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Top 5 Problematic Characters

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GUESS WHAT DAY IT IS.

Every Wednesday at work, I just send this camel to my coworkers all day. ALL DAY. I’m a walking meme and I’m okay with that being my work persona. It’s neato. One day I’ll develop a sense of professionalism. One day.

Today’s topic is problematic characters – ones that are honestly pretty awful people but you can’t help but like. Hoo boy do I have a few. My brain says ‘No they’re terrible!’ but my heart says ‘ba-bump’.

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5. The Dragon from Uprooted by Naomi Novik

UprootedThis character is such a weird character and if I met him in real life I feel like I’d make a point to avoid him. There are so many things wrong with this guy. He steals away a young girl from towns every so often, he makes them work, he’s a jackass to the main character, he’s arrogant. So many issues, so many things that would make real-life be go ‘nope’.

But in the book he was one of my favorite characters. sigh.

 

4. Naraku from Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi

Image result for narakuThis character is probematic in the sense that he was in love with a woman fifty years ago but since she was a priestess and turned him down, he allowed demons to infiltrate his body and transform him into some evil creature to subtly sabotage what romance she does manage to have and then continue his vengence 50 years later when the dead priestess is brought back to life.

OBSESSED MUCH?!

I love Naraku. He’s such a butt. And his theme music is always ‘dung dung dung duuuuung’. because he’s dung. ๐Ÿ˜€

3. Levi from Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 14Levi is one of the lead characters in the surveys corps. He’s an ass. He’s obsessive-compulsive when it comes to making his team clean, he’s ruthless when it comes to getting what he wants. He’s willing to proceed with plans that could potentially risk more lives than necessary. He’ll punch whoever in the face without hesitation.

But at the same time, he had a strong sense of right and wrong and everything he does that is wrong has an underlying end goal of something that is right. So I guess… not? so? awful? Maybe?

2. The Darkling from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)I feel like anyone who reads YA likely will at least consider this character if he’s not on their list already.

The Darkling is one of those characters that while he’s awful, vindictive, manipulative, and all-around slimy, I stilllll shipped him with the main character. Still wanted it to happen. Buh.

But if met in real life, I have a feeling that this character would just rub me the wrong way. Would not be a fan.

1. Hakkai from Saiyuki by Kazuya Minekura

Saiyuki, Vol. 4Hakkai is by far my favorite person on this list. He’s a youkai made, one of the few that retained his sanity when the minus when spread throughout the land, driving the rest of the youkai crazy.

The best part about his problems are that looking at him, you have no idea that they’re there. He’s not a jerk like the others on this list. He’s not inconsiderate. He’s not ruthless. On the contrary, he’s the most well-mannered of the bunch of main characters, the most likely to make friends with those they’re staying with, or make accommodations for others.

But his back story, man. Yikes. This guy is messed up.

But at the same time, even with his back story, you read it and find yourself feeling sorry for the guy amidst your disgust. Like your view of him changes forever but you still want him to end up happy.

Buh. I need to reread this series again. <33

 

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Posted by on 11/08/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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November Currently Reading | ’17

Currently Reading

Hello! Happy November.

I’m slowly getting back on track with my regular posting schedule (Sun-Wed-Sat). I say ‘slowly’ because hey, this post is a day late.

If you haven’t read any posts in a while, I moved recently. I’m still unpacking, still running into things that I realize I don’t have until I need them direly (like a tube to drain the washing machine. Why that never occurred to me I don’t know).

So recently I haven’t been reading much. Today was the first day I picked up a physical book in about two or three weeks.

So I’m ‘reading’ a couple things actively:

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, #1)This is my main focus at the moment. It’s a buddy reading I’m doing with Zezee and my goal is to get through chapter 14 tonight. I’m in the middle of 13 at the time of writing this. (So more realistically, I’ll hit my goal tomorrow. Sorry Zezee friend for slowing us down!)

So far I’m really liking it. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Ready, Set, Novel!: A Workbook by Lindsey Grant

Ready, Set, Novel!: A WorkbookI’m participating in Nanowrimo! At the moment, I’m exactly one day’s worth of words behind (I ended up not writing today. I was on track and planned on taking today to write and read my Hobb book but then I realized all my cat’s vet stuff was never transferred from the move and then one of my book cases broke so I had to buy a new one, and… today was a long day, and I didn’t get to read much nor did I write at all. 0 words for today, woo)

But anyways, this book is… okay, I guess. I feel like it would be a lot more helpful if I was writing a different kind of novel, I guess. A lot of the prompts are very geared towards a certain kind of book and it’s not the kind that I’m writing. Sooo unfortunately a lot of the prompts in here are irrelevant to what I’m making. I’m doing everything that would help me though, and those are pretty neat.

