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>> No. 6963 Anonymous
14th April 2019
Sunday 7:43 pm
6963 Books by women
It's dawned on me that, other than a novel written by a former work colleague, I haven't read a book written by a woman in over a decade. This hasn't been a conscious decision, it's just that the books I've tended to gravitate towards happen to have been written by men. However I feel I should make a conscious effort to read some, even if it's just to gain a different perspective on things.

Where should I start? Virginia Woolf? Jane Austen? Fleur Jaeggy? Dorothy Parker? Arundhati Roy? Olga Tokarczuk? Stella Gibbons?
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>> No. 7027 Anonymous
7th August 2019
Wednesday 10:01 pm
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I've finally finished my first book written by a woman since starting this thread, if a collection of short stories counts.

I don't think terse gothic horror is for me. I will report back when I get around to reading something else.
>> No. 7045 Anonymous
14th September 2019
Saturday 3:16 am
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>>6963
Alice Munro is a favorite of mine.
>> No. 7046 Anonymous
14th September 2019
Saturday 9:07 pm
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Pride and Prejudice is an easy, thoroughly enjoyable read.
>> No. 7047 Anonymous
14th September 2019
Saturday 11:27 pm
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>>6963

Just read books you indoctrinated wallop
>> No. 7048 Anonymous
15th September 2019
Sunday 10:07 am
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>>7047
What?

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>> No. 5456 Anonymous
4th April 2014
Friday 3:02 am
5456 Vurt
This was really good.
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>> No. 7040 Anonymous
25th August 2019
Sunday 11:06 am
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>>7038
You have to be pretty fucking ignorant of the legal system to not know that tbh.
>> No. 7041 Anonymous
25th August 2019
Sunday 11:11 am
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>>7040
Stop swearing, prick.
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25th August 2019
Sunday 11:12 am
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>> No. 7043 Anonymous
25th August 2019
Sunday 11:14 am
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>>7040
Objection!
>> No. 7044 Anonymous
3rd September 2019
Tuesday 1:09 pm
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https://www.wired.com/2015/04/silk-road-1/
https://magazine.atavist.com/he-always-had-a-dark-side

These aren't books though. Doesn't make it worse, it's well written.
I'm sort of guilty rooting for the DPR. Less so with PLR; still, mildly fascinated.

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>> No. 5761 Anonymous
8th October 2014
Wednesday 9:35 pm
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Evening, Mumsnet lads.

I'm running low on ideas of what to read to my son [7]. We're working our way through the Mr Gum books and if I can't think of something when we're finished my other half will probably subject him to Enid Blyton. We've read The Hobbit and all of Ronald Dahl's books for children but I don't know where to go next, possibly Harry Potter (although I've never read them so I don't know what they're like) or maybe something by Terry Deary as he's obsessed with ancient Egypt. Goosebumps?

I'd be grateful for any tips. Any books you were particularly fond of from your childhood?
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>> No. 7018 Anonymous
26th June 2019
Wednesday 8:50 pm
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>>7017
Get down the jumble sale and get some old annuals.
>> No. 7029 Anonymous
20th August 2019
Tuesday 1:56 pm
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>>6784
>His sister is older now than he was when I started this thread and she's the opposite; she'll read but, other than Roald Dahl, she only wants to read relatively simplistic stuff

She's now obsessed with Jacqueline Wilson books. I swear at least 90% of them must be about a kid whose parents are going through a divorce. Either that or they've already divorced and the kid now has to look after their younger siblings because their mum has fucked off to Benidorm with her new fella and there's no telling when she'll be back.
>> No. 7030 Anonymous
20th August 2019
Tuesday 2:03 pm
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>>7029
Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. Smart kid.
>> No. 7031 Anonymous
20th August 2019
Tuesday 2:11 pm
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>>7030
It might just be that these are the main themes she's decided to follow in her books aimed at 9 to 11 year olds. That and bullying.

