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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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

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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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.

I walked into this room where Zachary Schomburg, my favorite local poet and author, was reading aloud his novel Mammother.

I got to sit and enjoy reading along with him for about an hour.

There was nobody else there quite yet and I got to just spend time one on one with the book and the author. A truly great day.

Mindset Press: Conquering Your Thoughts With Confidence


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Hello, everyone! Thank you for coming to my page. I have great hopes of helping others and I truly believe that my book, Mindset Press, is a great tool to do just that - help. One great thing about the book that is worth noting, is that it is already written. Yes, that is correct. There is no need to wait for me to put my thoughts down on paper! Here are a few questions asked and answered about my book.
What is this book about? This book is about developing and regaining a strong mindset. One that ensures us how great we can actually be. Who is this book intended for? This book is for anyone who needs a little push to help guide them in the right direction mentally. It’s for those who are seeking a renewed mind. What can readers gain from your book Mindset Press? Readers will gain the understanding that their qualifications doesn’t always depend on someone’s ranking of them. If so, many of us will never be qualified to do anything. By the end of the book, readers will know that they are somebody, special and unique. With the funds raised, I will be able to get my book printed as well as formatted to a digital copy. The funds will help me to promote my books on various websites as well. Also, one of the biggest goals is to get my book on bookstore shelves. There, it will have more opportunities to reach others and inspire change in people’s lives.  Anything that you can do will help out tremendously. There is no gift too small for a cause such as this. Help me to be able to help others. Thanks in advance.

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Throughout this process, some challenges might occur. I am not expecting any, but just in case they do arise I will be ready. Although unwanted, I will continue to communicate with my backers and share any and all information as I learn about them. I pray nothing goes wrong, but I do understand they we do not live in a perfect world.
Thoughts at 7am...

I’m kinda sad… and I know I’m beating a dead horse, but every time this comes up, it feels like such a gut punch.

I’m going through my books and I hate how many are out of print and no ebook version of them exists. There are so many great novels and biographies, books that I truly cherished reading and scrimped and saved in order to buy… books that few others will ever get to read.

Some fetch almost 50-100 bucks on the used market, some simply don’t exist there at all.

When I was a kid buying these books, I never thought they were transient. Books to me were permanent, you could always find a copy of Macbeth, Catch 22, or Red Storm Rising. Books were forever, if you didn’t get them then, they’d still exist years later! 

Boy was I wrong. My books have a single print run and that’s it. You either bought it, or you missed out. I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around the number of books I never got to read, never will get to read.. books that are just gone.

There are so many as I look at my shelf that I wish I could share with others, or just have digital copies to read through again and again. Especially some of the novels like Few Die Well and Days of Fire. Leonard B. Scott wrote some of the best books I’ve ever read and they should absolutely be reprinted and shared again!

anonymous asked:

How's picking a Hebrew name going? It's so hard! Like I want a meaningful name but so far the only one that truly has called to me is Ruth because her book has great quotes and it resonates with me, a queer woman. At the same time it feels like it screams I'm a convert and I'd...rsther not? I also want a more obviously Hebrew name like Yael or something but it's so hard too pick this isn't really a question is it it just turned into me venting lol?

I LOVE the name Ruth! It’s true that she’s become the namesake of many converts, but her story is so full of loyalty and beauty. When I hear the name Ruth, I think of someone who is wholly and unequivocally Jewish. I think it’s wonderful that her name calls to you. On the other hand, I understand wanting something more *obvious.* I’ve always been drawn to Miriam. My two cents is: no matter how common the name, if it calls to you, there’s a reason.

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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