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    Links Love: Star Wars Collection reference

    I found this amazing website on my search for more Star Wars comics, graphic novels and regular books.

    Their name is “Star Wars Books & Comics” — easy enough, right? Simple and to the point. Nice one.

    This website lists the known books in a sort of chronological order, depending on their ‘era of adventure‘ as well as places to read or buy them.
    It is so amazing. I’m in love.
    This must have been so much work.

    The graphic novel list can be found here.

    The regular novel list can be found here.

    They also have lists to the reference books, children’s books, and even audio books.

    They are a better reference than I could have ever imagined finding, and I’m really excited to share these links!

    If you find their collections as useful as I did, go send them a message on their Facebook, their Twitter,  or just stalk their webpage and leave a comment!

    Their website link is below- just click their logo!!

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    5 Fandom Friday: Gateway Fandoms That Made Me Who I Am Today

    This week’s 5 Fandom Friday: Gateway Fandoms That Made Me Who I Am Today.

    Over the past 10-15 years, I’ve gone through a metamorphosis.
    I’ve changed from a weird, awkward preteen to a weird, awkward adult (who’s way more at peace with herself with a better sense of style).

    I’ve gone back and forth between hiding what I like and being proud of what I’m into. Life is weird. I’ve settled at mostly being proud (although that Yaoi phase was a real kicker, ha).

    But, to get to who I am today, here are 5 Fandoms that made me into who I am today.

    1). Harry Potter

    Harry Potter is a big gateway fandom for me, mostly because I started so young, and that’s what geared me towards my fantasy and scifi book preferences today.
    I was 9 or 10 (maybe even 11) when the first book came out, so it felt like I was reading about kids just like me. Especially Hermione, as I was a weird-toothed, bushy haired, nerdy girl myself.Plus, the books came out as I aged with them, so it felt like I grew up with the characters. It needed up being a really important part of my life. My mom would drive me to the bookstores for the midnight releases (one year, we discovered that going two towns over, to the tiny Walmart, was the best way to buy it without waiting in line). I think my technical first cosplay was actually as Hermione- I dressed as her when I was 17 to go to a Harry Potter release party with my friends! We even played ‘quidditch’ in the back yard (i.e., we tied hoops to the trees, ran around the yard with brooms between our legs, and tried to throw balls in the hoops).Good times. That’s a gateway I don’t regret crossing through.

    2). Goosebumps

    Does this count as a fandom? Because it definitely should. Goosebumps books were the things as a kid that made me get into creepy things and horror (although reading them now shows me that they seriously aren’t scary). But, those stories helped me learn that I had fun being ‘artificially scared’- like going to haunted houses, watching horror movies, and reading spooky books. Without Goosebumps (and their dozens of super interesting books for kids), I really doubt that would be a part of my identity now (which coincidentally would change my entire friend group)!

    3). Star Trek

    I didn’t get into Star Trek until a little bit later, developmentally- and I’ll be the first to admit that I originally watched it as a gag. I thought young Shatner was super cute, and I loved things that poked fun at his acting style. But then, a few episodes in, it suddenly became very, very important to me. I loved the diversity of the cast (especially considering the age of the show), and I’ve always been IN LOVE with space. So, if you piece together amazing people having fun and adventures in deep space, you’ve pegged my dream genre. I started with TOS, but as things have moved on, I’m even really digging the new reboot, honestly. I even have a Leonard Nimoy Spock plushie, and a Kirk plushie that a great friend won for me from a machine! I also met William Shatner for my birthday this year!!! (How did I not start with that????)

    4). “Adult Animation”

    Honestly, I think all animation is ‘adult animation,’ but what I actually mean here is animated series with adults as their specific audience. Flat out, I NEED to mention Futurama, and I also really like Bob’s Burgers. I won’t lie, I started with the genre back when I was 9-10, watching Family Guy, then American Dad, etc. But the two that I love the most, and will never tire of are Futurama and now, more recently, Bob’s Burgers. Futurama fit in with my love for space, craving to know what the future was like, and my need for humor. One of the best parts to me is that they”re mostly just regular people in the future. I love it. I still binge watch Futurama and Bob’s burgers all the time. They’re definitely two of my favorite shows ever.

    5). Pokemon and Digimon

    These used to be real big for me as a kid. My brothers and I used to LOOOOVE Pokemon so much- we’d play a game where we launched ourselves at the couch while yelling out names of Pokemon. Somehow, I almost always yelled “Tauros” – despite him not being my favorite. I just thought it was so funny to charge at the couch, like a bull, and yell it out. I also remember my sister waking me up on weekends, asking if I watched to watch Digimon down in her room, in the early mornings. It was very special for me, since my sister is 10 years older. I had this cool teenager that I looked up to, with a private room on the other side of the house, waking me up to watch a cartoon she knew I liked. It’s a good memory for me. The Digimon movie ended up being my favorite for YEARS. I saw it in theaters at a big point in my life – it was right after my parents divorced, and I was moved three states away. It was something familiar in a new places, and I clung to it. I loved it so much. I STILL love the Digimon movie to the moon and back. The Pokemon movies are also always fun, and I still have some old cards and my Pikachu slippers!

