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Book thread /b/ what is the best book you have ever read?

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Book thread /b/ what is the best book you have ever read?
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>>580475591
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>>580475591
you don't actually like this shit tier book right??
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>>580475591
>being this casual
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>>580475591
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God Tier
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Don't know about best, but this is my favorite series.
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>>>/lit/
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read it in 5th grade. Remained my favorite all the way through to college.
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>>580477235
What do you think about Metamorphosis?
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580476794 faggot

580477020 yes I actually enjoyed it
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>>580475591
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>>580477793
Never gets old, it's the kind of story when you finish it, you just kinda have to stare out the window and think a bit.
>pic related, I read it here.
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>>580478476
god why, one of the worst endings ever if i recall correctly. All about the experience along the way kinda shit right?
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Are you niggers even trying?
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George orwell - Animal farm
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>>580475591
I'll say this just because it left a big impression on me. Shit is harrowing.
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>>580478980
Dude, it was good, but they made us read it in 8th grade, thus killing it
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The whole Malszan series
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Read this in Afghanistan, god tier
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>>580475591
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Fantasy man
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dirty white boys - stephen hunter
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It was a great book to read when I was in 7th grade. Heinlein was a goddamn master.
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>>580476794
faggot.
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>>580479457
oh fuck off
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This is pretty great
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>>580477524
I like you. Read the whole series yet? And know if any new ones are coming out any time soon?
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>>580479457
God tier, anon
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>>580479539
You should read it
It will change your life
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god
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>>580479181
i got throught book 8
and then, jesus christ, i just couldn't bring myself to read anymore
especially after his introduction

and didn't the fag just start a fucking series that takes place before all this shit happened?
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>>580479459
tfw when he gets the whole bridge making crew killed. fucking idiot
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Don't read this unless you're ready to finally take yourself seriously and live your life meaningfully.
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>>580479459
So much yes
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>>580477793

not that guy but I don't know what to think about that book

I read it and as I was reading it it was getting my attention and making me turn the pages to see what would happen then when it was over I was pretty muck thinking

"what the fuck did I just read"

i felt like it meant something really deep and I am just to dumb to get it so to me it's just a monster story about a guy who turns into a bug
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>>580479824
God damn. My mom used to read that book to me on a daily basis when I was like 3.
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>>580479676
yeah sure, everything you read will have an impact one way or another. and dont tell me what I SHOULD do...

I know a lot of things the bible humpers SHOULD do
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Loved this book aa a kid
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I've read a lot of shit but this is probably the book which entertained and engrossed me the most. Love me some true crime.
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original Dune series by Frank (nothing by brian)
/thread
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Does anyone have any Japanese books like this they like?
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>>580479692
fuck. you beat me to this gemstone.
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>>580475591
OP confirmed brazilfag
>huehuehue
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Best work
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A great book from a brilliant mind
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I like em classy
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>>580477210
Mah nigga
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>>580478973
>Stephen king
>God-tier

Why not Tom Clancy ? or Dan Brown ?

>This is why the world thinks Americans cannot into literature
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>>580479983
My mom gave it to me as a going away present when I moved out to college.
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>>580475591
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>>580480243
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>>580480096
Nice tier anon,
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>>580479886
It's about alienation and, quite literally, metamorphosis.

As he turns more and more into a bug his family starts acting like he's just a bug and not the family he used to be. I'd say that the story is pretty open for interpretation but the general gist of it is alienation.
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>>580480165
waaaaaahhhhh?
my nigga
(chris? is that you?)
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>>580480486
Bullshit that's your favourite book. Admit you posted it just to look smart. Nobodys favourite book is Crime and fucking Punishment.
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>>580475591
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>>580480421
The Border Trilogy is next on my list, it'll be the first Cormac McCarthy I've read. Any recommendations anon?
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>>580480165
I actually tried to read this shit but it got too boring and I quit
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>>580480171
Norwegian wood
devotion of suspect x
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Influence by Robert B Cialdini
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>>580479886
My impression when i read it was, Rehor Samsa wasnt the one going through the change, it was mostly his family who got through metamorphosis from loving their relative to detesting the bug thing
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>>580478973
amen brother.
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The handmaid's tale - Margaret Atwood
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Infinite Jest
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>>580480848
read it love it gr8 r8 m8 8/8
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>>580481163
You believe that happy crappy
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>>580480768
no but i saw that post and you were like 2 seconds behind me.
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>>580480349
That phase. What's the opposite of nostalgia?
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>says book
>posts graphic novel

go to bed jimmy
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>>580475591
philip k dick a scaner darkly.
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>Foundations series
>Asimov
>God tier
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>>580479886
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E9aOuf6eI8
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>>580480937
thats because you're 12
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Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
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http://www.facebook()com/fearandloathibginlittlechicago
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>>580481359
>implying graphic novels arnt books
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>>580476794
ha!
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>>580481425
dude, man in the high castle is way beter
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>>580481618
Agreed.
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>>580481425
Y wot m8?
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the GREATEST BOOK ever written!
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>>580481824
kill yourself
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>>580480913
I think it's better to read those before Blood Meridian. I think it's a better book, but it's a hard read in a way too. If you don't know Spanish, have a computer handy to translate some because he does wander off in Spanish in those books at times and it'll help you a lot. Very good books. The Crossing is my favorite of the three
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>>580481897
Agreed.
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>>580480913
i'm a diff anon, but i just had a long discussion about mccarthy with a friend, and they said that Blood Meridian was written during the end of his drunkeness whereas the boarder triology was written when he become sober. I thinkall the pretty horses is his best novel, but it's certianly not his bloodiest. i also read child of god
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>>580481618
got it. will start it later.
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>>580481824
You're right. It's a great book for intellectuals everywhere.
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>>580481451
Shit I was 12 the first time I read it, had no prolems
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>>580482064
>>580481618
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>>580477490
>>580480965
>>580481462

My niggs.
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>>580480472
Stephen King is god tier
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God-tier, definitely.
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The great and secret show by Clive barker. I feel like e fucked my mind on this one.
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>>580475591

I don't for a second believe in God or fate, but The Alchemist was actually a pretty good book about seeing opportunities and taking initiative.

John Dies at the End has been my favorite book for about 5 years now. Not the best I've ever read, but definitely my favorite.
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>>580481549
>implying graphic novels are books

go read sin city you uneducated faggot
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>>580481435
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As your attorney i advise you to take another pellet of mescaline
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>>580479274
this shit right here is god tier.
had to read in 11th grade.
one of two books I actually enjoyed from school.
pic is other book
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>>580482279
yes. dick too
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>>580482439
There it is
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>>580480165
>>580480169

dat hivemind. I just read Dune and all I could think was: I could and should be writing this shit.

Still enjoyed it! Anyone notice that the heroes are muslim terrorists?
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>>580481618
Is that the one where the japs won ww2
And the book takes place on the west coast somewhere. Some art dealer or some shit
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>>580477235
This was a great book although it gave me a lot of anxiety for some reason
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Part one of 3 of my favorite books.
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>>580482279
Yeh... No.

He's a good commercial writer, he knows how to captivates his audience and find interesting plot twists.

that doesn't make it good literature, it makes it "a sweet way to pass time".

God-tier, meaningful Literature can be entertaining, but entertaining books aren't necessarily god-tier literature. Otherwise Harry Potter is God-tier

>Which we all know it is not, while i still loved reading it.
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ITT: books that are well known through movies
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>>580481824
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>>580482465
The same here, and I'll read john Fies at the end when I have a chance
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>>580482635
Just finished IT
Long as fuck but worth the time
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>>580482537
This is his least best novel. The other two in in that particular series are much better.
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>>580482904
east of eden is a movie? holy shit i've been missing out
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>>580482821
Basically. Germans controll the west, Japs control the east. It switches between the two. Good book, although Fatherland is better.
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>>580475591
Op that is the best book I have ever read
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I love this book!
A song of Ice and Fire series as well
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>>580475591

NOT ONE BOOK BY MURAKAMI??? ALL OF THEM. ARE SO GOOD.
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>>580482950

If you like cosmic horror and dick jokes, you'll enjoy it.
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>>580475591

OP you picked the least interesting paulo coelho. Try veronika decides to die or by the river piedra I sat down and wept.
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Crime and Punishment. Quite a good read, Raskolnikovs paranoia really adds extra flavor. I started reading it because silent hill 2 was supposedly partly inspired by this novel.
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>>580482728
Only in the first book. Might be the best because you can remove it from the series, but the fifth book might be my favorite.

Gets weird in book for though, that's were I stopped the first time I read it.
But the original 6 books thought me more about our species that anything else I experienced.


Everything by brian is shit though...
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>>580475591

NO BHAGAVAD GITA??
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>>580482043
Cool, thanks to you both. I was so blown away by No Country (the movie) that I wanted to read his books...
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>>580475591
>>Thats a good human book OP. Many chicken fucking idiots dont read any more. Or if they do, its some Harry Potter shit type deal. But a God Tier book is thus:
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>>580483075

not really missing out. it's not that good.
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This shit right here
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Practical guide to racism
An idiot abroad
The moaning of life
This is not my hat
I want my hat back
A confederacy of dunces
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>>580483754

YES
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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

I don't 100% agree with the extremes of her philosophy, and her writing is quite dense to read, but the perspective I gained from reading The Fountainhead was amazing.

I found a similar thing with the Alchemist, but it's such a weak book I could only see it as a vehicle for Coelho's allegorical life meaning.
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What you gonna do about it faggots? If only you actually knew more about evolution than what you actually do even though you think you know everything...
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>>580483458
yep. great books
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>>580483426
Mate, read Notes From Underground from Dosto after this one, then. You'll swim deeply inside Raskolnikof soliloquies after "The Sir" monologues.
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>inb4 lolita
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>Frank Herbert is God Tier

Read all Dune books while learning English
I still think is the best series there is.
People asked him if he was starting a religion since his themes revolved around God-like persons and people who worshiped such persons. But it covers so much more than made up religions.
Better than Asimov's Foundation series imho
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>>580484018
And if only you knew more about basic syntax and punctuation, we might understand your poignant message of enlightenment.

>Euphoric !
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I'm no fucking weeboo, waifu wanting faggot but all the books in this series are fucking awesome
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>>580475591
Very sad book, but very good. Would recommend.
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>>580482838
I think that's what's supposed to happen. Can't really say why, but seems to ring true.
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>>580483706

This is one of the best writers and stories that came out of Mexico by far. I'm Mexican and I grew up near the areas where Rulfo's stories take place.
A must read but it'll make more sense of you read it in Spanish
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>>580475591

Hey OP,

I just got done reading this book 3 days ago.

What a coincidence.Great book.
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>>580483754
I cut my teeth of Vonnegut & Heller when I was a teenager a very, very long time ago. I did a paper comparing/contrasting this and Slaughter House Five
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>>580484523
I quite liked Shogun
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Oh yes.
This shit.
Right here.
Bring a towel muthafucka.
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>>580482465
JDATE is a guilty pleasure of mine. I think the first time I read it I did it in one sitting.

Did you catch the part where he kills big jim by shooting him in the neck with a shotgun.
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Everytime I see a book thread this is never here.
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>>580484745

Yeah, I read it in Spanish. Also read his short stories. Anacleto Morones still gets me laughing every time.
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>>580484361
That shiz fo lozers faggot
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>>580477210
La peste tho
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Island. Fucking great. Surprised it was never made into a movie.
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>>580479692
fucking this
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>>580477210
>>580477235
>>580480165
>>580480486
>>580480623
>>580480370
>>580483426

Im impressed by b/ You sand niggers are humans and read great human books. Dostoevsky, Kafka, Herbert, Camus, Milton, McCarthy. Dostoevsky is God Tier Human Author. That poor sweet mofo was a human genius.
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>>580483754
>awkward sex education
So great
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>>580479824
I was not ready for the feels
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>>580485090
Quite epic
It seems you are a gentleman and a scholar anon
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>>580485215
Mah nigga again. That's an amazing Realism moviment work.
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>>580485049
JDatE is amazing, and imo the sequel is even better. David Wong is also about to release his third book, and after that he says he'll work on JDatE3.

