• Sherlock Holmes books?

    Are they good ? If so where do I begin to read ?
    Are they good ? If so where do I begin to read ?
    66 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Who is your favorite author?

    98 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • What to name my country?

    I’m making a fictional country for a story. Here’s the details: It’s a island nation in the west pacific. It about 100 or so miles off the coast of Hawaii. It was a British colony with strong English and Japanese influences. So can someone help me with making a fitting name?
    I’m making a fictional country for a story. Here’s the details: It’s a island nation in the west pacific. It about 100 or so miles off the coast of Hawaii. It was a British colony with strong English and Japanese influences. So can someone help me with making a fitting name?
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  • Do you have an account on goodreads?

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  • Libs: Are you aware that no incumbent president has ever lost reelection when the economy is good?

    Before you bet on Trump being the first based on any approval rating poll, be aware that independents and undecided voters tend to break towards voting with their wallets above all other issues. Or, is it that you are expecting a major market crash and/or recession taking place in the next two years?
    Before you bet on Trump being the first based on any approval rating poll, be aware that independents and undecided voters tend to break towards voting with their wallets above all other issues. Or, is it that you are expecting a major market crash and/or recession taking place in the next two years?
    26 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Logistics behind child protective services, abusive parents, and runaway situation.?

    I'm writing a book in which the protagonist, a 14 year old boy, is present when his 16 year old step brother is running away from Brooklyn, NY to go to Washington, DC where his abusive father is. The protagonist follows him if only because he can't stop him. The question is, when they arrive and the step... show more
    I'm writing a book in which the protagonist, a 14 year old boy, is present when his 16 year old step brother is running away from Brooklyn, NY to go to Washington, DC where his abusive father is. The protagonist follows him if only because he can't stop him. The question is, when they arrive and the step brother's abusive father calls their mom, how would they get home/what would happen between then? My assumption is, authorities wouldn't put two teenage boys that just ran away from home on a plane by themselves to fly home, but I honestly don't know. It's only an hour flight. Cost aside, what would happen? Would they have some sort of escort? Would one of the parents have to fly to DC and get them then fly home? I'm going under the assumption that the boys wouldn't be able to stay in the custody of the step brother's abusive father, but maybe I'm wrong. I honestly have no idea how our government handles stuff like that. Would they go to a police station until a flight could be arranged? Is there some sort of child services office? It's somewhere around 6:30-7:00 on a Saturday by this point. Are they even open that late? Who would the adults call? If there is no procedure, please let me know. Any and all related answers are much appreciated!!! I haven't been able to find any answers elsewhere.
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  • Was Mark Twain a racist?

    Best answer: Huckleberry Finn is the story of a white boy who was RAISED TO BELIEVE that it is a sin to help a runaway slave escape. This character written by Mark Twain was a product of his time. He had been taught that there was nothing wrong with owning slaves, and he believed that. However, when Huck runs away from his... show more
    Best answer: Huckleberry Finn is the story of a white boy who was RAISED TO BELIEVE that it is a sin to help a runaway slave escape. This character written by Mark Twain was a product of his time. He had been taught that there was nothing wrong with owning slaves, and he believed that. However, when Huck runs away from his drunk and abusive father, he encounters runaway slave Jim. Huck knows that he ought to turn Jim in to law enforcement, but he doesn't want to do so. So he procrastinates. He tells himself that Jim can be useful to him, which happens to be true, but is not his real reason for not turning Jim in. As time goes by, Huck feels guilty for not turning Jim in, but at the same time, he just does not want to do it. Huck does not know why he feels this way, but he cannot bring himself to turn Jim in. He struggles with his conscience, whichis telling him to obey the law, not to help Jim escape. At the end, Huck decides, "Fine, then, I'll just go to hell." and he lets Jim escape for good. In doing so Huck goes from being a boy who only believes what society tells him and he becomes a man who thinks and decides things for himself.


    Do you believe a racist man could write that story? Or do you think the man who looks at a racist society and understands the people better than they understand themselves is who would write that story? I do not believe Twain could have written what he did if he was racist.
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  • What is your favorite 90s novel?

    1990-1999
    1990-1999
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  • How many books do you read a year?

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  • How to destroy the world and everyone in it?

    Best answer: It would be ridiculous to think that any human being, or even all of humanity collectively, could somehow manage to successfully destroy the world, if by "the world", you are in fact referring to the planet upon which we live, the galaxy and universe to which it belongs, or to a fictional planet, galaxy... show more
    Best answer: It would be ridiculous to think that any human being, or even all of humanity collectively, could somehow manage to successfully destroy the world, if by "the world", you are in fact referring to the planet upon which we live, the galaxy and universe to which it belongs, or to a fictional planet, galaxy or universe that exists within the reality of the story you plan to tell.

    For even if humanity itself were to disappear from this Earth, the Earth itself would remain for quite some time. To completely expunge all life from this planet would not erase the planet itself, and although semantically the world would not technically be "destroyed", if we weren't around anymore, it wouldn't make much difference if there was nothing alive here to be able to appreciate it anyway.

