The Essential Cyberpunk Reading List
It’s now been over three decades since cyberpunk first exploded, and in that time we’ve seen gorgeous movies, read fascinating books, and seen dozens of offshoots like steampunk (and my new favorite, deco punk) develop. Here are the 21 cyberpunk books you absolutely must read.
By Diana Biller

Did you see this?  I read it and went “eh.”.  It’s going to get a million hits because it’s io9 but I would hardly call the list definitive.  Sure she hits some high points, but if I have learned anything from interacting with you folks it’s that each console cowboy’s list is a little different.  How about replying to this with good books left off that list?  

I’ll start with:

Bruce Bethke - Headcrash
James R. Strickland - Looking Glass
Walter Jon Williams - Hardwired
John Shirley - Black Glass
Cory Doctrow - Eastern Standard Tribe

Japanese Audiobooks with Transcripts
This website contains around 100 Japanese audiobooks with their respective transcripts, including short stories by Edgar Allen Poe, Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Oscar Wilde, and a handful of novels by Natsume Soseki, Osamu Dazai, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Enjoy~

Diversity in YA

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

The Young Elites

Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities.

None of the Above

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

An Ember in the Ashes

Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

Scarlett Undercover

Meet Scarlett, a smart, sarcastic fifteen-year-old, ready to take on crime in her hometown. When Scarlett agrees to investigate a local boy’s suicide, she figures she’s in for an easy case and a quick buck. But it doesn’t take long for suicide to start looking a lot like murder. As Scarlett finds herself deep in a world of cults, curses, and the seemingly supernatural, she discovers that her own family secrets may have more to do with the situation than she thinks…and that cracking the case could lead to solving her father’s murder. Jennifer Latham delivers a compelling story and a character to remember in this one-of-a-kind debut novel.

Exquisite Captive

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Love is the Drug

Emily Bird is an African American high school senior in Washington D.C., member of a privileged medical family, on the verge of college and the edge of the drug culture, and not really sure which way she will go–then one day she wakes up in the hospital with no memory of what happened.

Written in the Stars

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif … if he can find her before it’s too late.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship-the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Diverse Energies

In this collection of original and rediscovered stories of tragedy and hope, the diverse stars are students, street kids, “good girls,” kidnappers, and child laborers pitted against their environments, their governments, and sometimes one another as they seek answers in their dystopian worlds.

Ms. Marvel  #1

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea either. But she’s comin’ for you, New York!


Classic literature elicits a lot of complaints: “It’s boring!” “Nothing cool happens!” “None of that stuff has any bearing on my life!” “It’s so dry!” “Wait, she DIES? Why did I even read this?” “Could this symbolism be any more obvious?” “Did he seriously need 600 pages to say that?”

We’re not here to argue about any of that. No shoulds, no judgments, no finger-wagging, no shaming. We all like what we like, and yay for that.

And for that matter, we’re not here to argue about what constitutes a classic, whether we’re defining “classic” as old, new, cult, from the Western canon, or from any of the various schools that challenge the Western canon.

We’re here to talk about those moments in which Reading a Work of Classic Literature is simply Reading a Book—moments in which the baggage falls away, and we’re left with magic.

from Old Doesn’t Equal Boring: Our Favorite Page-Turner Classics

anonymous asked:

Hi I'm trying to find a Vmin fic where Taehyung is the prince of a forest and a Jimin's a human who wander in one day, and they end up falling in love. Taehyung asks Jimin to come live with them but Jimin's worried about Jungkook whose his younger brother. I think there's Namkook as a side pairing too.

I hope you found this fic already (sorry I took so long :/) but just in case you haven’t:

come down from the fiery heights of the sun i beg thee (and dip into the cool waters of earth with me) - V/Jimin ~ side!Rapmon/Jungkook
he moves gently, legs moving around large roots and broken branches, fingers brushing against fluffy patches of leaves and moss, palms moving willow tree branches and patches of hanging vines.  abuse mentioned

**setting up this month!**

so i’m setting up readings to start this month (july) and probably continue for a couple of months and its very exciting! if you want one of the readings listed below, please email me at with the option number you want, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can to get the relevant information like DOB and payment info too! 

I’m setting up a waiting list already and I have some people in line already, its a first come first served thing so hop on as soon as you can and you’ll get them faster.

option 1
choose between
- houses
- asteroids
- planets
2 pages

option 2
- houses and asteroids / asteroids and planets
3-4 pages

option 3
- houses asteroids planets
4-5 pages

option 4
- Chinese zodiac
3 pages

option 5
- houses asteroids planets
- Chinese zodiac
8 pages

option 6
- houses asteroids planets
- Chinese zodiac
two of:
- crystal recommendations
- rune readings
- tarot readings
- face reading
- palm reading
- aura colour meaning
10 pages

option 7
choose from:
- crystal recommendations $3
- rune readings $5
- tarot readings $5
- face reading $6
- palm reading $6
- aura colour meaning $3
length varies on what you choose

Episode 63
  • Episode 63
  • Transition Transmission
  • Under the Transgender Gazebo

Welcome to the latest episode of Transition Transmission, a by and for transgender podcast full of differing opinions.  Today we’re talking about the SCOTUS and marriage rights coming to all 50 states.  In this episode we celebrate, but also discuss a weeks worth of interesting topics on trans and lgbtq issues including the White House Pride reception, and murder being blamed on the acceptance of transgender individuals.  We talk about a great queer summer reading list.  We try to talk about recent tragic events, and we geek out a bit over Sense8 again.  So join us for our latest episode.

