Top 5 magic systems

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHello! Happy Hump Day! It’s been a while since I’ve done a Top 5 Wednesday post – this topic seemed neat, though.

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AonDor in Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris (Elantris, #1)

AonDor, a magic system in Elantris, was used by the Elantrians before the Shaod struck and rendered the city a ruin. The system involved drawing symbols, or Aons, to summon power and perform feats. In the book, one of the main characters experiments with the symbols, but soon finds that the magic flow of the system seems to be cut off for some reason, and the Aons are not functioning as they should. This is a really neat book, if you haven’t read it yet. Very atmospheric.

Shinigami magic in Death Note by Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)

While the magic system in Death Note is never really explained, it’s still really cool. At the beginning of the series, the god of death Ryuk drops his Death Note in the human world. The main character finds it. Inside are written instructions: “The human whose name is written in this note shall die“. From there, the plot explodes with the main character using this notebook for a very gray purpose. But really, a notebook that kills people. Pretty magical if you ask me.

Sympathy in the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

But Emily, you rant about this series all the time! Yes I do, but as I’ve mentioned, I basically dig everything about this series except the main character. So this magic system is pretty neat. It boils down to what is essentially entanglement, but they don’t call it that. A sympathic bond is created between two objects and what happens to one happens to the other. More powerful users of the magic can have multiple links going at once. I think it’s cool.

The Wit and The Skill in the Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)

I picked both because I can’t decide which I like better. The wit is essentially beast magic – it allows the user to communicate and bond with animals. Typically, the user bonds with a single animal and essentially becomes a pack mate, but some users go so far as to almost blend completely with their wit beast. The magic is considered a dirty thing in the series, so the users are in hiding and persecuted if found out. The Skill on the other hand is considered a royal magic – members of the Farseer line are known to possess it, and every so often it will appear in other lineages as well. This magic allows a user to manipulate the thoughts and behaviors of other people, but it’s also addicting and one can lose themselves in the river of skill that runs through everyone, and never return to their bodies.

Drafting in The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)

This is the coolest one, I think. It boils down to colors. Users of this magic, or drafters, are able to take different spectrums of light and change them into physical matter called luxin. Depending on the color, it’ll take on different properties and cause the drafter to exhibit different emotional and personality changes. Most drafters can draft one, maybe two colors. Some can do a lot of colors. But only one, The Prism, can draft all colors. And each time a drafter drafts, it brings them slightly closer to death. By the way, this is a fantastic series. The magic system is so well thought out. Definitely recommend.


And that’s it! There are so many cool magic systems in fantasy, that I had a hard time narrowing it down to these five. If you’ve read any of these, lemme know! Happy reading!

Top 5 friend groups

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Happy Hump Day! Today’s topic is favorite friend groups in books! Should be neat. Today feels like Tuesday though, so I almost forgot to write this. Whoops.

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The Mighty from The Lightbringer series

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)

The Mighty are the group of Black Guards that Kip gathers to himself during his training, and together they… well, I can’t really tell you what they do, because that’s book three spoilers, man.

The way they interact so seamlessly together though is nice to read. The dynamic shows strong male-male friendships and strong male-female ones. I just kinda wish there were more more women present in the group to get the female-female friendship in there and then there’d be the trifecta. One day.

Sanzo’s group from Saiyuki

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I feel like I’ve spoken about Saiyuki a million times now. It’s just so good, I can’t get over it. The four main characters in this series take on a mission to cross the continent and free all the yokai from a wave of energy that has driven them mad. The four characters are a bit rag-tag and aren’t exactly stellar moral characters, but their hearts are in the right place, and reading about them and their character development is lovely.

Class 1-A from My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 (My Hero Academia, #1)Out of all the ones I’m going to mention, I feel like this one is the most diverse. There are maybe fifteen or twenty people in the class, and with small exceptions and rivalries here and there, they all get along well and work together as a unit. In the world of My Hero Academia, about 80% of people are born with a quirk – some kind of special power. The main character ends up going to a school to train those with quirks to be super heroes. So this is a group of super heroes in training, and the dynamic is really neat. I absolutely love this series. As the story progresses, they slowly learn how to use their quirks together, how to find cohesively, how to defend each other, it’s all wonderful (and really funny).

