Best horror literature & fiction books according to redditors
We found 15,164 Reddit comments discussing the best horror literature & fiction books. We ranked the 3,954 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.
2. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Lamb The Gospel According to Biff Christ s Childhood Pal
4. Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft (Commemorative Edition)
5. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War
8. Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H. P. Lovecraft
11. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (Cover may vary)
12. KIZUMONOGATARI: Wound Tale
TURNAROUND PUBLISHER SERVICES
13. The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft (Knickerbocker Classics)
Race Point Publishing
18. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It (John Dies at the End)
19. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
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!
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..
Great stories. In response to the response he got from the r/nosleep community, he's published a book.
Penpal on Amazon.com
The book was commonly known as the Buggre Alle This Bible. The lengthy compositor’s error, if such it may be called, occurs in the book of Ezekiel, chapter 48, verse five:
2. And bye the border of Dan, fromme the east side to the west side, a portion for Afher.
3. And bye the border of Afhter, fromme the east side even untoe the west side, a portion for Naphtali.
4. And bye the border of Naphtali, from the east side untoe the west side, a portion for Manaffeh.
5. Buggre all this for a Larke. I amme sick to mye Hart of typefettinge. Master Biltonn if no Gentelmann, and Master Scagges noe more than a tighte fisted Southwarke Knobbefticke. I telle you, onne a daye laike thif Ennywone half an oz. of Sense should bee oute in the Sunneshain, ane nott Stucke here alle the liuelong daie inn thif mowldey olde By-Our-Lady Workefhoppe.
6 And bye the border of Ephraim, from the east fide even untoe the west fide, a portion for Reuben.
[The Buggre Alle This Bible was also noteworthy for having twenty seven verses in the third chapter of Genesis, instead of the more usual twenty four.
They followed verse 24, which in the King James version reads:
“So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life,” and read:
25 And the Lord spake unto the Angel that guarded the eastern gate, saying Where is the flaming sword which was given unto thee?
26 And the Angel said, I had it here only a moment ago, I must have put it down some where, forget my own head next.
27 And the Lord did not ask him again.
It appears that these verses were inserted during the proof stage. In those days it was common practice for printers to hang proof sheets to the wooden beams outside their shops, for the edification of the populace and some free proofreading, and since the whole print run was subsequently burned anyway, no one bothered to take up this matter with the nice Mr. A. Ziraphale, who ran the bookshop two doors along and was always so helpful with the translations, and whose handwriting was instantly recognizable.]
EDIT: Good Omens
Here are my personal favorite head-fucks, each one of them did something strange to my whole world when I read them:
But yeah, by far my favorite is the one at the top of the list, The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. There's just so goddamn much going on in that book, it's one helluva wonderful ride.
House of Leaves, baby. More of a mind-fuck than fucked up, but still a hell of good time!
No, not at all. There is typically VERY little gore or blood or battles - because if there was a battle, we would be so WOEFULLY unprepared for it, that it would be over before we realized it had started. These are often beings from >3 dimensions. We can't even hurt them - though we CAN, sometimes, slow them down. Think of the tentacle monster from Hellboy's home dimension, as an EXCELLENT rendition of one of those cosmic horrors.
These things are not human, or even humanoid. Usually, even SEEING one is enough to break your mind, because you are witnessing something that can't exist in our spacetime, and as it moves in it's own dimension, it does weird shit in this one.
For recommendations, buy this - it's a great price, and has ALL of his fiction.
Be aware that there are BIG, and WEIRD words in his writing, and he speaks british (despite being from new england), so color is spelled colour, and a flashlight is a torch, and whatnot. He speaks of the cyclopean towers looming over the eldritch landscape, etc, etc, etc. Also, the stories were written in the early 1900s, so expect some hilariously wrong stuff to be in there.
Just a heads up everyone, Amazon has the price down 40% right now. Normally it's $106, but they have it down to $65!!!
If you're interested check out Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. Kinda similar to the WP.
Two books I've read this month that I can't recommend highly enough:
First, The Sociopath Next Door by Dr. Martha Stout. Really illuminating and, to coin a phrase, might just save your life. The book is a great read and gets into a lot more detail and examples from the author's practice, but here's a quick summary:
Second, World War Z by Max Brooks (well, re-read actually; I guess I have a morbid sense of humor). Intelligent multidisciplinary writing is my favorite approach to speculative fiction and this is a master class in it. The choice to approach it as a post-war oral history à la the late Studs Terkel was truly inspired.
But what I was absolutely blown away by is, after a month of reporting on the real-world Ebola epidemic, how astonishingly spot-on Brooks' writing is in regards to the tone and terminology of media reports in the early days of the outbreak. He predicted, almost verbatim, phrases that I'm hearing on the radio on a daily basis today. The verisimilitude is just jaw-dropping, that's real talent.
EDIT: For those who didn't care for the WWZ movie, you might like the audiobook. Obviously it's non-visual but they have an incredible voice cast. A few examples: Mark Hamill, Alan Alda, Simon Pegg, Carl Reiner, Jeri Ryan, Parminder Nagra, F. Murray Abraham, John Turturro ... and that's just the start.
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.
What about his best friend Biff?
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
In addition, if you go into the Lounge section of the forum you will find threads about other sites that pay and offer other types of writing. I wrote for Playboy's The Smoking Jacket for a while.
Overall Cracked has made me a much better writer and prepared me for receiving feedback, collaborating with other authors and building credentials. It's not the end all, be all of crafting great writers, but it is a rare gem that it is a site that allows anyone to sign up, contribute whatever weird or obscure knowledge and get an article before hundreds of thousands to millions of readers, all while giving far more attention to developing writing far more than other sites.
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
The sequel comes out in 2 days. So hyped.
"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.
I have 1 hard back for reading and 1 paperback for drawing/doodling/playing around with of the Necronomicon
Yes it is.
I once did Reddit's book swap like 5 years ago and I sent away House of Leaves and received some hentai. Sigh.
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](https://www.amazon.com/House-Leaves-Mark-Z-Danielewski/dp/0375703764/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1536787331&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=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.
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.
If you haven't already, read Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff
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).
Ahh, real life House of Leaves.
Good Omens is more comedy/satire than philosophy, but it does have some Christian mythology thrown in.
House of Leaves.
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.
Asia, mostly. https://www.amazon.com/Lamb-Gospel-According-Christs-Childhood/dp/0380813815
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.
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.
John dies at the end
It has developed a bit of a cult following.
Penpal was so good (I've read it like 3 or 4 times now) that is was published as a novel.
Day by Day armageddon http://www.amazon.com/Day-Armageddon-J-L-Bourne/dp/1439176671
The Remaining http://www.amazon.com/Remaining-D-J-Molles-ebook/dp/B00H25FGBO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1396612863&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=the+remaining (kind of zombie, not undead but similar vein)
Surviving the dead series http://www.amazon.com/No-Easy-Hope-Surviving-Dead-ebook/dp/B0064VVR0Q/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1396612906&amp;sr=1-4&amp;keywords=surviving+the+dead
A new World series http://www.amazon.com/New-World-Chaos-John-OBrien-ebook/dp/B004W0CL2Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1396612991&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=a+new+world+series
I have enjoyed all of them, Day by Day, rushed the ending, and A New World has been up and down.
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).
The only book I've read that fits that description is ["Lamb"] (http://www.amazon.com/Lamb-Gospel-According-Christs-Childhood/dp/0380813815) but it's entirely fictional and a comedy so I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for.
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.
I actually just bought a book called The Fall of Lucifer from a second-hand shop (50 cents. Why not?) which looks promising. I haven't read it though.
Good Omens is, of course, a classic, and a really great book.
There's also the Sandman Slim series by Richard Kadrey which heavily involves the Devil and other demons, especially after the first book, and it's a hell of a lot of fun to read. (Pun intended.)
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
There's A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, a novel made up of 3 fairly short stories set in 3 different era's after a nuclear apocalypse. We read it recently in r/SF_Book_Club here.
I also enjoyed 'I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream' by Harlan Ellison. The whole story was posted as hundreds of separate submissions in this novel subreddit (the head of the redditor who posted this is probably adorning the wall above Harlan Ellisons mantelpiece).
A few years ago I read The Amtrak Wars series, I enjoyed them as a teenager but I'm not sure if they'd hold up as well with a reread.
(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.)
Sounds a bit like House of Leaves. Talk about a weird, non-linear book with footnotes galore.
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.
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.
For general fantasy I've enjoyed Gentleman Bastard, The Kingkiller Chronicle, and The Broken Empire. I listen to Kingkiller Chronicle fairly often due to the amount of commuting I do where I live.
For more urban/fantasy maybe try Lives of Tao, Iron Druid Chronicles, or anything by Neil Gaiman. The anniversary edition of American Gods was really excellent on audio-book. Not sure if the others have audio editions or not.
I've also really enjoyed stuff by Drew Hayes (a webnovelist). His banner series is SuperPowereds. But I though NPCs was a great take on an old fantasy trope. Neither come in audio formats unfortunately.
Just as an aside OP, he's also compiled the story into a real book that you can buy from Amazon here.
A special box set with 7 books included released today.
It's based on the book of the same name. It's awesome and I would highly recommend buying and reading the book.
House of Leaves freaked me out pretty good recently.
I don't know the original reference from the picture, but just from what you wrote, this comes pretty close:
And it's awesome.
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.
House of Leaves –
by Mark Z. Danielewski
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
> 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. . . .
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.
Really? It's a pretty good read.
John Dies at the End by David Wong. By far.
I'm sure you mean House of Leaves.
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.
House of Leaves
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.
House of Leaves.
Algunas fotos para tener una idea de qué esperar al abrir el libro:
Jorg Ancrath in Prince of Thorns is an awesome anti-hero. Just a warning though, Jorg is an extremely dark anti-hero. Some of it proved twisted enough to turn some readers away, but I thought Prince of Thorns and its sequel King of Thorns were excellent, and the author is an active member in /r/fantasy.
I also feel I should mention Thomas Covenant, in the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever. Thomas is a very unique anti-hero, in that for a good portion of the story he is flat out unlikable. He is not nearly as dark as Jorg (who I mentioned before), but I always felt Jorg was a badass while Thomas Covenant is flat out infuriating.
Having a protagonist that you aren't supposed to like or even really relate to is a very interesting dynamic in a story, and coupled with some very good writing and one of the most vibrant fantasy worlds makes Thomas Covenant some of the best fantasy I have ever read. The first two trilogies are very good, and the sixth book (White Gold Wielder) makes for me a very strong argument for greatest fantasy novel of all time
Kizumonogatari's the only one in English so far. It's really easy to order off [Amazon] (https://www.amazon.com/KIZUMONOGATARI-Wound-Tale-NISIOISIN/dp/1941220975) or pick up at [Barnes & Nobel] (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kizumonogatari-nisioisin/1122858310)
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.
Is this the one? I've got it, and its real nice.
I would highly recommend "Good Omens."
Some more YA books with religious figures and themes:
I think it's important to turn "trusted" figures into dangerous entities in YA fiction, whether that's by turning parents, teachers, coaches, and other authorities into antagonists or just portraying them as occasionally flawed people. While younger readers may benefit from some reassurance that authority figures can usually help them, teenagers are growing up and should be aware that questioning authority and the bases of their moral systems is important!
You should cross-post this thread to /r/YAwriters. Looking for more discussion topics there, and I don't think everyone's subscribed to this sub.
>Some people have no sense of humor when it comes to the apocalypse.
But, have you read Good Omens?
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.
World War Z
The other recommendations in this thread are very good, I just chose WWZ because of the action aspect that you mentioned
The Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
and always some George Carlin stuff
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Very enjoyable book.
House of Leaves is that kind of thing, but more-so.
book: house of leaves
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.
I have three books that I love to loan out (or just strongly recommend to those weirdos out there who refuse a loaner):
The first two books have in some ways shaped my life over the years. The last book is just the funniest I've ever read.
Biff wasn't the devil's cousin, he was Jesus' best friend!
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 http://www.amazon.com/Necronomicon-Weird-Tales-Lovecraft-Commemorative/dp/0575081570
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.
Shaft stay pretty faithful the the novel, like really really faithful. But they still have to cut down contents since there is a limit, these mostly include conversations or monologues that can be reason out with contexts. So the novel will give you a much deeper understanding of what happen without you having to going over the anime and think about it
The one novel that I'd recommend the most is Kizu, since Shaft gave themselves quite a bit of creative freedom and deviate from the novel slightly.
Also, I highly recommend the boxset, the price fluctuate recently, at lowest it's $43, that's a steal imo
Without exaggerating the slightest little bit, these books changed my life. Btw. I'm sure a gentleman of such high caliber as yourself will have read it already, but if you have not, might I humbly suggest Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It is one of the most entertaining books I've read, and positively oozes with inspiration from Adams. Oh, and it's about the apocalypse.
Good Omens, Gaiman and Pratchett. Hilarious book. One of the few books that actually had me laughing out loud. Made me look like an absolute nut on the airplane.
