the world building in this series is so great

Another thing I really really love and appreciate (as if I haven’t said it enough already) is that ONE doesn’t let his art style or others’ perception of his skillset prevent him from delving into serious moments and heavy topics. He could’ve kept Mob Psycho on its relatively humorous path and probably would’ve seen some minor success based on its humor and premise alone–and then the Teru fight happens and we get a glimpse at how utterly real the series can get, and it hits so hard because its so unexpected. Mob Psycho’s a series with a lofty premise (psychics and ghosts) with an even loftier sense of humor that has no shame or fear in being grounded in emotional reality. A rival for Mob appears, and it isn’t a hot-blooded clash of brawn that results in a newfound friendship. It’s a one-sided clash of ideals that ends with one middle-schooler choking another with his bare hands into unconciousness. A stereotypical villainous organization twirls their mustache as they make off with the protagonist’s brother, and the hero busts in with The Squad to save the day. Except it isn’t The Hero who saves the day, it’s his parental figure, because The Hero is a 14-year-old child who is wholly unequipped to deal with the emotional consequences of violence and murder. And that’s not even delving into the manga-exclusive content like the morality of exorcising ghosts, toxic personal relationships, extreme bullying, and outright psychological torture. Mob Psycho is RAW. It is funny and extremely silly and not above fart-joke level humor by any means, and yet at the same time is so intense it’s difficult to continue reading at times. And while all these may be shocking, it’s never done in such a way to feel out of place or uncharacteric of the series. After all, the title itself comes from the fact that the main character experienced a traumatic event as a child and developed an emotional suppression complex to try and cope. That’s some pretty dang heavy stuff, but ONE is a master at balancing the two extremes with great characterization, world-building, pacing, and reasoning behind it all, something a lot of authors could stand to learn from.

a friend: I really wanna watch an anime with great world building and likeable well developed characters. I want the plot to be clear and focused without all that filler shit Naruto’s been spinning around for the past years. I just want to be invested in a series both mentally and emotionally. Any ideas? 

me: *takes a deep breath* OHHHH BOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

THE IMPERIAL RADCH TRILOGY by Ann Leckie

a passionate manifesto

by me, a very newly converted fangirl

Elevator pitch: 

A multi-bodied warship is stripped down to just one body, goes on a revenge mission to kill a nearly-immortal galactic dictator, and spends three books singing ditties, drinking tea, and collecting stray humans(?) that cry a lot.

Characters:

Breq

  • formerly the very large, very old, very cool Justice of Toren warship
  • now a warship mind in a human body
  • sings a lot
  • very good with the pew pew pew
  • master of foolhardy plans
  • could be a he, a she, or neither (see: SHIP) but is definitely not an it (despite previous “see”)
  • will absolutely knock you out cold with one punch
  • lets baby lieutenants cry into her collar
  • extremely protective of said baby lieutenants, to the point of homicide
  • appreciates a good cup of tea
  • significant


Sievarden

  • an idiot
  • a well-meaning idiot (usually)
  • emotionally unbalanced
  • over a thousand years old
  • can be blindingly loyal
  • needs to watch her language
  • good in bed (allegedly)
  • could benefit from some therapy


Anaander Mianaai

  • thousands of years old
  • nearly-immortal galactic dictator
  • in the middle of an identity crisis
  • an ethnocentric idiot
  • has a bad habit of shooting people
  • could benefit from some therapy


Lieutenant Awn

  • an angel upon this earth
  • all-around Good Egg
  • doting big sister
  • good people skills
  • likely very pretty
  • Too Precious For This World, Too Pure


Lieutenant Tisawar

  • seventeen years old
  • has manic pixie dream girl eyes (see previous point)
  • the Babiest of baby lieutenants
  • to be protected At All Costs
  • puppy-loves like no one’s business
  • can be unexpectedly terrifying
  • could also benefit from some therapy


Station

  • light of my life
  • the baddest hecker-upper to ever heck up
  • Mama Bear Cred 4 Lyfe


Kalr Five

  • snob
  • but a snob with TASTE
  • would in another life be called Jeeves
  • will likely be buried in a glass cabinet when she dies with a cross made out of tea spoons


Citizen Raughd

  • death is too good for her


Why you should read this book, which is quickly consuming my life:

1. Ladies being awesome - OR ARE THEY? Actually, the majority of the story takes place ostensibly in a language that doesn’t differentiate between genders, and ships don’t really get some of the cues to make those distinctions, so Breq (as the first-person narrator) just calls everyone “she.” It’s a really cool twist on the default male that I very much enjoyed.

2. The characters - There are so many characters with so many relationships and quirks and individual wants AND I CAN’T PROTECT THEM ALL. It’s very stressful. I love it.

3. Found families - Breq starts off the book completely, utterly alone. She used to be a ship with thousands of bodies (one ship mind plugged into emptied human bodies), but those were all destroyed, so it’s just her. And as a ship, as a thing, she’s not used to being considered significant. And then for three books she just keeps collecting people. Humans, maybe-humans, actual aliens, other ships, they all just get caught up in the flypaper of care that is Breq.

4. Humanity - SPEAKING OF BEING HUMAN, there’s a whole really cool, not-snobby prolonged discussion across the trilogy about identity and personhood and worth and humanity and it’s all tied in together because there’s always someone who wants to say that so-and-so isn’t enough to be considered a person or worthy or a human, and it’s much easier to shoot a person when you don’t consider them a person.

