Diary of a Narcissistic Misanthrope


If I Hate You More Than Myself We’ve Got A Problem

I like to think I’m an acquired taste, like old whiskey or arsenic in your tea

So this is usually the part where pretension comes out in full and beautiful force but this is going to be the first time in a long time I'm going to be honest. My name is Clarence (Hello), born in 1988, i got my undergrad degree in Sociology (with a concentration in Women's Studies) and I'm utterly terrified. I'm scared of everything, people, my own feelings and sometimes even being but really there's nothing much to be done about that despite what I say. And I will say a lot about how my life has no meaning and i want to die (which is the majority of the time) but sometimes it seems like life is worth living for and everything in it is a spectacular explosion of awe inspiring wonder (which is usually a three week span some time in March). If it seems odd to read think what it might be like living it. So to get off the topic of terror I prefer stories. I like to read them, I love to live in them and there is nothing better to me than a story so I guess this blog is a story mostly about me. Don't bother trying to find themes, connection or messages in what I post cause there really aren't any (unless they are completely accidental).

This blog is a story about what I find, what I feel and what I think so to that end I collect things to post or reblog. Its not meant to be anything truly meaningful or interconnected, just fun (mostly fun for me if you don't like it you can fuck right off) This is collection of all the the weird and interesting links from around the net that I find, comics, technology, comedy, current events, sociology, general geek/nerd interest, and more weird stuff (seriously its become about 65% clusterfuck of the strange stuff which is also why I don't feel bad about continuing to name it Strange World). I think it makes for the closest representation to who I am that I've ever done and it just keeps growing bigger which is most of the fun. And don't be disturbed if i in several post warn about my soon to happen suicide (I have yet to actually do it so we're all probably safe for a few more years). Please feel free to talk to me and don't mind the depressive tone i will probably be using. I like to think I'm somewhat fun if also a complete idiot.

Please feel free to talk to me by letter in my ask or by following me on other social networks but please just throw me a message about who you are so I accept the request I have no patients for spamming (send me an ask here if you want to be a friend on Steam.

By the By it goes without saying you should make sure children don't read most of this (I like swearing and naked women of all shapes, colors and sizes).
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Just finished new book Marked by Alex Hughes. Third novel in the Mindspace Investigation really great (and if you follow my book recommendations you already read the first two) It goes further into the politics of the Telepath Guild and I found it deals with addiction in a deeper more thoughtful way than most books I’ve read before. Seriously go read it the Kindle version is only $6 today.

Book Journal update for 2014


  • Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)  by Cherie Priest 
  • Dreadnought (The Clockwork Century, #2)  by Cherie Priest 
  • Once In A Blue Moon (Haven 08) by Simon R Green
  • Breach Zone (Shadow Ops 3) by Myke Cole 
  • London Falling by Paul Cornell
  • Fated (Alex Verus 01) by Benedict Jacka
  • Cursed (Alex Verus 02) by Benedict Jacka
  • Taken (Alex Verus 03) by Benedict Jacka
  • Chosen (Alex Verus 04) by Benedict Jacka
  • Blue-Blooded Vamp (Sabine Kane 05) by Jaye Wells
  • Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid 03) by Seanan McGuire
  • The Undead Pool (Hollows 12) by Kim Harrison
  • Night Broken (Mercy Thompson 08) by Patricia Briggs
  • Ghost Train to New Orleans (Shambling Guide 02) by Mur Lafferty 
  • With Silent Screams (Hellequin Chronicles 03) by Steve McHugh
  • Red Delicious (Siobhan Quinn 02) Caitlin R. Kiernan as Kathleen Tierney
  • The Tropic of Serpents  A Memoir by Lady Trent (Lady Trent 02) by Marie Brennan
  • Thicker Than Water (Felix Castor 04) by Mike Carey
  • The Naming of Beast (Felix Castor 05) by Mike Carey
  • Marked (Mindspace Investigations 03) by Alex Hughes

Been doing all that good reading this week

  1. Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)  by Cherie Priest 
  2. Dreadnought (The Clockwork Century, #2)  by Cherie Priest 
  3. Once In A Blue Moon (Haven 08) by Simon R Green
  4. Breach Zone (Shadow Ops 3) by Myke Cole 
  5. London Falling by Paul Cornell
  6. Fated (Alex Verus 01) by Benedict Jacka
  7. Cursed (Alex Verus 02) by Benedict Jacka
  8. Taken (Alex Verus 03) by Benedict Jacka
  9. Chosen (Alex Verus 04) by Benedict Jacka
  10. Blue-Blooded Vamp (Sabine Kane 05) by Jaye Wells
  11. Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid 03) by Seanan McGuire
  12. The Undead Pool (Hollows 12) by Kim Harrison
  13. Night Broken (Mercy Thompson 08) by Patricia Briggs
  14. Ghost Train to New Orleans (Shambling Guide 02) by Mur Lafferty 
  15. With Silent Screams (Hellequin Chronicles 03) by Steve McHugh
  16. Red Delicious (Siobhan Quinn 02) Caitlin R. Kiernan as Kathleen Tierney
Still got to get back to the Clockwork Century at some point, still not sure what fantasy epic I’m gonna force myself through and Kim Stanley Robinson’s books are still on my todo list

If an author is doing their job properly when you reach the end of a novel series or final issue of a comic book there is an emptiness within you because an entire world comes to a complete and final end

So book list 2014 advances with London Falling by Paul Cornell. Nice title, thought at times It was a little too British for me to understand without a quick trip to google. Its was fun and really make a good show of what it would be like for ordinary people trying to deal with mystic and powerful manifestations that you usually take as par for the course in other modern fantasy novels

good book, good read
I recommend it


Book Journal for the year 2014 (first book read Jan/6/14)


1. Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1) by Cherie Priest
2. Dreadnought (The Clockwork Century, #2) by Cherie Priest
3. Once In A Blue Moon (Haven 08) by Simon R Green
4. Breach Zone (Shadow Ops 3) by Myke Cole
5. London Falling by Paul Cornell

So excitedly finished the last book in the military fantasy series Shadow Ops trilogy by Myke Cole (not the last book in the Universe but the last in this opening trilogy/using these characters)

The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began “coming up Latent,” developing terrifying powers—summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Those who Manifest must choose: become a sheepdog who protects the flock or a wolf who devours it…

Now it might just be because I’m an annoying left leaning liberal douchebag that loves magic and shit but this book grabbed me. Men in power being confronted with horror because of the horror they unleased against people, cool powers and intense decisions to be made with people fighting against forces that declared them to not be people.

This book was fun and enjoyable. I have the general complain I get with all fantasy aka I needs more people of color but that’s something I’ve sadly come to expect with books I read (one of the main characters Oscar Britton is black but I can always use more) I’m not gonna spoil anything here but with the last book out I think everyone/anyone can take a shot with these books.

Go enjoy some fantasy!

Nothingman recommends this book 4 out of 5

I find the most magically thing about Urban Fantasy is that despite being “Urban” every single one takes place in a magical land without a hint of diversity in them whatever the real racial statistics of the cities they take place in.

If your book takes place in New York, Atlanta or Chicago and has an entirely white cast, you made some mistakes

I don’t think I’m gonna be reading anything new today but my 2013 New Years resolution came out well, read a totally of 116 new novels. It was a grand experiment. Found a lot of new authors to follow and series to keep track of. I think this was actually a fun contest against myself, there’s still that little manner of writing my own novels but that can be worked out in 2014. I think this turned out well and I’m definitely gonna get another book journal for 2014 going. (still have to get that post on my recommended reading from this book journal written but again 2014) looking at my list this year this was definitely my year of Seanan McGuire


  • Gun Machine by Warren Ellis
  • The Difference Engine by William Gibson
  • A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time 14) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  • Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow
  • Shadow Ops 01 - Control Point by Myke Cole
  • Shadow Ops 02 - Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole
  • Demon Cycle 01 - The Painted Man by  Peter V. Brett
  • Demon Cycle 02 - The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett
  • Demon Cycle 03 - The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett
  • Milkweed 01 - Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis
  • Milkweed 02 - The Coldest War by Ian Tregillis
  • Milkweed 03 - Necessary Evil by Ian Tregillis
  • Hellequin 01 - Crimes Against Magic by Steve McHugh
  • Hellequin 02 - Born of Hatred by Steve McHugh
  • A Natural History of Dragons, A Memoir by Lady Trent (Lady Trent 01) by Marie Brennan
  • Blood Oranges by Caitlín R. Kiernan (as Kathleen Tierney)
  • Fair Coin by E. C. Myers
  • Quantum Coin by E. C. Myers
  • Hexcommunicated (Agent Tepes Book 1) by Rafael Chandler
  • Stay Alert (Troubleshooter Rules 1) by Allen Varney
  • Hard Times in Dragon City (Shotguns and Sorcery 1) by Matt Forbeck
  • Playing For Keeps by Mur Lafferty
  • Birth of the Dread Remora (The Scattered Earth book 1) by Aaron Rosenberg
  • Fade to Black (Rojan Dizon 01) by Francis Knight
  • Surface Detail (Culture Novel 9) by Iain M. Banks
  • The Hydrogen Sonata (Culture Novel 10) by Iain M. Banks
  • 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Feed (Newsflesh 1) by Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire)
  • Deadline (NewsFlesh 2) by Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire)
  • Blackout (NewsFlesh 3) by Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire)
  • Spellbent (Jessie Shimmer 1) by Lucy A Snyder
  • Shotgun Sorceress (Jessie Shimmer 2) by Lucy A Snyder
  • Switchblade Goddess (Jessie Shimmer 3) by Lucy A Snyder
  • Redshirt: A Novel With Three Codas by John Scalzi
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon (Crescent Moon Kingdoms 01) by Saladin Ahmed
  • The Human Division (Old Man’s War 05) by John Scalzi
  • The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle 01) by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Wise Man’s Fear (Kingkiller Chronicle 02) by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Sharp (Mindspace Investigations 02) by Alex Hughes
  • The Grim Company (Grim 01) by Luke Scull
  • Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School 01) by Gail Carriger
  • Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
  • Discount Armageddon (InCryptid 01) by Seanan McGuire
  • Midnight Blue-Light Special (InCryptid 02) by Seanan McGuire
  • Rosemary and Rue (October Daye 01) by Seanan McGuire
  • A Local Habitation (October Daye 02) by Seanan McGuire
  • An Artificial Night (October Daye 03) by Seanan McGuire
  • Late Eclipes (October Daye 04) by Seanan McGuire
  • One Salt Sea (October Daye 05) by Seanan McGuire
  • Ashes of Honor (October Daye 06) by Seanan McGuire
  • NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
  • Nightlife by Rob Thurman
  • Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows 01) by  Kim Harrison
  • The Good, the Bad and the Undead (The Hollows 02) by  Kim Harrison
  • Every Which Way but Dead (The Hollows 03) by  Kim Harrison
  • A Fistful of Charms (The Hollows 04) by  Kim Harrison
  • For a Few Demons More (The Hollows 05) by  Kim Harrison
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails (The Hollows 06) by  Kim Harrison
  • White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows 07) by  Kim Harrison
  • Black Magic Sanction (The Hollows 08) by  Kim Harrison
  • Pale Demon (The Hollows 09) by  Kim Harrison
  • A Perfect Blood  (The Hollows 10) by  Kim Harrison
  • Ever After (The Hollows 11) by  Kim Harrison
  • The Drowning Girl by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Moon Called (Mercedes Thompson 01) by Patricia Briggs
  • Blood Bound (Mercedes Thompson 02) by Patricia Briggs
  • Iron Kissed (Mercedes Thompson 03) by Patricia Briggs
  • Bone Crossed (Mercedes Thompson 04) by Patricia Briggs
  • Silver Borne (Mercedes Thompson 05) by Patricia Briggs
  • River Marked (Mercedes Thompson 06) by Patricia Briggs
  • Frost Burned (Mercedes Thompson 07) by Patricia Briggs
  • Red Mars (Mars 01) by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Casino Infernale (Secret History 07) by Simon R Green
  • Gardens of the Moon (Malazan - Book of the Fallen 01) by Steven Erikson
  • Deadhouse Gates (Malazan - Book of the Fallen 02) by Steven Erikson
  • Memories of Ice (Malazan - Book of the Fallen 03) by Steven Erikson
  • House of Chains (Malazan - Book of the Fallen 04) by Steven Erikson
  • Midnight Tides (Malazan - Book of the Fallen 05) by Steven Erikson
  • The Bonehunters (Malazan - Book of the Fallen 06) by Steven Erikson
  • Hunted (Iron Druid Chronicles 06) by Kevin Hearne 
  • Reaper’s Gale (Malazan - Book of the Fallen 07) by Steven Erikson
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie (Angel Crawford 01) by Diana Rowland
  • Even White Trash Zombies get the Blues (Angel Crawford 02) by Diana Rowland
  • White Trash Zombie Apocalypse (Angel Crawford 03) by Diana Rowland
  • The Shambling Guide to New York (Shambling Guide 01) by Mur Lafferty 
  • The Glass God (Magicals Anonymous 02) by Catherine Webb as Kate Griffin
  • The School for Good and Evil (School for Good and Evil 01) by Soman Chainani
  • Lexicon by Max Berry
  • Celebromancy (Ree Reyes 02) by Michael R. Underwood  
  • Magic Rises (Kate Daniels 06) by Ilona Andrews 
  • Kill City Blues (Sandman Slim 05) by Richard Kadrey
  • Twenty Palaces, a Prequel (Twenty Palace Society 00) by Harry Connolly
  • Dead Things (Eric Carter #1) by Stephen Blackmoore
  • City of the Lost by Stephen Blackmoore
  • Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
  • Chimes at Midnight (October Daye 07) by Seanan McGuire
  • Spirits from Beyond (Ghost Finders 04) by Simon R Green
  • Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence 01) by Max Gladstone
  • Bad Times in Dragon City (Shotguns and Sorcery 2) by Matt Forbeck
  • End Times in Dragon City (Shotguns and Sorcery 3) by Matt Forbeck
  • Robert Asprin’s Myth Series: Myth-Quoted (MYTH Inc. 20) by Jody Lynn Nye
  • Light (Light 01) by M. John Harrison
  • Nova Swing (Light 02) by M. John Harrison
  • Fledgling: A Novel by Octavia E. Butler
  • Toll the Hounds (Malazan - Book of the Fallen 08) by Steven Erikson
  • Already Dead (Joe Pitt 01) by Charlie Huston
  • Two Serpents Rise (Craft Sequence 02) by Max Gladstone
  • Clean Sweep (Inkeeper Chronicles 01) by Ilona Andrews
  • This Case Is Gonna Kill Me (Linnet Ellery 01) by Phillipa Bornikova
  • Box Office Poison (Linnet Ellery 02) by Phillipa Bornikova
  • Dust of Dreams (Malazan - Book of the Fallen 09) by Steven Erikson
  • The Crippled God (Malazan - Book of the Fallen 10) by Steven Erikson 
  • Curtsies and Conspiracies (Finishing School 02) by Gail Carriger
  • The Darwin Elevator (Dire Earth Cycle 01) by Jason M. Hough
  • The Exodus Towers (Dire Earth Cycle 02) by Jason M. Hough
  • The Plague Forge (Dire Earth Cycle 03) by Jason M. Hough

Features I need Goodreads or some other book nerd websites to have .cal support for new releases from authors i like … how come no website or publisher has this feature yet?

Finally finished Malazan Book of the Fallen, that was a ridiculous trip and with only 5 more days of 2013 left my book list has hit 112

just read through the Linnet Ellery books by Phillipa Bornikova. Lawyers solving paranormal mysteries and using the law. There’s two This Case Is Gonna Kill Me and Box Office Poison, They were both a fun bit of reading for the day. Lets see if i can wrap up those Malazan books before the year’s end.