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Reddit reviews: The best fiction satire books

We found 1,042 Reddit comments discussing the best fiction satire books. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 193 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

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u/Virusnzz · 5 pointsr/languagelearning

Yes, but it takes a long time, so I'll copy paste all my past comments here for you to trawl through yourself.

>/r/russian and /r/LANL_Russian are both good subreddits. Someone recommended http://learnrussian.rt.com/ which is great for beginners. http://www.russianlessons.net is good for lots of information, but is kind of incomplete. Definitely worth using regardless. Memrise is really good for vocab, but the courses are user-made and not perfect.

Note: LANL_Russian in particular has some great links in the sidebar.

Memrise:

>Interesting, there seems to be an influx of Russian learners lately. Take note, because I'm writing a lot, and I wouldn't do it if I didn't think that every bit was extremely important.

>Stop just trying to memorise by reading. Long story short, you're using a pretty ineffective technique. The good news is there are far better ways of doing it. Studies show that recollection, not repetition is a far effective teacher.

>As I've said to many, I can fully recommend Memrise (www.memrise.com) and the top rated Russian course there. It's great at using recollection to get you memorising a lot of words fast using mnemonics. Other than that, Anki is a useful flashcard program that does a similar thing.

>some tips for Memrise: don't use it passively; really try and think about and focus on the word you're learning. Secondly, make sure you've got a mem (their term for mnemonic) that works for you. Getting a word without a mem is harder. Memrise will really solidify your Russian-English, but if you are worried about the English-Russian part, just go though each level with a strip of paper covering the Russian words on the screen and work your way down. You will find it's really easy anyway, because Memrise has solidified the connection in your mind.

>Make use you check the course page and water all your plants EVERY DAY.

>Take note of how Memrise get's you recollecting as soon as possible after giving you a word, and then gradually spreads out the intervals at which you are prompted to recall a word, and in groups of 5 words at a time. Take this technique and use it to make yourself some flash cards. Write the English on one side and Russian on the other (you might like to include the pronunciation too). Now you can take these around with you day by day (I have some on my desk by me right now), memorising other words you've read whenever you have a spare moment. You can even have your own personal mems for them. I'd recommend buying some cards to use, because just cutting up printing paper is pretty flimsy and easy to mess up.

>I personally find I memorise better when focusing at my desk, because I'm a lot less distracted. If Memrise is done then feel free to use your flash cards at your desk. It is still more effective.

>If you ever do go back to word lists, don't just look at them, cover one side up and do a few at a time, really relying on recollection.

An extract from what I'd consider my best writeup:

>What galaxyrocker said is just as true for me. My interest in the language led me to try learning it, as opposed to wanting to learn a language and then finding one. I always thought the Cyrillic alphabet looked awesome and the Russian language sounded awesome, so I decided to try it and I've been going ever since. I was always interested in the history of eastern Europe and socialism so I guess that in some way led to it. Along the way I've discovered a completely different and interesting culture and now I am learning a way to interact with it.

>One bit of advice would be to find a buddy who is a native of your target language and get in regular contact. If you're doing this online, there are plenty of resources, but I found mine on the Skype forum. The time spent teaching him the more precise aspects of English and in turn getting a more interactive source of knowledge has been invaluable to both of us, and at the same time I've been prompted to think a little about my own language, especially regarding grammar. It helps only a small bit if you share interests, because the two languages provide such a huge range of topics and conversation. Since you're going to be a beginner, look for someone experienced but looking for regular practice, to them, teaching you WILL be the practice, and any insight into English you can offer a bonus.

>Secondly, relate your studies to subjects that interest you. No doubt you'll be different, but DotA 2 has a large scene in eastern Europe, so I often tune in there just to immerse myself. Find resources to attempt to read that are about a topic of your interest. If you don't enjoy the benefits somewhere, you'll lose interest. If you surround yourself with media relating to your language, you'll always be motivated to go back to the books and continue learning.

>Also, always go back and go over words you learned, otherwise you forget them fast. Recollection is a far better teacher than repetition, so make flash cards or use Memrise (it's amazing).

Now especially for you; Resources:

Pimsleur has an audio only course that teaches you basic conversational Russian using spaced repetition and simulated conversations. It's good for getting you speaking and pronouncing Russian, but I got bored pretty fast and didn't really have the opportunities to use it. The course itself is huge, split up into many lessons. This one does cost a lot of money, you you should PM me for a "sample" first.

Penguin Russian is like a giant grammar book. It will teach you the basics as well as the advanced. While not interesting or engaging, it does have everything you could ever need to know, and so is a good resource if you have the patience. This is another one you'll have to buy, but I have the PDF form if you'd like to "sample" that too.

Lastly, trying to read Russian books is a good way to learn once you have some words down. A heads up though, unless you have more than 1000 you'll be running into a lot of words you will be unfamiliar with, at least to begin with. One staple of language learners is Harry Potter, since its been translated to pretty much every language there is. That's the last "sample" you'll be needing to PM me about.

If you want to speak, the best way is to find a Skype (or real life) buddy who speaks both. There are huge amounts of Russians online who speak passable English who could help in return for some English help.
If you're not doing it that way, you'll need to practice speech to yourself while studying.

u/Darr_Syn · 4 pointsr/SantasLittleHelpers

So, given the recent kerfluffle about people entering contests too much, feel free to disregard this one but my books are my prized possessions and I had to write this.

I love love LOVE this!

I was a rare and antique book dealer, many moons ago, and am happily wrapped in a sever case of bibliophilia so I can't agree more that books are something to be treasured.

When I was a child, back when dirt was the latest and greatest thing, I made a promise to myself that I would read at least an hour a day. For pleasure! Not just the newspaper or the like. I'm still proud to say that since the age of 12 I have done just that. I will go without sleep for an hour just so that I can read.

Good on you for this one. Good on you tea.

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The books that I want EVERY child to read are a bit. . . different.

I recently fell in love with Pat Rothfuss and have devoured his books as soon as they come out. His latest release is something of a departure. A small novela called The Slow Regard of Silent Things in which a minor character from his main series is spotlit in a unique way.

This book, in my opinion, can (and does) help children to understand that different isn't always bad. That feelings are both important and personal. That sometimes having things be just right is the right thing to do. The language isn't difficult, it's a BLAST to read out loud with someone, and can be enjoyed by just about every genre reader of any age!

My next choice is a more traditional choice for children. But not for the traditional reasons!

Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland!

This is one that I think is so overlooked by people of every age. And that's so sad for me. Carroll may, well. . . let's be honest here he DID, have some issues but something that I think he got spot on was his ability to make both the absurd and silly MEANINGFUL though his words and stories!

Through all the adventures and the creatures and the characters something that is telling throughout the whole of the story. . . Being a child is fun! It should be fun! Because if you're not having fun, you're doing it wrong!

I have personally read these stories dozens of times. For myself, for my nieces and nephews, and more again for me!

Last choice is one that I may have to defend here.

The greatest introduction to space, sci-fi, fantasy, and. . . towels!

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Gude to the Galaxy by the amazing Douglas Adams!

In my opinion the story alone is broad enough to engage children, as well as young adults, as well as teens, due to the simplicity of characters and the variety of situations.

But!

The more often you read these books the better they get! The more you learn about the world at large the funnier the books get!

When I first read Hitchhiker's I was a mere lad of 10 and thought it was a cute book. When I read it again at age 16 I thought it was hysterical! At 21 it was a thought provoking comedy in the vein of Shakespeare! At 25 I thought 21 year old me was a tool, but thought the books were great!

The more you read them, or have them read to you, the better they get!

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I also wanted to point out this article on the front page of /r/books from the NYT that talk about one of the best things you can do for a child is to own books. Shelves full of books!

So thank you for doing this. Thank you very much.

u/EdLincoln6 · 7 pointsr/Fantasy

It's kind of telling how hard it is to think of any. Fantasy/Romance hybrids tend to be very "retro" and often are used as excuses to retell the story of Cinderella or Pride & Prejudice...or to have your Big Strong Man bigger and stronger then a real human can be. Men tend to not fantasize about the strength and wealth of their lovers, and all but the most progressive women seem disconcerted by the idea of a man weaker then them.

The closest thing I can think of is the The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred. Fred is an accountant who is turned into a vampire, and falls for a badass member of a secret supernatural law enforcement agency.

The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells has a male lead from a matriarchal species where women are bigger and stronger. The love interest is a Queen.

Street Cultivation is teasing a possible future relationship with a women richer and stronger then the hero. Somehow I suspect the relationship will never materialize or will materialize after the hero becomes richer and stronger. (Which interestingly are the same thing in this universe)

Glory Road by Robert A. Heinlein sort of qualifies. The ending is a little bitter sweet, though.

The Matt Richter Series involves a zombie dating a vampire. It is a running joke that vampires are faster then a normal human while zombies are slower. There are scenes where he attempts to rescue someone vastly more physically powerful then him. Totally a comedy.

It's quite common in LitRPG to have female love interests who start out much stronger then the male protagonist but are later surpassed by the male lead. I can think of several if that is good enough.

u/Inorai · 5 pointsr/Inorai

xD ok this will be a long message bear with me.

  1. Is there a synopsis of each story available?

    Yes! Every serial I write has a home page, and every home page has:

  • Links to every part that is released

  • A brief 'blurb' for the series, normally what I'd put on the back of the hardcopy :)

  • Links to any artwork I've been sent or purchased of the series

  • Links to any other media, like audio files or videos

    For my serials, the home pages are as follows:

    Flameweaver Saga

    Halfway to Home


  1. I want to read other stuff

    From a quick browse-through of your comments I didn't see you crossing paths with any other serial authors - If you haven't read any of his stuff, I highly, highly recommend /u/Hydrael's work, over at /r/Hydrael_Writes! His Dragon's Scion and Small Worlds projects are exceptional! Small worlds is also published on Amazon!

