literally my favorite thing in the whole book

The Artemis Fowl books advocate for the environment, deal with misogyny in the workplace and the need for feminism, and has some of the best character development arcs like ever over the span of eight books. Also, there’s magic and fairies with guns and time travel and a whole lot of sarcasm and really no downside to reading them

does anyone know of any good books (or movies) where some teacher with a somewhat unorthodox teaching style really inspires their students? sorry that’s probably a horrible explanation but some examples are Dead Poets Society and Mona Lisa Smile

4.5/5 Stars.

This is a book that I challenge all my white friends to read, no matter where you stand on the spectrum of confronting white privilege and systemic racism. Michael Eric Dyson delivers a powerful, engaging, personal, informational, inspiring sermon that’s essential at this moment in time when racial division is especially high.

I urge you to read with an open heart and mind, to set aside your discomfort and listen to Dyson’s plea for white Americans to reckon with the harsh truths of racism.

Dyson is an ordained minister, so what better way to present this than as a sermon. He divides it into multiple sections: in “Hymns of Praise,” he cleverly shares hymns in the form of rap lyrics; in “Scripture Reading,” he quotes Martin Luther King Jr.; in the main sermon, he addresses whiteness specifically (including white innocence, white fragility, and white privilege) and then segues into a section about what it’s like to be black in America. Following that is “Benediction,” one of my favorite parts: in it he offers practical suggestions for what white people can do to make things better.

The whole thing is incredibly current and topical, with commentary on Black Lives Matter, the recent election and Donald Trump’s rise to power.

For white people who seek to understand more about racism and white privilege in America (and really, that should be all of us), this is the book to read. It was literally written for us.

My thoughts on Beauty and the Beast

(In slapdash, type-whatever-comes-to-mind format)

  • The development of Belle and Adam’s romance in this version… Adam didn’t have to do a total personality 180 to catch Belle’s attention, he was still gruff and huffy, just with a sweet side.
    • Also: “The laughter usually ends when I enter the room.” “Me too”
    • That’s the saddest yet best thing to bond over wtf?????
    • I literally screamed when Adam gave Belle the library
  • Belle, in reference to a book: “I’m back from my latest adventure!” 
    • Same girl same

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fanfic boost

i feel like now that the story is finished i can maybe gather my thoughts about it and give this boost.

so like, back when i had just started this blog, i was looking for solangelo blogs to follow, and i stumbled upon this story that was maybe three or four chapters in. a college au. i read the chapters and forgot about it for a week, then cursed myself for not like, following the author at least.

(we all know that horrible moment in life when a good fic slips through our fingers, we forget the name and author and can’t find the work anywhere anymore. i was positively miserable.)

now, some of you know how i feel about au stories. as in how much i love and cherish them. so you can probably imagine my joy when, after a few more chapters, this wonderful story somehow found its way back to my dash.

yes. we’re talking about Warm Me Up by @i-write-shakespeare-not-disney.

as a fanfiction writer myself i know how hard it is to keep up with one story for too long and still keep it all together. there’s a reason why most of my stories are one-shots. this thing has 39 chapters. that’s 164,411 words. that’s a fucking book (that i will definitely purchase if it’s ever in sale, mind you).

i know i haven’t left a single comment on this, but i have (hopefully) reblogged all my favorite chapters. i think i was waiting for this moment this whole time.

i’ve laughed while reading this fic. i’ve cried. i’ve kicked a chair so hard that i literally had to see a doctor about that. (not my highest moment.) this story is such a beautifully written emotional roller coaster ride that i am ready to pay actual money to have it on my bookshelf. 

the characters are well written, and the plot is a page turner. but what i really applaud @i-write-shakespeare-not-disney on is the ability to really have a start, a story, and a logical ending, all in the story. that’s not an easy task. you, my friend, have done a huge job on this fic, and i will forever wonder how you did it.

tl;dr: go read Warm Me Up. you’ll thank me later.

More Entranced

The more I think about it, the less I think I like doing these overview posts; there’s always more I want to say. I’ll do this one quickly, but I really want to dig into the meat of each day. Let me start here, with the very quick version. Maybe the outline will help.

Saturday, as I said in a previous post, went better than Friday. @lily-ackerman and I spent some time in the morning talking; the communication was not IMMEDIATELY good but we kept at it until we got to a place where we both felt better. It was the sort of foundation that set up a much better day than the day before.

The first class of the morning was @enscenic ’s class on the power of No, a class that I almost didn’t take in favor of @mrs-prism ’s Expanding Hypnotic Pleasure. Mrs. Prism herself actually told me to take Power of No instead, as it would be more useful to a beginner like me. She couldn’t have been more right. Highly recommended for anyone in the community. The 11 o’ clock hour held no classes I desperately wanted to see, so I took the opportunity to return to the room for a brief rest (self care badge, whaaaat). At noon I attended a class called It’s a Snap! Induction Workshop (as taught by @hypno-sandwich and @theleeallure), which was marvelous. I’ve never seen anyone drop to half a dozen swinging pocketwatches before! I also had the chance to briefly demo for them; it was the first time I dropped to snaps alone!

Lunch was provided by the con at the hotel, and it was a great opportunity to see people and mingle. I ended up sitting by @darthkyra and @zanythoughts both of whom are utter delights. I also made my way back to the table where @digitalswitchgamine had tried to introduce me to a couple of new folks so I could meet them and finally talk a little with digitalswitchgamine (garsh, but she’s nice). Maestro presented an award to Mephki in honor of her achievements, and the ConCom made some very nice remarks on behalf of the convention as a whole.

I honestly don’t recall what held me back after lunch, I think it was just another recovery sesh in the room while Lily went for a swim. I know I skipped the 2:30 classes and went in for Subject-Directed Traces taught by Chewtoy. I experienced something pretty interesting in that class: it was the first time I was able to make a suggestion to myself in trance. More on that in another post.

4:30 brought the one and only information and planning session for our Hypnotic Nerf Battle! @pirate-king-of-trance helped us set it up and get some ideas flowing and we signed up for the uncon space on Sunday (ahhhh we did a thing!). That only took about 20 minutes but honestly I don’t remember what the hell I did after that! I probably just chilled out again until dinner. Dinner was a large group of us at Korean BBQ and the first chance I had to really interact with certain awesome folks. So much soju being shared! What a good time.

Saturday night was dominated by Hysterical Literature which was AWESOME and I could dedicate an entire post to. Big shouts to my favorite story writers and readers (I’m pretty sure I told most of you in person). There were some fun conversations, a raucous after-party, some really fun trancey things, and finally, bed way too late.

Sunday was a big highlight for me. The Unconscious Minds panel was mind-blowing (hah) in lots of ways; hearing people who have the ability to let their unconscious talk so clearly, who seem to even have developed a whole new personality that expresses itself that way! I’m not explaining this well. It was amazing and fascinating and the sort of thing that bears a lot of close examination because I literally can’t stop thinking about it.

In a moment of stupidity I accidentally double-booked time with @zanythoughts and @digitalswitchgamine just following that. Through some incredible cosmic luck, this led to (instead of two beautiful people ready to do me grievous bodily harm) one of my favorite sessions from the weekend, a beautifully deep dual induction from both of them. I hope to work up the gumption to talk about that in greater detail because it was a transcendent experience.

I spent a little while hanging with people and chilling out. Several of us went to an early lunch because we all wanted to be back in plenty of time before the post-lunch classes. Lunch was Portillo’s again. Damn, but I finally get why @unlockingwonderland misses that so much. I’m craving a Maxwell Street Polish as we speak. Lily didn’t join me for that one because she was in a scene at the time but I brought her back food that she scarfed down while we caught up before the all-important Hypno Nerf Battle.

Oh, the Hypno Nerf Battle! How to describe it? Ever play laser tag as an adult? Have you and your friends ever spontaneously busted out into a slow-mo finger gun fight? Imagine something like that, only people in the room had triggers ranging from simply dropping into trance when they got hit to giggling uncontrollably to my own hell (thanks to @justsomedudeandhisthoughts I would lose control of a limb if it got hit; body shots slowed me down and I’d drop after 3; head shots were an instant trance). There was a lot of silly fun thanks to MindControlFun and his penchant for showmanship in differentiating each round. Highlight: at one point @lily-ackerman was slowly fading into trance while on the ground but managed to hit me in the head anyway. I remember muttering “fuck” before sinking to my knees and trancing in that position. As always, her reaction was pure gold. That’s one that we’ll be repeating in the future.

I know I went to a Switchcraft class taught by @hypno-sandwich and @ellaenchanting that had some insightful and important commentary from the crowd and an epic, 10-minute-long switch fight that ended in a draw. I know that. I remember laughing hysterically as the two hosts spun each other around, wrestled across the room, and spoke in a rapid patter of hypnotic language trying to get the upper hand on one another. I’ll be damned if I remember the details. Dangers of a hypno con. Moving on.

We spent a little while hanging with people before coming up with dinner plans. As we didn’t have the foresight or planning to actually sign up for the con dinner, we ended up doing something smaller at a… confusing German restaurant. There was a polka band playing Pharrell and Ke$ha and a man who couldn’t take more than two light spanks before bowing out (wuss). But hey, they had currywurst and my dunkel came in a 1 liter mug, so good times all around.

Sunday night was… indescribable in a lot of ways. I got to witness a scene between two amazing people that was confusing and hot for me in a lot of ways. I got to be a robot that examined a quarter in way-too-much detail and get turned on as I did so. I did a little trivia show for some people but I could only answer questions wrongly. I was utterly convinced I’d tranced @enscenic using The Focus (more on that later), only to discover that when I tried to repeat the experiment for others that I would slip into a trance of my own. I believe my reaction to that was to call her a “complete pain in the ass.” A certain someone forgot who I was and had to wander from room to room asking all the masc-types if they were hers (I’m never letting her live that down). I had a couple of insanely hot scenes in the Hypno Lounge. Boot-licking, breath play, and a form of intelligence play that had me becoming more “primal,” not to mention some light and fun fractionation stuff. Oh, and a certain someone being auctioned off. That was funny.

Monday was all over the board. We had fun in the morning (Juris prudence!), said some bittersweet goodbyes. There was a limo ride around the city with WAY too much karaoke; and an evening spent with good friends doing some really fun stuff. Somewhere in there, a couple of us got pretty emotional… it had been a long weekend, full of lots of experiences. Con drop and exhaustion were starting to rear their ugly heads, I think, but I know I came out of that feeling closer than before. Tuesday morning was particularly hard, as we actually hit the road. There was a lot of time in the car to talk things through, and thank god for that.

