A Little About My Novel: Legacy Of Stardust


Connie Ranvir is the daughter of a war hero, and the mirror image of him too. Too bad she never knew him, too bad she doesn’t want to be like him.

But the Alliance has other ideas, wants her to conscript, follow in his footsteps and be a martyr for a cause that isn’t hers.

Four years ago she left it all behind, and now she’s back on Earth, surrounded by memories, and people, she’d rather forget. But the clocks counting down until she’s 18 and doesn’t have a choice anymore, so she strikes a deal: help her ex-best friend turned enemy figure out whose invading, and destroying, alliance ships, and he’ll keep the general the hell away from her.

Too bad she hates him now.

Too bad she needs him.

Too bad good old dad wasn’t as golden as everyone thought, because when his past comes around to haunt her, she’ll have to live up to the legacy he left her if she wants a chance to escape it. If she even lives that long…

Short Synopsis/Back Cover Blurb:

Everyone has secrets.

Everyone has a past they’d rather stayed hidden.

Everyone has a dark side.

And if she wants to see her future, Connie will have to live up to a legacy she doesn’t want,  a past she doesn’t understand, and discover that, though she may have survived the accident that should have killed her at birth,  life doesn’t give second chances.


Connlynn Ranvier hated no day so much as she hated her birthday. Her seventeenth was no different, not for the bar fight, which was not even her first birthday bar fight let alone bar fight in general. It wasn’t different for her injurgies, a jagged cut down her cheek which would scar. It wasn’t even different for the sympathy directed at her from those who recognized her, which in these parts was most folks. She had long since come to terms with the fact that her birthday would never be a day to celebrate. It would always be the anniversary of her fathers death.

No, the things that made this birthday special was that it was her first day earth-side in exactly four years. Having left this same bar on her 13 birthday and never looking back since. Until now. Seems people aren’t as forgetful as she’d like them to be.

Which lead to the second reason her seventeenth birthday was made memorable: The bar had, in the intervening years, become frequented by alliance cadets. This, in turn, brought her face to face, for the first time in those four years, with her once time best friend turned enemy, Luxcian.

With a soldier at her side holding her still, she smiled despite the blood dripping into her mouth at Luxcian. Though she was out of practice with false pleasantries and she was sure it seemed more a grimace. But after all he’d done, he deserved nothing but her public mask, despite his once time adaptness at seeing right through it.

“Long time no see” she said brightly. Like they weren’t enemies. Like they didn’t know each other better than anyone. Like there wasn’t a four year gap in their history. Like it wasn’t her 17th birthday and this wasn’t her first time back home since that night four years ago when he joined the alliance and sent her away without another word.

He smiled back, but it didn’t reach the rest of his face. “Didn’t think you’d come back here” he said his tone conversational, despite his words. “I didn’t think I’d ever see you again”, he sifted at these words, voice becoming something softer, betraying him of his youth: A mere 3 years older than herself. Either he truly missed her or he was playing her for a fool and she honestly couldn’t have said which scenario she disliked more.

Connie settled for scowling. They were under no illusions for what would follow. He’d been promoted, perhaps for his own merit, perhaps for his insight into her mind. Either way, the night would go as most birthdays with the alliance went. The general would go on some spiel about her legacy or destiny or how her father died to save her and she should follow in his footsteps while trying not to make it sound like he wanted to make a martyr of her despite those exact intentions.

She’d be put in front of cameras commemorating her father.

If she plays along she’s a dutiful daughter living up to her fathers sacrifice.

If she doesn’t, she an example for how aweful a tradgey his death was, that without her father his daughter grew up poorly and that is why we need more people to join up so we can end the fight.

No matter what she does she’s stuck as a martyr for their cause. And now they want to draw her back in, with the customary thinly veiled threats that if she doesn’t join willingly, they will forcefully conscript her when she turns 18, though if she escaped their radar for four years she has no doubt she could do it again.

“You know me” she replied, “I’m good at finding where the trouble is.” Four years ago, he would have laughed, half entertained by her and half scared for her safety. Now, the words rang truer than either of them would have liked to admit.

He cut the civilities then. “Look” he started, paused looking unsure , and plowed ahead saying “we both know you could take any of my men, hell you could take all of them and get out of here without us being able to do a damned thing about it. But I think you came back her for a reason, even if that reason is just you being bored and looking for what is possibly the only challenge left in the universe for you after four years away. So, why don’t you come back and humor us.”

So he was going with a mix of honesty and avoiding the conversation they should, but really don’t want, to have. She’d leave in frustration but if she’s going to follow his take of honesty, she is bored.

“Fine” she agreed. Lightly dancing out of the grip of the cadets holding her despite each of them being three times her size easily. The others looked at her in awed confusion and Luxcian smiled ruefully and amusedly.

“Just like that?” he asked.

“Just like that” she confirmed. “On one condition, two to be exact.”

“Which are…?” he prodded when she paused.

“First, I get a clean slate” At his confused look she clarified. “I don’t know you and you don’t know me. No history. We don’t speak about that night. Agreed?”

“Agreed” he told her uneasily, looking for the first time, not not exactly scared of her the way the guards were, certainly weary, “and the second thing?”

Here she looked him dead in the eye and stayed straight faced as she said, “once I’ve helped with whatever problem is so bad that you were desperate enough to ask instead of tricking or blackmailing me into fixing, you let me go. For good. No birthdays, no speeches, no martyrdom. You let me get away without joining up, and you don’t use my name for causes I don’t believe in just because you can. You let me rest in peace the way you can’t seem to to let my dad. We have a deal?”

He stared her down. Of course he broke first. He was out of practice and she hasn’t had anything but practice these last few years. She wasn’t the same girl he remembered her being when she left. He blinked and conceded. “Fine” he said. Not an edge of emotion leaking into his tone. A perfect robot. A perfect soldier. A perfect Kesnian.

A perfect stranger.

“Well then” she thought ruefully as she followed. “All is right in the world when Luxcian doesn’t show emotion.”

Still, she couldn’t help but feel disappointed at this despite being the reason for it, Lucian, like most of his species reserves his emotions, or at least their expression for his family.

And these days, she is anything but.


Halloween Creatures Book Tag

Melting Pots and Other Calamities tagged me in this super fun tag! A year ago…


Whatever, its Halloween now!


Rules for the tag:

  • – Follow the Categories
  • – You Must Be Honest
  • – You Must Answer All Questions to the Best of Your Ability
  • – You Must Tag At Least 3 People
  • – Have Fun!
  • -Credit Would be Greatly Appreciated! (credit goes to: Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)

Witches : A book or character that is magical:

I’m stealing her answer for this one. Because The Night Circus IS one of the most magical books ever!

Mummies : A book or character you can’t wrap your mind around:

Review: Wink Poppy Midnight – its been two years and I still don’t entirely get this book.

A book, series, or author you can’t live without


A book best read in the middle of the night


A book you picked up for the 2nd time/Continued after DNF’ing it


A book you easily predicted a twist or ending


A book that truly shocked you


A book or character that chilled you to the bone

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A book that left you hungry

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A greedy character

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A dark, evil character

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Grim Reaper:
A character you loved/hated that died

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A book or character that scares you:

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The Monster Mash:
Tag 3 or more people to do this tag


Night Court Reads

Roses Book Nook

B @ Icebreaker694

Calliope The Book Goddess

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies




Kiss, Marry, Kill – Book Characters Tag

I was tagged by the AWESOME Orangutan Librarian.

The issue here is, I only picked characters I liked (and male characters) so this is inherently going to be difficult.

Round One

Jem Carstairs (The Infernal Devices)

Zach Goode (Gallagher Girls Series)

Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

Marry – Jem (how can you not?)

Kiss – Zach (how can you not?)

Kill – Percy (sorry Percy…but it’d for the best, he’d probably survive – and this way Annabeth won’t kill me)

Round Two

Noah (The Raven Cycle)

Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter)

Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices)


Marry – Will (sorry Tessa)

Kiss – Neville

Kill – Noah (its not like it’ll hurt him.)

Round Three

Kaz (Six of Crows)

Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter)

Seth Clearwater (Twilight Saga)

Marry – Seth (he was my first book crush…yes ten-year-old me liked Seth Clearwater more than either Jacob or Edward)

Kiss – Kaz (- because duh)

Kill- Draco (sorry Draco…)

I’m too lazy to tag anyone right now.

So anyone who wants to can do this!

Trailer Talk (And Speculation): Crimes of Grindelwald

Magizoologist Newt Scamander joins forces with young Albus Dumbledore to prevent the devious Gellert Grindelwald from raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings.
Release date: November 16, 2018 (USA)
Director: David Yates
Screenplay: J. K. Rowling
Film series: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Before We Start:

  • As much as I want to watch this movie, I don’t think I’m going to see it in theaters.
  • I don’t want to support Jonny Depp’s role in the movie, nor JK Rowling QueerBaiting and representation issues (The whole “yes Dumbledore is gay but no his and Grindelwald’s relationship will not be shown in the movie.”)

Thoughts While Watching The Trailer:

  • BB NEWT!
  • Newt’s fear is very on brand.
  • Deluminator!
  • Those cat things are creepy.
  • “I can’t move against Grindelwald” BECAUSE YOU”RE IN LOVE OR SOMETHING.
  • CREDENCE!!!!!!!!!
  • Deathly Hallows!
  • Flamel?!?!?!?!?!
  • It looks so good I’m so angry onny Depp is in it!!!!



Blogger Recognition Award #4

I was tagged by Andrea’s Nirvana. Thank you so much!


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

Blogger Recognition Award

The Blogger Recognition Award #2

The Blogger Recognition Award #3

I’ve done this three times already, so in the interest of your time and mine, I am condensing all my previous iterations here.

How my blog (originally) started:

V 1 –

Its really not that exciting of a story.  Last year over christmas break I was bored, and my cousin had a blog that she never used and I guessed I wanted to prove I could be better at it then she was or something like that, I don’t really remember. So, I started a book blog. I also started a youtube channel but my computer is so old that Imovie doesn’t work so that was put on hold. I’m getting a new computer this summer so, maybe I’ll start that up again.

 V 2 –

My blog started because I wanted to one up my cousin.

You see, my aunt does PR and encouraged my cousin to start a blog since she gets dragged to a lot of events my aunt organizes/attends.

So, I had to start a blog too.

I choose to start a book blog because I love reading, but not many of my friends read the same books, at the same speed, that I did, so I couldn’t really talk to anyone but my best friend (who reads SO SLOWLY…Sorry LOVE YOU ANA BUT ITS TRUE). So, book blog it was.

And since I liked it, I just kept doing it. Even when my cousin lost interest. I enjoyed it, and I continued, even if it took a couple mo the for me to get in the swing of things (re: a year) and I still fall off the face of the Earth every once in a while.

 V 3 –

Back in 2015, my younger cousin started a blog, at her mom’s insistence (my aunt does PR). Being two years apart, me and my cousin are competitive like sisters – so of course, I started one.

I blogged for maybe a month, before she got bored of it, as did I.

Flash foreword to the end of 2016, I decide I want to blog again. So I did. And i’ve been going strong(-ish) ever since!


  1. Have fun. Do this for yourself not anyone else. Write what you want not what you think others want. If it isn’t fun, there is no point in doing it. And don’t stress if it isn’t perfect, this isn’t school.
  2. Make friends. Interact with people. Number one way to get followers and comment? Comment and follow other blogs. So what you like and dislike about other people’s blogs, and work to make yours better. You can’t have a good blog without reading good blogs. Be part of the community don’t just shout into the void.
  3. Make friends. Make connections. Talk to people. Comment, respond, like. You can’t blog in a vacuum. And its more fun with friends. If your worried about bothering someone, or that someone has too many followers to talk to you, DON’T BE. We all blog to talk to people about books, so talk. Don’t be afraid to start a conversation.
  4. If you say you’re going to do something: Do it.

    Review the books you say you’ll review. Post what and when you say you will.

    It doesn’t matter if you out once a day or once a month, but stay true to your word.

    Readers don’t want to stick around for a liar or a flake.

    (This is something I need to follow as well, I’m terrible at consistency, but at least I own up to that.)

  5. Just do it. Waiting until “you’re good enough” or until everything is perfect just means you’re never going to start. Start your blog, learn as you go, talk to people. Eventually, you learn, you get better, your blog grows and changing with you, but that can’t happen if you never start.
  6. Talk to people. Comment on discussions. Tag people in tags and posts. Talk a conversation on twitter. I promise, 99.9% of the time, people are amazingly nice and will love to talk and make new friends. Ask for help. Request books. Nothing ever happens when your too scared to try. If you want to be a part of the community, be a part. Simple as that.

I’m not going to nominate people because this is my fourth time doing this.

My Favorite Author Blogs/Websites

Cassandra Clare

  • Awesome website – appearances updated, signed preorders, extras and deleted scenes etc.

Dahlia Adler

  • Awesome blog – great advice for writers, aspiring and published.

Neil Gaiman

  • Awesome blog and some great personal essays.

John Scalzi

  • Hilarious author blog.

Chuck Wendig

  • Another hilarious author blog.

Wil Wheaton

  • A super fun author blog.

Peter David

  • Great information on all his works.


Book Blogger Hop: August 31st

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

August 31st – September 6th – Do you have a YouTube channel? If so, do you post book review vlogs? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

I actually started doing Booktube about a month and a half ago!

As I’m writing this, I haven’t done any review vlogs, but I am planning on it!


And if you want a laugh, my first failed attempt at Booktube back in 2015:

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read In School

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

August 26: Back to School/Learning Freebie (in honor of school starting back up soon, come up with your own topic that fits the theme of school or learning! Books that take place at school/boarding school/during study abroad, books you read in school, textbooks you liked/didn’t like, non-fiction books you loved or want to read, etc.)

Middle School

I don’t remember much of what we read in middle school, but these are the ones that stand out in my memory.

The View From Saturday

We read The View from Saturday in 6th grade. I don’t remember much of the book, but I remember loving it and reading ahead of the reading schedule of the class.

Lord of the Flies

We read this one in 7th grade and I hated it so very very much.

Here’s an assignment I did for it: Throwback Thursday: Seventh Grade Deserted Island Story

Much Ado About Nothing

This one was a lot of fun, we read it in 8th grade if I’m remembering correctly.

Throwback Thursday: Much Ado About Nothing Act 3 Scene 4 – 2014 – Valley Girl Rewrite


This was a summer reading book for two years in a row. It was fine, but not my favorite.


Also a summer reading book, the summer before 6th I think, so you could count it with elementary school (like Espananza Rising – I read them back to back, one for 5th and one for 6th). This one takes places in Florida. Its cute, but I like the movie better.

9th Grade

We did a lot in 9th, especially because we changed teachers a month into the school year.

Romeo and Juliet

Its a classic, but reading this in a class of 15 year olds is very annoying. We did the No Fear Shakespeare version and it felt like we were being talked down to. Also, we watched the Romeo + Juliet movie twice and its terrible.

Raisin in the Sun

I know people adore this play, but I HATED it. Maybe its because I read it in class having to do discussion questions every scene but it was so boring.

The Hobbit

I mean, this one was great.

Throwback Thursday: 9th grade The Hobbit “Sting” Essay

Throwback Thursday: 9th grade The Hobbit Movies vs Book Essay

Throwback Thursday: 9th grade-The Hobbit-“Gandalf’s Journal”

The House on Mango Street

This book was really depressing, it was good, but 15 year old me couldn’t handle the depressing-ness along with all the assignments for it.

The Count of Monte Cristo

This was our summer reading. I hated it so much, its the only school required book I willfully did not finish.

10th Grade

We did quite a lot in 10th grade.


This was our summer reading and its so boring. It was pretty interesting in some places, but he continued to repeat the same point over and over and I got bored with it. I did finish, but only cause I had to.


Antigone is a good read in a classroom setting.

V for Vendetta

I LOVED V for Vendetta, I actually have a signed copy.

Throwback Thursday: V for Vendetta Final Five Page Essay

Throwback Thursday: 10th grade Symbolism in V for Vendetta

Throwback Thursday: 10th grade X for Vendetta Speech


This is a nonfiction account of a man living through the Holocaust and it was so good and about half the class cried when we found out it was an autobiography not historical fiction.


I hate this book with every fiber of my being. I hate Ayn Rand.

Taming of the Shrew

This was a lot of fun to read as a class. Everyone read a different character. I read a part at one point of a servant who got slapped and the boy that was meant to “slap” me was such a chicken about it I had to fake slap him so we could continue the scene.

11th Grade

On Writing

Stephen King’s memoir – this was a summer reading book for us.

Book Review: On Writing

Thank You For Arguing

The other summer reading book. Nonfiction, kinda interesting in parts but ultimately boring, with a lot of references that were super outdated (like senators of the 1980s and an obsession with Animal House).

Book Review: Thank You For Arguing

12th Grade

Oedipus Rex

This was a fun read. I like Greek mythology and stuff.

Pride and Prejudice

Major Works – AP Lit Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Major Works – AP Lit Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


Major Works – AP Lit Review: Frankenstein


AP Lit Review: Hamlet


Major Works Data Sheet – 1984

The Importance of Being Ernest

Major Works Data Sheet – The Importance of Being Earnest

The Death of Ivan Illych

Major Works AP Review: The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

The Metamorphosis

Major Works Data Sheet – The Metamorphosis


I had two summer reading books before my freshman year.

Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human

Color and Character

Its July 2nd as I write this, so I don’t have much to say yet.


