Best occult fiction books according to redditors

We found 2,275 Reddit comments discussing the best occult fiction books. We ranked the 521 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Occult Fiction:

u/TheJesseClark · 204 pointsr/nosleep

I'm TheJesseClark! You may know me by my pen names, Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, and u/Hayong. None of that is true. But this is: Subscribe to both my Facebook and my subreddit, or I'll find you.

Also, I'm featured in a book that has tons of other authors you might recognize, who are almost as great as me

u/Pippinacious · 175 pointsr/nosleep

Pippinacious checking in! You can find and follow me in the following places:


Twitter: MsPippinacious


Amazon anthology:

Amazon group anthology:

I’m on my phone, so no proper formatting just yet. Will edit tonight with real links when I’m on my PC. Enjoy the purge!

u/hkdharmon · 159 pointsr/todayilearned

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

u/MobileTortoise · 61 pointsr/araragi

Just a heads up everyone, Amazon has the price down 40% right now. Normally it's $106, but they have it down to $65!!!

Link here

u/admiralwaffles · 48 pointsr/books
u/spikey666 · 35 pointsr/books
u/BlairDaniels · 34 pointsr/nosleep

I'm Blair Daniels! I like writing creepy stuff. Uhhh and weird fact about me: I have kept pet chickens for the past 13 years. (BEFORE IT WAS COOL.)

I have a Facebook page and have a story in the anthology Love, Death, and Other Inconveniences. And you can buy me a coffee here :)

u/Rha3gar · 28 pointsr/nosleep

Hi everyone,

I’m J. Speziale. I have only been writing for a few months, but I have really enjoyed all of the positive feedback from the /r/nosleep community. I’m still in shock from my 2017 series award. I have a dream of one day transitioning to writing screenplays. Feel free to say hi!

I just launched a webpage, and learning how to build it.


I also got to be a part of this anthology

u/SlothMold · 21 pointsr/booksuggestions

Good Omens is more comedy/satire than philosophy, but it does have some Christian mythology thrown in.

u/TheD4Ylight0wl · 20 pointsr/Lovecraft
u/PocketOxford · 17 pointsr/nosleep

I'm PocketOxford aka P.Oxford

You can follow me on facebook

And buy the anthology I'm featured in!

u/[deleted] · 15 pointsr/AskReddit

The following are some of my favorite books that I could think of off the top of my head. Hopefully you dig the list.

u/xjdyusfbguycgbygxreu · 14 pointsr/booksuggestions

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.)

u/Doom_Douche · 14 pointsr/PostCollapse

I read a LOT and am always trying to find new collapse fiction. Whenever I see these kind of threads they always list the same 5 novels. To be fair that is because they are great books. Here is a list full of novels you might not know about. Anything you find here is worth reading. Even bad collapse fiction is useful because you can make mental notes of what the characters are doing wrong. I'll try to list them in rough order of best to worst.

Tunnel in the Sky By Robert Heinlein

Holding Their Own By Joe Nobody

Swan Song By Robert McCammon

A Distant Eden By Lloyd Tackitt

The Jakarta Pandemic By Steven Konkoly

77 Days in September By Ray Gorham

The Walk By Lee Goldberg

Folk of the Fringe By Orson Scott Card

World Made by Hand By James Kunstler

American Apocalypse: The Collapse Begins By Nova

Into the Forest By Jean Hegland

Year of the Flood By Margaret Atwood

Last Light By Terri Blackstock

TEOTWAKI: Beacon's Story By David Craig

The Pulse By Scott B. Williams

Grid Down Reality Bites By Bruce Buckshot Hemming

Desperate Times By Nicholas Antinozzi

Armageddon's Children By Terry Brooks

Desperate Times By Nicholas Antinozzi

u/acidwinter · 12 pointsr/books

I'll read damn near anything I can get my hands on, but I prefer fiction.

Some non-fiction books that I'm currently enjoying though are Godel, Escher, Bach and A Short History of Nearly Everything

On the fiction list right now are Foucault's Pendulum and The Broom of the System.

u/_Mikau · 12 pointsr/Lovecraft

Not OP, but I'm 99% sure I own the same figure, which is this one.

u/readher · 12 pointsr/LightNovels

A special box set with 7 books included released today.

u/saltvedt · 11 pointsr/rational

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

u/andwithdot · 11 pointsr/sciencefiction

Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds


Blindsight by Peter Watts

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

u/cyanfolds · 10 pointsr/araragi

Kizumonogatari's the only one in English so far. It's really easy to order off [Amazon] ( or pick up at [Barnes & Nobel] (

u/Aesir1 · 9 pointsr/booksuggestions

I would highly recommend "Good Omens."

u/SmallFruitbat · 9 pointsr/YAlit

Some more YA books with religious figures and themes:

  • A Wrinkle in Time, briefly, but generally positive
  • His Dark Materials trilogy, definitely negative
  • Good Omens, satire
  • There's also the Left Behind crap. I hear terrible things about it.
  • Speaker for the Dead and the rest of the sequels to Ender's Game deal heavily with religion (haven't read the sequels, but this was my husband's contribution)

    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.
u/Im_just_saying · 9 pointsr/Christianity

>Some people have no sense of humor when it comes to the apocalypse.

But, have you read Good Omens?

u/wolfemannco · 9 pointsr/scifi

Blindsight by Peter Watts

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

u/RudeboyTy · 9 pointsr/araragi

Here's the amazon link for Bake part 1 if you want it.

u/erki · 8 pointsr/atheism

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.

u/mrsimmons · 8 pointsr/books

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.


u/horrorshow · 8 pointsr/books

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

u/KingOfOddities · 8 pointsr/araragi

yes, definitely
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

u/MrLister · 8 pointsr/humor

I'm not a huge Pratchett fan, but his collaboration with Neil Gaiman is still one of my favorite books.

Good Omens, wonderful book.

u/shenanigoats · 7 pointsr/books

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

u/jello_aka_aron · 7 pointsr/books

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.

u/scottklarr · 7 pointsr/books
u/fiskiligr · 7 pointsr/Beekeeping

My Books

Here are the books I have:


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

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

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

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

u/hAND_OUT · 7 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other fun notes:

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

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

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

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

u/Robin997 · 7 pointsr/araragi

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 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.

u/thejonion · 7 pointsr/araragi

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

u/florinandrei · 6 pointsr/AskHistorians

> I used to intern at a place that got tons of crazy mail, and you'd get these long winded, eloquent, yet delousinal ranting letters. It was amazing, it created in me some weird love of well written paranoid bunk, or well written literature based off of conspiracy ideas.

Then I'm guessing you're one of the characters in this book:

(absolutely worth a read BTW, especially in your case)

u/jdog2050 · 6 pointsr/magicTCG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    OK, it's 1AM where I live. I look forward to your response!
u/EdoPhantom · 6 pointsr/araragi
  1. List of all novels published/announced so far in Japan: Everything up to Zoku Owarimonogatari has been animated.
  2. Everything up to Koimonogatari has been officially translated into English by Vertical.
  3. Each novel is $10-$15, but you can buy the First Season Box Set (the first 7 English novels) for $60-$70 and save some money.
  4. That's Musubimonogatari, which won't be officially translated for another 1-2 years. So far, there's been no word on any anime adaptations past Zoku Owarimonogatari, but the chief director (Akiyuki Shinbou) has expressed interest in animating the rest of the novels.
u/jp_carver · 6 pointsr/nosleep

Hello, I'm J.P. Carver you probably don't know my name and if you search for it on Amazon you get HP Chargers instead... but I've written stories such as 'I fell in love with my best friend', and 'We don't do Halloween'.

