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I'm a well read technosexual who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.   

Currently reading

The Organization of Information (Library and Information Science Text Series)
Daniel N. Joudrey, Arlene G. Taylor
Progress: 52/512pages
Reference and Information Services: An Introduction, 5th Edition (Library and Information Science Text)
Melissa A. Wong, Linda C. Smith
Progress: 17/880pages
Uncanny Avengers (2015-) #26
Sean Izaakse, R.B. Silva, Jim Zub
Information Resource Description: Creating and Managing Metadata
Philip Hider
Airplane Photography
Herbert E. Ives
Uncanny Inhumans (2015-) #0
Charles Soule, Steve McNiven
Deadpool (2015-) #33
Matteo Lolli, Gerry Duggan, David López
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Tantor Audio, Becky Chambers, Rachel Dulude
The Late Great State of Israel: How Enemies Within and Without Threaten the Jewish Nation's Survival
Aaron Klein
Mojo: Conjure Stories
Tobias S. Buckell, Neil Gaiman, Jarla Tangh, Jenise Aminoff, Gregory Frost, Barth Anderson, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Sheree Renee Thomas, Marcia Douglas, devorah major, Nisi Shawl, Gerard Houarner, Nnedi Okorafor, Luisah Teish, Andy Duncan, Eliot Fintushel, A.M. Dellamonica, S
Progress: 64/352pages

Fun, but just that

Grumpy Cat - FCBD 2016 Edition (The Misadventures Of Grumpy Cat And Pokey Vol. 2) - Royal McGraw, Various, Various, Ken Haeser

This is fun, and there are little pokes at the comic book fandom.   Still, it's not half as clever as most parodies, or anything breaking the fourth wall, partly because it's not as self-aware.   These are just meant to be fun, whereas most parodies really play with the tropes, most times pointing out the flaws within said tropes.   Likewise, breaking the fourth wall is more effective when it has teeth: commenting on things that are harmful, or simply not well done. 

 

Grumpy Cat aims to be harmless fun, and it is that.   But it comes off at toothless: generic humor that doesn't really make a point except that, say, Superman vs. Batman was lame.   (Which is so almost universally agreed upon that even if it has a little teeth, it's little enough to feel toothless: it's okay, because it knows it won't upset most of the comics fandom.)

 

And this isn't a bad thing.   It was fun enough for that harmlessness.   It was amusing.   I just didn't feel as strongly about it as something that wasn't afraid to go for the jugular: that safety net made me feel like this was too strongly neutral about almost everything.  And I wanted to feel something about this.   It didn't have to get super intellectual, but something more clever wouldn't hurt.   (I like plenty of things that are good, harmless fun.   They do tend to have some sort of excellence about them, though: the writing, the ideas, the art, the execution, something.   This felt fairly average on top of not really wanting to hurt anything, even if it meant not really saying anything, and that made me like this a little less than those other good, harmless fun things that I've read.)