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    REVIEW: Perennials by Julie Cantrell

    I was browsing Kindle titles on Amazon when I stumbled upon Perennials by Julie Cantrell. The premise seemed interesting enough. However, I haven’t had the energy to finish this book. I spent nearly a whole morning reading up to half of the novel, waiting, waiting for it to get good because it did have promise.

    Now, a disclaimer: I did not finish this book. I didn’t care enough to finish this book. I thought it would be a waste to continue investing my time in it when even after I’ve plodded through half of it, I still didn’t care about anyone in the story. That said, I do have some thoughts on the half that I did read.

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    Recent Loves

    A collection of recently discovered things I am loving right now.

    Kate or Die

    Webcomic
    Kate’s colorful art is perfect for her lighthearted comics. They’re mostly about her everyday life, from pit stains
    to rants about feminism:

    Her comics have a conversational tone, as though Kate’s just talking to her friends instead of strangers on the Internet. I actually think they’re a lot like personal blog posts, only in comics form, which is why I enjoy going through the archives.
    Oh, and I adore her Deadpool/Spider-Man ship:
    That hand grenade ring is PERFECT for Deadpool!!!

    Shiba Sommelier

    Blog
    This Tumblr blog reviews various wines, and posts them with a photo of a Shiba Inu and the wine bottle.

    Much Shiba. Much Wine.”

    Now I don’t like wine (all I ever drink is Red Horse beer), but I LOVE dogs, and this beautiful Shibe keeps me coming back for more <3

    The Most Popular Girls in School

    Youtube series
    It’s a freakin’ stop-motion series starring Barbie dolls. How can I not get hooked?!

    [photo source]

    TMPGIS follows the rivalry of the Van Buren sisters and the Overland Park Cheer Squad, as well as the lives of other students in Overland Park. What makes this show so great is that even the supporting characters are hilarious: there’s a desperate lunch lady, a sad-sack 27-year-old, and a pregnant French (Canadian?) student.

    Also, lots of cursing.
    [photo source]

    So that’s it for Recent Loves. ‘Til next time! I’m a little busy so I won’t be updating the blog as much. Byeeee!

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    The Ultimate Book Tag

    Grabbed from Books with Bite.
    1. Do you get sick while reading in a car?
    Nope. I can read pretty much anywhere.
    2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
    I’d have to say Aimee Bender. Her prose is a bit flowery, but it never gets in the way of the story itself. Her wordiness actually draws me deeper into the story. Best example would be in The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, where she describes the ingredients of lemon cake, including “the yellow block of butter blurring at the edges”. When she listed down what appears to be the contents of a grocery list, I saw everything in my mind’s eye and I started craving lemon cake.
    I fricking love her, is what I’m saying.
    3. The Harry Potter series or the Twilight saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
    Is this even a question? Harry Potter, because it has 1) good characters, 2) a good plot, and 3) good dialogue, AKA three things Twilight does not have.
     
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    “If you had to choose, would you pick Harry Potter or The Hunger Games?”

    This was the bomb that The Best Friend dropped me a few months ago while we were drinking. We were playing a game where you had to pick one of the given choices, which was going along swimmingly until he posed this question to me, his metal-mouth in a triumphant grin.
    [photo source]
    At that moment, I despised him—not because I didn’t know what to answer, but because I knew exactly what the answer was and I was too afraid to say it out loud.
    So are you ready to hear it?
    My choice is…
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    Confessions of a comics fan

    Comics have been a part of my life for years without me realizing it. I’ve been reading newspaper comic strips since I was old enough to borrow the newspaper’s Entertainment page from my lolo. I grew up reading Pugad Baboy and Pupung in the newspapers.
    I got into foreign comics in college. I’m a Marvel girl through and through, although I do enjoy Vertigo comics as well. I only read DC comics for Batman.
     
    Comics are amazing because they combine visual art with storytelling: drawings, colors, layouts, fonts, dialogue, and plot (ideally) come together.
     
    The one challenge that I really have with reading comics from major publishing houses is that it’s so damn hard to catch up with everything that’s happening. They have been around for so long, which means so many different storylines and retcons. You’ll have to look out for what’s canon & what’s not. And don’t even get me started on the titles: the X-Men, the Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor, for starters. There are way too many titles to slog through if you want to get caught up to the current issues and I JUST CAN’T. The pressure is too much to know everything about everyone, everywhere! On the upside, there are so many different interpretations of a single character that there’s bound to be something you like.
     
