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review 2017-08-27 12:26
Hell Hath No Fury (Devilish Debutantes) by Annabelle Anders
Hell Hath No Fury (Devilish Debutantes Book 1) - Annabelle Anders

 

It's dangerous, endearing, dramatic scandal. Hell Hath No Fury should be renamed, It's complicated. Cecily married for love, will she cheat for the same reason?  Two people are caught up in the machinations of a devious plot that can only end in heartache.  Love is a battlefield and Ms. Anders puts readers right on the front lines.  A tempting display of romance.

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review 2015-09-16 18:30
Review: Red She-Hulk vol. 1 & 2 by Jeff Parker
Red She-Hulk: Hell Hath No Fury - Carlo Pagulayan,Jeff Parker
Red She-Hulk Volume 2: Route 616 (Marvel Now) - Wellington Alves,Carlo Pagulayan,Jeff Parker

This was one I was interested in from the get-go. Betty Ross has, surprisingly, become one of the more interesting characters in the Marvel universe. Not only did they completely and unprecedentedly subvert the 'girlfriend existing to cause manpain' trope, but they did it by dealing with something that's generally avoided, and that's female anger. She's had a boyfriend who has constantly run away from her, and a father who consistently manipulated and used her to get at Bruce. And now Betty's pissed. Not only that, but she's discovered a new found sense of liberation, of power.

 

Of course, that'd all be just a good idea on paper with crappy execution, but Jeff Parker makes her a real, fully rounded character with a great sense of humor as well as compassion, righteousness and, well, rage, and gives her a fantastic sidekick in the form of Machine Man. Strangely, this is my first exposure to Aaron Stack, and the character shines. As a duo, they carry what is at times a questionable story with a few, but not many, problems. Man-Thing, Marvel's own Swamp Thing rip-off, makes a rather wonderful appearance, and I love that it's Jen Walters that rides in to save the day, not Bruce.

 

But there are some problems. The end was confusing as hell. I actually had to Google it to have it explained to me what had happened. The early appearance by the Avengers was welcome, but some of the characters seem strangely out of character to suit the story. Also, I thought that Nikola Tesla's involvement felt a bit campier than the story really deserved.

 

But those really are small complaints. The biggest problem is how short the run was before it was cancelled. It never really got a chance to shine with, I think, only eight issues. But it's a wonderful read, and one I enjoyed completely.

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review 2014-05-09 22:54
The elusive DNF!
Hell Hath No Fury - David Weber,Linda Evans

This book was a regretful DNF for me.

 

I can't shake the feeling this is a decent book. The politics seem convoluted but not impenetrable. There's a wide variety of characters, and the dichotomy of one army with advanced tech and the other with magic and dragons was really cool. There were scenes that I got really invested in, absolutely loved.

 

But man, I just did not CARE and I'm not entirely sure why. Part of it was probably the unusual naming conventions that left me having difficulty differentiating people. Even using the glossary (and I did, at the beginning of almost every chapter, because I literally could not remember who they were) I was lost.

 

Also, part of the problem may be that this is apparently a book 2, despite the fact that my copy of the book explains this nowhere on the cover. I thought once I found out that I must have just been an idiot and missed it. But no. I scoured it, a friend did too, and the only place in the book that lets you know is the page inside that lists the authors' other works.

 

Maybe if I had the context of the first book, I would have had a better time keeping the characters straight and that would have allowed me to really fall in love with the strong parts of the narrative. But I didn't, and I'm not going to go back and try it again. Alas.

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review 2013-02-13 07:14
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
Medea - Euripides

Surely, of all creatures that have life and will, we women

Are the most wretched. When, for an extravagant sum,

We have bought a husband, we must then accept him as

Possessor of our body. This is to aggravate

Wrong with worse wrong. Then the great question: will the man

We get be bad or good? For woman, divorce is not

Respectable; to repel the man, not possible. (Trans Phillip Veracott)

 

These few lines near the opening of Euripides' Medea pretty much describes what life was like for women in Ancient Greece: it was not pretty. What struck me when I read this play again (and it is one of my favourites) is how astute Euripides was to the plight of Greek women, and it was not as if it was any better elsewhere. Granted, women did have more rights in Ancient Rome (and would become very astute political maneuverers, such as Nero's mother Agripina) but in general the freedoms that women have won over the past 150 years are probably the furthest that they have come to participate in society than any other time throughout history (with a few exceptions).

I should talk about about the play and its background (the legend that is, not the writing of it, which took place just prior to the Peloponesian War). The play is set sometime after Jason's return to Greece after obtaining the Golden Fleece from Cholchis. When he was in Cholcis, he had wooed Medea, the daughter of the king, and with her aid managed to steal the fleece and escape, but in doing so Medea was forced not only to kill her brother but renounce her citizenship of Colchis never to return. Years later, after they returned to Greece, Jason and Medea married and had children. However, Jason received an offer from King Creon of Corinth to marry his daughter and thus take the throne, so he pretty much ditched Medea, arranged for her exile, and shacked up with his new wife.

If I can describe the play in one sentence, it would be 'hell hath no fury like a woman scorned'. Let all men out there understand this, and if there is one piece of literature I would recommend that all men who wish to have a relationship with a woman should read it should be this one. It is not so much that Medea is a noble character, she is not. She poisons Jason's wife and father-in-law, and then proceeds to murder both of her children, and this is after she forced an oath out of the King of Athens to provide her protection, no matter what. Medea is not a lovely person, and despite the argument that she was driven to this point by a nasty man just simply does not cut it. I agree that Jason is not a noble man either, but still does not justify Medea's actions.

One can simply feel the pain of Medea in this play as she struggles with this change to her life. Yes, she acts on instinct and out of vengeance, but she has renounced her country and her people and fled to an alien land, all over the love of a man, only to discover that this man discards her once she is no longer needed by him. As she says, a Greek woman still has family and friends, whereas she has nobody (not quite true, as she secured sanctuary in Athens). We are reminded, over and over again, of the plight that is to be a woman, and an alien woman, in Ancient Greece, and it is not pleasant.

Does Euripides' write a decent female character then? Well, that is difficult since we have fragments of only one female Greek poet, and that is Sappho. Everything else is written by men, though not necessarily about men. I believe Medea's character is representative of a woman scorned, seeking vengeance upon he who discarded her. She cries, and is in deep emotional pain, but then lines like 'it is the nature of a woman to cry' is clearly the writing of a man. However Euripides is different from the other Greek playwrights in that he stands up for the woman, and we see this clearly in this play. There are others where he covers such themes as well, but we will look at them when we do. Further, not all of Greek literature deals only with strong men and weak women. Homer's Odyssey is a clear example of this as Penelope is painted as a strong, loyal, and dedicated woman that we resist even the wise men to remain faithful to a husband that she believes is still alive. Further, we have gods like Athena and Artemis, who clearly break out of that mould that we like to put Greek women into (both of these gods are major gods, not married to any other gods, are warriors, and are worshipped by many Greeks of the time).

Another thing that struck me in this play this time is the nature of children. Medea weeps about how it is difficult to know how a child turns out. Is all that time wasted in raising the child, only to see him either turn bad, or die in a war? Many parents fret and worry about that, and sometimes the more we worry, the less we actually look into ourselves and ask what can we do to make the situation better. This is a fallen world, and people die in fallen worlds: it is a fact of life. Death will always be painful, but sometimes we need to accept this. The more we try to mould our children into what we want, the more we force them away from us: many a piece of literature explores this (especially these days, just see Dead Poet's Society). However, Medea slays her children, if only out of spite.

I have heard many people suggest that Christianity has made the world worse, not better, and that is something that I must heartily dispute. All we need to do is to look at the pre-Christian world to see how horrid and barbaric it was. In many of the Greek tragedies there are no noble characters. There are only two truly noble characters that I can think of in Greek antiquity, one of them being Penelope, the other being Leonidas. Athens, the beacon of freedom and democracy, oppressed women and maintained a slave economy. Further, during the early days of the Peloponesian War, they attacked the island of Mytilene, sacked the place, killed all of the men, and enslaved all of the women and children. While we may have had issues with the way the United States (and Britain) have acted in other lands, I cannot think (with the exception of the period of slavery) of any time where they have acted in such a way. Further, while birth control has always been around, the ancients would deal with unwanted pregnancies by breaking the baby's legs, and then leaving them in the wilderness to die.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/277283804
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