5. World-building - So you get to visit all these worlds and the author does a great job and pointing out that literally none of them are monoliths. There are all these tiny distinctions among cultures and practices and behaviors and religions in the same town and then that just multiplies across stations and planets and galaxies. It makes for a dizzying and delightful read.

6. It is a thing that reminds me of other things - Breq has a Costis to her Eugenides (Queen’s Thief series.) There’s well-built SPACE like only the best sci-fis do. There’s deep philosophical scheming like in Mistborn. (But it’s also all its own things AND IS A DEBUT like what the heck)

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I’m likely going to want to redo this later after I’ve reread, but I had to get this all out there. Also, in case the passionate manifestos become a thing, I’m giving them a tag. You can check out the one I did for Code Name Verity here.

Cam’s Voltron Fic Rec 3/∞

Cam’s Voltron Fic Rec Lists:  [1] [2] [3] [4]

( ** =  favorites )

(Gen unless otherwise specified)

**Recoil/Release by Cheshyr

Word count:  22,387 (13/13)

Summary:  When Keith is bitten by an alien creature with venom that causes your dominant emotions to be amplified, the team is ready for a day of dealing with an incredibly angry paladin.

Which means they’re not ready at all for what actually happens.

Comments:  The almost stream-of-consciousness writing of Keith’s parts are really gut-wrenching because it’s as if you are experiencing it with him. (Warning for panic attacks- if you are triggered at all by that sort of thing you may want to sit this one out, it gets pretty graphic).


**Synergy by Kokochan & Spanch

Word count:  74,064 (10/10)  –>just like my rating of it loll

Summary:  The vines were large, stiff, gnarly, and thick-stemmed, with blue leaves as big and round as dinner plates, but Shiro’s battle-arm was able to sever several long straggles with ease. The vines draped easily enough over the shuttle and hid it quite handily from view. “Good enough, I suppose,” Shiro said, glaring at the empty greenish-blue sky. “Come on, let’s… Hunk? What’s the matter?”

Hunk was staring at something behind him. “Shiro, don’t make any sudden moves just now, but there’s a really big lizard thing standing right behind you. Um. Two of them.”

Surprised, Shiro turned, albeit carefully. He’d never even heard them approach. That was rather impressive, considering the size of the beasts. It was as though someone had taken a pair of Arizonan horned lizards and rebuilt them more on the lines of a tiger without leaving out any of the spikes, then expanded them to about the size of an Indian elephant and added six large, intelligent blue eyes. Understandably, Shiro froze in place.

Comments: OH. MY. GOSH. OK. SO. This bad boy is Part 1 of 3, so far, with a total series word count of 241,404 at the moment. This beautiful titan of a series is named Of The Pack, and it updates with great speed, considering it has two top tier authors working on it. The several OCs in this story are so lifelike and realistic and fit so well into the universe that I forget that they aren’t actually canon and I kind of miss them when I’m reading other Voltron fics. My favorite part is the world-building it does. Everything about this fic is so dynamic and multi-dimensional, from it’s characters to the epic plot - this is the exact opposite of lazy writing. I am so here for badass Pidge, and the matriarchal Galra culture and the dragons. I👏LOVE👏THIS👏FIC👏

Also there’s magic! (with a scientific explanation, of course)


The Kids Are Alright by pugglemuggle

Word count:  10,430 (3/3)

Summary:   Three Garrison Cadets Missing After Freak Satellite Crash

By Mara Garrett, News Editor | The Guardian | Monday, June 13, 2103 7:40 A.M. ET

Two seventeen-year-olds and a fifteen-year-old went missing Friday night after a rogue satellite crashed into the desert a few miles away from the Galaxy Garrison Training Facility, reports say. Garrison officials were quick to cordon off the area, claiming many of the remaining satellite fragments were dangerous and unstable. Government search parties have been sent out into the surrounding desert areas. Details are forthcoming.

Her brother is missing. Lance’s sister isn’t about to sit quietly while the Garrison keeps lying to the press. No—she’s going to get to the bottom of this.

(Or: The paladins’ families team up to find their kids and overthrow the corrupt Garrison regime. Told through news articles, prose, the internet, and art.)

Comments:  The format of this is very intriguing and fresh. We get to see scenes of our favorite paladins through the eyes of their friends and families, from before they disappeared and the aftermath. The open ending is still satisfying and leaves you with a sense of determination and hope for these characters that you just couldn’t help but get attached to. If you’re big on government conspiracies then this is the fic for you!


**Patty Cake by Froldgapp

Word count:  7,829 (6/6)

Summary:  Quiet, aloof, and alone, Keith is distant from the rest of the team. Hunk begins to suspect why, and it’s only when the red paladin pushes himself too far, the Voltron gang realise he’s just as vulnerable as the rest of them.

Comments:  Aaaaahhh this fic. Something about this one has me coming back to reread it all the time even though I always cry. It is just so angsty but in a more poignant, sharp, breathless kind of way. Some of the things the characters say send painful stinging jolts into your chest and you can feel your heart cracking and then you get angry because how dare (I mean ch4 tho holy sh*t). I just want to hug Keith so much ugh. Hunk’s protectiveness of Keith gives me the strength to finish this masterpiece every time. Also, this can kind of be Sheith if you squint (or not, if you don’t).


