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Silmarillion Elves vs LotR Elves

I actually really like how there’s such a difference between the view of elves we get in the Lord of the Rings and that which we see in the Silmarillion. Like it’s such a meme, but at the same time I think it says something really interesting about the elves themselves.

Basically, they changed. And for immortal, mostly changeless beings, that says a lot. And the way I read it, they realized their mistakes from the First Age and made an active attempt to do better.

When Galadriel is tempted by the Ring, I wonder if she’s thinking about the how the desire for power, vengeance, and the Silmarils screwed everyone over in the F.A. I wonder if she’s remembering that the ring was made by Sauron - who, if we remember, captured and killed her brother Finrod (and at least indirectly killed her other brothers as well. And I think it gives her comment, “I pass the test” a little more background when you think about it in terms of the Silmarillion.

Elrond yelling “No oaths!” at the Council (over Gimli’s somewhat understandable confusion) makes a lot of sense given the F.A. He saw, firsthand, that oaths get everyone killed and also destroy continents.

And I think it gives more context to the overall cautious nature of the Third Age elves. Frodo mentions an old saying, “go not to the elves for council, for they will say both no and yes,” which is not particularly flattering to them. But it makes a lot of sense if they’re still somewhat traumatized by the Nirnaeth, the Kinslayings, etc, that they would be hesitant to give definite answers or advice.

Look at how badly we messed up in the past, I wonder if they’re saying. Don’t take our word for this. We don’t really know what we’re doing either.

Basically I love the idea that the reason the elves seem so wise and peaceful and generally Good in LotR is because they actively tried to change the way they did things after learning from their prior mistakes. It’s a lot more nuanced than “Elves are just good because they’re elves and all elves are good because they’re magic and special and superior to everyone else.”

LGBTQ Books:

Straight Jacket by Matthew Todd

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Physical by Andrew McMillian

Simon vs The Homo Sapians Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sàenz

This Book is Gay by James Dawson

If You Could be Mine by Sara Farizan

I am J by Cris Beam

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

More Than This by Patrick Ness

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

We Awaken by Calista Lynne

anonymous asked:

How would Reiner be in a relationship if you haven't done it

  • Reiner is such a good boyfriend in every possible way. 
  • He has a really good memory when it comes to those he loves, and he will remember every little detail from his S/O’s favorite color to the shirt he was wearing on their first date. He knows all the little quirks and mannerisms of his S/O, and can read them like a book. He uses this knowledge to help make a bad day better, and give his S/O the attention/love that they need at any given moment. And it’s so wonderful. 
  • His love language is acts of service, and he will show love primarily through acts of service until he learns his S/O’s love language. He’ll do all sorts of little tasks for his S/O, from cleaning the house to running an errand they didn’t have time to get to. Sometimes it’ll be as simple as sending them a “good luck” or “good morning” text message. Other times it’s as elaborate as planning a surprise party. Whatever it is, Reiner’s big on showing love through action. 
  • He give the best hugs and is always down to cuddle, no matter the place or time. 
  • He is super personable with parents/siblings/extended family, and very easily charms his S/O’s relations without even trying. He’s a family man by nature, and is so good at reaching all age groups: he’ll joke around with the little cousins, have meaningful conversations with Grandma, compliment the parents on everything. He’s just good with families, and that’s really reassuring to any S/O. 

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nerdcat21  asked:

When I was first born, my mom would read the Mr men and little miss books to me before bed. Then when I was about 5-10, I'd constantly get maybe three books a week which were maybe about 130 pages each? From the library,(which is literally a 5-minute walk from my house) and read them all within two days. I'm slowly getting back into reading, since grade 6 I haven't read much, but now that I'm in grade 8 I'm finding more time to read and honestly it's just so therapeutic. I love your blog btw! :)

(Thank you!)

And yay! That’s what I hope reading is for people! It’s meant to make you feel good about yourself and/or make you think. It’s a leisure activity a lot of the time and deserves to feel like one!