Embassytown by China Mieville

EmbassytownThis one I started on audio, switched to physical and now I’m back on audio. I found that when switching to physical, that the audio copy I was listening to was missing the prologue. Since I’ve read that, I’m now back on audio – it allows me to read while during my (shorter now since moving!) commute to work. I’m liking it a lot more now that I have that context the prologue provided.

 

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And that’s it! If you’d look at my goodreads ‘currently reading’ list, you’d also see The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks on there. I didn’t include it here because it’s currently still packed in a box. I haven’t touched the thing in months. I was enjoying it when I was reading it though. I’ll pick it back up again once things settle down I think. Maybe after the buddy read is over.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 11/06/2017 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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October Wrap Up | ’17

Wrap Up

After moving last weekend and spending all this past week and this weekend unpacking, I’m back to the blogging thing. Still not done unpacking, but it’s gotten to the point where it’s not chaos anymore.

Also, full disclosure: Aside from the audiobook I was listening to going to and from work, I haven’t picked up a book at all within the last week or two. Just haven’t had the time. So this wrap-up will be a bit top-heavy.


Books

Attack on Titan volumes 13 and 14 by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 13 by Hajime IsayamaAttack on Titan, Volume 14 by Hajime IsayamaThis series just keeps getting better and better. I very much enjoyed both of these volumes and as soon as my buying ban is lessened in January, the continuations will be near the top of my list as ‘stuff to buy next’.

5/5 stars each

Descender volume 1 by Jeff Lemire

Tin Stars (Descender, #1)This is one that I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I did. I knew I’d like it, but the art combined with the story has landed this one on my favorites list. Volume 2 is also on my ‘gotta buy next’ list, haha.

5/5 stars

 

 

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)And thus ends all the ‘good books’ I read this month. From here on, the ratings for the books I read drop dramatically. This book, man. This book was pretty terrible. Mostly, anyway. I wrote a full, spoilerly rant blabber on it, if you’re interested. The short version is that I found this book completely ridiculous.

2.75/5 stars

 

 

Blankets by Craig Thompson

BlanketsI feel like my main issue with this is that I wanted it to be something other than it was. Namely, I wanted it to have a point. I feel like the ending of this was the stupidest thing, and I know I’m being a bit unfair about a memoir, but really, if you’re going to write a story about your life, at least choice a story that’s not this meandering mess that ends abruptly and leaves the reader with the feeling of ‘and why was this so important it had to be written down? Because I couldn’t see it.’

2.5/5 stars

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The GunslingerThis is the audiobook I listened to this month and the only thing I’ve read in about a week and a half. I picked it up because it’s the start of my mom’s favorite series and chose audio because I have a history of hating SK’s writing style. Again this was no different but it was a made a bit easier by the narration. I’m torn over this book. Parts of me dislike the weird fascination King has with genticals, part of me dislikes the main character, part of me was bored throughout the thing and part of me feels like the set-up for the second book is too much of a draw to not pick it up and at least try it.

So overall I didn’t find this book great but I feel like the series has a lot of potential. I’ll likely grab the second book at some point and give it a try.

3/5 stars


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

This bingo challenge runs from March 2017 to March 2018!

Iโ€™m the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if youโ€™re participating. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Blog Activity

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Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin โ€“ Complete!
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson โ€“ Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss โ€“ Complete!
  4. Calibanโ€™s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson โ€“ Complete!
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker โ€“ Complete!
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines โ€“ Complete!
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki โ€“ Complete!
  13. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson
  14. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  15. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness โ€“ Complete!
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcererโ€™s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling โ€“ Complete!
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling

Progress on 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 43/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read โ€“ Complete! Currently physical TBR: 300 even

Discard books I donโ€™t like or lose interest in reading โ€“ (Ongoing) About 30 or so this month.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list โ€“ 9/17


And thatโ€™s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 11/04/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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Top 5 books featuring neato creatures

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Happy Hump Day! Today’s topic is Top 5 {insert paranormal creature here}, so I just decided to do all of them. Today’s post will feature creatures that when I came across them in my books, they struck me as being particularly interesting or uniquely designed. So no ‘vampires’ or ‘werewolves’ in here, but creatures that I feel are nightmare fuel in their own unique way. And actually, I’ve picked out six. I couldn’t narrow it down enough to eliminate one. I suppose it partially makes up for the ‘witches’ list I made two weeks ago that only had three in it. Pbtbt.

Also, this coming Friday, I’m moving to a different city. Therefore, my posts this weekend will likely be non-existent. So will likely disappear entirely until Wednesday or so. Apologies in advance for falling behind on reading all your thingies.

If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here.