The Message by Shipstiel

Word count:  132,787 (45/45)

Summary:  (4:07) okay, but considr this, and hear me out here
(4:08) so like, a photobooth u can do with ur pets like there’ll be lil costumes that u can dress them up in, and u can do liek, period costumes and shit with them
(4:09) omg, can u imagine, u and ur cat/dog, and theyre in a lil 1800s dress and one of those lace umbrella things omg so cute

(4:15) Why the FUCK are you texting me at four in the morning with this

— 

Keith is texted by accident by some idiot one day, and honestly he’s not even sure why he responds. Or why he keeps responding. Yet somehow he finds himself drawn in, and okay, so maybe this fool is mildly entertaining after all. Who would’ve thought.

Comments:  Slowburn Klance Wrong Number AU. These two are so cute I just can’t. This is the perfect story if you are looking for something effortless and relaxing to read. Even though this contains some softcore Langst, it is still a very cute and heartwarming story about two dorks slowly falling in love. It features Lance’s mother who I fell in love with here, and the kind of supportive nosy best friends that everyone wants in real life (i.e. Hunk, Pidge, and Allura).


**The Quiet by MilkTeaMiku

Word count:  59,000 (29/?)

Summary:  Does he not realize he’s dead?

Keith can see ghosts. As a part of his Garrison training, he’s sent to a hospital to do one year of medical clerkship - it’s there that he meets a charmingly irritating chose who definitely needs to learn what boundaries are.

Comments:  Modern Ghost AU with eventual Klance. This fic is the most suspenseful story I have ever read in my life. Idk if it’s just me, but I just have this feeling building up paragraph by paragraph of an impending… something. And it has my heart racing which is crazy because it isn’t even particularly fast-paced. There’s just a heaviness to the words that have the hairs on the back of your neck prickling. I literally have to take a breather from reading sometimes to calm down.

Also this is one of several ongoing slowburn fics by this author that I am following currently (Moonset Deep <3) and I never have to wait long to get a notification that one of them has been updated. So don’t be scared off by the fact that this is a WIP; it updates all the time, regularly.


Finding Home by spacegaykogane

Word count:  26,966 (6/6)

Summary:  After the wormhole collapses, Keith finds himself stranded on a strange planet. Alone. Until Lance comes along.
With their lions dead and resources limited, Keith and Lance need to put aside their differences and work together to get home.
Wherever that may be, now.

Comments:  Klance. I love Stranded fics where they have to work together to survive and bond over that. So yeah this one has some whump obviously, bc you know, crash landings aren’t very fun. This one is angsty but its balanced out by the fluffiness in the end.


Cuddle Puddle by nothingwrongwiththerain

Word count:  46,782 (6/6)

Summary:  Unexpectedly, Shiro’s hand landed on the top of his head. Apparently with Lance and Hunk taking up all the shoulder real estate, Shiro would settle for ruffling Keith’s hair.

Keith was fairly certain his soul was about to detach and abandon his shaking body on the couch. He was surrounded, in the complete and total sense of the word, by other people. Not once before, not in his whole life, had he dealt with a situation like this one.

Or, five times Keith found himself too close for comfort and one time he couldn’t get close enough.

Comments:  Klance featuring ace!Keith. Don’t be fooled by the fluffy summary, this is a very angsty fic with lots of Keith whump. Basically, as stated by the author, this story is about ‘Keith struggling with physical contact and learning to accept people care about him’. I love touch-starved Keith stories, like this one. I love the scenes with Kidge bros, featuring a super supportive Pidge. 


At the Beginning by Sakuraiai

Word count:  64,203 (12/12)

Summary:  Inspired by Anastasia

King Zarkon of the Galra empire lost his only way in to the Kingdom of Altea. In his anger, he put a curse on the royal family. The young, adopted half Galran prince Keith disappeared when the palace was overrun, never to be seen again – or so it seemed.
The only surviving princess, Allura, grieving for her child, offers a reward for Keith’s safe return.

Con artists, Lance and his best friend, Hunk plan to pawn off a phony to the princess, hoping to reap the rewards. They hold auditions and choose an orphan man who has a remarkable resemblance to the missing prince – all the way down to his fluffy Galran ears.

Comments:  Can anyone say Anastasia AU?! I waited with baited breath for each chapter to come out and I was not once disappointed. I love the integration of the different alien races in this timeless story, it all works out so well. Keith just wants to find his mommy and I just want to cry. Also Kidge bros are still my fav as always.


out of orbit by rbillustration

Word count:  78,135 (19/19)

Summary:  Dragged apart by Haggar’s attack on the wormhole, the paladins and Alteans struggle to survive and find one another again. Luck has placed them all within the same galaxy… but their fortune ends there. Lance is stranded with a badly-injured Shiro and his relief at finding their leader still accompanying him soon turns to terror. Keith may be the only who can rectify the situation - but the Galra have him in their grasp, and they don’t want to kill him. They want him as one of their own.

Comments:  ANGST. SO MUCH ANGST. A brainwashed Galra!Keith plus a Possessed!Shiro. This is the perfect recipe for disaster if I ever saw one. If lots of blood bothers you proceed with caution. I love stranded fics.

Fan Fiction Philosophies

Anonymous asked: “In general, what is your opinion of people writing fan fiction? I know that some writers do/don’t consider it ‘true’ writing.”

That is a fantastic question. Now, as we’ve established from my last post on fan fiction, I’m practically pop culture illiterate. I don’t read fan fiction, but a lot of my friends do so while it’s not my thing, I’ve never held anything against anyone who enjoys it, writes it, reads it and so on. 

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anonymous asked:

For fantasy type books, I'd recommend The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (it's super long and there's currently two in the series but it's amazing) and The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dalquist (I probably spelt his last name wrong. Also I have no idea how to describe it but the main females character development is awesome)

willa-earps said: ok so I may be a little late on the book recommendations front, but I’d definitely like to recommend Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series. Definitely my all-time favourite books, the first four just got fancy new re-releases and the fifth book comes out in May! Full of mythology, plot twists, and wonderful court intrigue, with the best world-building and character creation I’ve ever come across.            

anonymous asked:

different anon but can you rec me some good high fantasy??? im dying for something good to read over here lmao

abso-fucking-lutely 

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison: slow moving, internal plot that is so goddamn charming i died at least 17 times listening to the audiobook. 
City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett second world modern high fantasy but it’s sooooo goooood. 
The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin honestly read everything by Jemisin. She’s one of the absolute best in high fantasy. 
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir this book was absolutely overhyped but i think it was well deserved. Tahir did classic/predictable tropes well which is literally all that matters in HF. However, that said, if her publisher doesn’t buy more books this series will not have as much of a lasting stay. This needs to be a long series not a short book-and-sequel or trilogy. The book didn’t… really work on its own at all, it worked with the promise of a sequel. 
The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley YA’LL I JUST REALLY WANT EVERYONE TO READ KAMERON HURLEY.
Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence Lawrence is really bad when it comes to lady rep in his books but his books are so good. Also he’s got a trilogy about killer nuns coming out soon that will have a female protag so we’ll see how that goes. 
Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence Jorg is the W O R S T he is my terrible awful son and I love him. This is pretty grim!dark in every sense of the genre. 
Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith ok it’s court drama high fantasy but it’s GOOD court drama high fantasy
The Naming by Alison Croggon Croggon is the only YA HF writer whose books emulate classic high fantasy in every sense of the term. Found manuscript style and everything.  
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan WHATEVER IT’S 14 BOOKS AND I’VE ONLY READ THE FIRST BUT RAND IS MY SON. MY SON
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas ok this first book is a bit of a clusterfuck in terms of world building but the characters are so endearing and the sequel really fixes all the problems i had with the first book. 

HAVE YOU READ URSULA K. LE GUIN BECAUSE HER
ROBIN HOBB? EVERYTHING BY ROBIN HOBB. Start with Assassin’s Apprentice. Honestly, Robin Hobb is the #goal for me. 

While I haven’t read Cinda Williams’ Chima’s high fantasy series, I’ve heard its great and I believe that because she’s amazing
I also haven’t read Brian Staveley’s Unhewn Throne trilogy but I’ve heard it’s really really good and I believe that. 

Obviously read Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom books if you haven’t.
Obviously my entire internet presence is a testimonial to Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy (they low key changed my life shh) 
Kristen Cashore’s Graceling realm books are a given. 
Everything Brandon Sanderson writes is pure gold, the man is unreal. 
I love everything by Maria V. Snyder but she can err on the side of commercially predictable. I still love her kind of high fantasy. 

But, yeah, you will notice everything I rec is either…. like classic HF, adult HF or relatively well known YA HF……… 

The Curse of the Cecil Hotel -

One of the most famous hotels in Los Angeles, California,The Cecil Hotel is rumored to be one of the most cursed hotels in the world, so much so that it is the inspiration behind Stephen King’s story 1408 and the television series American Horror Story: Hotel. Many believe that the hotel is haunted by the many people who have met their gruesome ends in the building and that they encourage others to kill themselves and commit murder. 

When the hotel first opened in the 1920′s  it enjoyed a great success as a tourist destination. This changed in the 1930s when it became a budget hotel for transients and salesmen. After that suicides started to happen regularly at the hotel. Many people have died due to throwing themselves from the windows of the hotel, earning itself the nickname of Suicide Tower by the 1950s. One woman jumped to her death after an argument with her husband and landed on a man in the street below, killing him instantly. Several murders have also been linked to the Cecil Hotel, including the death of Goldie Osgood, who was found robbed, strangled and raped in her hotel room. Her murder has never been solved. Years later, in the 1980s, the hotel became home to serial killer Richard Ramirez, The Night Stalker, who killed 13 women during his stay at the Cecil. He was not the only serial killer to call the Cecil Hotel home, because in the 1990s, another killer called Jack Unterweger, murdered three prostitutes while staying at the hotel. Unterweger was an Austrian serial killer who murdered several woman in his home town in Austria before fleeing to America. It is also believed that the Cecil Hotel was one of the last places Elizabeth Short, The Black Dahlia, was seen alive. 

One of the most well known and modern deaths that occurred in the Cecil Hotel occurred in February 2013 when the body of 21-year-old Elisa Lam was found naked in one of the water tanks on top of the hotel. She had been decomposing inside the water tank for two weeks before guests and hotel staff started complaining that the water had turned black and started to taste odd. No one knows how Elisa got into the water tank. Not only would she had had to get through a locked and alarmed door, but then she would have had to push open the heavy lid of the water tank and somehow close it after her. The last known sighting of Elisa was on CCTV in the hotel elevator where she is seen acting strangely and apparently talking to someone who is not there. During her autopsy she was found to have no drugs or alcohol in her system so that was ruled out hallucinogens as the cause of her strange behaviour on camera. Her death remains unsolved to this day and some believe that she was just another victim of the ghosts of the hotel. 

So I played Bayonetta for the first time today; dear lord almighty was I not prepared. I knew the series was SUPER over the top, but that intro cinematic destroyed my sides and sent them hurtling into orbit.
Gameplay is amazing, it feels great and flows very very well, but it still rewards skill greatly.
World building, story and visual design are FANTASTIC, everything is very cohesive and artistically appealing.
And the soundtrack? BRUH The soundtrack is a 10/10.

UNF, this game is great. If you have PC and want to support Platinum Games and Kamiya San, buy Bayonetta for PC, it’s incredibly optimized and a great port.

I absolutely hate the shitstorm against Elder Scrolls Online. People bash its gameplay all the time, but they forget that gameplay was never the thing that made this series so great. It was world building and interesting stories, not how good the collision physics were (They suck in every TES game). The devs put a lot of work in order to make ESO feel more like a singleplayer and allow as much freedom as possible, yet people are still bashing it without having played it properly - especially since it has changed incredibly since its launch. The game gets the world and story right, that’s what matters. If I cared only about gameplay, I could just play one of the standard mmo’s.

mikapeanut  asked:

I was on my tablet :c but I read them on my labtop, they are so cuteee!! I lobe howMinseok still has some struggles hiding his powers!! It's so unclear to me how a person can have so much talent,really. (Talkin' about you tho) Anyway, since i am almost done with ur masterlist and have to wait until ur next update, can u recommend some of ur favorite authors?:3 Have a nice day!!♡

Ahh, I am so glad you managed to read them and enjoyed them! Ahh bless you, that’s so kind!

I haven’t really had a chance to read any fanfic recently because of my workload, but I do have a few faves I tend to always recommend:

@bread-jinie - Hero and Wyrm Tamer are my two favourites! I think if you are a fan of my female leads, Hero is SO the one, and if you like really great world building - Wyrm Tamer. It only has a couple of parts and I am already so devoted to this world (and bonus, the fic started as a present to me, so that OC is a tinsy bit based on me wooooooo)

@yeolology - Currently on hiatus, but her series are all fab. I would recommend Sovereign which is live at the moment because again brilliant world building and a freaking WAR BEAR! 

@kpopfanfictrash - this queen consistently puts out excellent work but my top rec would be Guardian/Ascension because so much yes.

@pebble-xo (is this boring for you yet Jade) ALONE!!!!!! My fave fic ever no words needed

@knockknocksoosthere - currently I am crying over No Bliss in Ignorance like we all know I am Jongdae trash but this is making my HEART QUIVER I CANT TAKE COLLEGE AU BEST FRIEND WHO I AM IN LOVE WITH JONGDAE 

These are the fics I am currently reading, but as I said, this is because I haven’t got any time. I would also direct you to some great writers/friends here:

@fairyyeols @oh-beyond @gwaenchanhajagiya @kimjongdaely @i-love-my-exhoes ummMMMMMM oH GOSH MY MIND HAS GONE BLANK BECAUSE I AM WRITING AN ASSIGNMENT I CAN’T THINK 

Hopefully this helps! Happy reading!

Originally posted by goldenblackantler

The Lady of the Lake - Andrzej Sapkowski

Pages: 560 Pages
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Date Started: April 18th, 2017
Date Finished: April 29th, 2017
Goodreads Rating: 4.28

After walking through the portal in the Tower of Swallows while narrowly escaping death, Ciri finds herself in a completely different world… an Elven world. She is trapped with no way out. Time does not seem to exist and there are no obvious borders or portals to cross back into her home world.

But this is Ciri, the child of prophecy, and she will not be defeated. She knows she must escape to finally rejoin the Witcher, Geralt, and his companions - and also to try to conquer her worst nightmare. Leo Bonhart, the man who chased, wounded and tortured Ciri, is still on her trail. And the world is still at war.

Yet again, Sapkowski immerses us into the world of the Witcher. The Lady of the Lake is the 7th installment (technically the 5th, but I’m including the short stories as well) and it successfully holds it’s own as an enthralling contribution to the saga. Sapkowski once again proves his mastery at creating characters that truly come to life on the page. Geralt is sassy and sarcastic as always; he does have his moments when his brooding knows no bounds. But it’s Geralt… I’ve come to expect and love it in the character. Yennefer will always be a favorite of mine, simply because she isn’t a whimpering mush of dependency. She holds her own against “stronger” male characters and surpasses them in actual depth. Ciri… is an enigma. I love her and I wanted to know how her story was going to play out but, at times, she just wasn’t as intriguing, wasn’t as spell-binding. Needless to say, she does come into her own in The Lady of the Lake as the book’s focus landed on her, more often than not.

Obviously, I can’t go much further into details without spoiling the story since it’s so far into the series. Needless to say, the plot is interesting, the characters are well-developed, and the world-building in, as always, phenomenal.

☆☆☆☆☆ out of 5 stars

anonymous asked:

I love all your regency era drabbles, could you recommend some good regency books you've read?

Ooh, I have A TON of recs! Historical romance is pretty much my fave fun read genre. I dip into YA and paranormal stuff and occasionally pick up a comtemporary but historicals are my go to.

Authors that are always a solid pick:

  • Sarah MacLean - Her books just get better and better! Her original trilogy is a fun read but I’d probably reccommend starting with the Lord of Scoundrels series. It’s 4 books. Her new series is also excellent!
  • Lisa Kleypas: I started sneaking these from my mom’s shelf when I was like 8.
  • Cecilia Grant: HAS ONLY WRITTEN 3 BOOKS AND IT IS A TRAGEDY.
  • Laura Lee Guhrke: Love her Girl Bachelor series. She tends to go for heroines who are older and/or not pampered wealthy aristocrats which I enjoy.
  • Tessa Dare: Always funny, more fluffy than not, great dialogue.
  • Courtney Milan - self publishes so her books are usually a STEAL. And honestly some of my favorites ever.
  • Merdith Duran - Can just take all my money, tbh. I pre order without even reading the synopsis at this point.
  • Meljean Brook - technically steampunk but AMAZING world building and A+ smut.

Individual books by authors that are hit/miss for me OR I haven’t read much of:

  • That Scandalous Evening by Christina Dodd - features the most ridiculosly petty hero in the world. The root of the conflict is HILARIOUS.
  • Almost A Scandal by Elizabeth Essex - the ‘girl fools everyone into thinking she’s a boy’ trope done really well.
  • How To Marry A Duke by Vicky Dreiling - Duke hires a matchmaker to find him a wife so OF COURSE he can’t stop thinking about her…
  • Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase - Jessica is THE BEST. Totally smarter than the hero, literally shoots him at one point, all around sass master.
  • Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt - A great read and I need to commit to more of The Maiden Lane series but it’s LONG.
  • Summer Is For Lovers by Jennifer McQuinston - Literally the only historical I’ve ever read where a woman is into swimming? It’s one of the, “We’re just fooling around, OH SHIT NO WE’RE NOT” kinda books and I am always into the warm and fuzzies sneaking up on two stubborn doofuses.
  • Not Quite A Husband by Sherry Thomas - her books lean angstier and her heroines usually have some baggage of their own and the relationship issues are usually pretty heartbreaking and complicated but the HEA are always SUPER satisfying.
  • No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper - A historical with paranormal elements. Excellent badass heroine and a dude who appreciates that about her.
  • The Dangerous Viscount by Miranda Neville - featuring a nerdy hero who is kinda a douche to begin with but he grows on you.
  • Not Proper Enough by Carolyn Jewel - a second chance romance! He’s set on wooing her because he knows he was an idiot to let her get away and is overall pretty damn swoon-y.

…and that’s just me scrolling through like the first half of my KoBo library.

chryselephantinechaos  asked:

Kiss ask: Gradence, #6 (morning kisses), if so inspired 💙💙💙

The sunlight yawns through the curtains, bathing the room in the rosy gold of pre-dawn. Being summer, they’ve left the window cracked open; a breeze blows through, and the curtain flutters. A sunbeam falls directly onto Percival’s upturned face. 

“Ugh,” he says, and rolls over, drawing the covers up over his head. 

This action, unfortunately, pulls the blanket off Credence. He squeaks indignantly and scrunches up his face, reaching out and patting his husband to try to get his blanket back. 

Percival has no intention of letting this happen. He makes a happy little mmnnnnm noise, sighing, legs drawn up and feet tucked in, a perfectly warm burrito of sleepy happiness. 

“You stole my blanket,” Credence informs him crossly. The effect is rather spoiled by the fact that all the hair on the left side of his head is sticking straight up. 

“Sorry,” the pile of blankets formerly known as Percival mumbles, but makes no move to return it. 

Credence moves closer, wrapping his arms and legs around his husband like a particularly persistent limpet. “Give it back,” he whines. Percival’s face emerges from the blankets and pecks his nose with a kiss. 

Credence takes advantage of this to slide his hands into the hole created in the blanket, making a happy little ahhh as Percival presses a kiss to each one of his scarred palms. He lifts the blanket and Credence scoots in, pressed heart to heart with the man he’s promised to love above all others. Not that it’s a great hardship, exactly; Percival nuzzles a series of sleepy little kisses into his hair. Credence wraps his arms around him, relishing the quiet tangle of limbs and the soft warm smell of happiness and Saturday morning indolence. 

They fall back asleep like that, curled up and content in each other’s sleepy embrace.

themasquewewear  asked:

Siiiiaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. *groaaaannnss* I need new reading material. Fics, or books. Suggestions, pretty please? O.O

Oh my darling, you have come to the right place!

Originally posted by timetravelersloth

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon is the sci-fi tale of a queer black autistic intersex woman on a generation-ship where the set-up is sickeningly reminiscent of the plantation South - abusive, racist whites in charge and everyone else enslaved and abused. There’s plenty of triggering content - the book opens with an amputation, and there’s violence of all kinds, including sexual - but it’s really beautiful. Aster, the main character, discovers a link between the suicide of her mother and the death of the ship’s current leader, one that leads her to uncovering the secrets behind the ship’s workings and destination. Feminist and queer in all the ways - there’s even a gray-aro ace character! - it’s about oppression and revolution and family, race and gender and religion. Absolutely compulsory reading.

Ask Baba Yaga by Taisia Kitaiskaia is a collection of excerpts from a kind of agony aunt column written by Baba Yaga, the witch of Russian mythology, the kind of thing where people write in ‘how do I get over my ex?’ etc and get answers from a woman who regularly eats heroes and lives in a house with chicken legs. Glorious and wild and fierce.

