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July 23rd, 2015 09:25 am - Hugo 7: Hugo a-go-go
My ballot is in, folks! I did it! \o/

..well I'm skipping the Campbell because I just can't face another whole novel in the next two days. But the Campbell is (not a Hugo) so that still counts as making it through, right?

Last two categories are zines. I will admit to skimming the voter packet on these, but I liked them all and am looking forward to reading them later at leisure.

Best Fanzine: 1 nominee

Journey Planet )

Best Semiprozine - 3 nominations

The Hugos' definition of semiprozine seems to be "if they pay people, but not enough for anyone to live off of it" which. Is not a thing that makes me happy. (Not in terms of the Hugos, but in general RE: SF. There are so few prozines - by which I mean, people paying "market rates" for short fiction and editing - that they had to take that category out of the hugos altogether. :/ I say, as I contribute to the problem by only reading free stuff.

Anyway this was a category where I was already at least vaguely aware of all the nominees already, and at least vaguely liked them all already, so they get short version discussion too.

Semiprozine )


..now we get to see if I'll manage the rest of my 40-item to-do list by Saturday 7 AM.

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July 22nd, 2015 05:32 pm - Hguos six: Are we there yet?
I might even make it through these by Friday! Who knows.

Fancast: Two nominations.

Galactic Suburbia Podcast )

Tea and Jeopardy )

Best Fan Artist
No puppies! Five nominees.
That's a lot, and they're art and I'm bad at talking about art, so these are going to be short-ish.

All the stuff in the voter packet, tbh, was kind of sad. Was there a rule that you could only put in three items, all of them mediocre? I've seen a lot of people commenting on how little this cat has in common with the fanart we see online, but then again, a lot of these artist show to much better advantage if you look them up online, too. But then I realized the category is specifically for art that's been published in fan publications, which would explain why they were struggling to find qualifying pieces. Also, at least one of the artists has much better stuff from 2014 but a lot of it was sold professionally - it could be that most SF artists who are a) professional-quality and b) connected enough to get a Hugo nom transition to "pro" too fast to win this award.

Anyway that leaves me with the dilemma of, do I go by what's in the voter packet, assuming a lot of their other stuff is ineligible, or go by what I think of their art as a whole?

Fan Artists )

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July 21st, 2015 01:55 pm - Hugos |-| : the NSFW edition
..posted from work, of course.

Best Graphic Story

The category where I had already read most of the noms! Yay!
...actually I think it says... something, about the current state of fandom, that *this* was the only category with enough natural consensus to keep the Puppies from winning most of the slots. What is it about current comics/SF fandom that led to this? Suggestions welcome.

This is also the first category where there are multiple nominees and I would be outright delighted if any of them won! I am going to be debbie downer under the cuts again, but srsly, if you are looking for good comics, I would happily recommend any of these.

Anyway, 4 nominations:

Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal )

Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery )

Saga Vol. 3 )

Sex Criminals Vol. 1: One Weird Trick )

I think my current ballot is Sex Criminals, Saga, Rat Queens, Ms. Marvel, but I could be convinced otherwise.

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July 20th, 2015 05:30 pm - Hugos IV: Han of Iceland
Best Editor, Short Form
All puppy, No Award

Best Editor, Long Form
All puppy, No Award

(and thank goodness because there's no way I'd have the context to judge these fairly.)

Best Professional Artist - 1 nominee
Julie Dillon )

Best Fan Writer - 1 nominee
Laura J. Mixon )

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July 19th, 2015 01:13 pm - Hugos III: DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA
OK, best dramatic presentation: let's do this thing.

...they really need to fix this category and if they want a category for TV drama series they need to have one, and go back to letting people nom entire series like they used to, instead of pretending it's "short form" and people are nominating episodes. Anyway.

Best Dramatic Presentation: Short Form

Two nominees:
Doctor Who: "Listen"
nope. sorry, but I noped out of new-DW ages ago and am not going back. give me Doctor/Master that's actually doctor/master and not Moffat's "definitely not gay also I have lady issues" thing and I might go back. maybe. but not for this. nope.

