WARNING: This poem contains some intense scenes which may not be to everyone's taste. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Baby Aurora needs to stay tethered to a parent for safety, so she and Fireheart are attached with climbing harness and strap. Two teen girls have a skating accident. Natalia slices her leg. Anaïs has an emotional overload and develops superpowers. That includes some messy medical descriptions. There are also hints of how developing superpowers could undermind a skating career. But the issues are nothing life-threatening and comfort is available. Consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether to read onward.
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But there is one page in particular I always wanted to share. And today, when I saw that the Humble Bundle is back with almost 100 TF comics for around 12 dollars, I decided to finally do it :)
( He used to be such a sweet boy... Ok, no, not really, but he was slightly less murderous! )
And here is the link to the current Humble Bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/books
The Death of Optimus Prime, generally considerd an excellent jumping-in point, is included in More Than Meets The Eye Vol. 1. It's pay-what-you-want, so you could get 37 issues for a dollar.
⌈ Secret Post #2982 ⌋
Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.
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Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 044 secrets from Secret Submission Post #426.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 1 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.
What I just finished reading: Again, "just finished" is a broad term since I last did this meme three weeks ago. I finished Robin Hobb's Shaman's Crossing (which I mentioned last meme post) but didn't really like it, and don't feel inclined to read the other books in the series. I ripped through the free (from Riptide Publishing, or Amazon) M/M/F steampunk ebook There Will Be Phlogiston by Alexis Hall which was okay, but too much romance and not enough worldbuilding for me. And it's odd to see that I said that (I'm cribbing from my Goodreads reviews) because just yesterday I abandoned Rosemary and Rue, the first October Daye story by Seanan McGuire, on grounds that it had too MUCH worldbuilding, and not enough plot.
I did enjoy, for some value of "enjoy", Broken Harbour which is the fourth Dublin Murder Squad book by Tana French, and basically everything you'd expect from one of these books, which is, a beautifully-written account of horrible things happening to people, and people making connections between each other and then having them destroyed. Maybe I need a break before reading the next one.
I also quite liked The Diviners by Libba Bray, although a good part of my enjoyment came from the fabulous audiobook narration by January LaVoy. I had intended to use this as a springboard for a much-belated December Talking Meme post, about audiobooks vs eyeball-books, but I think I'll have to save that for when I have more brain. But the setting of 1920s New York City is fabulous, and LaVoy brings the Harlem numbers-runners and the hopeful immigrants and the gin-swilling flappers to life.
What I'm reading now: A Free Man of Color, the first of the Benjamin January series by Barbara Hambly. Set in 1830s New Orleans, it reminds me of Anne Rice's The Feast of All Saints (which I read long enough ago that I only have vague memories of it), in that it's about the mixed-race people of pre-Civil-War New Orleans.
I am also listening to the audiobook of Stephan Talty's Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign, and isn't that a mouthful? I'm 30% in, and I have to say, this is seriously great. The writer uses the conceit of a composite "sample pirate", who he's named Roderick, to describe the events as an average man in Morgan's fleet might see them, and it makes for an engaging read. I particularly appreciate the way events are explored within their greater historical setting, for example, the Anglican English view of the Catholic Spaniards as being unworthy of the riches they claimed.
What I'm reading next: Still waiting for my ILL of the next book in the Steerswoman series. I also have a couple of Rosemary Sutcliff books I ought to read before sutcliff_swap happens (which is NEXT MONTH AIE!)
anyway - here are my thoughts about:
( Roads Not Taken )
sent to beta
had a cheeky break
dealt with life
My progress is
Mean: 5.50 Median: 5.5 Std. Dev 1.50
|terrible 1||0 (0.0%)|
|terrific 10||0 (0.0%)|
Discussion: challenges. What do you like about them? What do you dislike about them? Do you have a favourite type of challenge?
I seem to have gone a little blank tonight. I like some challenges but I find that I have to be in the mood for participating in them. I like prompt challenges with short deadlines of around a month, and although I like the bingo format I find that the long deadlines mean that I'm more likely to forget about it until it's too late, the same with big bangs and the deadlines are often too far ahead for me to remain interested.
Scherezade, full to above top of label, £12 including shipping.
Both bought on eBay, aged. Unfortunately both turn to lemon floor cleaner on my skin.
Haute Macabre. LE, sold out, full to about 2mm below top of label, £17 including shipping.
Or will swap any of these; I like things along the pumpkin / chocolate / sweet stuff continuum, musk, patchouli and frankincense, rose and dragon's blood. I am less keen on florals and anything involving lily or jasmine puts me right off. In particular, it's a long shot but if anyone has a bottle of Marshmallow Pumpkin I am really interested in that. I will ship internationally but it will cost a bit more, probably an extra £4 or so to the USA.
( things I wrote on tumblr after talking about the bunny there )
And what will I be doing there? Oh, you know. Talking and signing books and answering questions and maybe reading something from the upcoming book that no one will have ever heard before. Maybe. We’ll see.
Anyway, if you happen to be anywhere near Pickerington, OH on the 18th of March, why don’t you come on down. This is, at the moment, my only scheduled appearance in mid-Ohio for 2015, so if you’d like to see me, you know where I’ll be.
So apparently not even a throat so sore your doctor swabbed you for strep gets you out of having to eat a food occasionally if you don't want to feel horrible.
... seems legit
No, wait, how is that possible? I demand a recount!