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  1. I notice several threads about books and favorite authors and series. What I want to know is what are you reading now? I just finished Andrew Piper's "lost girls" A lawyer who lives by "there are no such things as lies only misperceptions" His first murder trial with ghosts and a haunted lake. Nice read. I just started Clive Cussler/Jack Du Brul's "Skeleton Coast" The Oregon Files series returns. Very fast paced thriller started it this morning around 8:00 am and will probably finish it tomorrow it's just that good.
  2. I mean novels, and anything with heaps of pages. It seems to me that there is low information density in books compared to other media when you only take into account two things, how much information gets into your head and how long it takes to acquire that information. I dunno though
  3. If so which book was it and why you did it?
  4. I'm interested to know which is the best book fellow INTJs have read. Of course, this is in no way objective, but there should be some sort of trend among INTJs... Whatever appeals to a lot of INTJs should appeal to me.
  5. The Mothership England's BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits "stack" up? Instructions:Place an 'x' before those you have read. BTW, I would have loved to make this a poll, but polls are limited to 20 options, so that would have made this a 4 segment posting. If people thing that is a good idea, comment on the post and I will try it... 1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien 3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling 5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 6 The Bible 7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell 9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman 10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens 11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott 12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy 13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller 14 Complete Works of Shakespeare 15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier 16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien 17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk 18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger 19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger 20 Middlemarch - George Eliot 21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell 22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald 23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens 24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy 25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh 27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck 29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll 30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame 31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy 32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens 33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis 34 Emma - Jane Austen 35 Persuasion - Jane Austen 36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis 37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini 38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres 39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden 40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne 41 Animal Farm - George Orwell 42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown 43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving 45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins 46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery 47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy 48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood 49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding 50 Atonement - Ian McEwan 51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel 52 Dune - Frank Herbert 53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons 54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen 55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth 56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon 57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens 58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley 59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon 60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck 62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov 63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt 64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold 65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas 66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac 67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy 68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding 69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie 70 Moby-Dick - Herman Melville 71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens 72 Dracula - Bram Stoker 73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett 74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson 75 Ulysses - James Joyce 76 The Inferno - Dante 77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome 78 Germinal - Emile Zola 79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray 80 Possession - AS Byatt 81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens 82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell 83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker 84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro 85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert 86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry 87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White 88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom 89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton 91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad 92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery 93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks 94 Watership Down - Richard Adams 95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole 96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute 97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas 98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare 99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl 100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
  6. See: 48 Laws of Power for those who have read it (for those who haven't just read the brief one line summary of each of the 48 laws), what do you think about it? Do you think it contains realistic, useful advice? Do you think it's nonsense? Impression A: It contains mostly realistic, useful advice for gaining power (which I will follow most of them) Impression B: It contains mostly realistic, useful advice for gaining power (which I will follow some of them but not most) Impression C: It contains mostly realistic, useful advice for gaining power (but I won't really follow them) Impression D: The advices will mostly be unhelpful and/or unrealistic (therefore I will not follow them) Impression E: It's morally repugnant (therefore I will not follow them) Impression F: It's morally repugnant, but at the same contains mostly realistic, useful advice for gaining power (hence I will follow most of them) Impression G: It's morally repugnant, but at the same contains mostly realistic, useful advice for gaining power (which I will follow some of them but not most) Impression H: It's morally repugnant, but at the same contains mostly realistic, useful advice for gaining power (but I won't really follow them) Impression I: It's morally repugnant and will mostly be unhelpful and/or unrealistic (therefore I will not follow them) The book itself is somewhat INTJ-ish or perhaps ENTJ-ish
  7. I've been hesitating to put this in "politics and current events" or "arts and entertainment" subforum. The last one seems more accurate, as this thread mainly focuses on Death Note. Some days ago, I was reading again this (awesome) manga. Seeing Raito the INTJ trying to use his death book to build a new world, and fighting L, the INTP, then Near the next INTP... (I think they both are ; for Raito, there is no doubt.) In the last scene, where Near unmasks Kira and Raito tries to justify, it looks like there is a strange coincidence between the struggle Raito/Near and the opposition socialism/liberalism. Raito acts as a constructivist (I'm using this word in the same meaning than Friedrich Hayek). He refuses the human nature as it is, sees it as "bad", complains that "this world is rotten". He endorses a moral realist view and a messianic political view. Kira has to build a "perfect world", where men become "good" under his coercition. When Raito says he is "the god of this new world" (Kira's world), he acts as a totalitarian great guide, the guy who thinks he's the only one who can build a new world (by coercitive means) and sees himself as a god - forgetting he is human, with the same subjectivity and weaknesses than like the ones he kills. Against Raito's quest, Near seems to incarnate liberalism (on the european meaning of the word). He accepts human nature as it is, sees justice as something essentially subjective and knows that his own interest and situation is the most important criteria. Matsuda and the other cops, 6 months after Near's victory, conclude that Near was right, at least because, if Raito had won, they'd all be dead. By defeating Kira, Near lets the world becoming as he was before ("rotten", says Raito), but accepts such a consequency as the price of freedom. He refuses to accept a great guide's power above everything else and defeats Kira for that reason. Even if Kira appears disinterested in what he does, Near refuses to see him as something else than a massive murderer. Do you think Death Note contains a political message, or is that just a coincidence - or, more probably, is that some kind of twentieth century anamnesis ?
  8. What types of books/ topics did you enjoy reading as a child?
  9. With flu season being what it is, I decided to watch some epidermic movies this week...and also go through a bottle of hand sanitizer. I was interested in how this type of things was treated in the works and how society was portrayed dealing with it. Contagion (2011 with Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, etc) has been my favourite. I really enjoyed its tight pacing and the 106 minutes just flew by. The sequence of events seem realistic as well. I thought they treated the way the "flu" got out of control in a very real and scary way. Blindess....hated it. Read the book rather than watching the movie so I don't know how close the two are. It was interesting how they treated society coping without sight and the horrible events in the center they were forced to stay but the book just rubbed me the wrong way for some reason. World War Z: I immensely liked the lead up to the zombie apocalypse. The human smuggling and organ transplants were handled in a realistic way that that was enjoyable to read about. The long line of cars fleeing to already infected cities was darkly humours too. Some of the characteristics of the zombies I greatly disliked. Zombies walking along the bottom of a lake is one thing, but attacking a submarine that's close to crush depth is quite another (some of the munitions the army used should have worked much better as well). Anyone have any thoughts to share or books/movies, etc to add to my list.
  10. Sad books, bad books, books that you wish you never read. Do you have any? What hurt about it? "Salmon Of A Doubt", By Douglas Adams. I wish I had never read this book. I took this book on knowing that it was incomplete, I took this book on knowing that Douglas died while writing it but still I took it on. It was great it was fantastic and just when it hooked me, it was over. I was hurt, to never know where Douglas was going to take Dirk Gently. Never to have closure. I hope that there is an afterlife so I can get in line with all the others and ask poor Douglas what, where, how did it go/end? Why couldn't you have written an outline to be discovered? Since I read this book I haven't been able to go back to "The cafe at the end of the universe" or enjoy a " Long dark tea time of the gods". If you haven't read it, don't, but if you haven't read it, you must, just be prepared for the pain.
  11. Some reason I can not stop thinking about this subject, and hoping that some of your answers will satisfy my curiosity so I can move on to other things. I am looking for must have books/technical manuals/how-to non-fiction type reading material for after the apocalypse. What will be vitally important for survivng in a time where there is no longer someone you can call or go to in case you need something, no internet you can download from. Not looking for idiotic Zombie killing books, because thats not even going to happen. Not looking for recreational fiction reading books. My first thoughts are: Survival guide Emergency Medical textbook
  12. Hey! I've recently discovered the marvelous genre of science fiction, and I'm looking for recommendations. So far, my favourites have been The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (Heinlen), The End of Eternity (Asimov), and the Enderverse (Card). As a newcomer to the genre, I would just like to know if there are any must-reads or personal favourites anyone might like to share.
  13. Think back of 5-7 books that you bought lately, which category do they most fall under? and why? I am less interested in the division between professional book and non, I am more curious about the books that you bought for your reading pleasure.
  14. meaningful/insightful books please.
  15. My INTJ friend mostly reads fiction, while I (ENFP) strongly prefer nonfiction. Just curious if there's any sort of trend out there.
  16. (Feminist motto on the show ads) After having watched most episodes; it's hard to not think about "feminism". - From the start, it's constant : the youngest girl, Arya, the tomboy, reminds us that gender roles are wrong and that women can do at least as great as men in everything (why do we have WNBA then?). - Then Daenerys Targaryen, the gentle feminine obedient sister, becomes the queen that defies men's authority constantly. The king becomes a wussy after falling in love with her of course. - Prostitutes even humiliate men when they pay for their services. Almost all men are emasculated or portrayed badly in the show : - The King, Eddard "Ned" Stark, is now feminized. He is understanding, he listens patiently to his children crap etc... The perfect 21st century father. - King Robert Baratheon is portrayed as the fat stupid jerk. - The King-to-be Joffrey Baratheon is scared all the time, can't fight, and has clearly no balls. When men gets close to normality, something is wrong with them : one is a dwarf (Tyrion Lannister), the other an incest lover (Jaime Lannister), the ambitious Viserys Targaryen can get nothing done and is portrayed as stupid, Jon Snow (the bastard) the highly sensitive virgin who dont wanna fuck whores because he isnt in love yet, and of course the traditional-savage men (Dothrakis) are just literally violent-rapists. On top of that, we can see gay sex scenes to remind to the bad socially-dominant heterosexual men, that their sexuality is not important or the norm in society. The only time women are portayed badly is when Sansa Stark (king's daughter) is blinded by her love for Joffrey Baratheon and agrees with his mistakes/ bad attitude. Are you kidding me ? I'm pretty neutral generally, but all of these, and others stuffs, pretty much convinced me the "huge" feminist proganda behind this mediaval fantasy show. What do you think ?
  17. (I'm not a native English speaker and neither am I a writer but I do fully intend to publish this in English but no need to criticize my grammar or poor sentence structure, I'd get proper revisions/rewrites from people with experience in the field) About 3 months ago or so it struck to me, while sitting at my marine base, (Estonian Defence Forces, conscription in a navy base for 11 months) not doing much just waiting for orders and what not and got carried away with my personal thoughts(as usul) it just struck me, my previous 20 years(I turned 20 at christmas) have been a total waste. This clear title just entered my mind and been itching there for a while, this single title "20 Years of Wasted Life" just caught my attention and I feel as if I need to 'publish' it, yet with a title a story goes, too. This would be my story. It would be 'inspired by autobiography' but it wouldn't be 100% autobiography. The point of the book would not really be to share my life but instead criticize the normal social dynamics, ethics and local community of a growing teenager. It would analyze also parenting behind me (raised by a single mom who was busy working to keep me up, she gave me free hands and so I became independent pretty soon) and the results of that. Analyse lot of psychological things, question moral worths and traditional parenting and education. Alcoholism, dropping out of 3 high schools and socially becoming careless and numb. Not sad, but numb. I been a (heavy) drinker since age 14 and it has just gone on. Not as a need(never a lone drinker the only exception being tv marathons with beer and popcorn) but more like a bad habit. Analyse the outlooks and inner-thinking. Experience. I have a hella lot ridiculous experiences caused with my past for example robbing a liquor store with a friend out of the blue (not pre-planned, just sipping beer and being bored and broke) think it was at age 16 or 17. Or how a pal of mine stole a car.. It also would break down a phase of self-improving, when I hit the urge to improve, to become a better person overall, started self-learning and somehow got smart, or well at least seemingly smart to other people around me. The book ends at when I become 20 and go to marines.. with a HUGE credit debt and loans behind me. And a sore mind. Within' the years behind me I've worked as a security guard, over seas construction worker and tech-support. What I do? I don't really do anything. I criticize other people or systems. This thread? I'd like to hear your opinions. I, in my eyes, think it would relate with A LOT of people and would be a hella interesting read but I'm starting to wonder if it's worth the effort if it would fail (not aiming to best-seller or anything, but just a self-accomplishment, smthn to be proud of in future) Thoughts, opinions, free beer? I'm for it.
