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[–] Eleutheria [S] 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

I've read everything to the left of Poe's collection so far, and don't plan on slowing down. I really appreciate the suggestions everyone gave me in my thread three months ago. All the reading I've done, between fiction and non-fiction, has really expanded my horizons and perspective on the world. And given me a WELCOME distraction from gaming, icefight, and kneelball.

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[–] Monsantos_Schlong 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Nice, now grab a copy of lovecraft's collection. It's worth it

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[–] Eleutheria [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

It's hiding in there, sorry if I flew past it. VERY good read, even if the 1,000 pages felt a bit dense. I'm currently commenting with a list of what is on there.

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[–] KrakenCentaur 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!

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[–] Alpha_Voat_Protecter 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

His Lovecraft collection is the big red book just to the left of the bookcase's dividing column.

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[–] Zargis 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Lovecraft is amazing. I have been writing and just published a book which highly emulates a combination of LoveCraft and A.E. Van Vogt.

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OH almost forgot, you can get Lovecraft and many other books - FREE on audio book, I found this site a long time ago and it is 100% free, always! https://librivox.org/ (all legal as they are public domain only.)

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[–] 22jam22 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

People that don't read are people who will never get it...and will be easily manipulated on our current society.

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[–] Decidueye 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Great start on building your library. You've got some good books ahead of you yet. I'd recommend reading Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, the Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham, the Prince by Machiavelli, and Meditations by Marcus Aurelius at some point if you haven't already. Let's bring back the study again!

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[–] Eleutheria [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You guys will have to recommend a bookcase to me next if this keeps up.

E: Damn, how did I forget to buy the Prince? I'm worried something by Marcus Aurelius might be a bit too old for me (my head was swimming a bit getting through Summa), but I'll consider that one. Wealth of Nations will probably go well with the fact I just finished Serfdom, though I've never heard of Graham's book. Thanks for the recommendations!

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[–] Eleutheria [S] 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

The last speech in The Fountainhead completely turned around my view on the concept of "selfishness". I've heard Atlas is a bit self-fellating, but overall a better book.

I'm reading some shorter books to give myself a break, but then I'm going right back to Rand!

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[–] redditaccountlogin 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Self fellating is pretty harsh, but probably fair.

Rand is one of those writers who creates a world to prove her philosophical position, it's basically what the modern entertainment industry does now with its strong LGBT women leads.

It's bullshit that's emotionally convincing because the author has created a fantasy where their ideological position is the obvious, 'natural' conclusion the audience reaches. Unfortunately, unless you're already really cynical or already anti that position your brain forgets to distinguish between reality and made up stories and it gets inserted into your consciousness as something that's true.

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[–] Alpha_Voat_Protecter 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Considering how few other big writers were conservative or libertarian back in Rand's time, some of her "self-fellating behavior" can be explained away as "she didn't ever give in to the lie of 'Political Correctness' and highly valued her own conclusions to The Questions of Life".

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[–] 11660835? 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Awesome collection! I saw Poe collection and Lovecraft. I need to read more of them myself. I've been back and forth between philosophy and classical fiction for the past while now.

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[–] Zargis 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The older collections are pristine. Its sad so many new books in the last 20 years have become rather terrible. I was browsing ebooks not long ago and few can spin a phrase worth bat-spit.

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[–] Eleutheria [S] 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Per @mrgreenjeans9 , a completely valid request, here's my list. You bastards are lucky I can see my shelf from where I am typing! I'll provide my best possible commentary on anything I've read, if anyone is curious:

  • The Book of Five Rings - Miyamoto Musashi
  • Dear Reader - Michael Malice
  • Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
  • The Great Divorce - C.S. Lewis
  • Ripples of Battle - Victor Davis Hanson
  • Carnage and Culture - Victor Davis Hanson
  • Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Joe McCarthy - M. Stanton Evans
  • Asansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
  • I'm No Hero - Captain Charlie Plumb
  • 1984 and Animal Farm - George Orwell
  • Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
  • Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
  • Stardust - Neil Gaiman
  • Mythos Christos - Edwin Herbert (via a sidebar ad on Voat)
  • Extreme Brewing - Sam Calagione (Homebrewing Guide by founder of Dogfish Head)
  • Fragile Things - Neil Gaiman
  • Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
  • American Gods - Neil Gaiman
  • Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
  • Ireland for Dummies
  • Trigger Warnings - Neil Gaiman
  • Shorter Summa (Theologica) - St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Musashi - Eiji Yoshikawa
  • Serve to Lead: The British Army's Manual of Leadership
  • The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam - Douglas Murray
  • The Art of War - Sun Tzu
  • Lord of the Flies - William Golding
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History - Tom Woods
  • Beyond Band of Brothers - Major Dick Winters
  • The Camp of the Saints (English Translation) - Jean Raspail
  • The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
  • The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
  • A Throne of Bones - Vox Day
  • The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft
  • The Road to Serfdom - F. A. Hayek