Originally posted by dianimations

(All asks without a story are tagged Caffeine Answers. I’m not currently accepting any more book stories! We’ll have to have another day of them :) For now I’ve closed my ask until I can get through all these awesome stories!)

anonymous asked:

re: wlw book recs; what are your favourite fantasy/historical recs? :)

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters hands down, both historical and just like in general

as for fantasy it’s a pretty broad term but Ash by Malinda Lo is a Cinderella retelling and kind of fantasy and it’s cute, but if you want like “fantasy” fantasy then Mangoverse series by Shira Glassman (it has dragons) and for more sci-fi The Abyss Surrounds Us by @skrutskie (wlw pirates and sea monsters like?? yes) also if you’re into mermaids Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner is good. 

tbh most books I rec on @sapphicliterature are books I personally wanna read so I’d say those are worthy checking out too!


Character posters for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016 dir. Tim Burton)

takestheweatherpersonally  asked:

I would love history book recs! I haven't gotten to read/learn much about the Roman Empire yet so if you have any good ones about it I would love to hear them but otherwise just any history books

YES I love history books. 

For Imperial Rome:

  • The Annals of Imperial Rome by Tacitus because I’m a slut for ancient sources
  • The World of Ancient Times by Carl Roebuck is a textbook (I’m lucky I got it secondhand at a garage sale) but it’s a classic and for a good reason! It’s amazing! And has most of ancient history, ending with the Roman Empire.

For other history, here are some of my favourites:

  • Women Who Ruled: History’s 50 Most Remarkable Women is a really great book that covers some of my faves, as well as some I didn’t know
  • Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses is a really entertaining and interesting book. It talks about heaps of people and is just completely fascinating. Definitely recommend. 
  • The Oxford Illustrated Histories are amazing! I have the History of Medieval England and the History of Medieval Europe, which I got as gifts and I absolutely love them. On my list to read are Ancient Egypt, Prehistoric Europe, New Zealand and Science. 
  • Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh is really good, and about my all time historical fave and the LOVE OF MY LIFE
  • Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes is fantastic
  • Australia’s Second Chance is good if you want to know about Australia, lol (I wouldn’t normally read this but I got it as a prize when I was top of my class for Modern History in grade 12 and it’s actually really good)
  • The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization is what I got for topping Ancient History in grade 12, and is really really amazing, I love it

This is all I can think of at the moment, but if anyone else has any recs please reply with them!

in the ya section like
  • books with straight protags: shelves upon shelves. you want them to fall in love? you got it, even in books where it really isn't necessary. you want them to fight crime? sure! you want them to have magical powers? take your pick! no one could possibly read them all.
  • books with gay, male protags: a handful, nowhere NEAR as much as books with straight protags, with an annoying large amount of "Gay Suffering" books, but the number of books where the protag DOESN'T suffer is growing. you may find a couple you haven't read yet.
  • books with lesbian protags: harder to find than the above, but the number is slowly but surely growing. unfortunately, you've already read them all, and why are so many of them sad????
  • books with trans protags: there are maybe three in the whole ya section and 2 of them are sad. you've also read all three of them.
  • books with biseuxal protags: there is one. you own it and have read it 1000000 times. it's not even very good but it's the best option there is. you settle for headcanoning some (all) of the straight protags as bi. (the subtext is there... because you inserted it but you can still see it... if you squint...)
  • books with asexual protags: ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

A week or so ago I was asked if I could do a rec with books about Louis XIV. So here it is, since it’s a big subject, it’ll have a few categories.

  • Personal life

Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King, Antonia Fraser, (Thanks to quality-cafe for the suggestion <3)

 Louis XIV,  a Royal life, Olivier Bernier

A woman’s life in the court of the Sun King : letters of Liselotte von der Pfalz, 1652–1722, Elisabeth Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orléans, translated by Elborg Forster, Johns Hopkins (This one is a very good read if you want to know more about the king’s court, because it’s all seen from a direct witness, the palatine princess, she writes a lot about the king, her brother in law which she admired greatly.

The Memoirs of the Duke of Saint-Simon on the reign of Louis XIV, and the Regency, Translated by Bayle St. John. (Another Direct witness, which is pretty interesting also)

Louis XIV, Peter Robert Campbell

  • Political life

Louis XIV and Absolutism: A Brief Study with Documents , William Beik

  • France under his rule

The splendid century, life in the France of Louis XIV, W.H Lewis

The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide, and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV, Anne Somerset (Don’t know about this one tbh… )

The Great Nation: France from Louis XIV to Napoleon, Colin Jones

Louis XIV and Twenty Million Frenchmen, Pierre Goubert.