She does have books aimed at older girls, but I know they cover things like sex and periods so obviously we aren't going to let her read them yet. Who knows what the themes in these books will be? Backstreet abortions and the time dad held mum's head over the hob for burning dinner?
>> No. 7032 Anonymous
20th August 2019
Tuesday 5:13 pm
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>>7031
I read James Herbert's The Fog when I was 12 and it never did me any harm. No, watching If.... when I was 11 ruined my life.

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>> No. 6796 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 12:37 am
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What features of book covers are a tip-off it's going to automatically be a terrible book? I think good-looking people, models and six-packs.
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>> No. 7022 Anonymous
16th July 2019
Tuesday 5:22 pm
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>>7021
The threads are leaking again! It's much better than that, I assure you. Naturally I won't be sharing since I don't want Charlie Brooker to nick it.
>> No. 7023 Anonymous
16th July 2019
Tuesday 5:30 pm
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>>7022
Mate, saying "dibs on Konnie" didn't actually make her your fiancé.
>> No. 7024 Anonymous
16th July 2019
Tuesday 5:51 pm
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>>7023
Close but no cigar. It's actually about a team of gay Scottish footballers who moonlight as costumed superheroes in their spare time. It's called 'Power Bottom Rangers'.
>> No. 7025 Anonymous
16th July 2019
Tuesday 6:31 pm
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>>7024
I wasn't keen on that episode of Black Mirror.
>> No. 7026 Anonymous
16th July 2019
Tuesday 6:38 pm
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>>7025
It's been terrible ever since the yanks got hold of it to be fair.

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>> No. 7008 Anonymous
25th June 2019
Tuesday 4:43 pm
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Have you ever read a book where someone's attempt at a local detail was wrong and threw you out of it? I was reading pic related and for the UK bits, the South African author had been busy name-dropping Eastenders and things, then there was a bit in a hospital and she said it had Laura Ashley couches. In any hospital I've been the seating just has to be waterproof. Laura Ashley would definitely look out of place, unless private hospitals are different or something.
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25th June 2019
Tuesday 6:17 pm
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Olaf Stapledon tries to imagine the history of humanity over the next two billion years but many reviews recommend you skip the first four chapters or so because of how laughably inaccurate his account of the near future is; the book was published in 1930.

France and Britain end up in a catastrophic war, with Germany seen as the main peacebroker of Europe. Nuclear power is discovered but it is then all the research is promptly destroyed so it can never be used as a weapon of war, so First Man ends up building a religion and rituals around coal powered aeroplanes until everything goes to shit when they run out of sources of energy.
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26th June 2019
Wednesday 12:47 pm
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>>7012
>First Man ends up building a religion and rituals around coal powered aeroplanes until everything goes to shit when they run out of sources of energy.
>laughably inaccurate

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>> No. 6989 Anonymous
29th May 2019
Wednesday 12:24 am
6989 Realm of the Elderlings
This series has had an odd draw on me. I don't recall how I got on to the books, but I started with Assassin's Apprentice almost when it came out, read on with Liveship Traders and the Tawny Man and then it slumbered.

About a year ago I learned that Fitz and the Fool was done, read the trilogy, realised that I'd missed Rain Wild Chronicles and read that and now I'm working my way backwards again through Liveship Traders. I'll have to touch Tawny Man and Farseer again eventually, I think, just for completeness, but the prospect fills me with joy. Re-reading the books with the foreknowledge of what happens and where it goes is a joy in itself, but comparing what I got out of the story when I was basically a teenlad versus what I now realise is going on. I'm gushing, and hence I'm reluctant to touch the confined Tawny and Farseer trilogy again, but outside of Pratchett this is the first time I'm genuinely enjoying re-reading books.