I have one more post I’m going to write tonight. It’s the one I’m really not looking forward to. I’m going to tag some people before I go just so I don’t forget:

@lily-ackerman @enscenic @theleeallure @hypno-sandwich @darthkyra @hypnokittencalico @zanythoughts @digitalswitchgamine @pirate-king-of-trance @ellaenchanting @unlockingwonderland @carneggyblog @arihi @tennfan2 @theeye368 @sammynona @banana-pie-gaige @sebsteerpike @darquefool @fayvie @erogenousmind @somehowbreathtaking @sex-obsessed-lesbian @mr-prism @mrs-prism and many I’m sure I’m forgetting. This weekend was unbelievable. So much love and gratitude to all of you.

EvB Meet and Greet


  • URL: reymanova
  • (Nick)name: Sarah
  • Age: 19
  • Personality Type: ISTP, Ravenclaw/Wampus
  • What do you love most about FS?: The basis of their friendship?? Like okay 10+ years of PLEASE GET TOGETHER is painful but lbr we all love a shitload bit of mutual pining and the bond they have because of that is just hella
  • Favorite FS moment: lowkey the moment where they talk about Milton’s head I won’t lie
  • Favorite non-FS character: I lowkey love Hunter pls come back my son
  • Fun fact about yourself/something you’d like to share: I play real-life quidditch on a real-life quidditch team, as a beater. It’s become literally my whole life over the past 2 years 10/10 would recommend.
  • Recommend one thing (book, movie, show, etc.): Okay get this. Take an apple. Cut it into slices. Stick em on a pan (not like a pan pan. Like, a baking sheet.) Sprinkle a lil bit o’ sugar n cinnamon on em. Stick em in the oven at 110C/225F. Leave em for like an hour. Take em out. Then eat them, and cry about how delicious they are, AND NOT EVEN SO BAD FOR YOU. I’ve recently discovered the joy of this and I want you all to do the same

thelasttime  asked:

favorite jonerys moment?

you should learn to never ask me questions about jonerys because this is long but you asked for it so here we go

so lets just start this off with me saying that I am absolutely terrible at explaining things so I’ve linked some gifs and some videos to help my point, credit to the makers of those gifs and videos :)

okay so let’s think about GoT / A Song of Ice and Fire as a whole okay. Remember that the real book series that Game of Thrones is based off of, is literally called A Song of Ice and Fire.

it’s no coincidence that these two main characters who have been through hell, are ice and fire, its no coincidence that Daenerys’ name pronounced backwards (syrenaed) is serenade which means, “a piece of music sung or played in the open air,“

like, literally a song (serenade) of ice (jon) and fire (dany)

alright alright anyways.

every. single. moment. is my favorite jonerys moment. you could classify every scene theyve shared without eachother as a jonerys moment because they literally mirror eachother.

first, we have Jon, the light of my life, a bastard of Winterfell, sent to the wall to live out his days as a member of the nights watch. Jon was gone away and not even a true member of the nights watch, a joke, bullied and humiliated by his fellow “brothers,” Dany was sold off to a man who didn’t even speak her language, by her brother so he could get his army. Both of them are lowlys at this point in the series, no one batted an eye at either one of them. If you look at Jon and Dany’s plots and storylines not just as a whole, but separately, you’ll understand how they are literally mirrors of one another.

I’ll refer to you to some parallels between them over the series.

(one of my gif fav parallels)

some vids (watch)

(my literally favorite fan made video about them)

that second video link is literally the best best best best best jonerys video I’ve seen in a while. It shows all there parallels, everything that makes them who they are, it’s just beautiful. If you have 6 minutes please watch it. It will do you much better watching that video than listening to me ramble about how much I love the,

George R. R. Martin (the writer/creator of this series) has said things that make it clear that the meeting and the convergence of Jon and Daenerys were the point of the series.

the point of the series

let that sink in.

they are ice and fire.. and they are the dragon and the wolf

some people compare the past dragon and wolf (rhaegar and lyanna) to current dragon and wolf (daenerys and jon) and say that rhaegar and lyanna’s love tore the country apart, killed millions, destroyed families and that jon and danys love will bring people together (already has) save millions (both of them already have seperately, Jon saved many wildling/ freefolk lives and dany has saved many slaves lives) and that their love will make the world a better place (it will bec them fighting the night king together will save the world)

needless to say, my otp is the best otp.

thankyou for your time.

  • Jace: You never let me off the hook for a single minute, do you? Never mind. It's one of the things I love about you. Anyway, that other thing we did in Paris- That's probably off the table for a while. Unless you want that whole baby-I'm-on-fire-when-we-kiss-thing to become freakishly literal.
  • Clary: No kissing?
  • Jace: Well, kissing, probably. But as for the rest of it...
  • Clary: It's okay with me if its okay with you.
  • Jace: Of course it's not okay with me. I'm a teenage boy. As far as I'm concerned, this is the worst thing that's happened since I found out how Magnus was banned from Peru.

Day #9 of #aBookishHoliday - Book and Candy!

Gonna admit this: I’m a sucker for sugar. And anything chocolate. Or mint. I do love my M&M’s too. So I bought these Mint M&M’s a few days ago specifically for this picture, and the bag is already over half of way gone 😂 I literally had to stop myself from eating the whole thing though hahah.

