For The Love Of Books

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I am poor. You may have guessed that from the infrequent blog posts and the library computer mentions. But I’m more than poor in money. I rarely see my few friends, and when not in college, I live with my mother. It’s stressful. People stereotype me into an Asper box, and when people don’t understand what Asperger’s is (Which is a lot of people) they tend to treat me as a freak, as someone different and below them.

 The blogging community, or more precisely, the small part of the book blogging community I am part of, doesn’t care if I’m a freak. It cares that I love to read. There’s people who read and love the same books I do, there’s people who read things I’ve never heard of, but want add to my outrageously large TBR. There’s people that may not always have the same taste in books but love to spread book love.

So, thanks. Thank you for making me feel like I have something to say. Thank you for making me think that when I finally have an ink and paper book with my name on the cover, there are people around the country and world that will be holding the same book.

Thank you for loving books as much as I do. 

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Binge Or DNF?

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House of Silk, Anthony Horowitz-DNF.  Sherlock and Watson are hired to follow the silk road of opium, involving high-ranking lords and mortifying Mycroft. I get enough opium from reading the news, and I don’t want to read any more! This is an uncreative book, and while sounds like Watson, is sometimes clunky.

   Moriarty, Anthony Horowitz-slow read. The dullness of HOS with murders instead of opium, adding enough surprise and death to make me want to solve this. But the writing was slow, and some things didn’t click into SH canon.

 The Word is Murder, Anthony Horowitz– DNF. Disappointing! Self-promo abounds, and why are you writing like that when it’s set in modern times?

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Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell– Binge I loved the first half, but the second half got a little too lovey-dovy.  Awesome fangirl in college rep. Click Fangirl for full RV.

 Carry On, Rainbow Rowell- Binge It’s hard to choose my favourite Rowell. They’re just too different to compare. Carry On is inspired by Harry Potter, but Is. Not. Potter. Fanfiction. It’s set at a magic boarding school ans has a Dumbledore-esqe figure, but Simon and Baz, roommates and future lovers, aren’t Drarry. The Humdrum isn’t Voldemort. Great for Potter-heads, but you’d have to read the books to understand that CO isn’t HP fanfic. It’s HP inspired.

 Simon Vs. The Homo Sapien Agenda, Becky Albertalli,– Binge AAWWRGH! Cute romance and gay experience complimenting the other. Simon is closeted, and Martin threatens to expose him unless he helps him with a girl. Blue isn’t who I expected him to be, but I still ship.

  The Life And Death of Sophie Stark, Anna North, -Binge  Cause apparently I read gay romance now. It’s more mature than I’m used to; a bit graphic. I don’t like how Sophie’s portrayed as The Freaky Special One. Unexpected Asperger’s rep, but not a kind one. Accurate, but portrays Aspers as freaks. We are not freaks! Beautiful, sad voice, but sounds like the same voice through different perspectives.

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Wish You Were Here, Sneaky Pie Brown– DNF So dull I couldn’t remember the title. It took forever to get through the introduction, as the human mail carrier apparently has to greet everybody in town. The one curious incident gets glazed over, as the human Harry isn’t a curious person. The small town voice is jarred by swearing, and I just no, no, no.

 Rain Reign, Ann M. Martin– Binge This is sad and clunky, so 5th grade. Rose collects homonyms and searches for her dog Rain after her father lets her out during a storm. The Asper traits are a little exaggerated, although people express it differently. I love Rain. I admire Rose’s bravery and selflessness. 

Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens- DNF You may be going “What?” with this one. It’s a great story, and has a great writer, but I’ve already tried to read it a few years ago, but didn’t get to finish it before it was due. This time I started right away, but everything is too familiar. I can’t tell you what’s going to happen, but once it does, it gives me deja-vu. I think I’ll try to find the good movie version, part of which they showed in class, but not all of it. Ugh. 

Why do you DNF? What’s the good Oliver Twist movie? There’s too many to choose from! What have you DNFed recently? 

Stepdaddy’s Blood/ WIP Update #2

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This is the monthly follow-up for Stepdaddy’s Blood: A WIP  in an attempt to hold myself accountable for my progress. 

Due to technical difficulties, I haven’t been able to write much. I finally got a new keyboard that’s super clunky but makes a satisfying clicking noise while I type. 

“That woman stared at me while I was changing shirts. Scratched my face, tried to feed me salami!”

 Last semester, I took a playwrighting class. It was fun. I made friends and got the general idea of Stepdaddy’s Blood on paper. It made playwrighting easy. When I write dialogue, it flows out like a leaf in the stream of creation. Writing action, scenery, and anything else that isn’t someone talking is hard. When I want to express emotion in a movement, the action comes but not the emotion. 

  “Yes, ew! Was this so you could get some macabre note?”                                       “I got the D.NA.” (Waves bag of hair)                                                                         Pireto leaned against the tree. “When did you know about the suicide?”

 I now have 2,934 words, or 5 1/2 pages. My original goal was to have 10 pages by now. Still, it’s progress. I’ve recently began watching old Stephen King movies. They are so awesome. They feel me a nervous fear that asks for writing as an outlet. 

The Belizean man, Jim, was a well-groomed man with a goatee. In the ’70s, the tips brushed the ground when he walked and folded into a heap when he sat. By the ’90s, it was trimmed to stay on his face.

 So dear reader, can you give me examples of good scenic writing? What books have you read recently that are full of emotion and description? I’m interested in 3rd person mysteries. So many are first person. 

Game Of Thrones Ships

Hey y’all. You may have noticed that there was no post on Tuesday, because I’m trying to focus on my WIP, Stepdaddy’s Blood. I will post an update concerning that next Tuesday, computer willing. 

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(Game Of Thrones mild spoilers through season 6. Do not mention beyond season 6.)

Today i’d like to talk about Brienne Of Tarth and Jamie Lannister. I ship them. Out of all Game of Thrones, I ship them the hardest. 

 Regarding Jamie and Cersei, well, obviously that’s disgusting. Also, there’s a three year age difference, so not twins. Besides the incest thing, Jamie is a nice person. Cersei is not.  I expected them to break up, as much as brothers and sisters can, after the whole Jamie was captured thing. It’s clear that Brienne fell for him, and I believe that he fell for her, so it’s hard to  see him with Cersei after that.

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Arya and Gendry are puffballs. I’m real tired and that’s the best way my sleep deprived brain can describe them. They get along supremely well, and when Gendry finds out who Arya is, he doesn’t alter how he is around her. I don’t even know if Gendry is still alive, and Arya is on the other side of the world, but if they ever meet up again, they have to marry. 

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Dany and Jorah arrrgh. There’s a tremendous age difference, but that doesn’t seem to matter in this world. His devotion to her is extraordinary! Obsessive. Borderline creepy. But on the respectful border of creepy. He respects her boundaries and wants to see her rule the world. You have to watch it to understand how romantic and shippable these two are, because it’s more nuanced than words. 

Who do you ship in GOT?

LOKI, RIGHTFUL KING OF ASGARD

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I Heart Characters! is a weekly meme hosted by Dani @ Perspective of a Writer to showcase our book blogger love for characters! Each week she’ll supply a topic and you’ll supply the character. Post on whatever day suits you, about characters from whatever media you love (books, movies, K-dramas, television, manga, anime, webtoons, whatever!) and link up on Thursday so YOU and others can blog hop and share the character love. ♡

 This week is A Minor Character Who Deserves Their Own Story, and the puny asgardian that has ALWAYS needed one is LOKI. He is the one who always wanted to be king, unlike Thor, who runs away to another planet at the very mention of ruling. When he was finally king, he promoted the arts and culture, staying at peace.

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 It doesn’t make any sense why no one in Asgard wants Loki to be king. He’s a great king! 

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 Loki did get his own comic book series, but there’s only three of them. They star a younger version of Loki, trying to redeem himself through good misdeeds. For every good misdeed he does, a bad deed from his past will be erased from history. 

DIG056328_1._SX312_QL80_TTD_ There is no Loki movie, although he does get more time as the Marvel universe progresses. 

Why there should be a Loki Movie:

  • Loki is so much more interesting than the “heroes”, he’s flawed, he’s evil, but also a good person, and he has killed people and gotten away with it. The average hero causes billions of dollars in destruction during every movie, and chalks it up to whatever villain they fought.
  • Loki is motivated; he wants recognition as a son of Odin, he wants Thor’s respect and love, he wants to survive. Most motivators are rarely so complex in the Marvel universe, they just want to fix their hands, they want to be avengers, etc. while Loki struggles to be accepted as a person.
  • Loki is sexier than the heroes, rivaling only Doctor Strange.

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How much do you need a Loki movie? (Don’t tell me about Infinity War, I’m finally seeing it this weekend) 

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Hi humans. Just a warning; my laptops’ space bar broke and I have to take it in, so i’m not sure how long, if any, of my blogging schedule will be affected. Also, I’m styonedish by prescription med my doctor instis I take even though it had side effects. 

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Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell, 11/12

Spellcheck says fangirl isn’t a word, what.

jUST WOWS.

 Rainbow Rowell stole from my diaries. Also, pretty sure ‘Rainbow’ is a pseudonym. So’s mine; can you tell?

 I have an insane mom. I write constantly, or did, at any rate. College is hard for me. I’ve spent a lot of time in my dorm or at the library. 

 Cath has an insane dad. She has a hard time during her 1st semester in college. She spends a lot of time in her dorm room or at the library.

 The 2nd half/ semester was romantically inclined. Like Carrie Fisher’s diary. 

 Yet, something feels hollow. It could be post-book greif. I related on every level. But what if I read this before I went to college? How would it have affected me then? 

 Everything is breezy. There’s some pretty heavy stuff; mental health, 1st time in college, estranged mom, etc. Yet none of it sinks deep. It’s like reading a bunch of essay intros, you know what it’s about, but you’re not filled up on the topic. 

 I recommend it for anyone in, bound for, or thinking about college. Have you read it? Did the timing (before, after, during) affect the way you thought about it?