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Subject:Borne with the Wind.
Time:09:26 am
"It means there's normal people, like your mom. There's people like me who train, study, barter and bargain their way into certain skills and powers. And then there are liminal people. You and yours are born with some of the weirdest collections of gifts and curses ever assembled on this planet." - Entropy of Bones, Ayize Jama-Everett


The second group has always been one of my strongest fictional kinks.
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Subject:There's a reason it took from 1851-1900 to fully 'colonize' Nigeria.
Time:09:16 am
'"... Every white nation, even Belgium, found its slaves on the continent of Africa. From then on, African kings learned that they must surrender their sovereignty or accept deportation. The title "King" was changed to "Chief," so that even now if an African ruler calls himself "King," it sounds ridiculous to the uninformed white observer." - Nwafor Orizu, Without Bitterness (1944)


The monstrous games that have been played with the African psyche using language alone. Puts me in mind of that anecodote about two young fish who meet an older fish as they swim along. Older fish says to them, all jovial and avuncular, "Boy, this is some nice water, innit?" as he swims by.
The two younger fish look at each other and one of them asks: "What the fuck is *water*?"
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Subject:"I am the Iron Fist. I hold back the storm when nothing else can."
Time:06:35 pm
Gaze into the fist of Rand -- Danny Rand, that is!

It comes from inside his hand! Brilliant!!!
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Subject:aka BLEAK MALE ENERGY: The Comic
Time:03:38 am
SPOILERS ALL OVER THE PLACE


Ales Kot’s Zero: Ales Kot is apparently the guy responsible for that bizarre-yet nifty MODOK-falls-in-love-with-Maria-Hill run on Secret Avengers. Zero is a comic book that is familiar and yet, in some ways, like nothing I have ever seen. It starts out as Bourne-Identity-sans-amnesia-meets-Kurt-Russel’s-Soldier then turns into Global-Frequency-#10-meets-Matt-Fraction’s-Casanova. Gets weirder and weirder from there.

If Luther Strode was Charles Atlas Superpowers: The Comic, then Zero is Bleak Male Energy: The Comic. Warren Ellis attributed the term to Allen Ginsberg (who by the way is Sir Appearing In This Book). "Bleak male energy" is in essence that capacity for the vicious doing and reception of damage, that violent bite-gouge-fuck-kill urge that all men secretly have, represented in Zero as a black spider-Cthulhu ... thing that apparently crawls into male hearts while in the womb and grows with them and makes them do … well, all the horrible shit that men have to done to women, children, each other and the world over the past 100000 years. Zero eventually turns into a meditation on violence and cruelty as perpetuated by humans in general (but men in particular) and the cycles of revenge and war that it begets, sometimes calculated, sometimes spontaneous, sometimes en masse but always always present.


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Curious apparent plot-hole: the very first violence we see done in issue #1 is a fight to the death between a bio-enhancile Palestinian and an equally enhanced Israeli. They have literally been leaping tall buildings and punching each other through walls for three hours before our hero shows up (his mission is to assassinate the Palestinian and extract the enhancile device from his chest) While the mission is successful (thanks to a well-timed Israeli tank shell), he has a very understandable PTSD moment and shoots the Israeli enhancile in the head.

Fast-forward to issue #13 or so when the brother of aforementioned Isreali shows up at Company HQ and gets into a brutal fight with our hero Edward Zero. Zero is, while a monumental badass, still pure human and totally unenhanced. How come the fight was completely even and Zero ends up choking the guy out Bourne Ultimatum style with blood and wounds all over both of them. How does that work?

Unless of course the psychedelic fungus mushroom ayahuasca multiverse nonsense that comes later retroactively invalidated the rules of reality, an enhancile that can fight non-stop for three hours and withstand being punched through walls should be able to pink-mist an ordinary operative in a straight-up fistfight, no matter how highly trained the latter is. It would be like a bloodlusted movie!Captain America having a hand-to-hand fight with Jason Bourne in a tightly enclosed space – and losing.

Shit don’t make no sense.
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Time:02:40 pm
Orrin of Arrow is, I think, that rarest of things. A truly good man with all the strengths to do what his goodness demands of him. - King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence


This quote is everything I ever wanted to say about Captain America and Superman without knowing I wanted to say it.
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Time:05:06 pm
When Game of Thrones ends, either Joe Abercrombie's First Law series or R. Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing/Second Apocalypse will take its place. The former is more likely though because they won't have to do any extra writing to have prominent and badass female characters. Monza, Ferro, Ardee and so on.

The latter would have the added difficulty of explaining to the tv audience what Bakker is doing with his setting i.e. showing what the world would look if the worldview of your average Old Testament male was literally and factually true down to the ontological underpinnings of his world -- including the inherent sexism of that premise. It is of course a horrible place. Due to the depiction-implies-defense fallacy, a lot of readers bounced off the books for this reason; I can only imagine how the larger audience would react to that notion if they saw it on TV.

Budget-wise, thanks to Game of Thrones, we've seen what $6 million per episode buys you. Totally doable.

Whatever the case, you heard it here first.
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Subject:Space Opera is thus about how HUMAN NATURE ALWAYS WINS.
Time:02:41 pm
If transhumanism is about how technology will help us solve the problems inherent to human nature and cyberpunk is about how technology won’t, then technothrillers are about how we'll never get to find out one way or the other.
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Subject:At the ripe old age of 33, I am already beginning to understand this.
Time:05:25 pm
"When Mimara asked for a third time what was the matter, he decided that he hated the young. Smooth faces and lithe strong limbs. Not to mention the certainty of ignorance. In his soul's eye he saw them doing jigs down blasted halls, while all he could do was hobble after them. Pompous wretches, he thought, with their dark hair and hundred-word vocabularies. Pissants." - The Judging Eye by R. Scott Bakker
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Subject:One for the Google-Should-Know-This files ...
Time:10:30 pm
If you've been reading Simon R. Green's stuff (his horrible horrible yet somehow insanely addictive stuff), you already know that the man never read something he didn't want to put in his books: the Deathstalker Series was Star Wars-Dune-40K-X-Men-Neuromancer, the Eddie Drood books are the genre kitchen-sink setting to end all genre kitchen sink settings (superheroes meets James Bond meets the X-Files meets the Dresden Files meets Planetary meets ... Deathstalker), Nightside is ... basically the same thing and so on.

Just thought I'd make especially mention of Bunny Hollis, a former SAS combat sorcerer turned freelance mercenary who actually gives Eddie Drood (and his sidekick girlfriend Molly Metcalf) a halfway decent challenge. This is because he is soooo totally Sergeant Major William Gravel with fewer(!) scruples and 10 times the joie de vivre. Alternatively, if I'm being meta, facetious *and* pretentious, I'd say he's Green's idea of one of Gravel's colleagues with a similar skillset who went all the way off the reservation instead of just mostly.

Put that together with the references to Description Theory and it's clear that Simon R. Green is a big Warren Ellis fan. Have I said this before? Probably. Don't care, still true.
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Subject:"It's almost never money," he said. "Or patriotism, either."
Time:12:46 am
Generally speaking, espionage offers each spy an opportunity to go crazy in a way he finds irresistible. - Kurt Vonnegut, "Mother Night"
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