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One person on /lit/ once said something that's always stayed with me: that BOTNS is a very religious, very Catholic book, but not as much in its content as in how it makes you FEEL. The mood, the mindset, that reading it engenders in you. Something about Severian's narration, the way he tells his own tale, gives you a sense of what it means to be religious, to have faith. I actually agree with that, and it's a big part of what makes the book so interesting.

Not to mention I actually think it's a bit Proustian in the way it dwells on the slow passage of hours, days, and years.

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The Book of the New Sun
The Sound & The Fury
The Scarlet Letter
A Brief History of Seven Killings

All books that habitually make lists on /lit/. But they show up on the lists, over and over, for a reason.

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All right, you fuckers, I've been a horny little shit lately and I've been getting aroused by the most random thoughts, so I finally took the shameful initiative and measured.

>between 6.5 and 7 inches
>Book of the New Sun

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OP I genuinely have to commend you, that is a fucking amazing and excellent piece of art you've got there.

It took me a minute to figure out what that was, but once it clicked for me I literally felt my spine curdle and my skin crawl, remembering that dialogue from SOTL. I'm not used to depictions of the Alzabo looking that terrifying. Usually they have a very catlike quality to them. The ratlike quality of this one lends a disturbing quality to it that most depictions of the beast do not have.

And considering how fucking horrifying the entire Alzabo scene is in BOTNS, I'd say that's a job well done. Nice work. Good shit.

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Nothing is wrong with it, as far as I'm concerned. I love it, and I'm sure OP does, too. OP is taking issue with the idea that it's "unfilmable." And I honestly agree with him, I read Dune and it never came across as impossible to film. Sure, it has visions and dream sequences and the weird inner world of characters sometimes (like Jessica and Paul), but those have been depicted well on film before.

When I think of "unfilmable" science fiction books, the one that alwas comes to mind for me is The Book of the New Sun. I truly think that actually is unfilmable, because so much of its power comes from the huge amount of uncertainty in its narrative and plot. We're never quite sure if Severian is telling the truth, we know he's ignorant and misunderstands multiple things throughout the plot, and the deep future world he inhabits is so alien that we're sometimes not even sure what, exactly, he's describing, what it could possibly look like. These are all part of the appeal of BOTNS, and they'd be ruined if you tried to film it. This is not the case with Dune. Herbert is always pretty straightforward about what things look like, feel like, etc..

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Catholics write such great science fiction. It's really pretty interesting that they can do it. All the best sci-fi writers are either weird atheist/pagan mystical types, or they're Catholics.

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ITT: extremely horny main characters

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