Lots of Kris Ripper and Alexis Hall in this batch.
Breaking Down (Scientific Method Universe #4) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Ripper once again puts zir characters through the emotional ringer.
This time we get the aftermath of an offscreen sexual assault and a breakup that's painful for everyone involved. ( read more )
Roller Coasters (Scientific Method Universe #5) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This book really centers Will's struggles and insecurities about his place in Hugh and Truman's relationship, which is a thing I'd wanted (and Ripper had been working up to) for several books. ( read more )
The Boyfriends Tie the Knot (Scientific Method Universe #6) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
So much going on in this book and it's all just fabulous. ( read more )
The Honeymoon (The Scientific Method Universe #7) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
And with that the main arc about Will and Hugh and Truman's relationship comes to a perfect close. ( read more )
For Real - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is a fabulous BDSM romance between two characters with an 18-year age difference. I love that kind of thing, but if large age differences make you uncomfortable this book is not for you. ( read more )
The Art Of Three - Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese ★ ★ ★
A sweet, relatively low-drama poly romance. ( read more )
Spectred Isle (Green Men #1) - K.J. Charles ★ ★ ★ ★
An excellent beginning to a new series. While the romance is central and significant, this is above-all a well-built supernatural fantasy. ( read more )
Extremes (Scientific Method Universe #8) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★
Short and incredibly intense. ( read more )
Silver Moon - Catherine Lundoff ★ ★ ★ ★
Menopausal werewolves! What's not to love? ( read more )
Glitterland (Glitterland #1) - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★
There was a lot I loved about this book and a few things that really didn't work for me. ( read more )
Gays Of Our Lives (Queers of La Vista #1) - Kris Ripper - ★ ★ ★ ★
A charming romance with a delightfully disgruntled disabled protagonist. ( read more )
Aftermath (Glitterland #1.5) - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★
A nice epilogue that ties up some dangling threads from the book, but I'm still just not in love with this couple.
Penric's Fox - Lois McMaster Bujold ★ ★ ★ ★
Probably my favourite of the Penric stories so far. Nominally a murder mystery, but there is only ever one obvious suspect. ( read more )
Sand and Ruin and Gold - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★ ★
A disturbing and unsettling story about captivity and freedom and connection.
Romantic in its own way but decidedly not a romance.
In Vino - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★ ★
Short story starring a secondary character from For Real, available for free for joining Hall's mailing list.
Fucked up, self-destructive asshole has fucked up, self-destructive and really ill-considered sex. It's like watching a train wreck. I really hot, decidedly kinky train wreck.
Fire Thief - Jordan Castillo Price ★ ★
Short story. Picked up as a first sample of a frequently-recced writer.
Enjoyable enough, but the way the love interest's disability was concealed and then revealed as if it were somehow shocking left me cold.
Shatterproof - Xen Sanders ★ ★ ★
I found this book frustrating. I liked it, but I really wanted to love it and I could just never get there. ( read more )
Daughter of Mystery (Alpennia #1) - Heather Rose Jones ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I LOVED this book and I'm definitely looking forward to the next two books in the series.
Complicated, smart and constantly-surprising fantasy with a great lesbian romance. ( read more )
Heart of the Steal - Avon Gale & Roan Parrish ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Well, that was completely delightful.
Philanthropist who dabbles in art theft meets cute guy at a party and decides to impress him with a gift of illicitly acquired art. Cute guy turns out to be an FBI Agent. Art Crimes divisions. Eh heh heh, oops? ( read more )
Prosperity (Prosperity #1) - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I keep expecting the Prosperity series to be light and airy and vaguely fluffy. Airships! Skytowns! A street urchin named Piccadilly and a crime-lord named Milord! It sounds like the fluffiest of fluff. But it's so much more. It's also complex and tangled and so fucking honest about the complexity of love and emotion and connection. ( read more )
The commitment is modest - we're looking for someone to do 2 interviews a month over the phone. You would be responsible for contacting the fans, collecting the permission forms and scheduling a time to be interviewed. The interviews are 1-2 hrs long.
If interested, please email me at morgandawn @ gmail.com
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We're also looking for fans willing to transcribe the summer interviews.
The design was meant to be patriotic and comforting -- a kitten looking out from under a draped American flag. I can't fault the idea, though it's not to my taste.
However-- on a shirt? The kitten is all head and it's huge -- the size of a small leopard. And with the shading, it appears to be emerging from the wearer's chest, confidently searching for more food...
Not for the win. ewwww.
I nailed today's job interview, or else I've never nailed anything in my life. I want the position desperately. But they said they'd take "a few weeks" to decide. Siiigh.
On the upside, Mom was able to afford to pay someone to come in and drywall my kitchen and bathroom. So yes, everything there is now covered in drywall dust, but once I clean it off I get to paint and make things look actually inhabited.
Mixed in with the fashion tips and celebrity gossip, they have some terrific "celebrate yourself" pieces and amazing current events articles.
Their celebrity news mentions the importance of consent and all-around not being a jerk. Their makeup and fashion articles talk about individuality and bringing out your best features - which are not expected to be the same as everyone else's. They mention how disabilities and different cultural backgrounds interact with popular trends. Their photos aren't all of white people, nor thin people, nor young people. Their target demographic is definitely "teenage girls" - but they don't make everything pink, and they don't have "how to catch a boyfriend" articles.
I'd been meaning to subscribe since campaign season and never quite got around to it. Fixed that today.
