Best genre literature & fiction books according to redditors

We found 32,740 Reddit comments discussing the best genre literature & fiction books. We ranked the 9,654 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Genre Literature & Fiction:

u/CaptainRallie · 1470 pointsr/AskReddit

Penpal. Originally published on /r/nosleep by /u/1000vultures. Absolutely terrifying.







*Edit: Holy cow this is easily my most upvoted comment ever. Glad you guys are enjoying the creepiness. As several other people have pointed out, /u/1000vultures has actually published this as a full-length book, with some new stuff added in and edits as well to make it all flow better. If you enjoyed his stories for free, please consider buying them!

u/paddie · 819 pointsr/AskReddit

Ha, depends on the type of zombie. Check out the World War Z books, where zombies can't drown and just walk over the sea bed..

u/[deleted] · 244 pointsr/AskReddit

Great stories. In response to the response he got from the r/nosleep community, he's published a book.

Penpal on

u/MrCompassion · 129 pointsr/books

Use of Weapons and, everything else by Iain M. Banks. Amazing stuff. Trust me.

The Blade Itself and the rest of that series by Joe Abercrombie.

Altered Carbon and the rest of that series as well as Thirteen and The Steel Remains, and it's sequel (still waiting on book 3) by Richard K. Morgan. He's pretty amazing.

That would keep you busy for a long time and are all pretty amazing. Seconding Dune, which is amazing, and the Name of the Wind which is great but very popcorn.

But really, if you were to read everything by Iain M. Banks you would be a better person.

Edit: The Sparrow

u/JustTerrific · 128 pointsr/books

Here are my personal favorite head-fucks, each one of them did something strange to my whole world when I read them:

u/NiceBootyGuurrrrlll · 120 pointsr/AskReddit

House of Leaves, baby. More of a mind-fuck than fucked up, but still a hell of good time!

u/chadwittman · 88 pointsr/IAmA

Because I looked up each of these, here are links for reference:

u/Nittanian · 61 pointsr/asoiaf

That first map is a fan-made version inspired by HBO's map for the TV series.

The second map is the canon map designed by Jonathan Roberts for the books and approved by GRRM. It was first published in The Lands of Ice and Fire.

u/GCanuck · 58 pointsr/WritingPrompts

If you're interested check out Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. Kinda similar to the WP.

u/Capissen38 · 53 pointsr/AskReddit

On the other hand, if it measures larger on the inside than on the outside, you've got an entirely different problem with your house.

u/grumpieroldman · 43 pointsr/Futurology

The blueprint for this effort appears to cost $14.
Diamond Age

u/PhilipMoon · 39 pointsr/writing

Hello, Cracked writer here.

I understand some of the frustration you feel, but I don't fully agree with your conclusions. I have done the Cracked list and it is a great launching off point for writing.

The format may be similar, but because it is popular and smarter than Buzzfeed or the many Buzzfeed knock-offs, it opens a lot of doors. I used my Cracked resume to get into contact with Fox Studios, and as a result I have had two seasons of a college sports web series called Suit Up, the second season now airing on DirecTV's Audience Channel.

There are several writers for the site who have gone on to be published. Among them

u/sgrodgers10 · 38 pointsr/NetflixBestOf

If you think it ends too soon, read "This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It" which is the sequel to the original book John Dies at the End

u/NorthernWV · 38 pointsr/MapPorn

If you love maps and GoT, you need this

These pics don't do them justice and I think its worth the buy, heres a couple that are included (the OP is too)
Kings Landing

u/BungalowStyle · 32 pointsr/books

"Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal," by Christopher Moore. Accessible and hilarious, without being blasphemous (unless you're incredibly thin-skinned. In which case you're likely not on Reddit in the first place).

Edited to add link.

u/isglass · 31 pointsr/Lovecraft

I have 1 hard back for reading and 1 paperback for drawing/doodling/playing around with of the Necronomicon

u/smith7018 · 30 pointsr/AsianBeauty


I once did Reddit's book swap like 5 years ago and I sent away House of Leaves and received some hentai. Sigh.

u/Cegrocks · 30 pointsr/AskReddit
u/substrate · 29 pointsr/geek

Try Frank Herbert's Dune for starters. A more modern author would be Neal Stephenson, maybe start with his Cryptonomicon.

I really enjoyed Nancy Kress' Beggars in Spain as well, though I haven't read anything else by her.

u/averedge · 28 pointsr/gameofthrones

Just so you know, You can buy that in poster form from amazon.

Click here to actually buy the posters

u/Barl0we · 28 pointsr/PNWS

Incoming wall of text! Sorry in advance, look at the bolded words to kind of do a TLDR of my reply :P

Read "Annihilation", the first book in the Southern Reach Trilogy, by Jeff VanderMeer. It'll ruin Tanis for you, because you'll see where they got a lot of their content from (to put it nicely).

The two last books in that series are okay, but I wasn't completely on board for them. Loved the first one, though. You could also just watch the movie version that's on Netflix, but know this: while well-made in some aspects, the director chose not to re-read the book OR read its sequels, so it diverges from the original book / book series quite a lot in some unfortunate ways.

I'm currently (still) trying to get through [House of Leaves]( by Mark Z. Danielewski. It's a fantastically weird story about a house...And about other things. It's probably the weirdest book I've ever read, in that it plays a lot with the format. There's at least two stories being told simultaneously most of the time, which can get kind of overwhelming. Think of it like if a regular horror movie and a found footage horror movie had a bastard child together. And that bastard child was this book.

If you're looking for weird fiction in the form of podcasts, I'd direct your attention to Archive 81. For my money, it's the absolute BEST in weird fiction podcasts. It's currently 3 seasons, and each season the podcast changes. It's still the same overarching story / world, but the settings are way different.

Other notable podcasts include King Falls AM which has sort of a goofy x-files-if-they-were-a-radio-station vibe to it, featuring both a lot of good comedy, good songs (when they happen) and the occasional gutwrenching drama. The writing is good, the performance is amazing. You could also go for Darkest Night if you're into the idea of podcasts as a horror medium. They do excellent stuff, and their new season starts this October! They feature a few cameos from Michelle Visage and RuPaul if that's your thing (and these two amazing people feature more heavily in the other podcast by this company, Deadly Manners.

Going back to books, I suggest Laird Barron to anyone who likes horror and short stories. He has mixes of gritty noir and cosmic horror, and he's an absolute blast. The Imago Sequence is my favorite collection of his, but The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All is great as well. Laird Barron has also appeared in compilations outside his own, and was part of compiling the excellent modern Cthulhu short story collection, Autumn Cthulhu. This book is great if you like the idea of cosmic H.P. Lovecraft-esque horror, but don't so much like the gross racism that HPL had (and showed in his work).

If you like Slenderman and have time to burn, I'd suggest looking at Marble Hornets on YouTube. It has 87 "main" entries of varying (but mostly short) length, with a bunch of cryptic in-between shorts. It's one of the first Slenderman pieces of media, though they don't call him that. In Marble Hornets, he's called "The Operator". TBH it's sort of varying in quality (especially in the beginning), as I'm fairly sure the people who made it were film students at the time. As they go along, they have some amazing moments where they show off some really, really great editing skills. Of course, you could also buy the whole series on BluRay if that's your thing, but it's available for free on their YouTube channel.

u/Mathochistic · 28 pointsr/books

If you want to break your mind into tiny, little, mostly mad pieces, I recommend pairing House of Leaves with Haunted.

The author and musician, respectively, are brother and sister. Both projects stemmed out of dealing with the death of their father.

u/OfTheNight · 27 pointsr/gameofthrones

map book called, The Lands of Ice and Fire.... make sure you frame your favorite before it rips into a million pieces

u/Apprentice57 · 27 pointsr/asoiaf

I actually physically own this map ( as well as many others), and it's from the Lands of Ice and Fire map collection, which predates WOIAF by a year.

I don't own WOIAF, so I can't comment on that. Perhaps it reproduced the maps and made them canon.

u/ClockParadoX · 26 pointsr/pics

If you like that kind of thing.

Buy this book :

It's a fictional book written by a mysterious author, then checked out by two readers at a library who write correspondence to each other in handwritten notes throughout the book.

u/workpuppy · 26 pointsr/suggestmeabook

House of Leaves was my first thought, followed by Ship of Theseus.

You need to have someone doing something interesting with the media in order to really lose something going to e-book.

u/Nurpus · 26 pointsr/wimmelbilder

At end of each book there is a list of all the characters involved in the books, and their brief one-sentence descriptions. I think in the later books the list is like 20~30 pages.

There is an actual atlas of Westeros and The Known World, that was published back in 2012, The Lands of Ice and Fire.

The Wikipedia article about the world's geography is quite extensive and interesting too

u/_tinyhands_ · 24 pointsr/atheism

If you haven't already, read Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff

u/Foxyfox82 · 24 pointsr/tumblr

There is a book I think every person who enjoys reading should take a chance on. It's called "The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer" by Neal Stephenson. It was written before we had smart phones and tablets, but predicted the use of similar things using nanotechnology. There is a "book" (tablet) that is a prototype and falls into the hands of a poor little girl. A little animated mouse on the page teaches her all kinds of fun things and leads her on an adventure very similar to what is described here.

It's for sale on Amazon

u/slotbadger · 22 pointsr/comics

Five star ratings also apply to anything that hasn't properly been consumed yet but is idolised by the community. See here.

(I'm sure it's a good book, but half the reviews admit to not actually reading it yet).

u/arcosapphire · 22 pointsr/todayilearned

Thanks to an ordering mistake, I read a novel about this called The Cloud Atlas, not to be confused with that somewhat more famous book.

They were both pretty great.

u/palaner · 22 pointsr/todayilearned

Ahh, real life House of Leaves.

u/nomrah · 21 pointsr/books

Surprised I have seen NO mention of David Mitchell in this subreddit! I am about halfway through Black Swan Green, will have finished his complete collection this summer, his writing is unbelievable! New favourite author hands down..

  1. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
  2. 9/10
  3. Contemporary Fiction, Sci-Fi, Literature
  4. David Mitchell is a literary genius!
  5. Amazon

    they have made it into a movie! Here is the TRAILER
u/JewBot6000 · 21 pointsr/pureasoiaf

If you're going to provide pirated material, at least give people the source so they can purchase it if they'd like to support the creators!

They are from the official Lands of Ice and Fire map book, which you can buy on amazon

u/Chrisby280 · 21 pointsr/MapPorn

Check the bottom left corner. It's by George. Also, this map was the main piece in a set of official maps that he released in late October 2012.

u/FastHound · 20 pointsr/noveltranslations

Coiling Dragon has a total of 806 chapters if WW charges 3c/ch then if we multiply that by 806 we get U$ 24.18.

Now If we compare it with some blockbuster novels we can see the difference in price

|Novel|Word Count|Complete novel price (Amazon)|Price per Word|
|Harry Potter| 1,085,000|U$ 68.17|0.00006|
|Game of Thrones| 1,736,000|U$ 34.49|0.00002|

The total word count of Coiling Dragon is approximately 1,874,000. If we do the same calculation but using the price of 3c/ch then we get this:

|Novel|Word Count|Complete novel price (Aprox)|Price per Word|
|Coilin Dragon|1,874,000|U$ 24.18|0.00001|

So from my point of view, that price is completely acceptable.

u/Yetilocke · 20 pointsr/booksuggestions

House of Leaves.

u/randomneopian · 20 pointsr/nosleep

You have so many good stories on your list, I'm excited to read the ones I haven't heard of! May I also recommend a few stories? /r/nosleep was my first subreddit and I spent a long time here before making a reddit account. These are just a few off the top of my head. Not sure if this is appropriate for this post (maybe you're trying to bring attention to posts which others may not have read, some in my list were/are very popular) but these stories are just amazing imo. I don't remember enough details from each to do a good job summarizing them (it's been years for the first two), but all these stories left lasting impressions on me and I would definitely read each one again.

u/StuartGibson · 19 pointsr/programming

You should probably read Cryptonomicon

Turing has a minor, and very gay, role at the start of the book.
Also, it's a great book.

u/SandSword · 19 pointsr/Fantasy

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill is pretty creepy. Also, Horns - it's not really scary, but it is slightly disturbing, and very good to boot.

I think The Painted Man by Peter V Brett might actually be a pretty great book for reading around Halloween time.

Obviously, Stephen King must be mentioned: one of his lesser knowns, From a Buick 8, certainly had its moments for me. Probably, Pet Cemetary is scarier, but I haven't read that one yet.

HP Lovecraft's Necronomicon has some weird and disturbing stuff in it.

I haven't read it myself, but the TV show is turning out pretty good: Guillermo del Toro's The Strain.

And of course Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or Bram Stoker's Dracula, the classics. Perhaps something from Edgar Allen Poe (The Raven?), or Charles Dickens' Ghost Stories.

u/Xibby · 18 pointsr/nottheonion

>I LOOOVE having this power

Students: The source of his power! All we have to do is read and he will be powerless!

Teacher: Ha! Made them read! I'm a genius! Now for my next diabolical plan to educate young minds.

u/threewordusername · 18 pointsr/Fantasy_Bookclub
u/sliferz · 18 pointsr/books

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.

It's a book about a book about a documentary about a house that is a labyrinth. It also appears inside itself twice and is title-dropped in a poem, sort of. In short, it is a labyrinth.

u/Avaline · 17 pointsr/AskReddit

John dies at the end

It has developed a bit of a cult following.

u/CommieSlayer1389 · 17 pointsr/pureasoiaf

AFAIK, this map is from the media of which we do not speak, as evidenced by the eastern portion which isn’t canon since the release of the TLOIAF maps. The Lands of Ice and Fire is what you’re looking for if you want beautiful and accurate maps.

Here’s a reddit post of the HQ world map from TLOIAF.

u/jasenlee · 16 pointsr/AbandonedPorn

Penpal was so good (I've read it like 3 or 4 times now) that is was published as a novel.

u/Cooleycotton · 15 pointsr/booksuggestions

Check out the First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. Not to give it away or anything, but I found the ending to be a bit of a suckerpunch to the gut. Definitely worth looking into I'd think.

u/cronin4392 · 14 pointsr/Psychonaut
u/Brizon · 14 pointsr/Drugs

I'd highly suggest you read the book Ishmael, as much of the book is spent suggesting that nothing "inherent" leads to our fucked up society as it stands. Only Human choice is what leads us to the fucked-up-ness of today.

u/woohhaa · 14 pointsr/zombies

Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne


Day by Day Armagedon: Out of Exile J.L. Bourne

Both really good reads I can't wait for the third installment.

u/rainer511 · 14 pointsr/Christianity

No one knows, but Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal is a bit of fun irreverent speculation about it (and it entertains your friend's theory quite a bit).

u/tryano · 14 pointsr/suggestmeabook

The only book I've read that fits that description is ["Lamb"] ( but it's entirely fictional and a comedy so I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for.

u/muddisoap · 14 pointsr/gameofthrones

I'm talking about "The Lands of Ice and Fire" book that was a map compendium released detailing the maps of the world. I was pretty sure when I thumbed through that, that it contained full maps of Essos? Maybe I'm mistaken.

u/crayonleague · 13 pointsr/Fantasy

Steven Erikson - Malazan Book of the Fallen

Brandon Sanderson - Mistborn

Brandon Sanderson - The Stormlight Archive

Peter Brett - The Demon Cycle

R. Scott Bakker - The Second Apocalypse

Joe Abercrombie - The First Law

Scott Lynch - The Gentleman Bastard

Patrick Rothfuss - The Kingkiller Chronicle

All excellent. Some slightly more excellent than others.

u/ehchvee · 13 pointsr/horrorlit

(On mobile so hopefully my formatting isn't borked!)

Everyone's nightmare fuel is different, of course, but here are a couple that gave me some freaked out nights for very different reasons:

COWS by Matthew Stokoe
This book is sick. But it's also well written, which is what takes it beyond shock value. Pretty much everyone who has read it can recite a scene that really messed them up.

THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Jack Ketchum
I took this out of the library several years ago. I had to renew it multiple times because I could only read it in small sections. It made me cry more than once and I definitely had nightmares. I've never read any other Ketchum, but I've seen folks around here saying he's got other books that will mess you up. I know OFF SEASON and THE WOMAN get mentioned quite a bit; maybe someone who's read those can chime in.

HOUSE OF LEAVES by Mark Z Danielewski
This one is divisive, but it's one of my favourites. I buddy-read it with several long distance friends in various time zones (I'm in Toronto, and they were in Ohio, California, Washington State, Colorado and Australia!), so we spent many nights texting about how creeped out we felt being home alone while reading it. We likened it to a long, terrifying drug trip.

HAUNTED by Chuck Palahniuk
A collection of short stories that have a through line narrative. Each story is about/written by one of the characters, and each is its own kind of disturbing, creepy, or upsetting.

I used to moderate a massive book club on Livejournal (!!) that was devoted to the most disturbing books in the world; I wish we could've migrated all of the 4,000 members to Reddit successfully, because we had a hell of a list! (ETA: here are a few posts about books with a captivity theme - THE GIRL NEXT DOOR is mentioned a couple of entries down. I'm amazed our massive archive is all still intact! You can search it by tag, too.)

u/TheOneTonWanton · 13 pointsr/starterpacks

Sounds a bit like House of Leaves. Talk about a weird, non-linear book with footnotes galore.

u/haloshade · 13 pointsr/suggestmeabook

House of Leaves is a modern classic for highly imaganitive horror. Everything from the book's strange plot to its even stranger composition. The only way to really read the book is to get the physical copy since you have to do crazy shit to read it.

u/J4K3TH3R1PP3R · 13 pointsr/booksuggestions

I just finished Salem's Lot by Stephen King; it was a good read and totally changed the way I feel about strange dark rooms. Just don't research the storyline. I went in not knowing what it was about and was pleasantly surprised about halfway through. If you do plan on getting this book, I suggest the illustrated edition, it is beautiful.

I'm waiting for House of Leaves to arrive in the mail, from what I'v heard, this will do the trick.

u/areyoukiddingmehere · 12 pointsr/nosleep

House of Leaves freaked me out pretty good recently.

u/Skilol · 12 pointsr/funny

I don't know the original reference from the picture, but just from what you wrote, this comes pretty close:

And it's awesome.

u/sexyloser1128 · 12 pointsr/Lovecraft

It's based on the book of the same name. It's awesome and I would highly recommend buying and reading the book.

u/purexul · 12 pointsr/todayilearned

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff

It's more fictionalized (and satirical) than precisely what you're describing, but it's one of the best books I've ever read, as well as one of the most hilarious.

u/Bring_Napkins · 12 pointsr/tipofmytongue

Just as an aside OP, he's also compiled the story into a real book that you can buy from Amazon here.

u/andwithdot · 11 pointsr/sciencefiction

Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds


Blindsight by Peter Watts

Depends on what sort of stuff you like, Blindsight is darker and pretty philosophical, focusing especially on consciousness and perception, while Pushing Ice is more classical sci-fi on a grander scale with a good helping of technical stuff and character drama/politics.

u/UCLAKoolman · 11 pointsr/Bioshock

Just ordered it for $5.72 on Amazon with 2-day prime shipping! My wife absolutely loves both reading and bioshock, so I can't wait to see the look on her face when this arrives.

u/rallyscag · 11 pointsr/pics
u/OldManSimms · 11 pointsr/books

John Dies at the End by David Wong. By far.

u/Niflhe · 11 pointsr/AskReddit

I'm sure you mean House of Leaves.

u/Celestaria · 11 pointsr/writing

Depends on who your audience is too. House of Leaves has a huge cult following and its' "inferface" is designed to be as visible and intrusive as possible.

u/saltvedt · 11 pointsr/rational

> Blindsight is the Hugo Award–nominated novel by Peter Watts, "a hard science fiction writer through and through and one of the very best alive" (The Globe and Mail).
> Two months have past since a myriad of alien objects clenched about the Earth, screaming as they burned. The heavens have been silent since―until a derelict space probe hears whispers from a distant comet. Something talks out there: but not to us. Who should we send to meet the alien, when the alien doesn't want to meet?
> Send a linguist with multiple-personality disorder and a biologist so spliced with machinery that he can't feel his own flesh. Send a pacifist warrior and a vampire recalled from the grave by the voodoo of paleogenetics. Send a man with half his mind gone since childhood. Send them to the edge of the solar system, praying you can trust such freaks and monsters with the fate of a world. You fear they may be more alien than the thing they've been sent to find―but you'd give anything for that to be true, if you knew what was waiting for them. . . .

u/modsh · 10 pointsr/TrueReddit

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn is a fantastic read addressing the exact same topic. It challenges our assumptions on society and humanity's place in this world.

Ishmael on Amazon

u/Bizkitgto · 10 pointsr/INTP

I spend more time trying to figure out what to read than reading. I have been addicted to amazon reviews for over a decade. I love reading book reviews and people's opinions. If I ever buy a book, and I lose interest after one or two chapter's - I ditch it. If I like it....I'll devour the book and read reviews as I go along.

After reading the first few chapter's if The Diamond Age, I wanted to throw it away...I was so bored, but since Neil Stephenson wrote it I pushed on. One of the best books I've ever read.

I tend to enjoy non-fiction more, and even science/text based books I tend to use for self-study. I guess you could say I'm on some kind of quest for knowledge...what kind of knowledge, I'm still looking. I guess I'm still searching for something.

u/06041998 · 10 pointsr/wowthanksimcured

That's because you are doing it wrong!

Buy The Alchemist™ to learn more.

u/bluedijon · 10 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Ship of Theseus by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams (yeah, that JJ) seems like it might fit your interests - it's not aesthetically wild from the outside, but the main story takes place in marginalia, post-cards, written letters, and I think at one point a napkin that all happen around the grounding typed text. There are literally papers stuffed into the book that fall out as you read, which is a really fun experience and aesthetically different than anything I've encountered before or since!

u/pelanderfunk · 10 pointsr/gameofthrones

The official world map is coming out in October. You may want to wait for that if you can, because according to GRRM, this speculative portions of this map are inaccurate.

u/Oxygen25 · 10 pointsr/MostBeautiful

specifically the cover for the book: Bioshock:Rapture

u/hablamierda · 10 pointsr/AskReddit

House of Leaves

u/spxshark · 10 pointsr/movies

If you liked the Tower, I highly suggest you read House of Leaves. The Tower reminded me a lot of a claustrophobic version of the House.

u/yougotpurdyhair · 9 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

I would check out The Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It starts out historical moves forward into sci-fi and then goes backwards to historical again. It's hard to explain but it is a very rewarding read and one I pick up periodically just to reread again.

I also liked Girl In Landscape by Jonathon Lethem and Dune by Frank Herbert a lot and both have been good rereads.

Oh! And The Nightrunner Series by Lynn Flewelling which I inhaled.

u/ewiethoff · 9 pointsr/printSF

Shallow: Deep Storm by Lincoln Child

Deep: Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

I've never read Crichton, but you might try some Michael Crichton, such as Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park, even if they're "outdated."

Edit: For really shallow thriller fun, you need to read Deception Point by Dan Brown. I swear it's every episode of X Files thrown together with Jaws, Red October, and a volcano. Stupidly awesome.

u/The_Unreal · 9 pointsr/asmr
u/roddds · 9 pointsr/IAmA

Have you ever read the chapter in World War Z told from the perspective of a military contractor? You can also listen to the audiobook part 1 and part 2.

u/komphwasf3 · 9 pointsr/books

World War Z

The other recommendations in this thread are very good, I just chose WWZ because of the action aspect that you mentioned

u/minni53 · 9 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Ship of Theseus by JJ Abrams seems similar to HoL in it is a physical reading experience. If that makes sense.

Also if you like footnotes & meandering you could try Infinite Jest.

u/are_you_slow · 9 pointsr/AskReddit
u/dharmabum28 · 9 pointsr/infp

Start here for some cool entry-level stuff. There are many more sites like it. Do some research on what skills you need to also score some jobs that are work from home, or that give you lots of free time, or that generally just seem like a "wow I can get paid to do that?" type job. And just assign yourself homework. Even if it takes years, eventually you'll be competent enough to apply to some things from self education, or otherwise maybe find a more traditional educational path the get you where you want to be. You have your entire life to find a niche to fill in this thing we call society, and you may find some niches where people are just like you--doing what they do, but living for life more than anything. It's about the journey, and maybe you'll find that niche at age 59, but between now and then you'll have some awesome memories about all the trial and error, experimentation, exploration, and realizations. Just poke around, see what happens!

EDIT: I'd totally recommend some fun, INFP fitting books also--not work related, but more "how to fit into the world related". The first one I finished last week and it makes me think about how society can be all a game, and extremely hard to escape from, even if you go to the fringe. The second two I read one summer, 8 years ago, and they completely shaped my worldview and decision-making about who I want to be.

My suggestions:

u/wockyman · 9 pointsr/

>Hackworth got all the news that was appropriate to his station in life, plus a few optional services: the latest from his favorite cartoonists and columnists around the world...

>A gentleman of higher rank and more far-reaching responsibilities would probably get different information written in a different way, and the top stratum of New Chusan actually got the Times on paper, printed out by a big antique press that did a run of a hundred or so, every morning at about three a.m....

>Now nanotechnology had made nearly anything possible, and so the cultural role in deciding what should be done with it had become far more important than imagining what could be done with it.

>One of the insights of the Victorian Revival was that it was not necessarily a good thing for everyone to read a completely different newspaper in the morning; so the higher one rose in the society, the more similar one's Times became to one's peers.

-The Diamond Age or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson

u/wolfemannco · 9 pointsr/scifi

Blindsight by Peter Watts

Awesome first-contact story, a small crew in deep space, all heavily-modded with augmentations, captained by a DNA-reconstructed vampire...making contact with an alien species that's even more bizarre.

u/toxicsnicker · 9 pointsr/Bioshock

In case anyone is interested, this is the cover to "Bioshock: Rapture" by John Shirley. Great book. Link:

u/Ingonzowetrust · 8 pointsr/booksuggestions

I’m a big fan of the series and lore. Have you read Rapture ? It is the prequel Bioshock. Its a fantastic read, even for those who aren’t into video games.

u/MFCORNETTO · 8 pointsr/nosleep

The book is called Penpal. The series starts here and has no title, but you should read the entire thing, then start over and read it all again as soon as possible.

u/ISw3arItWasntM3 · 8 pointsr/asoiaf

Joe Abercrombie. His style and the philosophy of his writing are similar to Martin. There are no good guys and bad guys in the sense that everybody has their own motives and act on them yet there are still clear protagonists and antagonists. They books focus on a smaller cast of characters and the world is less enormous but the characters are very well realized and the entire series is about 1 and a half times the size of a aSoIaF book. What really made it great for me is that Abercrombie is great at writing intrigue as well as humor that doesn't compromise the narrative.

Here is the link to the The Blade Itself, first book in Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy, and for a bonus here's an video of Joe Abercrombie interviewing GRRM about the Game of Thrones TV series.

If you want a longer review here's a pretty good one from Amazon.

>I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I read the blurb from the back and nearly turned away after reading only half of the summary. But something made me open it up and try the first few pages--and I was hooked. It starts with an action scene--like most fantasy novels--and it is described so well. It is realistic without splattering gore in your face. I can't think of any other author who treads that line so well as Joe Abercrombie does in The Blade Itself.
>I didn't find this a funny book, overall. It's not a comedy at all. But there are several moments where I did laugh out loud as I read some clever description or a reaction of one of the characters. In fact I think I found more to smile at in this book than most other novels that are specifically tagged as being funny or humourous. The humour here isn't forced. I didn't feel like the author was trying to be funny. It was more like the humour you might find in casual conversation with a friend.
>This book moves along at a good pace. It is one of those books where you want to keep reading to find out what happens, but, unlike many other page-turners, things actually happen in this one! I hate books that promise action or resolution just over the next page, just another page, one more page, and before you know it you've read half the book and still nothing's happened. This is definitely not a one-trick pony of a book. Each character is well developed and the plots intertwine naturally.
>What this book doesn't contain are tired old writing techniques. Well, it's not perfect, but it's as close as I've come across in 15 years. Anyway, there are no stereotypical cliched fantasy characters. The author doesn't end each chapter on a contrived cliff-hanger and then talk about another character's life for ten chapters before returning to the cliff-hanger. He doesn't especially dwell on the gruesome details of battle, but he writes it as realistically as you'd want. Perhaps not super-realistic--this is a fantasy, after all--but it's not nearly as predictable as many.
>Something else I noticed about the writing style is that Joe will change his writing a little to suit each character. So each time he changes the perspective to a new character, the way he describes the scenes changes, too. It's like he's letting us look through each of their eyes, rather than just giving us a homogenous narration throughout. They're not jarring transitions by any means, though. For me they really added to the story and made it all the more absorbing.
>This is by far the most absorbing novel I have read for many years. And this is the most glowing review I have given any book on Amazon!

u/TheEpicMuffinMan · 8 pointsr/tipofmytongue
u/g10tto · 8 pointsr/booksuggestions

Absolutely 100% The Alchemist!

If this doesn't teach you how to live your life to the fullest, I don't know what can, and it's a spectacular piece of travel literature as well!

u/Fbeezy · 8 pointsr/EDC
  • CCW: Smith and Wesson M&P Shield w/ Hell Bent IWB
  • Watch: Omega Speedmaster
  • Knife: Walter Wells Custom (/u/wwells63)
  • Wallet: Hell Bent Holsters CF
  • Sunglasses: Costa Del Mar Fathom
  • Ring: QALO
  • Reading: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Keys: Ford F-250 King Ranch
u/Jen_Snow · 8 pointsr/asoiaf

Not printable but the best map out there.

u/viaovid · 8 pointsr/Parahumans

House of Leaves is that kind of thing, but more-so.

u/dancon25 · 8 pointsr/MorbidReality

Yeah. The novel House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski includes a fictionalized version of the photographer, Kevin Carter. That photo is an important part of the story. It's a really good book, very different and "postmodern" in a lot of ways, and very morbid in its own way, really messes with your mind. I recommend it to anybody.

u/well_uh_yeah · 8 pointsr/books

I have three books that I love to loan out (or just strongly recommend to those weirdos out there who refuse a loaner):

u/FlyingSquid · 8 pointsr/politics

Biff wasn't the devil's cousin, he was Jesus' best friend!

u/BeowulfShaeffer · 8 pointsr/programming

Have you read Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer? I have a feeling you will like it.

u/Loaffi · 8 pointsr/Lovecraft

I find it pretty unlikely to confuse Lovecraft with some pseudo-new-age bullshit but just to make sure here's the one I mean

u/malakhgabriel · 7 pointsr/Catacombs

What other reddits do you surf?
I moderate /r/RATS, /r/Louisiana and /r/OpenChristian. I also read a lot in /r/SquaredCircle, /r/SRSBusiness, /r/SRSDiscussion, /r/polyamory, /r/woahdude and I've been dipping back into /r/Christianity a bit lately as well.

What do you do in your free time?
I read. I reddit. I smoke my pipe and drink my cocktails. I watch pro wrestling. I cuddle. I toy around with making jewelry (trying hammered wire recently) or playing with polymer clay. I'm considering this thing they call "ex ur size" or some such. It involves riding on a bike that goes nowhere. I understand I can read or watch TV while I do it, so I figured what the heck.

What do you read?
Right now I'm going back and forth between The History of White People and A Canticle for Leibowitz. Before that I read Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. the most powerful book I've read in the last few months was Silence by Shusaku Endo. You should read it. And then you should read Lamb because you'll need something a bit more jovial. But not until after you've sat with it a while.

What do you watch?
Ring of Honor Wrestling, WWE, Leverage, Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother.

Do you Blog?
Yup, though not regularly enough to develop any sort of readership.

Do you game?
I just got my first console since the original NES when I was in junior high. It's a Wii. Every once in a while I'll play Mario Kart of do something on the Wii Fit.

Do you play a musical instrument/sing?
I make noise periodically. I want to do more.

What are your favorite movies?
Absolute number one favorite? Hedwig And the Angry Inch. The only tattoo I have is from that movie. Other favorites include The Big Lebowski, Pump Up The Volume, The Wrestler, Shortbus, Dangerous Beauty, Walk The Line.

What is some favorite music?
My absolute favorite band is Over the Rhine. Behind them, tied for second place, you'll find Boris, the Cure, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash. Also up there are Kris Kristofferson, Mischief Brew, the CrimethInc band called Requiem (there are lots of bands called Requiem), The New Orleans Bingo Show. The list goes on for days.

u/Redditpus_Complex · 7 pointsr/booksuggestions
u/oblique63 · 7 pointsr/INTP

Ishmael - If you ever wondered what it would be like to be a telepathic gorilla, this will probably give you the closest answer.

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking - The INTP Toolbox.

The Willpower Instinct - Because we all know we could use a bit more of it around here...

Emotional Vampires - A survival guide to protect your Fe

How To Create A Mind - Since it's ultimately the only thing we really seem to care about, it's interesting to think how we could theoretically create a 'backup' for it eventually

The Talent Code - In case you haven't quite figured out how to go about mastering skills yet.

u/psyferre · 7 pointsr/WoT

Sounds like you might enjoy Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age. I think Snow Crash is meant to be in the same universe - it's hilarious but not as dense. You might also like his Cryptonomicon, though it's not technically Sci Fi.

Tad Willams' Otherland Series is Epic Sci Fi with a huge amount of detail. Might be right up your alley.

Dune, Neuromancer and The Enderverse if you haven't already read those.

u/aducknamedjoe · 7 pointsr/Anarcho_Capitalism

For fiction:

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/jaco6y · 7 pointsr/asoiaf

A Game of Thrones / A Clash of Kings / A Storm of Swords / A Feast of Crows / A Dance with Dragons

I had bought this same version a while ago for around $50 but I think it’s on sale.

u/Rachel_Kowert · 7 pointsr/science

It is always best to approach any kind of activity with a “moderation” mind set, including video games. If you are concerned that your child is spending too many hours sat in front of a screen playing video games during their free time, you could try to find some inspiration from the games that they play for other kinds of activities. For example, if they like playing sports games maybe they would like to join a team sport? Or attend a live sporting event? If your children like fantasy games, maybe they would like to work on a costume for Halloween next year inspired by their favorite character? Or perhaps they could be enticed to delve in to some fantasy novels such as The Hobbit or A Song of Ice and Fire?

u/eighthgear · 7 pointsr/asoiaf

The two main continents in the known world of ASOIAF are Westeros and Essos. There are two more, Sothoryos and Ulthos, but not much is known about them (Sothoryos is mentioned a few times in the books, and is south of Essos, Ulthos is south of Essos as well and is in the grey area between large islands and small continents).

Anyways, as this map shows, Essos, while much wider than Westeros, is not as tall and does not reach as far north. Braavos, the northernmost Free City, is at about the same latitude as the Vale.

Now, the Others come from the lands beyond the Wall, lands that are cold and foreboding. Essos does not seem to have such problems, which is why the people of Essos don't really seem to worry or know about the Others or even winter in general.

This is not to say, however, that the Others may not have an impact on the world beyond Westeros. They may very well, but that is yet to be seen.

*map from The Lands of Ice and Fire by GRRM.

u/Lonestarr1337 · 7 pointsr/gameofthrones

Here's "the most complete" fan-made world map to date. GRRM said that, with the information we have from the books that are out, this is most likely the best a fan could come up with.

Looking for an official world map? George is releasing one this October!

Information dug up from this thread that was posted about 5 days ago. Hope that helps.

u/Callicles-On-Fire · 7 pointsr/printSF

Interesting - but a "strong sign" of what? A strong sign that it is not a good book, or worthy of award recognition? There is a strong horror element to the book that would turn off those who dislike disturbing reading. Maybe 20%? Regardless, whatever we might suppose "worthy" to be, I think we can agree that it means something other than popular.

For comparison, Blindsight by Peter Watts is often trotted out as one of the best in the sci-fi horror genre. It has a similar profile - arguably slightly less positive, with 29% at 3 stars or fewer.

I'd say they are somewhat similar novels - well written, imaginative, original takes, genre-bending, and just not everyone's cup of tea.

u/hAND_OUT · 7 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

I'll add my two cents since this is something I've put some thought into, and will point to some other works you can check out.

I'll go a step beyond McCarthy here by saying I'm a fan of Zapffe's idea that self-awareness might be a mistake, a evolutionary trap:

>Such a ‘feeling of cosmic panic’ is pivotal to every human mind. Indeed, the race appears destined to perish in so far as any effective preservation and continuation of life is ruled out when all of the individual’s attention and energy goes to endure, or relay, the catastrophic high tension within.

>The tragedy of a species becoming unfit for life by overevolving one ability is not confined to humankind. Thus it is thought, for instance, that certain deer in paleontological times succumbed as they acquired overly-heavy horns. The mutations must be considered blind, they work, are thrown forth, without any contact of interest with their environment.

>In depressive states, the mind may be seen in the image of such an antler, in all its fantastic splendour pinning its bearer to the ground.

I am very interested in the historical cases of feral children, and the reports of the attempts to re-integrate them after years away from other people. It seems there is a age past which the mind loses a certain plasticity of infancy and learning speech is no longer possible. Though of course the cases are rare and the reports often hobbled by the perceptions of their time, it is also of great interest to me that these children appear to stay at about the same general level of intelligence as the animals that raised them for the rest of their lives (if they were rescued after a certain developmental period). I wonder about the relationship between language and self-awareness and to what degree they depend upon each other. You could learn so much with just a handful of EXTREMELY UNETHICAL experiments.

Other fun notes:

Peter Watt's Blindsight is a recent sci-fi novel with aliens who work entirely "subconsciously" (without self-awareness) and are able to be much more efficient as a result.

People who speak languages with more colors are able to distingush more colors

There is a ton of interesting work out there that has been done about the ways that limited language can lead to limited thought, if you're interested.

I also recommend The Spell Of The Sensuous if this is interesting to you. One of my favorite books. Hopefully we can get to it in the book club some day.

u/devianaut · 7 pointsr/gaming

might I recommend the excellent bioshock rapture by john shirley?! believe it or not, the audiobook is quite good as well; narrator seems to shift his accent to mold to each decade the chapters take place in. i truly enjoyed both mediums. great prequel story to jump into, as long as you've played some of the games.

u/CallofTraviss · 7 pointsr/Bioshock
u/Nofacemanifesto · 7 pointsr/Bioshock

Actually if you're interested there is a book that is suppose to pertain to leading up to rapture. How it was built and what not.

Check it out

u/scalz1 · 7 pointsr/TheDarkTower

The Blade Itself

Start here. Better than Game of Thrones, IMO.

u/cjbos · 7 pointsr/Fantasy

I would suggest giving Joe Abercrombie a try, he writes witty, dark humor, and his books are light on the magic. There is no clear "hero" in his story, all the characters have flaws in the traditional heroic sense. I'm suggesting this due to you liking Game of Thrones and Neil Gaiman, it is like a odd mix between the two.

He did a AMA here: and the first book in his trilogy is here

Also David Gemmell is more pulpy, but he has written several stand alone novels.

u/WormyJermy · 7 pointsr/books

Spooky! I just picked it up just last week because the book store had Cosmicomics and not if on a winter's night a traveler

a good friend of mine recommended it to me. I got him reading House of Leaves and this is what he responded with.

So far I'm really digging the galactic scope of his stories. He writes so elegantly about the time before anything was describable. Astounding!

u/mwshots · 7 pointsr/pics

Some paperbacks have the formatting in them.

It's a fantastic book. Well worth owning a copy of.

u/Gopheur · 7 pointsr/horror

I've been reading a lot of horror recently, so I can suggest a few off the top of my head.

Hell House by Richard Matheson

Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

The Shining by Steven King

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (You might hate this one.)

Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Also, I'm not sure if you're into comics, but there's a bunch of great horror there. I recommend Locke and Key, Colder, and Wytches.

u/StoneColdRommel · 7 pointsr/AskReddit

Everyone reading/responding to this without catching the reference should educate themselves post-haste

u/GrabbinPills · 7 pointsr/Favors

Don't you mean House of Leaves?

u/STRiPESandShades · 7 pointsr/declutter

I actually gave up a few of the books I absolutely adored on the mindset that I knew people who would also love them - and have trouble getting access to them. (Like friends from highly religious families that need a little humor in their lives)

I may regret it a little, but in the end, someone else got to read something cool, and my shelf space can only grow.

u/aenea · 7 pointsr/books

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.

(or pretty much anything else by Chris Moore)

u/Cilicious · 6 pointsr/AskReddit

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

Watership Down

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

The Cider House Rules by John Irving

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

u/vitras · 6 pointsr/funny

Looks like a page out of House of Leaves

u/tariffless · 6 pointsr/Fantasy
u/didyouwoof · 6 pointsr/tipofmytongue
u/KidCharlem · 6 pointsr/AskReddit

If you'd like to know more...

Lamb, by Christopher Moore will answer all your questions.

u/hkdharmon · 6 pointsr/pics

His childhood buddy's name was Biff.. Funny book, BTW.

u/doctechnical · 6 pointsr/programming

In the book Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson described the Solitaire Cipher, a way of encrypting messages using an ordinary pack of playing cards as the key.

Not compression, but interesting nonetheless I think.

u/ryanwalraven · 6 pointsr/NonZeroDay

Here are some quick recommendations from my list of favorites for those who are interested (I hope mods are OK with links to make looking easier, otherwise I'll happily remove them). These books engaged and inspired me and my imagination:

The Alchemist:

>The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever. With more than two million copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired.

>Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.

The Three Body Problem is a Chinese Science Fiction novel that has recently become popular in the West thanks to a good translation (I recommend reading my synopsis and not the Amazon one, to avoid spoilers):

>Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project looks for signals in space from alien civilizations. Meanwhile, in the present day, a physicist joins a grizzled detective to investigate why famous scientists are all committing suicide.

Fahrenheit 451:

>Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

The Art of Happiness (by the Dalai Lama):

>Nearly every time you see him, he's laughing, or at least smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He's the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, a Nobel Prize winner, and a hugely sought-after speaker and statesman. Why is he so popular? Even after spending only a few minutes in his presence you can't help feeling happier.

Snow Crash:

>Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse.

u/Dustylyon · 6 pointsr/booksuggestions

World War Z by Max Brooks. Don't be put off by the movie by the same title; the title was literally the only thing they have in common. I found the book to be a great read, and very thoughtful in how it examines the collapse and subsequent recovery of global society.

u/robbotnik2 · 6 pointsr/tipofmytongue

Sounds like S by Doug Dorst. JJ Abrams is involved somehow too.

(Edit) P.S. If it didn't have the box, the book looks like an old library book called "Ship of Theseus" by VM Straka

u/PrufrocksCoffeeSpoon · 6 pointsr/tipofmytongue

S., perhaps? I'm actually in the middle of it right now -- definitely fits the bill.

u/OmegaSilent · 6 pointsr/asoiaf

Probably not a big help to you, but for the record, the high resolution version of the map is contained in the World of Ice and Fire App as well as in the "The Lands of Ice and Fire" Map collection.

u/Proditus · 6 pointsr/gameofthrones

It's a whole set of maps. There are many of just different regions of Westeros, city maps of Braavos and King's Landing, different sections of Essos, and then one of the entire known world (pictured).

u/ThrowOhioAway · 6 pointsr/todayilearned

Hello, my name is Levi who is called Biff, Joshua's childhood friend, whatever you need to know can be found in the book I wrote:

(Seriously, both a funny and very well written book, I recommend it to anyone of any religion who knows about Christianity)

u/Salanmander · 6 pointsr/Christianity

Personally I like Josh. =)

(Obligatory plug for Lamb)

u/cannibaljim · 6 pointsr/collapse
u/binjinpurj · 6 pointsr/conspiracy

I would have to say without a doubt it would be Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. It is a very short but unforgettable novel that puts the fall of man into such a precise perspective its nearly impossible to contend it.

Quinn is an amazing writer and I really would recommend anything by him.

u/theresamouseinmyhous · 6 pointsr/atheism

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.

This book has some interesting ideas on Genesis, Cain and Able, and Adam and Eve.

(I tried to link to wikipedia and it broke the Reddit markup)

u/Apex_Series · 6 pointsr/scifi

I wouldn't go with Snow Crash, but The Diamond Age is one of the most beautiful novels you'll ever read with a solid nanotech foundation.

The only flaw is the ending. It isn't bad per say. It just ends like a kung-fu movie where they roll credits as soon as the hero delivers the death blow to the villain.

u/erichzann · 6 pointsr/Lovecraft

I would suggest The Music of Erich Zann. (you might guess that's one of my faves.)

Also: Beyond the Wall of Sleep is a good one that I don't see mentioned enough.

There are a bunch of his works here. Read at your leisure.

Here are some print collections of his work that you might like if you prefer reading paper instead of a screen.

(and as you noted, the ones in the sidebar are indeed a perfect place to start, they are some of the best.)

u/MicahCastle · 6 pointsr/horrorlit

Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft (Commemorative Edition)

I've read it a few times through, and it's still great every read. As a bonus, the book looks cool too.

u/jdog2050 · 6 pointsr/magicTCG

I will upvote you for knowing your lore but I disagree with you.

  1. I can't pinpoint exactly how everything will play out because the next story is a time-travel arc. At this point we don't know how Wizards is going to treat the "reset" of Tarkir. All I can point to are Nicol Bolas' possible motivations and how I think he's thinking.

  2. Elesh Norn rules because the black praetors are divided, the green praetor is a retard, and the red praetor doesn't really care. The Gitaxians, I think, are just lying low for a god like figure to appear. One thing you have to remember is that Bolas already has Tezzeret planted amongst the Gitaxians in a very high position. If and when Bolas is ready to marshall the Gitaxians to the idea that he is their new god, Tezzeret can influence them. Sure, Karn fit the doctrine, but he also rejected them. You're right that the Phyrexians would see the Eldrazi as the ultimate in power, but we also don't know what Bolas has been up to on Zendikar. If he's mastered colorless mana, then being a "machine" or not won't matter.

  3. I agree with the idea that the spawn are more of a symptom than the disease, but...and this is where I go out on a sci-fi limb...have you ever read any of Peter Watt's books? One that comes to mind is Blindsight:

    Peter Watts writes a lot about the possibility of intelligence without consciousness. I.e., something doesn't have to be conscious in order to react and manipulate it's environment at a high level. In a hyper-evolved creature, what can look like "marshaling troops", "laying plans", etc, is actually just completely mindless behavior, but at an order of magnitude that mimics conscious thought.

    I'm explaining that rather badly, but what I'm trying to say is that the spawn are indeed a strategy, but simply an evolved strategy. We know that these Eldrazi have never been stopped, but pay attention to what Ugin said:

    >"Worlds are dying," said Nahiri. She rested her hand on the hilt of her sword. "What wisdom could there be in leaving these things alive?"

    >"Do you know what they are, Nahiri of Zendikar?" asked the dragon. He lowered his enormous head to look her in the eye. "Do you know if they inhabit some unseen ecology, or what will happen if they are destroyed? Do they deserve death? Does your moral judgment extend only to beings you understand? Can you answer any of these questions?"

    The eldrazi are Apex Predators when it comes to our universe, but who knows how long it took for them to get that way. Billions of years? If so, they would have time to create multiple strategies to feed as quickly as possible. Hell, the eldrazi could just be 4 dimensional trees and their spawn are root systems.

    So the reason I mention the spawn in connection with the Phyrexians, Nicol Bolas, and Theros: The spawn are a hyper-effiecient, proven way to take down any opposition from a plane.The phyrexians not only can become a willing army for the right "god", but their ability to quickly evolve puts them miles ahead of the Eldrazi spawn.

    OK, it's 1AM where I live. I look forward to your response!
u/Hoppo94 · 6 pointsr/MorbidReality

I think 'Penpal' is a great book, and it's quite dark & scary. It was written for /r/NoSleep and became so popular that the guy decided to publish it.

Good luck with your chemotherapy!

u/ligthbulb · 6 pointsr/creepypasta

It was turned into a book if anyone is interested.

u/the_itch · 6 pointsr/NoSleepOOC

There is a list of authors with Amazon pages on the NoSleep authors' non-nosleep pages.

If it needs to be updated, then just let /u/ALooc know.

Also, I was just looking at buying a bunch of these to support the nosleep community. I know the following authors have pages as well (links go to amazon, not their reddit profiles):

Anybody wanna sign a copy for me? :)

u/exodusmachine · 6 pointsr/dresdenfiles

If you're looking for something really dark I'd suggest Harry Connolly's Twenty Palaces series. The first one is Child of Fire. I really enjoyed it and Jim Butcher has also recommend it. Keep in mind there are only 3 books and 1 prequel that Harry self published due to his publisher dropping him.

If you're looking for something stupid and funny I recommend John Dies at the End and it's sequel This Books is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It. I have to admit I'm a bit biased on those though, I won a free signed copy of TBiFoS by participating in an alternate reality game around the time of its release.

u/mx_hazelnut · 6 pointsr/books

I haven't read much of it, but I bet you'd like the Dresden Files series. The plot and characters are compelling and evocative, but the series doesn't take itself too seriously. There are lighthearted moments, and humor that doesn't break your immersion or seem out of place. I hear similarly good things about John Dies at the End.

u/eternitarian · 6 pointsr/suggestmeabook

You might like John Dies at the End. It's about a guy whose crazy friend takes a 'drug' that reaches into another dimension, kind of. It's really interesting.

u/McFuckyeah · 6 pointsr/pics

You should seriously read John Dies at the End and This Book is Full of Spiders, Seriously Dude, Don't Touch It, both by David Wong (Jason Pargin.) They're funny and extremely readable.

(Straight Amazon links, no affiliate bullshit.)

u/Awken · 6 pointsr/tipofmytongue

It sounds like the Day by Day Armageddon series, the second book ends with the protagonist being dragooned into attacking China.

u/kargat · 6 pointsr/asoiaf

Joe Abercrombie came out with a decent series (First Law Trilogy) that managed to keep my attention for a few months. It was the first fantasy I had read since ASOIAF and it took me a bit to get into them because I'm soo attached to the ASOIAF characters... I got over that and ended up really enjoying these.

u/_brendan_ · 6 pointsr/Fantasy

Well since you've read the Night Angel Trilogy you should definately read Brent Weeks next book 'The Black Prism'. I Absolutely loved it! Its the first book in the Lightbringer Series, only catch is he's only written one so far.

Another awesome series is Peter Bretts Demon Cycle series, check out book 1 'The Warded Man' again awesome read.

And lastly since
both the series ive suggested so far are incomplete thought id at least suggest a completed trilogy for you to check out, Joe Abercrombie's First Law series are an excellent read as well.

hope that helps

u/PurpleAries4 · 5 pointsr/suggestmeabook


Not really a shit yourself scary book, but it's the kind of book that makes you go "WHAT?! HOLY HECK?! THAT'S MESSED UP!" I found it pretty scary though.

(It was also originally a r/nosleep series!)

u/hoseramma · 5 pointsr/booksuggestions

Penpal by Dathan Auerbach is pretty perfect for you.

u/Ryksos · 5 pointsr/suggestmeabook

John Dies at the End by David Wong is a very funny, light-hearted book. Might be right down your alley. If you end up liking it, there's also a sequel titled This Book is Full of Spiders, which carries the same tone and writing style.

u/zwhit · 5 pointsr/rpg

The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. Starting with "The Blade Itself".

To me it was a nice departure from the DnD fantasy with some grit, lethality, and hard characters in a hard setting. Loved it.

u/jaydoors · 5 pointsr/crypto

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson is a classic. Takes in Bletchley Park, among much more. It is a novel, not a text book, so it won't actually teach you anything as such - but crypto is running through the book, along with much other tech stuff, plus it is a brilliant story. Not really "light" but I wish it took me longer to read I enjoyed it so much.

u/snegtul · 5 pointsr/scifi

Or Cryptonomicon. Or any Neal Stephenson book. Also I highly recommend the Otherland series of books by Tad Williams. And if you want more fantasy from Tad, look at The Dragonbone Chair.

u/MonkeyPilot · 5 pointsr/books

Although not strictly about math, Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon includes a fair bit of math, and even has an appendix including more detail on a code used in the book. It's also a great read!

u/zen-trader · 5 pointsr/Psychonaut

Your heart speaks loud so you can hear it. (Check out The Alchemist.)

u/ZombieKingKong · 5 pointsr/books

Sci Fi, ok cool. Here are a few very entertaining Sci-Fi audiobooks (you can actually find some of these free).

Infected by Scott Sigler, with a sequel titled 'Contagious'. If you search for Scott Sigler online, you will be directed to his website, and can go through itunes to get the free podiocast.


For fantasy, I highly recommend 'The Name of the Wind' by patrick Rothfuss

The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett

For Horror I recommend
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

Serial Uncut

For the taste of apocalyptic greatness I recommend
World War Z

One Second After

I have other audiobooks that touches multiple categories. For a nice series, there are two I really love. The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King, and The Dresden Files series.

u/jennicamorel · 5 pointsr/books
u/Eightfire · 5 pointsr/WTF

Have an upvote for your John Dies at the End reference. :)

u/ohfortheloveofbass · 5 pointsr/booksuggestions
u/arnoldlol · 5 pointsr/gameofthrones

Here's a link to a box set of all 5, also on Amazon.

u/AckbarsAttache · 5 pointsr/gameofthrones

There's also this book, which is a little on the pricey side but filled with awesome maps like the one you're looking for.

u/Jordioteque · 5 pointsr/gameofthrones

You can find a lower-quality scan of the "Known World" map from the Land of Ice and Fire map book over thisaway. I recommend buying the collection on Amazon -- it's well worth it. I've spent hours pouring over the maps.

u/KosstAmojan · 5 pointsr/asoiaf

Sounds like you're being excessively fixated on accuracy of a world purposefully written to be vague. Westeros is approximately the length of South America, per Martin's statements and this is generally accepted by the community.

If you want more info, feel free to check out the official book of maps.

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/physics_to_BME_PHD · 5 pointsr/askscience

Anyone reading this who enjoys thinking about the above analogy, should try to read House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. Similar concept, but it's happening to his house.

u/Yarbles · 5 pointsr/rva

The selection this month is House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, but I'm not sure anyone got through the whole thing. Usually we just talk about any books that anyone has recently read, any shows or movies that are any good, and advanced spatchcocking techniques. It's a very loose agenda.

u/xkcd_transcriber · 5 pointsr/RedditDayOf




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u/GRRRRaffe · 5 pointsr/pics

This. This is what I felt the whole way through the album. I’ve read House of Leaves. I know how this ends!

u/molecular · 5 pointsr/houseofleaves

Amazon has the "Look Inside" for HoL, which lets you do a text search:

u/Zuljo · 5 pointsr/creepy

The book House of Leaves is great if you really liked the Dionaea House

u/tehuti88 · 5 pointsr/Lovecraft

IMO you can never go wrong with Thomas Ligotti.

ETA--after reading your link, I'd also like to recommend this book: House Of Leaves

u/eagreeyes · 5 pointsr/books

House of Leaves can be somewhat hit or miss with people, but I found it to be one of the few books that actually creeped me out. Also, both its content, a story within a story within a story, as well as it's style ("Danielewski packs in poems, scientific lists, collages, Polaroids, appendices of fake correspondence and "various quotes," single lines of prose placed any which way on the page, crossed-out passages, etc") are rather unique.

u/brucemo · 5 pointsr/Christianity\-Gospel\-According\-Christs\-Childhood/dp/0380813815

"Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal", by Christopher Moore.

This book is a novel that addresses the title issue specifically. Some of our subscribers would definitely not enjoy it but I think it's wonderful.

u/chuckmo · 5 pointsr/Documentaries

Nobody mentioning the excellent, hilarious Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal?

u/EvenEvan13 · 5 pointsr/Showerthoughts

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. Greatly illustrates the "fuck up the planet", and is told from a Gorilla's point of view.

u/HugoNebula · 5 pointsr/horrorlit

Gollancz's leatherbound Necronomicon and Eldritch Tales collect everything in two beautiful matching editions.

u/enigmo666 · 5 pointsr/Lovecraft

I got the Gollancz collection ( It's not a complete anthology, but does include a map of Arkham, a biography, and by far looks the best in my shelves, and the few stories that are missing are not the best. For a complete set of works, you can either get another book to complete the Gollancz set (Eldritch Tales: A Miscellany of the Macabre), or as I got for general use, the Red Skull Publishing HP Lovecraft Complete Collection. The end of story facts in that one are short but interesting, shedding some light on inspiration and setting.

u/FarmerGiles_ · 5 pointsr/Lovecraft

Yep, I enjoy looking for unique editions -especially for horror and weird fiction. Here are some cool editions in the basic price range shown above:

  1. The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Nice cheap edition. Honestly, this is the best thing about Lovecraft and Weird Fiction anthologies -there are sooo many. And many cheap editions.

  2. Great Tales of Horror Edition A bit more expensive, but sweet looking book.

  3. Necronomicon Edition. Again way expensive... but, there is a paperback that also looks nice for around 18$

  4. The Mammoth book of Cthulhu This is a collection of Lovecraft inspired stories, and is not authored by your Faithful Uncle Theobald (HPL). However. there is no need for cannon purity, in my opinion. And what a gorgeous, very cheap book

  5. I'm adding this anthology: Awaiting Strange Gods to my book self. Though it is more non-Lovecraft Lovecraft.

  6. For no reason, other than pure random wonderful weirdness, check out wilum pugmire on Youtube.

    Edit: trying to get format correct.

u/casual_shoggoth · 5 pointsr/Lovecraft

Man, there are about a million collections of Lovecraft stories, from selected tales in a certain theme to the entirety of his work in a single volume. These collections are easily found on Amazon. Here is a book that I have. You can also find all of Lovecraft's work online here.

u/hackingkafka · 4 pointsr/funny

it's explained in "Lamb - The Gospel According to Biff"

u/rarelyserious · 4 pointsr/Wishlist
u/hawksfan82 · 4 pointsr/nosleep

It reminds me of the Ishmael series by Daniel Quinn

u/ChuckDeezNuts · 4 pointsr/Psychonaut

I feel you. I'm twenty and in college and often wonder what I'm doing in life. Don't worry though, it's completely normal to feel this way. Here are a few suggestions that have helped me:

  • Try not to smoke weed everyday. I can't tell from your post how often you smoke, but when I smoke everyday, especially multiple times a day everyday, I get depressed, and lose my ambitious nature. I never realize it has happened until I take a break for a week. I know sometimes it feels like the only good part of the day, but if you withhold from it you will find other things that interest you. I don't know if this even applies to you, but just give only smoking on the weekends a shot.

  • Read the book Ishmael by Daniel Quinn Seriously man, even if you only read a book every 5 years, make it this one. The author feels the exact same sentiment as you and I, and is able to articulate feelings that have lingered inside me since I was a boy into beautifully worded thoughts. It's amazingly entertaining too. Give it a shot.

    Whether you take those two points to heart or not, (I really hope you read the book,) just try to remember this: the fact that you were born was an astronomically unlikely event. That being said, why waste it doing anything that doesn't, in the short or long run, make you happy? Look at everyday as a gift; I know, it is easier to say that than to do it. Don't be too worried about the stage you are in right now, you're just questioning, just remember that you're looking for answers, and when you find the answers to your questions, use them.
u/AusterMcEwan · 4 pointsr/suggestmeabook


The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Leguin.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

u/digitalrasta · 4 pointsr/trees

While we are on the topic of books that got us back on track - this was the one for me - ishmael . Find something bigger than yourself like helping others and changing the world around you for good, and you will find an inner strength you may not have known is in you.

u/Anachronaia · 4 pointsr/steampunk

The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson. Some reviews here call it 'difficult' to read but I couldn't put it down! If you're more technically-oriented than I, you will derive yet another layer of joy from this little masterpiece, as if it needed one.

u/dasqoot · 4 pointsr/ThingsCutInHalfPorn

That's the only book of his I have read.

You can look at basically anything by Gibson if you want the same general setting.

And of course Snow Crash and The Diamond Age are heavily inspired by KWC's culture but the locations are very different.

u/Squidraider · 4 pointsr/Lovecraft

I've got this one.

u/Cdresden · 4 pointsr/suggestmeabook

There's really no contest, IMO. Blindsight by Peter Watts.

u/RealityApologist · 4 pointsr/askphilosophy

Peter Watts' Blindsight and *Echopraxia are among the best philosophically-oriented novels I've ever read. As long as you're comfortable with fairly hard-core science fiction, they're very worth reading. They touch on issues in everything from ethics and political philosophy to artificial intelligence and philosophy of mind. They're great fun, and very, very smartly written. Blindsight is up for free here.

u/CSMastermind · 4 pointsr/learnprogramming

I've posted this before but I'll repost it here:

Now in terms of the question that you ask in the title - this is what I recommend:

Job Interview Prep

  1. Cracking the Coding Interview: 189 Programming Questions and Solutions
  2. Programming Interviews Exposed: Coding Your Way Through the Interview
  3. Introduction to Algorithms
  4. The Algorithm Design Manual
  5. Effective Java
  6. Concurrent Programming in Java™: Design Principles and Pattern
  7. Modern Operating Systems
  8. Programming Pearls
  9. Discrete Mathematics for Computer Scientists

    Junior Software Engineer Reading List

    Read This First

  10. Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware


  11. Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction
  12. Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art
  13. Software Engineering: A Practitioner's Approach
  14. Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
  15. Coder to Developer: Tools and Strategies for Delivering Your Software
  16. Perfect Software: And Other Illusions about Testing
  17. Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application

    Understanding Professional Software Environments

  18. Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game
  19. Software Project Survival Guide
  20. The Best Software Writing I: Selected and Introduced by Joel Spolsky
  21. Debugging the Development Process: Practical Strategies for Staying Focused, Hitting Ship Dates, and Building Solid Teams
  22. Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules
  23. Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams


  24. Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency
  25. Against Method
  26. The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development


  27. The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering
  28. Computing Calamities: Lessons Learned from Products, Projects, and Companies That Failed
  29. The Deadline: A Novel About Project Management

    Mid Level Software Engineer Reading List

    Read This First

  30. Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth


  31. The Clean Coder: A Code of Conduct for Professional Programmers
  32. Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship
  33. Solid Code
  34. Code Craft: The Practice of Writing Excellent Code
  35. Software Craftsmanship: The New Imperative
  36. Writing Solid Code

    Software Design

  37. Head First Design Patterns: A Brain-Friendly Guide
  38. Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software
  39. Domain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software
  40. Domain-Driven Design Distilled
  41. Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design
  42. Design Patterns in C# - Even though this is specific to C# the pattern can be used in any OO language.
  43. Refactoring to Patterns

    Software Engineering Skill Sets

  44. Building Microservices: Designing Fine-Grained Systems
  45. Software Factories: Assembling Applications with Patterns, Models, Frameworks, and Tools
  46. NoEstimates: How To Measure Project Progress Without Estimating
  47. Object-Oriented Software Construction
  48. The Art of Software Testing
  49. Release It!: Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software
  50. Working Effectively with Legacy Code
  51. Test Driven Development: By Example


  52. Database System Concepts
  53. Database Management Systems
  54. Foundation for Object / Relational Databases: The Third Manifesto
  55. Refactoring Databases: Evolutionary Database Design
  56. Data Access Patterns: Database Interactions in Object-Oriented Applications

    User Experience

  57. Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
  58. The Design of Everyday Things
  59. Programming Collective Intelligence: Building Smart Web 2.0 Applications
  60. User Interface Design for Programmers
  61. GUI Bloopers 2.0: Common User Interface Design Don'ts and Dos


  62. The Productive Programmer
  63. Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change
  64. Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming
  65. Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering


  66. Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software
  67. New Turning Omnibus: 66 Excursions in Computer Science
  68. Hacker's Delight
  69. The Alchemist
  70. Masterminds of Programming: Conversations with the Creators of Major Programming Languages
  71. The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood

    Specialist Skills

    In spite of the fact that many of these won't apply to your specific job I still recommend reading them for the insight, they'll give you into programming language and technology design.

  72. Peter Norton's Assembly Language Book for the IBM PC
  73. Expert C Programming: Deep C Secrets
  74. Enough Rope to Shoot Yourself in the Foot: Rules for C and C++ Programming
  75. The C++ Programming Language
  76. Effective C++: 55 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs
  77. More Effective C++: 35 New Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs
  78. More Effective C#: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your C#
  79. CLR via C#
  80. Mr. Bunny's Big Cup o' Java
  81. Thinking in Java
  82. JUnit in Action
  83. Functional Programming in Scala
  84. The Art of Prolog: Advanced Programming Techniques
  85. The Craft of Prolog
  86. Programming Perl: Unmatched Power for Text Processing and Scripting
  87. Dive into Python 3
  88. why's (poignant) guide to Ruby
u/sondatch · 4 pointsr/Zombie


  • Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks. A great read that will forever fuel zombie conversations in the future.
  • World War Z by Max Brooks. A well done recount of the zombie war that nearly wiped humans off the planet.
  • Day By Day Armageddon by J. L. Bourne. A compelling diary-style account from the beginning of a zombie apocalypse.
  • Beyond Exile by J. L. Bourne. A sequel that picks up right where Day By Day left off.
  • The Zombie Combat Manual by Roger Ma. Meh. Just a cash-in on Max Brooks' great work with the survival guide.
  • U.S. Army Zombie Combat Skills by 'Dept. of the Army'. Lame. About as fun to read as a roll of toilet paper.
u/tomrhod · 4 pointsr/AskReddit

I agree, David Wong needs to be working somewhere with a little more prestige that will give him some breathing room. Barring that, he should be writing a book.