Last: Good Omens Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett - Entertaining, but wasn't as good as I thought it would be. Much preferred A Night in the Lonesome October by Zelazny. Really miss him.
Now: In the Courts of the Sun Brian D'Amato - Enjoying it, kind of a far out story. Making me want to watch Apocalypto again.
Next: Probably Omnivore's Dilemma
Try the Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant.
Under the Dome, Stephen King
The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Beloved, Toni Morrison
The World is Flat, Thomas L. Friedman
Ahhh, well.. if you're a Pratchett fan than the obvious starting point is Good Omens which is co-authored by the both of them. If you like that I would either go to American Gods if you like the reworking old myths angle or Neverwhere if that 'london' writing feel does more for you. Any way around it you can't go wrong really. I've read everything he's written outside of a few short stories and not a word has been bad.
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.
I liked The Dresden Files pretty well, but it definitely has issues in places. If you want something with a sort of similar feel but (mostly) better female characters, you might give the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire a shot (link goes to the first book in the series). Toby is a detective with a sardonic bent, there's lots of urban fantasy elements, it's just set in San Francisco instead of Chicago. And Toby is female, if that isn't obvious. They're not perfect, by any means, but I enjoyed them a lot.
If you try those and end up liking them, I also recommend Seanan McGuire's other novels, including the ones she wrote as Mira Grant, one of which (Feed) is probably my favorite post-apocalyptic zombie story ever~
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!
Some paperbacks have the formatting in them.
It's a fantastic book. Well worth owning a copy of.
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.
Everyone reading/responding to this without catching the reference should educate themselves post-haste
Don't you mean House of Leaves?
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.
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.
(or pretty much anything else by Chris Moore)
Please see Lamb, https://www.amazon.com/Lamb-Gospel-According-Christs-Childhood/dp/0380813815
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.
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.
There was an ebook on Google Play, but I can't see it anymore (might be because of my location).
You can buy the paperbacks over Amazon, so far we have Kizu and Bake 1 (out of 3) with an option for Audible or through Audibooks.com. If Amazon doesn't ship to you, BookDepository probably will. The translation was done by Vertical Inc., if you want further links.
For all the other places, check the answers to basically the same question posted 4 hours ago.
To give color to the other side of the Kizu order argument, watching Kizu right after Bake capitalizes on peak curiosity for what happened over spring break. Yeah the style is totally different from the rest of the show, but that doesn't mean you have to watch it separately. At the end of the day, the author intended Kizu to be where it was - in between Bake and Nise - and he revealed information based on that fact.
Additionally, because the movies omit some really good bits I would personally recommend also reading the translated Kizumonogatari light novel
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.
I will upvote you for knowing your lore but I disagree with you.
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!
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!
It was turned into a book if anyone is interested.
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? :)
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.
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.
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.
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.)
It sounds like the Day by Day Armageddon series, the second book ends with the protagonist being dragooned into attacking China.
Day by Day Armageddon
Absolutely. Everybody should read A Canticle for Leibowitz. http://www.amazon.com/Canticle-Leibowitz-Walter-Miller-Jr/dp/0060892994/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1319748042&amp;sr=1-1
For that particular class, I believe the assigned reading was:
>* Wastelands - John Joseph Adams
I also took a class on dystopian literature, which included:
>* The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Others I could recommend:
>* Lost Horizon - James Hilton
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.
Nope. The question comes from a book, where a psychiatrist asks it as a kind of Rorschach test, but there's no context given about the names.
Looks like a page out of House of Leaves
Check out Pines by Blake Crouch. It's a fun mix of The Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks, and The Fugative.
I'm not sure how much you've read by Stephen King, but many of his books are not all that intense. Two recommendations are 11-22-63, about a time-traveller trying to prevent the JFK assassination, and Sleeping Beauties (with son Owen King), about an apocalypse where all females succumb to an unending coma if they fall asleep.
You might also check out creature-feature books like Jaws, The Meg, Jurassic Park, or my book The Dinosaur Four.
On the zombie front, consider World War Z by Max Brooks, an "oral history of the zombie apocalypse," and Mountain Man by Keith C. Blackmore is about a loner who drinks his way through the zombie apocalypse. If you're an audible member, there is a free short story prequel to Mountain Man called The Hospital.
Author of The Dinosaur Four
House of Leaves?
If you'd like to know more...
Lamb, by Christopher Moore will answer all your questions.
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)
Personally I like Josh. =)
(Obligatory plug for Lamb)
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.)
This. This is what I felt the whole way through the album. I’ve read House of Leaves. I know how this ends!
Amazon has the "Look Inside" for HoL, which lets you do a text search: https://www.amazon.com/House-Leaves-Mark-Z-Danielewski/dp/0375703764/
The book House of Leaves is great if you really liked the Dionaea House
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
[House](http://www.amazon.com/House-Leaves-Mark-Z-Danielewski/dp/0375703764/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1269194984&amp;sr=8-1 "Editor's Note: Buy this book") of Leaves.
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.
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.
"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.
Nobody mentioning the excellent, hilarious Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal?
Gollancz's leatherbound Necronomicon and Eldritch Tales collect everything in two beautiful matching editions.
I got the Gollancz collection (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/0575081562). 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.
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:
Edit: trying to get format correct.
This list needs more Neil Gaiman.
Children/YA books: Coraline, The Graveyard Book, and Stardust are my favs. Do yourself a favor and read the version illustrated by Charles Vess, it is far superior to the (non-illustrated) mass-market paperback. I would link to it, but I can't seem to find it on Amazon. Sorry.
Now, at no point did you ask for short-fiction, though I would think it fits your criteria of being able to pick up and set down at a moment's notice, so I'm gonna rec some fine short fiction as well. Smoke and Mirrors is quite good, as is Fragile Things.
Now as long as I'm here I would be remiss if I did not at least mention The Princess Bride and the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett. I linked to the first one in the series, but it has been my experience that you can read them in just about any order you want with very little trouble. I usually just go to my local library and grab whichever one strikes my fancy. Terry Pratchett is an amazing storyteller and he also made a sword out of metal ore mined from a meteor after being knighted. That is a true thing that happened. I kid you not. Read his books. They will make your life better. Also to bring this comment full circle, he co-authored a book with Neil Gaiman called Good Omens that is just fantastic.
"Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett: http://www.amazon.com/Good-Omens-Accurate-Prophecies-Nutter/dp/0060853980
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
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.
World War Z
Bitch, you best be joking.
Have an upvote for your John Dies at the End reference. :)
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.
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.
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House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
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.
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!)
Penpal by Dathan Auerbach is pretty perfect for you.
John Dies at the End
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.
The complete works of H P Lovecraft is available as one hardback book on Amazon with a nice sturdy case, thin bible-style pages and a page ribbon. It's a great buy.
This review speaks for itself:
"I originally read most of these stories a quarter of a century ago, but it was good to find them all in one volume. Let's face it, Lovecraft needs to be read from a heavy tome, preferably by guttering candlelight, as you strain to hear the strange slithering sound just outside your chamber door, and not on a tablet on the 8.52 to Nottingham. All the classic Lovecraft tales are here, and the book is beautifully bound and printed. The print is a good readable size, and each tale has a brief introduction detailing when it was written and any interesting references. You soon realise how hugely influential old H.P was, sci-fi, fantasy and horror have all learned from him, writers like Stephen King and James Herbert obviously so, but others too. Terry Pratchett referenced Lovecraft too. One slight word of caution, the racial language and descriptions in some of the stories are very much of their time. When I first read them years ago I didn't notice so much, but now, even though I'm not the most PC person in the world, some of the language is fairly shocking. If you've not read Lovecraft before be aware of it, but don't let it put you off. Overall a really nice edition."
I was pretty hyped for it since I read the book beforehand. The best is yet to come :)
Now go back and watch the first minute and a half of Bakemonogatari episode 1 and prepare to have your mind blown.
Oh, you're in for a treat. I'm not sure where you can get them these days, if they've been completely translated yet or not (I've read bootleg translations, pretty good), but I'd recommend these two:
The Monogatari series - just an awesome mix of action, silly, sexy and surreal:
Haruhi Suzumiya - starts as light fun, ends up as hard SF. I think the best time-travel sf series I've read, among other things.
I live in Poland so nothing either but I just ordered it from Amazon US and it will arrive on friday or next week.
You can also order it from Amazon UK/DE but they're more expensive options thanks to sale.
Remember to click on New and choose amazon as seller.
the novel box set is special edition and comes with the nice box not just the novels
it is much cheaper on spanish amazon tho
I'm not an expert on merch but I imagine Amazon gets it from an official wholesaler of the products and the puts them up for retail. Amazon it pretty good about having official products sold there, and It'd probably be pretty clear if it wasn't official (with a lack of the products info and what not).
I actually just purchased my first LN collection from Amazon earlier today, and they listed the publisher on the page. So I hope my money went to the creator's sales.
I've got this one.
There's really no contest, IMO. Blindsight by Peter Watts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You're welcome, funny how things work out sometimes. And actually, it is a published book! Penpal by Dathan Auerbach
Its available on Amazon, Paperback and ebook
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.
you need to get John Dies at the End or maybe [Daemon] (http://www.amazon.com/Daemon-Daniel-Suarez/dp/0451228731/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1377281217&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=daemon+by+daniel+suarez).
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.
Looks like it is all there :)
I personally ended up buying his collection for my birthday, cost me 20 euros but worth every penny.
https://www.amazon.de/Complete-Fiction-Lovecraft-Knickerbocker-Classics/dp/1631060015 It was this one.
I agree the price differential isn't that wide. However, it does happen where the ebook is priced more than the paperback. I've seen $7.99 paperbacks with $11.99 ebooks before.
Heck, even right now, Prince of Thorns is listed at $7.60 for the mass market paperback and $7.99 for the ebook. Sure, $0.39 isn't that big of a difference, but why the difference at all? Clearly, ebooks have a lower production cost than paperbacks.
I understand that you, as the author, don't set the price, but when publishers pull crap like this, it really irritates us consumers.
EDIT: It's an even bigger gap for Emperor of Thorns at $7.99 for the ebook and $5.82 for the paperback. And that book is 2 years old.
I feel you'd like the Broken Empire trilogy, starting with Prince of Thorns. In it, we follow a magnificent, evil bastard named Jorg Ancrath on his quest for power.
For further recommendations, check out the thread I made a few months back:
I can guarantee you'll find something you like in it.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1947194399/ on Amazon
I already have like 2 of them, but this box set
Mustn't forget Good Omens by Pratchett & Neil Gaiman.
One of the best books I've ever read.
yea the book is also calles good omens, here's a link to the amazon page if you wanna buy it https://www.amazon.com/dp/0060853980/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_w4phDb6THWTH8
its a great book id recomend both the book and the show!
A Canticle for Leibowitz
I like David Wong's This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It
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.
The Newsflesh Trilogy.
It has zombies but they aren't really the main focus of the story. It takes place in the post zombie apocalyptic world where the media is discredited as a reliable source of information and instead bloggers are where most people get their news. Its about a group of blogger/journalists who are chosen to follow around a senator campaigning for President of the United States. Lots of politics involved and a little zombie action.
Amazon description: "Twin bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason and their colleague Buffy are thrilled when Sen. Peter Ryman, the first presidential candidate to come of age since social media saved the world from a virus that reanimates the dead, invites them to cover his campaign. Then an event is attacked by zombies, and Ryman's daughter is killed. As the bloggers wield the newfound power of new media, they tangle with the CDC, a scheming vice presidential candidate, and mysterious conspirators who want more than the Oval Office."
I can't recommend Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves enough.
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.
House of leaves, one of my favorite books in the horror genre.
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.
Don't you mean House of Leaves?
A room existing outside of time and space reminds me of the House of Leaves
House of Leaves
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.
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.
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff. One of my favorites.
it's explained in "Lamb - The Gospel According to Biff" http://www.amazon.com/Lamb-Gospel-According-Christs-Childhood/dp/0380813815
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore
The funniest book you'll ever read.
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.
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. http://www.amazon.com/House-Leaves-Mark-Z-Danielewski/dp/0375703764
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.
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.
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.
House of Leaves?
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 amazon.de 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 amazon.com, amazon.de and amazon.co.uk, 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 :)
A few books I read recently (within the last couple of years) that really stand out for me:
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!
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):
Hunter S Thompson (and related):*
Manuel Puig (these are shorter):
Not by same authors, but would be good together:
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.
Lamb. Too bad it'll never happen.
Book recommendations: [Lamb] (http://www.amazon.com/Lamb-Gospel-According-Christs-Childhood/dp/0380813815/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=undefined&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=lamb)
Anything by Christopher Moore if you want a fast-reading comedy. Especially this.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christopher Moore gave a fantastic account of those years
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.
Made me think of The Gospel According to Biff.
Probably not it.
Catholic here too.
Read this. It's my favorite book and deals with Joshua's teen phase. Fiction, but it does kinda make sense.
There was a satirical book that I really enjoyed in high school, that details exactly this. Hilarity ensues.
A truly awesome fictional account of this has been written in the novel "Lamb" by Christopher Moore
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.
