Hi here’s another list of things I’ve read that are really important to me, on the loose theme of ‘fantasy urbanism.’ I still haven’t read Dhalgren.
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. This is the most essential thing to read if you are even tangentially interested in anything about this list i think. Revelatory to me as a pulpy-literalistic fantasist.
Imaginary Cities by Darran Anderson. Inspired by the Calvino book, an enormous overview of planned or dreamed cities that were never built.
Kalpa Imperial by Angélica Gorodischer. Some of my favorite secondary-world fiction I have ever read. Short stories from the history of an empire at the ludicrous extreme of size, depth, history. The English edition was translated by Ursula K. Le Guin who is my favorite.
A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar. Beautiful book and deals with an invented setting and urban spaces with a more densely intellectual approach than I have ever seen.
Delirious New York by Rem Koolhaas. An architectural history and “retroactive manifesto” for Manhattan, but some of the most interesting bits are about Coney Island in particular. Huge futuristic conflicts underlie every modern city.
The City & the City by China Miéville. This isn’t a lot of people’s favorites of his because its fantastic elements aren’t the loudest, but it’s so smart and bewildering and develops an allegory for emergent social strata in urban spaces that is really compelling.
The Event Factory by Renee Gladman. Just finished this; it feels loose and dreamlike and engages very clearly with real feelings of exploring new spaces, radically repurposing urban environments…
Country of Ghosts by Margaret Killjoy. Not as totally concerned with cities as the rest of the list, but a really exciting and unusual example of worldbuilding from an intentionally political/utopian perspective.
Surregional Explorations by Max Cafard. The first few essays in this book deal with Surrealist and Situationist approaches to urban space and the unconscious of cities; it’s a weird jumbled book but I liked it
Perhaps the worst thing about being a reader is realizing you are one. Knowing that no matter how many series you devour, you’ll never be part of them. That no matter how many times you re-read a book you won’t ever know more than those counted pages.
And the very worst thing of it all is finishing a novel- even worse, a series- and then…nothing. You are left with the hangover and a bittersweet taste on your heart and maybe a tear or two rolling down your cheeks. One because it was beautiful, the other because it was so sad, and….and the rest because your life won’t ever be that interesting. Your ending will be terrible and just that. And you’ve just read something epic and fantastic and you want it. You want that story, those friends, that love. You want to be the protagonist, or even a nameless character, all to be part of something bigger than your own existence. All to escape this cruel reality we are to live. With nothing. With hollow people getting wasted and getting high and it’s all so empty so empty so empty
So empty and books are not. Stories are full of…of that something you don’t really know how to call. Transcendence, love, adventure, magic. It has something, it is something and you look around your dark room knowing your life won’t ever compare to that. There won’t be a love like that for you, or that kind of adventure and mystery and-and magic when you blow the candles on your birthday cake.
No matter what.
And that’s perhaps the worst part.
FUCK FINALLY I've been waiting for you to watch Wonder Woman, I L I V E for your reviews.
i watched the film in a subpar environment that consisted of an uncomfortable seat, people talking and using their BRIGHT AS FUCK PHONES JESSICA YOUR PHONE HAS A BRIGHTNESS OPTION, an unfortunate happestance of me sitting next to three tourists who obviously came out here to watch a film to “experience local culture” instead of being DC junkies like yours truly, and finally a broken popcorn machine that could be heard all the way inside the screening because fuck me, i guess
however, all that pales next to my spiritual awakening that happens to one after laying eyes upon diana prince. spoilers do follow
the new DC intro gave me an emotional boner of unknown dimensions. i created my own motherbox from my sheer love for the justice league. i distorted spacetime to such an extreme length, i’m now typing from the fifth dimension, hanging with
they made such an absolutely immense point to make sure the integrity, originality and overall appearance of the amazons was correct. the accents, the emotional strength, the doubts and the defiance in the face of family, the culture you can see from barely any scenes of straightforward interactions in such a way. the unapologetic stance towards who the amazons are and the fact we, the viewers, don’t get a say in shaping them
similarly, young diana,
no that’s it
i absolutely love how this version of the amazons know every language from man’s land. in many iterations (the most recent one too), diana doesn’t speak or understand english because her studies have been limited to all things concerning anything but man’s world. many times in the comics, the amazons themselves don’t have any knowledge of our language or culture, and those who do, have made sure to hide it. the fact diana speaks every language there is both makes the period of translation/learning quicker (a move that directly benefits the film’s pacing), and it showcases an amazon’s education in a concise but absolutely succesful way
they gave steve trevor a better and more canon characterization than he sometimes gets in the comics. from his goofiness around diana because hearteyes motherfucker, to his sense of duty both when it comes to knowing he can help and when he knows he can’t, to the way he explains just that to diana, how people can and can’t change, that things are never as simple as one bad guy controlling the war
i mean one bad guy was controlling the war but that’s not the point
fuck you, ares
i knew ludendorff wasn’t ares, if i wasn’t aware of the casting already, the fact they pointedly made him constantly appear superhumanly strong was a dead giveaway, so when david thewlis popped up like “sup the world’s lame i have daddy issues lmao”, it wasn’t a surprise… but my god no amount of cgi will ever make his speech and partial fight as nothing but a mortal man more powerful than it did before he went full transformer. the amount of power he exerted just by acting was phenomenal
what a wonderful twist for long-time fans who expected diana’s origins to go one way or another (clay baby or god baby, no inbetween), and getting one version just to have it turned around by the end of the movie. a clever move i wasn’t expecting
I MEAN SHE’S THE GODKILLER? NOT THE COOL AS FUCK SWORD??
this movie’s purpose was to explain why diana has abstained from helping us for so long. why she thinks humanity needs to fuck off for a bit, rethink our lives, maybe not try to start wars every other friday. and it did just that. this diana has rose-colored glasses, thinking everything fits in black and white boxes. ares is bad; humanity is good. ares influences humanity; humanity goes bad. only logical conclusion: humanity can be mended by ending ares. by the end of the film and with the help of steve, she learns things are nothing like that, and even by killing ares, the world isn’t ultimately mended
a++, 10/10 humor and accompanying characters that helped provide the circumstances without forcing it. the entire cast was astonishing
i sure am glad steve trevor is alive :-)
every little detail, from the colors, the way the lasso worked, the animations from diana’s mythology book in the beginning melding reality with art (both ancient greek/roman paintings and comics), to the music that made me want to punch someone from all the adrenaline… what an absolutely fantastic and, above all else, canonical movie. it gives us so many possibilities about diana’s future involvement with the rest of the olympian gods. can’t wait for the upcoming DCEU films
Can you recommend some good books for someone in a slump after finishing all the Outlander books? :)
You want me to recommend books? 😍😍😍
Now, for me, recommendations kind of depend on what kind of thing you’re looking for as well as what some of your other tastes include – i.e. the Outlander series is a good starting point, but I’d need to know more of what you like to give a truly effective recommendation.
