GUYS QUICK I NEED A SUMMARY OF THE FIRST HALF ON FAHRENHEIT 451!!!!
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You think I could read 400 pages in 5 days?

My dad told me to read "The Alienist" for a school assignment. I of course procrastinate until tonight and then realize how gory the book is and how there's no way in hell I'm giving a presentation about it in front of the class because they'll probably put me on some sort of watchlist. So I think I'm gonna read the "Hunger Games Catching Fire". The issue is that it's pretty long, about 400 pages, and I don't have much time to read it. Should I read it or try and read something else. (It's an honors level class so it can't be anything easy.)

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CMV: As far as I can tell, Fahrenheit 451 is less of a warning against government power and more of a warning of blind faith in the majority.

As the saying goes, all forms of government are bad, democracy is just the best one we've got.

Whenever I see people talking about warnings against government power, I see two novels come up: 1984, and Fahrenheit 451. I take issue with the latter, and as I read more and more of F. 451, I become more convinced of this. I can see how one may think that the warning of the book is to minimize the power of government, but I strongly disagree.

Bradbury tells us how it happens through the words of Captain Beatty. In summary, the banning of books was not a governmental project, but rather a path that people went down themselves. Because the majority of people were going this way, and it only seemed beneficial, the government gave it's support.

So here is what I think: The novel of Fahrenheit 451 strongly warns against having faith in the majority of the population, and challenging ideas before they become institutions. To question and have concerns. But not that government power is a bad thing. Not by a long shot.

If you think differently, well then I will try to engage and see why you believe that.

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Started reading more...books.

I am now starting to read a book known as β€œFahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. It is a science fiction that I enjoy so far and is a interesting one. If you want a basic summary, the book is about a firefighter named Montag who actually starts fires, as in this future, books are illegal, so houses are burnt with books inside. I feel like the book is trying to tell me that books on their own have a purpose in our life. The book is also just an idea of what the future could hold.

Another book I’ve started reading is β€œThe Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. It is a book that is connected to all the chaos of the BLM movement that happened a couple months back. It is a book that is showing a in-depth look at what happens outside during these protests. The main character, Starr, witnesses the killing of her friend: Khalil. The police end up showing no interest in arresting the cop who killed Khalil, so a riot occurs. But, Starr is the only one who witnessed the event, so she is under great pressure.

These are the books I’ve been working through currently. They are some decent reads!

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"The 100 Most Popular Sci-Fi Books on Goodreads" and a little more digging

I'm exactly one month late to this list (just found it in r/bobiverse):

The 100 Most Popular Sci-Fi Books on Goodreads

Unfortunately this list is not ready to be exported for further analysis. So I took some time to label the ranking into a big spreadsheet someone extracted from Goodreads in January (I think I got it from r/goodreads but I can't find the original post now - nor do I know if it's been updated recently). So keep in mind that the stats below are a little out of date.

Rating# (orange, left axis, LOG); Review# (grey, right axis, LOG); Avg Rating (blue, natural)

You can see from the diagram above, that the ranking is not strictly proportional to either #ratings or #reviews. My guess is that they are sorting entries by "views" instead, i.e. the back-end data of page views.

Here's a text based list - again, the data are as of Jan 2020, not now.

(can someone tell me how to copy a real table here - instead of paste it as an image?)

edit: thanks to diddum and MurphysLab. By combining their suggestions I can now make it :)

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# Title Author Avg Ratings# Reviews#
1 1984 George Orwell 4.17 2724775 60841
2 Animal Farm George Orwell 3.92 2439467 48500
3 Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury 3.98 1483578 42514
4 Brave New World Aldous Huxley 3.98 1304741 26544
5 The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood 4.10 1232988 61898
6 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1/5) Douglas Adams 4.22 1281066 26795
7 Frankenstein Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley 3.79 1057840 28553
8 Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut 4.07 1045293 24575
9 Ender's Game (1/4) Orson Scott Card 4.30 1036101 41659
10 Ready Player One Ernest Cline 4.27 758979 82462
11 The Martian Andy Weir 4.40 721216 69718
12 Jurassic Park Michael Crichton 4.01 749473 11032
13 Dune (1/6) Frank Herbert 4.22 645186 17795
14 The Road Cormac McCarthy 3.96 658626 43356
15 The Stand Stephen King 4.34 562492 17413
16 A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess 3.99 549450 12400
17 Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes 4.12 434330 15828
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I can't bring myself to appreciate a book I know for sure I would love

I'm currently reading Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury as I've seen it being often suggested in this sub..I wanted a nostalgic summer read set up in a little southern town, with a lyrical prose, so from what I've read, this book seemed the perfect fit. Also, I'd already read something by Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451) and loved it, so I knew I'd played it safe.

So, I was pretty hyped up about it and I decided to read it in English (I'm Italian) because I didn't want to lose the smallest meaning in the translation; I've never had problems about reading in the original language since I speak English fluently BUT. I just. CAN'T appreciate this book enough!

I'm halfway through it and if you'd ask me I wouldn't be able to tell you what it's about. Total blank space. Probably doesn't help that each chapter looks like a vignette, all of whom take place in the same little town. Nevertheless, I really want to enjoy this book, not only I feel like I should love it since the recs have always been excellent, but I also know I would love it since the setting and the language are magical, I already know I like the author..

So, have you ever been in this situation? Where you just know that you'd love a book but, for some reason or other, you just can't get yourself to really appreciate it? Should I give it up and maybe pick it up later or start it over again? Maybe cheat a bit and read up some analysis and summary?

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Fahrenheit 451 or Brave New World

So I am going to have my englisch final exam this year. I am not a native speaker but these books would cover our niveau. So I found Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World and have read some summarys of them. What would you recommend me to read, Fahrenheit 451 or Brave New World? We will also have to make a creative presentation of the book. Please with reasons what you think of the books. Thanks in advance.

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am i being dramatic?

so maybe that title in this forum is just a spicy bit of environmental storytelling, but im curious. im a bit of a sponge, and i got into therapist-run psychology videos after i learned some terms and heard some clicks, so im not even sure if anything is or ever was wrong with me. im gonna include a summary up top, cause man... i need to be in a museum, cause im a spectacular piece of work.

preemptive tl;dr

  • no privacy, ever
  • constant build up/tear down of abilities
  • watched me get bullied, excused it
  • narcissism
  • poor emotional release
  • "family first"
  • verbal abuse
  • punishment by humiliation, isolation

specific examples are to follow, but there's a lot. sorry.. each new paragraph is another bullet point.

i guess the first thing i should mention is that ive always been told that i was too sensitive. i would be verbally abused and then years later when id bring it up again, my mom would usually never apologize and instead offer that i just need to grow thicker skin. one day ill becomes a callous and she'll act surprised, im sure. i would express genuine discomfort with something, and she would just keep doing whatever she was doing, but say "wah wah wah, im <name> and everyone hates me!" one time, she was in her room and did it, and i got so mad that i slammed her door shut, but because i had to slam it towards me, i managed to get something stuck on the wrong side of the jamb. i was too afraid of getting into more trouble that i panicked and started throwing myself against it to get it unstuck. i couldnt even relish the fact that she was literally trapped in there and couldnt do anything about it. but im getting out of order now, the point was, i dont always trust myself to label my emotions correctly, which i feel might be a root problem.

i was in 3rd grade when i realized that i never had anything to myself, ever. my best friend had moved away to NY between grades, and i had written her a letter (it was before we even had dial-up in the house, im talkin AOL 3.0 on a CD) that had what i would have considered a spicy secret in it (my anime crush!!), but i knew i could trust her. i get ready to come downstairs the next morning and i hear my grandmother (i stayed with my grandparents on friday nights) talking about some unimportant detail that i had mentioned off hand in my letter. That i had addressed, sealed, stamped, and went with my grandfather to put in the mailbox. The next time i went to mail a letter to that friend, i did it

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Official Discussion: Fahrenheit 451 (2018) [SPOILERS]

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Summary:

In the distant future, books are banned and ordered to be burned: so-called firemen are charged with this responsibility. Guy Montag is one of them: he goes about his work without questioning motives, believing he is helping out with the end of seeking knowledge. All this changes when he meets another person who makes him challenge his actions and convictions.

Director:

Ramin Bahrani

Writers:

screenplay by Amir Naderi

adaptation by Ramin Bahrani

based on the novel by Ray Bradbury

Cast:

  • Michael B. Jordan as Guy Montag
  • Michael Shannon as Captain Beatty
  • Sofia Boutella as Clarisse McClellan
  • Lilly Singh as Raven
  • Martin Donovan as Commissioner Nyari
  • Andy McQueen as Gustavo
  • Dylan Taylor as Douglas
  • Grace Lynn Kung as Chairman Mao
  • Keir Dullea as Historian

Rotten Tomatoes: 32%

Metacritic: 47/100

After Credits Scene? No

VOD: HBO Now

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CMV: Journalists should use Fahrenheit when covering Climate Science for American Audiences

Journalists and media organizations typically translate metric to imperial to help American audiences understand the content of stories 'intuitively', regardless of where they take place. But with Climate Science, it seems like this general rule of thumb is often ignored. Here are two excerpts from CNN stories:

  1. "DC and Philadelphia could still see temperatures in the 90's"
  2. "Emissions from nations around the world fall woefully short of the 2 degree Celsius goal set in the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015."

I understand that many of the entities involved in the Climate Change issue use the metric system, and the issue is, after all, "Global" in nature. So I could see how someone might claim this second statement is indeed 'proper' journalism, in as far as it is accurate.

But as an American, my intuitive understanding of the statement is at best foggy, or at worst off by about 45% (2C to 3.6F). So I don't see how this is optimal, in terms of delivering the salience of the information. Why not just report the statement in French, if the audience's understanding of the words is less important than the literal accuracy of the quotation?

I think adding the Fahrenheit temperature in parentheses would be a great compromise, and to journalists' credit, I see this technique used quite often - just not often enough. My gol isn't to have an argument over whether Celsius or Fahrenheit is better - since both could be used. My point is that, bare minimum - it should be Fahrenheit in the US.

I'd like to hear from journalists if there is a reason that Climate Change is covered this way. Often I find that professionals have a good reason for doing things the way they do. But some reasons that would NOT change my view would be:

  1. Lack or time or resources. How hard could 'find and replace' be?
  2. Activism - i.e. trying to encourage adoption of the metric system in the US. I think activism of this type should occur through direct discussion, not by obfuscating facts about an unrelated issue.
  3. Style - i.e. wanting an article to sound worldly or scientific. Again, this seems like lower priory than audience understanding.

EDIT

Thanks to everyone for the responses! Mind partially changed. Okay summarizing some patterns here:

  1. F does not equal C. A number of responders who lean science believe that Farenheit is more closely associated with weather, and C
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[TOMT][Novel][70's or 80's]

Dystopian future style science fiction novel where the characters (husband and wife? Maybe?) are discussing how reading books takes too much time so they just read summaries so that they seem educated. I thought 1984 but I'm not sure, also maybe Fahrenheit 451? But that doesn't make sense, help!

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Neil Stephenson’s Seveneves, the beauty of hard science fiction, and the way in which science fiction as a whole acts as a beautiful tool for breeding intellectual curiosity & exploration that is as necessary as lifeblood to the human mind.

I finally started reading Seveneves last night - my first Stephenson book - and the attention to detail that Stephenson employs is both astonishing and mesmerizing. I like to go into books β€œblind”, only having read a brief summary so as to allow myself the full enjoyment of the plot as it unfolds, and so I wasn’t aware of how realistically Stephenson writes (by β€œrealistically” I mean an extremely large and specific amount of information that would be excessive for an author to invent for a single novel, and thus hints at it being an established discipline in the real world). Having never explored the dichotomy between science and fiction in such a way, specifically within the genre of science fiction as a whole, I wasn’t entirely aware of the way in which the authors of hard science fiction novels adopt real science within their work that they painstakingly utilize so as to make it as accurate as possible within the scope of the novel, thereby presenting an exciting way for readers to be exposed to multitudinous branches of science simply through the process of reading.

After doing a web search to confirm my suspicions that he was inserting β€œreal” or β€œknown” (I don’t know what else to call it) science into the novel, I discovered that, by using the science of orbital mechanics and applying it to the story in the book to make it as true-to-form as possible, he exposes the reader to subjects and details that heretofore they might not have come into contact with, thereby inserting a great deal of realism into the book, and thus allowing the reader to grasp the workings of the science inherent in the science fiction genre. I wasn’t aware before now that hard science fiction is hard because of its use of actual science & scientific accuracy in the genre of science fiction,

β€œBeing thorough in his use of orbital dynamics, Stephenson also elegantly weaves into the story the aspects of orbital rendezvous, the matter of plane changes and the impact of an orbits inclination on the location of launch facilities on the ground. Also tethered flight and atmosphere skipping is touched upon.[2]” Source: Wikipedia.

I’m only a laywoman, but I enjoy this facet of the book immensely because I’m able to dive into the reality that the book presents while also learning something very real in the process. This is by far my favorite facet of the science fiction genre; and what’s truly wonderful is how, even in science fiction t

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[Grade 10 English] Writing a one sentence summary

My teacher wants me to write a one sentence summary with the 5WH’s(who, what, where, when and how) about the first 25 pages of Fahrenheit 451.

I have no idea how to condense all the information into one sentence. So far, the shortest I’ve been able to get is this:

A firefighter named Guy Montag is on his way home from work when he meets Clarisse McClellan, a strange teenage girl who makes him question his view of the world. He arrives at his house to find his wife, Mildred unconsciousness from an overdose and he calls the Emergency Hospital. The next day, Mildred seems to have no recollection of the night before and continues to bother him about house renovations and other normal things. He runs into Clarisse a second time and they talk a bit more. Later, Guy expresses his fear of the Hound, a mechanical monster that his workplace uses as a tool. He believes that the hound doesn’t like him and his boss says he’ll have it checked by the technicians.

Any help would be appreciated!

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Trouble reading classics?

Hi everyone!

Okay so - when I was in elementary and middle school, I read nonstop. I would get yelled at for reading in class. I got yelled at for reading at recess. I would go home from school and read instead of doing my homework. You know, the usual "voracious reader" behavior. The books that really got me into reading were Captain Underpants, Goosebumps, Warrior Cats, Dear Dumb Diary, and Sweet Valley Twins. I've probably read every book in each series, some multiple times.

In high school, I continued to read for fun, but not as much as before, because I went to a college prep school and suddenly had to actually try. I'm now in college, and I'm still a big reader, and have been rediscovering my love for it. I read a lot of young adult literature, you know, stuff that's easy to get into and digest. My favorite book of all time is Flowers for Algernon, and others include the Harry Potter series, An Ember in the Ashes, The Book Thief, Gone Girl, The Hunger Games, and Divergent.

Now that you know that about me, here's my problem: I suck at reading classics. I don't know why. But they don't make any sense to me. It's like the words turn into a different language. I suddenly have no idea what's going on or what I'm reading about. This summer I tried to read both Fahrenheit 451 and To Kill a Mockingbird. I didn't finish either. With Fahrenheit, I was just so, so confused. With To Kill a Mockingbird, I got to page 100 and I still didn't even know what the plot was supposed to be.

Am I stupid? Do I just have reading comprehension issues? Do I need to take time out of my life to stop after every page and make a summary of what I just read? That doesn't sound very fun to me. I want to be able to read and enjoy and appreciate the classics. I want to be "well-read." I want to stop feeling like such a failure for not being able to make it through one of the greats.

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1984 is overrated

Now before I get all the hate, I will clarify something from the very start: not BAD, overrated. I like the book, not a huge fan of it, even though I understand the love. Now, in order for me to develop my opinion, I've decided to criticize it in two ways: on its own, and compared to the other two big dystopias: Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451 (A Clockwork Orange may be considered another big one, but I've personally decided to put it aside because many reasons I can give if asked, but basically, the same can be said about the other 2)

First thing first, let's talk about not the book itself, but what surrounds it. In my opinion, the main reason of its overrate it's because most people read it, not because it was appealing, but because most education systems make you read it. And there is a reason 1984 is the one picked and not BNW or F451, and it's because it's extremely descriptive. Whenever people debate about the book, hardly ever is because of the plot, but rather the surroundings of it. It's easier to write an essay about the context of 1984 than of the other two. But, that's no excuse for me calling overrated, right? It's just famous. Well, that's true, BUT due to its popularity is that people talk about it much more than any other dystopia. Before I go on, this has nothing to do with Orwell himself, I believe he has done a much better novel with Animal Farm, which I found magnificent. But, BECAUSE people read it as to analyze the context of the book, we seem to forget what's really important: the plot. Now, personally, I'm a plot driven person; I think a good story is what makes a good novel. But when I read this book (of course, depends on which publisher you choose, the ones I had the chance to read made great emphasis on the details) I get so many details and descriptions it seems to take ages until the next interesting thing happens. Again, this doesn't make it bad, it's just, too slow for a novel.

There's also a personal issue I think I'm not alone: Winston is as dumb as it can get. Stay with me here, and let's remember what happens in the book: the guy starts writing a diary, falls in love with a stranger, they have sex, then he trusts this man he works him because REASONS, he gets the book and is arrested for being a rebel. Now, may I remind you that every time he has the chance to, the reader is reminded how he shouldn't trust anyone because the Thought Police is everywhere and yet that's exactly what he does, he blin

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My Journey from Pure Gamer to Avid Reader

From elementary to University, I was always a good reader, but never really did much of it on my own time. After school, I’d spend the majority of my evenings gaming. A few years back, I found myself in a stint where I’d played through my entire gaming backlog and there was nothing else around that really piqued my interest. Looking for something else to do, on an impulse, I bought my first few graphic novels.

I started with some pretty light stuff: Tintin and Bone. After thoroughly enjoying both, I decided to get into superhero comics. While I was always interested in the concepts behind marvel’s heroes, I’d never actually read any of their stories. The entire marvel canon seemed pretty intimidating, so I researched the most critically acclaimed story arcs. Kraven’s last Hunt, God Loves, Man Kills, Frank Miller’s Wolverine, and his Daredevil all blew me out of the water. From here, I went on to read Frank Miller’s Batman as well as Alan Moore’s Killing Joke. I followed this with Watchmen - still one of my favourite books of all time - and a large chunk of Moore’s other work including V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Swamp Thing, From Hell, and Miracleman. I also read Neil Gaiman’s run on Miracleman and went on to read the entirety of his Sandman Series; another of my all time favourites. I fit Maus in somewhere along the way.

At this point, I’d nearly exhausted my backlog of graphic novels. School was also easing up and I found I had more time for leisure reading. I decided to give some of Neil Gaiman’s non-graphic novels a shot. I started with American Gods, Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, and Stardust. From here I went on to Good Omens, The Graveyard Book, Coraline, and his take on Norse mythology. I found I really liked the creepy/horror theme to a lot of his work and decided to give Stephen King a try. The Shining, The Stand, and It were all pretty good.