  2. I want to read traditional novels

    I can help with that! Some quick recommendations that I personally love - these are loosely ranked in order of how I'd recommend them, but the fact that they're here at all means they've got my support :)

    Fantasy novels:

    The October Daye series:

  • Urban fantasy

  • Awesome worldbuilding

  • Is where I learned how to write twists, and where I picked up my penchant for chekov's guns

    Trickster's Choice/Trickster's Queen

  • Traditional fantasy

  • Wonderful politics and intrigue

  • Influenced how gods are handled in Flameweaver

  • Both written easily enough for young readers to understand, and complex enough for adults to enjoy

    Graceling

  • Traditional fantasy

  • A bit more well-known, but a surprisingly solid upper-YA read. Kind of a guilty pleasure book of mine haha

    Scifi Novels:

    Agent to the Stars and Old Man's War

  • John Scalzi is the author I modeled my own writing style after. So if you like my style, you might like his too.

  • Darkly humerous. Realistic and gritty, without being overpoweringly grim.

  • Wickedly sarcastic

    The Ender Quartet

  • A bit wordier/harder to read, after Ender's Game. The last book (Children of the Mind) is probably one of the most challenging books I've ever read. But rewarding.

  • Long-running, intricate plotline

    The Ship Series

  • Indie series I happened across a few years ago

  • Upper YA. Younger characters, but dark content

  • Well-written, relatable characters
u/riff71 · 3 pointsr/languagelearning

In order to get anywhere with Russian, you need a invest in a good grammar book. For complete beginners, I always recommend Nicholas Brown's New Penguin Russian Course which is dirt cheap on amazon.

To help you get comfortable with the language in terms of reading, listening, and pronunciation, I'm a big fan of the Assimil series. If you're not familiar with Assimil, you can read up on their method. The Assimil Russian is a nice complement to the Penguin course and I'm actually half-way through it myself (for review purposes).

You can find lots of good learning materials on ilearnrussian.com. I've found that some of the best learning materials are made by Russians for foreigners, but those are generally more advanced.

Immerse yourself in the language as much as you can outside of your formal lessons (i.e. Penguin, Assimil, whatever). You can find tons of Russian music on youtube. If you prefer to stream music online, check out moskva.fm. Many of the Russian stations play English music, so if you just want Russian-language music, try the Russian Radio station.

You can watch tons of old Russian movies with English subtitles on Mosfilm's website for free. If you know where to look online, you can find all the latest movies for free (pretty easy to find with google). One of my favorite things to do is find a Hollywood movie that I know really well, and then watch it dubbed in Russian. The quality of Russian dubbing is generally pretty high, and the advantage to watching a movie you're already familiar with is that you can focus on the language. Once you get to a higher level, it's interesting to compare the English dialogue to the Russian translation.

Do you have an ipod? One way to tune your ear to a language is to listen to the rapid-fire delivery on news broadcasts or opinion programs. I like to listen to podcasts from the Echo of Moscow radio station. Here's an example program you could subscribe to Culture Shock with rss link.

As difficult as the alphabet and grammar seem at first, I can assure you that it's nothing compared to acquiring a good vocabulary. Everyone has their own method for learning vocabulary, but my advice is to make some flash cards and carry a stack around with you wherever you go. In any odd, spare moment that you have, review them. You should aim to get to 1000 words as quickly as possible. As others have said, that's a key threshold. If you do the Penguin Course and/or Assimil, be diligent about learning the vocabulary for each lesson.

Anyway, good luck! Удачи!

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/whowouldwin


My favorite lesser known book is The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear. I read it for the first time when I was like 14, but it still appeals to me. It's just very imaginative, the worldbuilding is amazing, and it's really just the perfect book for someone in this sub. Lots of super interesting/exotic characters and places. I did read it when I was 14 for the first time, but while I wouldn't call it dostoyevsky, it's still very good. My favorite book of all time is either Leaves of Grass, fahrenheit 451, or maybe Cat's Cradle. I'm not sure.

The sub I spend the most time on is /r/smashbros. I play Melee competitively, and I've gotten pretty good at it, I guess. It started as a hobby, but it kind of became my secondary source of income (I'm in college, so I work part time at a pizza place, and then win small amounts of money from tournaments, lol). I really enjoy the game. It's such a fucking difficult game that progressing in it feels incredibly rewarding. It's really therapeutic.

Best Ice Cream flavor is sicilian orange, and if you disagree, you're a bad person.

u/Cephalopodic · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

YAY! I love being an aunt! Congratulations to you and your family.

I ain't birthed no babies! But I do have stretch marks that need to be gone before my tropical vacation, and that would make me super happy. :D

Happy Birfday! I would certainly have to recommend A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy! The series is super awesome. :)

Have fun at school!



u/Aaron215 · 1 pointr/TagProIRL

If you want something a bit emotionally draining at points, Blindness by Saramago is a good one. It's about a sudden epidemic of blindness, and how the world reacts. And they don't react well. Very much worth your time, but just a forewarning, there is a part that's a bit... rapey.

If you want something very character driven, I liked Ender's Game and the following two branches. The branch that follows Ender (Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind) get a bit philosophical and more and more sci-fi, so I don't know how much I'd recommend it. I kept through it for the characters though. The other branch follows a character named "Bean" from the first book (Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant) and is a lot more military focused, talking about interactions between world powers and military groups. I liked that branch a bit more.

I only ask that if you read those, you get them from the library so that you don't purchase them. I don't like where he sends his money, but that's your choice. I usually don't recommend him to people solely because of that.

Last but not least, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the rest of the series (The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life the Universe and Everything, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, Mostly Harmless, And Another Thing...) is FANTASTIC. I recommend this to EVERYONE. Funny, witty, clever, and well written and the guy who wrote it was a good guy too. I'd say buy the complete edition where all the books are in one. I'm not a huge book guy, but I was able to soar through this with no problem. I'm not even gonna say what it's about, but I will say the part about sandwiches is basically my life advice to anyone who asks for some.

Happy reading!

u/Muzjik · 6 pointsr/languagelearning

I'm just starting to learn Russian myself. I'm using this website and this book which supposedly gets you up to an A-Level grade. I think it's a great book but found it a little tough for an absolute beginner so I also got this book which is just basic phrases really, doesn't go into grammar in any real detail but it gives you a lot more confidence to be able to speak something rather than getting completely bogged down in grammar as soon as you've learnt the alphabet imo. As soon as a got a couple of chapters into the phrase book, I started using the Russian course book I linked above to understand the grammar and handwriting better. Can't recommend the penguin one highly enough and I'm sure it will be a great help that you will have a teacher to help you with the grammar.

You're correct in thinking that the alphabet is the most important beginning. DON'T try learning a language using English phonetics, that'll just confuse you (which i can confirm) and give you a weird accent (according to my Russian speaking ex-girlfriend). Next up is where the stress goes on words, how changing stress can change the meaning of a sentence, and how some letters can change sound depending on where they are (called [un-]voicing) but this will come after you have the alphabet and some phrases under your belt.

I also found it good to listen to a few songs to pick up how words flow together, and music helps me think anyway, personal favourites of mine are traditional songs such as Kalinka, Ochi Chernye and Katyusha. Just look on youtube and you will find plenty of them even some with the lyrics in English and Russian.

This is the alphabet, the kids version for when you're more confident and want to learn it in order, and this video has some starter words and phrases.

I hope some of that helps you out, but I'm just a beginner myself so hoping to pick up some more advice myself by watching this thread closely!

u/Hit-Enter-Too-Soon · 4 pointsr/Fantasy

I have a few things like that, that I love to spread the word on.

The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear was originally in German, and Wikipedia says that it was successful there and in the UK when it was translated into English, but never really made it in the US. The humor definitely has a British flavor to me, so I get that.

https://www.amazon.com/Lives-Captain-Bluebear-Walter-Moers/dp/1585678449/

Hiero's Journey is another that I don't know anyone else who's read. I really like its depiction of his struggles as a telepath.

https://www.amazon.com/Hieros-Journey-Sterling-Lanier/dp/0345308417

The Wild Cards series is one I'm always surprised that people haven't heard of, because they have made quite a few books. It's edited by George R. R. Martin, but not written by him. It's set in a version of our world where aliens who were very similar to humans genetically came here to test a biological weapon.

Of those who were exposed to the virus, 90% weren't affected. Of those who were affected, 90% died. Of those who didn't die, 90% ended up like the Morlocks from X-Men comics - mutated in ways that made them "unacceptable" in society. But that 0.1% of people left (if I'm remembering my numbers correctly) got honest to goodness superpowers.

The real strength of the series is in its creative superpowers. If you've read Worm and enjoyed that aspect of it, check out Wild Cards.

If you haven't read Worm (sometimes aka Parahumans), I definitely recommend that one as well.

u/CaseyAPayne · 3 pointsr/taoism

Hmmm… I need to create a "Taoist Starter Kit" article…

As far as translations go… one I like is Red Pine's translation because it has commentary and the Chinese. The nice thing about the commentary is it lets you see all of the different ways each chapter can be interpreted. Political strategists see strategy and alchemists see instructions for spiritual immortality. :)

https://www.amazon.com/Lao-tzus-Taoteching-Lao-Tzu-ebook/dp/B00APD9VP2

If you want something chill and direct. I like these comics:

https://www.amazon.com/Tao-Speaks-Lao-Tzus-Whispers-Wisdom/dp/0385472595/

https://www.amazon.com/Zhuangzi-Speaks-Nature-Chih-chung-Tsai/dp/0691008825

If you wanna compare a bunch of translations…

https://ttc.tasuki.org/

I don't really think you can go "wrong" with any translation/interpretation if you're planning on reading more than one. If it was just the one, I'd go with Red Pine's.

