monster - kanye ft. jay z, rick ross, nicki minaj, bon iver. anyone who knows me knows how i feel about nicki. and don’t get me wrong, i love kanye’s music and this is a good showing for him too, but nicki is a goddamn revelation. this is her best verse to date and it absolutely fucking slays. fav line: let me get this straight wait i’m the rookie? but my features and my shows ten times your pay? 50k for a verse, no album out!
How long have you been sleeping with the Saiyan Prince?
That’s disgusting. And wrong. I don’t even get– why would– I’ve never had sex with anyone, anywhere. It’s none of your- you have- the nerve, the audacity. He is my enemy, technically. And he is terrible, face-wise. And how- how- do I know, frankly, that you’re not sleeping with him? Maybe you are. Maybe you’re trying to throw me off. Hmm? That's right, check and mate!
Fan Art for farashasilver‘s hobbit spectacular fanfiction King’s Ransom, where rather than offering the
Arkenstone, Bilbo (skeptically) arranges for Thranduil and Bard to hold
him to ransom against Erebor’s treasure.
What I Knew Going In: That there was a huge amount marketing around it that involves solving clues and winning real money. And that the formatting might drive me crazy. Spoiler! It did NOT.
What You Should Know: At the beginning of the book, large scale disasters signals the beginning of the Endgame, a competition that twelve teenagers and THOUSANDS OF THEIR ANCESTORS have been training for all their lives. They are the first to actually play. And they are SHOCKED but READY. These twelve Players must begin the fight for the survival of their lineages. The kids are trained assassins, hunters, survivors, puzzle solvers, bomb makers, hackers. They know languages and disguises and they are intense and they need to solve clues to find keys to win this epic game. Imagine everyone in the hunger games being a district one or two trained tribute EXCEPT that it’s not like Hunger Games. It’s bigger. It’s all over the world. There are no rules. The book is covered in clues itself.
Moment I Cried: There’s no time for tears. This is Endgame!
Level of Tears: internal horror at SO MANY HORRIBLE THINGS HAPPENING
Best Thing: the pace. Told in present tense with no indents, this book could hardly be put down. There’s so much happening so quickly.
The image I associate with the book: death. Gore. Actually, probably a Japanese girl with a wig bouncing her head to a song, unnoticeable and deadly.
The sentence I wish I would have written:
“Hilal ibn Isa al-Salt has beautiful hands. No matter how many walls he has scaled, how many knives he has thrown, how many machetes he has wielded, how many stones he has moved, how many bones he has broken, how many wires he has soldered, how many pages he has turned, how many push-ups, pull-ups, and handstands he has done, how many punches he has thrown, how many boards he has broken, how many guns he has cleaned, he has always taken care of them, his beautiful hands.”
Doesn’t that just tell you everything that you need to know about Hilal? And kind of this book? And the vibe it’s going for? Love. I love when a single sentence can really capture a book
What I’ll remember most: Fast paced murder. The suspense. The… adventure. The multiple cultures. I will remember a book that should have reminded me of Hunger Games but just didn’t. The vibe was so different. These kids had a lot of feelings about Endgame but none of the… I don’t know… terror Katniss felt? Empathy. They had no empathy.
Love level out of 1000: 8223. Really solid book. Loses points for being maybe a little too long, and the clues intrigued me but I couldn’t even BEGIN to solve them
What my 14 year old self would have learned from the book: START TRAINING. LOVE CANNOT SAVE YOU. And train for WEIRD THINGS
Main character’s mojo: There are twelve and they were surprisingly easy to distinguish. They are all bad ass. Some evil. Some not. All tortured. All trained. All maybe puppets? Watch out for Shari and Hilal. They’re my favorites. Lie. My favorite was Chiyoko. Obviously.
There are so many great fics and authors out there! I daresay this should be enough to keep you occupied for a long time though. If you find yourself thirsting for more, hit me up again and I can direct you to more fics and authors!
When Mack and I used to go the movies, he would always try to guess the ending of the movie. And he would always guess that the main character had been dead the whole time. Even when we saw Ratatouille.