Oh Shit! It’s Another Yale Sale!

ain’t no damn yard sard

I got so much shit to sell, son.  Y’all better buy some.

Everything I’ve got is under the cut.  Some pictures linked, some included.  Prices do not include shipping (determined by location/shipping speed).

Categories are:  Books & Sundry, Comics, DVDs, Toys, Misc.

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Dear Comic Fans: It’s been a year since my first post & y’all are still racist as heck when it comes to racebending

Read this and understand. All of this.

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Back in August 2015 I wrote “Dear Comic Fans: We Get it. You’re racist and racebending scares you,” as a direct response to the racist backlash towards Keiynan Lonsdale being cast as Wally West on the Flash television show.

Well, it’s been a little bit over a year and I honestly can tell you that yes, fandom is still filled to the brim with racists who think that if they scream about red hair and “blackwashing” loud enough, that no one will notice that the only time they know or care about changes to characters’ races when it concerns white characters being cast with actors of color.

Look, if the only thing you care about when it comes to casting is an authentic hair color, then I have to introduce you to the wonders of hair-dye and wigs. And then I get to beat you with a bag full…

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It’s My Birthday, Bitches!

Well, it will be on the 16th.  Which is good, because now you have just enough time to begin showering me with praise and gifts.  (Amazon gift cards & cash are always A+++ too.)

I think now I’m supposed to say something humble like, “Of course, you don’t have to buy me anything, just your good wishes are fine, yada yada ya,” but we’re adults here.  You don’t have to do anything except get up each day, and that’s only because wetting the bed is unpleasant.

Below are several Amazon wishlists (because I’m organized to death), so those of you who want to buy me things can, and those of you who don’t can just sit in awe of my sweet taste in everything.

  • Chicana Life:  The list where I slowly try to connect to lost culture.
  • Death:  It’s important and fascinating and we might as well get used to it.
  • History:  World Wars and queer histories, sometimes together.
  • Queer:  While most of the history part is above (why can’t I cross-reference things, Amazon???), here’s lots of fiction and historical fiction.

There are more, but like, bro, just shower me in books.  I don’t have anywhere near enough space for them all, but one should never let that stop one.

Lastly, if you’re uncomfortable with this post directly asking for what I want….

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Define “Honest”

(Note:  Post image is also my expression when reading 99% of books)

I’ve come to the realization that the main reason people come to me and then rapidly avoid me is my honesty.  This is something I’m actually proud of.  I’m not a cruel person, but I am a harsh person, and when you give me free rein to be honest, I will be.

Crushingly so.

I bring this up because it is this honesty that makes me very uncomfortable with ARCs and the general culture around them.  No matter what anyone tells you, the unspoken opinion is:  like it, or don’t review it.

Authors will tell you that’s not the point.  They want honest reviews to help sales and for people to find their book.  But nobody really wants an honest review when their book is honestly shit.

I bring this up because I am currently struggling my way through my second Carmen DeSousa book, and it is filling me with an honest, unholy rage.  This, I’m sure, is the opposite of what was intended.

Antiquated ideas of masculinity and manhood coupled with some just god awful slut-shaming do not a good story make, especially not one written within the last years.  Add to that people panicking at the mere idea of ghosts for 25 pages (in a paranormal-romance series), and you have the makings of a dull and painful reading experience.

And do you know how badly I wanted to like these?

I’ve been trying my damndest to read books out of my general purview (including, *shudders* het romance), and I have to say, it’s books like these that drive me straight back to my bachelors-living-too-close-solving-mysteries-while-reciting-poetry-to-each-other roots.

If not for the fact I’m very angry at Goodreads telling me I’m “2 books behind schedule” for my reading goal (no, Goodreads, I guarantee you 69 books in 113 days is not a close number), I would stop reading this current book, The Pit Stop, right now.  I’ve already stopped listening to the audiobook of it because if how terrible it is (Hot tip:  You cannot read a paranormal/ghost story with ~dark, spooky~ emphasis on every fucking word.  It doesn’t create suspense; it makes me think you’ve never read aloud in your life.  And just watched really bad Lugosi impressions.)