Gone for Soldiers: Claire and Jessica at a certain memorial service post show. In which two backstories the series left out are addressed. Excellent Claire and Jessica voices.
Above, but undermined: neat missing scene between Matt and Jessica.
The sun that's setting in the east: what Rachel did next.
Tatiana Maslany about Orphan Black interview: in which she looks back on the show, sees P.T. Westmoreland as the perfect analogue for a current head of state (hint: mediocre man in his early 70s with his power based on lies, obsessed with himself, no regard for anything not him) and thus a good final villain, and reveals which Clone was the most fun for her to play.
I have no problem with the Confederate monuments at Gettysburg National Battlefield Park. They mark the locations where people stood or died when stuff happened; they are largely markers saying this unit was here, sometimes with names, sometimes not. They assist with understanding what happened in the battle. I don't recall offhand that there was anything glorifying the South there, in the way that there is elsewhere; but it's been a few years since I walked the entire battlefield, tracking troop movements.
Unfortunately, Leonie would not be able to be there in 1745 -- and her next appearance is in 'Devil's Cub', which I think dates to something like 1775 or 1780. By that time Jamie and Claire are in the Colonies, and I don't think they visit Paris together again for a while, though Jamie is there before that with his print shop. So the dates don't line up for a confrontation between Dominic, Leonie and Justin's son, and Bree, Claire and Jamie's tall, outspoken, red-haired daughter who wears breeches (Leonie would like that, though.)
The Complete List of Racists by Michael Harriot at the Root:
If the alt-right were a family, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and skinheads would be the grandparents, aunts and uncles who get their plates fixed first, while the anti-globalists, anti-feminists and “racialists” would sit at the kids’ table and have to drink out of paper cups.
Alt-Right, Alt-Left, Antifa: A Glossary of Extremist Language by Liam Stack at the New York Times:
Both phrases are part of a broad lexicon of far-right terminology that has become important to understanding American politics during the Trump administration. Many of these terms have their roots in movements that are racist, anti-Semitic and sexist.
How to describe extremists who rallied in Charlottesville by John Daniszewski at the AP blog:
"alt-right" A political grouping or tendency mixing racism, white nationalism, anti-Semitism and populism; a name currently embraced by some white supremacists and white nationalists to refer to themselves and their ideology, which emphasizes preserving and protecting the white race in the United States.
Alt Right: A Primer about the New White Supremacy at the Anti-Defamation League:
Though not every person who identifies with the Alt Right is a white supremacist, most are and “white identity” is central to people in this milieu. In fact, Alt Righters reject modern conservatism explicitly because they believe that mainstream conservatives are not advocating for the interests of white people as a group.
A Deconstruction Of The Alt-Right Movement by Rachel Toalson at Huffington Post:
The problem, see, is that while Spencer appears to be an intelligent human being, he also appears to be well practiced in manipulation and rhetoric — which, unfortunately, those who are unpracticed in the art of writing and the training of rhetorical composition, will be unable to recognize. So this is my humble attempt to do it for them.
It is time to stop using the term ‘alt right’
In recent years, American racists have taken pains to come up with new terminology to self-identify with—such as the so-called “alt-right,” a phrase credited to avowed racist Richard Spencer, who famously celebrated Trump’s victory with Nazi salutes.
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2. I got the paid translation job done early in the day, so didn't have to worry about running up against the deadline or anything (and I'd done most of it by last night anyway), and now I just wait to get paid, which is always a happy surprise when it happens because this company pays at the end of the month following the month you do the work in. By then I'll have forgotten I even had extra money coming!
3. I got a chapter of manga translated, too, and vacuumed the house, and read a book, and just generally got a lot done today.
4. Jasper's getting to be such a big boy.
If we're taking down Confederate statues, can we take the names of Confederate generals off military bases?
SPLC releases new edition of 10 ways to fight hate.
My US Rep., Jamie Raskin, is sponsoring the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity Act -- taking the 25th Amendment ability to remove the president out of the hands of the VP and cabinet, and putting it in Congress. The only problem I see with it is that I don't think there are enough doctors in Congress to fill the slots.
Uncovering a colossal Bronze Age battle.
Russia is treating feminists as extremists in a crackdown.
Teenagers going to town halls are owning the Republicans.
Charlottesvile syllabus -- readings on hate in America.
An 8th Circuit district court judge has ruled that we don't have a right to film public officials, including taking phone pix of cops. This needs to go to the Supreme Court.
National Trust for Historic Preservation on confronting difficult history.
NYTimes: The failing Trump presidency.
We need to talk about online radicalization of young white women.
How the Republican Party quietly does the bidding of white extremists, by former Sen. Russ Feingold.
The Republicans who want to legalize running over protesters.
Artistic maps of India and Pakistan showing regional embroidery techniques.
We didn’t make it down to see totality, but my part of Michigan got about 80% eclipse coverage today, which was still pretty sweet. My son and I went to a library presentation this morning, where I was reminded about pinhole viewing, which led to this:
I’d ordered a solar filter for the 100-400mm lens on the camera. We also had some eclipse glasses from Amazon from a few weeks back.
I took a little over a hundred pictures, and was able to stitch some of the best into an animation.
Those black spots are sunspots. All in all, I’m pretty happy with how this turned out!
I also stitched together a static time-lapse, and added back a bit of color the filter stripped out. (Click to enlarge this one for a much better view.)
Didn’t get much else done today, but I’m okay with that. And maybe for the 2024, we’ll be able to make it down to see the total eclipse!
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.