Runtime: 133 minutes (2 hours 13 minutes)

anonymous asked:

I know yall are all rallying around the fact the fact that you haven't read hp but you need to promise me every single one of you that you will read it bc so many ppl including myself said they werent interested but then read the books and were changed ppl. There are such beautiful characters and possibly the greatest and most ingenious magical universe ever created. I loved pjo and hp is just as much if not even greater

lol trust me, I WILL read them.  I have every intention of doing so, but for now my to-read list is through the roof!

my reading list aka #nowhitemen2k14

for ppl who have been asking, sorry it’s taken me so long to get it out! but first—brief overview:

i started this year deciding that i would (a) read more books and (b) not read any books written by white men. so the books listed below r either (a) written by an author of color or (b) written by a white female author with prominent characters of color. 

i spent a solid chunk of 2013 feeling pretty damn stressed and frustrated with the representation of race in literature. i hated that i was constantly being asked to validate my existence in sci-fi and fantasy genres. i hated that the only POC experience worth telling was when we were suffering and/or killing ourselves for the white ppl around us. i wanted to read and actually escape in to well rounded characters that were darker than beige and gave no fucks about whiteness—THUS this list was born.

my goal is to read the entire list by the end of the year so i will reblog with updates as the year goes on. feel free to make suggestions! crossed out items have already been read.

The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin

In the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, gods dwell among mortals and one powerful, corrupt family rules the earth. Three extraordinary people may be the key to humanity’s salvation. 

  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (2010)
  • The Broken Kingdoms (2010)
  • The Kingdom of Gods (2011)
  • The Awakened Kingdom (2014) *a standalone novella set in the same world

The Spiritwalker Trilogy by Kate Elliott

When the cold mages come for her, who can she trust? Cat Barahal was the only survivor of the flood that took her parents. Now, betrayed by her family and forced to marry a powerful cold mage, Cat will be drawn into a labyrinth of politics. There she will learn the full ruthlessness of their rule. For it is the dawn of a new age, with industry and revolution transforming the land. There’s just one problem: the cold mages don’t want things to change.

  • Cold Magic (2010)
  • Cold Fire (2011)
  • Cold Steel (2013)
  • The Secret Journal of Beatrice Hassi Barahal (2013) *a standalone novella set in the same world

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Fearless, gripping, at once darkly funny and tender, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story set in today’s globalized world: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s most powerful and astonishing novel yet.

  • Americanah (2013)

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

With dazzling energy and insight, Junot Díaz immerses us in the uproarious lives of our hero Oscar, his runaway sister Lola, and their ferocious beauty-queen mother Belicia, and in the epic journey from Santo Domingo to Washington Heights to New Jersey’s Bergenline and back again. Rendered with uncommon warmth and humor, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao presents an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and the endless human capacity to persevere - and to risk it all - in the name of love.

  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) CURRENTLY READING

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

  • Kindred (2004)

The Wind Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami

In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife’s missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan’s forgotten campaign in Manchuria.

  • The Wind Up Bird Chronicles (1997)

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In 1960s Nigeria, a country blighted by civil war, three lives intersect. Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy English writer, is in thrall to Olanna’s enigmatic twin sister. As the horrific Biafran War engulfs them, they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined.

  • Half of a Yellow Sun (2006)

Dreamblood by N.K. Jemisin

In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers - the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe…and kill those judged corrupt. 

  • The Killing Moon (2012)
  • The Shadowed Sun (2012)
  • The Narcomancer (2007) *a standalone short story set in the same world

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness–and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own. In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that “the half-life of love is forever.

  • This Is How You Lose Her (2012)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007)

Acacia Trilogy by David Anthony Durham

Leodan Akaran, ruler of the Known World, has inherited generations of apparent peace and prosperity, won ages ago by his ancestors. A widower of high intelligence, he presides over an empire called Acacia, after the idyllic island from which he rules. He dotes on his four children and hides from them the dark realities of traffic in drugs and human lives on which their prosperity depends. He hopes that he might end this traffic, but powerful forces stand in his way. And then a deadly assassin sent from a race called the Mein, exiled long ago to an ice-locked stronghold in the frozen North, strikes at Leodan in the heart of Acacia while the Mein unleash surprise attacks across the empire. On his deathbed, Leodan puts into play a plan to allow his children to escape, each to his or her separate destiny. And so his children begin a quest to avenge their father’s death and restore the Acacian empire — this time on the basis of universal freedom

  • The War with the Mein (2007)
  • The Other Lands (2009)
  • The Sacred Band (2011)

Huntress by Malinda Lo

To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls’ destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it, and what it takes could tear Kaede and Taisin apart forever.