But, there are plenty of books that I can recommend generally, so…
Lenny’s Book Recommendations Masterlist
Highest recommendations are in all caps. Sorting by genre/category but in no particular order. Also including links to my reviews for the ones I have reviews for. If anyone ever feels like talking books, please, please, please don’t hesitate to drop by my inbox/chat me up. If you have questions, recommendations, etc. I am always ready to talk books.
*These are by no means the only books I recommend. If you send me a list of your 5-10 favorite books/series, I can probably give you a more specific list of recommendations (this is an open invitation to do exactly this; I love tailoring recommendations).
Update: Newest additions are bolded
Young Adult Fiction
HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY by Suzanne Collins **cannot recommend highly enough** - dystopic young adult fiction at its best
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard - (I’m just starting Book 2) a bit of a cross between dystopic fiction and fantasy (so right in my genre sweet spot); Silvers rule over Reds but one Red girl threatens to upset that balance
Young Adult Historic Fiction
Mine Eyes Have Seen by Ann Rinaldi - John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry as experienced through one of his daughters
A Break with Charity by Ann Rinaldi - Salem witch trials through the eyes of a young woman who knows the accusers
Sisters of the Quantock Hills Quartet by Ruth Elwin Harris - four sisters (artistically inclined) deal with the trio of brothers they love as WW I impacts their lives
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES SERIES by L. M. Montgomery **not really historic fiction as it was contemporary, but SUCH an important book/series for young Lenny** - an eccentric and imaginative orphan girl is adopted by an elderly brother and sister on Prince Edward Island in the nineteenth century
Time Travelers Quartet by Caroline B. Cooney - a teen girl stumbles through time to the Victorian era where she meets a young man and gets caught up in his family’s troubles
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene - a young Jewish girl encounters a young German POW during WW II
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse - a young girl’s reminiscences of family tragedy during the Dust Bowl; presented in poems, free verse
THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY by Erik Larson - looking at serial killer H.H. Holmes and the development of the Chicago World’s Fair; both in action at the same time and in the same area
War is a Force that Gives us Meaning by Christ Hedges - a look at nationalistic wars in the 20th century and the patterns, similarities between them
Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss - humor, punctuation, and history
The Boleyn Trilogy by Laura Andersen - what if Anne Boleyn had given birth to Henry VIII’s son after having had Elizabeth? A novel centered on that son’s reign and the friends he and Elizabeth have in common
The Tudor Legacy Trilogy by Laura Andersen (a sequel trilogy to The Boleyn Trilogy) - what if Elizabeth I had had an heir? Elizabeth’s marriage to Philip II of Spain is falling apart but she has her daughter Anne Isabel as her heir
Science Fiction/Dystopic Fiction
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (LOVED the adaptation; definitely recommend checking it out along with the book) - looking at women’s lives when reproduction falls under state/government control
THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER/THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS by Octavia Butler - environmental disaster ensues and chaos reigns but Lauren finds and creates a functioning community amongst fleeing survivors sharing her new and developing religion with them
MADDADDAM TRILOGY by Margaret Atwood (I seriously need HBO to get their shit together and get moving on the adaptation of this trilogy) - the world has ended as we know it thanks to one possibly mad scientist but some of humanity survived along with the humanoid species that scientist engineered
THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST by Claire North - some people turn out to be capable of being reborn into their same life over and over; they can affect the world around them but largely agree altering things drastically should be avoided… but not everyone is willing to follow the rules
Lilith’s Brood (the Xenogenesis Trilogy) by Octavia Butler (not going to be to everyone’s taste, even for sci fi lovers, but I just LOVE Octavia Butler) -aliens save what’s survived of the human race but seek to adapt themselves so that they can continue a new race/species with the humans; those children face trials of their own as the generations continue to develop (really good series if you’re interested in gender identity/non-binary sexuality, etc.)
