Posts tagged Books
Posts tagged Books
A fuckload of classic literature:
- 1984 by George Orwell
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- Aesop’s Fables by Aesop
- Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll
- Andersen’s Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
- Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
- Bleak House by Charles Dickens
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
- Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Dubliners by James Joyce
- Emma by Jane Austen
- Erewhon by Samuel Butler
- For the Term of His Natural Life by Marcus Clarke
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- Grimms Fairy Tales by the brothers Grimm
- Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
- Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard by Joseph Conrad
- Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
- Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
- Paradise Lost by John Milton
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
- Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
- Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
- Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
- Swanns Way by Marcel Proust
- Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
- Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
- The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- The Great Gatsby
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- The Iliad by Homer
- The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells
- The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
- The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
- The Odyssey by Homer
- The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
- The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
- The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli
- The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
- The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Tales of Mother Goose by Charles Perrault
- The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan
- The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Duma
- The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
- The Trial by Franz Kafka
- The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Ulysses by James Joyce
- Utopia by Sir Thomas More
- Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
- Within A Budding Grove by Marcel Proust
- Women In Love by D. H. Lawrence
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Click on the motherfucking Hypelinks bitches.
Here! Have a fuckload of modern literature, too!
- A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
- A Study In Scarlet - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith
- An Abundance of Katherines - John Green
- Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
- Bossypants - Tina Fey
- Breakfast At Tiffany’s - Truman Capote
- Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
- Catcher In The Rye - J.D. Salinger
- Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
- City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
- Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
- Damned - Chuck Palahniuk
- Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay
- Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris
- Ender’s Game - Orson Scott Card
- Everything Is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
- Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
- Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
- Go The Fuck To Sleep - Adam Mansbach
- I Am America (And So Can You!) - Stephen Colbert
- I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
- Inkheart - Cornelia Funke
- It - Stephen King
- Life of Pi - Yann Martel
- Lolita - Vladmir Nabokov
- Marked - Kristin Cast
- Memoirs Of A Geisha - Arthur Golden
- My Sister’s Keeper - Jodi Picoult
- Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
- One Day - David Nicholls
- Paper Towns - John Green
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief - Rick Riordan
- Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shepard
- Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
- Snow White And The Huntsman - Lily Blake
- The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
- The Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum
- The Giver - Lois Lowry
- The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
- The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
- The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
- The Notebook - Nicholas Sparks
- The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
- The Perks of Being A Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
- The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot
- The Things They Carried - Tim O’Brien
- The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
- The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
- Tuesdays With Morrie - Mitch Albom
- Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
- Vampire Diaries: The Awakening - L.J. Smith
- Water For Elephants - Sara Gruen
- Wicked - Gregory Maguire
Living in the future can be pretty sweet sometimes
Oh my god! There’s more!
My brother told me something like this before.
so…does this mean that every fanfiction that i read is real? omg perfect.
Whilst reading the first book of the series - Game of Thrones - I’ve noticed a couple of interesting things about Stannis Baratheon:
1- He doesn’t appear but is an omnipresent character. On the first book, we haven’t seen him yet, he hasn’t appeared, he hasn’t talked, so we only know what others…
THIS. All of this. Is it weird that I printed it out and started marking all of my favorite passages and sentences? Now my printout looks as if you had given a bunch of markers to some Kindergarten kids and turned them loose on it :D. And I’m still stuck while trying to formulate a reasonable reply.
So. I agree with you (as if you hadn’t guessed that already ;D). I agree especially on the part that he took part in the very foundation of the plot and I would like to take this even further and go so far as to say: He’s actually the catalyst.
A catalyst is a substance that starts a chemical reaction or speeds it up.
Which Stannis undoubtedly did by unearthing Cersei’s dirty little secret. By writing those letters, by fighting on the Blackwater, by fighting on the Wall and God only knows by what he’s been up to in ADWD (not that I know, mind you).
He keeps setting things in motion - even indirectly. Think of what Sam did with the election of the Lord Commander. Or, as you already said, the real motive behind Jon Arryn’s murder.
