Feb. 5th, 2017

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12. Star Wars Chewbacca by Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto - These Star Wars tie-ins seem to be less stupid than the ones that people loved when I was a kid. I guess most of the Star Wars books that were so popular at one point just seemed to be working on too many assumptions about where the movies were going to go. And of course, the worst offender is Lucas with those fucking prequels. So now we can honestly say that the Star Wars tie-in stuff is canon without feeling a little dirty about the whole thing (as opposed to those books where Luke turns to the Dark Side and we get a fucking Palpatine clone). Of course, the benefit of being part of the canon is that there are fewer surprises. We were pretty much expecting Rogue One to be a good bit of fan service that managed to pull a Wild Bunch ending because those were the people that get killed bringing the plans.

So this is fluffy side adventure to Chewbacca helping out a bunch of miners in a place where the Empire is sort of involved but not really. Mostly the Empire has an interest in the mine, but the dickhead capitalists are the ones that are turning the people into slaves through capitalism. There's also something that Chewbacca has to take home which I am sure ties into some Star Wars thingy but the only true canonical Wookie story I buy into is the Holiday Special.

13. Alien Next Door: In Space No One Can Hear you Clean by Joey Spiotto - I think I might have hated a book like this when I was a kid. When I was a kid, Alien was fucking scary and there was nothing that could take away from the thrill of watching the original Alien movie when I was 8 years old in a dark theater (some may say that I have bad parents, but I loved it). There is an interesting paradox but somewhere in between toddler and early adolescent you try to prove how old you are by hating all the cute shit that everyone wants you to love. And then the place where adult life begins is when you are totally chill with all the cute stuff. Oh sure, until I am a parent, I am not going to watch Elmo by choice but I can appreciate it.

Then again, the main joke of Spiotto books is that you take the horrifying and turn it cute. You know that the original is horrifying so the cuteness of the alien feeding the cat or walking the face hugger makes it funny. I am trying to figure out if he is the same one who did the Star Wars books but I'm not sure. Anyhow these are adorable. I guess there's not much else to say about this one.


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