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The_Book_Ninja

Joined January 2022

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Tintin by Jean-Marc Lofficier, Randy Lofficier
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I‘m now officially a man who hates men. More precisely, as the final chapter is titled, I‘m a man who hates men who hate women. The other chapters cover all of the unsavoury flavours of misogynists from online Incels up to their offline, male supremacist heroes like Piers Morgan, Trump and Johnson. Along the way we meet MGTOWs and Pick Up Artists. Fascinating and depressing in equal turns. Full of verifiable facts. Need something light to read now

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A Father‘s Day gift from one daughter, a borrow from another, a weekday trip to Forbidden Planet and a Sunday stroll up to Waterstones. I now have TBR to take me up to 2027.

I‘m a slow reader😩

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I love cookbooks, I love socks. I love a Father‘s Day when my princess buys me a cookbook and socks. I‘ll be trying to make the giant patty. Big up all dad crew, seen👊🏼

she_she 👸🏽❤️ 2w
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Back in the 00s, postmodernism was all the rage. Nowadays ,Foucault, Baudrillard, Hall et al, who looked at popular culture & meaning, usually through a (Neo)Marxist lens, are a bit unfashionable. When I saw this book I thought it was going to be an update of Berger‘s, Ways of Seeing, for the Marvel generation: A look at the hidden, political messages in today‘s Superhero movies. I bailed after 40 pages as it just too boring. 2/10 chin strokes🤔🤔

5feet.of.fury That‘s too bad! Seems like such an interesting topic. 3w
The_Book_Ninja @5feet.of.fury that‘s what I was hoping when I picked it up. I just found really dull. But it‘s all a question of taste. 3w
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The Fight | Norman Mailer
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No, not the story of Mailer‘s fight with Rip Torn (It‘s on YouTube-and it‘s the most bizarre thing you‘ll ever see), but Norman‘s inside report from the boxers‘ camp in Zaire during the Foreman/Ali fight. There‘s no ambiguity here: Mailer‘s ego is much bigger than Ali‘s- how dare this pugilist get as much money for fighting as I get for writing intellectual masterpieces? Tropes, stereotypes, casual and explicit racism abound from pompous Mailer.

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The Fight | Norman Mailer
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One of America‘s greatest writers?
Here Mailer describes Muhammad Ali‘s aunt, Coretta, who traveled with his entourage as his chef. Mailer‘s description of her isn‘t remotely “great”. It‘s straight up derogatory and has a whiff of racist tropes. The whiff is a full-blown stink throughout the rest of the book.

she_she 💀 3w
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RoboCop | Ed Naha
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I‘ve got a soft spot for movie/TV tie-ins. I used to read the books of certificate X films that I was too young to get in to see. First time I‘ve read this one. It‘s a bit average. It pretty much sticks to the film‘s plot with no flourishes. Without Verhoeven‘s distinctive auteurship, the novel loses the dark and absurd qualities of the film and Naha doesn‘t seem to try and recreate them at all with words. 🤖👮🏼‍♀️5/5 Cyborg cops

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RoboCop | Ed Naha
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A weird title because without looking at the subheading you‘d think this was anti-vegan. I don‘t think this will turn a meat eater vegan, but it might help you decide if you‘re thinking about it or you‘re eating a mixed or vegetarian diet.The relentless descriptions of animal cruelty are tough going but people need to stand up against such brutality. Works well on an E-reader as points supported with live links to research etc. 🌱8/10 plants

she_she 👏🏽 1mo
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Tik-Tok | John Sladak, John Sladek
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In psycho robot Tik-Tok‘s world,Asimov is an author who‘s laws of robotics influenced asimov circuitry that keeps robots law-abiding.Tik-Tok‘s asimov is broke & his adventures are a decent into madness with Bateman-esque internal monologues. Along the way the book satirises institutions such as the art world, religion & the military.The only bit that jarred was the analogy of antebellum South slavery with robot servants as being something humorous

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Tik-Tok | John Sladak, John Sladek
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Nice when you read vintage SciFi and the author foresees something that has since manifested. Although it‘s not a technological prediction, this from 1986 turns out to be quite prophetic. I‘ve got a lot of old SciFi in my TBR but Sladek‘s prognostication will take some trumping.

Bookwomble ? "Some trumping" - I see what you did there! I really enjoyed Tik Tok, too, for similar reasons to your own. I've had Roderick at Random on my tbr for a long time, which I should get around to some day. That image is highly disturbing, btw ?? 1mo
The_Book_Ninja When I logged Tik-Tok as a current read I saw you read it a few years ago. I said to my daughter, I hope Wombie isn‘t going to think I‘m stalking him!😂 1mo
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I‘m not sharing these quotes to annoy non-vegans. My wife isn‘t vegan and we get along fine😂 What you eat is your choice. But whatever food we buy as consumers, we deserve to able to trust the manufacturers. I buy these eggs for my wife😩. I just don‘t know what more to say😔

