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stellarsparrow:

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let…

I am Tumbling again just to do this! Though you’ll know most of mine, as I know yours.

The Return of the King – J R R Tolkien

I love fantasy and could have put loads of sword-and-sorcery books on this list – but if you’re a nerdy kid of the right age, the Lord of the Rings does something irreversible to your soul, and that’s that

The Winter Book – Tove Jansson

I have a full-chest Winter Book tattoo. The prose is absolutely pitch-perfect, even in translation. Jansson’s stories/anecdotes about tiny events in small bits of Finland have huge, universal resonance

The Children of Green Knowe – Lucy M Boston

I started reading this aged six, then something happened and I didn’t rediscover it until I was 21 – the Suck Fairy had entirely passed it by, which is miraculous. At six, I would have given my right arm – cheerfully, just cut it off at the shoulder – to be the small boy in this series and to have his adventures. I still would. You can make an appointment to visit the house which I will do one day

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar – Roald Dahl

This is a book of short stories, including the titular one, which was the most important to me as a child, though I see now that Dahl’s true account of his plane being shot down in the war was the best written. I still a little bit believe that I could develop the supernatural powers of Henry Sugar if I put in just a bit more effort and stared at candle flames with more dedication

The Amber Spyglass – Phillip Pullman

This is how you do anti-religious polemics (Dawkins, you fuckwit, take note). You do them with a huge, fierce love for the flawed human race, loving your crooked neighbour with your crooked heart, celebrating difference, and including a few really cool battles while you’re at it because I, Oliver, always like a book to have some good swordfights and explosions. Now I’m older, my favourite characters are Lee Scoresby and Mary Malone, and I am hopelessly in love with the latter

Human Traces – Sebastian Faulks

I haven’t read this in a long time, and the Suck Fairy might have got to it. It’s about people who want to understand the universe and the human mind with the limited tools available to them. It seems fairly well researched as a historical novel, too. Under the spreading chestnut tree the village madman stands. The voices in his fevered head are loud as marching bands. We don’t know if he’s made this way, or has infected glands

Night Watch – Terry Pratchett

I did not give two shits about Les Mis when I first read Night Watch, which is a very loose parody. It’s also a fantastic novel in its own right, so that was fine. The observation of human nature is perfect, the nods to earlier (later – it’s about time travel) books are funny/sad and not tiresome, and OK yes it’s shamelessly sentimental but hilarious enough to get away with it. All the little angels rise up high

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

Yes, OK, Imogen, this is sentimental too. I like this for one of the same reasons I like Green Knowe – neither of them are very wholesome for the kiddies according to certain reviewers, because the “ghosts” in both are very ordinary and just hang out with the child protagonists. It gets up some people’s noses, but it feels so right to me. It has some bloody murder and real danger, as children’s books should, and it doesn’t patronise its readers of any age

The Corfu Trilogy – Gerald Durrell

These remain the funniest books I have ever read. It’s impossible to say whether the people or the other animals are more entertaining and more fascinating. Dear Missy Margo. War has been declared. Don’t tell a soul

The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

For me, this beautifully written novel is like the trembling finger of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. I read it about once every six months and wince all the way through. Sometimes I put it down and stare at the wall for a bit, thinking “fuuuuuuuuuuuuck”. Ishiguro has written several good books and I recommend all of them, but if you don’t identify at least a tiny bit (while gurning in horror) with the narrator in The Remains of the Day I don’t really know how to talk to you and we might as well be different species

Jun 7

Sometimes they bring in nestlings
Unfinished, feather-boned
With crops and sometimes lungs
That bulge with milk.

I rescued it. Their guileless smiles
are earnest as a dairy -
what can one do? Birds
are not mammals,
you can’t eat scrambled cow’s egg,
I don’t know how to tell you this.

In truth, you take the cooling naked scrap
and watch it vomit white, wait,
tuck it in a black sack.

And after all I’ve done for you
They gleam with milkfed teeth.

And if it lives: grow up
but not like that.
Pray keep your shoulders straight;
no need to flap;
Pray don’t make us
make more allowances;
Pray drink your milk
and fix those fragile bones.

polyverse:

Me and housemate just made this out of all the conservative spam sent to our house.You’re welcome. 

we did a help

polyverse:

Me and housemate just made this out of all the conservative spam sent to our house.

You’re welcome. 

we did a help

May 6
fairy-wren:

cassowary
photo by dianse h

I am extremely angry today but I do like cassowaries quite a lot

fairy-wren:

cassowary

photo by dianse h

I am extremely angry today but I do like cassowaries quite a lot

zooborns:

Okapi Bonds With Mom at Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo welcomed a rare Okapi calf on February 3! He has been named Jabari, Swahili for ‘brave’.

Learn more about this unique species at Zooborns.

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dubiousculturalartifact:

saltpetres:

i want a good omens movie but it has to be perfect and it won’t be therefore i do not want a good omens movie

The Good Omens movie is announced.

Neil Gaiman publicly states his approval with every aspect of the movie, and stresses how true…

(Source: opaldrone)

Before we left, Grandmother talked a lot about the arctic night we would fly through. ‘Isn’t it a mystical word, “arctic”? Pure and quite hard. And meridians. Isn’t that pretty? We’re going to fly along them, faster than the light can follow us… Time won’t be able to catch us.

- Tove Jansson, from her book Art in Nature. (via allthingsmoomin)

neilska:

this gif has made me laugh for like ten hours someone help me find the source

neilska:

this gif has made me laugh for like ten hours someone help me find the source

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fartymcmly:

cute date ideas:

  • follow birds around
  • talk to birds
  • draw birds together
  • go to the zoo to look at the birds
  • go shopping and buy shirts with birds on them
  • birds