Perpetuates every wrong thing that society does to oppress minorities. And don'...moreTRIGGER WARNINGS: homophobia, transphobia, incestuous voyeurism, voyeur
Perpetuates every wrong thing that society does to oppress minorities. And don't say "oh but they meant to do that to show just how bad it is"—NO. If you wanted to show how bad it is, you don't do it like this. You lay down the problem, you confront the problem, you fix the problem with yourself. Not help your buddy watch your lesbian sister have sex with another woman and then watch with your friend. NO. That's deplorable and absolutely disrespectful. And then pretending to be trans to get into a girl's pants?
He gets the girl in the end despite her specifically saying she's a lesbian and doesn't like penises. This just reinforces the idea that the cis white guy gets the girl and can change a lesbian's mind. That doesn't happen in real life and it's really disrespectful towards lesbians. Now guys are gonna read this or hear about it and think "dude, I'm gonna just go for it and keep sexually harassing this girl because my dick will change her mind."
Bottom line: if you don't know how to write about being part of the LGBTQQIAP community in a respectable way, then you can fuck the fuck off.(less)
Yeah. I just hope this book is better because the writing in Talented was pretty talentless.
ETA: I read Talented first which may affect my initial feelings about STC because I can't get the protagonist image out of my head but I'm sure they're different. The main character in Talented was poorly written so that's all the more reason I'm keeping an open mind about this series, hoping to put a better character on the image. A lot of people would feel that way. If Harry Potter were on the Twilight series cover, I'd feel the same.(less)
This is the favorite cookbook in my family's house. We love how flavorful and diverse the recipes are without being overwhelming. Each dish has its ow...moreThis is the favorite cookbook in my family's house. We love how flavorful and diverse the recipes are without being overwhelming. Each dish has its own double-page spread, one displaying the beautiful food and the other displaying the recipe as well as visual instructions right under the directions. You'll find food from pastas to mackerels to pizzas to cheesecakes. I plan on making every dish in this book. It's great.
Many of the recipes in this book are very concise, taking up no more than a quarter of a page and the images of the dishes look very appetizing. The b...moreMany of the recipes in this book are very concise, taking up no more than a quarter of a page and the images of the dishes look very appetizing. The book introduced the many diverse types of pastas the chef would be cooking with. It gave me a lesson on Italian pastas—had no idea there were so many different kinds, let alone the names. I also enjoy how light the dishes are; the creamier dishes are some of my favorites. Definitely comes highly recommended for a romantic night in or a casual hangout. Very easy to follow and good recipes to try out in the kitchen.
This was published in 1980 so some of the recipes may be outdated but they can still be very relevant for a nice meaty dinner and/or appetizers. It do...moreThis was published in 1980 so some of the recipes may be outdated but they can still be very relevant for a nice meaty dinner and/or appetizers. It doesn't always contain pictures but each recipe is concise and reasonably simple if you want a hearty meal. Obviously, it's not vegetarian-friendly; there's also some dairy-heavy stuff in here as well.
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As dated as this is (1984), I really like the instructional process at the beginning of the book like boiling and threading candy mixtures that you se...moreAs dated as this is (1984), I really like the instructional process at the beginning of the book like boiling and threading candy mixtures that you see in many candy stores, dipping, molding, pulling taffy, and wrapping and storing western candies. There are a lot of See's-grade candy recipes in this that are still relevant. I've learned how to make mint chocolates, peanut brittle, caramels, toffees, etc. It's delicious and there's visuals for most of the recipes. Definitely recommended as a book for beginning-intermediate candy-making.
I would follow these recipes for the western meals and the desserts. There's even a directional section on how to make your own tofu at home which I e...moreI would follow these recipes for the western meals and the desserts. There's even a directional section on how to make your own tofu at home which I enjoyed. However, the chef packed a lot of tofu meals—almost an overwhelming amount—that included recipes from many cultures. I've lived my life making, eating, and living around Asian cuisine. There are a few East Asian dishes featured in here and I'd like to say that there are many other ways to make your Korean Barbeque Tofu, Foo Young, and wantan significantly tastier other than just adding tofu and soy sauce. Like I said, I'd make western foods and some of the Mediterranean cuisines that this book offers from salads to soups, from souffles to ice cream. But I'd look elsewhere for East Asian dishes.
Loads of images and quick-fix recipes as well as fancy entrees. There are also recipes for light appetizers and dessert but I wouldn't go looking here...moreLoads of images and quick-fix recipes as well as fancy entrees. There are also recipes for light appetizers and dessert but I wouldn't go looking here specifically for any, especially with the internet around. There was also some background and imagery on Italy's history which I found unnecessary because I just want food but to others, it may be interesting. Though she also goes into detail about Italy's modern culture which is very vibrant and beautiful. Everything is complete with photographs; some of the recipe photos don't show up as well as others. This was published in 1988 so there are better cookbooks but this isn't bad.
*some vegetarian-friendly and fewer vegan-friendly recipes
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TRIGGER WARNING: ableism (mistreatment/misinformation of mental disability), anti-choice (anti-vagina's reproductive health agenda), frivolous misuse...moreTRIGGER WARNING: ableism (mistreatment/misinformation of mental disability), anti-choice (anti-vagina's reproductive health agenda), frivolous misuse of cutting/depression, whitesplaining (white privilege; ex: protagonist wastes her parent's money+time by going to a different school because it'll piss them off—something little to no poc could ever afford to do), misogyny (purity myth), classism (working class are like beggars).
Nenia's review explained every detail better than I could. Go check it out if you're really interested.(less)
The synopsis sounds an awful lot like a Mass Effect fanfic (Mass Effect is a video game for those who don't know)...
When her father died, Commander S...moreThe synopsis sounds an awful lot like a Mass Effect fanfic (Mass Effect is a video game for those who don't know)...
When her father died, Commander Shepard Lucy Mae Estmond became an elite combat specialist inherited the family business.
The soul eating Reapers have been a plague upon the Earth,
(hey there! meet the Reapers, the main antagonist, wreaking havoc on Earth. just a hobby ya know)
and leaving the Keepers as the only thing that stands between Heaven and Hell.
(these cute little things are called Keepers; they protect people by running the systems)
The factions despise each other and have warred for generations.
(been fighting Reapers since the earliest indication of life—Protheans. here you see one being hugged by flames created by their friendly neighborhood Reapers)
Then Commander Shepard Lucy discovers an ancient Prothean beacon legend predicting the arrival of the Chosen One, destined to bring forth an end to the Reapers.
The surprises continue when she realizes she is that person.
When she meets [whoever the player chooses to romance; I chose Garrus Vakarian] Jack Walker, they both realize they have an insane, mutual attraction.
Whatcha think, Garrus? Sound similar to an amazingly complex story you're a part of?
We'll see! I wanna read it in hopes that it's not a Mass Effect fanfic. The evidence is pretty damning but I hope the story is more relative to Death Reapers and not the destructive, menacing, heartless Reapers that you see in Mass Effect under the guise of Grim Reapers like so many other fanfic authors have done (*cough*Cassandra Clare and EL James*cough*).(less)