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125012 No. 125012
#Discussion #General #Not-Pony

/fic/ likes stories. We're pretty intense about reading and writing and literature and all that, and there's much, much more to that than just ponyfics.

So what books are y'all reading right now? What have you recently finished reading? What are your favourites? Heck, what books do you despise? Be they high literature or pulp fantasy, short stories or doorstopping epics, post 'em here, tell us a bit about them, and let's all read some physical books (or non-physical ebooks) about fleshy pink man-things (or other creatures).

If you want to keep it more directly fic-related, tell us about the things you've learnt about writing from X or Y book, or discuss the works of Jonathan Swift, the first and greatest My Little Pony fanfiction author.

Good places to find stuff to read:
- Project Gutenburg – http://www.gutenberg.org/
- Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/
- Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/
- Your (Ameriland) library – http://www.publiclibraries.com/
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>> No. 125014
I'm not really reading anything notable right now, but some of my favorites are:

Shogun (by James Clavell):

A semi-historical novel about the first Englishman in Japan. Needless to say, he becomes the center of a lot of political intrigue. It's exciting, extremely well-written and gives a very fascinating glimpse into Japanese culture and language. Bit of a fish-out-of-water story too, with plenty of culture clashes, but it's done in a believable manner.

The Farseer and The Tawny Man trilogies (by Robin Hobb):

Six books, all in all, following the life and adventures of Fitz, the royal bastard to the kingdom's, called The Six Duchies, heir. He's picked up by his grandfather, the king, who puts him in schooling as a royal assassin. He soon gets a lot to worry about, including a scheming uncle, figuring out what the Fool's intentions are, that pretty girl down-town... Oh, and there's that viking war too! With zombies.

A series of low-fantasy books, full of colorful characters. I make a case of re-reading them every once in a while. Not perfect, but highly recommended.

Dune (by Frank Herbert):

TL;DR version - It's feudalism... in space!

Slightly longer version - Really, you've got to read it to understand (and even that isn't a guarantee). It's a sci-fi book, and among its themes are religion, war, environmentalism, and politics--everything told with very well-written characters. It's an epic, in every sense of the word.

The Stand (by Stephen King):

The notorious horror writer's magnum opus (IMO). It's about how society collapses following the spread of a plague, and how the few survivors left have to band together and form new societies. Meanwhile, their dreams are haunted by two visitors. One is and old African-American woman named Mother Abigail, who tells them to go to Boulder. The other is a mysterious Dark Man, calling himself Randall Flagg, who tries to direct as many of them as he can to the remains of Las Vegas.

Again, the best part is the characters, and how they play off each other. Stephen King has a certain... template when it comes to characters that you'll see about a thousand times in his books. This, however, is where they are at their best. Plus, Randall Flagg is an awesome villain.

Otherwise, I like Lord of the Rings, A Song of Ice and Fire, all that good stuff. Might drop some more recommendations here later.
>> No. 125015
I'd highly recommend Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. First of all, you can start reading right now, for free, from his site at http://craphound.com/littlebrother/download/

It's a fast-paced near-future story that really exemplifies our need for privacy in the information age. It's pretty much the modern Nineteen Eighty-Four.
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Wow, starting to feel I may not have the sophistication to be a part of this thread.

My choice in books could be called somewhat childish, I guess.

I don't really read anything with complex views of religion or politics. All in all, I just like a good adventure.

My favorite books are:

Watership Down by Richard Adams
A book about a group of rabbits adventures. What i loved most though was that the rabbit culture had its own mythology that you learned about along the way.

Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
A good simple fantasy story. I can't help but feel that as a 20 year old guy I shouldn't enjoy it but, what the hay. I'll read anything I find entertaining.

The Bunnicula Series by James Howe
Alright, so most of my favorite forms of entertainment involve animals in some shape or form. It may be a kids book but I don't care. Its a VAMPIRE RABBIT. That's freaking awesome.
>> No. 125018
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Well, until recently I hadn't read anything since summer of 2011, so it's been well over a year. But just last week I discovered a book I hadn't read in forever. It's called "The Door Within" by Wayne Thomas Batson. It tells the tale of a young boy named Aidan, who enters an alternate dimension known as The Realm, and becomes a knight for the city of Allebelle. My favorite part of the book was reading about the mortiwraith, Falon. A mortiwraith is a large, serpentine, cave dwelling creature with numerous pairs of legs, sharp taloned feet, and rows of long venemous fangs. They are also infinitely wise as well as clever, and can sense one's true intentions simply by being near them.