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.
Christopher Moore's book Lamb.
Lovecraft's works is public domain now, so sites like hplovecraft.com should have most of his works, if you want something physical try https://www.amazon.com/Necronomicon-Best-Weird-Tales-Lovecraft/dp/0575081562/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1509947794&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=lovecraft+necronomicon
And as for other short stories I can recommend The Outsider and Rats in the Walls, both are equally bone-chilling.
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.
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!
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!
I've got the [necronomicon] (http://www.amazon.com/The-Necronomicon-Fiction-Lovecraft-GollanczF/dp/0575081570/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397135823&amp;sr=8-10&amp;keywords=Nekronomikon). It has a lot (if not all) of lovecrafts stories.
I really, really like Company by Max Barry about the absurdity that comes from internal beauracracy. his Jennifer Government is also excellent, but I didn't laugh quite so often.
Most of Terry Pratchett's discworld series is awesome. Some books are stronger than others and some people will like different character/storyline focuses than other ones. For example, I'm not huge on the Watch stuff, but I love so many others.
In the same vein, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimen combine to make the super book Good Omens Which I think most everyone should give a read at least once.
Finally, author A. Lee Martinez has a very Pratchett like voice in his fantasy-esque novels which are always humorous and enjoyable
JUST finished American Gods. Great read. If you like it, and enjoy the bits of humor, read Good Omens By Gaiman and Pratchett.
back to the beginning
I used to eat scrambled eggs mixed with grape jelly as a kid.
Whoop-di-do-da, Happy Cake Day! My absolute favorite book is [A Canticle for Leibowitz] (http://www.amazon.com/Canticle-Leibowitz-Walter-Miller-Jr/dp/0060892994/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369148346&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=a+canticle+for+leibowitz) by Walter Miller. It's a sci-fi book depicting three different eras of human society's evolution after a devastating nuclear war through the eyes of a religious order that sprung up shortly after the bomb. It's not an easy or chipper read by any means, but it's good. I love it because it has all the philosophical things I love in sci-fi: science, morality, the struggle of religion in modern society, post-apocalyptic dystopian survival, American imperialism... and somehow it's not dry or preachy or hokey.
World War Z.
>(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.
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.
A great drunk writer.
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.
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.
By far the best book I've read in ten years.
Just plain, good storytelling, and with a narrator who'll question your capacity to understand other narrators.
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.
If any one here hasn't read World War Z, I highly recommend it http://www.amazon.com/World-War-Oral-History-Zombie/dp/0307346617/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1292246033&amp;sr=8-1
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.
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
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?
This Book is Full of Spiders
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
You need to read this book.
Possibly, I know this was in a book by one of the cracked writers, David Wong. I was searching through the comments to see if I could find the episode. And as I type this I looked down and found my answer. The book was published a year ago
I bet this was the book he was doing the report on
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...
World War Z is, by far, the best zombie book i've ever read. don't let the shitty movie scare you away, the book is a huge, sprawling story covering all of humanities reactions to the zombies, very often with a very sociological slant to the stories. highly recommend reading it.
the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant is also very good. it starts with Feed, with two sequels. it is a pretty fascinating look at a zombie apocalypse, with humanity basically having recovered from it, and blogs being the primary form of news. the series follows a brother and sister who run a news site and are following a presidential candidate in the latest election. very good, massive amounts of world building, and solid characterization.
This book actually does feature characters using stun guns (and electric fences) on zombies! Also it's awesome. But that's just me.
wait, so does it need to be a book i haven't read but would like to, or can it be a book i've read and loved and want other people to read?
because if that's the case, "feed" by mira grant is fucking awesome.
Feed. Takes a look at how the media's handling of a mass outbreak leads to the destruction of the Fourth Estate and the dissemination of news is now done via a bottom-up approach where news is reported by freelance bloggers.
You should read the Feed series by Mira Grant. It's set in the early 2040's, in a world that's had to live with zombies since 2014. It's told through the eyes of two young bloggers on a political campaign trail as they start to uncover a conspiracy. If you like the news, or zombies, or light sci-fi, or action, or even just zombies, you'll love it. Best part is, it's a trilogy that was written all at once, so the story is completely self contained. There's a bunch of spin-off novellas as well, and the same author has an amazing fantasy series set in modern L.A.
Here's my pathetic scared out of my wits moment:
I was reading Feed by Mira Grant, which was one of the books that really got me into the zombie 'thing.' In this series, zombies are something of a fact of life, and civilization has worked around them to some degree. And if a city/area has become overrun and is considered a loss, they blast the air raid sirens to let people know to evacuate, and then firebomb it.
So I'm falling asleep reading, and I'm in that twilight where you're mostly asleep but still hear things going on around you.
And the SO starts up a game of TF2. Round starts, sirens go off, and I yell ZOMBIES! and fall down the stairs freaking out about the incoming undead hoard.
Yeah, not one of my finer moments.
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.
I want this [book!] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0375703764/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;colid=1O0XRVYITTYGN&amp;coliid=I2SWTQUCGLVMWB)
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! ;)
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!
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.
He found Will Navidson's house
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.
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.
Got this bad boy a few years back, brilliant book.
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.
The Necronomicon by
Abdul AlhazredH.P. Lovecraft
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.
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.
Well, if we're talking This Necronomicon that's a dang good deal.
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.
Go pick up a book full of Lovecraft stories. For reference, I have this one, but there's plenty of similar books out there.
Blindsight by Peter Watts, and its sequel Echopraxia.
If you like the theme of Consciousness try 'Blindsight' by Peter Watts
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.
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.
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.
Penpal - https://www.amazon.com/Penpal-Dathan-Auerbach/dp/098554550X
Part 1 - "Footsteps"
Edit: And a link to the novel on Amazon.
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.
For me it really reminded me of this (Great book btw, written by a guy from /r/nosleep)
I cheated and picked three...I couldn't stop I'm sorry, please forgive me.
Have fun on your trip! Hope you find a fantastic book to get you through the flight!
It's from this book John Dies at the end Very good read :)
John Dies at the End by David Wong
Internet history time: David Wong used to run pointlesswasteoftime.com, where the monkeysphere article was originally posted. David Wong also co-wrote/edited John Dies at The End, which I highly recommend.
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
George R. Stewart
edit: This covers a good array of subjects on different ways the world might perish. All fiction also.
More information on Day by Day Armageddon?
EDIT: Amazon link I'd love to hear from some zeditors who've read it.
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
Yeah, you are missing some important stories like The Case of Charles Dexter Ward and The Rats in the Walls There is really no reason to buy a collection like this when you can get a complete collection
HP Lovecraft is the most obvious literary destination. If you've never read him you're in luck, as there are two more or less complete collections of his work: if you're a stickler for accuracy try this one and if you want to get something beautiful but with some typos and errors you can order this exquisite leather-bound edition (even its marbled endpapers hide monsters).
In terms of more modern stuff, Jeff Vandermeer's Area X trilogy is some of the best Lovecraft-infused fiction I've read. Which is no surprise when you know that his wife is the current editor of Weird Tales, one of the first places to publish Lovecraft. Indeed, they've actually put out an anthology of Lovecraftian short stories by all sorts of writers, old and new, including Lovecraft.
In terms of movies, I hope at some point Guillermo del Toro will get to make his At the Mountains of Madness film, but the fact that he hasn't speaks to the difficulty of a) financing expensive R-Rated horror movies b) parsing Lovecraft's gloomy visions with hero-driven narrative. One of the few films to nail the tone, even if its execution leaves something to be desired, is Frank Darabont's The Mist.
have you read "The man in the high castle"? It's alternative history in which the nazis have won WWII.
What I also really liked, but is not really alternative history, but more a different future for mankind, with fantasy elements and a good story is "The Broken Empire trilogy"
I'll post links so you can get an idea of what they're about. Apologies, I'm a bit tired, otherwise I would give you a rough synopsis myself
If you're looking for some good fantasy books I'd highly recommend the following:
1.) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - http://www.amazon.com/Name-Wind-Kingkiller-Chronicle/dp/0756404746
2.) Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence - http://www.amazon.com/Prince-Thorns-Broken-Empire-Lawrence/dp/1937007685
3.) Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson - http://www.amazon.com/Gardens-Moon-Malazan-Book-Fallen/dp/0765348780/ref=pd_sim_14_12?ie=UTF8&amp;dpID=51pDraZRUIL&amp;dpSrc=sims&amp;preST=_AC_UL160_SR99%2C160_&amp;refRID=1H0ZZ7MYMYZGKGQMEKTW
This next one has some fantasy elements, however, it's hard to pigeonhole into an exact genre (low fantasy adventure?), nonetheless, it's one of the better books that I've read recently.
4.) The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards) by Scott Lynch
5.) The Way of Shadows: The Night Angel Trilogy: Book 1 by Brent Weeks -
(All books mentioned are the 1st novel of a larger series. If you're already aware and/or read these already than disregard, trying to pass along some great books for anyone who might come across my post)
Prince of Thorns, Mark Lawrence. Start of a great trilogy. 1st person perspective.
I just finished the follow-up trilogy "Red Queen's War" which followed a very different character but was also fantastic
The Broken Empire series by Mark Lawrence fits the bill. It's fantasy, and the hero -- or anti-hero -- is so incredibly amoral that I often found myself saying, "Am I rooting for the bad guy? I think I'm rooting for the bad guy."
It's one of my favorite series of the past few years.
I love Joe Abercrombie's fantasy noir/grimdark. It's long on swords and short on magic. If you want to emulate someone, I can't think of a better choice. He writes fully realized characters, even for his bit parts. He avoids cliches in his phrasing and dialogue, so everything seems fresh. And he does great action scenes. I think the best introduction to Abercrombie is Best Served Cold.
I think it's also important to read Mark Lawrence, starting with Prince of Thorns.
Amazon links for all the books announced for translation–nothing beyond Nisemonogatari has been confirmed.
Bakemonogatari 1 (Released)
Bakemonogatari 2 (February 28th)
Bakemonogatari 3 (April 25th)
Nisemonogatari 1 (June 27th)
Nisemonogatari 2 (August 22nd)
Kizumonogatari and this Attack on Titan thing
Yep, all available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble if you prefer to buy physical
Amazon France or Book Depository (free shipping) for Kizumonogatari, the rest of the series hasn't been confirmed for official release just yet. However it seems they are currently out of stock at the moment due to the high demand of the book so you'll have to wait till they re-stock again.
There is also a wiki in the sidebar for future enquirers like this else any light novels you'll be able to find on Amazon or Book Depository.
I don't know about OP, but I got mine from Amazon
There's an official English translation by the publisher Vertical now that is currently translating all the novels, the latest one to have been published is Tsukimonogatari, and they're pumping a new one every 2-3 months roughly. You can buy them on Amazon, for example.
Also, if you're up for it, they grouped the first novels into a First Season Box Set, and a Second Season Box Set is also available for pre-order (but will only come out at the end of the year).
That doesn't even sound especially cheap to me...
Caveat: only in 2 months.
Here you have
The Stand is one of my favorites. I've compiled a list of other books that might be of interest to you.
Oryx and Crake
World War Z
On the Beach
It's more like a series of short stories put together by a researcher. It's been years since I read it so I don't recall all the specifics, but it was basically a guy who was tasked with going all over the world as the zombie menace had been mostly resolved and documenting how different groups dealt with it in different ways. It was very creative in that it covered how zombies behaved in extreme environments like way up north during the winter months, and even under the oceans since they obviously don't need to breathe and can walk just about anywhere.
You are such an amazing person for this!
I would like it because it would be a great way to pass time. Now that its summer, and I will be home pretty much every day twiddling my thumbs and occasionally on reddit when I have enough data. This would be great because then I would have something to do, and itll give me a chance to start reading more :D oh and not to mention I'll love you forever if I win XD.
Oh and heres a link to favorite ebook
1: Zombie or Halloween related item
2: Zombies are cool because they bring out the great or worst out in people once an apocalypse starts, someone who was once loving and caring about people could become heartless and cold to people once an outbreak happens, and someone who hated people before an outbreak can become some body you want in your group and actually want to help out. But the one thing everyone should really watch out for is that you should never really trust anyone, you can trust someone if they trust you back, they could always leave you for dead, since survival is what they really are after.
3: You might like the video game Far Cry 3
favorite zombie movie is a tie between Night of the Living Dead and 28 weeks later.
4: Im a human being not a zombie ;_;
What genre do you typically read? Here are a few of my favorite books.
[Flowers for Algernon] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003WJQ74E/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&amp;btkr=1)
World War Z
Flowers for Algernon: This story is told in first person, in a series of journal entries of a mentally handicapped man named Charlie. He goes under a medical experiment to see if mental retardation can be fixed by surgery, and the journal entries follow him through this. Warning: There will be ninjas cutting onions during your reading of this book
1984: This is a must read story in my opinion, on the off chance you have not read this already. It tells the story of Winston, a party member that works for a totalitarian government. To be honest, I don't read this story for the main character Winston, but I read it for the political commentary in the book, as it describes his life.