Bookwomble That is awful to see. I'm lacto-vegetarian, so don't eat eggs, but my wife does, so this is bad to see. Obviously, I did know that the same stuff happens in the dairy industry, so I'm not claiming the moral high ground. 2mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble Of course, Wombie!…No matter what diet we follow, we deserve to have our food produced packaged in clean, sanitised environments. 2mo
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The Warriors | Sol Yurick
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I went to see The Warriors at The Prince Charles Cinema last night. A bit disappointed because the print was so bad. For some reason I like making themes out of my reading so I‘m adding these two books to my TBR (once I‘ve got my Robot themed reading out of my system☺️)

5feet.of.fury LOVE that movie 🍿 2mo
The_Book_Ninja It‘s so good! 2mo
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she_she 🤢 2mo
Bookwomble I used to work at Tesco head office as a customer service manager, meat products being in my area, and I could tell you much worse stories than this! 2mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble please don‘t 😂 2mo
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I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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Short story dilemmas/puzzles based on robot actions and Asimovs famous Laws of Robotics. I read this once every 10 years. It‘s like a pair of old slippers.Gets more and more weird reading something that was speculative once but is full of archaisms. Asimov doesn‘t write good female characters: More positronic brains than positive women. He almost seems to dislike Susan Calvin. She‘s constantly undermined. Classic but dated🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖7/10 Robots

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Interesting series of essays showing LeGuin was passionate about her art & argues that real-life experiences & the unconscious make an authentic & “real” fantasy/sci-fi novel & she uses Jungian psychology to encourage other authors to look inward (the Self) for inspiration. Also discusses feminism, censorship & pulp novels. The introductions by Susan Wood were pretty dry. I skipped those. 🪶🪶🪶🪶🪶🪶🪶🪶8/10 quills

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Bookwomble This is the posh M&S version (which looks lovely); mine was definitely the Aldi version 😄 2mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble 😂as long as it does the job 2mo
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As an amateur mixologist I have a lot of cocktail books but this one is definitely one of the best. Looks glorious and gives you core, classic drinks and how to flip the recipe. It‘s one of the least challenging to make, but I used this book to guide me through making margaritas today🍹

Bookwomble Sounds refreshing 😊🍸 I made myself an ice coffee with kahlua and vodka after I'd finished the day's chores, which I think was basically a White Russian 😋 2mo
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My last quote: Nearing the end…

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Over 40 years ago, Le Guin wrestled with a problem that one of her Stans (JK) and a lot of society, is clearly having a hard time accepting today.

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I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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One of my favourite books. Time for a re-read. Gutted that I can‘t find the paperback I‘ve had since I was a kid: Must have borrowed it to someone but I can‘t remember. Got it on the Kindle(TM) tho‘😂

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This made me chuckle😊

she_she facts 2mo
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Probably one of the few quotes I can share that drive home one of the points of this book that isn‘t going to turn your stomach. I‘m 40% in and I think I need a break from the relentless descriptions of animal cruelty. A tough read.

she_she 😔 2mo
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Makes you wonder🤔…Ursula K. Le Guin said this a good 20 years before J. K. Rowling “invented” a school for Witchcraft and Wizardry

she_she Harry Potter is a watered down Lord of the Rings! I said what I said! 2mo
The_Book_Ninja @she_she LOTR is an ocean. HP is a TERF‘s tear. 2mo
she_she @The_Book_Ninja 😂😂😂 2mo
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The Strange Death of Alex Raymond | Dave Sim, Carson Grubaugh
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Comics-N-Stuff was a bit of a let down but Now or Never in East Village was a lot better. Picked this up for when I get home

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Comics-N-Stuff | San Diego, CA (Bookstore)
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Just stumbled across this place while wifey is on a shopping mission…let‘s see if there‘s any goodies inside for me @she_she

she_she get me a gift ;) 2mo
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A tightly plotted gem of a novel. 🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲 8/10 bikes

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Ahhh..I miss the days when I read to my kids. I never read this to them as they were reading on their own by the time this came out. But I‘ve been promising @she_she I‘d read the series for years so here we are…Book the First complete, looking forward to the next instalment. 🪝🪝🪝🪝🪝🪝🪝 7/10 hooks.

she_she quick read! 2mo
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Well it‘s not very often you read a book and this happens🙀

Bookwomble 🤯😄 2mo
she_she 🐟 2mo
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Gosh! Comics | London, London, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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Stumbled across this comic shop while walking through soho with wifey late one evening. Managed to check it out today. Very nice shop and wifey found me a bargain for 10 quid.

Bookwomble Oh, my goodness! I used to get my comics from Gosh! when they were on Great Russell Street. I was devastated when they closed. Fantastic to see they've reopened at another location 😊❤ 2mo
The_Book_Ninja It‘s a superb little shop. Lots of good stuff old and new. And caters for all ages. I‘m glad they survived the last 2 years too 2mo
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If you grew up poor, your clothes itched. Facts.
(Also if you‘re autistic-so I‘ve been told😉)

she_she sensory issues 🙏🏽🥲 3mo
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Read a lot of comics history. Although I‘m addicted they mostly end up being dry. This one was a blast though. Never been a DC fan but now I know a bit more about the ethos of the company, I feel a bit sorry for them. 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇 8/10 Batmans