  • Huntress (2011)

The Crescent Moon Kingdoms by Saladin Ahmed

The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. It is up to a handful of heroes to learn the truth behind these killings.

  • Throne of the Crescent Moon (2012)
  • The Thousand and One (2014)
List of Au’s I Need
  • You always watch our soccer/football game but you’re always alone and I wanted to talk to our number one fan 
  • You suck at gym class and coach assigned me to be your partner, seriously dude, you can’t even kick a ball
  • You’re the cute nerd that keeps getting pushed around but you just punched your bully and I gotta save you
  • I’m a monster/guardian that the local village give sacrifices too and you’re the new sacrifice but don’t worry I won’t eat you, I’m kinda lonely
  • You’re my mate but you won’t except it, c’mon, it took me forever to find you can I at least get a hug or something
  • I just captured the ship you’re on and about to kill everyone on it, but you’re cute, I’ll keep you
  • You’re a princess that wants to escape castle life and I happen to be just traveling the world, totally not running away from bad people or nothin’
  • You’re the neighbor that keeps their curtains open, even when changing, and I can’t talk to you without blushing 
  • You just snuck into my apartment and wait is that blood
  • we’ve been roomates for a few months now and I never see you at night except this time when I caught you dragging a body into the kitchen
  • I needed to kidnap you for a mission but don’t worry I won’t kill you, you’ll be staying with my family for a while
  • You just threw your prosthetic arm at me for being an asshole but seriously dude I’m sorry, do you need a hand?
  • I’m that dork that makes stupid puns and you’re the nerd that actually finds them funny

#MedievalTwitter this morning.

Reading List:

anonymous asked:

ok u must get this a lot but what are your favorite books with queer protags???


- Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith – teenage boy explores his bisexuality as he wrestles with his guilt over a) having feelings for both his best friend and his girlfriend and b) accidentally starting the apocalypse-by-giant-preying-mantis. (literally my favourite book.) 

- The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox – grumpy vintner bumps into an angel one night when he’s pickled and wandering around the vineyard, and winds up making a date to meet once a year, on the same night, forever. you will probably cry yourself to sleep afterwards. 

- As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann – sociopathic romp through Civil War era England accompanied by THE WORLD’S SLOWEST BURN and MURDER. even if you’ve been an English Civil War nerd for 15 years before reading this book, this book will forever be the first thing you think of when you think of the English Civil War. a scourge. 

- Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters – cute girl leaves home and becomes a music hall male impersonator. lesbian shenanigans by the barrowful follow. set in Victorian London and actually has a happy ending! yay! 

- Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs – a memoir documenting Augusten Burroughs’ teenage years living with his mother’s psychiatrist and his madcap family. I took this in stride when I first read this book at the tender age of 14, but now it gives me PALPITATIONS and a BURNING URGE to ring Esther Rantzen. 

- Call Me By Your Name by Andrew Aciman – THE PEACH BOOK!

- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – I love this book so much I have to forcibly stop myself from buying a copy every time I see one in a secondhand bookshop. you go into it thinking you’ll be FINE because everyone KNOWS what happens to Patroclus, it’s not like you WON’T SEE IT COMING… and yet. no one is ever fine. 

- Maurice by E. M. Forster – astounding and wonderful book that was, surprisingly, written in 1912. there’s sex, it’s a happy ending, it has something very snotty to say about British attitudes towards homosexuality – it’s a joy. plus, the Merchant Ivory film version is full of totty. (yes, that’s Rupert Graves. you see him starkers. just saying.) 

- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – two Latinx boys falling in love. I read the entire thing in one sitting. it’s won so many awards you can barely see the cover art. deserves all the accolades and love, as it is HEARTBREAKINGLY GORGEOUS.

- More Than This by Patrick Ness – there is absolutely no way to explain this book without spoiling everything about it, so here’s the bare bones: Seth drowns, and then wakes up, alive, but completely and utterly alone. I had to put it down and go for stress walks at least 3 times. so good. 

- The Charioteer by Mary Renault – a soldier wounded in the evacuation of Dunkirk recuperates in hospital and tries to choose between two dudes: a young and innocent conscientious objector and a saucy and experienced naval officer. can I get a HAIL MARY? 

Reasons we couldn’t last:

1) I feel too much, and you hardly feel anything at all.

2) My dog died, and you told me to get over it.

3) Your eyes were much gentler than your voice.

4) You said you hoped for a bright future, but refused to say you wanted me in it.

5) I was too busy being an option to realize that I should be a priority.

6) I said we are our parents wealth. You laughed and told me how corny that was.

7) Out of the blue you decided, “I need to be selfish for myself.”

8) “I don’t need anyone telling me what the fuck to do.”

9) We suffocate each other.

10) I’m too sensitive to your insensitivity.
—  10 Reasons Why I Need to Let You Go (j.k.)
Summer Book Recs

some of these are short and others unbelievably long, some are funny, others tragic, though most are a mixture of both

the one thing they have in common is that they’re not particularly summery 

check out the following if: