detective novel

things that canonically exist in the taz universe:

- pro wrestling
- cooking shows
- kids detective novels
- craigslist, only it’s a literal list made by craig, a gnome
- depression and nihilism so powerful it turns you and everyone in your world into a dimension-eating hivemind abomination
- an entire town full of clones of a specific real-world radio personality

things that canonically don’t exist in the taz universe:

- the number 69
- cheese

Concept: one of those hard-boiled detective novels with the first-person narration, except the protagonist’s internal monologue keeps drifting off on irrelevant tangents, then snapping back to the present in completely implausible situations, leaving the reader to work out purely from context how they got from point A to point B.

detectivegeekshin  asked:

Hi~ I just wanted to tell you that I absolutely looove your comics and that everytime I see a new one in the tag they always make my day, so thank you!~ And will you ever draw more of the adventures of tiny baby Shinichi and baby Kaito? They are the cutest in you style btw!

thank you so much! sorry for the delay in answering this, i wanted to have the time to make a little comic to go with it :’)

shinichi’s first arrest! also the first and only time kaito has ever been caught by the fuzz. the next step is to start learning disappearing tricks to get away when shinichi catches him doing something bad, and after that he’ll learn to disguise himself as shinichi to frame him

this is after the boys have finally been colour-coded (and labelled), too. toichi and yusaku are getting better at telling the difference

Dorothy L. Sayers (13 June 1893 – 17 December 1957)

A renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator, and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages.

She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between the First and Second World Wars that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, which remain popular to this day. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy to be her best work. She is also known for her plays, literary criticism, and essays. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Dust jacket from The Nine Tailors. Changes Rung on an Old Theme in Two Short Touches and Two Full Peals By Dorothy L. Sayers. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1934. 

Fleurs infernales

A rather weird tale written by french pulp writer Maurice Limat.

Maurice Limat started in 1936 at Editions Ferenczi and published till the end of the 20th Century. He followed popular edition from pulps to paperback supports and was part of almost any editorial adventure in the publishing of popular fiction (small, short-lived, big and lasting). 

His private-eye, Teddy Verano - appeared for the first time in 1937 - followed Limat during his whole career. Followed him or haunted him. Not only in detective novels, but also in exotic adventures, in romances… and above all, in weird tales.  We can consider that Teddy Verano was a detective of the occult that had to investigate on more ordinary cases to win his daily bread. Like his creator did in writing. You could find Teddy Verano anywhere.

Here, in Fleurs Infernales, published in “Escales” (an adventures & romance series) at SEG, Teddy Verano investigates on the edge of the genres: romance, crime, terror.

publisher: Société d’Editions Générales, Paris

source:amsaklapper’s collection

mystery novels vocab (japanese)

Originally posted by dezaki

sooo i watched way too much Detective Conan lately - which lead me to make this vocabulary list haha - please tell me if you think i forgot anything or if i made any mistake!


探偵 たんてい - detective

探偵小説 たんていしょうせつ - detective novel

私立探偵 しりつたんてい - private detective

探偵事務所 たんていじむしょ - detective agency

推理 すいり - (deductive) reasoning

推理小説 すいりしょうせつ - mystery novel

謎 なぞ - mystery

謎を解く(とく) - to solve a mystery

犯行 はんこう - crime

犯行を認める(みとめる) - admit one’s crime

犯行現場 はんこうげんば - crime scene

犯行予告 はんこうよこく - advance notice of a crime

殺人 さつじん - murder

殺人を犯す(おかす) - to commit a murder

殺人犯 さつじんはん - murderer

殺人鬼 さつじんき - serial killer

殺人未遂 さつじんみすい - attempted murder

密室殺人 みっしつさつじん - locked-room murder

殺す ころす - to kill

刺す さす - to stab

刺し殺す - to stab to death

遺体 いたい - corpse

自殺 じさつ - suicide

殺害 さつがい - murder

殺害予告 さつがいよこく - death treat

事件 じけん - case

警察 けいさつ - police

刑事 けいじ - (police) detective

警部 けいぶ - police inspector

捜査 そうさ - investigation

捜査官 そうさかん - agent

逮捕する たいほする - to arrest

アリバイ - alibi

血痕 けっこん - bloodstain

指紋 しもん - fingerprint

足跡 あしあと - footprint

証拠 しょうこ - proof

容疑者 ようぎしゃ - suspect

犯人 はんにん - criminal

犯罪 はんざい - crime

罪 つみ - crime/sin

共犯者 きょうはんしゃ - accomplice

被害者 ひがいしゃ - victim

目撃者 もくげきしゃ - eyewitness

強盗 ごうとう - robery

武装強盗 ぶそうごうとう - armed robery

泥棒 どろぼう - thief

盗む ぬすむ - to steal

anonymous asked:

Trying to be scientifically accurate in sci-fi is a sucker's game. Just like how you had authors making the piltdown man plot critical, there's stuff now I'm sure will have been found to be based on discredited theories in the future, cuz science is always moving. Space-fantasy like Star Wars will always be timeless because of how generic all the "science" is. Well, for the original trilogy anyway. Don't get me started on the legion of tech manuals and expanded universe stuff...

Using the term “hard scifi” to talk about scifi that emphasizes plausibility and extrapolation is maybe one of the greatest public relations and publicity failures of all time. The name implies a lot of things, all of which are bad, and very few of which are actually true.

Sure, there are bad examples of hard scifi – there are lots of unreadable scifi stories about “two engineers discussing relativity as they get sucked down a black hole,” as Cory Doctorow put it. Then again, there are lots of bad examples of steampunk stories, romance stories, any kind of story you can name.

It can, though, be done well…and some writers do very interesting things with it. These kinds of stories don’t have to be intimidating…the whole point of a story is that you learn as you go. If a science writer wanted to be intimidating, they would be doing something other than writing a novel. 

The appeal of scifi that has an element of plausibility is that it activates the same part of your brain that lights up when you enjoy detective novels, the logical reasoning portion Forrest Ackerman, one of the founders of modern fandom in the 1930s, once said that if science fiction never existed, he would be a fan of detective novels, because the same processes are at work in both.

Here’s a few recommendations if “talky, techy” scifi that could really happen is more your bag, and might even change your mind about that entire field if you give them a chance:

Dragon’s Egg by Robert L. Forward. This story is about human explorers who find a planet orbiting a neutron star, which has a gravity 67 billion times that of earth, and the sesame seed sized inhabitants bound by the strong-force rather than the weak force, who see only in ultraviolet and x-ray light, and who’s lives are incredibly sped up by time dialation…their entire civilization, from a human point of view, lasts an entire month, and they worship our spacecraft as a divine artifact. By the start of the month, they are stone age, by the end, they have technology far in advance of earth and try to communicate with us slow-lived beings.

Einstein’s Bridge by John G. Cramer. Imagine if this happened: a supercollider turns on, and the radioactive particles start blasting out prime numbers. It’s being used by an intelligent species to communicate with us…and it turns out more than one alien race are trying to do that, including one that happens to be evil.

Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars books. This series is the antidote to the idea that hard scifi is by definition, not character driven. It reminds me of nothing so much as Game of Thrones: it’s a political thriller that alternates between the point of view of multiple characters, set around the colonization and independence of Mars, trying to free itself from the yoke of an oppressive corporate ruled earth. It makes you want to try kava (the drink of choice on Mars), kind of like how Narnia makes you want to try turkish delight. 

Bungo Stray Dogs Anime Gets 1st Smartphone Game.

The game will feature an all-new scenario and character side stories untold in the anime. Players will also be able to experience the world of Bungo Stray Dogs while teaming up with new and returning characters.

MCL Manga Trivia

For those who love character details, but don’t really want to read the Manga, just a quick list of some Manga facts of our favorite characters:

  • Peggy wrote an article about Castiel along with articles about Deborah. She didn’t ask for his opinions on it. 
  • Castiel occasionally eats at Not!McDonalds with Armin. Apparently they like to talk together.
  • Nathaniel boxes. It helps him relax. (Though, he goes to say it was “Viktor’s idea”, but Kim’s comments clearly refute that…)
  • Kim and Nathaniel go to the same gym. (And I wouldn’t be surprised if Kentin goes as well after Military School)
  • Castiel’s apartment has a furnished terrace for Demon.
  • Castiel enjoys the blues.
  • Castiel is likely right handed (as he plays Guitar right handed):
  • Lysander will do Karaoke
  • Castiel has/will play Guitar Hero
  • Armin also has a DS. Not too surprising considering his figure holds both a DS and PSP and the new chibi art shown at Japan Expo 2017 even has him with a 3DS. He probably plays every system.
  • Kentin can make his own shelter from tree branches. 
  • Nathaniel enjoys reading Detective Novels before he goes to sleep. He enjoys Hercule Poirot’s Adventures (Which are written by Agatha Christie–Hercule Poirot is a Belgian Detective). 
  • Nathaniel always sleeps shirtless when it’s hot.
  • Dake has very fast reflexes.
  • Nathaniel and Castiel have played volleyball before. 
  • Lysander has trouble sleeping if it’s too hot.
  • Lysander also doesn’t need a lot of sleep.
  • Kentin learned to dive at military camp. 
  • Dake also knows how to dive.
  • Armin and Alexy enjoy bubbles.
  • Armin has played Pokemon (or at least referenced it so)
  • Violette’s last name is Delvis.
  • Armin and Kentin are likely left-handed (or at least its their dominant hand). (When holding out their hand before the choice illustration, the two both hold out their left hand in contrast to Viktor holding out his right)

Armin does have a pencil in his right in Book 2, but it’s more likely he’d be ambidextrous if not left handed as we never actually see him write with it and him holding out his left hand in Book 3 is a very clear choice hinting to at least his dominant hand being his left.