As for meditation, I would look into Zen or Chan Buddhism close to where you are. You can also get started right away by just closing your eyes and breathing for a minute a day and build up to more as you do more research (via videos, books, seminars, teachers, etc.)

More important than any technique is developing the habit of doing it every day.

This app is awesome and it comes with a bunch of free guided meditations. I just use it for the timer. :)

https://insighttimer.com/

If you start getting serious I'd look for a teacher of some kind, but good teachers for Taoism seem kind of elusive. I think that's from the nature of the practice and it's history.

Google searches, reading reviews, talking to people, etc will take you where you want to go although in the beginning it's hard to tell the difference between "good" and "bad", but there's no way around that other than to start doing stuff and getting some experience under your belt. :) Also "bad" for you might be "good" for someone else. :P ;)

There are probably some good books for beginners as well, but I'm not familiar with those yet. I'm gonna start ordering and reading through them… (I haven't been a beginner for a long time… that said… I'm still a beginner… lol)

Oh! There's a cool Eva Wong book on Taoism that gives you a nice historical overview and breakdown of the different styles.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1590308824/ref=dbs_a_w_dp_1590308824

Hopefully you'll get some other recommendations! :)

u/yetifaerie · 1 pointr/books

I was always a big reader, but Madelein L'Engle started me on my passion of reading with A Wrinkle In Time and A Wind In The Door

As a grown-up, I can enjoy books for children with a better eye.... If you ever find a copy of Walter Moers' The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear pick it up and devour it! It is endlessly entertaining, and endearingly sweet. Good as a fantastical children's book, but adults will enjoy the quick wit and humor. I've given away three copies as gifts!

u/SkatjeZero · 1 pointr/russian

The New Penguin Russian Course is quite good. The textbook I've used is Russian for Everybody (there's also an accompanying workbook that I highly recommend). Once you start getting a hang of things, Shaum's Outline of Russian Grammar is a good, clear reference for grammar.

As for free websites? I'm not very familiar with them... MasterRussian.com is a popular one. From my experience with free internet lessons, they tend to be lacking in explanations of grammar, and more about giving you "useful" phrases. Everybody learns differently, of course, but I personally find that the more grammar lessons you can integrate, the better off you'll be in the long run.

Other than all that, I definitely recommend finding an easy to read book/article/text/something to work towards understanding -- children's books are good for this. Provides more motivation that way, and it's a way to apply what you're learning. Always keep a goal in mind. :)

u/spasticanomaly · 5 pointsr/russian

The Cyrillic alphabet crash course videos by Mark Thomson (there's also iOS and Android apps if you prefer)

Russian Made Easy podcast / video series also by Mark Thomson

The New Penguin Russian Course by Nicholas Brown

These three materials will give you a super solid start and come out to a grand total of like $20. I suggest starting with the Cyrillic alphabet videos then going through Ch2 of the Penguin book, which teaches Cyrillic cursive. It will be best to do all writing in cursive as you practice. I'd then go through Russian Made Easy then the rest of the Penguin book. This method has been working out very well for me so far. I tried starting with the Penguin book and it's just a little dense to be a good beginner material imo. I also push the Mark Thomson materials pretty hard because he harps on contextual learning which is very important for efficiently learning a new language, yet many resources don't focus on it.

Many people like Duolingo. I wasn't super fond of it because the audio is compressed to hell and it doesn't give a good intro to the alphabet. This led to me having trouble knowing whether I pronounced something right because the example speech sounded like garbage and also taking guesses at what sounds letters made (a few of which turned out to be wrong when I changed my methods and actually learned the alphabet). I talked to a polyglot I know and he advised me that Rosetta Stone was most useful when you have a decent foundation in a language, not quite as great if you're totally new to it (and very expensive). All of this is just my two cents of course. There's many ways to go about it. Either way, welcome to the super fun hellscape that is the Russian language, and good luck getting started :)

u/joshszman09 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Yes, I would recommend this if you aren't looking for anything too serious. Adams' presentation method is definitely comedic, but that just makes it more enjoyable. Adams is a genius when it comes to irony and he also does a pretty good job of getting his science right(when he is being serious). But like I said, if you want super serious, don't go for this. If you do go for it, I recommend getting The Ultimate Guide, which is all five books plus a bonus story.

u/actionscripted · 5 pointsr/books

Walter Moers

Given the massive success of Adams, Pratchett and others, the rave reviews of everything in Moers' ever-expanding Zamonia series, the fantastic illustrations and the riotous and creative writing I cannot believe so few people have read these books.

These books have some deep social and psychological analysis alongside absurdity, humor, violence, love and adventure.

Reference books, chronologically:

  • The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear

  • Rumo

  • The City of Dreaming Books

  • Alchemaster's [sic] Apprentice

    Editorial reviews:


    >“Cheerfully insane. . . . Remains lively and inventive right through the final heroic battle between good and evil.”

    —The New York Times Book Review


    >“Moers’s creative mind is like J.K. Rowling’s on ecstasy; his book reads like a collision between The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the Brothers Grimm…. What a delightful book.”

    —Detroit News and Free Press

    >“An overstuffed confection… Cross The Lord of the Rings with Yellow Submarine, throw in dashes of Monty Python, Douglas Adams, Shrek, and The Princess Bride…That’s the sort of alchemy in which this sprawling novel trades.”

    —Kirkus
u/trekbette · 3 pointsr/books

Some of the best books I've read came from people recommending them to me. Please don't ever feel terrible for asking.

It might be a good idea to start with some fun books:

u/jboehmer17 · 3 pointsr/IWantToLearn

This is an oft-recommended book on Russian grammar, from what I've seen.


Order that, then get on this site and learn the alphabet. It's not too difficult to get it down on a basic level.


From there, get used to some basic vocabulary using a resource like Memrise (vocabulary practice site). Sign up on Livemocha.com and start with the basic Russian course. You'll learn some beginning phrases, get used to reading, eventually the alphabet will become second nature.


After some time with these resources (maybe a couple hours, maybe a couple of days), start listening to Russian music. You need to practice listening early and often to get the ear for words and how they sound together. Go on a Russian radio streaming site that lists the track currently playing (you can do this using a phone app, TuneIn Radio, which may also have an online site), then look up songs you like the sound of and listen to them over and over again with the lyrics in front of you. Try to sing along, even if you're sort of just mumbling Russian-sounding noises along with the singer.

At this point, start watching movies with subtitles. Search Mosfilm on Youtube. All of this studio's movies are free online, and most of them have English subtitles available.

Keep practicing like this, study the grammar using your Penguin book, and then find a penpal or something via Livemocha. It'll be scary at first, trying to communicate with someone in a language you're still making a lot of mistakes in, but people who study languages understand each other and are generally patient.


TL;DR:

  1. Order grammar book

  2. Before it arrives, learn alphabet, basic words / phrases

  3. Listen to songs

  4. Watch movies

  5. Learn grammar

  6. Find penpal

  7. Practice, practice, practice!!!


    Good luck! If you need any other help, PM me! I absolutely love Russian and would gladly help out anyone else who's interested.
u/apscis · 1 pointr/languagelearning

Of course you are not hopeless. Do you think everyone learning a language jumps into it with full understanding of all the terms involved? You learn as you go, just as in any discipline.

When I was an English major in college, I decided to enroll in Old English. I was unaware, somehow, that I had chosen "Old English II." The very first day of class, I show up and we are given photocopies of the first 50 lines or so of Beowulf and asked to translate to modern English with the help of the glossary in our textbook. I stared at this incomprehensible text, confounded as to how my other classmates could be busily working away. I looked up one of the words in the first line in the glossary and it had the modern English equivalent, and "Nom." next to it. I went up to the professor and told her that I had never even seen Old English before, and how was I supposed to do this? She pointed at the "Nom." and said, "This means it's nominative, see?" As if the light was supposed to dawn, and it would all be clear to me now. But for me, this just explained an incomprehensible OE word in terms of an equally incomprehensible piece of linguistic jargon, as I then saw it. Needless to say, I went straight to the registrar after that class and withdrew from it.

This was about 13 years ago. Subsequently I took some Latin and French in college, which gradually introduced me to grammatical terminology. Today, I can read Spanish and French virtually without a dictionary, have reached an upper intermediate level in Polish (grammatically similar to Russian) with the intention of becoming a translator, and am happily beginning with Japanese. But if I had judged myself linguistically hopeless after that ill-fated Old English class, I would have done none of this.

"Cases" simply describe different ways in which nouns change form based on their function in a sentence. You already know cases in English. Consider the first-person pronoun "I."

"I like dogs" - "I" is the nominative case, because it is the subject of the sentence, it is 'doing the liking.'

"He likes my dog." - "My" is the genitive case. We wouldn't say, "He likes I dog." This would be a case error. The genitive usually indicates possession. In Russian, it has more functions, but they can be learned in context.

"Dogs like me." - "Me" is the accusative, or direct object case. It indicates the receiver of the action (the 'liking'). In English, this is also the prepositional case. Prepositions are words indicating position or direction, e.g. to, for, by, of, behind, etc. All these words take "me": behind me, for me, to me, etc.
Think of cases like this: where meaning in English sentences is usually determined by word order, languages with more cases (Latin, Polish, Russian) can have a more free word order, because the way the noun changes, and not its position, determines the meaning.

