refusing to believe what's in front of your eyes. I'm not even arguing that you should believe the Bible. But if that doesn't convince you that its closed minded, and the best defense you can think of is "what about king james", then you're just being closed-minded. I'm done here.

u/CynicalLibrary · -6 pointsr/gifs

> the status quo of "they are more simple = they don't understand = their pain is less."

Citation needed.

Seriously though, there's a really good book that I recommend for this kind of elementary evolutionary theory. Hold on, let me try to remember what it was called... Ah, here it is.

u/speywatch · -6 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

Would it be easier if athiests told you their beliefs came from a book written long ago?

Darwin Origin of the Species

u/SExmormon · -26 pointsr/exmormon

I'll get downvoted for saying this but this whole Joseph Bishop rapist thing is unsubstantiated.

There is zero evidence that he raped anyone, and your flippant usage of the word demeans real victims. Why are we believing without evidence, or have we stopped caring about evidence for our claims just like the mormons? There is however evidence (a police report and multiple witnesses) that she threatened to kill this guy though.

I'll just leave this here as some recommended reading for some of you: