DURHAM, N.H. – It was the threat of a common enemy – not any particularly deep love for one another – that united Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders last July at their first joint rally in Portsmouth after a long and bitter primary race.
But during their second joint event of the general election, staged at the University of New Hampshire here on a brusque fall day that brought back visceral memories of last year’s hard-fought race, Clinton turned to the Vermont Senator instead to help deliver the lesser known, positive case for her candidacy.
This time, the former rivals – more comfortable with each other than during their first go-round – barely mentioned Donald Trump. In front of a crowd of about 1,200 that lined up hours in advance, Clinton and Sanders sat as partners in a dry panel discussion to discuss debt-free college, part of Clinton’s new aim to combat her high negative numbers by giving “Americans something to vote for, not just against.”
“We have to focus on what we want to do,” Clinton said, revisiting the kind of policy rollout discussions that drove her primary fight before she entered the Trump-bashing phase of her campaign. “We’re going to put a moratorium so you don’t have to pay your student debt back for a couple of years while you try and get your business started. We’re also going to provide loan forgiveness for people who want to go into public service or national service.”
As Morgana Visser recently noted, “many marginalized people are rightfully horrified of Hillary Clinton,” and those accusing nonvoters and third-party voters of privileged indifference to the plight of others have the privilege themselves not to be so marginalized that four, or eight, or indefinitely many more years of incremental change to the status quo is intolerable to them.
Those of us voting for Stein seek to challenge this thinking, to fight for a world in which the most marginalized people are not consigned to deportation, lifetime imprisonment, poverty, or death at the hands of Democrats who are better than Republicans but not nearly good enough.
At anyone who thinks Hillary is “just as bad as Trump” please I am begging you to explain your thinking. What is so bad about her? What has she done or said that is so horrid and bigoted and disgusting to bring her down to Trump’s level in your eyes?
How do you think this? Please explain I cannot understand. How?
I have a lot of down time listening to the phone ring (and occasionally answering it) at work, so I thought I’d rec some books I’ve read recently (and maybe just some I’ve thought of.
Instead of reccing the same five damn books everyone does, I tried to mention some things that you might not see everywhere else. So you won’t see Fifty Shades here–nor will you find Harry Potter.
Also, I read a pretty wild array of books, so be prepared for some crazy genre switches along the way.
If you want more detail, holler. If you want to fangirl, holler.
His Fair Assassin series, Robin LaFevers. 15th century assassin nuns with a mystical air about it. What’s not to love? Also, right in time for Halloween because all of it revolves around three girls’ ways of serving Death (aka the Grim Reaper).
Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blare. Another one right in time for Halloween. Basically, it’s Supernatural, but Cas (see? Supernatural) is a ghost hunter exclusively. And Anna Korlov might be one of my favorite characters of all times. Definite horror fiction, which is outside my normal reading range, but also very good. There’s also a sequel that I have yet to read.
Nevermore, Kelly Creagh. Another Halloween one. The short description is that it’s based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe and treats each of his stories like parts of a dark, twisted universe.
Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton. The movie’s all about the dinosaurs-eating-people thing, but the book is all about the science. And that makes it a freakishly good read.
Shatter Me series, Tahereh Mafi. If you put X-Men in a dystopian novel, you’d get the Shatter Me series. The main character, Juliette, is basically Rogue.
Deception Point, Dan Brown. I know everyone immediately goes to The DaVinci Code when they hear Dan Brown’s name, but all of his books pale in comparison to Deception Point. It’s led by a character named Rachel Sexton, and it entails her journey to discover a major cover-up by NASA. There are definitely some twists and turns you don’t see coming.
Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer. This one’s gaining popularity. Basically they’re a series of reimagined fairytales, and they’re pretty amazing. The first book, Cinder, follows the story of Cinderella–but if Cinderella was a cyborg mechanic in Beijing. The other books revolve around Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White.
Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer. Not gonna lie, the biggest reason I’m the kind of writer I am today is because I picked up Artemis Fowl when I was ten years old. Artemis, the main character, is a genius, a millionaire, and a criminal mastermind. He’s twelve. He picks a fight with the fairies that live underground, and meets his match with LEPrecon (I cannot make this shit up) Captain Holly Short. (Who is my hero.) There are eight books (if memory serves), and all of them fantastic. My favorite will probably always be Eternity Code, but Time Paradox is a close second.
