a truly great book

casual reminder that I don’t do compatibility or descriptions (ex: tell me about *insert placement(s)/aspect(s), I’m *insert sign* and my crush is *insert sign* how do I make them like me/will it work out?)

god my absolute favorite feeling is devouring a book, when you get so into the pages and the words that you have to stop your eyes from skipping lines and force yourself to read every word, when you’re so impatient for what happens next that you can’t sit still while reading, when you have to re read whole pages because you were too busy predicting and anticipating that you missed the actual events, when you read a part that’s too good for words and you have to close the book and scream into your pillow, that’s what reading a truly great book is about and the feeling is even better when you haven’t found a book like that in a long time and then you stumble across one and something inside of you awakens

Book Recommendation: Dark Matter

by Blake Crouch

We just finished reading this amazing book and thought it would be a great fit for our next recommendation. It’s a science thriller and an absolute crazy ride.

Dark Matter is the story of Jason Dessen, a mild-mannered college physics professor who gets abducted one night by a masked man, conked over the head, injected with some “science” and wakes up in a world that is not his own. It tackles the multiverse theory and quantum physics (keep in mind its a work of fiction that requires you to bypass whether you agree with the science or not) and its truly a nail-biter. It’s a great book that makes you think about the relativity of your existence to reality.

If you guys have more books you think we should read and post about, feel free to shoot us a message. Enjoy!

anonymous asked:

When you reach the level of obsession when you quote the book without even realizing that's what you're doing since it's such a familiar phrase (I'm not feeling well so I just said "I'm going to bed, where I may die." and then I was like "..wait")

lol that’s perfect. (you’ve reached the right level of obsession my friend) this book truly has some great quotes to use in daily life :D my personal faves are

  • “Bury me beside Mrs. Pentstemmon” when I’m not feeling well
  • “I hope your bacon burns” when I’m pissed at someone
  • “I look like a pan of bacon and eggs” when I look like pan of bacon and eggs
  • “I’m cone sold stober” just. perfect in any occasion
Storybook Romance

Requested by Anon

Summary: “A stranger comes to Camelot from a far away place, and Merlin falls head over heels for her. She’s pretty and silly and clumsy and awkward and loves books and never seems to stop smiling. She’s basically the Girl version of Merlin. Merlin can’t help but to smile like a fool whenever she delivers books to the physician’s quarters.”

Warnings: Fluffy fluff and suspicious parental unit Gaius

A/N: This is a super cute trope. Also, this isn’t exactly like the request that was sent in, but I combined some elements of this request in one of my upcoming fic requests. Thanks for requesting, Anon!

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3.5/5 Stars.

This debut novel makes me really excited for what Sudjic will write next. There were parts of it that didn’t work for me, but others that deeply resonated.

Twenty-three year old Alice Hare moves from London to New York City to stay with an old relative and seek necessary change in her empty life. While there, she becomes infatuated with an older woman named Mizuko, whom she stalks online until ultimately arranging an encounter. Alice gradually works her way into Mizuko’s life and the lives of the people around her, desperate for a connection that may not actually be there.

Sudjic’s voice is extremely clever, brimming with dry humor and smart insights. Her characters are compelling, her dialogue is excellent. Where I struggled was with the pacing and the narrative. In fact, I think this would have worked better as a leaner novel with more focus.

Thematically, Sudjic has a lot of interesting things to say about a modern culture in which everything about anyone is available at our fingertips. How does this affect intimacy and connection? Does it help fill the void or merely deepen it?

Lots of exciting stuff here. With better editing, it could have been truly great.

A word on “understanding” from a Dzogchen perspective, using the Sephiroth to illustrate the concept (excuse my shitty finger-scribbled diagram).

See the red arrows going upward? This is how our society currently assumes understanding to come. First you gain Knowledge on a subject, then you are expected to Understand it, from which you can gain Wisdom/experience. This is an ass-backwards approach that stems from the ego’s skewed perspective on how understanding comes about.

Knowledge is a made up concept–some people can pick up on books and explanations and gain some kind of abstract understanding but as schools have found this is not an exact science and requires a huge base of prior knowledge–like being able to read, understanding of related ideas, the ability to count, etc..

See the green arrows? This is the natural flow beginning with Being itself–the experience of the moment. By going through the experience first hand in full awareness you gain Wisdom on the topic–which directly translates into a deep Understanding of the topic. From this Knowledge is created, or associated depending on the understanding being preexisting or previously undiscovered.

There are many abstract sciences which we have as a society now which will require a strong theoretical and intellectual understanding of the knowledge base before you can experiment first hand but the idea still stands. True Understanding is in the hands of those who have the Wisdom of first hand experience, they are the ones who create the Knowledge for others to view–like a hologram of their understanding and experience.

What’s the point of all of this? Put yourself out there, experience, create, try and fail as many times as you need–this is where understanding truly comes from. Books and knowledge are great, we are blessed to have the resources and tools along the way but they are little use unless their wielder is manifesting the experience, traversing the plains of the aspect of reality they are yearning to comprehend.

To add an example:
You can learn all you can learn about archery on the Internet, but if you keep trying to think it through rather than remain in full awareness during the experience then your learning will be very slow. If you’re not paying full attention you might not notice that right at the last moment your arm trembles and offsets the aim. If you are, however, fully present then your mind will automatically make adjustments for any mistakes you might notice, it will automatically improve that which it notices is working well.

Your unconscious mind is a powerhouse–feed it by paying attention and off it goes like a quantum computer.

baphometmama  asked:

⚪ Rarely found willingly in the snow, Bell thought he'd make the most of it by harassing a helpless tree across the street from him. He packed up a hasty snowball, then pitched it hard, before it had a chance to start melting in his grip. A person suddenly interposed herself in its path, using the street like a normal person, rather than a snow-flinging lunatic. Shite, Bell thought. "Fuck!" Is what he said out loud, the only warning he had time to give.

Alyx heard the voice nearly at the same moment she felt the snowball hit: the impact sharp and sudden against the top of her shoulder, frosty shrapnel scattering into her face and hair. She shouted her own curses in frustration upon dropping her entire armload of books into the dirty slush at her feet, and occupied herself immediately with their rescue rather than even look in the direction of her attacker.

“Fucking perfect,” she muttered, far more annoyed with herself for dropping the damn things than for apparently finding herself in the crossfire of snow-based warfare. Still, this person with either impeccable or truly terrible aim had likely caused the ruin of a considerable amount of expensive, though not priceless, literature.

Half kneeling in the snow she turned in the direction of the projectile’s origin and was somewhat surprised to find the man responsible just bloody standing there. Whether he intended to apologize or simply stand and observe his handiwork, he had clearly not chosen to simply vanish. At the very least she could throw sarcasm back at him.

“Thanks for that.”

anonymous asked:

"did we just like, collectively as a fandom delete cursed child?" God no. It just won 9 Olivier Awards, is opening on Broadway next year, and has an enormous and passionate fanbase made up of people who truly loved the books and see it as a great continuation of the series. You and your friends' whining had absolute zero effect on it.

sounds fake but ok

Cynthia Lennon and The “Pride and Prejudice” Conspiracy

Hello everybody! Wondering about the title and what exactly it means? Rest assured, you’ll find out soon enough. But first, a little backstory.

So most of you (by “you” I mean Beatle fans or Cynthia fans and what not) probably know about the petition to make a movie about Cynthia Lennon and her marriage to John (if anyone hasn’t heard of it, I’ll place a link in the bottom of this post). The petition was made sometime in July and is still going strong. A few weeks after that, my friend @cynthialennon-daily and I made a list of our dream cast, as a fun exercise. Two actresses that we mentioned for the role of Cynthia were Lilly James and Rosamund Pike (remember this because it’s important).

It was only until last month during a discussion, that @cynthialennon-daily and I realized that there was a strange and awesome connection to Cynthia and “Pride and Prejudice”. And what’s even more mind boggling, is that our dream cast is also connected to it too!!! No joke, this is totally for real.

With something as fascinating as this, I knew it would be cool to share it. So with the help of @cynthialennon-daily we’re going to be sharing to you what we like to call: Cynthia Lennon and The “Pride and Prejudice” Conspiracy (it’s a working title. If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment). So, curious? If yes, then here we go!

(Quick note: Most of what is said here are comments made by @cynthialennon-daily She’s the expert on all thing “Pride and Prejudice”. All her comments are in italics.)

“Pride and Prejudice”, the famous story written by Jane Austen tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy, who initially hate each other but through their faults, realize their love and that they shouldn’t let pride or prejudice get in the way.

What’s the connection: Well many great actors and actresses have played the iconic role of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy.

Many times Cynthia Lennon has been ignored by Beatle history, left behind and many times not mentioned, but whenever she is portrayed or mentioned in books, it truly is treat. And a great part on whoever really did their research.

Now here is the scary thing. Many other actresses that have played Cyn have also played Elizabeth Bennet or someone in the “Pride and Prejudice” universe. In the 90’s the legendary film “Backbeat” came out, chronicling the iconic trip to Hamburg The Beatles did in 1961.