Ender's Game: This is set in the somewhat distant future of Earth. Earth has been at war with an alien insect race, thou at this time, there is a cease fire. This follows the story of Ender Wiggins, as he goes through military school. And he is like, 10 years old, as is his fellow classmates.
World War Z: You know that movie that was called World War Z with Brad Pitt? Throw all of that out the window. The only similarity that the movie and the book has is the name World War Z. This book is written as a series of interviews of survivors of The Great Zombie War. It goes through the whole war, from an interview with a doctor who dealt with a patient zero in a small Chinese village, to the great panic and how the government reacted, as well as the aftermath. It interviews people from all walks of life. Doctors, military, human smugglers, government officials, and everyday normal people both in the states and abroad. If i had to recommend only one book, it would be a tie between this or 1984. And 1984 is tied because of the historical significance.
I seriously want World War Z. I read Brooks's other books and loved them and allegedly this one is the best. The Movie has got me super excited and cautiously optimistic. I hear it's really different from the source material but hey, A mental mind fuck can be nice.
You need this! and I need this because the common thread in all of these books is....EVERYONE DIES!
I had the opposite experience. I knew it would be substantially different than the book, but I couldn't help but be annoyed that they didn't keep some key concepts (like the zombie characteristics that jojoko mentioned). So, compared to the book, the movie is like a monkey banging on a piano – entertaining, but painful. Compared to other zombie movies, it's among the best. I'd say it's on par with 28 Day Later, but it's not as good as Shawn of the Dead. ...but, really, what is? Zombieland, maybe? Okay, I like comedies. Anyway, compared to other newish movies, it's way, way better than the ridiculousness that was Live Free Die Hard, but it's not really as good as say, the new Star Trek. But, on my Movie-Awesomness-O-Meter, it's certainly closer to ST than LFDH..
I suppose what it boils down to is this: If you're debating between spending your last $10 on a 12 pack or WWZ, go to the movie. BUT, you're better off spending that $10 bucks on the book.
This is incredibly generous of you! :)
I'm generally a book purist since I love the way that the pages feel when you turn them and the way old books smell (which is totally not creepy at all!) But I realized that the books that I do have are big and bulky and I have to commute 1.5-2 hours to the city and another 1.5-2 hours back home. I like to bring more than one book with me when I commute but since most of them are big fatty's, it's starting to weigh me down. The book that I've been dying to read for some time would be World War Z since I generally like to read the book first before seeing the movie. Plus, zombies are hip and cool now :P
Thank you so much for running this contest! Congratulations in advance to the winner :)
You are awesome for having a contest like this. Thanks for doing it:)
This is a book I have been wanting to read. My name is Amber and I would love to have a Kindle Fire so I can read more. It would make it so much easier than carrying books around with me to the kids games and doctors appointments and stuff.
World War Z.
My favorite: "The whole business with the fossilized dinosaur skeletons was a joke the paleontologists haven't
seen yet." from here, you need to read it if you haven't yet
How about some good books?:
Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey - First in the series.
Something from the Nightside by Simon R. Green - First in the series.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett - Hilarious
I just finished Good Omens, coauthored by Pratchett and Gaiman; it was a lot of fun.
Do you read any graphic novels? The League of Extraordinary Gentleman is a great set.
I also highly recommend the novel Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.
We're coming for you, saratonin!
Thanks for the contest! I lead a fairly boring life, I still believe I once saw a UFO, but that to me really isn't that scary. I was working at a wolf sanctuary once and a large dog went after my hands, that was scary as hell, still have the scars too!
You're doing this wrong. If you approach books as a task for self-edification that you view as a duty, you're going to hate it. Read whatever you want, for entertainment. Read funnystuff. Read thrillers. Read fantasy. Read weird science fiction. Heck, read history, economics, and science.
TL;DR: Read whatever the hell you feel like, and I guarantee you you will feel better about yourself than you would have by forcing yourself through Ulysses or War and Peace.
Well, my automatic response is to say Good Omens.
Recently I read The Fault in Our Stars and despite the subject matter, I was surprised to find myself guffawing at many points. Craziness!
Both are winners, I think.
I think I'd have to say Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. It's a novel about a search for immortality, beets, and the perfect taco. I love the way he takes several different storylines and weaves them together. I also really enjoy his sense of humor.
And because I can never have just one favorite, I'll also add Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It's a story about the end of the world and it's absolutely fabulous! <3
My Favorite Book!
This would be nice, but I'm saving up for a 3DS XL, so a gift card would be preferred. like butter
Try looking at this one, maybe? There's a short intro/mini-chapter before the characters are listed on page six.
Good Omens! Good for quite a few laughs if you like a more satirical touch to your comedy and take someone poking fun at religion:)
Please tell me you've read Good Omens. If not, may I suggest that you read it between now and November 1st as NaNo homework? I think you'll dig it!
I've heard great things about Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I want to read it during my summerfuntime!
Among Others by Jo Walton
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
I think the Dark Tower series is a must read. It starts off with The Gunslinger and continues. I think it is the best series I have ever read.
If you want to look other than fantasy/sci-fi...
Lamb by Christopher Moore is very funny, makes you think, and breaks your heart. I love it.
A Prayer for Owen Meany is one of my favorite books ever written. Everyone that I have given this book to has read it and bought it for someone else to read.
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins is Tom Robbins at his best. It's also one of the most polarizing books I have suggested to friends and people online. You will either love it and buy the rest of Tom Robbins's books or you will hate it and never listen to me again. I hope it's the first reaction.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an amazing book about life in high school. I haven't seen the movie yet because I enjoy this book so much that I don't want to get pissed off at a director ruining one of my favorite books.
Good Omens by Pratchett/Gaiman is certainly a pretty rockin book.
Hopefully this helps you find some new authors to enjoy!
Edited for: I will never forgive myself if I don't put in what I consider one of the best fantasy coming of age stories ever. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is the first of the series. Read it. Do it!
Summertime and the livin' is easy.
I went here before and it was paradise
Peanut Island, Florida
Here's my link.
I'd love a good book to read at the beach.
That's a pretty good guide. I think I read in a similar order, but mostly by chance.
I would also add that if you like Neil Gaiman, you can read the book that they collaborated on, called Good Omens. It's not the same universe, but the style is there. That's how I started, too.
She probably has all of the books you've mentioned if she really likes them, bookish people usually do... A special edition might be an idea, but I won't be able to help you with that, I go for cheap paperbacks due to money ;)
I'm tempted to recommend "We" by Yevgeny Zamyatin, it's not sci-fi classic per se, but it's a dystopian classic, she would probably like it if she likes Brave New World, but again, she might already have it. Still I'm sure she'd be thrilled to get a thoughtful thank you gift from you, even if she's read it before or even has a copy... Here's a link to that book on amazon, if you want to have a look: amazon link
If she does like classic sci-fi, here are some old-school, hard sci-fi (but it's not all just spaceships and aliens) that she might enjoy and possibly even not have, since a couple of the authors aren't from English speaking countries:
Just an FYI to everyone who doesn't realize: Walter Miller was one of the legends of early sci-fi--though he inexplicably stopped publishing after his masterpiece A Canticle for Leibowitz.
A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr. One of my favourite books. Amazon link
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.
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!
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.
I want to read World War Z!
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!
This is the default answer everyone should recommend when this question is asked:
World War Z by Max Brooks
If you liked John Dies at the End you might enjoy this, this, this or this.
All spiders can fly.
They just hide the ability really well. They can also fit through tiny tiny places.
Oh, have you read This Book is Full of Spiders? It's a great book, it contains spiders that normal people can not see. And take over your body by crawling into your mouth and replacing your tongue. It's really cool.
You can pre-order it on Amazon already. But it isn't coming out for a while:
And yes, the book is really great. I could read it again every few weeks, it just never gets boring.
Yep. He has finished writing it and it is now with the editor. Should be released shortly before Halloween. Amazon has it available for preorder
I've been struggling a bit the last week or so- I'm a huge fan of history, and I've been in the mood to read it lately. I started The Borgias: The Hidden History by G.J. Meyer as I've always known that I should read more about the Borgias, and got about 2/3 of the way through it before finally acknowledging that I'm just not that interested in historical Italian politics. Lots of fun facts about the early modern papacy, and its politics, as well as some very interesting personages, but I just couldn't get into it for some reason.
Then I read Serving Queen Victoria: Life in the Royal Household, which is very well done- great, original research and sources, wonderful individual personalities, and a very different look at Queen Victoria. But it's a bit excruciating to read- you've got all of these wonderful personalities, living incredibly boring lives, centred around a self-absorbed, uneducated, fairly crazy, ultimately 'bad' queen. It was a very good book, but damn, am I glad that I wasn't born in Victorian England.
I think that I'll go for something a bit different for the moment- right now it's between This Book is Full of Spiders, Sacre Bleu, or starting The Culture series.
Amusing! This book is supposed to be really funny. The list price is $14 CAD, but there are other options from $2 CAD :)
That's the "first edition." From what I heard, he posted the story online, and it took off so he got a book publishing deal for a couple thousand copies. They all sold out, so now people are selling them for thousands of dollars as they can be considered a collectible item.
Here you go, 10-20$
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.
I know a book you might like.
If you've read "John Dies at the End" this will not come as a surprise.
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.
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:
Clearly this one..
John Dies at the End by David Wong. It's a horror/comedy book written by one of the writers at Cracked.
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.
John Dies at the End started with one of these, but I never knew what it was called. Thanks
Oh neat! Seems fun. Fear cuts deeper than swords.
Anything that has my real name on it.I don't know your real name, sadly. ): Maybe someday!
Any of the things I have noted being on Private lists
I would be happy to send you the link to for proofcan be seen here. :) Also your wishlist names made me chuckle. :D
Also also Happy Birthday to my dad! <3
I recommend you read Feed, by Mira Grant. It's a very well-written zombie novel in which the zombie uprising occurs in a world in which George Romero movies exist, and humanity is able to survive in large thanks to his guidance. Romero is rightly regarded as a national hero.
Feed. Mira Grant-http://www.amazon.com/Feed-Newsflesh-Book-Mira-Grant/dp/0316081051
Naw, you get zombies from the cure to cancer + cure for the common cold.
We could do it sort of Feed (Newsflesh) style maybe? Our own personal accounts of what is/would be currently happening during the Z.A. posted via social media/blogs/etc, or in this case reddit. Thoughts?
Feed. Excellent excellent book. Slightly alternative take on thigs, but really good. http://www.amazon.com/Feed-Newsflesh-Book-Mira-Grant/dp/0316081051/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1290009718&amp;sr=8-3
I GOT THIS! I have it for you! Post Ap book? Check! Zombies? CHECK. Strong Female character(s)? Checky check. ANGST? DRAMA??? chhhhhheck.
I loved these books. The world Mira created is just so plausible, you actually think it might happen. It's intense, dramatic and the characters are just BADASS. She kicks it up so many notches in terms of Post Apocalypse writing.
I bring to you: Feed by Mira Grant
oh, it's on kindle and a series.
So I stumbled across this book a while ago(I love zombie stories) and for some reason no one I know has ever heard of/read it before, which amazes me, because it is so good! It's actually part of a series, but I haven't had a chance to read the others yet.
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.
a book. https://www.amazon.com/House-Leaves-Mark-Z-Danielewski/dp/0375703764
House of Leaves: The Remastered Full-Color Edition https://www.amazon.ca/dp/0375703764/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Mo7jDb892BHGN
That's the version I bought, it was decently large print but still, I also wouldn't have minded a larger print copy haha
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".
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.
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.
Get yourself an Apple TV
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
That book exists! It's called House of Leaves and is really good!
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski and The Lilies of the Field by William Barrett. Both made me want to give up writing.
Grave encounters is really scary if you've ever read House of Leaves
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!
Check out house of leaves
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!
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. . .
Got to recommend:
House of Leaves, Mezzanine and Nadja. The Raw Shark Texts, Astronomical
Just a few that came to mind:
JPOD by Douglas Coupland
Lying by Lauren Slater
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
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.
Someone's going to recommend House of Leaves, and it might as well be me.
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.
The word ^house is always blue and off-kilter in the book
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.
Weirder than House of Leaves?
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.
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.
UGH I JUST REMEMBERED TO FINISH THIS BRB
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.
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! – YOU NEED TO READ THE HOUSE OF LEAVES IT’S SO CRAZY AND I LOVE IT AND … AT SOME POINTS… YOU READ IT UPSIDE DOWN AND CRAZY AND INSIDE OUT AND OMFG WHAT ARE YOU STILL DOING READING THIS GO READ THIS NOW
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.
Finally, some people say that fear cuts deeper than swords but does it? Who knows.
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
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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!
If it's not too late, you can go here:
And search for relevant words like "failed" and find the pages and see them.
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](http://www.amazon.com/House-Leaves-Mark-Z-Danielewski/dp/0375703764 "This is not for you.") of Leaves
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! :)
Impossible to read in a digital format:
Not quite as impossible, but still difficult or not the same experience:
Similarly, this author took newspaper articles and blacked out most of the words, leaving poetry.
by Mark Z. Danielewski — Insane formatting, colored words, and many footnotes and appendices.
