ZOLA HAS MADE HER DRAMATIC RE-ENTRANCE. And now we see that her “poor little incompetent me” schtick was entirely an act and she is in fact, super scary. Her “plans” for Gil interest me in particular because damn, considering she’d been playing damsel in distress for him for what seemed to be solid years (or at least several months) she was REALLY playing the long game with him. That impressive dedication to screwing over white knights is the kind of thing I truly admire.
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Would you write those recaps for r/b please? they're super helpful
absolutely! the tag will be “r breaker recap” and they’ll be pinned on my blog, too, like i did for the ac0sf recap :)
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i am going to attempt to illustrate what about “they seemed to be both man and woman to [mc’s] eye” aggravated me so much.
there is just. so much about it. the vagueness as to what nour identifies as and the fact that it’s a cis character telling us, “well, they seem like etc etc” is a big irritant here. like, firstly, having a cis character inform the audience through monologue of what they think the enby character seems like is not a good way to provide proper rep, both bc the cis character, who already lives in a country where casual sexism towards woman is a thing, probably does not have a particularly comprehensive view of gender and bc for rep to be good it has to represent an actual identity instead of smth barely specified.
and secondly, while pronouns & physical presentation can be useful clues to indicating gender, they don’t necessarily always equal gender identity. there are androgynous/gender non-conforming men & women alongside androgynous nb people, and not all nb people are androgynous or even use they/them pronouns. not all cis people solely use the pronouns associated with their gender either (he/him lesbians, for example). so like, while you can say “oh they’re bigender” or “oh they’re etc etc” based on your interpretation of things, the use of they/them pronouns & the questionable speculation of a cis dude don’t actually add up to good, solid rep for any nonbinary identity.
of course, this could all be fixed by keeping nour alive for longer & having them make their own statement on their own gender, but nope, instead they get killed off unceremoniously after having *checks notes* ZERO spoken lines.
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THE OLDEST PICK UP ARTIST TRICK IN THE BOOK, GIL, WHAT’S NEXT, YOU GONNA ASK WHAT HER SIGN IS???
I do find it weird that Agatha is willing to overlook everything Hot Topic Cyborg did to her parents just because Gil like, fixed it (and seemed to be willing to help even BEFORE she knew they were actually okay???). HTC still fully intended to kill them permanently and put them through a lot of a pain and suffering and well an the whole thing that should have been REALLY TRAUMATIC for Agatha regardless (but due to the nature of the comic’s pacing any long term emotional damage she suffered from it has been pretty much offscreen). But I mean, whatever, Gil and Tarvek like her so water under the bridge I guess?
also what moment WAS Gil waiting for to tell her this. Did he have dramatic lighting and a video presentation planned. Bet he did.
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ONLY WITH HER DID HE NOT NEED TO EXPLAIN. ONLY WITH HER DID HE NOT NEED TO BE A KING, OR ANYTHING BUT WHAT HE WAS. ONLY WITH HER WOULD THERE BE NO JUDGMENT FOR WHAT HE‘D DONE, WHO HE‘D FAILED, WHAT HE MIGHT STILL HAVE TO DO.
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i have 12 hours to read 200 pages of this book and i cant its so stressful everythings going sideways everyones dying this is TOO MUCH!!!!
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HONOR THY HOT TOPIC CYBORG ASSASSIN MOTHER NO MATTER HOW MANY HORRIFIC CRIMES SHE HAS COMMITTED, AMEN.
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This chapter is just me going “who is Mina? Who is duke? Who is Zack??? Why does jiho get to keep his name??!?!”
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The Lightning Horse (Empire at Twilight Book 1) by N.L. Holmes.
In the land of Hatti, Tiwatipara is a charioteer and he drives the chariot of the Prince Nerikaili, son of The Sun and he is very proud of his work with both the chariots and the horses who pull them. This day is no different when The Sun’s new pair of stallions are being shown off to a crowd of royalty, fellow charioteers, the staff who work at the stables, as well as other inhabitants of the city, it is a proud day for Tiwatipara who has been invited to ride in The Sun’s chariot, however, this chance is taken away when The Sun is called away on urgent business and instead Tiwatipara stays on the sidelines and his father and grandfather ride in the chariot, however, this is both a blessing and disguise when the chariot crashes killing Tiwatipara’s father and gravely injuring his grandfather and because he was the one to prepare and check the carriage over, the guilt he carries from that day from thinking that he was the cause of it changes his life forever.
Three years later and things within the kingdom are in flux, old enemies are reappearing and new enemies are trying The Sun’s patience by wasting his time with meaningless requests and platitudes while working against him in the background. Tiwatipara is still driving Prince Nerikaili’s chariot, however he does so recklessly and this puts others in a predicament while dealing with him and from that day, he feels like his and his families fortunes are on the descent and that they are being punished for some reason. As things become more confused and conflicting within Hatti, Tiwatipara is given information which again changes the course of his life, but will this be for the better, or for the worse and how will it affect those around him?
This is a historical fiction with intrigue, secrets, betrayal, love and hate where nothing is as it seems and will keep you reading to both know what happens in the end, all while learning more about the culture and the history it is based upon.
The inability of white people to see children other than white children as children is a reality that frankly leaves one hopeless about a change in attitudes regarding the perceived humanity of black people.
Claudia Rankine, “daughter” from Just Us: An American Conversation
This poor robot is realizing she’s never gonna be free of these weirdos, i’m so sorry ma’am, the revolution will come someday, just you wait, the android uprising is nigh.
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The Unknown Something
TV: Orphan Black
queen of shadows
"Because that golden-haired witch, Asterin ...," Aelin said. "She screamed Manon‘s name the way I screamed yours." Rowan stilled. His queen gazed at the floor, as if recalling the moment. "How can I take away somebody who means the world to someone else? Even if she‘s my enemy."
kingdom of ash
Manon bellowed his name, and Crochan arrows fired. The Yellowlegs sentinel‘s eyes stared at no one, nothing. A gaping maw opened before him, jaws stretching wide. Manon screamed his name again, but he couldn‘t move.
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I know I’m supposed to be deeply concerned about Agatha’s unstable transformation here, but a very large part of me wants to just cheer “YEAH GIRL, FOLLOW YOUR UNHINGED GLOWY EYED TECHNOPATH TRUTH, ZAP THOSE BOYS, TAKE OVER THE WORLD, BABY YOU CAN DO IT ALL”.
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the rational part of my brain knows that having all three of the major villains bc queer vs a couple background characters on the protag’s side + 1 dead enby with zero lines would be bad rep but the other part is still So Incredibly Mad about what happened to nour that frankly i don’t think this book’s queer rep will ever be able to recover from that and therefore am just going to pick & viciously hold onto whatever character dynamics i want.
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i have one chapter left on dracula does anyone have any good essays on mina being a white christian feminist character that i can read when i'm done.
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why is every single manorian scene charged with electricity omg who is doing it like them
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supernatural is a show that believes in all forms of love but romantic love they literally are like “romance is the dollar store version of any other love. it absolutely refuses to endure”
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also while i’m here, does anyone want me to write those chapter recap posts for Rea///lm Brea///ker the way i do for sj///m’s books?
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