Right now I am reading the sequel to this book: "Rise of the Wyrm Lord". It is equally as enjoyable, and I must say it has been too long since I've held a book. It has taught me so much about proper pacing, and how to use world building and dialogue to stretch a scene out.

I've never heard of Jonathon Swift, but I guess now would be a good time.
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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1342

This book is simply wonderful. All the characters are completely delightful and hilarious. From the first page when you meet Elizabeth's Mother and Father you know that you're in for a good time. If you even have the slightest interesting in [Shipping] stories then you have to read this.
>> No. 125020
Well, seeing as how nonfiction is not mentioned in the OP at all, I figure I'll be alright to recommend a few.

Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
These two books are both great reads in and of themselves, but they explore a lot of interesting things about modern life. Like how much does your name really matter, why do prostitutes do more business around July 4 in America, why does a real estate agent's own house sell for more than yours, when they're the one selling it and other nifty questions like that. They make the whole thing really approachable and it's quite humorous.

Nanny State by David Harsanyi
A good take on how the US government is sometimes overreaching in the wrong ways. It's got a fairly Libertarian stance on things, but it stays to true to pointing out the ridiculous overreach, like banning fast food and silly restrictions like that.
>> No. 125023
>>125017
Seeing as this is an imageboard for adult/teenage fans of a My Little Pony cartoon, I don't think anyone's gonna call you out for childishness.

I'm busy reading Watership Down, funnily enough. Usually I try to read the book before I watch the movie, but this time the movie got me interested in reading the book.

On the subject of children's books:

CS Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia pretty much was my childhood. I don't usually care for fantasy, but man I love those books. It's similar to, but much more straightforward than the Lord of the Rings, with talking animals and interdimensional travel. Anyone who wants to write a crossover or HiE story about whoever going to Equestria through a portal can definitely learn a thing or two from these books.

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is something I started reading when I was a kid, but only finished pretty recently, because even after years of not reading the books, I had to bloody well find out what happened at the end. The ending was kind of an annoying tease -- I mean, sure, the main characters obviously didn't get a happy ending, but neither did the reader, because the end message of a story full of mysteries and hints was "you can never know anything", and even though it keeps revealing things right up to the last word, you still never find out what the deal was with the friggin' sugarbowl. But apparently that's what the supplementary material's for -- brilliant marketing.

Still, they were fun books and probably some of the darkest children's lit around. Recommended to anyone who wants to pull off narrating a third person story with a particular narrator character.


>>125018
Jonathan Swift wrote Gulliver's Travels, wherein the protagonist travels to a number of weird lands, the most famous of which is Lilliput (with all the little people) and the most relevant to us of which is Houyhnhnm, a society of sentient horse-people.

>>125020
Yeah, non-fiction's cool. I'll see about editing that into the OP.

On the subject of non-fiction:

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell made me stop believing in the power of "talent". It's all about how, in all cases, the people who are the absolute best in their fields are that because they trained in those fields for over ten thousand hours. Natural talent apparently helps a little, but if you want to get good at something, work and practice is ultimately the most important thing.
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1984 by George Orwell and Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov: the first is a ultra-dark dystopia, and the second is about a pedophile. Both are masterpieces in terms of style and wordcraft. I reference the latter in my reviews to illustrate a lot of points, though usually it's on character building.

Thief of Time by Terry Prachett is possibly my favourite of the Discworld series, with Mort and Thud! in close second. It's Terry Prachett, so just yes The humour in Prachett's stories is very well done. Everything is a fun poke at something in real life, and it all comes together to make a story in an inexplicable way. The characters are lovable, and the stories are interesting.

A Brief History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka was something I picked up on a whim and enjoyed more than I thought. It's got both down to earth and sentimental moments, all knitted together by the sardonic outcast that is the narrator.

Kino's Journey by Keichii Sigsawa - both the books and the anime, which is criminally incomplete. I cannot overstate how much I love this. It's so deliciously bleak, and every land explored is unique. There's just something beautiful about it.

And, of course, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya light novel series by Nagaru Tanigawa. The English translations are useless if you want lessons in technicals, or heck, even show vs. tell, but the sheer force and mind-blowingness of the plot will drive you through the whole thing.
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>>125024
>Kino's Journey
Damn straight. That series is amazing.

