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anonymous asked:

I just bought/read "Little Better Than A Beast" and WOW it gut punched me harder than "Little More Than A Man" so I don't know how to recover from it. I want more, but I don't know much about other Marvel characters outside of the MCU yet. Do you have any Vision-related comic suggestions for a comic newbie (that won't rip out my heart)?

(okay so first of all oh my god I’m a person people come to with vision questions thanks so much this made my week)

secondly, I’m going to point you to @magistrate-of-mediocrity who knows and has read way more about vision than I could ever hope to

as for recommendations:

- the vision & the scarlet witch miniseries, obviously, because the closer you get to the modern era the worse vision’s life gets, as a general rule of thumb

- avengers ai has some good vizh stuff

- so does rage of ultron and ultron forever

- anad avengers has a lot of focus on vision, but he’s evil for the first half (although him making it up to ms marvel is super cute) and kind of emotionless after it, but the rest of the book is actually really good, and it features the only recent time I can remember when someone calls him ‘vizh’ so there’s that

- the current avengers (2016) run by waid is better, and he’s central to the first arc of that too, given it’s a spinoff of anad - this one has some nice moments with nadia pym (vision’s 16 year old aunt, because comics) and samcap, as well as hinting there’s a larger arc for vizh to do with the future and his brainwaves - I think honestly waid writing him is usually okay, like he makes him kind of emotionless but at least he’s not actively trying to destroy or dehumanise him like others

- yes that is the point we’ve gotten to like at least he’s alive and around in a mediocre book

- also I’d like to recommend uncanny avengers (2015) issues 11 & 12 for my favourite two-part story of recent times like it has great art and great vision/hank/ultron/jan stuff all around

- if you’d like more viv, champions is the only book she’s appearing in right now, with vision making occasional guest appearances as a soccer dad who uses expensive avengers equipment to drive his kid to paintball - there’s going to be a viv-centric issue with #9 and #8 is confirmed to have vision in it so look out for that

- lastly, there’s been a new vision solo rumoured (in that the writer accidentally told people about it and then had to backtrack - so basically confirmed) by chelsea cain of mockingbird fame

I hope this helps, anon!

Dramaworld has aired!! 😆

Holy shit. I’ve been laughing so much. I can relate to the show very much ☺️ I love the storyline it’s so creative and extremely funny. All the actors are great. There are more words for it but the show makes me so happy that I can’t find them. For all who can watch it, I highly recommend watching it.

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Title: If I stay
Author: Gayle Forman
First Published: 2009
Genre:  Young Adult | Romance

About the Book:

After a car accident that affects her entire family, Mia wakes up from a coma- without her body, that is. Instead she is left to watch the situation from a completely new point of view from outside of her body as she finds out what has happened to the rest of her family and has to watch her boyfriend Adam deal with the situation. She is aware of the fact that her body is still in mortal danger, and is faced with the ultimate choice: Should she stay- or go?

Notes:

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve read this book, and honestly I still love it. Even though the story is simple and almost cliché, Mia is easy to relate to and the story does not seem outlandish, despite its unusual setting. 

I picked this book for my next review because I’ve heard rumors about a movie coming out in August with Chloe Moretz as Mia, and if that happens I feel like there will be a lot of people talking about this book. There’s also a sequel called “Where she went”, but if you ask me, the first one is about a million times better.

Rating: 8/10
Age Recommendation: 15+
Educational Value: 2/5
Drinking, Smoking; Drugs:
  2/5

Obviously I will add a trigger warning for injury and death.

Liv xx

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Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Author: Mark Haddon
First Published: Mai 2003
Genre:  Young Adult, Mystery

About the Book:

Christopher Boone is a 15 years old boy living with his parents in an English small town. As the narrator and main character of the book, he tries to solve the mystery of the murder of Wellington, the dog of his neighbor, which proves to be very challenging in very unexpected ways, because Christopher has Asperger’s syndrome.

Notes:

It certainly isn’t easy, writing a book from someone’s point of view who suffers from that syndrome, especially since the book is actually written by Christopher in the story. I think that is the main reason why it’s so incredibly charming, because Haddon captured Christopher just perfectly, and when there are so many things happening in this story that actually have nothing to do with the murder, but Christopher writes down anyway, the reader doesn’t quite know the difference between an amused smile and teeth biting the bottom lip anymore. 

It’s a book that touches you when you read it, and there is so much detail to this character and how he views this world without it being a heavy read. You’ll love it, I promise you that.

Rating: 9/10
Age Recommendation: 14+
Educational Value: 5/5
Language:
 2/5

Liv xx

Title: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore
Author: Robin Sloan
First Published: 2012
Genre:  Fiction | Adventure (not-quite-fantasy)

About the Book:

It’s really more out of a need for money than anything else when Clay becomes a clerk at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore. He doesn’t even mind the night shift, or that he has to write a log book about the more or less weird characters that show up in the middle of the night and request books without ISBN-numbers that can all be found on the incredibly high shelves of this shop. 

“People believe in weirder things than this.”

Notes:

I finished this book about 10 minutes ago, and I love it. It’s a love letter to books, with an incredibly sarcastic narrator, a somehow very magical mood that is quite a few levels darker than Harry Potter and doesn’t involve actual magic, and at the same time a huge attribute to modern technology in general and, specifically, google (though I do suspect that the book clearly glorifies that company. Maybe they were sponsored?)

But seriously, I would marry this book. And I cried for absolutely no reason reading the last page, because those sentences are nothing but nostalgic magic.

Rating: 10/10
Age Recommendation: 14+
Educational Value: 3/5

Liv x

Title: Bittersweet
Author: Sarah Ockler
First Published: January 2012
Genre: Young Adult | Chick Literature 

About the Book:

Hudson bakes cupcakes. In fact, she bakes a lot of cupcakes at the bakery of her mother. She bakes cupcakes instead of skating, even though she used to be pretty amazing at that. 

Notes:

Bittersweet is really one of these books with a quite ordinary story, but an amazing writing style. It’s one of these books where you know where every character will end up at the end of the story arch, but you keep on reading because you will like this story, and you will relate to Hudson when she’s filled with this longing for something else when she hears the train rattling away (again) without her. You will (maybe) keep on reading for the very predictable love story of the book. And you will definitely stay for the cupcake recipes in the beginning of each chapter (I have tried almost all of them by now).

Rating: 7/10

Age Recommendation: 13+ 
Educational Value: 2/5

minor trigger warning for descriptions of claustrophobia

xx Liv