1/10 favorite quotes - Shepherd Book once said to me: “If you can’t do something smart, do something right.”
So my friends and I, in reassigning character roles after Serenity, came to the inescapable conclusion that Jayne would have to be the new Western Conscience.
Also since when does Blue Sun make beer?
Blue Sun makes everything. That’s how they’re controlling the whole system. Coffee, beer, canned goods…
Jayne becoming a shepherd… this idea makes me happy. Like, can you imagine Jayne in the abbey, driving all the other monks crazy, and they’re all WHY ARE YOU HERE but Jayne just has this idea in his head that this is what’s going to make him “good” so he sticks around until he figures out the meaning of the “happy medium”.
FUCKING THANK YOU.
REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD READ THE ABHORSEN CHRONICLES:
- BADASS FEMALE PROTAGONISTS: from Sabriel the prefect of an all-girls school to Lirael a shy librarian both of whom turn into duty-bound zombie killing soldier priests who rescue princes and battle necromancers and fight against what is effectively a trapped god, you can keep your Hermione’s and Katniss Everdeen’s thanx (and can we just talk about how the girls in the school TOTALLY JUMP INTO HELP THE SOLDIERS AGAINST KERRIGOR DESPITE KNOWING THEY’RE PROBABLY GOING TO DIE??)
- INCREDIBLE WORLD BUILDING: set in two neighbouring kingdoms - one resembling 1930’s britain the other a medieval fantasy realm that’s fallen into anarchy plagued by Death NOT TO MENTION the world-weary soldiers manning the wall who are sick of your necromantic bullshit
- TALKING ANIMAL COMPANIONS: not as cheesy as you think, since one is a sarcastic cat spirit who is scary as fuck when his true form is revealed and the other a wizened grandmotherly-like dog who rips out undead throats
- COOL MAGIC: though it’s complicated it isn’t once confusing and you can’t beat dual sword-and-bell wielding, bells that can land you into death modeled after the Egyptian afterlife
- GREAT CHARACTERS AND DEVELOPMENT: all the characters are forced to carry a duty and some succeed whilst others don’t but that’s okay because being born into a society doesn’t necessarily mean you belong there
- GOOD ROMANCE: it’s subtle and forged out of friendship and trust and doesn’t define any of the characters or control any of the events in the story
- NEW BOOKS COMING SOON: including Clariel which is a prequel based on Chlorr of the Mask WHO WAS AN ABHORSEN WHO TURNED EVIL!! like how awesome does that sound give me all the downward spirals for female necromancers AND there’s apparently going to be a sequel to the series too!!
- POSSIBLE FILM IN THE MAKING: which means if you wanna get on that fandom first get on it now
- IT’S JUST REALLY GREAT?? despite it being marketed as a YA book it’s still riveting and mature enough for older audiences (I think I might appreciate it more now that I’m older tbh) just UNF
YES ALL OF THIS YES
Also, Lirael’s library is basically the best:
The Library was shaped like a nautilus shell, a continuous tunnel that wound down into the mountain in an ever-tightening spiral. This main spiral was an enormously long, twisting ramp that took you from the high reaches of the mountain down past the level of the valley floor, several thousand feet below.
Off the main spiral, there were countless other corridors, rooms, halls, and strange chambers. Many were full of the Clayr’s written records, mainly documenting the prophesies and visions of many generations of seers. But they also contained books and papers from all over the Kingdom. Books of magic and mystery, knowledge both ancient and new. Scrolls, maps, spells, recipes, inventories, stories, true tales, and Charter knew what else.
In addition to all these written works, the Great Library also housed other things. There were old armories within it, containing weapons and armor that had not been used for centuries but still stayed bright and new. There were rooms full of odd paraphernalia that no one now knew how to use. There were chambers where dressmakers’ dummies stood fully clothed, displaying the fashions of bygone Clayr or the wildly different costumes of the barbaric North. There were greenhouses tended by sendings, with Charter marks for light as bright as the sun. There were rooms of total darkness, swallowing up the light and anyone foolish enough to enter unprepared.
My gifter in the Yuletide book swap last year sent me the whole set of these books - totally awesome. I need to open the box and read them sometime very soon! I also have the first one as an audiobook, read by Tim Curry but haven’t made time to listen to it yet. >.>
This is an accurate depiction of my experience watching Star Trek Into Stupidity.
ahahahaha and I was just posting about why I never finished watching the first reboot movie. And now this. COLD FUSION BOMB TO FREEZE A VOLCANO??
Did they have a science advisor? If yes, did the writers just leave the poor scientist beating their head against a brick wall while the writers merrily dismissed all the suggestions and corrections the advisor made?
I’m a lifelong Star Trek fan, complete with the usual prejudices (Enterprise is not canon and basically never actually existed… wait what was I talking about just now?), but I’m also pretty forgiving when it comes to reboots and reimaginings and things like that. I love to see new interpretations of stuff that I have in the past enjoyed. But I have seen exactly 20 minutes of the whole Star Trek reboot. I didn’t even make it through the first movie.
I got to the part where they were building the Enterprise. On Earth. On the fucking ground.
I turned the movie off and never went back. There’s such a thing as suspension of disbelief. And there’s such a thing as Completely Offensive To Common Sense. You don’t build massive starships on a planet - you build them in space. Because even if you have huge anti-grav units or whatever to put this enormous thing in space after you build it on the ground, that is a huge amount of power just being wasted when you have perfectly good construction docks in space.
There are other things that I don’t like about the reboot, especially the recent mis-casting of Khan Noonien Singh (seriously? they couldn’t cast one of the thousands of excellent Southeast Asian actors out there?) - but the main reason I just can’t watch this bs reboot is because J.J. Abrams seriously thinks that building a starship on the ground makes perfect fucking sense.
The Earliest Days of NASA
Maria Popova, at Brain Pickings, happened upon a treasure trove of early NASA (and its airplane-only predecessor NACA) archive photos. They are really something. From biplanes to the Mercury capsule, pre-1950 aeronautics seemed to live by the motto of “If we build it, then we can go there.” That’s a sentiment we could use a bit more of.
every task, every interaction, no matter how seemingly banal, has the potential to contain multitudes.
This show was my absolute favorite of the past season. It is brilliant.
THE FUCKING RED RIDING HOOD ONE. THATS NOT NICE
Will Ariel just hang out in the swimming pool or what?
(Source: Karren Hallion Illustration)
their rock pose
they look like the wiggles
This is what I see: