in the hand of the goddess

Revisiting Corus: In the Hand of the Goddess

Leading up to the publication of Tamora Pierce’s 20th Tortall book, I am rereading all of her other works in the Tortall universe. In this edition of Revisiting Corus, I’m going over the second book in the Song of the Lioness quartet, In The Hand of the Goddess.

revisiting corus: alanna

Revisiting Corus: Alanna: The First Adventure

Tamora Pierce was my absolute favorite writer as a child. I don’t know if I would call her my favorite writer now, but that’s only because it’s been a very long time since I’ve done a big reread of her books. With Tempests and Slaughter, Tamora Pierce’s 20th book in the Tortall universe, debuting on February 6th after over a decade of hearing about it, I’ve decided to reread Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books in a series I’m calling Revisiting Corus.

We Can't All Be Winners

We Can’t All Be Winners, But Some of Us Can Buy the Trophy

Handbook for Mortals by Lani Sarem is a YA novel about Las Vegas and the supernatural that was recently poised to debut at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list. But Twitter quickly caught onto the fact that this monumental debut wasn’t all it seemed–and the YA book community has exploded.

Let’s talk about what all has been learned and what we might think about this.

Pet Update

Dr. Jimothy J. Tortington Tortoro Tortimer III, PhD is doing fine and dandy this morn. Sometimes when I feed him in the morning he likes to crunch a bunch of leaves and stand on his dish as if to say, “I conquered this.” I also put a lil bit of water on the bottom of his dish just to make everything a lil extra moist and crunchy; he seemed to like that a lot.

Suzie and Kaylee are fine and like standing on top of us in the mornings. How are your pets?

shirtless dance party!!!!

Gay, Wondrous, and Bonkers

To truly recommend The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo, you have to show someone a clip of it, because it’s so radically different from most anything anyone’s ever seen. Describing it is almost impossible, although I’m about to try. But in order to give us a basic point of reference to start from, watch from about 2:03 to 3:24 in this video:

See what I mean?

Harley Quinn: Bisexual, Abused, Recovering, and Powerful

There’s two Harley Quinns: the popular idea of Harley Quinn, who is abused and in love with the Joker; and the current comics version of Harley Quinn, who is bisexual, dating Poison Ivy, and healing from the abuse. Should the comics version come to the silver screen? And is bringing a bisexual superhero to a theater near you “pandering”? All this and more after the jump.

Poem: Tell the Wolves

the wolves are howling
tell them
I’ll be out in a minute.

I just need another second
with these warm sheets
with this serenity
this human self

before I walk out
dress myself in full moon
rip away my skin

and lope away with them

tell the wolves
i’ll only be a minute
i just need

to remember what it is to be outside
to be me
instead of this quiet
human mess
between the sheets

tell the wolves
i haven’t forgotten
i just need
a minute.

Swiss Army Man: Society is Beautiful, Society is Crap

Swiss Army Man opens with the protagonist, Hank, unable to commit suicide because the dead body that just washed up on the beach won’t stop farting. The movie ends with the main character crying with happiness at farts. Stoner comedies wish they could do farts as well as this movie does, and it reaches far past the ambitions of stoner comedy into pure, crazy brilliance.