Oh man

May. 20th, 2012 11:30 am
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Every once in a while I read something that is just so fantastic I have to mention it on here.

Thanks to a short mention on Malinda Lo's blog, I impulse-bought the ebook of The Difference Between You and Me (Kindle, Nook) last night, and started reading it right away. I very nearly stayed up all night with it, but frankly I was overcome with feeeeelings and needed a break.

It's hilarious, for one thing; the main characters and the backing cast are all passionate (I'd say passion--sexual and otherwise--is a major theme), and of course, the excesses of passion can be pretty fucking funny. The intersection of the competing passions and ambitions is by turns poignant and humorous, and, of course, there's a certain amount of laughter inherent in reading any novel about teens from an adult perspective. They're so EARNEST, omg. It's adorable.

But it's more than just funny; it's got things to say about life, death, politics, and war, none of which is dealt with heavy-handedly. The characters are living their lives, interacting with all of this stuff, and where it intersects, they deal.

Warnings (some are spoilers) )

Oh, and here's the Malinda Lo line that made me go and buy it right away: "Madeleine George’s The Difference Between You and Me is about two girls, Jesse and Emily, who come from very different social circles and political beliefs, yet find time to make out together once a week in the library’s bathroom." I KNOW RIGHT. Surely you can see why I had to read it ASAP.

Speaking of which, I am as always very very open to recs of other good lesbian/queer-girls fiction. Always! \o/
littlemousling: Still from a Cobra Starship video, shows Vicky-T with the caption "Feeling ... kinky" (kinky)
You guys YOU GUYS

Okay, if you follow me on twitter, I apologize for the obsessive pimping. But you know when you find something that's just PERFECT, and you desperately need more of it? And I don't think there's likely to be more unless more people read the first one (selfish motive!) PLUS it is amazing and I think you will all love it (less-selfish motive!)


Under Contract, by Helen Saito ($2.99 for Kindle/Nook/from her website--you don't have to have a Kindle or a Nook to read it, you can read it on your computer or your phone. If you have any ebook-access questions, that is one of my favorite things to talk about, also undoubtedly the author could help you out, too.)

It is SO GREAT. It's a m/m romance set in a near-future North America where sex slavery is legal. The whole story takes place inside and around a training facility for prospective sex slaves; we don't meet people who aren't in that subculture, but the impression I get is that it's not like everyone in this universe is involved in the sex-slavery thing--only the people who want to be (or, for financial reasons, need to be) are. I liked that aspect of it quite a bit better than eg universes where absolutely everyone is into BDSM (although those can be fun too!).

Further low-to-no-spoiler review )

Basically, if you like slash and you like BDSM, I can pretty much guarantee you will adore this book, because it is just really really really excellent and really really really really hot. And it's cheap, and someday there might be a sequel! So: you may want to check it out. And by "may" I mean "TOTALLY DO."

Oh, ffs

Oct. 7th, 2011 03:08 pm
littlemousling: Photo of rainbow-organized bookshelf with text reading, "Confirmed book addict." (books)
Because I keep seeing this, and it keeps pissing me off, here's what Maurice Sendak said about ebooks in a recent Guardian interview:

"I hate them. It's like making believe there's another kind of sex. There isn't another kind of sex. There isn't another kind of book! A book is a book is a book.

1. There isn't another kind of sex?
So ... what defines this singular kind of sex, then? Here's a guess: [redacted because [personal profile] sara pointed out in the comments that Sendak is openly gay--awesome, did not know that!]

Now that [personal profile] sara's pointed it out, however, I am about a thousand times more curious about what the actual fuck he thinks the "one kind of sex" is. Penetration? Two people having orgasms? Kissing and genital contact? No matter what, I'm still going with "uh, no, dude. Way more than one."

2. If there isn't another kind of book ... then ebooks are the same as paper books.
Logic fail much, dude? If there's only one kind of book, then ta-da, ebooks are that kind of book. Guess that was easy.

3. So what does he think about audiobooks? Books printed in Braille? Graphic novels?
Even leaving aside the enormous accessibility advantages ebooks can provide (ereader font size can be dialed up to "enormous"; the average ereader is much lighter than a hardcover and many are lighter than the average mmpb; they can be easily operated one-handed; etc), there have been lots of kinds of books for a very long time. His own most famous work isn't what most of us think of when we think about paper books: it's an oversized format, and notable for its images as much as for its words. So why exactly is he throwing stones, here?

4. Seriously, though, about that sex thing.
Just--no. No. No. No. No. No. As a dyke and a BDSM enthusiast and just as a person who likes experimenting with sex or even knowing that other people experiment with sex--there are unlimited kinds of sex, actually. Sorry about your life, Sendak, if you've only ever experienced one.
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I've been reading a TON of fantasy lately, for whatever reason, and I've been enjoying the heck out of it, both old classics (Tamora Pierce's Lioness Quartet, which I raced through in about a week) and new ones (Lev Grossman's The Magicians; I've bought but am sitting on the sequel because I don't want it to be over anytime soon).

I don't remember how I ended up buying the one I just finished, but I think it is really, really, really written for a fannish audience, without actually being fanfic in book form (which is not my thing--my favorite fandom authors don't use fic norms or tropes. Cf Naomi Novik, Sarah Rees Brennan, etc).

The book in question is Cecilia Tan's The Siren and the Sword (Magic University Book One). It's a sort of classic coming-of-age-with-magic story, except that in THIS magical university, there's sex magic alongside the alchemy and conjuring and divination--the sort of thing that seems eminently reasonable, but is always left out. This author seems to be an erotic-fiction writer outside of this series, and as such she's put in a lot of sex: really good sex, non-misogynist sex, sex that acknowledges the details of male and female anatomy, sex that is sometimes ill-advised and sometimes makes people feel vulnerable and sometimes is just getting off and sometimes is about love.

The book features a number of gay characters and relationships, a fun mystery, a lot of very talented hardworking people (though I admit it skimps on a lot of the actual learning-to-do-magic process, other than suggesting it's much more than waving a wand and showing four or five complex, draining rituals).

It's a comfortable read, and a light, sexy, enjoyable one. And it has magic! WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT OUT OF A NOVEL, I ASK YOU. \o/ I'm downloading the rest of the trilogy now and can't wait to read them.

The Kindle edition of the first book is currently $.99, or if you'd rather an epub, you can buy it at Kobo for $5.59. I'm sure it's available elsewhere, too--and don't worry, both sequels are available as ebooks, too!
(You can also, of course, buy the paper version if that's your preference. :) I don't think there's an audiobook, unfortunately.)

ETA: Apparently Cecilia Tan is a fanfic writer, who writes in HP--and came to that AFTER starting to publish! Fascinating.

ETA 2: Okay, I read the beginning of book two on the train this morning and it's got a really ludicrous sex-magic-class scene? But I am hoping for improvement to follow!


Aug. 14th, 2011 10:54 am
littlemousling: Photo of rainbow-organized bookshelf with text reading, "Confirmed book addict." (books)
Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies: I'm not usually much for short stories, but these are lovely overall. I'd call it literary fiction lite: you just can't squeeze the same amount of pretentiousness into 50 (ebook) pages as you can 300, so these are all the human interest and much less of the "omg, we get it, you love your thesaurus and also the bleakness of the human condition."

Main themes are Western wealth vs. Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi varying-degrees-of-wealth (including down to poverty but not abject poverty), divided families (by moving to America and by the partition of India and Pakistan), and infidelity.

There's definitely a reason it won the Pulitzer (and a bunch of other things besides); it's a great set of stories and, again, it manages to escape being unreadable lit-fic thanks to the structure.

Cory Doctorow's For the Win: The ebook for this is available for free on his website, and--how do I put this?--I would VERY HAPPILY pay for a version that doesn't dedicate every. single. scene. to a bookstore. It reads like FF.N authors' notes, which is to say, incredibly distracting and unpleasant.

And that's too bad, because it's a great novel (so far--I haven't finished it yet). It follows four kids in very different situations and parts of the world, all of whom are involved in some way with MMPORG (did I get the initials right? Well, you know what I mean) gold-farming. There's the professional gold farmer in Shenzen, the kid hanging-on with a group of professionals despite being a well-to-do Jewish boy in southern California, and the girl in Mumbai who's being paid to kill and rob gold farmers' avatars.