Fledgling by Octavia Butler - a young surviving alien whom humans mistake for a vampire must find her way after the rest of her family are destroyed but others of her kind consider her an abomination and want her destroyed too
The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett - science fiction lite; a virus wipes out nearly the whole of the human race leaving the survivors scattered across space (where population and government issues had forced many to colonize) fighting to find each other and decide what their collective future should be
THE KILLER ANGELS by Mike Sharra - the battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of some of the commanders on both sides
The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert - a little girl escapes one of the trains headed to the death camps in WW II Poland but after the war is transported out of Poland (which is falling under Communist Russia’s thumb) and adopted by a family in Africa
Poldark Series by Winston Graham - the lives and trials of a mine owning family in Cornwall in the late 18th century; social/class issues a central theme
Silence by Shusaku Endo - a 17th centuryJesuit goes to Japan to investigate apostasy of a priest there and witnesses the plight of the local Christians **I had no idea until now that Silence movie I’ve seen advertised briefly was an adaptation of this book**
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré - Cold War espionage in England; there’s a mole giving valuable information to the Soviets and he must be found before too much is compromised
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy - a novel about the concentration camps in WW II and two children who try and manage to escape
North and South Trilogy by John Jakes - two young men bond at West Point and their families become fast friends but as tensions rise and war breaks out, they’re on opposite sides of the Civil War
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - a young woman is accused of murdering her employer and coworker in the mid-19th century and is convicted but there are many who doubt her guilt (inspired by a true case)
ATONEMENT by Ian McEwan **my favorite Ian McEwan novel and a fantastic movie adaptation** - perspective and appearances matter as a young girl’s accusation changes the lives of her sister and the young man she loves with fall out that carries the family through WW II
THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver - a missionary brings his wife and four girls to the Belgian Congo in 1959 and it changes the family forever; the story is told in first person narration through each of the girls’ perspectives and is unparalleled
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (currently my favorite recent release recommendation) - Russian folktales are woven into a story where the traditions of the rural outskirts of society clash with the power and will of the Church
The Star-Touched Queen Series by Roshani Chokshi - the daughter of a raja is rumored to be cursed but there is one suitor who wants her and brings her to a realm she’s only heard of in stories; rooted in Indian mythology; Book 2, A Crown of Wishes follows the sister of the lead from Book 1 as she accompanies a young (and powerless) prince to the Otherworld to compete in the Tournament of Wishes
MOTHER NIGHT by Kurt Vonnegut - a politically indifferent playwright who ended up working for the Nazis writes his memoirs while on trial for the role he played in the regime
Room by Emma Donoghue - a young woman and her son escape the man who kidnapped the woman and kept her in isolation for years but then must adjust to the real world again; told from the young boy’s perspective
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison - a young, poor African-American girl grows up in Depression Era Ohio; explores race relations, societal concepts of beauty, etc. (Morrison’s first novel)
A Mercy by Toni Morrison - explores the origins of slavery inearly America (1692), namely through the women living and working on a farm in Virginia (a group including immigrants, natives, and Africans)
The Yard by Alex Grecian - in the wake of Jack the Ripper, the new homicide division of Scotland Yard is under scrutiny but there also appears to be someone out to kill their detectives; interesting look at the early methods of both the detectives and forensic science
Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling (the second is my favorite cause I read revenge tragedies in one of my grad classes) - Cormoran Strike is a private detective in desperate need of paying clients; when a young woman shows up from a temp agency determined to do more than just reception work about the same time an old friend appears looking for answers in his famous model sister’s death, things begin to change for Strike’s business prospects
The Shining by Stephen King - a family settle into an enormous hotel in the mountains to live as caretakers there for the winter but the hotel appears to have other plans for them and especially the gifted son
The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson (but watch out for book four; it was ghost written after Larsson’s death a few years ago and is not based on his notes for book four) - a disgraced reporter looks for a project to work on while his infamy blows over but gets dragged into a decades old case; a young hacker with her own issues with the Swedish government and social work system becomes involved too and an odd partnership is born; later the woman’s personal and family history begin to cause problems and garner the public’s attention for the wrong reasons
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie - a group of houseguests arrive at a large and secluded island home for a weekend away but their host doesn’t appear to be present and what’s more, none of them have met him or her; when people start dying, those remaining begin to suspect one another
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh - when a child is killed in a hit-and-run crash, the authorities investigating find themselves dealing with a confusing mess while a woman somehow connected to the case and who recently relocated tries to rebuild a life for herself
The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness (third book was my favorite) - a young woman who’s long denied her calling as a witch stumbles across an ancient and powerful text that just about everyone in the supernatural world (that she’s done her best to ignore) wants
THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern **going to do a reread of this sometime this year** - magicians battle with one another through proxies but those two proxies form an unexpected relationship
THE CHILD THIEF by Brom - a very dark and intriguing take on the Peter Pan story that borrows some Avalon mythology, the accompanying artwork is amazing, even in digital form
LORD OF THE RINGS by J. R. R. Tolkien (I’m not a fan of The Hobbit though) - the ring of power must be destroyed to prevent a dark lord from taking over MiddleEarth and an unassuming hobbit is entrusted with the task
The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter - a (wrongfully) disgraced student of magick meets up with a professor’s daughter who longs to learn and truths begin to emerge along with powers neither understand yet
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas - a young man’s life appears to be falling into place before he is falsely accused of conspiring to restore Napoleon and imprisoned for twenty years; when he escapes, he seeks revenge on those who locked him away
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell - when a young woman’s family circumstances force them to leave their home in the southern countryside and relocate to an industrial town in the north, she becomes acquainted with one of the mill owners and the poor conditions faced by the workers and their families; romantic, socio-economic, and philosophical tensions arise
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen - bad first impressions can still lead to deep love and understanding… eventually
PERSUASION by Jane Austen - when a woman’s former flame returns, she laments the advice that she’d followed years before in breaking off their engagement but is it too late or does he still have feelings for her too?
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT by Fyodor Dostoyevsky **possibly my favorite novel of all time but it’s definitely not for everyone** - a young man firmly believes that the ends justify the means, even when it comes to murder… until he tries it and finds himself wracked with guilt; can he be redeemed and if so, how?
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - a flirtation becomes an affair and a woman must decide how to handle her husband and her lover as her life changes against the backdrop of a drastically changing Russia
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton - a young woman learns the hard way just how difficult it is to keep running in the circles of high society when one has no money and must rely on the generosity of one’s friends, especially when rumors start to fly
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - a family is threatened by the changing tides in revolutionary Paris and they fight to escape to the safety of London
(**personally, my favorite Dickens novel is Our Mutual Friend but A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations aren’t as intimidating and are excellent for getting used to Dickens’ style**)
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck - a family is forced off their property by the banks and circumstances during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, so they head west where there are supposed to be plenty of jobs in California but will they survive the journey and will those jobs still be there when they and everyone else in their situation actually arrive
The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck - a town is invaded in WW II and order is imposed by the invaders but it proves not to be as gentle as the invaders would have the people believe and the townsfolk aren’t as compliant as they first appear
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - **you either love magical realism or you hate it; I LOVE it** - the story of the Buendía family and the town they founded, Macondo, where unusual things tend to happen
Virgin Series by Radhika Sanghani - a young woman wants to lose her virginity but her embarrassing experiences in the past and navigating societal expectations have her worried it will never happen **very funny and body/sex positive*
The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory - a novel about Catherine of Aragon and her marriages to two princes of England, Arthur and then his younger brother, Henry VIII
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory - the first in her Cousins War/War of the Roses series (I need to 1. watch the Starz adaptation of this book and 2. get around to reading the next books in this series)
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory - a novel about Anne Boleyn’s sister, Mary, who had an affair with Henry VIII first and then watched her sister’s rise and fall
1) How do you think the mercs wake up in the morning (or afternoon)? 2) Who snores the loudest?