I've got a novel out [here] ( - quick and dirty description: Supernatural meets Silent Hill. I also write cyberpunk and my novella is [here] ( No quick and dirty, just lots of cool tech.

I also appeared in this anthology with lots of other cooler nosleep authors, so I got that going for me.

Website [here] (

u/Euthenios · 5 pointsr/tipofmytongue

I think you're talking about A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. Many of his other books share the same world, so there's a bit of crossover.

u/ThatBandYouLike · 5 pointsr/booksuggestions

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.

u/GoWithItGirl · 5 pointsr/tipofmytongue

"Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett:

u/deggialcfr · 5 pointsr/Cthulhu
u/_vogonpoetry_ · 5 pointsr/anime

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.

u/rogueman999 · 5 pointsr/HPMOR

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.

u/HentaiWritingPrompts · 5 pointsr/LightNovels

Yes, the author has a well defined eccentric style loaded which can at times be hard to translate, but both the quality of writing and translation is excellent.

Vertical is releasing the volumes in English. They are paperbacks with original artwork on the cover and VOFAN's cover is on the page after the cover on a coated page with higher GSM/thickness.

u/D4shiell · 5 pointsr/araragi

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.

u/TheTimerPlays · 5 pointsr/araragi

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

u/BarnacleMANN · 5 pointsr/anime

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.

u/mudcelt · 4 pointsr/booksuggestions

OK, not sure if this is exactly what you're looking for, but what I thought of was A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. It's about a very nerdy, neurotic guy (a beta male) who has to cope with being widowed and spoiler redacted many other complications. It's maybe lighter and funnier than what you were looking for, but it really is a hopeful and funny read.

edited to remove spoiler

u/swordbuddha · 4 pointsr/AskReddit

Mustn't forget Good Omens by Pratchett & Neil Gaiman.

One of the best books I've ever read.

u/amongthestarz · 4 pointsr/TumblrInAction

yea the book is also calles good omens, here's a link to the amazon page if you wanna buy it

its a great book id recomend both the book and the show!

u/TehKita · 4 pointsr/Supernatural

This is John's journal, yeah? Isn't there something they published with/alongside the book series? I don't know anything about it, but I remember seeing it when I was looking into the books for my mom...

edit: I believe this is what I was thinking of...

u/mithrim · 4 pointsr/Supernatural

Alright. These two books are based off the series and seem like a cool bit of memorabilia.

(Bobby's guide to hunting)

(John's journal) (very important in the early seasons)

Or there's a nice supernatural themed travel mug that your friend might enjoy. It has a well known quote from the pilot episode on it.

All of these are around $12 each so you could do a bundle of all of them and still be under budget.

u/DioTheory · 4 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This would be my gift one choice. I love all things Kindgom Hearts, and I still have the first game, but my PS2 was lost when my house burned down so I have no way to play it anymore. I almost peed myself when I found out this game was coming out.

For the second gift, C'mon...gimme. This books sounds so interesting!!

u/emjean1927 · 4 pointsr/suggestmeabook

I agree 11/22/64 is a brick and can easily become overwhelming and discouraging, though I did enjoy it immensely.

If you are specifically into Stephen King’s thriller sort of content, he does have collections of short stories. I’d recommend Everything’s Eventual. It’s 14 short stories, some of which may really get you going and others may not be your taste but totally achievable if you’re short on time or enjoy taking your time absorbing a story.

I’d also recommend the Harry Potter series. The first few are relatively short with captivating world building and compelling plot points. The characters are relatable and the language is pretty straight forward.

I’d recommend any of John Green’s books for the same reason, they’re popular so most libraries or used bookstores should have a copy and they’re not a million pages long so finishing them is totally achievable.

u/Cdresden · 4 pointsr/suggestmeabook

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

u/RealityApologist · 4 pointsr/askphilosophy

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

u/_SnNNeKerz · 4 pointsr/Braincels


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

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

Related links:

u/Ligerwing · 4 pointsr/malefashionadvice

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

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

u/bookcrawf · 4 pointsr/booksuggestions

I wouldn't call it extra mind fuck but it falls into the extra weird category. Satan Burger by Carlton Mellick the 3rd. Its a delicious book, despite the cover.

u/Lowtide_Tsunami · 4 pointsr/Lovecraft
u/ThatOnePerson · 4 pointsr/manga on Amazon

I already have like 2 of them, but this box set

u/barkeology · 4 pointsr/Showerthoughts

I zombie (the book not the show) explored this. Pretty fascinating.

u/shriekingmauve · 3 pointsr/knitting

I only have one project going right now that I'm actually paying attention to, and that's Morrígan :) I've kind of been ambling my way through it, so I'm only halfway through the third repeat (I want to do 6 and a half before starting the edging) but it's a really easy pattern!

This is actually my first laceweight lace project, and it's going well :)

And if you like book recs with your knitting, I started knitting this because of the Morrigan characters in one of my favorite books.

u/Impudence · 3 pointsr/AskWomen

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

u/Zombie_Lover · 3 pointsr/books

JUST finished American Gods. Great read. If you like it, and enjoy the bits of humor, read Good Omens By Gaiman and Pratchett.

u/Kishara · 3 pointsr/Fantasy

A Discovery of Witches was a really good book. Harkness is a history professor at USC and seems an unlikely author of a vamp & witches book, but imo she did a hell of a job with it. It could so easily have gone all wrong ala Twilight, but luckily it went another way. It is hard to pin down exactly why it was good, but there was a lot of wonderful in this book. From academia & alchemy, to genetics & lovely doses of history, Harkness created a world that you really wanted to stay in for a good long time. I love the UF genre, but often you have to wade through some really appalling authors to find ones worth reading. Harkness is one of the authors you can respect and still be entertained by.

Edit- Wow the sequel is out, I was thinking it would not be released til the 15th, I know what I'll be reading next!! !

u/heyjorge01 · 3 pointsr/gaybros

A Discovery of Witches
Good read, I'm on the third (final) book and can't put it down. Not the best read ever, more like a "movie in your mind", but great vacation/plane read.

u/mzieg · 3 pointsr/books
u/US_Hiker · 3 pointsr/Christianity

You must read these two books:

The Illuminatus Trilogy

Foucault's Pendulum.

Both are amazing books near to the topic - the first is a huge spoof that's hilarious and heavily popularized Discordianism (All hail Eris!). The second is a seminal piece of literature by one of the best living authors and everybody should read's about some publishers who put together 'the grand conspiracy' of the Illuminati and suddenly are embroiled in what they created.

I wish the Illuminati was real...the world would be a heck of a lot cooler place!

u/petite_squirrel · 3 pointsr/conspiratard

Synopsis for the lazy. Amazon has it for ~13$...also can get it on the kindle!

u/thomas533 · 3 pointsr/Beekeeping

A foundation-less hive will allow you to collect more wax as well as honey. Most people would then tend to focus on a top bar hive or a warre hive, but you can also do foundation-less in a traditional langstroth.