The Unidentified, Rae Mariz. Hands down the most underappreciated book on this list. I’ve never really heard it mentioned anywhere. I might even be the only person who even read it. But it’s a damn good book. It’s set in a society where school systems are run by corporations, and it’s a beautiful metaphor for the very “branded” society that we live in.
The Princess Bride, William Goldman. If you liked the movie, the book is about eleventy-billion times better. No one uses parentheses as beautifully as S. Morgenstern. The first chapter always puts me in a fit of giggles.
Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard. This book devours my soul. Seriously. It’s Cinderella-like–if Cinderella didn’t want to marry Prince Charming and felt trapped in her luxury. (Well, maybe it’s Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Just Ella, with a dash of supernatural and dystopian flair.) Mare Barrow is a Red with powers she shouldn’t have, forced to live in the slums and die in a war she cares nothing about. Because her blood is red. The Silvers, however, are blessed with powers beyond imagination and live in luxury. When Mare is discovered, she’s hidden among the Silvers so no one can learn what she is. As you can imagine, it goes downhill from there.
Heist Society series, Ally Carter. Ocean’s Eleven, but with teenagers and led by a girl named Kat. Cleverly written and always a lot of fun. I’ve read the first two, I think.
Girl of Fire and Thorns, Rae Carson. The main character is overweight and tasked with a great destiny she doesn’t feel she lives up to. But she’s a brilliant war tactician, married to a man in a foreign country in desperate need of those skills. Definite Hispanic vibe to the entire universe.
Ultraviolet, R.J. Anderson. Perhaps the best use of the unreliable narrator I’ve ever read. There are aliens, and the main character is diagnosed with several mental illnesses.
Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Maas. If Cinderella was an assassin, this would be the version of it. Basically Cinderella meets Assassin’s Creed meets The Hunger Games. It’s pretty epic. Wasn’t a fan of the sequel, but the first book was definitely worth the read.
Dorothy Must Die, Danielle Page. A variant of The Wizard of Oz, in which Dorothy is the villain, the Cowardly Lion is a bully, the Tin Woodsman is in love with Dorothy, and the Scarecrow is just effing creepy. Basically, if Tim Burton wrote The Wizard of Oz, this would be it.
H.I.V.E. series, Mark Walden. If Hogwarts had been run by Artemis Fowl, it would have been called H.I.V.E. In case you’re wondering, that stands for the Higher Institute of Villainous Education, and it’s a school that takes young children away from their families and teaches them how to be… well, bad. Otto Malpense leads the charge, and it’s irreverent in the same way that Artemis Fowl is, with just the right amount of British humor thrown in. I’ve only made it through the first four books because it’s hard as hell to find them in the US, but definitely entertaining.
Percy Jackson series, Rick Riordan. Like, duh. Greek mythology and a hero who has a mental disability. Sign me the hell up.
Fever series, Karen Marie Moning. It’s pretty traditional urban fantasy–the Fae, good versus evil, and the like–except with a believable strong, female character. And Jericho Barrons. I’ve only read the first three books, but I’m convinced he’s a vampire. Either way, he’s a very not-nice kind of guy. And I love him all the more for it.
Mercy, Julie Garwood. A detective novel revolving around a great cast of characters–and that takes place in New Orleans.
Romeo Spikes, Joanne Reay. Okay, I’m like halfway through this book, but it deserves a mention because holy. Shit. I was hooked from page one, I kid you not. There are a shit ton of characters, but all of them are written well and help pull the story together. Lots of badass women, especially the main characters, Detective Alexis Bianco and Lola. It’s sort of a detective thriller–but wrapped in a layer of supernatural fiction and urban fantasy. If The DaVinci Code, Mercy, and Darkfever had a love child, it would be this book. And not to mention that there’s an ethnically diverse cast of characters, as well as one openly bisexual character. And that’s halfway through.
Might add more as other things come to mind. My brain hurts, so that’s all I can think of right now.