Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
JUST THE TIPS: MASTER YOUR GENITALS WITH 23 PAGES OF FRACTION & ZDARSKY’S GUIDE TO SEXING [NSFW]
By Chris Sims
If you’ve been reading Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals (and honestly, I’m pretty sure that if you’re reading this, you are), then you’ve probably noticed that one of the best parts of the comic comes in the letters page where the two creators offer the reader tips for a better sex life. Wait, no. “Better” is probably not the right word. Oh well, you get the idea.
Either way, the tips have been very enthusiastically received, and with the success of Sex Criminals, Fraction and Zdarsky are looking to spread the word and penetrate the market by collecting them in Just The Tips a handsome, 96-page hardcover that will look great on your coffee table, or hastily thrown under the sofa when your parents visit. And just in case that doesn’t arouse your interest, we’ve got a massive 23-page preview of the tips and sex positions ready for your perusal.
Please be advised, though, this is extremely not safe for work, unless your work is 100% cool with drawings of boners and buttholes, in which case you probably work for ComicsAlliance and saw it already.
The letters in Sex Criminals are just as good as the book itself. I’m so looking forward to this.
I think both lifeofkj and shadowedhills recently tagged me to do the ten books meme again. I’m going to repeat a few books because I can’t go without a few books. If you want to read that post (it has some info about the books on that list and why they mean what they do to me) you can do that here.
Books I’ll always list:
Eight other books I could’ve included the first time around:
I’ve reread the first Amber book recently and though I remember loving it the first time, I went into it hesitantly, wondering if it would’ve changed for me at all. It hadn’t really, I still loved it, and remembered a lot about why I liked it the first time. I’ve never been a big traditional fantasy novel fan, and the Amber series just hit my happy place of fantasy in a modern setting without feelingmodern. Zelazny’s writing is just… something different, even now.
With the success of rereading Nine Princes in Amber, I decided to revisit another old favorite in Lightning. It’s the first Koontz book I ever read and has remained my favorite of his (though I’ll admit to not keeping up with recent works). I’m about halfway through it and while it doesn’t have the same feeling for me (yet) as it once did, I can really see why I liked it at the time.
Sometimes it’s nice to revisit old favorites.
Marya Morevna, all in black, here and now, was a point at which all the women she had been met—the Yaichkan and the Leningrader and the chyerti maiden; the girl who saw the birds, and the girl who never did—the woman she was and the woman she might have been and the woman she would always be, forever intersecting and colliding, a thousand birds falling from a thousand oaks, over and over.
Why do you think all men paint themselves when they go to fight? When I paint my eyes to match my soup, it is not because I have nothing better to do than worry over trifles. It says, I belong here, and you will not deny me. When I streak my lips red as foxgloves, I say, Come here, male. I am your mate, and you will not deny me. When I pinch my cheeks and dust them with mother-of-pearl, I say, Death, keep off, I am your enemy, and you will not deny me. I say these things, and the world listens, Masha. Because my magic is as strong as an arm. I am never denied.
“At night, she whispered into the pipes: I hate it here. Please take me away, let me be something other than Marya, something magical, with a round belly. Frighten me, make me cry, only come back.”
― Catherynne M. Valente, Deathless
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Catherynne M. Valente, Deathless
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