Orphan Black )

Best Dramatic Presentation: Long Form
Two nominees

Captain America: The Winter Soldier )

Edge of Tomorrow, marketed on DVD as Live, Die, Repeat: The Edge of Tomorrow )

Bonus puppy-noms analysis for longform, since I know a lot of people were planning to ignore the puppies on this one, given that the studios don't care about the hugos anyway:

Puppy noms, short discussions )

I would have happily voted for Big Hero Six above any of these.

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July 18th, 2015 10:42 am - More Hugo voting thoughts!
I'm trying to squeeze these in because I leave for Pennsic War in a week and thus have to vote by then, so expect a post a day or so, and me maybe not leaving long comments as much as I'd like. Also I should have disclaimered this on my previous post: these aren't reviews; I'm aiming them at an audience of other people who know the works, so assume there are spoilers, possible triggers, and things that aren't explained well if you don't know the works in question. Also I am being much harsher than I would in a review, because I'm judging them against not just "was it something I'd recommend" but "does it stack up against My Platonic Ideal Hugo Winner" (which is probably something like what you'd get if you averaged the '67-'71 winners but then add in all the ways the genre & society have improved since then.) Which is a patently unfair standard but that's what you're here for, right.

Anyway let's knock out a few more categories:

Best Novella - All puppy, no award

Best Novelette: 1 nominee
The Day The World Turned Upside Down )

Best Short Story
All puppy, no award.

Best Related Work
All puppy, No Award

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
These are all episodes from shows I am either not watching or Emphatically Not Watching, so I don't think it's fair for me to even try to vote this category. (I'm tempted to vote for the Orphan Black one sight unseen because that seems like a great show and it would be an anti-vote for Moffat, but that would probably be a misuse of my vote. Alternatively if someone can point me to an easy free way to watch it online I could watch it while folding laundry tonight and at least have a vague idea even if not really enough context to judge.)

Does anyone know if there's a good way to put certain works under No Award but others under No Vote? Like, I would like to be able to say "Vote for Work A, no opinion on Work B, no award in preference to anything else." I don't think that's doable, though? If you're using No Award, everything that doesn't get a positive vote is counted as under No Award whether you list it or not, right? Which means for this category I'm going to have to decide whether to leave it blank or vote Orphan Black just so I can get in the No Awards for the puppies. (I'm leaning toward blank.)

Fandom, we need to nom some stuff for this category that isn't Episodes Of TV Dramas. There are plenty of glorious animated shorts out there, to start with, plus fanfilms and fanvids: stuff where it would really matter if someone won a Hugo for it. not to mention Homestuck flashes and Steven Universe

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July 15th, 2015 05:12 pm - Hugo-Nominated Novels
Okay, I finally finished all three of the Hugo-nominated novels for this year, and I have no clue how I'm voting. :/ I was hoping one would be obviously stand-out good but I'm not really there.

Anyway, herein I will discuss them under the Hugo award critera, which is "are they the best science fiction and/or fantasy of 2014?"

I have a terrible feeling that "best" may be reaching too high for some of these categories so we're going with a) is it SFF, b) is it good, c) is it good SFF.

Ancillary Sword )

The Goblin Emperor )

The Three-Body Problem )

..aren't you looking forward to my analysis of the movies

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July 14th, 2015 02:13 pm - conneXions
augh connexions room deadline has suddenly appeared. Does anyone still need/want a(nother) roomie for connexions? Does anybody know anybody who needs/wants a roomie for connexions? was anybody wavering on connexions but the prospect of rooming with someone who will spend the whole con alternately in panels and sleeping has made up their mind? pls let me know asap.

