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[–]hoppet 4 points5 points ago

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Hi it's time for my monthly reply

I'm about halfway through the last of three books of Brian Sanderson's first Mistborn series, which features a really cool and alien fantasy world. Basically shit gets real fucked lol and the world's about to end.

I also recently received a collector's edition of the Spice and Wolf series with is all 17 (give or take) books in one faux-leather hardbound tome that's designed to look like a medieval manuscript. I'm gonna take pictures and stuff when I can. I've been pirating the books up until now but I always wanted to buy them to support the author and this came into about the same price as it would have to buy all the books individually.

Spice and Wolf is another Japanese novel that has an extremely good anime adaptation. It's about a merchant in a medieval-style world who gets mixed up with a wolf goddess, and they go on cute mercantile adventures together.

Also I really really prefer my e-reader to must other reading media. It's so tiny and fits in my purse! It also has the OpenDyslexic font loaded into it, which allows me to read more quickly and with less fatigue.

[–]FZA 4 points5 points ago

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ive just been reading through the sulfur anthology id link poems but none of them are online which is really fucked up. i may get drunk and bored later and upload screenshots of one or two but theyre long. my favorite is Draft #17 by Rachel Blau Duplessis. it has a really clever image of trying to pick up notes scattered about and uses that to reflect on time, memory and life. it really made me think about stuff that is going on in my life right now and idk it really moved me.

ereaders let you pirate so many books yall need to get on them if you havent already. so many books are outside of libraries and i dont have the money to buy a 15 dollars books as often as i read them and piracy lets you track down specific sections without feeling bad for not reading the whole thing like seriously e-readers and an aaaaarg.fail account is everything you need in this world

[–]oakreef 3 points4 points ago

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Still not reading enough! Bad me!

But I read the second set of Avatar comics - The Search. It's... not as good as The Promise. I guess it's not awful but I just really didn't care too much about finding out what happened to Zuko's mom lol. Also no Toph!!!

I also read through a book of short comics that take place in the middle of the series. Zuko and Azula play rock-em-sock-em robots in one of them. Seriously.

I like physical books (paperbacks preferably) but I don't mind reading from an ereader either. I have a kindle. I've never tried audiobooks but from my experience of listening to podcasts I don't think it'd work. With podcasts I always end up opening up something else and reading it and then not listening to it properly.

Edit: ereaders are fantastic for reading books with lots of unfamiliar vocabulary though due to the dictionary which can be a godsend.

[–]you_may_die[S] 1 point2 points ago

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yeah, i prefer paperbacks too. with hardcovers it's just like you're paying more for something that's exactly the same but heavier and more awkwardly shaped

[–]mustbecurious 3 points4 points ago

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I've been reading Modelland. I am living.

No one gets in without being asked. And with her untamable hair, large forehead, and gawky body, Tookie De La Crème isn’t expecting an invitation. Modelland—the exclusive, mysterious place on top of the mountain—never dares to make an appearance in her dreams.

But someone has plans for Tookie. Before she can blink her mismatched eyes, Tookie finds herself in the very place every girl in the world obsesses about. And three unlikely girls have joined her.

Only seven extraordinary young women become Intoxibellas each year. Famous. Worshipped. Magical. What happens to those who don’t make it? Well, no one really speaks of that. Some things are better left unsaid.

Thrown into a world where she doesn’t seem to belong, Tookie glimpses a future that could be hers—if she survives the beastly Catwalk Corridor and terrifying Thigh-High Boot Camp. Or could it? Dark rumors like silken threads swirl around the question of why Tookie and her new friends were selected . . . and the shadows around Modelland hide sinister secrets.

Are you ready? Modelland is waiting for you. . . .

I prefer hardcopies for the sake of a 'collection', which eventually was impossible to keep because I keep moving around so e-book it is. Positive thing about e-books is that they have a Dyslexia font and I am just really happy that I can read faster now.

[–]you_may_die[S] 2 points3 points ago

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i've never had an e-reader so I can't speak to what they're like. i like hard copies because i like looking at my bookshelf. i've tried the audiobook thing before when i had a concussion (Blood Meridian and Inherent Vice, both of which I enjoyed) but most situations when i'm wearing headphones i prefer podcasts because you don't have to listen quite as critically and it's easier to do other stuff like work or cook or clean or work out while listening to them.

[–]StudentRadical 2 points3 points ago

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What's Love and Rocket's like later on? I once loaned one of the books - a pretty old iirc - and it came off malegazey in a boring way so that I pretty much dropped it and didn't continue before I had to return it to the library. Does it get better?

[–]you_may_die[S] 2 points3 points ago

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gilbert's stories can be pretty malegazey still and it's my main problem with the series. i haven't really seen criticism of it either, which i find really weird because it's glaring at times. i have a strong preference for jaime's stories but apparently they're more accessible in general.

i can't really speak that much as to how it is later on compared to earlier on because i haven't read their early work but i can definitely see the love that they have for their longstanding characters as they age, come to terms with their lives and as a new generation grows up around them.

[–]StudentRadical 2 points3 points ago

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I'm not inherently opposed to fanservice and I'm more than ok with literal smut, but besides the usual feministy critiques I find it to be so boring. There's so many ways to portray someone being attractive or even hot and somehow a character is 'sexy' in a very similar way whether waiting for the bus, brushing teeth, walking down the street and so on. Basically I feel like that the 20% of the fan art I see on my Tumblr dash that's romantic/erotic/intimate/just gorgeous does it better and L&Rs seems like an old world relic in comparison.

Honestly though if I were to draw a comic, I'd make it so that attractive characters can be read as attractive and that perhaps they know it 100% themselves in-world, but abstract it out into cartooniness so that you can't guess the kinks and partialisms of the author, sort of like Katie Skelly draws Bon-bon, in her comic Operation Margarine. I read her as an attractive and fashionable person but honestly I feel like that's gathered through the act of reading as opposed to seeing, if that makes any sense.

All of this flies out of window when it comes to, like, actual smut and shit.

[–]anand 2 points3 points ago

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I decided I really wanted to get back into reading novels a bit ago and picked up V. by Thomas Pynchon, which I've only now just finished. Wow that was a ride. I feel like I'm still putting together the pieces. I drew a chart and everything trying to piece together the timeline and solve the mystery, and in the process felt pretty similar to one of the main characters (Herbert Stencil).

It's my first Pynchon novel, but I feel an inclination to read more.

[–]captain_cornflakes 0 points1 point ago

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i just finished reading conquistadors of the useless by lionel terray yesterday. it's a fascinating account of terray's career, which is concluded with the first ascents of annapurna, fitzroy, makalu, and finally of mount huntington. sadly he was killed the next year after falling 400 feet unbelayed on the arc de cercle in the vercors massif.

current book is the spider's house by paul bowles, fascinating book set in fez, morocco in 1954 at the height of tensions with the french occupation.