I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
I just can't focus enough to do either.
Near my tailbone started hurting right before I flew to California. I spent 12 hours on my feet - and on rides - in Disneyland. (So. Much. Rocket. I even had my Rocket hoodie on.)
By the time I was ready to come back, it was clear that I had an abscess which was why it hurt to sit or stand up. I saw my doctor, who took one look at it and sent me to a surgeon to get incised and drained.
I'm on antibiotics, I feel gross, and I can't focus. I will write more about my amazingly awesome trip, because it was. I only started feeling real pain right after Disneyland, in fact.
For now, I'm really in a Rocket groove so I'm going to see if I can reread some comics with Rocket.
Just a note: all my choices are for now. Also, I'm heading out so doing the simple ones that I know, then heading out.
1. Relics and Curiosities: concerning magical, supernatural or haunted objects, such as spellbooks, talismans or swords.
2. Spellbound: books containing witches, warlocks, sorcerors and witchcraft.
3. Terror in a small town: any mystery, supernatural, horror or suspense that takes place in a small town.
4. Romantic suspense: any romance which has a significant sub-plot that involves mystery, thriller or suspense.
5. Supernatural: mystery, suspense or horror books which include elements that defy current understanding of the natural world, including magic, witchcraft and/or crypto-zoological aspects.
Murder of Crows.
6. Deadlands: elements of the undead - zombies, wights, vampires and other revenants.
7. Modern Noir: mystery with noir elements, including authors like James Ellroy, Ian Rankin, anything that falls generally under the category of Nordic Noir, Tartan Noir, Granite Noir, etc.
8. Country house mystery: a closed circle murder set during a gathering like a house party.
9. Cryptozoologist: any supernatural creature, from Ammit to Ziz;
Hot and Sweaty Rex
10. Creepy Carnivals: horror/mystery/supernatural/suspense set in or concerning a carnival, amusement park, or other party/festival.
11. Baker Street Irregulars: mystery that involves children/teens in crime solving.
12. Modern Masters of Horror: horror published in or after 2000.
13. Free Space - Visions in Silver
14. Classic horror: horror fiction that was published prior to 1980;
15. Southern Gothic: mystery, supernatural, suspense or horror set in the Southern part of the United States.
16. Shifters: werewolves, skin-walkers and all other therianthropes.
Marked in Flesh
17. A Grimm Tale: any fairy tale or retelling of fairy tales, folklore, legends, etc.
18. Fear the Drowning Deep: mystery, suspense, supernatural or horror books with sea-related elements: sea creatures, ships, shipwrecks, and/or sharks.
19. Genre: Horror: anything that fits into the horror genre
20. Doomsday: anything related to the end of the world, doomsday cults, or a post-apocalypse world.
21. Slasher Stories: books that share the tropes of classic slasher movies: teen characters, indestructible killers and/or multiple victims.
22. 13: any book that relates to bad luck, superstitions, including (but not limited to) black cats, ravens or crows, or the unlucky number 13, either in the title, series, book cover or page count.
Etched in Bone
23. Cozy mystery: a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community.
24. Gothic: any book with significant: a genre or mode of literature and film that combines fiction and horror, death, and at times romance
25. New release: mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural that was published after 10/31/17.
Wild Card: Haven't chosen yet.
I'm up for recommendations, but am in the midst of my dinosaur research project. Anything with dinosaurs in the books will likely make it, anything without it? We'll see.
"As for his due on that fine evening... she is quite the healthy filly, with a strong back and wide hips. Of course, this could just be a trademark of the guise she's in... but I can sense beneath the costume, her actual body conforms nicely to the polysuit."
Of course, why wouldn't he be able to tell? There's so much male gaze and objectifying women in this, to be honest.
Page 20 and we've got a T-Rex in a human guise - how? - and dinosaurs in human guises sleeping with humans, so my suspension of disbelief has gone out the window.
Nonetheless, it's a fun noir detective story - a genre I'm usually not into - because velociraptor. I love me some raptors.
She said it was about a T-rex detective, but she was wrong. He's a velociraptor, it's fun, but it's also set in a human world where dinosaur didn't go extinct. They were human guises - disguises - and the humans don't know about them, and I'm side-eyeing the book because how is that possible?
This book is simply excellent so far.
I mean, he tends to go off for pages on end about turtles or the biological evolution of plants with I simply don't care about, but other than that I have no complaints.
Nothing earth shattering, at least not yet, so I won't be continuing with this. I think I got this for free via Marvel because they're promoting the show; all I know is I redeemed my comics today and this showed up.
The art is average, and so is the storyline. Add to that I prefer ongoing series to mini-series and I see no reason to continue.
I had a migraine that was so bad, I ended up crying on the phone and people rushed to my aid. I was on what my mom called a cocktail of three pills - all legal drugs, all given to me by doctors or over the counter drugs. I still could barely function.
