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review 2018-06-19 01:39
Cybertron comes back to Earth
Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2011-2016) Vol. 7 - John Barber,Sarah Stone,Livio Ramondelli,Andrew Griffith,Casey Coller

At least, Optimus Prime and a small group of Autobots do.  I wasn't a big fan at first read, but I'm coming to appreciate just how brilliant a move this was: the focus stays on the Cybertronians, not the humans, and even then?   Thundercracker adopting a dog and becoming the worst screenwriter ever is just hilarious. 

 

Somehow, even when he's mangling screenplays and writing in general, Thundercracker just wins me over.   Like completely over.   

 

Loved this, and read it early on in the month, right before the Hugo packet hit.   

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review 2018-06-14 16:51
Map: Collected and Last Poems by Wislawa Szymborska
Map: Collected and Last Poems - Wisława Szymborska,Clare Cavanagh,Stanisław Barańczak

Map spans Polish Nobel laureate Szymborska's work from the 1940s up until 2011. Her poetry is immediately engaging, often funny, and down-to-earth. She writes about the smallest subjects (a cat alone in its owner's home) and the largest (mortality, time). She'd be an excellent poet to read if one is new to or intimidated by poetry.

 

The translation by Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Baranczak is impressive given that many of Szymborska's poems play with words and language, though, not knowing Polish myself, I can only give my impressions. I only know that a personable, curious voice comes through.

 

Here's a late poem (about this painting) whose beauty brought tears to my eyes:

 

Vermeer

 

So long as that woman from the Rijksmuseum

in painted quiet and concentration

keeps pouring milk day after day

from the pitcher to the bowl

the World hasn't earned

the world's end.

 

I can't remember what prompted me to finally read Szymborska's body of work beyond the occasional anthologized poem, but I'm glad I did. I asked for it last Christmas (I read poetry only in print and often ask for books of poems then; they can be expensive!), and I happened to flip to "Possibilities," written as a list of preferences, which contains the following lines: "I prefer the absurdity of writing poems / to the absurdity of not writing poems." Me too.

 

 

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text 2018-06-03 03:58
Reading progress update: I've read 90%.
Alien Omnibus 1 by Steve Perry (January 19,2016) - STEPHANI PERRY STEVE PERRY

What is up with everyone not liking androids? The medics and scientists even admit you cannot tell the difference in an artificial person and a human unless you do body scans. Maybe I'm prejudiced because I totally had a crush on Bishop from Aliens and David from Covenant. Mostly Bishop. I think the David thing is mostly just liking Fassbender.

 

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text 2018-06-02 19:05
Reading progress update: I've read 63%.
Alien Omnibus 1 by Steve Perry (January 19,2016) - STEPHANI PERRY STEVE PERRY

Book 2: Nightmare Asylum 4 stars

 

There's always the one human who thinks aliens would make great weapons. And he usually ends up splattered all over a wall.

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text 2018-06-02 03:50
Reading progress update: I've read 51%.
Alien Omnibus 1 by Steve Perry (January 19,2016) - STEPHANI PERRY STEVE PERRY

General Spears has given them guns. He has given the aliens guns and is trying to teach them to shoot! Why is there always a lunatic that wants to tame these damn things? How many more "geniuses" have to die before someone figures out aliens=bad, humans=dead?

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