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Orphan Black Explained (with pictures):

A visual explanation of Orphan Black based off of the explanation from @thatgaycousin and I just picked the pictures..I know they aren’t exactly precise to the moment within the show but just bear with me:

A show about ^Tatiana Maslany’s world being thrown upside-down after witnessing

^Tatiana Maslany’s incident at the train station.

^Tatiana Maslany is soon found by

^Tatiana Maslany, who is killed

by a hidden ^Tatiana Maslany.

Another ^Tatiana Maslany contacts

^Tatiana Maslany and soon

^Tatiana Maslany meets up with ^Tatiana Maslany and ^Tatiana Maslany. Everything is kinda the same for awhile..

with ^Tatiana Maslany hunting

^Tatiana Maslany who is imitating

^Tatiana Maslany.

^Tatiana Maslany is quickly dragged into the bigger picture and meets the CEO…..



Karen Memory!

HELLO FRIENDS, I am here to tell you about a delightfully fun steampunk romp that I heartily enjoyed the entire way through and want everyone to read because it’s WONDERFUL for SO MANY REASONS:

  • this is a book about an ULTRA COMPETENT team of sex workers
  • there are spies, engineers, politicians, language experts, a black US Marshal and his Comanche sidekick who all team up to solve the murder of other sex workers as well as defeat the plot of Evil Dudes using science to do Terrible Things
  • the lesbian romance Karen has with the super smart Indian immigrant who speaks multiple languages, can work on machines, and seduce cute girls, probably all at the same time
  • Merry Lee hoofing it over rooftops and snatching sex workers away from abusive assholes like a ninja
  • Signor, Deaf White Cat
  • women and their support networks
  • Madame Damnable walking out with her cane and scaring the shit out of every man who’s acting like a fool, so much so they’re too afraid to take her out face to face and have to use the shady techniques of cowards who know they couldn’t win any other way
  • Karen’s Secret Journal that doesn’t stay secret for long
  • Women who are their own heroes and the men who stand beside them with respect to help them save the day
  • earlobe kisses
  • Karen’s complete blithe attitude about her work is A M A Z I N G. “Not that I’m one to judge. Hell, I ain’t in no position to. And that’s possibly the ONLY position I ain’t been in.”
  • Karen is a superhero. Tony Stark wishes he was as cool as Karen.
  • running for mayor: UNOPPOSED
  • jesus I loved this beautiful book
  • read it
  • read it three times

Hey tumblr so I need your help! My school always had one of those “Read Across America” maps with young adult novels or romances or whatever (evidently, I’m American) but I’ve never seen anything comparable for wlw. I’ve tried to rely on my memory and on other people’s recs but I’m only (exactly) halfway through. Any suggestions to fill in these missing states? I’ve tried to avoid stories that take place across multiple locations. Or offer more options for the ones I already have, the more the merrier.

Alabama : Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag

Alaska :

Arizona : The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Arkansas :

California : Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, Honey Girl by Lisa Freeman, Frog Music by Emma Donoghue, The Necessary Hunger by Nina Revovyr, Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler, The Butch and the Beautiful by Kris Ripper, As La Vista Turns by Kris Ripper, Far From Home by Lorelie Brown, Take Me Home by Lorelie Brown,

Colorado : Marionette by T.B. Markinson, Sleight of Hand by Mark Henwick

Connecticut : Pages for You by Sylvia Brownrigg, Patience & Sarah by Isabel Miller

Delaware :

Florida : Breathing Underwater by Lu Vickers, Roller Girl by Vanessa North

Georgia : Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, The Blue Place by Nicola Griffith

Hawaii : Razor Wire by Lauren Gallagher

Idaho : Ship It by Britta Lundin, Her Hometown Girl by Lorelie Brown

Illinois : Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair

Indiana : Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin

Iowa : A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley, Moo by Jane Smiley

Kansas : Far From Xanadu by Julie Anne Peters

Kentucky : Run by Kody Keplinger

Louisiana : Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen

Maine : Style by Chelsea Cameron

Maryland : Every Day by David Levithan

Massachusetts : Mermaid in Chelsea Creek by Michelle Tea, Map of Ireland by Stephanie Grant