  • In French

Louis XIV, Jean-Christian Petitfils

Versailles, la Passion de Louis XIV, Jean-Christian Petitfils

Louis XIV et vingt-millions de français, Pierre Goubert

La mort de Louis XIV, Saint Simon

Les guerres de Louis XIV, John Lynn

Les Reines de France au temps des Bourbons, Simone Bertière

Le procès Fouquet, Simone Bertière

Cette Pute me fera mourir, Saint Simon, édited by François Raviez (highly recommanded if you want a good laugh at the king’s court)

  • Arts

The Triumph of Pleasure: Louis XIV and the Politics of Spectacle, Georgia Cowart.

The Story of Versailles, Francis Loring Payne

Time and Ways of Knowing Under Louis XIV: Moliere, Sevigne, Lafayette, Roland Racevskis

  • Music

And a bit of music to accompany your reading:

Rameau: Les Indes Gallantes, La Chapelle royale et Philippe Herrewhege

Jean Baptiste Lully: Le Roi Danse, Köln & Reinhard Goebel

Marc Antoine Charpentier , Musica Antiqua Köln

anonymous asked:

Hi! I was wondering if you had any recommendations for historical fictional? Maybe ones about ancient Rome/Greece since I haven't read any of those, I think. Thank you so much, love! x

Oh goodness yes!

Ancient Rome:

Ancient Greece:

You’ll find that if you read books set or written around Ancient Greece that a lot of them will also incorporate mythology, as the two are so tightly intwined in ancient Greek culture.

Ancient Egypt:

Because of reasons…

Other historical fiction (not set in the ancient world):

If you want more, or this isn’t quite what you were looking for, I’m sure elucipher or mythaelogy would know some historical fiction and they have great taste!

anonymous asked:

girl i know you haven't read the books but in them dani's own psychic visions refer to her as bride of fire and daughter of death and she later consciously refers to HERSELF as the mother of monsters but folks still out there saying she's a fully benevolent savior and her dragons will bring nothing but goodness to the world. like ffs why can't they let the woman be even slightly interesting and fight her inner demons rather than whitewashing her as a literal angel i'm so bored

I’ve heard that Dany’s cray cray is a lot less subtle in the books. I think that was done on purpose by the show runners because they knew Dany would be a gold mind for marketing. People hold on to their idea that Dany is this good hearted benevolent heroine that the realm needs for dear life for this very reason. They were sold a very lovely dream early on, one that’s very hard to let go later when her characterization starts to her fleshed out more. Dany was everything every shallow modern feminist and dudebro that likes tits and dragons could ever want early on. She was the perfect conduit for self Inserting and fantasizing, a more complex and darker Dany just doesn’t work for those kinda people even tho there are book and show receipts for days to back up a more unsavory characterization for current Dany. All you have to do is take one objective look at Dany and you would see the red flags. It’s literally all right there

itspurvis  asked:

Oh shit, you do book recommendations? I don't suppose you'd know anything reasonably accessible and not hopelessly out of date that focuses on Japan's prehistory? I've been chomping at the bit to learn more about that, and haven't had much luck.

Yes and no – I haven’t read every book out there - so I’m not always giving out personal recommendations. But, I can definitely help people find possible resources and means with which to find books that might interest them. 

So I have good news and bad news. 

The bad news is that from what I know, most prehistorical books on Japan are either academic monographs (and therefore expensive if you were thinking of buying it yourself), or in Japanese. While I don’t know if you’re fluent enough to navigate Japanese, much less Academic Japanese, I know I’m not. Part of this  is that it is incredibly difficult for foreigners to do archaeological research and fieldwork in Japan - so the majority of prehistoric Japanese research is by default going to be in Japanese.**

The good news is that there are two free resources while I think will interest you! 

The first is ORJACH - The Online Resource for Japanese Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. It’s designed for students and educators and has short introductory modules, put out by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture. 

