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  1. I went with the novella format because it's my first attempt and it follows the perspective of only one character so dragging it out into a novel would probably be a mistake. I'm definitely gonna look into putting it on Amazon first (seems to be a more financially beneficial route) but how do you publicise the book? Just rope friends and family into leaving good reviews? Target certain forums with spam?


    And you mentioned cover design. I wouldn't even know where to start with that.

  2. The book is, in fact, closer to 30 thousand words now. I would rather go down the route of getting published in the old fashioned way because I tend to think it validates your own opinion of your work. The amount of truly mediocre stuff I've seen online suggests that a lot of those people are not only kidding themselves but are also being unhelpfully indulged by this new format. I don't really want to do that to myself. It would be my least preferred option.


    Does anyone have any experience/insight regarding getting published Amazon? It looks pretty easy so I suspect I'm missing something.

  3. I'm close to finishing my first book and wondered how best to proceed. In my head, it's a short story but its over 20 thousand words so I guess you'd call it a novelette or novella. It's a science-fiction story that utilises tropes and themes seen many times in sci-fi so nothing hugely original but I like to think it's very readable and has a compelling story. I also like to think that my use of language is very good.


    So what's the step? Send it to publishers? Send it to agents? Put it online?


    The internet age has changed things a lot so some advice on how to go forward would be welcomed.

  4. The no vote will use immigration to get votes but its a red herring. Most of the immigration that people take exception to isn't even connected to the EU anyway. The economy is also a red herring.



    It's worth noting that people aren't just voting for the short term issues.


    Long term, here's what you're ultimately voting for; a United States of Europe. If you think that's something we should be a part of and you consider that utopian, co-operative union to be a beautiful idea that will bring the continent together... then vote yes.

  5. Leaving would be a mistake economically but it's the longer term concern that a lot of people are thinking about. The United States of Europe is where the union must inevitably lead and denying that is disingenuous. You either buy into that future or you don't. Cameron got the concession of less political intergration but so what, that's only in the short term.


    Then there's the utter lack of democracy. Even the yes vote acknowledge this but say we can reform the system once we're in. That's a bit like electing Hitler and saying now he's in, let's make him less of a Nazi. A very strange tactic which ignores a very disturbing element of the union.


    Then we have the problem of understanding the question. You're asking the public to vote on a question they don't fully understand. You might as well ask... should quantum mechanics be involvd with elephants? Most people will vote no because they haven't got a clue what the question even means.


    I'm inclined to vote to stay in... but I'm still extremely unhappy about so much of it.

  6. It helps if you have some personal experience of what Kafka is describing. I remember when I was brought into my manager's office and told that something had happened which required that I be suspended with immediate effect. They didn't give me any further information. I spent nearly a week running through every possibly thing it could be in my mind. What did they think I'd done? What had I actually done? I even found myself creating worse case scenarios for the most basic or innocent of things in my life and twisted them until they were dark, sinister and deformed.


    I was guilty.


    In the end, it was nothing but if they'd told me I'd committed murder, I was so ridden with anxiety, I might have believed them.


    Kafka was genius.

  7. Isn't this why Hardy invented his own environments? To stop pedants from gushing a slew of anal bilge into his face


    No, I don't really care.


    Had AJP Taylor wrote that the Nazi's invaded Grimsby with a self conscious dragon called Keith, then I might be more concerned

  8. Has anyone read this - i'm about halfway through it and i'm really enjoying how accessible it is and the subject matter - i guess some similar recommendations would be good too as i'm looking for books that are written in a similar vein but on other topics - i've already bought "how mumbo jumbo conquered the world" by Francis Wheen which looks like it might be the same kind of easy to read book


    any thoughts


    (haven't posted for a million years....glad the sites back)


    (still blue on blue i notice)

  9. I'm doing a degree in mental health and my next assignment is about mental health in the media and intertextuality


    i'm looking for books that have characters with a mental health problem - it doesn't have to be a severe mental illness (in fact, the more subtle the better but i'll look at anything to be honest)


    i've already read Mrs Dalloway and the hours (intertextuality) and would like to find a few more (it would also be quite useful if any of these books were turned into movies or have influenced other art forms)