Do you have books you read before, thought done, then touched again and learned something new?
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>> No. 7003 Anonymous
30th May 2019
Thursday 12:37 am
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I should've just picked a picture of Tintagliaa random fantasy trope.
>> No. 7004 Anonymous
30th May 2019
Thursday 5:54 pm
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>>6989
> Do you have books you read before, thought done, then touched again and learned something new?
Some of the books I'd been reading as a teenlad, yes.
A casual glance turned into a full-blown re-read once. There were certain moments I just didn't notice back then due to insufficient life experience.
>> No. 7005 Anonymous
30th May 2019
Thursday 6:48 pm
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I thought Winston was literally shot until i read it a second time.
>> No. 7006 Anonymous
30th May 2019
Thursday 8:22 pm
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>>7005

In my head, I can only hear the name Winston in a West Indian accent.
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30th May 2019
Thursday 11:51 pm
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>> No. 6881 Anonymous
5th January 2019
Saturday 7:04 pm
6881 Why is British literature so shit?
Dickens literally sucks dick.
Why haven't we had a smash hit since good ol' Willy Shakespeare?
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>> No. 6911 Anonymous
7th January 2019
Monday 8:22 am
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>>6901
The Quiet American is a very good film. It's based on a work by Graham Greene, who, incidentally, is a superb British novelist.
>> No. 6912 Anonymous
7th January 2019
Monday 3:25 pm
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>>6911
I've only read his Our Man in Havana. Midly amusing and just had some bits I could relate to.
>> No. 6913 Anonymous
7th January 2019
Monday 5:26 pm
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>>6912

The Travels With My Aunt film was decent. I have the book but didn't get around to it yet.
>> No. 6914 Anonymous
7th January 2019
Monday 6:53 pm
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>>6898
Fair points.
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24th February 2019
Sunday 6:11 pm
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Dickens isn't a great example of prime British literature. IIRC, Orwell said that he (Dickens) was out of touch with real life because he'd done nothing but write for a living. So he needed to fill pages with melodrama and conversation in lieu of description, which is what I, and probably plenty of others, dislike about him.

I personally will look at a book by a British author before anything else. Not that there aren't plenty of stinkers out there, but other writers don't ever reach the same level of proficiency with their language. I'd even argue that they exceed the best writers in non-English languages, although of course I'm biased.

>Why haven't we had a smash hit since good ol' Willy Shakespeare?

That would be Harry Potter, whether you want to admit it or not.

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>> No. 6943 Anonymous
8th February 2019
Friday 12:03 pm
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How do I go about writing a book?

I've got a loose idea in my head an undercover officer infiltrates a group, possibly someone like the Democratic Football Lads Alliance, only for it descend into a farce as it turns out 90% of the members are undercover officers who don't want to blow their cover. So far the end result in my head is that the organisation ends up gaining lots of members because the officers make the group seem much larger than it would be otherwise and they're so adept at bureaucracy that they run the group far more efficiently than it would otherwise be. This is the point where you tell me this idea has already been done and far better than I could ever hope to write it. but I'm not entirely sure where to go from here.

Thanks, lads.
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>> No. 6948 Anonymous
8th February 2019
Friday 1:27 pm
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I'm no expert but there are two basic routes. Some people work on developing in-depth characters then put them into a situation and sort of write along to see where it goes. The other route is to start with a basic plot idea then start figuring out how that would work, breaking the premise down into component parts; scenes, setting and characters needed to pull it off. It has to follow a basic structure with character motivations and things fleshed out for at least the principle characters to seem real and distinct, with believable behaviours.

Once you've figured that out, you arrange the scenes into order in chapters and the chapters in order of the book itself then keep adding detail to each part, rearranging as you see fit, until you feel confident about putting it into prose. At which point you do that. Then you basically do the whole thing again over and over as you realise what you've done doesn't make sense or is missing a key character arc or that you've made a really stupid amateur writer's error and as it's not a YA novel remarkably similar to any of the most recent best selling novels the year you finish writing it (as opposed to started), nobody wants to publish it because they don't expect to bank on it.

Everyone does a weird mix of the two routes though, nothing's ever "purely" one or the other. You just figure out what you're doing as you go along.

It's best to write it second person, present tense or you'll be setting yourself at a disadvantage from the start, if you ever want it published. Oh, and remember to back it up constantly or you'll definitely lose enough of it at some point that getting back to where you were before it crashed seems insurmountable.

