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Omg GOOD. I had no idea you’d read it. Yeah my cover had like a lady’s neck with bite marks on it? Which was just sort of super confusing for me reading the book because that… isn’t a thing that is important ever. lmao
But yes GOOD I am so happy more people have read this.
I got tagged to do a thing where I list ten books that have made a lasting impact on me throughout my life. (I was also tagged to do another thing, but I’m… working on that.)
I guess you’re not supposed to think on it forever, just list the first ten that come to mind.
Anyway here goes:
1. Can’t start off this list with anything other than Fahrenheit 451. This is the book that taught me that books can mean something and have a good story. The scene where the Bible falls into Montag’s arms during the fire was one of the first times I remember thinking “this is beautiful” about a passage in a book. Just. Ugh. I love this book so much. Do not watch the movie, read this instead. Please.
2. Clockwork, by Phillip Pullman. I have a lot to say regarding Pullman’s more well-known books, and most of it is negative, but this one I can still get behind (mostly because it doesn’t betray you to your very core 2/3 of the way through). It’s a pretty dark and spooky book for being aimed at kids, and probably one of the primary factors for why I got into horror and why I enjoy writing it today. Very surreal and fascinating little story, I first read it when I was very young but it still holds up.
3. Vamped, by David Sosnowski. Before there was Twilight and the now-popular vampire hate-train, there was this book. I can’t really express to you how pleasant of a surprise this story is. The cover made it look like yet another dumb romance, but oh my gosh it is soooo beyond that. (First off, it’s not even a romance.) It’s a book about fatherhood and family and sacrifice and how terrible, broken people can make beautiful things. It’s hilarious and tragic and beautiful in a very rough-around-the-edges way. I don’t care if you hate vampires, you should still read this. It’s way more magical realism than urban fantasy anyway.
4. Nightlife, by Rob(yn) Thurman. Okay I might get flak for this one (among those precious few people who seem to have even heard of it), but I still greatly enjoy this book and its… what, eight now? sequels. It’s called the Cal Leandros series and it’s probably highly responsible for me writing urban fantasy and first-person present pov. Maybe it’s cheesy and over the top and maybe there’s a lot of ANGST but you know what I don’t care. Suck it.
5. The Curse Workers, by Holly Black. Yep, all three of them. Can’t take one without the others, imho. A rare trilogy where every entry is just as strong. Great worldbuilding, masterful, amusing character voice. The protagonist is in turns lovable and face-punchable but always enjoyable. It’s about
magic curses and organized crime, how could you go wrong? Answer, you can’t. It’s a shame I haven’t liked much more of Black’s work.
6. Monster, by Naoki Urusawa. What? Did you say “hey that’s an 18 volume manga series that’s cheating”? Because I didn’t hear you. Shut up. Hands down Monster is the best comic/graphic novel/manga/pictorial story I have EVER had the pleasure of reading. To tell you the very premise, I think, would spoil some of the magic. It’s honestly best read blind, but believe me, it is 100% worth it. Nothing is what it seems, but everything is excellent. The art, the storytelling, all of it, great. If this doesn’t belong in the annals of literature, I don’t know what does.
7. The Abhorsen Trilogy. Probably the only thing that has stuck with me from my “high fantasy” days. Again, great worldbuilding and characterization. Also female protags who aren’t sidelined by male characters ever. Who have human motivations and worries that aren’t just “girl things” or who they’re going to marry. Excellent yes.
8. The Island of the Blue Dolphins. This book MESSED ME UP as a kid. I was read this as a bedtime story when I was like… 7 or 8. First book to make me cry. Repeatedly. I don’t honestly remember too much of the story (though the illustrations are pretty much burned into my brain forever) but I do remember that it made me very, very sad. It felt like I had been taught that life sucks and then you die. Cynicism… for kids!
9. Hamlet. Yeah yeah, I hear ya. But I really do love this play a lot. Every time I’ve read it, I’ve gotten something new out of it, and that’s pretty rare for literature so widely read and discussed. I know it often gets belittled as “the one about the emo kid who won’t kill his dad’s murderer” but there’s a lot more to it than that.
10. John Dies at the End. Big thanks to this book for like, I guess, reaffirming my hopes. Not only is it a good book (it’s a horror comedy, my favorite) but it started as an internet project by some random dude, and it not only got published, but got a film deal too. And a sequel. And it’s NOT a cheesy romance or something profound about death or disease. It’s a quirky horror book about two doofuses trying to save the world from, arguably, their own ineptitude. So basically this book not only made me love it, but told me that the things I write are not completely undesirable because similar things have gone places. Yay.
