can i just say that there’s a lot of irony in the whole “
your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should” speech from the first jurassic park movie
it’s a commentary on how there are a lot of things that don’t need to happen, yet they do
and then we get a sequel to the movie that was based on the second book that shouldn’t exist because there are characters in that book that died in the first one
and then there’s a third movie that was made just because
and thenwe got jurassic world like two years ago
don’t get me wrong. i fuckin love jurassic park. it’s my favorite movie franchise ever. i just find it funny that one of the most iconic quotes from the movie applies to the entire franchise (along with the “one big pile of shit” quote)
it’s almost like they patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox.
We had to turn on a space heater in my office and that made me think of “White Out’, so here’s some post-ice wall cuddling… TGIF!
There’s a low murmur coming from the kitchen, the quiet but
firm voice of Mary Margaret helping to soothe Elsa’s guilt over all that has occurred
and her fears of a sister possibly lost forever. Emma knows that this is where
she should be stepping up as Savior, but she’s cold and tired and honestly –
completely unwilling to pull back from the comfort of Killian’s arms. That damn
ice wall might still be up on the edge of town, but the one she’s been keeping
up between her and Killian is currently nowhere to be found.
He shuffles slightly and she feels a gentle tug as a few
strands of her hair get snagged by the short scruff of his beard. It’s in that
moment that she realizes just how tangled up they are and her fatigue-clouded
brain begins to try to make sense of how that could be. With her alone in the chair,
he must be poised on his knee on the hardwood floor and has been since they all
got back to the loft. There’s no way his knee isn’t killing him, but he hasn’t
complained and has only jostled her twice, both times moving his body even
closer. The thought of the obvious pain he must be in just to hold her has her leaning
her head further into his coat to hide the blush creeping over her cheeks.
She’s given him the opening to show her the depth of the
affection he feels for her without fear of her rebuff and the strength of it is
warming her faster than the pile of blankets draped over her lap. She should
let him get up; even if she knows in her heart he doesn’t want to leave her
side. What’s even clearer is how much she doesn’t want him to go. She almost
died tonight. He could die tomorrow. It’s just the course her life has been set
upon and there’s still a needling part of her that wants to push him away
before it’s too late. It’s selfish, indulgent, and potentially harmful to them
both, but she just wants him here, close, in this fragile bubble of warmth and
This is the seventh installment in a series of book recommendations, all of which will introduce you to kickass women from mythologies around the world, all of them written by women. All books listed had to pass the following criteria:
Be written by a woman
Have a woman as (one of) the protagonist(s)
Feature Russian or Slavic mythology
This recommendation list comes on the heels of the Asian mythology rec list, because I really wanted to include Russia (which falls under both Asian and Slavic mythology), but I wanted to keep the country as a whole in one post. @kostromas
(x) and @lamus-dworski (x) (x) were kind enough to take some time answering my questions.
While I mainly looked for books ft. Russian and Slavic mythologies (I used this Wiki file as a measure to determine the Slavic region), I also include a few books with other origins, such as Norway and various Eastern European countries, because I think - out of all the recommendation posts I have done and plan to do - this is the one they would fit best in.
Please note as well that there is a lot of overlap among most of these cultures, with different versions of a character appearing in many, so some of the below classifications may be rather arbitrary (I usually go with what’s 1) listed in the summary, then see if 2) the writer specifies a culture, or if 3) readers had helpful input).
UPDATE: It’s been brought to my attention that this post could do with some clarification and additions. To start with, I’d like to address the small number of books listed under Slavic. I don’t mean to say that only the countries listed are Slavic countries. The list is as limited as it is because I found it difficult to locate books that met all the above listed criteria, and an unconscious fifth - that they be written in English. If you take out any one of those criteria, a larger pool of books would open itself up, and I encourage you to consider that as an option.
While I understand that limiting these lists to books written in or translated into English is not ideal, I also don’t think I am the right person to judge which books written in Slavic languages should be included, as I am not Slavic and don’t speak or read Slavic languages. Readers should be aware though, that reading a book featuring Slavic mythologies or cultures, which are not written by someone who identifies as Slavic, may promote a stereotypical or otherwise harmful depiction of those cultures.
Moreover, those authors who do hail from the relevant region are more likely to be published if they don’t push the envelope too much to be acceptable for a generic Western audience. Therefore, additional reading of books on and / or featuring Slavic mythologies or cultures can aid in understanding the context of these tales. I have listed a couple of books in the honourable mentions with that in mind, and I have decided to add an asterisk (*) to all works written by an author who is confirmed as hailing from the region their work is set in. Typically, I’ve listed one or two books per author, but do check for their other writing.
Finally, I should add that I might have made a mistake in including Russia in this list. This was done because I wanted to keep the country in one post, rather than splitting it between the Asian list and this one. The Asian one was sufficiently long I didn’t want to add it there, but I might have been better off creating a completely separate list for it rather than including it here.
With the above reasons in mind, I have decided to move the Slavic section up, I have added a number of entries throughout, and expanded the resources list at the bottom.