Articles are easy - "a" (indefinite object) and "the" (definite object). Good news, Russian has no articles!

Conjugations are to verbs what cases are to nouns. They simply involve the verb changing form based on person, tense and/or aspect. In English, verbs in the present tense only conjugate in third person singular: "I walk, you walk" but 'he walkS". Likewise, verbs conjugate for past, "I walked." Russian verb behave quite differently from English, so learning how they work will give you greater insight into conjugations as a whole.

Lastly, gender is a feature many languages (including Russian) have. It is simplya means of classifying nouns based on how they because grammatically. Often people (usually native English speakers who are not used to it, though English used to have gender) complain about gender, but this is pointless. It simply exists. The good news is, there are rules defining which words have which gender, and you can simply learn as you go along.

I would recommend that you buy Nicholas J. Brown's New Penguin Russian Course. I found this book helpful during the ~3 months or so I dove into Russian, and plan to return to it when I resume studying Russian (it conflicted with my Polish!). It will introduce you to these concepts gently while also teaching you Russian.




u/VerbalCA · 1 pointr/litrpg

I write comedy LitRPG that might be along the lines of what you're looking for. Definitely lighthearted, reviewers have compared it to the likes of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Monty Python.

Note there is an element of 'trapped' but only because the real world becomes the game, and the characters take it in their stride.

Here's a link for Level Up - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079JFM67F

Another book I can recommend that ticks a lot of your boxes is Orcanomics (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O2NDJ2M) It isn't strictly speaking LitRPG, but there are enough gaming terms that I'd be comfortable classifying it as gameLit. It's brilliant, extremely funny, with great characters and a very satirical take on the fantasy genre.

u/VA_Network_Nerd · 1 pointr/ApplyingToCollege

http://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/its_more_than_a_job

Read that.

Now read it again, and focus on the significance of the essays.

Being well-read gives you a common connection or foundation with others who are similarly well-read.
Being well-read helps you develop stronger language context skills, and a more broad vocabulary which will be useful to you when you have to describe deeply meaningful topics about yourself and your dreams in 400 words or less.

Search A2C for how many interviewers or application essays asked the applicant to discuss their favorite book, or something they recently read. It's a common theme.

Ask Google how many books Bill Gates and James Mattis read in an average month.

You say you're interested in STEM. Ok, here are two books IMMENSLY popular with the nerd-crowd:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Dune

Please, don't say or think "But, I've already seen those movies..."
No movie has ever been as detailed in conveying a story as the book.

And if robots & robotics are seriously among your interests, Asimov is pretty much required reading.

I, Robot



u/vminnear · 2 pointsr/russian

Hey there :)

For text-books, I recommend the Penguin Russian Course. It teaches you vocab and grammar with exercises and dialogues, plus it has handy charts and a small dictionary at the back for reference. It's not for everyone, though, it's a bit wordy and not very exciting. Still, I found it very useful for setting a good foundation in the language.

For access to native speakers, iTalki is good if you want to book lessons with a teacher over Skype, or you can set up language exchanges for free with native speakers, likewise on Skype. I also use the app "HelloTalk" which also allows you to text and chat with native speakers. You can also use sites like Lang8 where you can get your writing corrected by native speakers, or you could just post it here and someone will answer.

There's a helpful list of dictionaries and other resources in the side-bar of this reddit :)

Hope that helps!!

u/DoctorModalus · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Loved of mice and men. Check out

Being There

by Jerzy Kosiński

https://www.amazon.com/Being-There-Jerzy-Kosinski/dp/0802136346

>Being There is one of the most popular and significant works from a writer of international stature. It is the story of Chauncey Gardiner - Chance, an enigmatic but distinguished man who emerges from nowhere to become an heir to the throne of a Wall Street tycoon, a presidential policy adviser, and a media icon. Truly "a man without qualities," Chance's straightforward responses to popular concerns are heralded as visionary. But though everyone is quoting him, no one is sure what he's really saying. And filling in the blanks in his background proves impossible. Being There is a brilliantly satiric look at the unreality of American media culture that is, if anything, more trenchant now than ever.

Edit: might be too short.

u/TimofeyPnin · 13 pointsr/languagelearning

Former employee, linguist, and guy-who-is-pretty-ok-at-russian checking in:

It is decent, but you'll want to make sure you actually understand the concept of grammatical case, and how it works and is marked in Russian.

I would highly recommend pairing it with the New Penguin Russian Course.

Definitely use studio as much as possible, and take notes case endings. RS will show you something like на невысоком мужчине черный костюм, and it will help to know that невысоком is declined for the prepositional/locative case. Well, really, it will help to know that that form is not the "default," and how to 1)figure out what the default is and 2)transform the word as you need to when speaking.

A friend of mine did just RS, and she has a problem with basically just saying a word in whatever case she first heard it in...so she might say невысоком when trying to say невысокый, or what have you.

Finally, evaluate after 5 months, and if you're not using it, it's not working, or whatever, send it back and get a refund. Mark it on your calendar, and decide before you miss the deadline.

u/vrillusions · 1 pointr/kindle

I've had a kindle for a month or so but have been too busy to do much reading. Anyway here's what I have (I tend to enjoy science fiction / satire)

  • WIRED is the only book I've completed so far. scifi/thriller. OK story but for .79 it was a no brainer
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy I've owned and read the hardcover a couple times now and 'acquired' the ebook version
  • The old man and the wasteland forget where I saw it recommended, honestly haven't read a page of this yet but it's one of the next I'm reading. Another .99 one
  • On Basilisk Station this is part of a substantial series. The first book is free and the rest cost although there are some semi-official sites to get the rest of the series if strapped for cash. Again I haven't read it yet but is supposed to be good.
u/cyka__blyat · 87 pointsr/de

So ein fantastisches Buch.

/r/all: If you're looking for a fantastic book, especially if you liked The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, read The 13 1/2 lives of Captain Bluebear.

It's seriously amazing, great as a childrens book but adults will definitely enjoy it aswell. Here, check out the editorial reviews. It's great.

u/adifferentusername · 4 pointsr/booksuggestions

I recommend getting The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It contains all 5 books in the "Trilogy" + a short story "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe". Really cheap on Amazon as well. Great value for a great series from a great writer.

u/WSUCougars22 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

IQ84 - Haruki Murakami

Straight from Amazon:
"The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.

As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.

A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s—1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers"

u/tufflax · 2 pointsr/russian

Learn the pronunciation of the letters. Learn the difference between soft and hard consonants. Use youtube videos and various descriptions for it. This video is a good start, for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsL8ZBDBNts Russian is very often pronounced just like it is spelled. You just need to know a few simple rules, and on which vowel the stress is.

The New Penguin Russian Course that covers a lot of stuff: grammar, words, idioms, phrases, culture, pronunciation, etc. and is intended for beginners. I'd say start with that and pronunciation, as I said above.

But maybe skip some words from the book that you don't think you will need, and learn words that are more useful to you instead.

The channel #russkij on FreeNode is helpful. If you don't know how to access it, this is probably the easiest way.

You may want to check out this tool I made for reading.

You probably want to use Anki for flashcards. Flashcards are very useful.

You might like this youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/vanilla167333/videos?view=0&shelf_id=0&sort=dd

Finally, try to focus on content that is relevant to you, i.e. reading about things that you like, talking about things that interest you, etc.

u/ebooksgirl · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Well, as a rule, I've absolutely fallen in love with John Scalzi's Old Man's War series, as well as his one-shots like The Android's Dream.

A favorite for the last few years is John Ringo, author of too many series to mention here, but I'm almost done with his forthcoming Under a Graveyard Sky(available as an eARC from the baen website, and it's AMAZING zombie fun.

Also, The Legend of Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron has some of the best characters I've read in years in a fantasy book.

u/andersce · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I've been dying to read this on my Kindle because everyone talks about it all the time! I've heard it's just great.

And for a real book? I'd say this because it's one of my absolute favorites and I hate having to wait to check out a copy from the library every time I want to re-read it.

If I were a book, I hope that I'd be a great one !!

I think this is a lovely contest idea :) I'm always a big fan of anything book-related!! Thanks!

u/offhandaxe · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Hi! this is a great contest thanks for holding it.
my name is kurt and my favorite book is The [Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy] (http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Hitchhikers-Guide-Galaxy-ebook/dp/B0043M4ZH0/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370560569&sr=1-1&keywords=the+hitchhiker%27s+guide+to+the+galaxy) it hilarious and confusing and i love it. its been forever since i read it but id love to again. id love the kindle since Ive always wanted one and every book i want i can find the e-book form but not an actual copy

u/bkoch4 · 7 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Best Android app I've found yet: Russian in a Month. Best online site (for pocasts when you are driving: RussianPod101.com. Best book I've found: New Penguin Russian Course

Other then that, read children's articles, watch Cheburaska, follow the Russian subreddits /r/Russianlessons, /r/Russian101, and /r/Russian, read Russian wherever you can, and listen to Russian music. If you want any other tips or tricks I've used, just let me know. Good luck!

u/messiahwannabe · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Kill Your Friends: a Novel is a great read, total page turner, and also a very interesting look at the recording industry. a lot of the descriptions of the inner workings of said industry are quite on point, and the real life quotes at the beginning of each chapter really paint a picture.

also
Filth by Irvine Welsh has a really great anti-hero who fits your description pretty well.

u/Stoic_MOTD · 6 pointsr/Stoicism

MOTD #45: "You squander time as if you drew from a full and abundant supply, though all the while that day which you bestow on some person or thing is perhaps your last."