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.
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.
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.
$0-5 - 100 Pokemon Cards
$5-10 - Cards Against Humanity Second Expansion
$10-20 - House of Leaves
$20-50 - New Girl season 1
was recently recommended to read The House of Leaves
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.
Got your back friENT.
(.ca for my Canadian brethren.)
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.
Read House of Leaves.
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.
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.
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"
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.
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.
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.)
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.
Christopher Moore's Lamb explains this hilariously.
You sure you're not thinking of the Gospel according to Biff?
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.
You're welcome. It is one of the funniest books ever written IMO.
That theory makes a great book.
All of his books are hilarious. I actually came here to suggest Lamb, which is slightly heavier, but is mostly just hilarious.
Was it this? http://www.amazon.ca/Lamb-Gospel-According-Christs-Childhood/dp/0380813815/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1449894211&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=lamb
Because I LOVE this book!
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. So funny!
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.
Have you read Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal?
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...
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":
Buddha and Christ not going off and having weird adventures? I think Christopher Moore and Osamu Tezuka would like a word with you.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Necronomicon-Weird-Lovecraft-Fiction-GOLLANCZ/dp/0575081562 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.
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).
And if you feel like dropping some coin, Gollancz has put out a couple of really sharp looking collections.
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]
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.
Ist Ausgabe vergleichbar mit dem was ich habe? Link
Oder lohnt sich die Anschaffung des anderen?
I have this.
Hi, I do custom orders, yes. Would you like for the Necronomicon this one: https://www.amazon.com/Necronomicon-Best-Weird-Tales-Lovecraft/dp/0575081562/ref=sr_1_2?crid=110CH0S77DOPG&keywords=necronomicon&qid=1569028294&s=books&sprefix=necronomicon%2Caps%2C216&sr=1-2
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.
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.
there you go
Well Amazon has all of them. Yeah sure it's pricy but still. It does have them.
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.
I might have to pick that up. I have the Necronomicon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Necronomicon-Weird-Lovecraft-Fiction-GOLLANCZ/dp/0575081562 (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.
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!
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.
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.
There's also a collection of Lovecraft's work called The Necronomicon that lethaltech may have been referencing, here: https://www.amazon.com/Necronomicon-Weird-Tales-Lovecraft-Commemorative/dp/0575081570
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 ;) (http://www.amazon.com/Necronomicon-Weird-Lovecraft-Commemorative-Edition/dp/0575081570/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397318203&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=necronomicon) I just realized you could find it on amazon for thirty... ;-; sadness...
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.
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.
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) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0575081570/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_aFYDAb4MPCH1J
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.
I got it from here.
Eldritch Tales: A Miscellany of the Macabre (published in 2011) is what I got, and Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft (Commemorative Edition) (2008) has all his other stuff.
I started with the "collection of best stories" book called Necronomicon (http://www.amazon.com/Necronomicon-Weird-Lovecraft-Commemorative-Edition/dp/0575081570/ 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.
I recommend this: http://www.amazon.com/Necronomicon-Weird-Lovecraft-Commemorative-Edition/dp/0575081570
it is a good collection of some of his stories and is a good jumping off point.
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: http://www.amazon.com/Necronomicon-Weird-Lovecraft-Commemorative-Edition/dp/0575081570
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.)
Blindsight by Peter Watts
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.
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. But...to each their own, I suppose.
Estou lendo o Echopraxia, a "sidequel" do Blindsight, a ficção científica mais depressiva de todos os tempos.
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.
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…
Amazon one-star reviews. There you go.
But it really is a fantastic book, so give it a shot.
For a good creepy short novel, check out Penpal from /r/nosleep 's own Dathan Auerbach
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!
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!
He kept the same title for the book.
Yup, getting the weird view here too.
Here's the link
Penpal got expanded into a novel now too!
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.
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.
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.
City Infernal - Edward Lee
John Dies at the End - David Wong
Two books I found extremely entertaining.
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.
DBDA is one of the best zombie anythings, ever. I loved the series!
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.
Day By Day Armageddon.
Nothing like some post-apocalyptic zombie survival. No really, it's actually a quite entertaining read.
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.
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!
I love the Day by Day Armageddon series By J.L. Bourne. Here's a link. http://www.amazon.com/Day-Armageddon-J-L-Bourne/dp/1439176671/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1456816843&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=day+by+day+armageddon
Day by Day is the best hands down.
I also really like the First book in The Stain trilogy.
Day by Day Armageddon by JL Bourne. Journal style writing about a Naval Pilot surviving the zombie apocalypse.
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!
It's all open domain so you can read it all legally online if you ever wish to.
If you're like me and can't stand reading on screen as opposed to on paper, there are a lot of great collections out there, this is the one I have.
cheaper on amazon!
Just bought this collection on amazon to get back into reading. Love it so far!
Oooh, The Descent...I had forgotten about that one, thank you, one of my all-time favorites. It's got everything good horror can be made from: claustrophobia, paranoia, deception, murder, failure of will, lack of any definitive exit signs...oh, and there's even some monsters here and there!
I was actually just thinking about Lovecraft, and you're certainly right about the plethora of source material, I wouldn't be entirely opposed to at least two movies coming out of it...just not another In The Mouth Of Madness.
Ok, maybe another In The Mouth Of Madness. It's not that bad. Right?
The complete fiction of HP Lovecraft £17
Errol Morris DVD Collection £12.50
What football team does he support?
This book is relatively cheap and very beautiful, and is arguably the most complete collection of Lovecraft stories.
because I bought it and needed the link for some reason
There's a few floating around on Amazon that look like decent hardcover editions, like this.
That said, I do second u/GreatStoneSkull's suggestion for the Leslie Klinger edition (or the three Penguin Classics volumes edited by S.T. Joshi) even if it doesn't include every single story Lovecraft ever wrote; I personally find that annotations enrich my reading experience, especially for a weird antiquarian like Lovecraft so I'd suggest maybe it's better to trade completeness for judicious annotations.
If you want something in actual print, this is a good collection. The books a good quality and its a nice shelf piece if thats your thing.
The closest I've got to that is Prince of Thorns. I've only read the first book of the trilogy in another language, but it was decent, and pretty much exactly what you describe. To be honest I got it as a gift, and I don't know if I would be willing to pay money for it, but maybe you can find it in a library or something.
Now, onto web serials (all free), which are close to your criteria:
Dungeon Keeper Ami. Fanfic. Sailor Mercury from Sailor Moon accidentally becomes a Keeper from Dungeon Keeper. Quite good.
Kumo desu ga, nani ka? (I'm a spider, so what?) and Everybody loves large chests. A giant spider and a mimic, respectively, try to survive in RPG-like fantasy worlds. Both stories are good.
And Worm. Teenager girl can control bugs. Becomes a supervillain despite good intentions. Very, very good.
The Prince of Thorns is the first of the Broken Empire trilogy.
It's implied that the world of the books is our world, in a future where science's pursuit into the foundation of reality has created a sort of tear between what is and what isn't. Consciousness can now control reality directly, aka magic's back bitch.
The main character is basically a little boy, I mean I think he's like 12 at the start and even younger in flashbacks, but he's leading a self-styled "brotherhood" of some truly nasty brutes (and a couple not so nasty). It's a good read, even if he tends to rush the climaxes with convenience. His characterization is top notch though. He begins each chapter with a sentence or two about another particular member of "the brotherhood" and almost every time he made it interesting enough to stick with me.
The main character is young but he's a bit of a sociopath. Read the synopsis and reviews and decide for yourself. I didn't think it was but now that you asked and I thought about it more it might be borderline YA but its kind of dark for YA.
It definitely does, and Sanderson's work on the final 3 books was pretty inspired to say the least.
Also, check out
[literally this series] (https://www.amazon.com/KIZUMONOGATARI-Wound-Tale-NISIOISIN/dp/1941220975/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1485812320&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=kizumonogatari)
Search this url on the internet wayback machine. There's also an older PDF version on readfag's wordpress. Those are both variations of Baka-Tsuki's translations though. From what I hear Vertical's official translation is superior.
If it even exists, I don't know where one could acquire a digital download of Vertical's official translation. You can find the official paperback and audio book on Amazon and the audio book is possible to find online if you know where to look.
edit: I found the EPUB version of Vertical's translations released by Ozymandias that was referenced above.
I recently finished an oddball of an audiobook:
That one is not quite a full-cast, since different characters have same narrator. And it has background music and even some ambient sounds (so not quite a dramatization/drama).
Story wise its quite a convoluted tale of an adaptation from the japanese visual novel, but thats only a prequel to a bigger series BAKEMONOGATARI (that was published/written first, because why not) and gathered quite a cult following over there.(trying to write a synopsis broke my brain, if anyone can do any better, be my guest) ...its a prequel
...Needless to say, i'm eagerly awaiting a sequel!
Definitely it shows available on Amazon.co.uk, but you should look in the one that matches your country (or closest):
> £12.08 [Prime]
> Get it by Wednesday, Aug 2
> Eligible for FREE UK Delivery
I think there will be more info on this once the big 2016 cons start rolling around. My observations indicate that Kizu was very well received, but that's just on social media.
Let's check Amazon... Out of stock, you say? Ranking high in the right categories, you say?
In my most humble opinion, Vertical would be a fool not to release more volumes. ;)
Overstock.com has it for $11.30 today but won't ship until January of 2099. It might be faster on Amazon Prime.
Is this the only one in the series with an official translation?
I just found it on amazon if anyone was wondering.
If you're in Europe
I think he's asking why you didn't opt for the season 1 box set. https://www.amazon.com/MONOGATARI-Box-Set-Limited-NISIOISIN/dp/1947194399
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."
This is what I started with. Everything is in an order that makes it so you can just read through the book.
We have this, if it counts.
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.
do you mean this one?
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 ;) https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0575081570/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1465775146&amp;sr=8-2&amp;pi=SY200_QL40&amp;keywords=necronomicon
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
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.
Another very good book addressing this topic is Blindsight by Peter Watts.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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?
Já leu Gaiman? Pratchett?
Aleatórios, talvez tenha alguma coisa que te interesse:
Check out the whole series of stories by /u/1000Vultures starting here. It makes a lot more sense if you have read them all. He did go on and publish as well. You can purchase Penpals here and there has been talk of it being turned into a movie. :)
For those interested, you can buy the paperback on amazon or the e-book here and if you want to read the original series he posted on /r/nosleep, here's the first part.
There used to be some great ones, but a lot of them were removed when the authors decided to get them published.
This was probably the best one I read on there, and it looks like the guy has done pretty well for himself
Started off as that but turned into a full fledged book. Check it out, you won't regret it.
I'm in the same boat. I keep looking for scary books, but books just don't scary. That said, this one creeped me out quite a bit, and it's written by a redditor:
You are looking for Penpal or you may read the Reddit postings starting with Footsteps
It's super creepy, and the author actually posted on /r/nosleep before he made this into a book. I'd recommend getting the book though, because it's a smoother read.
There's a lot of good stuff in /r/nosleep, but that was one of the most popular ones - it's been expanded into a novel recently.
For more, I'd just check the top posts in that sub or /r/creepypasta.
Penpal. It reads like an online roleplay between two burgeoning highschool writers. That is to say there is a display of some technical prowess, but it falls far, far short of professional writing. There are plot holes everywhere, the author had no clue how to write for characters of different age groups, the ending is incredibly weak and unsatisfying, and - lord - some of these sentences are butchered as fuck. You cannot just pick up a thesaurus and replace any word with a "synonym".
And yet it has over four and a half stars.
Is it bad that I can't remember what the last thing I licked was o.O
Story that originated from r/nosleep, this is in the price range ^.^
That depends. There's the notable example of the guy who wrote a series of bits for /r/nosleep and then adapted it into a novel.
If someone were to create a book of popular folklore, the selling point would be a few things: A) the stories would be edited/rewritten, supposedly to a better form than that email your aunt sent you B) the stories are selected. So it wouldn't be twelve of the same story with different details or some really crappy stories, etc., but stories selected for a specific reason. As far as financial viability goes, well, if a Twilight Bondage fanfic can become the best-selling novel of 2012, anything's possible.
Penpal by Dathan Auerbach. It's a book about childhood memories and how sometimes adult hindsight provides context for things that were a whole lot scarier than kid-you thought they were.
It's not gory, it's not particularly violent through most of the book. But the story creates a constant, ever-increasing burden of dread. It draws you in and makes you keep reading, even as you know in your heart that it will end oh so poorly.
Here is a more safe looking version.
Penpal, written by a Redditor, also from /r/NoSleep.
I've found two or three multi-part stories--the one about the dead cats and the one by 1000Vultures that got turned into an actual novel come to mind--I've really loved on NoSleep, all of which have been at least novella-length, and none of them recent. Unfortunately, many don't have quality with quantity (or even the word count quantity to justify their post quantity) and don't actually NEED to be broken up into multiple posts.