(Oh nice, this is going to be fun! :D)
Scout: Usually one of the last to go to bed because he’s got too much energy left, but he’s one of the last to get up in the morning and then complains loudly about the ungodly early hour of the day.
Soldier: Gets up the earliest and wakes everyone with his trumpet. Then he demands roll-calls which the others refuse to attend. So he plays with his raccoons instead.
He is just always… there in the morning. Since he wears the mask 24/7 (at least as far as the others know) nobody really knows when Pyro actually sleeps and when he’s awake and just lost in his fantasy world.
Demo: He usually sleeps for a long time and has to deal with horrible hangovers afterwards. He also sometimes wakes up in places he has no recollection of and the others have to look for him. In the morning he actually prefers a cup of tea.
He’s pretty grumpy in the morning, but unless you’re really annoying he won’t break your spine immediately.
His snoring is earthshaking and can be heard through the thickest walls. The others banished him to last room in a long corridor because they couldn’t sleep otherwise.
Engie: He likes sleeping in or enjoying a book before getting ready for the day, but he also doesn’t complain when he needs to get up early. He’s usually the one who prepares breakfast and offers coffee to the not-so-morning-people when they finally show up in the kitchen.
Medic: An absolute early bird. But also a night owl. It seems like he only sleeps, like, 4 hours a night and is working on his experiments the rest of the time. In the morning he’s eager, full of energy and in fantastic mood. The others hate him for it.
Sniper: The incarnation of a grumpy bum. Needs at least four cups of coffee before he starts functioning in the morning. He can sleep whenever and where ever he wants, yet he’s still always dozy - unless he’s on the battlefield.
Spy: He wakes up fairly early and then disappears to the bathroom for an hour to take a shower and to get dressed. When he enters the dining room for breakfast he is always booted and spurred and shows no sign of tiredness anymore. He likes tea more than coffee.
I’m a recent convert actually - after maybe seven years of using blue pens, I realised that they were nice but they just weren’t cutting it (may I add that blue pens only look nice with other blue stationery and this led to considerable neglect of my pink highlighters, purple textas etc.) and so with much reluctance I brought myself over to the black-ink side. I try not to think about my brief (maybe not so brief) dabble in writing with blue pens because my notes are thriving now that I’ve switched to black! It was only a matter of time, everything else I own is black (or white or grey - neutral colours are fantastic for matching!). If you don’t believe me, when I first started my tombow collection (something I am adding to gradually, as I am sadly not rich enough to buy every shade in one go), I bought all the grayscale tombows first and have only just started collecting the different colours. This picture marks the rare appearance of my purple tombow, although it’s worth noting that basically the rest of the page is written in black ink. Old habits die hard, I guess.
Okay book recs. Oh my god I have so many. I have a question after this that say’s POC book recs, so I’m going to keep this post to book recs that arent poc to keep these separated just for the sake of the anon’s that asked.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown (Trilogy with a new book - a ‘spin off series’ coming out next year) - I will fucking promote this book series until I die. This is hands down, one of the best books I have EVER read. Honestly, for me it sort of beats out Harry Potter (Which if you know me, I’m obsessed with. I mean, I had a Harry Potter Sweet 16. [I’m from Long Island. Everyone there has a Sweet 16]) Not only is Red Rising extremely diverse and beautifully written, but the storyline is incredible and the characters literally jump off the page. I dont think I’ve ever read a more human character than Darrow. Honestly PICK UP THIS BOOK. IT NEEDS MORE FUCKING ATTENTION.
^^^^bolded it so people know that this is the best book ever and needs the read.
Abarat by Clive Barker (Four books so far) - Now, this may not be everyones cup of tea. Maybe because I’m a painter, I appreciate him more. But his books are wonderfully illustrated with his paintings that follow along with the beautiful storyline. I recommend this book to the fucking stars. Its a fantastic story with amazing paintings. (Clive Barker, for those who don’t know, also created Hellraiser [Pin Head] and Midnight Meat Train along with a plethora of other stories. It’s worth the read.)
Song of Achilles (novel) - I mean, If you want to fucking CRY then this is the book for you. It’s so fucking depressing but so FUCKING GOOD. I mean, if you know the story of Achilles, then you know why its depressing. But that doesnt take away from the beautiful story between Achilles and Patroclus. Definitely recommend this book.
Along with that last book, a book that I feel goes hand in hand with it:
Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat (trilogy) - Now. A lot of people have a problem with this trilogy. I personally, as a (mixed, black) poc, have no problem with this book. It’s about two kingdoms, one of poc, Greek-like, and the other of boujee af french-like, white kingdom. In short, the Prince from the Greece inspired Kingdom is framed and shipped away to the french kingdom as a slave. Now, he becomes a slave (as a dark skinned man) to a white prince. There are a lot of things that happen like he gets whipped and other horrible shit. People have a problem with the book because of the dynamic between the two. They find it racist and insensitive. Here’s a great post as to why people don’t like the post, and the second comment is why I read it. I honestly find it to be a beautiful story that develops amazingly over time. I definitely recommend it.
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold (novel) - I’ve just recently read this book and I absolutely fucking loved it. It’s an extremely diverse, beautiful story. Personally, I found the story sad, funny, heart warming, and inclusive. They brush upon the difficulties that black men specifically, have with the judicial system, by having an African man whom is loving and kind, constantly blamed for crimes that he did not commit. Again, it’s a really lovely book and this stuck with me for a very long time. I really recommend it.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (novel) - If you don’t want to fucking SOB then don’t read it. If you want a beautiful story, I recommend this book to the stars. Honestly, I went into the book not knowing shit about it, just that people loved it. Then I realized that it was about fucking cancer and I was about to throw my god damned book because I don’t fend well with sad things. THEN I found out that it’s also now a movie with Liam Neeson. Ugh. I havent seen the movie yet, but damn was this book magical and heart breaking and wow… Read it. I personally fucking loved it.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (novel) - I mean, I feel like this book actually summed up my early college experience lol! I was writing fanfiction, roleplaying, cooping myself up in my room - the only difference was, I didnt have a quirky, beautiful, sweet man to hold me as I read outloud to him (if you read the book, then you know what I’m talking about). Honestly, this was a fucking amazing book and I loved it so much. it was feel good and extremely nostalgic for people of my generation (’94-’96 specifically) really well. If you loved Harry Potter, grew up with it, went to the midnight book releases and movie screenings, submerged yourself in the fanfiction, then you will love this book. I thought it was fantastic.
which leads me to this rec.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (novel) - Ugh. So in fangirl, there’s a fanfiction that the main character is writing. I know that this book is not the fanfiction, but it is named the same thing - so thats a nice connection. Again, if you love Harry Potter, if you love shipping Drarry (i dont because I find it problematic. But I feel if you like Drarry) then youd love this. I mean honestly, if you just like a cute story, with ridiculous spells, and adorable love, then read it. If you love Harry Potter ESPECIALLY READ THIS BOOK.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Trilogy) - Okay. Honestly, I havent seen many people promote this book series, but it is amazing and arguably, one of the most beautifully written trilogies that I have ever read (besides Red Rising. Ahem. Read it). It’s a wonderful story that comes together beautifully and is such a different book from your usual YA.