The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Lang is the first novella of the Tensorate series. Set in a world where children choose their own gender when they reach adulthood and mages alter their bodies to be in line with that decision, it follows the stories of the tyrannical Protector’s two youngest children; one of whom is gifted with prophecy, the other who defects from the Protectorate entirely. There’s magic and queerness everywhere, and traces the beginning, building revolution. Awesome.

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey is another novella, again full of queerness (non-binary character!). It’s set in an America where Congress decided to import hippos for farming meat (something that was apparently considered in real life), the feral hippo problem is now very much a Problem, and a small group of assorted criminals are sent in (on their own tamed riding hippos) to get the ferals out of this one area. It’s fun and fast and I loved the diverse cast. I’m reading the sequel right now.

An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows is what happens when you ask a queer feminist to write a portal fantasy. The world our white Australian protagonist jumps into is one where poly and queerness of all descriptions abound, with matriarchies and body-sculpting magic for transpeople and a corrupt king who needs overthrowing. One of our other POV characters is aromantic; almost no one is white. Book one is great; book two is fucking amazing. You have to read this one just to get to the sequel.

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan is YA fantasy wherein a viciously smart and sarcastic bisexual boy gets whisked to magic school, and is Very Unimpressed. It’s laugh-out-loud hilarious and fucking heartbreaking by turns, and it flips or tears apart dozens of traditional fantasy tropes, most notably the glorification of warriors and war. It was originally published for free on the author’s blog, but it’s been edited and massively expanded for traditional publication and I didn’t think it was possible, but it got even better.

The Traitor Son cycle by Miles Cameron is - superficially, in the beginning - a fairly traditional swords-and-fantasy, surrounding the exploits of a mercenary company hired by a convent to clear the local area of monsters. Except bit by bit, book by book, the plot spirals outward, gets bigger and bigger until the fate of multiple worlds is involved. The series also gradually gets more queer characters as it goes along, and there’s a lot of different representations of female strength; everything from women knights to the power of women as healers and chatelaines. It’s very, very heavy on the actual mechanics of medieval style combat - the author is a re-enactor, so he knows what he’s talking about - but I encourage everyone to force their way through book one (I loved it, but not everyone does) to get to the increasingly awesome rest of the series. 

The Alpennia Series by Heather Rose Jones is set in the fictional European country of Alpennia, and is kind of a cross between historical regency romance - except all the sex is fade-to-black - and historical fantasy. The main characters of book one are a female duelist and a woman who can see magic as it is cast/worked, who get thrown together when the latter’s godfather bequeaths the former’s service to her in his will. Along with all his fortune. I think book one is the weakest, but the series just gets better and better as it goes along. Each book is a lesbian romance, and the characters of book one gradually gather around them a circle of female intellectuals and alchemists and magic-workers, and it’s just so ridiculously cool and sweet.

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie is about Cassandra, a young Asian woman from a family who breeds and trains Reckoners, genetically-engineered sea-monsters who protect ships in a post-environmental-collapse world. Except on her first trip out, her Reckoner is killed by pirates and the ship she’s guarding goes down, and she’s taken by the pirates to train the Reckoner pup they’ve somehow managed to get their hands on. It’s the first book of a duet, there’s a lesbian romance, and it’s unbelievably good.

Summer in Orcus by T Kingfisher is a weird, beautiful book about a young girl who meets Baba Yaga and wishes for an adventure. She gets sent to another world in the process, where she meets were-houses and talking birds and women who used to be dragons, and it all seems like it should be childish and silly, but it isn’t, it’s deep and heart-wrenching and the ending is a punch to the gut. It’s beautiful. I would read it to my kids, if I had any; as it is I want to give a copy to every kid I know. And most of the adults too.

The Art of Starving by Sam J Miller is a magical realism YA about a young man with anorexia, who believes (perhaps not incorrectly) that his starving himself is giving him superpowers. It would be really easy to make a mess with that premise, but I think Miller handles it perfectly, and it’s a very, very good book. Not to mention we don’t talk about male eating disorders nearly often enough. And of course, the main character is gay, which complicates everything even more.

The Eternal Sky trilogy by Elizabeth Bear is my counter to the trainwreck that is Tiger’s Daughter; epic fantasy set in an Asian-inspired world, beautiful and queer and awesome in scope and beauty. We have a wombless sorceress and the rightful heir of this world’s Ghengis Khan, we have a plague of demons and a holy order who work magic through reading and writing, there are humanoid tigers and a sky that reflects what power holds the land beneath it. It’s EPIC, and the first book of a new series set in this world is out on Tuesday!

The Heartstrikers series by Rachel Aaron is a self-published urban fantasy series set in the future after magic has returned to the world and all its spirits have woken up; it follows the adventures of Julian, the world’s only ‘nice’ dragon, whom his mother kicks out of the mountain in disgust after binding him from his (feathered!) dragon form, to prove himself worthy of the Heartstriker name or die. Book one is good; book two is AMAZING, and book three had me screaming. This series twists and turns so much and I simply adore the dragons in it, and the Mortal Spirits! AHHH. So many insanely cool concepts and so much great world-building!

The Dragon’s Legacy by Deborah A Wolf is so good I can’t even talk about it. It’s like this book was written for me. I love it I love it I LOVE IT. I can only read a page of it a day because it’s so good I can’t bear more than that at once, I’d explode if I tried to read it faster. 

And, as usual: everything by Catherynne Valente, Andrea K. Host, and the Kushiel sequence by Jaqueline Carey. I’m not even going to write up descriptors for them this time, I’ve recced them so often at this point!