Although not the best portrayal of Cyn, at least she was in the movie. As mentioned before she really is often forgotten in Beatles history. And the fact she was mentioned means something.

In “Backbeat”, Jennifer happened to play Cyn as well. A portrayal that Cyn would eventually say was very untrue, but nevertheless Jennifer is a lovely actress who happened to play two very iconic ladies.

The next connection comes with the 2005 version of “Pride and Prejudice”.

Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth Bennet’s best friend, makes the decision of marrying a man she is not in love with, to ensure that her life is stable, causing a rift between her and Lizzy. But later in the novel Lizzie understands why Charlotte did what she did. Charlotte was portrayed by Claudie Blakley.

Claudie did an amazing portrayal of Charlotte, a character who is often scrutinized by the decision she had to make, but one of “Pride and Prejudice’s most interesting characters.

Claudie also starred in the 2010 film “Lennon Naked”. While this movie was horrendous in all aspects Cyn is being portrayed but i digress. Claudie is a wonderful actress. It really is a shame what bad writing she was given with her talent. I wonder what an amazing portrayal of Cyn we could have gotten, with better writing.

2005 saw another amazing portrayal. That of Rosamund Pike as Jane bennet, Elizabeth’s oldest sister, who is the sweetest person you would ever meet, and whom falls in love with Mr Darcy’s closest friend, Charles Bingley.

Rosamund, a beautiful actress, who is also in our dream cast to play Cyn in our dream movie of Cyns book. She has all the qualities of Cyn, her elegance, beauty, and charm.

The final connection comes in the form of Lily James. Lilly did a beautiful portrayal of Elizabeth bennet in the 2016 film “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”. Showing a rather science fiction zombie apocalyptic view of “Pride and Prejudice”.

Lilly is another part of our dream cast, she would play a perfect young Cyn. Lily brings a sort of a young, full of life personality, that fits with the young girl who fell in love with a young art student and lived a life full of excitement, new experiences and heartache. And for that, Lilly would play the perfect Cyn.

I would like to stress that at the time when making the dream cast, niether of us noticed how Rosamund and Lily were also part of the “Pride and Prejudice” universe. We simply chose them because we thought they would be great for the role of Cynthia. Of the two, I personally prefer Lilly. But if they ever decide to make a movie about John’s Long/Lost Weekend (another story left barely untold), Rosamund could play Cynthia there. She’s just just the right age too.

So what you think? Pretty cool or lame? I thought it was neat when I noticed the connection. But I’ll let you all be the judge. I like to thank my friend @cynthialennon-daily for helping me out in this. Totally check out her Tumblr page and follow her, if you aren’t already. Thanks for reading and God bless as always.

Here’s the link to the petition if want to sign it: https://www.change.org/p/julian-lennon-make-new-beatle-movie-about-john-and-cynthia-lennon

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 review

Guardians of the Galaxy was a fantastic film, a real masterpiece for just how oddball and different it was from the rest of the Marvel cinematic universe. It was so different, with such a great group dynamic, great actors, and plenty of kickass scenes… this was lightning in a bottle, and there’s no way to catch that twice, right?

Wrong. They did it again. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is every bit as good as the original, and what’s more… I actually think it’s a bit better. How is this? HOW COULD YOU TOP THE FIRST? I’ll explain, but be warned: after the plot synopsis, there’s gonna be a few spoilers, so just be warned.

So what are the Guardians up to this time? After doing a mission for the Sovereign race, the Guardians end up pissing them off because Rocket stole some precious batteries. During their escape attempt, the Guardians end up being saved by a mysterious stranger… and that stranger is none other than Peter’s dad, a strange being named Ego. While Peter, Gamora, and Drax head off to Ego’s planet, Rocket and Groot get kidnapped by the ravagers, who mutiny against Yondu. Shit starts going down, and now the two groups gotta get back together to guard the galaxy yet again, though this time the threat may be even greater than ever before…

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3.5/5 Stars.

The Blinds piqued my interest right away with its compelling premise: a secret town in rural Texas, populated by dangerous criminals whose memories have been wiped of their wrong-doings. Here, they have a second chance at a new life, knowing that if they ever try to leave, they’ll likely end up dead or worse.

For eight years now, the social experiment has been relatively successful. The inhabitants of The Blinds have formed a little community, with Sheriff Calvin Cooper helping them keep the peace. But then one of the residents commits suicide. And a couple months later, another is murdered. For a town with no guns that’s completely hidden away from the outside world, something doesn’t add up.