The Archived by Victoria Schwab (Series of two) - So, if Victoria Schwab sounds familiar, that’s because she also goes under V.E. Schwab okay. Listen. I know that everyone loves A Darker Shade of Magic. I havent finished that book yet and I bet it’s amazing. However, we cannot forget the other amazing books she has written. The Archived is such a lovely, creative story that deserves more credit. Honestly, I’ve never read a book like it before and it stuck with me for an extremely long time. Apparently there is a third book coming out that I have actually been waiting for forever. I’m not going to say much about it, but these books are wonderful and deserve the read.
Speaking of V.E. Schwab
Vicious by V.E. Schwab- This book deserves more recognition. Not only is the cover absolutely AMAZING, but the story is fuckign awesome. If you like Brandon Sanderson books, if you like superheros or Marvel and DC, read this fucking book. It’s fantastically written and needs to be read more. Get on it people.
I mean, these are just some books. I purposely stayed away from some YA series because I feel like a lot of people know about them. But I mean, some YA series that are well known that I like are:
Obviously Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy (ONLY THE FIRST FUCKING BOOK. THE REST OF THE SERIES IS SHIT AND IF YOU WANT TO JUST READ THE FIRST BOOK THATS COOL. COME TO ME AND I’LL TELL YOU THE REST BECAUSE THAT SHIT WAS RIDICULOUS. IT HAD SO MUCH POTENTIAL, IF ONLY RICK YANCY DIDN’T SHIT THE BED. ALSO THE MOVIE WAS SHIT)
So anyway.. i think this is all I’ve got right now haha. I’ll put my favourite books written by poc in the anon above this!
I thought I’d take a moment to talk about one of my favorite
minor rogues in the Batman canon. It’s
not Clock King, it’s not Condiment King, it’s not even Killer Moth…
This is A.S. Scarlet, AKA The Bookworm, a character that was introduced in the
1966 Adam West TV series. The creators
came up with the idea for him in honor of National Reading week, so no points
for guessing what his shtick is. But
it’s the details that makes me really love him.
First of all, the costume and gadgets. I love this costume so much—it hits the sweet
spot between goofy and kind of awesome. The
brown pleather jacket is meant to echo “rare old book bindings” (because books
are bound with leather…?) and while it looks more than a bit uncomfortable (it
seriously creaks whenever he moves!), the tailoring on it is great. Plus it manages to look rather dapper.
The reading lamp on the fedora is pretty neat, but what I
really love are the glasses. When he
turns a knob on the side of the left frame, it opens a radio frequency that
allows him to communicate with his henchmen.
A few years later, the Green
Hornet TV show would come up with a similar device, but I love the fact
that a one-off Batman villain came up with it first.
Second of all, the henchmen themselves. Typically the henchmen on the ‘66 show, even
moreso than in modern Batman media, were big dumb galoots who had to be led
around by their nose to obvious answers by their bosses. But these guys didn’t really fit that
stereotype. Yeah, they were crappy
fighters and got their butts handed to them by Batman easily, but they were
miles more intelligent than your average goons.
They were articulate, kind of snobby, and always thinking on the same
wavelength as their boss. That, and they
were efficient—every scheme they
wanted to pull went off without a hitch.
Plus they’ve got some awesome codenames (Pressman, Typesetter, and my
favorite, Printer’s Devil).
And of course, there was the moll—Lydia Limpet (Francine
York). Most of the time the ‘66 molls
were there just to be empty-headed eye-candy, but not this girl. Not only does she have some genuinely
adorable chemistry with Bookworm—
(I ship these two like freaking FedEx.)
–but she is also darn intelligent in her own right.
When she’s taken into the Batcave and hypnotized to try to weasel out her
boss’s ultimate plan, she immediately twigs to the fact that the Dynamic Duo
know more than they should and feeds them false information. She also tricks Robin into gassing himself
into unconsciousness. All while
literally having her hands tied. She also
has quite a bit in common with Bookworm, sharing his love of literature. And then at the end, while most molls try to
weasel their way out by pleading with Batman and claiming they were just
innocent girls who tangled with the wrong crowd, Lydia accepts her fate and
allows herself to be arrested. She’s
completely unapologetic about the entire scheme, and I love that about her.
And third of all, the character of the Bookworm
himself. He’s played by one of the great
character actors, Roddy McDowall—
(whom you might know better as this little scamp)
–who makes Bookworm into much more than a one-note
baddie. He’s intelligent, certainly,
with high standards and an eidetic memory; and he’s also very theatrical and
cheerfully practically in a Riddler sort of way. But he’s also freaking scary. Most of the time, he has a very genteel, calm
demeanor with this constant smile of slight “you poor simple fools”-style amusement
on his face. But when things don’t go
his way, or when someone even says a wrong thing, he completely flips his gourd. In the beginning of his two-parter, Lydia
asks him why, with his brain and enthusiasm, he hasn’t written his own
book. And he blows up at her, admitting
that for all his brilliance he doesn’t actually have any originality, resorting
to “stolen plots” from other books, and accuses her of insulting him
further. He then picks up the heaviest
book in his lair and attempts to bash her brains in with it…all over an honest
Of course, he’s back in perfect control within minutes, but
for the rest of the episode you’re on edge every time he so much as snaps at
anyone. And it’s not the only time he
flies off the handle like that, either—after Batman and Robin escape one of his
deathtraps, he has another brief freakout before getting back to business. He’s a fascinating character to watch and
played by a fantastic actor to boot.
