A very groovy pom-pom mutation

May. 29th, 2017 09:45 pm
st_aurafina: John Reese, looking down, covered in fairy lights (POI: John lights)
[personal profile] st_aurafina
It's so cold I had to make myself a beanie. It's perfectly made to fit my melon-sized head and it has a huge pom-pom. It makes me feel tall. And the yarn is variegated, so the pom-pom has a big splash of red in an otherwise blue-green ball. [personal profile] lilacsigil said it has heterochromia, which, as Charles Xavier has taught us, is a very groovy mutation.

The downside of having a very groovy hat is dodging that never-ending thing when you make stuff, the "You could sell those and make money!" discussion. I could sell them. I'd blow out my thumb tendons trying to make a profit, and I don't want to do that. So it's not going to happen. I make stuff because I love making stuff. If I give you something, it's because I think fondly of you. Argh, why is this so hard to understand?

Also, all the makers on my flist: you are heroes, and I wish that your heroism was recognised, because I'm sure it's not, to the degree that it should be.

I'm having a bad time, mood wise. Thank goodness for fidget cubes, rubber bands and pink wine. Hopefully it's just the leftovers from the family birthday season (last one is today, thank goodness.) In the meantime, I am very tetchy, and only want to wear my beanie and watch Person of Interest. There are worse things to happen on mood swings, I know.

Adult things I have done: been to the dentist for a checkup. Updated my prescriptions at the doctor. Had a haircut. Made plans to go to Melbourne to see [personal profile] lilacsigil's family. Planted more lettuce.

Things I want to talk about but do not have the brain: Riverdale, American Gods (holy shit, Gillian Anderson!), icon making (cos I've been making a few, this post is kind of a GIP), recipes, Agents of Shield, Supergirl, yarn. Sense8. Twin Peaks (omg Twin Peaks!) The Star Trek: Discovery trailer, or as I saw it referred to: Star Trek: Disco Very.

Things I am actually going to talk about instead because it's easier: linkspams.

- via [personal profile] miss_s_b, [syndicated profile] lewis_and_quark_feed is the feed for a science blogger who works with neural networks. (You know those lists? Hobbit names as generated by a neural network, etc? Or, as I recently saw, The neural network writes the episode list for next season’s Dr. Who. The Daleks of the Daleks. Would watch.)

- via [personal profile] chinashop, [community profile] nanodownunder, or, a NaNo-style writing challenge for the southern hemisphere's winter. (Because in traditional NaNo, we're sweltering or on fire.) Not just for the Antipodean writer. For anyone. Kicking off for June - a locked comm for writers wanting to set themselves a deadline.

- Something I came across messing around on Twitter but don't know from where it came: Audio dramas sorted by genre

- something I have open all the time when I'm writing Harold Finch: a massive chart of birds of North America

- via [personal profile] dunmurderin, Bingo card generator.

- via [personal profile] misbegotten, The Definition Of Hell For Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type (because I can never get enough random MBPT stuff.)

- Boing Boing link: Crashed computer at Oslo pizzeria reveals covert facial recognition scheme (From deep within the Person of Interest gravity well where I live right now, I have to say this is some scary Samaritan-level stuff.)

- So you know that we really know how to live it up in the country, there was a local button festival: Button up for a colourful display at Buttonfest. (And the local paper didn't miss a beat when titling that article.) I love buttons. I could so become one of those button collectors. It scares me a little, because I don't have room for a hobby like that.

- Rare Photos of Frida Kahlo as a Young Woman in the 1920s. So amazing!

- Okay, I do have one American Gods link, via [personal profile] forests_of_fire, so you can watch it over and over like I have, American Gods Teaser Shows Gillian Anderson As [deleted for spoilers but go watch, it's amazing] (Spoilers for Episode Five, obviously.)

- last link! Japanese Woman Spotted Wearing Heels That Look Exactly Like Pigeons. Because she was worried about the welfare of the pigeons she was walking past. (Because, apparently, she didn't know that they would tear her to pieces in a minute if their life depended on it. Pigeons are survivors.)

