still cool in my book

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
  • Be fictional
  • 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.



Other regions (not Slavic or Russian)

Undefined / speculative

Historical fiction

Comics & graphic novels

Some collected tales


Honourable mentions

Other lists you can consult

If you have any suggestions for other Slavic and / or Russian women who deserve more attention (and a corresponding book), or which mythology should definitely be in this series, drop me a line!

Other kickass women in mythology: women in Greek mythology | women in Egyptian mythology & historywomen in Mesoamerican mythologies | women in Celtic mythologies | women in Native American mythologies | women in Asian mythologies | women in pirate lore & history

I’m reading The Lost Hero again and… Wow. There are so many things I had forgotten!

Well, this is how I see Piper in my mind now. Smol kiddo 100% ready for a fight.

She’s not the kind of girl I would befriend in school though. In Brazilian portuguese we have a word that kinda fits her: “Barraqueira”.

 At the beggining of the book she wants to fight every single girl who looks at her and especially every girl who looks at Jason, and this is really annoying. She basically wants to punch everybody to “show the world she’s strong". Of course I understand that, suffering from bullying all her life, it’s natural that she’s always in a defensive mood, but c’mon girl, just calm down. Pls.

 And to make it better, she kinda demonizes everything girly. I don’t blame her, the damn Riordan wrote her this way, but WOW it pisses me off. It starts with her judging Drew by her looks. “Too pretty, makeup, fashion style. Hum, must be evil.” And this judgement is then applied to almost every female character who does not follow the line “100% good”.

 And oh well, Aphrodite and her children. Do you guys remember the Hipnos Cabin? These guys sleep all the time, and do not seem to be good at battles. But still, whose fame is it to be useless in fights? Aphrodite’s children.

 “Ah but Hipnos’ children can make the enemy sleepy, blah blah blah”

 Aphrodite was born from Uranos. She’s probably as powerful as Zeus, or even more, because as we all know, even the gods can’t escape from love.

Love is a powerful thing. Love can be BRUTAL. So that story of Aphrodite’s children being always portrayed as supermodels who only care about their looks and boyfriends and can’t fight a bug is just RIDICULOUS

Sorry about it, is just something that really bothers me.

It’s not hard to guess who inspired this, hm?

anonymous asked:

Varian or Kallias?

I don’t know much about Kallias apart from his cute little love story with Viviane (which I love), but I really like Varian! And anyone who sees all of Amren and still pursues the hell out of her is a cool dude in my book. I like him a LOT.

anonymous asked:

I would request Pheacker (Phillip x Eacker) but you don't ship it and I feel awkward saying this sorry hhhh-

(I do ship this but I don’t necessarily ship it as much as any other Eaker ship but it’s still cool in my book hey let me force my AU down your throat for the millionth time ily)

Eaker whispered quietly in order to stay hidden. They were hidden in a closet at some dumb college party. He grabbed a bunch of glow sticks so he would be able to see Philip’s magic properly. Philip, whose hair was pulled up into a messy bun, huffed and blew some curls out of his face. “Can you show me? Just once? Please?” Eaker asked, frowning at how annoyed Philip looked.  Philip glared at him for a few seconds, made sure nobody was walking by, and summoned it up.

The glass of water he had brought with him was sitting on the ground, the water no longer in it. The water was floating through the air, a stream of liquid that levitated around them. Eaker giggled at the sight, poking a bit of it and watching it slowly float away from him like a leaf in a pond. Philip sighed at the sight of Eaker so happy. It wasn’t easy to find Eaker in a good mood, especially when he wasn’t drunk or high or just done having sex. So, seeing the guy drug dealer smile was pretty nice.

The water separated and formed into little bubbly hearts, floating around them. Philip’s face turned red and he swatted the water away, forming it into simple rain clouds above them. It sprinkled down and Eaker stuck out his tongue, tasting the rain. Philip watched him carefully. He sighed, muttered a simple fuck it, and pulled Eaker forward. He kissed him, tongue and all, and closed his eyes.

Eaker almost immediately kissed back and didn’t even care that the rain was coming down a bit harder now. Philip snapped his fingers and it swirled around them in spiraled patterns. Eaker pulled away and watched the water move, in love with how Philip used his powers.

“I love you,” Philip mumbled, dropping the water back into the red solo cup and grabbing it off the ground. Eaker smiled and whispered,

“I love you too, Pip. Now let’s ditch this dumb party and sneak into the pool I want you to make a fucking whirl pool and drown my ass. It’ll be so fucking romantic.”

anonymous asked:

I still think people are overreacting. I think the cursed stimboard is funny. Like??? Objectively anyone could find any one of those gifs to be bad. Youre still cool in my book.

yeah omg! taste is subjective and idk if you read the tags but like on the last question, the board isnt outright saying the gifs have no good context ever. alone? pretty bad. the cupcake gif in that board was in a mulder stimboard that i really like and it didn’t take away from it at all. AND the weird mango ice cream gif is part of one of my favorite gifsets, I just don’t really enjoy that particular gif. it’s all in the context that it’s being presented and if it adds to or detracts from the content. thanks for still liking me lmao!

dinascully  asked:


Dina! We have been mutuals on this hellsite for so long now, it’s like we’re practically family. You always have something smart or funny to say, and I love getting your perspective on a thing. And as I’ve told you before, I just really dig the way you write, the way you choose to arrange words and punctuation to say what you want to say. 

You’re gorgeous inside and out, you play guitar, you speak Russian (I mean, because you’re from Russia, but that’s still cool in my book), and you are outspoken about the things that matter to you. You’ve been in an abusive friendship and talk about that because you want others to know those things can happen, and that if it’s happening to them they’re not alone and they CAN move past it. You are such a hard worker. You LOVE the things you love (*cough*Gillovny*cough*Julianne Moore*cough*) so unapologetically. I’m so glad I clicked ‘follow’ on your blog all those years ago. :)

Originally posted by positivegrunge

Finals are upon us…

Good luck to anyone with finals!  Congratulations to anyone who graduated (or will graduate)!  Graduation was yesterday at my undergrad, and I definitely felt a wave of nostalgia as I saw pictures of my younger friends in graduation regalia pop up on my Facebook home page.

 And you’re all awesome, whether or not you have finals.  Whether or not you graduated this year, you’re still really cool in my book.

But yeah!  I have a final on May 24th, so until then, I’m going to be pretty inactive.  I finished the rest of the #matsubday2k17 edits and have those in the queue, so they’ll still appear in due time.  I unfortunately don’t have anything planned for the actual Matsuno birthday…but once my final is over, I might do something kind of fun!

Until then, peace out for the next four days :) (I still have a queue running though!)

Please don’t message me about Fates

;A; I really don’t want to repeat myself too much or sound whiny, but several people have sent me messages about Fates, including spoilers (minor ones, thankfully). But just a friendly FYI: I’m not in the US, I live in Europe, I don’t have Fates yet! I’m not going to import it or anything the like either.

You’re all still cool in my book, I’d just like to ask not to send me messages about it (unless it’s about a confirmed release date…) otherwise I will have to close my askbox which I prefer not to do, because I still like receiving messages. Thank you.

I don’t really know, I’m not sure if you guys would be interested in this, but I’ve been thinking about making an art book for some time now, y’know one with all the good stuff, and maybe even some “never-before-seen” sketches and artwork… I mean, it could be interesting, right? ^^