Mid-Year Freakout Tag!

Best Book of 2021

And yes, this is the book I waited until two days after the actual mid-year to finish (Not bc of the book, I was just finishing up a summer class)

It’s none other than Never Let Me Go, a british novel published in 2005 and set in the 1900s. It reads as if it’s set sometime later in the future, and would’ve been helpful to know it wasn’t the case as I was squinting at all of the old-timey references from old times (Is Judy Bridgewater a real person?)

A friend that has all the best recommendations brought it up after I mentioned The Promised Neverland, a manga following children at an orphanage fated to be harvested to aliens. I only got my paws on volume one, but it’s made a lasting impression.

Best Sequel

Dude, I don’t read sequels. The sequels I want to read have never been written. Although I did see that my library has that President Snow book, which I will probably read even though I don’t really want to.

New Release You Need To Read

Ah, Well, How Many Gigabytes Do You Have?

Off the top of my head (The ones that come up first on my goodreads tbr) Cool For The Summer, Darling, The Maidens, and Ace Of Spades. I orignally wasn’t going to pick up Darling because some people labelled it as fantasy and I really don’t read it nowadays. But the author came out and said that it’s a contemporary thriller, which has propelled it from “not interested” to “would read if the library had it.”

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year

If This Gets Out, that’s it, that’s the only book, all the other books already came out or don’t come out until next year. I’d say I need to pay more attention to new releases but I already don’t have enough attention for school.

Biggest Disappointment

Life.

Biggest Surprise

Maurice. I wasn’t expecting that much Pure Gay in a classic, and there is a horrible twist involving a love interest that had me S C R E A M I N G. I watched the movie later and please. For the love of Satan, don’t put 35+ years olds to try and pass them off as late teens.

Favourite New Author

Hmm, do I have one? Ahh, yes, Leo Tolstoy. I hated everything he wrote except for The Death Of Ivan Ilyich, which paralleled his own death and closetism.

Why can’t I spell, and more importantly, why does WP tell me I can’t spell and proceed to not tell me how to correct it?

Newest Fictional Crush

I’m biromantic. Everyone’s a crush. Except Clive. Fuck Clive.

Newest Favourite Character

No one immediately comes to mind, unless Mobius counts.

(Instert Mobius fancam)

Book That Made You Cry

Maurice made me cry in frustration. Four Letter Word made me cry from eyestrain. But I don’t generally read sad books? There are some with a melancholy tone, but they’re not necessarily invoke-tears sad.

Book That Made You Happy

Most books?

Most Beautiful Book

So all the ones from the library have this strap on them so you can’t see the cover, only the spine. But Maurice has a sort of beautiful simplicity to it; I bought it at a used bookshop after I finished my library copy and I should probably reccommend another book. The Anthropocene Reviewed has a similar quality in a different way.

What Books Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year

Try every book in existence. But seriously, I need to get to Cicero’s On The Good Life and Little Badger’s Elatsoe. Which is also a contender for Beautiful Book.

Book 2 Movie Adaptation

I was just about to watch Benedict Society but was interrupted in the opening credits. I suppose I could say Maurice again, unless School Of Rock was based on a book or something.

(Queer) Contemporary Reads Of May

 I’ve managed to diversify my reading (I mean, like, genre diversity. Everything I finished reading was queer. I DNF’d the straight books. There was also a slight uptick in Latino authors.) So this month’s wrap-up is broken into 2 parts: contemporary and not contemporary.

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The Music Of What Happens, Bill Konigsberg 10/12

Rep: Gay, m/m, Latino, PTSD

The money from his dad’s death has run out, and his mum just can’t get a steady job. So they’re going to loose their home unless Jordan and Max make enough food truck money to pay off the mortgage this summer. It’s a hot Arizona summer and (gay) love is in the air. 

TW: Rape. Max deals with the aftermath throughout, understanding and coming to terms with it. I personally thought it was done thoughtfully.

