other fairly stupid tales

ZUTARA FIC RECS

i love zutara & i hold a special place in my heart for my favourite zutara fics. i’m usually very picky when it comes to fanfiction - i love fics where the language flows beautifully and where the gaang is all in character. there are more, but here are just some of my favourites:


multi-chapter:

once around the sun || (my favourite)

Later, Katara can see how it all fell apart. Azula in her cell, growing roses; Zuko surrounded by enemies, slowly dying; their friends in the Earth Kingdom, safely escaping. And herself at the centre of it, saving lives and breaking promises. Set after finale, eventual Zutara.

tempest in a teacup || 

Fate puts Katara in the Fire Nation to grow up in the company of a Dragon, a prince, and a lot of good tea. AU Zutara…of a sort.

the black games || 

Once bound by ice, now bound by fire. 12 provinces. 24 tributes. 1 winner. Let the games begin.

begin the end ||

The moment the chains are secure around Azula’s wrists, Katara breaks out into a run. Her boots slap against the stones and each step echoes mockingly in the empty plaza: too late, too late. Panic squeezes her heart as she sees him lying crumpled on the ground, and she wishes for just that moment that she were an airbender so that she might get to him faster…

clothe me in seasons, dress me in snow ||

“It is not the memorial she deserves, nor the one she would want. But it can’t be helped. He owns no property in the other nations, and he needed to keep her close. Closer than she was in life, anyway.” Zuko’s reflections on a life lived and a life that could have been. Told in four arcs: melancholy, slow dancing, unrequited, and cobalt blue/vigil.


drabbles/one-shots:

sokka’s field guide series || 

Sokka schools Zuko on the ladies.

through the looking glass and unrequited || 

A collection of Zutara drabbles and story arcs.

and other fairly stupid tales || 

A collection of humorous and crack-tastic oneshots corresponding to the days of Zutara Month.

we hold our hearts in silence ||

Seventy years later, Korra tries to figure out Zuko and Katara. — zutara, canon compliant.

falling || 

The ceiling collapsed, and he sprinted to push her away. Suki was safe, but Katara just stood there. And then she was gone. He hadn’t been fast enough. An AU from the beginning of TSR through just after EIP. 

as time passes by || 

“The dawn of your new nation will come as quickly as the sun has set on your father’s empire.” Zuko’s first year as Fire Lord does not go as he expects.

tremors || 

She’s free to choose- if she goes back to the Poles, if she travels, if she stays in the Fire Nation just a little bit longer. She can choose to go back to the life she would have led if she’d never revived the Avatar, or she can choose to forge a new path. And she chooses him.

beyond lost ||

It’s the end, isn’t it? — Zutara. Pre-Season III.

as if death itself was undone ||

Z/K Finale AU “‘It’s not right to linger like this,’ says the Death Spirit. 'I don’t want to leave her,’ Zuko says. 'They never do.’” After being struck by Azula’s lighting, Zuko rejects death.

death by a thousand cuts ||

All these moments and memories are cracks, fractures that run and creep through Zuko’s mind. The finishing blow was having her smile to him on her wedding day. He broke then.

MORE disturbing kids’ books

@anira8884 I never read this book thankfully bc I just googled it and…this is horrifying???

also I’m making this into its own post bc THERE ARE SO MANY DISTURBING KIDS’ BOOKS, FRANKLY. feel free to share your own traumatic ones, but these are mine (some of which I was delighted by, not traumatized, but are still weird):

A Wrinkle in Time….firstly, weird fuckin book about creepy kids, creepy space centaurs, chummy tentacle monsters, and most horrifying of all, still terrifies me to this day is this giant brain (as in, literal disembodied pulsing brain) called IT which takes over people’s minds. WHY ARE THEY MAKING A MOVIE FOR THIS I DIDN’T NEED THAT. i’m not putting an image for this bc u don’t need it either

The Phantom Tollbooth. Specifically, the faceless man character called the Terrible Trivium who, SparkNotes now tells me, is a literal demon who forces ppl to do menial tasks for eternity, great. SLENDERMAN GOT NOTHING ON THIS DUDE.

On a lighter note, do y’all know those Bunnicula books? GOD I LOVED THOSE BOOKS. VAMPIRE BUNNY WHO SUCKS VEGGIES DRY, COMEDIC GOLD, 10/10 i owned the entire boxed set no regrets

The Chronicles of Narnia because SPOILER ALERT i think the biggest plot twist of my entire life is still the fact that they all dIED IN A TRAIN CRASH WTF CS LEWIS I GET YOUR HEAVEN ALLEGORY BUT I DONT LIKE IT. i also own this entire boxed set too and there’s some weird/disturbing stuff in all the books, pretty much. Especially the stuff with all the witches (the Green Witch literally enslaved a prince as her puppet for years), and the dying world of Charn or whatever, yikes, also like if you consider that the animals can talk and are as sentient as humans then the books get REALLY messed up.

The Graveyard Book. I love Neil Gaiman but the beginning of this book is literally a boy’s entire family gets brutally murdered and it messed me up bc i was way too young hahaha good book but like damn

The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales (actually rly good & funny books but the aRT STYLE, WHY, IT’S LIKE A RANSOM NOTE IN CHILDREN’S BOOK FORM, PLEASE SCROLL THROUGH THE IMAGES)

The Tale of Desperaux. Yeah that animated mouse movie except IT WAS DARKER AS A BOOK TRUST ME. the whole PREMISE is messed up - a runty mouse is outcast from his family and falls in love with a human princess, he talks to her and his own mice family BANISHES HIM TO THE DUNGEON where I’m pretty sure he wanders around in the dark, death imminent, until he finds a creepy blind jailor who bribes him and makes Desperaux tell him a story before he frees him (this jailor later STARVES TO DEATH), then this country girl is literally SOLD to a dude who beats her until she’s nearly deaf (I distinctly remember the books described her ears as cauliflowers) and she has delusions of being a princess and later cuts off Desperaux’s tail and kidnaps the human princess in the dungeon and GOOD BOOK BUT ALSO WHY. WHY.

come to think of it, kate dicamillo just liked to fuck us all up, she also wrote because of winn-dixie and a book called The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane which is basically about this china rabbit doll who gets dumped off a cruise ship and goes through a cycle of owners including a 4 yr old girl with tuberculosis who i’m pretty sure dies. 

anyway, LONG POST BUT IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONS, BY ALL MEANS, ADD EM

ceir0s  asked:

I've recently finished all of my bought books, and am in want of something more to read. What are some books that you would recommend, of any genre or topic?

Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth by Richard Fortey. An illuminating read and the only thing that has helped me to put the expansiveness of biological life into some sort of semi-digestible context. 

How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction by Robert Martin. Field Museum biological anthropologist talks about, really, how we do it, and why, answering questions about biological motivation for timelines on breastfeeding in comparison to our primate relatives, the chemical composition of human breast milk and why it’s good for you, why humans give birth at 9 months, how institutionalized things like maternity leave in the United States are counterproductive to the biological and emotional needs of women post-childbirth, etc. Mind blowing. 

Ivory, Horn and Blood: Behind the Elephant and Rhinoceros Poaching Crisis by Ronald Orenstein. A fantastic explanation of the current crisis plaguing rhinoceroses and elephants in Asia and Africa, their population numbers declining as the demand for their body parts rises, and what is being done about it. A sad read, but a very good one. 

The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s Fight to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird by Bruce Barcott. A history of and fantastic commentary about the conservation issues of Belize, as much as it is a story about Sharon Matola. Many developing countries struggle with similar issues of providing jobs to sustain large and growing populations while trying to balance the necessary conservation of these unique areas. 

Kingdom Under Glass: A Tale of Obsession, Danger, and One Man’s Quest to Preserve the World’s Greatest Animals by Jay Kirk. By far one of my favorite books: it chronicles Carl Akeley’s adventures in taxidermy written from his perspective, allowing for a unique commentary on his motivations for pursuing conservation and specimen preservation the way he did. It also includes crazy stories about his wife Delia and her love monkey, J. T. Junior. 

The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A. J. Jacobs. A really ridiculously hilarious read about A. J. Jacobs’ decision to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica and ultimately end up as the smartest person ever, just by default of knowing everything. Then he tests his new intelligence by doing things like trying out for “Who wants to be a millionaire?”, joining MENSA, etc. Also his family thinks he is crazy. 

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka. This is the best book I have ever read.