Books For Spring


Spring. I don’t have a favorite season, but if I had to list them spring would be at the bottom. In the summer, I work and my writing productivity tends to increase. In the fall, there’s Halloween. In the winter it’s nice and cold until February makes it awful. Spring means the end of February but also is the season of ragweed. 

 Two (good) books come to me when I think of spring: 


The Language Of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh

 Beautiful in a depressing way, Victoria moves from foster care to a park, to working at the flower shop.

  Its’ spring-ness can be explained by the title, as Victoria uses The Language Of Flowers to create messages within her floral creations. 

 I recommend it if you can handle hard things like depression. Best read in early spring. 


Strange The Dreamer, Laini Taylor

 This book is beautiful and it ruined books for me. Where else can you find this much detail, this many references to books, and this much general beauty?!

 It’s spring cause it builds up to a new beginning, a revolution of sorts. Lazlo starts a new life by going off to find Weep, the legendary land that isolated itself without explanation. Also, look at the cover!

In short, this book has blue people and a book lover and you need to read it right now if you haven’t already.

 What would you, dear reader, recommend for springtime?


Gee, Sammy Bee


 I’m moving on from John Green to the likes of Samantha Bee. Not moved on exactly. John may get repetitive, but Samantha is so vulgar I couldn’t really enjoy it. Some of it, such as a horny cat, is downright disturbing.  

 As a comedian, she’s not my favorite either. She’s just not funny! What she says is true, and more of the same. We already know this stuff by the time she gets to it, and yeah, she might turn up a little thing that some were unaware of, but the big story, we already know, and she’s not contradicting, enlightening, or making adequate fun of.

 I’m a bigger fan of Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime, and I’m a little surprised that I haven’t blogged about it yet. It’s funny and it shows life in South Africa! 

John’s Turtles

I didn’t blog yesterday. No big deal to normal people, but a very big deal to a polytheist who swore not to go longer than 7 days without blogging. I’m crazy, I’m clinically crazy, but I find this disturbing.


 But the book!


 Turtles All The Way Down, John Green, is not all it’s cracked up to be. Aza is not a detective, she just happens to have a boy with a missing Dad. She’s a pretty typical teenager who happens to have OCD symptoms, but didn’t entirely fit in with my experience as Aspergian with OCD. I know everyone experiences it differently, but he could’ve added a little more.

 First, the OCD. Her habit of picking at her thumb is about the only regular compulsion she gets.  She doesn’t feel the need to organize bookshelves or cross out the days on the calendar. Yes, everybody gets different compulsions, but they tend to get multiple unrelated ones.

 The “thought spirals” were very realistic. Downward thought patterns that get more detailed further on, making the thinker more withdrawn. Aza always gets depressed by this, and they can be depressing, but they can also be fun. They’re useful when writing a story or thinking about a scientific concept. 

 I know everyone gets it differently, but I think John could’ve done better. He had the chance to do something different, create a girl detective, OCD rep. His stuff is getting repetitive, and it’s dull.  

How’d you like Turtles? John Green in general?

Magpie Murders: Book Review


Magpie Murders, Anthony Horowitz

8/12 knives

  You’ve probably heard of it, in TIME or elsewhere. The great mystery book of the season, reminiscent of Agatha Christie.

  Magpie Murders is two versions of the same story. A detective, a professional in one and a professional editor in the other, investigates the murder of an unpopular rich man. There are plenty of suspects and red herrings. There are codes you can solve if you know the geography of England and the works of gay writers.

  The only thing that made this good work a not-great work is that the author thinks his work is better than he thinks it is. Horowitz flaunted it, claiming it was a first draft when it clearly wasn’t, though it wasn’t shiny as a final. The editor’s part is better edited than the author’s, but it wasn’t as polished as it could have been, prolonging the amusing-in-a-sad-way pain.

 Not that the book was painful as a whole, it was one of the best books I’ve read in a while. (The while being full of bad books) The murders were well detailed, and I love it when you get a glimpse of the publishing world. It reminded me of Afterworlds, in which Scott Westerfeld alternated between a writer and the necromance book she wrote.

