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#3987 - pulluspardus (07/06/2014) [-]
A man with hair that flew
Held a sculpture broken in half"
This will do" the man said
As he glued half to a half

Walked outside his home the man knew
The sculpture isn't how it used to do
Saw a woman with needles and pens
"Can you sculpt this old black stone"
"No, we knit yarn and wool"

Walked across the street the man knew
The sculpture isn't how it used to do
Saw a woman with carving knife, and stacks of wood
"Can you sculpt this old black stone"
"No, we carve wood not stone"
User avatar #3988 to #3987 - pulluspardus (07/06/2014) [-]
Morning came, then noon and now its dusk
A girl came from flower and dust
Her stare turned his soul to rust
"I can fix your old black stone,
but you'll have to pay for every moan"
He payed and payed and payed some more
Until this man woke up poor with his sculpture the same
But now the girl is gone

Walked outside his home the man knew
The sculpture isn't how it used to do
Saw a man with a sculpture like that he knew
"Can you sculpt this old black stone"
"Yes, i'll see what I can do"
He carved and carved and carved some more
Until he screamed "please don't carve no more!", now his sculpture is thrown
And the young man's gone
User avatar #3989 to #3988 - pulluspardus (07/06/2014) [-]
A tired old man with hair that fell
Held a sculpture tattered and torn
"Please don't go" the old man said
As he held the hand of a doctor he never knew
Holding a doctor's scalpel into view

"Can you fix what we can't let go,
Can you scalp the sculpture behind this frail old bone
Can you carve out this sickening heart of stone
And lay this tired old man still as stone"
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User avatar #3984 - connorjay (07/05/2014) [-]
Anyone able to suggest any books to read for Summer?
So far this summer I've read:

1984, Hitchhikers Guide (1-3, going to finish it by the end of the week I think), The Book Thief, Flight of the Falcon, The Otori trilogy, Birdsong and a few others I can't quite recall as I'm away from my books at the moment. Pretty much enjoyed them all, with Flight of the Falcon being an outlier, didn't enjoy it as much.

I'm not much of a reader but I'm trying to change this, so any suggestions would be welcome
User avatar #4041 to #3984 - MrDeadiron (07/11/2014) [-]
To Kill a Mocking Bird is one of my favorite books and be it should be yours too. Any Michael Crichton book, he wrote Jurassic Park. James Lovegrove has written several books focusing on different Pantheons, Age of Odin etc., which are rather entertaining.

If you don't mind a book that's pretty simple Shakespeare Stealer and Holes are both really good books that are really easy to get into and finish.

I read the Warrior's Heir when I was younger and it was a really entertaining read, but unfortunately I feel like I'm too old to read the sequels now.

If you like High Fantasy I recommend Thieves of Blood and the other two books in the series. I'd also recommend Rage and its sequels. The Hobbit is another fun easy high fantasy read.

The Princess of Mars series is pretty good and quick to read.

The Way of Shadows is the first part of a trilogy that's really east to get into; it's also a really fun book to read.

Seriously read Jurassic Park or the Andromeda Strain.
User avatar #4126 to #4041 - connorjay (07/16/2014) [-]
I enjoyed To Kill a mockingbird, I read it last year.

I shall look up some of the books you have mentioned and give them a shout. How old are you, if I may ask, seeing as you believe yourself too old to read sequels of the Warriors Heir?
User avatar #4135 to #4126 - MrDeadiron (07/16/2014) [-]
I'm 20 and they're usually in the teen section.
User avatar #4018 to #3984 - bminous ONLINE (07/09/2014) [-]
Read The Circle by Dave Eggers in an English class along with 1984. Great read, had some interesting parallels.

Current favorite book is The Lords of Discipline. Seeing as I also like 1984, The Book Thief and Hitchikers (what I read of it), hopefully you'll like it as well.
User avatar #4020 to #4018 - connorjay (07/09/2014) [-]
I'll give them both a look when I've put some "to-read" into the "read" pile
User avatar #4000 to #3984 - traveltech (07/07/2014) [-]
Try The Magicians and it's sequel The Magician king

It's a young adult novel that starts by doing a slightly more realistic version of a magical school, then on to a somewhat darker version of the chronicles of Narnia, all with college age to young adult characters rather than the kids that would usually be the focus of the genre.

