Tech Porn

Jul. 26th, 2017 12:04 am
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It's that time again for tech porn!

Here is the Surface Studio in all its sexy glory:



Rawwwrrr! 

*Sigh*

I want one :(

Bring all the birds to your yard!

Jul. 25th, 2017 09:18 pm
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I thought this was really neat - plunk in your zip code and get a list of recommended plants for your yard!

https://www.audubon.org/native-plants

I hope there is a Canadian version. I would love to get more birds around here than the usual!

I Feel Gross

Jul. 24th, 2017 12:06 am
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Earlier, I was covered in sweat. I literally walk five steps and I start to sweat.

UGH!

I HATE living in the desert. I'm not a freakin lizard or cactus. I'm not built for these temperatures.

Help! Older Fantasy book! (FOUND)

Jul. 23rd, 2017 04:54 am
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*Edit: The book is Sorcery Rising (Fools Gold #1) by Jude Fisher*

There was a book I read in high school, maybe 10+ years ago, and I'm struggling to recall the author and title.
I don't remember the main plot or character names, just a few scenes and descriptions the author used.
It's an older book and it's cover style was similar to other older books I read at the time like Through Wolf's Eyes by Jane Lindskold and The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory, therefore the book I'm searching for might've been published in the early 2000s like those 2 books.

The book had a hardcover and I think it showed a town by the sea with a ship to the left (but my memory might be off)

The first thing I remember is that I think the story starts with a town by the sea. There is a mention of the first strawberries of the year being brought to the market, that people will be clamoring for them. The author compares the fruit to rubies and then says they are nearly as valuable.

The story changes perspective and kinda jumps around. I remember it being told from a guys perspective and then sometimes by a girl.
I also remember the author describing in passing how one character witnesses a small figure of a woman pinned by two guys while a third rapes her.

I also remember there were these traveler people like gypsies that came during that time of year to perform and entertain. That later hide a mysterious woman who is described as very beautiful with nearly white hair, creamy skin, etc. There was a guy who desired her a lot and wanted her as a wife but the gypsies kept him away from her until near the end of the story where we find out she's the sister of someone (either a god or a king, someone important but I can't remember).
I faintly recollect that the gypsies give the male protagonist something to help him out but can't do anything more to help him. I think he might've been one of them but he was orphaned and I think he has magic too.

Lastly the scene that I can recall vividly is when the girl protagonist is injured, her hands and side of her face are burned. Later this old woman heals her using fire and a knife to "carve" and reshape her fingers since the fire fused them together. While the old woman is doing this another character shows up, sees the knife, freaks and kills the old woman. Her last words to him are something like "don't you know it's bad luck to interrupt a healing." The old woman dies and the girls burns are healed along with her 'new' fingers.

--If anyone can help me find this book I would be so grateful. I'm sorry if it's not a lot to work with!
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I read this chapter book series in elementary school (around 2008) about a girl who had the power to influence plants with her emotions (for example, sometimes when she becomes angry she accidentally makes a plant grow a certain way). Each person in that world gets a power when they reach a certain age, as well as an orb. Her orb broke, however, so she has to travel to different realms to recover the pieces of her orb. She has a close male friend at home as well.

Later in the series, she discovers that she has a second power of reading the color of people's auras, which is relatively rare.

I think the title had something with "Azure" in it, though I could be wrong. I remember the cover being a photograph of the girl, with a pastel background.

Trump's War on US Media

Jul. 20th, 2017 01:46 pm
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This can't be said enough...

Children's fiction mystery book

Jul. 20th, 2017 12:16 am
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I have been going crazy for years wondering what the name of this book is:

A girl is taking a bath and closes her eyes and then is being strangled. After she survived being strangled, she finds herself in a forest. She has slipped into another dimension. She has slipped out of this world into another world. And the girl that was in that world is in her tub in our world. Her boyfriend and boyfriend's uncle realize that isn't her and so they have to go into a hole in space to go and rescue her.

Asian Themed Post Apocalyptic Fantasy

Jul. 19th, 2017 02:56 pm
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What I recall was Asian royalty living with space and privilege while cities were super crowded and couldn't be left. I think some part of the story revolved around discovery of what was beyond/under the city. This was a very long time ago, maybe more than 40 years that I read at least one of the series and its all very vague. An odd symbol on the front of the book and I want to say the author last name began with a W, but I can't be sure.

The Book of Chinese Beliefs

Jul. 18th, 2017 12:14 am
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The Book of Chinese Beliefs by Frena Bloomfield

A book that includes every day religious practices and like beliefs, and also some information on other everyday practices.
Read more... )

Current Reads

Jul. 17th, 2017 10:24 am
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I just finished reading the start of another series (The Order of the Sanguines) called The Blood Gospel.


A soldier, a priest, and an archeologist walk into a bar... not really. They are all in Israel in an attempt to uncover the Blood Gospel, a book reportedly written by Christ in his own blood. And hey! The Bathory story is also woven into this story. There are vampires, called the Strigoi, and those called Sanguinists. The latter are priests that follow the church and drink a wine infused with Christs blood by special consecration or blessing, as opposed to human blood. This is all brought about by an old prophecy and the book ends before a new mission so I am assuming book 2 will pick right up.


Another book I am reading, published in 1887, is called Ten Days in a Mad-House written by a woman named Nellie Bly, a reporter, who fakes her way into an insane asylum in order to report her findings on the treatment of patients, etc... I instantly think Lana Winters from season 2 of American Horror Story. What's sad is the treatment reported within this book is happening all around us.

Middle-grade ghost story - found!

Jul. 17th, 2017 12:01 am
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I never got to read the whole book, so I don't know how it ends. What I do know:

There's a boy staying at an old house, possibly visiting relatives. He learns about the history of the house, including that the family who used to live there had a son who had died of a fever. Later, something happens, and our protagonist somehow switches places with the boy in the past. He wants to get back to his own time and his own body, and he tries to tell the family, but they assume he's just delirious from the fever. I think the ghost of the other boy may have purposely caused the switch, to get a chance to live. In any case, he does his best to pass as the protagonist and avoid going back to his sick body. I don't know what happens after that.

Is this familiar to anyone?

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