You would want Penpal
It's midnight where I am now and I am exhausted. My husband gets up early in the morning to go to work and I have to be up to take my kid to school. I'm not a full vampire yet, so I still have a very human schedule I have to keep.
/u/1000vultures self published this book of stories he had submitted to /r/nosleep and it seems to be doing very well.
Your milage may vary in terms of what you find "weird," but off the top of my head here's a few that fall all over the weird spectrum
1)The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea. Deals with drugs, conspiracy theories, and the occult blended with a strong sense of wit and cynicism. Imagine Dan Brown but with a much stronger sense of humor.
2) VALIS by Philip K. Dick. Really anything by Dick could deserve a place on here but VALIS is my personal favorite. A group of misfit adults all struggle to piece together a series of odd occurrences that just may be a message from the god of the Gnostics.
3) Spacetime Donuts by Rudy Rucker. If the above are a bit too heady for you, then this might be more up your ally. Weird theoretical math is explored through the travels of an elderly, weed and acid loving guy who lives in a world controlled by a mostly benevolent supercomputer.
Edit: Forgot a couple!
4) John Dies at the End by David Wong. A great story about two slacker guys who stumble upon a "drug" known as Soy Sauce that opens up other words both literally and figuratively. A wonderful combination of dick & fart humor and deep meditations on the horrors of our universe.
5) The Time Machine Did It by John Swartzwelder. I have never laughed so hard, so consistently at a book. John is a writer from the golden age of the Simpsons and his unique sense of humor is on display here. He's got a bunch of books out and I admittedly have only read this one so far, but based on it the rest of his works are definitely on my must-read list.
Cool book, check it out here
John Dies at the End. I've wanted to read it since watching the movie. Also, used books are always welcome. Thank you for the contest!
Well, I'm pretty sure we all know how this book ends.
John Dies at the End and it's sequel This Book is Full of Spiders.
Ah I've seen your comment below. read maybe:
Joe Abercrombie - Best Served Cold
Max Berry - lexicon
Dürrenmatt - Suspicion
Gaiman - Good Omens
Kafka - The Trial
Sillitoe - The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner
Adams - Hitchhiker's Guide ( no way you haven't read that - but who knows )
Branderson - Way Of Kings
Libba Bray - The Diviners
Nietzsche - Thus Spoke Zarathustra ( there is a really ugly bible style translation - beware!!! )
Lynn Kurland - Star Of The Morning ( your sex and age is of interest )
Schwab - Vicious
Bakker - The Darkness That Comes Before
Robert Thier - Storm and Silence
Eco - Name Of The Rose ( no way you haven't read it but u know the drill ) + Foucault's Pendulum
Lord Of The Rings ( duh )
Sanderson - Mistborn
Sanderson - Alloy of Law
Harris - Hannibal
Rothfuss - The Name Of The Wind
Bukowski -Ham on Rye
Burroughs - Running With Scissors
Wong - John Dies at the End
I would also suggest John Dies At The End. Totally unrelated but just a fun read. My husband got me to read it a while back.
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American Gods by Neil Gaiman... gawsh just anything by him is really good, but this book is the best match that I've read at least. You know he does good graphic novels, but his books are excellent as well. Stardust, in constrast, takes a more light hearted, fantasy side.
Greywalker by Kat Richardson is about a modern day private investigator who gets dragged into the world of the bizarre. Well written and suspenseful, I think it'd keep you on the edge of your seat.
If you like absurd, check out John Dies at the End by David Wong... before a movie ruins it.
If you want a classic, check out Ferenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I was skeptical of reading sci fi in high school. Well, this book changed my mind.
I'm not going to call any of them "literature", but I've read and enjoyed a bunch of new-ish books recently.
here ya go buddy. One of my alltime favorites. Had me scared as shit some pages, laughing my ass off the next page.
Congrats you met a shadow man. You may read about it here:
Pretty much reality was irrevocably altered by the constantly growing forces of eternal darkness directed by a giant drain-hair-sausage computer.
It's just a book, it's not a spoiler unless you make it one. It is actually a pretty good book, from what I have heard, and at the very least a fairly popular one.
Girl in the Tangerine Scarf. Novel about a muslim growing up in america.
John Dies at the End. Horror fantasy novel with a lot of philisophical aspects. Also, lots of dick jokes. It's written by a guy that went on to write for Cracked.com. It also recently came out as a movie.
Ender's Game. Futuristic scifi about a kid that goes up to space-school to learn how to save the world from an alien invasion. Soon to be a major motion picture.
13 Reasons Why. Novel about the aftermath of a high school suicide. Good if you want lots of feels.
John Dies at the End
Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk
Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil
The King in Yellow by Robert Chambers
John Dies at the End by David Wong
Yes. I read a lot of books at the same time. Yes, I regularly finish books. Doomed I just finished about a week ago, and I am currently in the middle of all the other books. So far I've enjoyed all of these books immensely.
Maybe Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne?
The first two books of J.L. Bourne's Day by Day Armageddon series are fantastic. Basically an ex-military guy who keeps a journal detailing the fall of humanity following a zombie outbreak.
Be sure to skip the 3rd book (Shattered Hourglass), though. It's terrible.
Day by Day Armageddon series And of course Hunger Games.
I think the best book that breaks down the nitty gritty details of surviving a zombie apocalypse is Day by Day Armageddon.
It's written as the journal of an retired veteran of the most recent gulf wars. He already lives a bit off the grid, so he's better able to survive than most when the crisis hits. His pragmatic approach to everything is what keeps him alive, through all of his choices of where to go, where to get supplies, and what shelters to seek. He also meets and helps other survivors on his way, some of whom choose to shelter and travel through different methods, so you are exposed to other people's survival choices as well.
The journal format it is presented in is perfectly done. Despite all events having already occurred when a journal entry is written, it still makes for incredible tension at various points.
The only complaint I've heard against this book is that some people feel that the main character is too prepared, or too perfectly fit to the challenge of surviving the zombie apocalypse. My response to this is that if the character wasn't "prepared" and capable in the same manner, they would die early on and the story would be over. We are reading THIS story because out of all the people that tried to survive, THIS character has the skills and supplies that has allowed them to stay alive. His preparedness is well within a reasonable level of suspension of disbelief. But to each their own.
Anyways, if you try it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
Also read Day by Day Armageddon by JL Bourne. Diary format, slow Zombies...
Please read this.
If you're into zombie books, try this series. It has zombies, action, and an easy to read style.
edit: Oh yeah, and for action, the Joe Ledger series is not bad. It starts here.
edit 2: AND, for another series with good action and pretty fun, check out Sandman Slim.
favorite zombie books so far have been Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne and Plague of the Dead by Z.A. Recht. Adding in this album by The Gorillaz just adds on to the mood of the book.
Also being from SE Texas and driving most of the roads talked about in Day by Day Armageddon makes the book a little extra unnerving.
Day by Day Armageddon by J. L. Bourne. Absolute must read if you're a zombie fan.
Buy this one: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Fiction-Lovecraft-Knickerbocker-Classics/dp/1631060015
It's very cheap for a very good looking hardcover/tome. Fit's the lovecraft mood perfectly. Bought a similar one for Edgar allan Poe
I do believe there are actually a few of his works not included in this print, but I can't remember which ones. Apologies.
The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft (Knickerbocker Classics) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1631060015/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_OgSGyb3TC21DK
Knickerbocker Classics makes very nice collections from several authors. They had a collection of Edgar Allan Poe's work at one point, but I can't seem to find it now. It's a shame, I was thinking about grabbing that one next.
Roommate has this one and it contains all those stories and is a nice book.
I'm going to interpret your question a little bit differently and provide some books that are not directly RPG related but will help you to be a better role-player or Game Master. Then, I will finish off with some more RPG specific suggestions.
The essential reads are the following:
For GM-specific materials, I really love the spirit conveyed by Dungeon World and Fate Core (and the Fate System Toolkit for that matter). If you learn nothing else from Dungeon World, learn the GM principles and how to set up Fronts. Fronts (or something similar) are the way you should be preparing as a GM that very few other books convey. The Alexandrian has a lot of amazing materials. I know that Play Unsafe was recommended here, but it was a little short and basic for my taste... much of the same principles will be covered by reading the other recommended texts in my post. If you absolutely must learn about improvisation as a skill in and of itself, read Impro. The author of Play Unsafe drew heavily from this text and most of the truly unique ideas can be found within Impro.
Is Skeleton Crew a whole book with Shortstories, like This
I like how I'm on your wishlist ;)
Anyways, I'd recommend Bad Religion, Anti-Flag, Black Flag, The Adolescents, No Use For A Name (only know 1 song) and yeah. I don't really listen to that music much anymore, so my list is shorter.
Dagon is brilliant but if you do get into the stories and would rather read a physical book
I have this and it's glorious, pretty cheap for a book of this quality too, got it for xmas a couple of years ago.
There are a series of books that is the complete collection. I would recommend those.
Si tu lis en anglais, The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft
I don't want to spoil anything for you, but as a science fiction fan I would highly recommend the Broken Empire series by Mark Lawrence.
I would also recommend Matt Stover's Acts of Caine series as it is a really interesting blend between Sci-fi and Fantasy.
[This one?] (http://www.amazon.com/Prince-Thorns-The-Broken-Empire/dp/1937007685) If so, I will order it... only $5!
I PM'ed you my answers. I especially love the Halloween trick one I wrote about - you're going to enjoy it. I'd really just love these two books - 1 and 2 because reading is fun. Thanks!
This? Haven't read it myself (though my friend said it was entertaining.) Reading the synopsis and I don't see any mention of noir or heaven & hell.
I recommend you start with reading Kizumonogatari as it is the only translated volume that the anime hasn't covered yet(At least the bluray isn't out yet). It has an audiobook on audible as well. Great music and voice-acting.
Are you talking about this ? This covers parts 1 thru 3 or just part 2 ?
Here. If your country has Amazon, you may want to check it out on your region to see if it is cheaper buying directly from the country. It also takes less time to ship it.
You put normal online shipping stuff. Payment info (credit card info, paypal address, whatever you choose) and your address.
whatchu talkin' about with the end of monogatari. Owari's still got two more seasons (I think) and then there's zoku owari. Kizu, on the other hand, is literally the beginning. (a beginning, by the way, that you can purchase legally in english in just a few days)
The official English translation of Kizu is due on December 15th. I only wish it was available digitally.
>Let's check Amazon... Out of stock, you say?
Ya, I have a copy on backorder. I have been waiting so long for an English release of any of the books.
You can get kizu off of Amazon here.
Unfortunately, it's the only officially translated title in the series to be released in the US physically. You can find fan translations of the other books online, but if you want to read them in book form you'll have to wait until they're translated.
wtf amazon brazil page for the same product stated 11/23, and I ordered few hours ago.
double checked after your comment, on US store says 12/15. blah, whatever, ill just wait
I think it would have been better if you bought the Season 1 box set :(
Yes, here's the link https://www.amazon.com/MONOGATARI-Box-Set-Limited-NISIOISIN/dp/1947194399
At Book Depository the set costs $94 or €84, which includes free shipping worldwide. This is my to-go place for ordering light novels.
On Amazon right now it's 59 pounds, which is roughly €69, shipping not included.
Hope this helps!
Depends where you live, here it is on amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/MONOGATARI-Box-Set-NISIOISIN/dp/1947194399
I bought the box set on amazon here
Currently £77.93 on Amazon UK if you’re still looking
Kizunaiver and Death Parade look quite interesting. I'll definitely give Nisioisin's other works a look, too.
I also went a head and bought the [MONOGATARI Series Box Set Limited Edition] (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1947194399/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1) from amazon today. I was a little hesitant because I'm not sure how well the translations turned out, but it seems most people rate em pretty well. Looking forward to getting a deeper look into Monogatari.
Just here, limited edition of 5000. Sorry for the late reply, been asleep, different time zones you know ^^
Pretty Leather Case!
World War Z
It is pretty hard to shop for parents. My sister and I got ours some $50 sneakers to which he deemed too nice to wear to work and thus wears some $10 pair he got himself from walmart O_o. I already have a e-ink reader to which I love, but my sister keeps "borrowing" it, figured this might be great for her.
Saw the previews for World War Z and thought it looked good. I imagine the book has to be 100 times better...
Diary of a Madman
I'd like to finally read World War Z, thanks for the contest! :D
World War Z
Thanks for a wonderful contest.
World War Z (the book) is not anything like the movie. Not at all. The only thing they have in common is the title.
You would really like WWZ, and it's at your reading level. Here's the link.
My name is Daniel and I'm a pretty big fan of this book right here.
House of Leaves?
Have you tried House of Leaves?
Had The Blair Witch Project been a book instead of a film, and had it been written by, say, Nabokov at his most playful, revised by Stephen King at his most cerebral, and typeset by the futurist editors of Blast at their most avant-garde, the result might have been something like House of Leaves.
