Mur Lafferty – Author

Mur Lafferty is a Campbell award winning author.  She hosts the wonderful I Should Be Writing podcast, and wrote The Shambling Guide to New York City.   These are her good things.

Good things to read.

Parasite by Mira Grant. I love Grant’s medical horror, it’s so detailed and that’s what makes it terrifying. She made me believe zombies could happen, in Feed, and now she’s made me believe many disgusting and beneficial things about parasites.

The Human Division by John Scalzi. I loved Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, but missed reading books 3 and 4. This is technically book 5, but I didn’t feel lost at all. Funny, powerful characters, and exciting SF.

Numenera by Monte Cook. This is an RPG game, but the world is so well thought out and fascinating, it’s worth reading even if you never end up playing.

Good things to watch.

Brooklyn 99.  I’m utterly obsessed with this new comedy. On top of tight, hysterical writing and well formed characters, they feature four people of color and one gay character. No jokes hinge on the gay character (except for one where it was funny that a very dense older cop didn’t realize his boss was gay), the women are all portrayed realistically (and forget about the Bechdel test, this blows it away.)

Frozen Frozen Frozen! Best Disney movie in history! Best pro girl story! A clear obvious win for best original song Oscar! Love this movie.

Hm. I don’t watch much else new television. I play a lot of computer games and watch Arrested Development and The Office (US) in the background when I cook or do laundry.

Good things to use.

External phone batteries. I’m very guilty of letting my phone battery die, or hover around 20%, and having an external battery to plug into is a lifesaver, especially when traveling.

The Walk and Zombies, Run!– These are two apps from the game company Six to Start, and even though they’re unconnected story-wise, they focus on walking or running, with a story going in your ears that requires your exercise. Your frequent movement causes you to pick up virtual items that you can later use to enhance the game or unlock other levels.

Electric blankets, because damn, polar vortex.

Connect with Mur on Twitter, @MightyMur.

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