    Still, I prefer finished titles or specific story arcs, one-shots, and graphic novels. The only ongoing series I really follow is Fables. It’s easy to catch up on that because it’s relatively new – right now they’re only on issue 135.
     
    I just got a Marvel Encyclopedia from my mom as a Christmas gift, so maybe I’ll finally have the time to know where exactly the frick we are in terms of canon/noncanon. ♥
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    In defense of Peeta

    Disclaimer: If you haven’t read the Hunger Games trilogy then you should know this post is full of spoilers!

    There seems to be a lot of Peeta-bashing around. He’s been called weak, boring, and useless—stuff that is neither true nor fair.
    Peeta Mellark is a wonderful character all-around. Here’s why:

    He’s clever and silver-tongued.

    He knows how to play the audience. He came up with the idea that he and Katniss should be presented as lovers, which played a big role in how they became victors. His on-air admission of his love made her an object of desire, someone the viewers, and more importantly, the sponsors, could truly root for. Then, in Catching Fire, he presented Katniss as pregnant to gain sympathy from the Capitol audience.Katniss herself admits this: Peeta’s greatest power is his ability to manipulate people’s emotions using his words. When the Capitol had Peeta and broadcast his anti-war propaganda, the rebellion was worried because they know how powerful Peeta can be, how his words can move people.

    He’s strong and brave.

    Never mind his physical strength enabling him to throw a hundred pounds easily. He’s strong because he faces his problems even if the odds are against him. Got chosen as a tribute? Train like crazy even if he doesn’t have a chance at being victor. The girl he loves doesn’t love him back? Save her life anyway. Useless to the rebellion after tracker jackers made your mind all loopy? Ask to be separated so you can at least serve as a distraction to the Capitol’s forces.
    He’s also courageous. Is there an instance where he refused to do what he felt was right because he was afraid of the consequences? Um, no. He teamed up with the Careers even though it was dangerous, just to save Katniss. He alerted District 13 about the impending air attack even though he knows he’ll get punished for it by the Capitol. He’s a BAMF is what I’m sayin’.
    Slight digression: I think a big reason why people say he’s weak is because he’s a man. If he were a woman, people wouldn’t be scrutinizing this so much, but since Katniss—a girl—is the savior here, he’s labeled useless. Apparently, being rescued by a woman makes a character weak.
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    I’m a fool for Deadpool

    When I wasn’t too into comics, I thought Spider-Man was my favorite superhero. Then, when I began reading comics more, Marvel’s Civil War made me wonder whether my superhero soulmate was Iron Man or Captain America. A while later when I read Batman: The Long Halloween and watched Nolan’s Bat-trilogy, I was on the fence about whether The Dark Knight was actually my one true man in tights.

    Those were rough times. My mind was a mess; I felt like I had lost touch with myself. I felt as though any given moment someone might ask me who my favorite superhero was and I’d be frozen speechless until they roll their eyes at me, sneer in condescension.

    Then in the middle of Civil War, I found my superhero soulmate: Deadpool.

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    Color me Fifty Shades of Surprised

    Fifty Shades of Grey received a whole lot of crap on the Internet, and I can see why.

    First things first.
    The writing is terrible. That’s no exaggeration: the prose is incredible, suck-ass bullcrap forged deep in the fiery depths of hell and sent up here because apparently, there isn’t enough suffering on earth.

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    REVIEW: Batman: The Long Halloween

    Batman: The Long Halloween
    DC Comics
    Published 1996 and 1997

    After getting utterly disappointed with The Killing Joke, I was reluctant to read another hyped Batman story. Thankfully, Batman: The Long Halloween exceeded all my expectations, becoming an instant favorite.

    If, like me, you’ve enjoyed Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, then I recommend you read this comic. You’re sure to see how strongly it influenced the actors’ portrayals, particularly Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon.
    And if, like me, your favorite film in the franchise is The Dark Knight, then you’ll really love this. Granted, it’s more of a mob story than of a Joker story, but they both deal with the same issue: that those in pursuit of justice can, in their relentless zeal, descend into the same lawlessness as those they are trying to apprehend.
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    Whose side are you on?: Major geekage over Marvel Comics’ Civil War

    WARNING: contains spoilers.

    In 2009, Marvel Comics created a crossover that left all of its characters—and fans—shaken to their cores. The seven-issue storyline was titled Civil War, written by Mark Millar and penciled by Steve McNiven

    Departing from the usual hero-against-villain story arcs of comic books, Civil War provides fascinating perspectives into the struggle between public welfare and individual rights: is registration justified, or does it impinge on superhumans’ rights?

    The superhumans face off in the final battle. Photo taken here.
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