  • Armin really likes food.
  • Both Kentin and Armin don’t have any experience with formal dancing.
  • Castiel won’t go on a trip unless he can bring Demon with him. 
  • Nathaniel is a bit of an adrenaline junkie.
  • Lysander has interest in different cuisines, especially different kinds of meat. 
  • Peggy’s Mother’s date of birth is  July 25, 1975
  • Kentin likes knives.
  • Armin and Alexy exchange their passports for fun.
  • Castiel enjoys horror films
  • Don’t touch Armin’s food.
  • Lysander and Kentin are good with a whip. (Armin is decent/okay, Castiel and Alexy… not so much)
  • Iris loves horseback riding.

* As for if it’s canon, what I heard originally was that while the stories are not, character-related stuff is. I don’t know specifics on what definitely gets pulled in and what doesn’t, but I believe Chino at least needed to read off on everything? But whether it’s still all considered canon (or at least part) to this day is unknown as the Manga ended a few years ago. 

I more or less consider most of this stuff canon, but your mileage may vary and without more confirmation, it’s really up to you! Though, I mean, some people disregard canon anyway so just have fun :P

Angus McDonald is a literal child. One of the greatest detectives and a literal child. He was introduced to the THB by getting involved in a murder mystery on a train that he was boarded on alone with nothing more than his grandfather’s cutlery and books and some clothes.

He met these grown goofs who immediately stepped into this role of Big Brothers™ in dogging on him. He took the goofs as best he could and still managed to help these adults try to piece together a murder that he was already working on. Angus McDonald wanted to be a help from the get go. He nearly died on that train crash. He lost everything he held dear. He lost his family heirlooms. He left everything behind to keep going and disappeared from the storyline to continue doing his detective work.

This literal child became a bee in the BOB’s bonnet. He was closer to piecing together the mysterious disappearances from the plane below even after people forgot why they needed him. He kept doing his job even though people didn’t know why he was working for them. So Lucretia took him in.

And so the goofs reunite with the good good boy.

And on their missions away, when communication is lost, this literal child with no known family sits there, alone, on the moon base, scared to lose these men who he calls “Sirs.” These men who he looks up to. These men who mean more to him than he can fathom. He worries. He cries. He’s a child, of course he cries. He’s scared and there’s no communication, why aren’t the Stones of Far Speech working? This mission wasn’t supposed to run this long.

Their voices are so sweet when he gets connected. His little hands probably held that Stone of Far Speech like a tethered rope to the lifeline of the THB. And the goofs begin again. How good it sounds to be teased again. He sleeps well that night.

Every mission is met with his quiet strife. The more he worries the more he worries they worry. They couldn’t possibly worry about him worrying, but he worries that they do, anyway. Candle Nights is a night he can show how much he cares. Even though he spent the night alone by the Candle Nights’ bush in his tiny provided domicile eating Taaco’s macaroons, his only “gift” of the night after giving out his beloved detective novels and feels better knowing they’re home.

And Taako takes him under his wing. Takes him to school (Did Angus go to school? The worlds best child detective and we don’t know if he went to school!) and this literal child learns the ways of magic. He holds his wand dearly and gingerly. He looks up to Taako and is scared of his mangled Mage Hand with its single ring finger. He practices. He practices. He probably works hard in his dorm to make more effort to produce this cantrip. And in his down time, he practices cooking. It’s the least he can do for his teacher.

But the macaroons get burned. A fire spells out L U P in the wall and he spends the night wondering about how to keep his recipe intact but also how to include sugar, of course he forgot the sugar. He journals it and sleeps.

Time is fast for children, and before he knows it, the world is ending, and his family is dissolving. Magnus isn’t dead (wasn’t he just a mannequin?) and there’s inky blackness that spreads out around the woman who brought him here, brought him home. He sees these adults, who’s fear was never really anything he had ever seen, he sees these adults who were so powerful and goofy and unafraid and he sees them scared and he knows it’s time.

In everything he has lived through, little preteen Angus McDonald knew it was time to grow up.

Taako trusts Ango implicitly. More than the men he had been with battling through these years. Taako trusts Ango, and it is time for Angus to show him why.

In the face of The Hunger, he stands next to Merle, looks up at Taako and nods.

Angus trusts Taako.

He casts his spells.

He is knocked away like a rag doll.

And when his teacher is disarmed, he takes the magical umbrella that he had seen preform spells over and over again and holds it, ready and willing to continue to fight.

Angus McDonald raises the Umbrastaff, and in doing so, Angus McDonald brought Taako’s sister back.

And looking around at the war that is raging around him, he realizes, Angus McDonald brought his family home.