QOTD: What’s your favorite candy?

concentratedtea  asked:

what discworlds would you recommend to start out with? and the which ones after? Its so overwhelming!

my extremely unorthodox suggestion is to just do what i did– start right at the very beginning with the colour of magic and then read them in order. the reason this is an extremely unorthodox suggestion is that the colour of magic isn’t as good as most discworld books and also it’s just extremely un-discworldlike. in most of discworld, the satire is targeted mostly at the real world, using fantasy as a lens to say things about current day society, or history, or politics, or whatever. but in the early books (and especially in colour of magic) the satire is very squarely pointed at genre fantasy itself. there’s even an lengthy section of the book that’s a direct and specific parody of pern, which helped make starting on discworld feel like a punctuation to my middle school rambling between bad fantasy series. and i mean. it’s funny. i liked rincewind enough i started calling myself “rincewind” on the internet and, well, i’m still sort of doing that like 17(?) years later. but it’s not special in that way discworld is. also there’s like no girls in it.



one of my favorite things about, like, the whole experience of discworld was seeing it grow and change over time. the setting itself and its history and society and technology change continuously– novelties in one book (the semaphore clacks, the postal service, the printing press) become woven into the setting from that point forward. so many fantasy settings seem like static, stagnant places. but discworld felt like a living world. it was heightened, comic, literally on the back of a giant turtle, and it felt more real than dozens of dour medieval fantasy settings.

but also you get to see pratchett grow as a writer, from just a pretty funny fantasy satirist to– well, to the pratchett we know and love, who writes with so much humanity and thoughtfulness and compassion about his characters.

and by starting at the very, very beginning i got to kind of live out that journey.

but um probably somebody with better advice should chime in here and suggest a discworld book that is actually good for humans to read

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller 


Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.


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let me explain, this moment is so powerful because, even if Damen cannot do anything at all during this part, he still is intimidating in my opinion, when he talks back to the regent and when the voice is speaking, i literally feel Damen’s rage???through his

  • I’m going to kill you
  • The moment you laid his hands on him, you were dead
  • I will be the last thing that you see. You will go to the ground with my blade on your flesh
  • and his laugh please: The King? Which King? (oh damen)

I’m not gonna lie, that part is my favorite in the whole book, and now all i’m thinking about is if they will make a mini-series adaption, all i can imagine is this SCENE RIGHT HERE

please talk to me about this moment i need your opinions

smileyface84  asked:

Sorry if you've been asked this about a billion times already, but what were your opinions on BoO in general? (favorite parts, least favorite parts, the characterization, etc?)

So this has been sitting in my inbox for nearly a month now, sorry it took so long for me to get around to it!

Overall? The whole book kind of fell flat for me. I mean, it wasn’t bad, but it was just so much less epic than I was expecting. I mean this was the last book and honestly I didn’t feel overwhelmed by it.

The Good Stuff:

Reyna and Nico’s point of view chapters. The whole thing. Literally all of it. It was all wonderful. Every bit. Ironically, I wasn’t really looking forward to them (pre BOO me was a little salty that only one book would feature POVs for people not in the seven). I was so wrong though- their plot line was so interesting, well paced and fun to read. 

Also, Piper and Annabeth’s relationship are my favorite things. In the world. Some Jason character growth was really cool too- I liked seeing him finally move on from his mother.

The Not-So-Good Stuff:

Pretty much the entirety of the seven’s plot line, honestly. It felt like the same old stuff was happening. Like, there was no sense of urgency that they were running out of time. Someone was predicted to die but nobody actually seemed worried about it. Their chapters were far outweighed by Nico and Reyna’s, which is pretty crappy when you’re the A plot of the book.

The Why-Gods-Why Stuff:

The ending. Just… I admit, I am a bit biased. Leo has been my least favorite character for a very long time, so I was a bit salty that we ended on him. But even besides that, I’m really upset the RR didn’t have the guts to kill anyone off. You can’t say over and over again through a series that death is part of being a demigod, and that someone is going to die and then… nothing. The lack of repercussions really bored me. In the first series, we lost a lot of characters. We saw how hard it was to be a demigod. In this series RR couldn’t kill anyone but a mass of female warriors.

Also, I really hated how Leo just let his friends think he was dead. He has know Calypso for a total of two weeks, and still finds traveling the world with them more important? How hard would it have been for him to swing by the camp, or call them or something to let them know he was alive?

What was Percy’s choice that he couldn’t make? Forever salty that this had so much build up and then nothing happened. Forever salty.

I think my biggest, most frustrating issue with this book was the lack of resolution that all of the characters had. I liked what happened with Jason, and I think him traveling between the two camps is very fitting. But other than that… what happened to everyone else? Very unclear. We also didn’t get to say goodbye to a lot of characters (Grover, Chiron, Clarisse) that we loved.

This book reminded me of what Harry Potter could have been, if Harry’s last year he went to Hogwarts and it was mostly uneventful until the last ten chapters. It was a big let down, and I’m really sorry to have seen one of the most influential book series of my childhood go out with such a boring end.
Best Crime Fiction (and then some) of 2013

10. Gunshot in Another Room by Charles Kelly

I know, a nonfiction book might not be the best place to start a crime list, but this one deserves to be here. For me, the best nonfiction is the kind that reads like fiction, and Kelly accomplishes that in this book. I knew a few things about Dan J. Marlowe before reading this, but I know a lot of things now, and the man lead a life worthy of his fiction.