>hype
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>>580480243
a terrible piece of shit. you and the book
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>>580477210
>>580480410
mes nègres
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>>580485123

Indeed, his stories are dark and funny at the same time.
Have you read "Cien años de soledad" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez?
This one is my all-time favorite.
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I actually screamed at this book when I was 12. I miss having hope and being creative.
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best book ever, tbh. Not my favorite, but pretty damn great.
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>>580475591
You gotta be kidding me... this book is full of shit :/
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>>580480856
nice list. read all except lolita and siddhartha
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>>580480421 is probably the best book I've ever read, but this one makes me happy
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>>580485782
Forgot pic
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>>580485695

Tried but never finished. For some reason I couldn't get into it. I've read a few of his other works, I'm not a big fan.

La guerra del fin del mundo, by Mario Vargas Llosa. That was a headtrip of a book. I got so mad when he killed off Gall halfway through the book that I stopped reading it for like 3 weeks.
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>>580477210
What a difference compared with OP shitbook
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>>580482537
Anything by HST is good,
The Rum Diary's is my new fave but "loathing" did get me started.

It was actually in the school corriculum in the 70's in Canada..True Story
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>>580485872
this is a great book. Truly changed the way I look at a lot of things...a book I think everyone should read
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>>580485908
Fuck you man, i actually enjoyed this book a lot
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Too much mindfuck.
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>>580484131
You my nigga
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>>580480623
nigga that guy loved talking about dust in a variety of different ways.
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Based
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>>580486043
Love Bradbury. Martian Chronicles is my personal fave of his. Pic related is my favorite book of all time.
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>>580481846
Wanted to post that. Good choice.

I also enjoy Lovecraft.
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>>580486296
Fuck yeah, dude. I read that as a teenager and it changed my shit.
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>>580486542
Excellent. I love the painted man, myself.
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this is another book that influenced me enourmously when I was young, really had ideas that were completely new to me at the time
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>>580486194

Not your cup of tea then? I've read it at least three times and each time I learn new things.

Never read Vargas Llosa. I guess I'll try some time. I've read many other US authors like Faulkner, Hemingway, Melville and other modern fiction writers, but I keep coming back to Latin American writers because I identify myself with them for some reason.
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Also and Excellent book
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>>580486794
I'm intrigued by the title, but I'm lazy and my tsundoku is already getting out of hand.

What's it about? Sell me on it lol
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Kirt Vonegut
player piano
cats cradle
both favorires
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>>580486876

Eh, you read what you know. I'm American, I love Steinbeck. Probably my second favorite author behind Rulfo.
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dunno why but im so hooked on this
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>>580486315
Fucking self-help book man, Like Cuauhtémoc shit, go read some decent books
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>>580480003
>>580479539
>the edge is off the charts
go finish highschool already
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>>580486542
martian chronicles is good as hell, too. don't like it quite as much as dandelion wine, but "there will come soft rains" is probably one of his best stories.
Something Wicked this way Comes is also the GOAT halloween book.
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Have you guys ever tried Brazilian Literature? Specifically Machado de Assis.

This pic related and Dom Casmurro are the shit.
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>>580487210

No damn cat, and no damn cradle.
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Call of the WIld anyone?
Ever since i read that all i wanna do is live in alaska with dogs
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surprised this isnt in here yet. By far the best character progression out of most of the books listed here.
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Anybody read John Wyndam's - Day Of The Triffids?

Was good at the start but the pace at the end was unbareable.