The two-part 1966 episode he’s in is a wild ride from start
to finish, including a possible assassination attempt, the first window cameo
ever, and some truly outrageous and convoluted deathtraps (appropriate for a
rogue who “like any struggling novelist, overcomplicates the plot!”). One of which involves a giant cookbook. I am not making that up. All the expected ‘60s weird is there, but it’s
still a lot of fun.
Unfortunately, that was the only appearance he made in
Batman media for a long time. McDowall
wanted to come back for another two-parter, but his busy schedule got in the
way. He didn’t show up again until a
1989 Huntress arc that gave him a new grim ‘n’ gritty backstory.
“A victim of child abuse, his mother would lock him in a
closet while she worked on puzzles. (Alexander) Wyvern once started a fire in the closet in a desperate attempt to get
his mother to release him – only to wind up badly burned and, after he got his
mother’s attention, badly beaten.
Psychologically damaged, the boy grew into a serial killer. Though the violent character bore little
resemblance to the literature-obsessed felon of the 1960s, this version did
still leave Riddler-style clues for the police to hunt him down. Bookworm ultimately met his demise when he
set a deadly trap for the Huntress.
Huntress dressed as his mother, frightening him into running away and
tripping his own contraption, killing him.”
(From the Batman wiki)
It was lame, and we don’t talk about it anymore.
He made a few cameos in Deathstroke
the Terminators and Teen Titans
comics in the 90s, as well as a itty bitty nonspeaking appearance in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
But in 2013 he made a glorious debut to comics in 2013 in
the Batman ’66 line, setting new
deathtraps and dropping new literary hints.
In one of his best appearances, he sets himself up as an adversary to
Batgirl, which is just perfect. Who
better to oppose Barbara Gordon, a librarian, than a book-themed supervillain?
(Yes, that is a giant bug demon. Long story.)
And in 2014 he reappeared in Gotham Academy, this time as the school’s English and theater
professor, which is even more perfect.
He’s a good teacher, if strict and a bit overdramatic. And let’s be honest, what isn’t cool about
having an ex-supervillain as a professor?
Also, this scene.
This scene is awesome.
Yes, that is Egghead as played by Vincent Price. Gotham
Academy is just the best.
TL;DR, the Bookworm is an awesome, oft-overlooked Batman
baddie whom I highly recommend every fan check out. You won’t regret it!
I just saw your reply on that disk world post and i have the urge to borrow my mum's copies. Can you recommend a good place to start? They sound really good but here are so many.
The ones I always recommend to start with are either Small Gods, Guards, Guards!, or Wyrd Sisters.
Mort is also a good starting introduction to the world—it was the book Terry often told people to start with. It’s the book he felt he had the best grip on where Discworld would be going. (the first two novels The Color of Magic and The Light Fantastic were not his best, and he fully admitted to that.)
You can either pick to go with the Watch Series and read them through as a series of eight books: [Link]
The Witches Series (which I guess technically starts with Equal Rites, but it’s not necessary to read it to read the rest of them) as a series of eleven books: [Link]
And then there’s the Industrial Revolution arc which mingles nicely with the Watch Series if you want to read those in tandem, 6 books total. [Link] (NB. The Truth would be a particularly good read right now, for current events and doesn’t need any of the other books to make sense)
There is of course also the Rincewind series, which can be read independently of all the others. [Link] and the Ancient Civilizations series which consists of Small Gods and Pyramids [Link]
So think of it this way, it’s a series of books randing from 2-11 books long, that just so happen to take place on the same planet and you don’t need to read them in chronological order outwith the series if you don’t want to. So not really all that many after all :D
Trust me. When you get to the one that reads The End, 41 books is not enough.
Also here’s the overall link for series reading orders, for anyone who wants it:
You sat in the dimly lit common room, snuggled up in a warm blanket. What time it was you had no idea. Sometime late in the night. Or morning. You were deeply immersed in one of your favorite books, so much so that you didn’t notice someone heading down the stairs.
“What are you doing up so late?” You heard your boyfriend say. He was wiping the sleep away from his eyes. You guessed he woke up from another nightmare. They were starting to be a trend each night. But you sure hoped that wasn’t the matter this time.
“Couldn’t sleep. I’ve been reading for hours.” You rubbed at your slightly burning eyes, which were turning red.
“Well, since i’m not going to sleep anytime soon either, could i join you?” He asked, his voice raspy from just waking up.
“As long as you read to me.” You asked, softly pouting at him. “Pretty please?”
“You know i could never say no to that beautiful face of yours.” Sirius sat does beside you, taking the book from your hands, he started softly reading the verses to you. It was so soothing and peaceful. You leaned your head of his shoulder, letting your eyelids fall slowly as Sirius continued the story.
He had noticed your deep breaths just minutes later. You had drifted off to sleep so easily, it was a little surprising. Sirius tried as best he could to set the book down gently, as to not stir you awake. He warmly smiled, looking at your restful face. He could never get over how stunning you looked. Even while sleeping, you gave off a sweet and kind aura.
“Night, darling.” Sirius whispered, kissing your head lightly, leaning into your body before closing his own eyes, letting sleep overwhelm him too.
imagine shao and zeke laying on the roof while watching birds fly and their hands are only like an inch away and Shao can't focus on the birds just the closeness between them and the fact if he just moved an inch he could hold Zeke's hand
Okay But I Imagine That Zeke Feels It Too. He Knows That Shao Don’t Have The Guts To Take His Hand And That If HE Tries Shao Might Box Him.
SO He Decides To Try And Take His Pinky And He Feels Shao Freeze Up But Not Pull Away And Shao Is Like
“Books What The Fuck You Doin?”
“Its A Pinky Promise Shao”
“A Promise Of What?”
“That I Always Got Your Back”
“Always Spoutin That Corny Shit Man”
And They Spend The Rest Of The Day Laying There With Their Pinkies Hooked Staring At The Sky With Soft Smiles On Their Faces.
#18: “You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”
Some days were just blue. Not blue, as the sky was in normalcy, or blue in the way Newt’s old coat hung from the rack. But blue in the darkest, most intimate way. Blue in the dark depths of the ocean, comforting but overwhelmingly closed off by the pressure. And all you could do is lay there, sinking into this blue, knowing that some days it came as a light drizzle of blue little raindrops, and other times it was a tidal wave crushing your bones.
