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1 day ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - Gathering Place · 0 replies · +4 points

YAY!!!!! I've been rewatching my way through some of your Tortall and Discworld videos, but I'm eager for more new content and conversations.

2 days ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - Gathering Place · 0 replies · +2 points

I've never read the Dresden Files. But from what I've heard about it, I think Iron Druid becomes somewhat less like it as the series progresses and the American-Gods-type elements increase, though it involves many non-god beings and spans the world. (At some point in the books, Atticus says he once "squee'd" when meeting Neil Gaiman -- as he ruddy well should, methinks, since Gaiman's books describe Atticus's world to a large degree. :p )

2 days ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - Gathering Place · 0 replies · +1 points

*only, not onky.

3 days ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - Gathering Place · 0 replies · +2 points

I've watched this a time or three with various people. The mice are fun, the story a tad meh. I watched it with my mom once, and she said "Ugh" during the scene of love at first sight. She said it was because love doesn't work that way, except when it does. I love the spin "Into the Woods" (my second-favorite musical) puts on that particular element of this and other fairy tales, with spectularly memorable princes who I consider the hammiest hams that ever hammed.

3 days ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - Gathering Place · 2 replies · +2 points

I've read and enjoyed the book version of this, but never felt much inclined to seek out any film adaptation. An intensely visual story that should fit well with animation, but ya can't improve on the perfection of its wordplay. The onky adaptation I've ever read was a story by Seanan McGuire, and I sorely regretted reading it becuase it's damn good but gave me the first sign that anything I can write she can write better. Here it is: http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/jaws-bi...

3 days ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - Gathering Place · 0 replies · +2 points

I've never watched rhis one.

According to Mari, Mr. Toad's adventure significantly differed from Mr. Toad's subplot in The Wind in the Willows, at least regarding the characters' personalities and the ending. But if the animals' sizes blatantly change to fit their plot-intended interactions with humans, that's one distinctive element retained.

I have a special fondness for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, because I acted in a rather enjoyable middle school production of it* and because the full text is a lushly lyrical joy to read or hear. So I don't know if I would like this adaptation. I was faintly surprised to read (in the Read-Watch) that they had the nerve to have the narrator use Katrina's original description of "plump as a partridge" but make her extremely wasp-waisted even by Disney standards.

*I played one of Ichabod's students, a partygoer, and a spooky moving tree. My one line was "Mr. Crane, I think you're a wonderful teacher!" So I was acting as a teacher's pet. And about five years old, according to the makeup designer, iirc. Fittingly, when I read the original text, my gluttony fetish declared Ichabod a total honeybun.

5 days ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Jingo': Pa... · 0 replies · +1 points

"fbzrguvat qvtrfgvir" *giggling*

1 week ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - Gathering Place · 0 replies · +4 points

Index of Tor commentary posts: https://www.tor.com/tag/star-wars-the-rise-of-sky...

(I didn't watch the film. I haven't watched any Star Wars works made after The Force Awakens. They need more nonhuman characters to get me interested again.)

1 week ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - Gathering Place · 2 replies · +2 points

I've been raving about the Tales of Pell series by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne, in which bands of lovable outcasts and misfits destroy fantasy tropes, forge their own destinies, and make their world a better place with witty wordplay, heart-melting warmth, pop culture references, and crude humor. Its casts are predominantly non-white, and there's friendship, queer romance, gender-role-stomping, and sometimes super-cute otters. (Mark would probably love it, or at least get wracked with FEELINGS and joke-induced injuries). Check out the book descriptions, fanart, and map at https://www.talesofpell.com/the-tales/ Series CN: Messy murder, violence, attempted cannibalism, occasional sexual harassment, grief, drunkenness, non-consensual drugging, vomiting, in-world sexism and fantastic racism, and, as noted, a *lot* of crude humor involving private parts and/or unpleasant bodily functions. Book 2 features war and the experiences of refugees; book 3 involves cruelty to animals.

Earlier this year, I read the little-known Crimson Empire Trilogy (A Crown for Cold Silver, A Blade of Black Steel, A War in Crimson Embers) by Alex Marshall (sometime pen name of Jesse Bullington), lukewarm about it for a while but eventually enjoying it a lot. It's epic fantasy with moral ambiguty and an anachronistic potty mouth, combining gore and grief with snarky humor and warming heart. The setting is inspired mostly by various Asian cultures, not the Medieval Europe standard. There's more violence than I prefer, but iirc no *sexual* violence except consensual kink. And it rivals or surpasses the American Hippo series and Seanan McGuire's works as the queerest fiction I've ever read -- most of the major characters are L, G, B, and/or T, in a world where anti-queer bigotries appear to be virtually nonexistent. Along with Tales of Pell, it's one of the few stories that I read for the first time in recent years and immediately wanfed to reread. CN: War, murder, cannibalism, serious body horror, nightmarish (but often voretastic) monsters, fantasy-religious fanaticism with associated torture and self-torture, and a *lot* of fantasy-drug use and addiction, much of it involving live invertebrates. The third book has a ton of other invertebrate-related grossness; I do NOT recommend the series to anyone with phobias about that. And there's a *lot* of real-world cussing, including and in addition to a large array of other modern slang terms which sometimes feel jarring in their modernity -- cheesy, [adjective] as fuck, in the dumps, half-assed, nerd, etc. etc. -- but were tolerable for me, and hardly the weirdest thing in this wonderfully weird story.

I didn't really love Kevin Hearne's novel A Plague of Giants, fantasy set in a land besieged by two kinds of giants. But I'm haunted by its extraordinary system of elemental magic. Anyone can seek to acquire magic drawn from a particular force of nature, but many die trying. And for those who survive and acquire the magic, it's still a death sentence, because every active use of it ages the user by a little or a lot, and they're required to use it in service to their country. But many people try anyway, for believable reasons. The sequel comes out next week, and I'm eager to read it.

The Iron Druid Chronicles series by Kevin Hearne is also awesometastic, but I read it in late 2018, not 2019.

2 weeks ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - Gathering Place · 0 replies · +2 points

Aside from combined fairy tales...*thinks* The Rugrats Go Wild was a lot of fun. And the episode of Lilo and Stitch: The Series that featured the American Dragon protagonists.