I HAVEN'T READ ANYTHING BEYOND HERE

  • The Complete Tales of Edgar Allen Poe
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich - William L. Shirer
  • Jan Sobieski, The King Who Saved Europe - Militades Varvounis
  • The Outline of History - H.G. Wells
  • 20th Century Ghosts - Joe Hill (son of Stephen King)
  • Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
  • The Gulag Archipelago I - II - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • Bowling Alone - Robert Putnam (study on diversity's impact on the atomization and seclusion of communities)
  • Celtic Religion in Pre-Christian Times - Edward Anwyl (edited by Tarl Warwick AKA StyxHexenhammer666)
  • Poems of the Irish People
  • Common Sense - Thomas Paine
  • The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
  • Anthem - Ayn Rand
  • We Were Soldiers Once, and Young - Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.) and Joseph L. Galloway
  • The Gallic Wars (English Translation by John Warrington) - Julius Caesar
  • Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
  • Bradbury Stories
  • The Turner Diaries - Andrew MacDonald
  • Hunter - Andrew MacDonald
  • Crunch Time - Some self-help book my work gave me that Billy Bean, the MoneyBall Oakland A's coach did some writing for
  • A book written by the characters of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Pass on this one, the show way outperforms it.

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[–] Whitworth 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

If you’re still open to suggestions, might I add Endurance by Alfred Lansing? It’s about Ernest Shackleton’s failed attempt to cross Antarctica and the the crew’s 2 year journey back to civilization. It’s probably the best book I’ve read in years.

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[–] Eleutheria [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I'm not sure I'll ever be done with suggestions, so this certainly helps. Thanks!

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[–] Alpha_Voat_Protecter 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Considering that Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" is rumored to have been the single biggest piece of literature responsible for unifying the American colonists around the idea of self-governing independence, I don't think you could have a more "revolutionary" book in your collection.

On a different note, while "The Art of War" can help you learn basic concepts of both fighting and human psychology, it is often outdated in terms of actual warfare techniques. If you are interested, there are some reading lists floating around from General "Mad Dog"/"C.H.A.O.S." Mattis' time as a lower-ranking commander, which have different "basic required reading" and "optional reading" based on your current rank-and-file and your planned deployment location.

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[–] Eleutheria [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Very cool. I always heard Mattis did a fair amount of reading, but that's good he has some lists out there.

I went into The Art of War sort of figuring the techniques were outdated, but like you said, it really helps give you an edge on the human psyche. Not sure why Freud thought he had to come along and determine "Women want dicks"; Sun Tzu already had a good handle on what makes people tick!

Common Sense, among other books there, were gifts from my sister this Christmas. I sent her a picture of my shelf at the time, and she built recommendations out of it. She hit her purchases spot on.

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[–] Zargis 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I agree with many of these. I am a big fan of 'good' fantasy, such as "A Wizard of Earthsea" by Ursula Kay Leguine (rest her soul.) Also for amazing science fiction, check out A.E. Van Vogt - he has written so much but at the same time, his tales spin an intricate philosophical web while playing at a time vortex (small books that tell a story with ten times the words.)

I also find it funny that back with the election, so many people claimed trump was turning the USA into 1984... seriously, none of those people seem to have ever read that book! Ridiculous!

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[–] IheartSwimming 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

The Lord of the Rings, one of the best book series' out there.

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[–] Zargis 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Not the best in my opinion, if only for all the long-winded pointless diatribes. For example, in the Hobbit an entire page is devoted to the song of a man named 'Tom Bombadil.' Seriously, that pointless waste always caused me grief. Otherwise, they are immaculate. I personally am a bigger fan of Ursula Kay Leguine's fantasy books.

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[–] IheartSwimming 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

l admit, Tolkien did put too much backstory and elaboration. I'll have to read Leguine's books, any specific recommendations?

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[–] Eleutheria [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Christ. Somehow I'm missing that. I actually read through the Hobbit when I was 10 or so, but can't remember much of it now.

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[–] hungir_strike 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Atlas Shrugged

My nilla.

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[–] 11661078? 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

What the goddamned fuk is this wanker shit

loading one gif isnt tough enough or slow down enough we have now page with 100 gifs at once?

I only get colored boxes.

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[–] Eleutheria [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Sorry, imgoat said my file was too large, that was my first option. Giphy was the next site I thought of (other than imgur).

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