I was ready for something a little deeper, so I thought back to my favourite authors from high school and undergrad. Cormac McCarthy, Salman Rushdie, and Kurt Vonnegut all came to mind. I reread Blood Meridian - possibly my favourite book to date - as well as No Country for Old Men and The Road. I finally read The Satanic Verses and The Moor’s Last Sigh after rereading Midnight’s Children. Next, I reread Mother Night and went on to Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat’s Cradle (both of which I preferred). I’d heard that Vonnegut was influenced by Catch-22, so I picked it up as well. Wow.

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books with beautiful prose?

I loved Nabokov's Pale Fire, Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray, and Steinbeck's East of Eden. I haven't read Fahrenheit 451, but Bradbury's "All Summer in a Day" is beautifully written as well.

I haven't read Austen, but the summaries of her books seem dull.

Beyond that, I have no particular preferences. Hmu with book recommendations!

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I hate Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and find A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley to be Similarly Bad but Likeable as Simply a Story

Fahrenheit 451 is, in a brief summary, a sci-fi book following a rogue fireman, men who burn controversial books, in a world filled with violent television, abuse of pain-killers, and a want to avoid all unhappiness and "tough ideas".

To start, the main character, Montag, is a pompous serial murderer and eventual terrorist who negates any likability he could ever have by burning a colleague's house down possibly with his family still in it to make a point, scaring his wife, who wants to overdose on painkillers to stay away from him regardless, away with his mid-life crisis, and brutally murdering a man with a flamethrower before rationalising it in his mind that his victim wanted to die, with no actual proof being presented that he did. One might argue that he isn't meant to be likeable, but I argue that he is still meant to represent Bradbury's views of what is positive in a society filled with mindless television, violence, and censorship. Sadly, the protagonist is equally mindless, violent, and censoring of what he thinks is negative when, really, everyone except him and some other people seem to be pretty much satisfied with their lives. I find him to be an incredibly arrogant character due to his presumptive attitudes to what he thinks is worthy enough for dismantling his current society despite the other people who live in it.

Besides that, Ray Bradbury utterly fails to show how more than a few people deem it the distopian world he desperately tries to portray as such . In fact, for everyone except Montag and a few other rebels, it seems to be perfect for them. This might be a nitpick for the genre in general, but it's always seemed counterintuitive to me to have the main character part of a minority of people who hate their "oppressive" surroundings when, overall, everyone does have freewill they just choose to do what the minority hates. Books like the Hunger Games, despite its Mary Sue/Gary Lew characters and love triangle distractions, does well to show that the majority is suffering while the upper crust derives sick enjoyment from the deaths of impoverished youth forced to disobey rules and threaten their own lives just to survive and feed their own lives.

This is also a fault that A Brave New World suffers from, building the world as an actual utopia so that I find myself routing against the protagonists instead of against them. The short, yet highly entertaining and worth it to read just for the writing style, world-building,

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Books & Brews at Castleburg - Fahrenheit 451 3:00PM April 28, 2019

Come join us for our monthly Books & Brews at Castleburg book group. Delicious beer + books + great folks = why you should join us. We're reading "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury for the month's book.

Summary:

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television 'family'. But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people did not live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.

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Does anyone else have trouble reading books sometimes?

Like, no matter how many distractions I remove from around me, I can't read. I know what the words mean, and I'm capable of writing huge essays with no trouble, but whenever I try to open a book I'll read chapters upon chapters and retain absolutely nothing.

Is this a symptom of Asperger's? Is there some way around this? The only books I've been able to read in the past 5 years without reading a summary alongside the book itself or paraphrasing in a journal is Slaughterhouse Five and Animal Farm. Some books kind of digest, like Fahrenheit 451 and Grapes of Wrath, but other times I just retain absolutely nothing and have to read the chapters two or three times before I actually get what's going on.

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12/15 MUNDANE TRIVIA RESULTS!

#12/15 MUNDANE TRIVIA RESULTS!

78 fans participating in this week's duel (21 in the live game, and 57 in the home quiz).

There were 3 multiple choice options this week.


ANSWERS...

##QUESTION 01: Wizarding publication edited by X.Lovegood.

ANSWER 01: The Quibbler

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>The Quibbler, or as Rita Skeeter calls it, that old rag that X. Lovegood writes for. (by iSquash)

Best Answer in Quiz

>The Quibbler. I wonder how he got that name. Is quibble a word? Yes it is...what does it mean? I can't look it up in the middle of this quiz. Something about a stupid argument, right? ...Huh. He named it well. But he thinks all the things he prints are true so they wouldn't really be quibbles then would they? Not to him. Curiouser and curiouser (by waygookin_saram)

##QUESTION 02: What insult did Dumbledore say the Hogwarts House Elves were free to call him?

ANSWER 02: A barmy old codger

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>That he is a scruffy-looking Nerf herder. Definitely. (by snoiprocs)

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>It's A. But I wish Dumbledore had said they could call him a cougar. Rawr. (by ScribeVallincourt)

##QUESTION 03: What charm did Ron use to try and improve his dress robes?

ANSWER 03: Severing Charm

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You had to specifiy the severing charm. Cutting charm only got half credit.

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>Shnazify Totalus (by iSquash)

Best Answer in Quiz

>Fabulousus maxima (by leonproductions)

##QUESTION 04: What novel way did Bungy the Budgie find to keep cool in the summer?

ANSWER 04: Water-skiing.

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Harry knew Voldemort hadn't gotten up to anything over the summer because the muggle news had reached the feel good story about water skiing birds. Read More Here

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>Pecked someone until they cried, and cooled off in their tears (by WoodsWanderer)

Best Answer in Quiz

>With one of those SharperImage

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Could someone please look over my notes?

hopefully this is the right community, since i do struggle with my english

could someone please check to see if i did these cornell notes correctly? i am not very confident with english, and note taking skills. i would also appreciate any tips or suggestions on how to make my cornell notes better.

https://imgur.com/RItYI1f

https://imgur.com/EwaZh2y

https://imgur.com/lSzUgvp

while doing my cornell notes, the one thing i was very confused on was if i was not just writing sentence. what i meant by that is that did i do good bullet points, and was i always on topic. also, if these are good study material for me later in the future. moreover, i was very confused on highlighting. i managed to do some highlighting myself, but i am not sure if that is what's asked for.

bold - key terms, phrases

blue - key concepts

green - complimentary concepts

yellow - definitions, vocab

pink - examples

do teachers, students, look for a certain thing in cornell notes? or does it really depend on the student, and if it helps them?

lastly, i put my summary at the bottom.

summary: a dystopia is an imaginary place where society is ruled by bad or poor living conditions, due to hardships, oppression, or terror. the characters, and person who is reading the story, are under the illusion that society is perfect and ideal. however, they eventually come to the realization that this world may not be as perfect as they believed. dystopias often focus on a current social, technological, or governmental trend, and the aftermath of when things are taken too far. one way dystopian societies are formed is when power is given to a concept or figurehead, who believes they are doing the right thing, but end up becoming tyrants. the other way is when a major event destroys society, and the people remaining have to adapt to change. some examples of dystopian novels are the giver, uglies, gattaca, fahrenheit 451, the maze runner, the city of ember, wall-e, and the hunger games. many dystopian novels share common story elements; citizens live under harsh control, the truth

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Books with bisexual characters?

Hi there I was wondering if you guys have any suggestions of books with bi characters without that being necessarily the whole plot. Can be male or female. Also I haven't read many classics so don't be afraid to suggest something that seems like an obvious choice because I probably haven't read it.

I don't know if this helps at all but the books I read and enjoyed the past few months are: lord of the rings, catch 22, and then there were none, fahrenheit 451, animal farm, an Edgar Allan Poe anthology and some brazilian novels.

I'm open to any genre though, as I know finding good books with bi characters might be hard.

EDIT: A friend has suggested Brideshead Revisited. anyone read and enjoyed it and can maybe give a brief summary?

EDIT 2: I didn't expect so many responses! I appreciate everyone's responses and I'll check all of those out to see what my favorites are. Thanks guys!

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Michael B. Jordan Told His Agents During β€˜Fruitvale Station’ He’d Only Audition for Roles Written for White Men

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> During a candid discussion with &quot;Insecure&quot; creator and star Issa Rae as part of Variety&#039;s &quot;Actors on Actors&quot; series, Michael B. Jordan revealed a career-altering decision he made years ago while making Ryan Coogler&#039;s &quot;Fruitvale Station.&quot; The young actor told his agents at WME that he would only audition for roles written for white actors moving forward.

> &quot;Right around the time &#039;Fruitvale Station&#039; went down, I told my agents I didn&#039;t want to go out for any roles written for African Americans,&quot; Jordan said.

> One example Jordan brought up in which he benefitted for going for white roles is &quot;Chronicle,&quot; the found-footage superhero movie directed by Josh Trank.

> &quot;It didn&#039;t have to be like, &#039;You&#039;re playing the black guy in this.&#039; And everybody would be going out for the same role. Every young black actor from ages 17 to 40 going out for the same role. How do you reverse engineer that problem of pitted competition with each other and give more opportunities to eat and be successful?&quot;.

> Jordan said his team WME gave him no pushback and encouraged him to go for any role he wanted.

> The actor most recently appeared in the HBO adaptation of &quot;Fahrenheit 451&quot; and as villain Erik Killmonger in &quot;Black Panther.&quot; Jordan is currently in production on &quot;Creed II,&quot; which has a November 21 release date.


