I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
I wasn't crazy about this. Maybe I just didn't see the point, or maybe The Darkness is just too dark for me right now. (Although I did like the next Darkness book better.)
Then again, I probably should have known that The Darkness and Visigoths would have gotten kinda dark and maybe I should have even know it would have been a big pointless.
This looked like a funky way to celebrate Pesach for secular Jews: fun, and funky, the illustrations all too pop culture for me not to be charmed. This was also inexpensive and I've started collecting Haggadahs, which is kinda perfect since the graphic novel Haggadah just came out earlier this year, too, I believe. I also own the Elie Wiesel version, and my mom has an old version and said I'd inherit all of hers so it was a shame I bought it. I disagree; I enjoy having my own copy. (Also if she lives forever, I would, for the record rather have her than the haggadahs, her jewelry or anything else she owns so I'm still praying she lives forever.)
That being said, and going back to this, I wasn't as impressed by what they left off their online ads/images. It felt just a bit to joke-y for me, and I'd have rather seen a balance between humor and seriousness. Even without the religious aspect, this is a serious holiday: it's about liberation from slavery. And no, I'm not so stuck-in-the-mud that I don't think that you can't joke about it. Hey, Jews joke about it, too; the writer of this was Jewish as were the writers of For This We Left Egypt? another humorous Haggadah. But this is one of big yearly events; it's not a High Holy Day, but it's taken quite seriously. To be truly Peseach kosher, bakeries have to sweet out all the leavened things, and have a serious clean out. I've seen Jews posting about Pesach cleaning. Our family is very, very reform, to the point of 'eh, throw all the bread in the basement', but they are serious about cooking and not eating the bread. Although my mom doesn't police me anymore and told me I could do what I wanted, I did, in fact, comply this year. It's a big, big thing. We don't celebrate, say, the ten plagues like we celebrate the first dude who tried to wipe us all out - Hammentaschen. He has his own cookie, mostly to celebrate him being, y'know, wiped out for trying to genocide the Jews. But we don't mope. We remember our bitterness about being slaves in metaphorical foodie ways, we talk a lot about being slaves, but we also celebrate our continuing liberation. And we pine for Jerusalem. Next year in Jerusalem we've all been saying for all too long.
So I guess what I'm trying to say is humor and Pesach has to balance the humor and the seriousness underlying this holiday. Especially, I think, for something so secular. Thanking G-d for saving us is huge. We have a very, very long repetitive song pretty much saying if G-d had done this thing, it would have been enough until we cover every single thing he did for us. (And Dayinu is one of my favorite religious songs. Here's why: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p1pabOX3fc It's quite catchy.)
This didn't do it for me. It was a quick read, and entertaining but I think tried to hard to be funny, to fit in, to be everything and fell a bit flat for me.
I’d heard this was good. But what exactly is Wayne thinking?
Not sure how I feel about this. Very Christian, a little judgmental and not really my thing. But well written, with some spectacularly funny moments. Not my usual reading, but this was a gift.
1. This book really, really emphasizes the nuance of hamas. The nuance of an organization that calls for the genocide of the Jews. Take that in, guys.
2. They say hamas has 'robust social welfare.' Tell that to the starving people while the leaders of hamas have billions.
Tell that to the people whose homes have't been rebuilt while hamas builds tunnels.
Yup, this book is bullshit.
If Rocket were swearing, or blowing more, ah, people up, this would be a five star rated book. But the problem with writing children's books of adult things is that you have to water down some characters, at least when you're dealign with the likes of Rocket and Deadpool. (Yes, I've seen a Spider-Man and Deadpool comic for kids...)
Overall, the author really nailed everything, he was just help back by this being a children's book. So I highly enjoyed it, but can't say that I felt it was five star due to the warping of the characters due to children.
Children ruin everything. At least they ruin some media tie-in books for me...
There are a couple things happening here: it's not all about Rubble, the plot twists are better, and I was reminded that favorite characters can come back. Yaaaas. Barricade. Mmm.
He doesn't show up in this, but it didn't matter. The possibility of seeing him again is all I need, thank you very much.
The art gets better, and Ruckley seems to be saying 'I was just setting everything up in issue one and two.' I think this might be a bad idea for comics though; even setup needs to fascinate me to buy issue #2, unless I really, really want this series not to suck. Ahem, yes, like with this. I'm glad I stuck it out, but if I hated issue one? Well, I'd have never moved onto issue two. Ruckley, I suspect, has more wiggle room in a fantasy novel, especially as an established writer. First of all, convention can call for slower writing - he does epic fantasy, so many of those books are humungous - and he isn't selling it chapter by chapter. If he were, I think he'd find the need to hook people immediately.