EDIT: Make that another book.

u/alentrix · 4 pointsr/ifyoulikeblank

You might like S. by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst.

It has a similar feel to House of Leaves in terms of reading experience with notes written on the pages in different colors and other such things.

u/skpanda · 4 pointsr/suggestmeabook

The book S. by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. Its a book that is about two people communicating through a book. So you are reading what they are writing in the book. I haven't read too far into it but it's really interesting.

u/dm244 · 4 pointsr/gameofthrones

I too am poor, but I do work at a bookstore and you can get a solid price on the books by buying the mass market box set. Amazon sells it for $30 online.

u/rhinguin · 4 pointsr/gameofthrones

I’m gonna ask a question, hopefully it’s not dumb. I just bought a set on amazon but it was only 5 books. Am I getting the whole story here?

u/ianstlawrence · 4 pointsr/rational

Reading the books is maybe too obvious of a suggestion here, but, you know, they have even more world building in them. Although right now the books end at book 5 which is roughly season 4 or season 5 of the show I believe.

u/bfraid · 4 pointsr/pureasoiaf

Thanks, I'm looking. Problem is, that the cheap versions are some HBO edition crap with pictures from the show on the cover.

u/skendich · 4 pointsr/gameofthrones
u/gathly · 4 pointsr/asoiaf

Ask me again on October 30th.

u/_SnNNeKerz · 4 pointsr/Braincels


The results had a p<0.05 so they are statistically significant.

The study has a citation index of 90 so it's been peer-reviewed.

Related links:

u/Ligerwing · 4 pointsr/malefashionadvice

Blindsight by Peter Watts. Fantastic book, genre is sci-fi.

>Canadian author Watts (Starfish) explores the nature of consciousness in this stimulating hard SF novel, which combines riveting action with a fascinating alien environment. In the late 21st century, when something alien is discovered beyond the edge of the solar system, the spaceship Theseus sets out to make contact. Led by an enigmatic AI and a genetically engineered vampire, the crew includes a biologist who's more machine than human, a linguist with surgically induced multiple personality disorder, a professional soldier who's a pacifist, and Siri Keeton, a man with only half a brain. Keeton is virtually incapable of empathy, but he has a savant's ability to model and predict the actions of others without understanding them. Once the Theseus arrives at the gigantic and hideously dangerous alien artifact (which has tellingly self-named itself Rorschach), the crew must deal with beings who speak English fluently but who may, paradoxically, not even be sentient, at least as we understand the term. Watts puts a terrifying and original spin on the familiar alien contact story.

u/dinosauriac · 4 pointsr/Bioshock

Tried reading the book?
It's pretty good if you're super into the lore, even if the writing isn't top notch. Ken Levine gave it his blessing...

u/nomoremermaids · 4 pointsr/booksuggestions

Penpal. It's super creepy and was written by a redditor. I'm pretty sure it's in the Kindle store.

ETA: Here's a link.

u/nosleepfinder · 4 pointsr/nosleepfinder

You're welcome, funny how things work out sometimes. And actually, it is a published book! Penpal by Dathan Auerbach

u/Aximili93 · 4 pointsr/nosleep

Its available on Amazon, Paperback and ebook

u/LimpsMcGee · 4 pointsr/writing

Please Read: John Dies At The End.

It is a book where completely insane things happen to two guys, and a lot of it just doesn't make sense. It is still a great book, and an inspirational example of successful self-publishing. (He started out by publishing chapters online. It went viral, and has sense been made into a movie.)

Don't discount your work because it's weird. Some people like weird.

u/onlyhooman · 4 pointsr/horrorlit

What about them do you like? The creatures? The humor? You might like John Dies at the End. It's got goo, monsters, laughs and scares.

u/gabwyn · 4 pointsr/printSF

A couple Some of the selections from r/SF Book Club that deal predominantly with the day to day lives of the characters spring to mind:

u/resurrection_man · 4 pointsr/tipofmytongue

The structure sounds like Cloud Atlas, although the plot doesn't.

u/hictio · 4 pointsr/argentina
  • The Wind Up Girl

    El mundo luego del petróleo quedó algo así como una mezcla de Steam punk con rastros de hiper tecnología, todo basado en las calorías, la nueva fuente de energía.

    Muy buena novela.

  • Cloud Atlas

    No tiene nada que ver con la (BOSTA de) película, olvídense de la peli, lean el libro, buenísimo, incluso conceptualmente, cómo está escrito.

  • The Intel Trinity

    La historia de cómo y porqué Intel es lo que es. Muy, muy interesante.

  • The Interstellar Age

    La historia del diseño, la creación y de las misiones Voyager, idealmente, se podría leer antes o después de ver The Farthest.

  • The Years of Rice and Salt

    Una ucronia o historia alternativa.

    Europa no sobrevive a La Peste Negra, y Oriente termina "invadiendo las ruinas". Muere el cristianismo, y el mundo avanza basándose en las religiones orientales, fundamentalmente el islamismo y el budismo.

    Lenta, pero muy interesante.
u/robertpaulson7 · 4 pointsr/horror

I can't recommend Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves enough.

u/shammat · 4 pointsr/books

You'll probably hear House of Leaves thrown around quite a bit. While it's pretty good, it's also as equally daunting, and sometimes hard to stay absorbed in.

u/facebones2112 · 4 pointsr/ifyoulikeblank

House of leaves, one of my favorite books in the horror genre.

u/ObjectiveGopher · 4 pointsr/AskReddit

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. It changed the way I look at history, both American history and the subject in general. It, for lack of a better phrase, blew my mind. There's an entire history of this country that I was just never taught and never knew about until I read this book. If I could pick one book that everyone, in America at least, had to read it would be this one. It's nonfiction though, if you're specifically looking for fiction then the first thing that comes to mind is House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski.

u/GalacticUnicorn · 4 pointsr/movies

Don't you mean House of Leaves?

u/powarblasta5000 · 4 pointsr/scifi

A room existing outside of time and space reminds me of the House of Leaves

u/icdapoakr · 4 pointsr/books

comedic fiction. Tells the story of Christ during his growing up years. I love this book. Even though it was fiction I can see how his philosophy grew and accepted other religions into his own. It is how Christ would have acted.

u/Iamyourbetter · 4 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Try reading Lamb, the Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore. It's a book about Jesus Christ told through the viewpoint of his childhood friend, Biff. The book contains the wisdom and the intelligence of a true coming of age novel while simultaneously using crude and sacrilegious humor to keep you laughing through the whole thing. This book is light-hearted, but also deals in some serious, even dark emotions.

Both the book and Christopher Moore are highly acclaimed by readers so if recommend looking up other reviews for this book.

u/skittymcmahon · 3 pointsr/gameofthrones

GRRM is supposed to release an official map/poster book in October with the known world. Whether these land masses will be included is not known, but it's confirmed to have more information than we currently have on Essos and Sothoyos including geography and scale.

Here is the link to pre-order it on Amazon.

u/1point618 · 3 pointsr/SF_Book_Club

back to the beginning


Current Selection#####

u/Groumph09 · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions
u/mushpuppy · 3 pointsr/CasualConversation

There are so many great books! The Brontes' work, Jane Austen, War and Peace, everything by Dostoyevsky....Sometimes it takes a while to get into certain of the great books, but they always pay off.

Also, in case you haven't read them, check out David Mitchell's early work--Ghostwritten, Number9Dream, and Cloud Atlas all are brilliant.

u/big_red737 · 3 pointsr/52book

It's been a while since I've checked in. Last week I finally finished the Chaos Walking trilogy by getting around to reading the third book Monsters of Men. I absolutely loved this series and I seriously hope the author is planning on writing more. It was nice, he wrapped up the storyline but also left it a point that was basically the starting of another story. I really wanted to find out what happens next. This series is definitely one of my favorites of the year so far.

I've started on Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. I'm trying really hard with this one but it just doesn't seem to be working for me so far. It isn't calling me to keep going back to it. I've had it on my shelf for quite some time now, and have been meaning to get to it, but haven't. When I saw the trailer for the movie, I got re-interested in it again and want to read it before the movie comes out. I've only gotten like 50 or 60 pages in though after a couple of days, so I am worried I might give up on it. It's definitely more difficult than some of the other books I have been reading so I think that might be giving me some trouble.

I am also working on Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. I've been wanting to get into this one for a few months. I've been in a steam punk kind of mood and this one seemed interesting. It's a alternative version of the events leading up to and during World War I in Europe. It's fun but it's a lot more simple and easier than I was expecting. Shouldn't take long to finish this. I attempted to set a to-be-read list for the next couple of months to get to ones I really wanted to but already this one is making me deviate from it...

u/iamdevour · 3 pointsr/Metal

Since Ghost Story was already mentioned, I'd like to recommend House of Leave It's strange and winding, and has a Blair Witch Project kind of feel to it.

u/PrincesssBubblegumm · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I want this [book!] (

My favorite desert is that mud pie stuff. You know the chocolate pudding with crushed up oreos and gummi worms?! But I could totally eat cheesecake all day everyday! ;)

u/megaanmaarie · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

C'mon...gimme. I've wanted this book for a while now, haha.

As for the dream gift, these would be pretty awesome.

You two look absolutely amazing! :D But really, you two are just simply amazing anyways!

u/SamSJester · 3 pointsr/books

If you can get through it House of Leaves might fit that description pretty well. I definitely got a Palahniuk feel from it. Its hard to really say I "enjoyed" the book, but I recommend the fuck out of it every chance I get. It had a far greater and longer lasting emotional impact than anything I can think of reading since I was a kid. But its a bitch to read, and it screws with you any chance it gets.

A more tenuous connection would be Vonnegut, maybe its because I spent a whole summer reading almost only Palahniuk and Vonnegut, so they are forever entwined, occupying the same brain cubby.

u/goinkzop · 3 pointsr/gaming

He found Will Navidson's house

u/searedscallops · 3 pointsr/AskWomen

I'm in the middle of House of Leaves.

I'm also reading More Than Two.

And I'm about to start Wonder. My son is reading it at school and I want to read along.

u/effervescenthoopla · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

AHHH we should both get House of Leaves because it's been on my wishlist tooo... We can talk about how weird it is as we read it. Make it a mini book club. Also everything on your wishlist looks awesome btw. Why are we not friends. How did I not know you before.

u/TheNickropheliac · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

If she's into horror novels, such as Paranormal Activity, I recommend you buy her House of Leaves. It's something that's bound to keep her up at night.

u/visualmadness · 3 pointsr/ifyoulikeblank

House of Leaves. When I first heard about the book I didn't know anything about the plot - just that people who'd read it would report feeling that the walls around them started to shift and move as they were reading it, while others claimed to have weird dreams about the house even months after they'd finished the novel. Not a scary book, necessarily - but it will give you the creeps.

The typography is also insane, but it's thankfully not used in a gimmicky way, and serves the story very well as a narrative device. So far I've never read anything like it.

u/Lexilogical · 3 pointsr/WritingPrompts

I find Neil Gaiman is good at a show, don't tell story. I tend to reach the end of American Gods or Coraline wondering what the heck just happened and just knowing it was a ride.

Also House of Leaves does that too. I'd probably have to pick them up again to check if that's consistent on a details level.

The other thing is just practice. You can sometimes find prompts on here to "Describe a colour without using the colour" or "Describe a place without using any proper names." or "Write a story that all happens in less than 5 seconds." Things like that are really good for practicing showing because they force you to stretch your writing muscles.

u/NickNack33 · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Well, in that case, you must check out House of Leaves. It plays with that fear of the dark, claustrophobia and sense of being trapped incredibly well.

u/irrelevant_sounds · 3 pointsr/tipofmytongue
u/vi_fi · 3 pointsr/rational

Yes, House of Leaves should be read in a physical version. This book has tons of little quirks which just don't translate to an ebook. For example, the cover is too small, which means that the book is bigger on the inside!

I've got a solution for your problem. Make an account on and use this link to buy the book. Shipping from Germany to Poland should be far quicker than overseas.

By now, I've got accounts on, and, because sometimes the prices on another site are cheaper even when postage is taken into account.

If that doesn't work for whatever reason, send me a private message here on reddit, and we'll find some kind of solution. If necessary, I'll buy the book and ship it to you personally :)

u/Cenobite · 3 pointsr/books

A few books I read recently (within the last couple of years) that really stand out for me:


  • On Writing by Stephen King. The first half is a combination of a memoir of King's early life and professional writing tips on things like grammar, character development, etc. The second half is an application of these skills in a very lucid and memorable description of his recent automobile accident and subsequent rehabilitation. Even if you're not interested in writing as a craft, it's still a good read.
  • The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. If you're a non-believer, or someone in the process of questioning your faith, you'll love it. It clearly states many of the things you think and feel much more eloquently and clearly than you yourself could. Even if you're religious and an opponent of Dawkins, it's still a good peek into the mind of an atheist to understand where they are coming from. Because of its eloquence and clarity, it's a dream to read.
  • Lennon Legend by James Henke. A very simple and accessible biography of Lennon featuring tons of amazing photographs, incredibly detailed reproductions of memorabilia (such as the scrap of paper on which Lennon composed the lyrics to "In My Life"), and an accompanying audio CD containing rarities. It feels like the kind of book Lennon would have written himself.


  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. One of my personal favourites and a book that's become something of a cultural phenomenon. As the Amazon review says: "Had The Blair Witch Project been a book, written by Nabokov, revised by Stephen King, and typeset by Blast." It's a pretty scary book that plays with your mind. You'll understand what I mean once the nightmares start...
  • VALIS by Philip K. Dick. A semi-autobiographical tale of a man who may or may not be crazy and his quest to find God... Literally. It combines ancient religion with contemporary philosophy and screwup characters.

    Unfortunately the two fictional books aren't easy reads. Not difficult, mind you, but not as straightforwardly easy as, say, The Road. But I think they're engrossing enough that you'll get sucked in nevertheless.

    I hope this helps!
u/dropbearphobia · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Don't know what you like to read so I'm going to go a few ways, but these are good ''stuck in bed'' books. By Author (because thats how i like to read):

Haruki Murakami:

u/nir-vash · 3 pointsr/Blackfellas

YES!!! I cannot stress Christopher Moore's books enough. Lamb is the greatest book of all time! I re-read it annually.

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins (which probably inspired Lamb) is also great as well.

u/eroverton · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Lamb. Too bad it'll never happen.

u/Browncoat23 · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Anything by Christopher Moore if you want a fast-reading comedy. Especially this.

u/UWillAlwaysBALoser · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. I just finished this book, and it is probably the funniest book I've ever read (and I'm saying this after having read Hitchhikers, a lot of Vonnegut and Confederacy of Dunces).

I don't know your religious background, but I have confidence that whether you are a Jew, Christian, or atheist/agnostic, you will really enjoy this book (if you're none of those, you may miss some references). It's like Hitchhiker's Guide for the ancient world, with a little of Herman Hesse's Siddhartha (also a good read) mixed in.

Also, John Dies at the End by David Wong is great if you like action/sci-fi/horror but want a lot of comedy mixed in. It was the first comedy book I've read that really felt like it was written by someone from my generation (I'm in my early 20s). Wong is one of the editors of cracked and definitely has the internet-age nerdy pop-culture sense of humor that pervades reddit.

u/roostercrowe · 3 pointsr/BrandNewSentence

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal is a really great read, one of the most clever and funny stories that i’ve read.

u/tacsatduck · 3 pointsr/funny

Exactly. On a slightly related note, I still think that Christopher Moore's book, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal has the best explanation for the creation of the Easter Bunny.

u/admorobo · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Lamb by Christopher Moore is a fictional retelling of Jesus' life from the point of view of his childhood friend Biff. Parts of it are very funny, others are much more serious, and it pokes fun at the Bible without ever being disrespectful.

u/sequel7 · 3 pointsr/netsec

For fiction, you MUST read Daemon and Freedom(TM)

I also enjoyed Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon, though in my opinion the latter was a little bit of a difficult read. Worth it though.

u/Clownslayer · 3 pointsr/gaymers

Cryptonomicon is this awesome cyberpunk book I'm almost done with

u/artofsushi · 3 pointsr/TheVeneration

What are your top five must-own books?

Mine, in no real order are:
(I'll put in links when I get home)

  1. Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain
  2. Neuromancer - William Gibson
  3. Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
  4. Larousse Gastronomique - Prosper Montagné
  5. Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein

    edit: with amazon links
u/sdguero · 3 pointsr/programming

Because, like the internet, nearly all early computers/languages were originally funded by the military.

Check out Stephenson's book Cryptonomicon

It's engaging fiction, and for the most part it's historically accurate.

u/notrab · 3 pointsr/exmormon



Cryptonomicon on amazon


My second favorite chapter is basically an instruction manual on how to eat Captain Crunch Cereal.

u/everythingswan · 3 pointsr/GetMotivated

The Road Less Traveled
I think parents would find more useful information here, but I read it when I was 20(no kids) and found it pretty interesting.

The Alchemist
A quick read, I have felt more at ease and optimistic about life since I read it. Both actually have religious themes--didn't bother a godless man such as myself though.

Motivation to be more creative? Poke the Box by Seth Godin
I have quite a few business-related recommendations, but watching or reading Seth gets my brain going everytime.

u/darknessvisible · 3 pointsr/ZenHabits

The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho maybe?

u/CommentMan · 3 pointsr/books

A quick browse of my bookshelf and the ones that jumped out at me... some nonfiction, some fiction... some light, some heavy...

The Culture of Contentment by John Galbraith

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Pimp by Iceberg Slim

The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris

Bloom County Babylon by Berkeley Breathed

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

Turned On: A Biography of Henry Rollins by James Parker

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Beyond that, my most prized book is my hardback Norton Anthology of English Lit (2nd vol - the 'modern' stuff).

Thanks for the trip down memory lane! I'm def curling up with a good one when I hit the hay!

u/Bubba310 · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
u/AllOfTimeAndSpace · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

0-5: Owl Magnetic Page Markers. These are great for marking either the page you are reading in a book or various pages if you are keeping places in textbooks. Plus, they are super cute.

5-10: Vegetable Steamer because steamed vegetables are yummy!

10-20: The Alchemist-Paulo Coelho. This is a book that everyone, male or female, should read and would likely enjoy reading.

20-50: The Big Bang Theory-Season 5 Pre-Order. Everyone loves to laugh!

u/soondot · 3 pointsr/books
u/Sometimes_Lies · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

>(i actually read The Walking Dead graphic novels before i even knew the show was going to exist. But i've gone off zombies now).

Even if you're over zombies, you might want to take a look at Max Brooks' World War Z--the movie had basically nothing to do with the book, so don't worry if you've seen it already.

It is very well done. I'm not a zombie fan and still enjoyed the hell out of the book. Taking place ten years after the end of the zombie apocalypse, it's a collection of vignettes in the form of interviews with survivors and what they did during the apocalypse.

The interviews take place chronologically, so you first hear about the beginning of the outbreak, the middle, and finally the end--the story itself spans (I believe?) ten years but, due to the short-story style nature of the book, it isn't super long.

I'd recommend the book to anyone, even if they dislike zombies, because it's an easy read and very satisfying. The author very easily could've written a full novel from each chapter of the book, but didn't. Keeping it short like that is a little frustrating (wait! what happened next!?) but also ensures that the book doesn't drag or feel slow. You're getting the most exciting period in a survivor's story, and once that's over, you move on to the next.

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/qberticus · 3 pointsr/4Xgaming

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Very different from the movie, this is actually an insightful look at society's needs and functions when luxuries are taken away. Reads like a documentary.

u/ACrazyGerman · 3 pointsr/Zombie
u/KariQuiteContrary · 3 pointsr/books

If you're looking for fairly light, escapist type lit, you might try Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Quick, humorous reads, similar in style to Douglas Adams, but more fantasy than sci-fi.

I'd also suggest the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik. The Napoleonic Wars + dragons. Again, fairly quick reads and not super heavy, but they're just enjoyable books to escape into for a bit.

World War Z by Max Brooks: Oral history of the zombie war, and surprisingly more thoughtful than you might expect.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Gorgeous book about a German girl during WWII, narrated by Death.

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut: Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time.

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler: Dana has also become unstuck in time. She's a modern black woman who finds herself suddenly transported, over and over, into the time of slavery.

Kushiel's Dart (and the rest of the Kushiel series) by Jacqueline Carey: I don't know if this would be up your alley or not, but it's definitely one of my "islands," as you put it. Be forewarnd that there is explicit BDSM sex within.

Peter S. Beagle's works are another of my "islands." He's one of the most often underrated and overlooked living fantasy authors, IMO. The Last Unicorn is his best known, and it's a thing of beauty. I also really like A Fine and Private Place.

u/emosorines · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

You need to read everything ever written by Max Brooks. Start with World War Z, and end with The Zombie Survival Guide

He addresses this exact issue in depth

u/patrusk · 3 pointsr/movies

I'm smack in the middle of World War Z right now, and at the end of every chapter I can see the film adaptation in my head. It would be epic, and might need to be a miniseries.

Where's craigatsyfy when you really need him?

u/TheHardyCayuse · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Are you a book guy? This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It comes out in 3 days. Its predecessor, John Dies at the End, is hands-down the funniest book I have ever read, and it's solidly in my top 5 favorite books of all time.

u/TailessKat · 3 pointsr/nosleep

The shadow people remind me of the ones from John Dies at the End. I consider myself a skeptic but I've seen a shadow man too. He would stand waiting for me to go into my room. He had a dog too...

u/Aylesbury · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

S. ( would be a good example. It's a story about two people who read a book and they tell their story by means of annotations. It also comes with tons of inserts that add to the story, like postcards and maps. Here's a picture:

There was a picture, which had watermark illustrations, not sure of the name anymore. There are also tons of cool up-market editions by publishers. I'd say the folio society would be a good example, being a publisher who specializes in such editions. Look at their limited editions - they are beautiful.

u/rwitucki · 3 pointsr/gameofthrones

Mass Market Paperback is probably your best bet if you want a physical copy. As for e-reader, that link has poor reviews because all 5 books are combined into 1.

u/cdRAGE · 3 pointsr/gameofthrones
u/zomgrasputin · 3 pointsr/asoiaf
u/jamiem1 · 3 pointsr/asoiaf
u/Mister_Booze · 3 pointsr/boardgames

If you like Game of Thrones and maps, you should check out "the Lands of Ice and Fire". It's an official map pack and they look great on walls. Amazon link (just 23,43$ right now)

Great collection btw!

u/dkdance100 · 3 pointsr/gameofthrones

This is a really great scan from "The Lands of Ice and Fire". If you like this map I would highly suggest getting the whole physical set. I plan to laminate some of them and maybe get one framed.

u/btdubs · 3 pointsr/gameofthrones

The Lands of Ice and Fire. Highly recommended if you like Game of Thrones. and maps.

u/Statboy1 · 3 pointsr/pureasoiaf

There is one more, the map folio

u/daddylongstroke17 · 3 pointsr/asoiaf

You could pick the one you like the most from The Lands Of Ice & Fire, scan it at a copy shop and then convert it to B&W digitally.

u/hipsterparalegal · 3 pointsr/books

I didn't find that to be true in what I read. And as for being "really light on world-building," I'm not sure that's true if you can charge $40 for maps:

u/Aulritta · 3 pointsr/atheism

I didn't experience that. My transition was a sort of long drive downhill. During the height of my Christianity, I would have the occasional, frightening flashes of disbelief (usually while studying apologetics), but never did atheism happen rapidly.

Over the course of three years (2005-2008), I slowly stopped praying (it seemed stupid, since prayer had done no good for me or anyone I'd ever prayed for), read the Bible only during sermons at church (I was formerly the top member of my "church-team" in Bible Bowl contests), and then began to elucidate what I actually believed.

When 2008 came and I found myself at the point of stating, "If there is a god, that being has not made any noteworthy or worship-worthy interventions since the beginning of time, if even then." From there, it's just a matter of stepping over the line and calling it atheism.

The book that started me on this route? Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.

u/robot_one · 3 pointsr/tipofmytongue

Made me think of The Gospel According to Biff.

Probably not it.

u/swandive · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Catholic here too.
Read this. It's my favorite book and deals with Joshua's teen phase. Fiction, but it does kinda make sense.

u/JoeSzymkowicz · 3 pointsr/ThePeoplesRCigars

There was a satirical book that I really enjoyed in high school, that details exactly this. Hilarity ensues.

u/JimSFV · 3 pointsr/Christianity

A truly awesome fictional account of this has been written in the novel "Lamb" by Christopher Moore

u/P1h3r1e3d13 · 3 pointsr/Christianity

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore

Yes, it's comedy; yes, it's heresy, but it inspired more thinking and discussions about the personhood, divinity, and life of Christ than a lot of the serious books.

u/bolivar-shagnasty · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

Whenever anyone asks me to recommend a book, I always suggest Lamb by Christopher Moore. It's about the missing years of Jesus and his best friend Biff. It's hilarious.

u/Itakeurpants · 3 pointsr/books
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/Tirau · 3 pointsr/Psychonaut

It's not related to tripping per se, but Ishmael is one of the best expressions of a psychonautic spirit that I've seen yet.

u/Solo_Shot_First · 3 pointsr/minimalism

Ishmael. Not strictly minimal but certainly covers it.

u/HAL_9OOO · 3 pointsr/books

Yeah that's what I was thinking about too.

For those who don't know, this book :

It's pretty good and will make you think a little at least.

u/only1verse · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. It was written a few years ago, but is still extremely relevant.

u/BobEvansReturns · 3 pointsr/exmormon

Reading some of your replies, already, and thinking about the book Ishmael that I recently read, I think I may have already come to an answer.


Confronting my parents and telling them the church, their way of life, is wrong and a cult, is in a similar way no different than them telling me that my way of life is wrong, or missionaries telling everyone around the world their ways of life are wrong. This is especially true if TSCC is what brings my parents happiness and peace; in their case, TSCC is not a destructive cult for them until there are signs of destruction in their own personal lives. As /u/jgslcut mentioned below,'s a fairly benign cult. It brings some people happiness...


It seems the correct action is to find a way to live in harmony with my parents in such a way that our difference in beliefs are not a topic of segregation (which is a difficult challenge), but, what else is there? There is not, and never will be, just "one way" for everyone and everything.

u/graffiti81 · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Ishmael and My Ishmael.

Ishmael completely changed my view of culture and religion and My Ishmael completely changed my view of education.

u/vurplesun · 3 pointsr/atheism

According to Daniel Quinn, it was the people our ancestors killed.


It's an interesting perspective, even if to this day I'm not sure I agree with all of it.

Basically, what is amounts to is that the stories told by the people we wiped out when we were becoming agriculturalists were the basis for the stories in the first part of Genesis. For example, why did God favor Abel (the shepherd/nomadic gatherer) as opposed to Cain (the agriculturist upon which our culture is based)? If the story was written by our ancestors, wouldn't the farmer come out victorious? After all, that's what allowed us to win over all the nomadic humans still wandering around.

Instead, you have this sort of... backwards resentment about humanity. Like the things we believe in, God didn't particularly like. Who would feel that God felt that way?

The people that were getting their asses handed to them, that's who.

And obviously, that wasn't us, because here we are.

u/bradle · 3 pointsr/books

Yes, Diamond Age is such a great spiritual successor to Snow Crash. Where Snow Crash has that frantic pace and hyper compressed events, Diamond Age takes its time and describes every molecule of the beauty in the book's events. These two works are such great testaments to Stephenson's skill because it's obvious he worked really hard to make them describe similar themes, but also compliment each other.

Have you seen the new covers? I like them, they do a good job of presenting them as companion pieces.

Snow Crash

Diamond Age

u/kylco · 3 pointsr/printSF

Snow Crash and Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson talk about it some, but it's not the libertarianism that most libertarians are familiar with. It's more a "freedom to choose your own society and its rules" than a "government does not interfere with choices" liberty. The Common Economic Protocol of SC/DA is technically a government, but the only thing it regulates are the formation of new phyles (societies, etc) and the use of nanorobots for warfare (Nell's foster father, at one point, has to go off to combat against some rebels that violate the terms of the Protocol, IIRC).

Diamond Age has a lot of what you're looking for, though in a very high-technology environment that enables the lifestyle, and with different implementations of libertarianism. Sea-steading is not done by building a colony and floating off into the sunset, but by building new landmasses off the coast of Shanghai and connecting them to the mainland with a large bridge. The phyles with the expertise to do this (Neo-Victorians (stuffy Brits), Japanese engineers, and the Germans Hindus, IIRC) are fabulously wealthy for their ability to create new housing zones, commercial areas, and industrial zones more-or-less on demand for the overpopulated cities of China. On the other hand, in the American Southwest you have small (in population) phyles that dominate the landscape: homesteaders whose only duty to the phyle is to mind their own land, and provide for the common defense. There are plenty of other systems described however: a Zulu phyle that protects its own by hunting down and bringing to justice anyone who harms one of theirs, a communist phyle that requires you to give up your possessions and live as if you're in a reeducation camp 24/7, a Hidu phyle that is mostly a bank for anyone who wants to borrow, with collection policies in the form of indentured service, etc, etc.

It's an excellent character study for societies: you see the good and the bad of every one of them, where they work and they don't, and why. It's all enabled by technology that makes it possible (more or less) to provide everything to the masses at little or no cost, with money being exchanged only for premium design, service, or honest-to-god handmade goods (which are astonishingly expensive - entire phyles live a pastoral existence and create them for wealthier societies - the "Amish"/Luddites are billionaires). People do what they want to: become hackers, live in drum circles, homestead, work for Software Kahns, join theatrical troupes, work as scenario writers for a bordello, or in the semi-feudal administrative system of the Middle Kingdom. Most of this is implied, not explicit, which only makes it better reading, if you ask me: Stephenson may hit you over the head with the details of nanotechnology and ponderously describe encryption services (which personally I like anyway), but the wonder and cleverness of how the whole society works is rarely stated directly, meaning you can tease it out slowly and marvel at the way it all fits together.

TL;DR Yeah, Snow Crash. Also the Diamond Age. And I probably should write some sort of critical analysis of the Diamond Age to get something out of my system.
*edited for clarity and accuracy.

u/mkraft · 3 pointsr/whattoreadwhen

For sheer 'play in the virtual world' stuff, you MUST read Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. You'll blaze through that, so follow it up with Stephenson's The Diamond Age

Good YA dystopic future stuff:
The Windup Girl

Station Eleven

Finally, get into Neuromancer, by William Gibson. It's a fantastic--some would say genre-defining--cyberpunk novel.

Then go devour everything Stephenson and Gibson put out there. That should get you through at least the first half of the summer. Happy reading!

u/thoumyvision · 3 pointsr/printSF
u/myddrn · 3 pointsr/netsec

Since searching wikipedia turned up the Timeline of Non-Sexual Social Nudity(TIL) I'm just going to guess you're you're looking for a more techie true to life rendition of the hacker archetype based on the amazon synopsis.

Based on that I'd recommend:


It may take a little effort to get into, damn thing is a tomb, but give it a chance. You will not be disappoint.


Stealing the Network Series

How to Own a Box

How to Own a Continent

How to Own an Identity

How to Own a Shadow


These are told in a chapter/viewpoint style, each chapter is usually written by a different knowledgeable, and sometimes security famous, security dude. Out of those I've only read How to Own an Identity so far, but it was pretty good and and my guess is that the rest hold up to that standard, so dive in. They are a series from what I understand so reading them in order is probably a good idea, but not completely necessary.


And then for flair (these are more scifi/cyberpunk-ish; so if that's not your thing avoid):



The main character's name is Hiro Protagonist. No seriously. He's a ninja, he's a hacker, he lives in a U-Store-it container, and he delivers pizza for the Mob in a post-collapse USA, can you really not read this book now?


