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  1. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    Mostly to spot the flaws in the arguments, in that case.
  2. 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?
  3. Marvel's One World Order

    I didn't, actually, but I'm not surprised.
  4. 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?)
  5. 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...
  6. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    I was forgetting that story, now you mention it. Thanks for the reminder.
  7. 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...
  8. 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.
  9. 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.)
  10. 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?
  11. Trinity

    The trinity thing is down to Wagner, then? That's interesting, as I thought he was out of favour at DC these days.
  12. Marvel's One World Order

    It's quite hard not to look at all of the Civil War bullshit and think: "Walt Simonson did this better in two issues of the Fantastic Four a quarter of a century ago, and he had Reed Richards act like Reed Richards (rather than Quisling) in that as well!" if I'm honest.
  13. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    I think her second short story collection is published posh (that is, in denial that most of the stories therein first appeared in SF magazines) as well, isn't it? Phenomenal short story writer though, you're right. I've got a copy of the Jane Austen Reading Club (or whatever) sitting in a pile of books waiting, but I'd be very surprised if she could do a mimetic TLS-friendly novel half as good as the one she did when she was still willing to admit that she'd copped some of her best moves down the SF dive rather than doing more formalised steps down the classier ballroom...
  14. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    Or maybe he had to include a few token pulpy SF guys because he ran out of proper litcrit approved writers who publish posh to include? I don't know if you've read Sarah Canary (which you should, it's a wonderful book), but its inclusion would definitely bear out your argument about Lethem not doing his theme right. The book's very concerned with defined social roles, and how people were never allowed to forget those during the late nineteenth century. At least one character is haunted by a past that he would dearly love to forget, but can't.
  15. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    Not a bad list (those I've read whose name isn't Amis, at least), but he does seem to be bending over backwards to exclude anything that smells to strongly of genre SF, doesn't he? I suppose he's never got over the fact that Gun With Occasional Music and Amnesia Moon were published as SF and he had a lot of early stories in Interzone, Omni and F&SF. (Claiming that Sarah Canary is amnesiac, btw, is nonsense: I don't think she's a viewpoint in the novel once, as it's all about other people's responses to her. She quite possibly isn't human, but there's no indication that she's forgotten what she is.)
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