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Jun 25, 7:00 PM

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Currently reading Dune. Some have said the beginning is slow but honestly I have really enjoyed every page.
 
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As is liked the movie to some extent, I bought the novel "The girl with all the gifts" to see if it's better than its' adaption (which people say it is).
Currently at around page 100. The sentence building is easy to follow and overall it's quite fun and a fast read.
 
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Sigh, I haven't finished a book in a while. I have unfinished ones laying around waiting for me to step up my game, but I feel too tired to do that. I have just been reading nonfictional, stuff about history of roses and their taxonomy, perennial plants, insects and few history books.
 
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Currently finishing Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. First saw her book, The Handmaid's Tale, adapted into a series on Hulu and read that book first. I was hooked on her stuff.
 
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Michael Vey (series)-- it's YA fiction and i really like it so far (on book 3/7)
Resisting Happiness-- a catholic book about why people find it so hard to reach holiness and how to get back to the faith (recommended to me by a priest)
The Christmas box (trilogy)--out of season so i wont pick it up again til winter
Other than that im in the middle of a couple manga series even though i hate having so many books to read at once...I prefer to go one at a time
 
Jul 1, 2:26 PM
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I've been binging Kevin Emerson's Chronicle of the Dark Star trilogy. I'm on book 3 right now. It's substantially better than the A Wrinkle in Time quintet, but at the same time, it is NO Steins;Gate. I wanna read the next Kiranmala (a.k.a. the superior Aru Shah) book after this.
 
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Currently reading Agata Christie's And Then There Were None. Im planning on completing all of her works
 
Jul 2, 4:30 AM
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I'm currently reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, I'm enjoying it though it's a bit repetitive at times.



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Im currently reading Dark Souls: Beyond the Grave. I started reading 2 days ago and did not have much time to continue.
 
Jul 7, 11:42 AM
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Luna_Estlin said:
I'm currently reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, I'm enjoying it though it's a bit repetitive at times.


Is it me or am I seeing those types of books everywhere? Books about how to not care about things and such, usually with some sort of expletive in the title.


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They're all self help books with the same underlying message. Subtle Art isn't really about not giving a fuck, it's about a very modernist take on self-help namely that life is suffering but that struggle gives us meaning because happiness cannot help sustain/hold off suffering.

It's pretty popular these days and resonates with like young/fedora-tipping redditors who are shit out of luck.
 
Jul 20, 4:53 PM
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I've been reading Nightfall, Book 6 of the Keeper of the Lost Cities. Man, when I first started it, I thought it was the first legitimate successor to Harry Potter, and now... er... I can see those sharks lined up, just waiting to be jumped over!

Messenger is really showing her YA-author-exclusive talents of wasting time in this one. Also, the Mr. Forkle thing at the beginning pretty much ruined all the tension that the series had done do well building upon. I'm not even finding the dialogue as snappy and modern as previous books, and the reverse harem is getting just about as annoying as the YA novels that I so despise.

Let's hope book 8 is the final one for the sake of the series' condition.
 
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The Myth of Sisyphus by albert camus
Principles of Economics by Gregory Mankiw
The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy,
metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Mumford
 
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Now I'm reading the second book in the Wheel of Time series, The Great Hunt
 
Jul 30, 8:28 PM

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Reading Lee & Kirby's Fantastic Four run
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Jul 31, 4:35 PM
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Do Western graphic novels count? Because I just read through volumes 1-3 of my introduction into the world of Western GNs: Kibuishi Kazu's Amulet. And I must say, it is hot garbage; the worst children's literature I've read next to The Unwanteds.

I'll admit, the background art is great. I hated the character designs, but it was something I was willing to work with. However, I cannot STAND how awful the art was in terms of its failure to convey motion or expressions.

And as for the plot, it's ahead of its time as far as being a trashy modern isekai despite having launched in 2008. I'm not one to get triggered by isekai, but this made be hate an isekai as much as the people who do get triggered by it.

But on a more positive note, Aru Shah and the Song of Death was totally lit and better than Kiran in almost every way.
 
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Outside work, mangas and light novels, I am currently reading "Homo Deus" by Yuval Noah Harari, which is a nonfiction book and looks at how the future of humanity will change due to changes in society, technology and other factors. Fascinating. I am planning to read his other book "21 Lessons for the 21st Century" eventually but after "Homo Deus", I am planning to read "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee. Either that or I will finally finish "Reamde" by Neal Stephenson so I can read his newest book. Supposedly there is no need to read "Reamde" to read "Fall or Dodge in Hell" but I rather want the full experience.

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Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management. This shit's hardcore.
 
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Currently reading Dune. Some have said the beginning is slow but honestly I have really enjoyed every page.


i just bought a super old copy at a bookstore in my city for $3, super excited to read it!!!