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New book for the Fantasy/SciFi stream needed (Dec 31, 2015)

After finishing Fahrenheit 451 the Fantasy/SciFi stream needs a new book. Please post books you think might be good to read and vote on the books that have been posted.

All top-level comments must be books suggestions! Please submit books in the following way.

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&gt; Summary from goodreads.com 
([Source](Link to goodreads.com))

On Jan 8, 2016 a new book will be decided on.

Happy new year.

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Books like Mirror's Edge (game) or Equilibrium (film)?

This might sound kind of specific, but I'm looking for "dystopian future" type stories where the world is exceptionally clean and organized, with a focus on resistance movements organizing and operating in secret. The two examples that come to mind for my tastes are the game Mirror's Edge and the film Equilibrium.

I read Fahrenheit 451 when I was younger, don't remember it too much, and I've glanced at 1984, which both seem really kind of dark and grim. Could be completely mistaken there, but I want a story that is..."hopeful," about characters fighting to break free.

For example, the soundtrack of Mirror's Edge is phenomenal: https://youtu.be/2N1TJP1cxmo That whole world is completely under surveillance, there is no freedom, but the atmosphere of the game, with music like that, just gives off this really sort of heroic/hopeful vibe. The sequel to Mirror's Edge is coming next month, and the music to that is similarly amazing and hopeful: https://youtu.be/Rpl4p8lipCQ

As for Equilibrium, for me, it's all about the protagonist's "waking up," and the ending on a note of a "new beginning."

Basically I just want that type of story, but not with a focus on grim droning on about how miserable everything is, but instead a focus on fighting back against a completely oppressive system in secret.

This is probably a weird request for suggestions, but honestly I'll be happy with even one similar book.

There was a post on here before where someone asked specifically about books like Mirror's Edge, and the top response was this book called Snow Crash, but I read the intro summary of it and it seemed kind of..."out there." I'll probably be giving that a look, but I'm looking for others as well.

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My friend and I were writing essays and she brought up her ex's statement to Harvard...

TL;DR: I should go to Harvard because everyone is immoral and I will awaken them with my poetry

As I have come into my teenage years, I have developed an extremely comprehensive and sensitive awareness to the world. Unfortunately, in a way, the innocence of youth has been replaced by a worldview that has come to define my thinking. About six years ago now, I believe I truly began fostering this awareness, though I lacked a method to express it. When my grandparents died, around that time, I was given the bittersweet emotional impetus to begin writing. I have since then sought to express my worldview in poems and short stories. As I see it now, the world is confronted with many practical issues; however, on a deeper level, I believe humanity has come to the point of its ultimate issue. We are now engaged in an ideological battle with ourselves: there are those who live ignorantly, apathetic or unaware of the issues facing them and influencing their lives. In my experience, I have had students criticize the success that I and my close friends have achieved. They attempt to demean us because we receive good grades, volunteer constantly, and seek to live moral lives. These kinds of teenagers and people, in conversation, care more about what reality show will be on that night than they do about international crises that affect them in real ways. These people live, as I say, 'in their own world', believing that they can merely exist and that no harm will ever come to them. It is frightening to see so many of the youth express apathy towards their government and their communities and celebrate evils such as drugs and alcohol at such young ages. There are, on the other hand, a blessed number of good people left in our world-- those who still live by a code of morality, who still know the meaning of manners, and who seek to participate actively in the continuance of the world. Having this outlook on the world, being aware of a dangerous movement in young people away from lives of values, lives of morality and involvement, towards apathy and stagnation, has defined how I choose to live. I dare not merely sit back, commentate on the disastrous state of the world, and do nothing about it. Rather, I choose to live a proactive lifestyle; I will be a symbol.

For example, my friends and I recognize the necessity of education and its pertinence to our future; as such, we strive to attain the greatest and most diverse compilation of knowledge possible both inside and

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Hi /r/suggestmeabook. Looking for some suggestions to help me improve.

Glad I pulled you in with the title. Skip to bold if you don't want to read a summary of my life so far. Skip to bold italics to avoid a ranty bibliography of sorts.

I'm 19, part-time Biology Student, part-time retail cage monkey (I like to call myself a Logistics Operative, because that's what the sheet said when I signed for the stockroom keys :P).

I have quite empty days. I mostly fill them with sweet FA. Roguelikes, thinking about learning to program. Driving about. That sort of jazz.