9. The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell

To be honest, I wasn’t crazy about a Woodrell novel with a historical twist. Needless to say, he proved me wrong. This is a different kind of Woodrell (it was really obvious because I’d read Tomato Red a few weeks before this one), but one I enjoyed as much as the one I’m accustomed to.

8. Low Down Death Right Easy by J. David Osborne

Osborne is doing his own thing and folks who haven’t checked out his work are missing out on a fresh and unique voice in crime fiction. LDDRE is grimy, weird, layered, and full of great passages. Crime fiction shines when dirty is done well, and that’s the case here.

7. Sociopaths in Love by Andersen Prunty

This is the crime book I loved that none of my fellow crime lovers read. Prunty’s work tends to be bizarro, but this narrative about two sociopaths learning (and failing horribly) to live together while one goes on a killing rampage reads like a sicker, weirder version of Natural Born Killers.

6. The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura

This was my introduction to Nakamura and immediately made me put him on my list of authors whose new work I always want to check out as soon as it comes out.

5. Country Hardball by Steve Weddle

Short. Brutal. Sharp. Dark. I could go on and on. Country Hardball sticks with you because Weddle’s writing feels real. My only complaint about this one is that it was over way too soon.

4. The Least of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones

Jones is comfortably nested in that violent spot where crime and horror meet and the work he produces bridges the gap between the two genres better than anyone else’s. The Least of My Scars is sharp and cerebral, but what makes it one of my favorite reads of the year is the combination of humor, gore, and psychosis.

3. Out of the Black by John Rector

This one brought together all of my favorite elements and delivered them at breakneck speed. Sure, there are guns, bad guys, violence, loan sharks, and the promises of easy money, but the narrative is ultimately about loss, and that makes the novel feel poignant above and beyond its plot.

2. Cold Quiet Country by Clayton Lindemuth

I picked this up and thought “Well, here’s another noir from some dude I don’t know.” A few pages later, I thought “Who the fuck is this guy? This is some of the best prose I’ve read in while.” By the time I turned the last page, I thought “Everyone needs to reads Clayton Lindemuth. I hope he has something else coming out soon!”

1. The Hard Bounce by Todd Robinson

Outstanding dialogue, great violence, tight plot, likeable characters: you want it, The Hard Bounce’s got it. It’s also unbelievably funny. I expected something good from Robinson, but this one blew me away. This was the novel I kept recommending in 2013 whenever someone asked me what they should read next. I’ll probably keep recommending it this year.

The Nerd of Noir

Low Down Death Right Easy by J. David Osborne

This spare, off-beat novel knocked the Nerd on his ass with its originality, intelligence and unwillingness to hold the reader’s hand.

Pale Horses by Nate Southard

An incredible grasp of tension and character kept me glued to this beast but its full-dark finale gave it a place on the year end list.

Fierce Bitches by Jedidiah Ayres

Peckerwood couldv’e also made the list but Bitches consistently surprised me with its invention, dark poetry and big-ass balls.

Donnybrook by Frank Bill

Had been hearing about this novel for no-shit *years.* Even with all the hype it still made the list. That takes some fucking talent right there.

Corrosion by Jon Bassoff

Bassoff has been putting out great shit for years as the New Pulp Press editor but Corrosion proved he’s as good a writer as he is tastemaker.

Sacrifices by Roger Smith

If you’re not hip to Smith’s pitch black, insanely bloody Capetown class/race warfare tragedies, Sacrifices is a fantastic place to start.

Inside Straight by Ray Banks

Banks takes the classic downward spiral noir story and gives it a great man-child/aspberger-y nerd spin that’s fresh as all hell.

Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell

A novel both incredibly sprawling and painfully intimate, The Maid’s Version is the shortest “epic” novel you’re likely to ever read.

Rake by Scott Phillips

Part psycho noir, part debauched Parisian travelogue, part brutal celebrity/Hollywood satire, Rake needs to make it to the screen toot-sweet.

The Baddest Ass by Anthony Neil Smith

The return of Billy Lafitte is something to be celebrated and this nasty ticking clock prison novel is one party the Nerd never wanted to end.

Brian Lindenmuth


Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs: The Untold Story of How Montreal Shaped the World of Wrestling

This was my favorite non-fiction book of the year. It probably doesn’t have a very wide appeal but I was fascinated by this slice of wrestling history.


Last of the Smoking Bartenders by CJ Howell

This is one of those books that doesn’t fit squarely into any one genre or category, and it is better off for it. This is a book about madness that puts the reader riding shotgun in a manic-depressive roadtrip. This is also a book with the rare actual character arc.

Mountain Home by Bracken MacLeod

Mountain Home starts off with a bang, literally as a sniper starts shooting up a remote mountain diner. From there we move from tense moment to scary moment until we’ve learned about why this whole thing started. The end result is one of my favorite books of the year.

Others of My Kind by James Sallis

Odd is a word that could be used to describe the latest Sallis offering. Brilliant is another one. Sallis has crafted a real gem here with each line being an integral part of the whole, nothing wasted. This may not be a book for everyone but it is a rewarding and haunting one.

