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27 August 2014 @ 05:33 am
Wednesday Reading!  
A lot of my reading has been of the beta and proofing sort. But there be books.

I also finally got to see Guardians of the Galaxy. Woo, that makes two films this year! The villains are dumber than a box of rocks, and what's with naming people stuff like Thanos and Ronin and Nebula? Well, this is a comic book world, so I guess it fits. And Nebula was pretty interesting.

Anyway I chuckled, snickered, and howled all the way through--and if there is a second one, I'll find a way to get there much sooner. My favorite was Rocket the Raccoon Pirate, but Groot was right up there with him.
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Queen of the Skiesqueenoftheskies on August 27th, 2014 12:59 pm (UTC)
That movie was so much fun!
Chiara Castelnuovo-McKenziecmcmck on August 27th, 2014 01:15 pm (UTC)
It's rather a popular work.

Jamie sext (James VI & I to give him his correct title) is an intriguing figure, though.

It's best not to get me going on the late Stuart dynasty! :o)

Edited at 2014-08-27 01:17 pm (UTC)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on August 27th, 2014 01:18 pm (UTC)
That was me, and my youth speaking. So that term has become outdated? Thanks, I'll fix it.Yeah, the Stuarts were decorative, but problematical.
Chiara Castelnuovo-McKenziecmcmck on August 27th, 2014 01:20 pm (UTC)
The usual terms these days are Republic, Commonwealth and Protectorate (and I'll admit that makes it a lot more complex, but as a period, it was! :o)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on August 27th, 2014 01:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
Chiara Castelnuovo-McKenziecmcmck on August 27th, 2014 01:25 pm (UTC)
Y're welcome :o)

I object strongly to the idea that there was nothing of importance between the reigns! Modern British society is all!
Sherwood Smithsartorias on August 27th, 2014 01:27 pm (UTC)
Most certainly. But one could assume it by the comparative dearth of books. Judging from the shelves, at least here, it's like we went from Elizabeth to Shakespeare/Marlowe to the Civil War, to Charles and his excesses, and then skipped up to George III and the colonial uproar.
Chiara Castelnuovo-McKenziecmcmck on August 27th, 2014 01:30 pm (UTC)
There's plenty out there, but it's mostly pretty academic.

Barry Coward's: 'The Stuart Age' is pretty good as a general read around and not too heavily academic.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on August 27th, 2014 01:32 pm (UTC)
I'll see if I can find it! I actually like academic, but it's more difficult to find.

Yeah . . . looks like university libraries only, unless one has fifty bucks to spend, sigh.

Edited at 2014-08-27 01:33 pm (UTC)
Chiara Castelnuovo-McKenziecmcmck on August 27th, 2014 01:36 pm (UTC)
When I get review copies the price of some of 'em terrifies me! The one that just arrived from your side of the pond about Scottish and Irish Royalism during the Wars is a slim volume of just a couple of hundred pages which would have cost me $128 if I'd been in the market to buy it!
Sherwood Smithsartorias on August 27th, 2014 01:37 pm (UTC)
Ouch!

And that explains why I can find so few academic reads, sigh. No one can afford them.

The Coward's Kindle publication is over forty bucks!!!
Chiara Castelnuovo-McKenziecmcmck on August 27th, 2014 01:45 pm (UTC)
To an extent, I blame what I term 'academic vanity publishing'- academics being pressured to write whether there is a need or not.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on August 27th, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah . . . and academic publishers offsetting what they know will be small print runs by killingly high prices, as if universities had the capacious budgets of the old days.
whswhswhswhs on August 27th, 2014 02:09 pm (UTC)
Neal Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle takes place roughly from Charles II to, oh, George I I think, with a big emphasis on the reasons for the Glorious Revolution and the conflicts that underlay it. Of course it's historical fiction rather than history.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on August 27th, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah--I had some problems with it.
whswhswhswhs on August 27th, 2014 02:06 pm (UTC)
Guardians of the Galaxy was the third Marvel-based film chorale and I saw this year—the other two were Days of Future Past and Winter Soldier—and I would definitely say it was the least. Given that, it was not the complete waste of two hours I expected from the previews. chorale decided she wanted to see it after we heard from friends who really, really liked it, after we had decided to skip it, and I went in with low expectations—and it was actually mostly amusing. It was formulaic, in the fashion where the formula is kept simple and a bit dumb and the audience is invited to enjoy the dumbness, and that's the opposite of my preferred style, which is to look for the underlying serious point that the formula oversimplifies, but it wasn't heavy-handed about it. I'm just not the target audience for entertainment as such.

I'm glad that you enjoyed it!
Sherwood Smithsartorias on August 27th, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC)
I can see that. I find that the serious point for so many of these is both obvious and trite, so I tend to avoid them altogether. But I will always be drawn in by laughter.
Blair MacGregorblairmacg on August 27th, 2014 02:10 pm (UTC)
Dev and I had a blast at GotG, and we've continued to toss little movie quips and each other ever since. And I made him watch Footloose. :)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on August 27th, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)
Heh!
Deborah J. Rossdeborahjross on August 27th, 2014 03:43 pm (UTC)
I was underwhelmed by the previews, but went with my neighbor. Now I understand all the online references to "I Am Groot." A bit of pleasant fluff entertainment, but not worthy of a repeat viewing.
Toomas Nipernaadinipernaadiagain on August 28th, 2014 08:19 am (UTC)
My older son took me to see the movie and just like you I am very happy that now I belong in company, where people are supposed to know what "I am Groot" means
Sherwood Smithsartorias on August 28th, 2014 01:04 pm (UTC)
Yes!
Deborah J. Rossdeborahjross on August 28th, 2014 03:39 pm (UTC)
Then we are both in excellent company!
Rachel M Brownrachelmanija on August 27th, 2014 03:55 pm (UTC)
I was also pleasantly surprised. I liked the lived-in feeling of the world, too - the way people seemed to be doing their own thing around the edges of the story, rather than every single element being designed to fulfill a purpose that had to do with the main story and the main characters.

I enjoyed this fic in which they build a house. I'm sorry, I mean a lair: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2178435
Sherwood Smithsartorias on August 27th, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
That was a good fic--thanks for the link!
.wolfsilveroak on August 27th, 2014 04:24 pm (UTC)
There will be a second one, already confirmed for a 2016 release.

If you're not a comicbook fan, I can see where it would not be as fun of a movie as it would be for comicbook fans.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on August 27th, 2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
I like comics, I just haven't been following them like I did as a kid. It takes me a moment to switch my paradigm sniffer to "comic world rules and physics" and then I'm good to go. Especially if it makes me laugh!
.wolfsilveroak on August 27th, 2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
I'm no whewre near as big of a comicbook fan as I was when I was a lot younger, or as my husband still is, but yes, I thoroughly enjoyed it as well. }:)
anna_wing on August 28th, 2014 07:55 am (UTC)
It was fun and I enjoyed it. Nebula was a much more satisfactory character than Gamora in terms of the rationality of her motivations. I was really unclear about why Gamora thought the Nova Corps were a remotely reliable force with which to deal with an artifact of cosmos-threatening power.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on August 28th, 2014 01:05 pm (UTC)
Nobody's motivations made much sense--but it's a comic book world.