mysticalchild_isis: (hugh laurie)
2013-03-27 08:16 pm

What I'm Reading Wednesday

What are you currently reading?
Let's just agree that we're not going to discuss my masochistic relationship with House of Mirth, and how I still haven't finished it or given up on it. Otherwise, I just finished several books, including one just a few hours ago, and have not yet picked up my next one. So see below.

What have you recently finished reading?
This last week, I read:
-The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope. It was charming and entertaining, and I easily could have spent more time in that particular universe. It reminded me a bit of of Pamela Dean's Tam Lin, only aimed at a younger audience (and set in a very different time).
-More Ultimate Spider-Man. I just finished the tenth volume, and have eleven and twelve out of the library. Ten (Hollywood) amused me with its metatext, and Peter's life in the last few issues hasn't been so very full of suck that I can't bear it, which I appreciate.
-Mairelon the Magician by Patricia Wrede. I adored her Enchanted Forest Chronicles as a teen, and I'd been meaning to read the Mairelon books for awhile. While I enjoyed the first one enough to request the second one from the library, I didn't love it. There were too many characters who weren't very well defined, and I started losing track of who they all were and what they all wanted. It made the ending a bit frustrating.
-Captain Marvel Vol 1: In Pursuit of Flight by Kelly Sue DeConnick. I'd been wanting to read this one for awhile, and was excited that the library finally got it in. It was lovely and good times and you don't know how happy it makes me to see Carol in PANTS. REAL PANTS. Even if there were an awful lot of butt shots, the rest of it was fabulous. I'm so tempted to break my self-imposed ban on reading the monthlies, but no, I shall hold out for volume 2 in graphic novel form.

What do you think you’ll read next?
As mentioned above, I have more Ultimate Spider-Man waiting for me, and the second Mairelon book should be in at the library tomorrow or Friday. I also have Will Grayson, Will Grayson waiting for me, which I might even start tonight.
mysticalchild_isis: (captain america)
2013-03-09 07:16 pm
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Why I Hate Mark Millar's Work on Comics

My dislike for Mark Millar really begins with Marvel's Civil War (don't even get me started), and only became more intense due to the Ultimates (and the way in which he is misogynist, racist, and thinks domestic abuse is funny), but it really and truly coalesced for me while reading his first issue of The Authority.

I am not at all amused by the fact that in this issue, he mocks comic book fans and denigrates creators and writers in the industry. It takes someone with a certain level of both ego and idiocy to make fun of the people that make up your fanbase, not to mention the people that pioneered the industry that allowed you to have your job. But I suppose one could write this off as particularly mean-spirited lampshade hanging, and this is not why I loathe Mark Millar (though it does get tallied into the column of why I do not respect Millar).

No, the reason I despise Mark Millar can be condensed down to a single moment in this issue of The Authority. The Doctor and the Engineer are breaking into a secret desert base when challenged by a number of soldier-types. When the Doctor is told to cease and desist, and that the soldiers are serious, he responds with the following:

"Man, if you were serious, you wouldn't be pointing those things at someone with the power to give you Double-D sized breasts just by clicking his nicotine-stained fingers."

The Doctor has immense powers- as taken from the Wikipedia entry, "The Doctor's abilities work by drawing a detailed mental picture and letting reality build it for them, therefore enabling each Doctor to do anything that they can imagine."

So The Doctor can do anything he can imagine... and with all that power and all that possibility, the worst threat he can offer is to turn the soldiers into women. (Well-endowed women, at that, because of course, big breasts are great until you put them on a man.) With one line, Mark Millar shows that he hates femininity so much that a man being turned into a woman is made a serious threat in the arsenal of a character of immense power.

And this is why I am disgusted by Mark Millar.
mysticalchild_isis: (avengers 2)
2012-08-26 12:54 pm

Some Notes On My Avengers Reccommending Policies; Or Lots of Blabbing About My Fandom Preferences

Once in awhile, I'll get "why didn't you recommend fics X, Y, & Z" or "why don't you rec fics of this particular genre" questions on my Steve/Tony fic rec list, so I figured I'd answer this with a post about my general policies, preferences, and opinions.

Under cut )
mysticalchild_isis: (avengers 3)
2011-12-03 04:22 pm
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Avengers Fantasy Casting

Some of the Avengers I'd love to see show up in later movies, with my fantasy casting. Image heavy, so under cut.

Feel free to join in! Pictures strongly encouraged. Arguments and alternate suggestions welcome.

mysticalchild_isis: (iron man)
2011-11-22 05:16 pm
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I felt that what today really needed was a picspam of Iron Man's roller skates:

Jet powered roller skates