If we're talking light novels, then Spice and Wolf is easily my favorite and an incredibly enjoyable read. The novels recently passed the anime regarding how far along the story is, and I can't wait to read it.

Now, if we're talking novels, then The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence (i.e. Lawrence of Arabia) is fantastic. Lawrence's prose is just so much fun to read, and he's surprisingly witty.

If you're a fan of noir and you've never read, The Postman Always Rings Twice, then kill yourself, then un-kill yourself and go read it. It practically started noir-fiction and it's still one of the best noir novels. Sticking to noir for a second, check out The Maltese Falcon, can't go wrong with classic noir. You can also check out some of Raymond Chandler's stuff, like Farewell, My Lovely or The Long Goodbye. Personally, I don't like him as much as Dashiell Hammet, but that's just me.

Moving on from noir, I'm going to keep plugging one of my favorite short stories until every one of you reads it, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison. If you like horror, then go read some H.P. Lovecraft, specifically At The Mountain of Madness or The Re-Animator, they are two of my favorites.

Finally, I'm going to insist that you people read the Mass Effect novels by Drew Karpshyn. Ascension and Revelation are actually good! Go read them!

All right, that's all I got for now.
>> No. 125027
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Speaking of George Orwell, I always enjoyed Animal Farm.

I also think Holes by Louis Sachar was pretty enjoyable.

>>125023
Cool. Enjoying it so far? My favorite character is Fiver.

(Pic: I started with Cpt. Falcon, now the pattern must continue.)
>> No. 125030
>>125019
I think we can all agree that there are excellent classics that we probably should have read in high school at some point. But, education being what it is, we might have skipped some good ones.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A doorstopper of a novel that starts off slow, but gets a lot better once the action starts. A great exploration of pride, power, redemption, and the people that shape our lives.

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (spellings differ)
Much shorter, you might know the story better as Apocalypse Now. It's a story within a story about a sailor named Marlow sent in search of Kurtz, an agent of the Company stationed deep within Africa.

>>125024
1984 and Animal Farm are both good books, yeah.

>>125015
Cory Doctorow also has other books out licensed under Creative Commons, and I know he's done "pay what you want" models for his work in the past.

>>125023
I've been a fairly avid reader of nonfiction, probably more than most of my peers. I could definitely find more good reads for anyone interested.
>> No. 125031
I've always been partial to the Dresden Files by Jim butcher. http://www.jim-butcher.com/ The 14th book of the series came out yesterday and I finished it yesterday too.

It's an urban fantasy series.
>> No. 125032
>>125030
On the topic of books we should have read in class, -The Stranger- by Albert Camus. It's an existenialist-absurdist-somethingorotherist novel about a man who just doesn' seem to give a fuck. /grossoversimplification

-Lord of the Flies- is probably my favorite novel, about a bunch of kids stranded on an island and rapidly degenerate into savagery.

A recent book I can't seem to get over is -Never Let Me Go- by Kazuo Ishiguro, about science, progress, ethical considerations, and what makes humans human.

Currently reading -Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk-, but either it's going over my head or its novelty has worn off on me after I've read and written stories about magical talking ponies.
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>>125031
Really? Huh, excuse my naivety but I always thought The Dresden Files were comic books. Definitely going to have to get my fleshy appendages on one of the books now.

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I present my choice in literature i.e. the thing I call a bookshelf.
>> No. 125042
My all time favorite book is Skippy Dies by a new Irish author by the name of Paul Murray.

It's basically a story about the titular character's death and how his friends, family, school, and teachers react to his death. The good part, though, is that it's a very successful tragi-comedy, imo. It's packed full of realistic humor and sometimes borders on parodying real life. (that's probably redundant, but whatever)

Anyway, that's it right now for me!
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>>125032
>Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk
Heh, that one. I read like 70% of it and then didn't find the need to continue on. Rather than being short stories, it felt like veiled jab after jab at different kinds of people. Not that it's not impressive, being able to do that, but still.
>> No. 125064
>>125027 (Ghostwriter)
I'm not terribly far in the book, but it seems pretty cool so far.

Oh man, Holes. I loved that book back in the day -- must have read it like ten times. Just, the way there are those different plots and backstories that all tie together in a string of coincidences, but you don't really see it coming... I love that kind of thing. "If you spend your whole life in a hole, the only way to go is up."

>>125032 (Filler)
I read Lord of the Flies in school. Also read most of The Coral Island, the book it was deconstructing. Preferred the former.