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The Princess And The Fangirl, Ashley Poston 8/12

Rep: w/w 

 READ GEEKERELLA FIRST! Jessica Stone hates being the white Uhura- I mean female lead in the reboot of Starfield. She wants to star in more “important” movies but accidentally leaks a copy of the script, possibly ruining her career until she can get the script back. Thankfully, she finds a straight girl who looks exactly like her, who will eagerly pretend to be her at Comic-Con and #SaveAmara. Cute gay romance, choppily paced straight romance, and fangirling ensues. 

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Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe, Benjamin Saenz 11/12

Rep: Gay, m/m, depression, Latino 

 Ari And Dante are constantly injured or sick because they love each other. That’s basically it; it takes place over two summers, so if you haven’t read it yet, summer’s as good as a time as any. Trust me, read it.

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I Wish You All The Best, Mason Deaver 12/12

Rep: Non-binary, Anxiety 

Oh, Apollo. 

This book helped me understand myself better- I’m femme non-binary and use she/ they pronouns. I don’t think a character’s felt as real to me as Ben. And I’ve never thought that being enby was that big of a deal. I wear gender- neutral clothing. I’ve never actually said “Hey, I’m non-binary, use she/they.” My mum calls me her “child” and rarely, if ever calls me her “daughter”, so what’s the point?

  I feel better, I understand myself better.

 Anyway, it’s a fantastic book. Ben is kicked out of their parents’ house when they come out and move in with their sister. They change schools and remain closeted. They draw, paint, have a couple of panic attacks, and fall in in love with a boy. 

Ugh, it was a good reading month.  So what about you? What contemporaries did you read this month? 

A Mother I’d Like During The Apocalypse

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Women don’t spend a lot of time on Supernatural, as any female love interest is automatically scorned by Destiel, Sabriel and *shudder* Winchest shippers.

 BTW, there’s more ships, and a lot of incest, and I wish I didn’t have to look up Sabriel’s name, despite low-key shipping them.

SHERIFF JODY MILLS

And yes, I ship her with Bobby. The wikipedia doesn’t list their ship name- Jobby? Bobdy?Body?

Don’t look up that wikipedia page if GOT didn’t weather down your incest disgust.

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 Ships aside, Jody is always doing her best to protect the boys, the girls, and Sioux Falls. She knows she can’t protect everybody, and knows when to call the boys for help. She works with everyone to let them do what they’re good at and does what she’s good at: being a mom that shoots people.

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 I love her because she’s perfect. She’s what feminists want: a balance between badass and feminine. She’s good at her job investigating death, good at parenthood, likes a few “girly” things, likes a few “manly” things. Is pretty, but not sexualized. 

 She’s a real woman. 

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Master King Has Mental Style/ I Heart Characters Catch-Up!

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Who’s a good boy?

Stephen King is a bit too hyped for me. Yeah, his books are good, the characters well developed, and the plots fascinating, but what’s the big deal?
I’m still conflicted by my choice. IT is my favourite King book, The Shining my favourite King movie, with Pet Sematary a close second. But I don’t like them for their characters. I love ITs’ artful time transitions, which the movie totally failed at. I love all the creepy, crazy ideas in The Shining, I mean, bloody elevator, homicidal writer, ghost girls, frozen maze, LoveLoveLove. I love the atmosphere and location of Pet Sematary. But the characters, just bleh.
But I feel sorry for Cujo. I was terrified as the next when he was pawing on top of the car, but it wasn’t him. It was zombie rabies. It was sickness. There was just a scared little boy that loved his family, with his personality erased by a rabbit bite.
It wasn’t him. He was taken over.
Mental Case

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Lucy in the head with the Sammy

Sam and I went mad around the same time, if you don’t consider the time span in between the original release and my netflix binge last year. It was hard, especially the episode when he’s led into a storehouse by Lucy and starts shooting into air. I may not need Lucifer in me to be crazy, but I recognize in Sam Winchester a kindred soul. A genius overpowered by work. The quiet one that does more than he gets screentime for.
Don’t get me wrong, Cass and Dean are my favorites. But I wish it could be less about Dean and more about the Winchester family and hunters in general.

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When I first saw Descendants 2 a week ago, I immediately wanted everything Evie. I could do with less girlyness, but she makes it work. And blue. So much blue. I didn’t know I could be this wanting of a fictional characters wardrobe before. I mean,

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Ugo Friedkin- Ara- Gimlee/ I Heart Characters Gender Switch

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Hugo Friedkin is the idiot in Dirk Gently. Seriously, google “Idiot in Dirk Gently” and he’ll be on top. Dirk Gently can be found on DVD, Hulu and Netflix. If you haven’t seen it yet, close this blog and watch it. It has everything; Mystery, fantasy, sci-fi, diversity, romance, humour, supernatural… really, just watch it And then sign the petition

But while writing this, I realized that the beauty of Hugo is that he isn’t a stereotypical dumb blonde. He’s a combo of a stereotypical dumb guy, and a stereotypical dumb blonde, and that somehow makes him special. If he were a girl, it would upset the balance. But it would be nice to see a girl of below average intelligence played right, that happened to be blonde. Not perpetuating the dumb blonde stereotype, but portraying someone in that strata as a person, and not just comic relief. Ugo or Huguette Friedin could do that. But it’s nice to see a dumb blonde guy.

 

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It’s commonly known that LOTR needs more girls. Usually Merry or Legolas, from what I’ve seen. And they could totally be girls, too! But my top two choices for girldom are Aragorn and Gimli. Yeah, I know Aragorn is hot. Stubble, brow, and all that. But Ara could totally be gay. A gay warrior female in the most masculine fantasy epic ever. Ara killing orc, leading battles, becoming queen! I need this adaptation now. 

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Ok, I have no idea what the female version of Gimli is, and neither does google, so I’m going with Gimlee. She’d almost certainly look exactly the same, considering that dwarf women have beards. she’d have the snark, the toughness, yet weakness when it comes to long distances. She’d hate the pointy-eared elf like sane people, but eventually love Legolas like an insane person. If you like Legolas, fine by me, but why? He’s so dull.

Who do you want to gender switch? Why do people like Legolas? How much do you need a 3rd season of Dirk Gently?

 

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? 

2nd In Command/ Science Officer

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 This was a tough one! When I first saw the character type, I immediately thought of Ser Jorah. He’s loyal, his advice is good, and even though he’s in love with Daenerys , he keeps a respectful distance. That is, before I began watching season 5. In season 5, Dany becomes angry with Ser Jorah, and well, I won’t spoil it. I’m still going through season 5, so please don’t spoil it.

  So who else is a good 2nd in command? Mcgongall is 2nd in command at Hogwarts, but the series focuses more on her teaching than on her being vice headmaster. Watson takes over for Sherlock in The Hounds, bu it seems off, as Watson couldn’t actually replace Sherlock if need (don’t) be. There’s commander Riker! But he’s not exactly smart.

  So that leads us to…

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  Spock! Spock! Spock.

  I love Spock.

  He should’ve been captain.

  It’s really a mystery why Kirk didn’t die.

  Spock.

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  Spock is hard to describe without getting emotional.

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  He’s logical, but for some reason, he is fond of Kirk. That’s just about the only illogical thing about him. But I suppose if he let his natural superiority affect his relationship with Kirk, he wouldn’t have been a very good Science Officer/  2nd in command.

  He’s difficult at anticipating emotions, calculating how to act by logic, and assuming that the Klingons or thing they’re dealing with will also act logically, with the most life saved and knowledge gained. Kirk is somehow great with people despite the fact that he’s a jerk, and lacks logic. Fortunately, Spock is there with a booty of logic. Sorry, bounty of logic. Kirk usually ignores his advice, going with his gut.

  Spock is also Science Officer, a position combined with 2nd officer to empathize that the Enterprise’s  primary mission is to explore new worlds, encounter new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before. In hippie words, science, not war. For the sake of plot, there is often war. If it weren’t for Spock, the Enterprise might not get any of her actual mission done.