Okay. Prayer circle for my brain weasels. And for my [community profile] wipbigbang, which currently lies disassembled on my screen and I'm not sure how to put it together.

Daily Happiness

May. 29th, 2017 02:36 am
torachan: aradia from homestuck (aradia)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I finished translating something I'd been slowly poking at for probably like a year, so it feels really good to get that out of the way! (It's a commission, not something I can post, but it still feels good to get it done.)

2. Day off tomorrow! I've stayed up really late for no good reason, so I'm looking forward to sleeping in.

3. Carla went to the far-away Target that carries Mountain Dew Voltage today, so we're stocked up again. *_* I don't know why more stores around here don't carry it, but I'm glad there are at least a few places that do.

4. When I'm eating at my desk, Jasper likes to hop up on the bookshelf and stare down at my food in hopes that I'll give him some.

Things and... things.

May. 29th, 2017 12:05 am
aris_tgd: Sinclair and Sakai, "Time for a moment." (Time for a moment)
[personal profile] aris_tgd
Local news: tw: racist violence )

I was going to talk about other stuff I've been doing, I guess, but I feel like I want to make a separate post for that. And maybe I'm going to sleep on it first.

Argh, movie showtimes!

May. 29th, 2017 12:34 am
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This afternoon I asked [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose if he'd feel up for seeing a movie on Tuesday night. (Side note: Tuesday is a bit of a pain because it's the night of his yoga class, but at least he pays for that on a punch-card/drop-in basis, so missing one doesn't mean being out the money for it. OTOH, Tuesday is the cheapest option for movie-going, and we're trying--haphazardly, so far--to spend less.) He thought that'd be okay.

I wanted to see GotG2 or maybe the new King Arthur ([twitter.com profile] ek_johnston tweeting about it as "Trash King Arthur" has been quite persuasive), but oh my GOSH, the showtime options are horrible if you want to avoid 3D. >.< Both of those movies, at all three theatre locations we use, offer reasonable evening showings in 3D but only offer 2D showings starting by 4 PM or after 9:30 PM. Not exactly useful on a worknight.

OTOH, Gifted is showing in 2D at a reasonable time that night at my preferred location (if we feel like getting a CarShare), and I did want to see that (I wavered for a bit, but after it opened, I think I was generally seeing positive word about it?), so maybe we'll still wind up Going To A Movie.

Meanwhile, at this point only the IMAX (etc.) 3D showtimes have been released for Wonder Woman, but I'm going to operate on the theory that there will be 2D showings Friday night, just...announced stupidly late in the game. (Okay, to be technical, I just saw that my least favorite of those theatre locations is listing a 3:45 PM 2D showing on Friday. I wouldn't call that helpful, but it's something.)

✿✿✿

May. 28th, 2017 06:53 pm
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[personal profile] yuuago
✿ This weekend, I had the house to myself. At least, for most of it. It was so nice to get up super early, do a few chores, and just relax. Drink some coffee while listening to classical music on the radio and letting the sunlight and birdsong come in through the open garden door. It's so nice to have a bit of peace and quiet. I had no idea that CKUA plays a classical program early on weekend mornings; I might have to try to catch it more often. Unfortunately, my family usually objects when I play this station, but... I can work around that.

✿ About halfway through reading Hughart's Bridge of Birds now. Melusine really knew what she was doing when she sent me this novel; I find it absolutely delightful. Looks like I'm going to have to track down the others in the series.

✿ I went into the forest again this weekend. This morning, I got up early specifically so I could go out before the day got too hot. It's amazing how so much can change in the course of a week. The leaves are actually full and open now, and there are little harebells blooming everywhere. No rose blossoms yet, though, and the fireweed won't bloom until June. Didn't see any deer today, either. ...There were plenty of mosquitoes, unfortunately. I didn't get bitten, but I'll have to remember to bring some repellent next time.

✿ I've found a good place for rituals. It's in one of the places in the Birchwood where there has been some controlled clearing, which means that it's a little more accessible than the place I was using before. It also doesn't have the super-steep, super-slippery decline toward the stream that the other place does, and I don't have to go through a fuckton of rosebushes to get there. Best of all, there's this one tree that was sawed off very cleanly, and the stump is completely flat. It makes for a great altar; I just need to cover it with a cloth first. Most of the logs from the trees they cut down have been cleared, but I found a small section that was left behind, so I can actually sit down to do my work now. My only complaint is that the visuals aren't as good as the other place; before, the stream was only a few feet away from me, and it was a really pleasant experience to be able to watch the water while I cleared my head. Now, I can't see the stream at all; I can only hear it. But that's all right. The location makes up for it in other ways.

Well, that sure happened.

May. 28th, 2017 12:07 pm
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[personal profile] yuuago
So, a few days ago, the authors/artists of a webcomic I follow (Small Trolls) found my fanfiction for it, and informed me that they had read it. This isn't overall a big deal, but since I didn't write down my thoughts about that at the time, I might as well now, since I want to chew on some of my feelings about all this.

Cut for length )
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A Toronto friend posted a pic to Facebook of her cat lying across her desk and looking stern, and said something to the effect of "cats make sure you go to bed". I commented, "Where were my cats at 4 AM?"

My sleep "routine" is even worse than usual lately. I think deadline stress is affecting it. I'm not even particularly behind on deadlines or anything, but I'm stressed anyway, which means my focus is shot... It's a nasty cycle.

It's still cooler than I like for the end of May, so we're not planting this weekend, but [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose is outside digging the flowerbed-to-be. Hero!

Meanwhile, the potted clematis in the spare room are reaching through the air, groping for the window. It's kinda amazing.

Reminder that [dreamwidth.org profile] nanodownunder starts up in a few days! I'll quote [dreamwidth.org profile] china_shop:

Want to kick-start your writing?

Set your own goals -- this doesn't have to be a full 50K-word endeavour, just whatever you want to aim for. Pick a WIP to finish, or set a daily time- or wordcount-goal. Or just wing it, if you prefer.

Daily check-in posts. Locked comm so we can chat/cheer/commiserate in semi-privacy (ie, you have to join to play, but membership isn't moderated). Come one, come all...


[twitter.com profile] EddieMcClintock tweeted a "Mini #WAREHOUSE13 reunion!" pic of himself, Scags, Aaron Ashmore, and (executive producer) Jack Kenny, and my heart melted all over the place.

Fluffy Buns

May. 28th, 2017 04:42 pm
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Last one for this morning, I promise. XD

Friday I put together these…

They are rabbit runs with hidey houses. We got one for each bun, and on nice days we’ll take them out and let them hang out with us. It should do them worlds of good to stretch their little legs and breath in all the fresh air.

Oh, I should probably mention for the new friends out there .. they are mini-lop buns. Sage is the mottled grey bun on the right, Rosiebug is the white bun on the left. We also have a dwarf bun named Cocoa Banana, but he's about the size of a guinea piggy, and he's more comfortable hanging in his big cage, so we'll only bring him out once in a blue moon to play. 

Water bottles are up, and I used the old boxes the runs came in as shade for them for now. Don’t want overly toasted buns after all. XD
 
It was hella foggy this morning, but seems to be burning away now. I am going to be popping out to their play spaces in a bit and checking to see if  things are soggy.. if not then buns will be headed out for the day. =D

Sunny days are here again

May. 28th, 2017 04:33 pm
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For those who don’t know me, well…

I love sunny days.  ❤️😍 Loooove them.



Like, if it could stay that point between the end of Spring/Beginning of Summer all year long, every year.. I wouldn’t really be sad about it at all. But I’ll take what I can get, and this past week it has been glorious. I may have even gotten a bit of a sunburn. gasp

One of the things I’ve missed on those damp, but warm, mornings is going out on to the patio to sit and drink my coffee. Yes, I ‘could’ have still done it, if I didn’t mind a wet feet from the faux grass rug, or a wet booty from the dew damp chair cushions (and because of how the patio set was designed, sitting on them sans cushions was not a comfortable option). I had covers for every thing, but that was a pita to deal with as well.

So I decided a bit of a patio rework was needed recently. You already saw the plant frenzy I did up there, well, I also changed up the furniture (again).

With Aaron’s help we moved all the bulky cushioned chairs, that were pretty much useless to sit on when the dewy morning hit. And we set them up….  in the space below the patio!  Right near his sliding glass doors. It’s under cover, and gives us a shade cozy space to sit down there now.  I put the outdoor faux grass rug down there as well, since it stayed pretty dewy as well up on the patio. So far the cushioned set is staying fairly dry in the new spot, and so it was a winning decision I think.

For the upper patio, I got a decent set of stackable faux wicker chairs, and a faux wicker rocker (which was kind of shown in my patio plant pic I posted the other day. I’ll try to remember to get a better pic of it later).

Oh My Gawd!

So easy peasy to wipe down and sit in even on the dewy’est of mornings. I am loving it. So I think I’ve got the two spaces properly sorted now. Thank goodness.

A part of me wishes I’d remembered to think of all the potential comfort scenarios Before getting the original patio set. Seriously, a cushioned set up there sounded like a fabulous idea when I was picking things out before. It had been so nice and sunny out when I initially order the things though whoops, I apparently got sun silly and forgot that it rains far more often than it’s sunny here.

Luckily, in the end, I do have a space for both sets. So it’s not a financial loss after all. Which makes me happy.

Rainbows are a lovely thing to see

May. 28th, 2017 03:58 pm
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Rainbow makers are a bit of a weakness for me.

Like, full on grabby hands gimmee type feelings when I see them. It can be quite awkward lol

And soooo…. recently…

I may have had a moment when I came across crystal mobiles for $27 (CAN).

I mean. It’s a mobile with one huge (maybe 40mm?) crystal, four medium ones and lots of little ones all on metal wire.

How could I not?

Yep, That’s them in the photo below. The new mobiles are on the upper left and right of the photo. I already had all the other crystals you see, thanks to holiday and birthday gifties throughout the years.

And here they are as they are starting to make rainbow designs all over the walls.

 

The photos do not even come close to doing them justice sadly. It is amazing to see in person when the sun is hitting the crystals  just right. My pretty pretty rainbow room.

FFFFF >E

May. 29th, 2017 01:49 am
tyger: CLI login for a Raspberry Pi / nerdery (CLI Geekery)
[personal profile] tyger
So, today I installed apache on the pi (small hiccup, but ultimately pretty straightforward), and then tried to set up port forwarding so that I can access it via my no-ip subdomain.

I hate my router's web interface so much you guys. SO MUCH.

I have no idea a) if I set things properly, and b) if I did, WHY IT'S NOT WORKING, and c) if I didn't, HOW TO FIX IT.

Does anyone know if you can install a different web interface on a router? Or knows a way to access it via command-line that even vaguely resembles the cisco switch/router interface (this being what we're using in class and so what I'm familiar with). Or even a reliable way of getting a human-readable file showing what the router's fucking settings actually are?

I'mma fucking cut someone, I swear. Ugh. But it's a) late, and b) fucking freezing, so I'll go to bed instead. Still. HISSSSSSS.
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[personal profile] aethel
... in 2002

Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture - Henry Jenkins

p18: Fans as rebels; reject bourgeois and elitist theories on "good taste" -- on the separation between canonical literature and mass media; anti-institutional, anti-authoritarian

"Fans seemingly blur the boundaries between fact and fiction, speaking of characters as if they had an existence apart from their textual manifestations..."

Fans are deliberately cast as deluded, crazy, and maladjusted so that their radical interpretations of the aesthetic/literary value of TV and other forms of "low" art can be dismissed

pp21-22: Fans internalize criticism; have difficulty justifying their enjoyment of something considered artistically worthless

p24: "[fans] are also acutely and painfully aware that those fictions do not belong to them and that someone else has the power to do things to those characters that are in direct contradiction to the fans' own cultural interests"

academy, canon, authorial intent --> the "correct" method of reading

p48: "the largely female composition of media fandom reflects a historical split within the science fiction fan community between the traditionally male-dominated literary fans and the newer, more feminine style of media fandom."

media fandom began with Star Trek

examines how texts are inevitably reinterpreted by readers; authors view this as disintegration, but the process makes the world of the text take on an independent reality

p60: academic practices of analyzing literature and TV --> objectivity, distance, detachment
popular viewing practices --> identification, emotional involvement
p61: "bourgeois" analytical theory = masculine
popular = feminine

p116: "Fan criticism is the institutionalization of feminine reading practices just as the dominant mode of academic criticism is the institutionalization of masculine reading practices"
-socially, not biologically determined; women's stories are devalued, so they learn to find their stories in the periphery of masculine narratives

p189 "Slash fiction represents a reaction against the construction of male sexuality on television and in pornography"

p190 "Slash breaks as well with the commodification of pornography, offering erotic images that originate in a social context of intimacy and sharing"

p191: considers only male/male slash --> first and more prevalent, although written by and for women 90%

p194: "In slash, both characters can be equally strong and equally vulnerable, equally dominant and equally submissivie, without either quality being permanently linked to their sexuality or their gender"

p205: slash is social commentary on popular constructions and restrictions on male sexuality; acts like Eve Sedgwick's Between Men, removing the barriers to same-sex desire and making explicit the idea of a continuum between friends and lovers

p214: slash explores and explodes "ways male sexuality gets bound to notions of competition, dominance, and violence"

fan fiction is a form of interpretation and analysis

p234: fan music videos
1. "memory palace, encapsulating a complex narrative within a smaller number of highly iconographic shots"
2. or they can function like essays or fan fic; take suggestive images out of context and edit them to make the subtext more obvious (an admitted relationship or denied one--i.e., Troi and Riker, or Data and Yar)
3. to tell a new story like fan fic

fandom = folk culture

qualities of fandom:
1. "particular mode of reception" - fans watch with undivided attention, are both emotionally invested in and critical of the show
2. interpretation and analysis methods: compare/contrast with real life, look at details for hidden meaning, extrapolate from subtext
3. lobbying the producers and networks for certain plot developments and to get cancelled shows back on the air
p278: "Fandom originates, at least in part, as a response to the relative powerlessness of the consumer in relation to powerful institutions of cultural production and circulation"
4. "cultural production": art, fan fic, music videos, filk
p279: "Once TV characters enter into a broader circulation, intrude into our living rooms, pervade the fabric of our society, they belong to their audience and not simply to the artist who originated them"
5. "alternative social community"

It's furious balancing

May. 28th, 2017 11:15 am
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[personal profile] musesfool
Hey y'all, did you know there's a Rivers of London novella coming out at the end of June? Or possibly September?
The Furthest Station

There have been ghosts on the London Underground, sad, harmless spectres whose presence does little more than give a frisson to travelling and boost tourism. But now there’s a rash of sightings on the Metropolitan Line and these ghosts are frightening, aggressive and seem to be looking for something.

Enter PC Peter Grant, junior member of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Assessment unit a.k.a. The Folly a.k.a. the only police officers whose official duties include ghost hunting. Together with Jaget Kumar, his counterpart at the British Transport Police, he must brave the terrifying crush of London’s rush hour to find the source of the ghosts.

Joined by Peter’s wannabe wizard cousin, a preschool river god and Toby the ghost hunting dog, their investigation takes a darker tone as they realise that a real person’s life might just be on the line.

Amazon says June 30 but Goodreads says maybe June 30 or maybe September 21. *hands* Either way, I've pre-ordered.

***

So a while back, I made a vow

May. 28th, 2017 04:45 am
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[personal profile] giandujakiss
I would refuse to see Batman vs. Superman until I had tickets to see a Wonder Woman movie in my hot little hands.

And - guess what? I have those tickets.

So I hunkered down and watched Batman vs. Superman. It was exactly as joyless, miserable, boring, and generally intolerable as I expected - with, of course, the exception of the Wonder Woman bits.

