I love you, Tumblr. I mean, sometimes I’m not so fond of you because you eat all my time, but I can come here to complain about my mother-in-law and you don’t tell me I’m probably just overreacting or misunderstanding what she’s trying to do/say.
Goddamn, that woman is toxic.
*sings Brittney Spears song*
Holy shit! I heard that fucking song on the radio today! Weeeeeird.
So someone I know does woodwork in his spare time… and he showed me this yesterday:
It’s a map of Middle Earth. That he carved onto a table. Himself. In 60-ish hours (or, as he initially put it, “3 Harry Potter audiobooks”)
Just look at the detail…
And the effort that went into this.
Nerd level: Master and Commander.
He wood burned it, which is pretty darn hard and time consuming. Not to mention all the burns.. Good on him
PS if you liked Beowulf, Grendel is a really really good book and it’s funny as fuck if you’re an educated reader
I actually did not care for “Grendel” but Beowulf is life.
I thought it was worth a read, though it’s not my favorite thing in the world.
Grendel, I mean. Beowulf is of course my favorite thing ever.
I’ve been trying to decide if I want to read Grendel or not. Reviews continue to be mixed…
I bought it because an old English teacher of mine gave it rave reviews. I personally thought the characterization of Grendel was kind of odd, but I thought the book was worth reading even if only to get a wider idea of how people view Beowulf.
I mean, the story was enjoyable, if not completely my thing. Though my recommendation will always be to get it from the library instead of buying it, because the author’s style is definitely not to everyone’s taste.
I feel like Grendel is going to appeal to a certain modern fandom taste that the Beowulf fandom perhaps has not exactly grown into. It’s definitely a very 20th century take on the story, which admittedly may appeal to some people but I wonder if it would actually appeal to most Beowulfians. I thought the original poem did a good enough job of representing Grendel as a sort of fallen anti-hero without modern tampering.
It does not appeal to me. I feel like if I were to tell anyone to read Grendel I would first suggest they read Beowulf, in more than one translation before even touching this characterisation. I also think having knowledge of the basis(which sounds pretentious as fuck, I really have to say) of where the author came up with his characterisation of Grendel. I find the description of the book offputting enough.
Also the book is kind of pretentious and I would not equate pretention with being a learned reader.
Honestly, I feel like I’d need to read it again to give an accurate opinion. I only read it the once and that was ages ago.
So really I’d say listen to wyrdwulf over me.
I read Grendel during a rough section of college, and I’m pretty sure that I did not get as much out of it as I could. Will probably have to get a copy of it so I can read it again.
But first I need to finish House of Leaves because the longer it sits on the shelf, the creepier it is.
Parents got mad at me for calling Chapters and letting them know that I looked at my receipt and saw that they didn’t actually charge me for one of my books.
Lady I talked to was just like “It was probably a computer error so don’t worry about it. Thanks for calling and letting us know!”
I don’t know why they’re mad I just didn’t want to get jumped for shoplifting next time I go to the store because of a computer error or whatever it was.
I try to make sure the local grocery doesn’t miss anything just because I don’t want some underpaid wage slave (union, but still underpaid for the crap they have to take daily) to lose their job because I forgot to put a 12 pack of soda on the belt. Human error is the usual cause of receipts being incorrect in my experience. No point in being a dick on top of it.