Arthur started a blog (new defunct) initially to make fun of Dan getting a blog. And then started posting in it. Then he started posting stuff here instead. Then an alarming amount of time passed and he ended up as Ferretbrain's second editor after Wardog passed on the torch. He also maintains a blog at Refereeing & Reflection, where he drones on about roleplaying games in way more detail than a general audience would care about.
at 10:13 on 04-01-2018
Maybe you don’t think that would be satisfying for fans of those characters, but I have to ask… are the sequel films that they made satisfying for fans of those characters?They are for me. In particular, Leia in The Last Jedi gets to be bigger and better and more convincingly a badass rebel leader than she was at any point in the original trilogy.
- at 00:57 on 04-01-2018 link Whilst I think you can definitely accuse The Force Awakens of rote regurgitation, I honestly don't think the same is true of The Last Jedi - that's not regurgitation that's happening there so much as it is a considered reappraisal and reconfiguration. The movie smashes Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi together and then assembles the pieces in profoundly unexpected ways.
at 16:34 on 03-01-2018
There's a lot of things I want and expect out of Star Wars ...That could pretty much be the motto of any given discussion of Star Wars, to be honest. It's pretty evident from your posts on the subject that you have an extremely tightly defined personal vision of what Star Wars should be, which if it brings you joy then great but at the same time seems to be a recipe for disappointment. Ultimately, the only way the franchise can continue at ...
at 23:07 on 02-01-2018
This trilogy has already done several things that made me ask “What was the point of the original trilogy, then?” but that seems like much too much.People keep making that point and I keep thinking "the galaxy just had some 30ish decades of comparative peace. That's frankly rare even on our one little planet." Literally the entire point of the new movies is that you don't get to sit back and rest on your laurels when it comes to opposing fascism. Otherwise ...
at 16:08 on 02-01-2018
I think that's where a lot of the split comes down to, these movies feel more military sci-fi then the old ones, with less fantasy tropes being used, even if they are still ussing fantasy trappings.Yes, I can sort of see that. One of the things I noticed is that for the purposes of Empire Strikes Back the wider Rebellion isn't especially relevant after the Hoth sequence - it's all about Leia and Han's getaway and Luke's Jedi training after that. Whereas the action of ...
- at 20:31 on 30-12-2017 link I think Adam Driver is perfect as Kylo Ren precisely because he's the perfect "frustrated emo Vader wannabe" figure that the character's meant to be. He is a slightly underwhelming villain in terms of personal presence, and is hard to take seriously as a consequence, but I think that's kind of meant to be the point - he's the evil that isn't taken seriously, even by the people who think they are using him for their own purposes, until it's too late and the damage is done. (He's like the alt-right t...
at 10:55 on 20-12-2017
While we wait for Robinson to weigh in, here's my thoughts on this year's Star Wars holiday season offering: - Luke's looking a bit different. I'm really not sure about the makeup job and the hair. - Everyone loves Chewbacca but it remains to be seen whether the other fuzzy friends we get this time really endear themselves to people. - We get surprisingly little R2, but what we do get is effective. - They do some interesting worldbuilding here. Less lights...
- at 13:36 on 29-10-2017 link I've not run into any of those - will have to keep an eye open.
- at 22:11 on 02-10-2017 link Yes.
- at 09:58 on 12-09-2017 link Were anyone to write one, I'd be glad to publish.
- at 03:33 on 11-09-2017 link I am working towards Kiernan in my coverage of Mythos stuff but it may be a while.
- at 10:36 on 08-09-2017 link I haven't actually read any Copper to my recollection - might have to look into that. My understanding of Price's place in Lovecraft fandom is as follows: Phase 1: Fanzine/journal editor. Price produces Crypt of Cthulhu, presenting a mixture of fan essays and fiction. It is a useful early forum for Lovecraft scholarship. Phase 2: Anthology editor. Price lands a series of significant gigs editing Cthulhu Mythos anthologies. His encyclopedic knowledge of the field allows him ...
at 15:45 on 27-08-2017
Joshi's reaction now is particularly odd given his reaction to Price's comments back in 2015:
Well, NecronomiCon Providence (August 20–23) has come and gone, and it was a tremendous event. I fear, however, that it didn’t get off on a very good start, as the opening ceremonies featured a surprisingly lifeless and mechanical summary by Leslie Klinger of the basic facts of Lovecraft’s biography (do we really need such a recitation at such an event?), followed by a rather ...
at 15:29 on 27-08-2017
That Price said some obnoxious stuff that made him unwelcome as a convention speaker is not much of a surprise to me. The man is on the record as a hardcore Trumpist (a Shining Trumpezohedron, if you will) with nuclear-level Islamophobia. I've done a little digging and found the comments which got him banned; note that Joshi doesn't quote them in his post, mostly because if he did then it'd completely torpedo his point.
If we can manage to look past [Lovecraft’s] racism, ...
- at 13:25 on 07-06-2017 link We had a bit of downtime there due to a server upgrade - please poke if you notice any issues.
- at 11:36 on 23-05-2017 link It definitely has that "newly made antique" look that was so inspirational to The Man In the High Castle.