a truly great book

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

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.

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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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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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

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favorite season: spring
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dream trip: id like to go to france. 
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Happy Canada Day

“A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.” 

― Robertson Davies

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.

bookloveranimewatcher  asked:

Malec is amazing in the books, I really don't understand the hate for them. Book magnus is fantastic, he's intelligent, witty, powerful and wise. They have a very fluff relationship in the bane Chronicles and we see them truly grow through the books.They have a lot of really great lines and conversations that I highly recommend reading they're really inspiring and beautiful and I really just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside reading them their honestly my favorite book couple.

I mean I think I would get disappointed by the minimal amount of Malec in the books you know? They’re not the main couple, and apparently there’s not much stories told about them in the end… so idk, I have mixed feelings

I really fucking love poetry and please don’t be put off by school. Don’t be intimidated by the classics as they aren’t the only poems and what you “should” be reading- just do what you want. Read poems on tumblr and the internet in general, both professional and not, short and long. Milk and honey by Rupi Kaur is a great book to start with as it’s truly beautiful and perfect to read a bit everyday. I share a lot of larger poetry collections with my brother so it’s not such a commitment and I only ever look at them for 5 minutes at a time. Give writing your own a go, even if they are really shitty (mine all are) but it’s so calming and is just something for yourself alone.

1. When it comes to fellow writers, don’t buy into the narcissism of small differences. In all their neurotic, competitive, smart, funny glory, other writers are your friends.


2. Unless you’re Stephen King, or you’re standing inside your own publishing house, assume that nobody you meet has ever heard of you or your books. If they have, you can be pleasantly surprised.


3. At a reading, 25 audience members and 20 chairs is better than 200 audience members and 600 chairs.


4. There are very different ways people can ask a published writer for the same favor. Polite, succinct, and preemptively letting you off the hook is most effective.


5. Blurbs achieve almost nothing, everyone in publishing knows it, and everyone in publishing hates them.


6. But a really good blurb from the right person can, occasionally, make a book take off.


7. When your book is on best-seller lists, people find you more amusing and respond to your emails faster.

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