Wow this really reminds me of house of leaves, which if you haven't already read, I would highly recommend if you're into this stuff
Try reading House of Leaves. Lots of jumping around.^1 Lots of format screw: sidways or upside-down text, text in geometric shapes, one word per page, etc. Lots of hidden clues and easter eggs. Plus it's a pretty bizarre, surreal, suspenseful story in itself. It made for a much more dynamic reading experience.
^1 Half the story is told in footnotes.^2
^2 And there are footnotes to footnotes to footnotes.
Is this it?https://www.amazon.com/House-Leaves-Mark-Z-Danielewski/dp/0375703764/ref=sr_1_1?gclid=Cj0KCQjwn8_mBRCLARIsAKxi0GIiRBWFNwcVr8as4lbvpJbGNNSXR45a0v4StkzmB-2u6K1osE4aOqcaAvDHEALw_wcB&amp;hvadid=241918681121&amp;hvdev=c&amp;hvlocphy=9005654&amp;hvnetw=g&amp;hvpos=1t1&amp;hvqmt=e&amp;hvrand=1573550179779083818&amp;hvtargid=kwd-471000846&amp;hydadcr=24634_10399775&amp;keywords=house+of+leaves+book&amp;qid=1557427670&amp;s=gateway&amp;sr=8-1
Thanks for this!!! I'm putting it on my TBR list.
Possible Side Effects - Augusten Burroughs
House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski
Scott Pilgrim Series - Bryan Lee O'Malley
More Than This - Patrick Ness
Looking into the list that your provided too!
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!
If you're into weird/gimmicky/out-there writing styles, Mark Z. Danielewski (author of House of Leaves) is writing a 27 volume series called The Familiar. He'll be releasing a novel every 6 months for the next 13.5 years. I'm most of the way through One Rainy Day In May, and while it's definitely got his writing style, it's actually really enjoyable to read. So give those a shot if you're interested in a very long series, lol. They even have their own subreddit for those curious to learn more!
How is this the weirdest book ever??? oO
Try reading The House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, it's certainly a lot more "weird" than LaVey's Satanic Bible (it's also quite good, really).
Getting a sudden House of Leaves vibe from this prompt :)
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. The book itself is a masterpiece of literary engineering.
"The story remains...focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside."
[House of Leaves] (http://www.amazon.com/House-Leaves-Mark-Z-Danielewski/dp/0375703764/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&amp;colid=39G0LIUE1FX5T&amp;coliid=I2D1S143PFIFLR) I am in love with this book. I took the time to read every last footnote and word of it. I loved it so much that I lent it to a friend, but that friend unfortuantely destroyed it (unintentionally.)
It's not an e-read type of book. It's something you need to read paperback in order to get the true experience of reading this book. It's unique and doesn't even have a format per page. It's disjointed and insane and I LOVE IT. The more you read the more you know.
Thanks for the contest :)
Bit late, but seems we have similar taste, so here are some things I really love:
House of Leaves - not a straightforward read, but it's worth sticking with it; the labyrinthine structure of the narrative mirrors that of the house, and is an overwhelming presence, a character in its own right. The story itself is ambiguous, fragmented, ultimately unresolved, and stubbornly avoids any traditional narrative satisfaction, an exercise in open-ended uncertainty, so if you crave narrative closure, this probably isn't for you. But if you can tolerate the ambiguity, it's a book you can get thoroughly lost in.
Good Omens - since you're a Pratchett fan, you've probably read this collaboration with Neil Gaiman. If you haven't, you're in for a real treat - one of his best.
Anything by Phil Rickman. The Merrily Watkins books are essentially supernatural detective stories, based on the traditional folklore of the borderlands between England and Wales, with a little exorcism on the side. My favourites are his early books, especially The Man in the Moss and December.
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury classic evoking the fears and freedoms of childhood. Wonderfully and weirdly atmospheric. If you like it, you should also read Dandelion Wine - not genre, but in Dandelion Wine he perfects his evocation of childhood, and personally, I think it's his best book. The realities of life, death and mortality, along with its wonder and mystery, seen with the clarity of childhood. And none of the usual rose-tinted 'innocence'.
I can't recommend the Django book that I started with, "Mastering Django: Core" by Nigel George, as much of the advanced topics were no better explained than the official documentation. If you're using Django 2.0, forget it. This, and other Django books I've looked at, don't go into any front-end details, seemingly from a belief that "writing Python code and designing HTML are two different disciplines" (quoted straight from the book I linked). The official docs and web tutorials have served me better for bringing Django to the browser.
The basics of JS and jQuery will go a long way, even without react/angular/vue.js. Just like my first statement about HTML/CSS, I'd say learn the other frameworks when you can no longer do what you want with JS/jQuery, or when a framework is going to save you time.
Sorry for the wall of text - hope that helps!
I love horror books. So, I've recommended this book a number of times to a number of other horror fans on this subreddit, so I'm not sure if I've suggested it to you, but if you haven't read it, House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is one of the best horror novels I've ever read.
I would recommend House of Leaves if you want kind of trippy psychological stuff.
Very creepy book.
Well so much depends on everything. Some basic suggestions:.
Contemporary Science Fiction:
Ted Chaing, Stories of Your Life and Others his short stories are science fiction gems. https://www.amazon.com/Stories-Your-Life-Others-Chiang/dp/1101972122.
Classical: Vladimir Nabokov Short Stories, amazing prose. Though English was his second language he wrote a good number, especially the later half, in English, often challenging themes from dubious narrators.
International Fiction: Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore, reductionist, clean prose, with symbolic/metaphorical imagery that blends hard-boiled noir, Japanese animism, and surrealism. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1400079276/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_RxntybB7PYK93
Post Modern: Roberto Bolano, 2666: A Novel, perhaps the odd relative of Murakami in structure if not style. Sometimes rambling, though powerful prose with surrealist moments within graphic and "visceral" scenes. https://www.amazon.com/dp/0312429215/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_ZAntybTW2XXJX.
Deconstructionism: Mark Danieleski, House of Leaves, carefully crafted entangled adventure horror of a story, explained in the footnotes of an essay, edited by a tattoo artist, written by a blind man of a homemade video of a house gone awry. https://www.amazon.com/dp/0375703764/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_XMntyb3RT3RKQ
He was the basis for the main character in the Navidson Records in the book House of Leaves.
I'm not an ME, but these are some of my (more computery-ish) favorites that might have general engineering appeal:
The Difference Engine - proto-steampunk!
Gödel, Escher, Bach - essays on logicians' wet dreams.
Anathem - mathy and fantastic.
House of Leaves - you'll either love it or it will just piss you off...
Also, anything by Phillip K Dick or Kurt Vonnegut. And Feynman's (first) autobiography is definitely a must.
I always just think of this.
Oh, my, very bad... Don't try that in Morrowind or Oblivion...
I had guides for both... ... somewhere... along with notebooks detailing where I put things, or where some quest things and people were located, etc. The guides were thick. I'm talking House Of Leaves thick. The side quests in the first several Elder Scrolls games (I can't vouch for Skyrim) were fun and engaging, if you knew how to blow through them properly, and could multitask, and had strength to carry whatever peeps wanted, etc... It was great fun, but I couldn't be arsed to complete Oblivion. I had too much fun living as a Nord Knightblade doing whatever I wanted. I don't care about finding the replacement king to save everything. I'm gonna venture into Oblivion through the gaes, and sell artifacts and buy mansions.
best book i've ever read: House Of Leaves
I recommend House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.
It encompasses everything you're looking for and in a book including a junkie, a couple of people going crazy, a house plagued by seemingly supernatural occurrences, and is overall a creepy book. Frankly it surprises me that I'm the first one to mention it. This is Reddit, right!?
Here are a few things that might not appeal to you in regards to House of Leaves. It's 709 pages long. The entirety of one character's story is told in the footnotes that are on nearly every page. The layout of the text in some chapters is literally all over the place and can be tricky to read, it mimics what some of the characters go through while exploring said house.
Overall I enjoyed this book thoroughly and recommend it at every opportunity.
House of Leaves is always my first suggestion, but it's not for everyone. I suggest pushing through the classics (The Picture of Dorian Gray! Heart of Darkness! Etc!) before you read anything else. Most of the good books published nowadays have references or callbacks to classic lit.
The hardest thing for you to accept is just how harmful a parent's love can be. I know from experience.
House of Leaves
Tells the story better than I could, but maybe you'll find resolution inside those dark hallways.
Here you go, great price if you ask me.
House of Leaves. It's a story within a story with footnotes that become another story. It's scary as hell and the way its physically written makes you have to sometimes turn the book around, upside down, or use a mirror. Most original novel I've ever read and a very fucked up one.
Books that changed the way I look at things, and thus changed my life:
Light by M. John Harrison Helped me understand that my feelings of smallness and impotence were pointless. In the greater scheme of things there is always two things: Someone better-off than you, and Someone worse-off than you. Whining about it helps no one.
Crank by Ellen Hopkins Helped me understand my mother's drug abuse. Not condone it of course, but understand it. Within six months of me reading this book, my Mother actually started to get clean. Maybe she found it in my room or something.
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski Through this I learned the true power of fiction. This book makes movies look bad. It is the biggest must-read on my list.
Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking by CHristopher Hadnagy taught me how better to interpret my actions and the actions of others, and in general made me a more observant person. Barring the manipulative side of things, (which it helps you notice as other people do it or you do subconsciously) it helps you understand social interaction on a deeper level than just words.
A Child's First Book of Virtues by Emily Hunter
I'd have to say that this was one of the single most important books of my childhood. It taught me all the important bits. This book was gifted to me right after I learned to read, and I am quite frankly a better person because of it. It helped form the model by which I judged my own character.
And of course a set of the Encyclopedia Britannica and Compton's interactive encyclopedia.
Buh I like reading.
Hands down: House of Leaves
I have never worked so hard to read a book before, but it is completely worth it.
House of Leaves
Novel by Mark Z. Danielewski
There's one at Amazon. Look for sections in Times New Roman, especially starting at page 3 (not iii).
House of Leaves is a "horror" book in only the strictest sense - it has an overall impending sense of doom, but the horror elements are only really emphasized in a few segments of the book.
What makes the book so damn good is that it takes the concept of a traditional narrative and turns it completely on its head. It's certainly not the first book to do this, but it's done in such a convincing and seamless manner that it's really a sight to behold.
(To put it in perspective, the book is a letter to the reader, from a narrator, who is telling his story about his life after finding a manuscript, which is another portion of the book, and the manuscript is based upon a film that may or may not exist, so at times the manuscript is effectively narrating the action from the film. Even the fonts used and orientation on the pages become part of the storytelling.)
House of Leaves.
There's a curse, which I can attest to: once you start the book, crazy things will happen in your life until you finish it. They start small, but your life will be hell until you finish.
It's a brilliantly engineered book, though, and definitely worthwhile if you can knock it out in a few days.
When you go to amazon's website, then to the kindle section and search for house of leaves, you get this:
However, there is no actual option to buy a kindle version.
Editing my first reply with tons more cheaper used options? http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0375703764/ref=tmm_pap_used_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&amp;condition=used&amp;sr=1-1&amp;qid=1419064264
If I get money for Christmas I am going to buy this.
I can't remember what book scared me the most, honestly I don't want to!!
Amazon link to HoL
I love this book.
I suggest you read this.
Maybe start with something non-atheist but entertaining - I'd go for Lamb - https://www.amazon.com/dp/0380813815.
Just read Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff, Jesus' Childhood Pal.
> You know those "lost years" of Jesus' life?
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
I did not know that Lamb was a historical account of events.
Try it if you haven't already.
Maybe this one?
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Lamb by Christopher Moore portrays him as dark skinned. Pretty good/funny read.
I prefer this version: http://www.amazon.com/Lamb-Gospel-According-Christs-Childhood/dp/0380813815/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1333144536&amp;sr=8-1
That's actually a reasonably funny book:
Someone needs to read Christopher Moore's "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal".
Here you go
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Seriously, This is a great freaking book.
this book will answer all of your questions
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore http://www.amazon.com/Lamb-Gospel-According-Christs-Childhood/dp/0380813815/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1230010542&amp;sr=8-1
No, Biff was his best friend.
It's from a book
I would absolutely agree on the NIV as a good general purpose bible, however there are some alternatives out there depending on what you are looking for. I would highly recommend either The Book of God by Walter Wangerin or The Message by Eugene Peterson, both of which are a re-imagining (read: they should not be used as a reference!) of the biblical stories, the former as a novel and the latter as a bible where the stories are told using language you or I would.
I also greatly support using a study bible, the good ones will give helpful context or reference to the stories you read, or you can just go all the way academic and grab a copy of the Oxford Annotated Bible (but from the sounds of it you wouldn't want that).
Although workingmouse, I would disagree that the KJV is the go-to bible these days for protestants, largely for the reasons you gave. Speaking of definitely not kosher, has anyone read the book Lamb? It's a pretty humorous read, but you really need to be ready to hold nothing sacred for a few hundred pages. =)
Good luck in your search OP!
By the way, his name is Joshua. I have no idea what the H stands for.
You should check out the book by Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. It's fantastic.
Have you read the book Lamb:The Gospel According to Biff? Did you love it too?
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 icanhascheezburger.com and cuteoverload.com 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
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
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.
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.
Agreed, this is an absolutely hilarious book.
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.
He was the main character in one of the sequels to a very popular book. See: http://www.amazon.com/Lamb-Gospel-According-Christs-Childhood/dp/0380813815
Read Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
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.
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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.
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] (http://www.amazon.com/Lamb-Gospel-According-Christs-Childhood/dp/0380813815)
"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.
Reminds me of a scene from this book...
Everybody forgets about Biff
I doubt the cited source is a scholarly source.
The [more reliable etymology](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_H._Christ#Etymology
) suggests a misreading of the divine monogram, though the "Hallowed" thing is a pretty common claim.
Personally, I like "haploid."
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)
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.
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 ------>
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.
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.
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. =/
I was in the same position last year, i didn't know where to start. So i bought this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Necronomicon-Weird-Lovecraft-Fiction-GOLLANCZ/dp/0575081562/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1341264327&amp;sr=8-1
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.
> 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."
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.
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.
I mean this Necronomicon
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...
this ones got a bunch of his short stories and novellas:
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
I started on Lovecraft with the Necronomicon and never looked back.
Book: Good Omens
Film (old): Blazing Saddles
Film (new): Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Sitcom (American): Arrested Development
Sitcom (British): Green Wing (Though I will confess: this one's an acquired taste, if you don't like it, pretend I said Fawlty Towers.)
Televised Panel Game: QI although I really do like Never Mind the Buzzcocks (especially seasons 19-22)
Funniest memory? Your mom asking me to have sex with her last night. She was so desperate!
Reaper Man is my absolute favorite.
The Hogfather is up there as well.
One of the best books of all time, in this genre, is "Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch", it's a collaboration between Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Imagine the book of revelations as written by monty python.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
Although I like a lot of the REAL UK Little Britain ones better, I can't get a good quality one at work (stupid firewalls).
Something really cheap because I'm in the US. Or, if you want to wing me some Maynard's Winegums, you'll be my hero forever.
Nudge nudge, wink wink
EDITS: Sorry about the ugly link, something's amiss
Good Omens is a book that was co-written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. It's kind of in a similar vein of a humorous fantasy novel with a bit of social commentary, only with angels and demons. Very good, I highly recommend it.
I keep saying this one over and over, but Mogworld by Yahtzee Croshaw is another novel in a similar vein I simply can't put down. It takes place in a World of Warcraft-style MMORPG, but it builds a really interesting world with it's own lore, so even if you're not into games, I think you could really enjoy it.
It's based on a Neil Gaiman book. He's an amazing author. If you like the movie, you'd probably love a lot of his work. He's well known for the Sandman comics and books like American Gods and Good Omens, which he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett.
Off subject a bit, but if you haven't read Good Omens, it's a fun exploration of the combat between angels and devils. The two main characters have been struggling for millennia over the souls of humankind -- and over that time, have become something like friends. It's like cold war spies: they learn to respect one another. It's been years since I read the book, so this is off, but this captures the gist:
Devil: There's no jazz in hell, or brandy.
Angel: No bookshops or cafes in heaven.
Both: We have to stop Armageddon!
You can get Good Omens for a penny + $3.99 shipping!
My favorite book EVER would have to be Mossflower by Brian Jacques. It pulled me through a really difficult part of my life. My parents were going through a very nasty divorce, I had moved to a new school and was being bullied, so I read a lot. I always loved animals, and the characters of this book really spoke to me. Even though they were against the odds, they still pulled through. It gave me a brighter outlook on my situation.
For some reason this reminds me of Good Omens. Well done.
If we're doing fiction, I nominate A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter Miller. It was required reading at Jesuit prep school and really challenged me on faith, God, and the meaning of life. And it's great sci-fi.
A Canticle for Lebowitz is another great (albeit not perfect) book that doesn't seem to get the attention it deserves.
Edit: ReverendSlack mentioned this one first, but I didn't see it.
Hands down, The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe. It's actually a series of four books (The Shadow of the Torturer, The Claw of the Conciliator, The Sword of the Lictor and The Citadel of the Autarch) following Severian the Torturer after he is banished from his guild for showing mercy to one of their "clients."
It's just...beautiful and complex and you'll discover something new and fascinating each time you read it. The tetralogy has been ranked on par with the works of Tolkein and has been recognized all the major sci-fi awards, and gained wider literary recognition as well. See the editorial reviews section on the linked Amazon pages:
>"Outstanding...A major work of twentieth-century American literature." --The New York Times Book Review
>"Wonderfully vivid and inventive...the most extraordinary hero in the history of the heroic epic." --Washington Post Book World
>"Brilliant...terrific...a fantasy so epic it beggars the mind. An extraordinary work of art!" --Philadelphia Inquirer
>About the Author: Gene Wolfe has been called "the finest writer the science fiction world has yet produced" by The Washington Post. A former engineer, he has written numerous books and won a variety of awards for his SF writing.
Anyway...yeah, I kind of like these books.
EDIT: A Canticle For Liebowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. is great, too. It's kind of post post apocalyptic, and it examines the self destructive nature of humanity.
I am interested in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and any apocalyptic books you may have.
Here are the apocalyptic books that I have remember having on my shelf.
[The Eleventh Plague](http://www.amazon.com/The-Eleventh-Plague-Jeff-Hirsch/dp/0545290155
Children of Men
A Canticle for Leibowitz
Read "A Canticle for Leibowitz." Here's a brief summary from a review on Amazon:
>Walter Miller's only major novel is not simply a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel but also a multi-layered meditation on the conflict between knowledge and morality. Six hundred years after a nuclear holocaust, an abbey of Catholic monks survives during a new Dark Ages and preserves the little that remains of the world's scientific knowledge. The monks also seek evidence concerning the existence of Leibowitz, their alleged founder (who, the reader soon realizes, is a Jewish scientist who appears to have been part of the nuclear industrial complex of the 1960s). The second part fast-forwards another six hundred years, to the onset of a new Renaissance; a final section again skips yet another six hundred years, to the dawn of a second Space Age--complete, once again, with nuclear weapons.
The monks worship a scrap of paper they found that survived the apocalypse, it's actually a shopping list. This book is amazing because it makes you think about the origins of human society, where it's going, and human nature as it exists today. Positively exquisite.
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:
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.
Post-Apocalyptic I recommend two things:
A Canticle For Leibowitz Brilliant novel consisting of slightly linked chapters from shortly after collapse up to new civilisational heights. Don't read the sequel, it's a bad Western.
Wool by Hugh Howey. Really gripping, believeable world-building and decent characters. Sequels are ok, but if you can stand not getting proper conclusions stop after Wool :)
EDIT: Aaaah, I forgot one of the most important ones - The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Depressing, low-key, believeable. The prose is stunning. If you read anything read this.
Thanks for that; I just looked up the reviews for this book on Amazon, and I am ordering a copy today!
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)
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.com (Audible has been great because I can "read" books while I work (web development)).
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.
Devil in the White City
World War Z
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.
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.
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)
World War Z asserts that zombies do not need to breathe and continue to survive underwater.
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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
It’s one of my all time favourite books.
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.
He's done with it, coming out October 2nd.
This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously Dude, Don't Touch It, is a pretty good comedy/horror mix. Sort of like a Shawn of the Dead of zombie books.
My favorite book I haven't read.
The entire Chronicles of Narnia series.
This Book is Full of Spiders
And this one I am not proud of, but I read Breaking Dawn in one sitting.
Reminds of of this book I read recently
This Book Is Full Of Spiders
Good book. It's the sequel to John Dies at the End.
Kind of like this book! http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0312546343
There's a sequel to "John dies at the end" called "This book is full of spiders". Both are great horror/dark comedy reads.
John Dies at the End. It is actually the funniest, most witty book I've ever read.
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
John dies at the end
That was one of the earlier editions, I guess. This one costs $10.
Mira Grant's "Newsflesh" trilogy is very good.
Feed by Mira Grant. It's zombies!
That list is missing Feed and its sequel by Mira Grant.
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Feed-Newsflesh-Book-Mira-Grant/dp/0316081051/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1311906859&amp;sr=8-1
Read this book THEN rethink your Zombpocalypse plans. Protect them mucous membranes!
although a pretty different setting(post-apocalyptic opposed to dystopian) Feed (Newsflesh Series)by Mira Grant hits a lot of the same themes
I read the Newsflesh trilogy a few months ago, and thought it was pretty interesting. The premise of it is something I hadn't seen before, where bloggers have become the most reliable news source as opposed to traditional media.
Here's the link to the amazon page so you can peruse the reviews over there.
I also read 21st century dead a zombie anthology. The stories were pretty good, and I enjoyed them, but it wasn't super memorable.
I liked both Feed by Mira Grant and the Black Tide Rising series by John Ringo
I believe I already read this book.
House of Leaves
It might be a bit different from what you've been reading, but House of Leaves is an absolutely amazing book. It's basically the diary of a guy who finds a book about a movie that apparently never existed (sounds confusing, I know) and it's a big mess of plots but it totally works.
I couldn't find any books under 10$ that I want, but I decided to still leave this here :)
I would like to get the House of Leaves. I've been interested in getting into horror novels, rather than my more usual fantasy and sci-fi. Reddit has recommended this one and I think it looks good.
Some people would call me crazy, but House of Leaves by Daniel Z. Danielewski.
Friend of mine has a copy. It's a very interestingly annoying book. It's printed... strangely, and is all over the place. http://www.amazon.com/House-Leaves-Mark-Z-Danielewski/dp/0375703764
Hit up the "Look inside!" option and check it out.
Either House of Leaves or [Three Kingdoms](http://www.amazon.com/Kingdoms-Chinese-Classics-Classic-4-Volumes/dp/7119005901 "DON'T GET THE ABRIDGED ONE.").
Check out House of Leaves. It's long, but it reads as though it was written by a person with ADD.
Barring that, check out Overqualified. It's a series of cover letters written to prospective employers by a job seeker at the end of his rope.
Yeah, makes me want to read House of Leaves
For those wondering... House of Leaves is by Mark Z. Danielewski.
This is my intro. I have gifted :)
I have two fave books! My first is House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski. I can't really do it justice in a summary. It is about a guy named Johnny who finds a trunk full of paper scraps that belonged to an old man that died, and puts them together into a book. That book is about a family who moves into a new house, which is bigger on the inside (like the tardis, but scary). As the people explore the mysterious hallways in the house, Johnny reads/edits the book, and everyone goes a bit crazy. As you read the book, the actual text makes you feel like you're going crazy with them. It's a hard read, but it's great! The only book that has ever creeped me out. :)
My other fave is Pride and Prejudice. I imagine I don't have to summarize it, but I will. Elizabeth Bennet is the second of 5 sisters who aren't rich. Since respectable women could only make lives for themselves by marrying well, that is the obsession of their mother, Mrs. Bennet. A rich young man named Bingley moves into town, and with him comes his proud, disagreeable, and even more rich friend Darcy. Elizabeth, who thinks pretty highly of herself as well, decides she hates Darcy right away because he is such a jerk, and hijinx ensue. Jane Austen is the master of poking fun at the social interactions of the time, and the dialogue makes me laugh out loud each time I read it (especially Mr Collins).
I really hope your Gram's surgery is quick and painless, and she has a quick recovery. <3
The first thing I thought of was House of Leaves Alas, there are no more cheap used copies, so how about some used copies of Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids?
Shadow is a man with a past. That is the first thing you learn in Neil Gaiman's American Gods. Enjoy the adventure Shadow takes while being stuck in the middle of a battle between the old gods and the new!!
the book I want is House of Leaves
I have always wanted to check this out since someone told me about it :P
but you don't have to take my word for it.
Surprised nobody has mentioned House of Leaves which seems to be exactly what you're looking for. It's often been called the literary equivalent of the Blair Witch Project a comparison some may consider less than flattering but I personally think is pretty apt.
tl;dr: fuck it, if you're just looking for something that's a trip to read while high and not necessarily for the content itself,
House of Motherfucking Leaves
I’m always going to recommend the book “House of Leaves” by Mark Z. Danielewski
I can read it over and over and still find new things that I never noticed before, and the story is still intriguing even after finishing the book.
I definitely recommend joining the book club dedicated to it on Facebook, too. The author is active on it, and even answers some of the readers’ questions from time to time.
House of Leaves
Modern Book Submission
House of Leaves
FYI, that part of the game is loosely based on the book House of Leaves.
Good Omens Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett http://www.amazon.com/Good-Omens-Accurate-Prophecies-Nutter/dp/0060853980
Not answering your question at all, but check out "A Canticle for Leibowitz". Somewhat related to this idea, one of the best books I've read in a long time.
A Canticle for Leibowitz is my favorite. Swan Song is good. I'm reading The Last Survivors series by Susan Beth Pfeffer. It's pretty good but it's more like a young adult/teen series. I am Legend was great. So much better than the movies. Alas Babylon and On the Beach are Post nuke novels that gave me nightmares. If you need more check out this List