How about a literature thread? Which books do you consider required reading? Doesn't have to be talking animals themed. But who doesn't love talking animals?70 posts and 64 image replies omitted. Click reply to view.
I've read the books in the post images except Redwall, but I watched the cartoon. I liked the cartoon, but it gave me the impression the book series is more suited toward a younger audience. It's highly rated, so maybe I'll read it eventually.
Watership Down is my favorite of these. It's sorta like Lord of the Rings but with rabbits. The rabbits have their own mythology and language (lapine) and the book is highly quotable. The original film based on the book is excellent too, but they leave out important characters like Blackavar. The film is kinda hardcore.
Renard the Fox is probably the least suitable for children. It's all poetry following the misdeeds (including sexual) of the eponymous anthro red fox. He's an amoral trickster whose exploits include raping a wolf and wiping his ass with the king's flag and throwing it at him. Fun stuff.
Mrs. Frisby and the rats of NIHM is about, well, basically the Don Bluth film, but without the magic. They changed her name to "Brisby" in the film for stupid trademark reasons (blame Wham-O). Anyway, there are super intelligent rats who have harnessed the power of electricity, but they see tapping humans' electric power grid as stealing and wish to generate their own. Mrs. Frisby goes to them for help moving her home, so her son Timothy, who's sick with pneumonia, doesn't get plowed by the farmer. She was married to one of these super intelligent rats (Jonathan), who died. So interspecies, because Mrs. Frisby is a field mouse. I read this for school way back in elementary school, so I forgot all the details. But I remember generally liking it. The films based on this book and Watership Down are both classics.
Sad but true. "Stranger danger" is way overblown. Most abuse comes from a child's authority figures.
What baffles me is when I hear a story about some daughter that's locked in the basement for years while the other children are raised more or less normally. What the fuck happened there?
Children don't know what's normal and will believe whatever they're told. They don't know that the sister in their soundproof basement is a bad thing.
Stranger danger is masked by the effect where 99% of abduction cases are done by non-custodial parents or other relatives, and the cause is usually disagreements about visiting rights.
Still, strangers do abduct children as well. The statistics are suppressed by adding all sorts of unnecessary riders, such as having to transport the child more than 50 miles to count as a "classic stranger abduction". Once you add in runaway kids and custody disagreements, etc. the actual problem starts to look very small, but that's just a deliberate semantic trick to discredit the argument.
In reality these are different causes and different problems that are mashed together to direct the moral panic against a desired target, such as fathers trying to gain access to their own children.
I'm enjoying Blasphemy Online by Andrew Seiple.
A three volume book series about a guy living in a future world where America has broken up into different areas based on things like liberalism vs theocracy.
He lives in the theocracy where Religion is the law and censorship is standard.
People escape into state approved full-dive video-games but on the dark web, there is a new game that everyone is playing Generica Online.
No one knows which nation built it, no one knows who coded it, but our main character Richard who is a coder himself, starts to unravel some of its secrets when he gets offered the deal of a life-time by the NPC who helps you create your character… https://audiobookbay.unblockit.how/audio-books/dragon-hack-blasphemy-online-book-1-andrew-seiple/https://audiobookbay.unblockit.how/audio-books/blasphemy-online-02-occult-place-to-die-andrew-seiple/https://audiobookbay.unblockit.how/audio-books/blasphemy-online-03-dragon-drop-andrew-seiple/
Those links are for the audiobook format but for you basic bitches who like mp3s you can use VLC to convert them.
I went ahead and uploaded the mp3 versions for MEGA for you because we all know how dumb some of you are. https://mega.nz/folder/p8UzhQqY#OJOhEhoXtUZn81kq9MFqAw
Ill listen to that as soon as I'm done with The Witcher series.
Got back into the game after watching the netflix adaptation, and as much as I like the lore, I just couldn't get into the first 2 games. The books are filling in a lot of gaps, but all in all the books are turning out to be a lot less entertaining than I'd hoped. That might change, I've only gotten through the two prequels, and the first two books
So whats your favorite song from the Netflix series? Mines currently burn butcher burn!