The Diamond Age


All about the practical social implications of nanotechnolgy told through the eyes of a young girl, her father, and an assortment of disposable associates.


The Sprawl Trilogy


Count Zero

Mona Lisa Overdrive


I've only read Neuromancer and Mona Lisa Overdrive, which were both great, so I'm guessing Count Zero is probably good too.

Similar to Snowcrash in the lone gun hacker sense, except with more drugs a little bit more of a scattered tone.

And if all else fails there's always the DEF CON reading list.

ninja edits because I suck at markdown

u/MatrixManAtYrService · 3 pointsr/SilkRoad

Maybe one day, Diamond Age style.

Long before that, though, we'll be 3d-printing tiny glass tubes that we attach to circuit boards that do the synthesis for us a la Lab on a Chip. Precursors in, apply power to chip, desired chemical out.

u/fzzzzzzzzzzd · 3 pointsr/anime

Lovecraft's works is public domain now, so sites like should have most of his works, if you want something physical try

And as for other short stories I can recommend The Outsider and Rats in the Walls, both are equally bone-chilling.

u/BrentRTaylor · 3 pointsr/mattcolville

This is an idea that is dear to my heart and I'm looking forward to running a pirate/naval adventure myself. I've got some inspiration ideas for you!


These books should need no introduction. These are the books that will truly inspire your game.

  • Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H. P. Lovecraft
  • Eldritch Tales
  • Conan the Barbarian - The Original, Unabridged Adventures of the World's Greatest Fantasy Hero
  • Grimms Complete Fairy Tales
  • Tales of Norse Mythology
  • Iliad and Odyssey

    TV Shows

  • Crossbones - This is one of the most underrated TV shows I've ever seen. It got canceled late in it's first season and so the finale was rushed, but despite that it's an amazing show. This show has political intrigue and adventure ideas abound. I'd argue it's damn near required viewing for running any sort of pirate campaign.
  • Black Sails - This amazing show is written as a prequel to the novel, "Treasure Island". It follows Captain Flint, and a young John Silver as they attempt to make an "honest" living while preparing to thwart the predicted demise of piracy. Swashbuckling adventures, intrigue and more adventure ideas here than I can count. The show is a hell of a ride and I can guarantee you'll get plenty of ideas watching this one.
  • Vikings - This show is the show that just keeps on giving. The first two or three episodes are a little slow to start, but you'll be on the edge of your seat every episode thereafter. While this show focuses on vikings, there's plenty here to inspire a pirate adventure. It will especially inspire the creation of your villains.
  • The Musketeers - This isn't that terrible (and oh so amazing) Disney movie from the 90's. This show focuses on the Musketeers you know of, and the Musketeers as a military unit during that time period. If you're focusing on adventures during something similar to the golden age of piracy, you need to watch this show. One of my favorites.

    Tabletop Books

  • The 7th Sea - I am not recommending this as the system you should use, I am recommending it strictly as inspiration for your setting. It easily has the most interesting setting I've ever seen and has some amazing ideas for adventures dealing with curses, the sidhe, naval campaigns, city adventures, etc. Whether this will be useful to you depends entirely on your setting. Are you playing D&D on the high seas? If so, this isn't going to be nearly as useful. Are you playing in a setting reminiscent of the golden age of piracy with some light magical touches (eldritch horrors in the deep sea, curses, magical fey creatures and low magic for the players)? If so, good lord is this book (and the Nations of Theah books) going to be useful to you.
  • Razor Coast - If you're playing D&D on the high seas, this is the book for you. It's a sandbox setting with a ton of adventures and adventure seeds. It is expensive, but it's worth every penny. Highly recommended.

    I can't recommend all of this enough. A lot of this will give you ideas and inspiration for all of your campaigns, naval/pirate or otherwise. Have fun!
u/emalf31 · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Have a look at this

There is a collection of Lovecraft Stories called Necronomicon. I nearly bought it myself, it's a great looking tome. I actually have the Conan Books in the same series.


This is the one I ended up buying I found it was a more complete collection and in chronological order of when they were written.


Amazing stories from an amazing writer. Enjoy!

u/Skooj · 3 pointsr/Lovecraft

does it have more content than Necronomicon? that's the largest collection of his I have. It has 36 stories and some of his poems, about 850 pages.

u/Xphex · 3 pointsr/

Got this bad boy a few years back, brilliant book.

u/walktothestation · 3 pointsr/Lovecraft

The really sad part about Lovecraft is that there is no complete volume of his works. Wikipedia has links to everyone of his stories. Yet for a printed form of his works your options are limited. The "Necronomicon" collection is incomplete and the binding is not worth the price. The best almost complete edition is An H.P. Lovecraft Anthology: More Than 50 Weird Tales but it is still incomplete and people complain over the size of the print. Your best bet as was mentioned was the Del Ray editions. Between "Dreams of Terror and Death" and "The Road to Madness" you can have the most important stories in a readable and cheap edition. I recommend starting with the novellas, especially the ones in the Cthulu Mythos, and then branching out to the short stories of the Dream Cycle.

u/LeibnizIntegralKeks · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

The Necronomicon by Abdul Alhazred H.P. Lovecraft

u/Santa_ · 3 pointsr/TreesFortress2

I am currently reading the Necronomicon and plan on following it up with Dune (as per thecutout's suggestion :D)

Favorite smokespot? Probably my room since I haven't smoked outdoors in months. The ideal would be a cabin in the middle of nowhere next to a lake surrounded by redwoods, looking up would leave you speechless, the lack of light pollution alone could get you high ;o)

Best advice I have gotten: Probably something along the lines of the work you put in will be the work you get out; it's like conservation of energy but with life and shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitt

Advice I have to give? Adults don't know everything, the younger you are at heart, the further you will go in life. The ability to suspend yourself in a plane of illimitable creativity, the way a 5 year old can, not only opens your mind to more obscure possibilities, but flexes it in a manner few other activities can.

u/km816 · 3 pointsr/Lovecraft

What sort of illustrations/notes are you looking for? Annotations and drawings from other artists/authors? Or correspondences/notes and drawings from Lovecraft himself?

I have Necronomicon and Eldritch Tales that together cover the complete works. Necronomicon has all of the main fiction, and Eldritch Tales has some of the less popular/well-known stuff as well as some correspondence and notes. The hardcover editions have a very nice look and feel to them... although it looks like the hardcover of Eldritch Tales might be a bit hard to come by these days.

u/SirSoliloquy · 3 pointsr/pics

Well, if we're talking This Necronomicon that's a dang good deal.

u/Aled88 · 3 pointsr/Lovecraft

Sure I've read it. Don't think its the Necronomicon you are referring to. The book written by Abdul Al-Hazred is not real, this one is and I would recommend it.

u/FoffT · 3 pointsr/books

Go pick up a book full of Lovecraft stories. For reference, I have this one, but there's plenty of similar books out there.

u/whywhisperwhy · 3 pointsr/rational

Blindsight by Peter Watts, and its sequel Echopraxia.

u/2BZ2P · 3 pointsr/westworld

If you like the theme of Consciousness try 'Blindsight' by Peter Watts

u/MindSnap · 3 pointsr/Warhammer40k

A little offtopic, but you might find the book Blindsight, by Peter Watts, interesting. It mostly features augmented humans, and engages with their different though processes. There are also just a bunch of really interesting ideas in the book.

u/unber · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Try Peter Watts' Blindsight. It's fairly short but an excellent read. Also the next book in the series Echopraxia just came out in october.

u/soontobeabandoned · 3 pointsr/Futurology

Sounds like you might enjoy reading Watts' Blindsight. It's a sci-fi novel whose plot-driver is humanity trying to decide how to interact with an extra-solar alien species, evaluate their intentions, etc., after aliens make unexpected first contact with Earth.

u/RedDelibird · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. Done :D

  2. Link

  3. Because I read obnoxiously fast, I'm constantly needing something new to read.

  4. Buying a book is not about obtaining a possession, but about securing a portal.
u/WinterBlastard · 3 pointsr/gamingsuggestions

I personally consider the Bioshock series my favorite, and I absolutely loved Metro 2033 and Last Light, and I recommend you play both. The game isn't all that similar to Bioshock, but it shares a claustrophobic feel and the constant dangers that lurk around each corner. Metro 2033 does have a stealth element to it, while Bioshock doesn't really, so if you don't like stealth to some extent, I would stay away. Either way, both of the metro games are amazing and have good stories.

Also, you said you wanted to learn more about Bioshock. If you haven't already, I highly recommend the book Bioshock: Rapture. It gives some more insight to what went into building Rapture, and I found it very interesting because I also wanted to learn more about the games.

EDIT: I also would recommend Singularity to people who like the Bioshock games. It is heavily inspired by it and is in a very similar vein.

u/ShartingGoose · 3 pointsr/gaming

Just so you guys know, this is a cover from the book Rapture. Not a bad read.

u/soulofgranola · 3 pointsr/books

Oh! I love that. Rapture by John Shirley is a really neat read into the rise and demise of an underwater utopia-turned-dystopia. It really hits the nail on the head for your genre, and, you're right, I'd love to read more like it.

u/blackraven36 · 3 pointsr/gaming

On a side note to anyone who really likes the Bioshock series, the book is really good.

u/0xtobit · 3 pointsr/BioshockInfinite

It's probably worth mentioning Bioshock: Rapture. A book that details more about the first game.

u/skeeterou · 3 pointsr/horror

Penpal was written by a Redditor based on some of his stories from /r/nosleep . It's good, check it out. I also recommend 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz.

u/word5auce · 3 pointsr/pics

For me it really reminded me of this (Great book btw, written by a guy from /r/nosleep)

u/starzphalling · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I cheated and picked three...I couldn't stop I'm sorry, please forgive me.

  1. Dr. Sleep - I picked this one because it is on your wishlist and I have been dying to read it, so I decided you must be also

  2. John Dies at the End - Another one from your wishlist. This one I picked because it is odd, wonky, weird, and wonderful. After stalking you a little, mostly I mean looking at what you have on your wishlists and seeing that we have a lot of common interests I really think you would like this one.

  3. Fooling Houdini - This one was not on your wishlist, but like I said above we do have a fair number of common interests I believe. I have been recommending this book since I read it because I loved it. It is a fantastic mix of psychology, magic, logic, awesomeness, and humor. It was a fast read for me and I found it thoroughly enjoyable and made me want to research more into things he mentioned.

    Have fun on your trip! Hope you find a fantastic book to get you through the flight!
u/Pavix · 3 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

It's from this book John Dies at the end Very good read :)

u/littleowlwobble · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook
u/ChetBenning · 3 pointsr/wikipedia

Internet history time: David Wong used to run, where the monkeysphere article was originally posted. David Wong also co-wrote/edited John Dies at The End, which I highly recommend.

u/celticeejit · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

John Dies at the End - by David Wong

you'll laugh, cry, cringe and shake your head in wonderment

and when you turn that last page- run out and buy the sequel This Book is Full of Spiders

u/wgg88 · 3 pointsr/PostCollapse

Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection
Don Roff, Chris Lane

Day by Day Armageddon
J. L. Bourne

Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile
J. L. Bourne

Earth Abides
George R. Stewart

Swan Song
Robert McCammon

The Road
Cormac McCarthy

edit: This covers a good array of subjects on different ways the world might perish. All fiction also.

u/zushiba · 3 pointsr/zombies

More information on Day by Day Armageddon?
EDIT: Amazon link I'd love to hear from some zeditors who've read it.

u/camopdude · 3 pointsr/zombies

You've already read two of the better ones.

Try Brian Keene - The Rising and City of the Dead. - a different take on zombies but you may like it

Joe Mckinney - Dead City

J.L. Bourne - Day by Day Armegeddon - it's self published, but it's not bad

Jeff Long - Year Zero - sort of zombies, plus it's really good

This one has some cool short stories - The book of the Dead

And I haven't read this one yet so I can't recommend it:

Z. A. Recht - Plague of the Dead

u/facelessmaester · 3 pointsr/asoiaf

Thanks. :-)

And here you go:

Trust me, you won't regret it.

u/yellingoneandzero · 3 pointsr/asoiaf

I can't give you "titles of the chapters are the characters' names", but Joe Abercrombie's The First Law trilogy is one often recommended here, and for good reason. It shares an epic, wide-ranging, and (usually) tautly-paced plot advanced through multiple viewpoints and characters painted entirely in grey, along with exposing the harder edges of the world its characters populate.

u/DiegoTheGoat · 3 pointsr/AskReddit
u/Brian · 3 pointsr/books

A quick warning first - this genre tends towards long-running series, and these are no exception (nor are many of them yet complete). However, they're well worth trying:

PC Hodgell's Godstalk series. This is a sadly underappreciated series, but is IMHO one of the best fantasy series ever. The worldbuilding is phenomenal, and the protagonist, Jame, is one of my favourite characters in any novel.

GRR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire been mentioned (and is excellent), but in a similar vein (dark and gritty high fantasy) check out Joe Abercrombie's First Law series. This is similar Martin with the cynicism turned up even further. Where Tolkein is more or less black and white, this is very dark grey vs black (and it's not entirely clear which side is which)

Thirdly, check out Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos series. Vlad is (initially) an assassin and later mob boss in a fantasy empire where magic is commonplace. Unlike the others I've mentioned, you can probably start with any book as they're mostly self-contained (though there's an ongoing story), and the chronology tends to jump around a lot anyway. The one exception is Teckla, which is much weaker than the rest.

u/jonopei · 3 pointsr/books

Try The First Law series. Great characters, fun adventures, and it's not too fantastical. I'm just finishing up book 3 now, and I'll be sad not to be reading it.

u/Magikarp · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

ugh i've finished everything worthwhile in my local library been reading e-books but running low on those as well

heres some off the top of my head.. be warned these are more character driven then anything else... I hate books with a giant cast of characters ( though malazan was an exception )

Old Shit:
The Fionavar Tapestry (fantasy)

Farseer Trilogy (fantasy)

New Shit:
First Law Trilogy (fantasy)

The Name of the Wind (fantasy)

Codex Alera (fantasy)

u/cyanicenine · 2 pointsr/childfree

Glad you liked it. Echopraxia is the sequal to his book Blindsight, which is a story about aliens, vampires and post singularity humans. Because Peter Watts is a biologist and only a somewhat recent author his sci fi writings reflect that. His perspective as a biologist yields impressive insights, and surprisingly beautiful prose, often philosophical in nature yet somehow not preachy.

Starfish is also highly enjoyable if you like deep ocean stuff. Peter Watts does what great sci fi authors are capable of, they take known concepts turn them on their head and allow you to look at them from a completely new perspective.

u/cgalv · 2 pointsr/FeMRADebates

Such a concept is part of the setting in the novel Blindsight. I recommend it.

The book. Not the scary cult where you jack your brain into a hedonism machine with religious overtones, having granted the institution all your worldly goods, until your body atrophies away and die. That bit I don't particularly recommend. each their own, I suppose.

u/dromni · 2 pointsr/brasil

Estou lendo o Echopraxia, a "sidequel" do Blindsight, a ficção científica mais depressiva de todos os tempos.

u/t0c · 2 pointsr/StonerPhilosophy

What very interesting questions you ask. Fascinating, truly! If we are to take the scientific view, logic dictates that all the personalities are equal. The problem is that human societies also have instincts, emotions, and other irrational things for which logic can’t always account for.

As for myself, I tend to be a logical person. The problem is logic doesn't work very well with evolution. What I mean to say is, new things happen all the time, unknown things, unknown until the time of learning that is. Until then logic cannot account for them. Maybe multiple-personality disorders will play a part in our evolution and will be heralded as the next big adaptation to our environment in the next 100,000 years, maybe not. But one thing we do know is: We do not know. Until we figure it out we must remain open to any possibilities and tweak our behavior as needed.

I can't help but give a knowing smile at the last paragraph, because it is something most humans share. Or at least I feel we do. An irrational thought as to how we see people. Science has well thought of positions on these matters (most of the time), because of the imperatives of science. Humans on the other hand tend to be more sentimental about it. I'll try to explain how I see a person in front of me.

A person is a body, but a body is only a tool of the mind. It has tugs and pulls, no doubt about it. But with a sufficiently trained mind (and I don't know many people which do not share the capability of this affliction) one can control his/her body within reasonable limits. A person is his/her actions, feelings, and thoughts (the body never comes into view unless the relationship requires it: a touch of skin to increase bonding and feelings of warmth, etc.) So what happens when the new set of actions/feelings/thoughts intrude as a new persona? If my friend were to die in a similar fashion which you've described, I'd probably mourn my friend, and feel loss. A selfish personality interrupted the growth of another one. I would probably feel sad for my friend too if (s)he had to watch another personality do that to him/her. Alas, I think such consequences can only be dealt emotionally, because logic sees nothing wrong with an individual dying and the species continuing. The selfish gene is with all of us, and most likely everyone has their own semi-unique way in which they handle such situations.

Now, let us meld society irrationalities with logical thought. A “sufferer” of MPD will be given two options if his/her personalities have been deemed disruptive (this concept is so fucked up it sickens me sometimes). They can choose to live with it, or try to merge the personalities into the dominant one. I don’t know if the dominant one is the original, but I assume (big if) that if one can pinpoint the “original” personality they will, and consider it “original”, and the others insignificant byproducts. I put original in quotations because I have no idea how you’d make such a judgment. Also, society will react as it sees things best for it. If one of the personalities threatens to kill itself, doctors will take steps to stop this: Suicide watch. Any threat which is perceived from this entity will be dealt with in the best interest of the tribe. The word has significance because we delve deep into our survival instinct to make these decisions.

Notice how my own thought patterns change. It is no longer a single person acting under a single will. We must change our approach to that entity in a way to take account for the extra unknowns. Maybe that entity is never human the way we understand humans: Predictable from the high viewpoint but individually unpredictable. What happens when you increase the unpredictability factor? A new theory of the mind will have to be developed to account for the new psyches present in the same physical space? One second’s ally can be the next second’s enemy. How would you know? I think this might go beyond the realm of human. My own feel for it. I couldn’t bring any convincing arguments to bypass our first instinct: looks like a person, talks like a person but isn’t a single person. I must be weary of that one. Unless you’ve come to appreciate each person and there is a finite number of them.

Some of these questions are put in a sci-fi book called Blindsight. In it we had a character which had multiple personalities that were in contact with each other and had a sort of consensus as to how they shared the body. Never going beyond the metaphor of 4 distinct people having to share the same body.

I must admit, reading the above paragraphs again, it feels like I’m trying to grip something with oil on my hands. Very slippery. Sorry for the wall of text.

u/f314 · 2 pointsr/printSF

It is discussed in some detail in the novel Blindsight by Peter Watts (as /u/cmfg said), and also in the short story I, Row Boat by Cory Doctorow. Those are the ones that immediately come to mind at least…

u/banachball · 2 pointsr/printSF

Amazon one-star reviews. There you go.

But it really is a fantastic book, so give it a shot.

u/IzzaSecret2Everybody · 2 pointsr/gaming


Did you know there's a Bioshock: Infinite tie-in in the Rapture book? Page 153, first paragraph refers to "Comstock Mines"! Pretty stinking creative of the author if you ask me.

Edited to pretty-up the link.

u/nyan_dog · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Happy Zambambo!

Thanks! Happy birthday!

u/A11909 · 2 pointsr/movies

It was this one, been a while since I read it but I remember really enjoying it. It explains the story of how Rapture was made and how it became the place you see in the games.

u/KniveySpoony · 2 pointsr/hockey

Ayyyyy glad to hear it! Bioshock 2 is very, very good. Don't pay heed to any revisionists you may hear from. The mechanics are all around much better and the DLC, Minerva's Den, is top ten in DLC history. Brilliantly done. The story is also great as are the characters. Makes the first game even better.

Whatever you do, save Infinite for last and its story DLC for after you beat it. Massive series spoilers.

Novels? Yo:

Phenomenal book. It's set before the first game, really gets you into what Rapture was like in peace times. If you want a similar kind of game, I recommend Soma. It's a one and done thing but a massive mind fuck and terrifying.

u/Plainjays · 2 pointsr/Bioshock

Definitely, after playing the whole series its nice to see it all come together as a whole! Don't worry I got you on the book info! Here's a actual link and what not : [Rapture the book] ( ) its fantastic book during the creation of rapture with all your favourite characters. You get to see alot of the universe in the book, also it uses alot of the dialogue that was used audio diaries within it. All of it is in written from Bill McDonagh's pov from the creation of rapture as a city to the fall of rapture as a city.

u/Nevek_Green · 2 pointsr/Games

There is. Link

u/chrisrobweeks · 2 pointsr/farcry

Cool, thanks! I wish more games had book companions. I read Bioshock: Rapture and thought it was very well written. And of course there's the F:NV graphic novel and the Witcher series. Are there any other good examples of books expanding on a VG universe?

u/ThePrevailer · 2 pointsr/books

For a good creepy short novel, check out Penpal from /r/nosleep 's own Dathan Auerbach

u/Im_Probably_Crying · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

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

I need this book because it was written by a fellow redditor!

u/caraeeezy · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I just found/added this one to my list! Its a bunch of short stories that are actually going to become a MOVIE, and all from a /r/nosleep poster. So awesome!

u/WaterSnake · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Yup, getting the weird view here too.

Here's the link

u/2cnd · 2 pointsr/books

1000Vultures from the /r/nosleep community published his short story series into a book titled "Penpal"

If you have the time sit down and give it a read. If you enjoy it, buy it and support the author.

u/VC61 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

The Penpal series, that is still the best thing I've ever read there. I remember reading the whole series in one go, they actually talked him into trying to get it published, he succeeded, you can buy it on Amazon. Apparently the book is a little different but mainly the same.

u/Rebelsuns · 2 pointsr/malaysia

Way beyond legit. Head editor wrote a book (and became a movie) called John Dies At The End.

It even has it's own Youtube channel.

Signup at the Writer's Workshop and ask around, especially on payment and what to write.

u/peakgeek · 2 pointsr/horror

City Infernal - Edward Lee

John Dies at the End - David Wong

Two books I found extremely entertaining.

u/THE_reverbdeluxe · 2 pointsr/CasualConversation

John Dies at the End, without a doubt. And the sequel, This Book Is Full of Spiders, is just as amazing. The deadpan narration that accompanies the batshit crazy events just makes them so entertaining to read.

u/kimmature · 2 pointsr/books

The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. I'm a fan of time-travel, and history, and I was completely sucked into it. She's got a number of books in the same universe- some comedic, some very dramatic, but The Doomsday Book is my favourite.

If you're at all interested in high fantasy, I'd recommend either Tigana or The Fionovar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay. You either love his prose style or hate it, but if you love it, it will definitely take you away.

If you like SF and haven't read them, I'd try either Dan Simmons' Hyperion Cantos, or David Brin's Uplift Series (I'd skip Sundiver until later, and start with Startide Rising.)

If you're looking for more light-hearted/quirky, I'd try Christopher Moore- either Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal , or The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror. If you're into a mix of horror/sf/comedy, try John Dies at the End. They're not deep, but they're fun.

Non-fiction- if you haven't read it yet, Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air is very difficult to put down. If you're travelling with someone who doesn't mind you looking up every few pages and saying "did you know this, this is awesome, wow-how interesting", I'd go for Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants or Bill Bryson's At Home: A Short History of Private Life. They're all very informative, fun, interesting books, but they're even better if you can share them while you're reading them.

u/UltraHellboy · 2 pointsr/truegaming

DBDA is one of the best zombie anythings, ever. I loved the series!

u/tombibim · 2 pointsr/zombies

World War Z was good, but I found Day by Day Armageddon (and its sequel) and Ex-Heroes to draw me in a bit more. I don't read very often at all, but I could not put down those last two books.

I liked Day by Day because it was somewhat of a first person, diary type book. The second was pretty good too.

Ex-Heroes was good because it was a bit different. It revolved around super heroes trying to deal with the zombie apocalypse and protecting the last of the normal people. Of course, not all super heroes are immune to the zombie disease. A new one called Ex-Patriots just came out, which I'm going to start soon.

u/Khafji · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Day By Day Armageddon.

Nothing like some post-apocalyptic zombie survival. No really, it's actually a quite entertaining read.

u/spikey666 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

My favorite zombie book is-Day by Day Armageddon by J. L. Bourne

and, of course, the films of George Romero. Night of the Living Dead, which can be seen for free online now. legally! and the best- Dawn of the Dead. and finally Day of the Dead.

u/bryanpv · 2 pointsr/zombies

Day by Day Armageddon is a pretty interesting story that is done in the style of a journal. It's not a masterpiece by any standards but it's pretty decent for what it is. Except the 3rd one. That one is not good.

u/TheChewyWaffles · 2 pointsr/horror


Used to be online in a kind of "blog" or journal format, but since been made into books (haven't really had a chance to read the sequels). If I had to guess, the author is either ex military or did a ton of research because he seems to know a lot about small arms and flying planes. Very detailed and methodical approach to surviving a zombie apocalypse. Loved every second of it!

u/Ilsensine · 2 pointsr/zombies

Day by Day is the best hands down.
I also really like the First book in The Stain trilogy.

u/sourgrap3s · 2 pointsr/books

If he enjoys comedy books then you should definitely go with Lamb, the Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore.

Else, Ender's Game and The Dresden Files were already mentioned. If he likes zombies go with Day by Day Armageddon. Try out Storm of Iron if he likes Warhammer 40k or in general awesome fantasy warfare in the distance and wicked future.

My ultimate vote goes to The Dresden Files. Harry Dresden is an awesome character.

u/ymtheniceguy · 2 pointsr/thewalkingdead

Day by Day Armageddon by JL Bourne. Journal style writing about a Naval Pilot surviving the zombie apocalypse.

u/SpikeKintarin · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

You want a military science fiction? Here you go! :3

I'm Horrible -ly in love with that book! :D And I'd love to have a CAH game night!

u/SailorDan · 2 pointsr/books

The Blade Itself (The First Law trilogy) - Joe Abercrombie


Low Fantasy

Exciting and fast paced with strong character building. Lacks the world building of other longer fantasy books, but it's very intriguing. Can't speak for the rest of the trilogy.


u/Khumalo_Neurochem · 2 pointsr/asoiaf

Richard K. Morgan: A land fit for heroes

It's a pretty damn good fantasy series. I got into it because his cyberpunk noir novels were so damn good. Altered Carbon and the rest of the Takeshi Kovacs novels were excellent.

Also, I was lucky enough to have friends immediately recommend Joe Abercrombie post asoiaf. The First Law Trilogy is absolutely gripping. Personally, I think it's better than asoiaf.

u/jacada885 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie.

u/JDRSuperman · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Phil Kessel, thou art a flesh-monger and a cream-faced loon.

The Blade Itself

u/Cryptolution · 2 pointsr/Bitcoin

Incredibly resourceful! I think I would like to take this opportunity to also provide some "fun" crypto reading as well. For when you get tired of the hard stuff.

u/beeblez · 2 pointsr/

In the modern literature category

Dave Eggers - What is the What. Or A Heart Breaking Work of Staggering Genius by him is also pretty good.

A.S. Byatt - Possession

Also, someone else mentioned Neal Stephenson, I cannot second this recommendation strongly enough! Very fun reads that don't shy away from intellectual engagement. I read Cryptonomicon by him recently and loved it.

I also note you don't mention Don DeLillo although you mention many of his contemporaries. Check out White Noise by him and go from there.

I could probably make some more suggestions, but it depends what genre's and styles you're really into? Do you want hugely post-modern? Do you enjoy the classics? (I notice your list had no Shakespeare, his tragedies are as famous as they are for good reason)

u/EightOfTen · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

At around 1000 pages—give or take a few, depending on the binding—I'd say it's unwieldy. The MMPB has 1168 pages, for instance. :)

u/smitcolin · 2 pointsr/sysadmin

Cryptonomicon or for that matter any of Neal Stephenson's early work like In the Beginning ... was the Command Line

u/ToadLord · 2 pointsr/books

"Cryptonomicon" by Neal Stephenson. A fantastic book; one of those that you hate when it ends!
You may also enjoy "the Baroque Cycle" by the same author. It does not go back and forth to modern times (Crypt. does), but is another great story about science, the beginnings of physics, and the start of money, among other things

u/technocraft · 2 pointsr/pics

Yes. Loved that one as well. I would say that Anathem is far more philosophical and cerebral than Cryptonomicon.

I tried in vain to get my brother to read it who says he only likes non-fiction.

I was particularly enamored by the passages where he charts masturbation/prostitution/creativity. That hit close to home. ;)

EDIT: Found the section in Amazon's Look Inside, start on page 679.

u/eliazar · 2 pointsr/Bitcoin

I fully share your interest in trying to find stories, narrative or scenarios featuring cryptocurrency. My personal conclusion is that the future got bigger and different after bitcoin, in ways that were considered practically impossible before, and we will need a new generation of science fiction.

While Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon, which I have only skimmed, deals with crypto-currency it is NOT the descentralized kind, which is in my opinion the truly revolutionary aspect of bitcoin.

The more suggestive work I can think of is Daniel Suarez's Daemon and the sequel, Freedom, which don't deal directly with cryptocurrency, but the whole conceit of the books --a self-sustaining civilization-altering program unleashed after the death of its author-- is curiously homomorphic to bitcoin.

It's not fiction, but I like David Friedman e-money scenarios in his 2008 Future Imperfect: Technology and Freedom in an Uncertain World. He writes just before bitcoin was unleashed unto the world!

Cory Doctorow's Down and out in the magic kingdom deals with Whuffie, a reputation-based "ambient" currency for a post-scarcity economy. The interesting part is that with colored coins, it could be very much implemented with bitcoins.

u/cphuntington97 · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I should also mention that Eric Whitacre spent nearly half his lecture preaching about how great the Cryptonomicon is and turned me into a huge Neal Stephenson fan.

He was also (this is 10+ years ago...) really excited about his opera. If it ever opens in NYC, I'll go see it!

u/_Captain_ · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I LOVE your penny book contests!!! Cryptonomicon is the book I'll choose for this one. Looks super interesting. Thanks so much for the contest! Gimme a book, Pancakes!

u/guynamedgriffin · 2 pointsr/pics

Now that you mention it, he is an amateur alchemist and physician. jk, but i should mention a [book] ( that he recommends of minor relevance.

u/TrustMeImALawStudent · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

It's by Paulo Coehlo.

u/Piospro · 2 pointsr/tipofmytongue

I doubt this is what you're looking for, but the first thing that came to my mind was The Alchemist.

u/noob09 · 2 pointsr/books

I'm reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho right now. It has so many wise bits to it and and I am thoroughly enjoying it!

u/lalalalady22 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

1.) Something that is grey.

Silver is grey, right? ;)

2.) Something reminiscent of rain.

When I think of rain I think of cuddling up with a good cup of coffee.

3.) Something food related that is unusual.

Coffee chocolate Not that weird... but pretty amazing.

4.) Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself. Tell me who it's for and why. (Yes, pets count!)
Bones for my dog because he hates being alone!

5.) A book I should read! I am an avid reader, so take your best shot and tell me why I need to read it!

I haven't read this yet, but it's supposed to be amazing!

6.) An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping... that is not jewelry, nail polish, and or hair related!

This book

7.) Something related to cats. I love cats! (keep this SFW, you know who you are...)


8.) Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it.

I don't think any nail polish is useful, but I love this color

9.) A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. Why?

Shawshank Redemption Come on, it's amazing. And sad. And Stephen King.

10.) Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. Explain.

These would be particularly useful because I could keep my hair out of my face so I can see zombies better to kill them!

11.) Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals.

skip for now

12.) One of those pesky Add-On items.
Apparently you can straighten your nose with this interesting little item Ohhhh, China.

13.) The most expensive thing on your list. Your dream item. Why?

This book is the most expensive item on my list. Dream item? Nah. A kindle would be my dream item, but not feasible to have on list right now.

14.) Something bigger than a bread box.

This big enough?

15.) Something smaller than a golf ball.

This ring is itty bitty!

16.) Something that smells wonderful.

This air freshener. Mmmm

17.) A (SFW) toy.

Amazon lists this as a toy, so I'm going to have to go with that!

18.) Something that would be helpful for going back to school.

These would be great to hang papers and reminders up on the fridge.

19.) Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be.

I'm obsessed with books, so uh... most of my wish list. Or this bookmark that symbolizes all that is books.

20.) Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. Explain why it is so grand.

I'm sure you've seen this but come on! It's John Snuhhhh!

