Avatar: The Legend of Korra

For a great example of genre-mashing, check out the anime/cartoon series “The Legend of Korra” - it has a mix of Asian culture and wuxia, plus steampunk elements like social unrest, zeppelins, buggies, and Industrial Era technology.

The only reason I wouldn’t suggest Avatar: The Last Airbender (this show’s predecessor) is because it is this show, specifically, that utilizes steampunk and industry, while The Last Airbender is pre-Industrial.

However, both shows are fantastic and well worth checking out.

“Empezaba a creer que Julian no era un hombre, era una enfermedad.”
Nuria Montfort, La sombra del viento
diversityinya:

Some updates in the censorship of The Miseducation of Cameron Post!
That pic above is a photo of some of the copies of Cameron Post that Browseabout Books has gotten in stock due to this fiasco. Read about how the bookstore is giving those books away here.
The Cape Gazette, the local paper who first broke this story, also has a new story up about the response that the school board has received since they pulled Cameron Post from the list.
And Delaware Online reports about last night’s (July 11) school board meeting in which Cameron Post was discussed, though apparently not re-added to the list. There will be another school board meeting to discuss this again on July 24.
NBC Philadelphia has this summation of what happened, as well as some new quotes from Roni Posner, the one board member who did not support removing the book from the list: “It’s really a stunner to me that we did that.”

Don’t know what this book is about, but some novels get censored or banned for the stupidest reasons.
Here’s the link for it on Amazon, it’s really cheap right now!
So it’s got lesbians, cowgirls (!), youthful friendship and love… sounds kinda like Brokeback Mountain but for younger girls (and hopefully without all the sadness??)….
Not a huge fan of coming-of-age stories myself, and I’ve been to Montana too many times to believe that anything interesting could ever happen there (sort of kidding), but if you like YA, like lesbians (and who wouldn’t), then why not check out this book? Censorship is lame.

diversityinya:

Some updates in the censorship of The Miseducation of Cameron Post!

Don’t know what this book is about, but some novels get censored or banned for the stupidest reasons.

Here’s the link for it on Amazon, it’s really cheap right now!

So it’s got lesbians, cowgirls (!), youthful friendship and love… sounds kinda like Brokeback Mountain but for younger girls (and hopefully without all the sadness??)….

Not a huge fan of coming-of-age stories myself, and I’ve been to Montana too many times to believe that anything interesting could ever happen there (sort of kidding), but if you like YA, like lesbians (and who wouldn’t), then why not check out this book? Censorship is lame.

twentysomethingvagabond:

gideoncrumb:

just finished Station Eleven, out in September from Knopf. Amazing story of before and after a flu epidemic that wipes out most of the world’s population and all the woders that survive.

"Twenty years after the end of air travel, the caravans of the Travelling Symphony moved slowly under a white-hot sky. It was the end of July, and the twenty-five-year-old thermometer affixed to the back if the lead caravan read 106 Fareneheit, 41 Celsius."

I am a shitty human who doesn’t read fast, but everyone seems to be loving this so far! Can’t wait to finish!!

This seems pretty cool. I’ll have to check it out.

hinspired said: Going travelling next week and I'm in need of some good book recommendations. Help!!

beckisbookshelf:

Bonjour, Harriet! Okay, because I have total creeper tendencies I checked out your blog and saw that you were a foodie (and that your name was Harriet. See? Creeper.) ANYWAY!

I have several books for you! Some I haven’t read yet but have been recommended to me by people whose opinion on books I trust.

The ones I’ve read are:
Under the Tuscan Sun - Frances Mayes
The Language of Flowers - Vanessa Diffenbaugh 
Anna and the French Kiss - 
Stephanie Perkins 

From my “Don’t tell anyone I’ve read these books” section I have:
Wallbanger - Alice Clayton (DON’T judge it by title/cover. Absolutely adorable and I LOVE it.)
Savor the Moment - Nora Roberts (Part of the Bridal Quartet)

From others:
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity To Master the Art of Living - Julie Powell
Chocolat - Joanne Harris
The Scarlet Feather - Maeve Binchy

Hopefully one or some of these will work out for you! Have a wonderful vacation.

“We’re both looking at the same moon, in the same world. We’re connected to reality by the same line. All I have to do is quietly draw it towards me.”
Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

JING KE BEFORE THE PRINCIPLE OF ORDER.

This was my absolute favorite story in the Shanghai Steam anthology, and it was a very fitting final piece.

I loved its attention to detail in regards to the Chinese language and how inferiors address superiors (very specific titles for all situations), and the non-appropriative, casual way the Chinese people were the main characters, rather than exotic scenery filler or cute but unrealistic interpretations of what a Chinese person may have been like a century ago.

But aside from either of those things, which are mainly research and experience and world-building, the story itself was brilliant. Humans have been eradicated and replaced by steam-driven machines, who are perhaps hallucinating the ghosts of all the humans they killed. It is a beautiful monologue supported by personality, accuracy, and creativity.