(Previous) // (Next One)

If you haven't read Seneca's On the Shortness of Life, I would highly recommend you read it... like right now. It's quite short, if you have an hour, read it or listen to it. Here are a bunch of links, you have no excuses:

u/mtwara · 15 pointsr/languagelearning
  • Master the alphabet as soon as possible. Just hammer it in.

  • Starting with numbers after that is a great way to get the alphabet solidified.

  • Try Memrise for vocabulary, and this book for grammar.

  • General language tip: Go hardcore until you know around 1000 words. That's the number I've found is what you need to have your grasp be stable.

  • Another General tip: Discipline is everything. You need to study every single day (until the 1000 word mark) in order to get anywhere. Do not flounder.

  • If you have Stalker: Clear Skies and/or Call of Pripyat on Steam, then play them in Russian. Same with Metro 2033 and The Witcher 2. You can usually change the language setting under properties in your game library.

    Good luck. I've definitely got a bunch more tricks, so just send me a message if you want them. These are just some good beginning ones.
u/kpagcha · 1 pointr/russian

http://www.russianforeveryone.com/

Not the most visually attractive site, but pretty good in regard of its contents and explanations.

They say this book is also pretty good: https://www.amazon.es/New-Penguin-Russian-Course-Beginners/dp/0140120416

u/ImNotPanicking · 3 pointsr/electronic_cigarette

I would like to add a few more things since you stated the following, as it could very well be a response you say to your parents.

>Thanks for assuming I have no self control when it comes to drugs. It's not like I'm surrounded by potheads and crack addicts all day at HS.

It is a hard argument to sell, to say that you're interested in vaping to combat urges to try drugs. Using this logic, you may eventually find yourself saying that marijuana is safer than heroin, especially if you ingest it by way of eating brownies. You might even be convinced by your friends, and their shaky evidence, that driving while drunk or high is something you can handle.

Truth of the matter is, if you're fine right now, you'll be fine without any of the other stuff. If you get into vaping, even if sanctioned by your parents, you'll still be spending money. And money, since you haven't had the full responsibilities of being an independent and self-sustaining adult thrust at you by life as of yet, is a thing that is easy to waste.

Outside of the health unkowns in vaping, we do know of one serious side effect. G.A.S. - Gear Acquisition Syndrome. You'll chase after the biggest clouds and the best flavor all at the expense of your pocket book. And as a young person nearing the point in life where you will consider getting an apartment vs buying a house, considering a gas guzzling supersweet ride or an economical hybrid, and choosing whether or not to bring your girlfriend/boyfriend on a date to a really nice restaurant where etiquette is required or bring them to Applebee's for the 2 for $20 deal... G.A.S. can wreck your daily, monthly and/or quarterly budget.

In your position, with the world as your oyster, your health in good standing, and your financial future unstarted... vaping is not the best option.

Perhaps I could suggest a good book about life, the universe and everything, like The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

No matter what though, I wish you well in your endeavor to live clean.

edit: Changed "vaping is not a good option" to "vaping is not the best option".

u/TheNameisCyrilFiggis · 5 pointsr/russian

It becomes easier once you get used to the concept of cases & case endings in general. Basically, this concept forces you to think grammatically -- which is actually a good thing. In English, we don't really think this way except when using certain pronouns (me, him, her, etc.). In English, we could say "Who are you talking to?" and sound perfectly normal, while the more proper "To whom are you talking?" sounds stilted and weird.

I studied Latin for many years (two decades, in fact) before picking up Russian; so the concept was already familiar. That was a huge help.

Anyway, stick with it, man. Repetition and drills will get you there; just be patient with yourself. At some point, this concept will "click", and you'll find yourself looking back over earlier exercises and breezing right through them. It looks like you're using the New Penguin Russian Course (like I am); so whatever answers don't appear in the key at the back of the book can be posed here in this helpful forum. ))

u/ThaddeusJP · 2 pointsr/books

If you enjoyed the first three, I would wager that you will enjoy the remaining books. I would agree that they are not as amazing as the first few but they are still very funny.


You can grab the complete edition for under $15 on Amazon. I would also recommend Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and the Salmon of Doubt. It's a half completed Dirk Gently book with additional writings of Adams what was put together after he passed away.

u/wafflelord · 0 pointsr/booksuggestions

Try Chuck Palahniuk's Invisible Monsters, Survivor or Lullaby. They aren't super long and are gory enough to keep most people grotesquely attentive. If you don't read much they might help you get back into it. Palahniuk has really gone downhill in his recent books (haven't read the newest one because the last few were so bad) but his old stuff is phenominal.
I agree that the Harry Potter books are good but they don't really capture you until the third book. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series is a good choice- you can usually get all the books in one bound edition for cheap at Barnes and Noble or amazon.

u/ramblagir · 1 pointr/languagelearning

In my opinion, apps and software don't tend to be of much use; they don't let you advance quickly enough and don't expose you to enough material. If you're serious about learning Russian, grab a good book and study each text or dialogue until you understand it both in reading and aurally. There's Teach Yourself Russian, Routledge's Colloquial Russian, the FSI FAST (Familiarization and Short-Term Training) Russian, Assimil Russian (if you speak French), and I've heard good things about the New Penguin Russian Course. In all cases, be sure you get audio along with the book, or have a native speaker who is willing to help you learn. Good luck!

u/krnm · 1 pointr/languagelearning

I've heard good things about The New Penguin Russian Course. I also like to have plenty of reading material, like readers and parallel texts to help build my vocabulary and work on comprehension.

As others have said, there's plenty of free and usually legal stuff out there, so give those a shot too. While materials can help or hurt your motivation, the specific brand or program isn't as important as doing something every day to improve your Russian.

u/SmallFruitbat · 3 pointsr/YAwriters

These Broken Stars was actually one of the sci-fi novels I finished recently. It was definitely one of those books I picked up solely because there was a pretty dress involved. It was OK and it stood on its own well enough, but I really was not inspired to read This Shattered World afterwards, even though it was sitting right there. Also read Willful Child (adult sci-fi) and had some problems with it.

The most recent graphic novels have been Fun Home (deliberately gothic), Relish: My Life in the Kitchen (a little hard to relate to, and I liked it much more when she was talking about anything other than food), and Little Fish (which seems like a good follow-up to Fangirl, though this particular college freshman focused on LiveJournal and art school rather than fanfiction and creative writing). Next up is Skim. I already know I like that author duo, but the art is very different from This One Summer and it's a little off-putting.

u/EyedekayMan · 4 pointsr/litrpg

Well I don't listen to litrpg audiobooks much, however I can recommend a few. Orconomics is great. Currently I'm listening to Into the abyss and it's pretty good as well.

u/netBlu · 3 pointsr/russian

If you use the website version of Duolingo and click on the Lightbulb icon for each section, it breaks down grammar rules used in that course. The online forums also has a lot of helpful explanations for each answer.

Unfortunately the App version completely disregards this feature and isn't included for some reason. Duolingo and Memrise combined should get you pretty good understanding, maybe up to a B1 level. You can also pick up some grammar books such as the New Penguin Russian Course that goes over almost all grammar rules and is pretty easy to read compared to other grammar books.

A lot of learning is through practice and using additional resources to reinforce how to think in another language. Check out some YouTube channels or movies that are in Russian and try to follow along. Tarkovsky films are really good for this as they're really slow pacing, Stalker and Solaris being some of my favorite movies of all time.

u/comptejete · 6 pointsr/Physical_Removal

The author of this piece also wrote Is Satire Saving Our Nation?: Mockery and American Politics

>The book studies the intersections between satirical comedy and national politics in order to show that one of the strongest supports for our democracy today comes from those of us who are seriously joking. This book shows how we got to this place and why satire may be the only way we can save our democracy and strengthen our nation.

Apparently satire is only a good thing when it supports your own political views.

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u/Boogidy · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

My first thought was The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers. It's silly and strange and awesome fantasty stuffs, but nothing that's going to make you really delve into deep thought. I definitely enjoyed it, anyway. Hope this helps!

u/NeoRevan · 16 pointsr/todayilearned

My friend, if you enjoy this tidbit, you shall love the series. There should be a few good deals if you need it.

Link

u/slamdunk2323 · 9 pointsr/russian

I think a lot of the best resources can be found online for free but if you really want to buy her something physical as a gift the new penguin Russian course seems to get a lot of good reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Penguin-Russian-Course/dp/0140120416

u/Snarfler · 1 pointr/todayilearned

It could make a great comedy. Have you ever read The Tales of Fred? I love books like this, it's about a vampire who is an accountant and is the most unassuming vampire ever. Next to Bill of course.

u/MarkLawrence · 50 pointsr/Fantasy

The 4th Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off has a winner!

And that winner with the joint highest score we've seen in 4 years & ~1200 books is....

ORCONOMICS!

Buy it: https://www.amazon.com/Orconomics-Satire-Dark-Profit-Saga-ebook/dp/B00O2NDJ2M/ref=sr_1_1 …?

See the score board: https://mark---lawrence.blogspot.com/2018/11/spfbo-2018-finals.html

See the Official SPFBO page for results of all 4 years.
https://mark---lawrence.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-official-self-published-fantasy.html

And if you retweet the announcement … you might win a signed copy.
https://twitter.com/Mark__Lawrence/status/1131517883501162496

u/lmartks · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy! Carson McCuller's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is one of my all time favorite books. If you want something more lighthearted, check out any book in P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves series. The Code of the Woosters is probably my favorite one.

u/shotgunlo · 5 pointsr/DontPanic

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy includes all 5 that were written by Douglas Adams. The one I have on my shelf has a different cover than what Amazon currently shows, but it looks like it's all there. There is another Hitchhiker's book by Eoin Colfer working on Douglas Adams' notes called And Another Thing... you might also want to check out. Though you're probably better off switching to Dirk Gently before you get to that one.

u/golfmade · 43 pointsr/pics

If you're at all interested in learning about Daoism I highly suggest you check out this book. It's really easy to read plus the cartoon drawings are quite cute and fun.

u/RegHollis · 1 pointr/policeuk

A tutor is probably the best way and is mostly how I learned, though Duolingo is quite good.

This is the best resource I've found on the Russian language: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/0140120416/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1521760943&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=russian+course+book

u/Derkanus · 12 pointsr/scifi

You can get the complete collection (that's 5 books + a short story) from Amazon for only $13 -- do yourself a favor and check it out. It's the funniest, most insanely clever and entertaining book I've ever read.

u/boondogger · 1 pointr/books

How about The Road to Mars by Eric Idle? That's Eric Idle of Monty Python fame.

Also, it's not very British, but John Scalzi's Agent To the Stars is a pretty fun SF read.

u/Dinapuff · 2 pointsr/DnD

If you're hankering for reading materials then Orconomics is a good book about the subject.

https://www.amazon.com/Orconomics-Satire-Dark-Profit-Saga-ebook/dp/B00O2NDJ2M

One way of ensuring a level of appropriate conduct from your adventurers is by making adventuring a very official thing with its own guild, rules, and enforcing membership. Adventuring would then be an actual job, with actual pay with its own rules and expectations. There would be officials who assess say the hoard at the end of a quest. Taxes, evaluations, and rankings with competing groups and bidding on quests.

u/hubo85 · 2 pointsr/russian

It's definitely better than Rosetta Stone.

I think paired with something to really cement the grammar will be pretty effective.

Use it with the New Penguin book. (only $15 on Amazon)
https://www.amazon.com/New-Penguin-Russian-Course-Beginners/dp/0140120416

u/bad_enough_dude · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn

I super-duper recommend this book

The reviews give a good idea of why this book is so fantastic. I started using this book casually in high school and it concisely gets a ton of vital information.

It's not afraid to mention exceptions and weird things that a lot of beginner books would let you ignore and sound stupid later. It also has accent marks on all of the words past the first few chapters.

The pronunciation guide is priceless, as well. It's clear but comprehensive. I've seen tons of pronunciation aides for Russian but so far following this book's guide on it has yielded the best accent that I know of.

u/whyvna · -1 pointsr/AskReddit

Four random books from my nearest shelf: Underground Bases and Tunnels, Man's Search for Meaning, The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog, Amberville.

Can't say I have read the five books you listed, but based on what I've heard about them... Amberville would probably be something you'd enjoy. :)

Edit: Have to throw this in: The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. ;)

u/alpha-bomb · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I know I do not qualify for the contest (I got here from /r/personalfinance of all places =) but in honor of towel day I would suggest:

Douglas Adams - Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy

or, and this one is ever better

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide

u/costellofolds · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Absolute favorite book is A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller Jr. It's everything I love about sci-fi. Book series that I grew up with and still love are Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, and The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis.

u/FancyPancakes · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Hm, well if you haven't read Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy it's FANTASTIC and you should read it. It's especially good since you haven't read in a while and it doesn't really have boring moments where you would get disinterested.

u/Sheylan · 3 pointsr/videos

http://www.amazon.com/Redshirts-Novel-Three-John-Scalzi/dp/0765334798/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1463095581&sr=8-1&keywords=redshirts


Pretty much, the crew of a spaceship discovers that they are actually fictional characters, and manipulate the plot in order to escape into the real world. It's... pretty amusing.

Willful Child is another book in similar literary style (sorta absurdity sci-fi)

https://www.amazon.com/Willful-Child-Steven-Erikson-ebook/dp/B00ILY5BY2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1463095828&sr=1-1&keywords=willful+child

u/BolognaFlavored · 4 pointsr/russian

This is one of the greatest books for a beginner to start learning Russian with. It's easy to understand and well organized. Starts from ground zero, so you don't need to worry about not knowing where to start.

https://www.amazon.com/New-Penguin-Russian-Course-Beginners/dp/0140120416

u/bubbafry · 1 pointr/Fantasy

I bought a book called Orconomics off of the $5 Audible sale. Looks like an interesting take on a WOW type World. Haven't listened yet though.

https://www.amazon.com/Orconomics-Satire-Dark-Profit-Saga-ebook/dp/B00O2NDJ2M

u/Qu1nlan · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Seals with party hats! Cake! Item!

1: Honey/Mori/Kyouya/Hikaru/Kaoru from Ouran High School Host Club!

3: Jackson from Hannah Montana!

4: Sayuri from Memoirs of a Geisha

5: Ben and Mary from The Secret Garden!

10: Nicolo from Excess Baggage - Be Careful With My Heart - Their Proposal!

u/NewUserHi · 5 pointsr/The_Donald

What's even more amazing about this is that the writer literally wrote a book titled 'is satire saving our nation?'

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1137427965/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

>This book shows how we got to this place and why satire may be the only way we can save our democracy and strengthen our nation.

u/baronvf · -3 pointsr/taoism

Edit: /r/taoism hates Tao of Pooh, who knew?

If you are a westerner, do it like how many of us did and read "Tao of Pooh."

It's not the ancient text, it's not anything but one man's take on Taoism through a certain lens.

As far as introductions are concerned, it's the most accessible.

Then go find your favorite translation of the tao teh ching.

Also, this book is cool.

https://www.amazon.com/Tao-Speaks-Lao-Tzus-Whispers-Wisdom/dp/0385472595

u/MadLaab · 1 pointr/russian

My local library's website has the Mango Language program for free, and it has very easy to use and what I can only assume is accurate Russian phrases that would be used, so maybe that option is available for you to check out. http://www.russianlessons.net/ this is another website that proved mighty useful. While the book I have been using for my Russian studies, is the Penguin Russian Course: http://www.amazon.com/New-Penguin-Russian-Course-Beginners/dp/0140120416/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372041401&sr=1-1&keywords=penguin+russian

u/MisterESC · 1 pointr/taoism

I highly recommend https://www.amazon.com/Tao-Speaks-Lao-Tzus-Whispers-Wisdom/dp/0385472595 It reads like a comic book with great illustrations. It follows the TTC chapter by chapter.

u/carbonraft · 2 pointsr/metro2033

you'd be better of just searching for it yourself, but here's a thing for it on amazon and google books
http://www.amazon.com/New-Penguin-Russian-Course-Beginners/dp/0140120416

http://books.google.com/books/about/The_New_Penguin_Russian_Course.html?id=DpAmYOS15RAC

I recommend you just search for it yourself, you might find something cool below those two links :P

u/DMend · 1 pointr/writing

Title: Greegs & Ladders

Genre: Sci-Fi Satire

Word Count: 80080

Feedback: Full reading. First full-length novel release. So far very positive feedback, but any kind of critique welcome and helpful

Link - iBookstore

Link - Smashwords

Link - Amazon/Kindle

u/dyrochka · 1 pointr/Drama
  1. Да.

    This is a good intro book, and /r/russian's a pretty good sub.
u/dzhen3115 · 5 pointsr/languagelearning

Definitely stick with only the Cyrillic alphabet. The transliterations used on Duolingo don't really convey the sounds very accurately. To practice Cyrillic reading I used to go on a Wikipedia page with lots of celebrities' names (e.g. Best Actor Winners ) and change it to Russian and go through reading the names.

I had a look at the Duolingo course when it came out and I found that it was really lacking in explanation of grammar (cases in particular). I would strongly recommend getting a decent book to follow along with to teach you the grammar. I have found that this has quite a nice progression and explanation. YMMV but, for Russian, I have only found Duolingo helpful for practicing putting sentences together, nothing else.

> Sometimes the words end in one way and then another, but make the same sound

I'm not sure what this is referring to, could you give an example?

u/alexis_cookies · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I really need a new book
I absolutely love to sing and I know I have a good voice.. I'm absolutely terrified to sing in front of anyone though.
Happy birthday!!!! <3
Birthday Bot

u/Maswasnos · 2 pointsr/CasualConversation

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0140120416/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

That one, the New Penguin Russian Course. I don't really think it was the "best" one I could buy, but it was a well-reviewed book and had recommendations from several websites I found. Plus it was only 13 bucks, so I didn't feel too bad about buying it if it happened to not be a great book.