The second is the completely free Japanese Journal of Archaeology, put out as the English Language journal of the Japanese Archaeological Association. It has the years 2013-2017 available free online. They also have a page on interesting archaeological sites.

**The JAA notes that: 

For a variety of reasons, there are very few opportunities for foreigners to participate in fieldwork in Japan. First of all, competence in the Japanese language is essential for anyone who would want to join a Japanese excavation team, because the English skills of most Japanese are limited to reading. Second, it is extremely difficult for foreigners to obtain visas that permit them to receive pay for fieldwork, so the only possibilities would be as volunteers. Third, prior field experience would be essential.

Partly because there are so few field opportunities available, the Association does not maintain information on which organizations plan fieldwork that might be open to foreigners. To the best of our knowledge there is no clearing house for such information in Japan.

anonymous asked:

i don't understand that you can like Theon and Jon simultaneously. Their story are really the opposite of each other. from what i read here, Theon fans like Theon because his story is so complex and not typical. and most people like Jon because it's a good guy hero story and dislike Theon because it's too problematic. P.s : I haven't read the boosk so i don't know how it goes in there.

… why tho?

  • you can like characters that have nothing to do with each other. I mean, my original three faves when I read just the first book were robb, jaime and sandor and like, we can argue that robb and jaime did have some similarities knowing jaime’s backstory and so on, but like… robb and sandor really have nothing in common and that didn’t stop me from liking them. I know people whose three favorite characters are jaime, cersei and brienne and like, jaime and brienne okay but cersei in the middle? and one of my favorite book characters is catelyn who has absolutely nothing in common with me and I find her not relatable a good 1/3 of the time but I think she’s a greatly written character with an a+++ story and psychology, I don’t need her story to be similar to idk brienne’s to enjoy it
  • theon fans like theon for a whole lot of reasons including what you said, or identifying with the fact that he’s *human* and you can relate to him even in his fuck-ups, or because he’s a very well written character and so on, sure but
  • not everyone who likes jon does it because he’s the good guy, and honestly he also has fairly problematic aspects in the book and he’s not cut-out Good Guy Tm, never mind that he also has fairly relatable aspects and while he’s obviously more of The Chosen Hero (well, he is but he deconstructs that trope in spades) he’s not a horrible stereotype of it and he doesn’t have zero conflict in his arc
  • also theon and jon have a lot in common starting with the fact that they both felt outsiders in the stark household somewhat and resent each other for reasons that for them make sense but that make them a lot more similar than they think and they have a lot of the same BUT CAN I BE A STARK OR NOT drama going on, never mind their relationship with robb which is in both cases a fundamental part of their arc, never mind the bunch of oedipycal problems/parental issues they share, like theon’s a lot grayer and imo better written because he’s very atypical and imo he’s the best character grrm objectively put on page from a literary standpoint, but jon’s also not bad in that sense and I can see why someone would enjoy the both of them
  • honest I like theon because he’s a great character and I love identity arcs and a whole lot of other reasons both literary and not and I like jon because admittedly we had more similar teenage angst than anyone’s teenage angst in the POVs, because I generally really like his story and his arc which is a good guy arc but not typical and honestly as someone whose gpoys in these books are brienne 70% and sam 30% I really do appreciate jon’s existence thanks (nvm that jon/sam is the first thing I ever shipped in these books so) and the fact that theon’s not a clear cut good guy doesn’t mean I can’t like both him and jon same as other people who will probably have their reasons to like both
  • also people don’t dislike theon just because of the problematic, people dislike theon because his actions directly hurt the heroes of the story and he doesn’t have tyrion’s plot/sympathy armor that puts him in the bad guys camp but at the same time makes sure the audience sympathizes with him and because he’s very human in his mistakes which is not a thing that a lot of people can understand since admittedly we all hold fictional characters that are supposed to be *good* to higher standards than the villains but nvm, anyway there’s a lot more to it than just good guy vs morally gray guy
  • but even with that, you can enjoy different characters at the same time. I mean, I have two basic types that aren’t completely separate from each other I guess, but it’s the same thing as if I said that if you watch the marvel movies and like thor you can’t like loki and viceversa while most people like both, and that is a lot more clear cut good guy hero vs fucked up possibly gray villain than jon and theon ever could be XD
EXO as Preschool Students

Suho: Tries to make you laugh at all costs, demands other kids to share toys with him, thinks he is actually the teacher, says “I want this” at everything he picks up, and only wants popcorn for snack. 

