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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. As above. I myself did not finish the book....... not too much into sappy romance. Haven't watched the movie either.. Simply curious about what yall think. Compared with other fictional series, for instance, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Narnia, Lord of the Rings etc...... What would you pick as the best one?
  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. I saw the opposite thread so I decided to make this one! What are some characters you truly adore in fiction? Film, Gaming, Books, it doesn't matter. Recently I've played the game Dragon Age and fallen in love with one of the characters (Alistair). The part is well voiced and I like his script. I also have a strange obsession with Bellatrix from the Harry Potter series.
  6. Here are mine: TV: Marge Simpson (The Simpsons) Nelson Muntz (The Simpsons) AJ Soprano (The Sopranos) David Scatino (The Sopranos) Jamie (Malcolm in the Middle) Geoff Campbell (Home and Away - don't laugh at me for watching Home and Away) Horatio Caine (CSI: Miami) Film: Christine Thayer (Crash) Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III) Jar Jar Binks (Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III) Frodo Baggins (The Lord of The Rings: Return of The King) Holly McLane (Die Hard II: Die Harder) Dominic (Once Upon a Time in America) Henry Hill (Goodfellas) Mary Corleone (The Godfather, Part III) Literature: Mayella Ewell (To Kill a Mockingbird) Philip Enright (The Cay) Macbeth (Macbeth) Lady Macbeth (Macbeth)
  7. Charles Bukowski has always been one of my most favorite poets. I never knew the man personally but from everything I've read/researched regarding him he certainly seemed to be an INTJ personality. As far as that having an impact on his writing, I think it can certainly have an impact on one personality type relating to another personality type when it comes to literature (i.e. when I read Bukowski I often find myself yelling: "YES! I UNDERSTAND! I CAN RELATE!" to the top of my lungs while other people may just scratch their head saying "huh?"). I 'get' Bukowski on a fundamental level. When I read him (and I have a great number of his works) it is as if he's picking my brain and introducing me to something I've always known on an inherent level but never really given much thought to before. There are times I feel as if I'm sitting on a bar-stool beside the drunk lost in my own world with no one else but the two of us existing in the moment. Anyway... I'd probably consider Vonnegut and Harlan Ellison to both also be INTJ writers as well from my understanding of them and I also have a high appreciation for both of these writers as well. Do you think you have a greater disposition for appreciating an INTJ writer more for being able to relate to said author on a similar personality level? Or is it all just a matter of how well the author molds his/her characters? Who would you consider your favorite poets/writers? Why?
  8. "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." -- J. Robert Oppenheimer
  9. 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
  10. What types of books/ topics did you enjoy reading as a child?
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. We're studying this in our Freshmen year. Let me just start by saying R&J is very shallow and fast-paced for me. I don't find anything horribly romantic or saddening about the end. I hate Romeo, I hate Juliet, I hate Tybalt, I hate the Nurse, I hate the Montagues and I hate the Capulets. They're all overemotional, annoying, whimsy freaks. The only one worth watching the play for is Mercutio, who I think is either ENTP or ESTP. The 'love' thing is shallow; and the speed which Romeo got over Rosaline is amazing. I forecast, that if they didn't die, Romeo would have gotten over Juliet just like he did Rosaline. He just didn't live long enough. Oh, and speaking of which, I especially hate Romeo. Romeo is a double-faced sap who swears this and does the other. Juliet is a double-faced sap who swears obedience then does the other. Lord Capulet is a double-faced liar who lets Juliet chooses then tells her she must marry Paris. Nurse is an annoying hag who can't shut up and thinks she's so noble and 'high up' and all that. Tybalt is a despicable hobo with anger management issues.
  14. To those people out there that enjoy/ed reading comics which did you find more enjoyable, if it wasn't Marvel or DC feel free to add your favorite. Although I have enjoyed Superman and Batman comics for me it was always Marvel comics that seemed to have the greater characters Stan Lee is the master! I could identify more closely with Spiderman and other creations of The Marvel Universe. They even had a nicer class of Villains.
  15. 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.
  16. meaningful/insightful books please.
  17. My INTJ friend mostly reads fiction, while I (ENFP) strongly prefer nonfiction. Just curious if there's any sort of trend out there.
  18. So I have recently digested, in various forms, about a fifth of Shakespeare over the past two months. I am flatly in awe that a man could create these works. These plays are absolute wonders of simultaneous wit, perspicuity, courage, depth, meaning, subtle psychological complexity, emotional resolutions to quite vexing philosophical problems, and vast originality. And then, the body of work is among the most pleasant-sounding in the english language. Hamlet is perhaps the most engaging character I've ever seen created. The confusion, the anxiety, the recognition that he isn't all knowing or powerful but resolves to do his best in the face of it, the rage, the love, the violence, the fear, the mistakes, the profound insights. Lear's impotent anger, infinite complexity, and pathetic misogyny. MacBeth's hellish machiavellian complexity. Juliet's unending love for Romeo. Hal's courage and vanity and perseverance. That this work was created leaves me in awe. Other authors seem, by comparison, to be so very unaware, so very boring, so very un-courageous, so limited in both their approaches and meanings. The plays are hard for me to follow. I have to read a quick summary of them on Wikipedia or on No Fear Shakespeare, and then watch a Kenneth Brannagh style production, and then read Bloom's analysis, and then go to source material before it really opens up, but my god, when it opens up, its like running around a corner on a huge mountain and suddenly coming up on a huge vista. I do not think there is another artist in history who begins to come close to Shakepeare. It is thousands of pages of lyrical pith and moment, with several instances of aesthetic arrest in each play.
  19. 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.
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.