It was, by far, the worst migraine I've ever had and I spent the next couple of days either barely able to function, at work before I detonated, or waiting for the migraine to come back.
I'm back now, though. I'm still feeling gross physically: the humidity is making my heart rate issues worse, and so I plan on allowing myself to rest and I'm going to do a lot of reading in the next couple of days. I'm knitting while reading, so I'm reading on my computer right now.
I want to write some short stories - possibly leading to something bigger - about raptors. Specifically my favorites: velociraptors, although I'll probably go the Crichton route and fudge a bit. Real velociraptors were about as large as turkeys - and as smart, and they were amongst the smartest of the dinosaurs. They were also feathered.
Especially if I do a humans living a world of dinosaur book? I'm going to make them a little more badass.
I want them to have edge.
This is mostly ordered: my mom is requiring me to do this so I will shut up about not having enough books. I've not been happy with Blue from Jurassic World fanfic, either. So I'll be binging on dinosaur books for a while, because as my mom has said on different occasions:
1. it will keep me occupied
2. it will shut me up about not having enough books about my favorite raptors.
Wish me luck.
Velociraptor? Check. Space adventures? Check. Comic books? It is one, although not traditionally paced and more painterly illustrations than is usual in American comic books. Also, mechanical things, although nothing with AI. (If they did have one with AI, my brain might explode from happiness.)
Got this from the library, and may have to own the two that are out and the third one coming out soon. Lushly illustrated, the colors gorgeous and striking, and a clever storyline about a problem on one of Jurassica's moons.
Needless to say, I hope that Captain Raptor has many, many more adventures in the future. I will read them all.
It was an outside version, with actual interactive parts, and a weird 60s/70s update. Weird in a good way. Or at least my mom and I thought so, although my dad liked the second half better.
I also won their raffle, which is half of the ticket money, so that was nice because it's going to pay for some comics!
Also, lots of 'oh, it's kinda weird that we saw the musical this was based on last night...'
Anyway, yeah, I have one review to catch up on and I'm going to do that right now. I planned on getting more reading done, but Shakespeare instead.
I got two more Jurassic World Kinder Joys. I nabbed another raptor and a t-rex so I have three raptor and two T-rex toys.
I'm gonna build me a little Jurassic World of my own...
I managed to forget what it was based on and cried at the end, but nearly bawled so loudly the actors would have startled.
I also happened to read this tweet yesterday:
Listening to Puerto Rican characters sing about how much they loved life in America - much more than in Puerto Rico - made me think about this tweet. I'm almost happy I'd never seen the whole thing until today, because it was gut-wrenchingly thought provoking and affirmation of the power of even dated material. (And yes, a lot of WSS IS dated, but it's no less moving.) Here I was, enjoying a story about overcoming differences, that touched on immigration and the Othering of people, while it's happening on our borders: people are being dehumanized through acts like this. How powerful these songs were, more so than when I'd heard them before. (And yes, I'd managed to hear most of the songs without having seen the whole thing.)
How odd the dissonance between what was happening on stage and in real life. This dissonance managed to make the musical seem that much more idealistic, and made it that much more important to me to reach for that idealism.
And I felt guilty for enjoying it despite what was happening. How much does my life stop while this does? It didn't, and I said yes to the ticket without really thinking through this. I had the luxury of doing this, even as families were being torn apart, not just physically but emotionally. The lies told to this girl tore her family apart far more than any physical separation.
And yet I don't feel too guilty: I needed the kick in the pants, and the reminder that we can imagine a better world. If we can imagine it, can we eventually make it come true? I don't know, but I do hope so and I think it's worth trying to make it happen. Brutal mistakes are made, in fiction, in real life, but at the very least we should learn from them and try to do better in our daily lives. I'm going to recommit to that from now on.
So it's the dinosaurs versus the velociraptors, which makes no sense because it's dinosaurs versus dinosaurs, because raptors are dinosaurs.
humans’ interest in continued living.
Wright, Tom. Raptor Threat (Dino Squad Book 1) (Kindle Location 270). Moonlight Crew Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Why would you use continue living and not survival there?
the stegosaur’s footsteps.
Wright, Tom. Raptor Threat (Dino Squad Book 1) (Kindle Location 256). Moonlight Crew Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Annoyed since they got stegosaurus right a couple sentences ago.
Also, annoyed because I'm so hot I feel like I could pass out without the fan straight up in my face at close range, but I can't breathe when it's straight up in my face like that.
Can it be less hot now, please?
So I got into this a lot.
Then came the info dump that was so ridiculous that I was rolling my eyes. Looks like it might just be a two and a half to three stars: I'm enjoying it, and yet there are elements like the ridiculous science that this is shoving down my throat in great detail that I simply can't find it in myself to buy.
And then there's the fact that the world building is coming right now, and it annoyed me that I didn't have the backstory earlier.
This would have been a two star review - possibly less - if these info dumps weren't here...