The beauty of it cannot be understood, either, and when you see beauty in desolation it changes something inside you. Desolation tries to colonize you.Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
In contrast to Throwback Thursday, I like to use Fridays to look ahead to an upcoming release that I’m excited about! Today’s is one somewhat outside my usual, but that I’m curious about: The Arctic Fury by Greer Macalister.
Expected Release: December 1, 2020
Why wait on this one?
- Partially set in Boston, and partially set in the wild arctic. I am forever favoring stories set in Boston, and the arctic is this symbol of untameable natural wild that can so easily destroy people. With two settings like that, I’m expecting some really incredible atmosphere. Plus, in a place like that, people are bound to go a little crazy and relationships are destined to be frayed. And since this may have ended in murder…
- A female-focused expedition to the arctic, especially in 1853, is a big deal. I’m sure there will be some flak towards the women from the public due to how unusual it would have been at the time. Besides the social aspects of this, I’m also very curious to see what the plan was for the women in preparing for such a harsh environment in a time before so much of the technology that makes it a bit easier today.
- This is an adventure exploration of the unknown and a murder mystery tied up into one story. What an amazing combination! I feel like with those two main stories, this is going to have something for everyone. I also already have an opinion: there’s no way anyone was murdered. It’s the freakin’ arctic. I’m sure they just froze, or got eaten by a bear, or drowned.
In early 1853, experienced California Trail guide Virginia Reeve is summoned to Boston by a mysterious benefactor who offers her a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: lead a party of 12 women into the wild, hazardous Arctic to search for the lost Franklin Expedition. It’s an extraordinary request, but the party is made up of extraordinary women. Each brings her own strengths and skills to the expedition- and her own unsettling secrets. A year and a half later, back in Boston, Virginia is on trial when not all of the women return. Told in alternating timelines that follow both the sensational murder trial in Boston and the dangerous, deadly progress of the women’s expedition into the frozen North, this heart-pounding story will hold readers rapt as a chorus of voices answer the trial’s all-consuming question: what happened out there on the ice?
It’s Thanksgiving here in the United States, and while I’m not big on holidays, I am big on being grateful for what you have. I make it a point each day to consciously appreciate what I have in life, and today is no different. But today is also a day where a lot of people focus on it, so I’ll share a few things from my list as well here. ☺
Things I’m Grateful For
- having this blog and the chance to work with publishers and authors. It’s literally a dream come true, and one I genuinely never thought could actually happen. It may seem simple, but for me it’s completely amazing. ^.^
- my legs work. Again, a seemingly simple thing, unless you don’t have it. Having broken my foot before, I got a little taste of navigating the world without the ease of functioning legs. Now it’s a touchstone of gratitude
- rainy days. I do crave sun more often than not, but a calm rainy day can be like a heavy comforting blanket some days.
- the most delicious foods that I get to eat. Some people lived before chocolate was available, and I’m so grateful that’s not my fate.
- the frugality of my youth. I saved far more often than spent in the last years, and those savings came in crucial this year with employment being pretty shaky
- speaking of employment, I’m hella grateful to start my new job next week! I’m extremely grateful I got it within just a few weeks of losing my other job, and I wasn’t stuck in the fearful limbo of not knowing if I would have income for long. Plus, I’m just super excited about this new role and all the opportunities it brings. ✌
- apple cider vinegar shampoo that has finally, finally brought a lovely shiny balance to my hair
- shared gaming habits with my S.O. and a few days to play together in the new expansion
- friends who adapt to long-distance friendship and put in the effort to make it work
- every librarian I’ve ever met because they had a huge influence in my life
Alright, I could easily go on because there is so much to be grateful for (even on the bad days). But I’ll stop for now. Tell me some of your own bits of gratitude so I can celebrate with you. ^.^
I’m reading Annihilation by Jef Vandermeer right now, as it’s been one I’ve been curious about for a while. Specifically, since the movie came out a few years ago. I wasn’t actually that into the movie, but I was still curious about what the book it was based on would be like.
So far the answer is: completely different from the movie. I’m actually pretty happy with that since like I said, I wasn’t that into the movie so something different works for me.
The book does maintain the otherworldly aspects, though, which is pretty much a requirement for a story about a creepy unexplained chunk of world that has spawned eerie unfamiliarity. My favorite aspect has been the way the writing reflects the narrators growing instability. The fact that it’s written as a journal introduces some wrinkles and expectations that I want to see resolved, out of curiosity of how they’ll be handled.
