Reading!

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s see, if I look at my goodreads account I am reading several books and apparently none of them are things I’ve picked up in the last two weeks. Whoops! So what am I actually reading?
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

This is the first of what is planned to be 10-15 books in a series called The Stormlight Archive. Brandon Sanderson has been thinking and writing this series since he first started writing as a teenager. Even with only one book out (the 2nd should be coming out late this year, yay!) it’s clear that Sanderson knows where he’s going and what’s going to happen and has developed his writing enough that it promises to be a great high, epic fantasy story. I’m actually re-re-reading it right now along with several hundred other fans through a Tor sponsored guided re-read thing where everyone gets to have details they missed pointed out to them. I’m loving it! I’m also going through my kindle copy of the book and highlighting all the things that I feel are important to reference later or beg questions that may be answered later.

He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know by Jessica Valenti

I’m sort of on this feminism kick and have been finding all sorts of interesting things to ponder and think about. This book has been feeding some of that interest and desire to know moar.

So then what did I just finish? Funny I should mention Jessica Valenti. My most recent finished book was another one she published, The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women.

It was really eye opening. I hadn’t realized just how lucky I was to grow up in the county and state I did. It also pisses me off to realize just how much this country is being dragged backwards by people who really have absolutely no right to be determining what is best for others. But I’m going to stop here before I go all grr argh so late at night.

Anywho, what’s on my to-read list?
Well, I need to finish my Star Wars stuff.

I have more Robert Heinlein to read.

And of course, I have a whole bunch of steampunk authors to catch up on, starting with this book:


From there, I’ve got several other books on my to-get and read list including the other two Penny Dread Tales books. Yay for books!

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New obsession: Star Wars!

I haven’t been updating much because of one thing really. I’ve found a new obsession and it’s called Star Wars.

I always liked the original trilogy. I was amused by the new trilogy. I enjoyed reading the Rogue Squadron series in high school. But I never really got into it. I was too busy with Wheel of Time and Lord of the Rings and whatever other fantasy series had captured my fancy. I sort of figured that I wouldn’t be interested in the rest of the extended universe. Leave it to my husband to disabuse me of that notion.

I read what’s commonly known as “the Thrawn trilogy” in a week. Six days actually. That comes out to approximately 1,125 pages. I also encouraged, forced really, my husband to watch episodes 4-6 with me. I was doing “research” so I could make sure I had the characters and events timeline correct in my head. I don’t know that he really believes that, but it’s true! I slowed it down this last week as I caught up in such silly things as sleep and homework, and I only read the first book of the Jedi Accademy trilogy. I’m about to go on to the second book, but figured I should at least pretend like I was paying attention to this.

Long story made short – I do this sort of thing. Find something which I focus on and don’t let it go until I’m bored with it then pick it back up later. While I’ve been reading these books other things have fallen to the wayside like video-games, watching some television shows with Nathan and I haven’t done any crochet projects in a while. All in all though, it’s something I long ago learned to live with and just deal with. I think Nathan’s learning how to as well. I hope. *crosses fingers*

Enjoy this awesome picture and score while I go back to reading.

Darth Vadar vs. The Doctor

Help!

I have an essay due for English that requires I analyze an image. The only things I have to keep in mind are the audience, keeping it interesting, and that the image have enough to analyze for an essay at least 2-3 pages long. Title, captions and text as part of the image are all fine. A real photograph or an art piece are fine. Wow, does that leave it open ended or what?

So, I would greatly appreciate feedback on whether any of the images below look like they would have enough potential content without me having to explain all of fandom or cultural context and only focus on the concept of the photo? A little explanation is fine. Four paragraphs of lead up before even beginning to analyze the image is not. Clear, yes?

With that being said, in no particular order, here are a few options I’ve found this afternoon.

I am human


“Clara Oswin Oswald, the woman who had enough strength of character to refuse to become a Dalek and maintained her own self and identity. Daleks are a race which has thousands of years of practice destroying other races, including converting them through destroying love, hope, and self-identity.”

The First and the Eleventh


“The First Doctor and his latest incarnation the Eleventh with their always there companion, the Tardis and one of their most terrifying enemies who kill through letting you live, a Weeping Angel.”

Darth Vader vs. The Doctor


“Darth Vader, the fallen hero, vs. The Doctor, the madman hero, as he protects those who cannot protect themselves with nothing but a screwdriver.”

Edward Elric


“Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist daring the viewer to stare at his human and machine self and sitting upon alchemy equations, his doom and salvation.”

Link and Epona facing the world


“Link starts on his adventure with no one but a horse to battle everything that is wrong with the world and save it from the brink of destruction.”

Roleplaying/cosplaying


“A quiet moment at a con shared between a father and his child which in most any other circumstance would be considered normal but due to the nature of cons and con-goers, it is seen as contrary.”

Follow your curiosity


“A young man and a child share a moment of discovery where the curiosity of a child overrides the judgment that many adults already have ingrained regarding the young man.”

A Madman with a Box


“The Doctor contemplating what he is to himself and those around him and the only constant in his life.”

A Stairway the the Clouds


“Clara climbing a set of stairs that leads to something which only children still think possible, a home high up in and resting on the clouds.”