--

I guess as far as my stuff goes:

I finished John Scalzi's Old Man's War a while back. It's about old people going into space and getting new bodies in order to fight wars against aliens. 'Twas engaging, and is apparently the first in a series.

Writing-wise, I found it interesting that Scalzi doesn't use scene breaks. He'll just skip ahead to a new scene in a new paragraph, usually by making that paragraph a bit of dialogue that's obviously being said by someone who wasn't in the previous scene. Makes it feel like a jump cut in a movie or something.

Scalzi also has a comedy sci-fi novel called Agent to the Stars that's freely available online. It's a fun little book about aliens using a Hollywood talent agent to make first contact.

I've said before that I don't really care for fantasy, but I'm pretty big into sci-fi -- mostly the old stuff from the 20th century. I recently read Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and Phillip K Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, both excellent examples of the genre -- subtle "this is the future" worldbuilding, focused plots, very human characters, and underlying questions about stuff like censorship and humanity.

Isaac Asimov's prose is a bit iffy at times, but I'd recommend a collection of his short stories to anyone, for their ideas alone. Every one I've read -- from Sally to Nightfall to The Bicentennial Man to The Machine That Won the War and so on and so on -- has had a fascinating core concept and done an excellent job of exploring it.

I have a fondness for the works of John Wyndham -- The Chrysalids, Day of the Triffids, and the short story collection The Seeds of Time especially. His stories tend to have some old-fashioned values regarding women, but the prose is great and the ideas unique (if occasionally silly) -- Triffids is about a race of walking plants taking over Britain after everyone goes permanently blind from looking at a meteor shower. And Consider Her Ways is a humorously naïve 50s version of Y: The Last Man (minus the one man) where, in the absence of men, human society becomes a sexless ant colony.

--

If I had to choose a favourite book, it'd probably be Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. It is remarkably funny in a very dark sort of way, pokes all kinds of fun at bureaucracy, and then gets sad very effectively later on. I love a story that can make me laugh and cry, and this is the foremost example of that.

I sought out and read Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness a little while ago, and I don't know that I got it. I followed and appreciated up to around the beginning of part three, but from there on the story kinda blurred for me. Probably ought to reread it sometime, but from an enjoyment/readability perspective, there's nothing that saps my concentration like freakin' huge rambling paragraphs that take up the entire page. Other authors: you are not badass Polish dudes who penned great classics of literature in their third language, so chop it up.

I really liked F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, a book they gave us to read at school but then never brought up again (I think I still have the school's copy lying around at home).

And speaking of English class literature, we had to read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte's cynical realistic response to her sisters' romance stories about brooding men. The only really interesting part of the story is the diary in the middle, and man oh man did they ever overwrite in Victorian era, but I actually did quite like that section of the book -- you're not gonna change that brooding alcoholic with the power of love, ladies.
>> No. 125068
>>125012
Books, books. Hmm, I mainly read science-fiction and thriller novels these days. Favourite series being Warhammer 40k Ciaphas Cain, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Dark Tower. I am also fond of The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tay, if only because it stands in sharp contrast to the books I normally read. Guilty pleasures include David Weber's books. (particularly Honorverse)

The one lying on my desk now is Viewpoints Critical, by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. It's a collection of sci-fi/fantasy short stories written throughout his career, all unrelated but each telling a fascinating tale of its own right. From the fall of America to ponderous philosophical musings of a space pilot journeying through the great void to straight-up steampunk with magic thrown in. What makes his works interesting is how he constantly poses ethical questions throughout, and how he leaves his readers to ponder upon those. He does have a nasty habit of devolving into talking heads at times though.

On that note, I also recommend The Ethos Effect by Modesitt as well, which is a sci-fi adventure about a space captain who did the right thing at the wrong time and the events that follows as a consequence of his action. It's a fascinating read on ethics and morality. (Which is a theme of many of his works, really.)

>Scalzi also has a comedy sci-fi novel called Agent to the Stars that's freely available online. It's a fun little book about aliens using a Hollywood talent agent to make first contact.
Oh goodie, that synopsis piqued me enough. I think I'll seek this book out. Thanks for the recommendation!
>> No. 125079
>Modesitt Jr
How could I forget to mention him. I love his work, though I have to say I much prefer his fantasy to his sci-fi. There's just something about The Imager Porfolio and The Spellsong Cycle that enticed me to no end.

