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2 days ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Unseen Aca... · 1 reply · +3 points

At least the Impact are blessed to have Maxi Urruti on their roster. When he's on, he's unstoppable. He's one of the reasons my team won the league. (That would be the Portland Timbers.)

3 days ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Unseen Aca... · 0 replies · +6 points

Agree. Hard agree. With your rot13, with the love of the team, with those two other teams that are The Worst. There's nothing like it.

*No religious studies about my team, but there have been a couple of books, and the team has had a major impact on the city. The soccer program at one of the local universities was changed forever by it.

4 days ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Unseen Aca... · 1 reply · +9 points

Trev's club, Dimwell, is phonetically similar to Millwall, a football club in London known for their supporters... Exuberance. V's fher zber jvyy or znqr bs guvf bapr jr zrrg Naql Funax.

4 days ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Unseen Aca... · 9 replies · +19 points

Someone else mentioned it last time, but now that it's not a spoiler... I am thrilled, thrilled, that the changes to Mark's schedule this year mean that Mark is reading this book, where the Wizards must take part in a football match, during a World Cup competition. Thrilled to bits!

6 days ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Unseen Aca... · 0 replies · +8 points

Speaking as someone who also loves this book, and would have commissioned the entire thing had I the funds, I thank you.

(I think I've reread Feet of Clay more times than this one, but it's a close thing...)

1 week ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Doctor W... · 1 reply · +3 points

Darrow was also in Doctor Who, specifically my absolute favorite "terrible" storyline, Timelash. If you've seen it, you know what I mean. If you haven't, just know that it's an absolute trainwreck, and that Darrow is the best part of it. And that the DVD commentary is hilarious.

1 week ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Doctor W... · 0 replies · +19 points

As much as this episode made me love Bill, as great as she is here, standing up to The Doctor, my favorite bit is now and will always be this:

"Regency England. Bit more black than they show in the movies"

"So was Jesus. History's a whitewash."

So. Much. Shade.

3 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Finishes 'Babylon... · 6 replies · +13 points

Has Babylon 5 changed the way you look at Star Trek at all?

"What, you mean does the sociological underpinnings of JMS' narrative impact the viability/suspension of disbelief regarding Roddenberry's utopian vision?"

I was wondering more along the lines of the next time you rewatch The Voyage Home are you going to be wondering "Jesus Creeping God, what is Bester going to do with a nuclear wessel?" But the other thing too, I suppose...

6 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Scienc... · 0 replies · +4 points

While reading this section I kept thinking about where I'd first heard about that What Is The Fourth Dimension pamphlet, which was, of all places, the Alan Moore/Eddie Campbell comic From Hell. In point of fact, it's a rather pivotal part of that comic. If you've never read it, From Hell is a heavily researched retelling of the Jack the Ripper murders, at least on the surface. The comic itself is really about Victorian England mores, class distinctions, mysogyny, mysticism, and the fondational elements of 20 century history.

Not for everyone, but I think it's Moore's best work.

9 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Making Mon... · 0 replies · +7 points

Good question! For me,if we're talking Discworld then I'd go with Unseen Academicals,because fbppre. For PTerry in general,Good Omens is the one book I've reread the most in my life.

If we're going back to childhood, it would be Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby series, followed by Gordon Korman's MacDonald Hall series. In my teens it was, predictably, The Lord of The Rings. Also Asimov, though more the Black Widowers mysteries than the robot stuff.

Nowadays it's John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series. I've reread Bright Orange For The Shroud and The Girl In The Plain Brown Wrapper more times than I can count.

Of course, this list doesn't contain the comic books I've read. There's not enough room for that list...