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review 2018-09-04 11:14
Popcorn Cack: "Angels & Demons" by Dan Brown
Angels & Demons - Dan Brown



I read the first few chapters of “Fifty Shades” (maybe because I want to write romance and erotica, and I need to keep tabs on the competition...lmao) and found it to be just as laughable as readers warned me, but I have to admit I have a soft spot for Dan Brown's popcorn cack. I've reread a few of his books because I found them entertaining, just the same as I've re-watched the first Avengers movie several times. It's nice to switch your brain off and enjoy some mass market nonsense every once in a while.

 

 

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review 2018-08-25 08:56
Liquid-Plumr: "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger


“When you live with a woman you learn something every day. So far I have learned that long hair will clog up the shower drain before you can say "Liquid-Plumr"; that it is not advisable to clip something out of the newspaper before your wife has read it, even if the newspaper in question is a week old; that I am the only person in our two-person household who can eat the same thing for dinner three nights in a row without pouting; and that headphones were invented to preserve spouses from each other's musical excesses.”

In “The Time Traveler's Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger

 

 

 

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review 2018-03-15 01:05
Enjoyed this
Powers (2000-2004) #1 - Michael Avon Oeming,Brian Michael Bendis

Jinxworld is part of DC now, and to celebrate, Bendis gave away a whole slew of #1s.  I grabbed them. 

 

This was among one of my favorites: it's a murder-mystery in which the world is well aware of super powers.   When Retro Girl is killed - albeit at the end of the issue - it's going to be about figuring out who killed her via good, old detective work. 

 

I know, because I've heard about this series, and Retro Girl's murder isn't a spoiler - in my opinion - since this arc is called 'Who Killed Retro Girl?"  It's not about knowing if it happens, it's about the journey to figure out who, although this comic is mostly set up.   Good set up - but it also doesn't answer a whole bunch of questions that I felt like I knew about, having seen the series. 

 

So my knowledge about this series killed a little bit of the enjoyment for me, which is why this is four stars instead of five.

 

 

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review 2017-05-25 00:34
Marvel shows the dark side of humanity without making the villains seem unsympathetic
Kingpin (2003-2004) #1 - Bruce Jones,Sean Phillips,Esad Ribic

It's kind of ironic that I feel more sympathy for The Kingpin, who's painted as a monster, than Hawkeye, who's trying to do good, but is so casually oblivious about his assholeness that I wanted someone to fucking stab him at... a lot of points. 

 

The Kingpin, who is Wilson Fisk, is a man who rules with a tight fist, that he has no hesitation about using as a weapon if someone fails him, or ignores him, or disrespects him.   He is also willing and able to pit people against each other in order to take out those who stand in his way, not even batting an eye at demoting or sacrificing his loyal people to get what he wants.   He sees the world as Trump does, in that there are winners or losers.   You are strode upon, or you stride upon the backs of others.   In fact, both men cower to overbearing fathers as children, although Fisk has it beaten into him - at least in some backstories - that this is the way the world works.   (And just to clarify: I don't know what happened to Trump as a child, but I have heard quotes from The Art of the Deal that were watered down versions of what he told the author - and it seems to me that Trump's father was overbearing.)

 

The difference, for me, between Trump and Fisk is that Fisk is not overtly misogynistic and racist.   He keeps his calm and while he won't brook disrespect, because he believes it will leave him open to further attacks, he doesn't take it as personally as Trump does.   He certainly has the self control to allow the wound to fester in private until the appropriate time to react comes.   He is patient and thoughtful and only strikes when it's the optimum time to do so.   But all of this - his patience, and his ability to judge people personally rather than if they're women or people of color - come from one of his differences.   He wasn't born rich.   He had to fight for what he got, and no expectations that others would bend to his will.   He knew that needling and threatening did more than publicly decrying people in a way that made him look worse than those he was attacking. 

 

It's why later in his life, Fisk will treat his wife, Vanessa, respectfully.   Not only would he not dare to objectify her, he wouldn't allow anyone else to do so without killing them.    Then again, he didn't just want a nice piece of ass; he fell in love with her for her brains, as well as her body.  

 

So this got weird.   Let's just say this does a fantastic job of mining our darker instincts without being so offensive I wanted to punch anyone.   Lovely. 

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text 2017-05-25 00:01
So remember that time when Marvel let its heroes be misogynistic douchebags?
Hawkeye (2003-2004) #1 - Fabian Nicieza,Stefano Raffaele,Werner Maresta,Paolo Rivera

What's funny is right before I read this, I was talking to my dad.   About guys, particularly white guys.   (And just so I don't generalize too much - yeah, rich orange guys, too.)   And about how it's hard for guys today: they used to be able to get away with all this bullshit and it was swept under the rug, laughter, moving on.   Now women speak up when men say and do things that demean them.   So do people of color.   

 

We were analyzing why, and I said I thought it was partly just that they were used to getting away  with everything.   He agreed. 

 

And then fucking Hawkeye telling a woman that her name and her huge watermelons - that she's lugging around, and I just cannot even get around that phrasing - means she's a stripper.   Or maybe she just has naturally humongous boobs.   And yeah, sure, maybe her parents named her Peppermint.  

 

The other thing that gets to me is that a man wouldn't be offended if you called his penis huge: that's not something that's looked down on.   They are men, have lives, and potentially huge penises.   It doesn't box them in if they do, it just means that they're, supposedly, super studs.   So not only do men want to fling this shit everywhere, but they don't want to get called out for the same thing they call other people out for.   Nope, not rewarding that  behavior. 

 

I literally... that one fucking line is what remains burned into my memory of this book.   Because it was pointless: he's trying to help her, and insults her based on her female qualities.   Which does not get her to trust him. 

 

I'm glad Clint got over his shitty behavior phase and turned into someone awesome later on, though.

 

 

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