  10. I bought the complete stories and the order is slightly different


    1 - study in scarlet

    2 - the sign of the four

    3 - the hound of the baskervilles

    4 - the valley of fear

    5 - the adventures of sherlock holmes

    6 - the memoirs of sherlock holmes

    7 - the return of sherlock holmes

    8 - his last bow

    9 - the casebook of sherlock holmes


    I also appear to be missing some of the ones mentioned by others so i'm not sure if it actually is complete?


    i think reading the first two in order makes sense but after that you can move on to any of the others

  11. But if this particular style of writing has merit then why did the subsequent authors (and readers it would seem) reject it on such a large scale


    The vast majority of books today are still written with the familiar narrative, style and structure that preceded books like Ulysses


    Why did writers en masse go back to this structure if books like Ulysses are to be considered so good and so important?


    have we gone backwards or did we simply over praise "the shock of the new"

  12. I read it all the way through and didn't find it too difficult (the stream of consciousness stuff was certainly the more gruelling) I enjoyed parts of it but overall found the actual story quite boring (people never seem to mention the story when discussing the book and tend to focus on the style)


    If I read a book that was made of cheese and written with the juice of a rainbow, I would still expect a decent story (Ulysses seems to be exempt from this)


    There also seems to be a sense that you either love it or you didn't understanding it - this kind of elitism is very irritating and I fully understand why it puts people of – I read it because I felt it was one of those books that should be read and I would encourage others to do the same if only to judge for themselves

  13. I recently finished 100 years of solitude and although i enjoyed it, i found the "magical realism" element was sometimes a bit irksome


    what are your thoughts on it and should i read love in a time of cholera (i've already bought it so i'll probably read it anyway)


    i also found the fact that each generation of the buedia family had virtually the same name made it difficult for me to disasociate one from the other (maybe that was the point)



  14. I don't really see the racy aspect


    I think she deals with sexuality quite cleverly in Cheri and in Lea, she creates a strong independent woman who controls the nature of the sexual relationships she has


    Is this perhaps because she is a woman writing about sex and therefore it gained a reputation as "racy" by men of the time


    I think people need to rediscover her as a writer


    I found her writing to be poetic, brilliant and "how do you say" creamy


    Has anyone read Gigi without being influenced by the musical?

  15. The entire book was ruined by Levin's conversion to Christianity


    Tolstoi did not adequately establish this as a possible outcome to Levin's (far more interesting than Anna’s) journey


    He simply drops it on us without any genuine conviction at all......oh, and then Levin realised there is a god after all......the end


    It just seemed like a sudden and rather convenient conclusion


    annoyed me



  16. Very good suggestions....I have just bought the social contract from Amazon for 74p and will give biographia literaria a look as well though I feel we may be wandering more into the realms of philosophy now than the utopian social system……..but I guess that's to be expected in this area


    Pantosocratic commune?


    Is that a society that loves panto? (Couldn’t resist)


    Ta very much

  17. Thanks, I will look into New Atlantis and Rasselas


    You (or anyone else) wouldn't happen to know of any books that literally expound a worldview in plain terms, along the lines of the communist manifesto......an actual system of society that was genuinely considered achievable and written without the aid of fictional islands and the such….that’s ideally what I’m looking for…..non fiction utopia (paradox alert)


    Are there any??


    I’m not sure if there’s much along those lines so I assumed that books like Utopia and Republic were better examples to use (probably not)


    As far as fiction is concerned, I’m waiting for my copy of We by Yevgeny Zamyatin…..anyone read it….any good??

  18. Evening.....


    I'm new here but I shan't dwell on that


    I am interested in finding books concerning the utopian/dystopian state as perceived by political and philosophical thinkers.


    Along the lines of....


    Plato, Republic – Moore, Utopia – Hobbes, Leviathan


    I’m interested in this area generally & will no doubt be asking the same question of utopian/dystopian fiction at a later date which I’m sure you're all looking forward to but for the meantime I would like to stick to a proposed, ideal state that was considered to be both utopian and genuinely attainable by thinkers of note.


    any suggestions?



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