The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell

Woodrell is a writer worth waiting for. This is another work where there isn’t a single wasted word and every word is essential. The Maid’s Version is also that rare work with a distinct voice.

Low Down Death Right Easy by J David Osborne

LDDRE is a lean, mean, noir machine. This is a sleek and nasty and minimal noir that isn’t for the faint of heart and the more rewarding for being so.

Peckerwood & Fierce Bitches by Jedidiah Ayres

Peckerwood had the rare distinction of making last years best of list even though it hadn’t been released yet. Peckerwood is a gritty story about family and crime in a small town. Even though it is a dark story I think that Peckerwood has the potential for a wider audience as there is never darkness for darkness sake, just darkness in service of story.

Fierce Bitches was one of my favorite reads this year. For the first part of the story I felt comfortable in what kind of story I was in and where it was going. Then Jed yanked the rug out from under me over and over again. It was a thrilling read because I had no idea where it was going. Then once it got there I wanted to start from the beginning and read it again. Jedidiah Ayres may just have one of the best imaginations in crime fiction and this wholly original novella helps that claim.

The Outcasts by Kathleen Kent

The Outcasts seemed to be marketed as historical fiction but it is really a western. This is a great story, with alternating and slowly converging story lines, fully developed characters, dark moments, and fantastical moments that would have entered into the western mythos had they really happened.

HNIC by Albert “Prodigy” Johnson

I’m a long time fan of street books and a lot of them feel like they could benefit from at least one more round of editing (especially copy editing), even fans of the genre have to admit that. HNIC does not have this problem. This is a fast paced revenge novella in parts of the city that most mainstream crime fiction doesn’t visit.

Grind Joint by Dana King

I had a couple of thoughts while reading Grind Joint which I’ll try to link together (probably poorly so be warned). The Friends of Eddie Coyle is highly regarded as one of the best crime novels ever (the movie is a classic too) but Higgins’s fiction has seemed to have fallen out of favor some. Writers now aren’t talking about his work in the same way that they talk about others. Also a certain kind of crime fiction seems to have fallen out of favor too; fiction with a bigger cast of characters on both side of the law, usually has some mob focus (think Higgins, think Dead City by Shane Stevens). In fact, a well known publisher has “Books about organized crime aren’t our thing.” in their submission guidelines. It seems like there are a couple of writers that are influenced by Higgins and have written or are writing these types of books. Grind Joint is one of them. Grind Joint has cops, small town mobsters, a PI, an old spook, and many others. We see all of these characters deal with a murder case, turf wars, political machinations, home invasions and so much more. King has said that he’s been influenced by The Wire (itself a visual fiction of the type talked about above), and it shows.

Night of the Furies by JM Taylor

I don’t know who JM Taylor is (I have a guess though!) but this one surprised me. It landed on my Kindle, I started reading it, and I just kept right on going because it grabbed me right away. One of the interesting things here is that you have a complete and total asshole of a protagonist in situations that should make him more likeable. That he retains his hate-ability is a brave choice that may shake some readers but remember, this is a noir. So when does get his eventual comeuppance (this is a noir so this isn’t a spoiler) it makes it so much sweeter.

The Hard Bounce by Todd Robinson

Big Daddy Thug’s novel has been floating around the industry for YEARS. The Hard Bounce is a hardboiled series in the vein of the Hap & Leonard books. There is a mystery to be solved but really you are reading for the interactions between the two life long friends, Junior and Boo.

Nothing Save the Bones Inside Her by Clayton Lindemuth

Lindemuth’s debut noir novel, Cold Quiet Country, seemed to come out of nowhere last year because he didn’t come up through the noir ranks of online zines like so many tend to do. It blew my hair back too. Nothing Save the Bones Inside Her is a stark, rural, brutal book with a distinct voice and a story that goes in unexpected places.

Flushboy by Stephen Graham Jones

The main Jones releases in 2013 (Flushboy, The Least of My Scars, Sterling City) are all of a type. They all feature fantastical and highly imaginative events filtered through a tight perspective and a limited setting. They are all also highly recommended. Flushboy is about a teenage boy who works in a drive through urinal. But really it’s about the relationship between a father and a son, a guy and his girl, life in a small town, and chasing your crazy ass dreams.

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, Year of the Storm by John Mantooth, American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett

These were my favorite fantastical books of the year. They all feature great characters, creepy moments, great writing, and mysteries at their heart that keep the pages turning.

Honorable Mentions: The Least of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones, Gravesend by William Boyle, The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes, My Pet Serial Killer by Michael Seidlinger.

Collections & Anthologies: American Death Songs, Fish Bites Cop, Booked, Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled 2, All Due Respect, Steel Heart, Kwik Krimes, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, Staring into the Abyss, Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives.

Favorite movie: Mud

Shout outs:

CV Hunt – I discovered the work of CV Hunt this year and have greatly enjoyed everything of hers that I’ve read so far. Highly imaginative, a certain daring, and a sense of not knowing just what in the hell to expect.

Broken River Books – Great new crime publisher to keep an eye on.

King of the Perverts by Steve Lowe

This was one of my favorite reads from the year but was published last year. After reading the synopsis I was unsure. It’s simple for a premise like this to go awry. So I downloaded a sample to my Kindle and found the tone lighter then I expected. It was also laced with a crude black humor resulting in laugh out moments. That was enough for me to take a chance on the rest of the book. And I’m glad I did.

Yes, this is a vulgar book and is not for everyone. But it’s also surprisingly warm and winds up as a love story. There is also a biting commentary on the cynicism of reality TV, not the least of which is because it isn’t hard to imagine a show like this in real life. One of the sex challenges is down right laugh out loud funny, you wouldn’t ever think you would laugh at something like this but clearly Lowe has a great comedic touch.

Feeling adventurous? Give this one a try.

Best Crime Fiction of 2013 courtesy of Brian Lindenmuth and Spinetingler Magazine

Z: Then he showed me Kid Rock’s last book and his book is about twice the size, hardback, black, simple writing, the whole thing just filled with sick pictures, and just like captions from each place. No bullshit. No, like, ‘my favorite color’s blue,’ ‘my favorite color’s red, ‘if I was invisible for the day I would touch people’s bums,’ none of that. And, then, literally just all sick pictures and it looks bad. And he’s basically putting the pitch for what I want for next year’s book if it looks cool.
L: Nice, aw sick. Sick. You hear it here first, then.
Z: Every time you look in it, you just think ‘fuck, I haven’t even seen that picture, that’s a bad photo.’ Full of sick shit instead of boring crap.
L: Yeah, I know. Same old shit that I’m sure the fans are bored of reading.
Z: They want to know what we’re up to now, man. We’re not into the pink books, man.
—  Zayn and Louis on the books x

magicmazzic  asked:

I actually have some personal experience with the surviving Doc Savage fandom - my Dad (who grew up reading Doc Savage) is a tremendous fan, and regularly cohorts with other people who enjoyed Doc Savage from a a young age. He's shown me numerous published works that are essentially licensed fan fictions that are still being written today. Including comic books!

If you ever meet a Doc Savage fan, treasure them. My all-time favorite artifact of Doc Savage fandom is this video below, made on a home movie camera in the 1960s, of several 8 year old boys who literally act out the entire plot of one of the better Doc mysteries, Fear Cay. Watch the whole thing, it’s delightful.

The Will Murray books published in the past few years are amazing, and one of the great things about the past few years is the fact they’re published. I pre-order every single one. This is a bold claim, but I don’t think the books have been better, since Murray can show us things that Street & Smith mandates meant they couldn’t show (like one scene where Doc and the crew react with anger and anxiety to the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor as it happens), and elements like recurring enemies, and so on. They feel dead-on, my favorite is the one where Doc finds a mummy in Asia with the inscription, “If I still lived, the world would tremble.”

