Recommend literature, discuss literature, quotes from wherever. Philosophy. What do you consider recommended reading? For furries in particular? What are you reading now or the last thing you read? (besides tms shitposts)
Finished binge reading all the released Pack Street chapters the other day:https://archiveofourown.org/works/12141837/chapters/27547896
According to TV Tropes, "In 2023, Weaver announced Pack Street to be going on hiatus, possibly indefinitely, as a result of real life troubles relating to the people he wrote the story with."
That's a shame, because Pack Street is very compelling storytelling. TV Tropes also gives a good description:>You know Zootopia? A Shining City of interspecies cooperation in a World of Funny Animals, where "anyone can be anything"? Well, there's a Wrong Side of the Tracks there, too, and if you didn't already know there were predator/prey tensions, that's where you'll find out.
Pack Street is in the same world as Zootopia; but the author created his own characters, and the story centers around them. The protagonist is a sheep, Remmy Cormo. Here's an excerpt of him at the local burger joint that uses bug meat, accompanied by his mates Ozzy the hyena and Wolter and Anneke the aardwolves:
Ozzy slaps me on the back hard enough for me to really feel it through my padding. "Welcome to the night crew!" he howls, grinning.
Our hyena pushes the door open, using his height advantage to clear the way for the rest of us to make our way inside. Once we're in, the noise of the restaurant's almost deafening. There's gotta be a good dozen or so employees frantically working the counter trying to serve customers, and they're still stuffed to overflowing with folks.
So crowded. So loud. So many preds talking, eating. Something deep and primal tugs at me inside and I feel myself begin to sweat. Predators on all sides. The room stinks of cooking grease and unmasked musk. Dozens of fang-toothed maws gnashing meat. Everywhere. Every direction I turn.
I am a sheep surrounded by carnivores.
If one turned on me, would anyone stop it? Would they even report it afterwards? How much of the straining civilized facade would be left? Visions of my own corpse on the floor. Wool red with my blood. Teeth everywhere. Bug burgas discarded in favor of animal meat. I don't want to die.
I won't be devoured.
I'm jolted back to reality with a shock. Anneke snaps her fingers in front of my face and I jump so hard I leave the fucking ground. To her credit, she doesn't laugh. She actually startles in return, and gives me this weird, almost worried look. The other two don't notice, thankfully.
"Hey, what's up? You okay?" she peers up at me, cocking her head to one side. I try to focus on breathing and hope my sweating's not noticeable.
"Yeah," I lie, "Just… the smell in here is kind of overwhelming."
"Yeah, it's something, huh?" she twists, tilting her head the other way, "It smells great in here. Like a slice of fried heaven."
Well, agree to disagree. I glance around the room, wondering how many stares I've elicited, but most everyone seems to be too engaged in their own conversations to notice me, at least for the moment. Most of the mammals in here are canids, but I spot a couple bears looming over the crowd, and a trio of otters sitting in a corner booth. Stoats at the counter. Or maybe weasels. They spin to face me and make some gesture and I nearly fall back into my own cold sweat before I realize they're just waving to someone behind me. They're all girls, high schoolers by the look of them, wearing pink and pastels and giggling at their phones. Yeah. A real threat, Remmy. They're definitely about to rip your throat out.
This is ridiculous. Predators don't eat prey. Not anymore. I gotta get a hold of myself. I'm not in any real danger. Hell, last time I actually was, Ozzy stepped in and stopped it.
…Now I'm just feeling like an asshole.
I could never get into any of the stuff posted on /ztg/. It just became such a circlejerk of attention whores and their zoosonas
Ztg on lulz? It's so over.
Rick Griffin's new book is p good. 7 bucks for the ebook thoe
Good joke sir. +1 reddit gold!
What made it good?>>3714148
That was actually quite interesting.
It has happened to me, while taking solitary walks through the woods of Baarn, that I would suddenly stop in my tracks and stand stiff as a board, overcome by a frightening, unreal and yet blissful sense of standing eye to eye with the inexplicable. That tree there in front of me, as an object, as part of the woods, is perhaps not so amazing, but the distance, the space between it and me, suddenly seems unfathomable.
He who wants to depict something nonexistent has to follow certain rules. Those rules are more or less the same ones as for fairy tales.
The element of the inscrutable, on which he now wants to focus attention, needs to be surrounded, to be veiled by a perfectly common everyday evidence, recognizable to all. That true-to-nature environment, acceptable to any superficial spectator, is indispensable for creating the desired shock.
- M. C. Escher
I'm going to be real, I can't really pinpoint what made it good in a way others would understand. I just enjoyed it. Could see how it was going to play out from the beginning, but it still had a few surprises.
Plus, there were illustrations from time to time.
* Watership Down
* Renard the Fox translated by Patricia Terry
* Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
* Aesop's Fables
* Animal Farm
* Fahrenheit 451
* Lord of the Flies
* Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
* Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid
* Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
* Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
* The Trial
* To Kill a Mockingbird
Probably forgetting some good ones.
Anyone have the picture of this guy being bullied by the two yeen girls talking about Dissenauts?
Let me introduce you to Bofa Dissenauts >>3709783
. One of the aardwolf twins is male btw.
I've had at least 4 copies of house of leaves that lent out to friends only to never get them back
I've had 1, lent them out to 4 people. 3 people loved it, one said he'd never take my literary advice again.