Michigan : The Liberators of Willow Run by Marianne K. Martin, The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Minnesota : Sister Mischief by Laura Goode, My Year Zero by Rachel Gold, Bend by Nancy Hedin

Mississippi : Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Missouri : Deliver Us from Evie by M.E. Kerr

Montana : The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

Nebraska : Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz, Over You by Amy Reed

Nevada : Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

New Hampshire : 

New Jersey : The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

New Mexico : Beauty of the Broken by Tawni Waters

New York : Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova, Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde, Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown, We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg, Thaw by Elyse Springer, Heat Wave by Elyse Springer

North Carolina :

North Dakota : The Murdered Family by Vernon Keel

Ohio : Fat Angie by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo

Oklahoma : Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Oregon : Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera, Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before by Karelia Stetz-Waters

Pennsylvania : Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

Rhode Island : The Red Tree by Caitlín R. Kiernan

South Carolina :

South Dakota :

Tennessee : Secret City by Julia Watts, If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo 

Texas : Forgetting the Alamo, Or, Blood Memory by Emma Pérez, Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey

Utah : Saving Alex by Alex Cooper

Vermont :

Virginia : As I Descended by Robin Talley, Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley, Jericho by Ann McMan

Washington : The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George, Dreadnought by April Daniels, About A Girl by Sarah McCarry, Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear, Stuck Landing by Lauren Gallagher

West Virginia :

Wisconsin :

Wyoming :

To belong (another small H7xEoY fic)

So I decided to write some more in the TWP verse (you can find previous fics here and here). This one happens the day after the ending of episode 5, when Henry is still coping with Jasper’s death.

I hope you like this. Once again thank you for your incredible support!

She had not seen him all day. The privy council was dismissed, the king had announced he would privately tend to his missives in his study. There was a foul rumour running around the palace that Lady Margaret Beaufort had declined seeing her son when he had sent for her, refusing to leave the chapel from where she held her vigil for Jasper Tudor’s soul. Elizabeth saw the way the few courtiers lingering about looked at her, as if asking for answers for mother and son’s erratic behaviour. Try as she might, she could not attest for her husband that day. All she had was a long silence.

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the-forest-library  asked:

Who are some of the authors that you really enjoy and/or recommend?

Daniel Jose Older, N.K. Jemisin, Sarah Beth Durst, Barbara Hambly, Nnedi Okorafor, Bruce Coville. Elizabeth Bear. James Lee Burke. Deborah Blake. I just finished a wonderful book by a newcomer, Linsey Miller. It’s coming out in September and has a genderfluid protagonist. Those are the ones that come to mind at the moment.


So I wake up (today is Sept. 17, 2015) to this wonderful Twitter conversation between Mary Robinette Kowal (Glamourist Histories) Scott Lynch (Gentlemen Bastards), and Elizabeth Bear (Eternal Sky Trilogy), with some additional commentary from Kameron Hurley (The Worldbreaker Saga). 

One: I love it when my favorite writers get on each other’s Twitter feeds and just talk.

Two: Hurley is right - the pervasiveness of abusive relationships in media is warping our perception of what a “realistic” relationship is. While it’s understandable that there really are plenty of abusive relationships out there (of all kinds, not just romantic), the fact that “abusive” is synonymous to “realistic” is not only sad, but alarming. No person should go into a relationship expecting to be abused because it’s “realistic”; abuse should be abnormal in any relationship, not the norm. 

Unfortunately, the media (particularly certain books out there involving the color gray) is normalizing that, making it seem as if one should be abused because otherwise, the relationship isn’t normal. And that’s not just wrong, it’s sick. A “realistic” relationship is one that has its rocky points, sure, but which are eventually overcome in a manner that does not involve beating the other person down emotionally and/or physically. That is not only a relatively low bar, that is how a normal relationship works. If you can’t achieve that with someone, then you should find a way to put some distance between yourself and that person (however you achieve that is up to you; I know some people who must, for various reasons, stay in close proximity to their abusers). 

And trust me, I know: I was in a toxic and abusive friendship for almost ten years before I finally snapped out of it  and broke away. I’m still dealing with the scars (and boy, do they run deep), but at least I know better now. 


Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear by AwwBooks

Magnetic bookmarks :3

Give them some love?! Those two haven’t been ordered by anyone yet and they have written such  great books. C’mon 

The lies of Locke Lamora/ Red Seas under Red Skies/ The Republic of Thieves/ Ink and Steel/ Karen memory

My favourite people on the Internet. (Handles converted to names where known.)
  • Ursula Vernon: Is there a compelling reason why we can't just burn down SFWA for the insurance money? Asking for a friend.
  • @Myxini: I was wondering the same thing about the state...
  • Lis Boriss: Not the whole world! That's where I keep my stuff! ;_;
  • Ursula Vernon: Oh, fine... Lis Boriss has reminded me that I, too, need a place to keep my stuff. #cantburntheworld #yet #untilIgetalockeronNeptune
  • Elizabeth Bear: Please remember that ten assholes do not constitute the body of SWFA members or its official policies.
  • Ursula Vernon: Technically I'd be one of that body, but I'm getting cranky and tired.
  • Elizabeth Bear: Yeah. Well. There are some people whose attitudes fossilized in 1954. But then there's Mary Robinette Kowal, for example.
  • Elizabeth Bear: I totally understand the tired and cranky, though.
  • Mary Robinette Kowal: Ahem... apropos of nothing, this link from 1984 might interest you. http://www.stormtiger.org/bob/humor/pournell/story.html
  • Ursula Vernon: @Mary Robinette Kowal ...I have mentioned that I am growing to like you enormously, haven't I?
  • Seanan McGuire: And then three of my favorite ladies bonded, and my life was better.
  • Ursula Vernon: Do we need a group hug, or will that immobilize our burning-things hands?
  • Seanan McGuire: Hug with your heart, burn with your hands.
  • Ursula Vernon: Well, that's a Saturday morning cartoon tagline if I ever heard one! Where's a producer?
  • Seanan McGuire: Oh man BEST CARTOON EVER. Like Strawberry Shortcake, but danger themed.
  • Seanan McGuire: UNDERWATER URSULA is here to take you down. / She doesn't want to hurt you, but she'll gladly help you drown. / MARIONETTE MARY has the whole world on a string. / Once she has your measure, then you'll do most anything. / ELIZABEAR is watching from her place deep in the wood. / It's all right to run away, but it won't do much good.
  • Seanan McGuire: And then I decided my friends were a horrifying new cartoon show and EVERYTHING WAS BETTER.
  • Ursula Vernon: Can my crawfish minions have little hearts on their butts? That's all I've ever wanted in life.
  • Seanan McGuire: Uh, ABSOLUTELY. And your octopus minions can have heart-shaped suckers.
  • Ursula Vernon: If the three of us assemble, do you summon you? You have a song, right? Possibly fire-related?
  • Seanan McGuire: Don't go in the cellar, darling, don't go in the corn; / SCARECROW SEANAN's there, and you won't live to mourn.
  • Mary Robinette Kowal: Words to live by, for certain.
  • Ursula Vernon: Scans a lot better than my version, which involved burning/stomach acid churning...
  • Seanan McGuire: Hee hee hee.
  • Elizabeth Bear: @Seanan McGuire You are my new hero. Wait, nothing new about it.
  • Seanan McGuire: Just think about the toy line!
  • Ursula Vernon: Kung-fu grip for everybody!

really getting in to short stories lately. I’m finding that I don’t have the time or attention span that full length novels call for so being able to sit down for a half hour and read a story and have that sense of completion is really nice. 

I need recommendations though. right now I’m about halfway through Elizabeth Bear’s collection of shorts titled Shoggoths in Bloom (stand-outs so far include “Tideline”, “Sounding”, “In the House of Aryaman, A Lonely Signal Burns” and “Orm the Beautiful”). I’ve also read a handful of Kij Johnson’s stories from her collection At the Mouth of the River of Bees (favorites are “Fox Magic” and “The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change”) and also so many of Caitlin Kiernan’s stories from everything that the other half has lent me (I’ve read so many and they are all so good). those three all have a subtle/sometimes not-so-subtle sci-fi/fantasy bent to them, which they use to explore/make commentary on the human condition (just taught my middle schoolers about this concept, wheee love it).

I’ve also liked all the Raymond Carver that I’ve read, but he’s kinda the master of the short story so obvs he’s on there. 

anyway, looking for recommendations always for new stuff.