I can recommend pirating Scrivener to use as a word processor; it's pleasant to write into and has a file manager thing that makes it extremely easy to navigate and overview the work as a whole. It has all sorts of other bells and whistles you won't need but the first half hour in its tutorial thing should cover everything you will use.
>> No. 6949 Anonymous
8th February 2019
Friday 1:44 pm
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>second person
Sorry, meant third person.
After you've finished, put the whole thing away without showing anyone and concentrate on other things for a year. Then get it out, re-read it and basically write it all over again, not entirely from scratch but you'll probably be making huge changes.

It helps a lot to be able to print out what you've done, preferably in a different font to the one you were writing in and read it out loud to yourself. It'll make it much easier to spot poor sentences, bad rhythm and flow, then you can fix it.
>> No. 6951 Anonymous
8th February 2019
Friday 6:13 pm
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>>6943
A seditious group being humorously composed entirely of infiltrators does sound like a familiar conceit, I'm afraid.
>> No. 6952 Anonymous
8th February 2019
Friday 7:18 pm
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>>6951
That's not a reason to not write his own version.
Everything's been done, you can't think about that.
>> No. 6953 Anonymous
8th February 2019
Friday 7:36 pm
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>>6952

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/07/the-six-main-arcs-in-storytelling-identified-by-a-computer/490733/

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>> No. 6918 Anonymous
23rd January 2019
Wednesday 8:49 pm
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I'm tempted to get an Audible subscription for an hour commute every working day. Thing is, I'm a little unsure on how good it is in terms of selection and value-for-money as I'm a tight git with a fear of commitment. Either of you two tried it and can tell me how good the experience was?
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>> No. 6919 Anonymous
23rd January 2019
Wednesday 8:53 pm
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>>6918
My mate wont shut the fuck up about it, he doesn't have the attention span for books for some reason. He says it's great.
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23rd January 2019
Wednesday 9:16 pm
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I find it's good for long walks where I would like to be reading, but obviously can't do that and cross the road safely at the same time. That and for falling asleep to, I have a small speaker that I connect my phone to and usually listen to a chapter in bed to wind down. It seems listening while lying down with my eyes closed in complete darkness is more effective for getting me to sleep than keeping my eyes open reading in bed, which usually turns into me reading a lot longer than I should and missing a sensible bedtime. I haven't cancelled my subscription since I got it but I try to really get the most out of the fee by buying audiobooks that are at least 20 hours or longer. Anything shorter than that and you'll have burned through that month's credit and be left with nothing to listen to.
>> No. 6921 Anonymous
23rd January 2019
Wednesday 9:20 pm
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>>6918

They seem to have a good range and they have a 30 day trial period, I don't see the harm in just trying.
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23rd January 2019
Wednesday 11:14 pm
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>>6921
> I don't see the harm in just trying.
That's what Big Audiobook want you to think.
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23rd January 2019
Wednesday 11:28 pm
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There are over 130,000 audiobooks available on Audible. That selection includes a surprisingly small amount of crap, because recording an audiobook to Audible's standards is relatively expensive.

The basic subscription is £7.99 a month, which gives you a credit to download one new audiobook per month. You can keep that audiobook forever and unused credits do roll over to the next month. It's not cheap, but it's reasonably good value. They have a very generous returns policy - if you don't like a book, you can get your credit back and choose another one, no questions asked.

If you're on a very tight budget, you might want to check out your local library. For the benefit of blind people, libraries tend to have a good selection of audiobooks, although you'll need to rip them from CD. Most libraries also have an online collection of e-books and audiobooks that you can borrow using the Libby app, but the selection is usually limited to a small number of popular titles. You just download the app and log in using your library card number.

Or you could just torrent stuff.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.overdrive.mobile.android.libby

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/libby-by-overdrive/id1076402606?mt=8

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>> No. 6878 Anonymous
2nd January 2019
Wednesday 6:24 pm
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Evening, lads.

I'm after recommendations, but I can't explain exactly what I'm after. I guess it can be called pop science/maths or perhaps even science/maths humour. Something that uses concepts to explain various matters rather than "Here's 20 wacky scientific facts to boggle your brain!"

