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  1. Public Bookmark 84

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    Grandmother ruled Gir Niajra, and always had.

    Jummai felt certain this was so, mostly because it was impossible to imagine otherwise: anyone, anyone at all, seated so comfortably on that great golden throne except Grandmother? Anyone who could look or speak with such authority, to whom so many great and worthy people bowed down? No—only Grandmother. It had always been Grandmother, and it always would be.

    Then Grandmother died; and there was a war.

    (Or: Jummai is a princess without a throne—but she has no intention of leaving to others what is rightfully hers. She needs a wife with an army, and gets one; but her wife seems impervious to her tactical charm, she keeps making mistakes, and her cousin still wants her dead.)

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    29 Dec 2017

    Bookmarker's Notes

    I read this months ago and somehow made the enormous tactical error of forgetting to bookmark it. Not going to make that mistake again.

  2. Public Bookmark 36

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    Somewhere in Massachusetts, a nervous boy will click on a YouTube video entitled "Bad Bob's Best Bouts Vol. 4: 1987, Boston". He'll watch, wide-eyed, as Robert Zimmermann and a man in a Bruins sweater square off and shake out of their gloves, circling each other like dogs.

    "Good lord," the boy will whisper as a blurry video of two large hockey players rolling around on the ice plays on his laptop. He'll watch as the two of them leave smears of blood in their wake, listen as commentators crow about penalty minutes and well-deserved nicknames. He'll tab back to the Wikipedia page of the man his teammates had been talking about, eyes widening as he reads.

    And then he gets to the personal life section.

    But all of that... The boy, the computer, the teammates astounded at the boy's ignorance... All of that comes later. Twenty-seven years later.

    For now it's 1987, and a young actress has just gone to see a hockey game.

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    17 Nov 2017

    Bookmarker's Notes

    Words cannot even begin to describe how delightful this is.

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    When Jainan arrived on Iskat to represent his home planet in a diplomatic marriage to Imperial Prince Taam, he was naïve enough to hope the match would work. Taam knew better. Five years later, his confidence shattered, Jainan is released when Taam dies in an accident, only to be faced with another marriage to help salvage his treaty. Jainan understands how the real world works now; but Prince Kiem - the cheerful, scandal-prone darling of the Iskat celebrity magazines - keeps breaking all the rules he's learned.

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    02 Oct 2017

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    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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    It’s the push of a well-disciplined body into exactly the right direction, a smooth kata of one, two, three, giterdone. A well executed slapshot, a triple salchow, hell, even a quarterback sneak – it’s all the same thing, in the end, all driven by the same kind of passion that gets people on their feet and screaming.

    Or: a story about sports, closets and finding yourself, in the end.

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    21 Sep 2017

    Bookmarker's Notes

    "He is Eric and Bitty and Dicky and Junior, and somehow, all of these things are possible at once. All of these things are enough."

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    The first Zhenya heard about it was an email from Sidney in the middle of August.

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    21 Jul 2017

    Bookmarker's Notes

    i'm going to have to come back and try to articulate this better when my thoughts aren't an incoherent mess of *KEYBOARD SMASH* but man oh man this is phenomenal. an instant classic.