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31665 No. 31665 [Edit]
What have you read lately TC?
>> No. 31669 [Edit]
Recently:
No Longer Human
The Doors of Perception
Animal Farm
Propaganda
Society of the Spectacle
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Walden
Beyond Good and Evil
Can Life Prevail?
The Ego and Its Own
Technological Slavery

Planning on reading something by Slavoj Zizek soon. I would've gotten The Sublime Object of Ideology, but they only had paperback versions on Amazon, no e-books. Any other suggestions by him (or other similar writers/thinkers)? I'm a big fan of Pentti Linkola too, and Uncle Ted had some good criticisms about modern life too, but anprim is a load of shit in my opinion. Just some impossibly idealist neoluddite stuff. But Linkola is more pragmatic, despite his edgy worldview. Walden is interesting, but I think Thoreau's attitude of just opting out instead of trying to fix things is kind of a cop-out. But for some people, that's preferable, since many obstacles seem insurmountable. Animal Farm reminds me of a lot of reactionary stuff that's happening now. Propaganda was interesting because I think a lot of Bernays' techniques are still being used to this day, but with added technology (social media instead of radio or newspapers, for example).

I read No Longer Human because someone on /so/ mentioned it. It was a really introspective and self-deprecating read. Very honest and mentions things many people don't like to talk about. It was really sad but also very relatable.

What have you read lately, OP?
>> No. 31675 [Edit]
I've been reading the Raildex series (and a few other LN series) and Lolita. Not entirely related, but I really love the feeling that image gives off.
>> No. 31677 [Edit]
Just read The end of eternity.
Interesting little book, I found the first chapter confusing as hell however and it felt like gibberish until I got a handle on the concepts. The book is about a secret organization called Eternity which uses time travel to change and alter the course of human history along with reality for the overall betterment of mankind across the many millennia.
It's not what I'd call bad book but I'm not too crazy about the ending. Seems just as things start to get really interesting it dumps the message of the book and ends somewhat abruptly.

That message being that safety and comfort will lead humanity to stagnation and eventually a slow death. Where as hardship and struggle are necessary for the true betterment of mankind to drive and motivate humans to reach their potential.

Unfortunately this message isn't something the main character slowly comes to learn but is instead trusted upon him in an exchange that honestly kind of makes the main character feel like a complete tool, which is something he complains about moments before, almost as if to say he hasn't changed at all.
>> No. 31692 [Edit]
I have been reading Gene Wolfe's "Book of The New Sun" series. It's a science fantasy series, and I've been finding it highly enjoyable.

The setting is really interesting - It occurs on an Earth (Urth) that is in regression. The sun is dying and society has gone back to the medieval ages. Despite that there is still advanced technology available - There are laser guns and steel towers and airships. Alien species were scattered all over the planet because most animals went extinct.

The protagonist is a member of the torturer's guild who is exiled because he "showed compassion" to a female prisoner that he fell in love with. It follows his adventures as a "chosen one" type of character. He claims to have hyperthymesia (perfect autobiographical memory). He is also kind of a liar, because he will often backpedal on certain topics. The author described him as a "bad man trying to be good", and he often comes across as a weird asshole.

The author throws in a ton of old Greek and Latin words that are intended to be evocative more than descriptive, it's a really cool way of adding jargon into your book. Rather than make up words he re-appropriates ancient languages.

It's pretty much my favorite novel series. I'm on the last book, about three quarters of the way through.

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