The main characters from Wotakoi

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The reason I like the friend group in this series so much is that they’re so… normal. It’s like reading about a group of people who I feel could be my own friends. Our interests are similar, the humor is similar, the life stage they’re all in is also similar. I just wanna go hang out with all of them, man.

The characters from Orange

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This one is my number one pick due to the lengths these characters go to for each other’s well being. I don’t wanna get into too much detail because of spoilers, but from the progression of the story, these characters show themselves to be strong-knit, selfless, and loyal. And this one does have the trifecta: male-male, male-female and female-female friendships are all involved, and the dynamics are represented in a positive way. Ugh I love this series so much.


And that’s it! I didn’t plan it to be mostly manga, but there you go. I feel like writing a friend group and showing the tone of the interactions is easier when you can draw facial expressions, so that might be it.

Happy reading!

Top 5 books of 2018 so far

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Hello, happy Hump Day! As you’re reading this, I’m not at work (woo, 4th of July and paid holidays. I’m gonna cherish it). Today’s topic is favorite books of the year so far! I’ve actually already hit my goodreads goal of 40 books, so I have quite the selection to pick from. All of the below books were a solid five stars. Rating them 5 through 1 is a bit superfluous, so take their order with a grain of salt.

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5. A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape From North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa

A River in Darkness:  One Man's Escape from North KoreaGenre: Nonfiction – Memoir

This is a very recent read for me, I just finished it last week, but it’s definitely made its way into my heart. This book is a memoir written by a man who somehow escaped from the North Korean totalitarian regime. It’s written in a very matter-of-fact way – it doesn’t shy away from the suffering that Ishikawa or his family felt. It doesn’t give you an illusion of a happy ending.

This book is powerful, heart breaking, and will stick with me for a long time.

 

 

 

4. The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)Genre: Fantasy

The Broken Eye is the third book in Weeks’ Lightbringer series, which is one that I’ve been raving about for a long time. The series follows a slew of characters in world of political and magical upheaval. The magic system, based on colors, is really, really cool. The users of the magic are able to visualize a color and morph it into physical matter. Most can do one or two colors, but the Prism, one of the main characters, can draft them all.

And each time a magic user drafts a color, it brings them slightly closer to their deaths.

The world that Weeks has created is so great. I love the plot development, I love the characters, I love the humor. I love it all. I’m currently reading the fourth book, The Blood Mirror and am loving that as well. I hope the fifth (and final??) book comes out soon so I’m not left in a deprived state. DON’T LEAVE ME HANGIN’ WEEKS, OKAY? OKAY.

3. Prince’s Gambit by C. S. Pacat

Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince, #2)Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance

Really, this one and King’s Rising deserve this spot, but I’m keeping it to single books, and I’m trying to keep one series from hogging multiple spots in the list. So think of it as this book with the third book peeking over its shoulder.

Prince’s Gambit is the second book in the Captive Prince trilogy, which has also become one of my favorites this year. Out of the three, this one in my opinion is by far the best. The other two are good as well, but this one is my fave.

This series, taking place is a fantasy world and dealing with politics and war, is not for the feint of heart. It contains gruesome violence, rape, and just unpleasant situations. It’s gritty. But it’s just so addicting to read. The two main characters – the prince of one land and the prince of the other, find themselves in a situation where… well, read the synopsis of the first book and it’ll be rather clear.

This series is not by any means a modern classic, but holy cow did I have fun reading it. I couldn’t put it down.

2. Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku vol 1 by Fujita

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol 1 (Otakoi: Otaku Can't Fall in Love?!)Genre: Manga – Slice of life/Romance

Yep, a single volume of a manga gets the number two spot. I loved this so much.

It kinda came out of nowhere – a comedy youtube channel I follow did a review of the first three episodes of the accompanying anime, and it made me curious enough to go pick it up. I buzzed through the first season in two days, and then I got the ‘need more’ itch I couldn’t scratch. So, my husband bought me the first volume of the manga as a surprise, because I’d been blabbering about it non-stop. I thought that I would like the manga less, only because I had just finished watching the same plot material and figured it might be repetitive from the closeness of consuming to two.

But hoo-boy was I wrong. This manga is even better than the anime. I absolutely adored it and am a fan for life. And I’ve only read the first volume! There are two currently out, the third being released in English in October. You bet your butt I’m going to suck them into my collection.

My favorite part about this series is its simplicity. It follows two mid-20s working individuals, both nerds in their own way, who decide to date each other because they’re most likely to understand each other’s obsessions. It’s cute, it’s light, and it’s drama-free. There’s no teenage angst, there’s no miscommunication… it’s just fun and adorable and funny and I really, really enjoyed it.

1. Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)Genre: Fantasy

Again this is another ‘this book and the third one in the trilogy’. Not saying the first wasn’t just as good – it was, but technically I read it in 2017. πŸ˜›

I’ve been making my way through Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world for almost two years now. I started Assassin’s Apprentice back in 2016 I think, and by the time I got to Assassin’s Quest (Or was it Royal Assassin?!) I had begun buddy-reading everything with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks. We’ve covered all the books since then up through this series… and this one by far is both of our favorites. Golden Fool in particular was just so wonderful. So much character development! So much heart-throbbing-ness, so much suspense! AH, BELOVED. ❀

This series will be getting a blabber from me very soon – I still haven’t been able to calm down enough after the end of Fool’s Fate (book 3) to articulate my thoughts in an even semi-coherent manner. I’m reeling! I’ll get there.

But this series, this book, by far, is my favorite read of the year so far. It’s tops, and I love it. Robin Hobb has a fan for life.


And that’s it! Out of the forty books I’ve read so far this year, these ones are the top of the top, they’re the cat’s pajamas, they’re the bee’s knees!

Have you read any of the above? What were your faves? Happy reading!

Favorite Books of 2017

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Hello! This is one of my favorite posts to write every year – my favorite books! Any books that made this list were rated 5 stars by me and were also added to my ‘favorites’ list on goodreads (so think of them like 6 star books I guess). So, not all of my five-star books will be on this list. That doesn’t mean I didn’t love them, but it just means they weren’t my absolute top favorites. This list will obviously change in size from year to year because of this, because a favorite is a favorite.

So sit back, relax, and witness what white-russian-fueled-emily comes up with πŸ˜€


Descender Vol 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars

This graphic novel is the one and only that made my favorites list this year. Other series I’m currently reading (Saga cough Saga) also got a 5 stars from me, but this is the one that made the favorites list.

This series has a bit of everything – adorableness, shock factor, sci-fi elements, beautiful art, mystery, thriller… I absolutely loved it. The art style especially had me smitten – each picture looks like a water color painting. It’s gorgeous! There are three or four trade volumes out right now I think. Something like that. I need to get the rest of them!

It follows a young boy robot, who wakes up out of a sleep years after planet-sized artificial intelligence beings have attacked and ravagd intelligent life in the universe, then vanished without a trace. As a result, AI has been outlawed, and robots are actively hunted down and dismantled. Tim-21, a companion robot to a human boy, crosses the galaxy, trying to find his human companion family amidst this chaos, and slowly learns what occurred during the attack years ago and why he might be more than he was programmed to be.

AHH IT’S SUPER GOOD.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)This was a surprising read for me. I picked this book up in January after reading A Court of Thorns and Roses (which… I ended up liking despite low expectations) and was blown away by how much better this book was than the first one. I mean sure, the first one was decent, but the love interest was definitely uh… problematic, which was my main issue. But this book man. It totally made up for it. I looooved this book.

And then I picked up the third book and was a bit underwhelmed. But this book! The second in the trilogy! This is definitely the strongest of the three.

This series follows a young woman after she shoots and kills a fae with a bow and arrow, and then is whisked away into fae land to pay retribution, Beauty and the Beast-style. Honestly I wasn’t expecting much going into it but this book in particular really blew me away. I loved it!

The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)These are books one and two in the Lightbringer series, which I have been devouring all year and loving every second of it. I’m currently in the middle of the third book, and plan to read the fourth this coming year. And the fifth and final book is set to release in 2018 as well, so hopefully I can latch onto that one, too!

This series follows a cast of characters in a world revolving around color. The magic system involves the users ‘drafting’ colors into physical material. Those who are found to be able to perform this task are called drafters, and can usually cast one or two colors. Sometimes three. Occasionally and rarely, more than that. And then there’s the Prism, the head of the Chromeria where the book takes place, who can draft them all.