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July 13th, 2015 03:23 pm
First off, I am back from Iceland! Iceland is amazing. We circumnavigated the entire island, stopped manymany places, have hundreds of pictures to go through, about fifty sketches, several small bags of lava rocks, and twelve new books on my to-read list. Also I am no longer used to a) the temperature being too hot? b) mosquitos? and c) it getting dark outside at night, what is that about.

Anyway there is no way I will ever write up a proper post about the trip (perhaps I will scan the sketchbook at some point) so for now, if you want to hear about Iceland, give me a letter from A-þ and I will tell you something about Iceland.

Also! I wrote a remix fic! Which revealed while I was away so probably most everyone who cares has seen it already, but here it is anyway:

Embrace the World in Gray (The La Cosetta Nostra remix) (6363 words) by melannen based on Cards and Flowers on Your Window by [archiveofourown.org profile] geckoholic
Fandom: Pacific Rim (2013)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Alison Choi, Stacker Pentecost, Mako Mori, Hermann Gottlieb, Kaidonovsky, Hannibal Chau, Tendo Choi
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Black Markets, Remix, Dad Sweaters
Summary: Alison may run a thingy mafia, but she's not sure where the Marshall got the idea that it qualified her to negotiate with a mafia mafia.

Remix was also super-fun! I ended up writing one of the top ten longest fics in the collection which is just ??? when did that start happening. But it was great! Have you ever had the experience where you read a really good fic but your response to it was "That was great, but it should have been this other completely different story instead because I want that one more"? And there's no real polite way to express those feelings. Except in Remix! And one of my remixee's fics gave me exactly that response - she wrote a post-movie fic about how Tendo Choi's not-appearing-in-this-movie wife Alison was running a gray-market behind-the-scenes "thingy mafia". And I loved geckoholic's Alison and the role she gave her and the networks she showed among the Shatterdome staff, but what I really wanted - what I'd been wanting, actually, since I'd seen the movie - was something set during the period when the PPDC was transforming from the unlimited-budget, media-darling saviors of the world into the scrappy, scrouning, Chau-funded resistance. I'd never even tried to write it because the whole concept seemed so huge that I had no idea where to start or how to get out of it if I did, but borrowing geckoholic's perfect Alison gave me exactly the right viewpoint to show a little of that transition from a very insightful POV. So anyway. That was fun! Yay remix.

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July 1st, 2015 05:35 pm - Important notices!
Remix!
I did remix this year, thus fulfilling a long-held ambition to be the kind of person who can do remix! And as a reward I got a marvelous remix of my story One Warm Line - that one was about how Ray Kowalski from Due South came to Winter; the remix tells Benton Fraser's version of the story. The original was a Dresden Files crossover that brought in that fandom's Winter magic, but the remix (mostly) sticks to Due South sorts of magic, so if you avoided the original just because of the Dresden Files part you should read the remix.

You should also read the remix if you like Due South at all. ^_^

A Land So Wild and Savage (Love Ballad Remix) (1465 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: due South, The Dresden Files - Jim Butcher
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Characters: Benton Fraser
Summary:

Many years later, Ray would meet the Winter Lady and tell how he fell in love with Winter. This is the story of how Ben Fraser loved her first.



Iceland!

So on Friday I leave for Iceland to visit my sister (And hopefully also some puffins.) It will be my first time outside the US so I hope I survive! I have no idea what sort of internet access I will have while there, or what sort of time/energy I will have to be online as opposed to doing more exciting stuff, but it will be smartphone wifi only either way, so probably not much. Until then I have thirty-six trip-prep todos to tick off in habitrpg...

Before I go, though:

-If anybody wants a postcard from Hella, Iceland, they should PM me their address in the next 48 hours (yes, even if I theoretically already have it, I am terrible at saving those things). It is not guaranteed that I will manage to send them but I will try.

-Somebody should rec me a couple of solid tropey a-t-g longfics I can put on my phone just in case I start jonesing for fic and can't get online.