Today it had been rendered to gentle tides, lapping your shore with sorrow and melancholy. You thought it would be impenetrable, the colour guarded by the way it dried to your soul like paint left out in the sun. But he’d come into your room, bearing yellow chamomile tea, wrapping his yellow scarf around your neck, and placing yellow sunflowers in a vase next to your bed. He understood that you were blue, if only for today, but he still loved you. He wouldn’t stop loving you even if you turned purple, or grey, or green. And he was yellow, a bright bashful light, not meaning to spread joy and warm hearts wherever he went, but doing it in a rather oblivious way anyway.
Today he had taken to starting soft conversation with you on your bed, doing most of the talking. He respected the fact that sometimes you just wanted to listen; your voice too weak to form words when your mind was shrouded in blue.
“My first kiss was actually with a mermaid.” Newt admitted, continuing the story he had begun. “She unfortunately tried to drown me after.” His story elicited a small smile from you. “What about you, have you had any er- strange kisses?”
You sighed, placing your finished tea on the side table. “I haven’t been kissed enough to have any funny stories. Unless you count experiencing many horrible kisses to be entertaining.”
Newt frowned at you, taking you hand in his. He bit his lip, not looking in your eye as he spoke.
“You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” He uttered gently, his freckled face shying away. “You deserve that.”
“And who do you suppose would know how to kiss me, and do it often?” You asked, a hopeful spark igniting in your heart. The sliver of yellow cutting through the blue.
“Well- I guess uh… Me.” Newt said, a timid smile tugging on his lips. Those lips that you had always wanted on yours. He took your silence and longing stare as a sign to go forth and expel the rest of your blue; and when he lent over and pressed a kiss to your lips, it felt as if a colour could be experienced and personified. The colour yellow.
Hi there!!~ Today's my birthday and that just gives me the question: How would the UT/UF/US/SF bros surprise S/O for their birthday?? :)
(*OH HEY, HAPPY BIRTHDAAAAYYYY! <3 I HOPE YOU’RE HAVING A FANTASTIC DAY FILLED WITH CAKE AND WISHES AND SUPER HAWT SKELES. =D )
The entire day, you think that you’ve got some kind of big date planned, but all he does is take you to the movies and casually falls asleep with his head resting on your shoulder and your fingers entwined. He doesn’t mention your birthday, and it’s a shame.. because you got dressed up. You’ve known that he was super laid-back and never really made a big deal about anything, but you also expected him to not forget something like this. Even if he had just wished you a happy birthday, it would have been nice.
Or if he had even stayed awake during the movie.
You’re frustrated, but you’re still holding onto hope that he’s going to remember. You start casually dropping hints about cake, but he just makes a few jokes that normally draw a laugh from you, but this time, just leave you irritated. By the time you get back to his house, you’re hurt.
… And then, when you open the door, all of your friends pop out and Papyrus and Undyne are collectively holding the biggest cake you’ve ever seen. You start to tear up and turn toward Sans, who shrugs and winks at you. "what? you didn’t think i was really going to forget something like your birthday, right? give me a little cred here, kiddo.“ He chuckles and slips an arm around your waist, pressing his teeth to your cheek. He’s pulled out all the stops; all your favorite foods are there, your favorite music is playing, and your favorite people have gathered. A bulk of the presents are also from him, and they’re all things that you’ve never out-right verbalized that you’ve wanted; he pays attention to the little details when he’s out with you.
After everyone’s gone, he’s going to fall asleep with you in his arms.
YOUR BIRTHDAY IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO THE GREAT PAPYRUS!
Sans always makes a huge deal about Papyrus’s birthday, so it’s only natural that he should want to do the same for yours! Papyrus has spent weeks learning how to bake a cake just for you (it’s still going to taste questionable, and the crunchy bits are eggshells, but he tried really hard, so if you could stomach a piece that’d be great), but before you get to taste it, he wants to take you to all your favorite date spots. That restaurant you love going to? You’re there. Have you ever mentioned roller skating before? Well, he’s game to try it. The entire day is devoted to making you happy, and he’s so active that it’s going to be difficult keeping up with him.
He keeps assuring you that "THIS IS THE GREATEST DATE BECAUSE IT’S ON THE DAY OF YOUR BIRTH! WE HAVE TO CELEBRATE APPROPRIATELY TO MARK SUCH A MONUMENTAL OCCASION!” Whatever you suggest, he’s all over with a passion. He’s going to sing to you when you go back to his house, and he’s especially excited over your wish, but “BUT DON’T ME WHAT IT WAS OR IT WON’T COME TRUE! BUT I HOPE THAT.. THAT I’LL BE ABLE TO GRANT IT FOR YOU!”
His gift is a hand-made scarf to match his in your favorite color.
Feel free to spend the night cuddled up to him in his race car bed because that’s frankly the best way to end any birthday celebration.
You wake up to a selfie of Red shirtless and halfway covered up by his crimson bed sheets, a devious smirk on his face. The body of the message reads: "happy birthday, sweetheart.“
It’s going to be a good day.
He’s bought you a cake, sure, but he’s also gotten his hands on quite a few chocolate-covered strawberries–because he heard they were sensual. He wants to hand-feed you the strawberries, and the intensity of his eyelights on your face as you eat them incites a blush that he finds adorable. The day is going to be spent in his house, either on the couch or in his room, though if you insist on going out, he’ll end up complying. He’d prefer to just stay inside and keep you to himself, however. He wants you wrapped up in his arms, and yeah, he’s going to be a little handsy.
For your present, he’s gotten you a bracelet. It’s simple, with a little skull-and-crossbones charm hanging from it, but the idea of you wearing something that makes you think of him every time you look down at your arm makes him really pleased.
Red sings happy birthday to you, and with all the lights out and the flickering candles on the cake dancing across his features, you feel like it’s the best part of the night. His voice is deep and rough, but he’s got a surprisingly good singing voice, and with his arms around your waist and his mouth close to your ear, it’s enough to make you melt.
"THIS IS GOING TO BE THE GREATEST BIRTHDAY YOU’VE EVER HAD, SO PREPARE YOURSELF!”
