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Posted 03 July 2010 - 07:35 PM

I mean the kind of fiction that colors your world and perceptions while you read it and for weeks or months afterward and the effects linger...aahhhh....



I am actually currently struggling to flesh out a multi-faceted take on spirituality, mythology, religion, and society and throwing them all together in one huge sci-fi/fantasy/fiction/"RPG".


"RPG" because it's not a story you just tell people, but re-enact through storytelling...

The idea is to hash out an "official" story to get the feel of the plot you will deal with, but i need other writers to crate the diversity i require to accomplish this goal.


If this is more interesting to you than reading a "prefab" tale, i will tell more about this epic chronology.
Nature is Breath; Breath is Nature:
All of nature works in symmetrical fours...
The inhale, the retention, the exhale, and the relaxed automation.
The spring, the summer, the autumn, and the winter.
The contraction, the gripping, the extending, and the loose.
All things are breath.

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 09:04 PM

Radix sounded really interesting to me too, especially after I read some raving amazon.com reviews. BUT.... BUT!!! The book is out of print???!??? :( :( :( What is up with that? I thought maybe it is some ancient book, but it's only been written in 1981 or so. So it's not that old. What the??? Apparently it wasn't popular enough or what? No idea. But if I want to get it now, I have to hunt through used book sales and obscure book stores.

I thought I could just get it at my local book store, but it looks like I may need to order it online.

More info: http://www.radixtetr...trad_index.html

So looks like you can get 3 of the 4 books of the Radix series, but not the Radix itself, which will be reissued in late 2010. Well, you can still get Radix from obscure stores, but not in any major book stores.



Radix is awesome! Am going to read it again for about the 5th time. Here is an Amazon link for used copies.

http://www.amazon.co...&condition=used

Attanasio's site.

http://www.aaattanasio.com/

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 09:07 PM

I can recommend (in the spirit of "The Magus" and "One Hundred Years of Solitude"):

1) Anything by Neil Gaiman, especially "American Gods".

2) Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

3) Anything by Herman Hesse, especially "Magister Ludi".

4) Litte Big, by John Crowley (His Aegypt cycle is supposed to be good too).

5) Winter's Tale, by Mark Helprin.

6) "DaVinci Code" by Dan Brown. Fluff, but a page turner; I got the copy with copies of art in it.

7) I second the suggestions of Wilson's "Illuminatus" trilogy and anything by Douglas Adams; and I second (or third) avoiding "The Alchemist" and all things "Celestine"!

8) "The Island", by Aldous Huxley.

9) Anything by Henry Miller.

10) "The Unbearable Lightness of Being", by Milan Kundera.

11) "Possession", by A.S. Byatt.

12) "V" by Thomas Pynchon.

13) "Trout Fishing in America" by Richard Brautigan.



'Little, Big' was amazing, as was 'Possession'. Loved 'Trout Fishing', and 'Unbearable' too. Never read any Henry Miller (yet), but 'Winter's Tale' and 'The Island' sound very promising.

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 09:10 PM

Can't forget Tom Robbins! 'Jitterbug Perfume' 'Another Roadside Attraction'

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 09:14 PM

Can't forget Tom Robbins! 'Jitterbug Perfume' 'Another Roadside Attraction'

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Robbins is great!! Jitterbug Perfume is one of my all time favorites.

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 09:26 PM

Found this gem ages ago ... so worth reading:

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 04:26 AM

Here you can get tales of brother marcus: http://www.imagier.com/ and also

http://www.watkinsbo...m=9780955841514

both places are uk based, but if you can afford shipping charges, go for it!

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 08:40 AM

For awhile I was getting bored with most of the scifi/fantasy which I used to voluminously consume since there aren't many stories which focus more specifically on cultivation/spirituality.

Therefore I'm writing my own series. :P

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 09:05 AM

Some stuff from the top of my head I've enjoyed greatly..

Waves by Virginia Woolf is awesome.. prismatic and beautiful. Not the lightest read but really worth it when you get into it.

Other author I really dig is David Mitchell. I'm just reading his newest book, "Thousand autumns of Jacob de Zoet" which seems good but I maybe wouldn't recommend that as the first one of his to read. "Cloud Atlas" or "Black Swan Green" are really nice reading. He has a kind of witty and strong style of writing and likes to play with genres a lot also.

Haruki Murakami is also one author I would really recommend. Especially his books "Norwegian wood" (kind of cult classic in Japan and a bit different style than his other books) and "Kafka on the Shore" are especially good. Also "Wind up Bird Chronicle", "Dance Dance Dance", "A wild Sheep chase" and "Hard boiled wonderland and the end of the world" I would recommend. His style is kind of plain, quite eas but it has a lot of stuff happening underneath it and it mysteriously draws you in. A certain vibe which some people really like (me included) ..

not anything particularly spiritual here, just some great fiction which I think people here would enjoy.



Dave Eggers reviewed David Mitchell's "Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet' in today's NYT book review cover story, and described Mitchell as "one of the more fascinating and fearless writers alive" and raved about the book. Maybe I'll try ' Cloud Atlas'.

I like your description of Murakami's writing style, plain with a lot happening underneath that mysteriously draws one in. That kind of writing is very powerful.

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 09:57 AM

Anything by Philip K Dick or Tolkien.

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 10:58 AM

Anything by Philip K Dick or Tolkien.



Aren't some of Philip K. Dick's novels much better than others? Got any suggestions a few you like best?

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 12:04 PM

Aren't some of Philip K. Dick's novels much better than others? Got any suggestions a few you like best?


1. Ubik. My favourite.
2. A Scanner Darkly (also a great film). Anybody who's experimented with drugs can relate to this. :) Total headfuck.
3. Do Andoids Dream Of Electric Sheep ? The novel that became the film Bladerunner. Awesome.

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 12:09 PM

The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown: Spiritual/esoteric focus story base, great read, couldn't put down.
I, Jedi - Michael A. Stackpole: A spiritual story of cultivation and training in the Star Wars universe. Awesome book, if you like it, try the Jedi Academy Trilogy.
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Posted 05 July 2010 - 07:06 AM

I have kids and read some of their stories and have found Terry Pratchett's Wee Free Men to be hilarious and spiritually insightful.
Otherwise Hesse's Damian
Along with lots of the suggestions already made.

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 05:04 PM

Radix is awesome! Am going to read it again for about the 5th time. Here is an Amazon link for used copies.

http://www.amazon.co...&condition=used

Attanasio's site.

http://www.aaattanasio.com/


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Hey, I just received an old copy of Radix today through Amazon. It looks reeeally good!

From the back cover: "The awe-inspiring tale of a young man's journey of self-discovery from a life on the streets to near-godhood, it is an epic of the highest order, at once an exciting novel of conflict and adventure, and a deeply transcendent spiritual pilgrimage".

Hey, that's sounds so familiar...wait a minute...it couldn't be...could it...no...could it actually be 'The Story of Vajrahridaya'???? Holy shit, ralis...stay tuned... :blink:

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 05:36 PM

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins




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