Ivory Vikings

Apr. 23rd, 2019 07:28 pm
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Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them by Nancy Marie Brown

A discussion on topics suggested by the famous Lewis chessmen: medieval chess figures carved from walrus ivory.

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Feudal Society, Volume 1

Apr. 21st, 2019 09:45 am
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Feudal Society, Volume 1 by Marc Bloch

An extensive and rather academic study of feudalism from the beginning.

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Apr. 16th, 2019 04:50 pm
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Hollow Kingdom, by Kira Jane Buxton. Grand Central Publishing, 2019

 

This is an end of the world as we know it, zombie apocalypse, quest novel… narrated mainly by a human-raised crow named S.T. – Shit Turd. There are occasional short passages by whales, polar bears, and others- including Genghis Cat, a true ninja. S.T.’s human has gone zombie, his eyes have fallen out of his head (and neatly saved for later by S.T., just in case Big Jim wants it back), and he’s lunging around dangerously and S.T. is afraid he’ll eat him if Big Jim catches him. So S.T. and Dennis, Big Jim’s bloodhound, take off into the great new landscape of Seattle, post zombies.

 

Big Jim may not have been very good with naming pets, but he taught S.T. to speak human, turn on cell phones, and a lot of other things that the average crow doesn’t know. And, when S.T. concentrates, he can also hear the Aura, Web, and Echo- the extra-sensory strands of animal communicate via.

 

S.T.’s quest is at first one for food, as he travels around the Seattle area standing on Dennis’s back, he starts to realize he has to do more. All around, pets – the Domestics- are trapped in houses, some with zombies inside. How can he and Dennis free them from death by starvation?

 

This story is several things- an epic fantasy quest tale, an ecological statement, humor, a statement on human’s over dependence on technology, a story of learning to trust, and a coming of age for S.T. as he learns who he really is. It’s sort of like if Watership Down was written by a team consisting of Tolkien, Hunter S. Thompson, an ecologist, and a zoologist. I loved it and couldn’t put it down, but it is uneven in places and is heavy handed on the ecology and technology issues. The book could have used a good edit. But S.T. is such a great narrator that (almost) all can be forgiven.

Fic: Anniversary Tradition

Apr. 14th, 2019 09:11 pm
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Title: Anniversary Tradition
Author: [personal profile] dhamphir 
Fandom: SG-1
Pairing: Janet/Kris (OFC)
Rating: G
Word Count: ~1040
Summary: They have plans for their anniversary.
Spoilers/Timeline: AU. Takes place in the universe established in The Prophecy, so post Heroes (s07e17-18).
Disclaimer: Not mine. They belong to B.W., J.G., MGM and Gekko. No copyright infringement intended and no money being made. Kris Fraiser is mine.
A/N1: Written for [community profile] fluffbingo, prompt: perfume.
A/N2: Special thanks to my wonderful beta [personal profile] jazwriter!


Anniversary Tradition

kidlit & YA wanted in NYC

Apr. 12th, 2019 01:06 am
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I overheard that my job's pediatric clinic is running out of books and there's very little room in the budget (we are a community health center and are publically funded!) to buy more books. So, without the knowledge of the pediatric clinic, as I want to give their incredibly stressed supervisory staff and the patients a really great surprise, I'm organizing a little book drive.

If you have any books in your home that are:

appropriate for English or Spanish speaking kids

who are the ages of 3 - 17 years old

in as new, fine or very good condition (good condition possible, but we will need to discuss exactly what isn't in very good condition about it)

that you don't want in your home anymore

Could you consider giving them to our pediatric clinic? I am broke as all get out, and not able to pay for anything, so I'm asking for people to donate the shipping costs (to NYC) as well out of the goodness of your hearts. All of our patients have some kind of mental health issue and many have chronic illnesses as well. Our books are used in the waiting room and in therapy sometimes, but the most important thing about the books is that kids who love a book can take it home.


more about what they're looking for at the original post.

In Plain Sight

Apr. 11th, 2019 11:01 pm
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In Plain Sight by Dan Willis

Arcane Casebook book 1, but stand alone. A private investigator and rune-wright in a magical New York 1930s.

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The Wrath of Cons

Apr. 10th, 2019 07:00 pm
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The Wrath of Cons by Robert Kroese

Rex Nihilo book 3. Spoilers ahead for the earlier ones.

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