For a feminist regency romance, for a bit of cultural/religious tension as well, a drawn-out enemies-to-lovers by force plot
Drusilla Clare is full of opinions about why a woman shouldn’t marry. But that doesn’t stop the rush of desire she feels each time her best friend’s brother, notorious rake Gabriel Marlington, crosses her path. So imagine her dismay when she finds herself in the clutches of a scoundrel, only to be rescued by Gabriel himself. And when Gabriel’s heartless—and heart-pounding—proposal comes, it’s enough to make Dru’s formidable resolve crumble. She’s sharp-tongued, exasperating—and due to one careless moment—about to become his wife. Still, something about Drusilla has Gabriel intrigued. First there’s the delicious flush of her skin every time she delivers a barb—and then the surprisingly sensual feel of her in his arms. Gabriel even finds himself challenged by her unusual philosophies. And when he discovers a clandestine rival for Dru’s affection, his temperature flares even hotter. But the real threat to their happiness is one neither of the newlyweds sees coming. If they’re to save their future—and their very lives—they’ll need to trust in each other and their growing love.
Hey y’all! The new expansion for World of Warcraft released today, but since there are so many people trying to play it right now, I can’t because the servers are overloaded. 😂 So while I wait a few hours to be able to play, here’s a short post featuring some of the libraries from the game. ☺
“What’s your evidence? What makes you such a screwup?”
“Um.” I look up at her. “I mean . . . I vomited on your boss.”
“Okay, but look at all the people you didn’t vomit on.”
I nod slowly. “That’s a low bar for success.”
Hey y’all! Besides reading, one of my main hobbies is gaming. I’m a big fan of RPGs (I love the story, go figure. Very in character for me.) and play a lot of World of Warcraft (WoW) and Elder Scrolls Online (ESO). WoW has a new game expansion coming out next week, and I’m super excited for it!
My S.O. got a copy of the new expansion to play as the developers were finishing it up, and when we came across a new creature that had a word neither of us knew, it made me think about what an incredible vocabulary games have.
Here are 5 words that I learned from these two video games over the many years I’ve been playing.
Greaves of grievance, we craft our cuisses from the tanned skins of our defeated foes, defending our hides with the hides that did not defend them.Dremora Legs Crafting Motif, ESO
Cuisses: thigh armor; the singular is the French word cuisse which literally just means thigh
Unsurprisingly, I’ve learned a lot of words for armor and weaponry through these games, since they have a lot of swords and fighting aspects. But even after playing these kinds of games for years, I came across a new one!
Also please acknowledge how beautiful and clever and just linguistically delightful that sentence is. I adore it.Continue reading “5 Words I Learned From Video Games”
Hey y’all! In contrast to Throwback Thursday, I like to use Fridays to write about an upcoming release I’m excited about! Today’s is a new adaptation of an old classic… that I have still never read. Maybe this graphic novel will be my entry point to Frank Herbert’s Dune!
Expected Release: November 24, 2020
Why wait on this one?
- I’m excited to have an approachable path to this intimidating book. Though it seems to have all the elements I would enjoy — a fantastic new world, a dramatic environment, a zero-to-hero character, betrayal — I’m not 100% sure I actually WILL. A graphic novel might help bridge any barriers to writing style or dryness that could pop up in the original 600+ page prose.
- By all expectations, this story seems like an EXCELLENT candidate for a graphic novel adaptation. The desert world alone is ripe with possibilities for stunning landscapes and stark contrasts to really breathe life into the story. Just look at the cover above! I have very high hopes for the art with this.
- If I like this “part 1” graphic novel, I will probably read the original someday as well. It’s a good sampler, and I desperately want to read this ultimate-classic kind of book for the world of science fiction. This is like my chance to read a little taste of the overall story, but not have to commit to the entire Beast.
Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for. When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream. Dune is a powerful, fanstastical tale that takes an unprecedented look into our universe, and is transformed by the graphic novel format. Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s adaptation retains the integrity of the original novel, and Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín’s magnificent illustrations, along with cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz, bring the book to life for a new generation of readers.
“But you didn’t just say you were sorry. You didn’t do that again.”
“We had other fights.”
“Yeah,” I said. “But we never had the same fight twice.”Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram