So many intriguing characters, so little time! Sometimes it’s supporting cast, sometimes its a lead who’s sharing page space with several others, but there’s always someone in a story that I’d love to know a lot more about. Today’s topic was a character freebie, which I chose to make this subject- have I already done it before? Maybe! But that’s OK.
Summer is The Best. Fall is fine and all, but honestly the season’s become so overrun by pumpkin spice and pinterest that I’ll take the simple joys of summer any time over the cloying commercialism that autumn has become. Give me farmers markets and wildflower bouquets, days spent by the river and dresses. I love the long evenings and quiet sunrises, slipping on sandles and wandering outside; not having to put three layers on just to go for a walk is wonderful.
But I digress- we aren’t here to wax poetic about how summer is better than all the other seasons, we are here to talk about books! And reading them! And what I’d like to read even though life is dark hole that swallows up all my emotions save apathy! Hooray!
Anyway… This weeks list has the books I am most hyped about for the summer, which has officially started now that Games Done Quick is happening. Check it out, they’re raising money for Doctors Without Borders.
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What’s the second most popular activity on the internet after watching videos of baby animals? Hating on things you didn’t like! Fun? Maybe for some. Mostly I am saddened when I didn’t like something; as it’s another drop in the Well of Disappointment that feeds my day to day existence. But! That doesn’t stop me from talking about it- some of my favorite blog posts are about books I didn’t like, and that’s OK! It was fun and cathartic and I have no personal vendetta’s against the people who created them. That’s when things get dark. Don’t do that people- I know we’ve had the Dark Side marketed to us like crazy, but it’s still bad. Can you imagine if Jedi were real and came to earth and saw us selling toys to our children that are replicas of Sith Lords? That shit’s crazy. They kill people for nefarious reasons- why are we encouraging our youth to idolize them?
But this blog isn’t about the selling of fake darkly death cults in mass quantities by mega corporations; this blog is about books and writing and me rambling at you while you back away slowly without ever letting me out of your sight!
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Sorry about the hiatus, not that anyone probably was paying attention. But sometimes life takes a nose dive and the world becomes a bleak, desolate waste with no light, no Sora, and no Riku.
Then, because that’s not enough, your laptop crashes and refuses to let you run a disk repair until fourdays after you’ve already shelled out the money to buy a new one.
This Tuesday is all about my favorite books in my favorite genre; fantasy. Sci-fi is a very close contender, but if I’m honest with myself I’m more into dragons and swords and (attractive) people using magic. It’s fun! In a way the real world is most decidedly not.
How does one deal with a bustle in their hedgerow, anyway?
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you while I am miles from home, cruising down California’s famous Highway 1 with the Pacific Ocean to my right. My and The Man will be exploring Monterey, Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. Much excite!
While I explore the California coast, you get a chance to explore how I self identify. Not of ton of characters remind me of myself, as it turns out. Mostly because I prefer hot showers and full meals and not having to fight constantly while also being filthy and hungry. Also I can’t speak with animals.
But I mean, that’s cool (it’s not), however I do have some things in common with various characters- like cyborgs and confused people, so without further ado, here’s a collection of character that I can point to and be like, “Me too, my dude, me too.”
Confession: I’m siiiick, and not just in the late 90’s/early 2000’s way (though I am that); but the coughing, sneezing, aching, bubonic plague kind sort of sick that happens when you’re surrounded by the walking germ gardens some refer to as “children”. Thusly, no Top Ten Tuesday this week- instead you get a review I’ve been sitting on for awhile because it’s foul mouthed and kinda strange and also a little rambling. But that’s fine, right? Chances are good that you are also at least a little foul mouthed and have a penchant for strange and also for rambling.
Speaking of rambling- I’m doing it.
*coughs up entire planets of phlegm*
This review starts out with a bit of reflection… also cursing, not too much, but I thought I should warn you, gentle readers. Or maybe you’re used to that by now? Anyway- be warned.
Also I have no pictures of the book because I borrowed it from my mom and forgot to take a picture of it surrounded by knives like I intended.
Book Review: Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig
You can read my reviews for the previous installments of the trilogy here (part one), and here (part two).
Warning: Spoilers for the first two books of the series under the cut!
How does an Empire collapse? How do the pieces fall, one by one, pursued across planets and galaxies, till they are scattered and broken, remnants of shadows to fill the pages of history.
How does it rise again?
How do people rebuild? Not just cities and homes, but hearts and hope? How do they set aside their fear and prejudice, their thirst for justice skewed through the longing for revenge? How does one leave behind all those coffins in the sky, like unlit satellites, orbital memorials to friend and foe.
How do they rise again?