20 Great Infodumps From Science Fiction Novels. Kinja is in read-only mode.
We are working to restore service. *sigh* Now i'm gonna have to read Consider Phlebas. Atleast they carry Banks in my poorly stocked local bookstore. Flagged @tradeskilz: Player of Games or Use of Weapons are probably the better gateways to Bank's Culture novels if you can get them. Oh, what am I saying? Soooo good. @Grey_Area: Consider Phlebas was the first Banks novel I read, and it blew my mind. 75 Books Every Writer Should Read. Whether you want to make writing your career or just want to know how to improve your writing so that you can pass your college courses, there is plenty of reading material out there to help you get inspired and hone your skills.
Here’s a collection of titles that will instruct you on just about every aspect of writing, from the basics of grammar to marketing your completed novel, with some incredibly helpful tips from well-known writers themselves as well. Writing Basics These books address things like structure, plot, descriptions and other basic elements of any story. The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers: You can improve the quality of your writing by adding a mythical quality to them with advice and insight from this book.
Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler: Whether you agree with the ideas in this book or not, you’ll find it a useful and informative read for writing. Advice from Authors Improving Your Writing Grammar Reference Books. The Modern Library. Articles. Creating fictional characters requires adversity, There are few happy stories in the world.
There are happy endings. There are happy characters. Few stories revolve around the good things that happen to people. If they do, there is a downside to the “good things” that happen to them. Stories are about adversity and conflict. Creating Fictional Characters Using Physical Adversity Physical adversity is death, injury, illness and threat. Creating Fictional Characters Using Miscommunication and Deception This is a classic plot complication.
Deception is similar to miscommunication, but it involves deliberate lies. Literature-Map - The tourist map of literature. 'If', by Rudyard Kipling. If If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or, being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
HOWTO: Read more books. I’ve read a hundred books a year for the past couple years.
Last time I mentioned this, a couple people asked how I could read so many books. Do I read unusually quickly? Do I spend an unusual amount of time reading? I did a simple calculation: The average person spends 1704 hours a year watching TV. If the average reading rate is 250 words per minute and the average book is 180,000 words, then that’s 142 books a year. Block your favorite blogs. I suspect few people will take all of this advice, but hopefully some of it is useful to you. Of course, long ago Cosma Shalizi said all this shorter and better: Where do you find the time to read so much? …but then again, everything I write is just commentaries on off-hand remarks by Cosma. posted by Aaron Swartz on March 2, 2010 # Um, #3 seems a little extreme. I also read a lot, but would like to have some evidence that it helps me with my broader life and goals. Posted by Andy C on March 2, 2010 # Nice post. Les 100 classiques à lire absolument. Je cherchais, sur le net, une liste des 100 romans que tout le monde connait, les meilleurs des classiques en somme.
Tout ce que j'ai pu trouver, c'est un bouquin fumeux de Beigbeder et la liste du Time.Il y a effectivement des choses à retenir de cette liste, mais elle me pose deux problèmes. D'abord, le très ambitieux "de tous les temps" se limite en fait à... 1923-2000. Ça fait un peu court. Ensuite, les meilleurs romans n'ont été écrit qu'en langue anglaise, ça va de soi (!!).
Je propose donc de tous vous mettre à contribution pour établir LA liste JE, celle qui vous permettra de dévaliser efficacement votre libraire et de briller par votre culture aux diners chez belle-maman.Et, dans mon infinie magnanimité, je vais essayer de tenir la liste à jour dans ce post.Quelques contraintes histoire que ça ne parte pas (trop) en vrille :- Nom de l'œuvre ET auteur. Pour le reste, freestyle ! Classement roman par nombre de fois cité : 149 . N'ont pas trouvé preneur (cités une seule fois) : Bibliosurf.com.