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« Reply #1890 on: May 22, 2017, 02:31:51 PM »

Finished Servants of the Wankh by Jack Vance. It gets more interesting near the end (they try to steal a spaceship,) but still lacks something. Too much time is spent moving from place to place with nothing happening, and when something does happen Vance describes it so plainly it's dull. And there wasn't an alien dinosaur.
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« Reply #1891 on: May 23, 2017, 10:38:31 AM »

     Just re- read this....



     I first found a copy of this book in 1974, bought it because it was Vincent Price, loved it. It originally came out in 1950, and has been out of print for years; Price's daughter Victoria got it re- printed, and I bought a copy from Amazon. If you're "dog people", and even if you're not, you might like this.
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If it's true what they say, that GOD created us in His image, then why should we not love creating, and why should we not continue to do so, as carefully and ethically as we can, on whatever scale we're capable of?

     The choice is simple; refuse to create, and refuse to grow, or build, with care and love.
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« Reply #1892 on: May 29, 2017, 05:47:32 PM »

The 4th turning.
Femenism (michael focault).
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« Reply #1893 on: May 30, 2017, 01:34:11 PM »

As previously mentioned in my previous post, there are exceptions. One of which is Susan Higginbotham, which we'll get to later. Another is . . .

Hand, Ashton, Meadows
My Lady Jane
a historical novel where the major characters can turn into animals.
as I said previously, they do correct the previous problems mentioned.

1st No double standard
What is inappropriate for a man is inappropriate for a woman. What is appropriate for a woman is appropriate for a man.

2nd No double untruth
Bad women. Good men

3rd While the main character is a woman, the men are not ignored. Indeed, two thirds of the chapters are given to the men in the story. One is her teenage cousin the king. The other is her teenage husband.

4th They understand. They understand how a married couple, even a teenage married couple, can relate to each other.

And most importantly, they understand the young (under 20) male psyche better than most writers. Both women and men.

5th That is because, they try, and you can see them trying, to understand the male psyche.

And a couple more points.

6th For all the wrongs, which we'll get to later, both major and minor, they get some things remarkably right.

7th And it is really quite funny.

Next time: Battle of the broads
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« Reply #1894 on: June 05, 2017, 06:38:20 PM »

Battle of the Broads

The American: Susan Higginbotham
The Brit: Alison Weir

Both are historical novelists.
Both have written novels set in the same place and time.
Thus, let the battle begin.

In an era, when everyone's home was filled with everyone else's children.
Susan: she mentions this many times.
Alison: she seldom mentions this.

Thus
Susan: her characters are credible, especially the children.
Alison: her characters are less credible, especially the children.

Susan: her heroes are flawed, even fatally flawed.
Alison: her heroes are perfect or almost perfect.

Thus
Susan: her characters come across as more human and less stereotypical.
Alison: her characters come across as more stereotypical and less human.

Characterization
Susan: one who got in o'er his head and lost it.
Alison: the upstart fool and worst.

Thus
Susan: more realistic character
Alison: less realistic character

Susan: she defends the indefensible
Alison: she twists the truth to prosecute the defensible

Susan: her writing is more familial
Alison: her writing is less familial

Susan: her sex scenes are better written and include non-heterosexual sex
Alison: her sex scenes are lesser written and do not include non-heterosexual sex.

Thus
Susan: with this and others gives an aura of reality to the story
Alison: with this and others gives an aura of unreality to the story.

Thus
Susan comes across as the better historical novelist.

Next time: not dc vs. marvel, but marvel vs. marvel
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« Reply #1895 on: June 09, 2017, 03:37:21 PM »

    Just re-read the second book in the Sonja Blue series....



    If you're into non-sparkly, non-whiny, non- navel-gazing vampires, this series is great.
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« Reply #1896 on: June 17, 2017, 03:38:57 PM »

I guess I better get my bona fides out of the way, as someone who much prefers Marvel to DC, much of which I find unreadable, and in that I might be like many others, as I believe Marvel comics outsell DC comics. Still, I find some Marvel comics unreadable, some readable, and then there are these from Marvel.

Best group (adult)
Guardians of the Galaxy

Best group (teen)
The Young Avengers

Best group (mash up)
(adult + teen)
The New, the Different Avengers

Best family group (tie)
And this one hurts, and it hurts bad.
The Visions

This one does not hurt as bad. Maybe because it is leavened with some humor
House of M
Head of household: Magneto
Children:
The Twins: Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch and
their sister Lorna
Grandchildren:
The Twins: Wiccan and that goofball Speedball

Best supporting characters
The friends and family of Ms. Marvel
For who else would hold a dance party to celebrate the Eve of the Apocalypse.
Who would stand on the roof of the high school gym, knowing that they would never be more than BFs, but expressing their true feelings for each other, because there are just some things that need to be said ere you die.

Best villain
Wilson "The Kingpin" Fisk

Best duo (tie)
Iron Fist (Danny Rand) and Power Man (Luke Cage)
and
Rocket and Groot

Best gay duo
The teens: Wiccan and Hulking

Next time: a film, a miniseries, a TV movie
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« Reply #1897 on: June 23, 2017, 08:24:34 PM »

THE QUARTET: ORCHESTRATING THE SECOND AMERICAN REVOLUTION, 1783-1789 by Joseph J. Ellis

Ellis is one of the best historians out there when it comes to the Revolutionary era - his FOUNDING BROTHERS is one of my all-time favorites.  This latest book by him focuses on how four men - George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay - combined forces to create a new government for the United States, replacing the unworkable and unworking Articles of Confederation with the Constitution that has governed our country for the last 229 years.  In so doing, he does slay a few sacred cows, but at the same time he points out that the myth of the "miracle at Philadelphia" doesn't even begin to do justice to the real process that the founders used to bring about our Constitution.  Always pithy, there are a number of memorable phrases in the book - my favorite was when he referred to Washington as "the Foundingest Father of them all" - and I also like the fact that he does not commit the all-too common error of judging men of past generations by the moral or political standards of today.  This is a great addition to anyone's American history library.
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