We may not have a flushed out beginner's section in the sidebar, but the search feature works pretty well. Beyond that, grab a copy of Beekeeping for Dummies (it is actually a very good book to get started with.)

u/Utz87 · 3 pointsr/Fantasy

Evil is a point of view. For some seriously dark stuff that keeps you wondering, I suggest Alhazred. My favorite book ever.

u/capoeirista13 · 3 pointsr/scifi

Give Necronomicon a read if you like Lovecraft.

u/whywhisperwhy · 3 pointsr/rational

Blindsight by Peter Watts, and its sequel Echopraxia.

u/2BZ2P · 3 pointsr/westworld

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

u/MindSnap · 3 pointsr/Warhammer40k

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

u/unber · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

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

u/1point618 · 3 pointsr/printSF

Currently reading, and would like to finish:

  1. Interaction Ritual Chains by Randal Collins

    Started in 2014, put down, would like to finish in 2015:

  2. Aztecs by Inga Clendinnen

  3. The Ego Tunnel by Thomas Metzinger

    Would like to re-read in 2015:

  4. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

  5. White Noise by Don DeLillo

  6. Anathem by Neal Stephenson

    Would like to read in 2015:

  7. The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro

  8. A couple of books for /r/SF_Book_Club

  9. Blindsight and Echopraxia by Peter Watts, back-to-back

  10. At least one or two books on Buddhist philosophy / practice

  11. At least one or two books on philosophy, either philo of mind or more cultural studies / anthro / sociology type stuff.
u/soontobeabandoned · 3 pointsr/Futurology

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

u/My_Own_Throw-a-Way · 3 pointsr/araragi

Amazon links for all the books announced for translation–nothing beyond Nisemonogatari has been confirmed.

Kizumonogatari (Released)

Bakemonogatari 1 (Released)

Bakemonogatari 2 (February 28th)

Bakemonogatari 3 (April 25th)

Nisemonogatari 1 (June 27th)

Nisemonogatari 2 (August 22nd)

u/FortuneTune · 3 pointsr/LightNovels
u/cheeseheadfoamy · 3 pointsr/anime

Yep, all available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble if you prefer to buy physical

u/TeddyVoid · 3 pointsr/LightNovels

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.

u/Drilling4mana · 3 pointsr/araragi

I don't know about OP, but I got mine from Amazon

u/eetsumkaus · 3 pointsr/anime

so apparently Bakemonogatari in the original language is more expensive than the translated version. To get all of Bakemonogatari in Japanese will cost me slightly more than it does to get all of it in English apparently? I get that there's import/shipping costs and stuff, but usually with manga the translation costs more than make up for it...

but idk about this Kodansha Box series. They're softcover right? I handled the latest Monogatari at Kinokuniya and that's what it seemed like to me, it just came in a box.

u/waterflame321 · 3 pointsr/anime

Well that assistant dude is super sketchy... He either did it or helped with it... I mean it was clear from the moment he got off the phone... She'd never say something like that about her work(I think).

Don't forget that Decapitation: Kubikiri Cycle get's released on January by Vertical. If it's as good as the Kizumonogatari translation should be quite a good read. Which is just a few days after Bakemonogatari part 1 comes out I believe :3 -

Bakemonogatari part 1 -

u/maxdefolsch · 3 pointsr/araragi

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).

u/Escolyte · 3 pointsr/anime

That doesn't even sound especially cheap to me...

Edit: Amazon

Caveat: only in 2 months.

u/Exelion_Buster · 3 pointsr/araragi
u/shagberg · 3 pointsr/googleplaydeals

Thanks for posting this!

For anyone who might be interested, the Kindle version is also $0.23 on Amazon:

Update: looks like the $0.23 offer has expired on both Google Play Store and Amazon.

u/liloving · 3 pointsr/rva

I wouldn't last a minute, might as well go out on my own terms. Most of all, I would hate to become a zombie. Ugh! I read a short story called I, Zombie and it portrayed them as still being alive but paralyzed, imagine your brain fully aware of everything your zombie body was doing - yet powerless to stop it or go to sleep or anything...

u/nottodaygrandma · 3 pointsr/The_Donald

I think he would do okay in the general. According to his autobiography, he's been through worse ordeals and even has mystical powers.

u/LuminiferousEthan · 2 pointsr/horrorlit

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore.


>Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy with a normal life, married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. They're even about to have their first child. Yes, Charlie's doing okay—until people start dropping dead around him, and everywhere he goes a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Charlie Asher, it seems, has been recruited for a new position: as Death.

>It's a dirty job. But, hey! Somebody's gotta do it.

u/sunshinenfundip · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Happy birthday u/justjess316 and welcome to the greatest Reddit sub ever.

Since I haven't had the chance to get to know you yet, I picked a few items from my WL that I think anyone would love

  1. Birthday Cake BUBBLE Bath Bomb

  2. A Dirty Job: A Novel

  3. Mermaid Leggings

  4. Les Miserables

    I hope you have a great birthday, and I look forward to knowing exactly what you would like next year! 🎂
u/lovellama · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Island of the Sequined Love Nun. A pilot in the tropics crash lands on an island to find out a doctor and his wife have used the natives' belief in a cargo cult to sell the natives' body parts in Japan's black market organ transplant trade. The part that got me was the pilot seeing a young boy with bandages over his eyes.

Ps. Christopher Moore writes absurdist fiction, my favorite if his is A Dirty Job

u/are_you_slow · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Not sure about series, but Christopher Moore's stuff is really good if you like Satire.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - Is an amazing book.

A Dirty Job: A Novel - was pretty good too.

u/SynapticSpam · 2 pointsr/ifyoulikeblank

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

u/awesomequeen · 2 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

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.

u/BillClam · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

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!

u/jillredhand · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

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.

u/b3antse · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

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.

u/biteybunny · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

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!

u/aarchaput · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This would be nice, but I'm saving up for a 3DS XL, so a gift card would be preferred. like butter

u/attractivekidneys · 2 pointsr/tipofmytongue

Try looking at this one, maybe? There's a short intro/mini-chapter before the characters are listed on page six.

u/worriedblowfish · 2 pointsr/explainlikeIAmA
u/spoonerwilkins · 2 pointsr/tifu

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:)

u/yaariana · 2 pointsr/nanowrimo

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!

u/AWayOut · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I've heard great things about Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I want to read it during my summerfuntime!

u/furgenhurgen · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

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!

u/Both_Of_Me · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

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.

u/LambastingFrog · 2 pointsr/WritingPrompts

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.

u/lizthemyshka · 2 pointsr/Fantasy

Try A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. It has vampires, witches, demons, etc. I really enjoyed it, and the sequel is solid too. The third one just came out, but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet.

u/krispykremedonuts · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

A Discovery of Witches was a really good book and it's part of a trilogy.

u/cateye127 · 2 pointsr/books
  1. A Discovery of Witches --By Deborah Harkness
  2. 9/10
  3. Fantasy/Romance-ish
  4. Intelligently written, kept me wanting to read more (sequel is just as good), and I fell in love with the characters
  5. Amazon
u/DrewBlood · 2 pointsr/tipofmytongue

Doesn't sound like RAW to me. I think this is Foucault's Pendulum

u/Fricktitious · 2 pointsr/Beekeeping

I'm in the same place as you are. My thought is to start with 2 hives so that if I suffer a loss, I might have a way of discerning whether or not its my fault.

I hate the title, but many people I have talked to said that Beekeeping for Dummies is a great book. I think it is great too.

u/RevProtocol · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

I highly recommend Alhazred by Donald Tyson

u/thedreammaker · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

Try Alhazred by Donald Tyson. It's based on the H.P. Lovecraft character and doesn't (I think) fall in the typical fantasy-necromancy wheelhouse. And yes, it's long... but it's rewarding.

u/trisight · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

Alhazred: Author of the Necronomicon was a really good book. I really liked it anyway.

u/panella · 2 pointsr/infj

I'm in the middle of 5 different books because I am a bit of a moody reader (sometimes I'm in the mood to read something funny, other times I want something mysterious, something informative, something that will give me second hand embarrassment, etc.)