If you can only read one, read his Doc Savage/King Kong crossover, Skull Island

Last book. And this book, it’s about TWICE the size, hardback, black, simple writing, the WHOLE thing just filled with sick pictures and just like captions from each place. No bullshit, no like, “My favorite color’s blue… My favorite color’s red… If I was invisible for the day I would touch people’s bums.” Um none of that and just literally just all sick pictures and it looks bad.
—  A stoned Zayn Malik talking about his ideal One Direction book (via britishflaggots)
the fucking video
  • L: All good for the chicken, Al?
  • Al?: Ohhhhh yeahhh
  • L: Yeah Buddy!
  • Al: Yeahh
  • L: Is that what we were talking about?
  • Z?: Oh. That's ahead (a head?)
  • everyone all at once: blahdkaeroiuasdkfj that's a head. thats a good head. good head...????????
  • Al?: well we got a full chicken
  • L: Niiiice
  • Z: Haha
  • ?: it's a ten? (tech?)
  • ?: Yeah but. we can take this to jamaica. so. we don't have anything in jamaica set up.
  • Al: yeah?
  • ?: yeah
  • ?: we got one hits?
  • ?: yeah, well we're gonna..
  • ?: alright
  • ?: are we allowed to (tag, tech, tan, take, tape, ?) contraband in this?
  • L: yes. of course. that's what it's about.
  • everyone all at once: blariohgidihsfpsoijenklsjdafsd soft point? i really listened to this bit literally 25 times. i got nothin.
  • L: so here we are. leaving peru. joint lit. happy days. whatcha think zayn? about that kind of content?
  • ?: we've got better....blarghity blargh
  • Z: i don't think it's very controversial
  • L: say again, ah?
  • Everyone: blarghity blargh
  • L: OH my god. that's the police. that's the po po.
  • Z: driver looks a bit like (sue, soup, stu, suit, suits, ?)
  • Driver?: Here we go guys
  • L: nice
  • ?: blarghity blargh
  • L: trying to blow into the camera
  • Z: *singing* baby look what you've done to me
  • L: smoke screen baby
  • Z: *singing* baby look what you've done...nah
  • L: that's just zayn warmin up there before the show.
  • Z: *singing* random notes
  • L: zayn takes his job very seriously. he made sure. he goes through a 2 hour intense warm up regime before every show. just to get himself in the zone.
  • Z: still singing random silly notes and noises
  • L: one very very important factor to zayn's warm up, of course, is mary jane. herself.
  • Z: singing a song i don't know
  • L: which i will present him now. this is fantastic singing.
  • Z: *singing* Mary J. Blige
  • L: how is it zayn?
  • Z: *making a (contented/approving) face while smoking
  • L: nice.
  • ?: ppl talking about navigation/directions ithink. i caught a 'next exit' i'm pretty sure.
  • L: thats the po po. One - Nil. (as motorcycle cop rides by their van)
  • L: get a bit of the culture in. (i took this sarcastically as they're literally watching the city go by through van windows whilst moving)
  • Z: coughs
  • L: hows that kind of culture? (pointing camera at the joint)
  • Z: great culture. its gonna be even better culture when we get to jamaica.
  • ?: just got an update
  • L: update?
  • ?: we've got chicken in chile
  • L: CHICKEN IN CHILE. bew bew bew bewbewbew bew bew bew bewbewbew
  • ?: chile chicken
  • ?: chile chicken baby
  • ?: *singing* yeah baby
  • L: that's the po po (hearing sirens) two - nil
  • Z: relighting the joint
  • ?: J - A - R - A - M - I - L - L - O
  • Z: (kind of rapping?) I know you like (dick, dat, dis, dicks) BEEPED OUT
  • L: ehhheheheheh
  • Z: OOOOH beeped out
  • L: OooOOooh (kind of like a creepy old man?)
  • ?: beeped out
  • L: (hey, harry, narry, ?) brah. im chillin (impersonating zayn?) oh my god bro. my heads wrecked. (swooping camera in a dizzy way)
  • Z: looks around in a kind of robotic way?
  • L: *laughs*
  • ?: why are you fucking smoking cigarettes motherfucker
  • L: *laughs*
  • ?: its supposed to be green only BEEPED OUT
  • L: ITS GREEN ONLY... Nick (some people hear NIG. i don't. )
  • tape is cut
  • L: i'm just wondering now...
  • Z: its beautiful damn peru
  • L: i'm sat here in peru wondering will this come back to me (pans camera to point at joint zayn is holding) who knows. maybe. maybe not.
  • L: (sees police motorcycle ride by) he's having a look he's thinking i'm SURE i can smell an illegal substance in there. and he's hit the nail on the head.
  • tape is cut
  • Z: then he showed me Kid Rock's last book
  • ?: 10 minutes away bro
  • Z: and his book its about twice the size. hard back. black. simple writing. the whole thing just filled with sick pictures. and there's a caption from like each place. no bullshit (beeped out)
  • L: yeah
  • Z: no like 'my favorite color's blue' (in a puppety voice?) 'my favorite (tea, team, pee, ?) is red' (again with the weird voice mocking the stupidity of the 'fun facts') 'if i was invisible for a day I would switch people's bones' ya know. none of that. and then just literally just all sick pictures and it looks bad (the good kind of bad) and he's basically putting the picture on the front of next year's book....
  • L: nice. oh sick. (interrupting zayn so i couldn't get the rest of his sentence about kid rock's book.) sick. you heard it here first then.
  • Z: you did (pointing finger guns at louis)
  • L: *gets joint passed from front of the van* Oh Stubbsy! (i couldn't make this shit up.)
  • tape is cut
  • Z: and every time you look in it you just think BEEP i've never even seen that picture and that's a that's a bad photo (again... i think he's using bad for good here) full of sick BEEP instead of boring crap.
  • L: yeah i know. same old BEEP. that i'm SURE the fans are bored of reading.
  • Z: they wanna know what we're up to NOW man. we're not into pink books man.
  • Z: Kid Rock's smokin a J in one of the pictures, right
  • L: yeah
  • Z: and he's got gold (cough, cough from someone up front) on his middle finger which is a bit weird, but, aside from that, he's stickin his middle finger up with a J in his mouth and that's one of the pictures in the book
  • L: sick.
  • L: *arriving wherever they're arriving* here we BEEEP go
  • Z: check the guy out with the chair *pointing outside the van*

anonymous asked:

i was just reading your post about the suns article so youre saying we shouldnt buy the book? cause its a stunt? and idk not really what Zayn has written?

I would never tell anybody what to do. But yeah, I think the book is a stunt. While some of the thoughts in the book may reflect Zayn’s own, I don’t think he wrote the book. And yes, people like Simon Cowell will profit from it and profit before Zayn himself because that’s how the contracts were written. 

Keep in mind what Zayn said during the weedgate tape:

Z: Then he showed me Kid Rock’s last book and his book is about twice the size, hardback, black, simple writing, the whole thing just filled with sick pictures, and just like captions from each place. No bullshit. No, like, ‘my favorite color’s blue,’ ‘my favorite color’s red, ‘if I was invisible for the day I would touch people’s bums,’ none of that. And, then, literally just all sick pictures and it looks bad and he’s basically putting a picture while ??? if it looks cool.
L: Nice, aw sick. Sick. You hear it here first, then.
Z: Every time you look in it, you just think ??? ‘that’s a bad photo.’ Full of sick shit instead of boring crap.
L: Yeah, I know. Same old shit that I’m sure the fans are bored of reading.
Z: They want to know what we’re up to now, man. We’re not into the pink books, man.

Not only is the book a stunt, imo it’s also petty revenge. Zayn wasn’t happy with 1D’s marketing specific to the books. I’m sure 1DHQ took offense.

This is not Zayn’s vision for himself. He already said his vision for a book was minimalist, like Kid Rock. He didn’t wanna vainly talk about himself. He wanted a photo heavy coffee table style book focused on visual aesthetics. But 1DHQ is making him name and claim this book while they still have that power. And I expect there will be things in there that further support the official narrative and make 1D’s road to living in their collective truth that much harder.