WIR: Nimona

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This weeks book is the award winning Internet wondekin Noelle Stevenson‘s Nimona. This book began life as a webcomic that everyone told me to read that I just never got around to. One of the cool things about Nimona is that would actually get to see her talent growing as the comic goes on. The chapters become more meaningful, the art gets noticeably better. It’s a rare thing to see and I think it’s a necessary and inspiring book. It’s proof that beginners can make good art and that practice really does pay off. It’s the kind of thing that can really only happen on a web comic.

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Mr. Robot or Mr. Status Quo

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I wanted to like Mr. Robot, I really did. It was the surprise must see show of the summer from creator Sam Esmail. On the surface it seemed to have everything I love, hacking, anti-capitalist action, Christian Slater but there were some issues that were so egregious I nearly stopped watching. I’m glad I stuck with it through the end of the season and I will be watching season 2 but that doesn’t mean I’m letting this show off easy.

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How Romance Novels Ruined Me

Romance novels ruined Dune for me.

That sounds weird I know so let me explain. I’ve spent about five years not just reading romance novels but editing them and reviewing them. Really, thinking about them. I spent five years focusing on small towns and Amish heroines. Five years of reunion romances and everyone getting their HEA, Happily Ever After for the uninformed.

So I know how you can think that maybe these stories that all seem to end the same ruined me because Dune’s ending is a little bit of a cliffhanger, sure it stands on it’s own but you want to know more. But you’d be wrong. My want to read Dune Messiah isn’t what we’re talking about.

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One Rape to Many. Game of Thrones Finally Crosses the Rapey Line.

***Trigger warnings for discussion of sexual assault. Major Game of Thrones spoiler warnings. Also note that I haven’t seen the majority of season 5 yet so most of this article is based on events through season 4 and much reading about a particular episode in season 5***

The current backlash over the most recent rape scene on Game of Thrones has taught me one thing. Rape only matters if it happens to someone we care about. Sure there was some tsking when Cerise was raped by her brother right next to their dead son but  no one quit the show over it, because really this is Cerise, no one likes her. There were some quips when Daenerys is raped in season 1 back before she was the Khaleesi white savior we’ve all grown to love but the only real complaint was it wasn’t rape in the book (true). But where were the complaints about the scene where the Mutineer Crows rape at least 3 of Craster’s Wives in the background of one scene? We don’t even know those girls names all they are is tits and tears to us. I also haven’t seen anyone discuss the sexual aspects of Theon’s torture except to say it went a bit too far. After all Theon was kind of a jerk most of the time. But the rape of Sansa is apparently the tipping point. Continue reading

But I’m a Nice Guy!

Animator Scott Benson created this creepy stunning short about the Red Pill bullshit we see on the internet all the time. It’s nice to see guys finally taking a stand against this kind of thinking and behavior because women can’t correct it on their own. Red Pill dudes inherently don’t believe anything women say so it’s up to other men to set them straight.