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Ugh. I’ve been hit with a nasty flu, so I will be out of commission today and probably for several more as this thing runs its course.

Which is a pity not only because I feel like crap but also because there’s lots of stuff going on. It’s (Not My) Presidet’s day, and there are anti-Trump protests around the US (and in London too, but for different anti-Trump reasons).

Meanwhle, our old friend fiend MILO was scheduled to be one of the keynote speakers at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) but, oops, conservatives discovered that their favorite hateful bigot has, on a number of occasions, explicitly defended pedophilia oh sorry “ephebophilia.” And now he’s been un-scheduled. See the latest here!

Anyway, I’m going to go lie down. Feel free to use this as an open thread of course.

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Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
3 years ago

Wait. “The next big thing after Divergent”? Isn’t Divergent most well-known for being Twilight with the serial numbers filed off (like, even moreso than 50 Shades, and 50 Shades is literally Twilight with the serial numbers filed off)? Not the most convincing advertisement ever…

EJ (Marxist Jazz Weasel)

Seconding LindsayIrene. Mortal Engines was tight.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

The troll who wanted to divide the genders by the Mississippi was Anthony Zara the.

I live by the river so as long as I get to stay on the Minneapolis side, we’re good!

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

I mean Anthony Zarat.

Falconer
Falconer
3 years ago

That’s him! Thanks, WWTH!

Handsome :Punkle Stan: Jack

what is with this trend of treating young adult novels like they’re amazing pillars of modern literature? They’re written as a bridge between children’s books and actual novels!

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-u2elR1FSybo/UEefhGqSB-I/AAAAAAAABJo/NhecHpsVPPg/s1600/Lucille+gif+ugh.gif

Oh, no, how very overrated these books are compared to the more superior Nicholas Sparks or Tom Clancy books, which are actual novels for real adults and thus are much better.

You teenages and your crappy Star Girl and Hoot and Speak. Obviously if you ain’t reading Ernest Hemingway you’re wasting your time with your fake novels.

What did young adult fiction ever do to you?

Jules
Jules
3 years ago

The troll who wanted to divide the genders by the Mississippi was Anthony Zara the.

I live by the river so as long as I get to stay on the Minneapolis side, we’re good!

Trivia!: Minneapolis comes from the Greek word for “city” (polis) and the Dakota word for “water” (mini, like the Lakota phrase: mni wiconi “water is life” ).

dlouwe
dlouwe
3 years ago

what is with this trend of treating young adult novels like they’re amazing pillars of modern literature?

Maybe because they’re highly accessible, and some series’ popularity with both young and adult audiences has had a large cultural impact? Like, sure, there’s a trend of trying to be “That Next Big YA Series,” but that doesn’t mean the whole category lacks significance.

Dalillama, Shepherd of Demonic Crocodiles
Dalillama, Shepherd of Demonic Crocodiles
3 years ago

@Axe

YA fiction fans: is anything that’s come out in the last decade or so worth a shit? Harry Potter, Unfortunate Events, Ender’s Game, the Giver, bona fide classics. Does any of the newer stuff warrant a look outside of the ever churning movie franchises?

I’ve never fully grasped the distinction between YA fiction and fiction with a young adult protagonist, so with that caveat in mind, here’s some stuff that at least meets the latter criterion (i.e. protagonists being in their teens at the oldest):
Midnight Robber (Nalo Hopkinson): Tan-Tan’s father was exiled from the paradisaical world of Toussaint to the penal colony of New Half-Way Tree, and takes her with him. She must learn to survive in a world where neither the law nor technology of her home are available. (Trigger warning:CSA)

Tinker (Wen Spencer): is a teenage inventor, who runs a Pittsburgh junkyard. The twist being that Pittsburgh has been transported to Elfhome, where magic works and elves rule. An ongoing series, now up to 4 novels and a short story collection (the latter focusing on other characters)

The first I think three Miles Vorkosigan books (Lois McMaster Bujold) count as well, Miles is in his teens then. Those would be The Warriors Apprentice, The Vor Game, and Cetaganda, along with short story “The Mountains of Mourning” (TW: Infanticide). (Those violate the ‘last 10 years’ rule, but they’re still worth reading).

I’ve just started The Root (Na’amen Gobert Tilahun), in which a former reality show star discovers that he’s descended from the gods (I haven’t learned which gods specifically yet), and drafted into a shadow war between dimensions.

EDIT: Nearly forgot Leviathan and sequels (Scott Westerfield), in which the Great War is being fought between the Clanker powers with their machines and the Darwinists, with their bioengineered monsters.

(Ok, a lot of these violate the ‘last 10 years’ rule, but they’re still worth reading).

Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
3 years ago

Bonus track just because I can’t talk rap without mentioning La Gale, who in my opinion is simply the best francophone lyricist currently. I picked that song because I’m pretty sure that she is indeed a witch.

@Axe

Never was a big fan of gangsta rap so I can’t say I like it, but I gotta admit the dude’s good. That flow’s impressive.

’bout novels, huh, I heard that the His Dark Materials sequels are happening for realsies this time. You can’t believe how fucking happy that makes me, and also how fucking scared I am that it might be disappointing in the end (though it’s unlikely). So yeah, keep an eye out for that, and read His Dark Materials if you haven’t yet, or reread it if you have when you were 7 like I did.

@Chio

I never thought id like french rap.

You’d be amazed at how many times I hear that in a day. ’tis why I spread the word, heh.

@IP

More 90s for the way it sounds, I guess. Though admittedly I pay more attention to the lyrics and what’s being said (hence why I never really liked gangsta rap). I got a love-hate relationship with Wu-Tang for that same reason, too.

@Scildfreja

I never really got the distinction between “adult” and “young adult” novels but I’m pretty sure that even if I did, I’d disagree pretty strongly with that. Also the stuff I write is definitely suitable for anyone over 14, so it could be I’m just pissed and taking exception. Who knows.

@Jack

Seconding that.

Handsome :Punkle Stan: Jack

YA fiction fans: is anything that’s come out in the last decade or so worth a shit? Harry Potter, Unfortunate Events, Ender’s Game, the Giver, bona fide classics. Does any of the newer stuff warrant a look outside of the ever churning movie franchises?

The books I’m listing aren’t that very recent because I haven’t been able to read a lot in the last few years like I use to. Some of them are a little over decade+ old but I remember enjoying when I was a teenager, not that they’re all good and stuff but I don’t remember putting them down in disgust or not enjoying them at all:

Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl and its sequel Goth Girl Rising, Heavy Metal and You, Ghostgirl, Born Confused, Ghost Boy, several Neil Shusterman books like the Dark Fusion series and Full Tilt, a bunch of Weetzie Bat books, the Gemma Doyle trilogy, Esperanza Rising, Miracle’s Boys, the Vampire Kissses series (up until Royal Blood I think?), The Radioactive Boy Scout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid and His Homemade Nuclear Reactor, Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns (yes, those are young adult novels), Dragon’s Keep, The Replacement, The Graveyard Book (this was in my high school library but I consider this more of a children’s novel because of the protagonist being a child and written fairly simply but it’s still considered YA somehow?), Dark Dude, Monster, Mexican White Boy, Fairest, The Tail of Emily Windsnap, Mermaid Park, I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It, The Ghost and the Goth, Zombie Queen of Newburry High

There’s a lot more that I don’t remember the name off hand. I mostly read thriller, horror and fantasy books when I was younger (still do).

Like there was this one free form book I liked, it wasn’t a part of the Cracked series and was about a girl who was in an abusive household and stuff? And there was this other novel about a girl who starting dating this “oh so much more mature” older guy and he gets scary and possessive. And there was this scifi novel about the future called Unit or something I can’t find where the world is in a really bad way ecologically and society wise. (Also there was a dude who was clones from Lincoln.)

There were some books I remember liking at first but then started sucking and then got good but then sucked by the time I got to the end, like Sweetblood or Zombie Blondes and some others I don’t remember off-hand so those would be mixed-bagged I guess.

Handsome :Punkle Stan: Jack

@Dalillama

Tinker (Wen Spencer)

Ooo! I remember that one. It was alright.

Also kinda sorta in that vein that jogged my memory. The Pit Dragon series. It’s actually from the ’80s but still really interesting.

Dalillama : Shepherd of Demonic Crocodiles.
Dalillama : Shepherd of Demonic Crocodiles.
3 years ago

@Handsome Jack
Oh yeah, I remember those, they’re good

Dalillama : Shepherd of Demonic Crocodiles.
Dalillama : Shepherd of Demonic Crocodiles.
3 years ago

Orbital Resonance (John Barnes) was pretty good too, IIRC. It’s about members of the first generation to grow up on a space station. Apparently there’s sequels, but I haven’t read them

EJ (Marxist Jazz Weasel)

My favourite Young Adult novel, dating myself a little, is The Scavenger’s Tale.

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

Re: YA novels, I read one called Code Name Verity recently that’s considered YA though I’m not sure why because it deals with adult women at war (it’s historical fiction set in WWII). Awesome book, I recommend it. Way better read than most of the drivel people have recommended to me recently that’s aimed at adults.

Handsome :Punkle Stan: Jack

Did I say Crack? I meant Crank.

Some more books I remember:

A lot by Annette Curtis Klause, like The Silver Kiss, Blood, and Chocolate and Freaks: Alive on the Inside! (if you’re a fan of The Mummy, you’d like Freaks).

The Wereling Trilogy was pretty alright, too.

There’s also All-American Girl, The Adventures of Blue Avenger, Eon, Cut, Beastly, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Dead Girl Walking, Bliss, Spirit, Bonechiller, Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy, Pirates!, read here and there of The Royal Diaries (Ch’iao Kuo, Cleopatra and Elizabeth I remember a bit), Peter and the Star Catchers, Uglies, Pretty Dead, Burned (I think this may have been a book I couldn’t remember the name of) and Dark Song is the other book I couldn’t remember the name of. That one is scary. It would make a really good thriller movie.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
3 years ago

A young friend recommended the ‘CHERUB’ series, by Robert Muchamore to me; and I loved them.

Basic premise, the security services scour council care homes for kids to use on missions. The theory being, a criminal might be wary of an adult but if their kid brings a new schoolmate home they’ll be less suspicious.

It’s the complete antithesis of the James Bondesque fantasy of the Alex Rider stuff. These are very believable kids in grittilly real scenarios. The books can be very funny though too.

They’re also unusual in that they have a prequel series that is equally good. That deals with the origin of the organisation during WW2 with the kids of the French Resistance.

CPphazor
CPphazor
3 years ago

I haven’t read a lot of young adult novels, but then again my mid to late teens were kinda… I dunno, spent on Internet memes.

Do any of the science peeps around here have an opinion on the research around mini puberty and what people say about sex differences from it?

msexceptiontotherule
msexceptiontotherule
3 years ago

@IP

Meh! Redman may not have been claimed by GZA as a member of Wu-tang, but he’s turned up in a lot of Wu stuff therefore in my mind, he’s a member. Sort of. 😛

More music

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

I didn’t read a lot of good YA when I was young. I read crappy YA like Christopher Pike and Sweet Valley High and VC Andrews*. I read adult novels when I wanted to read something good. I was a weird kid I guess. I’d read a Fear Street book one day and 1984 the next and was still reading BSC when I first read Night by Elie Weisel. Or maybe that is a typical way to read? I don’t know. I’m not saying there wasn’t any good YA in the early nineties. I just didn’t come across it.

* Not sure that counts as YA. It wasn’t necessarily marketed as such but it seems like everyone read them as a teenager. Same goes for Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.

PaganReader
3 years ago

@Axe:
I would recommend Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee, The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig, and Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. Under a Painted Sky and Everything Leads to You are stand alones, The Girl from Everywhere has a sequel coming out. If you’re on Goodreads, you might want to join the group Keep it Diverse. They recommended all of those to me.

Paradoxical Intention - Resident Cheeseburger Slut

Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger | February 23, 2017 at 10:27 am
YA fiction fans: is anything that’s come out in the last decade or so worth a shit?

I can vouch for the Tantalize series by Cynthia Leitich Smith (which hasn’t had a movie adaptation and is written by a Native American woman and the second book is MY FAVORITE), and I can also vouch for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

But only for the books. The trailers for the movie alone was enough to get me hissing like a bibliophile wildcat. (MISS PEREGRINE IS AN OLD LADY DAMMIT LET WOMEN BE OLD YA FUCKS. They also lumped like three characters together to be the main character’s love interest which I’m just like “WHY THIS”)

Neither series is perfect, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the Tantalize books. The second book especially. It’s fantasy romance done right.

Miss Peregrine’s is alright. I did roll my eyes at a bit of it, but it’s still pretty good, imo. I’m kinda meh about the romance that gets between the MC and the girl he falls for, because she’s like the girl his grandpa was in love with (It’s complicated. Just know that there are time shenanigans involving time loops.).

But if you like an adventure novel with some good action, it’s not a bad way to go.

And if you want something older, I’ve read a good chunk of Tamora Pierce’s works and she’s amazing. Especially Alanna, that shit was my jam in Jr. High.

It got bonus points for being a fantasy novel, and bonus BONUS points for actually talking about periods because it was relevant to the plot.

Like hot damn, I didn’t realize it when I was a kid, but it means a lot to me as an adult that she normalized that stuff in her writing.

PaganReader
3 years ago

Other recommendations include:
Tiger’s Curse by Collen Houck (that one’s a series of 4), Ranger’s Apprentice (starts with The Ruins of Gorlan) by John Flanagan, and The Last Apprentice (starts with Revenge of The Witch) by Joseph Delaney.

Dalillama : Shepherd of Demonic Crocodiles.
Dalillama : Shepherd of Demonic Crocodiles.
3 years ago

Seconding the recommendation of Pierce, and putting Tantalize on my reading list.

PrettyPrettyPegasus
PrettyPrettyPegasus
3 years ago

Throwing in a vote for Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain. Starts out good, and the books get more complex as the series goes on, definitely.

DL
DL
3 years ago

Aw I hope you’re feeling better now, David. Remember to drink lots and rest, okay 🙂

Hu's On First
Hu's On First
3 years ago

So apparently Matt Forney wants to nuke Japan a third time because he hates anime.

http://www.fstdt.com/QuoteComment.aspx?QID=124823

Given a lot of alt-rightists like anime, is this going to provoke another split just like Milo-gate did?

Hu's On First
Hu's On First
3 years ago

CPPhazor:

I’d never heard of mini-puberty before! Thanks for bringing it up, I’ve learned a lot so far:

http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2016/07/humans_experience_two_distinct_puberties.html

I sometimes wonder if there aren’t more than two puberties. I mean, I’m a guy and when I was 25, I could have sworn I was going through a second puberty. Not sure if that’s what it was, but it was certainly an odd experience. It might have also been brought on by experience rather than being innately programmed (after all, hormone surges can occur for environmental reasons too).

Dalillama: Irate Social Engineer

@PrettyPrettyPegasus
my local library hasn’t got that one, but that reminds me to suggest Brandon Sanderson’s Reckoners series, in which some people gain superpowers at the expense of their better nature. Steelheart ,the first book, opens with the protagonist seeking revenge on the eponymous super, who killed his fatheron the way to ruling Chicago with an iron fist.

Dalillama: Irate Social Engineer

@Hu’s on first
I’m definitely having a second puberty, but that’s thanks to science.

A. Noyd
A. Noyd
3 years ago

I’d list some YA books but the only ones I read these days are in Japanese. But Japan has some good YA that includes a lot of fantasy elements which are integral to the plot, but with stories that ultimately revolve around coming of age, finding oneself, and resolving internal conflicts.

What I like is that most authors either try to give reasonable explanations for why the fantasy elements were never anything supernatural to begin with or they just have the fantasy elements be a normal part of the world. They don’t usually do that annoying thing where they try to imply, in the last few pages, that the fantasy elements were possibly just someone’s delusion all along.

Hendrake
Hendrake
3 years ago

I am not 100% sure if all of them are YA, but here are my recommendations from the top of my mind that I didn’t see mention yet :

The Delhpi Effect and the Chronos Files series by Rysa Walker
Crudrat and the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
The Illuminae Files series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Starbound series by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Every Heart a Doorway, Sparrow Hill Road and Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire

Kevin
Kevin
3 years ago

For my two penn’orth on YA I’d recommend Terry Pratchett’s ‘Tiffany Aching’ stories, his earlier novel ‘Equal Rites’ and possibly ‘Monstrous Regiment.’ They seem to have a YA vibe to them, but I admit some are over ten years old.