Currently I'm reading:

u/Ereshkigal234 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

King is a great writer, his short story books are great, Night Shift Nightmares and Dreamscapes Skeleton Crew Everything's Eventual

And for something paranormal by Koontz The Taking 77 Shadow Street Watchers Phantoms Not quite paranormal but highly entertaining.. Intensity

As for paranormal interesting..

u/readzalot1 · 2 pointsr/books
u/alsoathrowaway · 2 pointsr/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu

Gender Identity Disorder is still listed in the DSM as a mental disorder. I think there are arguments to be made both ways about whether that's more a good thing or more a bad thing (realistically it's probably some of both).

As far as I understand, it's not at all a disorder in the sense that most psychological disorders are. The issue is that the "disorder" (the dysphoria - a sense of overwhelming wrongness and badness, contrast with "euphoria") is generally caused by a mismatch between a psychological property (the individual's gender) and a set of physical properties (the individual primary and/or secondary sex characteristics) as well as a social property (how the individual is seen and treated by society at large).

So, there is a disorder in the sense that, and to the extent that, this mismatch causes a great deal of suffering in someone's life. But let's take a hypothetical person who was assigned male at birth, who has a penis and male secondary sex characteristics, but who has a female gender. Again, the psychological component of this "disorder" is the female gender - but can we really call having a female gender a mental illness? (Of course, as sexist as our culture can be, perhaps some would like to.. but that's sort of tangential.) And the difference between this "disorder" and at least the vast majority of psychological disorders is that it is, I believe, largely fixable - my understanding is that most trans folks who transition experience are much, much happier afterward; the "disorder" is pretty much solved. And it's important to note that the fix for this is a physical fix, not a mental one - from what I've seen, if you asked most trans people "Hey, if you had a magic wand that would allow you to live your life comfortably as the gender you were assigned at birth, would you use it?" the most common answer would probably be something like "No - why would I want to change who I am?".

Further factors of course include the fact that "mental disorder" is a pretty stigmatizing term, and has a set of connotations that don't really make sense for this issue, and the history of access to hormones and surgery being contingent on the diagnoses of psychologists, some of whom would (and in some places still do) dick people around if they don't hear exactly the narrative they're expecting to hear. On the other hand, I've heard concerns voiced that were it removed from the DSM, it might be harder for trans individuals to get the treatments that they needed, for insurance reasons.

(You can read more on this subject here.)

> Anyway, I was hoping maybe someone could shed a light on what exactly it means to be a "girl" or a "boy"? Is it based on likes/interests/personality/tendencies? I mean, personhood is pretty hard to define already, so how do you define a female person?

That's a tough one to get at, because I think you pretty much have to rely on people's own self-reported experiences, and nobody can get at what other people's experiences are. I can't really answer this one clearly (shit, I'm struggling with my own gender identity as it is), but I can highly recommend to you, if you're interested in reading further on the subject, the book Whipping Girl by Julia Serano. It gets into a lot of stuff about trans issues, the way our culture defines and interacts with gender, the "scapegoating of femininity" (as she puts it), etc. It's also available in Kindle form if you want to pay a little bit less or if you're worried about people asking awkward questions about what you're reading (I read it on my phone, personally, for that reason).

> Will we eventually be recognizing people with multiple personality disorder as multiple people stuck in one body in society?

I doubt it. As far as I've heard, psychology in general isn't even really sure that Dissociative Identity Disorder is a thing at all - it's sort of elusive and hard to demonstrate, and some (maybe a lot?) of people who ostensibly had it turned out to be faking it (see Wikipedia).. On the other hand, if it is a legit thing? Yeah, I think that would be a fair way to treat it. (If that's a subject that interests you, and if you're into hard, gritty sci-fi, allow me to recommend Peter Watts's excellent book Blindsight, which features among other things a character who does indeed have multiple personalities, who are pretty much distinct people.)

u/KyleOrtonAllDay · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook
u/cyanicenine · 2 pointsr/childfree

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

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

u/cgalv · 2 pointsr/FeMRADebates

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

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

u/dromni · 2 pointsr/brasil

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

u/haloshade · 2 pointsr/CasualConversation

Favorite book? As of recently it would have to be Blindsight by Peter Watts. It's a fictional book, but the author, Watts, uses the situation of fist contact to explore many ideas of philosophy of mind, such as what makes a conscious being conscious? And the impact of transhumanism upon our culture/ lifestyle.

Series: The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King. I've never read a book series so fun and adventerous, with the story taking the reader along with the characters into strange twists right when you think you've begun to follow the story. It's a story about a gunslinger named Roland, and his quest to get to an ominous tower known as The Dark Tower, or simply The Tower. Along the way he has to jump universes, save small towns from mysterious robots on mechanical horses, and encounter the god of their worlds himself. It's a fun adventure series that never gets boring, and if you ask me the opening line of the first book, The Gunslinger, is the best opening line of all times: "The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

u/t0c · 2 pointsr/StonerPhilosophy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

u/f314 · 2 pointsr/printSF

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

u/banachball · 2 pointsr/printSF

Amazon one-star reviews. There you go.

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

u/lraudio · 2 pointsr/books

Others have suggested Haruki Murakami, but if he digs cult fiction then have him read the other great Murakami, Ryu Murakami. Coin Locker Babies and Almost Transparent Blue are his absolute best. Kobo Abe was also mentioned and I recommend his novel The Box Man. Then there is the whole realm of bizarro fiction like my favorite Satan Burger. From the recommendations I've seen here, you should have a damn fine list to give him.

u/slackjackal · 2 pointsr/books

Check out Satan Burger by Carlton Mellick III. Haven't read it yet, but it's in the queue. This book was recommended to me by none other than Chuck Palahniuk; not personally unfortunately. But Chuck, speaking of the book, says, "All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring."

u/HumbleKuma · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft
u/viridiano · 2 pointsr/HelpMeFind
u/TiffyS · 2 pointsr/araragi

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.

u/SecretlyWithoutAGun · 2 pointsr/audible

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!

u/eccp · 2 pointsr/araragi

Definitely it shows available on, 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

u/AnatoleSerial · 2 pointsr/araragi

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. ;)

u/rtwpsom2 · 2 pointsr/araragi has it for $11.30 today but won't ship until January of 2099. It might be faster on Amazon Prime.

u/Xilient · 2 pointsr/araragi

Is this the only one in the series with an official translation?

I just found it on amazon if anyone was wondering.

u/Ostracus · 2 pointsr/humblebundles

Judging by the reviews it seems a tough job even for the fans.

u/leo-skY · 2 pointsr/araragi
u/Jaysiepoo · 2 pointsr/araragi

I think he's asking why you didn't opt for the season 1 box set.

u/redhillbones · 2 pointsr/FamiliesYouChoose

Most of this is copypasta from another reply on this thread, since it seemed silly to just rephrase all the things. Please note the last paragraph if none of these seem fun. I read a lot, mostly exclusively SF/F (both adult and YA), and boy do I have opinions on it. And if you're not a reader starting with YA is a thought. There's a lot of fun, intelligent YA out there now as publishers realize teens don't actually want to be treated like they're stupid.

For a low commitment (i.e. not part of a series), humorous start there's Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman's Good Omens. I like a lot of Gaiman's work, which ranges from the strange and humorous (see: GO) to the strange and creepy (Anasazi Boys), but what I'd recommend from him depends on what you're looking for.