    Even unleashing the most powerful and dangerous technology that we have at our disposal could not guarantee the obliteration and erasure of life on this planet. Even with tens of thousands of atomic, nuclear, hydrogen and neutron bombs detonating in a short span of time, there's little proof that such a calamity would be enough to extirpate each and every species alive today.

    That being said, alien civilisations - especially those capable of traversing the incalculable distances between worlds across the vastness of space, would obviously be privy to technologies which we could not even begin to conceive or comprehend. Scientists don't even classify Humanity as a "Type 1" civilisation. The inhabitants of this planet have only been piloting heavier than air craft for a little over a century and we've only managed to break the pull of Earth's gravity to send objects into space for less than 70 years.

    Alien civilisations which are able to harness all of the energy in their star system would possess a level of technology that we simply could not envision, much less fathom. It would be akin to attempting to explain the intricacies of a nuclear reactor to a Horseshoe Crab to think that we could wrap our heads around what beings like that might be capable of doing.

    However, if your goal is to devise a way for a group of people (or whatever else you might like to call them), to kill every living thing on this planet or another, or at least the intelligent life forms, you would have to focus on targeting the most basic necessities and conditions that need to be met for survival.

    Having read many, many, many books and stories that deal with such things, I can tell you that Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" paints the most convincing, realistic, believable and frightening scenario that I've come across thus far. Without access to sustenance, people die. If there's no food and no water, there's no life. Likewise, if it's too hot or too cold, people cannot survive. If a disease, virus, germ or some other agent were to be released - one which human beings were unable to fight off, that would be the end of us. Lastly, we are the dominant species on this planet. If that were to change, either because we were to foolishly modify an existing species or to create a new one, or if an alien race were to arrive here with the goal of exterminating us, that would be the end.

    Nearly all works of fiction that deal with the obliteration and erasure of mankind follow one of those methods.

    Of course, the most common is an act of God, some natural cataclysm that snuffs us out, but as you're asking about an intentional act, super-volcanoes and pole shifts and magnetic fields and gamma rays and the swelling or ebbing, the approach or the retreat of the sun, the impact of an asteroid, meteor or comet, all of those things happen by themselves. But there have been instances of alien species causing such things, notably the "Bugs" of Klendathu in Heinlein's book and the "Fithp" of "Footfall", both of whom were capable of harnessing asteroids to direct them on a determinate course to be used as a destructive weapon.
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  • If I sleep with books on my head will I become more intelligent?

    Best answer: No. You have to sleep with your head on the books.
    Best answer: No. You have to sleep with your head on the books.
    9 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • How do you find the plot of the story I'm planning to write?

    Best answer: I like it a lot - its relevant but still unique
    Best answer: I like it a lot - its relevant but still unique
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  • Yes or no..this is interesting and realistic?

    Best answer: Oh my dear! A man occasionally played his own choice of music at a radio transmitting station!

    What a rebel!

    Quick someone get the producers of the the Lady's Man 2 on the phone!
    Best answer: Oh my dear! A man occasionally played his own choice of music at a radio transmitting station!

    What a rebel!

    Quick someone get the producers of the the Lady's Man 2 on the phone!
    7 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • How much should I sell my Nancy drew books?

    I don't have too many, but I have a box of various kinds and versions
    I don't have too many, but I have a box of various kinds and versions
    15 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • How do I get in touch with publishers?

    Best answer: Through literary agents, usually. Don't expect a response if you use the improper word "wanna" in your correspondence with therm. FAIL.
    Best answer: Through literary agents, usually. Don't expect a response if you use the improper word "wanna" in your correspondence with therm. FAIL.
    10 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Is ragnarok a copyrighted word?

    Best answer: Individual words can't be copyrighted. They can sometimes be trademarked. A search on the US Patent and Trademark database at uspto.gov finds over 40 trademarks for "Ragnarok" on its own or in connection with other words (though some have lapsed). For instance, one of the trademarks is for... show more
    Best answer: Individual words can't be copyrighted. They can sometimes be trademarked. A search on the US Patent and Trademark database at uspto.gov finds over 40 trademarks for "Ragnarok" on its own or in connection with other words (though some have lapsed).

    For instance, one of the trademarks is for "Ragnarok" in connection with "Recreational services in the nature of an annual outdoor martial arts event with a medieval fantasy theme." Another is for "Food supplements". A third is for a long list of various types of toys and games.

    None of those relate to the original meaning of the word, so if you're asking because you want to write a story about a battle between good and evil at the end of the world, go right ahead. Do bear in mind that it's strongly associated with Norse mythology, and nowadays even more strongly associated with Marvel comics and films. (I note that Marvel didn't register "Ragnarok" on its own as a trademark for the recent film "Thor: Ragnarok", but did register the whole title.)
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  • What is Person called that “Cannot or is not able to Read a Book.”???

    What’s that called when you don’t know how to read
    What’s that called when you don’t know how to read
    21 answers · 2 weeks ago