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  Who would you choose to be your 2nd in command? What makes you love Spock?

Mr. Grump With A Heart Of Gold/IHeartCharacters

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This is very, very, dorky and cliché, but my Grouch with a Heart of Gold is… 

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Darcy!

I feel for Darcy, and I don’t just mean he’s hot. He’s misunderstood. People take his shyness to mean he’s a snob, an arse, an other. True, he has said some things that sounded pretty bad. But Lizzy tried to get a big introvert to dance. This man doesn’t want any attention, and you’re trying to get him to dance?

 When he finally does dance, it says he’s willing to put effort into their relationship. He wants her to see him as a real person, not just the front he puts up.

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His love is strong

 He cares and protects his little sister. It’s not easy to love someone that way, like a parent and a friend. It’s like you’d do anything in the world to protect them, but they ignore you constantly, and when they do acknowledge you, they can get really annoying, temporarily hate you, try to get your attention and displays of love. Georgina is a good girl, but they went through a tough time with Wickham.

His love is persistent

 Darcy knows that Lizzy hates him. Darcy knows that Lizzy isn’t a “proper” match for him. Yet he’s caught by Lizzy’s concern for Jane, by Lizzy’s long walks in the rain, by Lizzy’s lack of embarrassment of mud and poverty. He loves her despite everything, and is courageous in his confession. Speaking of…

His love is articulate

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What more could you want?

Happy (Belated) Sherlock Holmes Day!

  Happy belated Sherlock Holmes Day! (Ok, I had no idea that there was a SH day until yesterday. Now it’s my third favorite holiday, after Halloween and Free Comic Book Day. Hey, it tops Star Wars Day.)

 Let’s talk about our favorite, underappreciated Sherlock  Holmes stories. My all-time favorite SH story is The Speckled Band. It starts with a young girl hiring Sherlock and Watson to find out what happened to her sister, who died terrible agony. “The band! The speckled band!” Were her last words. It’s awesome, but has not been turned in a full length episode. In the BBCbatch version, it is mentioned as “The Speckled Blonde” but spares the details.

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 I deduce it’s one of Gatiss’ favorites, but was shot down by Moffat.

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 Will I be shot down for admitting I prefer Charles Augustus Magnesun/Milverton to Moriarty? He’s better, creeper, and more love-to-hate than Moriarty. Even when Sherlock says his name, he sounds better. Moriarty exists just to kill Sherlock. CAM exists to blackmail everyone. Moriarty is the what-if of Sherlock: Sherly reversed. CAM has his own disgusting personality and could exists without Sherlock.

And posts from around the blogsphere:

The Return Of Sherlock Holmes, pt.2

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(You can read pt. 1 here)

The Adventure Of The Six Napoleons– Yeah, seems obvious when you’ve seen the series. Yeah, murder. Ideal portrait of a journalist, unlike the scavengers usually portrayed.

 The Adventure Of The Three Students– Ah, that the very thing that plagues me should be shoved into the Sherlock collection- college. Getting in, exams, dorms, etc. A nice change from the usual running ’round and a very simple solution, or would be, if given all the facts available to Sherlock, instead of waiting with Watson.

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 The Adventure Of The Golden Pince-Nez– Unusual, yet has ordinary features, a combo that made the solution partly accessible. 

 The Adventure Of The Missing Three-Quarter– As always, the mystery can be solved not by the present, but the secrets of the past. It’s strange that Holmes didn’t have a case involving sports before, as today’s sports have a great deal of scandal.

 The Adventure Of The Abbey Grange– It’s a wonder why Hopkins hasn’t appeared on tv. More of the same. I s’pose Doyle was really tired of SH by then. I love the ending, where Watson is Jury and Sherlock judge.

 The Adventure of The Second Stain– Why The Hell Didn’t They Burn The Letter? Cute ending.

  So. What’s your favorite Sherlock story? Have you seen the Moffat series or RDJ movies?