The Imager stuff specifically I've found interesting, so much so that I'm writing a paper on how fictional religions work and what they draw from. I'm also creating a wikipedia article for the series. I love how Modesitt creates these believable worlds with full characters in them. They eat, they sleep, they struggle to learn, and challenge the status quo. There's so much in the way of world-building in each of the stories and it sets up a wonderful stage for the stories to be acted out on. The first three books of the Imager series form a single story, and the other books take a look at the world earlier in its history. They create this expansive world where any number of stories could be told; it's one of the strong points of our MLP fanfiction too. We play in the world the show writers have set up and explore the edges of it. It's a lot of fun, and the books have a fair amount of interesting philosophical implications.

>John Scalzi
I recently read (listened to) Redshirts, and I loved it. It's set up in a comic scenario, but it has surprising depth to it. It plugs at existential quandaries at the same time as it makes a crack at the Star Trek trope of expendable crewmen killed for raising the drama. And it was narrated by Wil Wheaton. I liked it enough to grab another Scalzi book which I have yet to start: The Android's Dream.
>> No. 125093
>>125079
I think I have a new author to follow now.

Scalzi, you have my money.
>> No. 125111
I'll KISS:

I like Borges.
>> No. 125116
>>125111
>I'll KISS:
What does that mean?

>I like Borges.
Which works you prefer best? His literary criticisms or his short stories. Say novels and I will cut you.
>> No. 125131
>>125116

>>I'll KISS:
>What does that mean?

Keep It Simple, Short

>>I like Borges.
>Which works you prefer best?

Funes the Memorious, that one story about time travel, and the story with the infinite number of books.
>> No. 125167
>>125064
I definitely benefited from the collaborative reading of Heart of Darkness as part of the class. Most of what I remember from the lessons was that Conrad was making the point of us venturing into our own darkest areas, and our choices dictate whether we come out with humanity in tact, or if we suffer and allow darkness to consume and shape us. There's obviously a ton of the symbolism and other literature stuff I'm forgetting because of the whole "not touched the bloody thing in two years" deal. Part of it is timeless, though, that even after a century, there is a sense that human nature doesn't change that much over time.

The Great Gatsby was also a good read. That would've been grade 11 for me. One of the few American books I could stand. I found it fascinating to read about the whole romance arc between Gatsby and whatsherface. That he decided to amass so much wealth and live extravagantly to woo her, but she still decides to stay with old money. Despite Gatsby's money and connections and possessions, he's not old money. He's not the American equivalent of nobility. He may have earned wealth, but he wasn't born into it and doesn't understand that culture. Which also explores the nature of the American Dream and Spirit. What matters more to us? The idea that anyone can better themselves? Or that tradition should still dictate our lives?

>>125032
I never connected as much with Lord of the Flies as I did with other books. I felt a degree of sympathy for the underdogs, but I didn't really care about the characters enough. Still, it was an entertaining read. I think that the writing and ideas are fairly accessible to most students, and that's why it's commonly read.
>> No. 125168
>>125012
I feel like some of Shakespeare's work deserves a mention. Everyone and their dog in the English reading world knows Shakespeare, but I still think a lot of the plays don't get enough credit.

Hamlet is (in)famous for a lot of reasons. It really is a very in-depth play, and requires a lot of time and study to read and understand it well. The prose is fairly dense and difficult to read because of the whole being 500 years old thing, but Shakespeare still knows how to form a good story with compelling characters and complex motivations.
I also highly, highly recommend the Kenneth Branagh's 1996 version of Hamlet on whatever film medium you prefer. It is superb in every aspect, and it includes more or less every line in the play.

I haven't had a chance to read many of Shakespeare's histories, but Julius Caesar is still a great play on its own. Plenty of brilliance throughout and it has some of my favorite lines from his plays. I haven't read it in a while and I don't think I watched a good film version. Definitely worth reading for the characters and the drama. It has all of the hallmark complex character motivations we expect from Shakespeare, not to mention really great buildups to conflict and betrayal.
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One of my favorite books of all time,

"Sphere" by Michael Crichton

It a great suspense sci-fi thriller.
It has a lot of multiverse string theory. An amazing read for anyone interested.

Basic Plot-
The Navy finds a strange vessel at the bottom of the ocean, and a team is sent down to investigate it.
I really can't say more without spoilers. But it''s an awesome read. I promise.
>> No. 125215
>>125185
>The Navy finds a strange vessel at the bottom of the ocean, and a team is sent down to investigate it.

