Gravity's Rainbow or Mason & Dixon, which one is better?
Picked these up at a couple yard sales over the last couple of days. Which should I read first? Keep in mind that I read Call of the Wild on my kindle about a month ago.
Oh, trust me, the short stories book is going to get picked through over and over. Love short story collections, but I'm more interested in the novels at the moment.
I hate movie adaptation covers as well, but does it really matter? It's a paperback. I'm not worried about the cover.
Go easy on me.
It was cold and quiet in downtown Dublin and all around the church, the air rang midnight.
From the squeaking halt of a polished black Porsche stepped Shanice. She was tall, thin and pale. Her glossy black hair seemed like an extension to her car and her lacy, crimson dress shone like blood against it. She took out her phone.
‘Jonny’ she said. ‘Do you have the shit?’
‘You bet…’ Jonny replied.
Shanice was respectable. Nothing could ever get in her way. She was what her mother called ‘a REAL woman’. She’d never been one for the mob business, but after marrying to a drug lord on her sixteenth birthday, and then murdering him after he’d raped her, she soon took over the family business. Now, vulnerable and timid Shanice went by the name of Mrs Carson, the ultimate force in drug trading.
‘It’s all prepared Mrs Carson’ called a young man nearby, who soon emerged from a dark alleyway with a large bag of cash.
‘Thank you’ she said, slipping five fifty pound notes into his pocket. ‘Here’s a tip.’
The young man fell back and smiled. ‘I’m Danny, by the way!’
‘Look after yourself, Danny boy’ said the confident Mrs Carson, as she drove into the night.
Danny watched her leave. ‘What a woman’ whispered.
Your dialogue is far too stiff. The description of Shanice's personality is, to be frank, rather too heavy on somewhat cliche'd mobster nonsense backstory. You should show character through action, not a biography. There's also very little tension, characters just zoom about this barebones set, and the pacing of just one paragraph is pretty all over the place.
Don't ask people to go easy on you with critique. You shouldn't...
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Well you succeeded, but if it's satire then I think the humour element needs to be drawn out slightly, perhaps made a slight bit more heavy handed on the bullshit of your scene.
Why on earth are you trying to write badly anyway? It sounds like an easy way to cement bad habits.
Here's something from a short story I'm working on if someone wants more, I've another three or so pages to show but they're still a bit rough and I'm trying to decide if I want a decisive difference...
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Which of Xenophon's works are worth reading?
>they killed our sensei. I will write his vindication as the best man ever. That will show them.
>didn't you listen to sensei? He taught us our souls are immortal. He may have been the best of us, but he was always the most modest. I will remember him modestly.
I am looking for "masterpiece" or iconic books and poetry written in Northern Germanic languages (particularly Norwegian, Swedish, and Icelandic).
Looking for books/poems in original text that have also been translated. I want to compare the source with the translation for phonetic similarities and differences to better appreciate the uniqueness of the individual languages, their relationship to English and learn how their writers convey their craft.
So, can /lit/ give me some suggestions?
Check casual haul compañeros
I have no idea what's going on.
Just finished this. Meh. Not impressed.
It was an easy and enjoyable read but it didn't lead much to anything. I guess that's a good summer read.
Is American Pastoral much better? This was my first Philip Roth novel
Thanks for the recs, I'll try to read at least one other book, not really fair to judge an author basing my opinion on one of his minor works
I'll reckon the story flows quite easily though, he certainly is a good storyteller. You can read this in one sitting. But the ending is really underwhelming to say the least
I was just wondering, if I have watched the show and followed many book theories up close, can I skip over the first and second book and go to the third or should i start with the second? I read some of the first book, is any of it really any different?
If you have followed most book theories you'd probably know most of where the plot goes. But honestly, you'll still miss a lot of little things and if you're going to read the series, you might as well read it all. I'm rereading one chapter a day and so I'll be finished in about a year. Maybe TWOW will be out by then
Why are people so keen to tear his theories apart?
Is it because he strikes a nerve in many even in this day and age?
>Discovered The Unconcious
>Discovered the importance of sexuality
>Discovered that talking alleviates stress
>Discovered defense mechanisms
>Discovered that your personality is 100% dependent on your upbringing
Most of his theories are proven and are taken for granted today in modern psychology and psychoanalysis. Dunno what you're talking about OP.
What books are the most classic and essential books of all time, books which are referenced throughout all other books and parodied and other books stand on the shoulders of? Probably Ulysses and Paradise Lost, stuff like that? I never read those.
Which one should I read, /lit/?
Do you ever wonder who created your character and why your life is a computer simulation?
>Austrian election results
>Increasing terrorist attacks
will you finally admit he was right?