The Blinds is a place where everyone harbors secrets—even Cooper himself—so this ensuing chaos doesn’t bode well for the precarious community. Who is behind these recent events. And, more importantly, what is their motive?

This is a fast-paced read—a mystery-thriller with a western noir vibe—that follows several engaging sub-plots revolving around a handful of the residents. As the story progresses, the moral ambiguity deepens, which is something that I always appreciate. In a town like The Blinds, there is no clearly defined “right” or “wrong.”

As with many mystery-thrillers, the plot becomes more tenuous as all the sub-plots merge together into the finale. With books like this one, I’ve learned to just accept the plot holes and suspend my disbelief when needed—all in service of the greater good of escaping into a mindlessly entertaining novel. This, of course, is what separates the good from the truly great. For entertainment value alone though, The Blinds delivers.

4

If you can forgive The Seven Serpents its flaws, you are in for a treat: The Crown of Kings, the final volume in the Steve Jackson Sorcery series, is maybe the best adventure gamebook ever written (I have a fondness for the near-perfect Golden Dragon book Eye of the Dragon, but Crown of Kings’ size and placement at the end of an epic four-volume series makes it quite an achievement).

First off, this book is double the size of the previous volumes, weighing in at a massive 800 entries. It is intricate, with many well-realized characters, and very difficult – there are several ways you can be in a position to triumph only to find you’ve rendered the book unwinnable by overlooking small details in the early sections.

For my money, the thing that is truly great is how a detail from the first book – if you remember it! – makes for an entirely different experience. I shall say no more about that, though.

Sadly, I think Blanche was struggling under deadline here – I have no great fondness for most of his illustrations in this book. I do want to mention a thing I like about adventure gamebook art, exemplified by the image of the three gentlemen I have included here. The best examples take on a strange, surreal quality not dissimilar to Tarot cards. They often seem less frozen in time than highly posed, which I think imparts the implication of many hidden meanings.

10

Children’s books about abstract subjects

What Do You Do With an Idea?
by Kobi Yamada & Mae Besom
Compendium Inc
2014, 36 pages, 9.0 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches, Hardcover
$14 Buy on Amazon

What Do You Do With a Problem?
by Kobi Yamada & Mae Besom
Compendium Inc
2016, 36 pages, 8.9 x 0.6 x 10.6 inches, Hardcover
$11 Buy on Amazon

How do you explain an abstract concept to children? Kid lit is filled with depictions of good manners, sharing, and other physical acts that lend themselves well to visual representation, but until now I haven’t read a book that tackles the very notion of idea itself. The fact that What Do You Do With an Idea? does it so effortlessly is even more impressive.

We’re given the story of a young child (interestingly, you can’t tell if they are male or female, and a case could be made for either) who one day has an idea. The idea visually takes the form of a small golden egg, which is the beginning of a great, easy to understand metaphor. We follow the child as they try to ignore the idea, then are afraid of the idea, and eventually embrace the idea, all while this visual metaphor expertly tells the story. I could say more, but it’s such a treat to experience the first time that I suggest finding a copy and discovering it for yourself.

The companion book What Do You Do With a Problem? follows a similar structure, in which a child discovers they have a problem, tries to ignore it, and has to confront it, this time learning the value of overcoming our problems. A new, clear visual metaphor again tells the story, but this time the story delves a bit more into what a problem actually is. Given that people tend to fear problems a bit more than they fear ideas, Problem is a bit darker than Idea, which is good for keeping it from being repetitive.

Together, the What Do You Do books are truly great picture books that explore in an easy, kid-friendly tone how you can nourish ideas, and what you can learn from problems. The artwork is among the coolest I’ve seen in any picture book, with Problem featuring the more detailed drawings, added colors, and an even more expressive visual storytelling element. Artist Mae Besom has created a unique look that feels almost like it was scrawled on ancient parchment and passed down through the ages. It is a suggested fantasy world that feels entirely its own, yet comfortably familiar. That could be the perfect explanation for the books themselves; completely new, yet utterly classic.

– Alex Strine

April 25, 2017

I was in Barnes and Noble today (or as we call it, Buns and Noodle) so naturally I cruised by the tarot shelves, and I found the Deviant Moon book. It’s been out awhile but I had not seen it before. It’s effing huge! It’s seriously the size and weight of a high school chemistry textbook. But ever so much more interesting.

And it’s pretty. Just look at that gloss finish on the cover.

Endpapers! 

Every card has a glorious full page color plate.

And then a few pages of text along with concept sketches, etc. It’s a truly impressive book and well worth the wait. Great job Patrick and thank you so much for your hard work in putting it together.

I didn’t buy it today but I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to resist it for very long.