Sam Vimes fought an ancient mind-controlling spirit and won. Sam Vimes killed a werewolf with his bare hands. Sam Vimes happily wears the awful lumpy itchy socks his wife knits him. Sam Vimes causes traffic jams in order to be home in time to read his baby a bedtime story. Sam Vimes fought at the barricades— twice. Sam Vimes waited until his interviewee had left and then put his coat over his head so no one could hear him laughing hysterically at her silly name. Sam Vimes is my hero.
Sam Vimes overcame a crippling alcohol dependency. Sam Vimes examines and confronts his internal prejudices. Sam Vimes lived in poverty because he was giving his salary to the widows and orphans of fellow officers. Sam Vimes cleaned up a corrupt police force and made it inclusive of the different ethnicities in his city.
Sam Vimes is my hero too.
He turned to leave, then seemed to have a thought. “Sergeant Dorfl!” he said, turning back. “D’you think you’ll believe in gods now?”
Every eye in the Watch House turned to the golem sergeant. “Not Gods, Yet.” said Sergeant Dorfl. “But Always Sam Vimes.”
“Start by pulling him out of the fire and
hoping that he will forget the smell.
He was supposed to be an angel but they took him
from that light and turned him into something hungry,
something that forgets what his hands are for when they
He will lose so much, and you will watch it all happen
because you had him first, and you would let the world
break its own neck if it means keeping him.
Start by wiping the blood off of his chin and
pretending to understand.
Repeat to yourself
“I won’t leave you, I won’t leave you”
until you fall asleep and dream of the place
where nothing is red.
When is a monster not a monster?
Oh, when you love it.
Oh, when you used to sing it to sleep.
Here are your upturned hands.
Give them to him and watch how he prays
like he is learning his first words.
Start by pulling him out of another fire,
and putting him back together with the pieces
you find on the floor.
There is so much to forgive, but you do not
know how to forget.
When is a monster not a monster?
Oh, when you are the reason it has become so mangled.
Here is your humble offering,
obliterated and broken in the mouth
of this abandoned church.
He has come back to stop the world
from turning itself inside out, and you love him, you do,
so you won’t let him.
Tell him that you will never know any better.
Pretend to understand why that isn’t good enough.”—Caitlyn Siehl, "Start Here" (via alonesomes)
oh lmao you started the raven boys i'm so sorry welcome to hell. what are your fave characters, your theories etc? let it all out
I JUST FINISHED THE DREAM THIEVES AND WOW. FUCKING W O W MAN shoutout to everyone who recommended these books to me and DIDN’T GIVE A WARNING OR ANYTHING y’all need JESUS
Fave character i’ll give you three guesses lmao it’s RONAN i’m a MESS this hulk of freaking grief and passion and daddy issues with his pet DREAM RAVEN BIRD because THAT’S normal also he’s a middle child and middle children characters are everything to me and okay like HIS FUCKING LOYALTY TO GANSEY. SHOOT ME RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW how they think of/call eachother ‘brother’ ALL THE TIME GO AWAY he moved ronan into his weird manufacturing bachelor pad he saved him from being expelled RONAN SUBTLY SLIDING IN FRONT OF GANSEY WHENEVER THERE’S TROUBLE BREWIN it’s just rude and uncalled for, frankly.
and okay hahahha RONAN AND KAVINSKY WHAT THE HELL basically summed this up on twitter like seriously:
THEY ARE LEGIT A LANA DEL REY SONG IT’S RIDICULOUS like the bit where kavinsky makes like a handgun and holds it to ronan’s temple and is like ‘i’m going to burn you alive. I am going to destroy you. And then you will finally know, why storms are named after people’ like SURE buddy OKAY you fucking third verse of eminem’s ‘stan’ lunatic go and sleep it off in your fleet of inferiority complex mitsubishis i can’t believe you
and okay lmao like WHEN RONAN DREAMS ADAM AND KAVINSKY TOUCHING HIS TATTOO LMFAO. L M FAO
and okay everyone else BLUE AND GANSEY GANSEY AND BLUE if they burn any slower they’ll actually be going backwards in their relationship i’m smh YOU COULD CUT THE SEXUAL TENSION IN HERE WITH A KNIFE and when blue is drinking mint tea and calla is like ‘ahhahah MINT tea hey it’s so MINTY hey isn’t it weird that GANSEY chews MINT leaves’ (sidebar: HOW WEIRD IS IT THAT HE CHEWS MINT LEAVES like they make fifty different fucking types of gum in america wake up dick 3!!!! Is this a rich people thing??????? I refuse to believe this walking presidental nominee waters a plant and keeps it thriving) or when gansey is on the boat and it’s like ‘oh a girl in a bikini ok i guess’ and then ‘BLUE YOU’RE FULLY CLOTHED BUT ALL WET I CAN’T LOOK AT YOU IT’S TOO MUCH I’M BLUSHING’ like oh man, you got it so bad. You have got it so bad. It’s so great. You want to kiss her like crazy, i love it. But when you kiss her you’re gonna die and i love that too, i love it all, give it all to me, i live on this, i am THRIVING
okay and haha LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT DEATH oh man i’m looking forward to it so much it’s gonna be so fucked up (we’re all pretty sure on book 4 being gansey’s book right? RIGHT) and i’m so excitedddd it’s gonna be the culmination of all their dynamics and tensions (and how good is that ronan/adam interlude in the premonition/vision when you think about them TOTALLY DATING at the time) IT’S GONNA RULE. And we’re all pretty clear on them using the raven king’s wish to bring gansey back, dragon ball style yeah? Or like sacrificing the ley line’s energy or something whatever to bring him back IT’S GONNA HAPPEN. I thought about maybe him becoming like a specter like noah is or something but i don’t want that to happen because then he’ll be stuck on the ley line forever and like blue pretty clearly wants to travel/have her ”something more” and they’re ~true love~ so they’re most likely gonna stay together u no. Actually how awkward would it be if they kissed and…. nothing happened like ‘oh whoops guess i was wrong we’re not true love lmao let’s go neck in your camaro’
Don’t know what to heck is up with Blue’s dad (is he the raven king? Is Raven Symone the raven king?????? ITS THE FUTURE SHE CAN SEE from her creepy DEATH TREE) or the ”’grey man”’ who was literally like ‘sup i’m a killer i hurt people. all the time. as my profession’ and they were just like WELCOME TO THE FAMILY HAVE SOME TEA like y’all need to read your fuckin tarot cards and find some goddamn SENSE think of the children
But yes it has been an emotional weekend reading these books. I enjoyed them far more than I thought I would (I put off reading them because I didn’t like Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Snore Falls series AT ALL), and the whole thing has a really awesome southern gothic/secret history but less fatalistic vibe around it. Also the character’s personalities are so well drawn and frank and i LOVE that, I hate when there are characters in ya that just fulfill a stock role or are meant for the reader to project themselves onto. Also HOW AWESOME IS THE WELSH/CELTIC MYTHOLOGY you NEVER SEE THAT in books it’s always greek or egyptian (which of course are awesome and i love as well) and it’s just so cool omg. I also love the parallels/allusions to king arthur’s court and the holy grail search because omgggg (ronan and adam as gwaine and galahad oh my gooodddd, gansey as hubristic ambitious wild charismatic arthur oh my goddddd, blue as the lady of the laKE OH MY GOD) YEAH THIS SERIES IS A LOT