And the more a user drafts, the quicker it brings them to death. Drafting slowly drives them insane.

The plot follows the Prism, who finds out he has a son from a woman he had seen when he was fighting the False Prism’s War, a war where the prism and his brother both fought for the seat as Prism.

This book has all sorts of stuff: Humor, action, adventure, a good cast of characters, a great magic system, good world building, intrigue… all sorts of things. I loooove this series. I love it!

Also look at those covers. I just adore them.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (Baru Cormorant #1)This book. This book is probably my absolute top favorite book of the year. It’s just… It’s just so fantastic.

I wrote a full, spoiler-free review where I go more into my thoughts, if you’d like to read it.

This book just left me speechless. It follows a girl, Baru, as her home is destroyed around her by the looming Masquerade, a remote empire that slowly takes over and colonizes her country. And instead of getting red hot, Baru gets icy cold. She vows to blend in, to maneuver her way to the top, and to tear down the Mask from the inside.

This book is fantastic – you read it and you think you know what’s going on. You think you know who’s good and who’s bad, what’s happening, what people’s intentions are… and then it’s pulled out from underneath you and your jaw drops and just…

AUGH I LOVED THIS BOOK. <333

Book two is supposedly coming out in 2018, and I’ma jump on it.


And that’s it! These were my favorite books this year, and I hope to gain as many if not more favorites next year! πŸ˜€

Happy reading!

Top 5 (Worst) Books of the Year

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Happy Hump Day! Today’s topic is top five books of the year, but since I plan on doing a top books at the end of the year once I actually make my reading goal, I’m altering this topic a bit to do the top five worst books of the year. I figured it’d be fun.

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At the time of writing this, I’ve read 48 books. I hope to round it to 50 by the new year, and the ones I’m currently reading I’m really liking, so the likelihood of them ending up on this list are minimal. They might end up on the ‘top’ though, so that’s why I wanted to wait a bit on that post.

Anyways, here we go!


5. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)3 stars. I didn’t hate this book…. but considering only four of the books I read this year were 2 stars or less, I needed to pick a 3 star book to add to this list. Out of my 3 star reads for this year, this is the one I liked the least.

This book, plot-wise, I liked. Character-wise, I liked. But writing? I did not like the writing in this book. I’ve been feeling that Martin’s writing was not for me for a couple books now, but this one really drove it home for me. It’s unnecessarily thick and its verbiage is way too descriptive when it comes to women’s bodies, especially when the description is not needed at all. I know exactly how big each female character’s boobs are, and none of those boobs were relevant for the scenes they were in.

I listened to this on audio, and even then, it was a chore for me. I dragged myself through it. And as much as I want to know what happens next, I’m hesitant to pick up Winds of Winter when (if…) it comes out.

4. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)2.75 stars. I’m just rippin’ up all the beloved fantasy in this post, I think. Any of you know even remotely follow my blog know that I didn’t like this book. I wrote a bit of a rant on this one, detailing the reasons in greater exhaustion, but the main reason I disliked this book was the main character. Kvothe just kills me. He’s a Mary Sue, and if he’s not, if he’s just describing his own life in an inflated way, then he’s an arrogant, insecure individual who feels the need to bolster his own life beyond believability. Either way, he really ruins the book for me. The rest of the book I rather liked. Heck, I even gave the first volume in this series four stars… I was iffy about Kvothe in that one, but in this one, he jumped headlong into insufferable, and my enjoyment of the book melted away because of it.

3. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

2.5 stars. This is the last ‘popular’ fantasy novel I’m going to list, I promise. This book was so built up for me. I had heard so much about Tolkien’s beautiful if not difficult writing, about his world building, about his storytelling. I went into this expecting to love it, and I think that’s why I was let down so hard. This book was not for me. I felt like scenes were rushed, the I barely knew any of the character’s personalities, that the only context I had for the world it took place in was from the movies.

This book was an utter disappointment for me.

 

2. Blankets by Craig Thompson

Blankets2.5 stars. This book was a weird experience for me. I really liked probably the first two thirds of it, but I found the ending totally pointless. I get that it’s a memoir, but like… why would you leave off there? There’s obviously more to your life – you’re writing the thing several years later. Why leave off on such an anti-climax? It took my liking for the book and smushed it into the ground. I actually got rid of the thing shortly after finishing it – I donated it to the local charity shop, and I hope that somebody picks it up and absolutely loves it. All books deserved to be adored, I just wasn’t the person for this book.

