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I’m trying to find the author of a cool manuscript I found on the London Underground. Can anyone help?

I’m trying to find the author of a cool manuscript I found on the London Underground. Can anyone help?

Plot twist: OP is the author and this is just a clever marketing strategy to make this thing go viral.

And OP: with this plot scenario you really need zombies of some kind, and have will smith play the 13yo girl protagonist in the movie adaptation.

Try the London subreddits, maybe there’s also Facebook pages for the local areas.

Edit: also it’s likely that the author just assumes this was binned, let’s face it, these days everyone will have a digital copy saved.

Don’t put up more details / parts of the text as it will seriously impede the authors ability to publish.

Since this is 99% a "viral marketing" campaign and under normal circumstances a particular manuscript has maybe 0.001% chance of even seeing self-publishing...

Let the OP hook anyone the way he/she wants.

Edit: Noticed youtube and FB links. 100% a marketing campaign.

I imagine he has a copy saved on this computer. Just print out another one.

Carrie Fisher wins posthumous Grammy for best spoken word album for audiobook of Princess Diarist

Carrie Fisher wins posthumous Grammy for best spoken word album for audiobook of Princess Diarist

Wins a Grammy for being dead.

This is just so the people who give these awards can put themselves in a good light.

Wait they give Grammys for audiobooks?

Sounds like they wanted to keep the category alive, but since spoken-word albums have become almost non-existent anymore, they expanded the definition to include audiobooks.

I've listened to Fisher read all three of her memoirs in audiobook form. The casual approachability with which she told stories was absolutely top-notch. The Grammys are dumb and all but I think it's nice to see her posthumously recognized for something she was so darn good at.

After a fairly long, drawn out process, my proposal was accepted! I am now teaching The Name of the Wind to 8th grade high school kids.

After a fairly long, drawn out process, my proposal was accepted! I am now teaching The Name of the Wind to 8th grade high school kids.

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After a fairly long, drawn out process, my proposal was accepted! I am now teaching The Name of the Wind to 8th grade high school kids.

It's a real battle to change the curriculum. It has taken months of back and forth lobbying, but I'm thrilled to say that Kvothe's story will now be delivered to my high school kids. This is why I became a teacher: to get reluctant readers engaged. I can't wait.

If anybody would like to recommend any specific passages that are written beautifully and worthy of analysis, or any creative minds want to suggest an activity or two, be my guest.

Really, I just wanted to share my news somewhere and /sub/books seemed like the very place. I can't wait for next term!

I'm surprised you got it through since it's incomplete, and because of the rape/sexual stuff in the second book.

My recommendation, read aloud the bit where Kvoth is "introducing" himself, just before the first flashback chapter. I.e., "... you may have heard of me."

I read NotW to my kid, who was only mildly interested until we got to that point, and from there on out she was hooked. It's a fairly thick book, and getting 8th graders excited about it will be tough, but that should help.

Ooh! I’m excited for you! /sub/fantasy might love this, too!

3,500 Occult Manuscripts Will Be Digitized & Made Freely Available Online, Thanks to Da Vinci Code Author Dan Brown

3,500 Occult Manuscripts Will Be Digitized & Made Freely Available Online, Thanks to Da Vinci Code Author Dan Brown
3,500 Occult Manuscripts Will Be Digitized & Made Freely Available Online, Thanks to Da Vinci Cod...

Excellent. My D&D campaign is about to have more supplements.

So many techno demons are going to be uploaded to the cloud with the digital scanning of those forsaken texts. Pretty cool.

Finally my username is relevant.

Most of the best and most useful gaming materials for a campaign have nothing at all to do with games. It's the deep well of history, archaeology, art history, mythology, geology, anthropology, and the occult which enrich and enliven the collective storytelling experience.

What Books Are You Reading This Week? January 22, 2018

What Books Are You Reading This Week? January 22, 2018

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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

Finished The Broom of the System, by David Foster Wallace. Halfway through I was feeling a little exasperated, but the conclusion was great.

Blasted through Carrie, by Stephen King in a single day over the weekend. Obviously pretty good. More interesting in a literary sense I think than his other books, at least the ones I've read.

Now I'm reading All the Pretty Horses, By Cormac McCarthy. This is a short one, too; I'm already halfway finished. Probably have it done in a day or two. McCarthy's writing is so satisfying to read. Reminds me of Faulkner. The language is so vivid.

Up next is East of Eden, by John Steinbeck.

One of my goals this year is to read The Bible all the way through. I'm just about finished with Numbers, and so far I'm enjoying it.

Besides that I'm reading The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov which is really great, and La Peste, by Albert Camus which is interesting so far, and a good book to keep my French in shape.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Making a memory that will last forever.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Making a memory that will last forever.

I want to preface this by saying that my daughter will be 12 in a week and is fully capable of reading herself.

On Sunday evening I was looking through books available on my daughter's Kindle for her to download and read at her leisure when I say that "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was available for free. I grabbed it quick and hoped that she would begin reading it soon. Then the thought occurred to me, why not read it to her? I haven't read a book to my daughter in years. I read the first chapter and she was enthralled. Having read the series myself years ago I knew what was going to happen and reading it aloud I am able to put the right inflections into the parts as they are needed. And to say she's enjoying it is not even close.

Since that night I have read a single chapter to her each evening, sometimes staying up past her bedtime to ensure she gets the prerequisite chapter finished. When we get to the end of the chapter she is begging for more.

As a parent I know that in the future when she is much older and has kids of her own she will think back to this time in her life fondly. It warms my heart to know that I am making a memory that will last her lifetime and it is even more special because I know it now.

Edit: Wow, Front Page and Gold! Thank you all for enjoying this post. And thank you kind stranger for the gold! I am just glad to get to share this moment in my family’s history with you.

When I was little, my mom and I would read aloud to each other--switching off every page. She used to work evenings and come home late, and sometimes when I couldn't sleep I'd come find her in the living room and we'd read together the middle of the night. Some of my best memories from childhood!

This is fantastic and I am so happy for you and your daughter.

Back before she could read by herself, and before I knew anything about Harry Potter, I bought my oldest daughter (my youngest was a clone of her mother and had little interest in reading) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for Christmas with the intention of reading it to her.

We both loved it and when we finished Sorcerer's Stone we moved onto Chamber of Secrets and then Azkaban. By this point it wasn't just me reading them to her, she was so in love with them she couldn't wait and had grandparents read to her when she was with them.

By Goblet of Fire it was getting harder to read them to her, the books were like 800 pages, the reading was more advanced etc etc, so my reading to her petered out but soon she started reading it herself. As she got into it I started reading it myself as well. After we each finished GoF we were without a Harry Potter book to read as we had finally caught up and were now waiting for the 5th book to be released like everyone else.

She and I went to the midnight release party for the release of the last 3 books. We would share the book (I finally just bought a 2nd book when Deathly Hallows came out) and each read it as fast as we could and spent hours talking about each book.

She turned 23 in June and now lives in another state. These day every time I see anything mentioning Harry Potter I get a little weepy eyed.

My brother and I were really voracious readers from an early age, and after about 7 or 8 we were way too cool to have mom read to us. But when I’d be home sick from school, I would always grab my favorite books and make my mom read them too me. I can remember looking up at my mom’s teary eyes when she’d get to the end of “love you forever”. Still can’t even see the cover of that book without feeling happysad.

My sister read me HP and the Sorcerer's Stone when I was around 7 and I honestly think it's one of the reasons I love reading so much! She read me one chapter a night and one of my most vivid memories from being that young was me begging her to read the first sentence of the next chapter when you find out who broke into the room, and freaking out when she read me "It was Quirrell"

Hilarious short quote about how Maurice Sendak (author/illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are) received what he calls the highest form of compliment by a child fan who wrote him.

Hilarious short quote about how Maurice Sendak (author/illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are) received what he calls the highest form of compliment by a child fan who wrote him.

“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.” - Maurice Sendak

source: goodreads.com

I loved his 2-part interview he did with Stephen Colbert.

"I don't write for children. I write. And someone says, 'That's for children.'"

"I didn't set out to make children happy. Or make life better for them. Or easier for them.... I like them as few and for between as I do adults. Maybe a bit more because I really don't like adults."

I love how CS Lewis and Pixar embraced this philosophy as well. Write a good story. If children like it, great. If adults like it, great. If the story is good, it doesn't matter who it's for.

A little off topic, but Little Bear is one of my favorite childhood series illustrated by Sendak.

Unless it’s cars 2. That’s a really dumb movie.

Former prison inmate here. Here's some stuff about books in the joint

Former prison inmate here. Here's some stuff about books in the joint

Thanks for sharing OP, that was an interesting read! I always wondered how well stacked prison libraries were.

I work in a bookshop and had a lady come in wanting recommendations of books to take to her husband in prison. She said she could only take him paperbacks, no hardbacks. Did your prison have any particular rules like that? Any books banned?

Most places get rid of the hardbacks so you can't make anything out of it like shivs or whatnot.

Edit: Here is one made out of toilet paper

Most places get rid of the hardbacks so you can't make anything out of it like shivs or whatnot.

Edit: is one made out of toilet paper

I work in a prison, it's more about hiding contraband in the binding is far easier in a hard cover than paperback. At least where I am that is the case.

The way you speak of "county" tells me you've had more than a few trips there. I believe in you bro, get your shit together.

I just finished reading, "The Count of Monte Cristo" and I am at a loss for words

I just finished reading, "The Count of Monte Cristo" and I am at a loss for words

I started this book begrudgingly after having my best friend badger me to do so for some time and to say that it has been a roller coaster ride since would be an understatement.

The character development, story telling and overall crafting of the plot blew me away, with the books final message leaving me in tears and deep in contemplation over what exactly should be valued in our lives.

The book definitely has its flaws (overly detailed and lengthy) and isn't entirely an easy read (I struggled to get through the middle third of the book), however the satisfaction derived from the back third of the book has left me feeling content in a way that no other book has. For those who have read the book, what were you take aways from it? Has this book changed you in any ways and if so, how?

If anyone is considering reading this book, is stuck reading it or is daunted by starting it, take the plunge and enjoy the process.

It was a task of a read that I won't soon forget. It's kind of like with Infinite Jest, I won't go back and re-read it, but I'm glad to have read it. The struggle with The Count, at least for me, was the old style English that was translated from French which, I can only imagine, leaves some language exchanges that may have had a deeper or different meaning in his native tongue that are not within the English language. But that is being nitpicky on my end.

Overall, it is a timeless novel even if lengthy. It is one of the few novels that I was able to go beyond my own moral code to accept and even root for the good guy to do the evil and vile things he did to get revenge for the wrong doings done to him. Few authors can achieve that in such an convicing way and that is why it's still such an enthralling read one hundred and fifty years and change after it was written.

Probably my favorite book of all time(East of Eden the only book that compares to me). For a book written so long ago I was surprised how much I comnected with the characters.

This book is on my to read list!

This is one of my all time favourite audiobooks, and it was the unabridged version too.

One of my favourite quotes in literature comes from this book, and the audiobook narrator absolutely nails the delivery.

“And now...farewell to kindness, humanity and gratitude. I have substituted myself for Providence in rewarding the good; may the God of vengeance now yield me His place to punish the wicked.”

Decade-old Canadian book “Fire and Fury” receives huge bump in sales this week

Decade-old Canadian book “Fire and Fury” receives huge bump in sales this week

Proof that being a book buyer doesn't make you a reader.

The book’s name Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945

Geez, how do you not realize that difference.

Lol, the idiots writing negative reviews because they bought the wrong book......

This is the equivalent of online recipe reviews.

"This didn't turn out at all like I expected. I don't know why everyone is giving this such good reviews - my whole family hated it! I followed the instructions exactly, and all I changed was [every ingredient]. 0 stars. NEXT!"

Try one of these subthreads