cloudless-climbs: Oh wise Maggie Stiefvater, how I love thee even more with each scroll through your tumblr. I recently discovered The Raven Boys and fell madly in love (I did the audiobook first--the narration is absolutely outstanding!), and I love that book and The Dream Thieves so, so much. I was wondering: can you recommend any books/short stories/movies/pieces of art/anything that will evoke the same feelings as the time when Ronan and the gang go to the barns to bury the night horror?
Here is a confession about the Barns:
No, let me back up.
I started writing The Dream Thieves back when I was 19 — I know I told everyone I began writing The Raven Boys when I was 19, but really, it was it was DT, Ronan’s story. It was only later that I realized I needed to begin with The Raven Boys. Like Ronan, I had (have) recurring dreams and visceral nightmares, but unlike Ronan, I found out that if I wrote them down, I wouldn’t have them again.
I used to go to the Barns in my dreams — nearly every night — and it was precisely as it appears in The Dream Thieves and the later books in the series. Everything Ronan feels about the Barns is how I felt about it.
When it came time to give the Lynch family a kingdom of their own, I knew I was going to give them the Barns, but I also knew that to write it down was to exorcise it from my dreams. Nightmares and dreams really work the same way — the only difference is that you’re afraid of one.
And I was right. I’ve not been back to the Barns since I first wrote it down. Well, not when I’m sleeping, anyway. I guess what I’m trying to say is that every time a reader is pleased to visit the Barns, it makes me feel better about my decision to give it away. So thanks for that.
Here is the music I listen to while writing the Barns:
“She Is Like the Swallow" - Lucia Micarelli
“Through Your Bones" - Lost Lander
“Da Pacem Domine" - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
“Exile" - Enya
“Taimse Im’ Chodladh" - Planxty
If anyone has any other suggestions for the OP, please let me/ them know!
Anyway, here is my confession about the Barns: I miss it, even though there were almost always monsters in the shadows.
Moffat’s quote (and I think he’s said similar before) and general attitude towards the Doctor in the war really just continue to irritate me.
The Doctor does not enjoy violence, no. And he’s not the sort who would jump gleefully into a war or being a soldier. But for someone like him to stay on the fringes and not fight is for him to tacitly support the status quo. He’s fought Daleks before, and he’s evidently one of the only Time Lords who’s prepared to stand up to his own people. So in a war where both sides are terrible, he’s needed. By staying on the sidelines he’s effectively letting the war continue, letting people continue to be killed and planets destroyed, all because he doesn’t want to be involved.
like, there’s plenty of room for saving people and trying to stop the war and conscientious objection. But it’s perfectly clear when Ten in particular talks about being in the war, as a soldier, and fighting, he’s not glorifying this: it’s a necessity. How can someone not believe that the Doctor - a man whose entire life has been spent fighting evil people and evil systems - would be prepared to fight to protect the rest of the universe?
There’s this quote in Gaudy Night (by Dorothy L Sayers) that I always think of whenever I see this sort of opinion about the Doctor in the war:
"Bosh!" said Miss Edwards. "You can’t carry through any principle without doing violence to somebody. Either directly or indirectly. Every time you disturb the balance of nature you let in violence. And if you leave nature alone you get violence in any case."
The Doctor has always had strong principles, and has never before been someone who ‘could never’ make difficult decisions.
#the doctor is a better man than moffat could ever comprehend #even if that does include him doing some terrible things (x)
Okay, I figured I should publish this publicly, since other readers may want to buy these books as well. Here I’ll list ways to buy the History of Middle Earth volumes, but whether or not it’s worth it depends on what you’re interested in, or what you want to get out of the books. Let me know if you have a more specific reason/question/etc.
((EDIT: BEFORE YOU BUY check your local library. If your library carries the series, checking them out there is a great way to explore the books without having to pay for them. Then, if you find a particular volume you like, you have a better idea of what to buy.))
Option One: Buy the Complete Set
You can, actually, buy all 12 volumes of the series together, even in a very pretty box set, but it is ridiculously expensive. This seller (all of today’s options are Amazon, by the way) is asking $1,366 for the used copy. Now, if you have that kind of money, I’d highly recommend this set, as it’s pretty, and helpfully condensed into three volumes, instead of 12. But, since the vast majority of us do not have that much money, here are other options.
Option Two: Buy Each Volume Separately
This is the option I’d recommend. It’s ultimately much cheaper, and also likely to be more efficient for you. I mean, you don’t need all 12 volumes at once, and depending on your interests, you may not need all 12 volumes at all (I myself have only so far bought 1-5, 10, and 12.) With shipping, it’ll still cost you a couple hundred dollars to buy them all, but it’s better than $1,366, right?
- Volumes 1-5: These are actually already offered in a mini box set at the very reasonable price of $22.95. These books include the Lost Tales (the earliest version of the Silmarillion), as well as the history of Tolkien’s work on Middle Earth’s geography and languages.
- Volume 6: Offered for $11.20, this book covers Tokien’s earliest work on the Lord of the Rings.
- Volume 7: Also $11.20, this book continues through the development of LOTR, especially Moria through Rohan.
- Volume 8: Again, $11.20, this book concentrates on the development of Return of the King.
- Volume 9: This book is worth $19.80. It finishes up the development of Lord of the Rings (including an unpublished epilogue), and also includes Tolkien’s development of the language of Numenor.
- Volume 10: Another book for $19.80, this book goes back to the First Age and discusses a lot of topics that tied in to the Silmarillion, such as Elvish customs, Morgoth’s motivations, and life in Aman.
- Volume 11: For $19.80 this book covers the later Silmarillion, especially the war between the elves/men and Morgoth. It also includes more information on Turin, as well as the Valar.
- Volume 12: This one will cost you $20.98, but in return you get information on Tolkien’s development of the later Ages, including Numenor, hobbits, dwarves, and of course more language development.
Again, if you’re not sure if these books will fit your interests, send me a message (un-anon for a quicker response) and I’ll see if I can give you more specific advice. :)
coastalkayaker: Will we ever see more of the Scorpio Races realm? If no, will we see more equine influences in the future?
I’m normally quite certain when I’m done with a book. I can feel it in my heartparts. A story just won’t release me until I’ve finished what I meant to finish.
Usually what this means is the character arcs — I need the characters to end up where I want them and then, ta da, I can return to my regularly programmed life. I no longer daydream and night dream about the novel every day and every minute.
But I never got that feeling with the Scorpio Races, and for a long time, I wasn’t sure why. Puck and Sean both ended up where I wanted them. So what was the problem?
Then I realized that it was because the island, Thisby, had become a character to me, and that is a character I can never really put to rest. Do I want to return to it? Desperately. Will I? When a story calls me back to it.
In the end, Captain America does not make the heroic sacrifice, thus further proving that Black Widow can handle the emotional weight of being a lead character. As if anyone could really forget the most quoted line in “The Avengers" — "I’ve got red in my ledger; I’d like to wipe it out" — it helps to have that line fresh in your mind when deconstructing what Widow does in the final act of what’s billed as a Captain America movie. Black Widow doesn’t wipe out the red in her ledger. No, she blasts her ledger out to the world, like it was the grisliest email forward of all time. We know from here heart to heart with Hawkeye that the shame she feels about what she’s done is real, and she hesitates when she realizes that taking down the bad guys means revealing her secrets. But she does it anyway, because she’s not just a spy anymore; she’s a super hero, and she makes a super hero’s sacrifice.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier" makes Black Widow a flawed-yet-competent super hero, one with a compelling emotional hook. Through the sacrifices she makes, the film advances her character into a thrilling new status quo that begs for a solo film. Make it happen, Marvel.