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June 30th, 2015 09:43 pm - good thing/bad thing
I was going to post that today started with a cat spewing an INCREDIBLE amount all over the living room floor and ended with everybody else at work calling out sick so I had to do four staff members' worth of closing down all by myself, but that's not actually true, because today actually started with me having a long lovely dream about not!Mad Max becoming not!Furiosa's veiled and cloistered harem wife which was actually a pretty good start to the day.

(I know that sounds like it would be a sex dream but my subconscious was WAY more interested in the worldbuilding and backstory required to explain why it made perfect sense that the square-jawed laconic machismo white dude action hero became the demure and cloistered favorite wife of the badass warrior woman who led the desert rebellion, and liked it. We didn't actually get around to the point with the sex. The worldbuilding/plot actually hangs together pretty well as these things go, though.

...also my dream specifically informed me that it had nothing to do with Mad Max, we were watching the new Smokey and the Bandit remake instead. Thanks, brain.)

Anyway, you can assume the day went downhill after that, because it would, wouldn't it. Also the weekend + monday was lost to several things, including me spilling a drink on my laptop and ruining the keyboard such that I don't think I can even replace the keyboard 'cause the socket on the motherboard is borked. (everything else is still fine though? I'm typing this on a USB keyboard, now I have to decide if I want to attempt to fix it or just call it a day and get a new laptop. Or make do for awhile with this computer + external keyboard + ancient eeepc if I really need to be portable.)

Also we went to Beach City for the day Sunday, which was AMAZING, the weather was perfect, the water was perfect, the surf was choppy enough that just standing there up to your knees was an adventure, it wasn't too crowded, I got sunburned all down my back and got something in my eye that inflamed an old injury and left me having to rest with my eyes closed for five minutes out of every twenty all day Monday. (it's better now.) It was great.

Also! I wore my new(est) bathing suit, which was a tankini top and a pair of knee-length marketed-to-men board shorts, and OMG. Why did it take me to this point in my life to realize that board shorts were the platonic ideal bathing suit I'd been looking for all my life and never finding???

Here are some reasons why persons of all genders should just wear board shorts to swim in:

this was going to be a top ten but I did not stop at ten )

Anyway all of that means there's stuff I should have posted about before and haven't so I will hopefully end up mini-spamming you tonight, apologies in advance!

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June 26th, 2015 01:15 pm
So, was I the only one who's been reading the SCOTUSblog liveblogs in the mornings? ^_^

Unfortunately the side effect of that is that now I'm kind of invested in the redistricting case that they haven't ruled on yet - because gosh it would be nice to live in an actual congressional district, and not a hundred-foot-wide low-population-density connecting corridor between two disjunct demographic areas - but eh what can you do.

Anyway here is an excerpt from the Guardians of the Galaxy fic that I've been attempting to write, to mark the occasion:

Peter knocked on the door of the run-down, too-familiar old ranch house, Drax's hand warm on his shoulder. )

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June 22nd, 2015 04:10 pm - toso
I have "post to dreamwidth" on my to-do list but weirdly (for me - y'all have met me) I couldn't think of anything I burningly wanted to say (at least, not without putting actual effort into meta.)

HabitRPG is still working for me as motivation/tracking (hence the to-do list checking off :P) I decided to buy all the Warrior gear before I switched character types, and I was almost there, and then they added a bunch of special summer stuff, so now I have to buy all the Warrior summer stuff in time to switch types before it's gone and get another set of stuff...

Anyway so I have been doing a fair amount of just quietly getting stuff done? Which is nice. Also the recent weather means I've been spending a lot of time outside, either doing stuff or in a hammock chair on the screenporch. I realize this sort of sentiment is what gets you burned as a witch in these parts, but the weather lately is making me really grateful that we don't have air conditioning. It makes me really aware of what the weather's doing, get me out in fresh air (or inside with all the windows open and fans going) and as long as the nights stay in the 70s, the house never quite gets uncomfortably hot (now that I have said that we will have a run of nights in 90s and I will hate myself, but oh well.) And when it does get that hot, excuse to spend the afternoon sleeping on a hammock chair in the porch in the shade! Always an acceptable choice. Plus, cold raspberries and vanilla ice cream and.

T'other night we had a FABULOUS thunderstorm and I spent it in the hammock chair and feeling thunder roll in my ribcage while my sister's cat kept watch beside me.

Anyway for posterity I enclose my current list of "habits" on Habit RPG. I am using this for things that will never get finished (like ToDo) but don't get done on a regular schedule (like Dailies) - I think a lot of them are less frequent than "habits" are intended to be, but oh well, it is working for me. I wish habitRPG had better tracking for how well I am doing on them, or if they have better stats tracking for them I knew how to use it.)

Read more... )

..that is a lot of stuff. And it's basically everything I do in my free time that isn't "hang out in chat and reload social media", which probably explains why I am leveling up so fast. But. you know. There is a serious risk of me spending ALL my free time hanging out in chat reloading social media. So ATM this works.

(Also I have ~11 dailies but they are mostly really tiny things like "brush hair" and "check nonfandom email" that I will otherwise make excuses to not do. And I have 31 todos, nine of which have sublists and all but 8 of which are in the dark-red danger zone.)

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June 16th, 2015 01:44 pm - green
Yay! June! So much stuff is alive outside!

I am still trying to figure out what I can do with my Growstuff account so instead here is a list of Ten Things That Are Growing:

food )

Usually the wild blackberries come in just as the wild raspberries go out; I think it'll be a light year on those but we'll see. Also it's going to be a walnut year, which usually means a pecan year. I will have to decide if I care enough to try to harvest - usually most of our nuts aren't good and with walnuts it's a lot of trouble to find that out.

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June 14th, 2015 01:25 pm
You have about ten more hours to sign up for the Lost Library exchange, everybody! C'mon it'll be fun!

I ended up requesting works from Steven Universe, Imperial Radch, Vorkosigan Saga, and Chronicles of Chrestomanci! (No it's not an exact match for my noms but that's okay, [personal profile] primeideal requested Les Mis so it's covered.)

If my assigned writer is reading this: Hi! I am a very non-picky recip, write anything you want on these and I'm sure they will be good! One of the things that fascinates me about these fandoms is that we know so little about them and yet individual fans can extrapolate so much from that.

Under the cuts are some stuff about what I personally have extrapolated on these and/or what I would love to see in the excerpts you're providing, but if you would rather not, just don't read, I don't really care.

Mostly I would prefer that you make it clear that you are just providing excerpts of the originals that you have uncovered? Like, this fest is for providing the originals, not for fanwork, so please remember that. [which is to say that as long as you keep up the game that these are all real, I will be happy.]

I know I am requesting a lot of things that are not prose fiction - poetry, holodramas, an album. If you want to provide the originals in the original format I would not object! But I know for some of these that can be hard to get. If you want to provide prose translations or novelizations or episode guides that would be great! Also explanatory material like liner notes or critical prefaces would be A-OK. Also of course for the novels I don't expect you to re-type an entire novel onto AO3! A few representative scenes would be great.

Imperial Radch )

Steven Universe )

Chrestomanci )

Vorkosigan Saga )

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June 9th, 2015 01:24 pm
Ugh, cold, please go away.

ON the other hand I have gotten ahead in my reading. Does anybody have recs for a good young adult or elementary novel to pair with The Three-Body Problem? Goblin Emperor and Castle Hangnail turned out scarily well-matched so far (When the castle loses its master, the young people who were the last heirs anyone would expect must take possession; prove themselves to the courtiers and the locals; overcome histories of abuse, seriously inadequate educations, and their own natural inclinations toward kindness and mercy; and build bridges both literal and metaphorical in order to bring peace and prosperity to the surrounding lands as the courtiers struggle to find their place under the new regime.)

Anyway so now I need one to pair with "The Three-Body Problem" but I'm coming up unexpectedly blank? It's apparently about a planned alien invasion and people on Earth (mostly scientists and government) scrambling to figure out how they are going to respond.

The closest I've got in my unread YA shelves at home is "Freddy the Pig and the Baseball Team from Mars" which I suspect is not a very good equivalent, but then I have been surprised before.

Anyway I didn't expect to be this stumped but the library's catalog isn't giving me much for YA novels about alien invasions either. I guess all the dystopias lately are homegrown Earth dystopias. Any suggestions?

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June 7th, 2015 12:10 pm - good thing, bad thing
Bad thing: The internet was out at work for about six hours yesterday. This is especially annoying considering that providing internet access is one of the most vital things we do. It was apparently due to a "miscommunication" between HQ and the electric company that led to power going out to the servers without IT getting any warning.

Good thing: As a result I had no choice but to buckle down and finish a barricade day fic!

All You Need To Know (4098 words)
Fandom: Les Misérables - All Media Types, Les Misérables - Schönberg/Boublil
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Marius Pontmercy, Éponine Thénardier, Courfeyrac (Les Misérables), Combeferre (Les Misérables), Joly (Les Misérables), Jean Valjean, Bossuet Laigle
Additional Tags: Healing Powers, Barricade Day, On The Barricade, Alternate Universe - Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies, Pontmercying, Love, Crack, triumphant full-cast musical numbers, Joly's Code, Canon Era
Summary:

It turns out that Marius can heal your wounds with words of love.

Don't worry, it came as a shock to him too.



Bad Thing: In the mean time I came down with an ill. It's the sort of ill that makes me feel like somebody turned the gravity up. (also various pains and sniffles and temperature fluctuations but it's the extra-high gravity that's the worst.) It's super-annoying.

Good thing: But while I am The Ill I have Castle Hangnail and the Nimona book to read! And Goblin Emperor! And the Hugo voting packet for what that's worth. And two kitties who will snuggle up to one while one is sleeping for fourteen hours straight!

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June 5th, 2015 10:52 am
Via [personal profile] tassosss, Pull seven lines from the seventh page of your WIP says the meme.

I like that these memes always think I have "A Wip". Here are seven-ish lines from the seven-ish page of all of my current-ish wips that had at least seven screens in Scrivener (which seems to equal about seven pages in Write.)


the GotG one that I worked on for the first time in MONTHS yesterday )

****

The Les Amis pirate AU, as mostly already published on Tumblr )

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The original fic genderqueer sword & sorcery thing )

****

the E/R Modern US College Activists AU in the process of writing which I have gained a whole new respect for Victor Hugo )

***

The one ft. Actual Booby Marius Pontmercy )

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the one that's mostly an excuse for the Winter Soldier + bb!Natasha to be adorable together )

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the one where Marius can heal your wounds with words of love, that was supposed to be Barricade Day everyone-lives crackfic but then somehow got deep and angsty instead and won't be finished for barricade day anyway )

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June 4th, 2015 03:13 pm - have some thoughts about stories about which I have been thinking
and by "thoughts" i mean elaborately worked out fanwank theories

Fury Road )

Imperial Radch )

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May 31st, 2015 12:13 am
So I'm just come back from watching Fury Road.

I have to say, if you're going to watch Fury Road, I recommend doing it after eating half of a large bag of buttered popcorn and having had nothing to drink since lunch: it really focused me on the story, I must say.

Of course as a result my most vivid reaction to the movie was JESUS FUCKING CHRIST DON'T POUR THE FUCKING WATER OUT INTO THE DESERT TURN THE FUCKING TAPS OFF WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING, so I may not be up to the same level of deep academic analysis that all y'all have been doing.

Anyway. Probably the best movie I've ever seen where the ratio of explosions to words of dialogue was greater than 10:1. Also I did not get bored of fight scenes and car chases at any point? Which was pretty freakin' magical given how quickly I usually get bored of those.

In conclusion, I still like Ancillary Sword better. :P

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