Troubelle: Moonbeam Malcontent + Bard of the New Movement
Troubelle: Moonbeam Malcontent + Bard of the New Movement
3 years ago

-sees all this talk about YA works-

-just remembers a past full of Animorphs-

Schnookums Von Fancypants, GloboThermoNuclearHomo
Schnookums Von Fancypants, GloboThermoNuclearHomo
3 years ago

@Dalillama

Tinker (Wen Spencer): is a teenage inventor, who runs a Pittsburgh junkyard. The twist being that Pittsburgh has been transported to Elfhome, where magic works and elves rule. An ongoing series, now up to 4 novels and a short story collection (the latter focusing on other characters)

I’ve only kinda sorta read the first book, but I believe it should include a (TW: Sexual Assault)

Dalillama: Irate Social Engineer

@Schnookums
You’re right, I missed that one.

dlouwe
dlouwe
3 years ago

@Troubelle

Same, except for me it was Goosebumps. I read a few Animorphs books and they were pretty awesome, but I had a veritable library of Goosebumps.

@WWTH

Not sure how common it is, but I took to reading very early and tended to just read whatever could get my hands on, so I had a fairly similar experience growing up. Though I was more into Sci-Fi/Fantasy, which meant alongside my stacks of Goosebumps books I also had Tolkien, Dragonlance, Star Wars EU novels, etc. Also, I seemed to have a penchant for checking out wildly age-inappropriate books from the library.

Sea Wolf
Sea Wolf
3 years ago

Hope you feel better soon, David.

I can’t think of any YA books to recommend. I read the Sweet Valley High series as a teenager, and I adored the Horses of Half Moon Ranch series when I was a pre-teen (I think?).

Majorly OT: Since this is an open thread, I want to mention a “right-wing conservative” (his words) commenter named “Dead1” over at the Angry Metal Guy blog forums. The AMG community is mostly progressive and troll-free. There’s a thread on Donald Trump, with a bunch of comments from Dead1. He seems to know everything about everything lol. I feel like I’d have to read for a 100 years just to catch up with him (he studied history and the American constitution at varsity, btw). I almost feel guilty for being a leftist, since the left seems to have ruined the environment, Western countries and social cohesion (i.e. “we” allowed too many immigrants in for his tastes).

A sample of his writing:

I have no time for environmentalists and other anti-progress groups. Because of them, where I live is fucked. In the 1970s environmentalists pretty much destroyed Tasmania’s industrial development plan based on cheap hydroelectricity. These people are so entrenched to this day we can’t even build hotels, let alone factories.

They did fuck all to stop pollution. Instead they just contributed to a culture of atrophy, welfare dependence and social decay.

In fact because of their ironically anti-progressive nature, environmentalists and other progressives have thwarted economic wealth creation that could have been pumped into cleaning up polluted rivers, redeveloping public transport, creating more sustainable infrastructure etc.

It’s easy for people in Sydney and Melbourne to talk. Big city slickers sit there drinking lattes and pretend they care whilst living of the fruits of cheap power (thank you coal), foreign export income (thank you coal and iron), cheap consumer goods (thank you polluting Chinese and sweat shop labour Bangladeshis) and out of control house price booms (thank you immigration and Chinese investors).

It’s perhaps the biggest reason I stopped being a progressive so many years ago. When you realise you live in a decayed ex-industrial town with few jobs, endemic drug and growing crime you realise the guy spouting progressive ideals that stop things getting better isn’t progressive at all.

He starts on about immigrants (especially muslims) later in the thread; here’s the link to page 15 onwards: https://www.metal-fi.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=525&start=140
(Sorry for a teal deer).

Paradoxical Intention: Resident Cheeseburger Slut

Off topic of book discussion, but someone posted an older article on Tumblr, and I felt like it could be a good resource for trolls who happen by.

The U.N. Sent 3 Foreign Women To The U.S. To Assess Gender Equality. They Were Horrified.

So, the next time we get a troll saying that women want special rights and they’re not doing enough in THE MIDDLE EAST and how women aren’t oppressed, I’m just gonna link this.

Skiriki
Skiriki
3 years ago

From 2016, T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon) “The Raven and the Reindeer“.

Rhuu
Rhuu
3 years ago

One thing about Tiger’s Curse… it’s got a pretty strong white saviour vibe going on. (link goes to the goodreads page with reviews)

Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
3 years ago

@Troubelle

Heh, I read those too, maybe three of them. Back then I was more into fantasy than SF so I didn’t really enjoy them all that much though.

BUT the author also wrote the Everworld trilogy, which is aimed at somewhat older readers and left me with some pretty good memories. Not sure if I’d still like it a decade and a half later, but then that goes for everything.

I’m a bit ashamed to have liked Terry Goodkind at some point when I was 13 or something. Though even back then there were things that really annoyed me, and they’re the same things that annoy me today, I guess I just have a lot less tolerance to it now.

I don’t read much anymore these days, though it pains me. I used to be an absolute bookworm, but that changed about five years ago for some reason, about the time I started writing the current iteration of my old big-ass fantasy project. Guess it’s taking up all my mental bookshelves and there’s not much room left for anything else ? Go figure. At any rate, progress is slow and not too steady on that front, but at least I’ve gone five years without deciding to burn all my papers and start over yet again, so that’s a start.

Arctic Ape
Arctic Ape
3 years ago

Kevin:

For my two penn’orth on YA I’d recommend Terry Pratchett’s ‘Tiffany Aching’ stories, his earlier novel ‘Equal Rites’ and possibly ‘Monstrous Regiment.’ They seem to have a YA vibe to them, but I admit some are over ten years old.

The last two Tiffany Aching books seem fairly dark and veering into Celtic mysticism, with some pretty obscure jokes. Like referring to Gytha Ogg’s house as “Tir Nani Ogg”. I’m so lucky I got that.

Dalillama: Irate Social Engineer

@Artic Ape

veering into Celtic mysticism, with some pretty obscure jokes.

All the Discworld books are like that. Practically every time I reread one I catch one I’d missed before.

Like referring to Gytha Ogg’s house as “Tir Nani Ogg”. I’m so lucky I got that.

That one’s a standing joke, IIRC first used in Witches Abroad

Schnookums Von Fancypants, GloboThermoNuclearHomo
Schnookums Von Fancypants, GloboThermoNuclearHomo
3 years ago

@Sinkable John

I read Mr. Goodkind as well, all the way up to Chainfire. I almost never give up on a series, just out of stubbornness, but I realized if I wanted to read an implausible fantasy book that espouses odious political values I’d just read the original, Atlas Shrugged (Zing!).

What makes it sad is that the books could have been good. I think he does have some writing strengths, but it reached a point where I realized the only way I’d be happy with the ending of the series was if Richard was revealed to be a villain protaganist all along, and that wasn’t going to happen.

Pratchett and hidden jokes:

I think the one that hit me the most was in Hogsfather, when Death visits the computer Hex, and Hex asks (paraphrased) “Big Red Lever Time?” I didn’t realize it at first, but it hit me later that Hex just asked Death if he was going to be turned off i.e die. It was clever as well as rather chilling. (I can be a bit obtuse at times, so this might have been something everyone but me got the first time reading it.)

Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
3 years ago

@Schnookums

if I wanted to read an implausible fantasy book that espouses odious political values I’d just read the original, Atlas Shrugged (Zing!).

I’d have gone with the Bible as the original, but that’d been cliché, so I approve this zing.

To be fair I didn’t read the series to the end, mainly cause my “fuck it” moment happened before the french translations were published – but the stubbornness (and OCD) definitely had something to do with me keeping at it past the first book.

By the way, I hadn’t seen the “GloboThermoNuclearHomo” addition to your name until now but it is glorious.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
3 years ago

Haven’t seen this linked yet:

https://psmag.com/on-the-milo-bus-with-the-lost-boys-of-americas-new-right-629a77e87986

It’s by the writer who did “I’m with the banned.”

MrsObedMarsh
MrsObedMarsh
3 years ago

OT:

Next time I see something about how liberals are r-strategists, I’m going to remember this strip:

http://i.imgur.com/TELt6T9.png

Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
3 years ago

@PoM

Yes ! I love Laurie Penny’s work and this article is excellent.