House of Leaves is one of the weirdest books I've ever read, just on its layout. The story itself isn't that great, but its definitely a page turner.
I've had 3 copies of Wraethu, I've leant 2 and now still have 2, I got one copy returned weirdly 7 years later.
Awesome story that explores gender roles in a genderless society.
Thats weird, I wrote an essay on this as an elective during college, and could swear it was Wraethu.
Guess the Mandela effect strikes again, maybe I'm from a different time line.
As Tastius entered the bakery, the aroma of freshly baked goods filled the air. The owner, Mrs. Caramelia, greeted him with a warm smile. Tastius introduced himself and explained the purpose of his visit. Mrs. Caramelia, eager to prove her bakery's cleanliness, guided him through the kitchen.
Tastius meticulously examined every nook and cranny, checking for any signs of unhygienic practices. He inspected the storage areas, ensuring proper temperature control for ingredients. He examined the preparation stations, making sure they were clean and free from cross-contamination risks. Tastius even sampled some of the pastries to assess their quality and taste.
To his delight, Tastius found the bakery to be in excellent condition. The ingredients were fresh, the staff followed proper hygiene protocols, and the pastries were delectable. He commended Mrs. Caramelia for her dedication to maintaining high standards.
Word of Tastius' thorough inspection spread throughout Veridonia, earning him a reputation as a fair and reliable health inspector. Establishments sought his approval, knowing that his stamp of cleanliness was a mark of excellence.
Tastius continued his work diligently, ensuring the health and safety of Veridonia's residents. His commitment to his role as an anthro ferret health inspector became an inspiration to others, reminding them of the importance of maintaining cleanliness and hygiene.
And so, Tastius Murdius Sehlius, the anthro ferret health inspector, became a beloved figure in Veridonia, forever remembered for his dedication to the well-being of the city and its inhabitants.
this reads like it was ripped of a grade schooler
Nigga what? He types fine. Get your eyes checked.
Do you all have "vax"-induced prion disease??
Yes, it's a thing, and so is VAIDS and turbo-cancer and gene-deletion and a whole bunch of other horrible things.
Read the first two words he posted: "Asking ChatGPT:"
This means he copy-pasted the AI vomit that was spewed out all over his black mirror; it has nothing to do with him! He typed only the prompt, and NOT the digital vomit output!>>3717570
Is that you still, from at least a decade ago? You don't also have prion-disease by now, do you?
That question came out wrong, it was concern and not criticism BTW.
I've seen a few ChatGTP stories and they all felt 'samey' to me – as if they're from one of those 'Mad Libs' books but they filled in all the [Nouns] and [Adverbs] and [Adjectives] with things that mostly make sense.>>3718297
Exactly my feeling. What makes it so child-like is that there's almost no conflict and no challenges. It's a normal inspection done normally and everyone is happy with the results. It's like the only purpose of the story is to teach someone how to read. >>3718341
There 'are' paragraphs but they're hard to see because there are no line breaks or indents. This is actually a lot better than some furry fiction I've seen in this respect.
The problem I have with a lot of these is that you just KNOW that this is just going to be exclusive to rich crusty billionaire politicians and oligarchs. You know those 80-90+ year faggots who seem to stay in power forever and just never seem to go away fast enough?
Imagine THOSE people NEVER going away.
45 Years Ago, One Deranged Animated Movie Traumatized A Generation
Watership Down was controversial when it first came out. But how do we feel about it now?
Did you know this book was made into a major motion picture.
But they totally changed the name,
this book is what became the movie
This book is listed in the credits at the end of the movie.
They really, really fucked up that story for the Blade Runner movies.>>3722358
They butchered the story too.
Why does the woman's face
on the side of that building
remind me of the DOGECOIN meme?
I've seen things like this myself on occasion, could be any number of reasons, someone may have died and this was his collection, etc.
Most often it is some dumbass landlord who evicted a tenant and cleaned out the place so he could rent it again, when he could get 10 times or more than was owed him in rent by selling them on Ebay.
Been meaning to read that. I read The Transmigration of Timothy Archer, the final novel by Philip K Dick. Remember liking it.>>3722362
Wow. Very cannot unsee.>>3722406
Most of those look like they're in good condition. That A Brief History of Time + The Universe in a Nutshell combo looks new. I have that same hardback copy.
Still not entirely sold on hawking radiation. Sorry charlie. I just don't think it works like he thinks he does. Its a fallacy versus fallacy issue at that point.
Black holes have entropy therefore causes radiation but it doesnt emit radiation (as he says) it just creates more entropy. It doesn't contain information about blackholes it however effects information however if you are slowly being entropized by a black hole. (which is like in bullet time for cosmic-level forces)
Dark energy is not really concerning the idea that light would go in and go out of the black hole..from one side to the next or some deviation of the event horizon shining light off itself. The fuck kind of shit is that. A blackhole "EATS" the light…end of story.
Some shit about how they didn't even exist at all. Which he probably is completely embarassed about. It's like being proven wrong in the equivilency of athiesm to the science god. He fucked up. Then string theory came along to save his excuse. Which is plausible in the same fallacy context that "I can just make up shit and it work". Well it just so happens string theory is on its way out too from being made borderline obsolete by AI-engineered timespace and shit.