As it is, I’m a quarter of the way through already, and of all the bad decisions I could make tonight, this is easily the least painful, so I’ll be churning along, growling in frustration, and making my cat watch me uneasily.

But, no, I’m not reading her longer novel The Library, or, likely, her fantasy (?) book Creatus.  I can only put myself through so much, and this ain’t worth it.

(Also:  I almost put out my full pretentiousness on display and nearly titled this with a quote from Hamlet, but, well, I refrained.  You lucky bastards.)

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Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack: Now With 30% Less Time Warp and More Naked Rocky

I have been waiting YEARS for the complete Rocky Horror movie soundtrack.  Unfortunately, I was stuck with the only version that included two extra renditions of Time Warp without including a single recording of Sword of Damocles (and that IS a crime).  Finally, however, my queer prayers have been answered!

Behold!  The Complete Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack!

As if they knew, two versions of SoD (heh) are included: a studio version and the (infinitely superior, imo) movie version.  Also on here is Brad’s cut song, Once In A While, which is pretty damn great and definitely something I’m gonna be singing (and maybe recording?) in the near future.

If you’re a huge Rocky Horror fan like me, you owe it to yourself to get this complete album.  And if you use the link above, you’ll also help me out a lot and maybe I’ll record you a song (or a terrible rendition of Time Warp, the options are endless).

Have a very queer day!

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And The Story Begins–As It Means to Go On, Likely: A Warning

Those of you who follow me on Twitter have seen the abridged version of today’s adventure, but I want to share now the full story.

Since today was the first mail day after the long weekend, I received a shit ton of boxes.  Two of those boxes were subscriptions for the service And The Story Begins, which sends out two books of varying genres every month.  I was subscribed to both the Mystery/Thriller box and the Science Fiction box.  The two books in my Science Fiction box are at least interesting enough I’ll be giving them a try.

The Mystery/Thriller books are pure, unmitigated garbage.

Trigger/content warnings for mentions of rape, abuse, torture, murder, violence against women–all of these from the books mentioned below–and The Killing Joke.  Cut for these reasons.

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YARD SARD

Most of you don’t know, but I have an ebay account where I’m selling books and toys.  It’s an eclectic batch of stuff, so please watch my account to get updates on new items available (more will be popping up in the next few days).

Please share and if anything strikes your fancy, feel free to let me know!

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State of the Fleet–September 2016

August was a bad month, but the last two days of it have been better and now things are going much better (well done, things!).  This is probably going to be a busy week, BUT it feels like good busy for once.

Goals for September:

  • Short stories!  Specifically, 25 fanfics, 500 words each.  I’m gonna do it.
  • Reviews!  God I have so many waiting (even hand written, like gdi) but, what, two up?  That’s gotta get fixed.
  • Read!  Because fuck damn, I have so many books.
  • Sell shit!  I now have stuff up on eBay and will be adding more throughout the month, so if you need toys, books, and other miscellaneous things, boy howdy, I’ll have them.

I have a few bigger projects coming up (or currently happening), but I’m not focusing on them for now. My main goal this month is short stories and lots of them (with a break for birthweek, obvs).

Oh yes, and,

PHWEEEEEEEEEE!

*noise maker noises*

My birthday is this month!  What a good!  So, y’all will probably hear me talking about that and probably next week I’ll make a page for my current Amazon wish lists, for those of y’all who wish to shower me with gifts and affection.

That’s all for now.  Stay cool, bro.

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Current TBR

I know I promised a review of City of Wolves, but, well, I started reading some short stories for flavor and got distracted.  Plus, I didn’t need the extra anger that book brings up in me (seriously, ladies fainting over stomachs, SHE’S A FUCKING WERE–)

Anyway.  My current to read lists, in case anyone’s curious, has read/is reading these, and/or wants to share Thoughts! on them.  (All links affiliate to Amazon, so pls help out if you’re interested.)

e-books

I’ve been reading some of the short freebies that are taking up space on my tablet.  Some of these have been considerably Not Short, which is :/ because my attention span has not been what it used to (pain and life and kitten, oh my!).  But now I’m moving myself back up to longer novels.

The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan

(This one is free, so super get on it if you haven’t.)