So far the book has been pretty good. It's got exercises for handwriting and pronunciation, and thoroughly explains things that need explaining.

u/yimmy4 · 6 pointsr/todayilearned

Any fan of Hitchhiker's will enjoy this book. Kindle version is free.

u/kukkuzejt · 8 pointsr/IAmA

You are one lucky person who is about to discover The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Share and Enjoy! Share and Enjoy!

u/whipback · 2 pointsr/Russian101

The New Penguin Russian Course is amazing and includes everything you need to know about Russian grammar. A book I am reading right now for beginners is First Reader in Russian. It is a very basic Russian book that has exercises and a dictionary in the back. The only bad thing about it is the dictionary doesn't include all of the words from the book so I usually have to go to my Russian-English English-Russian Dictionary. This dictionary also lacks many important words, but it hasn't given me any problems. Another good Russian reading source is Russian Stories: A Dual-Language Book. If you just look around on amazon you will find many good resources.

u/footprintx · 59 pointsr/pics

You know. In case you were wondering. Plot:

> Lizbreath Salamander is young and beautiful. Her scales have an iridescent sheen, her wings arch proudly, her breath has a tang of sulfur. And on her back a tattoo of a mythical creature: a girl. But when Lizbreath is drawn into a dark conspiracy she will have to rely on more than her beauty and her vicious claws the size of sabres ...A dragon has disappeared, one of a secretive clan. As Lizbreath delves deeper into their history she realises that these dragons will do anything to defend their secrets. Welcome to the world of The Dragon With The Girl Tattoo. A world of gloomy Nordic dragons leading lives uncannily like our own (despite their size, despite the need for extensive fireproofing of home furnishings), a world of money hoarded, a world of darkness and corruption. A world where people are the fantasy.

http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Girl-Tattoo-Adam-Roberts/dp/0575100915

u/amazon-converter-bot · 1 pointr/FreeEBOOKS

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u/Household_Cat · 2 pointsr/duolingo

I've been waiting as well. It's the one language, along with Swedish, that I've had an interest in. If you want to try and learn some on your own, I'd suggest Memrise.com along with their app. I've also heard this book is fantastic and I plan on getting it soon. Hope this helps!

u/AlwaysLupus · 2 pointsr/books

Grab yourself a copy of Greegs & Ladders. Its currently free on amazon kindle (Free, free, you don't need the subscription).

http://www.amazon.com/Greegs-Ladders-Science-Fiction-Adventure-ebook/dp/B00DPQFATM/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1406093780

The book is in the vein of the Hitch Hiker's guide to the Galaxy. Science fiction, with a heavy focus on describing broken cultures.


Its free, and you can be reading it inside 10 minutes, so give it a shot.

u/Everyoneheresamoron · 1 pointr/AskReddit
  1. Chronicle of the 20th Century: The Ultimate Record of Our Times
    Always good to know the events of the last 100 years, I think.


  2. The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    Douglas Adams is one of the finest examples of british humor I could possible recommend, and I do so often.

  3. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court By Mark Twain
    Science Fiction and Mark Twain? Sign me up.
u/grammarandstyleaso · 1 pointr/bookclub

The Zamonia-Novels by Walter Moers:
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2

3

4

They are funny, gruesome, surreal and simply brilliant. Look at the reviews on amazon. Especially Rumo and The City of the Dreaming Books were unputdownable.

u/CatatonicConverter · 1 pointr/legaladvice

If this is the kind of thing that often turns up in your D&D campaigns, you should definitely read this book.

Its basically this scenario turned into a terrific D&D-inspired novel.

http://www.amazon.com/Orconomics-Satire-Dark-Profit-Saga-ebook/dp/B00O2NDJ2M

Note: I am neither the author, nor the publisher of this book, nor do I derive any benefit from its sales.

u/mrlr · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

Terry Pratchett - all of them, but in particular, Night Watch

Daniel Keyes - Flowers for Algernon I've linked to a book with the short story rather than the novel as I think the former is better.

Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series

u/KyleMolodets · 1 pointr/russia

There was a workbook called Сила that I used to get off the ground, but I can't find it anywhere on line. I used it in conjunction with

http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Penguin-Russian-Course/dp/0140120416

I'll tell you what you don't want to do though. Don't get a book that has a bunch of phrases that you need to memorize. Get a book that focuses on grammar principles and vocab.

EDIT: Join us in /r/russian as well! There is most likely more beginners there as well.

u/woodlandkreature · 3 pointsr/russian

https://www.amazon.com/New-Penguin-Russian-Course-Beginners/dp/0140120416/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537562572&sr=8-1&keywords=russian+penguin

This was my personal favorite as a beginner book, but I used this book along with other beginner texts. It's definitely worth checking out though.

u/MrW0rdsw0rth · 3 pointsr/russia

I'd suggest reading Penguin's Complete Russian Course for Beginners and then moving on to Modern Russian. But really, books can only help you understand concepts of the language on not to listen and speak the language conversationally. I'm an American, but I lived in Russia for a couple of years in my late teens to early twenties. I'd study Penguin's Complete Russian Course (and later Modern Russian) for an hour every morning and make mental notes of phrases I wanted to use and how to construct sentences and then I'd go out and talk with people. I'd be listening for what I was learning. It's so important to listen natives speak the language and you have to try to speak and make mistakes and have them correct you. I'd listen to native Russian podcast type programs as well and watch Russian movies. I started to be able to understand almost everything within the six to nine months. After a year, I could speak quite freely and then by 18 months I could understand the nuances of the language, make jokes, and almost always get my point across. So if you have the chance to speak with Russians, do so as often as possible. And make mistakes. Then learn from them. Study everyday. Practice everyday.

u/stoogemcduck · 5 pointsr/selfimprovement

The thing here that sticks out to me is that not once did you mention any specific thing that you enjoy doing or have a passion for.

Your goal was to make money and prove your dad wrong. That is not a sustainable way to direct your energy. I think it's very lucky that you were able to identify your problem as rooted in your dad and not money per se.

A lot of people pursue money as it's own means and own end and it ends up never being enough and it destroys them. You have to fail, sometimes spectacularly, to learn that kind of lesson and here you are, still young and in the prime place to learn from that mistake so don't feel bad.

I think you really need to sit back and try to figure out what really drives you. Why did you start an online company for example? There are a lot of ways to make money.

Why go that route specifically, and what did you sell? Were you drawn to that for some intrinsic reason other than you thought you'd make the most money that way or did you stumble on something that spoke to you and you were able to drive that to success because of passion? Generally, people aren't able to reach that level unless they're somehow interested in that field.

the short but powerful guide to finding your passion

coaching the artist within - this is geared towards artists but it starts out with trying to get you to find what you're passionate about and then lessons on mastering anxiety, mental blocks and fear of failure. It also sounds like you want to be self directed rather than on a career path which is similar to the 'artist life'.

Drive: The Surprising Truth about what Motivates us

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Meditations

On the Shortness of Life

The Wisdom of Insecurity

The Art of Nonconformity:Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World

Things Might go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: A Guide to Life Liberated from Anxiety

Here are a few things to get you started. They don't have 'the answer' per se, but I think they'll go a long way in helping you reframe your idea of motivation, discipline, and how to deal with fear of failure. And get you started on the right path.

I will also add: do not be afraid to find a good therapist (preferably one trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) especially if you are still under 26 and are on your Mom's insurance.

I am not suggesting you have an illness from the DSM-V per se. However, I think any time you're unhappy and are struggling to reach goals, at a certain point that is a 'mental health issue' you need help with and a therapist is the ideal 'coach' to get you through it with tested and verified methods (and likely in a finite amount of meetings.)

u/mollieegh · 5 pointsr/IWantToLearn

I started learning russian because my ex bf was Rusian.
I bought this book, which is absolutely perfect for beginners.


I also met a Russian penpal who I help with English in exchange for Russian on penpalworld.com

u/ImtheBadWolf · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Thanks for doing this! Pretty sure I haven't been gifted. If I'm wrong, somebody correct me.

Here's my link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Ultimate-Hitchhikers-Guide-Galaxy/dp/0345453743/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=3BV6ORTEG1H7I&coliid=I2VKFBD1WLM9QG

Used is fine, so it should be under the $10 limit, Sexy Rexy. Just make sure you unleash the dragon.

Edit: woops, forgot my intro, here it is:

http://www.reddit.com/r/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon/comments/1jbcw4/intro_and_gifted_hello_there/

u/molodyets · 1 pointr/russian

I cannot recommend this book enough:
http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Penguin-Russian-Course/dp/0140120416/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409690632&sr=8-1&keywords=penguin+russian+course

It has a very good vocab base, explains things clearly, has an entire chapter on pronunciation, includes cultural tidbits and there are stories that you progressively work up to (they are folk tales that are commonly known, similar to the 3 little pigs in the US, etc.)

And it's $11. You can find PDFs as well online.

u/komrade_komura · 1 pointr/dystopianbooks

Yo bro...it was free last weekend. This weekend it's Earth Seven - a Sci-fi Satire. Check it out: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0725XS6TQ

It will be a little while before The Robespierre Conspiracy goes free again.
I have to set up some stuff on my website first...then I will offer it free again. Gimme a few weeks.

u/MesozoicMan · 3 pointsr/Fantasy

It's a fun book! Grunts by Mary Gentle has some similar themes.

u/Monkey_Bars · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Redditing at work is AWESOME

I don't know you, but you are too!


This! Or surprise me!

u/pantherwest · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

You might enjoy Kill Your Friends by John Niven. It's about an unethical A&R guy and his tactics to stay at the top of his business. I really enjoyed its dark humor.

u/burlybuhda · 3 pointsr/WhatWeDointheShadows

I've liked the Fred series by Drew Hayes . Though that could be because I’m an accountant. It’s not quite as reality tv type, but fun and I think unique in its own way.

u/eaturbrainz · 10 pointsr/rational

Forty Millenia of Cultivation is basically my favorite web serial to follow right now. Possibly my favorite book I'm reading, period, and I've got Orconomics and Inventing the Future for it to compete with!

IT IS THE FORTY-FIRST MILLENIUM, AND MANKIND LIVES AMONG THE STARS, CULTIVATING QI.

u/Themfsmooth · 1 pointr/russian

I'm in the same boat as you. I've been working through The New Penguin Russian Course and have found it very helpful and easy to follow.

The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners (Penguin Handbooks) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0140120416/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_MvtaCbFKB31BV

u/kurtik7 · 2 pointsr/russian

Especially if you're working on your own, Nicholas Brown's New Penguin Russian Course – clear, well thought-out, inexpensive. I usually recommend using that as a primary resource for structure, with Duolingo as a supplement.

u/georgiapeach87 · 1 pointr/books

Basically what everyone else has said...YES! I would recommend The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide--it has all 5 of the books in one, and is much more cost effective than getting them individually.

u/Waffleteer · 7 pointsr/books

1Q84 and Damned are the most enjoyable books I've read that have come out in the past 8 months. However, if you're looking for something literary, that probably counts out Damned. Hope: A Tragedy also falls into your time frame. It's interesting; very dark and humorous. But, ehn...

u/MajorAss · 1 pointr/books

13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear. Pretty funny book and it has pictures.

u/NotARandomNick · 1 pointr/russian

well... according to my textbook, that would be called "partitive genitive".
Here's what the Russian Penguin Course has to say about this:

A minor use of the genitive case is to express the meaning 'some' with food and drink nouns:

дайте мне воды/вина/хлеба

дайте хлеб corresponds to "Give me bread" or "Give me the bread"

A small number of nouns have a special у/ю ending for the partitive. You may hear the question:

вы хотите чаю?
чаю with a special genitive ending ю (an alternative to -я is the pratitive genitve of чай. Other nouns which may have this -у ending are сахар, мёд, сыр

u/redsparks2025 · 3 pointsr/Buddhism

You should maybe consider adding Zen speaks shouts of nothingness (link to Amazon books).

Each cartoon is derived from a well know Buddhist scripture or Zen koans (link to youtube video).

Don't let the cartoons fool you as you really have to think deeply about what each cartoon is trying to say.

And don't simply accept the artist own interpretation at the end of each cartoon strip. Think for yourself.

And have fun and enjoy.

u/prezuiwf · 15 pointsr/AskReddit

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Best if the entire series is read (you can get all 5 books in one hardcover on Amazon for about $13: http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Hitchhikers-Guide-Galaxy/dp/0345453743/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323379697&sr=1-1 )

u/terrycarlin · 1 pointr/scifi

It's a little dated now but I think you'd probably like the Greg Mandel series as well.

Have you tried John Scalzi

u/notlikepeoplehere · 2 pointsr/SuicideWatch

I haven't. But speaking of mind-fuck, have you read anything by Haruki Murakami? I have not read his stuff but there's a book that looks really intriguing, it's called 1Q84. Just thought I'd mention it on the off chance you've read his stuff because I'm curious as to how it is.

u/t20a1h5u23 · 1 pointr/DontPanic

How about the alien from most of the book's covers? This guy. Might be good for the top bar as well.

u/designer_wannabe · 10 pointsr/AskReddit

I would go to a small café in Rickmansworth, England, order some drink, and write on a napkin something like...

>I've suddenly realized what it is that has been going wrong all this time. I finally know how the world can be a good and happy place. This time it is right, it will work, and no one will have to get nailed to anything! It's really quite simple and obvious, once you get it. You just have to understand this:
>

I'd leave exactly 42 bucks on my wallet and, if possible, be wearing a shirt with dolphings and/or mice drawing. Works better if it's on a Thursday.

Too Long : Didn't Get It? Check page 5 here.

u/Terkala · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant.

Fred honestly likes his job, and really wishes that people would leave him alone to do his work. Of course, the story conspires to shake up his very mundane (for a vampire) life. It's very much a young-adult fiction book and may be a bit childish for more adult tastes, but it can be entertaining with the right point of view.

u/themcp · 1 pointr/atheism

Not in base 11. Anyway, here, read this and you'll be all better dear.

u/TheCheshireCody · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

$9.99, actually, for the Kindle version, or $13.35 for the paperback.

At 800+ pages for all 5.1 books, if you could read it in eight hours I'd be extraordinarily impressed. You could easily bust through the first one in an evening, though.

u/Ahuri3 · 3 pointsr/Fantasy

Have you read Orconomics ?
https://www.amazon.com/Orconomics-Satire-Dark-Profit-Saga-ebook/dp/B00O2NDJ2M

Give it a try it's amazing, easy to read and might scratch your itch for A few guys with powers, a rogue, and a warrior. Maybe throw in some condescending elves and a quest to save a city from an evil dragon.

u/remembertosmilebot · 2 pointsr/CasualConversation

Did you know Amazon will donate a portion of every purchase if you shop by going to smile.amazon.com instead? Over $50,000,000 has been raised for charity - all you need to do is change the URL!

Here are your smile-ified links:

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u/megagikarp · 1 pointr/teenagers

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

It's not particularly about being less depressed and all that, but I guarantee it will make you feel better.

u/limp-along-cassidy · 2 pointsr/worldnews

Grammar books, for a start. At university, we used NPRC and Ruslan which both had easy to follow structure. Ruslan was more fun, but with a decent amount of grammar. Our professor told us it was the text that the US Nasa astronauts used to learn Russian. NPRC was more serious, with more comprehensive grammar.

u/yetimind · 1 pointr/minimalist

is minimalism something you are trying to achieve? if so, why?

do you think minimalism will make you happy? i think it will make you less distracted, but probably has nothing to do with happiness.

rather than achieving minimalism, as if it is a race, perhaps try instead to understand your motivations - and yourself.

forget about learning from web pages. you want to be or become minimal, let me suggest a few printed books. don't get an ebook. get paper. hold it in your hands, with no tv on, no cell phone on, no radio. start with an authentic, non-digital experience. i suggest a few books:

"The Tao Speaks" by Tsai Chi Chung

"Zhuangzi Speaks" also by Tsai Chi Chung

And "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff

Those books are a good start. I gave them to my mom about 10-15 years ago when she was going through a patch, and she told me after she read them, they made her feel peaceful.

they are just the tip of the iceberg in the topic of daoism, which is largely similar, but not identical, to minimalism. once you understand, there will be no need to explain. and it won't matter since the dao cannot be explained. yet, the thing which minimalism tries to achieve, is in the dao.

u/zerton · 4 pointsr/todayilearned

You would love this book. The Dragon with the Girl Tattoo.

u/emptymatrix · 4 pointsr/kindle

This is a great deal: http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Hitchhikers-Guide-Galaxy-ebook/dp/B0043M4ZH0

But, as someone else has already said, maybe it is not being sold in Australia. Perhaps you could change your country in the "Manage my kindle" section and buy it.

u/0whole1 · 2 pointsr/criticalrole

Self control, self determination, ability to perceive and act upon choices, identify and follow one overarching purpose.

Grog with the herd, prestream vm, first groon encounter, this groon encounter, Groon. Draw a line through those 5 points and thats the, at least spiritual/emotional path groon is setting for Grog. I think.

EDIT to add: see ref this: https://www.amazon.com/Zen-Speaks-Tsai-Chih-Chung/dp/0385472579

u/barashkukor · 2 pointsr/WoT

My username is from the book Grunts by Mary Gentle. It has served me well since I've found very few people go for it. Wheel of Time names are harder to pin down even though there are so many of them.

u/ScribblerJack · 1 pointr/Bookies

Oh crud I've been wanting to read this. I's the end of the month though and my library does a used book sale on the last week, maybe I will get lucky and find it, but just in caAaaaASsseeEee. (I also have Nook which I think lets you lend a book for a week if anyone wants to share with me lol!)

u/uppenbar · 2 pointsr/philosophy

Here is an illustrated (cartoon!) version translated and illustrated by Tsai Chih Chung. I recommend it greatly! You have to admit, taoism explained through cartoons is completely inappropriate.

u/EthnicSlurpee · 1 pointr/asoiaf

Although it's a different genre, 1Q84 is an amazing book.

u/Sirjohniv · 6 pointsr/Glitch_in_the_Matrix

Ive had some help from an old friend of mine from when I was a kid. His name was Douglas Adams and basically he says that if something out of the ordinary happens, no matter how inconceivable, all you have to do is remember these words "DON'T PANIC"

u/LessThanHero42 · 1 pointr/Fantasy

Grunts! by Mary Gentle is a fantasy comedy about Orcs who find a cache of modern military weaponry.

u/YourFriendLoke · 2 pointsr/duolingo

If you are serious about learning Russian then I wholeheartedly recommend this textbook. It is very good at explaining some of the grammar that appears later on that is very hard to get your head around.

u/xamueljones · 8 pointsr/rational

It's part of the website Critical Hits where the author loves to imagine how the economics of a DnD setting would work.

There's also the book, Orconomics, which is about a similar topic.

Here's the review of the book that was posted to this subreddit.

u/MpVpRb · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Nothing you or I say will change his mind

Yes, there's a slim chance that his optimism will result in success

More likely, he will learn from painful experience

For a really cynical view of the business..read "Kill Your Friends" http://www.amazon.com/Kill-Your-Friends-John-Niven/dp/0061690619/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415646140&sr=8-1&keywords=kill+your+friends

u/silverdae · 4 pointsr/GradSchool

Eats, Shoots & Leaves The no nonsense guide to punctuation.

The Craft of Research

Craft of Scientific Presentations

Edward Tufte I've never read anything of his, but I see this recommendation from time to time.

Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Because sometimes you need a vacation. :)

u/jaffa56 · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

The mother learned russian at school back in the day, i'm trying to follow in her footsteps, mainly by means of a teacher.

But this is the one book my mother recommends from back then. I bought it, and it is excellent. No stone is left unturned.

u/darchangel · 5 pointsr/audiobooks

I just finished The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant which was a lot of fun. If you buy it on kindle with added audible narration, it's only $9.

u/pm_me_pierced_nip · 417 pointsr/Showerthoughts

Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy series. Either the 2nd or 3rd book I believe? They're all fairly short, I bought ultimate edition on Amazon and get all like 5 of them together.

Edit: for everyone asking, here's the book I got

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0345453743/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apap_8nOngEkZkw2tO