  18. My favorite book genres to read are historical fiction, mysteries/thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, and non-fiction. The book genre I depise is romance. I'm pretty much "meh" on the other book genres I didn't mention.
  19. Here's the situation: I am (was) working on a novel, and after a long struggle, I finally managed to get as far as identifying a genre, defining a premise, sketching out a plot outline, and fleshing out a few characters. Just when I was ready to proceed into the process of actually fleshing it all out, my motivation just evaporated. Poof, like a cloud! As a Perceiver, I've been struggling with this for some time now. It affects multiple aspects of my life. The desire to follow through just isn't there, although I realize that it is an integral part of the process of creation. What is more, I sometimes lose interest in a project, thinking about other possibilities which detract me from my original pursuit. I sometimes spend many days if not weeks rewritting every little detail of my project (i.e. character names). Even when I do start fleshing other potential story ideas as entirely seperate projects, (which makes me very excited in the early stages), the same same eventually happens after I've entertained the idea in my mind for some time. Off to greener pastures (ironically, they're all rather dull after a while)! In the end, I simply end up destroying whatever I create before giving it a chance to flourish, which in turn prevents me from making any real progress. To other writers on INTJf I ask: how do you keep yourself motivated once you engage yourself in the process of writing? How do you maintain focus? What do you do when you run out of ideas and or when you encounter conflicting story ideas? How do you prioritize?
  20. The recent power outage in the Northeastern United States due to Hurricane Irene forced me rediscover my love for reading. I am most interested in reading a novel that incorporates both Sci-Fi (particularly space-time or time travel) and suspense - preferably in the form of a psychological thriller. Since that criteria fits exactly to what your common INTJ would prefer to read, I am hoping that some of you will be able to recommend some good books. Thanks! Oh, Aliens are OK too.
  21. I've ordered an E-reader, and it will arrive in a few days. Now I just need some suggestions for books to read. I'm planning on reading the "Game of Thrones" books, and possibly "The Hunger Games" trilogy (I heard someone say that you didn't have to be a 14 year old girl to enjoy them). Other than that I really have no idea. I'm open to both fiction, and non-fiction. Also, do you guys think reading improves your ability to concentrate? That's one of the reasons I want to read more, I feel like the internet has given me ADHD.
  22. Has anyone here read anything from the Russian author? I've read Notes from the Underground, which was a very interesting read to say the least. I am trying to pick between 2 other books he has written. What I currently have in mind is either The Brothers Karamazov, or Crime and Punishment. If you have read any of those, what translation do you recommend? I have heard the Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky translations are very good. (also, what book do you recommend between the two.) As a side note, what other authors do you know which are similar in style as Dostoevsky, I like the style of philosophical novels, and want to get away from technical books for once.
  23. Okay, what are some famous books that you tried to read, or were forced to read, but that you absolutely hated? Here are some of mine: - Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. Loved Starship Troopers, but this one I found unreadable. - Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. 12th grade English teacher tried to force this one on us and I will forever hate it. - As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. Forced to read this in 11th grade and forced to listen to my teacher gush about it for hours. I hated the characters. - Wuthering Heights. Forget which grade. Neither the characters nor the author appeared to have any rationality. - The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Forced to read this in 9th grade. Just hated the overwrought sentimentality. Don't get me wrong. There were some great books that I was introduced to through high school English and that I appreciated. But not every loves everything.
  24. Has anyone else read the Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin? Is anyone else angry the next one has not come out yet? HBO is making an adaption which is due to come out in April, I think.
  25. Please recommend to me a decently recent book on metaphysics. I am looking for a broad introduction which is mostly high level but uses low level explanations for specific concepts.