OKAY so I’m not gonna tag anyone except EVERYONE EVER do it if you want to yes go.
it’s actually way too common where painters almost drink their paint water
Or actually full out drink it
Or rinse the brush in your drink
I’ve been trying to think of something more profound to say, but this is all I came up with: thank you.
Seriously you guys. The support I’ve gotten, both financially and emotionally, has been phenomenal and I did not expect it at all. But I should have, because I have like the best friends ever.
Some of you guys just like went above and beyond and I’m just like aaahhh how do I repay that??? Because I can’t do it literally.
So, man, is there anything you guys want??? I have books. I could write a thing, I don’t know. If you don’t want anything that’s fine it just feels weird, you know?
But seriously thank you, everyone. You have lifted a huge weight off my shoulders, and if I can ever do the same for you some day, you let me know. When I have a job again I’m gonna do something nice for you all.
but until then, just… THANK YOU!!!!
I love you guys.
Let us be vividly clear about this.
What the New York Times did to Michael Brown today was not merely slander. It wasn’t a case of a lack of journalistic integrity.
Highlighting that a black teenager was “no angel” on the day he is being laid to rest after being hunted and…
Salmon have serious swimming skills—some travel thousands of miles to return to their original homes to breed. But even though they can jump as high as 12 feet in the air, they can’t manage to get over massive concrete dams that we have built to block their journeys back to their homes. Now one new idea could give them a boost. The plan involves whisking the fish through a long vacuum tube at speeds up to 22 miles per hour and then shooting them out the other end like a cannon.
What fucks me up about the Darren Wilson fundraiser is that he hasn’t been charged with a crime. He doesn’t have to hire a lawyer. He’s on paid leave, so he’s not losing wages. This is not covering his expenses, because he doesn’t have any additional expenses. This is a reward. He’s getting a $250,000 reward for murdering an unarmed black kid.
HE HAD TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL. MIKE REACHED FOR HIS GUN. HIS FRIEND THAT WAS WITH HIM EVEN ADMITTED THAT HE LIED ABOUT THE COP JUST RANDOMLY SHOOTING HIM AND CONFIRMED THAT THEY ROBBED THE STORE. SELF DEFESE.
None of this is true. This is how good the Ferguson PD’s smear campaign has been. Not one sentence here is accurate. Let’s break this down:
- "HE HAD TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL." Michael Brown’s autopsy showed no sign of struggle.The picture of the CT scan that’s being passed around to show that Wilson had an orbital blowout fracture is actually from 2008 from the University of Iowa, and a right-wing pundit photoshopped out the date and hospital info.
- "MIKE REACHED FOR HIS GUN." Officer Wilson’s story is that the first shot that went off was an accidental discharge while they were fighting over the gun. However. there was no gunpowder residue on Mike Brown, meaning that he was absolutely not holding the gun when it went off and furthermore that he was not even that close. He was fired on from a distance.
- "HIS FRIEND THAT WAS WITH HIM EVEN ADMITTED THAT HE LIED ABOUT THE COP JUST RANDOMLY SHOOTING HIM AND CONFIRMED THAT THEY ROBBED THE STORE." This is actually a compound lie, which is kind of impressive. His friend, Dorian Johnson, did not say that. His lawyer said they were together in the convenience store, the police said there was a robbery, and the media put those two statements next to each other to imply a statement was made that never was. Johnson isn’t being charged with anything because the Ferguson PD “determined he committed no crime." The Ferguson PD also admitted Officer Wilson didn’t know about the scuffle at the convenience store before he stopped Brown and Johnson. You may be wondering why I say scuffle instead of robbery. That’s because there wasn’t one: the owners of the store didn’t call the police and video shows Brown paying for the cigarillos! The clerk confronted Brown about reaching across the counter instead of waiting for him to hand over the cigarillos, he put his hand on Brown, and Brown pushed him. Yes, he pushed him too hard, but the clerk apparently didn’t care enough to call the police. The police were called by another customer in the store, who apparently didn’t know what was actually happening.
- "SELF DEFESE." The autopsy shows that he was shot on the inside of his arm, meaning his hands were up, and the top of his head, meaning that, since Brown was 6’4”, either he was on his knees or the officer was 8’ tall. The officer was not 8’ tall.
The evidence clearly shows that Officer Wilson, who had no idea of the not-actually-a-robbery, executed the unarmed Mike Brown while he was on his knees with his hands in the air. Just like all of the eyewitnesses said (except for “Josie,” who turned out not to be real).
But the Ferguson PD’s already tainted public opinion. They’ve spread so many lies so effectively that no amount of evidence will bring justice. Your ignorance here is proof of just how effective it’s been.