books about oceans

I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.
Do you love me?” She asks
“Do you doubt me?” He says
“It’s not doubts, my mind just wanders off, adrift. To the parts of the sea which you are not in..
—  S.A

the repentance of gods a gothic meant to be non-magical (or not magic as in the Harry Potter universe) AU that is supposed to be being written by me and coming probably never since I’m both lazy and easily distracted.

My hand was trembling around the cup of hot chocolate and only the thought of getting burnt kept me from gripping onto it any tighter. Don’t let him see, I silently pleaded, don’t let him see that all of this is starting to scare me. He was starting to scare me. But brilliance can lead so easily to terror and all Tom Riddle had ever been was brilliant.

Across the table from me the corners of his mouth had dipped and his eyes were as flinty as ever. He’d noticed, and he wasn’t happy.

“Do you know of all the things I do so appal, Hermione, the one I despise the most?” He paused, letting the absence of his knives cloaked in velvet voice make my heart start to beat harder in my chest. Just as I opened my mouth to respond, thinking perhaps that what he wanted, an answer, he cut across me. Tom loved nothing more than the sound of his own voice and cleverness. “Cowards. People too scared to reach their potential. Too scared to act for the greater good.” 

“Death is never in the interest of anyone.” 


Jellyfish: A Natural History – A luscious book about our ocean’s brainless, heartless creatures

Jellyfish: A Natural History
by Lisa-ann Gershwin
University of Chicago Press
2016, 224 pages, 8.2 x 9.5 x 1 inches
$27 Buy a copy on Amazon

Five interesting facts I read in the just-released Jellyfish: A Natural History:
1. The deadly box jellyfish is the world’s most venomous animal, and its sting feels like “a splash of boiling oil, searingly hot and indescribably painful.”
2. The immortal jellyfish is just what it sounds like – its cells keep regenerating so that it forever cycles from baby to adult back to baby again.
3. Recently, jellyfish blooms – or swarms – have become denser, are covering much larger areas than ever before, and are “lasting far longer than normal,” due to climate change.
4. Jellyfish can clone themselves, but the replica is so different from the original that it ends up being classified as a separate animal.
5. The giant heart jelly can grow to 165 feet, longer than a blue whale.

And this is nothing. Every page of text in Jellyfish has facts as fascinating as these, woven into a thorough coverage of jellyfish history, biology and ecology. Author Lisa-ann Gershwin, a marine biologist who has discovered over 200 new species of jellyfish, does an excellent job of combining a compelling narrative of 50 different jellyfish with luscious, I-can’t-believe-they’re-real photos. Put this book on your coffee table with caution – you might lose your guests as they submerge themselves into a book that’s as exotic as it is absorbing. – Carla Sinclair

June 17, 2016