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I'm in the last stretch of A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole and it's been an absolute riot tbh would highly reccommend

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Luna_Estlin said:
I'm currently reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, I'm enjoying it though it's a bit repetitive at times.


If you manage to put it down, you've won.
 
Aug 4, 11:49 AM

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I just finished the 1st Volume of 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens. It's been a nice read so far
 
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Crime and Punishment. Almost halfway through the novel and oh boy is the first part so boring. There are literally only a handful chapters that intrigue me in the least. But the book is well-written. I heard it picks up after the first half.
 
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Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management. This shit's hardcore.
That sounds like a form of torture.

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Currently finishing Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. First saw her book, The Handmaid's Tale, adapted into a series on Hulu and read that book first. I was hooked on her stuff.
Atwood is great. Her MaddAddam trilogy is my favourite. I'm still waiting for the HBO adaptation.

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The Myth of Sisyphus by albert camus
Principles of Economics by Gregory Mankiw
The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy,
metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Mumford
These are all good picks, but don't take Mankiw's word for it. Mainstream econ theory is incomplete at best and needs to be balanced out with plenty of heterodox stuff.

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Outside work, mangas and light novels, I am currently reading "Homo Deus" by Yuval Noah Harari, which is a nonfiction book and looks at how the future of humanity will change due to changes in society, technology and other factors. Fascinating. I am planning to read his other book "21 Lessons for the 21st Century" eventually but after "Homo Deus", I am planning to read "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee. Either that or I will finally finish "Reamde" by Neal Stephenson so I can read his newest book. Supposedly there is no need to read "Reamde" to read "Fall or Dodge in Hell" but I rather want the full experience.
Homo Deus is interesting, but I have a few fundamental disagreements with Harari. I think he's too optimistic about human ingenuity, technology and progress, and that he underestimates our ecological crisis and the extent to which our current civilization is reliant on consuming large amounts of non-renewable resources. I don't expect an apocalypse, but I expect the future to look more like apocalyptic fiction than science fiction.

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Crime and Punishment. Almost halfway through the novel and oh boy is the first part so boring. There are literally only a handful chapters that intrigue me in the least. But the book is well-written. I heard it picks up after the first half.
I remember enjoying the whole thing, but it's been a while. Hope you like the second half more. His interactions with the police are some of the most memorable for me. The one officer/detective character is pure genius.
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Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management. This shit's hardcore.
That sounds like a form of torture.
Yes indeed.

 
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Halfway through L'Assommoir by Emile Zola.

Damn, this is depressing, I can feel where it goes. Shouldn't have picked thing impulsively just because I heard about the author before and ofc, the discount: ').








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Aug 19, 3:00 PM
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I've been reading an LN series that is TenSura's clone: Tensei Shitara Ken Deshita (Reincarnated as a Sword). I'm about to finish volume 2. It has much more engaging worldbuilding mechanics (such as with Dungeons) than TenSura but it's still plagued by mostly boring characters. At the very least, the two leads aren't Mary and Gary Sue this time.

But man, when it gets anime adaptation... it's going to be a brouhaha!
 
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So, I'm currently reading "Life for Sale" by Yukio Mishima, and I must say I'm not dazzled. Actually, a bit disappointed.
It differs significantly from his other works, and even though it touches some of the crucial points of his work, and most of contemporary Japanese works - one of them, and perhaps the most relevant being the increasing influence of the west over Japan - it has failed to reach the depth of his other works, in my opinion.
The book tells the story of a young man who after a peculiar incident, and a followed suicide attempt, decides to sell his life - suicide, and search for the true self being a predominant theme in his works, and most Japanese literature. The character does this in order to die, as he considers himself incapable of committing suicide. This said, to the point I've read, all the contracts he made with his clients failed to achieve this goal. Much the opposite, the ones who ended up dying were the other involved parties.

It is a very small book, 200 pages, give or take. This said, I still have hope to find the true meaning behind the book. And, a more serious intention behind his words.


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Blacksad. Like a gritty and darker Zootropolis.
 
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I'm currently reading "The Myth of Sisyphus" by Albert Camus. I started reading it because I was having thoughts about the futility of doing things that won't last forever. It has helped me make my outlook on life more positive I would say.


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I'm currently reading Sorcery of Thorns. I've never been a big fan of young adult novels because I just didn't give them much of a chance. This one is kinda changing my opinion on them. The main character is so endearing, I just want her to make it through even though she keeps making bad decisions...




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I just read Frankenstein by the legendary Mary Shelly and it's still got a very deep story.
 