I'm considering picking up The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus by Hannah Fry and Thomas Evans.
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>> No. 6893 Anonymous
6th January 2019
Sunday 10:38 am
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>>6892

It's a mildly amusing conceit - the book explains complicated bits of science using only the thousand most common words in the English language. It's a spin-off from the "Up-Goer Five" comic. Fine if you like that sort of thing, but I don't imagine it would be particularly illuminating.

https://xkcd.com/1133/
>> No. 6895 Anonymous
6th January 2019
Sunday 11:25 am
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I think you'll probably like The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets . It's mostly average but quite enjoyable.

Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters was good, though some of the science is dated and the author's awful politics shine through (more pop sci). I really liked Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Physics and similarly 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time. Though humour wise I imagine We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe would be better though I haven't read it yet.

A Short History of Nearly Everything and it's unofficial "sequel" An Optimist's Tour of the Future: One Curious Man Sets Out to Answer "What's Next?" were both good.

I actually really want to read The Code Book by Singh. It's about how they deciphered hieroglyphics.

>>6880
His other book I'll think you'll find it's more complicated than that is also good. It's a collection of his newspaper columns.
>> No. 6896 Anonymous
6th January 2019
Sunday 12:12 pm
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>>6893

Reading that comic made me feel like I was being patronised by someone much thicker than me. Sky bag air, indeed.
>> No. 6897 Anonymous
6th January 2019
Sunday 12:17 pm
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I don't think comic/webcomic illustrators translate well into books. For example, David Squires' weekly comic in The Guardian is brilliant and topical but I've got a couple of his books and it just quite doesn't work as well.

The again, there's plenty of people who don't succeed when they try different formats; Lucy Worsley may be an excellent historian and TV presenter but her books are below par.
>> No. 6909 Anonymous
7th January 2019
Monday 1:55 am
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>>6878
The Drunkard's Walk by Leonard Mlodinow.

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>> No. 6825 Anonymous
26th October 2018
Friday 11:37 am
6825 The 48 Laws of Power
I'm vaguely intrigued by this book although I haven't finished it yet. Is there an argumentative criticism of it anywhere?
Some stuff in it I've witnessed myself, several points contradict other 'advice' in this book - which I find a bit ironic but I always can rationalise that different situations require different approaches - and some just feel contrived and overboard. Perhaps not at Hollywood though.
It seems to have attracted a noticeable following within the alt-right circles which is... well, curious.
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>> No. 6844 Anonymous
27th October 2018
Saturday 5:03 pm
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Can the federation replicate latinum or do the space jews somehow make it un-replicatable?
>> No. 6845 Anonymous
27th October 2018
Saturday 5:08 pm
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>>6844
That energy has to come from somewhere, it's probably a net loss to replicate it.
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27th October 2018
Saturday 11:17 pm
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>>6844

In my headcanon replicators can't replicate any elements heavier than iron, since anything heavier than that requires more energy to fuse than is released by its fusion. That's why it's possible to replicate food, but not, say, entire starships. Starships utilise heavier elements.
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27th October 2018
Saturday 11:57 pm
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>>6846

Chakotay replicates Janeway a Pocket Watch for her birthday in the End of Time special and she chastises him for wasting power. It can be done, it's just greedy on the dilithium and at that time they were on rations which I think he saved up and spunked all at once.

What is interesting is that you can recycle replicated items, but I don't know what the loss conversion is. There will be a loss, that much is obvious. The Star Trek Encyclopaedia would probably know.
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28th October 2018
Sunday 5:04 am
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>>6846

The gold in gold-pressed latinum is frequently referred to as "worthless" in DS9, so replicators are clearly capable of producing heavy elements economically. I assume that there's some kind of quantum handwaving that makes latinum uniquely difficult to replicate.

>>6847

Voyager is a bit of an edge case, because they're stranded light years from Federation territory. Within the Federation (even on the outer edges), it seems that most things are negligibly cheap - in Explorers (DS9 S03E22), Sisko and Jake built a Runabout-sized starship for shits and giggles.