You’d better dress up for this one. Papyrus is taking you to the fanciest restaurant (how in the world did he ever get reservations? You decide not to question this one), and afterward, you’re going dancing with him. A little known fact about Edgy is that he’s a fantastic dancer, and even if you’re not, it doesn’t matter when he leads you through the steps so expertly. His usual scowl even softens a little when he dips you back, and by the time you’re finished dancing, he’s smirking at you triumphantly. "ARE YOU HAVING THE BEST NIGHT OF YOUR LIFE YET?“
Back home, his gift is going to be a stylish leather jacket that somehow fits you perfectly. You’re pretty sure he added a few studs to it himself to make it look a little edgier, but it only makes you appreciate the gift more. He tried to bake you a cake, but it turned into an oozing, gloopy mess, so he disposed of it and was forced to buy you one from the store. He mumbled the happy birthday song under his breath while avoiding eye contact and then urges you to "USE YOUR OPPORTUNITY FOR A WISH WISELY! ..AND THEN TELL ME WHAT YOU WISHED FOR!”
Blueberry wakes you up at your house– even if he doesn’t have a key or didn’t stay the night, he’s there. He pounces on your bed and straddles you so he can lean down in your face. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I WANTED TO MAKE SURE I WAS THE FIRST ONE TO TELL YOU!“
..He says this despite the fact that he called you last night/this morning at precisely midnight and sang happy birthday to you.
The day is spent much like the one with UT!Papyrus; he takes you wherever you want to go, only dinner’s at his place. He’s cooked tacos (with heaps of glitter) and baked a lop-sided cake. Both of these creations aren’t going to be pleasant, but he’s so excited for you to try it that you can’t refuse. He’s going to get Stretch downstairs to help him sing happy birthday to you, and then the three of you can watch movies on the couch while Blueberry cuddles into your side.
Ultimately, you fall asleep on the couch with him gathered in your arms and your turned with you back resting against Stretch’s shoulder.
For a gift, Sans got you a rather large plushie because he wants you to sleep with something that reminds you of him when he’s not sleeping over in your bed or vice-versa.
Stretch had a cake made for you at Muffet’s, and while he’d rather spend the day just chilling and watching TV on the couch with you, he’s going to make an effort to make the day special.
That means you get a picnic in the park.
Stretch is actually a decent cook, though he’s whipped up a few different sandwiches and snacks to bring. He’s scouted out the best place in the park to roll out a blanket, and after your lunch, he’s going to just pull you back to rest your head against his chest and enjoy staring up at the clouds rolling by.
When you’re finished with that, he takes you to a bar that’s got a live band playing that’s just your kind of music. Whether or not you drink, you still end up seated in the back, listening to the band while being tucked beneath Papyrus’s arm. If he’s had a few drinks, you’ll be able to coax him into dancing, but otherwise, he’s just going to tap his foot along with the beat.
Afterward, he gives you a gift pertaining to your biggest interest. If you’re an artist, you get a sketchpad or new watercolors/colored pencils. If writing/reading is more your thing, you get a book you’ve been lowkey wanting. If you happen to collect glass figurines of crying clowns, well he has a whole shitload of those in a box just for you. Papyrus is way more perceptive than others give him credit for.
He sings to you, his voice low and mellow, standing behind you with his hands resting on your waist and his face right beside yours.
YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A FANTASTIC TIME BEFITTING THE SIGNIFICANT OTHER OF THE MALEVOLENT SANS!!
That means.. you’re going to a theme park!
Did I mention Sans’s brother is coming, too? Yeah, Papy’s coming because there’s no way in hell that Sans is going to stand in all of those lines, so he wants some back-up intimidating the crowds of humans. Two skeletons that look as rough and sharp-edged as they do happen to be the ticket to the front of the line, and no one dares to say anything. At this point, you’re used to receiving some dirty stares from things Sans may say/do, so you’re not even phased. The three of you ride everything–twice–and on your way back home, Sans pulls over to eat at a nice restaurant. Papyrus takes a shortcut home.
Since Blackberry failed miserably when he attempted to make you a cake, he relies on the free dessert your waitress brings out when he tells her it’s your birthday. Embarrassingly enough, a giant group of the staff comes out to sing you happy birthday, and Sans jumps on the opportunity to mouth the words of the song along with them. Yeah, he doesn’t sing; his face is flushed with the mere thought of it.
After dinner, he drives you back to his house, where he gives you a collar like Papyrus’s as a gift. Then, he spends the rest of the night clung to you, repeatedly asking you if you had a memorable birthday and then DEMANDING to know what you wished for when you blew out your candles.
Papyrus doesn’t want to really go anywhere for your birthday; he’d much rather spend it at your house. So, he brings over a cake he bought, candles, a gift, a stack of movies, and sets everything up while you’re still asleep. When you wake up, he’s napping next to you on your bed, his arm lazily thrown across your waist.
"happy birthday, sweetie,” he mumbles when you wake up, pulling you against his chest and nuzzling his face into your neck. He takes his time getting out of bed with you–and hey, if you decide to grab a quick shower, he’s going to ask if you want company with a sharp smirk. Once you’re ready to start the party, he’s going to order a pizza and spend the day watching movies with you in bed/on the couch. If you’ve ever wondered what a massage would feel like with skeleton hands, well you’re in luck because you’re about to find out! He pampers you, and when it comes time for the gift, it turns out that he’s gotten you something pertaining to your hobbies as well as a simple necklace–with a heart the color of your SOUL. After all, that’s the part he always finds the most beautiful of all when it comes to you.
He sings you happy birthday in a low, smooth baritone, his fingertips trailing along the skin of your lower back, just beneath the hem of your shirt. When he’s done, he leans in until his fangs are close enough to skim your earlobe and says, “make a wish~.”
Newt, Tina, Sophia, and Theseus are standing around the beach, tired and sandy, having just reluctantly gotten dressed again for dinner. Sophia and Theseus are playing slapsies, which is punctuated by Sophia trying to play dirty and slapping him on the face instead; Newt is lost in thought, staring at the water and contemplating lethifolds; and Tina is practicing some basic Auror defense spells so as not to get too out of practice despite the current lack of excitement. Sophia has just come over and jabbed Newt in the ribs out of pure boredom when Elsie materializes with a camera.