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Eurydice Howell

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October 2015

N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season

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I have never been so happy with a new author as I have been with N.K. Jemisin. Everything I’ve read from her has been absolutely phenomenal. I did not expect The Fifth Season to be so good, but I cannot begin to describe how great it was.

N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season is a story about the beginning of the end of an age. It is about surviving the destruction of civilization. However, in the midst of all this, this is a story about a woman searching for her child, a student doing what she needs to become a master, and a child forced to become something that others do not consider human. This is a story of transformation.

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This Week in Comics – October 22, 2015

Beware, there’s a lot because I’m too lazy to cut this up into multiple posts. Today’s installation of ‘This Week in Comics’ includes comics that I am already subscribed to and comics that I am thinking about reading. I have decided to cut them up into three categories: those from My Pull List, those in a One Shot or Limited Series, and those in a Longer Ongoing. So, if you would like to skip around, be my guest.

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In Memoriam

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My father, Evan Conrad Howell. (Photo Credit: Kenrick Walters)

I’ve spent a lot of time wondering about what I would say here. I’ve known for a while that I wouldn’t be attending the funeral, so it was expected of me to write something, but I didn’t quite know what to say. Thankfully, this poem by Victoria Hanley, from her novel, The Seer and The Sword, expresses a lot of what I am feeling:

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This Week in Comics – October 8, 2015

The date should really say September 30th, but I found WestAllen fan fiction and my whole life changed. However, that did give me time to go to the comic book store again and pick up more titles to talk about. So, it worked out.

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Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl

Once again, here is a novel that was suggested as the September pick for the book club that I am in. What’s interesting about it is that it was also recommended to me from one of my best friends about a year ago. I have never been shy about admitting that I am a fangirl: I live and breath fandom in all of it’s forms, even if I am not overly active in it. I’m pretty sure that one of my favorite fanfic authors is also friends with Rainbow Rowell, and she might write fanfics herself, but that’s neither here nor there.

Fangirl is the story of Simon Snow fangirl, Cath, who has recently begun her first year at Nebraska State University. Cath has a very interesting case of social anxiety that she seems to cope with by writing Simon Snow fan fiction. She has a huge following. The thing is, even Simon Snow can’t stop Cath’s world from crashing down around her.

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