In the funny but harder scifi range I'd rec the beloved classic Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. This is seriously one of the wittiest books I've ever read besides being an action-packed scifi romp.

If you're interested in urban fantasy I have all the recs. Everything from Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series Book 1: Storm Front, for the grown-up wizard, to Seanan McGuire's October Daye series Book 1: Rosemary and Rue, if you're more into fae.

For the dark and more sexual (seriously, there is sex in these books) I highly recommend the Fever Series by Karen Moning, Book 1: Darkfever.

If you like SF/F books (like Discworld, Animorphs, etc.) let me know what subgenres (e.g. hard scifi, urban fantasy, urban scifi, fantasy romance, young adult _____ ) you think you might like and I guarantee you I have a recommendation or two. I read a lot.

u/DrMarianus · 2 pointsr/ProjectMilSim

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


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


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


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


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

    Bonus non-military aviation

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

  • Neuromancer - defined the cyberpunk genre
  • Ghost in the Wires - memoir of prolific hacker Kevin Mitnick
  • Starship Troopers - nothing like the movie
  • The Martian - fantastic read
  • Heir to the Empire - first of the Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy and the book that arguably sparked the growth of the Extended Universe of Star Wars
  • Devil in the White City - semi-fictional (mostly non-fiction) account of a serial killer who created an entire palace to capture and kill his prey during the Chicago World's Fair
  • Good Omens - dark comedy story of a demon and an angel trying to stop the end of the world because they like us too much
  • American Gods - fantastic story about how the old gods still walk among us
  • Dune - just read it
u/TracieV42 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

If you've not read Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch you should. It was my first Terry Pratchett. <3

u/bellyfold · 2 pointsr/writing

I'd say get in at least a few young adult fiction, as they're full of saccharine and angst ridden metaphor:

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Looking For Alaska

A few historical fictions:

Wolf Hall

Memoirs Of A Geisha


The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

Good Omens

Stephen king (just because he's a favorite)



And finally, some objectively "bad" books, to learn what not to do.

Wild Animus: A Novel

The Da Vinci Code

Moon People

All of these books are personal favorites for one reason or another, and some may fit into multiple categories (see: looking for Alaska under YA fiction and "bad,").

That said, this should at least keep you busy for a bit.

Happy reading, and good luck on your novel!

u/HeadlessBob17 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

One thing that makes me happy is Cinderella III This is the greatest Disney Direct-to-DVD movie in existence. I really feel like it finally took Cinderella back to its action-movie roots. When your new niece or nephew is old enough, I would highly recommend getting her/him this movie - it is fun for kids but even better for adults, and it doesn't take itself seriously at all.

As for books, I would highly recommend Agyar by Steven Brust and Good Omens by Neil Gaiman

I ain't birthed no babies! and Happy Birfday

u/Pipedreamergrey · 2 pointsr/Fantasy

You should definitely read Gaiman's comic book series Sandman, too. It is both the best thing Gaiman's ever written and one of the best comic books ever written.

After that, you should read Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett. Amazon is adapting it as a mini series set to debut sometime 2019.

As an aside, after Gaiman, you may want to give Brom a try. Lost Gods features many of the same themes with a slightly different tone. The Library at Mount Char also has a great blend of the weird and fantastical.

u/wenchers13 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

would love this book name is aimee. i like the book actually love the book for different reasons. had a best friend. he brought the book over and left it. always talked about it and told everyone how great it was. fast foward a few years... he past away and i finally read it, and it was amazing! earlier this year we had to move and ended up having to leave alot behind. and donating alot of what was not going to be coming with us to goodwill.... sadly this book was one of the things i havent been able to find. i read it every year. would be awesome to have it again. =D

u/Tendaena · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King on my books wishlist. Thanks for the contest.

u/youcanstickitthere · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

"English, do you speak it?"

Rhyme Time have them tell a rhyme in their native tongue that rhymes in their name and what it means in English

Telephone!(Chinese whispers)

nicknames have everyone give each other nicknames and people have to guess why

u/hessinger · 2 pointsr/China

Actually, I find has a rather large selection of English books.

And you want to know what's crazy about that fucking website? You can compare prices between and and almost always find that the book on is half the price or less than that of

I ended up changing my Kindle so it was tied to a Chinese account.

Finished reading Doctor Sleep a few days ago and just checked the prices between that two website. 12.99 USD vs 31 RMB

The other thing is that KindleUnlimited on Amazon CN is a cheap 118/RMB year and has a larger selection of English books than the American website. Including often but not, recent releases. Yet on the US store it's 10 USD/month.

u/darkstarwork · 1 pointr/tipofmytongue

Nevermind, I remembered another thing about the book - the character sees important items that glow. I found it! It's A Dirty Job

u/godofchaos · 1 pointr/AskReddit

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. Hilarious, a great story, and all his books tie into one another in some way, shape or form. He really is an amazing storyteller.

u/shanulu · 1 pointr/books

I'd like to suggest A Dirty Job - Christopher Moore

I was trying to branch out from my usual sci-fi/fantasy genre and a friend recommended this. I found it fantastic.

While I don't think it compares to some of the, obvious, more popular choices.

u/TheGreatSzalam · 1 pointr/AskReddit

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!

u/ErisGrey · 1 pointr/rickandmorty

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.

u/somenobby · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

u/quick_quip_whip · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

One of my current favorite books is Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (two favorite authors of mine).

u/crinnie · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Little Britain!
Mr. Doggy

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

u/dungeoned_dragon · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

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.

u/nomoremermaids · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

China Miéville's Un Lun Dun. It's a kids' book, but it's fantastic. Miéville turns a lot of the standard fantasy tropes on their heads, with thoroughly enjoyable results.

Dathan Auerbach's Penpal. Horror/suspense, written by a redditor, and debuted on reddit. The Kindle version is less than $4. Seriously creepy but totally worth it.

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens. I have never laughed so much while reading. It's phenomenal.

Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age. What happens to poor people once nanotechnology can be used to make anything? It's my favorite of the Stephensons I've read, but it still ends like a Neal Stephenson novel. :|

Cory Doctorow's Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. It's about the first-born son of a mountain and a washing machine. It's also about setting up wireless networks. Also: it's FREE.

Hope you enjoy some of these! :)

u/rarelyserious · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Oh geez, I don't know your interests so here's a variety pack:

Lamb, by Christopher Moore - A comedic look at the years not covered in the new testament. Moore in general is a good read as he provides a comedic take to some well traveled ground.

Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - The funniest book about the apocalypse ever written. Pratchett primarily writes the Disc World novels, also a good read if you're into fantasy. They satire both fantasy as a genre and out world. Gaiman, on the otherhand, writes gritty urban fantasy with a philosophical twist.

She's Come Undone, by Wally Lamb - Lamb writes with emotion. If you're looking for a tear jerker this is it.

The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein - Told from the perspective of a dog, this is a book that will make your appreciate your furry friends even more. Also have tissues handy for this one.

u/ProblemBesucher · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

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

u/at-night_mostly · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

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'.

u/DrMnhttn · 1 pointr/movies

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.

u/dead_pirate_robertz · 1 pointr/politics

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!

u/TheHoundsTooth · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

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.

u/symsymsym · 1 pointr/writing

For some reason this reminds me of Good Omens. Well done.

u/HarleyQ · 1 pointr/Supernatural

There's a book called John Winchesters Journal, I've read it and I'm sad to say it's one of the single most poorly written things I've ever read.