SPACE
BATTLESHIP
YAAAAMAAAAATOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmEim10qGEc
>> No. 125260
>>125168
I can't help but feel a play is meant to be seen performed, not read. On a related note, Shakespeare didn't write prose but verse.
>> No. 126013
Not sure if anyone's still here but,

Artemis Fowl.
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>>126013
Ah, just the thread I was looking for. Thank you Ghostwriter!

I haven't read the Artemis Fowl books, but I know the author of those wrote the sixth Hitch Hiker's Guide novel, And Another Thing..., which I thought captured Adams's style quite well, gave the series a far less depressing ending, and I'll sooner reread it than So Long And Thanks For All The Fish.

>>125015
Read Roger's hacking book a little while ago. It's fast-paced and quite an informative read on a serious issue, but it is quite heavy-handed. I suppose that's what you get when you write a modern 1984 with the US Department of Homeland Security as your Minilove. Still, it's heavy handed about an important, very relevant issue.

>>125031
Chris at http://onemansponyramblings.blogspot.com has mentioned this series a fair bit, and seeing as I tend to agree with his ponyfiction tastes, I figured I'd give it a whirl. I've just started Storm Front. It's not jumping out at me quite just yet, but I like the mix of genres -- feels like a noir detective novel meets a secret fantasy world meets a Mentalist/Castle type of quirky police procedural. Just having one genre is boring.

On the subject of Chris, after reading his Letters From a Senior to a Junior Changeling, I sought out. CS Lewis's The Screwtape Letters and gave it a look. It's not a very long book, but it takes a while to read because you're constantly pausing to process the fairly complex thoughts Screwtape gives about morality.

And on the subject of reading books because of ponyfic, I also took a look at The Catcher in the Rye (JD Salinger) after really enjoying If a Pony Catch a Pony. The similarities between the two grow less and less overt the further you get, and Catcher is of course a stronger work overall, but I took very different messages and insights away from both of them.

And then I also read Richard Matheson's I Am Legend. I never bothered to see (any of) the movie(s), but I have it on good authority that the book is better. It's basically a zombie apocalypse novel from before zombies existed, so it uses vampires instead, and even deconstructs the genre that it preceeded the existence of. A short, excellent read.

>>125014
I started reading some Stephen King after meaning to for ages. His book On Writing I highly recommend to all the writerly types here -- it's an interesting look at the craft, an insight into how a professional, very prolific author works, and a pretty entertaining almost-autobiography. I also read his first novel, Carrie (R-rated Matilda) and a few short stories from Night Shift. Think I'll start on The Stand next.

Although I must say I'm kinda grossed out by King's fixation on bodily functions. I have the same issue with Neil Gaiman's gratuitous references to urination, and it must be said that I treat sex and gore in original works with just as much trepidation as in pony stories. I'm sure I'm squeamish or prudish or both, but I really don't want to read about that stuff, and so often, so very often, it's just inserted to remind you that whatever your reading is for adults. Though it's worse in movies -- Looper is rad film you should all see (like 12 Monkeys with a side order of Carrie) but the brief sex-related bits are so shoehorned in it hurts. My squeamish tendencies can be allayed when the gross stuff is actually important to the plot -- like, admittedly, in Carrie -- but otherwise I just get this bad taste in my mouth.

...Bit of a tangent. Well, I've probably read some other stuff too and forgotten about it, but I'll talk about that next time or something.
>> No. 126018
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What about the novelizations of movies?

I recently read the novelization for the movie Secret of Kells, which is one of my favorite movies of all time. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the deeper detail it provided on certain events.

Or what about novelizations of games?

Devil May Cry 2 (Which is not actually a novelization of the game but the second book in a series of DMC books. Didn't know that when I bought it, but considering the second game was kind of a let down maybe it was for the best. Would it essentially be published Fan fiction then?) was a good story in my opinion... Then again i might just have low standards.
>> No. 126041
>>126018
They're both Star Wars, but the Revenge of the Sith novelization is one of the best I've read.

On the game side, The Force Unleashed 2's book was actually pretty good, though I found the game a little disappointing.
>> No. 126226
Here is a thing I found that should be of interest to fanfic authors. It's pretty short, quite a clever little idea, give it a read.

http://alicorn.elcenia.com/stories/earthfic.shtml

Last edited at Sat, Jan 19th, 2013 02:08

>> No. 126240
>>126226
That was actually really interesting. I think I'll share that with a few more people.
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