    Those are 5 ‘Fandoms’ that have essentially shaped who I am now. I’m sure there will be more in the future- but right now, these all were (and most still are) very important to me.

    What about you? TELL ME. I NEED TO KNOW.

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    Reading Recommendation: A Clockwork Orange

    I won’t lie- this can be a violent confusing book. but it is a classic, and I recommend reading through it at least once.

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    Title: A Clockwork Orange
    Author: Anthony Burgess
    Genres: Dark, Violent, Future,
    Synopsis: A vicious fifteen-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic. In Anthony Burgess’s nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends’ social pathology. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. When the state undertakes to reform Alex to “redeem” him, the novel asks, “At what cost?” [Amazon]

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    Reading Recommendation: To Kill A Mockingbird

     

    Another classic. You probably read it in high school, but honestly it’s worth revisiting.

     

     

     

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    Title: To Kill A Mockingbird
    Author: Harper Lee
    Genres: Love, classc, regional, southern, social commentary
    Synopsis: Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature. [Amazon]

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    Reading Recommendation: Snuff

    This one was weird, in a good way, as I’ve come to expect from Chuck Palahniuk. It’s mostly about sex, so if that makes you uncomfortable, don’t read it. It’s basically about a snuff film. Obviously.

     

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    Title: Snuff
    Author: Chuck Palahniuk
    Genres: satire, adult fiction, dark comedy, adult humor, sexual themes
    Synopsis: Cassie Wright, porn priestess, intends to cap her legendary career by breaking the world record for serial fornication. On camera. With six hundred men. Snuff unfolds from the perspectives of Mr. 72, Mr. 137, and Mr. 600, who await their turn on camera in a very crowded green room. This wild, lethally funny, and thoroughly researched novel brings the huge yet underacknowledged presence of pornography in contemporary life into the realm of literary fiction at last. Who else but Chuck Palahniuk would dare do such a thing? Who else could do it so well, so unflinchingly, and with such an incendiary (you might say) climax? [Amazon]

     

    Read it online here,

    Or buy it here!

    I ALWAYS recommend buying the physical copy. You can always resell your purchase on amazon, ebay or other retails, and you give the author the money due for their work. Chuck Palahniuk deserves the bit of your money that this book costs, trust me. I have my own, physical copy.

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    Reading Recommendation: Lullaby

    Another interesting read, from one of my favorite authors. This one has an interesting sort of set up- babies die, and you’ll find out why.

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    Title: Lullaby
    Author: Chuck Palahniuk
    Genres: Adult fiction, dark, satire,
    Synopsis: Ever heard of a culling song? It’s a lullaby sung in Africa to give a painless death to the old or infirm. The lyrics of a culling song kill, whether spoken or even just thought. You can find one on page 27 ofPoems and Rhymes from Around the World, an anthology that is sitting on the shelves of libraries across the country, waiting to be picked up by unsuspecting readers. Reporter Carl Streator discovers the song’s lethal nature while researching Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and before he knows it, he’s reciting the poem to anyone who bothers him. As the body count rises, Streator glimpses the potential catastrophe if someone truly malicious finds out about the song. The only answer is to find and destroy every copy of the book in the country. Accompanied by a shady real-estate agent, her Wiccan assistant, and the assistant’s truly annoying ecoterrorist boyfriend, Streator begins a desperate cross-country quest to put the culling song to rest. [Amazon]

     

    Read it online here,

    or buy it here!

     

    I ALWAYS recommend buying the physical copy. You can always resell your purchase on amazon, ebay or other retails, and you give the author the money due for their work. Chuck Palahniuk deserves the bit of your money that this book costs, trust me. I have my own, physical copy.

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    Reading Recommendation: Rant

    Funny, creepy, and good.
    That’s all I can give you now.

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    Title: Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey
    Author: Chuck Palahniuk
    Genres: satire, dark comedy, adult fiction,
    Synopsis: Buster “Rant” Casey just may be the most efficient serial killer of our time. A high school rebel, Rant Casey escapes from his small town home for the big city where he becomes the leader of an urban demolition derby called Party Crashing. Rant Casey will die a spectacular highway death, after which his friends gather the testimony needed to build an oral history of his short, violent life. With hilarity, horror, and blazing insight, Rant is a mind-bending vision of the future, as only Chuck Palahniuk could ever imagine. [Amazon]

     

    Read it online here,

    Or buy it here!

    I ALWAYS recommend buying the physical copy. You can always resell your purchase on amazon, ebay or other retails, and you give the author the money due for their work. Chuck Palahniuk deserves the bit of your money that this book costs, trust me. I have my own, physical copy.

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