Now there are different types of catalysts (some can inhibit certain reactions and some start them). And then there are substances which influence the catalysts. Those are called ‘promoters’. That would be Melisandre and Davos. And probably Jon Snow, too.
But here’s the thing about catalysts that I personally like the most: Unlike other reagents that participate in a chemical reaction, a catalyst is not consumed by the reaction itself. It can participate in multiple chemical transformations.
It kind of fits. Stannis is still alive (for the time being) while many of the other protagonists who were involved are already dead (consumed).
And this gives me reason to hope that Stannis might make it to the seventh book (and probably even beyond that). But mind you, I might not be the best authority on the field of predicting who lives or dies, especially seeing how I was taken completely by surprise by the outcome of GoT and (although I had a bad feeling beforehand) by one major event in ASOS.
Besides I am pretty biased so…
So if I hadn’t seen the series before reading the book - and I knew nothing about the story as it would be desirable - I could actually see Stannis in the first book as some sort of conventional hero. A correct, honest, honourable man, perhaps even a bit puritanical. An extremely strong warrior who fears nothing and no one. The man who could save Eddard Stark, who could save the Kingdom.
As a person who read the books first
and still hasn’t watched the TV show completelyI’m sitting here and nodding my assent so hard that my neck’s starting to hurt.
I think that part of why he seems to emerge as a hero in GoT probably stems from the way his character traits (honesty, honor, duty, justice) are contrasted to those of the members of the small council, the men who govern the realm. And - apart from Ned Stark and Ser Barristan and look where that got them - they come up sorely lacking in that department.
He remembered what Robert had told him in the crypts below Winterfell. I am surrounded by flatterers and fools, the king had insisted.
Ned looked down the council table and wondered which were the flatterers and which the fools. He thought he knew already. “We are but five”, he pointed out.
“Lord Stannis took himself to Dragonstone not long after the king went north”, Varys said, “and our gallant Ser Barristan no doubt rides beside the king as he makes his way through the city, as befits the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.”
The ones who would really fit on the small council are the ones that are missing.
So these are the men who scoff at him and make fun of him at every turn, the very same men I would describe with terms as “corrupt” or “self-serving”.
At first, especially from Clash of Kings onwards, it seems that he is a condemned character.
Mind me, I still believe Stannis is the most likely candidate to die on Winds of Winter.
Must read ADWD. MUST READ ADWD.
Your analysis makes things much clearer. Mine was a bit confusing. My thoughts just ran and I wrote them down. I really like how you placed him as a catalyst and not just a follower of something.
I don’t have much more to add. I would only like to say that I’m glad we’ve asserted that Stannis is a much more important character than we all thought it the first place. Without him, the story wouldn’t have been developed. Although before I believed that Stannis was a just a means for Melisandre to find the real Azor Ahai, Jon Snow, now I kind believe that he is more important than that.
But things are going pretty bleak for him in the books. Everyone and everything is against him. Targaryens attacking Storm’s End or about to anyway, Ramsey fucking bastard and Winterfell…well. I hope this isn’t all just a bunch of coincidences.
This is good news!!
This is very good news. It means I’m only gonna have to deal with Stannis’s death in two years and I’m gonna have time to prepare myself.
Today during the Portugal-Spain match I’ll be buying the second book of A Song of Ice and Fire.
I get that I should be patriot and all that crap. But Stannis appears in the second book.
And it’s Stannis.
Whispers to self: Don’t kill Petyr, Don’t kill Petyr, Don’t kill Petyr, Don’t kill Petyr.
(Or Tyrion. Or Ser Jorah)
All the Goddamn time
All the time. Always.
Have hope for my generation. After all, the richest woman in the UK earned all her fortune because she wrote books.
This is exactly how I feel when I’m so absorbed in a book and then somebody starts talking to me. I even have this “I’m-reading-talk-to-me-later” look, at least according to people who know me all too well.
Did I tell you guys about the time when my Dad was reading this book about Napoleon and Wellington; he was about to go to bed and said:
“I’m going to bed with Napoleon and Wellington. HURR HURR”
and then skipped upstairs.