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Man-is-good
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6/27/2011 7:39:12 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
What novels, poems, short story anthologies, and so on would you recommend for me to read over the summer?
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6/27/2011 7:41:44 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Water for Elephants is an easy good read
David Copperfield
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series
classics if you haven't read them yet

then it depends on your interests
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6/27/2011 9:40:40 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
HP Lovecraft.

There's always time for some of his short stories, plus, they're free!

If you want to get more philosophical, I'd suggest Camus, maybe the Stranger or the Plague, or the myth of sysphus.
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6/27/2011 9:42:15 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 6/27/2011 9:40:40 PM, Meatros wrote:
HP Lovecraft.

There's always time for some of his short stories, plus, they're free!

If you want to get more philosophical, I'd suggest Camus, maybe the Stranger or the Plague, or the myth of sysphus.

So much parody to be made of Lovecraft...

When, long ago, the gods created Earth;

In Jove's fair image Man was shaped at birth.

The beasts for lesser parts were designed;

Yet were too remote from humankind.

To fill the gap, and join the rest of Man,

Th'Olympian host conceiv'd a clever plan.

A beast they wrought, in semi-human figure,

Filled it with vice, and called the thing a N****r.
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6/28/2011 11:26:46 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 6/27/2011 9:40:40 PM, Meatros wrote:
HP Lovecraft.

There's always time for some of his short stories, plus, they're free!

I did read some of Lovecraft's short stories, although, to be honest, I was not too impressed with them. All that talk about the Great Old Ones or the Deep Ones isn't as terrifying as the works of Poe, whom I find a much superior writer.

But thank you for contributing to this forum.

If you want to get more philosophical, I'd suggest Camus, maybe the Stranger or the Plague, or the myth of sysphus.

Okay.
"Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto." --Terence

"I believe that the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things, so that all our thoughts shall be tinged with triviality."--Thoreau
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6/29/2011 10:46:08 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 6/27/2011 9:42:15 PM, Brainmaster wrote:
At 6/27/2011 9:40:40 PM, Meatros wrote:
HP Lovecraft.

There's always time for some of his short stories, plus, they're free!

If you want to get more philosophical, I'd suggest Camus, maybe the Stranger or the Plague, or the myth of sysphus.

So much parody to be made of Lovecraft...



When, long ago, the gods created Earth;

In Jove's fair image Man was shaped at birth.

The beasts for lesser parts were designed;

Yet were too remote from humankind.

To fill the gap, and join the rest of Man,

Th'Olympian host conceiv'd a clever plan.

A beast they wrought, in semi-human figure,

Filled it with vice, and called the thing a N****r.

Nice poem, awful ending. Try not to get yourself banned/askbobed, Brainmaster.
"Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto." --Terence

"I believe that the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things, so that all our thoughts shall be tinged with triviality."--Thoreau
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6/30/2011 6:57:20 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 6/28/2011 11:26:46 AM, Man-is-good wrote:
At 6/27/2011 9:40:40 PM, Meatros wrote:
HP Lovecraft.

There's always time for some of his short stories, plus, they're free!

I did read some of Lovecraft's short stories, although, to be honest, I was not too impressed with them. All that talk about the Great Old Ones or the Deep Ones isn't as terrifying as the works of Poe, whom I find a much superior writer.

But thank you for contributing to this forum.

To clarify - I don't find them terrifying, per say, I find them incredibly interesting because of the 'world' and mythology he created. The shadow out of time is one of my favorites, as is at the Mountains of Madness.


If you want to get more philosophical, I'd suggest Camus, maybe the Stranger or the Plague, or the myth of sysphus.

Okay.
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7/2/2011 1:09:17 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 6/30/2011 6:57:20 AM, Meatros wrote:
At 6/28/2011 11:26:46 AM, Man-is-good wrote:
At 6/27/2011 9:40:40 PM, Meatros wrote:
HP Lovecraft.

There's always time for some of his short stories, plus, they're free!

I did read some of Lovecraft's short stories, although, to be honest, I was not too impressed with them. All that talk about the Great Old Ones or the Deep Ones isn't as terrifying as the works of Poe, whom I find a much superior writer.

But thank you for contributing to this forum.

To clarify - I don't find them terrifying, per say, I find them incredibly interesting because of the 'world' and mythology he created. The shadow out of time is one of my favorites, as is at the Mountains of Madness.
I was more impressed by Poe's own works, and his own psychological terror that he creates through delusions, obsessions, and manias, I guess. I know that this is more of a clash of tastes, but personally, Lovecraft's mythology was--to me--a little hokey. But that's just my opinion.
"Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto." --Terence

"I believe that the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things, so that all our thoughts shall be tinged with triviality."--Thoreau