Thursday, February 28, 2013

I write to give myself strength

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I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I'm afraid of. - Joss Whedon

Source [Word Painting]

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A woman upon hearing of John F. Kennedy’s assassination

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New York City, 1963

Source [lost.net]

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

A liberated woman, 1895

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A liberated Woman, 1895. John George Brown
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Source [FY American Art!]

Sunday, February 24, 2013

coward of a man...

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“The biggest coward of a man is to awaken the love of a woman without the intention of loving her.”
Bob Marley


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Rolling your Rick

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Source [Are you talking to meme?]

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Book Review: Discreet Young Gentleman by M.J. Pearson

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Discreet Young Gentleman by M.J. Pearson
Rating: 3/5

Dean recently became an Earl but his inheritance is lacking so he plans to marry a heiress... but one night coming home he gets caught with a male prostitute (yeah, these things happen all the time) and his engagement is broken. Now Dean and the prostitute, Rob, begin a journey to track down his fiancee and explain the situation (it was all a goofy mix-up, hahaha)... but this journey is side tracked with doing touristy things and Dean realizing he might actually like Rob...

It was an "ok" story.

Monday, February 11, 2013

When someone tells me they don't like reading...

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WHAT DID YOU SAY?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Slash fanfiction bar?

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I was walking around Köln, Germany and saw this sign for a bar. My mind immediately thought it looked liked some deviantART for slash fanfiction, which made me happy. But then my friend explained that Koln is known as a very gay friendly city, which also made me happy.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

Book Review: The CleanUp Woman by Alisha Yvonne

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The CleanUp Woman by Alisha Yvonne
Rating: 2/5

A very straight forward read which allowed me not to think for a couple hours, which was exactly what I wanted.

Basic overview - crazy woman wants man, she does what ever she has to get him (and by whatever you can guess).

A very average book, but was "okay" if you want to just blow through something quickly.

Oh yeah, this book was free on amazon a couple months back, that's how I stumbled across it. And of course my motto is: if it's free, it's for me and I'll take THREE!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Oh, you like Star Trek too?

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By the way, you should totally see Django Unchained, excellent film.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Why I always end up in strange situations...

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"It was my delusion and naivety that brought me here."

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Book Review: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

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Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Rating: 2/5

This book was recommended by someone I generally have good reading karma with, so I was eager to read, but sadly I realize this wasn't the book for me. You see this is a real story. And by real, I mean, Jonathan Franzen does an excellent job of creating "real" characters. This is the story of a seemingly perfect family who over time becomes a bit unhinged... basically a family we probably all know or can relate too (sort of).

The problem for me is that I don't like "real" contemporary novels. I don't like "real". I deal with real life all the time, all I have to do is look around me and see broken people and marriages in disarray. You see I like fantasy or stories with a bit more "cooky" characters and these people in this book are regular people with regular people problems (i.e. boring). You see, I prefer to escape reality in my novel selection.

With that said, this book is probably perfect for people who like real life drama (apparently many people loved it, it was even an Oprah book club choice) but for me, I just found it a bit dull and was not enamored by Mr. Franzen's writing. Actually, I didn't like his writing, he wrote in, at times, oddly structured sentences that didn't always flow for me and he likes (seriously) to write very long sentence. Not to mention he likes to go on tangents, I'm talking 10 pages of dialog about a particular cerulean warbler bird and the structure of a non-profit corporation, that I felt we could most certainly do without.

Of course, I might be overly critical because like I explained, I don't like contemporary "real" life novels. I think I'll stick with my science fiction, fantasy and regency romance...

PS. This book was loooong.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Book Review: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Rating: 4/5

After reading this book I shut off my Kindle and just stared at the wall trying to make sense of it. After a couple minutes I realize, I didn't have an answer to that question, but I do know I enjoyed the story.

This story is filled with interesting characters, mysteries, fantasy, metaphors, humor, loneliness, and people searching for something. The plot, which I guess isn't that hard to explain (but I won't) is best left unknown... you should go into this book just knowing it will be a strange ride.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Accepting applications

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Would you like to order some pizza and get really fat with me?

Saturday, February 2, 2013

I kissed him passionately

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"I kissed him passionately, I even wanted to bruise him, so that he would not be able to forget me."

— Françoise Sagan, Bonjour Tristesse

Friday, February 1, 2013

Book Review: Whatever by Michel Houellebecq

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Whatever by Michel Houellebecq
Rating: 2/5

A book about nothing. The narrator is a 30 year old man, who works with computers. He is dissatisfied with the world, finds most woman vile, and doesn't seem to have any friends. Yup, that's about it.

After I finished reading the book I learned it was part of déprimisme ("depressionism") which is a new (I assume) French literary movement and Michel Houellebecq seems to be its leader... and I thought, "ah, that makes sense."

I really wanted to give this 1 and half stars, but since I'm in a kind mood I rounded up. But if you like hearing people complain about the world and depressives, this is the book for you, if not, don't even bother with this.
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