I recommend it if you’ve read And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie. A lot of his references come from there and if it’s one of few mysteries you read I want you to read the superior to better understand the capacity of mystery. 

You, getting lifted out of school.

Raymond Chandler Sucks


6d3c36d8dcc884a2756db75b99a4b568Kirk and Spock went to Mars.                          

Spock killed Pol Pot.

Mrs. Kirk tried to kill Spock.

Mrs. Kirk dropped dead. 

Spock took the blame for Kirk.

That’s how my first experience with Raymond Chandler went. I am not one with the hype. It’s too disjointed, and also, where are they? The characters can be assumed to be american, near a lake, and has a large latinx population. What fits the description? 

It’s Spanish Blood, the first short story in The Simple Art Of Murder. Maybe I hate it so much because it displays so much of the bad aspects of my writing; disjointment, why who kills who, what connects the scenes?

The only way I can describe it neutrally is that it’s like P.K. Dick, but less futuristic and more people die.

And it’s a really negative review if a lot of people die and I still don’t like it. But enough about him! It’s 2018! Only three years to go before the next presidential election! (The scheduled one, anyway.)


I read 47 books in 2016. Because I’ll be in college most of the year and hopefully get a job, I set 2018 at 36. I also attribute the high-ish count to manga reading. Again, in college, with a small town library, I haven’t found a supply of manga. I miss good manga.

For starters, i’ll finish the hateful Chandler, Deadline Artists, and Writing The Creative Article. The only novel in my pile is Magpie Murders, so I’ll hopefully get it in before school starts.

Happy New Year Of Reading!

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So I got a computer at the library under someone else’s name and have 14 minutes.

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Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said is sexist. Typical for a hard semi-mystery, semi-quest, at least, typical for the ones I’ve read, as I recently had to stop reading Ice due to a due date during winter break. Ice was the worst kind of sexist, with the man openly tracking down a girl for sexual purposes. Sort of Like Loita, but the narrator for Ice was less human than Humphrey.  

FMT,TPS is the second PKD book I’ve read, and while I have interest in reading other books of his, he’s not a favorite of mine. I’ve had this idea of imitating him, but with a female main character. So she’d sexualize all of the men.

Gitta go.

You, getting lifted out of school.


Books I Brought To College


 Lord Of The Rings boxset: I’ve tried to finish the entire thing before but… This is my 3rd time reading The Hobbit. I should do a book vs. movie thing. Dwarves and a dragon!

Reader’s Digest: Genius Issue 2016 Yay, a magazine instead of a book! It can really inspire me when I need it, esp. the Frozen article. It says it’s ok, even better, to draw on your personal experiences to create blockbuster. I like regular RDs, but their genius issues are the best.

JRR Tolkien: The Man Who Created LOTR: Yeah. I don’t really have a reason for this except that it was in my writing bin and Middle Earth.

Woman Hollering Creek A crush “loaned” this to me a while back and said I could return it when I was “finished” with it. I am much more specific when I loan books. Anyway, it’s a good book in itself. I love the tone, much more than in Mango St., which I hated. But it was required reading, so I should probably reread this unbiased. The stories were cool, but not memorable enough to name my favorites.

A People’s History Of The U.S.  This was from my junior year of HS’s history supplemental book. The teacher got promoted and didn’t ask for it back. I thought I would need it for college, and I don’t. I liked it even tho I haven’t read it since she was promoted. It’s a citizen-oriented version of history.

 The Picture Of Dorian Gray: This was the first book I finished here! It was… interesting in a good way. Different from the movie but the quality of both are about the same. Dorian says he wants the picture to grow old in his place, and it comes true.

Your Name In Print: This is a father-daughter collaboration that goes through the process of getting published. The best part was snippets about teen authors. I checked out one and it was unspeakably horrible. I already read and liked Eragon though, and I found the bit of background interesting.

How To Write A Damn Good Novel: This is the best traditional book on writing I’ve read.

Imaginative Writing: Get the sub theme? I mostly like it for it’s prompts, not the bulk of the writing.

The Greek Myths 1 &2: I wanted to bring a piece of my religion, and this is the most accessible and portable book I had. 

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