I loved them and can't wait for the final book in the trilogy
User avatar #4019 to #4000 - connorjay (07/09/2014) [-]
I just bought the Magicians so I will get back to you about that
User avatar #3999 to #3984 - acidjunk (07/06/2014) [-]

If you can find the version thats in your language, this is great. Erik - Son of Man - Best Fantasy-Adventure Series -  3 of 5
User avatar #3985 to #3984 - drastronomy (07/05/2014) [-]

a song of ice and fire
User avatar #4127 to #3985 - connorjay (07/16/2014) [-]
Just bought all the aSoIaF books. Just need to finish the 4 books I have at the moment.
#3983 - cognosceteipsum (07/05/2014) [-]
This is a poem from one of my favourite books Pig's Heart

Selfhatred in Singularis

Flesh and bile
Piss and sweat
Shit, snot and sperms
Blood and holy spirit
Cartilage and yellow-tinted bones
surely I am
the most beautiful thing you have ever laid eyes on?

I think this one is obscenely beautiful

#3980 - pulluspardus (07/04/2014) [-]
A poem inspired by Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
------ Anna And the Maelstrom ----
In memories unforgotten
In a shore by the sea,
A daughter of light
By the name of Anna lay still beside me
And this daughter she smiled her love
A smile that ever haunted me

We were children of life
In a shore by the sea,
Children of a love, that was more than love you see
Anna and the little innocent me
Loved one another enough to rage the merciless sea
Yearning her and me
User avatar #3981 to #3980 - pulluspardus (07/04/2014) [-]
And this is the reason why, in memories that haunted me
In this merciless sea
Heavens screamed when she smiled at me
A maelstrom struck, taking her away from me

Drowning I cried out "Anna!", but she never heard me
I kicked the waters from around me
In effort to save my beautiful Anna and me
I take the waters down to sleep and let it be
I couldn't overcome this merciless sea.

Heaven cried for her and me
I woke up to their tears
In the shore by the sea
There laid Anna so peacefully
As I heard our fates laughing at her and me

I crawled and shook her as hard as it can be
By the shore of this merciless sea
The night became darker as dark can be
Darker than dark as I came to see
That the fates were laughing at her but not for me
User avatar #3971 - oxymoronking ONLINE (07/04/2014) [-]
User avatar #3964 - skinjacker (07/03/2014) [-]
Can anyone recommend me a series similar to Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles?

Also, what are your favorite fantasy series? Mine are The Stormlight Archive and the Mistborn Trilogy both by Brandon Sanderson.
User avatar #3990 to #3964 - lillpip (07/06/2014) [-]
Not sure. I like all of Brandon Sandersons stuff, and The Kingkiller Chronicles were awesome. Maybe The First Law? That's a really good series.
User avatar #3991 to #3990 - skinjacker (07/06/2014) [-]
I've read basically anything by Brandon except for the Wheel of TIme (which wasn't really his anyway). The First Law? I'll check that out. Thanks!
User avatar #3992 to #3991 - lillpip (07/06/2014) [-]
Yeah, I haven't picked up Wheel of Time, but I heard it was good, so I'll probably end up checking it out.