Anyway, excuse the stream of consciousness. I've recently read Fahrenheit 451 and A Clockwork Orange, in a similar (?) vein I've read 1984 and Brave New World (but not the follow up, Brave New World: Revisited, please correct me). I thoroughly enjoyed Catch-22, causing me to stay up till 2 in the morning, laughing into my pillow. I thoroughly enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird. I read it 2-3 times in class while my "classmates" struggled to pronounce basic English (top set? Really?). I've read His Dark Materials, a few Eoin Colfer (sp?) books (Artemis Fowl) and the Mortal Engines series. All when young. Enjoyed. But I don't think I'd enjoy Colfer now. I've read Lord of the Rings (that was a trek, but worth it), The Hobbit (not so much of a trek), the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series (how is that like LotR? Also I found it in parts to be silly for the sake of silly. One of the currencies is a 8000m sided equilateral triangle. Oh right... But the definition of flying still gets me to this day. Also towels), the Abhorsen series (loved this) and A Song of Ice and Fire (I blame bad A level results on G.R.R.M, but it was good to be ahead of my show watching friends).

Don't know if that's at all relevant...

I want something to improve me. I'm a bad concentrator. I like to think of all the things I'm going to do, and then don't do them... But I'm looking books. And maybe poetry. At the moment my fascinations are in the foreign (and not so). I'm reading up on Old English literature (interested in the Germanic roots of English), Russian literature (widely regarded as being pretty damn incredible, but my Russian fascination didn't go very far translated works) and poetry (I read a poem by Dom Moraes Cainsmorning and I still can't get the last line out of my head. "The cold, the grey, the faceless rain."). I'm also interested in the Gothic. I read The Colour Out of Space by H. P. Lovecraft and was amazed. I tried to read A the Mountains of Madness and it was like

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TIL that Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" was actually about how television destroys interest in literature, not about censorship and while giving a lecture in UCLA the class told him he was wrong about his own book, and he just walked away.

This is an automatic summary, original reduced by 87%.


> Bradbury still has a lot to say, especially about how people do not understand his most literary work, Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953.

> Even Bradbury&#039;s authorized biographer, Sam Weller, in The Bradbury Chronicles, refers to Fahrenheit 451 as a book about censorship.

> Most Americans did not have televisions when Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451, and those who did watched 7-inch screens in black and white.

> Kaufer says he hopes Bradbury &quot;Will be good enough in hindsight to see that instead of killing off literature, [TV] has given it an entire boost.&quot; He points to the success of fantasy author Stephen King in television and film, noting that when Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451, another unfounded fear was also taking hold - that television would destroy the film industry.

> Eventually he had his own program, The Ray Bradbury Theater, on HBO. BRADBURY SPENDS MOST OF his time now in a small space on the second floor of his home that contains books and mementos.

> In June, Gauntlet Press will release Match to Flame, a collection of 20 short stories by Bradbury that led up to Fahrenheit 451.


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Have you guys read Fahrenheit 451? I found a really cool Potter connection I think

So in school we're reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. If you haven't read it and don't want me to spoil it for you, stop reading now, because I'm going to give you a quick summary to refresh your memory (assuming you've read it, which I am because you're still reading.)

Anyways, Fahrenheit 451 is about this guy called Montag, who's a fireman in a future dystopian society where people have stopped reading books and are kept happy (or what they think is happy) using fake families on wall-covering TV screens and daily tranquilizers/ sleeping pills. A fireman in F451, though, is not like a fireman today: Montag's job is to burn people's houses if they're reported to have books in their possession.

As you might expect, he tries to stand up against all this; he ends up running away from the police and exiting the big city to find a camp of hobos that the cities don't accept either -- all ex-professors that still believe in the value of books.

The main guy in that hobo book club is called Granger. GRANGER. He's literally a guy who puts most of his energy into memorizing books! Hermione shares his last name.

Is this a known thing? Is it intended?

EDIT: nonexistent sleeping pills.

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[Self Promotion Saturday] Almost Educational Podcast

I am the co-host of the podcast Almost Educational the premise of the show is that both hosts, Patrick and Dennis, are teachers who attempt to educate one another on a subject using a thought experiment or random thesis as the premise.

We often draw from Science Fiction, Alternate History, and speculative thought in print, film, and comic books for support of points or as a central theme below are links and summaries of some of our heaviest scifi subject shows

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EP 44: Geopolitics of Space Colonization

Patrick wants to know how will law, race, nationality, military, genetics, physiology, and social conditions will play out in the future of Space Colonization. What makes you human? Will Mormons launch missions? Will China rule outer space?

EP 42: Alternative Korean War

Patrick wants to dedicate an entire show on playing out the counterfactual of β€œWhat if Douglas MacArthur not recalled from the Korean War?” The duo then discuss What would happen if it went atomic? Invaded China? How would USSR respond? What Ike be President still? or a Hotter Cold War and World War 3?

EP 31: Did Robocop Predict the Future?

Patrick wants to know if The 1987 Film Robocop predicts the future. Do scientist need to use science fiction to spread the message of good science? Is science fiction best as metaphor for social topics? The boys discuss hard science fiction, Detroit History, The Expanse, Fahrenheit 451, drones, and gentrification.

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