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In case you hadn't heard, Catherynne M. Valente's new book, Deathless has come out! According to Valente, Deathless is the culmination of several years' work, and the end result is a lush novel that meshes well with Valente's other works but stands out from the pack quite well.

Valente herself has a post on all things Deathless, including reviews, where to buy it, icons, a book trailer, and a contest. You should check it out.

Now about the book! Deathless is a modern take on Koschei the Deathless and Marya Morevna. The traditional story is fairly standard, a boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy regains girl formula. Deathless is anything but standard. The book begins in St. Petersburg with Marya Morevna, a child of the Revolution, who has seen past the cover of the world. Marya grows up knowing that magic exists, that birds can turn into handsome young husbands, and that the domovoi have enthusiastically adopted Communist ideals and formed a committee of house spirits. And she knows that Koschei is coming for her. Throughout the story Marya struggles to find herself as she is willingly spirited into a world of devils, fairly tales, and an endless parade of Yelenas. Though the relationship between Marya and Koschei is vibrant and brutal, there is always an Ivan to lure her away. In Deathless, Marya is torn between Koshei and the fey world she has come to love, and Ivan and her birthplace in St. Petersburg. Nothing is as it seems, and no one choice is right.

I bought Deathless on the day it came out, and I finished it that evening. I literally could not put the book down until I had read the story to its end. If you're interested, go check out Valente's post about it. She included links to the first few chapters as well as a preview comic. If you liked any of Robin McKinley's fairy tale retellings, or Neil Gaiman's, please give Valente a try. You won't regret it.
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My Valentinr - sparkfrost
Get your own valentinr

If anyone has their own Valentinr, leave me a link to it in the comments, I'll be sure to send some love your way as well.
sparkfrost: (Boom di yah dah)
I'm sure most people have already heard of this, but Living Social's deal of the day is a $20 Amazon gift card on sale for $10. If you click my link to buy it, I get free stuff, or you can just go to Living Social's website. Either way, take advantage! I believe I shall either be buying the new Decemberists cd or many, many e-books. :D

Pimping!

Mar. 23rd, 2010 01:02 am
sparkfrost: (Trust Me)
My good friend [livejournal.com profile] cinaea has recently come back into the posting fold by making numerous updates featuring her gorgeous icons. Seriously, girl is mad talented. I owe five of my lovely icons (including this one) to her, and her newest creations are gorgeous. Go check them out, and when you see one you love (and I know you will), take, credit, use!
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I'm sure many of you have heard about this, but KXRQ Sacramento's morning radio show recently had a half hour diatribe against transgendered children. Let me repeat that: for over 30 minutes two grown men spewed vitriol against children as young as five who were transgendered or questioning their gender identity. It is disgusting, and despicable, and I hope that show gets yanked off the air faster than you can say "asshole". One awesome way to help with that is follow this link to an entry that [livejournal.com profile] wook77 has made compiling a list of advertisers for the morning show. [livejournal.com profile] wook77 also includes a form letter that you can C/P and send out. Please, whether you're a member of the LGBTQ community, an ally, or just someone who thinks that people who berate and abuse children shouldn't receive monetary support, check out the link and send a letter. I have.
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Join the Ludo-jo )
sparkfrost: (Boom di yah dah)
Ludo Tour! )

This girl! Plus, I totally get extra credit in my American Popular Music class if I go to a concert and then talk about it in class. Good times!

I still need a Ludo icon...
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For those of you who were upset about Rick Warren being chosen to deliver the inauguration invocation, Dan Savage held a contest. A contest similar to the one he held back in 2004, when Rick Santorum was revealed to be a disgusting, prejudiced homophobe; Dan Savage held a contest to determine a new meaning for "saddlebacking", i.e. The Saddleback Church that Rick Warren is minister of. You may have heard the new definition for santorum, that actually came out as the number one result on Google search, over the senator's own homepage: the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is the occasional byproduct of anal sex. Disgusting, right? A gross definition for a morally reprehensible man, right on. Well, the nominations were posted, the votes were counted, and ladies and gentlemen, we have a new definition for saddlebacking:

Saddlebacking: sad•dle•back•ing \ˈsa-dəl-ˈba-kiŋ\ vb [fr. Saddleback Church] (2009): the phenomenon of Christian teens engaging in unprotected anal sex in order to preserve their virginities

After attending the Purity Ball, Heather and Bill saddlebacked all night because she’s saving herself for marriage. Unfortunately her parents found out because they got santorum all over the sheets.

Be sure to check out the site! Be sure to link to it! Be sure to Googlebomb the shit out of it! Let's make sure that Rick Warren is forever associated with stupid teenagers assfucking due to ground-in sexual shame. Rock on!

And that was my daily dose of shit-stirring. Good times!

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