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review 2016-01-05 00:14
Trump: The Good, The Bad & The Quotable
Trump: The Good, The Bad & The Quotable - Beyond Books Editors

This is exclusively a book of quotes, all sourced, either by or about Trump. And it is hilarious.


Hilarious and kind of terrifying, but mostly, honestly, hilarious. Maybe I have a warped sense of humor, but I kept having to stop what I was doing and read bits aloud to my boyfriend, because I often couldn't quite believe what I was actually reading until I said it aloud.


It's well-organized by quote type, and the little images at the head of each section (the same image you see on the cover) are quite cute. If you're interested in Trump in his own words, it's definitely worth a read, whether you intend to nod your head and agree or laugh hysterically.


This book was provided to me for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2015-03-07 20:29
The Quotable Doctor Who: Wise Words from Across Space and Time
The Official Quotable Doctor Who: Wise Words from Across Space and Time - Cavan Scott,Mark Wright

While it is certainly fun to page through, and it did add to the need to watch Classic Who, there were a lot of problems with it. I thought that there were quite a number of quotes that in no way needed to be included in this collection, seeing as how they either could have been from anything, or it wasn't even a special quote. They weren't funny or important or unique to DW and they left you questioning why they were in the book. Also, the book is divided into sections and I found a lot of quotes that seemed misplaced and should have been located in a different, more appropriate, subdivision. But every once in a while, I'd come across a quote that was quintessential DW and it was beautiful and made you want to drop the book in favor of watching DW for 15 straight hours.

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text 2014-11-11 03:49
Memes I've Memed

I only participate in a few memes at Amara's Eden (though I'm sure someone who participates in no memes at all would probably have a different opinion!), and participation in all of these is sporadic. Here are the memes I've participated in at least once at Amara's Eden, and clicking on the meme image will take you to the corresponding posts. For another overview of the memes (and other posts) I've posted since the inception of the blog, check out the Archive page here. Memes can be found toward the bottom.

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text 2014-10-18 20:18
“Hour 4 Mini Challenge: Quotable Quotes”

I'm a bit behind in the Hour 4 challenge but here's my quote:



“Your old mother who never did anything but work and get whipped every day you’ve been alive. Dreaming her dreams. You tell me where she was. Where those dreams had made her go. It’s cold like that and it’s dark like the devil’s teeth and you are awake because you just heard the warning bell. Death is coming down the road to knock on your door and you don’t know what to do.”

Quote selection from Neverhome.


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text 2014-03-28 00:37
[Quotable Thursday] The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2) by Lemony Snicket
Quotable Thursdays is a meme created at Mo_Books.

The Quote

I haven't participated in Quotable Thursday before, but when I came across this passage in The Reptile Room, I just had to share it.

When you were very small, perhaps someone read to you the insipid story--the word "insipid" here means "not worth reading to someone"--of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. A very dull boy, you may remember, cried "Wolf!" when there was no wolf, and the gullible villagers ran to rescue him only to find the whole thing was a joke. Then he cried "Wolf!" when it wasn't a joke, and the villagers didn't come running, and the boy was eaten and the story, thank goodness, was over.

The story's moral, of course, ought to be "Never live somewhere where wolves are running around loose," but whoever read you the story probably told you that the moral was not to lie. This is an absurd moral, for you and I both know that sometimes not only is it good to lie, it is necessary to lie.

 Why I Love This Quote

I know this is totally snark on Snicket's part, but I absolutely agree that the supposed moral of The Boy Who Cried Wolf is absolute bullshit. I've previously discussed my disdain for "never lie" morals, but I think this fable/folktale is among the worst.

As a kid, it was just a stupid story; reflecting on it now, though... it's kind of disturbing, honestly. A child plays a prank, gets killed because the adults in his life no longer trust him, and somehow the moral is supposed to be "don't cry wolf"!? Are you kidding me? How about "when a kid screams that they're in mortal peril, always go make sure they're not about to be killed, even if you're annoyed with them at the moment".

I mean, damn. The kid pulled some pranks, so he deserves to be eaten? That's harsh, bro. I totally get that it's a product of its time, and that when the Aesop's Fables first came about, it was perfectly reasonable to teach kids not to feign danger--and waste precious time and resources--for attention. But it's an ancient Greek story; it's so out-of-date that, when taken literally, it has no resemblance to modern life. No one fears that they're going to be eaten by a wolf. Their livestock, maybe. But not their children.

So look at it from a modern perspective; update that predator to one that's still a threat in 2014. Take the ever-popular (and yet utterly flawed) "stranger danger" concept as an example. Hypothetically, imagine that there's a child who, when s/he goes to the park, often reports being watched by a stranger... but the stranger always turns out to be some harmless parent. Do you stop listening to the kid after this happens a few times? Do you cease to so much as glance at the person he or she is talking about, just to make sure that nothing inappropriate is happening? I certainly hope not.

Cause, like... lives are on the line here, folks. Pay attention to your kids, and instead of trying to scare 'em straight with crap like The Boy Who Cried Wolf, maybe try, I don't know, addressing the kid's need for attention in a healthy way so that they don't feel the need to scream bloody murder for people to notice them? Maybe talk to them about why metaphorically shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theater can be dangerous and irresponsible?

At the very least, maybe try to scare them with something a little more relevant than wolves!?

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