Eurydice Howell

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#FridayReads – The Obelisk Gate

If someone ever asks you who my favorite author is, I want you to tell them that it’s N.K. Jemisin. Not that old man in New Mexico, not the lady from the UK, not even Tamora Pierce. Nora K. Jemisin. Tell them I love her; tell them she destroyed my life. I’ve been screaming her praises for the past year, and nothing in this world can make me regret it. Why? Because The Fifth Season was phenomenal, and its sequel, The Obelisk Gate, did not disappoint.

Picking up almost directly from the end of The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate is essentially about Essun’s quest to save what remains of the world, if only to have some place to continue rasing her still-missing daughter, Nassun. Nassun, on the other hand, learns how to cope in a world that fears her, with a father that despises her.

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Last Month in Comics – July 2016

You know what I just found out? Archie Comics puts the designation for whatever Variant cover you might have picked up on the bar code in the back of the comic. I’m about to start my third ongoing comic from the New Riverdale lineup, and I collect The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for my cousin, but this is the first time that I’ve ever noticed this.

You learn something new everyday.

Now Archie Comics, doesn’t always call them variants on the cover, but the bar code designation will say whether it’s cover A, B, or whatever. Cover A being the main cover, and anything else being a variant. Midtown comics also lists the different covers that way on their site, along with the artist’s name.

In any case, here’s Last Month in Comics – the July edition:
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This Month In Comics – May 2016

Hey All!

I am back again with the whole of my May pull list: 16 issues from 16 different comics. I refuse to call this Last Month In Comics because I wrote majority of it while we were still in May, and June starts on New Comic Book Day. Deal with it.

This (last) month, two of my favorite comics ended! Also, Steve Rogers came back as a White Supremacist, and I actually liked a Cyborg issue. Crazy month, this May was.

Let’s begin!

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#FridayReads – Legend

I actually read this about two weeks ago, and I almost didn’t even bother to review it, but I tend to not put any books back on the shelf until I’m finished with them. And I’m not finished with a book until I review it.

I have gained some interesting blogging habits, but they seem to be working out.

In Marie Lu’s Legend, two teenagers get caught up in a government scheme when one is framed for the murder of the other’s elder brother. In this dystopian series, children in The Republic are tested on their tenth birthday. Those who pass are placed into their assigned futures; those who fail essentially disappear. But there is something wrong with this system, and June and Day are the ones who are going to figure it out.

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#FridayReads – Post #100

Originally, I had intended to have something spectacular planned for my 100th post, but I never actually got around to writing whatever that spectacular thing was supposed to be. It’s weird; it doesn’t feel like I’ve written one hundred posts, but I’ve got ninety-nine published already and this one will be next.

Before I go forward, I just want to thank everyone who has bothered to subscribe to my blog. For whatever reason, you’ve found my blog entertaining enough to keep up with. For that I thank you, and I promise to try to get a little bit more creative with these posts. Thanks for reading.

Okay, now that that’s been said, let’s talk about the three books I’ve read (or finished reading) this week:

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N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season

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I have never been so happy with a new author as I have been with N.K. Jemisin. Everything I’ve read from her has been absolutely phenomenal. I did not expect The Fifth Season to be so good, but I cannot begin to describe how great it was.

N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season is a story about the beginning of the end of an age. It is about surviving the destruction of civilization. However, in the midst of all this, this is a story about a woman searching for her child, a student doing what she needs to become a master, and a child forced to become something that others do not consider human. This is a story of transformation.

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Joy Deangdeelert Cho’s Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community

I read this book for obvious reasons. I run a blog, but I also want to be known as a blogger. I want a bigger readership, and I currently want to be paid to blog. If this site never gets monetized I’d be perfectly fine, but getting checks for writing has always been my life goal.

In any case, Blog,Inc. talks about why blogging is good to build the brand of a creative. Joy Cho runs her own blog, Oh Joy!, and, in this book, she goes step by step over what you need to know about building a blog of your own. Littered throughout this book are Cho’s interviews with eighteen other bloggers about why they decided blog and how it changed their lives. I liked this book simply because it made me think about what I really want to do with this blog, and how I should go about getting more readers.

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Baratunde Thurston’s How To Be Black

I first bought this book because Amazon said that it was often paired with Dear White People, which was what I had really intended to buy at the time. How To Be Black sat on my bookshelf for three months until my boyfriend picked it up, then spent another four months being partially read at his apartment until we recently broke up. When I got it back, I decided that it would be a good idea to actually read it, and that took me all of two days. I don’t know why I took so long to read this book; it’s very funny and insightful.

Baratunde Thurston’s How To Be Black is not a step-by-step guide on what you need to do to be a black person. It does not work that way. The novel really talks a lot about Thurston’s experience as a black man growing up in Washington, DC, having attended the premiere Ivy League school, and making a way for himself in the United States of America.

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[Review] Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor

Fresh out the creases, I have things to say about this book.

The Goblin Emperor is the story of a 4th son, Maia Drazhar, being made emperor after the death of his father and three older brothers in an airship accident. Not only was Maia unlikely to ascend the elven throne, he was largely ignored by his father to the point of his being entirely unused to the ways of the Elflands’ court and politics.

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