I dint throughly enjoy it, the themes should have focused more on the politics and importance of the women and leadership. Meh
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>>580481332
The word "cringe" can be used to refer to both present observations and also past memories.
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>>580482586
Read this on deployment too, enjoyed it.
It was kind of trendy though when it came out
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>>580477729
great book
>>580479274
was going to post this. best book ever

>>580482586
fuck that gay arab shit
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>>580484131
dune is pretty great, and better than the foundation series, but ya gotta admit the foundation series is pretty based.
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>>580487613

On page 573 right now. Some of his sections get migraine-causingly long-winded, especially the AA stuff.
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>>580487121
I don't know, I'm pretty fucking high...So it's about a human boy raised by Martians after a botched landing. He grows up in their culture and then gets brought back to earth. It's an old book, so it's kinda dated now probably, but the Martian culture was fascinating, and it was the values of that culture that blew my mind when I was 14
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>>580480472
First off, did I say I am American? (I am)
Second of all, I've never met a single human being who has read this book and not loved it, it's fucking incredible. I'll be the first to admit, king has written some sub par books, but don't hate just because you didn't read it.
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>>580479457
if you look at it as a story and ignore the religion part its not that bad. comparable to the lord of the rings series
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Personal favorite
love Voltaire
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Jack Vance
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>>580484686
Hey, what's that over there /prog/ an unoptimized Fibonacci sequence! Go, go now!
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>>580487957
"im jesus of nazareth, son of joseph"
Yeah, it kind of works
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Enders Game
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>>580487942
Haha I'm pretty fucking high too man, sounds like something I'd enjoy though. I'll add it to my never ending list of books to read
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>>580479494
I read this last month. Stranger in a Strange Land was much better. Starship Troopers was way too fucking preachy.

Read this in 7th Grade. Always in my top 3.
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>>580479459
the fuck is it? i cant even see, the way of kings?
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>>580488330
I already red it it was great, I was disappointed by the movie though
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>>580482845
Nothing says LITERATURE like gold-embossed gothic.
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I actually prefer /b/'s opinion over all that /lit/ biased bullshit
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>>580481332
i believe the russian word 'poshlost' comes close
look it up

pic related, my favorite book
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>>580475591
If you like Dragon Ball, you'll love this.
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also this series
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>>580487259

Here's a guide for the Mexican literature
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>>580485360
Liked this, but wouldn't re-read.
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>>580488832
What is this??
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>>580487471
This
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>>580480848
It's actually shit, read the communist manifesto instead.
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>>580487471
LOL! Gotta love duhmerikunts.
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I know, it's King... but it's so damn good. Addictive as shit..
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>>580488838

Much appreciated, I have only read some of these. Wife is Mexican. I had an appreciation for Latin American authors prior to even meeting her, but she says she knows many of these authors here.

Agreed about god-tier Rulfo.
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>>580489026
The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
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>>580487943
>>580480472
Some Stephen King books are fun to read sometimes... BUT they are NOT God Tier u sand niggers.
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>>580479494
One of my all time favourite movies, never read the book though. Biking to Barnes and Noble tomorrow after the gym to buy it. Thank you.
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>>580488074
Yes.
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>>580489026

It's a list of must-read literature from Mexico
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>>580479457

the thing about the bible is it's not even good to read

like

I don't really care about all the religion stuff, but a poorly written inconsistent book is fucking annoying
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>>580489529
What is it about? Sell it to me
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>>580488479
this was a great book..I had such high expectations for the movie especially with the Harrison Ford cameo
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>>580485090
Top read
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>>580489427
Nothing wrong with enjoying pulp novels
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>>580480913
Definitely pick up Suttree. isn't set on the border though
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>>580480165
Read the whole thing. Fucking boring.
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>>580486509
Ubermensch taste.
Zarathustra introduced me to Nietzsche, and now I've read a good portion of his works. While I read The Antichrist, I could have sworn he was echoing my own thoughts. Certainly my favorite book by my favorite philosopher.
>inb4 edgefag
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>>580485048
douglas adams is genius
what a great series
thanks for all the fish
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>>580477210

Over. Fucking. Rated.

Certainly not shit-tier, but far more in the "eh, that sure was a book" category.
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>>580489536
It's a pretty good book, but you need to understand that the guy who wrote the script read the dust jacket of the book.

The name of a few characters, and giant space bugs are about the only thing they have in common.
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>>580481462
absolutely this.
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>>580480272
holy shit. yes. this a thousand times yet
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>>580489369
be mad over a opinion faggot.
also this is coming from a person who thought that this >>580485360 was even worth looking at.
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>>580480243
I don't care if King is a shitty writer, I loved reading this book
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>>580488479
Has anyone read Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card? It's billed as the sequel to Ender's Game, but it's so much better.
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Ultimate God Tier. The book that spawned most stories till now. The grandfather of modern literature. The book, that the Gods read. Him and Shakespeare are the Gods of literature GOAT...Cervantes
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>>580490941

Insofar as a sequel takes place like 800 years in the future, right? It was very good. I don't know if I'd go so far as to say "so much better".
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>>580485292
My favorite among Dostoevsky's books.
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>>580491213
I don't know why, but I found myself enjoying Speaker for the Dead way more than I did Ender's Game. I felt that the moral dilemmas were more "immediate" and loved the level of mystery sustained throughout the entire book. Don't know how, but I honestly forgot about these books until I saw them in this thread.
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On War - Carl von Clausewitz
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>>580481824
>>580480349

Ayn Rand was on Social Security and Medicaid before she died.

Ya know, just FYI and all that.
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>>580491139
I fucking hate this book, my Spanish teacher made us read it In like 3 days and if we didn't she would fail us, I couldn't understand shit (and Spanish is my native language -.-")
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>>580480349
>>580480486
>>580480623
>>580487168
>>580490338
niggers that know what's good
also paulo coelho? OP you flying faggot just end your life
i'll post a few authors nobody i know seems to read/have read
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>>580491139

As classic as the Bible and indeed god-tier; that being said, just as the Bible, it lacks connection to the modern world. Not to mention overused characters.
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>>580481824
You can't have read many books...
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>>580475591
Yeah as was already mentioned The Alchemist is a shit tier self help book, doesn't deserve to be called literature. Veronika Decides To Die is a lot better.
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>>580490681
Haven't seen that book since the mid-90s.
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>>580484937
shit man, are you me?!
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>>580491591
I like The Idiot the best, but thats my 2nd best Dostoevsky. I think I have read The brothers 3x. Then Crime and Punishment. True God Tier.
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>>580492368
this series was the best
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>>580492118
That book is a contrived, pretentious piece of shit that gave me nightmares for a week. I have a love/hate relationship with this book- I like the premise, but it could have been done so much better.
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The Brothers K
by David Duncan
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>>580475591
>book
>graphic novel
Wat
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>>580486794
i loved "the moon is a harsh mistress" even though some of the stuff heinlein wrote about computers dates the book pretty bad
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>>580488664
It really is a great book though. Makes you question morality. Which is probably why I always really liked The Way of Kings.
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>>580475591
Good taste op I love that book
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>>580484094
I had no idea he made a continuation of that book, I've only read three of his books so far: Crime and Punishment, The house of dead flies, and The idiot. The first two are my favorite, I enjoyed the final scene from the Idiot as well, not some cliche marries his love and lives happily kind of bullshit. Seemed more realistic than some kind of fairytale fantasy.
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>>580478973
God their
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>>580481231
Just finished one of NDT's books, Space Chronicles. About to start on Origins by him as well. It was a great read for the science-minded person, and it isn't so complex that it's unapproachable. Went to one of his talks this year and he was a wonderful man.
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>>580492118
I just looked this book up.

I just saw your post scrolling through the front page. I'm looking for something new and interesting to read. Would you recommend it? It looks unique, to say the least.
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>>580486502
shit that got me hahaha
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I've read this book three or four times. Still a gem,
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>>580475591
Pic unrelated I hope
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>>580475591
This is a great book!!!

Shogun is one of the best fiction books I have ever read.
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>>580493190
origins is good, death by black hole is even better
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>>580476794
You are such a faggot.
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The best book I've read and one of the biggest mindfucks in the history of Sci Fi.
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>>580485292
You mean Dostoevsky right? In which case I have to agree, him being in a siberian prison/exile really helped with the imagery and atmosphere.
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no one has posted these yet?
wut
I finished what Martin has so far and literally all other literature seems elementary and poorly written because of how incredibly well the SoIaF series is written.
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>>580477210
Awesome book! The Plague is great too... Also The Fall
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>>580493429
Then that one shall be next, I picked up all of those and Pluto Files as well.
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