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Any association with the Mockingjay symbol is forbidden.

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books meme ➝ [11/20] series or books

i am the messenger by markus zusak
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Character of the Day: Sparrowhawk by FreShPAiNt

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Lunar Chronicles Character Details


Character heights:
  • Cinder: 5’8” / 173cm
  • Kai: 5’11” / 180cm
  • Scarlet: 5’6” / 168cm
  • Wolf: 6’4” / 193cm
  • Cress: 5’1” / 155cm
  • Thorne: 6’0” / 183cm
  • Winter: 5’9” / 175cm
  • Jacin: 6’2” / 188cm
Birth dates:
  • Cinder: December 21, 109 T.E. (Sagittarius)
  • Kai: 7 April 108 T.E….

Unless Dr. Erland’s DNA test is incorrect, Cress’s height should be no more than 153.48cm (Cress, Ch 37). It’s a small difference, but she should not be 155cm. Indeed, 5’1” is is equivalent to 154.94cm; however, 153.48cm is only 5’ 2/5”. There is a rounding error.

Marissa Meyer gave Cress’s height as 5’1” on the bio she posted on her blog; the metric conversions were made by shirewalker.  Most likely the guide was written before Cress and just wasn’t changed to comply with the new information.

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nikolai plucked an invisible piece of dust from his sleeve. “yes,” he said. “they just do it in better clothes.”

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Nanna Bryndís Himarsdóttir (vocals) and Brynjar Liefsson (guitar) cover MGMT’s Kids

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"Cuz as me the almost-man looks up into that town, I can hear the 146 men who remain. I can hear every ruddy last one of them. Their Noise washes down the hill like a flood let loose right at me, like a fire, like a monster the size of the sky cuz there’s nowhere to run." -The Knife of Never Letting Go

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Marissa Meyer just retweeted this and guess where it links

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Book review: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

I’ve heard nothing but praise for Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle, so I went into the first book with high expectations.  Unfortunately, it failed to leave a lasting impression on me.  A Wizard of Earthsea is a solid fantasy bildungsroman with fantastic themes and a clearly drawn world, but it’s also too familiar to stand out from the rest of its genre.

A Wizard of Earthsea tells of a proud, reckless boy who unleashes a shadow on the world.  After sustaining terrible injuries, Ged must master his powers and put an end to the evil he has wrought.  The story is powerful, but it’s been done hundreds of times before, and this one adds little new to my experience with epic fantasy.  It’s more grounded than the usual fare, more quiet, more somber, but introspective asides don’t make up for the dry action or the blandness of the characters.

For a good part of the book, I hoped that it would abandon Ged altogether and launch into a deeper exploration of the world, which seemed much richer than his string of unconnected tasks and the many pages spent sailing between them.  If there’s one thing I loved about this book, it’s the glimpses it gave of Earthsea’s many diverse cultures.  But my hopes went unmet, and Ged sailed on.  The plot picked up at the end, and I felt mildly impressed by the resolution, but the meandering quests that led up to it kept me from fully appreciating its value.

Ultimately, A Wizard of Earthsea is a perfectly serviceable book that could have been much more.  It could have pushed the envelope, delved deep into the world, showed Ged’s growth rather than simply recounting it.  If I had read it a few years ago, I might have fallen in love, but now this story feels safer than it should have been.