It has "experts" from his journal, but the rest of it is half from the brothers point of view (you're never sure which because it changes mid sentence some times) and parts of it are written from the authors point of view. He'll switch between calling them "The brothers" and explaining their life, to having the brothers talking about their lives but you never know which one is talking some times.

However there's another book called Bobby Singers Guide to Hunting and it's absolutely amazing. It honestly almost brought me to tears because it's so good.

u/neverlandishome · 1 pointr/booksuggestions
u/marie_laure · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

A Discovery of Witches is the first in the All Souls trilogy, which is written by a historian named Deborah Harkness. She integrates a lot of history and alchemy into it, which is cool. I don't think it's anywhere near as well-written as Lord of the Rings, but it is interesting. However, it is a love story, so if you're not into romance, then steer clear.

I liked The Magicians a lot better; the series is kind of like Harry Potter but more serious and literary. It's not that fantastical, and kind of plays off Harry Potter/fantasy stereotypes, but it's a cool series nonetheless.

u/Schmibitar · 1 pointr/AskReddit

The Crying of Lot 49 is pretty amazing.

I'm also a big fan of both Gravity's Rainbow and Foucalt's Pendulum.

u/Khelek7 · 1 pointr/askscience

Apophenia: The human tendency to see patterns in things. We find come correspondance and we (people) want to put meaning into it.

Have I got some books for you:

A discussion, via a novel, of coincidences, and how we can find connections to everything: Foucaults Pendulum
Best related scene: The Comte De Saint Germain (sort of) points to a magazine kiosk, and points out all the connections between its design and the solar system at large. Also points out you can find something connected to something else everywhere. Most of the book revolves and resolves around this concept (as well as a few others).

A more humorous, but very cool take, on "kabballistic" thought and correspondences:
Best related scene: The main character Aaron, is challenged by someone one to defend a kabbalist's ability to find connections when looking at completed events, and in ability to predict future events.

The correspondence of Pi and the number of seconds in a year can be looked at through both these lenses. Sure... the number isn't exact. But you could go forward or backward in time (the earth's orbital velocity changes through the aeons), to find a moment when these numbers do correspond, maybe you could make some additional connections to that period.

Bonus connection: A pendulum that swings at exactly once a second is exactly one yard long at the equator. (I.e. one of the old definitions of a yard.)

u/jordanlund · 1 pointr/

That's just for 2008 though... I'd open it up to other years.

First up is anything by Umberto Eco. He's the guy who wrote "Name of the Rose", but his other books are phenomenal. If you hated "The DaVinci Code" then check out "Foucalt's Pendulum". He makes Dan Brown look mildly retarded. His novels are so heavy and serious that I was surprised by his tiny book of essays "How To Travel With a Salmon" which is hilarious.

Let's see... what else... "Shadow of the Wind" is excellent. The Musashi novels are fun to read. Scaramouche, which was turned into an OK movie. Classics like Cyrano de Bergerac should be required reading.

I had a hard time hunting down all the volumes to "Journey to the West" and it's not a task that should be taken on lightly, but I think I'm a better person for having muscled through them.


u/TaggM · 1 pointr/writing

You could try what They tried in Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum

u/dave · 1 pointr/cigars

I'm going to recommend two based on the books you've read:

  1. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore. by Robin Sloan

    I'm a big fan of books about cryptography, codes, etc. This one is fun, smart, and a good read. Based on your interests (Cryptonomicon, Millenium series, etc.) I think you'll really enjoy it.

  2. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco

    This is the ultimate conspiracy book. The first 100 pages are hard to get through, but it's amazingly worth it.
u/Bufo_Stupefacio · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

If you liked Dan Brown, you could give Umberto Eco a try with Foucault's Pendulum or In the Name of the Rose - His books are more intelligent and were written before Brown was around.

I read a lot of historical fiction, if that is of interest you could start with The Gates of Fire by Pressfield or The Last Kingdom by Cornwell

Mystery, action, and fantasy all rolled into one - Dresden Files might be of interest to you - it is kind of a detective noir mixed with fantasy. Also, the series vastly improves as it progresses.

If you would like a coming of age story, The Power of One follows a boy in turn-of-the-century South Africa and examines class and race relations in a very accessible way.

If you want to try reading some of what are considered "The Classics" I would recommend All Quiet on the Western Front and To Kill a Mockingbird

Tried to think of some of my favorites across several very different genres...If any of these appeal, I can expand on them with more similar suggestions.

u/vanceavalon · 1 pointr/Beekeeping

I am a first year beekeeper. I became intensely interested in this back in Feb of this year. So, I got a book...this was a great start for me. I also joined a local beekeeping association. I now have two hives running marvelously...should be getting about 30-40 quarts in a few weeks.

u/MKandtheforce · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Someone already said to garden, so I'll suggest two similar (but different!) things!

Start a beehive. Not as hard as it seems, if you have enough money for the supplies (usually only a couple hundred dollars for the actual hive, maybe one hundred for the bees). Have no land? No problem! Find someone who does, maybe they'll let you set up camp there in exchange for honey and awesome pollinators for their garden. :) This book is actually really good at explaining. I have it, and I researched the hell out of all the amazon books before buying one.

If you don't want to do that (and if you have space somewhere): Plant a tree! Or a bush. Specifically, the kind that bear fruit. Think of all the fun things you can do with even one apple tree! Because I'm boring, here's another book! I have it on my wishlist, too. ;)

I hope your birthday! is excellent!! :)

u/xDesolate · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

For the bees..maybe in a joking way?
& for the parrot I would say because its tasty & pretty! Hahaha
& for the chicken!

If any of these have been posted already..I'm sorry..didn't look at everyone's posts yet.

u/jabonko · 1 pointr/rpg

Yeah... the in-character story is that it is the punishment for worshipping the old gods. In reality, I drew the inspiration from the main character in Alhazred

u/tiperet · 1 pointr/horrorlit

Alhazred by Donald Tyson is a fun (and very graphic) story about Lovecraft's Necronomicon author. It starts in Yemen, I think, but he eventually spends quite a bit of time in Egypt before settling in Damascus.

Be warned, it is extremely gory, right from the very first chapter.

u/z0mbiegrl · 1 pointr/relationships

Blood On The Page Part 1

Patient Zero

Everything's Eventual

And because I couldn't post a list of books without a plug...

So Long And Thanks For All The Brains

u/elainetyro · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

Check out Blindsight by Peter Watts—it's very much in this vein of "spacetravel to a new planet" but (1) it's hard SF, which can turn some people off, and (2) the writing is a bit strange. Not bad, though—I honestly find the writing to be impeccable, but I feel like it could be off-putting to people who are more used to traditional writing styles.

u/Fenzik · 1 pointr/AskScienceDiscussion

Another very good book addressing this topic is Blindsight by Peter Watts.

u/Anticode · 1 pointr/INTP


Blindsight + Echopraxia by Peter Watts!

Deep, dark, Sci-fi. The only two books that I've ever read more than once in a year. (Re-reading the two for a 4th time currently).