Jongdae: Constantly screaming, constantly. Puts paint on his face during activity time, wants to hold everyone’s hand, best friends with everyone in the classroom, but wants to be the dog when playing “house”

Chanyeol: Keep an eye on this child because he will run off if he sees any animal and will want it as his own, always loses a shoe somehow and refuses to tie them. You better have strawberries on stand by because if he doesn’t like snack he will cry.

Baekhyun: Runs like naruto, sings songs when doing activities, never brushes his hair so there is always one piece of hair sticking straight up. Wants to go outside and he wants to go right now.

Kyungsoo: Mumbles a lot, never takes his dinosaur backpack off when he enters the classroom, doesn’t raise his hand and just shouts the answer. Is just here for the books.

Jongin: Brings his action figure collection to show the other kids, doesn’t sit in his chair correctly, he always sits like a little ball, will ask you every question he can think of and won’t take “i don’t know” as an answer. Always telling stories.

Xiumin: Loves any food you put in front of him because he says it’s “made with love”. You legit bought these blueberries from the store but he thinks you harvested them from your farm or something. Can’t hold a pencil correctly and just wants to color with crayons.  Do you hear that giggling? yeah that’s him.

Yixing: Wants to touch your hair, uses his cute charms to get to be line leader, says “please” and honorifics at all times. Gives every kid in the classroom a hug when they leave and says “good morning!” when they walk in the door at the start of class.

Sehun: Acts like he hates it here but in reality he loves school, how is this kid so tall already he’s 4 years old?? loves wearing scarfs, he once showed up wearing 3 scarfs and would not take them off. Wants to help you get activities together, picks the books you will read to the class.

  • Person: I need a good book to read.
  • Me: You haven't read pure awesomeness until you've read the Falling Kingdoms Series. I have all the books so you can just borrow them, BUT IF I SEE A STAIN ON EVEN ONE OF THE PAGES...
  • Person: Haha don't worry, just promise me that you're not dragging me into another one of those epic fantasy's series that is not finished. I don't want to be waiting for years for all of the books to come out.
Garrett Inquisition Banters - Dorian
  • Dorian: The Champion of Kirkwall, is it? A pleasure to finally make your acquaintance
  • Garrett: I wouldn't have thought anyone who could have had a seat in the Magesterium would much care to know about the south
  • Dorian: You know of the Magesterium? Truly? Most in the South think ever mage in Tevinter is a Magister
  • Garrett: Don't take it as a compliment. My husband was a slave to one of your magisters
  • ---
  • Dorian: So you married a slave?
  • Garrett: /Former/ slave. He belongs to no one
  • Dorian: Ooh, touchy
  • ---
  • Dorian: Have I offended you?
  • Garrett: What makes you think I'm offended?
  • Dorian: Well in Varric's book he writes you as an understanding paragon of goodness, and yet whenever I'm within ten feet you start scowling
  • Garrett: I... didn't realise. I apologise
  • Dorian: Oh no need. In fact, it makes you one of the friendliest southerners I've met so far!
  • ---
  • Dorian: So-
  • Garrett: Not now
  • Dorian: I haven't even said anything
  • Garrett: I'm not up for talking at the moment. Please, just not now
  • Varric: Leave him alone, Sparkler. Everyone has their days
  • ---
  • Garrett: So you actually read Varric's books then?
  • Dorian: Not all of them. I tried reading that romance, Swords and Shields, per Cassandra's recommendation. I felt my IQ drop after the first sentence
  • Garrett: The Seeker recommended it? Varric will have a field day with that
  • Dorian: Well would you look at that? A smile! I feel blessed
  • Garrett: *sighs* And now you've ruined it
  • ---
  • Dorian: So... you're interested in men, are you?
  • Garrett: And married
  • Dorian: Well I noticed /that/. You and Fenris can barely keep your hands off of each other. I was just wondering...
  • Garrett: What?
  • Dorian: Never mind. Let's go back to you scowling at me whenever I walked into the room, that was much more comfortable
  • ---
  • (After Dorian's personal quest)
  • Garrett: The other day, when you brought up my preference for men, were you going to ask about my father when he found out?
  • Dorian: Ah, I've been had, have I?
  • Garrett: It would seem so. Do you still want to know?
  • Dorian: So long as it doesn't end with 'and then he decided to try a blood ritual to make me acceptable'
  • Garrett: Nothing like that. I was about seventeen when I realised, nineteen when I finally told him. It wasn't easy. I was terrified actually
  • Dorian: You were scared he wouldn't approve. I understand. What did he do, when you told him?
  • Garrett: He and my mother sat there and they listened. And when it was done, they just hugged me, told me they loved me, and that was it
  • Dorian: I see. You were lucky to have parents so ready to accept you as you were
  • Garrett: I was. And maybe you might be too, if your father's serious about making amends
  • Dorian: Maybe. I'd like to think he is
  • ---
  • Dorian: So your brother is a Grey Warden?
  • Garrett: He is. My fault, I'm afraid
  • Dorian: How so? I take it you didn't make him do it on a dare?
  • Garrett: I let him have his way. I let him go on that damned Deep Roads Expedition because he'd have thrown a fit over it otherwise
  • Dorian: He caught the Blight, I take it?
  • Garrett: Yes. And if not for Anders knowing where to find Grey Wardens, he would have died
  • Dorian: That hardly makes it your fault. Sounds more like rotten luck to me
  • Garrett: If I'd just made him stay at home-
  • Dorian: He'd have thrown a fit and done something equally stupid to spite you, I'm sure
  • Carver: I'm standing right here you know
  • Dorian: Oh I'm well aware
  • ---
  • Dorian: You know I always thought that Varric made that up
  • Garrett: *groans* Dare I even ask...
  • Dorian: You'd really never kissed anyone before Fenris? And he was your first time too? My, how romantic
  • Garrett: I am going to kill Varric...
  • Dorian: And here I thought we were past the 'you scowling at my mere presence' stage
  • ---
  • Garrett: So, you and Farier?
  • Dorian: Ah, you are curious? Well, I do love talking about me, so there's no harm in indulging you
  • Garrett: *chuckles* How on earth does he put up with you?
  • Farier: Well see, he does this thing with his tongue where he-
  • Dorian: Amatus!
  • Farier: *smugly* What? You use your tongue to talk, don't you?
  • Dorian: Oh, you little-!
  • Garrett: *laughs*
  • ---
  • Dorian: So... open to a friendly wager, Garrett?
  • Garrett: Hardly. The last time I wagered anything, it involved Isabela winning my clothes at cards and me running home with a bucket to cover my privates
