Books & Literature@4-ch

Books & Literature@4-ch

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1: Books you started reading but just coun't get through. (74) 2: Reasons why the Twilight series is an abomination in every sense of the word (59) 3: TAR (7) 4: [Cao Cao]Romance of the Three Kingdoms[Liu Bei] (5) 5: Should I get Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami? (5) 6: The Last Question (4) 7: "Writing is fifty years behind painting." (23) 8: [weaboo]The Asian Saga/The Noble House series (6) 9: SciFi of ages past? (6) 10: Examples of fanfics that sold well (17) 11: Is it dumb to post here? (11) 12: I need Harry potter spoilers (12) 13: Worst Fan Fiction ever! (83) 14: LOTR (12) 15: [Applause]Everytime we finish a book we post here[Praise] (94) 16: [shortstories] Shortstories Online (14) 17: Should I let my personal politics affect whose books I buy? (16) 18: [Author] Mishima Yukio [Passive gay chauvinist] (8) 19: Good scifi thread (96) 20: Haruki Murakami (63) 21: Mystery Novels / Short Novels (6) 22: Audiobooks on Youtube? (1) 23: Was Philip K Dick right? (3) 24: story of O (5) 25: Return of the King - So what happens to Mouth Of Sauron after destruction of the ring? (3) 26: How you like your epubs? (5) 27: Places to get free books on the Web. (4) 28: japanese old boy (1) 29: The Fountainhead. Spoiler. (53) 30: Cat on the Table (1) 31: omniscient foresight network (2) 32: House Of Leaves [Book] [May contain spoilers] (3) 33: New Weird. (4) 34: taken down [Academia] [RAGE] (18) 35: Avengers? (4) 36: Ray Bradbury Dead! (4) 37: What are you doing for you? (to university students) (16) 38: what are some good to read? (5) 39: NaNoWriMo writers, rejoice! (10) 40: Currently reading thread (12)

Books you started reading but just coun't get through. (74)

1 Name: Bookworm : 2008-09-18 18:34 ID:hyJfuQuU

Some books seem promising then you start reading and just can't read it because you either don't like the style, it's boring, it's crap.... etc.

Name of book:
How far you got:
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65 Name: Bookworm : 2017-09-06 20:46 ID:pB2+H0ty

1000 clowns
I read the first page of the play
It had a cast of 100 children laughing in the background, put it back on the store's shelf.

66 Name: Bookworm : 2017-09-16 08:08 ID:E609Lwei

That's a rather interesting book.

67 Name: Bookworm : 2018-05-07 20:38 ID:er2Jy5On

Three men in a boat.
It's boring. I don't get this english humor.

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69 Name: Bookworm : 2018-05-28 06:19 ID:x540+Axi

Silence of the lambs
About a quarter through
Idk, kind of slows down after the beginning. Maybe my attention span is poo

70 Name: Bookworm : 2018-09-07 22:28 ID:i8aiSm6F

Thinking in Systems: A Primer
about halfway through
destroyed it: please don't ask

71 Name: Bookworm : 2018-10-20 10:52 ID:96DuNXfk

The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari
almost 10 pages through
got suggested in a workshop, its a self book so thats enough reason for me to hate on it.

72 Name: Bookworm : 2018-10-21 01:19 ID:qlguLp/3

i havent read a book in a year
ive still managed to pass all of my comp lit classes and have two TA positions in my department

73 Name: Bookworm : 2018-10-24 09:52 ID:8HeF8yMS


you can probably go through your whole adult life not reading any books. doesn't mean that you should

74 Name: Bookworm : 2018-11-11 19:34 ID:lG1Zu/7t

Naked Lunch
About one third in.
I can only stand so much graphic gay sex and semen splurging.

I've yet to properly stop, but rather put it on a kind of hiatus. Hoping to eventually forget about it lest my stubbornness dictates I get around to finishing it.

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Reasons why the Twilight series is an abomination in every sense of the word (59)

1 Name: Crawd : 2008-09-03 02:53 ID:q7Azlvgj

I'll start off with:

  1. Edward
  2. Sparkly Vampires

50 Name: me : 2012-02-05 15:06 ID:EfPcM/82

Stephenie Meyer is an idiot. My main problem with the series is the plot holes...oh dear God so many potholes...
Not only the question of why do vampires, particularly Jasper who has very limited self-control insist on going to high school over and o ver? They go on about how hard they work to keep their existence secret and yet on Bella's first day, her new friend could tell her ALL about the Cullens, even mentioning the weird incestuous relationships they seem to have...yeah, way to remain inconspicuous by behaving moodily and blatantly groping up what you're trying to pass off as your SIBLING in the middle of a crowded cafeteria. Also they insist on having the most expensive stuff which just reeks of New Money Meyer fapping away over her new fortune.
There are millions of other errors in the books as well. I find it harder to find parts of the book that are factually and logically correct.

51 Name: Bookworm : 2012-02-10 20:18 ID:daMyFGFO

>>50 the problem is not Stephenie Meyer, but her readership.
More to the point, why did you read several of her books? One was not enough to get the picture?

52 Name: Bookworm : 2012-02-10 20:49 ID:wLjURccI

I wonder that as well. The first two or three pages was enough to make me vomit.

53 Name: me : 2012-02-15 18:19 ID:EfPcM/82

I think stephenie Meyer is a problem seeing as without her fail of a book there wouldnt even be a readership convinced a dead guy watching them sleep is fantastic. I don't believe you can comment on how terrible a series is if you haven't read it. That's common sense, especially when the first reaction from twi hards is "if u just reed it u wil get it!!"
I was given new moon for a birthday gift and after reading five pages I threw it across the room and left it there, then I heard the media buzz and realised new moon was from that series and thought "surely not...that was awful, I must be mistaken". So I went back and read them because I wanted to understand why they were so popular. I still don't.

55 Name: Bookworm : 2012-07-28 14:39 ID:Rw0LVy6E

Twilight was written to appeal to a certain audience, teen girls and people who wish to read some crappy YA and leave their brains somewhere else while enjoying crappy romance filled with marysues and elements of fantasy.
I read Twilight, I didn't like it much, I'm not a zealous hater either. There are a lot of novels and series like Twilight.

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57 Name: Bookworm : 2017-11-07 15:12 ID:6liv6Y7s

What, Vampires that can cross running water, don't ask for permission to go into people's houses, don't count every grain of rice if you spill some and can be in direct sunlight? No thanks.

58 Name: Bookworm : 2018-03-18 14:18 ID:aDtMdcyh

because im not in the intended demographic. owee, a 23 year old dude with hella hair on his belly doesn't enjoy a book intended for 13 year old girls, who would have thought.

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TAR (7)

1 Name: Bookworm : 2011-07-02 21:26 ID:T/nRXmdu

Hey 4-ch, just wondering if any of you feel like reading or submitting content to the literature zine I help manage. is our site, we're pretty new but are growing steadily.

Our Mission Statement: "The April Reader is a monthly publication of poetry, prose, and other user-submitted content. Initially conceived as a successor publication to the now-defunct Zine Writers Guild, The April Reader aims to become a
hub of online writing and content. Operating under the belief that the rise of the internet has allowed the written word to regain parity with mass media and television, The April Reader hopes to serve as a launching point for the future writers of this generation"

Not bad, eh? If any of you feel like submitting content to us, our email us We're non-profit, so don't expect high submission requirements or money in return.

Thanks for your time

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2 Name: Bookworm : 2011-07-15 18:41 ID:KRqyxbRk

Just read the TAR issue 4 story on the parrot with the attached penis. RAD!

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5 Name: Bookworm : 2017-11-08 15:11 ID:SGUdIZbF

dicks out for Harambe

6 Name: Bookworm : 2018-01-17 02:46 ID:OLbovOmJ

I'll give you a dick.

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[Cao Cao]Romance of the Three Kingdoms[Liu Bei] (5)

1 Name: Guo Jia : 2012-04-22 00:05 ID:YI7KESpE

Romance of the Three Kingdoms, written by Luo Guanzhong in the 14th century, is a historical novel set amidst the turbulent years near the end of the Han Dynasty and the Three Kingdoms era of Chinese history, starting in 169 and ending with the reunification of the land in 280.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

My favorite!

2 Name: Bookworm : 2012-04-25 07:11 ID:+JMp2tql

That sounds really interesting. I'll read it. Any recommendations for novels along this line?

3 Name: Bookworm : 2012-05-05 07:36 ID:DCmkSb1m

4 Name: Bookworm : 2012-05-07 16:44 ID:+JMp2tql

Thank you very much!

5 Name: Bookworm : 2017-10-05 15:27 ID:Fg9dRqE4

Japanese love it.
And me too.

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Should I get Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami? (5)

1 Name: Bookworm : 2012-06-29 23:06 ID:CV+wzPBn

I saw it in a bookstore and it seems like a nice read, but I did not have the time to get it. It was pretty cheap. Should I go back and get it?

2 Name: Bookworm : 2012-06-30 00:45 ID:Heaven

Maybe. I really liked the short story which was its germ, it provoked in me an enjoyable feeling of languor. A lot of other people seem to like the novel. Some people probably dislike it. When a creative work isn't out-and-out terrible it's hard to say what the interaction between the work and the audience will produce, and given I don't know anything about you, this being an anonymous image board, it's even more useless.

3 Name: Bookworm : 2012-06-30 15:51 ID:CV+wzPBn


>this being an anonymous image board
>anonymous image board
>image board

Excuse me.

4 Name: Bookworm : 2012-06-30 22:33 ID:Heaven

You are excused.

5 Name: Beavis : 2017-10-01 19:24 ID:6puQds5A

Mmmm heh heh mm heh heh heh heh heh hey Butt-head, he said "Norwegian Wood", mmm heh heh heh

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The Last Question (4)

1 Name: Bookworm : 2012-02-15 18:15 ID:42IKZicp

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3 Name: Bookworm : 2017-05-30 00:48 ID:vSs94rul

Read that story a while ago, quite nice

4 Name: Lucy : 2017-09-04 14:20 ID:/JJFeS7J

I'm a 18-years-old girl.
If you talk me, please call +81 80 5941 0307.

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"Writing is fifty years behind painting." (23)

1 Name: Artfag : 2010-09-27 12:18 ID:gr82mqjd

Prove me wrong.

14 Name: Bookworm : 2015-09-23 15:59 ID:7OhsyPXT

This is similar to talking about textboards vs imageboards

15 Name: Bookworm : 2015-11-26 14:51 ID:L5h8Da9J

... and humans were created by a flying spaghetti monster.
Prove me wrong!!

16 Name: Bookworm : 2016-02-21 04:17 ID:XFUkexwg

I am completely correct.
Prove me wrong.

17 Name: Bookworm : 2016-06-07 12:01 ID:JS+CdjLh

Video games do that and more.

18 Name: Bookworm : 2016-07-05 00:56 ID:2ccpFmXu

So books in the 2060s will be either totally indecipherable or commercial rot?

Western culture had a good run, I guess.

19 Name: Bookworm : 2016-07-25 18:13 ID:kiS4xuWQ

So... books in 50 years will be:

>The end

I'm glad literature is still behind

20 Name: Bookworm : 2016-08-07 07:06 ID:2ccpFmXu

Futurist literature was already there in the 1920s.
Excessive Haste, a play by Verlaine.

Scene I

The curtain rises: a gentleman and a lady are seen locked in a close embrace.

Scene II

A second gentleman approaches noiselessly and shoots them both dead. The corpses remain in close contact, faces down. The killer draws near them, raises the man's head and starts back. He then raises the woman's head and shows even greater astonishment.

2nd gentleman: "My God! I've shot the wrong couple!"


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22 Name: Bookworm : 2017-03-13 14:24 ID:JS+CdjLh

But the video game encompasses film and more.

23 Name: Bookworm : 2017-05-08 03:33 ID:0RUflnh1

Leck mich am Arsch

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[weaboo]The Asian Saga/The Noble House series (6)

1 Name: Bookworm : 2010-08-11 05:21 ID:qkADHhxX

Has anybody else read these books by James Clavell? A little over a decade ago, a friend recommended I read Shogun, saying that it was the japanese equivalent to Gone with the Wind. If you haven't read the book, it basically chronicles the involvement of an English pilot in the intrigues that lead to the Toranaga shogunate. As a westerner, Clavell cleverly uses the pilot's culture shock to explain to us why the Japanese characters behave in a way that might be seemingly odd.

Tai-pan, a novel about the founding of Hong Kong, delivers this mechanic by contrasting the protagonist's understanding of Chinese society with the relative ignorance of his European peers. Both books are excellent.

Anyways, I was wondering if there are any other fans of these books and am especially interested in what others think of the later books in the series.

2 Name: Bookworm : 2010-08-18 20:20 ID:5miZ1V8T

I've only read the first 3 of the series (Shogun, Taipan, and Gaijin), so I can't comment on Clavell's later additions. But if you've yet to read Gaijin, I would recommend doing so. It restores the feel of Shogun.

3 Name: Bookworm : 2010-09-12 10:01 ID:k5+zJemx

Gaijin just felt like the Shogun edition of Taipan. In addition, it just seemed like so much less ever really happened despite being as long as it is. Pretty turned off from the rest of the series at this point.

4 Name: Bookworm : 2010-10-30 01:32 ID:Heaven

King Rat is excellent.

5 Name: Bookworm : 2011-03-29 03:06 ID:u2s6eU7V

The movie of King Rat was also excellent, as was the ten hour Shōgun miniseries.

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SciFi of ages past? (6)

1 Name: Bookworm : 2016-09-07 11:45 ID:gQpdwgv/

Can anybody recommend some science fiction written long ago with links to where the stories can be downloaded for free? The older the stories the better. The first thing that comes to mind is obviously the works of Jules Verne. It is interesting to see how people of the past thought what the future might look like and how those visions compares with how we live today.

2 Name: Bookworm : 2016-09-16 12:51 ID:uJ1GRJN9

"We" by Yevgeny Zamatin is pretty good, and is public domain so it should be pretty easy to find.

3 Name: Bookworm : 2016-11-17 18:14 ID:AmASae1F

I have not read it all, but it is listed as one of the oldest SF stories ever.

4 Name: Bookworm : 2016-11-19 13:42 ID:uJ1GRJN9

Neat! Thanks for this

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6 Name: Bookworm : 2017-01-23 07:10 ID:2fGo6KpB


Second century, that is pretty old!
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Examples of fanfics that sold well (17)

1 Name: Bookworm : 2007-01-21 12:17 ID:V/SwbFzg

The only one which comes to my mind is "Wicked", a fanfic about The Wizard of Oz.

8 Name: Bookworm : 2007-01-29 00:20 ID:ohn6xQT6

You mean like The Book of Mormon? Ok, so that doesn't sell at all, they give it away.

9 Name: Bookworm : 2007-01-29 20:22 ID:ttdxEjXk

Don't forget "The Da Vinci Code."

10 Name: Bookworm : 2007-01-30 19:35 ID:0iFEIAax


Da Vinci Code has actually very little to do with the Bible. It's more like a fanfic of a fanfic.

11 Name: Bookworm : 2007-02-01 23:28 ID:TLtV9vv6

Ok, it didn't technically "sell," being a webcomic, but I think that Dan Kim's fancomic "Nana's Everyday Life" was far superior to it's source, the animu "Elfen Lied."

12 Name: Bookworm : 2007-02-02 20:54 ID:Heaven


Neither the new testament nor a webcomic are fanfics or commercial.

13 Name: Bookworm : 2007-02-03 21:15 ID:Br1s0dWM

Paramount had an arrangement with some publishers, and maybe still does, to sell "original Star Trek fiction."

I'm told it sells pretty well. Do Star Trek novels count as fanfiction?

14 Name: Bookworm : 2007-02-04 22:37 ID:TLtV9vv6


What do you define "fan fiction" as? A piece of fiction, based upon a previous work, written by a fan of that previous work?

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16 Name: Bookworm : 2007-02-21 17:33 ID:pZs/UoHc

"Angel of the opera."

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