So, I stumbled into Milan’s historical romances with a free copy of A Right Honorable Gentleman and, oh gosh, my tiny romantic asexual heart.  Adult adults who are clearly attracted to each other but also, like, adults and just… gosh!  So now I’m hooked.  I figure it’s a good starting length, too, to get me back into longer reads.

Santa Muerte by Lucina Stone (print edition)

Oh gosh, since I read about this book (and then saw Read Diverse Books’s review and interview with Lucina), I’ve been dying to get to it.  Finding, reclaiming, and connecting to my roots and myths has been very important to me, and a priority lately.  I’m really excited to read this (death and heritage, it me).

Dark Voyage by Helen Susan Swift (print edition)

So, I ordered this book (print & e-book to get Matchbook price because this is who I am), but, I won’t lie, I genuinely don’t remember why I wanted it.  It sounds super interesting, and I’m jazzed to read it, but I’m going with no radar, folks.  This should be a fun journey.

print books

Bro, I have so many of these to read.  Like, a whole frightening pile of books to read, and a brand new order I just placed because, like bubblewrap, I must… have… more.

OK, so I just–just–finished Fadeout by Joseph Hansen (e-book) and omg, I cannot recommend it enough.  I’m gonna write a full review on it and you will all be happy to know that for once I can and will say something nice about a book (I’m just picky, OK?).  Just… go to your library and check it out.  It’s the first book of the series and you will definitely want more.

 

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (e-book, altho it’s $2 more than the hardcover, so)

I got this from the Book of the Month club (impressively their pick for me too, so we are starting to get to know one another).  It’s been interesting.  The blurb reminded me of some of the Icelandic mysteries I’ve been collecting, so I thought I’d check it out.  I’ll probably do a real review of this one once I finish it, but for now I’m still trying to get to and through it.

I have some books coming tomorrow today, as I type this at 4 in the morning, and I know that’ll change what comes after these two.  I’m thinking of jumping into the Serafina series as they should be getting here and I have a very strong love for middle grade fiction (and they might be a nice change of pace from DEATH AND MURDER just kidding I love it).

So that’s where I’m at for now.  One of these days I’ll put up my full TBR list (and probably make it a sticky so we can all see if progress is made, hahaha *sobs*).

AND FINALLY

I have some books to sell or trade.

I’ve got

    • Pushkin Press edition of Bullfight by Yasushi Inoue (accidentally got two, so this is a completely new unread version)

and two Civil War history books

    • Bloody Spring by Joseph Wheelan

    • History Channel’s The Civil War by Dennis and Peter Gaffney

The history books I’m especially up for trade for, particularly if anyone has any books about WWI soldiers in Europe (as opposed to American “swoop in and save the day” books).

Hopefully Monday we’ll have my next review up, a mini review series on Megan Derr’s free books, and by the end of the week I should have written up my City of Wolves review.

Hope you’re all having a good weekend and happy reading!

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Fleet Reviews: The Kraken Sea

I read this book about a month ago, but with multiple debilitating illnesses, I’ve been unable to actually review it until now.  This will probably end up a fairly short review since I actually don’t have too much to say about this book.

…And that probably sums up everything you need to know about it.

The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler (Kindle version) — published by my faves, Apex Publishing — is a prequel to her Jackson’s Unreal Circus series.  Here, we follow the aforementioned Jackson on his journey from the foundling hospital he grew up in to San Francisco and the strange fate he finds there.

On the whole, the book is enjoyable weirdness.  Beneath Jackson’s apparently human form lay scaled tentacles; the woman who takes him in, Cressida, has a house full of shadows, with guard lions that judge the worth of whoever enters and eats those who are unworthy; Mae, the mysterious lion tame with a startling secret; the Fates, who determine birth, life, and death.

The TL;DR before the cut:  I expected Lovecraft and got Twilight with prettier prose.

There is nothing inherently wrong about the type of eerie this book dwells in.

…BUT (and spoilers):

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Colonial

Righting Red

It’s a great time to be a fan of J.K. Rowling’s wizard-based adventures (we’ll forget about Casual Vacancy – I haven’t gotten into the Robert Galbraith novels and won’t anytime soon):

We’ve got not only the stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child + the script-book accompaniment being released this weekend, but can also look forward to the beginning of a movie trilogy launching this November with the opening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (based on what can barely be considered more than a short story).

And, of course, there’s all the shenanigans happening over on the Pottermore site with marketing ploys disguised as “backstory.”

It’s the last bit that’s keeping me—once a raging Potterhead—decidedly cool to all things Jo.

To recap: Rowling seems to be channeling Lockhart-like ego and real-world dismissiveness when it comes to Indigenous criticisms of her History of Magic in…

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Q & A Time with Fleet Sparrow

It has come to my attention that I give fantastic advice.  This is not news to me but perhaps it is for you.

Therefore, I am beginning a hopefully weekly series answering all your burning questions about life, the universe, and why the hell they keep making new Bat villains when Scarecrow hasn’t been used in ages, I mean what the hell!.

Join me as we go about our journey into understanding.

You can leave your questions here in the comments, in my Tumblr ask or submission boxes if you want to be anonymous, DM my Twitter, or even send a question to my e-mail at fleetsparrow@gmail.com.

Looking forward to receiving and answering your questions!

Remember, nothing is off-limits.

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On “Typecasting” and Opportunities in the Comics Industry

Amed to all this.

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Consider this a follow up to yesterday’s post about the fear and annoyance with Brian Michael Bendis writing Riri Williams when he has a clear track record of mishandling black characters.


Shortly after writing my post, I saw a series of tweets by Marvel editor Alanna Smith that really rubbed me the wrong way.

In the first tweet, one that clearly referenced Black anger and annoyance to BMB writing yet another Black legacy character in Riri Willams, Smith said that, “I strongly dislike the idea that people can only write comics starring characters that look like them. Leads to typecasting on both sides…”

She then followed the tweet with a big BUT (literally: “…BUT the industry always needs to do better and I’d love some recs of comics by black female creators. What are you reading/writing now?”) before moving into a series of tweets where she tries to explain her positioning…

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The Reality of Bendis Writing Blackness

I’d also like to add (on top of the shitstorm that’s Miles Morales’s surprise!colorblindness) is that every time Bendis writes Miles reminding people he’s Afro Latino, he says “Hispanic”.

Let me tell you right now, no Latinx person describes themselves as “Hispanic”. We say we’re Mexican, Salvadorian, Nicaraguan, Puerto Rican (in Miles’s case); if not specifying, we’ll say Latinx. People from Spain don’t even call themselves “Hispanic” because what does that even say? You speak Spanish? You are part of the demographic nobody wants to count?

Being Puerto Rican in New York (New fucking York, like are you shitting me?) without any acknowledgement of what that means, how it reflects on who he is, on where he grew up, on *anything* is ignorant at best.

There’s nothing wrong with having him struggle with his identity (too Black? too Puerto Rican? too Afro-Latino? how do all those intersect? how do you identify with conscience when someone/thing makes you choose one?), that’s fine. That’s what mixed race people do all the time. But ain’t no one goes around calling themselves census identifications.

(Except White people who like throwing around “Caucasian” like that’s not a hot mess, I guess.)

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Riri Williams and Tony

In theory, I know I should be happy that we’re getting more diversity in the form of Riri Williams,  a young black woman/girl taking over the role of Iron Man from Tony Stark.

In reality?

I’m getting sick and tired of these companies swearing up and down that they really want to promote diversity before putting yet another white male writer on a book with a character of color as the focus. (You know… instead of finding writers of color — especially Black female writers — to handle the character.)

I’m especially vexed that the man behind this is Mr. Brian Michael “My Spider-Man doesn’t see what so important about him being Black in a world that loves Blackness but hates Black people” Bendis.

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The Grizzledest, Grittiest, Growliest Batman

Y’all know you’ve been waiting for The Dark Knight Returns Funko Pops, right???

I said  R I G H T???

Well now they’re here!!

That’s right, now you can have your very own Frank Miller Batman growling and grunting at you all day long!

In blue!

In black!

In old!  I mean, Unmasked!

In armor!

Joker!  If, yk, you really gotta……  (He’s got bitchin’ eyeshadow, tho)

And, of course, the one, the only

CARRIIIIIIIIIIE KELLEYYYYYYYYYYYY

Pick them all up here on Entertainment Earth (and help a brother out, too)!

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