  • Dorian: *laughs* Quite the image! Now that's a story I have to hear
  • Varric: I'll tell you all about it back at camp, Sparkler
  • Marian: You can see it first hand if you get him drunk enough
  • Dorian: And now I have my next endeavour all planned out
  • Garrett: Maker, no. Just no
  • ---
  • Garrett: So, out of curiosity, what did you want to wager on?
  • Dorian: Interested are we?
  • Garrett: Hardly, just curious as to what you were going to propose
  • Dorian: Well it's not fun if we don't wager. Varric put in for ten royals already on the odds of three-to-one
  • Garrett: In favour of what?
  • Dorian: I'm only telling those who are betting
  • ---
  • Garrett: Fine, just tell me what we're betting on
  • Dorian: Aha! Knew your curiosity would win out. We're betting on our dear Inquisitor's chances for success
  • Garrett: You're... betting on whether or not she'll die? That's rather morbid
  • Dorian: Not dying per say, though I suppose that will be the outcome if Corypheus isn't stopped. So, your wager?
  • Garrett: Not my trousers, that's for damn sure
  • Dorian: *laughs* Blast, and to think I could have owned the trousers of the Champion of Kirkwall!
  • Sera: I could pants him for you!
  • Garrett: Don't even think about it
  • Sera: *cackles* Too late!
  • Garrett: She's joking... Right?
  • Dorian: My dear Garrett, I'd watch myself from now on if I were you
  • ---
  • Dorian: So I sated your curiosity on our bet, now sate mine. Why /were/ you always scowling at me?
  • Garrett: I didn't even realise I was doing it before you pointed it out
  • Dorian: Nonsense, there must have been a reason. I /did/ hear you duelled Danarius and had a part in his death
  • Garrett: True. And I still have the scars to prove it
  • Dorian: So is it because I was nearly a magister? I take it that it's not because I'm from Tevinter, considering your choice in marital partner
  • Garrett: I... I don't know
  • Dorian: Ah, perhaps you feared I would harm Fenris in some way? I imagine he paints quite a picture of the Imperium
  • Garrett: Just... stop. I don't want to talk about this anymore
  • Dorian: Very well. Shall we talk about me instead? I do love that topic
  • ---
  • Dorian: Are they always that loud?
  • Garrett: Try sleeping next door to them. I think they do it on purpose
  • Dorian: Have you ever tried-?
  • Garrett: Yes, and it doesn't work. Trust me
  • Dorian: You must have gotten back at them somehow. I doubt Fenris would let it go
  • Garrett: *smugly* Well we did book them for the Bad Girl Special at the Blooming Rose once
  • Dorian: What-?
  • Marian: I still hate you for that
  • Garrett: I know. And it was worth it
  • ---
  • Dorian: You... really remember nothing?
  • Garrett: Not really. Only what I've been told since waking up
  • Dorian: Hm. When the Nightmare stole Lyris' memories, it only took her memories of the Conclave... Perhaps it was your extended contact with the demon that did it
  • Garrett: Do you think it will come back?
  • Dorian: I don't know. But if there is a chance, I am happy to help however I can
  • Garrett: Thank you Dorian
  • Dorian: Hmph, of course it took a memory wipe for you to say that to me
  • ---
  • Dorian: Lothering?
  • Garrett: Darkspawn
  • Dorian: Cheery. Kirkwall?
  • Garrett: Home
  • Dorian: Fenris?
  • Garrett: Husband
  • Dorian: Are you saying that because you know it, or because you feel it?
  • Garrett: ...both
  • Dorian: Hm... Ah. Dorian?
  • Garrett: *smugly* Scowling
  • Dorian: Aha, you /are/ starting to remember properly now, aren't you?
  • ---
  • Garrett: Thank you Dorian
  • Dorian: Well, I won't be one to refuse thanks but I usually like to know what I'm being thanked for
  • Garrett: For helping me remember. I was a bit of an arse to you in the beginning, wasn't I?
  • Dorian: Well you didn't spit when we met. It's more than I can say for the blacksmith
  • Garrett: *sighs* And there goes the moment...
  • ---
  • Garrett: So, Dorian...
  • Dorian: Ah, are we back to scowling now I am to be a true Magister? Don't worry, I won't hold it against you. I've even been practicing my maniacal laugh
  • Garrett: I just wanted to offer my sympathies for your father's death. I know how hard it is to lose a parent
  • Dorian: *sympathetically* Or two, in your case. I appreciate the sentiment, though I'd rather not speak at length about it
  • Garrett: Of course. Have you at least had your grapes peeled for you since being back in Tevinter?
  • Dorian: *laughs* No, but it is at the top of my list when I take my seat in the Magesterium. Along with trying to drag the Imperium back out of the muck, though that's a slightly more long term goal I'm afraid
  • Garrett: I'd heard a few rumours about that. You really think you can do it?
  • Dorian: Maybe, maybe not. But if I don't try, who will?
  • Garrett: True enough. If you ever need anything...
  • Dorian: Oh perish the thought. I believe you've been through enough, my friend. Only fate would be unkind enough to saddle you with yet more trouble after all of this