Bonus! Oregon Fruit

Fear cuts deeper thank swords! Thanks for the contest. =)

u/trueundead · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

The Alchemist is something you might be interested in!

u/uchiha2 · 2 pointsr/QuotesPorn

you won't be dissappointed I promise.

If you do buy it, and are disappointed and can tell me exactly why, I will buy you a month of reddit gold.

if you buy it and are not disappointed I will upvote as many of your post and comments I possibly can.

Either way you win, buy it and love it!

u/derpinatious · 2 pointsr/pics

Write awesome stuff about zombies including a book entitled "The Zombie Survival Guide". I haven't read that one, but I suggest you check out "World War Z." It approaches a zombie war as it happens on a global level rather than just 8 or so survivors, addressing many sociopolitical issues and showing how different cultures would theoretically react to the outbreak.

u/whiteliesnmotivation · 2 pointsr/SlytherinBookClub

World War Z

Just in time for Halloween... "Brooks tells the story of the world's desperate battle against the zombie threat with a series of first-person accounts "as told to the author" by various characters around the world. A Chinese doctor encounters one of the earliest zombie cases at a time when the Chinese government is ruthlessly suppressing any information about the outbreak that will soon spread across the globe. The tale then follows the outbreak via testimony of smugglers, intelligence officials, military personnel and many others who struggle to defeat the zombie menace. Despite its implausible premise and choppy delivery, the novel is surprisingly hard to put down. The subtle, and not so subtle, jabs at various contemporary politicians and policies are an added bonus."

This is one of my favorite books and I reread it about once year, but I think it would be amazing to do discussions with because the POV changes every chapter!

u/Cephyran · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

read World War Z. It's such a dark and bleak book, but if you're a zombie enthusiast you will thoroughly enjoy it. Of course, this is assuming you aren't driving. If so, audiobooks.

u/mattymillhouse · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

World War Z, by Max Brooks

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter Miller

I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson -- fair warning: it's actually more of a short story/novelette. But even if you've seen the Will Smith movie, the book is different (and, in my opinion, better) so you'll still want to read this one.

The Last Policeman, by Ben Winters -- sort of fits. It's not exactly post-apocalyptic. It's more pre-apocalyptic. It's a sort of noir detective novel, except the government has announced that an asteroid is going to collide with the earth, probably ending life as we know it. So it's kind of a murder mystery while the world breaks down around the hero. The first book in this trilogy won an Edgar Award in 2013 for Best Paperback Original.

Parasites Like Us, by Adam Johnson -- This one's more light-hearted. The hero is a 2nd rate anthropologist working at a 2nd rate university. He illegally conducts a dig at the site of an early American settlement, and gets thrown in jail. Turns out that the dig unleashed a virus that threatens to wipe out civilization. It focuses more on the human elements of the story -- life, love, etc. -- and less on the apocalypse, and it's filled with dark humor and satire.

u/scissorbaby · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I want to read World War Z!

u/deejay_reich · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I'm assuming you've read World War Z, right?

You should also check out the Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant. Kind of a fresh take on the way it handles zombies, in my opinion.

You should also read The Passage: A Novel, by Justin Cronin - which I just found out is going to be a trilogy and that the second one comes out October 16th!

u/ImTryingToBeNicer · 2 pointsr/books

This is the default answer everyone should recommend when this question is asked:

World War Z by Max Brooks

u/AMZN-ASSOCIATE · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

If you liked John Dies at the End you might enjoy this, this, this or this.

Happy reading!

u/Shortcircuit05 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Amusing! This book is supposed to be really funny. The list price is $14 CAD, but there are other options from $2 CAD :)

u/PtrN · 2 pointsr/offbeat

That's the "first edition." From what I heard, he posted the story online, and it took off so he got a book publishing deal for a couple thousand copies. They all sold out, so now people are selling them for thousands of dollars as they can be considered a collectible item.

Here you go, 10-20$

u/Helix_van_Boron · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I'm in the block of acknowledgements at the end of John Dies at the End and I'm mentioned in the album liner of In Evening Air by Future Islands. Also, I'm in a picture in Look at this Fucking Hipster (technically in the background, but it's an iconic picture that the author wrote a paragraph about).

It's nice (although a bit narcissistic) to be able to walk around a book store and point out random things with my name or image in them. Also, I've been recognized on the street several times for various reasons.

EDIT: Oh, and I wrote a song that has over 31,000 YouTube views. However, I don't think anybody actually watched the video for the song. And the "song" is actually a minute long clip looped several times.

EDIT EDIT: I also sent in a correction to Mental Floss's daily fact newsletter thing. I'm not sure how many people actually subscribe to Watercooler Ammo, but I got mentioned by name.

u/yellowtag · 2 pointsr/asoiaf
u/afcagroo · 2 pointsr/pics

If you've read "John Dies at the End" this will not come as a surprise.

u/iamhaen · 2 pointsr/books

I'm going to second, House Of Leaves (Goodreads). It's a challenging read, but it tells such a fantastic story. You can get lost in it. It took me about a month and I spent that month completely paranoid, afraid of the dark and nervous about opening doors. If you go with this one make sure you get the physical book the eBook version does not cut it.

John Dies At The End (Goodreads) is a comedy horror book that's also really great. It's not terribly heavy on the disgusting side but it's worth checking out none the less. The sequel is coming out in a month or so.

I haven't read Misery (Goodreads) but it's a King novel that's been recommended to me for all the reasons you've mentioned above. It's on my list and I hope to get around to it soon.

u/scottgreyjoy · 2 pointsr/gaybros

I was reading John Dies at the End last night in bed and had a few moments of... horrorterror

Here are a few books I'm reading right now:

  1. John Dies at the End
  2. Infinite Jest

  3. House of Leaves
u/userdeath · 2 pointsr/gaming
u/thatquackingelephant · 2 pointsr/books

John Dies at the End by David Wong. It's a horror/comedy book written by one of the writers at Cracked.

u/DiKetian · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

John Dies at the End by David Wong

Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubinstein <- This one I actually got shushed on the subway for laughing too hard while reading it.

Edit: Links

u/kawavulcan97 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

John Dies at the End started with one of these, but I never knew what it was called. Thanks

u/kayleighh · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Oh neat! Seems fun. Fear cuts deeper than swords.

  1. Something that is grey. - Wishful Thinking list
  2. Something reminiscent of rain. - Priority Items list
  3. Something food related that is unusual. - Health/Beauty list
  4. Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself. - Priority Items list. For my cat Little because she gets urinary tract infections so I am always trying to find ways to keep her well hydrated.
  5. A book I should read! - DVDs/Books list. I've wanted to read it since it came out, just haven't gotten the chance to. The movie was fabulous too.
  6. An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping... that is not jewelry, nail polish, and or hair related! - Not on any of my lists
  7. Something related to cats. - Priority Items list.
  8. Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it. - On a Private wishlist because the price is ridiculous.
  9. A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. - Already Owned. Because it's my favorite movie.
  10. Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. - Wishful Thinking list. Because I could throw it at their faces.
  11. Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals. - Health/Beauty list. Because I get bad back pain and muscle knots from my scoliosis and they can sometimes prevent me from doing what I need to do properly. Alternate from a Private wishlist because I may have to quit my job due to respiratory irritation from the chemicals.
  12. One of those pesky Add-On items. - Health/Beauty list. I hate Add-on Items.
  13. The most expensive thing on your list. - On a Private wishlist simply because it is so expensive. It's my dream item because I want to replace my gram's old one which I accidentally shattered the bowl for. /:
  14. Something bigger than a bread box. - Priority Items list
  15. Something smaller than a golf ball. - Health/Beauty list
  16. Something that smells wonderful. - Priority Items list
  17. A (SFW) toy. - Miscellaneous list. SFW to look at, not necessarily to play haha.
  18. Something that would be helpful for going back to school. - Wishful Thinking list
  19. Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be. - Miscellaneous list. I have always been obsessed with writing lists. I have these markers and I love them but a lot of them are dried out/won't write. I haven't thrown them away because it makes me sad.
  20. Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. - Priority Items list. A bag that I absolutely crave with every fiber of my being. I want it soooo bad. It's pretty and comes in other pretty colors and looks cute and comfy and wonderful.


  21. Anything that has my real name on it. I don't know your real name, sadly. ): Maybe someday!
  22. Anything made in Oregon. - Filmed in Oregon.

    Any of the things I have noted being on Private lists I would be happy to send you the link to for proof can be seen here. :) Also your wishlist names made me chuckle. :D

    Also also Happy Birthday to my dad! <3
u/kijo524 · 2 pointsr/movies

That promo was for a book entitled S. It's a book that JJ Abrams co-wrote with Doug Dorst. Really, really great multi-layered experience beyond just a great read.

u/vivifiction · 2 pointsr/DoesAnybodyElse

Yes. The book S. is made to smell like an older library book, too, so that was fun. Brand new book, old school smell.

u/lumpsthecat · 2 pointsr/YAlit

S by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst is all about the footnotes (and the effluvia - it includes tons of letters, notes, maps, whathaveyou).

Very fun book to read, I can't imagine writing anything like it, personally.

u/jaisies · 2 pointsr/tipofmytongue

Could it be “S.” by Doug Dorst and J. J. Abrams?

Edit: found it on Amazon as “Ship of Theseus”.

u/fictionbyryan · 2 pointsr/writing

You really, really need to purchase this book, today, and study it top and bottom:

Maybe that's where you got the idea. If not, buy the book and then read about how it works. It's basically exactly what you describe.

Also - don't be like "oh this was already done, I should quit." No one will care, your story actually sounds good.

u/breadispain · 2 pointsr/writing

I just stumbled upon S. by Doug Durst and JJ Abrams which sort of falls into this category as well. There's a "people who viewed this also liked..." rabbit hole to venture on from there. I should've thought of that first!

Edit: Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker, from what limited preview is available, also seems to use a footnote format that could be appropriated.

Thank you for your help. You seem to always be dispensing quality advice in general for a single upvote.

u/bridgemender · 2 pointsr/books

S. By J.J. Abrams. A mysterious book within a book with margin notes and loose sheets tucked between the pages. It seems to be a non frightening cross between House of Leaves and Griffin and Sabine.

u/BlueSquirl · 2 pointsr/lost

It's the book "S." , which was conceived by JJ Abrams and written by Doug Dorst. Haven't gotten to open it yet, but it looks like a library book titled "Book of Thesus" , and it's 2 stories involving the actual book and someone who I think buys/rents the book. It is a mystery that you solve as you go, it is supposed to have clues and such in it. People who've read it say it's super fun, as long as you go into believing the book is real. I may be making this up, but I think there may be other things in the book that tie in to Lost, like the numbers, but again, I haven't read it. Can't wait to get home and give it a whirl. Here's the Amazon link.

u/madicienne · 2 pointsr/writing

I think this kind of material is awesome! I'm more of a fantasy reader myself, but the type of immersion content I like to see is stuff like...

  • maps!
  • artwork - like photos of places; drawings of stuff from the novel (swords/whatever); diagrams. I'm not personally into character drawings/photos, but I think a lot of people probably do like that.
  • unpublished artwork and scenes - like original cover concepts, as well as scenes that had to be cut or side-stories about characters who don't get enough time in the main work
  • "making of" content, like early drafts, planning pages, crappy doodles, whatever
  • games/puzzles related to the story
  • recipes! This is kind of a weird one, but a lot of people love descriptions of food and a lot of books (esp scifi and fantasy) have weird food that I think might be fun to try to make yourself
  • other (non-written) media, like songs/music from the book
  • other genre/format material, like comics about the same characters,

    I'm largely unpublished at the moment, but I do a lot of side-projects and I also enjoy developing a story from multiple angles :D I think that's a great way not only to entertain existing fans, but to draw people to your book/product. Despite the fact that my novel is unpublished, I got quite a lot of attention to a "which character are you?" quiz that I made for my blog.

    This is a big unrelated, but you might also like checking out the Raw Shark Texts (allegedly there are real-world places you can travel to to "discover" more things about the book content) and/or The Ship of Theseus (/"Book of S"), which is sold with a bunch of "extraneous" material like newspaper clippings, and the whole book is filled with notes written back and forth from "previous readers"; it's a pretty interesting experience.
u/creepykirk · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

S. by J.J. Abrams is a wonderful book with a bit of a cult following.

It's actually a book-within-a-book, but is filled with handwritten conversations between readers in the margins, as well as mementos and inserts that go along with the multiple storylines and mysteries being solved. It's thrilling, fun, and very interesting.

u/im-da-bes · 2 pointsr/10cloverfieldlane

Seems like a strange ad for his book.

u/euphorickittty · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

This may be a little outside of what you're looking for, but I found it pretty interesting. Have you seen S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst? Hard to describe, but it's like a story in a story. There's the main book, and then two people talking about it and to each other in the margins... Ha, it sounds weird, but it was unique if nothing else.

u/sabat · 2 pointsr/SFGiants

If you're the bookish type, this book is very much worth reading.

u/srhgrc · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I know how you feel :[ but upbeat music helps.. usually this one works for me. Oh, and cats and snuggles.

What makes me feel better


u/s2xtreme4u · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

The Narnia series. I read this series over and over as a child. Its the reason I read so much today. I had read books before that series but I wansnt into reading untill I read this series. It just had everything I was into at the time, Travel, adventure, danger, fictional characters. It also paved the way for me to be into book series more than single books. I think they can go into more detail and make you feel like your part of the story more than one book can and when they are over you almost feel as if a part of you is over. Like its a part of your past life.

a few of my favorite series are:


The earths childrens series which is my favorite

The song of ice and fire

The touchstone trilogy

u/Turboboxer · 2 pointsr/asoiaf

I did the Audiobooks first but I was so hooked I read them too. Cheap on Amazon for the paperback collection

Great for referencing

u/dishler712 · 2 pointsr/gameofthrones

Starting on the 29th they're also going to include ADWD in a box set as well.

u/Chicago31 · 2 pointsr/pureasoiaf

Just get this. They're cheap and you'll tear through the books without caring what they look like. They're fine to read. When the series is over, buy a box set.

u/vertigo1083 · 2 pointsr/funny

You can get the entire set for $30 shipped.

Kindle for only $20.

u/libbykino · 2 pointsr/gameofthrones

Large poster-sized maps of various lands are available for purchase via the Lands of Ice and Fire. Thus, you won't find any large images of them online (legally).

u/tmhawk83 · 2 pointsr/gameofthrones

There is a whole book of maps called [Lands of Ice and Fire]

u/xiipaoc · 2 pointsr/pureasoiaf

But you can just copy them; I'm sure the original artist wouldn't mind the loss of income!

u/Qix213 · 2 pointsr/gameofthrones

There is a history book I listened to in audiobook form while at work. It has no real main characters, but is instead much a history book from school. All told to Tommen by a Maester (I forget who specifically) as a history lesson. It can be a bit boring and fascinating at the same time. Some chapters/histories are so many steps removed from show/books that it got a little slow at times. Definatly worth it though. Made my re-watch of the show VERY different because I knew so much more about the world.

While it doesn't cover everything, it covers everything that is known to the Citidel. Entire histories of small islands north of the Dothraki Sea called Ib, and the islands between Valyria and Sothoros called the Basilisk Isles. But it's all accumulated knowledge, and so even in the book, there is doubt cast on a lot of it as well acknowledging the missing pieces.

There is also an official atlas that has very detailed maps. I would suggest finding one or on the internet to glance at at the same time. It helped me A LOT in understanding what was going on in these histories.

u/Wilmore · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned The World of Ice and Fire, it's essentially a collection of the history of the world in which A Song of Ice and Fire takes place. It's also only recently been released. I haven't read it myself, but it's apparently a very good-looking book.

Along those lines are also The Land of Ice and Fire, which is a collection of maps for the same world and A Feast of Ice and Fire which is a companion cookbook to the series (is she likes to cook.)

Edit: you did mention that you're looking for something more substantial than just a book, so this may fall under that category, but it feels a little more substantial than getting her the next book in a series she's reading or something.

u/kjhatch · 2 pointsr/gameofthrones

It's as real a book as any of the other related/companion texts, like the cookbook, atlas, show production guide, art book, etc.

u/mattsoul · 2 pointsr/gameofthrones

If you decide to get real nerdy, there's a book that came out that has poster size maps of every area. The Known World, Westeros, The Free Cities, Bravos, King's Landing, Beyond the Wall, Slaver's Bay, The Dothraki Sea, The West, The East, Central Essos, and Journeys (Which shows the travels of major characters).

u/949paintball · 2 pointsr/dvdcollection

They have a similar warning on the Cloud Atlas novel.

Does anyone know any other times Amazon has had to put those warnings on their products?

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/bargle0 · 2 pointsr/movies
u/fonograph · 2 pointsr/entertainment

The book is highly worth reading, it's easily my favourite.

u/CapturedMoments · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Amazon

The book is six separate yet interwoven stories. I actually got more out of it in my second reading than the first. It spans times & places; each of the stories has a unique style that clearly distinguishes each. The change from one story to another can seem a little jarring until the second half of the book.

u/Watcher4Life · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I do! The Marriage Plot is on its way to me via Amazon. To balance out the highbrow, I also ordered Messy by the Go Fug Yourself girls.

The last book I finished was Cloud Atlas.

And I just remembered I have Steve Jobs' bio waiting for me in the Nook. Dammit, keep forgetting about that.

Anyone else forget about books because they're on an e-reader instead of sitting on the table, reminding you to be read?

u/divarealness · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'll be your buddy! :D <3

House of Leaves is written in a weird format, and is a horror and love story together, apparently. I really want to read it because as Wikipedia says about it:

The format and structure of House of Leaves is unconventional, with unusual page layout and style, making it a prime example of ergodic literature. It contains copious footnotes, many of which contain footnotes themselves, including references to fictional books, films or articles. Some pages contain only a few words or lines of text, arranged in strange ways to mirror the events in the story, often creating both an agoraphobic and a claustrophobic effect. The novel is also distinctive for its multiple narrators, who interact with each other in elaborate and disorienting ways.

While some have attempted to describe the book as a horror story, many readers, as well as the author, define the book as a love story.

u/Bruskie1990 · 2 pointsr/Showerthoughts

House of Leaves: The Remastered Full-Color Edition

That's the version I bought, it was decently large print but still, I also wouldn't have minded a larger print copy haha

u/thomas-apertas · 2 pointsr/Christianity

OK. I don't want to argue about this with you, because I'd rather have an interesting conversation with you than just shouting back and forth across each other. :) (also, I haven't read/seen The Giver, so I'm not really equipped for that fight anyway)

I read a book a couple of weeks ago and I want to know if you've read it. It seems like it might be right up your alley: House of Leaves. Have you read it? If so, what did you think? If not, it might be worth a read sometime. I know when I read it I had several moments where I felt a real sense of "spooky dread".

u/Blacula · 2 pointsr/itmejp

I wonder if you'd read The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. It's a different from Tolkein kind of fantasy book, more in the vein of Conan, or early DnD stories people like Gygax were playing, where the main characters aren't necessarily "good" people, just people. It's pulpy, gritty adventure while still being quite epic in scope.

I also wonder if you'd ever read house of leaves. That book is great inspiration for creating suspense and drama inside of a dungeon without ever seeing an enemy to swing a sword into.

u/G0ATLY · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes is what I recommend for you!

I would quite like House Of Leaves if you happen to dig the idea of Viral Nation.

u/dizzyvonblue · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Get yourself an Apple TV

Dang girl.

I really want House of Leaves I was going to recommend you buy it also, but your budget was 50-500 so it was way less than that.

u/2BrainOnTheTrack · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Normally I'd post a Stephen King book, but... something's telling me that my usual is too usual...

For the most terrifying book I ever read, try House of Leaves. It's up there as one of my favorites.

But my favorite book (s) and series of all time lies with Harry Dresden. I had this set actually. Signed. Now, it's mysteriously missing like most of my Dresden collection :/ All e-books now. The 15th book (of a planned 23) comes out this year, in about a month. Maybe you'll catch up on time ;)

If you do read, or have read, any of these books, I LOVE TO TALK ABOUT THEM, so feel free to message me about them WHENEVER. (Especially Dresden, I'm rereading them to get ready for the new one)

u/galindafiedify · 2 pointsr/AmericanHorrorStory

House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski is the single most fucked up book I've ever read. It's also one of the best books I've ever read. It completely made me question reality and left me with the most creeped out, twisted feeling for at least a week after I read it. I immediately wanted to read it again. And the typography for the book is ridiculously insane. It's basically AHS in paper form.

u/Ben_Yankin · 2 pointsr/trees

Oh man. I've been waiting for a thread like this to pop up. I loved Neuromancer to no end, along with House of Leaves. Containment was good shit too, very interesting read, but relies on easy plot fixes. It doesn't ruin the story, in my opinion.

You also can't go wrong with anything by Kurt Vonnegut and Phillip K. Dick.

u/scrotum_spatula · 2 pointsr/pics

I normally support e-readers (I have a Nook) because they are light-weight, carry thousands of books, and are better for the environment than countless trees being used to print books. However, House Of Leaves is one that you should really have a physical copy of to fully appreciate the experience of the read.

u/finalcutfx · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

House of Leaves. Written by Poe's brother. It's about a labyrinth in a house and as you're reading it, the words and pages begin to echo the labyrinth. Poe's album "Haunted" goes with it hand-in-hand. It's a very strange experience to read it and know the album.

u/Kinickie · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. Doesn't appear to be a kindle version at the moment, but the formatting of the novel doesn't really lend itself to digital. Still worth a read even if you must lug around a dead tree.

The Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card.

A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Cold Equations by Tom Godwin. My favorite sci-fi short story. Couldn't find a link to a kindle version, but it's in a lot of sci-fi short story collections. You can probably find it in your local library (if it still exists).

u/shandylawson · 2 pointsr/writing

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski and The Lilies of the Field by William Barrett. Both made me want to give up writing.

u/Grey_Chaos · 2 pointsr/movies

Grave encounters is really scary if you've ever read House of Leaves

u/getElephantById · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

If you want a straightforward page-turner, try The Descent by Jeff Long. Turns out, a species of hominid diverged from homo sapiens a long time ago, and continued to evolve deep below the earth, in underground caves and tunnels. All of a sudden they seem to be coming to the surface to attack people, and we've got to stop 'em. To paraphrase one of the characters, "we've declared war on hell".

If you want something more challenging, how about House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski. It's hard to describe this book, but if you get a chance to pick it up in the bookstore, flip through the pages and look at how it's laid out. The fonts and layout change, some pages only have a couple of words on them, some pages are printed diagonally, others reversed. The book itself is a mystery about a mystery. It may be a horror story, or it may not be, but it will definitely give you an uneasy feeling when you're out there in the woods.

If you want a book that may inspire you while you're out there, pretty much anything by John Muir would do, but how about The Wild Muir: Twenty-Two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures. I haven't read this book, but it's a compilation of his writing and I'm sure I've read many of the stories that go into it. Muir is a great lover of and writer about nature, and had a lot of adventures to draw from.

Have fun on your trip!

u/TsaristMustache · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Check out house of leaves

u/poetniknowit · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. Blue Because this is all I could think about after reading #1

  1. Summer Accessories bc this would be Awesome at the beach, and I hear they work great!

  2. Weird food related items items. Not sure I'd be able to actually consume these without vomiting lol.

  3. Id gift this for my daughter, bc she is the ultimate FNAF fan and 6 years old, and it's one of the only 3 she doesn't own for her plush collection.

  4. House of Leavess my ultimate favorite book, and I push it on everyone I know that loves reading. Although intimidating, the format is awesome and original, and mimics the way we Google and use the internet for constant reference. Plus the codes are siiiick.

  5. This is less than a dollar and ADORABLE

  6. This looks like a rad dog toy, whilst simultaneously resembling a sexy toy too lol

  7. This is so expensive and impractical but I would live in this thing!

  8. Vanilla Skywas a movie that really spoke to me as a teenager. If you don't like your reality, change it- just, errrr, mayne not the way Tom Cruise does. Also the mostly Radiohead soundtrack kicks ass.

  9. A katana would obviously trump guns in the zombie apocalypse- you'd eventually run out of bullets, and this baby is the most expensive Amazon's got, so I'd hope youd get quality.

  10. Microsoft Office would help me out. I'm an aspiring writer, but using an offbrand, free version that doesn't work makes writing a nit more tedious and difficult-even spellcheck doesn't work!

  11. Annoying add-on bc a girl can never have too many of these, amirite?

  12. FNAF is as close to fandom as I get. My kid is obsessed, therefore I am obsessed, and I'm not into sports :(

  13. This watch popped up after seeking the most expensive item on Amazon, although it doesn't seem justified lol.

  14. I Chose BOTH a shark & unicorn !

  15. Thierry Mugler Angel smells great- I had to ask a customer what she used bc I wanted to eat her flesh when she walked past me.

  16. Teddy Ruxpin was so 90's- we put our fave cassettes in and hed seemingly sing along

  17. The Artist's Way
    by Julia Cameron is one of my favorite books on creative unblocking for both writers AND artists! I go back to it whenever Im in a slump!

  18. This tote file would be totes cool bc Im obsessed with organizing!

  19. This coloring book about farts? Ridiculous and fun. Id likely make ea fart a different color lol.
u/monstehr · 2 pointsr/books

Funny thing happened to me when I read this book. One night my roommates and I had some friends over to hang out. A few people were still there but it was getting kind of late so I decided to get to bed. I shut my door to block out the noise and read a bit of House of Leaves. As it happened I was in a terrifying part of the book [Spoiler](/s "The part where the narrator spills black tattoo ink on himself and is, metaphorically at least, nearly drowned by darkness"). Freaked out, I turned off my light and after some effort, fell asleep.

I jolt awake and there is a tremendous pressure on my chest. it hurt. There was also something hot at my face. My mind short circuited. There was something in the room with me. something alive. I started screaming. Loudly. As far as I was concerned I was seconds away from my mortal end with a very real possibility of eternal torment.

No one came to my rescue. No one heard or cared. I pushed the weight off my chest and lunged off my bed and towards my bedroom door. I tore it open, but before I fled, I had to know. What horror had nearly slaughtered me?

I turned around and there was my black labrador retriever wagging his tail happily at me. My roommate had brought him into my room to keep me company. . .

u/dwell3D · 2 pointsr/ArtSphere
u/RC_Colada · 2 pointsr/movies

House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski.

I read this book years ago and it still haunts me. I love it but I still don't have it all figured out.I would really love to see a film adaptation, as difficult as that sounds, because of how nontraditional the narrative/film would be. In the right hands it could be pulled off really well (like say, Fincher, Aronofsky or maybe Lynch could really turn up the horrific/suspenseful elements). I wish someone would adapt it because it is such an intense mindfuck of a story.

I would also really love to see Haunted by Chuck Palahnuik made into a movie.

u/cabothief · 2 pointsr/horrorbookclub

Someone's going to recommend House of Leaves, and it might as well be me.

u/goofandaspoof · 2 pointsr/channelzero

Hi There!

Its actually an entire book. You're in for a treat.

It can be pricey so I borrowed it from the library. It's like high quality long form creepypasta.

u/High_king_of_Numenor · 2 pointsr/AskScienceFiction

The word ^house is always blue and off-kilter in the book

u/ksi3301 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

The Raw Shark Texts was ridiculous the first time I read it. More so the second time. Ended up loaning my copy out a dozen times, eventually losing track of it. But it's probably in a better place now. Also, House of Leaves is phenomenal. If you haven't read it yet, you need to correct that as soon as possible.

Used books are fine. They're still books. Smell more like books, too.

Bookworms rule!

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/ressis74 · 2 pointsr/writing

Weirder than House of Leaves?

u/matthewbaldwin · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

House of Leaves by Mark. Z Danielewski.

Don't read anything about it. Block out a few days of time, buy the book, and prepared to get fucking creeped out.

u/Naish23 · 2 pointsr/promos

I'm not getting any presents this year, but if you want to give something. Then i'd like something like this. But thats just selfish thinking of me expecting that 1. You'd wanna pay so much. and 2. That you're going to choose me over that Clean water well idea. But if you don't want to buy me a wacom, i'd also be happy with just a good book or something. I heard House of leaves is good.

Even if you dont pick me or something, I just want to say you are a great guy and props to you for this kind of christmas spirit. This song is for you.

u/marmaladeskiiies · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon


EDIT: Okay here it izzzz.

These are the items you are looking for... (everything listed is from my wishlists here! )

1.) Something that is grey. – The bike lock on my wishlist (that was already gifted (: ) This one’s grey!

2.) Something reminiscent of rain. These leggings are Doctor Who Cosmic Tardis Leggings are cosmic… as in galaxy… as in the universe… in which there is a water cycle…. Which is reminiscent of rain…. Yup. ;)

3.) Something food related that is unusual. – It’s not every day you get to have jagermeister infused gummy bears....... Freaking nom.

4.) Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself. Tell me who it's for and why. (Yes, pets count!)A dog bed for my puppy!! He really, really needs a new one.


6.) An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping... that is not jewelry, nail polish, and or hair related! This with the value of 95 cents ;) hehehe I’m sneaky.

7.) Something related to cats. I love cats! (Keep this SFW; you know who you are...) -- This cat bed, even though I don’t have a cat, was on my puppy’s list! My puppy (who’s really a 9 year old dog but I call him puppy cause he looks/acts/is one) is a 6lb pup who’s basically a cat ;)

8.) Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it. – The Chuck Complete Series Collector Blu-ray is not necessarily useful to my life…But the show’s so gorgeous, the cast so beautiful, the plot so delicious…I love it and need it! :P

9.) A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. Why?TANGLED!! (OK, one of the only movie related pieces on my list :P) But really, Tangled is PERFECT, SO adorable, a real winner.

10.) Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. Explain. – Okay this may seem crazy but stick with me here. these bones would be super helpful once whittled down. You could use it to double tap those stanky ass zombies

11.) Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals. I have lots of stuff for fitness and school and all my goals likes that, but I thought I'd use something a little different for this one. This skin corrective cream would allow me to cover up my stupid little burn marks on my leg that make me really self conscious in skirts and shorts. This would be a good step in my goal of being happy with myself and gaining self confidence for the first time in my life.

12.) One of those pesky Add-On items.– One of those pesky add-ons… The MSC Joie Simply Slice Strawberry Slicer on my WL is one of them pesky add-ons.

13.) The most expensive thing on your list. Your dream item, why?A Bike. Why? Mine was stolen and its extremely hindered my mobility as I need it for transportation to school /:

14.) Something bigger than a bread box. – The puppy bed on my puppy’s wishlist within my own wishlist is most definitely bigger than a breadbox.

15.) Something smaller than a golf ball. -- These cable organizers HOLLAH at me, Tiger Woods.

16.) Something that smells wonderful. -- French Vanilla Green Mountain Coffee Portion Packs for Keurig Mmmmmmmmm, delicious.

17.) A (SFW) toy. -- Crock Pot COOKING IS LIFE AND HAVING A CROCK POT WOULD BE THE BEST OF TOYS. For something more traditional, I have hedgehog toys etc on my puppy's list.

18.) Something that would be helpful for going back to school. -- This beautiful backpack! Mine is shot to hell and I'm dreading buying a new one.

19.) Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be. This Friends Milkshake Poster Print from my wishlist OMFG I AM OBSESSED WITH FRIENDS RIGHT NOW. IDK WHY BUT I AM. Also with the Chuck DVD on my dreams list xD

20.) Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. Explain why it is so grand.– The New York Window Print Poster on my wishlist is pretty awe-inspiring. Looking into the city "where dreams are made of" in whatever town your in.... In a place that's essentially the culmination of all your dreams and desires.... At least for me.



  1. [YOUR NAME IS……]() Amirite?! actually... I've messaged so many people trying to figure it out, and I could've sworn I knew it before, but I absolutely cannot remember it.

  2. And this handwarmer mug – OCEAN TIDE was made in Milton, Oregon! This ones not on my WL however.

    Finally, some people say that fear cuts deeper than swords but does it? Who knows.
u/Eric-R · 2 pointsr/LetsChat

My blue canary,

You were writing your in depth description as I was writing my greeting from Vallejo. :) Oh, your descriptions make me feel like a drive. You may have heard Poe's Hey Pretty at some point but there is a version with her brother (who wrote House Of Leaves ) reading a segment of his book about a woman driving on Mullholland Drive. This will have to be a My Addiction deal. Look it up under "Drive By 2001" Mix If you would like.

>Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

Delivered just like your "love, love, love", right?

So we parked in the garage at Anchorage shopping center right at Fisherman's Wharf. The professor decided he wanted to be sure of his lunch and chose to stop in at the Subway restaurant to get a picnic sandwich. Every instinct of mine revolted at the very thought of going to a Subway in The City! Couldn't we score countless hard to find treats by tripping over our own feet?! I tried to share this feeling, but it wasn't happening.

Since I was going to see, even a tiny bit, some of the most advanced race boats in the world today out racing and I would be doing so in




where I've not been for far too long,

I'd already decided to go wherever the people with opinions and desires wanted to go for the race view, so instead of trying to locate something else for my own, different, edibles I decided to embrace the adventure, or lack of it as it presented itself. Tuna on "9-grain honey oat" with all the salad went into my backpack and away we went.

Right along Jefferson street realising I'd not done the wharf in many years. We walked through Aquatic park where I saw swimmers (I wonder if Annie has swum there?) and a woman carrying a camera (Annie told me about a day of taking pictures along this route-- oh! don't stare at this woman). Up to Fort Mason with us. I could have walked so much more today....

Anyway, I'm there watching the big cats prepare for the race and check reddit:

>At the end of the AC pier, looking toward you

That I would somehow be able to see the look on my own face when reading that line. Annie, I started and looked that direction! Turned out you'd written an hour before. It seemed unlikely that you would still be standing there.

To share even brief thoughts with you during the race was almost as good as sharing race with you directly. Sometimes I don't know if I let you know how good to me you are. To get your description of your experience over there photographing a boat, sharing your sense of it was another gift of smile for me!

You write while I'm composing this?!

>Okay, heading off into the water!

I've my own happy-overload over you getting out there in the water.

You say you won't be home until really late. Enjoy a gorgeous night drive, just do it defensively. I'm all selfish and want more of your time.

One note, spelled l-i-t-E

Edit: Repeated a reapeat thought thought

u/heylu · 2 pointsr/creepypasta

oh this book gave me nightmares.. like it's not the best piece of literature BUT once i finished it i had to think about this book day and night... it was so creepy and weird and crazy!

House Of Laves by Mark Z. Danielewsky just for those who are interested...

really good read for Creepypasta fans!

u/ellimist · 2 pointsr/books

If it's not too late, you can go here:

And search for relevant words like "failed" and find the pages and see them.

u/VSindhicate · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I'm not sure if it counts as a thriller, but if you want an excellently written book that will severely screw with your head:

[House]( "This is not for you.") of Leaves

u/cknap · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Happy birthday!! What are you doing to celebrate?

I've already mentioned this today, but I took 4 years of Latin in high school. The only sentence I can say is Aqua bona est, which means water is good. Even though this is grammatically incorrect, we learned that semper ubi sub ubi kinda translates to always wear your underwear.

I would love a used paperback copy of House of Leaves. Thanks for the contest and I hope you have a fantastic, fun-filled day! :)

Birthday bot

u/Waffleteer · 2 pointsr/books

Impossible to read in a digital format:

  • Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer — Foer took another book, The Street of Crocodiles, and cut out lines of text, creating an original story.

    Not quite as impossible, but still difficult or not the same experience:

  • Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon —
    Similarly, this author took newspaper articles and blacked out most of the words, leaving poetry.

  • A Greater Monster by David David Katzman — The book contains unusual formatting and illustrations, including black pages with white drawings.

  • And, as others have mentioned, House of Leaves
    by Mark Z. Danielewski — Insane formatting, colored words, and many footnotes and appendices.
u/b3antse · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I love my Kindle 3. The keyboard is super handy. I'm extremely prone to migraines, so while I still love physical copies of books, I can't read them in bright light or in the sun. The reflection triggers migraines 75% of the time.

It's nice to have options.

Every month Amazon lists 100 ebooks for 3.99 or less. Pretty much every month you can find winners there. This month there's "I Am Legend," "The Sirens of Titan," and "John Dies at the End" among others (I heartily recommend them ALL).

A great non-Kindle book is House of Leaves. Creepy and satisfying, that one.

Good luck with your Kindle endeavor!

u/eferoth · 2 pointsr/Fantasy

House of Leaves. Just saw it in the book store one day, and that gorgeous cover and strange size drew me in, and the weird layouts within grabbed me, and than they called it Horror. There was no way I wouldn't buy it.

u/sumdr · 2 pointsr/exmuslim

So the main problem is that these arguments are just bullshit. Islam isn't true. None of the apologetics are correct, it's all just a way that people rationalize an irrational belief to themselves and sanitize its flaws for others.

> The first argument was that Islam is misinterpreted by the majority of Muslims, because the Quran is being taken literally and out of context.

Bruv, that's what the Qur'an tells you to do. This is the Book about which there is no doubt and such. It is correct that not every verse can be taken at face value -- for example, most of the "kill the disbelievers" verses actually do have "but also seek terms of peace" clauses nearby, and where they don't, it's an honest reading of the text to say that they were speaking only to specific battles conducted in Muhammad's lifetime. For the most part, though, the Qur'an intends itself to be read literally.

> The second was that there are many laws that cannot be practiced in a modern society (i.e. cutting hands of thieves, killing apostates, women's testimonial's being half of a man), and that they were only meant for their time.

Total bullshit. The cutting hands verse is followed immediately by "and if you don't actually use this, you are a disbeliever". The occasion of revelation for the "those who don't judge by what Allah has revealed" verses was a time when the Jews decided to "adapt to the times" by not stoning adulterers anymore. Muhammad got mad at them for not taking the Torah literally enough and made them stone her. That story is in Muslim (previous reference) and in Bukhari. Also, 'Umar says that he fears a day when Muslims will quit stoning. Hell yes, Muslims are supposed to support that stuff, according to the Qur'an and the sunnah. Unambiguously.

> The third argument was that the Quran has been preserved and we still have a full copy of the first ever Quran, and it's the same as a modern Quran with the exception of the addition of diacritics.

Not really. There was disagreement between Abu Bakr and 'Umar about whether the Qur'an should be collected at all. Muhammad himself used to forget some verses, so it's unlikely that the verbal transmission of Qur'an (and hadith, for that matter) was as solid as Muslims would like to think. There were many differences among the early copies, so 'Uthman fixed it by standardizing to one language and burning the rest of them. Perhaps the Arabic Qur'an hasn't changed since then, but it's most unlikely that that revision was actually exact.

> The fourth arguments was that the Quran had many scientific facts that could never have been realized by people back then (i.e. water gives life to beings, the earth is round), and this proves that the Quran was written by something divine.

This is the bullest of all the shit. The Qur'an also says that God uses shooting stars to fight space demons. Mountains don't keep the earth from shaking, they are just the earth lumping up when the plates collide -- Muhammad's people thought the earth was flat (like a carpet!) so it needed mountains to keep it from blowing away. While there's not a smoking gun of a scientific statement that's like... only wrong, these "scientific miracles" are always super vague, and if God wanted to prove Himself correct, He could have.

None of these scientific statements were unknown at the time -- they were either (1) immediately observable (2) repeated from the knowledge of ancient Greeks or (3) "written in" by later people. Like "oh man, the Qur'an says iron was 'sent down!' And iron can only come from nuclear fusion in stars! It's a miracle!" Nah. They didn't know about nuclear fusion.

If you think about how a man who did believe in a flat earth with the sun revolving around it would explain things... He'd explain things the way they're explained in the Qur'an. This guy breaks it down pretty well -- I started it at a point where he discusses a hysterical pair of commentaries on the "rising-place of the sun" verse.

> The fifth argument was the Quran was written in such a way that no way a human (the prophet specifically, since he was illiterate) could have done it, only a modern computer would have been able to make in its structure.

This is really dumb. First off, poetry battles between illiterates was like. A big thing that the Arabs of the time did around campfires and stuff. Think about how much beautiful gospel music (and lyrics) was written by American slaves during the 1800's.

Even then, any author's style is mostly inimitable, and these stylistic fingerprints are fairly precise. This is how biblical scholars have cast doubt on the authorship of books of the bible traditionally attributed to the apostle Paul. So whether the Qur'an was written by God or Muhammad, it would be hard to convincingly reconstruct its style...

...Not to mention that this is such a subjective claim. What the hell does it mean to "produce something like" the Qur'an? What would it mean to produce something like Shakespeare? Who would measure it?

This is an untestable hypothesis, and can't be given real consideration. Either way, I've roundly disproved this claim with my own construction.

Also... I'd argue that William Faulkner's writings show a brilliance of composition far beyond that of the Qur'an. House of Leaves, by Mark Danielewski, is also a masterpiece of form far more sophisticated than the Qur'an.

Like yeah... The Qur'an has poetic bits, interesting arguments, some chunks of good moral teaching, but... Overall, it just doesn't get the Nobel Prize for literature. Thousands of people have memorized the Qur'an, either because they were forced to or because they thought it would get them mad pussy in heaven. How many more thousands have memorized Shakespeare's works purely because they thought it was well-written and interesting? I like Abdullah Sameer's reflection on this.

u/nismo267 · 2 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

the book house of leaves addresses this. it's not the biggest part of the story, but one character gets famous for a picture of a starving child who dies.

it's a horror book... maybe. every horror fan should check it out.

u/seraph77 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

If you can get through it, House of Leaves. The comments can summarize it a lot better than I could here. It's, well.. indescribable. Not for all people, but I liked it.


u/PatricioINTP · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

This is the edition I have…

… which has all coloring, including the ultra-rare purple. It’s a large paperback with the front cover smaller, as seen in the pic. Alas that seems to be the more expensive one (library binding). On the 5th or 6th page of the ‘look inside’ preview, it tells what version of book it is.

u/kurashu89 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Read House of Leaves.

u/LucyMorgenstern · 2 pointsr/NoSleepOOC

I took a long time to get back to you, which means I need to delete my reddit account and hide forever. I mean apologize. That one.

Anyway. Junji Ito is awesome. Not sure which of his stuff you've seen, but I think his best works are the short The Enigma of Amigara Fault (not for the claustrophobic!) and the longer series Uzumaki.

Thomas Ligotti is sort of the best-kept secret of modern horror - he's very reclusive due to severe anxiety and bipolar disorders. It gives his work a grounding in the sort of horror that comes from inside your own mind, and a sense that reality is a weird, broken place, or maybe something even worse. There's a couple of his stories online here if you want to check him out. "Nethescurial" is one of the creepiest things I've ever read.

One of my favorite books is House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. It's sort of experimental with how the text is laid out in parts, which can make it kind of weird to try to read, but the overlapping narratives are really strong and chilling in a number of different ways.

Are you familiar with the SCP Foundation? If you like /u/ParanormalAdvisor's posts it should be right up your alley. There's so many different kinds of scary there, plus all kinds of awesome.

u/winter_storm · 2 pointsr/forwardsfromgrandma

I am Jewish also, but I read "Lamb" by Christopher Moore, so allow me to explain:

Jesus was scheduled to preach. A bunch of people showed up to hear him. For some reason, those people failed to bring any food and were hungry. All the disciples had was, like, one fish and a loaf of bread. Jesus performed a miracle and transformed the single fish and loaf into many - enough to feed the masses of people that had come to hear him preach.

The end.

u/lacisghost · 2 pointsr/books

How about Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years -- except Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work "reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams"

u/furgenhurgen · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

My linking on mobile is wonky tonight, so I'm just going to leave the link like I'm not ashamed of my inability to use a phone right...

u/obi-sean · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.

u/karmaval · 2 pointsr/self

I also really liked Christopher Moore - lamb, the bible according to biff was his best so far, although I have enjoyed his other novels as well.

u/VIJoe · 2 pointsr/history

Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium by Bart Ehrman

It's been a few years but I recall it being pretty enlightening at the time. I never really bought most of the critisism of Aslan's book. It might be because both this book and Aslan's had kind of the same take - Jesus as a figure far outside of the mainstream and more a Revolutionary than a Shepherd. (Speaking of Shepherds - if you want to enjoy a completely non-Historical but insanely funny story of Jesus, try Christopher Moore's Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.)

u/arrsquared · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

If you like the concept but not delivery, you may like Christopher Moore's comedic book Lamb, about Jesus lost years in which he visits & learns in China and India.

u/EncasedMeats · 2 pointsr/history

Christopher Moore's Lamb explains this hilariously.

u/SpencerDub · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

You sure you're not thinking of the Gospel according to Biff?

u/OhShitItsSam · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

I can't stress this enough, This entire book is pure satire. Again, satire. That being said it is also very well informed and rather witty.

You've asked for basically something akin to a bible textbook it sounds like and not an entertaining story, I'm only suggesting this because it's the book responsible for me actually going on and finally reading the bible. Much like you said, I also found the bible itself to be a pretty difficult read by today's standards.

Anyways. If you'd like something light and honestly really good to read in your downtime check out Lamb, by Christopher Moore.

u/jrakosi · 2 pointsr/nottheonion

You're welcome. It is one of the funniest books ever written IMO.

u/CynicKitten · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

All of his books are hilarious. I actually came here to suggest Lamb, which is slightly heavier, but is mostly just hilarious.

u/gsawgf · 2 pointsr/AskReddit
u/PirateKilt · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I highly recommend you get/acquire/borrow and read a copy of "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal" by Christopher Moore...

u/monocle_and_a_tophat · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

On a sort of related note, here's a hilarious fiction/comedy novel involving cargo cults:

A bunch of this author's other (old) stuff is good too, like "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal":

u/fjbwriter · 2 pointsr/fantasywriters

Buddha and Christ not going off and having weird adventures? I think Christopher Moore and Osamu Tezuka would like a word with you.

u/CloudyMN1979 · 2 pointsr/conspiracy

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. First book to ever truly brake down the world paradigm for me. Wouldn't be in this sub without it. Fair warning though, it's got a lot of earthy, ecology stuff in there. Might be too much for people further to the right. If that is your thing though I'd also recomend Last hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann. Good thread, BWT. Refreshing to see this.

u/TheEthicalMan · 2 pointsr/vegan

If you haven't already, check out Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. Offers a rather compelling anthropological explanation of the early bible.

u/Ajax_Malone · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

Ishmael, I sometimes hate recommending this book because of the tag "adventure of mind and spirit" but it's a very good and fascinating take on the anthropological origins of our civilization.

u/sapiophile · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

My assertions are axiomatic, and quite obviously so, at that. This is not a wise battle for you to pursue, unless you wish to descend into colonial European notions of manifest destiny and the white man's burden.

>>Those people are just as advanced as any other
>No, they're not.

Tell me, then: in a contest of using indigenous medicinal plants, who would prove "more advanced" - you, or these tribespeople? In determining who has superior herding techniques, which party would be the victor? In a comparison of familial kinship and relations? Spearcraft? Long-distance hiking? Animal husbandry?

There simply does not exist any way to declare any of these criteria "unimportant" without making a subjective assertion of your own personal values. And the people we're talking about would most certainly have a different class of values about those things. Why would your values be "more objective" than theirs - or anyone's? The answer is that they cannot be. It is your own opinion, and with any degree of humility, all genuinely reasonable people recoginze that, as I hope that you will, too.

>>Civilization and technology are specific types of advancements, but they are not objectively superior to any others
>Yes, they are.

Funny - there sure seem to be a great many very well-reasoned arguments against civilization and technology, even from those who have experienced the very height of their "advancement".

I certainly see no evidence for an objective declaration, even just by examing the meta-issue of the debate itself, which is undeniably still open.

>>to add "culture" in there is frankly just plain racist.
>No, it isn't.

Yes, it is. You have virtualy no notions of these people's culture. The very definition of "culture" practically prohibits the very idea of it being declared "advanced" or otherwise. It is simply the collection of common and traditional practices of a given group. I would even go so far as to say that if one were to make judgments of "advancement," surely a culture that has been largely uninterrupted and un-usurped for a period of thousands of years has matured and "advanced" far more than a culture which is ever-shifting and highly dependent on technological advances that didn't even exist a generation prior. But even to make an assertion such as that is meaningless, because the criterion "advancement" simply does not make sense when applied to culture - any culture. The only role that such a declaration can fulfill is to demean and devalue another group of people completely arbitrarily, as to support a racist or otherwise xenophobic worldview.

>By what standard are modern Western civilization, technology, and culture objectively superior to barefoot African tribesmen? By the only objective standard of value: their success at meeting the requirements of human life.

And just what are those "requirements of human life?" These tribespeople might tell you some very different things than what you would tell them. Would either of you be "right?" Absolutely not.

As for the rest of your points, they are all similarly obvious - and highly subjective, though largely incontroversial in our demographic - subjective and personal value judgments. Adding the word "objectively" to your statements does not make it so. Even such criteria as you have mentioned - lifespan, "individualism," property rights (lol), etc., are not objectively "advanced." After all, what are the "objective" benefits of a long lifespan if it is filled with ennui, alienation and oppression? What is the value of "individualism" to a person who cherishes deep bonds and shared struggle with others? How can one declare "property rights" to be an objective good when the very concept of such has only existed for a few hundred years, and has arguably led to the greatest ongoing extinction of species in millions of years?

You see? Value judgments, all of it. And for someone who might call themself a "libertarian," you certainly seem not to understand the true spirit of the credo, "live and let live."

u/jorvis · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

One of the rare books I go back to re-read now and again is Ishmael - An adventure of mind and spirit. If you read it, let me know what you think.

u/metal_falsetto · 2 pointsr/AskReddit
u/MisanthropicScott · 2 pointsr/DebateReligion

> Hate it when people make an argument they know is flawed.

Me too.

>> Interesting. But, doesn't that imply that 80% of us actively want back pain? Or, does it imply that God didn't give us an owner's manual for our bodies?

>> God took the time to tell us not to sleep with sheep. Why not also tell us correct posture and job options for a healthy back?

> HAHA I never thought I'd see back pain compared to sheep sodomy...

A) To be fair to the Bible, I am not aware of any specification of exactly which sex acts are and are not allowed. It's more of a sheepskin blanket statement that "baa" means "no". It's a sentiment I agree with. But, I do think it means that the authors of the Bible, either were sleeping with sheep or enough people around them were doing so, that they felt the need to state this explicitly. Compare to cannibalism, which as far as I know has no mention in the Bible, but might have if the Bible had been written on Fiji. I think my ancestors were sheepshaggers, not cannibals.

B) I think/hope I was comparing what is and is not in the Bible rather than comparing the experience of back pain with the experience of having sex with a sheep. Since I've only experienced back pain, I think I'd be bad at actually comparing the two.

> Though the christian God is more concerned with moral health than physical health. I get the vibe he probably could have given this information on health and lifestyle (and probably might have, pre fall) but that now it would only serve as confusion and distraction from his main concern, eternity. An important point to remember when debating religion I think!

I'll keep this in mind. It is interesting. But, to say that God is more concerned about our moral health than our physical health might imply that there is a limit as to how much time God can/will spend on the other. I'm not sure I see why God would have limited resources and need to prioritize or triage our health concerns.

> Though you'd probably question the morality of that in itself - suffering and all. But he would have to draw the line of intervention somewhere no? Possibly, that's at the finite as a whole! With a few miraculous exceptions to bump people in the right moral direction perhaps.

Possibly. I'm not sure I'm the best to argue this point since I don't actually understand what would drive God to create in the first place.

>> That would be interesting. But, I would love to know why God would want us to live as hunters and gatherers but give us all of those instructions for sacrificing animals that we'd have only with animal husbandry.

> From what I understand animal sacrifice was less to do with the animal and more to do with the sacrifice. Sacrifices of grain, fine oils and other valuable commodities were also common in Judaism as a demonstration of prioritizing God over the short term.

True. But, none of that would apply to hunters and gathers. Nor was the Bible written by (or revealed to) hunters and gatherers. My ancestors were a mix of nomadic shepherds and city dwellers. The Bible is clearly written by and for that culture and time.

So, the way we lived for ~190,000 years prior to agriculture may indeed have been healthier for us. But, the authors were so far removed from that time that there is no mention of it at all in the Bible.

Though, I did read an interesting book that suggested that the story of the fall of man may actually be one of the few very vaguely remembered stories from the people who were not agrarian but lived side by side with agrarians and saw the lifestyle as a fall from the grace of hunting and gathering.

I'm not saying I agree or that the book was in any way scientific about it. But, it was an interesting take on the story of the fall. The book is Ishmael (part of a trilogy) by Daniel Quinn. If you haven't already read it, you might find it has some interesting thinking behind it.

> So it's more about morality and giving up what you value than what that sacrifice actually is. If we were hunter gatherers, the sacrifice might have been 10% of our berries and pelts or something.

True enough.

Though the scapegoating bit always bothered me. I don't personally think that one can put their sins on an animal, kill that animal, and waste the food as a means of absolution. In fact, I think this results in increasing their sins rather than decreasing them. For, now they have added needlessly killing an animal. And, while I'm not a vegetarian, I think we should't kill animals without at least the purpose of eating them.

>> We are a young species. We've only been on the planet for 200,000 years. Our bipedalism evolved and has been improving since Ardipithecus, a genus of two species that were likely partially bipedal 4.4 and 5.6 million years ago. This is not a long time in evolution. We've been improving but likely still don't have all of the kinks worked out.
> So considering how incredibly effective our bodies are in every other aspect of bipedalism, the idea of our backs being left behind in this development to me, make the causes of late onset chronic pain seem more like a result of societal lifestyle changes than not.

Actually, there are other pains as well that we get from bipedalism. Back pain is not alone. It is in good company with knee and neck pain. And, numerous people have problems with their feet such as flat feet. My own go splat, meaning that I have an arch but it doesn't hold when I stand up. So I need orthotics to keep my arch while walking because otherwise, my knees tip inward and I get knee pain from my bad feet.

> I hear you saying backs just had no reason to be better for our survival sake, but you know, I think they would have been.

Maybe they will be if we can survive the next couple of hundred years. Maybe when the great human die-off happens (because we're way over sustainable numbers right now) that will give us the small population(s) required for speciation to occur. And, maybe we'll get the next incremental improvement, which may be stronger backs or going back to knuckle-walking. Or, it could be letting our legs atrophy altogether and getting around with wheels. Maybe the so-called singularity where we ?download/upload/crossload? our very selves into robot bodies will be our next evolutionary step.

I'm not optimistic. I'm betting extinction of us and a great many other species with us is the next step for us.

> (Only way to have any clue would be by that study we spoke about though). Also, would the argument of aging be reasonable, given all creatures ache towards the end of their lives? Dogs' hips for example, they often go when they get old, so we'd be saying they're an imperfect design too?

I once did read a book on philosophy of engineering that said that perfect engineering would have the whole unit fail at once.

>> Unfortunately, it does not look to me as if we'll survive long enough for that next step.......

> Wellllll that's a terrifying thought! I'll just go crawl back into my confirmation bias shell now, thank you. ;)

Oops. I was responding and reading at the same time. Maybe I should go back and delete some of the more depressing stuff I wrote above. But, I already typed it and still agree with what I typed. So, I'm going to let it stand.

If you believe our lives our eternal, why worry if our physical species is not?

BTW, I personally would not want eternity in heaven or hell. Both are equally scary to me. They'd only differ for the portion of time that I'd be adjusting to my new surroundings. Once I'm used to heaven or abused to hell, I'd go through an OK period (finite) in either and then just be bored out of my soul for the rest of eternity (infinite). I'm not built for eternity and want no part of it. But, that's just me.

u/itsalldark · 2 pointsr/books

Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner is about water infrastructure in the American West and its politics.

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn is fiction but talks about human-nature relations.

u/gtrpunk · 2 pointsr/Showerthoughts

I've read that.. It's just Ishmael.. Good book.

u/Dozze · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

I wouldn't say it's classic philosophy but it help me with thinking in a different way and challenging common knowledge more.

u/sleepyj910 · 2 pointsr/atheism

you might enjoy this book

u/drownme · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

One of them, at least, was reading Ishmael by Daniel Quinn in 11th grade. The book has a lot of flaws, but it was eye-opening for me - and helped me see (and analyze) the myths and constructs of the human existence. Some of these myths are good, helpful, etc, but in the end it's all made up.

u/pdclkdc · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

It works locally but it can never work globally. Populations tend to increase when there is enough food for everyone until there is no longer enough sustenance, then you have hungry people again. The only way we can ever feed everyone is if we have an ever increasing food source and ever increasing land source, of which we have neither.

Daniel Quinn wrote a very good book discussing this called Ishmael. I'm not saying it's as cut and dry as that, but you can't really believe that if everyone has enough money and everyone has enough food, we won't be in the same situation all over again in just a couple of years. It's much more complicated than that.

u/MrXlVii · 2 pointsr/tabc

Going to try and post books that are related, but not actually "atheist".

Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

The first one for obvious reasons. Sagan is the secular Jesus, and I'd say the second is an interesting read for anyone religious or otherwise, but I feel like it would be better received if you don't actually believe in Christianity. It's a great read though

u/sword_of_Aeons · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

I highly recommend [Ishmael by Daniel Quinn] ( and [Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac] (

The narrators of both books are looking to understand life, or to put their existence in some sort of context. Over the course of their adventures, they find out how to exist in the world in a way that empowers them and celebrates their uniqueness.

u/melboo · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Ismael by Daniel Quinn. Everything about what is wrong with our civilization through a talking gorilla. Great stuff

u/synt4x · 2 pointsr/printSF

I had to hit the dictionary often for The Diamond Age.

u/BornOnFeb2nd · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Diamond Age
>John Percival Hackworth is a nanotech engineer on the rise when he steals a copy of "A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer" for his daughter Fiona. The primer is actually a super computer built with nanotechnology that was designed to educate Lord Finkle-McGraw's daughter and to teach her how to think for herself in the stifling neo-Victorian society. But Hackworth loses the primer before he can give it to Fiona, and now the "book" has fallen into the hands of young Nell, an underprivileged girl whose life is about to change.

u/TheLeaderIsGood · 2 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

Right, I have a bit of a terrible memory so here are some... not all of them have a woman as the main but generally more than just 'supporting' or 'girlfriend' roles :)

Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear. This is part of a series and I'm pretty sure this is the first in that series with Darwin's Children the next one.

The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson.

Ender's Game.

Mainly my favourite authors are Greg Bear, Greg Egan, Neal Stephenson, Stephen Baxter, Philip K Dick - the usual crowd. Do you have any recommendations?

u/ItsAConspiracy · 2 pointsr/Futurology

My favorite post-singularity fiction is the Golden Age trilogy by John C. Wright. Superintelligent AI, virtual reality, and mind uploading, and he still manages a deeply human tale of epic heroism. It's a little hard to get into for the first three or four chapters, but then it really takes off. I've read it three times.

Greg Egan's work is pretty interesting, eg. Permutation City, which is mainly about uploading etc.

For more of the near-future speculation side of Accelerando, Cory Doctorow writes a lot of good stuff. And there's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom which is post-singularity.

Neal Stephenson's Diamond Age is pretty much a classic, covering nanotech, AI-based education, and all sorts of craziness. One of my favorites.

u/narwi · 2 pointsr/books is what I have, and really, I could do with a slightly more abridged version, there are a bunch of stories inside I don't really care to reread. His work is fairly uneven I would say and certainly his genius doesn't show in all stories.

Which by no mean means you shouldn't get as complete set of his stories if this is what you want. Just pointing out that it might not be worth it.

u/Quietuus · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

I bought the two big Gollancz Lovecraft books, Necronomicon and Eldritch Tales, a year or two back. Does anyone know how this stacks up against those in terms of completeness? Eldritch Tales includes many of the collaborations, the poetry and The Supernatural in Horror Fiction (which I think should be a part of every really good Lovecraft collection).

u/MesozoicMan · 2 pointsr/Fantasy

And if you feel like dropping some coin, Gollancz has put out a couple of really sharp looking collections.

u/3Quarks4MasterMark · 2 pointsr/books

Hi tmhodge, I got the book rather cheaply from Amazon (here) and, well, the picture is from my study room ;)

I highly recommend this edition, it's a ridiculously massive (880 pages!) & luxuriously bound book with dozens of HPL's stories and fantastic woodcut illustrations.

[Edit: Official 3Quarks4MasterMark endorsement & woodcut scan added]

u/damaged_but_whole · 2 pointsr/occult

So, you can pretty much disregard u/Independent_Skeptic's contribution here...

HP Lovecraft never wrote a Necronomicon. He only wrote stories about a fictional book he called the Necronomicon. There was also a posthumous collection of HP Lovecraft stories gathered together under the title Necronomicon but that's something else altogether. The same collection of stuff has been assembled by many publishers under many titles.

u/The-_-Duke · 2 pointsr/de

Ist Ausgabe vergleichbar mit dem was ich habe? Link

Oder lohnt sich die Anschaffung des anderen?

u/Coupaholic · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft
u/Miskatonica · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

Hi, I do custom orders, yes. Would you like for the Necronomicon this one:

If so, I'll dm you a price quote/turnaround time. Then if you approve, I'd send you an online listing via my website secretsafebooks dot com or my etsy page.

If not, please send me a link to the specific edition you would like, and I'll dm you a price quote/turnaround time.

Thank you!

u/quietly41 · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

It's not complete, it is missing the poems, and a few stories he did as collaborations. This and this, contain more than the one you've given.

I have all three, the complete fiction is a much, much nicer edition than the two I linked, and while it is missing the poems, it is still a great buy for the price. Also, you should buy the one directly from amazon, not the third party.

u/Rudyon · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

Well Amazon has all of them. Yeah sure it's pricy but still. It does have them.

u/WeWillFallTogether · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

I know you already picked one, but I got the hardcover version of the Necronomicon compilation, and I absolutely love it. It's beautifully bound and embossed. I got into Lovecraft not too long ago, and I'm still working my way through it.

u/Miskatonicon · 2 pointsr/Documentaries

I might have to pick that up. I have the Necronomicon (gorgeous book) which has more stories than the one you mentioned but each is missing some tales that the other has when you compare contents.

u/ZangTumbTumb · 2 pointsr/books

Get Necronomicon: the Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft , it's pretty much the only one you'll have to buy for a good while!

u/spud_destroyer · 2 pointsr/Minecraft

If you really enjoy CoC, you might like the Necronomicon, which is a collection of the cthulhu mythos stories by Lovecraft. Also the name of the bible/spell book in the mythos. I found my copy in a used book store, well worth it.


u/leafyhouse · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

Like other people said, Call of Cthulhu is the only one with Cthulhu. It's a great read, but kinda fun to save for when you've read more.

The first story I read was Shadow over Innsmouth, which is fantastic but long. The Hound isn't his best, but it's my favorite. /u/Zaldarr said Dagon, which I agree with. I'd wait a while before Mountains of Madness, as it does kind of take some of the mystery out.

His most famous, outside of CoC, is The Music of Eric Zann and Pickman's Model.

This edition of his short stories is neat because it has a lot of his stories and just looks cool. I use it as a coffee table book.

u/unconundrum · 2 pointsr/Fantasy

There's also a collection of Lovecraft's work called The Necronomicon that lethaltech may have been referencing, here:

u/faloofay · 2 pointsr/goth

Anything by H.P. Lovecraft <3 I absolutely adore the shadow over innsmouth and the colour out of space... If youre into video games they have one based on the shadow over innsmouth with themes from the call of cthulhu and its just amazing... Its called "Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth"

Edit: I bought a lovely volume of almost every story by him from barnes and noble for 40$ AND it doubles as a weapon ;) ( I just realized you could find it on amazon for thirty... ;-; sadness...

u/girkuss · 2 pointsr/rpg

Devil in the White City- By Erik Larson A fantastic nonfiction that reads like fiction.

Anything by HP Lovecraft for a dose of Horror. I think the story, "Horror at Red Hook" and "Lurker in Darkness" have more of an adventurer GM theme to them than others. Fair bit of warning, when reading his stuff have a dictonary pulled up on your phone. Since it's older material there are a lot of anitquated words in there. Don't worry about learning every new word for future reference. Your brain will pick a couple.
My favorite collection.

I have used some history books about WWI and WWII to make campigns for Iron Kingdoms.

I'm a fan of varied mediums, if you haven't done graphic novels before, maybe look into one that could strike your fancy. Hellboy, Batman-The Long Halloween, most titles by Allen Moore, Superman-Red Son.

Also sneak some poetry in there. Even light stuff like Shel Silverstein was helpful to me. It helps you think of how to use words in new ways.

Edit: Formatting

u/mcdrunkagain · 2 pointsr/Cthulhu

Very cool collection. The hardback of Rock'n'Roll Necronomicon was limited to 75 copies, very cool that you have #0. Here's a couple I didn't see in your collection: Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft and the rare hardback of the Simon Necronomicon which I stupidly sold years ago for pennies on the dollar.

u/Unkie_Fester · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

This it's not the complete collection of HP Lovecradt. But it has all of his best works. And that paper quality is great

Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft (Commemorative Edition)

u/InfanticideAquifer · 2 pointsr/books

Honestly you should just get the Necronomicon and read a bunch of Lovecraft. It's one of the best "I should randomly read this" decisions I ever made.

u/Grullok · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft
u/grant_us_eyes · 2 pointsr/bloodborne
u/Glorious_Invocation · 2 pointsr/Games

I started with the "collection of best stories" book called Necronomicon ( amazon link so you know the book cover).

It starts off a bit slow and the early stories are all relatively short but by the middle of it I couldn't put it down anymore.

u/SuckItCaldwell · 2 pointsr/bloodborne

I recommend this:
it is a good collection of some of his stories and is a good jumping off point.

u/priestofazathoth · 2 pointsr/gaymers

Start with his story 'The Call of Cthulhu'. It's fairly short, gives you a good feel for his style, and is most closely related with the stuff you probably already know about him.

All of his stuff is available for free online. My favorite print collection is the Necronomicon, possibly the same thing you previously owned. Link:

u/alsoathrowaway · 2 pointsr/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu

Gender Identity Disorder is still listed in the DSM as a mental disorder. I think there are arguments to be made both ways about whether that's more a good thing or more a bad thing (realistically it's probably some of both).

As far as I understand, it's not at all a disorder in the sense that most psychological disorders are. The issue is that the "disorder" (the dysphoria - a sense of overwhelming wrongness and badness, contrast with "euphoria") is generally caused by a mismatch between a psychological property (the individual's gender) and a set of physical properties (the individual primary and/or secondary sex characteristics) as well as a social property (how the individual is seen and treated by society at large).

So, there is a disorder in the sense that, and to the extent that, this mismatch causes a great deal of suffering in someone's life. But let's take a hypothetical person who was assigned male at birth, who has a penis and male secondary sex characteristics, but who has a female gender. Again, the psychological component of this "disorder" is the female gender - but can we really call having a female gender a mental illness? (Of course, as sexist as our culture can be, perhaps some would like to.. but that's sort of tangential.) And the difference between this "disorder" and at least the vast majority of psychological disorders is that it is, I believe, largely fixable - my understanding is that most trans folks who transition experience are much, much happier afterward; the "disorder" is pretty much solved. And it's important to note that the fix for this is a physical fix, not a mental one - from what I've seen, if you asked most trans people "Hey, if you had a magic wand that would allow you to live your life comfortably as the gender you were assigned at birth, would you use it?" the most common answer would probably be something like "No - why would I want to change who I am?".

Further factors of course include the fact that "mental disorder" is a pretty stigmatizing term, and has a set of connotations that don't really make sense for this issue, and the history of access to hormones and surgery being contingent on the diagnoses of psychologists, some of whom would (and in some places still do) dick people around if they don't hear exactly the narrative they're expecting to hear. On the other hand, I've heard concerns voiced that were it removed from the DSM, it might be harder for trans individuals to get the treatments that they needed, for insurance reasons.

(You can read more on this subject here.)

> Anyway, I was hoping maybe someone could shed a light on what exactly it means to be a "girl" or a "boy"? Is it based on likes/interests/personality/tendencies? I mean, personhood is pretty hard to define already, so how do you define a female person?

That's a tough one to get at, because I think you pretty much have to rely on people's own self-reported experiences, and nobody can get at what other people's experiences are. I can't really answer this one clearly (shit, I'm struggling with my own gender identity as it is), but I can highly recommend to you, if you're interested in reading further on the subject, the book Whipping Girl by Julia Serano. It gets into a lot of stuff about trans issues, the way our culture defines and interacts with gender, the "scapegoating of femininity" (as she puts it), etc. It's also available in Kindle form if you want to pay a little bit less or if you're worried about people asking awkward questions about what you're reading (I read it on my phone, personally, for that reason).

> Will we eventually be recognizing people with multiple personality disorder as multiple people stuck in one body in society?

I doubt it. As far as I've heard, psychology in general isn't even really sure that Dissociative Identity Disorder is a thing at all - it's sort of elusive and hard to demonstrate, and some (maybe a lot?) of people who ostensibly had it turned out to be faking it (see Wikipedia).. On the other hand, if it is a legit thing? Yeah, I think that would be a fair way to treat it. (If that's a subject that interests you, and if you're into hard, gritty sci-fi, allow me to recommend Peter Watts's excellent book Blindsight, which features among other things a character who does indeed have multiple personalities, who are pretty much distinct people.)

u/KyleOrtonAllDay · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook
u/stellarfury · 1 pointr/funny
u/BigSexyTolo · 1 pointr/Showerthoughts

You should check out the book by Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. It's fantastic.

u/Pudie · 1 pointr/IAmA

Have you read the book Lamb:The Gospel According to Biff? Did you love it too?

u/reveurenchante · 1 pointr/SuicideWatch

I totally understand the fear of the unknown after death. I was raised atheist so I often battle with those fears. It led to anxiety, which I now take medication for, but I also found a few things to help me. I love cats and animals, so I read and every day, or when I feel like I need a pick me up, I also read a lot and do crafts, which can help my mood. It sounds all very cheesy, but honestly these things help me when I'm feeling anxious.

If you want a humorous book to read, I highly recommend "The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal".... it's pretty hilarious, and thought provoking. find it here

u/st_gulik · 1 pointr/scifi

No, I couldn't finish them. Too heavy handed, and too obvious. If I want to go on a ride where I know where I will go, but still have a fun time I'll ride a roller coaster.

u/FreeThnker · 1 pointr/atheism

You should check out Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. If you are a fan of Christopher Moore, it is a rather entertaining read. It is a nice satire based off of some of the stories told in the Bible.

u/BamBam-BamBam · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Agreed, this is an absolutely hilarious book.

u/opabinia · 1 pointr/2xCBookClub

Lamb, the Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore if you like some fictitious humor!

It's a definitely fluffy humorous take on the missing years of Jesus that's unlikely to be offensive regardless of your religion. It might be a bit touchy for a staunch Christian, but it doesn't paint anything in a bad light. There's some fun and hilarious philosophizing, too, including Jesus's time as a Buddhist monk and the invention of milk + coffee.

u/Frater_Petrichor · 1 pointr/occult

He was the main character in one of the sequels to a very popular book. See:

u/Jaggerbomber · 1 pointr/books

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. Great book. My favorite part is that it's a stand alone book. No need to wait 10 years between the books. Lamb by Christopher Moore. Another phenominal stand alone book.

Edited for spelling.

u/MeishkaD · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Points Tally Complete for TheO-ne-ders

4 - So what you are saying, is your boyfriend needs a sippy cup? lol

5 - Have you read Lamb? If not, you should. It is amazing.

6 - Counting this as valid, but not too clever as many people came to the same conclusion. Although I suppose that doesn't negate the original cleverness.

7 - I kid you not, this exact Beany Babie is sitting no less than five feet away from me. :)

11 - I know that feel. For a long time my main goal in life was to be able to fill my cart at the grocery store without have to count every single penny. It took time and effort but we are finally there. Hoping you get there soon as well.

13 - Are you sure you aren't me from the past? I was so excited when we finally got a good HEPA vacuum cleaner.

14 - And it's Prime eligible!

17 - Video Games are absolutely toys! And this one is sooo good!

18 - Hard to argue with a classic.

20 - The only way I grill. :)

Oregon Bonus - Marionberry jam is very tasty. I can vouch for the tastiness of this brand. My parent's get their CSA box from this family.

So glad you had fun filling this out, as I had fun reading your answers. :) I will update the original post as soon as I have a winner.

u/Backslashinfourth_V · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

This is because during the 15-20 years of Jesus' life that isn't documented in the Bible, he went on a soul searching mission to find the 3 wise men, which ended up being a magician, a Buddhist and a Hindu Yogi. He learned from their religious interpretations and ended up modifying their terminology slightly so that his people could better understand the concepts. So, for example, the Buddhist version of the "inner light" because the "holy ghost" of which he speaks. He also learned Kung Fu and fought a demon. [Source] (

u/Evrybdywangchung · 1 pointr/pics

"Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff"

Reference for all who are downvoting or wondering. Hilarious book on the missing years of ol' JC's life. Well played gent.

u/jaypeg25 · 1 pointr/Showerthoughts

Everybody forgets about Biff

u/ryzellon · 1 pointr/mildlyinfuriating

I doubt the cited source is a scholarly source.

The [more reliable etymology](
) suggests a misreading of the divine monogram, though the "Hallowed" thing is a pretty common claim.

Personally, I like "haploid."

u/boar-kid · 1 pointr/Futurology

If you want to get really frustrated with this idea of "forward progress", read The Big Ratchet.

If you want to read something more insightful and interesting, you might want to check out Daniel Quinn's books: Ishmael, My Ishmael and The Story of B. All 3 books contain the same ideas but within a slightly different story. I think my favorite is My Ishmael but they're all great.

Thanks for this exchange. This made my morning a little brighter.

u/Mythic377 · 1 pointr/simpleliving
u/k3nnyd · 1 pointr/videos

Read Ishmael and if your mind isn't at least somewhat changed, you're probably a strong embodiment of evil.

u/finkgraphics · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.


Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance By Robert Prsing

Both books have ideas that influence the way I think since I have read them. Zen Art also is a character with a mental illness and how it influences his really deep thoughts about life.

u/serpicowasright · 1 pointr/worldnews

"There's nothing fundamentally wrong with people. Given a story to enact that puts them in accord with the world, they will live in accord with the world. But given a story to enact that puts them at odds with the world, as yours does, they will live at odds with the world. Given a story to enact in which they are the lords of the world, they will act like lords of the world. And, given a story to enact in which the world is a foe to be conquered, they will conquer it like a foe, and one day, inevitably, their foe will lie bleeding to death at their feet, as the world is now." - Daniel Quinn, Ishmael

If you really care about preserving the environment even for self serving reasons read Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. See why our current mindset in fact puts us at odds with the environment a community and something we absolutely depend on.

I'd also say don't merely discount people as crazy because they disagree or hold a radical world view.

u/loojit · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Jules Verne - The Mysterious Island -> It's amazing how well the author is able to keep your attention throughout the book, when it's just 4 people trapped on a uninhabited island.

Daniel Quinn - Ishmael -> It raises some incredible viewpoints and questions. Very recommended.

Michael Crichton - Sphere -> A very entertaining read.

Clive Cussler - Atlantis Found -> I enjoyed his NUMA series a lot. It got me into reading.

Ira Levin - The Boys from Brazil -> This is kind of a historical fiction. I liked this book because I've always enjoyed reading about the WWII era.

Douglas Adams - The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy -> Very fun read

u/evilbadro · 1 pointr/

Here is one guy's answer to that. The book is fun and my paraphrase is spoilery, but we have no spoiler formating options here. The gist of it is that the Genesis myth is a prohibition of agrarian society. It is an observation that peoples proximal to the myth author became warlike upon adopting agriculture whereas subsistence cultures do not have the means to sustain armies capable of significant warfare. Since war is immoral, and mankind (having just recently evolved from monkeys) exhibits a generally impaired political decision making, agriculture is best avoided.

u/riesvartan · 1 pointr/pics

While you referenced orangutans, your comment reminded me of Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn.

>Because it was backed by darkness, the glass in this window was black -- opaque, reflective. I made no attempt to see beyond it as I approached; I was the spectacle under observation. On arrival, I continued to gaze into my own eyes for a moment, then rolled the focus forward beyond the glass -- and found myself looking into another pair of eyes.
>I fell back, startled. Then, recognizing what I'd seen, I fell back again, now a little frightened.
>The creature on the other side of the glass was a full-grown gorilla.
>Full-grown says nothing, of course. He was terrifyingly enormous, a boulder, a sarsen of Stonehenge. His sheer mass was alarming in itself, even though he wasn't using it in any menacing way. On the contrary, he was half-sitting, half-reclining most placidily, nibbling delicately on a slender branch he carired in his left hand like a wand.
>I said to myself that the teacher was plainly not on hand, that there was nothing to keep me there, that I should go home. But I didn't like to leave with the feeling that I'd accomplished nothing at all. I looked around, thinking I'd leave a note, if I could find something to write on (and with), but there was nothing. Nevertheless, this search, with the thought of written communication in mind, brought to my attention something I'd overlooked in the room that lay beyond the glass, it was a sign or poster hanging on the wall behind the gorilla. It read:

u/optimistic_humanist · 1 pointr/atheism

I recommend the book Ishmael ( ). It gives an interesting perspective on the origin of the Adam and Eve story.

In essence, the people who adopted the Adam and Eve story as 'their story' didn't write the story to begin with. They didn't understand the story, but coopted it anyway. The story was used to describe them by their cultural enemies, the "fall of Adam and Eve" was what nomadic people used to describe their farmer enemies who were slowing taking land away from them in the Meospotamic region. The nomads saw that those people misunderstood the knowledge of the gods, that they believed in the concepts of good and evil. By thinking they understood the knowledge of good and evil they began a dark path of justifying murder, rape, pillaging, genocide, etc.

History is littered with examples of religious people who thought what they were doing was good and others were evil. However, what in nature is good and what is evil? Find a single example of good and evil in nature, I dare you. The truth is, its a made up concept.

u/SeamusQuintana · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. A quick, though-provoking read perfect for a few layin' on da beach sessions.

u/DickcheeseDoughnut · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

u/Stranger2k · 1 pointr/AskReddit
u/BaconZombies · 1 pointr/Economics

Read Ishmael, sell everything, and then go subsistence farm for yourself.

u/thewildginger · 1 pointr/videos

read the book ishmael. Explains how we got to here, and what we need to do to reverse the problems that have to do with man in (or not in) nature.

u/pennycenturie · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

My ex once argued that it's not overpopulation that's the issue, but rather lack of resources. One answer to your question is that those two things are the exact same thing worded differently.

Overpopulation is an issue I take very, very seriously. I have a pet theory that everything we've so far failed at on a human rights front would be significantly less of a problem if we had lower population. I've heard many people argue that population is on the decline now and so the concern is unnecessary, but my opinion is that the difference these people are referring to is not substantial enough.

Check out this book to read an argument that really looks at this question as a spiritual and moral issue. The TL;DR of the book is "it is wrong to take more than you need." Bonus: my dad is responsible for the publication of the book, with the only other responsible party being Ted Turner.

u/antipatriot88 · 1 pointr/collapse

Probably cheaper on eBay. This book is important.

u/pensotroppo · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

Looks like someone's been reading Ishmael.

u/Blawraw · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Damn, so the hotfix didn't work?

u/yourfrigginguide · 1 pointr/IAmA

>So basically you? You grant legitimacy to the system by voting. You are part of "the will of the people". You voted so you consent to the killing of children in the middle east.

Seems you don't even know who I vote for.

>How do i opt out? How do I not pay for the death of children?

By fighting for it simple as that. This book might help

u/sanchodasloth · 1 pointr/tipofmytongue
u/felocean · 1 pointr/StonerPhilosophy

This is definitely a philosophical question, so there is no certain answer. Clearly we don't know where we're going, but some argue that we're not the end goal of anything, just a piece of the path that will continue until humans are gone. I suggest you check out Ishmael by Daniel Quinn if you haven't read it before; pretty easy read and is driven by many of the questions you ask.

Amazon link:

u/dharmabum42 · 1 pointr/pics
u/kleinbl00 · 1 pointr/books
  • Legacy of Ashes: A History of the CIA by Tim Wiener. Chapter and verse how a small cadre of adventuresome elitists ended up shaping the post-War world into what it is today.

  • The Cold War: A New History by John Lewis Gaddis. A balanced look at the effects upon the world of the economic systems of capitalism and communism, and an analysis of how the Soviet loss of the Cold War does not mean an American win.

  • Blood Brothers: The Criminal Underworld of Asia by Bertil Linter. As much a socioeconomic history of the Pacific Rim as a flashy expose of Triads, the Yakuza and the Tongs, Blood Brothers delves into the philosophy of crime in Asia and how the Western paradigm of Law/Crime is inadequate when describing the Eastern mindset of quasi-governmental organized "crime."

  • The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. Discusses the overall impact of mankind on ecology, geology, and the future of the planet, whether or not we happen to be here.

  • The Joke by Milan Kundera. A lyrical, heartbreaking look into the workings of Soviet Czechoslovakia. The allegations that Milan Kundera may have been an informant himself throws a stark and surreal light on the book.

  • The Evolution of Useful Things by Henry Petroski. Starting with the fork and working his way through the paperclip, Petroski illustrates that the oft-repeated platitude "necessity is the mother of invention" is completely wrong - luxury is the mother of invention.

  • Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. Oversimplified and infuriating, Ishmael is, however, a pretty good overview told in a semi-entertaining way of Conrad Lorenz's argument that the modern lifestyle is fucking stupid and we were all better off as hunter-gatherers. If condescending sophistry isn't your bag, go to The Source.

  • Watchmen. Fer real.
u/Halgrind · 1 pointr/atheism

Sounds like part of the premise of Ishmael

u/conspirobot · 1 pointr/conspiro

binjinpurj: ^^original ^^reddit ^^link

I would have to say without a doubt it would be Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. It is a very short but unforgettable novel that puts the fall of man into such a precise perspective its nearly impossible to contend it.

Quinn is an amazing writer and I really would recommend anything by him.

u/hmbse7en · 1 pointr/Anthropology

Also, a work of fiction that brilliantly addresses the topics your looking to focus on is Ishmael - more than anything, it really just helps prime your mind for understanding these concepts without the clouding of our own cultural perspective.

u/cometparty · 1 pointr/atheism

She... she was talkin'... 'bout Ishmael. That's a little bit awesome, I have to say.

u/legendofj · 1 pointr/AskReddit
u/MIUfish · 1 pointr/atheism

The Diamond Age By Neal Stephenson is a top contender.

u/brotorious · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

One of my favorite books is The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson.

I've read it twice now since 2008; the first time I was captivated by the world he created. The second time, I began to understand what he was trying to explore with culture and what it means to "belong" to something or to subscribe to a belief system.

An entertaining read set in a fantastic world that you will not forget :)

u/yeropinionman · 1 pointr/collapse

Neal Stephenson's [The Diamond Age]( "fuckin great book") has an interesting situation. It's not a post-collapse world, but it is a semi-anarchic "not-so-far-future" world where governments don't have very much power. In this world, people have separated into "philes" (same root as in "audiophiles like sound equipment"), some of which are based on religion, or ideology, others are based on habits, values and aesthetics (for example some groups choose to live like Victorian-era Britons with steam-punk technology).

u/TwistedStack · 1 pointr/compsci

Nice. I've been trying to think of a good automata book. Diamond Age just popped into my head. Hehe.

u/linuxlass · 1 pointr/technology

You may be interested in this novel - it starts a bit slow and cryptic so you have to be a little patient before it gets good.

u/neje · 1 pointr/books

When the Lights go out Tanith Lee was a book that made a very strong impression on me.

The tombs of Atuan by LeGuin was another book I kept on rereading as a teen.

The Woman who Loved Reindeer by M.A. Pierce I only read once as it got knicked from my library. Over 15 years later I still carry it with me, or at least the feeling I got from from it.

I'm also slightly thinking The Darkangel trilogy by Pierce as well. Another series that got read, re-read and re-re-read.

Come to think of it, I think a lot of the books that really got to me as a teen were the fantasy starring alienated but strong teens and women.

Nowadays I think one of my favourite books are The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson, which, aside from being absolutely awesome scifi, I guess also touches on the topic of strong but misfitted women.

u/CaligoAccedito · 1 pointr/sciencefiction

Have you read "The Diamond Age," by Neil Stephenson?

You may also enjoy The Madness Season by C. S. Friedman.

If you can give me more examples of stuff you like, I may be able to offer more suggestions.

u/ThisTimeIsNotWasted · 1 pointr/politics

Neal Stephenson covers this pretty well in Diamond Age

u/xoites · 1 pointr/technology

>John Percival Hackworth is a nanotech engineer on the rise when he steals a copy of "A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer" for his daughter Fiona. The primer is actually a super computer built with nanotechnology that was designed to educate Lord Finkle-McGraw's daughter and to teach her how to think for herself in the stifling neo-Victorian society. But Hackworth loses the primer before he can give it to Fiona, and now the "book" has fallen into the hands of young Nell, an underprivileged girl whose life is about to change.

The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spectra Book) Paperback – May 2, 2000
by Neal Stephenson

u/SnowblindAlbino · 1 pointr/DIY

Ever read The Diamond Age? They did it, and ended up using diamonds for everything (i.e. windows, buildings, etc.).

u/dizman101 · 1 pointr/Music

You should read the Diamond Age.

u/drbold · 1 pointr/IAmA

Excellent. Good writers, all! Have you tried out Neal Stephenson? If no, I highly recommend A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer and The Baroque Cycle, although almost all of his books are excellent (except his first :P).

u/CrankCaller · 1 pointr/books

I haven't read that myself, but based on the description and notes elsewhere in the thread I might recommend these:

u/deep1986 · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

I started reading Lovecraft with

I'd just start with this.
This has a lot of his short stories, and working through this would give you a great starting point (and would set you through the vast majority of his work tbh)

u/A_Rarity_Indeed · 1 pointr/books

In my experience, horror works best with short stories. And even if you disagree, anthologies are brilliant for exploring the genre in manageable pieces.

The Dark Descent is a very good compilation.

I also have a Penguin Book of Ghost Stories which I'm very fond of -given to me by a now-dead grandmother when I was but a wee lad, and all that-; its sister Book of Horror Stories is not quite as good but worth the read, if only to round out your sojourn with some more obscure stories.

If you want to look into H.P. Lovecraft, Necronomicon is a very high quality book for its price.

u/born_lever_puller · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

Is this it? I'd never heard of that particular collection before. Anyone can republish his stories that are in the public domain, which is pretty much all of them.

Check out the sidebar for suggestions on where to begin ------>

u/johnnyboy182 · 1 pointr/PS4

Many people have already answered but I’ll just chime in that the Necronomicon is what I have and it’s great. Haven’t read all the stories yet though. Also Barnes and Noble have multiple (faux) leather bound Lovecraft collections.

Someone elsewhere in the thread recommended Uzumaki by Junji Ito. I’d also recommend Tomie by the same author. It’s not necessarily cosmic horror but it’s definitely an interesting take on horror and it was his first work. Both Uzumaki and Tomie can be found on amazon in a full hardback collection as well as some of his other works.

u/FLYBOY611 · 1 pointr/Games

I found myself asking the same question not too long ago! His best writing is the series of short stories he wrote for magazines that we collectively know as the Cthulu Mythos. You'll want to check out Necronomicon, which is the compilation of the best and most famous stories.,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch


Personally, I got myself the audio book version which is fantastic if you love scary stories. I listen to it in my kitchen while doing dishes. Great stuff. :)


Oh.....and fair warning. H.P. Lovecraft was kinda racist and it shows in some of his writing. =/

u/Gavlogie · 1 pointr/books

I was in the same position last year, i didn't know where to start. So i bought this:
It's a collection of most of his works and contains all of his more famous stories. It starts with a few of his short stories and as the book progresses the material gets longer. It was a really easy way to ease myself into his works.

u/Varg_Burzum_666 · 1 pointr/MurderedByWords

> LOL. Wait, when was it published?
> December 14,1988

um... I don't know where you got that date, but it was published in 1946, not 1988

>"A magnificent job of theoretical exposition."

>—Ayn Rand

She's not wrong.

>So to clarify, you recommend two books, one of which is thirty years old

No. much older. The age of a book does not correspond to the quality of said book.

>another which is by man who died in 1937


>was virulently racist even by the standards of his own time

True, but that doesn't mean his fiction is any less spectacular. Lots of people back then were racist. It doesn't mean that they can't also be good authors of good fiction. If you're worried that buying a book of his would be financially supporting a racist, he's been dead for 80 years, so you don't have to worry about that. He's not going to get any of the money you may spend on his fiction.

>Gollancz published a compendium of the Mythos and some of his other tales in 2008, called Necromicon : the Best Wierd Tales of HP Lovecraft

Yes, that's the one.

>but Lovecraft never published a book called The Necronomicon

If you want to get technical, Lovecraft never published a single book. He wrote mostly short stories and the longest story he wrote was a novella, not even a full novel, and most of his stuff was published in old pulp magazines.

>Certainly not an 1000+ page one.

Well, it's 900 pages so close enough.

u/Marfell · 1 pointr/books

I prefer Howard over Lovecraft, however they were actually quite good friends when it came to writing, exchanging letters and admiration between each other. However both died a tragic death, strange?

Anyways for those who are keen on reading the works of these two authors there is a book series that collected their short stories into a book and provided them.

I will simply link to Amazon so you guys can take a look on the books there.

u/RANewton · 1 pointr/science
u/FuncRandm · 1 pointr/horror

I'm not sure how complete it is... I did manage to pick up the Necronomicon from a local bookshop, which has his best work in it and trawl through that a few years ago. It looks like they still publish it...

u/Kariolization · 1 pointr/AskScienceFiction

Awesome! If it's your first Lovecraft story you're in for a treat. No one captures the fear of the unknown like Lovecraft did. He writes of entities unnameable and indescribable, hidden horrors so far beyond our comprehension that we are left to imagine (if we even can) what grotesque forms they could take. Expect to encounter ancient forgotten civilizations, cosmic monstrosities, alternative planes of existence, extradimensional deities, all of the above.

Lovecraft never wrote any novels, mostly poems, short stories and a novella. A great thing about them is that they are all interconnected. You would be best off buying an anthology. I highly recommend these two:

Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft

Eldritch Tales: A Miscellany of the Macabre

u/Probably_immortal · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

I started on Lovecraft with the Necronomicon and never looked back.

u/wantonballbag · 1 pointr/books
u/Derkanus · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

I bought The Necronomicon because it said it was "illustrated", but most of the pictures have nothing to do with the stories anyway (besides that, the drawings are few and far between and oft repeated). It's a very solid collection -- I'd say all of HPL's best stuff -- but there are quite a few annoying typos in it.

Still, it's fun when someone asks "what are you reading?" and I get to respond with "the Necronomicon."

u/projects8an · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

This is what I started with. Everything is in an order that makes it so you can just read through the book.

u/Two-in-the-Belfry · 1 pointr/casualiama

We have this, if it counts.

u/br3adina7or · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

I've only really been reading politics, economics and philosophy (particularly Marx and Engels), but I recently bought a copy of the Necronomicon which has some good stories by Lovecraft if you haven't read them before.

u/ultrajosua · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

do you mean this one?

u/Jafr02 · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

This is the one I was recently bought.. I think it has all the stories and a little map of arkham as well as a few illustrations. Plus pulling it out on the tube guarantees a free seat ;)

u/Mistersinister1 · 1 pointr/horror

I know what it is and what adaptation it has had in the literary world. This is what i was referring to. A simple compilation of his work, turns out its a sexy ass hardcover called the.. You guessed it. Any horror fanatic would be proud to have this in their library

u/elainetyro · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

Check out Blindsight by Peter Watts—it's very much in this vein of "spacetravel to a new planet" but (1) it's hard SF, which can turn some people off, and (2) the writing is a bit strange. Not bad, though—I honestly find the writing to be impeccable, but I feel like it could be off-putting to people who are more used to traditional writing styles.

u/Fenzik · 1 pointr/AskScienceDiscussion

Another very good book addressing this topic is Blindsight by Peter Watts.

u/Anticode · 1 pointr/INTP


Blindsight + Echopraxia by Peter Watts!

Deep, dark, Sci-fi. The only two books that I've ever read more than once in a year. (Re-reading the two for a 4th time currently).

Snippet from amazon:

>^^Send ^^a ^^linguist ^^with ^^multiple-personality ^^disorder ^^and ^^a ^^biologist ^^so ^^spliced ^^with ^^machinery ^^that ^^he ^^can't ^^feel ^^his ^^own ^^flesh. ^^Send ^^a ^^pacifist ^^warrior ^^and ^^a ^^vampire ^^recalled ^^from ^^the ^^grave ^^by ^^the ^^voodoo ^^of ^^paleogenetics. ^^Send ^^a ^^man ^^with ^^half ^^his ^^mind ^^gone ^^since ^^childhood. ^^Send ^^them ^^to ^^the ^^edge ^^of ^^the ^^solar ^^system, ^^praying ^^you ^^can ^^trust ^^such ^^freaks ^^and ^^monsters ^^with ^^the ^^fate ^^of ^^a ^^world. ^^You ^^fear ^^they ^^may ^^be ^^more ^^alien ^^than ^^the ^^thing ^^they've ^^been ^^sent ^^to ^^find―but ^^you'd ^^give ^^anything ^^for ^^that ^^to ^^be ^^true, ^^if ^^you ^^knew ^^what ^^was ^^waiting ^^for ^^them. ^^. ^^. ^^.

They contain tons of memorable (and quotable) quotes, such as:

>^“Not ^even ^the ^most ^heavily-armed ^police ^state ^can ^exert ^brute ^force ^to ^all ^of ^its ^citizens ^all ^of ^the ^time. ^Meme ^management ^is ^so ^much ^subtler; ^the ^rose-tinted ^refraction ^of ^perceived ^reality, ^the ^contagious ^fear ^of ^threatening ^alternatives.”
^― ^Peter ^Watts, ^Blindsight


>^“Fifty ^thousand ^years ^ago ^there ^were ^these ^three ^guys ^spread ^out ^across ^the ^plain ^and ^they ^each ^heard ^something ^rustling ^in ^the ^grass. ^The ^first ^one ^thought ^it ^was ^a ^tiger, ^and ^he ^ran ^like ^hell, ^and ^it ^was ^a ^tiger ^but ^the ^guy ^got ^away. ^The ^second ^one ^thought ^the ^rustling ^was ^a ^tiger ^and ^he ^ran ^like ^hell, ^but ^it ^was ^only ^the ^wind ^and ^his ^friends ^all ^laughed ^at ^him ^for ^being ^such ^a ^chickenshit. ^But ^the ^third ^guy ^thought ^it ^was ^only ^the ^wind, ^so ^he ^shrugged ^it ^off ^and ^the ^tiger ^had ^him ^for ^dinner. ^And ^the ^same ^thing ^happened ^a ^million ^times ^across ^ten ^thousand ^generations ^- ^and ^after ^a ^while ^everyone ^was ^seeing ^tigers ^in ^the ^grass ^even ^when ^there ^were`t ^any ^tigers, ^because ^even ^chickenshits ^have ^more ^kids ^than ^corpses ^do. ^And ^from ^those ^humble ^beginnings ^we ^learn ^to ^see ^faces ^in ^the ^clouds ^and ^portents ^in ^the ^stars, ^to ^see ^agency ^in ^randomness, ^because ^natural ^selection ^favours ^the ^paranoid. ^Even ^here ^in ^the ^21st ^century ^we ^can ^make ^people ^more ^honest ^just ^by ^scribbling ^a ^pair ^of ^eyes ^on ^the ^wall ^with ^a ^Sharpie. ^Even ^now ^we ^are ^wired ^to ^believe ^that ^unseen ^things ^are ^watching ^us.”
^― ^Peter ^Watts, ^Echopraxia

Or perhaps one that might resonate with many INTPs...

>^“I ^really ^wanted ^to ^talk ^to ^her.
^I ^just ^couldn't ^find ^an ^algorithm ^that ^fit.”
^― ^Peter ^Watts, ^Blindsight

In fact... Here is a repository of some fun Watts quotes. I have this page bookmarked since I read it so often. If any of these appeal to you, read the books! Blindsight is even free on his website.



Shinsekai Yori (From the new world)

The link has a nice description, but the entry into this universe was a strange one for me. It starts as so calm and Utopian, but everyone has cool powers (which is based on science so advanced that it appears as magic)! More is revealed about the world, interesting details and insights, but eventually something dark is slowly realized. My favorite anime series of all time - With art design as beautiful as any Miyazaki film and a storyline as fascinating as a science fiction novel, I would recommend this to anyone.



Dryft - No vocals, but rich stories. Complex but ambient, like relaxing by a waterfall on an artificial habitat in outer space as you watch the stars through the dome above you.

u/FunkyFortuneNone · 1 pointr/DebateAnAtheist

If you read hard scifi at all I HIGHLY recommend Peter Watt's Blindsight.

