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gunmetal-blue and ninjaeyecandy:

Do you remember this post from about three weeks ago?

I reblogged it and thanked you for the inadvertent book recommendation you gave me.

Well, lo and behold, my sister saw the post (because she’s on tumblr too) and she immediately went and…


I have a never ending TBR list as well, but I am DEFINITELY filing these away for future reading.

My dad really loves the Vorkosigan series and I read a few, I just didn’t get into them. My dad really likes military science fiction which is usually not my cup of tea, and I was surprised when he devoured Rachel Bach’s books.

Have you read On Basilisk Station by David Weber? I really liked the main character (badass female admiral of a fleet…I think? It’s been a while) but I couldn’t get into it as much as he did. You might like it though.

Martha Wells also wrote the Wizard Hunters. I’m pretty sure I’ve read that one and it was AWESOME. So you might want to check that out.

(I am so sad C.J. Cherryh gives you a headache but I’m excited to read Karin Lowachee!!!)

I’m giving this book list to my dad. He’s been hard pressed to find decent science fiction these days so it’ll be nice to give him something new to look into. :)

Thanks! <3

I’ve given the Honor Harrington books a couple of tries, but always bounced off them pretty hard in the first few chapters of On Basilisk Station. I like the idea of Honor Harrington a lot (female Horatio Hornblower in SPACE? Sign me up!) but I really don’t like Weber’s writing style/execution, and writing style kicks me out of a book faster than anything else.

I’ve still got a lot of Martha Wells’ backlist to get through—I’ve got copies of The Element of Fire and The Death of the Necromancer on my Kindle just waiting to be read. Maybe I’ll join Proust in search of lost time…

C.J. Cherryh headaches are always worth it. ;) They just mean that I have to be in a pretty specific mood for her books (aside from certain of the Merchanter books and the Nighthorse books, which I can read at any time). But I’m pretty sure I could read Cyteen another four or five times and still not be quite sure what’s going on. And that reminds me, I need to kickstart my reread of the Foreigner books at some point…

I’m so glad you like the book list. :) Hope your dad does too! 


gunmetal-blue and ninjaeyecandy:

Do you remember this post from about three weeks ago?

I reblogged it and thanked you for the inadvertent book recommendation you gave me.

Well, lo and behold, my sister saw the post (because she’s on tumblr too) and she immediately went and got the hard copy of Fortune’s Pawn from our local library.

My dad, who is also way into science fiction, saw the book at home, picked it up casually started reading it. He then told my sister “I’m going to borrow this from you for awhile” and proceed to read the entire first book on a Saturday afternoon.


I just finished reading the first book on my Kindle and I read half of the second one yesterday.

Holy shit, this series is really good and I am totally in love with Devi and SUPER peeved at Rupert.

The end.

Thank you for introducing this book series to almost half of my family. <3

(P.S. If you have any other recommendations, send them my way, please? :3)


I actually haven’t had a chance to read the second and third books yet—B&N only stocked the third one, which I bought, but I haven’t had time yet to go hunting for a copy of the second. But holy cow, your family is terrific. I’m so glad you’re all enjoying them. :)

Other recommendations… I assume you’ve all read the Vorkosigan books, and I think we originally bonded over shared love of Cherryh. Tanya Huff’s Valor/Confederation books, about a female space marine, are really awesome and generally well-reviewed, though I’ve only read the first one. (Which I really enjoyed; the rest are on my ever-growing TBR list.)

Chris Moriarty’s Spin series stars a super badass (bisexual) lady UN Peacekeeper in space. I really liked the first book and own but haven’t had a chance to read the sequels. Spin State was fairly heavy going at times, but I really liked Major Catherine Li and the AI Cohen and the rest of the crew of characters—badass female space soldiers with troubled pasts and stoic hearts, and the much more emotionally vulnerable men who love them, scratch a particular narrative kink of mine. I need to finish this trilogy.

I HOPE YOU’VE READ ANCILLARY JUSTICE, BY ANN LECKIE, BECAUSE IT IS SUPER AWESOME AND IT SHOULD WIN THE HUGO THIS YEAR. And while it’s noted for doing interesting things with gender and gender roles (though, as many people have commented and as Leckie herself has acknowledged, it’s not pushing the boundaries as much as it could and perhaps should), I particularly like that it’s a very interesting story of culture and people and consciousness.

Warchild by Karin Lowachee doesn’t focus on a badass lady space soldier (though it does feature them), but it’s one of my very favorite SF books (and the sequels, all of which I have read, are stunning as well). It’s dark but not hopeless—it’s the story of a boy caught up in war, forged into a weapon, but still struggling to be a person. Cherryh’s influence shows, but I think Lowachee’s prose is ultimately more readable (Cherryh often gives me a headache), and I just really love her characters. Plus she’s on tumblr at warchilduniverse and is really great at engaging her fans. :) 

(If you’re in the mood for engaging character-centric strories with vulnerable guys instead of lady space marines, btw, Joan Vinge’s Cat series is also good, though I far preferred the second book of the trilogy, CatspawPsion is too YA for my tastes and Dreamfall took the let’s-beat-up-on-poor-Cat-forever theme a little too far. But Catspaw is awesome, and I do think you could read it in isolation from the other two—I did!)

Also also you MUST read The Raksura Books by marthawells, starting with The Cloud Roads—they’re also not military sci-fi, and I think there’s a good argument whether they’re fantasy or sci-fi, but they are just pure wonderful, with some of the best worldbuilding I’ve run into—lots of alien races who may be humanoid but are distinctly not human, but who still make sense. (Great reversals of gender roles, too.) The Cloud Roads has just been rereleased in paperback, after having been out of print for a while, and it’s also available on Kindle, so now’s a great time to snatch it up. There are two more books in the series, and at least novellas coming out this year and next, plus quite a few short stories available for free on Wells’ website

I could go on, but I should probably wrap this up. I hope at least some of these books catch your eye, though. If you read them, let me know what you thought!




By Crom! is my joke-a-panel autobiographical comic featuring life advice and spiritual guidance from Conan the Barbarian. It ran from January 2012 to May 2014, and is collected in two books, The Collected By Crom! and Full Colour Cromulence. You can read the archives on WealdComics.com, and grab the books in print and in PDF.

By Crom! will be tabling with Weald Comics at TCAF, VanCAF, TAAFI and possibly FanExpo Toronto!

Rachel Kahn’s By Crom! series isn’t only funny, though it is funny, it is also charming and comforting and challenging, panel by panel, in great ways. Get thee this comic.

I clearly have not put enough serious consideration into having a barbarian warrior as my spirit animal.

I’ve discovered there’s a lot you can do inside haunted houses.


For example, you can:

  • be in a shampoo commercial


  • start a boy band:


  • spot some choice booty:


  • break into song:


  • see some people in frankly offensive outfits:


  • attend a metal show:


  • listen to some sick jams:


  • discover zombieism:


  • sample some tasty snacks:


  • watch someone get burned bad:


  • find something you really like:


  • find something you really, really like:


  • find something you REALLY REALLY LIKE:


  • and wonder if you left the stove on:





Check out this clip from an episode of “Everybody Kimchi”, a k-drama thats about the kimchi industry.

In the episode, a grandma kimchi slaps the crap out of this guy.

There are some people who I wish to kimchi slap.

This is so going on the bucket list.


So I got this in my inbox the other day! Thank you for your kind words! /)>///<(\ I tried it out, even if it doesn’t really look much like Itachi… ;__;

But um yes, young punks at Konoha Gakuen! I had a lot of fun with Bancho!Sakura.  <3 

Holy cow, that Sakura…