Apathy & Rhetoric


Top Ten Worlds I Would NOT Want To Live In


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I discovered something about myself while writing this post. Well, two things really. The first is that I’m pretty adaptable, and there aren’t a lot of places I couldn’t stand to live in. The second is that I tend to focus on only the fun and cool parts of fictional worlds and ignore the bad. In any case, here is my top ten worlds I’d least like to live in. (Hopefully, I didn’t forget any super obvious ones).

1. Westeros and Essos of the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin – Aside from a lot of dreadfully boring (in my opinion) politics, the people of these books are obsessed with rape, incest, murder, and dismemberment. In fact,in their society a person isn’t respected until they commit at least one of these sins. The world is a paradise for the morally corrupt, but definitely nowhere I want to be.

2. Hell from The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri – Confession: I haven’t read this book, but the setting sounds awful.

3. The Hunger Games Arena from The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – Alright, I may not want to live in the districts either (seeing as they’re starving), but not all of them are as bad as 12, and the Capitol actually sounds kinda fun. I definitely wouldn’t want to be in the arena though. For one, I’d be one of the first to die. For another, I can’t see myself killing anyone in cold blood. Even killing someone in self-defense sounds a little hard.

4. Futuristic Earth from The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – I don’t like Zombies. Nor do I like books/worlds where a lot of good people die.

5. Easton Academy from the Private Series by Kate Brian – The girls of this academy are so cliquey and shallow I really don’t think I could stand living with them. Not to mention they really need to sort out their priorities. (Note: I’ve only read book one, and I’m not even sure I finished.)

6. Futuristic Earth from Rootless by Chris Howard – The man-made trees sound awesome, but I don’t think I’d enjoy only being able to eat popcorn and having to avoid flesh-eating locusts.

7. Battle School from Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – The military school lifestyle is way to strict for me, and the zero-gravity games sound nauseating (or worse).

8. Morganville, Texas of the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine – While I would love to meet Claire, Eve, Shane, and Michael, and maybe even do some sightseeing, I don’t think Morganville would be a place I’d want to put down roots. Finding and keeping a protector (one that wouldn’t drain me dry) seems like a lot of work, and I don’t have the guts to go solo like the gang at the Glass house. (Not to mention I lack the awesome house.) Going to the blood bank to pay my taxes doesn’t sound fun either.

9. Fictional China of Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman – This society is way too sexist for me. It also has too many power struggles that I simply wouldn’t want to deal with. There are better worlds to live in if you’re looking for dragons.

10. Futuristic Earth of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld – I wouldn’t want to live in a world so focused on looks that people stop being human. Cosmetic surgery sounds painful.

I enjoyed this post so much I’m going to try and do a follow up post this week listing the top ten worlds I WOULD want to live in.  What about you? Where would you want or not want to live?

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Top Ten 2014 Debut Books


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Ok, I’m a little late, but better late than never, right? Anyway, this week is my Top Ten Debut Novels of 2014. To me, debut implies brand new books that aren’t part of series, but honestly, I’m not looking forward to books that aren’t part of a series. For one thing, I probably haven’t heard of them yet. So I’m not doing that. Instead, here are the top ten books I’ve been waiting for that come out this year, all of which happen to be part of a series.

As you can see, one of them was actually published in 2013, but I haven’t had a chance to read it and figured it was close enough. When making this list I realized I haven’t been reading enough Fantasy books lately. I think I need to change that. What books have you been waiting for?


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Goals for 2014


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Top Ten Goals for 2014

I’ll admit, this feature is one of the reasons I wanted to start a blog; however, I wasn’t quite sure what to write for this topic. First off, I don’t like posting personal things on the internet (I know, why have a blog, right?). Secondly, I don’t really like to do more than one or two goals at a time because, let’s be honest, it’s too much work keeping track of several goals. Not to mention the work of actually doing them.

In any case, I pushed myself and came up with a list of ten goals for this year, most of which have to do with this blog. (I tried to keep them simple in the hopes that I might actually do them).

  1. Start a blog. (Hooray! I’m done).
  2. Post at least one entry a month.***  (I’m ahead of schedule).
  3. Participate in Top Ten Tuesday (I am on fire!)
  4. Start my own weekly blog meme thingy called Writer’s Block Wednesday. (I know what you’re thinking, but I’ve already accomplished so much I think I will put this off until next week).
  5. Sit down and write at least once a week. (You’ll note I didn’t clarify what type of writing. Blog posts totally count, and maybe grocery lists too).
  6. Have outline of current story completed by Jan 31. (Ok, this one is going to require some real effort).
  7. Write and submit a short story to WOTF. (I stole this from my friend, Niki).
  8. Reread a series I love, but haven’t read in over two years. (I’m thinking something by David Eddings)
  9. Exercise at least once a week. (Or if not, discontinue gym membership).
  10. Do one thing outside my comfort zone. (I’m counting this blog post.)


Well, there you have it. What are your goals?

***The intention of this goal was more about longevity than about frequency. I wanted to make sure I kept working on the blog for at least a whole year, and didn’t just forget about it after a month or so. (Fingers crossed).