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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?82 posts and 71 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.
>>3651650>>3651651Lord of the Flies
is seriously good from what I remember. Have an excerpt:>Simon stayed where he was, a small brown image, concealed by the leaves. Even if he shut his eyes the sow’s head still remained like an after-image. The half-shut eyes were dim with the infinite cynicism of adult life. They assured Simon that everything was a bad business.>“I know that.”>Simon discovered that he had spoken aloud. He opened his eyes quickly and there was the head grinning amusedly in the strange daylight, ignoring the flies, the spilled guts, even ignoring the indignity of being spiked on a stick.>He looked away, licking his dry lips.>A gift for the beast. Might not the beast come for it? The head, he thought, appeared to agree with him. Run away, said the head silently, go back to the others. It was a joke really—why should you bother? You were just wrong, that’s all. A little headache, something you ate, perhaps. Go back, child, said the head silently.>Simon looked up, feeling the weight of his wet hair, and gazed at the sky. Up there, for once, were clouds, great bulging towers that sprouted away over the island, grey and cream and copper-colored. The clouds were sitting on the land; they squeezed, produced moment by moment this close, tormenting heat. Even the butterflies deserted the open space where the obscene thing grinned and dripped. Simon lowered his head, carefully keeping his eyes shut, then sheltered them with his hand. There were no shadows under the trees but everywhere a pearly stillness, so that what was real seemed illusive and without definition. The pile of guts was a black blob of flies that buzzed like a saw. After a while these flies found Simon. Gorged, they alighted by his runnels of sweat and drank. They tickled under his nostrils and played leapfrog on his thighs. They were black and iridescent green and without number; and in front of Simon, the Lord of the Flies hung on his stick and grinned. At last Simon gave up and looked back; saw the white teeth and dim eyes, the blood—and his gaze was held by that ancient, inescapable recognition. In Simon’s right temple, a pulse began to beat on the brain.
>“You are a silly little boy,” said the Lord of the Flies, “just an ignorant, silly little boy.”
>Simon moved his swollen tongue but said nothing.
>“Don’t you agree?” said the Lord of the Flies. “Aren’t you just a silly little boy?”
>Simon answered him in the same silent voice.
>“Well then,” said the Lord of the Flies, “you’d better run off and play with the others. They think you’re batty. You don’t want Ralph to think you’re batty, do you? You like Ralph a lot, don’t you? And Piggy, and Jack?”
>Simon’s head was tilted slightly up. His eyes could not break away and the Lord of the Flies hung in space before him.
>“What are you doing out here all alone? Aren’t you afraid of me?”
>“There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the Beast.”
>Simon’s mouth labored, brought forth audible words.
>“Pig’s head on a stick.”
>“Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!” said the head. For a moment or two the forest and all the other dimly appreciated places echoed with the parody of laughter. “You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?”
>The laughter shivered again.
>“Come now,” said the Lord of the Flies. “Get back to the others and we’ll forget the whole thing.”
>Simon’s head wobbled. His eyes were half closed as though he were imitating the obscene thing on the stick. He knew that one of his times was coming on. The Lord of the Flies was expanding like a balloon.
>“This is ridiculous. You know perfectly well you’ll only meet me down there—so don’t try to escape!”
>Simon’s body was arched and stiff. The Lord of the Flies spoke in the voice of a schoolmaster.
>“This has gone quite far enough. My poor, misguided child, do you think you know better than I do?”
>There was a pause.
>“I’m warning you. I’m going to get angry. D’you see? You’re not wanted. Understand? We are going to have fun on this island. Understand? We are going to have fun on this island! So don’t try it on, my poor misguided boy, or else—”
>Simon found he was looking into a vast mouth. There was blackness within, a blackness that spread.
>“—Or else,” said the Lord of the Flies, “we shall do you? See? Jack and Roger and Maurice and Robert and Bill and Piggy and Ralph. Do you. See?”
>Simon was inside the mouth. He fell down and lost consciousness.
Is he high or something?
Hallucinating from hunger, thirst and terror of being marooned on a island
"Sharp-ears" is based on a comic strip and a novel made by Stanislav Lolek and Rudolf Těsnohlídek in the 1920's, Liška Bystrouška, which was then made into an opera The Cunning Little Vixen by Leoš Janáček.
Rudolf Těsnohlídek who wrote the story was a messed up guy. He watched his friend drown when he was a teen. His first wife shot herself in front of him while on holiday in Norway, and he had to stand trial twice to prove that he didn't murder her. His second wife left. Third wife stayed. He eventually shot himself in 1928 and his wife gassed herself to death on hearing the news.
Sharp-ears, or the Cunning Little Vixen, is basically his psychological traumas and hangups about the world dressed up as a funny comic about a fox.
This is true.
Těsnohlídek obviously had a sense of humor and could see much good in life. Sharpears the Vixen was an embodiment of life itself - joy, lust, sex but also darkness, self doubt, and sadness to the point of depression. This realism is probably why the characters are so real and moving.
The New York Times Book Review (which runs four pages) said this:
". This is not a children's book. It is a beautifully written story that makes one think about life with good humor but not always with laughter. In fact, in places it is probably too strong for children: the action is rough; both the animals and the people in it are hunters and some get killed and many hurt. It is also gently risque throughout and in many places as earthy as any folk classic one can think of…
". It is a marvelous story. Towards the end it becomes poignant. At first that is surprising, but then one realizes that strong feelings have been building up for a long time and the writing is so graceful that one doesn't feel nipped by them at the outset. "
The fact that it was dressed up as a satire of a children's book with animal characters and all was probably the reason it could be written at all. That was the sugar that makes the pill go down.
Oooh, I haven't read those since I was a kid. I'll have to see if the library has them.
That's a throwback
I forget offhand. I'm guessing on the order of 100 pages or so.
I know I have it around but I think it's in a box somewhere.
Not sure if I mentioned it before – Perhaps the furriest star trek paperback book.
*looks closer*>Modern vibrators in medieval Redwall era time period.
Some furry with a time machine force them to do this out of sheer chaos.
i uploaded a new collection of Rukis' Side Stories, called "More Side Stories" (so original).
also, some minor corrections to "Side Stories" (v2.3) - and i moved "Lifeline" to the new collection, it fits better there.
“That was but a prelude; where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people also”
- German poet Heinrich Heine, 1797-1856
Nazis burned his books.
I've been buying the graphic novels cause I like the art :3
Fall Out Equestria is surprisingly well written. I like FOE: Project Horizons a lot. It's like a second set of books set in the same universe.
The series are a good read in spite of being pony.
The Starship Freedom series is pretty good if you like military stuff. It's like Starship Troopers but more serious with less woke commentary on fascism.
I'm reading the Awaken Online series right now where a company creates a full dive VR game with an A.I. controller that is tasked with the goal to optimize the game in such a way that the players will keep playing.
It doesn't trap them in VR or anything cliché like that but it still is a nice read. The main character is cast as the villain of the game and starts making his living as a streamer eventually.
The series has a main set and several "Side Quests" books that focus on other characters instead of the main one. It expands the world and elaborates on backstories of the characters who will one day interact with the main story later.
Do the dragons fuck anyone? Otherwise dragon books are boring. They are too over powered to be interesting.
>>3685887>Dragons too overpowered
But it's all dragons fighting other dragons? It ain't some Pern bullshit.>>3685882
The comics have been storytimed on /co/. I'm sure you could find the threads relatively easily.