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Alright.  So I've been buying comics lately.  I do that.  There is nothing wrong with that, except that I wil probably never have allowance money left over again.  Thisweek I only got two.  I MEANT to only get one, but, dammit, there was a backup story in X-Men, of all places, that I needed.  So I purchased it, read only the back-up and an interview with a paleontologist who'd named a dinosaur after Loki, and am unsure what to do with the rest, which I don't care about or wish to read.  Perhpas I shall get a pen and draw humorous mustaches on Scott Summers.  That might be amusing.

The backup itself, however, was pure gold and wonderful and I need moremoremore of the author NOW.  My only minor quibble was that I kept expecting Magneto to slap Cyke and Wolverine for calling him "Erik."  I wasn't aware everybody was on such a nice first name basis, but, like I said, I'm not touching the main run with a ten-foot pole.  Major plot developments: Magneto is now pretty sure he has more grandkids, Billy is confirmed to be Jewish (and last issue Teddy talked about going to Episcopalian school.  Being religious myself, I like seeing these details of characters, particuarly with Billy and Teddy being boyfriends and all.  There was an entire website somewhere, actually, devoted to finding out what religion superheroes were, and it was fascinating.) and Wolverine, in the surprise of the century, does not trust a chronic supervillain around kids.

Anyway.  Great fun.  Also enjoyed Generation Lost this week.  I've always liked Captain Atom, ever since he had a Southern accent on JLU.
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Yay!

I shall begin with a few book recs. 

Anything by Robin McKinley.  Now, to be fair, I have not in fact read all of her stuff, but so far I haven't gone wrong at all.  Mostly classic high fantasy, with a lot of the newer stuff being more urban, and actually still GOOD.

Watership Down.  If you have not read this, you must.

The Sinestro Corps War, vols. 1 and 2.  This and the next are comic recs.  This one is exciting, well drawn, well written, and features copious amounts of Guy Garner and villains both being awesome, something I always want in my comics.

Any of the newest Blue Beetle books.  These things got me into comics a few months back, and very little since has lived up to them.  The characters are likable, the writing is both funny and suspenseful, and "homicidal alien artifact attaches itself to your spine and refuses to let go" is the best origin story ever.

Civil War Blunders.  An excellent look at the Civil War, blackly humorous and tragic at turns.  Really humanizes the history.

And Lou disapproves of...

The House of Night vampire books.  Mary Sue is special!  Mary Sue has three boyfriends!  Author mouthpiece will now segue into out of nowhere speech about how religion is evil!  Look at Mary Sue's new abilities!  Isn't Mary Sue special?  You wanna know the other reason I can't hate Twilight?  I've read these.

Whatever Marvel has against happily married couples lately.  THERE IS A REASON I DO NOT PURCHASE YOUR STUFF.  Luckily this doesn't seem to be spreading into DC, which is against happiness period but at least is keeping Supes and Lois Lane together so far knockonwood.

And what else does Lou disapprove of?  Oh, yes.

I will take you as seriously as you want to be taken...  ONCE YOU LEARN HOW TO SPELL.
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No, seriously.

I understand completely that the books kind of suck.  They do.  Edward is NOT a romantic figure, Bella is a hideous role model, and while there are parts of them that are excellent, most of it's kind of drawn down into a sea of mediocrety ruined by the aforementioned problem of the lead couple.

<s>Also they make me warm and fuzzy inside.</s>

But whenever I see distinct hate, not for the books but for the phenomenon, for the very idea that someone could like the books- I feel a little leery about joining in.

Why?

Let's go back to Portal To Conformity High School, NC.  A science classroom, home of the teacher who not only has at home a python named Padme, but who brought his bearded dragon to class.  Home of the fish I am in charge of feeding, who I am as afraid to get attached to as everything else because they keep dying just after I name them.  But they recognize me now, and swim to the top of the tank for food.

I sit at my desk.  I share it with someone whose name I can never remember.  Across from me are a few pretty, popular, fashionable girls who have it all together but who I can't really hate because they're nice people in spite of the the fatal flaw of being everything I've given up on. 

One of them is reading New Moon, or maybe Eclipse.  "This is SO good," she says. 

I agree.

So does every other girl within earshot.  The girl reading and her friend smile at me.  "Aren't they GREAT?"

"I LOVE them," I say, because at that point I do.

"I mean," she says, "I haven't enjoyed a book since I was like, two, and I CANNOT put these down."

So there you have it.  I can't hate anything that does that.  I care too passionately about literacy.

That being said, if any of y'all out there want a GOOD vampire story- no boarding schools, no sparkling, and a heroine who's actually flawed and relatable, I recommend Robin McKinley's Sunshine.  I can barely look at vampires anymore since they've taken over everything (House of Night, you I can actively dislike), but I still love this novel.  It influenced a lot of my loves in writing- dystopias, fantasy, even the little characters being interesting- and yeah.  READ IT.

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