b/c I don’t wanna work and @what-if-im-a-mermaid provides all sorts of lovely distractions

Last song I listened to: Knee Deep by the Zac Brown Band

Last book I read: The last book I finished was Persuasion (UGH SO GOOD), and right now I’m in the middle of Watership Down because apparently this fall is the time to read all the books I never got around to

Last thing I ate: Tamari almonds.  Too many of them.  I should eat a real lunch but at this point I’m probably just going to eat dinner at 4:30

Where would you want to time travel to: Ummmm the day after my dissertation defense several years decades from now??  Or the jurrasic period.  I’m aware I’d get eaten instantly, but how cool would it be to see giant dinos running around

Fictional character I would hang out with for a day: If it’s honesty hour, probably the dragon from Elmer and the Dragon.  Seems like such a nice guy.

If I could be anywhere right now, where would I be: Hiking and not going crosseyed in front of spreadsheets (jk I’m clearly on tumblr)

Current fandom Obsession: Spones.  Full stop.  And my constant undercurrent of all things s/u that follows me throughout my day for years now.  Also Karl Urban, idk I just can’t get over that many despite many, many attempts to do so

anonymous asked:

ahh please help me! i've fallen headfirst into les mis fanfiction and i haven't even seen the movie and i only read the book once but the fic for this fandom is SO GOOD and theres SO MUCH and i really love your fics and was hoping you could direct me to some of your favorites/fandom staples? i noticed enjolras/grantaire seems to be the most popular pairing and i like them a lot but i am slowly disintegrating over courfeyrac/combeferre, i am a shivering heap on the floor, i do not know what to DO

Friend, I am sorry this took so long, I have been busy trying to save my academic career. 

Basically read everything theladyragnell, samyazaz, idiopath-fic-smile (especially In Defiance of Geometry if you have even the slightest interest in Combeferre/Enjolras/Grantaire, TRUST ME ON THIS)

For fandom classics, uh:

How the Future’s Done - Enjolras accidentally adopts a cat and falls in love with Grantaire.

Gnomon - Enjolras is a terrorist (of sorts) and Grantaire is his shadow/partner. 

Let Me Count The Ways - 10 Things I Hate About You AU.

the quiet truth - E/R fake boyfriends. 

NSFW - Enjolras is a pornstar.

Hacker AU - casual sex turns into feelings everywhere. I just reread this the other day and ugh ugh ugh so good still.

Here are some other fics I also enjoy a lot: 

dust off your highest hopes - Theatre AU where Enjolras is the artistic director of the ABC Theatre Collective and Grantaire is a theatre marketing genius who helps them to stage sell-out shows. 

secret agent man - undercover fake husbands oh god.

After the End - dystopian AU which I have been rec'ing left, right and centre these few days.

Good Intentions - 95K of A+++ HP AU.

The Five Year Plan - Enjolras loses his memory of the past five years and doesn’t remember that Grantaire is his boyfriend, among other things.

casual affair - Enjolras and Grantaire are strangers who have casual sex. A lot. With feelings, even. 

  • The B-52's: Favourite fruit?
  • Blondie: How sarcastic are you?
  • Kate Bush: What are the last three books you read, and how do you feel about them?
  • The Cars: Are you nostalgic for an era you haven't personally lived in?
  • Elvis Costello: Do you believe that people are really good at heart?
  • Culture Club: What's your birth path number?
  • The Cure: What animal do you feel best describes you?
  • Dead or Alive: How often do you wear makeup?
  • Depeche Mode: Favourite retro video game?
  • Devo: What's your favourite whipped thing?
  • Duran Duran: Name three people you find especially sexy.
  • Eurythmics: Do you usually write in print or cursive?
  • The Go-Go's: How well can you keep a secret?
  • The Human League: How spicy do you like your food?
  • Joe Jackson: Name six music styles you enjoy.
  • Gary Numan: How accurate is your horoscope?
  • Pet Shop Boys: What are you like drunk? (Or what do you think you'd be like?)
  • The Police: If you were a superhero, would your alter ego be a good guy or a bad guy?
  • Soft Cell: What's your favourite mythological tale?
  • The Smiths: Would you consider yourself a hipster?
  • Sparks: How cynical are you?
  • Talking Heads: Do you like to watch things burn?

anonymous asked:

Fyi this blog and 2 others have made me eventually read the Harry potter books. I haven't read a full book in over 5 years but in under a week I am almost finished the first book. I love it and can't wait to read the rest. I just wanted to let you know. Thank you.xx

YES! Good for you anon! I’m really glad that you’re enjoying them. It’s never too late to read Harry Potter.