mamoru

    I had a dream that unless the teacher told us class was over, we were forbidden from going out the door. Our teacher was very forgetful, and maybe even malicious. After being forced to stay past sunset many days, my class decided we were going to break out every night. Eventually our attempts led us to discovering rifts in space-time where we could warp. So we never used the door. Checkmate.

    turbro

    the window

    mamoru

    what? you going to critique my dreams? my subconscious creations, that I did by accident, while asleep? the chemicals in my brain? are you going to use your foul eyes and dissect all of the plotholes in my dreams? you going to critique the weather? harass the clouds? make fun of thunder for being off key? remind me to come to your house and shred your shoes

    lovesjustachemical

    That response is fucking Shakespearean.

    Fantasy Book Recs: Masterpost

    Disclaimer: All of these books are books are either books I’ve read, or that I’ve read enough of to feel comfortable recommending, so it’s biased and YMMV. Fantasy is defined rather loosely here for the sake of giving y’all more options.

    Also, if you’re wondering why ones you’ve read are missing, it’s either because a) I didn’t like the book(s) and don’t want to recommend them or b) I have only have so much time to read books so these are the ones I’ve finished. But as I read more, I do plan to update the lists and pictures, so feel free to bookmark the permalink if you want and @ me or add on with your recs, too, though I can’t promise I can read them all that quickly. 

    Tips: This rec list has a lot of repeats because it’s organized by specific categories. Scroll down to the section or sections that seem the most interesting to you and have at it! (Series and online things are supposed to have links, so let me know if they aren’t working.)

    First Section: Read What You Want, Y’all

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    Classics from left to right:

  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll*
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum*
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis*
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie*
  • Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
  • The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander*
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    I’m not your mother so just read them, boo. Or read some quality HP fanfiction to scratch that itch. (I highly recommend Oh God Not Again!, Hermione Granger’s Hogwarts Crammer for Delinquents on the Run, and Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.)

    The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling from left to right:

  • Sorcerer’s Stone*
  • Chamber of Secrets
  • Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Goblet of Fire
  • Order of the Phoenix
  • Half-Blood Prince
  • Deathly Hallows
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    Not!Harry Potter books from left to right:

  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  • Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo*
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    Short stories and short story collections from left to right:

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  • A Glory of Unicorns compiled by Bruce Coville*
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
  • Tales of Neveryon by Samuel R. Delany
  • Across the Wall by Garth Nix
  • Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell (disturbing content)
  • Theater of Cruelty by Terry Pratchett
  • Jackalope Wives by T. Kingfisher
  • Bottom Row

  • Unlocking the Air by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce
  • The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin (available here)
  • The Fairy’s Return by Gail Carson Levine*
  • Death and What Comes Next by Terry Pratchett
  • The Found and the Lost by Ursula K. Le Guin
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    Solid standalone fantasy stories from left to right:

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  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  • Bottom Row

  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
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    Indie fantasy books from left to right:

  • Alexey Dyed in Red by A.M. Valenza @amvi1323
  • Sunblind by Ramona Meisel @rmeisel (prose and poetry)
  • Like Falling Stars by Avalon Roselin @roselinproductions
  • The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher @tkingfisher
  • Digger by Ursula Vernon* (also available here)
  • The Chronicles of Arenacea by S.M. Lee @arenacea
  • Second Section: Things in Fantasy Books

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    Fantasy books with people of color as their main characters from left to right:

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  • Tales of Neveryon by Samuel R. Delany
  • Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher
  • The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin**
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
  • Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis (also has a disabled main character)
  • City of Flowers by Mary Hoffman** (Stravaganza #3)
  • Bottom Row

  • Fire by Kristin Cashore** (Graceling #2)
  • Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore** (Graceling #3)
  • Daja’s Book by Tamora Pierce** (Circle of Magic #3)
  • Briar’s Book by Tamora Pierce** (Circle of Magic #4)
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
  • River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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    LGBT+ Main Characters from left to right (yes, the rainbow is 100% intentional):

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  • Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones (wlw)
  • Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce** (bi rep) (note LOTS of content and trigger warnings including genocide and animal harm)
  • The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin** (wlw)
  • Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner (mlm)
  • Mother of Souls by Heather Rose Jones** (wlw)
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (mlm)
  • Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett** (wlw)
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (mlm, bi rep)
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (wlw, bi rep)
  • The Mystic Marriage by Heather Rose Jones (wlw)
  • Bottom Row

  • First Test by Tamora Pierce (ace-spec rep)
  • The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce** (wlw, ace rep, bi rep)
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (mlm)
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire (bi rep)
  • Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire** (mlm, bi rep)
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (mlm, bi rep, ace-spec rep)
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater** (mlm)
  • Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis (wlw, bi rep, also disability rep)
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (mlm, bi rep)
  • Weiterlesen

    inkskinned

    Any advice to other writers?

    yes. it is this: stop listening to advice.