Snippet from amazon:

>^^Send ^^a ^^linguist ^^with ^^multiple-personality ^^disorder ^^and ^^a ^^biologist ^^so ^^spliced ^^with ^^machinery ^^that ^^he ^^can't ^^feel ^^his ^^own ^^flesh. ^^Send ^^a ^^pacifist ^^warrior ^^and ^^a ^^vampire ^^recalled ^^from ^^the ^^grave ^^by ^^the ^^voodoo ^^of ^^paleogenetics. ^^Send ^^a ^^man ^^with ^^half ^^his ^^mind ^^gone ^^since ^^childhood. ^^Send ^^them ^^to ^^the ^^edge ^^of ^^the ^^solar ^^system, ^^praying ^^you ^^can ^^trust ^^such ^^freaks ^^and ^^monsters ^^with ^^the ^^fate ^^of ^^a ^^world. ^^You ^^fear ^^they ^^may ^^be ^^more ^^alien ^^than ^^the ^^thing ^^they've ^^been ^^sent ^^to ^^find―but ^^you'd ^^give ^^anything ^^for ^^that ^^to ^^be ^^true, ^^if ^^you ^^knew ^^what ^^was ^^waiting ^^for ^^them. ^^. ^^. ^^.

They contain tons of memorable (and quotable) quotes, such as:

>^“Not ^even ^the ^most ^heavily-armed ^police ^state ^can ^exert ^brute ^force ^to ^all ^of ^its ^citizens ^all ^of ^the ^time. ^Meme ^management ^is ^so ^much ^subtler; ^the ^rose-tinted ^refraction ^of ^perceived ^reality, ^the ^contagious ^fear ^of ^threatening ^alternatives.”
^― ^Peter ^Watts, ^Blindsight


>^“Fifty ^thousand ^years ^ago ^there ^were ^these ^three ^guys ^spread ^out ^across ^the ^plain ^and ^they ^each ^heard ^something ^rustling ^in ^the ^grass. ^The ^first ^one ^thought ^it ^was ^a ^tiger, ^and ^he ^ran ^like ^hell, ^and ^it ^was ^a ^tiger ^but ^the ^guy ^got ^away. ^The ^second ^one ^thought ^the ^rustling ^was ^a ^tiger ^and ^he ^ran ^like ^hell, ^but ^it ^was ^only ^the ^wind ^and ^his ^friends ^all ^laughed ^at ^him ^for ^being ^such ^a ^chickenshit. ^But ^the ^third ^guy ^thought ^it ^was ^only ^the ^wind, ^so ^he ^shrugged ^it ^off ^and ^the ^tiger ^had ^him ^for ^dinner. ^And ^the ^same ^thing ^happened ^a ^million ^times ^across ^ten ^thousand ^generations ^- ^and ^after ^a ^while ^everyone ^was ^seeing ^tigers ^in ^the ^grass ^even ^when ^there ^were`t ^any ^tigers, ^because ^even ^chickenshits ^have ^more ^kids ^than ^corpses ^do. ^And ^from ^those ^humble ^beginnings ^we ^learn ^to ^see ^faces ^in ^the ^clouds ^and ^portents ^in ^the ^stars, ^to ^see ^agency ^in ^randomness, ^because ^natural ^selection ^favours ^the ^paranoid. ^Even ^here ^in ^the ^21st ^century ^we ^can ^make ^people ^more ^honest ^just ^by ^scribbling ^a ^pair ^of ^eyes ^on ^the ^wall ^with ^a ^Sharpie. ^Even ^now ^we ^are ^wired ^to ^believe ^that ^unseen ^things ^are ^watching ^us.”
^― ^Peter ^Watts, ^Echopraxia

Or perhaps one that might resonate with many INTPs...

>^“I ^really ^wanted ^to ^talk ^to ^her.
^I ^just ^couldn't ^find ^an ^algorithm ^that ^fit.”
^― ^Peter ^Watts, ^Blindsight

In fact... Here is a repository of some fun Watts quotes. I have this page bookmarked since I read it so often. If any of these appeal to you, read the books! Blindsight is even free on his website.



Shinsekai Yori (From the new world)

The link has a nice description, but the entry into this universe was a strange one for me. It starts as so calm and Utopian, but everyone has cool powers (which is based on science so advanced that it appears as magic)! More is revealed about the world, interesting details and insights, but eventually something dark is slowly realized. My favorite anime series of all time - With art design as beautiful as any Miyazaki film and a storyline as fascinating as a science fiction novel, I would recommend this to anyone.



Dryft - No vocals, but rich stories. Complex but ambient, like relaxing by a waterfall on an artificial habitat in outer space as you watch the stars through the dome above you.

u/FunkyFortuneNone · 1 pointr/DebateAnAtheist

If you read hard scifi at all I HIGHLY recommend Peter Watt's Blindsight.

It dives deep into ideas of self identity and consciousness and would be very topical to your post. Can't recommend it enough if you enjoy the genre.

u/AmusementPork · 1 pointr/NoMansSkyTheGame

Definitely "Blindsight" by Peter Watts. It's about as hard as sci-fi can get, but it's one of those rare books that can completely blow your mind. It's a First Contact story with a really fascinating take on the evolution of consciousness, with profound implications for human cognition. Watts just released a sequel, "Echopraxia," which is equally great.

u/rAtheismSelfPostOnly · 1 pointr/INTPBookmarks

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u/legalpothead · 1 pointr/scifiwriting

SF horror is an important subgenre because it's been the source of so many movies. Hollywood loves science fiction with horror elements. Hell, look at VanderMeer's Annihilation.

One of the best SF horror novels is Peter Watts' Blindsight; terrific fun. Ship of Fools by Richard Paul Russo, I think you could include Legacy of Heorot by Niven, a lot of Stephen King's novels are SF horror, such as Tommyknockers and Dreamcatcher. Dan Simmon's Carrion Comfort is horror, but it has strong SF elements, etc.

u/nj45684 · 1 pointr/movies

Recently I read Blindsight by Peter Watts. This is some worldview-changing stuff. No cheap tropes or cliches in it. Also, I really did like Arrival based on a Ted Chiang story not to mention the all around super-hit Stranger Things (it is a mash-up of cliches, but it's done so tastefully).

u/Laibach23 · 1 pointr/Showerthoughts

I would highly recommend a book I'm currently reading, Echopraxia
Even though it's 2nd in a series to another (equally great) book of Peter Watts' called BlindSight

some of the best Hard Science Fiction in recent decades, IMHO..
and it goes into precisely those speculations that stimulated your post.

If you like SciFi, do yourself a favor and pick it up right now..
If you're not that into SciFi, this might just get you into it more.

u/CountPanda · 1 pointr/GetMotivated

The debate lies mainly in what you consider consciousness. If you describe it as being consciously aware of your stream of thought, then you are actually not conscious throughout lots of your day (we slip into flow-like states all the time).

But there isn't much of a debate anymore about "where" consciousness is in the brain. This used to be a big deal in neuroscience, but we've learned it's not really how consciousness probably comes about, because even centers of the brain that are integral to who your are, your memories, your personality--even if those are shut down selectively, you are still going to be conscious, even if just altered, unable to recall certain things, or having a vastly different personality.

Here is a Ted Talk Dan Dennett gives about it. Dennett is a much more science-based philosopher, and his take on this isn't super controversial any more I don't think (speaking strictly about consciousness as an emergent property--his whole "free will" stuff I think is totally up for debate and depends on interpretation). I have heard Dr. Steve Novella (Skeptics Guide to the Universe host, practicing neuroscientist, and president of the New England Skeptical Society) say pretty much verbatim the things Dan Dennett says about our modern understanding of what consciousness is and isn't.

Fascinating stuff. If you're into hard sci-fi, I recommend Blindsight by Peter Watts, a first-contact story that really gets to the bones of what is and isn't consciousness. A weird, fascinating sci-fi story that will change the way you think about consciousness forever, probably.

u/omaca · 1 pointr/scifi

Blindsight by Peter Watts for a very gritty, and sometimes challenging, take on "First Contact", the nature of consciousness and an unusual scientific explanation for a very common horror trope. Highly recommended.

u/argleblarg · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I agree. That said, I highly recommend Peter Watts's book Blindsight to anyone who's interested in the subject of aliens that are more truly alien (and also people who like dark sci-fi in general, or explorations of the theme that humans are basically just really smart animals, but no less nasty for it).

Guy's background is marine biology, so he's definitely got some perspective on the "life can look and act in really bizarre ways" thing. :)

u/silouan · 1 pointr/scifi

Absolutely. And worth the price to have a durable, re-readable hardcover copy on the shelf. This book turned me on to neuropsychology.

How many SF books come with a bibliography?

u/modeliste · 1 pointr/funny

Can't be any worse than Satan Burger

u/tetral · 1 pointr/woahdude

There are pizza cats in this book. Read it. It's the sequel to Satan Burger.

u/eldar666 · 1 pointr/LightNovels

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.

u/fryzoid · 1 pointr/anime


Are you talking about this ? This covers parts 1 thru 3 or just part 2 ?

u/prrg · 1 pointr/araragi

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.

u/spengineer · 1 pointr/anime

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)

u/tjl73 · 1 pointr/anime

The official English translation of Kizu is due on December 15th. I only wish it was available digitally.

u/wyvernx02 · 1 pointr/araragi

>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.

u/aofhaocv · 1 pointr/anime

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.

u/darkbreakersm · 1 pointr/araragi

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

u/ZinkerFish · 1 pointr/araragi

Nademonogatari was announced for July. Now if only we could faster translations, Vertical. Just noticed this. Pre-ordered.

u/LN_Life · 1 pointr/LightNovels

It's an official one. Thank you for your recommendation! Any links? Is it BAKEMONOGATARI?

u/CynicalCarrot · 1 pointr/araragi

I think it would have been better if you bought the Season 1 box set :(

u/ScarsOfTheFallen · 1 pointr/LightNovels

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!

u/2-15-18-5-4-15-13 · 1 pointr/araragi

Depends where you live, here it is on

u/Adamu-San781 · 1 pointr/araragi

I bought the box set on amazon here

u/sikelcell · 1 pointr/araragi

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] ( 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.

Thank you!

u/Kriloz · 1 pointr/araragi

Just here, limited edition of 5000. Sorry for the late reply, been asleep, different time zones you know ^^

u/windurr · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Machine of Death is a really interesting anthology series. The premise is based on a machine that can predict how one will die but in cryptic and often ironic ways. :)

Good Omens is also a good book if you like Neil Gaiman

Unnatural creatures is also a really lovely anthology with stories chosen by Neil Gaiman. I tend to like anthologies just because they can explore multiple worlds without getting too bogged down on the environment and just letting the plot drive it

u/CelticMara · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates who said, "I drank what?"

I like gift cards, but if you want to buy a thing Good Omens is a great choice.

Thank you for the contest!

u/wishforagiraffe · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Your life is complete shit, Maya. Just accept it. that said, things do eventually turn around. there are good people and good things in the world, and there is joy in small moments, you just have to be willing to see that joy when it happens. life is hard, and shitty things happen, but overall things are good. keep your chin up. ebook

u/Wilmore · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

Good Omens by Pratchett and Gaiman is both hilarious and really uplifting.

Chistopher Moore is also often both of those things, and I'd really recommend Lamb: the Gospel According to Bif, Christ's Childhood Friend. Again, very hilarious but also surprisingly touching.

I'm not sure why I went with two satirical books about religion, but those are the first that come to mind. For something a little different, the Princess Bride is really light and funny, though it may seem a little too familiar if you've seen the movie recently (it's pretty faithful to the book.) If you're into fantasy, the Riyria Revelations are really fun, light reads, with some great characters and terrific dialogue.

u/Kwazimoto169 · 1 pointr/WritingPrompts

Good Omens was the first thing I thought of when I read the prompt.

u/crawly_the_demon · 1 pointr/neoliberal

If you liked it, you should also check out Good Omens also by Neil Gaiman (And Terry Pratchett).

My username is named after a character in Good Omens

u/nhaines · 1 pointr/AskReddit

> Because he rather liked people. It was a major failing in a demon.

> Oh, he did his best to make their short lives miserable, because that was his job, but nothing he could think up was half as bad as the stuff they thought up themselves. They seemed to have a talent for it. It was built into the design, somehow. They were born into a world that was against them in a thousand little ways, and then devoted most of their energies into making it worse. Over the years Crowley had found it increasingly difficult to find anything demonic to do which showed up against the natural background of generalized nastiness. There had been times, over the past millennium, when he'd felt like sending a message back Below saying, Look, we may as well give up right now, we might as well shut down Dis and Pandemonium and everywhere and move up here, there's nothing we can do to them that they don't do themselves and they do things we've never even thought of, often involving electrodes. They've got what we lack. They've got imagination. And electricity, of course.

> One of them had written it, hadn't he... "Hell is empty, and the devils are here."

> Crowley had got a commendation for the Spanish Inquisition. He had been in Spain then, mainly hanging around cantinas in the nicer parts, and hadn't even known about it until the commendation arrived. He'd gone to have a look, and had come back and got drunk for a week.

-- Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

u/trustifarian · 1 pointr/Fallout

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

Earth Abides by George Stewart

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

Z for Zachariah Robert O'Brien

Deathlands series 116 books so far.

The Last Ranger by Craig Sargent. "Good" is debatable

The Road Cormac McCarthy

The Postman David Brin

The End is Nigh Ed. by John Joseph Adams. This just came out.

u/4th_time_around · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This looks pretty entertaining for only $2.99!

I read a bit further down that you love Stephen King. Have you ever read anything by Robert R. McCammon? Swan Song is one of my favorite books of all time. I haven't read the The Stand yet, but a lot of people say Swan Song is very similar. I was completely wrapped up in the characters and their stories when I read it in high school. I've been thinking I need to re-read it soon!

Also, if you like mysteries I strong recommend Harlan Coben. My favorites by him are The Woods and Tell No One.

Thanks for the contest! I love participating in anything that is responsible for spreading book love!

u/TurtleTape · 1 pointr/ftm

I hope you enjoy those two series! They're really two of my favorites. I've read The Wayfarer Redemption like four times through. I need to buy the first two Newsflesh books so I can do another readthrough. If you like zombies, Hugh Howey's I, Zombie is another really, really good one. It's told mostly through the perspective of the zombies.

I have heard a lot of good things about NV, so I really should give it a try. Right now I'm focused on getting Batman Origins and the new Dragon Age game. Perhaps once I've caught up on those I'll look into it.

u/phaqueue · 1 pointr/zombies

I, Zombie by Hugh Howey...

It's disturbing, told from the point of view of zombies, and presents the idea that they can all still think, feel, taste and everything else as they go along but just can't control themselves. It's really graphic and disturbing, but a GREAT zombie book and an interesting take...

Apocalypse Z by Manel Loureiro

He goes for realism here and hits pretty true... Solid book and the 2nd one was just translated to English

u/sebalinsky · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
u/snyper7 · 1 pointr/gaybros

Juliet becomes a very important character.

And yeah Hugh Howey writes really deep characters. I picked up a few of his other books (I'm looking forward to reading I, Zombie when I have time). The world he creates in Wool is fascinating. Just so fucking creative.

u/Lollicollins · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

We both have this =) So yay we match!

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