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I recently finished Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. Stellar (pun unintended but enjoyed) YA Sci-Fi novel. Excellent character writing, a slowly growing and engaging plot, Sanderson always does an excellent job of helping you visualize what's going on, and there are three more books planned including one later this year
 
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Currently reading The First Man by Albert Camus. It's a really short story because the author died before finishing the story. Only picked it up to read in the return flight on a plane. Only read 30 pages and slept the whole thing off. Will continue soon.
 
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After years of shitting on Ayn Rand because intellectuals hated her, I'm now reading her precisely because intellectuals hate her. So far, I'm loving what I'm reading.

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I'm currently reading "The Myth of Sisyphus" by Albert Camus. I started reading it because I was having thoughts about the futility of doing things that won't last forever. It has helped me make my outlook on life more positive I would say.


Good job. That book pulled me out of depression too, but don't forget to couple it up with 'The Rebel' later. That can help smooth out the individualist edges you might develop from The Myth alone.

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I just read Frankenstein by the legendary Mary Shelly and it's still got a very deep story.


Frankenstein is still fucking shit and I will die on this hill.
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Read almost all of Brando Sando's stuff some time ago, pretty impressive even tho they vary from meh to one of the greatest books period.It's still a mystery how Brandon puts out a book a year on such a high quality level. Definietly the current GOAT of fantasy and probably the all time GOAT when he finished Stormlight, wich is also by far is best series, puts the word epic in epic Fantasy and has everything i want from a novel, some philosophical elements, great Character writing while also focussing on the story wich would be my only complaint since we still don't know that much about Roshar and its connection to the cosmere etc.

Currently getting my mind blown by Thus Spoke Zarathustra by that mustache guy from germany. Pretty interesting but still don't know how to feel about it.

Also starting Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence, heard the Protagonist is a nice dude ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°).
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Thanakos said:
After years of shitting on Ayn Rand because intellectuals hated her, I'm now reading her precisely because intellectuals hate her. So far, I'm loving what I'm reading.
I had no opinion of her before now, but I did do some digging, and what I felt wasn't too contrary to the intellectuals. I mean, if it wasn't a destructive thought, it's contradictory.

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Also starting Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence, heard the Protagonist is a nice dude ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°).
Imo it's a shitty series. The protagonist is badly written and the characters are all morons. The events also aren't all that interesting. I don't understand how Mark Lawrence got his popularity. Maybe because his Broken Empire actually have good cover visuals.
 
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I'm currently reading "The Myth of Sisyphus" by Albert Camus. I started reading it because I was having thoughts about the futility of doing things that won't last forever. It has helped me make my outlook on life more positive I would say.

Definitely sounds like a book I need to read. Never read a philosophy book before but the synopsis resonates with me so might as well be my first.
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Currently reading Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz

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I'm currently reading "The Myth of Sisyphus" by Albert Camus. I started reading it because I was having thoughts about the futility of doing things that won't last forever. It has helped me make my outlook on life more positive I would say.

Definitely sounds like a book I need to read. Never read a philosophy book before but the synopsis resonates with me so might as well be my first.
If you wish to start Camus, then I propose you go through his books by date written. Camus is one of those writers in which his views skew and shift with every book; they change. I haven't done that, but I've read The Fall first, then The Stranger, The Plague, and I'm currently reading The First Man. I highly suggest you get into The Fall at some point in your life. It's a mesmerizing book.
 
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Yarub said:
Thanakos said:
After years of shitting on Ayn Rand because intellectuals hated her, I'm now reading her precisely because intellectuals hate her. So far, I'm loving what I'm reading.
I had no opinion of her before now, but I did do some digging, and what I felt wasn't too contrary to the intellectuals. I mean, if it wasn't a destructive thought, it's contradictory.


Be more concrete. Explain.

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Definitely sounds like a book I need to read. Never read a philosophy book before but the synopsis resonates with me so might as well be my first.


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Thanakos said:
Frankenstein is still fucking shit and I will die on this hill.


No need to insult the novel and attempt to cramp the style of its reader plus you can make like a tree and leave for trolling kid. FYI, you're talking to someone who's been reading classic literature before you reached and even peaked puberty.
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Kurt_Irving said:
Thanakos said:
Frankenstein is still fucking shit and I will die on this hill.


No need to insult the novel and attempt to cramp the style of its reader plus you can make like a tree and leave for trolling kid. FYI, you're talking to someone who's been reading classic literature before you reached and even peaked puberty.


I don't care if you're the age of a fucking turtle if you got the mind of a turtle too. Frankenstein is like that badly done anime that got popular simply because it's the first one to deal with its 'cool' themes. In reality, the story makes less sense than depressed white girls posting 'love laugh live' over the bed they got banged 100 times on. It relies on too much Suspension of Disbelief to even pose the so-called moral quandary cogently.

PS If you're still reading classical literature, get a life and do something actually valuable, old geezer.
 
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Thanakos said:
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I had no opinion of her before now, but I did do some digging, and what I felt wasn't too contrary to the intellectuals. I mean, if it wasn't a destructive thought, it's contradictory.


Be more concrete. Explain.

Well, some articles I have read quoted some lines and ideas proposed by the author. Namely:

1-Calling people who adhere to collectivism as primordial savages:
It's as if she was against the coming of modern states. She mistakes ideal collectivism to practical collectivism. There's a difference.

2-She advocates for extreme individualism: the irony of the situation is that when you advocate exactly that, you directly interfere with the individualism of the human.

Though these are just my thoughts.
 
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Thanakos said:
I don't care if you're the age of a fucking turtle if you got the mind of a turtle too. Frankenstein is like that badly done anime that got popular simply because it's the first one to deal with its 'cool' themes. In reality, the story makes less sense than depressed white girls posting 'love laugh live' over the bed they got banged 100 times on. It relies on too much Suspension of Disbelief to even pose the so-called moral quandary cogently.

PS If you're still reading classical literature, get a life and do something actually valuable, old geezer.


Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and I could care less (even critics could care less) what you think of Frankenstein. Btw, I do have a life (and I can hold out on my own in contributing to society) and you are still just a kid.

Meanwhile, I'll move on with real world stuff, reading some cool poetry or high-school level novels and leave you crying on the internet.
 
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Oregairu light novel 1 in English, It is so different from the anime. I like it a lot.
 
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the outsiders by stephen king.

Its the first ever western novel that im reading. ive finished reading 60% of it in 2 days lol.

i might finish it in the day after tomorrow. I might read some fantasy novel after this.

Anybody have suggestion for a fantasy novel with a little bit romance in it? preferably with a male lead.

 
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Kurt_Irving said:
Thanakos said:
I don't care if you're the age of a fucking turtle if you got the mind of a turtle too. Frankenstein is like that badly done anime that got popular simply because it's the first one to deal with its 'cool' themes. In reality, the story makes less sense than depressed white girls posting 'love laugh live' over the bed they got banged 100 times on. It relies on too much Suspension of Disbelief to even pose the so-called moral quandary cogently.

PS If you're still reading classical literature, get a life and do something actually valuable, old geezer.


Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and I could care less (even critics could care less) what you think of Frankenstein. Btw, I do have a life (and I can hold out on my own in contributing to society) and you are still just a kid.

Meanwhile, I'll move on with real world stuff, reading some cool poetry or high-school level novels and leave you crying on the internet.


Yea, I couldn't care less about the fucking critics. Like who the fuck are they, purveyors of mankind's artistic taste? That was a lame appeal to authority. It's the second time now, old man, that you've failed to make a point about why Frankenstein is so deep. I even gave you something to chew on but damn. Go back to your 7/11 job and read classic literature to shield your self-esteem from reality.

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Thanakos said:


Be more concrete. Explain.

Well, some articles I have read quoted some lines and ideas proposed by the author. Namely:

1-Calling people who adhere to collectivism as primordial savages:
It's as if she was against the coming of modern states. She mistakes ideal collectivism to practical collectivism. There's a difference.

2-She advocates for extreme individualism: the irony of the situation is that when you advocate exactly that, you directly interfere with the individualism of the human.

Though these are just my thoughts.


What is practical collectivism? If it's something like cooperating based on mutual interests then Rand already supports that.
 
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Thanakos said:
Yea, I couldn't care less about the fucking critics. Like who the fuck are they, purveyors of mankind's artistic taste? That was a lame appeal to authority. It's the second time now, old man, that you've failed to make a point about why Frankenstein is so deep. I even gave you something to chew on but damn. Go back to your 7/11 job and read classic literature to shield your self-esteem from reality.


Do I see you crying again? huh, mini mouse? xD I could cry about on Frankenstein and look like you (yeah! you little man), but I got some really cool s**t to read instead. Btw, I think someone should write a novel about your weeping upon Frankenstein, I sure would love that drama.
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What is practical collectivism? If it's something like cooperating based on mutual interests then Rand already supports that.
Not only that, but it also resembles something like a business relationship. A boss in an office has total command of the premises and the employees that work in his office. Rand, by her definition of collectivism, shows the boss to be "unable to conceive of individual rights, etc..", even though he's probably the only person in the whole company holding the shit together.

What Rand portrays is the actual tribal notion of collectivism; there's a guy on top who judges the matter of his underlings (no matter how qualified he is, he just has to be strong) and calls it a violation for that person to be in-charge of other people, simply because it opposes her idea of absolute individualism. While she is right in this scenario, it just doesn't add up in modern ones.
 
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Hellboy for graphic novels and Lord of the Flies for real literature.
 
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