It dives deep into ideas of self identity and consciousness and would be very topical to your post. Can't recommend it enough if you enjoy the genre.

u/AmusementPork · 1 pointr/NoMansSkyTheGame

Definitely "Blindsight" by Peter Watts. It's about as hard as sci-fi can get, but it's one of those rare books that can completely blow your mind. It's a First Contact story with a really fascinating take on the evolution of consciousness, with profound implications for human cognition. Watts just released a sequel, "Echopraxia," which is equally great.

u/wrensalert · 1 pointr/books
u/inajeep · 1 pointr/funny

The book Cryptonomicon (historical sci-fi) by Neal Stephenson has an entire chapter describing productivity before and after ejaculation. A manual override just doesn't have the same affect. Complete with chart.

It also has a chapter on the proper way to eat Captain Crunch cereal.

I have been unable to find a good exert online but just read the damn book, it is worth the money and time.

u/mountstuart · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

I would recommend Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson if you are interested in WWII/signals/math/awesomeness

u/Smoke_Me_When_i_Die · 1 pointr/CasualConversation

Oh okay. In any case I really enjoyed Cryptonomicon. I'm doubting you'd like it though. It's over a thousand pages and in one section the author went on for several pages describing the proper technique for eating Cap'n Crunch.

u/newpong · 1 pointr/ifyoulikeblank

For fiction, check out some stuff by Neal stephenson like Cryptonomicon or Anathem

For non-fiction, maybe Hyperspace by Michio Kaku or Chaos by James Gleick.

u/carissalf · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

My list(s) are currently lacking. I have two on my ebooks list and just this one on my "normal" wish list.

Thanks for the contest.

u/prim3y · 1 pointr/everymanshouldknow

I got your list right here:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - great story about finding your way in life, destiny, etc. One of my personal favorites and a real life changer for me personally (read it when I was 14, very impressionable)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominigue Bauby - memoirs of a magazine editor who has a stroke and goes from being a hot shot playboy to being paralyzed. He loses all motor function and the whole book is written by him blinking out the letters. Despite it all he has a razor wit and such a positive outlook it really makes you think about your own life and what is important to appreciate.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig - kind of an interesting book that gives you a historical breakdown of philosophy all through a somewhat biographical story about a motorcycle trip with his son. Has some really insightful views on what is quality and what is the point of education. Highly recommend for anyone just starting college.

Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman by Richard P Feynman - Autobiography/memoir of one of the greatest minds to ever live. From learning how to pick locks while working on the manhattan project, experimenting with acid, and learning the bongos. Dr. Feynman has such a passion for life, science, and learning it's contagious. Seriously, just see how excited he gets about rubberbands.

u/SublimeDivine · 1 pointr/AskReddit
u/whole-hearted · 1 pointr/Christianity

I think this is why i asked in the beginning what you're expecting. Especially if you're comparing yourself to others, you may be expecting more than is reality. Just because people say they have a relationship, doesn't mean it's anything more than their own feelings or imagination playing tricks on them. So, don't rely too heavily on 'mountaintop moments' or the right 'feeling' to come along.

Do you like to read? If so, I know an awesome book that goes through a man's experience as he begins to unlearn all he'd learned about what life is truly 'all about'. It's sharing a Taoist, or Buddhist thought of seeing the trip, the present moment, as what's important rather than the destination. A relationship with God looks much the same. If you focus on the feelings or the enlightened moments, you'll miss the whole experience of going through life with Him!

The book is called "The Way of the Peaceful Warrior" by Dan Millman It's kind of an autobiography of sorts.

If that doesn't tickle your fancy, another book that helped me quite a bit with my relationship with God was a rather popular one: "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho

u/fufucuddlypooops · 1 pointr/OCD

Most people either love it or hate it, but perhaps the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho?

u/Mysterious_X · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

The Alchemist, could be a good read.

u/fish_n_chips · 1 pointr/AskReddit

World War Z by Max Brooks - An awesome read that tells the story of a world war against zombies as a series of interviews from different perspectives (military, doctors, political leaders, average people)

u/Critical386 · 1 pointr/Critical386

Definitely. You have the form and writing style for a book, where I've thought about it, and I just don't think my stories will convert well into a book.

I've just finished World War Z by Max Brooks, and now I'm on "I Heard You Paint Houses" on (Audible has been great because I can "read" books while I work (web development)).

u/RacismEverywhere · 1 pointr/AskReddit

The north would also be a great place to hide from zombies. I like to think they'd just freeze out there in the cold, and we could go out popping heads every once in a while, a la World War Z.

u/WIERDMEMER · 1 pointr/worldwarzthegame
u/leontrotskitty · 1 pointr/sydney

Easy, just get him a Zombie survival guide from Dymocks/Kinokuniya. What you have to watch out for is that you don't get him a shit one, of which there are many. IMO, The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks is the best one out there. If he hasn't read it, World War Z also by Max Brooks is excellent reading. It's not so much a guide as a collection of individual recounts, reports and stuff from different people over the course of a zombie breakout. It reads realistically which is more than I can say for the majority of Zombie related "survival guides" and books that are just stupid. They're making a movie out of it with Brad Pitt starring - just to show it's popularity.

If he hasn't seen The Walking Dead, getting him the seasons on DVD might be a good idea. Awesome TV show - again, realistic. If he's seen them, don't bother. I mean, he can just download them anyway so I guess this would be a crap gift unless he really likes the show. There are graphic novels that the show is based on which might be good.

If he's a gamer, might be good to get him ARMA II: Combined Operations. The reason I say that there's a great zombie survival mod for it called Day Z which is basically an online multiplayer open-world zombie survival like game. Trust me, he'll like it. Steam summer sale is on right now so ARMA II is 20% - if you can wait, don't buy it yet as it may go on sale for more (possibly up to 75%) if it goes up as a daily deal/flash sale/community choice. There's also a The Walking Dead game which I've heard is good. It's already been a daily deal so 25% is as good as it will get now.

Last of all, making him a kit might be cool. I put together this for a redditor last year. You can probably make a better one than me - I'll admit I cheaped out a little. Get a box or a backpack (you can cheap out on the backpack) and fill it up with things like a flashlight, a med kit (bandaids, bandages, surgical scissors, sports tape etc. things you can buy from a pharmacy), water purification tablets (this especially adds to it IMO), food (canned, power bars or, if you want to go the extra mile, MREs), thick army socks, a compass, etc. Basically just shit you'd take with you if you were going camping. Make it as compact/lightweight as possible.

Well, fuck, that turned out to be a lot longer than I intended. Anyway, good luck.

EDIT: Oh yeah, one more thing. What I did for that same redditor last year was that I wrote a survival plan for him. Basically, if you get him that Max Brooks Survival Guide, one of the things they suggest is hiding out in a prison (fortification, food, water, exercise yard, accommodation, weapons, remote etc.) - what I did was that I researched prisons in the walkable/bikable vicinity of his house and I mapped out routes to them from his house on a map I printed of his house from google maps.

u/rushtrack · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Man I hope the swine flu victims start trying to eat other people. I'm soo looking forward to a global zombie war ala WWZ.

u/satansballs · 1 pointr/books

Obligatory wiki links: Dystopian Literature. Although, some of the titles listed don't seem to fit (The Dispossessed?). Nuclear holocaust fiction, and your general apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction.

Some of the better/more popular ones:

  • Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang Kate Wilhelm.

  • Eternity Road Jack McDevitt. Well written, but not very insightful.

  • The Postman David Brin.

  • Mockingbird Walter Tevis. Great read. Think Idiocracy, with a serious take. Humanity's totally run by robots, everyone's forgotten how to read and think for themselves, and the world population's dropped to almost nothing.

  • We Yevgeny Zamyatin. The inspiration for George Orwell's 1984. Not the best read IMO, but some people claim it's better than 1984. It's possible I read a poor translation.

  • Island Aldous Huxley. It's a utopian island surrounded by a dystopian world. Might not fit in this list, but it's a good read if you like Huxley. I think it was his last novel.

  • 1984 George Orwell. One of my favorite novels. I have a bumper sticker with the quote "War is Peace, Ignorance is Strength, Freedom is Slavery", which is a slogan from the book. (Also, a sticker on my mirror with "Under the spreading chestnut tree, I sold you and you sold me"). The link points to Animal Farm and 1984.

  • Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury. Another must read. Very well written, thought-provoking novel. Is it still required reading in schools?

  • Earth Abides George Stewart.

  • Alas, Babylon Pat Frank. Lucifer's Hammer Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle. I'm grouping these two together because they're very similar, both in setting and politics. I didn't really enjoy either. The politics were not at all subtle, and the characters fit too neatly into stereotypes, and too obviously the writer's hero fantasy. Still, they're pretty popular, so try them out and feel free to disagree with me.

  • Brave New World Aldous Huxley. Really just a utopia that's rough around the edges, if I'm remembering it correctly (also called an anti-utopia, thank you wikipedia). Another must read.

  • A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter Miller.

  • Memoirs Found in a Bathtub Stanislaw Lem. Another favorite. I once created a text adventure based on this book. It was about as frustrating as that Hitchhiker's Guide game.

  • The Road Cormac McCarthy.

  • Philip K. Dick It's hard to keep track of PKD's novels, but some of them are dystopian, all of them worth reading. Favorites: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (also known as/inspired Blade Runner), Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, The Man in the High Castle.

  • The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood.

  • Y: The Last Man A graphical novel/comic collection. Decent art, great story.

    Zombies: World War Z, Raise the Dead, Marvel Zombies, Zombie Survival Guide, Day By Day Armageddon, I Am Legend.

    Also, just for kicks, some of my favorite dystopian movies:
    Brazil, Soylent Green, 12 Monkeys, Blade Runner, Akira, Children of Men, Dark City, A Boy and His Dog, Logan's Run, Idiocracy, Equillibrium.
u/movingchicane · 1 pointr/books

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

World War Z also by Max Brooks

And if you are open to graphic novels/comics

The Walking Dead series (It is significantly different from the TV series which is based on this series)

u/edheler · 1 pointr/preppers

World War Z asserts that zombies do not need to breathe and continue to survive underwater.

u/Erisari · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

$0.01 + $3.99

$0.01 + $3.99

$0.01 + $3.99

= $12 ... Math hurt my brain :)

Don't Sue People Panda!

u/clark_ent · 1 pointr/books

This is what I recommend every time someone asks this question: World War Z

It's a New York Times best seller because of it's non-stop insanely-paced action, while still having extremely intelligent writing and geo-political allegory undertones, with macroeconomic implications

u/swiffervsnarwhals · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

I liked the Ashfall trilogy though it did get a bit tedious at times (it was the YA version of One Second After). World War Z is always a good read. Z for Zachariah is a quick read, kind of a children's book, really, but is one of my favorites.

u/hallflukai · 1 pointr/AskReddit

John Dies at the End. It is actually the funniest, most witty book I've ever read.

u/Dis13 · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

I'm a defender of my genre, so here's my two recent picks:

John Dies @ the End

And, even though I've only gotten through the first fourth of this, the beginning was so intense and cinematic that it's the most excited I've been while reading in a great while (and I'm psyched to finish it!): American Elsewhere

u/doctorwaffle · 1 pointr/books

That was one of the earlier editions, I guess. This one costs $10.

u/bsax007 · 1 pointr/movies

And his book's title is "S."

u/that-writer-kid · 1 pointr/writing

No, but this has actually been sort-of-done. Check out this. I'm not a big romance reader but holy shit, this book was amazing.

u/Gryndyl · 1 pointr/write

Another recent non-traditional is S by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst. It takes the form of an old library book that was passed back and forth between two people making notes in the margins as they attempt to unravel the mystery of the author's identity. Comes complete with various prop items stuck between the pages of the book-postcards, photos, news clippings, etc.

u/dustybygones · 1 pointr/ARG

Aside from a few instances with web ARGs [EMH, Ackerly Green] most games that involve physical items I've come across are paid for experiences.

The Mysterious Package Company has some experiences that vary in story type as well as number of mailings you get. They're on the pricier end of things, but the artifacts they send reflect the price. They also have a quarterly subscription called Curios and Conundrums that involve a newspaper with stories, riddles, and puzzles as well as some ephemera and objects that all wrap up in a yearly story. The Weeping Book is a good starter point for people who don't want to spend a whole lot on an unknown company. Also, they've got a holiday sale going on right now to knock off a bit of the price tag:

The Mysterious Experience Company is a monthly crate box experience where you get some items and notes on a murder usually. It's up to you to read through it all, investigate online, and determine who from a list of suspects committed the crime. I've only had one box from them so far, but I am impressed so far by it:

Forgotten Folios is another monthly subscription through Patreon. The letters and artifacts you receive, depending on which level you support at, are more story driven than puzzle oriented but I think they're well worth checking out for their attention to detail:

The Haunted Dollhouse is an experience offered by Lady Delaney. You receive a series of boxes through the mail that allows you to put together a small dollhouse and piece together a story of betrayal and murder from the early 1900's. This experience happens a few times a year. Right now the next time it'll start going out is January. The creator also has a monthly subscription called Letters From the Dead where you get letters and other ephemera mailed to you, but I don't know a whole lot about that:

On the less pricier side of things there are a few books you may be interested in checking out. The Ship of Theseus tells several stories. Some overt and some only apparent when you read into the puzzle. There are artifacts inside the book that add to the stories and help with the puzzles. It may be hard to find at times but I recommend buying the book new so that you know you have all the pieces:

u/Daruuk · 1 pointr/AskReddit

"S" by Doug Dorst and JJ Abrams

This is the most imaginative concept I've ever seen for a novel. This work comes in a box. Upon opening it, you find a novel called 'the Ship of Theseus bu V. M. Straka, the last work of an enigmatic writer from the early 20th century. The intriguing part is that in the margins of the yellowed pages, two university students take turns writing notes to each other. Together they begin to unravel a sixty year old mystery.

I've never seen anything this innovative before, and it's incredibly well executed!

u/alexatd · 1 pointr/writing

Others have covered this well, but I wanted to throw in some thoughts. You absolutely MUST read if you plan on writing a novel. Just... required.

But don't force yourself to read things you don't like. Have you tried graphic novels? They are chock full of story but are more dynamic than your typical novel. Harry Potter may not have clicked for you because you saw the movies, but have you tried other young adult novels that don't have movie tie-ins? A lot of YA is imminently readable because they're usually in first person, fast-paced and very hook driven. There are some fun sci-fi/timey-wimey YA books out there you could try.

On the adult side, have you tried to read Thursday Next by Jasper Fforde? It's surrealist fantasy with a very fun time travel element, though they are very heavily rooted in bibliophilia--it's all tongue-in-cheek love of books stuff (the main character can jump into fiction). But he's my favorite writer on the planet and a great example of having fun with language/writing.

So I haven't actually read it but one of my BFFs loved this book to pieces: S by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst. It's apparently a very bizarre "book" that is not quite a book and is supposed to be an experience unto itself. Sounds a bit like what you maybe have in mind.

u/Pemdas1991 · 1 pointr/InsightfulQuestions
u/HazMat68W · 1 pointr/books

Sometimes you can get it cheaper off B&N.

Example: "S" by JJ Abrams.

People automatically go to Amazon b/c they overall have lower prices. But sometimes they jack up the prices of certain items b/c they know this. Always shop around.

That being said, $15 or more for even a new ebook is absurd.

EDIT: My example only reflects print copies.

u/IKantCPR · 1 pointr/books

I'm looking forward to reading S. by Doug Dorst and JJ Abrams. It's a book called Ship of Theseus by a mysterious (fictional) author named V.M. Straka. The real story is the correspondence in the margins between a grad student specializing in Straka and an undergrad lit major as they try to uncover the secrets of his life and disappearance. The book comes with all kinds of inserts of things they find during their investigation, like post cards and newspaper clippings. It even includes a decoder ring to decipher one of the chapters of Ship of Theseus.

I can't wait to start it. I've been saving it for vacation.

u/-Skadi · 1 pointr/Wishlist

Happy birthday! I hope you've been having a fantastic day!

I have so many books on my wish lists, it's hard for me to pick just one, but I can narrow it down to the top 3 I've really been wanting to read:

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

I love Norse mythology, history, language, religion and learning more about it, and from what I've read of Gaiman's, I enjoy his writing style.

S. / Ship of Theseus by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams

From the reviews it seems like a great book. There's the book Ship of Theseus, but in the margins and inserts there's a whole different story between two people trying discover the identity of the author of Ship of Theseus. It just looks like a fun book.

House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski

Another book I've heard great things about. I've heard it can be a difficult read with the unconventional format and footnotes etc.. But that just makes me want to read it even more.

All 3 are on my Most Wanted list.

Thanks for the contest!

u/Madolan · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

That's a tall order!

Some books that similarly acknowledge the book you're holding as complicit in the story, or bring in multimedia elements, might include Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer, Night Film by Marisha Pessl, A Humument by Tom Phillips, or S by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. The Raw Shark Texts also plays with words on the page in an interesting way.

I also liked Danielewski's Only Revolutions. It's not on par with House of Leaves but it is a unique read: two protagonists tell the same story from their own perspective. As the book progresses, each chapter gets shorter and the font gets smaller, like the tale is spiraling in on itself. And when you've finished one character's story you literally flip the book upside down to start the other's. (Danielewski recommends reading one chapter from one side, then the corresponding chapter from the other, as you go. The hardcover includes two bookmarks for this purpose.)

u/Exemplris · 1 pointr/television

Or try reading S.?

u/kyflyboy · 1 pointr/history

If this story interests you, then my all means take a look at the book "S" by Doug Dorst and JJ Abrams. A very imaginative homage to the written word. Quite entertaining.

u/p_verploegen · 1 pointr/books

S. By J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst came out today. It is EXTREMELY gimmicky, kind of like House Of Leaves. So far it is Awesome.

u/Casually_Awesome · 1 pointr/pbsideachannel
u/cuthman99 · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

Huh... well, I'll take a few shots at this, although I doubt I have any better idea what he means than you do. Still, support the troops...

The ultimate would be S., J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst but only if you can get him the printed copy, not the ebook. The print version is just a phenomenal experience. It is definitely high-concept: in fact, it's best just to read the description in the link. It's a mystery/thriller/geopolitical/surrealist experience, but the object itself is just amazing. Check out the images of the book on Amazon-- normally I don't link to Amazon, but the images give you a sense of it. It's not just that one of the two major parallel stories unfolds in the margin-notes of the other novel; it's that the other novel is stuffed full of odds-and-ends of things the two correspondents shared with each other-- maps written on hotel napkins (and damn if they don't print the thing on an actual napkin), postcards from other countries, etc. It's just amazing.

How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe, Charles Yu, is the epitome of a high-concept novel. It's 'meta' to the core-- the execution doesn't quite live up to the concept, but it's still a decent read, and it might be what he's after. The premise is that the son of the man who invented the first time-travel machine, but was screwed out of the credit for it, works as a time-machine repairman and travels the... well, multiverse? multi-time?... looking for his father, who eventually disappeared. In the end it's as much a family drama as a sci-fi novel, but I found the premise irresistible.

Another idea would be You Shall Know Our Velocity!, Dave Eggers, It's certainly another "meta" or "high concept" novel; at first it seems like it'll be a standard travelogue, but then it takes a decidedly Eggers-ish turn. Not a lot to say about it without disclosing spoilers. As with How to Live Safely... I don't know that the execution lived up to the concept... or maybe the concept didn't live up to the execution, I'm never sure how I feel about Eggers.

u/Weavingknitter · 1 pointr/kindle

You are right! But do you honestly think that "they" could, or even should, invent a device for such a small pool of books?

There are many experimental books - this is one of them - S. and it will only ever be possible in paper. You know? Because books such as this exist doesn't mean that a device needs to be invented so that I can enjoy it on an ereader.

There is no absolutely pressing need to invent a color ereader as long as there are still paper books and color tablets.

u/Walking_Pneumonia · 1 pointr/books

For a while I was waiting for that one to drop in price on Amazon, but it never happened. It went up, in fact.

There was a time when it was 50% cheaper than it is now. I really wish I had known about it then.

u/littlebutmighty · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

I highly recommend:

  1. The Orphans of Chaos trilogy by John C. Wright. He really pushes the boundaries of the imagination by writing about a universe in which there are 4 different paradigms of magic/power, each of which cancels one of the others out and is canceled out by one of the others. It's an epic Titans vs Olympic Gods fantasy, and I've read it several times--which is rare for me to do.

  2. Obviously read the Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin if you haven't already done so! I delayed reading it a long time but then read all of them in a week and a half when I finally succumbed.

  3. ALWAYS recommend The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

  4. ALSO always recommend Lies of Locke Lamora and its sequels by Scott Lynch.

  5. The Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix. It's YA, but pretty mature YA, and IMO could easily transition to the regular fantasy section.

  6. Books by Diana Wynne Jones. She writes YA, but fantasy that I wouldn't call immature. The best word I could use to describe it would be "whimsical." If I could compare her style of fantasy to anyone's it would EASILY be the filmmaker Miyazaki. (His films include Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, etc.--he even adapted one of her books!) I think her best work is her Chrestomanci series which has 3 volumes (each volume is made up of several novellas), but she is best known for Howl's Moving Castle, which I also highly recommend (along with its sequels Castle in the Air and The House of Many Ways).

  7. Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series. It's fun, original, often dark, often humorous, fast-paced, and FILLED with action. As noted by someone else, there are vampires in the universe, but they're not the central motif. There are also other scary things, like fairies, goblins, witches/wizards, demons...the list goes on and on.

  8. Terry Pratchett's Discworld canon. There are many, MANY books, and they're not written in series so you can jump in almost anywhere. I recommend Small Gods to start.

  9. The Sevenwaters Trilogy by Juliet Marillier, starting with Daughter of the Forest. There are also spin-off novels, though I haven't read them all. Her writing is beautiful and mystical. She almost makes me believe magic/fae could exist.

  10. The Passion and The Promise (a duet) and, separately, The Alchemist by Donna Boyd. These are really, really excellently written. "Lush" would be the word I'd use. They're not hugely well known, and I find that utterly boggling considering how good they are.
u/adragonisnoslave · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I have to recommend A Song of Ice and Fire! They'll keep you busy forever.

u/thndrchld · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. Done.
  2. Ooh I'm burning through the sky yeah! Two hundred degrees -- That's why they call me Mister Fahrenheit
  3. 3? 3. 3!
  4. A Night of Queen
  5. 3 again?
  6. This has a queen -- Daenerys, of course.

u/doktorjackofthemoon · 1 pointr/freefolk

Read them!!! Even if it doesn't get finished, its still debatably some of the best literature of our generation and gives SO much insight into the story and the characters. Especially in the fifth book, there is a ton of plot points and awesome characters that never made it to the show. I imagine reading it now would be a nice bit of healing/closure after the catastrophe of S8

Only $35 for all five on Amazon -

u/mz80 · 1 pointr/Fantasy

I can recommend:

  • The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett has a really nice and different world compared to other fantasy series and I'm really mesmerized by the story. 4 books

  • Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. The Wheel of Time has 14 books, so it might be more than what you are looking for. But the story is insane, except for 1-2 books that were slightly boring.

  • A Song of Ice and Fire. You have probably read it, but since you didn't list it, I thought I'd recommend it anyways. Amazing fantasy world, but with Game of Thrones being everywhere, you know of this one. 5 books (not finished yet)

  • I also like the Eragon-series, but it's not for everyone and might be not as "grown up" as the others. Eragon by Christopher Paolini. 4 books
u/NotYourDadsMemes · 1 pointr/scifi

You can get the mass paper back editions in a set on amazon fairly cheap, unless you’re a hardback junkie (totally understandable).GoT series on Amazon

u/jfong86 · 1 pointr/asoiaf

The twitter link you posted has an amazon link that contains affiliate tags. That means the person who created the link makes money on each purchase. You may resubmit your post but use a clean amazon link instead:

u/Mardread · 1 pointr/Oathsworn

I haven't read anything good in years and the things I have read are usually due to finding new books for my kids or reading the books that have been adapted to tv/film.

One of my all time favorite series was from Robin Hobb. Starting with Assassin's Apprentice. This was a difficult read for me at the time, but I loved the story behind the characters.

I started reading less fantasy after reading Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Millennial Series. I read these after watching the original films. It is fantastic. Just don't buy the fourth book, it wasn't even written by him as he has been dead for a while now.

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. I didn't start reading those until Game of Thrones premiered on HBO.

Now for some really old school, Dragonlance by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. The fourth book came out years later and was fantastic. I have read more than a few of the side stories, but the main books are the best in my opinion, probably would not hold up well today.

Currently, I have The Martian by Andy Weir and Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan waiting for me to read.

The Five People You meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom is a book that I consider a must read. I don't consider it a spiritual book, but it did change my perspective on how I view my life in this world.

u/fjm182 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I only have 3 suggestions:

  • Google Cardboard! because before spending $500+ you need to know if VR suits your taste (and to know what's all the hype about).
  • A song of Ice and Fire if you have read them or not, these set is almost perfect for any GOT fan (almost because no 6th book yet).
  • 2TB External Hard Drive because there's no such thing as "having too much storage space"
u/abusque · 1 pointr/books

Like I said in reply to someone who has now deleted their post, the map I posted is not the speculative one. It's an official map released as part of the atlas "The Lands of Ice and Fire", as seen here. It's the map labeled "The Known World" and is the largest in the set. It differs from the speculative map in that it contains areas much further east.

u/gingerfer · 1 pointr/gameofthrones
u/Oersted4 · 1 pointr/gameofthrones

I have that big poster in my room, as well as a Braavos map and another one of the whole world.

They came in an awesome pack, I have like another 4 - 5 that didn't fit on my walls :)

EDIT: I think it's this one

u/Joe_In_China · 1 pointr/pureasoiaf

Like an actual physical copy, you mean? If so, then here.

u/hamfast42 · 1 pointr/asoiaf

Its in the lands of ice and fire map book. You can see it in the video at around the 2:00 mark.

u/Greatjon__Umber · 1 pointr/pureasoiaf
u/asoiafGPT2Bot · 1 pointr/SubSimulatorGPT2

Yes, it is. It's in Bastards.

u/Ser_Samshu · 1 pointr/asoiaf


Or Here

I am not aware of a place where you can get it for free (legally)...but there may be a place and I just don't know it.

u/Werthead · 1 pointr/Fantasy

John Howe's maps of Middle-earth (available in a big box set) are pretty good, and his map of Middle-earth is definitive as far as I'm concerned.

Jonathan Roberts created a set of maps for A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones called The Lands of Ice and Fire which are excellent. I have the big map of the entire world on my wall.

Terry Pratchett has a whole set of maps for his Discworld books, including the entire Discworld itself and the city of Ankh-Morpork (both twice, in fact, in The Streets of Ankh-Morpork, The Compleat Ankh-Morpork, The Discworld Mapp and The Compleat Discworld Atlas).

You can buy a map of Roshar from Brandon Sanderson's website and one of Temerant from the Worldbuilders Store.

u/ckuiper · 1 pointr/asoiaf

I feel like this would be a little cooler, but it doesn't ship until Halloween.

u/ALPate · 1 pointr/asoiaf

I enjoy the graphic novels that have been put out, but haven't felt they really affected the story much. Related, but not really, I was given the big map book as a present ( ) It has helped a lot with figuring out the story.

u/rAtheismSelfPostOnly · 1 pointr/INTPBookmarks

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u/legalpothead · 1 pointr/scifiwriting

SF horror is an important subgenre because it's been the source of so many movies. Hollywood loves science fiction with horror elements. Hell, look at VanderMeer's Annihilation.

One of the best SF horror novels is Peter Watts' Blindsight; terrific fun. Ship of Fools by Richard Paul Russo, I think you could include Legacy of Heorot by Niven, a lot of Stephen King's novels are SF horror, such as Tommyknockers and Dreamcatcher. Dan Simmon's Carrion Comfort is horror, but it has strong SF elements, etc.

u/nj45684 · 1 pointr/movies

Recently I read Blindsight by Peter Watts. This is some worldview-changing stuff. No cheap tropes or cliches in it. Also, I really did like Arrival based on a Ted Chiang story not to mention the all around super-hit Stranger Things (it is a mash-up of cliches, but it's done so tastefully).

u/Laibach23 · 1 pointr/Showerthoughts

I would highly recommend a book I'm currently reading, Echopraxia
Even though it's 2nd in a series to another (equally great) book of Peter Watts' called BlindSight

some of the best Hard Science Fiction in recent decades, IMHO..
and it goes into precisely those speculations that stimulated your post.

If you like SciFi, do yourself a favor and pick it up right now..
If you're not that into SciFi, this might just get you into it more.

u/CountPanda · 1 pointr/GetMotivated

The debate lies mainly in what you consider consciousness. If you describe it as being consciously aware of your stream of thought, then you are actually not conscious throughout lots of your day (we slip into flow-like states all the time).

But there isn't much of a debate anymore about "where" consciousness is in the brain. This used to be a big deal in neuroscience, but we've learned it's not really how consciousness probably comes about, because even centers of the brain that are integral to who your are, your memories, your personality--even if those are shut down selectively, you are still going to be conscious, even if just altered, unable to recall certain things, or having a vastly different personality.

Here is a Ted Talk Dan Dennett gives about it. Dennett is a much more science-based philosopher, and his take on this isn't super controversial any more I don't think (speaking strictly about consciousness as an emergent property--his whole "free will" stuff I think is totally up for debate and depends on interpretation). I have heard Dr. Steve Novella (Skeptics Guide to the Universe host, practicing neuroscientist, and president of the New England Skeptical Society) say pretty much verbatim the things Dan Dennett says about our modern understanding of what consciousness is and isn't.

Fascinating stuff. If you're into hard sci-fi, I recommend Blindsight by Peter Watts, a first-contact story that really gets to the bones of what is and isn't consciousness. A weird, fascinating sci-fi story that will change the way you think about consciousness forever, probably.

u/omaca · 1 pointr/scifi

Blindsight by Peter Watts for a very gritty, and sometimes challenging, take on "First Contact", the nature of consciousness and an unusual scientific explanation for a very common horror trope. Highly recommended.

u/argleblarg · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I agree. That said, I highly recommend Peter Watts's book Blindsight to anyone who's interested in the subject of aliens that are more truly alien (and also people who like dark sci-fi in general, or explorations of the theme that humans are basically just really smart animals, but no less nasty for it).

Guy's background is marine biology, so he's definitely got some perspective on the "life can look and act in really bizarre ways" thing. :)

u/silouan · 1 pointr/scifi

Absolutely. And worth the price to have a durable, re-readable hardcover copy on the shelf. This book turned me on to neuropsychology.

How many SF books come with a bibliography?

u/Maxterchief99 · 1 pointr/CasualConversation

If you like video games and delving into backstories...

Bioshock: Rapture by John Shirley

Sci-Fi / Horror(?)

I particularly like it because it was able to capture the feel of the Bioshock series - dark, mysterious, dramatic and sometimes creepy. I love the fact that radical political ideologies come into play, and the story line is much deeper than most common video games out there. It enriches your experience for the series, and John's writing is easy to read.

u/Sieberella · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Hi there! I'm Sierra and welcome to RAoA! I just learned how to sew so I would love any of the sewing patterns I have on my wishlist, you can only have so many of the same skirt in different fabrics lol. I also love Bioshock and Fallout 3 and if you haven't read Rapture by John Shirley you should! It gives you an awesome insight into what Rapture was like before the fall.

u/brijjen · 1 pointr/books

Start with shorter stories - much like running or anything else, there's an element of having to build yourself up to reading something longer like a novel. You could also try reading books that connect to the video games/movies/shows/etc that you like. It can be hard to get into a book if you don't care about the characters - but if they're from something you're already familiar with, it can be easier. If you're a fan of Bioshock, for example, there's a great book about how Rapture came to be.

Good luck! :)

u/SurrealEstate · 1 pointr/Bioshock

It's very well done, and follows the novelization very closely.

u/deusexnox · 1 pointr/Bioshock
u/emthepiemaker · 1 pointr/Bioshock

If you get a chance to read the rapture book they sort of talk about rapture when it was running. I would absolutely love to explore it

u/zeppelin1023 · 1 pointr/PS4

Jealous that you're enjoying them for the first time! When you finish the game, i highly recommend picking up the book it serves as a prequel to the first game and it's really great stuff.

u/DEVOTK · 1 pointr/Bioshock

Giving a link to where to find it might help dude!

Also, can anyone recommend these two?