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I‘ve been promising my daughter I would read A Series of Unfortunate Events for years….Today, I start!

she_she a read 20 years in the making 😅 3mo
Nute A very pretty collection. I‘m so happy to hear about your upcoming father-daughter reading adventure. Reading together with family or friends is purely amazing. Enjoy!☺️ 2mo
The_Book_Ninja @Nute why thank you🙏🏼 2mo
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I guess there‘s something very wrong with me 🤷🏻‍♂️

Bookwomble 😂 Ha, Ha! But also, yes there is 😑 (😁) 3mo
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I had to Google this to see if it was legit. Oh dear. 😬 Luckily she only lost her privilege for 24 hours.

she_she 💀 3mo
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Redemption Ark | Alastair Reynolds
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I read this as the 3rd in the series in a Revelation Space omnibus on the kindle but it‘s more a direct follow-up to the 1st book. As always, the ideas are superb and the book zips along at warp factor 9 for the first 75%. Then the breaks go on and the denouement we are promised doesn‘t materialise. I feel like the last part of the book was changed to give us a build up to an epilogue that serves as a prelude to the next book. A great read though.

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Times have changed for the better. I remember the days when I was so embarrassed to buy comics I used to hide them inside a copy of Hustler.

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From the chapter on Cigars of the Pharaoh: Source of the Thompson Twins?

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Introduces some classic characters such as the Thompson Twins and Rastapopoulos but because it‘s redrawn from the 1930s and became last in the series rather than the 4th, the continuity becomes confusing. This vid explains it well: https://youtu.be/dIPvVZsEz7M. This story is acknowledged as being a growth in Herge‘s creativity ability with plot development, humour and intrigue. Despite the rewrite It‘s still amateurish and has racial stereotypes.

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Scandalous 😂

she_she 😂😂😂 4mo
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Early 1960s: DC staff brainstormed why young upstart Marvel were doing much better sales. One suggestion was Marvel‘s covers were verbose in the extreme. DC tried to emulate and in one instance, went overboard. Tucker got me jumping on the internet to do compare and contrast research. Fantastic 4 #43 vs Wonder Woman #159…I‘m only on the introduction and I‘m loving this book already.

Bookwomble I've got that FF comic! 😎 (🤓) 4mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble ultimate respect👊🏼 4mo
Bookwomble 😎👊🏻 4mo
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Everyone enjoys reading someone else‘s perspective of a film, band, book (naturally) that they feel passionately about. Hanif situates his study in the context of growing up, young, black & a fan of rap, in a racist America.It‘s especially enjoyable if the person writing, creates imagery just as vivid as the subject they‘re discussing. The “love letters” are a bit cringy at times but I guess I wouldn‘t want my love letters being read by strangers.

she_she Wonder if they‘re as cringey James Joyce‘s love letters to his wife…I‘ll have to give it a read 😂 4mo
The_Book_Ninja No Farting Nora‘s or f**kbirds😆 4mo
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Ahhhh. Awkward!😬 Sorry to be a pedant but it‘s “Tha bwoys ah dem jealous cos a how I rock. A Tribe Called Quest, we represent non-stop. Idiot bwoy, idiot bwoy, idiot bwoy, step aside. There ain‘t enough room to fit you all in my ride”. The last part is Phife quoting Run‘s verse from Sucker M.C.‘s. You should know this, bro😂

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Source Awards 1995: Never forget, a talentless crook sparked the East Coast-West Coast feud that ultimately took the lives of 2 of the worlds greatest and beloved rappers. 😔

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My plan: Read every Tintin this year, in order and do some real nerdy research on the creation and background of each of Hergé‘s stories using the following 3 books:
Tintin by Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier.
Tintin: Hergé & His Creation by Harry Thompson
Tintin: The Complete Companion by Michael Farr

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Reading Tintins in order for the 1st time. Had some hardbacks from when I was a kid and collected all the ones I read in the library or never read at all so I now have the full collection. After reading the very basic “In the Land of the Soviets” & the religious propaganda & vile racism of “In the Congo” this feels like the first real fun adventure. Redrawn & coloured 15 years after original print, there‘s still some racism but the art is glorious

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Chicago, 1931.
Boris Johnson, 2022

Bookwomble Ha, ha! ? Although the gangster vibe I get off Johnson is less "Boss" and more "low-down, cheap little punk". 5mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble 😂 sadly, the man is running the country 5mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja Sadly, and badly. And hopefully not for much longer. 5mo
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Started reading the Tintins in order before I got my Litsy. Land of The Soviets was basic, In the Congo was unsavoury but it was the first time I‘d ever read them (last year). Back to familiar territory with an edition I read and re-read many times when I was a kid. Price sticker on the back of this hardback says Q9.95p

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Will | Will Smith
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I wasn‘t a massive fan of Will the rapper, as a DJ myself back in the day, it was Jazzy Jeff who drew my interest. He was, & still is, one of the best scratch DeeJays & listening to his cuts was the reason to buy a Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince record. So, the first half of this book is good, charting the duo‘s rise to fame. The 2nd half (Hollywood years) is disappointing. His journey of self discovery was boring and lack of gossip was a let down