1. Weaveworld by Clive Barker

WeaveworldNot rated. This is my one and only DNF of the year. And as is my custom, if I quit a book before I hit the 50% mark, I don’t rate it out of fairness to the other half the book that could have potentially been better.

But this book, man.

And I feel awful that this is the one book I didn’t finish, as it was a book my mom lent me, one that she loves. It’s one of her all-time favorites and I just couldn’t do it. I have no idea what she sees in it. I gave it back to her and nicely (hopefully) told her that I tried, but it just wasn’t for me.

Like, I didn’t get the point of anything. This magical world that is supposed to be locked in a carpet, I had no idea why I was supposed to love it. It was told it was great in the book, but like why. You can just tell me ‘oh this is wonderful because I the author say so’ and then not do anything to back up the claim. I felt nothing for the characters, the magic, the plot, the setting. I ended up skimming for about forty pages before I just called it quits at just under half way through. I just couldn’t do it.

So while I didn’t leave a rating, this was my least favorite book of the year.


So, did I steam you up about any of these? Neat! Different opinions are fun. πŸ˜€

See you tomorrow!

Favorite Christmas Movies

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A Christmas Carol (The Patrick Stewart version)

I have such a fondness for Patrick Stewart and I always will. <33 Below is a clip of the movie – I couldn’t find a trailer.

A Christmas Story

Yep, I’m one of those peeps that actually watches TBS’s 24-hours-of-a-Christmas-Story. It’s such a great movie. πŸ˜€

The Santa Clause

I’ve actually already watched this once this year, hawhaw. Netflix is a wonderful thing.


And that’s it! There are definitely others I try to watch every year, but these ones are the ones I would consider my ‘favorites’. πŸ˜€ See you tomorrow!

Favorite Christmas Music

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Hello Happy December 17th! Today’s post is music, so I’m just gonna list a bunch of links. I hope you listen to one or two (or all) and maybe find one that you like. πŸ˜€

Christmas Eve/Sarajevo by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Little Drummer Boy by Pentatonix

Carol of the Bells by Piano Guys

Raskasta Joulua HeinillΓ€ hΓ€rkien kaukalon Akustisesti
(Finnish Christmas song)

Celtic Carol by Lindsay Stirling


And that’s it! I tried to go for songs that (hopefully) you haven’t heard to death.Β  I hope.

See you tomorrow!

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. πŸ˜€

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

 

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. πŸ˜›

I always get so excited about that camel, man.
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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!

Top 5 Fancasts

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Top 5 WednesdayHappy Hump Day! Today’s topic is fancasts, which honetly, I haven’t done a lot of. When I read, in my mind I tend to picture people of my own creation, not celebrities, so know this list actually took some work to come up with, hawhaw.

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


Aneurin Barnard as The Dragon – Uprooted by Naomi Novik

In the book, the dragon is described as rather young-looking though he’s obviously not. I think (this particular picture of) Aneurin Barnard kinda conveys that. Young, but hella tired looking from being so old, hawhaw.

Raini Rodriguez as Elisa – The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Aside from me thinking Raini Rodriguez is totally adorable, I think she’d make a good fit for the main character Elisa in The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

Christopher Lloyd as Pellinore Winthrop – The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

I hope that if this series is ever made into a movie or tv show that: 1 – it’s not done in a YA fashion. You know how those movies turn out. This book is way too dark for a YA twist on it. 2 – that the mad scientist is cast as Christopher Lloyd. He seems to have a knack for it, don’tcha think πŸ˜›

Chloe Grace Moretz as Viola – The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

This one is kind of cheating. The picture I added is the age I think she would have been good for playing Viola… the actress currently though is about 20 years old, so I kinda missed the mark. But! If the movie was made about 7 years ago, she would have been perfect.

Abby Wilde as Kelsea – The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I know at this point, Emma Watson has pretty much been cast as Kelsea, but I feel like from the description of her in the book that Abby Wilde would make a much more accurate portrayal. She’s very close to what I pictured in my head when I read the book.


Lemme know what you think! Happy reading!