Yeah, The First Law by Joe Abercrombie. Great series.
User avatar #3994 to #3992 - skinjacker (07/06/2014) [-]
Oh, is that the one with the thiefs and all? I'm pretty sure I read the first book! Wow, can't believe I forgot about that.
User avatar #3995 to #3994 - lillpip (07/06/2014) [-]
Are you thinking of The Lies of Locke Lamora? There weren't really thieves in The First Law. It's mostly just gritty medievalish era wars and whatnot with some magic.
User avatar #3996 to #3995 - skinjacker (07/06/2014) [-]
Oh whoops, I saw Joe Abercombie and thought about that series. Anyway, which do you prefer more?
User avatar #3997 to #3996 - lillpip (07/06/2014) [-]
The First Law. Really good series, three main books and a bunch of offshoot books that are fun to read.
User avatar #3976 to #3964 - pulluspardus (07/04/2014) [-]
Wheel of time is my favorite.
User avatar #3977 to #3976 - skinjacker (07/04/2014) [-]
I love all of Brandon Sanderson's works but I've been hesitant to read the Wheel of Time series just because it has more than ten books.
User avatar #4034 to #3977 - astroelephant (07/11/2014) [-]
I'm gonna interject myself into this six day old conversation to say that I am on the fourteenth and final book of the Wheel of Time series, and that the series is very much worth the commitment. Anyone who considers themselves a fan of fantasy should read it. Consider it a sacrament. Lord of the Rings is like the pilgrimage to mecca and wheel of time is a circumcision (might be a bad analogy, fantastic series though).
User avatar #3978 to #3977 - pulluspardus (07/04/2014) [-]
They're pretty easy to read, you can read the first only.
they don't end in cliffhangers.
User avatar #3979 to #3978 - skinjacker (07/04/2014) [-]
How good were they anyway? I mean the whole series. Are they the type of books you'd wish they didn't end?
User avatar #3982 to #3979 - pulluspardus (07/04/2014) [-]
Yeah, they're my favorite.
User avatar #3974 to #3964 - herecomesjohnny (07/04/2014) [-]
for nostalgic reasons, the Northern Lights trilogy (and the Sally Lockhart trilogy), i was a big Phillip Pullman fan.
User avatar #3975 to #3974 - skinjacker (07/04/2014) [-]
Yes, His Dark Materials is one of my favorite series.
#3962 - EdwardNigma ONLINE (07/03/2014) [-]
One day...
User avatar #3961 - unikornking (07/03/2014) [-]
There a website similar to MAL where I can keep track of the books I read?
User avatar #3966 to #3961 - malimrav (07/03/2014) [-]
goodreads and bookdigits
there is probably more but i dont use any site like that
User avatar #3958 - oborawatabinost (07/02/2014) [-]
I personally recommend Haruki Murakami's books.

That is all.
User avatar #3967 to #3958 - christmouth (07/03/2014) [-]
Have you read Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World?
User avatar #3950 - tvfreakuk (07/02/2014) [-]
Just finished Hunger Games: Mockingjay
I really enjoyed it, and a lot of it was awesome, as the first two were. My only issue was that, the ending felt a little... rushed? The last couple of events happened so fast and it felt like it was just trying to force it to end.
Don't get me wrong, I liked what happened in the ending... Just felt it might have been better if it were more built up and developed upon, and just written differently.
User avatar #3972 to #3950 - ecalycptus (07/04/2014) [-]
I have the exact impression of the ending, really really semmed like the author didn't planned the end, or had differents endings and didn't choose, or simply didn't have the time.
#3959 to #3950 - Womens Study Major (07/03/2014) [-]
I feel like I liked the 1st half more than the 2nd half of Mockingjay.
Catching Fire was my favorite but the movie was eh
User avatar #3949 - wittypotato (07/02/2014) [-]
writers and anyone who can give decent writing advice, how do you make an interesting plot for a book series? It's one big arc with several several smaller, separate arcs connecting to each other. . I think I've got loads of interesting concepts, but I'm not sure how to use them to their full potential, can anyone shed a little light on how you do that?

I state some of my ideas if needed.
User avatar #3973 to #3949 - thedudeistheman ONLINE (07/04/2014) [-]
This is just an idea, and I have no idea if it'll work. I have never tried, nor do I know of anyone else who has tried it (that I know of, anyway).

Start off with the main arc. Then break it down into branches (these would be the sub-arcs you mentioned). Then break each sub-arc into branches, with each of the important events in the sub-arc as one of the branches. Then connect those important events with less important, yet interesting events to branch these parts and keep readers interested. Then fill in smaller details to create the background detail/lore that backs the universe (the main arc) and connects all the plot lines.

Like I said, just a rough idea, but in theory, this should allow you to create events in between the minor events in between the big events. As far as making it interesting, that comes through the process above. By fleshing out the ideas, you fill in interesting plot points and details to connect the concepts. Just expand on a concept. Think of how it would play out.
User avatar #3957 to #3949 - newposterintown (07/02/2014) [-]
I can give you a lot of advice, but on the assumption that you're in school or something I would say to seek out programs and people in your community who write. My mentor, as well as the creative writing class I participated in, both really helped shape perspective and share work with other people.
User avatar #3969 to #3957 - wittypotato (07/03/2014) [-]
I have got a buddy who helps me and I sometimes browse r/writing and ask for help from there, but I would really like your two cents on it as well.
User avatar #3970 to #3969 - newposterintown (07/03/2014) [-]
Hm, sure. Can you drop a comment on my profile, friend, and we'll talk more there?
#3945 - theluppijackal ONLINE (07/02/2014) [-]
it's something
User avatar #3935 - newposterintown (07/01/2014) [-]
What is that word when the flesh on a corpse decays? I forget what it is and it's bothering me.
#3937 to #3935 - chancevance (07/01/2014) [-]
Decomposing seems the obvious answer.

Though most the time peeps ask that question the answer is Rigormortis, and that's actually the stiffening of the body after death.
User avatar #3938 to #3937 - newposterintown (07/01/2014) [-]
Rigormortis was the word I was thinking of, can you explain the process in a bit more detail for me?
User avatar #3947 to #3938 - monsieurhonkhonk (07/02/2014) [-]
Pretty sure that's not what rigor mortis means.
User avatar #3948 to #3947 - newposterintown (07/02/2014) [-]
Wikipedia don't lie son.
Unless it is
If you think it's wrong, do you have another explanation?
User avatar #3951 to #3948 - monsieurhonkhonk (07/02/2014) [-]
Did you actually read what Wikipedia said on it? Rigor mortis is when muscles stiffen due to chemical changes after death.
User avatar #3952 to #3951 - newposterintown (07/02/2014) [-]
Yes, not the act of flesh breaking down. Lol
User avatar #3953 to #3952 - monsieurhonkhonk (07/02/2014) [-]
Holy shit, I didn't think people could be this stupid.
#3954 to #3953 - newposterintown (07/02/2014) [-]
People saying mean things to me over the internet really hurts my feelings you know
but 4srs what the heck are you getting upset about
User avatar #3955 to #3954 - monsieurhonkhonk (07/02/2014) [-]
The fact that you think you know better when you can't be arsed to look up what something is and acknowledge when you're wrong. Seriously, just google something next time instead of coming across as an arrogant asshole.
User avatar #3963 to #3955 - jeezloxxy ONLINE (07/03/2014) [-]
You mad son. Chill.
User avatar #3956 to #3955 - newposterintown (07/02/2014) [-]
Okay you made me laugh, that was bretty gud bro I'll give ya credit. High-five!
User avatar #3936 to #3935 - keirajasmin (07/01/2014) [-]
Decomposition/decomposing. Rotting. Formaldehyde?
#3934 - Womens Study Major (06/30/2014) [-]
I'm horrified.
User avatar #3923 - jeezloxxy ONLINE (06/30/2014) [-]
Anyone know a little something about the Witcher books? I got a few questions.
#3918 - almostninja ONLINE (06/29/2014) [-]
Sci-fi and fantasy books.
User avatar #4024 to #3918 - bouazizforever (07/09/2014) [-]
I'm currently reading The Dark Tower III now, it's awesome
User avatar #3941 to #3918 - newposterintown (07/01/2014) [-]
I don't see any Goodkind
User avatar #3919 to #3918 - ljxjlos (06/29/2014) [-]

On a serious note, tho, it somehow doesn´t open up for me, I can´t see it:/
User avatar #3922 to #3921 - ljxjlos (06/30/2014) [-]
This one works.D Thanks, man - seems like I already know most on the Fantasy-side, tho...
User avatar #3915 - tehbomb ONLINE (06/28/2014) [-]
If y'all haven't read Shantaram, please fucking do. That is all.
User avatar #3914 - ThatFatMummy (06/28/2014) [-]
They don't have a poetry board that I'm aware of.

Would posting such be a no-no in here?
User avatar #3968 to #3914 - christmouth (07/03/2014) [-]
Just do it. The board should have been named /literature/, instead of just /books/
User avatar #3916 to #3914 - youngneil (06/28/2014) [-]
Nope, though it would probably also fit in Drawing & Art.
User avatar #3902 - friendlynuke (06/27/2014) [-]
User avatar #3917 to #3902 - theseventhmirror (06/29/2014) [-]
They're alright sometimes.
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