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>> No. 6787 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 5:27 pm
6787 Self Publishers thread, list em.
I'll start,

Title: Memphis Megahertz and the Kansas City Fractal

What: Techno-Coffeetable/quote style book, follows 2 nostalgic computer systems through a Virtual American Empire.

Where: Amazon Sept. 7

PDF preview-download?: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FkK0NRe59EK2Chnw-lid6UToX3jweiKD/view?usp=sharing
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>> No. 6790 Anonymous
5th September 2018
Wednesday 8:25 am
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>>6788
If you've written a book and want to show it off fine, but he honest about the fact you're advertising it.
>> No. 6791 Anonymous
5th September 2018
Wednesday 1:54 pm
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>>6790
At least he's not trying to crypto mine us...
>> No. 6792 Anonymous
5th September 2018
Wednesday 4:39 pm
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>>6791 Not that we can see, anyway...
Just pondering - I can't immediately find anyone who's written a miner in native postscript or pdf, rather than just crashing out of the reader and running it locally. Surely someone's done it, just because?

Also, yes, OP - I downloaded your work. Sorry, but I'm clearly not the target audience. Washed straight over me in a wave of slightly annoyed indifference.
>> No. 6793 Anonymous
5th September 2018
Wednesday 7:48 pm
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>>6792
People have managed to stick miners in favicons, and some browsers have been dumb enough to execute them.
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5th September 2018
Wednesday 8:00 pm
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>>6792

Postscript is definitely possible, PDF less so. That said, Adobe Reader handles embedded Postscript Type 3 fonts just fine meaning that you can happily embed any Postscript program you choose into a single character of your PDF.*

Obviously this is assuming you don't want to just be lazy and run the miner in embedded Javascript.

* I'm sure Arnold Rimmer would be chuffed.

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>> No. 6785 Anonymous
28th August 2018
Tuesday 7:13 pm
6785 History of British activism and social movements
I'm looking for a book on the history of the UK with the same kind of political thrust as Howard Zinn's 'People's History of the United States'.

Failing that, any other recommendations on the history of activism, social movements, how public rights were won in the UK, etc.? The more comprehensive the better.
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>> No. 6786 Anonymous
30th August 2018
Thursday 12:22 am
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EP Thompson's Making of The English Working Class is the place to start. Very good overview, similar to Zinn, and will likely prompt you to research particular figures/groups (in my case it was William Cobbett, Bronterre O'Brien and Owenism).

You'll want to look into the Chartist movement - Dorothy Thompson is highly respected there. Related to that is Jonathan Rose's The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, which has been recommended to me several times but I've yet to read.

I don't have a clue re: 20th century really though, sorry.

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>> No. 6775 Anonymous
2nd June 2018
Saturday 9:35 pm
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It's my birthday coming up soon and I have no real idea what I want, so usually in this scenario I suggest books. However, there's only a few I can think of:-

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
For Esmé - with Love and Squalor by J.D. Salinger
Under The Net by Iris Murdoch

Ideally, I'm looking for something similar to The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks with a fair bit of dark humour. I also seem to recall a book being mentioned on here years ago involving near misses with nukes which sounded interesting.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, lads.
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>> No. 6776 Anonymous
2nd June 2018
Saturday 10:14 pm
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>>6775
I'm reading a steampunk novel atm called Steal The Sky, if you like Sci-fi? The protag is basically Han Solo and I get a lot of outer rim vibes from it, but it's still good.
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2nd June 2018
Saturday 11:06 pm
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>I also seem to recall a book being mentioned on here years ago involving near misses with nukes which sounded interesting.

That might have been Command and Control by Robert Schlosser.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Command-Control-Eric-Schlosser/dp/0141037911/
>> No. 6778 Anonymous
3rd June 2018
Sunday 9:23 pm
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I read a fair bit of sci-fi, although steampunk has never appealed to me.

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It wasn't that one. It was something like accounts of several near misses down to sheer human ineptitude.

Thanks, anyway.
>> No. 6779 Anonymous
4th June 2018
Monday 6:55 am
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https://www.humblebundle.com/books/brain-wave-books

A week left on this. One of the books in the 75p tier is 'Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters'.

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