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/lit/ - Literature - good books plz

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good books plz Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)19:23 UTC+1 No.5057476 Report

/lit/ I come to you in a time of need. Ya see, I'm just a guy who enjoys reading my math/science/nonfiction textbooks, but I've been trying really hard to get into a fiction author/genre/series I really enjoy. Recently I've read some rather popular things such as GRRM, The Hobbit, etc, and they all just disappointed me. Today I finished Sanford's 'Rules of Prey' and after struggling to actually finish it, I finally did and pic related is how I felt. The plots in all these books are just boring and pointless. The last fiction book I remember actually enjoying is King's 'Insomnia'.

Anyway, I'm asking for some good advice on what books I should try. Screw the plot and all that, I'm spending my time on fiction books to soak up the emotion and feel connected to the environments it describes - not plow through some shitpile predictable plot.

Give me your best 'feel/emotion/atmosphere' books /lit/
Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)19:26 UTC+1 No.5057489 Report

Infinite jest
Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)19:30 UTC+1 No.5057516 Report


I'll put it on the list, thank you.

I should add that I have a lot of time, hence why I'm trying to appreciate literature (outside of academia) more. Any suggestions given, I'll note and check it out soon. I usually read 15-30 pages to see if I'm interested.
Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)20:04 UTC+1 No.5057655 Report

Of mice and men
Although I will be surprised if you haven't read that.
Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)20:15 UTC+1 No.5057699 Report


You should give a novel at least 100 pages before deciding to abandon it, unless it's very short. Jumping ship after 15-30 pages doesn't really give the novel a fair chance, because the author is still busy introducing you to his characters, environment, etc., and hasn't really got into the thrust of things quite yet.

In any case I think you'd get better recommendations if you could explain what exactly about The Hobbit and GRRM it was that disappointed you. Neither of these are the type of fiction I usually read, but even I wouldn't go so far as to call them "boring and pointless". What books have you read and enjoyed, except for Insomnia?
Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)20:16 UTC+1 No.5057700 Report

Any book by Cormac McCarthy.
Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)20:38 UTC+1 No.5057760 Report

Blood Meridian
Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)05:21 UTC+1 No.5059873 Report


The Hobbit seemed like a very slow moving story, but the plot was also pretty boring. Running around on an adventure with checkpoints and stages felt dull. GRRM, I tried Feast for Crows because I've watched GOT, but it seemed so messy and confusing.

I loved the plot of Insomnia because it was suspenseful and then it got surreal. I loved the gradual shift into a more surreal environment and story. I also read King's 1st dark tower book, the gunslinger and enjoyed it. I never got around to the 2nd one - I think I'll pick it up tomorrow.

I guess I really like fantasy books, that stray away from realistic plots. But I'm not attracted to cliche RPG stories like Hobbit. I've played too many RPG's as a kid to enjoy those kind of stories anymore.
Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)05:31 UTC+1 No.5059906 Report

This is going to sound strange, but being so attached to plots is what's stopping you from enjoying fiction.

Plot-based fiction is largely trash meant to be skimmed and discarded after reading once, since you only need to glean major details about what's happening. This differs from what would be considered "good" fiction, which is written with attention to prose, theme, motif and things like that.

If you like Fantasy, that's fine because you're entitled to like whatever you want, but none of it is good. It's all pulp garbage.
Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)05:48 UTC+1 No.5059964 Report

Slaughterhouse 5 is good. It's straightforward to "get," humorous, and interesting.
>dat anticlimax tho. my favorite in all literature
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