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  1. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    Like you did for Thor Heyerdahl, you mean?
  2. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    He's not "just" a racist: he's also a lying a fuckwit who stuffs his books with false claims. Sorry I didn't make that clear. As for the racist thing: seriously look at his last few books. He starts the one about Ancient Greece by stating that he's blaming the (Asiatic rather than caucasian, apparently) Greeks' civilisation on aliens in order to prove that he is not a racist, so there. And, if we're being pedantic (and it would appear that we're being very pedantic indeed) the Nazi occult writers cribbed that argument from Bulwer-Lytton, Blavatsky and a few of the nuttier theosophists* did they not? *(almost all of the theosophists who weren't Annie Besant or Krishnamurti, if we're honest)
  3. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    I'm definitely with you on those last three stories of Carey's, and I think you're right about the social element as Delano contrasts to Ennis as well.
  4. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    I wouldn't bracket Ennis with Barker myself: quite apart from the fact that Barker's horror fiction shows an interest in gender issues (rather than treating those purely as a source of comedy the way Ennis does), Barker has an obvious sympathy for the other and shows it (in both the Books of Blood and Nightbreed, and to a lesser extent The Damnation Game) as something that's strange and beautiful as well as frightening. Ennis, on the other hand, thinks that anything strange is inherently icky looking at his work on Hellblazer. The splatterpunk stuff that seems more germane to Ennis is, as you say, the more messy and less thoughtful side of things: Rex Miller, Skipp and Spector, Schow and the like. Barker had pretty much stopped writing horror completely by the time Ennis took over writing Hellblazer, after all. Didn't Ennis criticise splatterpunk fiction for its self conscious extremity and dismiss it as an influence in a Preacher lettercol at one point? That was a good five or six years after Royal Blood of course...
  5. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    He also mentions the possibility that the superior white races were converted from the "apes" by alien genetic engineering. This, I'd have thought, could be interpreted as a racist argument? You also mentioned him visiting sites, which he famously didn't, as a rule. Ronald Story and the late Arthur C Clarke were both convinced that if he'd done any proper research rather than depending on hearsay, his books would look a lot less ridiculous.
  6. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    Mostly to spot the flaws in the arguments, in that case.
  7. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    I'm reading Thor Heyardahl, who Christian seems to feel is more of a racist nutcase than von Daniken. I was questioning that conclusion. (I have read most, if not all, of von Daniken, but that was a long while back and I've no interest in going through any of it again.) (ETA) Von Daniken mentions Stonehenge once, in passing, in his first book: you're right about that. Everything else that he insists that was built by aliens is outside Europe. I don't find this makes for an entirely convincing argument that he was less of a racist than Heyerdahl, frankly. I'll have to go through Ahu Aku to see if Heyerdahl is pushing a racist agenda or not (as goes into a lot more detail about easter Island in that than he does in this one), but saying that von Daniken isn't because he mentions a token European megalith once in four hundred odd pages of insisting that none of these coloured savages could have built any of the stuff he's listing elsewhere seems a bit off. He doesn't outright state that the Europeans could have done this and the coloureds couldn't, but apart from mentioning stonehenge as an additional example of rocks that savages couldn't have moved by themselves, every example he cites of a cargo culture worshipping Gods who were really aliens is outside of Europe. If he'd dismissed the Druids the way he does the Aztecs and the Polynesians, or claimed that the sorcerer of Trois Feres is wearing a space helmet with a really impressive set of radio aerials rather than a stag's head, it'd be difficult to make the claims about his hidden racist agenda that so many do, wouldn't it?
  8. Marvel's One World Order

    I didn't, actually, but I'm not surprised.
  9. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    That's misprisioning both von Daniken and Heyerdahl, Christian. In fact, it's almost the opposite of what I'm getting from this particular book. Von Daniken only ever discusses ruins which couldn't have been constructed by coloured savages: there's not once mention in any of his four books of North European megaliths, vitrified forts or earthworks being built by aliens. The Heyerdahl, on the other hand, doesn't attribute anything to the white gods (who he calls "long ears" rather than "white gods" and quickly dismisses as an interesting historical quandry rather than the onlie begetters of civilisation in south America in his discussion about Easter Island), and took a balsa raft from Peru to Polynesia to demonstrate that sea crossings to and from America were possible long before Columbus got there. Unless he goes into more detail about pre-Incan civilisations and white supremacy in his other stuff, I find it hard to credit that he'd come out with that sort of bollocks looking at this. (Didn't the Mayans pre-date the Incas anyway?)
  10. Marvel's One World Order

    Just look at GOG: that was, under Abnett, the best comic Marvel was publishing for three years, and almost completely ignored apart from when a tie in with the latest bullshit crossover had to be contrived. Then they relaunch a rather shittier version by Bendis to cross promote a film, and promote it a teensy bit more aggressively: spin offs crossover with everything that might be selling, you name it. There'll be a spin off mini series with Drax and Groot as a wrestling tag team and The Rock co-credited as the writer next...
  11. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    I was forgetting that story, now you mention it. Thanks for the reminder.
  12. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    Going through Heyerdahl's book about the Kon-Tikki expedition at the moment, after finding a copy of an anniversary edition in a charity shop over the weekend. Given his obvious respect for the Polynesians and South Americans on display in this, I'm hardly surprised by his anti von Daniken rant in The Space Gods Revisited...
  13. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    Ennis does, to be fair, give Jerry O'Flynn an appearance in a flashback during his friendly ghost story with Brendan. I think the only other scriptwriter who did any riffs on metafiction was Paul Jenkins, so it wasn't just Ennis who wouldn't do a story like that, it's everybody else except Delano and Jenkins.
  14. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    The other big issue with the supernatural stuff under Ennis is that became a lot less eclectic during his run: the FOTF is just part of that. Suddenly all of the occult stuff was deeply Christian and the whole thing is about the war between Heaven and Hell, and nothing else, which seems a bit reductive after all of the various flavours of paganism (and even African animism) in Delano's run. You could even read Midnite's presentation during his reappearance as being a sort sniffily Catholic "all this voodoo stuff is really just satanism in disguise" approach given that he sends John to Hell rather than the more ambiguous afterlife voodoo mythology involves. (I'm always a bit surprised that isn't talked about more, as it's the thing from Ennis that was dropped immediately somebody else took over as writer: Campbell had a demon in his story and a satanist's ghost in his story, but he also made a point of dragging in an aboriginal seer and a load of new age ecological mystics as well, as much to stress that these approaches to the infinite are just as valid as the christian ones Ennis spent his run favouring over everything else. That set things up nicely for Jenkins' diversions into Celtic mythology and the matter of Britain, and Ellis' apparently feeling that there is no religious content at all to the hermetic magic tradition that provided the supernatural underpinning to most of his stories in Hellblazer.)
  15. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    No worries, Tigger. I was probably being pretty humourless and bullish about that anyway. And it's always nice when you enjoy rereading something, isn't it?
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