It's all pretty fascinating, even though my interest in role-playing games sort of falls on the "have a nice time!" side of things, so on the whole I'd definitely recommend it, but just anticipate paging past the dedications.
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Reading Lev Grossman's The Magicians, and it. Is. Fabulous. I'm about halfway through and I'm torn between powering through the rest or taking my time with it--but the fact that he just published a sequel is making me lean towards the former.
(This was the first book I ever bought for my ereader, so I'll also be glad to finally check it off the "unread" list.)

I also just read Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones, which was very cool and nothing like I expected from, like, the trailers for the movie. I had kind of thought it was a Japanese book, but it isn't; it's pretty standard (if excellent) British YA fantasy. I think I'll need to reread it to really see how all the moving parts fit together, because it was a large set of characters operating in a universe with its own rules (ones I couldn't have predicted, with some of them only being revealed very near the end), but the reread will definitely be fun.
(NB. It was great even though I had wild errors on every third page after buying the Kindle version and converting to epub. Never had that problem before! But you know it's a good book when you stop caring about the random <size=3 in front of a word.
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It is that time again! These are all widely available as ebooks, as well as in paper.

The Hakawati, by Rabih Alameddine
This is a reread for me; this book is just phenomenally good and I've been meaning to reread it, and then I was trapped in a small restaurant with some very loud Islamophobes and that pretty much made my decision for me.

This is a book about storytelling, and--rightly so--it's told in stories. )

I really can't recommend this one enough; it's a captivating read that has the cred of literary fiction without actually being it (thank goodness ;).

The first four books of the Parasol Protectorate series, by Gail Carriger
These are SO FUNNY. Really, above all else, they're hysterical. The publisher describes them as "novels of manners with werewolves" or something like that, but if you don't read a lot of romance or historical fiction and that means nothing to you (as it didn't for me), it's this: Victorian zom-rom-com.

Seriously--it's like Shaun of the Dead in Victorian London, starring a fabulous woman. )

If you like the Amelia Peabody books, you will love these, even if you never want to see the word "vampire" again in your life.


Aug. 1st, 2011 09:46 am
littlemousling: Photo of rainbow-organized bookshelf with text reading, "Confirmed book addict." (books)
So I have always enjoyed arguments on the internet, especially when my opponent's viewpoint is just silly.

This leads, inexorably, to my being unable to stay away from the "ebooks" tag on tumblr.

Sample quotes from said tag:
"The awkward moment when your brother says that reading the Ebooks of Harry Potter is exactly like reading the real books. How am i even related to you? Go away!"

"I refuse to follow the pop-culture and get ebooks!!!"

"Ebooks can suck it. Nothing will replace the feeling of a well read book in your hands."

Oh, and this cartoon, which just makes me see red. )

So just to recap, ebooks aren't books (because format > content), and owners of ebooks deserve to suffer property crimes. Awesome.

Anyway, I went on tumblr and actually made all my ranting arguments in favour of ebooks. Or, really, in favour of not being an asshole to people who like ebooks--I don't give a fuck if someone never wants to read an ebook, but stop telling me that I'm "destroying the printed word" and that "real book lovers" scorn ereaders. You know, because people who buy expensive devices just to read books on clearly aren't book lovers. No, we hate books. ... right.

And then I went on Twitter and ranted a little more, and then someone said something about Ryan Ross and I realized ... Ryan Ross is that tumblr hipster. Because HE, as a hipster, gets to decide how other people enjoy their media. (lol sorry RyRo I love you BUT IT'S PROBABLY TRUE)

And then I wrote this.

In which Ryan and Brendon engage in a paper book and ebook dialogue which is in no way biased or polemic. )

littlemousling: Cartoon woman holding broom, saying "Clean all the things!" (clean yes)
To beat the heat, I am focusing on OTHER THINGS. Like rum and diet Sunkist (DON'T JUDGE ME).

Things wot are awesome:

--everyone on my twitter feed seems to be writing a BBB \o/

--after hearing it mentioned a bunch when it started and going, "well, I don't play online games, so I doubt I'd enjoy it," I finally clicked over to check out The Guild, and it's hilarious and awesome.

--I kept meaning to, kept meaning to, and FINALLY actually bought a Diva Cup. Had no trouble inserting or removing it (tbf, I wasn't expecting to, physiologically or otherwise), but the real surprise was how MASSIVELY less gross blood is when it's not soaked into some kind of fabric. Like. Liquid blood is how blood is supposed to be, at least in my head. I was never squicked much by tampons (though always by pads) but I might be now, because the comparison is stark. So yay cup.

--spinnnnnning, all the spinning! I wish I'd brought more fiber with me to NYC, but I'm having fun with what I did bring, at least. (I wonder if there's a place on the 1 with a good range of fiber? Heat is sapping my will to google, though.)

--Gail Carriger's steampunk-urban-fantasy-historical-fiction-with-a-lady-protagonist-and-lots-of-queers books (the series has a silly name, but anyway the first one is called Soulless and is available in paper, epub, mobi, etc), which are hilarious and enchanting and flirty. (Much like yours truly. ... okay, that was the rum.)

--probably many other things!

Hope y'all are beating the heat, or the cold if you're in that other hemisphere, or the whatever if it's just not that hot where you are, etc, etc.
littlemousling: Photo of rainbow-organized bookshelf with text reading, "Confirmed book addict." (books)
1) I did not need to arrive 90 minutes early. Boy did I not. That said, I ended up with a fantastic seat.

2) There appeared, briefly, a very cute ferret.

3) There turns out to still be a poster of Gerard Way at 14th St station, at the 7th Ave&14th St entrance.

4) When the credits rolled, the twentysomething next to me turned to her friends and said, "my childhood is over!"

5) While waiting for the movie, I finished the audiobook of His Majesty's Dragon. On my way back from the movie, I finished reading Holding Still As Long As Possible. Combined with the movie, that was quite the emotional rollercoaster and I think I am going to drink some bourbon and watch sitcoms now.
ETA: instead I finished Soldiers of God (wrenching graphic novel) and am probably going to read all of Snow Queen's Shadow (the emotional rollercoaster started on page three). At least I'm drinking the bourbon?
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On the one hand, we have this great article about how Terry Pratchett writes female characters, and how his writing of them has changed over the years.

Sample quote:
But only when listening to Nigel Planer read it to me over the last few weeks did I realise something I had never entirely noticed before: this is a fantasy novel in which all the important characters are women. This is a fantasy novel by a bestselling male author in which all the important characters are women.

On the other hand, we have this Mark Reads review of the first part of My Immortal, which you may recall as the horrendous badfic about Gerard Way's vampire daughter, "Ebony Dark’ness [WHY IS THERE AN APOSTROPHE THERE] Dementia Raven Way" going to Hogwarts.

Sample quote:
This entire fic is literally like a nightmare of my junior high and high school years. And this is not me trying to be serious about My Immortal because I refuse to dignify any of this with that sort of mental strain, but these were the douches who told me I didn’t listen to real punk because Simple Plan was truly where it was at.
littlemousling: Still from a Cobra Starship video, shows Vicky-T with the caption "Feeling ... kinky" (kinky)
So I was doing a little survey of my own porny fic, for, uh, no reason at all, and I realized that somehow I don't seem to have ever seriously written bruise-pressing as a featured kink. This Gabe/Travie has a reasonable bit of it, but not enough.

Seriously, this would be like [personal profile] cherrybina suddenly discovering she's never actually posted a story with jailbait kink. I am just saying, this is the kink that makes me glad I'm clumsy.

So yeah. Putting THAT on the to-write list.

In other news! Here, go leave a disparaging comment on this blog post about an incredibly racist wedding. Just please don't be the ones in the comments being all "how come we can call this racist but it's okay to say things about white people!" plz.

I am reading a fabulous book called Holding Still For As Long As Possible, which is VERY Toronto and very riveting and the main characters are a trans guy and three queer women, but it's not about that, it's about being in your mid-twenties and dealing with friendships and relationships and your career and money and neighborhood changes and roommates and mental illness and coffee and cigarettes and puppies. It's just fantastic.
(Non-genre lit, entwined-stories-style novel, 300pp, female author, Canadian, and I just now found out it won the Lambda Literary Foundation Award for Transgender Fiction, so.)

Finally, if you like Cascade yarns (and you know you do), their prices are going up on Friday due to rising costs. If you're thinking of stocking up ahead of that, I really can't over-recommend Cascade Heritage Silk (which is a ridiculously affordable 85% wool/15% silk 4-ply fingering-weight gorgeousness in a range of solids).
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I've been reading a ton lately, thanks to free time and an upgraded ereader, and some of the stuff I've been reading has been just fantastic, SO:

Malinda Lo's Ash )

Diana Peterfreund's Rampant )

Lauren Beukes' Zoo City )

I've read a bunch of other great ones lately, but I'll stop there for now!
littlemousling: Photo of rainbow-organized bookshelf with text reading, "Confirmed book addict." (books)
So via a series of links (ah, hypertext, how you have changed the world) I got from tumblr BS to a very cool discussion about self-publishing to gay BDSM novel recommendations.

The reviewer calls one of the three books (Uneven, by Anah Crow) "the perfect book" and waxes poetic about it at some length. Elsewhere on that site, a great number of other people talk about how phenomenal it is. So, I bought it.

And it SUCKS. (Spoilers, but you don't want to read it anyway, believe me.) )

In conclusion, it blows, and if this is the pinnacle of its genre then I know several fanfic writers who could shoot to the top of that pile if they decided they wanted to write for money.

(I will say that I get the impression that the second half may be less sucktastic? I'll probably read it just to find out if that's true; if it's as lolworthy, I'll write it up.)
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So Wired just ran this piece on Five Reasons Why Ebooks Aren't There Yet.

Overall, I think it raises some good points, but I think it's missing my main bugaboo.

Formatting horrors )

Unrelated point about the Wired piece: I'll know ebooks have "made it" when it will be normal and expected, instead of AWESOME and JOYMAKING, to be able to download long fanfic (or, heck, short fanfic) in a common ebook format (by which I don't mean pdf). I don't mean that everyone will be posting to AO3, necessarily (although that would be awesome), but that it will be expected that there will be a one-page version of fics, in addition to or in the place of LJ-posted parts.

Since getting a smartphone, I have come to revile the posting-in-parts norm--never the fics themselves or the authors, just the commonality. I have, a thousand times, been trapped somewhere without internet access only to find a "Part Two" link in the middle of a heartbreaking or hilarious or sexy scene, and IT IS SOULCRUSHING YOU GUYS. One-pagers make me so very very very very very happy, and for that reason they're the only way I post fic.

So that part's less about ebooks, but definitely about the ebook revolution. I think it will come with one-page fic norms! I can't wait to be living in that future.
littlemousling: Image of Catullus with phrase "The sparrow is my penis" underneath (catullus)
This mixtape from Angel Haze, a bi teenager who's basically singing all the things that I love from Young Money ("I'm the best, seriously though I'm the best, no really you can't believe how awesome I am") except it's a lot cooler from a young bi woman than from Weezy, ykwim? Try Fall For Your Type and Make It Raee'n!
NB: strong language, sexual content, etc. NSFW. Also, not background music, really--you probably want to listen to her.
("Bitches on my dick 'cause I'm also a bisexual! ... bitches on my dick 'cause I got game like Sega!" C'mon, that's just awesome.)

Graphic novels:
(sidenote: when did I become the kind of person who has a graphic novels section of ANYTHING? I blame Gerard for this.)

If you've read Umbrella Academy (and omg, it's amazing), here's part one of six of Gerard Way at Comic-Con talking about the next volume and about the upcoming Killjoys comic. Also, Mikey is there, being adorable. And he makes a slashfic joke that ISN'T ABOUT SLASHFIC BEING BAD OR EVIL.
Adorableness! )

Next, this kind of thing is half of why I read The Hairpin. (The other half is this--don't miss the comments, they're excellent.) Looks like a phenomenal graphic novel, but really, there's nothing I can say that sells it better than those excerpts--although the Amazon reviews sure try, wow.

ETA: lol, "Weezy" is the rapper, "Wheezy" is the Toy Story penguin with the broken squeaker. Sliiiightly confusing spelling error, there, me.
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So the New Yorker asks "Are You a Book Reader or a Book Owner?"

Their division is this: book owners want to be surrounded by books*, and to decorate with them, rather than (or significantly more than) wanting to read them.

Book readers, on the other hand, prize reading above display, and therefore are much more likely to be enamoured of ebooks. Book owners won’t like ebooks because they want to have the physical books around them, regardless of interest in reading.

*and "give and share" them, but I'm not even going to bother addressing that, because c'mon. Giving and sharing ebooks is or will be as easy as giving or sharing physical books.

Thinky thoughts )
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Just finished Ken Follett's Fall of Giants and started Tina Fey's BossyPants. I cannot possibly overstress how different these two books are. Basically, each features a mostly-white set of characters and each is written in English. That's about it. They're both absolutely riveting and I highly recommend them.


The older I get, the more I like my tits. I do understand that there's usually a point past which that starts to proceed in the other direction. I would make a "the other direction" pun now, except mine never pointed up to begin with (and honestly I've rarely met a pair that did, outside of magazine retouching and preteens and some porn. So really--is that a standard thing? I think we should stop pretending that's a standard thing).


I recently saw on my tumblr that someone of my internet acquaintance had posted a personal photo that was very like one that I have taken but would never post, for TMI reasons. I really liked seeing hers, mostly for the "me too!" feeling rather than any particular quality of the photo. It strikes me that I may not have the most common reaction to people telling/showing me intimate (eg sexual) details about their lives, because I just find sex really fascinating.


[personal profile] mistresscurvy and [personal profile] amazonziti are on an epic bandom concert roadtrip right now, and I can't join them until Saturday. I am 95% happy for them and only 5% jealous. Well, maybe 85/15.


I am really not at all a porn watcher; I've tried, but I just can't get into it (cf my recent outing to the Feminist Porn Awards). However, I ran across this post by [personal profile] marina and was curious enough to try the movie out, and I actually ended up watching the whole thing! That is super super weird for me. But it had a distinct narrative arc and I wanted to see what would happen. I even found it kind of a turn on in parts, so that was cool. Basically, if you like BDSM meta and you don't revile porn, you may enjoy it or at least find it interesting.


Taking Umbrella Academy Vol. 2 on the plane with me tomorrow, for the part when they make me put away my ereader. Which--come on. That is the most brick-like electronic device imaginable. And even if their actual reasoning is "nothing in the way if we have to flee the plane," I can drop that shit in an instant. My knitting, otoh, I am sure to get tangled in and die in the flaming wreckage, but do they stop me from working on a sweater? N they do not. Harrumph.


75/25. But I'm sure I'll be back up to at least 90/10 after a good night's sleep.


Mar. 27th, 2011 09:39 pm
littlemousling: Cookie reading "Meets minimum standards of decent human" (minimum standards)
So, interesting.

I was just at the Cincinnati airport (which is actually in Kentucky, I guess in the way that the Newark, NJ airport is considered an NYC airport). I spent a good amount of time in the little airport Borders (and didn't end up getting anything because I do have SOME self control ... well, and I'd already bought a book earlier that day).

Anyway. The little airport Borders had the classic section divisions, and then had one I don't recall having seen before (but I don't go to Borders much*), labeled "African-American."

*I guess no one does, given their bankruptcy?

The thing that surprised me about that section was that it contained, basically, three things: romance novels, chick lit, and Toni Morrison.

What's weird to me is that they had a whole bunch of fantastic African-American fiction throughout the fiction section, none of which was also stocked in that section (and lest you think everything only goes in one place, they've shelved Water for Elephants in approximately EVERY section). They had, for instance, Octavia Butler, who deserves double billing, and Malcolm Gladwell's latest, and probably a whole bunch more I didn't see.

Presumably they have chosen the selection of that section for a reason? But it kind of made me look at it and go, If I didn't already know, this would give me the impression that Toni Morrison is the only black writer who's doing literature--and non-fiction by as well as about African-Americans is either non-existent or unpopular.

Anyway. Hopefully the average Borders shopper doesn't come away with that impression? But I'm not sure the selection there is helping.
littlemousling: Animated gif of Adam Lambert saying in an interview, "I like the top" (Adam likes the top)
First, [personal profile] astolat is asking for recs (books and fic), which has resulted in several people wholeheartedly recommending ... her own series of novels. Hi-larious. See, for instance, this comment thread or this one (both on the LJ version of the post).

Second, there's this photo Yay fun arrow cut! )
that just came out of some random dudes waiting to get into an Adam Lambert concert. What I love about the photo is that the couple on the middle left? Could totally be two of the three guys Adam banged in the groupies fic I wrote last week. I don't think the other one is in that picture,* but seriously, I am enjoying the coincidence muchly (and the fact that someone brought it to my attention! So sweet of @zoranaless! ILH).

Third, I finished the second Princess Series novel and am now totally writing, because--Snow! And Talia! And also other characters but that would be telling!

*Obvious disclaimer is obvious: none of them are in that picture, as they are 100% fictional and the picture only contains actual human beings.

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