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Thursday, 25 February 2021

The 50 Greatest Apocalypse Novels

quote [ The end of the world is never really the end of the world?at least not in fiction. After all, someone must survive to tell the tale. And what tales they are. Humans have been pondering the end of existence for as long as we?ve been aware of it. ]

An older article from last year, but thought I'd share it. Two of my faves ("The Postman" and "Cloud Atlas") are on it, as well as McCammon's "Swan's Song." I always felt McCammon never got the recognition he deserved.
[SFW] [SE Book Club] [+2]
[by knumbknutz@9:53pmGMT] [2 comments]

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Artisanal Pencil Sharpening

quote [ "the standard to which all future pencil-sharpening textbooks must now aspire." (New Yorker) ]

That's a cool book I received some christmases ago. It's author quit the sharpening business in the meantime, it seems.
[SFW] [SE Book Club] [+2]
[by Paracetamol@1:25pmGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Why Goodreads is bad for books

quote [ Alongside the lack of incentive, Critchlow also believes that Goodreads ultimately still serves the purpose most people use it for. ?I think a ?better Goodreads? is alluring because reading books and sharing books is an incredibly emotional experience,? he says. ?But? keeping a list of books you?ve read and want to read is actually served pretty well? Most of the imagined features and social ideas are not actually that useful.? ]

That was too interesting to pass on, sorry for the double post. Many links to follow, especially A Proposal for a Decentralized Goodreads featured many nice thoughts.
[SFW] [SE Book Club] [+1 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@7:46pmGMT] [6 comments]

Monday, 30 September 2019

Can you judge a book by its odour?

quote [ Wren Library in St Paul?s cathedral to describe what the library smelled like to them. Everyone described its smell as ?woody?, while 86% also experienced it as ?smoky?, 71% as ?earthy? and just under half (41%) reported the scent of ?vanilla? ? all smells associated with particular chemicals in old books. ]

The chemicals between us.
[SFW] [SE Book Club] [+1 Original]
[by Paracetamol@8:24pmGMT] [1 comment]

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Free: Download 15,000+ Free Golden Age Comics from the Digital Comic Museum | Open Culture

quote [ The Digital Comic Museum offers free access to hundreds of pre-1959 comic books, uploaded by users who often offer historical research and commentary alongside high-quality scans. ]

Trashy crime and Western comics and as many Roy Lichtenstein tropes as you can shake a stick at.

Thumb: Brides In Love
[SFW] [SE Book Club] [+5 Classy Pr0n]
[by Paracetamol@7:38pmGMT] [0 comments]



Monday, 19 November 2018

The Radical Tactics of the Offline Library

quote [ It is trivially simple to start collecting e-books, marshalling them into libraries on hard drives, and then to share the results. And it is much less trivially important. Sharing is caring. Societies where people share, especially ideas, are societies that will naturally flourish. ]

Some thoughts on sharing screen-reading.
[SFW] [SE Book Club] [+2 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@11:24pmGMT] [5 comments]

Friday, 9 November 2018

12 Incredible Home Libraries with Hidden Doors

quote [ Home libraries are already magical places with numerous new worlds in which to escape. Add a hidden door and you?ve got something extra special. We?ve scoured the web and found fantastic home libraries with hidden doors to realms unknown! ]

I love this stuff. I'd probably buy a house if I could just so I could do this kind of thing.

I went with SE Book Club instead of Literature because this seems more, um, book-clubby than content-driven, but while we're at it I nominate Sapiens by Yuval Harari, as I think it would make for some interesting discussion - anyone read it or reading it or up for reading it?
[SFW] [SE Book Club] [+3 Good]
[by hellboy@7:21amGMT] [5 comments]

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Worldcon 75 World Science Fiction Convention Coming to Helsinki

quote [ The official Worldcon 75 website, where you can find all and any information about the event. Helsinki was selected to host the 75th Worldcon in 2017. Voting was held in the 2015 Worldcon, Sasquan in Spokane. ]

If you have the money and the time - this is where every SCI-FI nerd will be.
[SFW] [SE Book Club] [+1 Hot Pr0n]
[by knumbknutz@1:14pmGMT] [1 comment]

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

?New York 2140? - A Sci-Fi Vision Of A World Reshaped By Climate Change

quote [ If a trip to Venice is your ideal holiday, then you?re going to love the future. Most of us, however, will be quite sobered by Kim Stanley Robinson?s upcoming novel, New York 2140, a near-future projection of a world reshaped by climate change. Sea level has risen by 50 feet, flooding the Big Apple and and countless coastal cities around the planet. Thousands of species have gone extinct. ]

Definitively not on the white house reading list.
[SFW] [SE Book Club] [+2]
[by knumbknutz@6:29pmGMT] [3 comments]

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

steele's Neoliberal Reading List

I was putting together a reading list for sanepride and figured why not just go nuts with a post. If you guys would like to do a book club reading on one of these books I would be down. Given how much we talk politics on this site it seems only fitting that we should be reading books on what we're arguing about. I'll put a link to my dropbox with copies for those of you who can't afford to buy them. If you can please do so, etc.

[SFW] [SE Book Club] [+10 Classy Pr0n]
[by steele@12:26amGMT] [36 comments]



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