I’M ASSUMING THAT’S ENOUGH TO BE GOING ON WITH?

KarmaCanary

I’m kind of amazed that this writer doesn’t have even more recognition, that she isn’t an automatic name when reccing canon compliant works or works in general. Not only are her fics freaking amazing, well plotted, fantastically original, and expertly characterized, she’s incredibly prolific.

If you want some excellent canon divergent series that will give you days and days of enjoyment I highly recommend you check out her entire profile.

I’ve recently started reading basically everything available:

Adrift - infuckingcredible.

The Memory Keeper Series -reading this now.

Dreamscape series - read the first part and will definitely be reading the second.

Mr. Jones so so good.


I don’t even really feel like I’m doing this recommendation justice. These are like the perfect fics: highly original, LONG, great world building, in character, clever magical devices, exploration of background relationships, original characters you don’t loathe. Like it’s all so good and she is probably one of my top 5 favorites ever.

Shows' thoughts on Headcanons
  • Wander Over Yonder: All your theories are canon! Go wild with Wander's backstory! And also your creative named ships (they're awesomely named btw) are valid one way or the other, but we won't address them on the show, that's up to you. Oh and we don't want Lord Hater as a chimp to be debunked! Someday we'll tell Hater's backstory but that could result in some debunks, maybe change them as AUs.
  • Steven Universe: Great theories! Some may be true, but others may not be, but we love seeing them! Oh and you're on the money with Garnet as a fusion, plus the two first same-sex characters in the animated series!
  • My Little Pony: We made the 100th episode dedicated to shout outs to you Bronies! Friendships pairings confirmed, a Doctor Who pony, Derpy speaks accurately, and a big musical duet! You're amazing! Though, Sparity didn't happen, they're just friends, sorry.
  • Avatar the Last Airbender: Great that you're making theories of bending and world-building! Though we prefer Kataang over Zutara for story purposes. Don't mind you making headcanons on their relationship changes in their later years, but we prefer Kataang to remain that way in order for Tenzin to exist.
  • The Legend of Korra: We need to make Asami and Korra be a couple. We won't address it, but subtly hint that near the last shot of the series. So yeah, Korrasami is canon!
  • Littlest Pet Shop: Nice theories. Though I wouldn't touch the main pets' shipping though. You can have fun with them in the non-canon sense, but our canon stories won't be doing romantic dramas. They're just friends first and foremost.
  • Adventure Time: The wonders of headcanons have such possibilities! Not sure if some would be true though. Marceline and Bubblegum's shipping though don't believe it, they're just friends.
  • Hey Arnold: All your theories and headcanons of The Jungle Movie will be answered. You basically summed up what it's gonna be about for all those years, but this version may be different to keep things fresh, but you'll still see the tying up on Arnold's parents and Helga's love confessions.
  • Gravity Falls: Go wild on the headcanons! The mysteries! The wonders! The crossovers! They're all in you to show how much awesome this show is! Oh, and your Stan Brother's theory is canon! So all the others are debunked! But don't mention any shipping in my face, please? Dipper and Mabel don't commit incest, not sure about Dipper and Pacifica or Dipper and Wendy cause he's maturing to find other girls, and I'm sorry, BillDip? That's just degrading! Sorry, but I don't want to hear anymore shipping! They aren't valid in canon timeline.
  • Some live-action shows (except Doctor Who): What's up with these "headcanons"? Silly fans, they're not true to my creative vision! My characters don't make out! I decide their story, not yours!
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The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon •

Last week, I went to a literary festival and got this gorgeous copy of The Song Rising signed! It’s the third and latest book in the heptalogy The Bone Season. As Shannon herself has admitted, it’s really hard to explain the premise of the series, but I’ll give it a go.

It’s 2059 in an alternate reality of London. Paige Mahoney is an Irish immigrant, and a clairvoyant that can connect with the æther. The government, Scion, has labelled people like Paige as ‘unnaturals’, so they live as criminals. One day, Paige is caught and taken to Sheol I, which is built on the ruins of a deserted Oxford. Here she learns of an alien race, the Rephaim, that control Scion.

The best thing about Shannon’s books is the incredible depth of her world-building, although they have all the other elements that make an amazing book: fast-paced action, romance, and great characterisation. I really recommend this series to anyone interested in the product of a cross between dystopia and fantasy.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I love your rival series so bad, great job and fantastic writing, so just one question about the world-building that you mentioned before about Yakov complaining to Celestino, is there any chance that you tell us the story behind that? I picture a Yurii super focus on training and Victor just being him, and distracting everybody followed by getting scolded by Yakov and ignoring him. And in one point Yurii snaps and scolds Victor making him behave or something like that

In R-PP&F I will be writing a chapter about Yakov and Celestino through the years and so you’ll see their interaction there and yes, probably Yakov complaining to Celestino that Yuuri is a much better student than Viktor is!

Jings and Other Things: How Combat Informs Character, Cultural Progress, and Vice Versa

Over the series run of The Legend of Korra there have been quite a few posts and thoughts regarding the significant changes that bending had undergone in the seventy years that span the gap between it and The Last Airbender.  Here, reddit, forums, you name it, somebody has pointed it out.  Many of you remember ATLA as having titanic fights with massive feats of bending.  And why shouldn’t you? Avatar Kyoshi made her own fucking island centuries before Aang’s time even began.

Originally posted by avatarfightingstyles

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