6. The monster from Monstress by Marjorie Liu

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening (Monstress, #1)This graphic novel series is a recent love of mine. So far, there are two trades of it out, so plenty of time to catch up if you’ve been planning to start. The monster in this book lives within our main character. It appears to be this dark, shapeless creature, ancient and difficult to control. At least, in the first volume, it’s shapeless. I haven’t read the second yet, so don’t tell me anything! The design of the thing is really neat. Being a graphic novel, you actually get to see it as opposed to reading about it.

The art in this graphic novel alone makes it well worth the read. The plot is pretty good too, but I’m definitely smitten with the dark art.

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5. The Mushi in Mushishi by Yuki Urushibara

Mushishi, Vol. 1The mushi, unlike the previous choice in this list, are relatively harmless. The lore is they existing long before life did, that they ‘live’ somewhere between a state of true life and a state of death. They come in all shapes and forms and only those sensitive to their presence can actually see them. This series is definitely more of a slow-going one, but the creatures in it are fascination. It’s a manga, again so you get the neat visual as well.

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4. The monster in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster CallsAnother illustrated book, you can actually see the monster in this one, too. Giant, dark and seemingly made from a tree, the monster in this book is not what you’d expect it to be. I went into this book without much expectation and came out of it loving this monster and having this book become one of my all-time favorites. There are editions out there without the artwork in it… skip those. Get the edition that I’ve shown here. The art in it is fantastic.

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3. The weaver from Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)My choice from this book is almost kind of arbitrary – there are so many fascinating creatures in this book. Giant bird men, vampiric slugs, humanoid creatures with bugs for heads, the list goes on. The one I’m highlighting though is the weaver, a giant, creeper spider thing that when I read about it gave me the heebie jeebies. I highly recommend this book, by the way. It was my first trip into ‘weird fantasy’ and I totally loved it.

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2. The anthropophagus from The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)I think that this series is the only YA horror series that has actually scared me. And by ‘YA’, I mean technically it’s marketed as such, but man, there’s a lot of horror in here. I don’t know if I’d qualify it as YA myself. I feel their reasoning is that the main character, an assistant to a mad scientist trying to catch these things, is in his teens. But don’t let that lull you. This book will give you the chills.

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1. The Shrike from Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)While this creature is nowhere near the scariest, it’s by far the neatest. This book reads almost like The Canterbury Tales where a handful of characters are on a pilgrimage to Hyperion, a planet that is home to The Shrike. All of the characters on their way tell their stories and all of them somewhere always relate back to The Shrike. This creature is revered as a diety by some, feared by others, but overall, it’s definitely unique in this list of monsters. I can’t even fully describe it. When I finished this book, I wanted to go see The Shrike myself.

No additional picture needed. It’s on the cover. ๐Ÿ˜›


And that’s it! In ten minutes, I’ll be off to work, then one more day until my life is piled into a truck and moved somewhere else. See you in a week!

 
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Posted by on 10/18/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Entertainer Blogger Award

Blogger Award

Hello! A tag today ๐Ÿ˜€ I was tagged by Zezee, so thanks friend!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all entertaining!

Why did you start a blog in the first place?

Honestly it was meant as a stepping stone for me. I had originally wanted to do a youtube channel and told myself ‘If you can maintain a blog for a year, then you could maintain a youtube as well’. But after a year, I didn’t care to start a youtube. I liked blogging too much – the low-stress, the friends, the lack of editting videos. Blogging is definitely for me. I’ve had this thing for three years now and haven’t even considered a youtube since.

What is your favorite book?

You’re kidding me, right?

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What do you dislike the most?

Body odor
Luke-warm coffee
My bloody 5am work alarm
Cat litter that was stuck to my cat’s feet and now it’s just on the floor
The GOP
Mold growing on my cheese before I can eat the cheese

What is your favorite food item from the mall?

Charley’s Chicken California

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What is your favorite pastime?

Other than reading, I really like doing nail art. I haven’t done much lately though – maybe twice in four months. -_- I blame the 40-hour-a-week-slosh. Maybe that’ll change after next week when we move and I’m not commuting 3 hours round-trip per day. ELEVEN AND A HALF HOUR DAYS EVERY DAY ARE TIRING.


And that’s it! I’m not going to nominate anyone…. mostly because it’s 7am on a Saturday, my cold-addled brain wouldn’t let me sleep and I wouldn’t have the brain power to come up with a comprehensive list of names anyways.

Also, I’m allowed to be lazy on a Saturday. Pbtbt

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 10/14/2017 in Book Tag, Books, Nominations

 

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Top 5 Creepy Settings

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Hello! Guess what day it is! Today’s topic is creepy settings. And with Halloween looming near, I suppose I should read creepy books. Maybe. We’ll see. ๐Ÿ˜›

I always get so excited about that camel, man.
If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here.