But I did it - and now my appetite is whet for more Wonder Woman!!

Daily Happiness

May. 28th, 2017 01:53 am
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1. Not only did I post more manga today, but I posted two different things!

2. We have had no trash pick up at work for a week, for unknown reasons (calling the trash company did not get us anything except promises to come the next day, which were inevitably broken), and our bin outside is jam packed and has been for days, so we just have a huge pile of trash bags building in our back storage area. I've been trying to get someone from corporate to help with this and finally today they called me and said they talked to the manager at the Gardena store and said we could send two pallets of trash per day to them and they would put it in their trash compactor. So a huge chunk of my day today was spent getting pallets of trash made up, which was not fun, but this will help alleviate the situation until we can actually get trash pick-up again, which will probably be Tuesday at the earliest (Monday is a holiday).

3. We got pizza for dinner. :D I texted Carla asking if she would be down with that and she had literally just been about to text me and ask me the same thing.

4. I love how Chloe looks like "ugh, stop taking my picture all the time, Dad!"

(no subject)

May. 27th, 2017 10:01 pm
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[personal profile] bridgetmkennitt
I am halfway through crocheting my 7th hat of 25 goal crochet hats. If I hit that target number before the weather turns cold (which is months from now), I'm going to increase it so I'll have more hats to donate to a local charity.

This past month, I've been continuing to go to different Dem caucus meetings and events. It's been great to hear about what's going on in local politics and issues that the different caucuses have, and how people are fighting to make things right in our state.

My House (Dem) rep (or at the very least, her office in DC) is on fire with responses. I've been using resistbot to send her my concerns and thanks, and her office has been mailing me letters thanking me and telling me what my rep has been doing in regards to said issue. I'm surprised because I don't need responses, but it's really nice to know that her office are getting my messages.

My recent impulse buy was a magnet from Michaels which read 'My cat is a Democrat' :D I thought it was funny and took a picture of it to send to my best friend before I realize, "Oh wait, I should buy this!" and I did. It's now on my fridge and I get a kick out of it every time I'm in the kitchen.

Scanlations: Fulldrum ch. 3

May. 27th, 2017 08:59 pm
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Hey, guys. So volume one was finally released last month, and the ebook came out this month, so now we have nice HQ tankobon scans! We are working on getting the first two chapters redone with better quality scans, so I will upload those as soon as we have them ready.



Title: Fulldrum
Author: Hakoishi Toru
Publisher: Young Jump
Category: Seinen
Genre: Humor, Sports
Status in Japan: 1 volume, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Anima Regia
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Hino is obsessed with playing sports in high school, but not because he loves sports (he doesn't), or is any good at them (he's really not). He's doing it because that's the way to get a girlfriend (or so he thinks). After getting kicked out of half his school's sports clubs, he's still convinced he just hasn't found the sport he's truly destined for. When he (literally) runs into Noborito Ayako, manager of the rubgy club, it's love at first sight (for him), but all she's looking for is another warm body for the struggling rugby club. Could this be the chance he's been waiting for?

Chapter Summary: Nobody thinks Hino can stand up against Asakura, not even Hino himself. But Noborito still hasn't given up hope...



Chapter 3: Take Back the Honor
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Title: Good Catch
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: G
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Finch/Reese
Warnings/Content: Fluff, domesticity, hazardous bathroom floors
Notes: For [community profile] 100_words, Challenge #43: Touch.

Summary: Sometimes for Harold, beauty outweighs common sense.

Also at the Archive

Harold is admiring John's back )
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Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2)Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


OMG OMG OMG

This book is awesome.

It is full of lady pirates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not sure I can be more coherent than that.

I laughed out loud multiple times. I cried multiple times. I cannot wait to start the third book, and I know for certain when I finish it, I will be pissed off that Lynch hasn't yet published the next four books promised in the series.

The plotting in these books is so masterful. I am in awe. And jealous.

Once again, I am left desperately wishing for an HBO series of these books to watch.



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