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About PiedPiper

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    Minty of Blank Sedai
  • Birthday April 29

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    Everything to do with books: reading, writing, bookbinding, etc. (Full disclosure: there is no etcetera. There's not much else to do with books anyway.)

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  1. Who are some strong women you know whom you can think of as role models? I have this friend, Zenia (I changed her name because she doesn't know I'm posting this) who I hugely admire because she can be an aggressive and protective mama hen when she needs, like when we pass creepy guys just walking around, but she's also sweet and sensitive and an amazing friend, and I strive to emulate her ability change her mentality based on the situation.
  2. @Jeannaisais please, please do! And I'll add Kingdom of Flesh and Fire!
  3. I finished All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders, and it was a perfect book. You might have a different experience with it, different preferences; we might disagree. But for me, it was a perfect book. The character development was masterful. I didn't like the romance parts as I was getting through it, but in hindsight, it was necessary. I'll explain later. Each of the characters felt so real to me in this visceral, indescribable way. I've never felt that before. Yes, there are books with amazing, off-the-charts character development (like WoT) that make you feel connected to them. But Patricia and Laurence are different somehow. I think it's that even though this is obviously SFF, their struggles and character arcs have nothing to do with magic or technology. Sure, said arcs tie in to the magical and technological institutions to which the characters belong, but the issues they have with said institutions have nothing to do with the magic and science and everything to do with the people involved. Speaking of which -- the worldbuilding! The magic systems! I have never seen magic so skillfully intertwined and tied to the modern world (it's a low fantasy, by the way, I forgot to mention that) and the science fiction parts. This struggle between nature vs technology makes the Earth feel alive, like an actual character in the book. That's not a sentence that makes sense. I know it's not. But it's the only way to describe how I feel. Also, the themes. And the ending. I won't talk about either here, because of spoilers, but if anyone else has read this book or decides to read it, please let me know and I want to talk about it over PM. Suffice it to say, everything was necessary and intentional. By the very end, I realized that even the romance, which I didn't like in the middle of the book, was vital. I put it down thinking, how could I have missed this? It was so obvious the entire time! And that's my attitude in general about the book. I finished it, and the ending seemed so obvious -- I should've seen it coming from a mile away! But I didn't, and I don't think I could have no matter how much attention I paid to each and every little detail. I don't want to say it was unexpected because I honestly had no idea what to expect until the end, but it was an incredible finish. God, there's not enough space in my head for this book; it's quite possibly tied now with American Gods for my favorite book of all time. I cannot get post-book depression because there's just so much for me to think about. I cannot articulate my thoughts. I started it at 6:30pm last night and kept reading until I finished it at about 1:00 am. I will be rereading and annotating. Please read it.
  4. I crashed into this guy on the sidewalk the other day, and his bag of Scrabble tiles spilled all over the pavement. I asked him, "what's the word on the street?"
  5. *sneaks some salt into @Elgee's Kaf* Yes, enjoy your Kaf, Mother. StarRisk and I worked tirelessly to prepare it to your taste.
  6. The first jazz band to perform in New York played in 1905. They were called the Memphis Student -- an excellent name, excepting for the fact that none of its players were from Memphis and none were students.
  7. I just watched Rebecca, a thriller based on the classic by Daphne Du Maurier. I didn’t get a chance to read the book before I saw it -- I’m still on the waitlist at my library -- so I won’t be able to compare it to the source material, but I’ll give this review my best shot regardless. This movie did a superb job building suspense; I was on the edge of the seat my whole time, and I had no idea where it would take me next. That was also part of the problem, though: in my opinion, endings are much more satisfying when you can look back at all the clues laid out for you and see what you missed. You can think if I’d only been a little more clever at interpreting this part… but this movie, while fantastic at creeping me out, didn’t actually have much foreshadowing for the big reveal. Furthermore, there are a couple visuals in the movie whose meaning I think might have gotten lost in adaptation. I won’t say anything specific about them in case someone else decides to watch it, but my bet is that they had significance in the book, but the movie, in trimming down the material, cut away the rationale for these parts and left the clips in. My final complaint is that the tone of the ending didn’t feel consistent with that of the rest of the movie. Again, I won’t go into specifics because I don’t want to spoil it; suffice it to say that I found it a little jarring. Other than that, it was an excellent film. The emotional beats were executed masterfully, the actors conveyed their characters’ voices well, and the mystery, though complex, never left me confused. My rating is 8/10 (which I consider very good), would recommend.
  8. Have you ever tried blindfolded archery? You don't know what you're missing. If you believe in telekinesis, please raise my hand.
  9. How many Lowe's would Rob Lowe rob if Rob Lowe robbed Lowe's? I seriously had so much trouble with capitalization writing this one out.
  10. I'm glad! I would be sad to have to switch to choose the warder track!
  11. I keep meaning to try podcasts, but then I realize that there's this book I want to read and I can't fit it in because I've got so many going, so I get it on audio and listen to it that way -- I finished The Girl With Seven Names on a day I had a lot of cleaning to do. Are there any podcasts you would recommend?
  12. I don't hang out with the Yellows often enough (that wasn't a joke; it was a statement). Other people donate blood all the time. The one time I tried, they just hounded me with questions like "whose blood is this?" and "where'd you get a bucket of blood?" Two chemists walk into a bar. The bartender says, "what can I get you?" The first chemist responds, "I'd like some H2O." The second chemist says, "I'd like some H2- wait a minute, we aren't at work. I'll have a beer, thanks." The first chemist mutters to himself, "darn it, my assassination plot failed."
  13. I read this Harvard study the other day; apparently, if your parents don't have kids, you are less likely to have your own. I met a man with a wooden leg named Smith. He wouldn't tell me the name of his other leg.
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