I'm now seeing that he can write well, even if he's no James Roberts, aka the man I judge all writing by. (I imagine he'd be shocked, maybe even embraced if he knew this, but, yeah, it's true.) So I'm hoping this continues to be amazing.
The fact that it's redoing the series isn't taken too seriously, but at the same time they make some serious nods to the TV show. Like I didn't see this ending to this coming, because I though all the main characters were safe (I do not consider this a spoiler since the description on Amazon says someone makes a sacrifice) but when I read it, I immediately thought of the first couple episodes and how this mirrored what happened to a character in that episode. It's clever, and better than that, it's subtle about how it's clever and that makes me very, very happy.
Loving the writing and art and the small twists on this world that add up to, well, a whole new BtVS world.
That being said, I'm still holding out hope. I'm not sure why this isn't working for me as well, although I suspect it's an even heavier hand as far as message storytelling here. I'm mostly holding out on this one because of Viv: I still love her as a character, even when I'm not crazy about her team's dynamics.
Looks like this love affair is done. I will not be looking for more to read, although I might catch up if I hear that this gets better later on.
Oh, wow, this got pretty porn-y. Like remember when Anita Blake went from plot to full out porn?
Yeah, just there's actually visuals to go along with it, and no thank you.
Look, what gaza is going through is horrible. But my sympathy is tempered by the fact that the world demands that Israel 'negotiate fairly' and talk to a group that clearly wants to murder Jews. (Yes, yes, I know they have a new charter that doesn't call for genocide anymore, but look up all the raised eyebrows when they changed it and said they couldn't get rid of the old Jew-murder-y one for reason-y reasons. Also, note that they now say they're fighting Zionists in the charter - so you'd assume all Zionists, not just Jews, right? Nope, every time they call to, say, tear the hearts out of someone, something one of the highest ups, forgot-his-first-name Sinwar actually literally said and it's out there on Twitter-land in video, it's always the Jews. It's like they still want to, say, murder Jews, preferably all of them.)
Let's delve deeper into this: how well did talking to the nazi regime work for the Jews? And yeah, naively, they tried at first, or just wanted to keep their heads down. Unsurprisingly, talking to someone who's whole raison d'être is murdering you, yes all of you, Jews hasn't worked in the past. It's insulting that we're expected to see 'nuance' in hamas. Like no amount of nuance and socialism or economic gains nuanced away the nazi's genocidal aims. Let's not nuance away what hamas really wants: to murder the Jews, all the Jews. Because no amount of nuance is going to pretty that up, you d-hole of an author.
That's honestly my biggest gripe right now. We don't talk about hamas with enough nuance. But I think this ties into a lot of what I was talking about earlier, and oddly enough it's only reinforced by everything I read, no matter on what side of the issue. Can you imagine someone patting Muslims on the head and saying they just didn't deal with the Christchurch murderer - yeah, I don't know his name and never bothered to look it up because that time and energy could be better spent, which is why I keep forgetting Sinwar's first name - with enough nuance? Nope, you couldn't, because no matter what he felt had been done to him, and his country, the really important thing about his was he was a cray-cray psycho who gunned down a shitload of people. No amount of nuance is going to make that shitshow any better. That being said, I do believe in understanding why he did it, because I think it can help understand and prevent further mass shootings. But, hey, Muslim community? You don't have to talk about this asshat with nuance. Call him out for the asshole he is. But understand this: hamas is also genocidal and while some Jews want to be their friends - not a lie; this was a tweet from a Jew back from when they had their genocidal desires enshrined in their charter - many will call them out for the terrorist, extremists assholes they are.
And guess what? They've tried to murder waaaaay more Jews than the Christchurch shooter tried to murder Muslims. We don't owe them shit, especially not a nuanced discussion of why they're trying to murder us.
It's going to take a while to tie this to my reading, so bear with me.
So, yesterday I was pretty much blasted for saying that Jew hate is treated differently than other kinds of racism AND that I should just go with the democratic party for the good of others.
Tlaib laid out a heavy piece of Shoah revision, saying that Arabs in the British Mandate of Palestine created a 'safe haven' for Jews. Well, I guess if you consider trying to murder them 'safe'. They created a hostile place from the get go, and still regularly try to murder all Jews, with one part of their government in gaza having a charter calling for the genocide of the Jews until a couple years ago.
Can you imagine a democrat saying that whites created a 'safe haven' for black people in America when they were trafficked over to America? Can you imagine the democrat's Speaker of the House saying that people were trying to smear that politician when they called them out for their historical inaccuracies? Like, sorry that the blatantly open Jew hate in the democratic party isn't something many Jews accept. I also don't read in a vacuum: the more the democrats systematically uphold Jew hate, the more I'm interested in reading Republican/conservative voices, even vile ones that I realize I don't agree with. This is for two reasons: one, I have definitely gone through my #Jexodus; I continue to find reasons to turn my back on the democrat party the longer this goes on. When people tell me to smile and take the antisemitism for the good of the democratic party, I wonder if they would say this to any other minority. Nor does any other minority get as much flack for abandoning the party; Latino support for Trump soared to 50% in February this year. Anyone want to slam them for their choices? Or maybe, just maybe, you'll respect their culture and whatever decides this vote for them. But complaining that the Jews don't have solidarity, while not looking at other minorities is a double standard that places them in a position where they have to vote for Jew hate - or be branded as awful/traitors/racist/whatever you want to say about them. If you're willing to say this about Jews, but not about the latinos and black people who vote for Trump, then you're being unfair to Jews.
So basically what I see is that democrats and their supporters want to frolic with their Jew hate - and not see any backlash. How dare we consider voting Republican? (Which honestly, why? I can note vote. I checked; I'm not currently registered to vote, and not re-registering makes my choices so damn much easier. By the way, no voting, writing in fictional characters, voting independent; I have more than two choices.) They also want me to very, very considerate of every other minority, but are happy to see me vote for holocaust revisionists, and back them up. (And yes, there are revisionists on both sides, but I was a big ol' lefty, so seeing it on the left hurts more so I'm calling it out more.) Seeing it on the left also leaves me politically homeless, and feeling that if the democrats win, the Jews are really, really screwed. If the Republicans win, we're really, really screwed, too. It's just I haven't invested in the Rebublican party and they aren't white knighting as hard as the democrats, so...
But intertwined with liberals, lefties and democrats is the premise of diversity and calling out racism. When I do so for others, and am sneered at when I point out democratic Jew hate, it doesn't make me want to read more diversely or care as much about calling gout other racism in my books. Jew hate. I'll focus on Jew hate since my solidarity is seen as a one way street where I'm asked to do far more for others than they're ever willing to do for me. I've seen the silence in progressive circles about Jew hate, when Jew hate isn't eagerly cheered on and sheltered.
I like my white men characters AND writers when it comes to comics. I used to actively search for diverse characters and writers; I'm interested in my old standbys - mostly white dudes - and Jewish writers.
The way I pick my reading, and the way I react when I see diversity in authors, and characters, has changed fairly dramatically. It hurts too damn much to speak openly about my own pain and be told that I'm wrong in order to cape for those who hate me. It's going to severely influence how I read and how I review, because I don't read, take in that reading, or review in a vacuum. If you didn’t speak out against this, I owe you none of my time. And good luck when they turn on you. We’re referred to as the canaries in the coal mine because one the group abusing us in done chewing us up and spitting us out, they turn on all the other minorities. I’ll be taking care of my own first by then, but if I have time and energy to spare, I’ll check in when I can.
"'With Hashem's help, gentlemen, this will work.'"
Frum. Science. Fiction.
Also, Am Yisrael Chai, and I needed a break from Milo after 2 pages, and being told I'm hateful.
I knew I was going to lose friends over reading books that are considered taboo. I didn't realize just how fast.
So I hate hypocrisy and double standards. If you're going to demand that people censor books that are considered taboo, let's do it for EVERYONE. Mein Kampf? Off the table, because it's offensive to a lot of groups of people, including Jews.
If you're unhappy with the fact that I am angry about Jew hate on the left, then I hope you're okay with policing how other minorities talk about the racism directed against them. If they're allowed to be angry and hateful and can't be racists even when they're yelling bigoted things at other groups, then you accept that about Jews. But I am no longer willing to smile when people pat me on the head and tell me to wait, Jew hate will be dealt with eventually, shhh, just be nice about it.
The women's march leaders STILL associate with a man who called Jews termites. I see no reason to be nice, or not hateful to them. These women are worthy ONLY of my contempt, and I will read whatever shit they tell me not to read because I DON'T TRUST THEM AND I DON'T TRUST PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T DISASSOCIATED FROM THEM. So, yeah, if you call me hateful and disassociate from me while loving nazi lovers, that's fine. I don't need you in my life.
I'm sick to my stomach that my choices are Democrats or Republicans. Call me when someone who doesn't hate me for being Jewish comes up. But fuck, I spill my guts about being afraid to be openly Jewish, and I'm dumped on. YOU WOULDN'T TREAT ANY OTHER MINORITY THIS WAY. NONE OF THEM. Jew hate is everywhere.
"I thought, this is poppycock, fuck anyone who tells me what I can and cannot read."
Yes, this is my reaction, too, and now I feel dirty.