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    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    Yeah it's now up to over a thousand signatures a minute. That is a lot.
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    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    It's getting 300 signatures a minute or so. Or at least it was when I signed it an hour or so ago.
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    A catch-all Elizabeath Bear thread.

    It's so weird because it's like four lines of no relevance to the plot but those lines just tell you the end. Could just as easily have dropped the reference without explaining what happened, too, so doubly pointless. I've heard bad and weird things about Companion to Wolves but hey, someone as prolific and wide-ranging as her is bound to hit some rough patches.
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    A catch-all Elizabeath Bear thread.

    One of my favourite current SFF authors and I feel she doesn't get chatted about anywhere near enough around here. I just finished Ancestral Night, her 'big ideas space opera' that just came out. A word of warning, it's set in the same universe as her Jacob's Ladder trilogy, and while it barely needed to be and isn't a sequel at all, she did for some reason decide to explicitly spoil the ending of that series in this book. So although Ancestral Night is good- big, bold, fun with a chewy emotional center- I do recommend Jacob's Ladder first, especially since it's better (probably her best work I've read so far). She writes such a brilliant variety of things though, she's almost gotta have something for everyone. There's the fantasy-quest-in-an-SF-setting of said Jacob's Ladder, featuring nanite angel knights and capricious godlike AIs. There's the post-apocalyptic Norse-cyberpunk noir of the Edda of burdens. There's the Mongolia-and-Tibet based epic fantasy feminist-in-all-the-best-ways Eternal Sky (I know she did a sequel to this, not got there yet). She also does steampunk, more straightforward cyberpunky stuff... And she does it all with some wicked-beautiful prose and a great eye for character. Anyone else a fan? What's your favourite Bear concoction?
  5. Having seen three so far: The Witness is definitely male gazey, aggressively so. And although pretty it was otherwise quite dull, I didn't like it. Sonnie's Edge was good. You could argue there was a male gaze aspect there too but it had plot relevance there, and was pretty brief. Three Robots was funny, but it's aesop was so unsubtle as to detract from the story. Overall it was fine though.
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    Make Mine Captain Marvel! (SPOILERS)

    Black Panther Iron Man Thor GotG Spider Man Homecoming Cap Marvel Dr. Strange Hulk Ant Man Cap America For me. Captain Marvel may rise on a rewatch, but not more than a couple of spots I'd imagine. I don't think it breaks much from the Phase 1 origins.
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    DCEU: Suicidal Insanity

    Bit of a weird one coz presumably at least Harley Quinn will still be in it and played by Margot Robbie? I mean, it's the right decision, but... And making a series of standalones is definitely the best decision for DC at this stage. Some spinning off others, sure, but no point attempting a Marvel rival right now.
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    DCEU: Suicidal Insanity

    Morrison's run on Flash back in the day was great, and he loves the character in general, so a good sign for me, that. Especially since I generally like Morrison's mythos decisions better than Geoff Johns'.
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    Make Mine Captain Marvel! (SPOILERS)

    If you think responses to Marvel in that trailer are bad, just wait to see how that part of twitter melts down when Carol goes toe-to-toe with Thanos while the men do the lighter work.
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    The Voice Inside My Head vs Any Other Voice

    I can't really do audiobooks as I'm too easily distraced and likely to drift off into a daydream or complete other thoughts and miss half of it. That I also read muchmuch faster than the narrator can speak also likely has something to do with it.
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    Watched, Watching & Rewatch Redux

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    Make Mine Captain Marvel! (SPOILERS)

    Oh no, I was just adding another example.
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    Make Mine Captain Marvel! (SPOILERS)

    Yeah, I rewatched Fury Road yesterday and I noticed that the only shot of the women that lingers in any way on their bodies is one which highlights that Angharad is pregnant. I thought Aquaman did pretty well in that respect too - Meera's outfit is obviously sexualised but the film doesn't spend time ogling (also that film is nothing if not egalitaran in whose body it chooses to show off).
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    Make Mine Captain Marvel! (SPOILERS)

    Theresa May isn't anywhere near likeable enough to play Granny Goodness...
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    MCUniverse - Nick hath no Fury like an MRA troll

    1. Ragnarok 2. Infinity War 3. Winter Soldier 4. Black Panther 5. Iron Man 3 6. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 7. Avengers 8. Iron Man 9. Civil War 10. Thor 2 11. Homecoming 12. Guardians 1 13. Thor 14. Captain Marvel 15. Hulk 16. Age of Ultron 17. Doctor Strange 18. Iron Man 2 19. Ant-Man 20. First Avenger Not seen Ant-Man and Wasp yet. I've got Captain Marvel pretty low but it's pretty damn close between that spot and Iron Man in 8, so... (I'm aware I also have a Thor 2 a lot higher than most people. I dunno. I liked it. And tbh apart from the 80s vibe I thought the early signs of what a lot of people did end up liking about Ragnarok are already there, so I'm not really sure why it's so hated).