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review 2019-01-21 23:46
The Wicked King by Holly Black
The Wicked King - Holly Black

I can't believe it ended THAT way.

I can't believe Mrs. Black built such an amazingly lush world, populated with the most virulent yet alluring cast. She cultivated Hope... hope of redemption, just desserts and most of all hope for some form of happy tidings (at least for some of my favs) and then proceeded to crush it/them/me mercilessly... AGAIN!

How could you??? How could you Mrs. Black?? How could you Cardan and Jude and Maddock and Taryn and the whole stinking cast... HOW COULD YOU???

You ensnared me with magical prose that slowly wound their way around my vulnerable heart... and after a painful Hate ---> Love(ish)----> What the Heck is Going On?? burn you take my beating heart in hand and squeeze with impish delight and I know it's not just me (I KNOW it!) AND for our part we love you all the more for it Holly Black!!

*** End run on rant ***

*** Begin Fangirl rant ***

It might seem fickle to start Fangirling now BUT it's just impossible to forgo gushing over perfection. Holly Black you wonderous, magnificent, terrible fiend! Your brain is devious and awe inspiring. Your powers of evocative and intoxicating writing have me wonderstruck. Right now I sit, staring at the ceiling, trying to discern what I just bore witness to. I listened to this on Audible and I'm thankful I did because otherwise I might have done the unthinkable and taken my intense anger and frustration out on my ereader.


I know I know... I don't think I'd do it but in the heat of the moment... you never know. Thankfully I reigned in my emotions. Right now though, while still in the grip of said moment, all I feel is a strong urge to scream... or puke. I am very disappointed with that ending but misdirection leading to evisceration is Mrs. Black's signature move and I mean that in the most reverent way possible.

If you don't know Holly Black then let me tell you just how immersive and heartwrenching her transcendent writing is. She has an impressive catalog of novels to her name. The ones I have read thus far are equal parts stunning and monstrous and I have loved/loathed them just as she commands... I am her emotional puppet and I love every second of her machinations! She has a way of crafting multidimensional characters that are at once relateable yet utterly foreign and you just can't get them out of your brain. I finished Cruel Prince a while ago and I still find myself daydreaming about it. Putting myself squarely in the middle of that world... love-hating (it's a thing) every last smidge of awesomeness that is her imagination. Her worlds stick to you and change you and you can't help but love her for it.

There are so many characters that deserve to be mentioned both for how beautifully they're crafted and how beautifully duplicitous they inevitably turn out to be...BUT... if I single out each one... those that are tangible and capable enough to cause you pain with a simple snap of their sharp tongues, I would be naming the whole cast of devious miscreants so I will limit my comments to the superstars.

- Jude Duarte is the MC you love to see fail and then redeem herself. She happens to be the most humanly flawed, presumptuous, arrogant, hyper motivated, type-A kick ass heroine I have read in a long time and I can't help but root for her to succeed in all her duplicitous endeavors... now her dastardly scheming twin sister on the other hand...

- Jude's stepfather Maddock doesnt have a lot of speaking lines in book 2 but he sure knows how to make himself known and his presence/might felt. Man oh man, he is one slippery, Machiavellian snake in the noxious grasses of Elfhain. He is a proficient player of the game of Kings and Queens and courtly manipulations and how I hope that he and his ilk get what's due them! ::: insert evil cackle :::

- Now Cardan, ohhhhh Cardan... Even though you are one nefarious Fairy, you have kept your place on my list of literary loves (though you are no Will Herondale). We get to know quite a bit of your backstory and oh how it makes me love you all the more. Not that innocent - carve our initials into a tree, holding hands and saying "no I love YOU more" back and forth ad nauseum- kind of love. It's more like the - tortuous, ugly crying into my pillow for days/months/however long it takes because you're a bad boy... a VERY bad boy BUT I saw a side of you I cannot unsee and because of this I will love you until the end of time...or until I come to my senses, whichever comes first- kind of love.

Do you fancy courtly intrigue?? Do you love subplots within plots within schemes that you swear you can foretell yet invariably find out you're way off? Yes? Then settle in, you are in the right place. You will run the emotional gamut, come out the other end wrung dry and STILL crave, beg, plead for more! That is the majesty of Holly Black!

Even after saying all this I fear that I have not properly given Wicked King its due, for I am a mere mortal. Without magic in me I cannot express just how perfect this book is, all I can say is READ THIS!! YOU'LL LOVE-HATE IT!!


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review 2019-01-20 10:15
Black Tom and Racism in Lovecraft's Mythos
The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle

I think Victor Lavalle sums up perfectly the intent of this novella in its dedication - “For H.P. Lovecraft, with all my conflicted feelings.”


This story is set in New York in the 1920s. Charles Thomas Tester is a man from Harlem who earns money to support himself and his prematurely aging father by grifting. He has the reputation of being a go-to guy to fetch esoteric objects, and it is when he is hired to fetch a book for a white woman in Queens that the story begins.


It’s a tale of magic and power and the appropriation by whites of power paid for in black flesh. The streets of New York are toxic with hate, and a final tragedy, relating to the book, leads to Tester having nothing left to lose. A freedom that allows him to dare where others falter in fear.


It’s a beautiful narrative, taking the best and the worst from Lovecraft and showing it from the perspective of a person of colour. It’s full of gorgeous prose and leaves the reader feeling richer for the experience. Tester/Black Tom is constantly overlooked and underappreciated, but it is he who will triumph, albeit in a pyrrhic victory.


The opening of the book sets the stage perfectly -


“People who move to New York always make the same mistake. They can’t see the place… They come looking for magic; whether good or evil, and nothing will convince them it isn’t here.”


Other quotes I love -


“Nobody ever thinks of himself as a villain, does he? Even monsters hold high opinions of themselves.”


“The more I read, the more I listened, the more sure I became that a great and secret show had been playing throughout my life, throughout all our lives, but the mass of us were too ignorant, or too frightened, to raise our eyes and watch. Because to watch would be to understand the play isn’t being staged for us.”

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text 2019-01-17 11:01
Acetylene Carbon Black Market Segmentation and Analysis by Recent Trends, Development and Growth by Regions to 2025


This report studies the global Acetylene Carbon Black market status and forecast, categorizes the global Acetylene Carbon Black market size (value & volume) by manufacturers, type, application, and region. This report focuses on the top manufacturers in North America, Europe, Japan, China, and other regions (India, Southeast Asia).

The major manufacturers covered in this report

  • Orion Engineered Carbons S.A
  • Cabot Corporation
  • Birla Carbon
  • Denka Company Limited
  • Phillips Carbon Black Limited
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
  • Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd
  • China Synthetic Rubber Corporation
  • Imerys SA
  • Shandong Huibaichuan New Materials
  • Shanxi Fulihua Chemical Materials
  • Beilum Carbon Chemical Limited
  • Shandong Emperor-Taishan Carbon
  • Zaozhuang Xinyuan Chemical Industry
  • Sid Richardson Carbon&Energy


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Geographically, this report studies the top producers and consumers, focuses on product capacity, production, value, consumption, market share and growth opportunity in these key regions, covering

  • North America
  • Europe
  • China
  • Japan
  • Southeast Asia
  • India

On the basis of product, this report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into

  • Calcium Carbide Method
  • Naphtha Pyrolysis

On the basis of the end users/applications, Acetylene Carbon Black Market focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, consumption (sales), market share and growth rate for each application, including

  • Plastics
  • Printing Inks&Toners
  • Paints&Coatings
  • Others

The study objectives of this report are:

  • To analyze and study the global Acetylene Carbon Black capacity, production, value, consumption, status (2013-2017) and forecast (2018-2025);
  • Focuses on the key Acetylene Carbon Black manufacturers, to study the capacity, production, value, market share and development plans in future.
  • Focuses on the global key manufacturers, to define, describe and analyze the market competition landscape, SWOT analysis.
  • To define, describe and forecast the market by type, application and region.
  • To analyze the global and key regions market potential and advantage, opportunity and challenge, restraints and risks.
  • To identify significant trends and factors driving or inhibiting the market growth.
  • To analyze the opportunities in the market for stakeholders by identifying the high growth segments.
  • To strategically analyze each submarket with respect to individual growth trend and their contribution to the market
  • To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market
  • To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies.

In this study, the years considered to estimate the market size of Acetylene Carbon Black are as follows:

  • History Year: 2013-2017
  • Base Year: 2017
  • Estimated Year: 2018
  • Forecast Year 2018 to 2025

For the data information by region, company, type and application, 2017 is considered as the base year. Whenever data information was unavailable for the base year, the prior year has been considered.


Key Stakeholders

  • Acetylene Carbon Black Manufacturers
  • Acetylene Carbon Black Distributors/Traders/Wholesalers
  • Acetylene Carbon Black Subcomponent Manufacturers
  • Industry Association
  • Downstream Vendors

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review 2019-01-16 03:22
A little lost, a little choppy, but something catchy
Hard to Protect (Black Ops Heroes Book 3) - Incy Black

I should have started with the first in the series, I felt pretty lost with the secret OPs world building.

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review 2019-01-15 23:57
Review: Friday Black
Friday Black - Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Short story collections are always a mixed bag. Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's debut collection Friday Black is no exception. Some of these stories are entirely passable; however, the very best stories make up for these flat ones. They are brutally honest and visceral. They primarily tackle issues of racism and consumerism (hence the title), but do so while mixing the horror of Shirley Jackson with equal parts science fiction and cutting-edge contemporary fiction. The pieces that shine in this collection do so with such vibrance and originality that one cannot easily deny Adjei-Brenyah's future as an accomplished writer.


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