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5. The slow descent into madness seen in Diabolo by Kusunoki

Diabolo: Volume 1I suppose this one is more of a plot point than it is a setting, but the entire book revolves around it, so it fits I think. This series follows the slow progression into insanity the main characters fall into after selling their soul to the devil. It has been a few years since I’ve read it, but I remember being thoroughly creeped.

This is a three-volume-long series so super quick if you’re looking for a chilling read for Halloween.

 

4. The neato and chilling art seen in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster CallsAgain, not fully ‘setting’ but the art in this book is so atmospheric that it sets the tone for the whole book. It’s really lovely.

 

 

 

3. The abandoned, burned-out building in the movie Mirrors

Image result for mirrors movieAn actual setting! This movie takes place in an old shopping mall, years after it burned out and was abandoned. It follows a security guard who patrols it – he keeps it and the place’s hundreds of mirrors safe.

I couldn’t brush my teeth while looking in the mirror for a week after the first time watching this one.onlythrow

PS. Don’t watch the second one. Only the first –>

2. The creepy cultish world in The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)This book was unsettling. You have the zombie apocalypse, right. But then you also have this band of super culty-religious people running likely the last stronghold of humanity. It. Was. Weird.

I really liked this book.

 

 

 

1. The terrifying idea of a sadistic AI ruling over what remains of humanity found in I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison

I Have No Mouth and I Must ScreamThis short story was really really disturbing. It follows a small group of people. The last ones? Who knows. They certainly don’t, as they try to live while being the plaything of an AI gone rampant. They’ve no way to get out, even killing themselves will result in the AI just bringing them back for more torture. This seriously gave me the heeby-jeebies and I totally recommend it.

 

 

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And that’s it! Creepy things, creepy things. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 10/11/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Half Year Book Tag!

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Happy Saturday! Today I’m doing a tag! This is the Half Year Book tag and I was sorta-kinda tagged by Zezee (thanks friend :D). I wasn’t ‘tagged’ but I was mentioned in the post SO CLOSE ENOUGH I’M DOIN IT. This tag was created by BexnBookx

Also, this is more of a uh.. ‘last two months of the year’ tag for me. Shhhh


Favourite stand alone book hauled and read so far in 2017?

Sooo… I haven’t read any stand-alones this year that were also hauled this year. So I have to give this one a non-answer, hawhaw.

Favourite series that you started or continued to read in 2017?

The Black Prism by Brent WeeksThat would definitely by the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. I’ve read the first book, The Black Prism, along with the second. Both were five-star reads for me. I’m currently in the middle of the third and while I’m liking it just as much, it’s taken a bit of a back-burner to all the other books I’ve been reading lately.

 

Favourite bookish items purchased or received this year?

Ready, Set, Novel!: A WorkbookI can’t think of any book-related things I bought this year that weren’t actually books! The closest I can come up with is the Ready Set Novel workbook I purchased for Nanowrimo this year! I’m currently in the middle of it and my novel is more fleshed out now than it ever has been, haha. I’ve rewritten the same novel over and over for ages now and I really want it to actually get finished this year. PLEASE OH PLEASE.

Favourite debut author?

I feel like I’m going to be bad at a lot of these questions, hahaha. I didn’t read any 2017 debut authors this year.

Favourite under-hyped book that you read this year?

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth DickinsonThe Traitor Baru Cormorantย by Seth Dickinson. This lovely piece of art has only 5000-something reviews on goodreads. IT DESERVES SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT, MAN.

 

 

Favourite book read this year that you were late to the party on?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingThat would be the Harry Potter illustrated editions. I’ve been buying them since they came out (just bought the third) but haven’t actually read them until very recently. I waited too long, I think. They’re so lovely. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Potential favourite that you havenโ€™t got around to reading yet?

The Bear and the Nightingale (The Winternight Trilogy #1)I feel like I’ll really love The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. It’s a recent purchase for me – in the last haul I did before I banned myself. It just speaks to me, man.

 

 

Favourite re-read in 2017?

…unless you count Harry Potter from above, I haven’t reread anything… :”D

Favourite cover on a book released this year?

Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A BookEveryone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book by Jomny Sun. This looks like an adorably cute book and I really like this cover. Do I own it? No. Will I likely read it this year? …No. Book ban. Next year! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

(Optional) Favourite book box this year?

I don’t get any sub boxes. ๐Ÿ˜› Do all the boxes I’m shoving my books into to move this month count?


That’s it! Since it’s so late in the year, I’m not gonna tag anyone I don’t think. ๐Ÿ˜›

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 10/07/2017 in Book Tag, Books

 

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