muccamukk: Inked art of Tony with a black cat on his shoulder. (Marvel: Black Cat Tony)
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I know it's an oldie, but this v. grumpy review of Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss totally cracked me up (warning for winterfox in the comments). Ever have one of those books that is constantly recced to you by men and never ever at all by women? *points at series*

In news not quite as old, I'm very pleased with this year's Hugo Award nominations. The odd thing Nenya and I nominated even made it (Monstress and Obelisk Gate, I think?), but it's almost entirely a great list with all kinds of varied and cool things on it (a few slate nominations still, but the rule changes seem to have discouraged them). Nenya, are we voting this year?

Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone's Hugo reaction post is wonderful. I liked the short story El-Mohtar is up for, but my very favourite of hers forever is actually "A Hollow Play" (and as a podcast). I haven't read Gladstone, but I think Nenya enjoyed The Craft Sequence? Best series is going to be a tough call generally.

Stolen from 770 (where I was trawling for Hugo wank, but it's pretty quiet so far this year): NASA to crash Cassini probe into Saturn to avoid risk to watery moon.
Trust NASA to always be doing something cool.

(In case you're wondering why I'm blaming NASA for the Gregory Peck movie binge, the logic goes: One of my favourite historical NASA people is Gene Kranz. Gene Kranz was nicknamed "General Savage" after the main character in 12 O'Clock High, a WWII TV show airing at the time. 12 O'Clock High was based on Twelve O'Clock High, a WWII movie staring Gregory Peck as General Savage. Which I got from the library on a whim, watched and went: PRETTY! I WANT ONE! And here we all are.)

[community profile] 2017revival has a list of username changes, and non changes, of people moving from LJ to DW. Find it here.

[staff profile] denise just posted an update on the status of imports from LJ (Short version: The queue is long; please be patient.)

ETA: Thor 3 trailer! I had not previously been excited, but now am!

Date: 2017-04-10 07:00 pm (UTC)
sharpiefan: Jack facedesking, text 'Monday' (JA Monday blues)
From: [personal profile] sharpiefan
Please be VERY patient - it's taking something like four days to import a journal ATM, depending on how many comments there are in it. It's not a DW thing, it's an LJ thing - someone in one of the comments to that post said "LJ's only got so many exits and everyone's trying to get out at once" which is a pretty good metaphor.

Date: 2017-04-10 07:42 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Oh, Kvothe! Ugh.

I'm really pleased both at the diversity in the big categories and how the rabids seem to have been defanged -- they still tried to muck things up but it seems like they just barely got in.

Gene Kranz! Apollo 13 Gene? "Cool enough to have been played by Ed Harris" Gene? I love the Martha interview here http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/gene-kranzs-apollo-vest-9045125/

....ok now that's a v cool trailer. Is that Hel?

Date: 2017-04-10 08:22 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
I always mix up the rabids and the sads, LOL. Vox is rabid, right? And the Larry? dude was the sad?

ALWAYS here for Evil Hot Cate, oh yes.

Date: 2017-04-10 08:45 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
.........all I remember about JCW is his tiny, delicate wife. His small, wonderful wife. His itty bitty fantastic pocket wench. I do not even fucking know, man.

my hair looks exactly like this right now

Date: 2017-04-10 08:47 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
My hair is the ONLY part of that photo that matches. SADLY.

Date: 2017-04-10 09:13 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Actual Queen of Hel: EATS WHATEVER THE FUCK SHE WANTS, including MCU producers

Date: 2017-04-10 08:56 pm (UTC)
dhampyresa: (Sarcasm shall be the way)
From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
Is that Hel?

She's Hela in the comics, but that's her, yes. The headress (with the antler like spikes) is very distinctive.

Date: 2017-04-10 09:13 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
She looks so Goth, I love it. (I just got the tpb of Angela Queen of Hel, I'm a sucker for underworld queens.) ....SADLY people are probably not going to write me the femdom Thor/Hela I can tell I already want.

Date: 2017-04-11 08:46 pm (UTC)
dhampyresa: (Sarcasm shall be the way)
From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
She is THE GOTHEST, it's great.

I hope someone does write it!

Date: 2017-04-11 09:49 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Especially if she's the one who chains him up like that!

Date: 2017-04-11 08:54 am (UTC)
sparowe: (Awkward)
From: [personal profile] sparowe
Um. I actually like Rothfuss' work. *scurries out*

Date: 2017-04-12 08:33 am (UTC)
sparowe: (See)
From: [personal profile] sparowe
I got lucky in that I found it on my own, and aren't really in a position where I have to hear about its reception, so that may help. :)

Date: 2017-04-11 06:09 pm (UTC)
selenay: (Default)
From: [personal profile] selenay
Phew, it's not just me!

Date: 2017-04-12 08:33 am (UTC)
sparowe: (See)
From: [personal profile] sparowe
Nope! :)

Date: 2017-04-11 06:11 pm (UTC)
selenay: (Default)
From: [personal profile] selenay
In reply to your Hugos stuff (and not my terrible Rothfuss-related confession), this year's list is indeed rather good! It's like 2014 again - pretty great list with the odd bit of crap from a rabid, but nothing that can't be ignored.

A few of my nominations made it there (Obelisk Gate, A Heart in Every Doorway, the Wong novelette and short story, about half the best series list and a good chunk of my film picks) and there's plenty of new stuff to dig into, which is how I think it should be. I'm already reading the Mieville novella (from the library, to get it over with) and I've got holds queued for most of the novels I haven't read.

Reading the Hugos this year should be largely enjoyable!

Date: 2017-04-11 09:15 pm (UTC)
selenay: (Default)
From: [personal profile] selenay
I should! Must remember to do that.

I read Ninefox and ended up not nominating it. I found it was a book I could admire and I was enjoying it by the end, but it took me too long to get invested in the main character. There was something about her that I couldn't make myself either like or dislike, which was weird. I'm hoping you have a better time with it, because the world building and ideas are amazing.

Rothfuss got overhyped for sure. I've enjoyed his books as fun epic fantasy, but he hasn't done anything so new and innovative that he needed the huge hype. They're books that are a good time and hit some of my epic fantasy buttons, nothing more.

Date: 2017-04-11 10:26 pm (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: Samara, asari matriarch & justicar (Mass Effect Samara)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
LOL, I'm reading that Rothfuss review right now and I've got to the part about the sex goddess. My takeaway is that Kvothe should be fed to Morinth, the sex-death-monster character from Mass Effect, for two reasons: she will sex to death anyone of any gender, and she WILL kill you dead. No exceptions. The only way to survive a romance plot with her is not to do one. 😂

Plus, she's actually scary as well as being hot. It's all atmospheric and stuff. She'd nibble some jumped-up baby mage with ego issues for a small pre-breakfast snack.

(Not her in my icon, but her less-scary non-evil mother.)

Date: 2017-04-12 12:50 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: Wonder Woman poster (kneeling with sword) (Default)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
LOL, fair enough. Maybe just threaten him a little bit?

I liked the line from one of the comments (not Winterfox, who wasn't too horrible over there except she just haaaaad to drag in Jemisin to diss her OF COURSE), where someone said, "If you have an overpowered male fantasy wish-fulfillment self-insert figure, does it necessarily follow that he has to be sexist and not respect women's agency?" and the reply was, "I guess it depends on whether your wishes are sexist."
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