    in 2nd grade my advice was stop writing. i’m an adhd cuban kid writing bad poetry, trembling when i raise my hand in public. i get my first (and only) award at this age, when my colorblind self sees a picture incorrectly and writes a poem about the muddiness a toad sits in, where everyone else sees colors, blossoming.at 15 you will not win awards. nor at 16, or 20, or 23. 

    but if this is your heart and soul, you will keep writing. because it doesn’t matter. it doesn’t matter if 215,000 people read your writing, or just 3. what matters is that you write, in margins of papers you lose, in the edges of moleskins you burn, on your exposed skin. you write and write and write until you are drained of it. but you are never, not really, drained of it. in the meantime, i learned grammar so specifically i could teach it, so teach it i did, in a better way than i ever learned it. i explained: there, their, and they’re are easy to remember. there has “here” in it, which makes it regarding times or places. their has a little person in the form of “i” in it. that’s about you or other people. “they’re” is the easiest because the apostrophe means “they are”. and that’s the end of things. “breath” and “breathe” are different but related things, when you take a breath, you swallow the “e”, to breathe means you rEleasE the ending. 

    and then i crushed it under a boot. a lot of people asked me: how come. but the how is easy. the lower case and all my lack of punctuation and things. i knew the rules and broke them because it was the thing to do. bc it felt weird to talk in a fake way, u know? like i was lying.

    so i told the truth. while i talked about superpowers or magic or anything fake. i told the truth. and that’s what makes it real, isn’t it. that we look for the honesty of a moment. nobody says “hey how are you doing?” “oh, i’m fine, how about you?” unless they’re being fake. two friends say “what’s up?” the other says “i’m dead inside fuck you.” 

    and you watch. i watch with big eyes. i observe. i know how people talk to each other, how they move in the world. so when she glides through the doors, people turn and look at her. so that blurting isn’t just blurting, it’s meant with uncertainty. so that things have meaning.

    people ask me: how come your dialogue is so good? and the truth is: i cheat. i say it out loud, and think: does this flow? does it rest? does it sound like two people talking? “how is that going” “here is exposition about my being a spy i was once in the Russian army” doesn’t sound friendly. two people being like “how’s that vent crawling going?” “oh, you know, lovely, i’m belly-flat and hungry” sounds much more lovely. this is how you fit in character development. i almost never do it without spoken word. why say “she was mad about her past” when i can say “oh, you know, lovely, i’m belly-flat and hungry, but like, you know, they carved out my insides, so, like, extra room, thanks, you fuckers,” works twice as well.

    and then i throw it out. people say “here’s a list of words that replace said” so i write a story where people only use said, and it works, because the narrator’s voice is strong enough it carries it on through the universe. and i throw out commas. and i throw out quotation marks. i use whatever i think the words need. and i move forwards.

    i think what writers should be afraid of the most is stagnation. not agents or how the audience will take them or how the world will scoop up words or anything. just the healthy fear of constantly rewriting the same thing in different words. that’s the true fear. and this isn’t to say that you can’t write about the same emotions or people. but everything should be a new exploration into a concept. kind of a tall order. 

    so i’ll say this. who gives a shit. if you spend 4 years writing a love poetry blog to your significant other, he still ends up hating your poetry. if you write to the wrong person, you feel stupid and numb, endless. in a bad way, i mean.

    so write for yourself, always. who cares about notes. i write dumb shit all the time. write because it’s the only thing worth doing. write because people told you to stop.

    people ask me all the time “how did you do that!” but the truth is all you need to do is look at the number of posts. at the end of six thousand, you find a way around your land. 

    and you find your voice. and that’s all that matters, in the end.

    positivi-tees

    You can join the movement here and to any of you struggling out there just know that: It Is Going To Be Okay

    cockyhorror

    I actually can’t wait to get mine, this is such a wonderful concept💕

    windyturtletalks

    This post made me choke up and get misty eyed. I have made 7 attempts on my own life starting at the age of 11.

    It does get better. It is going to be okay.

    gail-wolfe

    Honestly, some people underestimate just how much a small statement can help someone.

    chellybucks

    Immediately had to buy this. On my way home from work there are a few houses with signs that say “you are worth it” and “don’t give up” and honestly it means so much.

    culturistjack-deactivated201804

    I'd very much like to punch a feminist.

    I’d never, ever hurt a lady but I’d be happy to punch a feminist. It’d bring me great joy.

    olisaurusrex
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    I’m 6’2 and weigh 180lbs

    ready when you are

    thattallsummonerguy

    Or if you’d like to have some more options….

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    I’m 6’4” 228 pounds and have 9 years of combined martial arts training and 3 years of being a Line Backer in football. Just in case you are looking for variety.

    adventureathlete
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    what about a lady and a feminist. warning, combatives certified soldier.

    ggothclaudia

    im tiny, i’m like 5′4 and 130 lbs but u can fight me too

    tiny-septic-box-sam

    Reblogging for the last one cuz that’s adorable

    likeits1995

    SO PROUD

    super-ghostbuster

    The Fantastic 4 we deserve

    paganlesbean

    OMG IVE ONLY SEEN THIS POST IN SCREEN SHOTS

    counting-sinful-stars

    We will all protect the small one.