Every Vlogbrothers Project Ever

Nerdfighteria Dictionary


  • Vlogbrothers – launched January 2007 as Brotherhood 2.0. Originally, the challenge was that the brothers Green could not speak textually for one year, but the videos continued well after that and the channel still uploads regularly.
  • Truth or Fail – launched March 2009 after initial videos on Vlogbrothers. The original game show had several episodes but ultimately was expensive to produce and didn’t play well with YouTube’s algorithms, so it was discontinued. The last video was uploaded in March 2013
  • Hankschannel – created November 2009 as a personal channel for unedited videos. This is where Hank posts the annual census analysis and sometimes does VEDA or intermittent vlogs.
  • Vidcon – launched in 2009 to announce the first Vidcon, the channel now features highlights from the annual convention.
  • Hankgames – launched November 2010 with Hank playing Assassin’s Creed. Despite its name, the channel was hijacked by John and now almost exclusively features FIFA.
  • CrashCourse – launched January 2012, originally featuring courses in Biology, Psychology and World History, (see the main article for a full list) continues to upload twice a week in ever-expanding topics.
  • SciShow – launched January 2012 and still uploading videos; run by Hank’s Missoula team
  • Animal Wonders – launched in January, 2012, this channel originally featured only short clips of the animals occasionally. Starting in late 2013, Jessi began making regular vlogs about the animals. This was likely incited by growing interest in her business largely spurred on by her regular segment on SciShow Talk Show. Animal Wonders currently posts weekly.
  • The Lizzie Bennet Diaries – launched April 2012 and ran regularly for a year; Hank was co-executive producer with Bernie Su. Based on the novel Pride and Prejudice
  • Sanditon – A series of videos set at the company that Lizzie and later Emma worked at, Pemberley Digital. Launched in May 2013 and the last video was posted August of the same year.
  • All The Questions – launched in Fall 2012 by Hank Green, the channel was only active for a few days before being silently abandoned.
  • The Brain Scoop – launched January 2013 with Emily Graslie as host; Hank was executive producer until Emily’s move to Chicago, after which he is credited as the show’s creator
  • Mental Floss – launched March 2013 with weekly videos, the channel originally featured mostly John and only occasionally Hank, but has since expanded to include regular series with other hosts. Misconceptions is hosted by Elliott Morgan, Big Question by Craig Benzine, List Show is still hosted most often by John Green with occasional guest hosts.
  • Sexplanations – launched June 2013 with Dr. Lindsey Doe as host; Hank serves as executive producer
  • Emma Approved – launched October 2013, Emma Approved was the second installment in a vlog adaptation series of classic novels, Hank served as co-executive producer. Based on the novel Emma, by Jane Austen
  • The Healthcare Triage – launched November 2013 with Dr. Aaron Carroll as host; John serves as executive producer
  • The Art Assignment – launched February 2014, produced in association with PBS Digital Studios. Sarah Urist Green hosts, John Green co-hosts. Originally there were weekly special guests with assignments for the audience. The original season is over, so assignments are still posted but the content of weekly videos is more variable.
  • How To Adult – launched February 2014, hosted by Emma Mills and T. Michael Martin. Executive produced by Hank and John Green.
  • Scishow Space – launched in February 2014
  • Frankenstein, MD – launched in August 2014, a vlog adaptation of the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Executive produced by Hank Green, Bernie Su, and Matt Vree
  • Games with Hank – launched September 2014, Hank originally played video games daily, but has since stopped. Currently the channel is inactive.
  • Crashcourse Kids – launched in March 2015, CrashCourse Kids is a twice weekly show from the producers of Crash Course, all about grade school science. Though not as explicitly organized as its older sibling, CrashCourse includes series on Life Science, Earth Science, Engineering, Physical Science, and Space Science. Hosted by Sabrina Cruz.
  • SciShow Kids – Hosted by Jessi Knudsen Castañeda, SciShow kids posts short science videos twice weekly. Launched March 2015.
  • Nerdcon – launched in March 2015 to accompany Hank’s new convention. Nerdcon is a more general nerdy convention as opposed to Vidcon which focuses on online video.
  • Cereal Time – launched in June of 2015, Cereal Time is a week-daily game show that Hank produces. Charlie McDonnell and Jimmy Hill host.
  • Engage by Uplift – launched in July 2015 following assault accusations for multiple popular YouTubers, the DFTBA crew wanted to build a conversations around sexual violence and consent in our communities. Engage by uplift, hosted by Kat Lazo (theekatsmeoww) is a show that explores topics surrounding rape, assault and consent. The show also regularly features panel discussions on such topics.
  • The Financial Diet – launched in September 2015, TFD is a financial literacy show hosted by Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage, meant to accompany the blog by the same name.



  • 2D Glasses – 2D glasses for watching 3D movies without headaches, created by Hank.
  • EcoGeek– A Website Hank created, not as well known as his other projects.
  • ReadIt1st – Hank’s braincracked idea for people to pledge to read the original books before consuming a movie-version. The website’s tagline is “Don’t let the movie ruin the book.”
  • The Anthropocene Reviewed
  • Dear Hank and John
  • Delete This

Hank’s Music:

John’s Books:

The Fault In Our Stars
Looking for Alaska
Paper Towns
An Abundance of Katherines
Will Grayson Will Grayson
(with David Levithan)
Let It Snow (with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle)
Turtles All the Way Down
“Terrible” Zombie Novella