Sunday, June 23, 2013

A different kind of awesome

It may strike some as ironic, but I have to confess, I very much enjoy reading through the book reviews/rants by the rabid lady reviewer known as Requires Only That You Hate. The fascinating thing is that despite her ability to detect misogyny in a gust of wind and racism in a blade of grass, she's actually less inclined to give the mediocre writers of the SF/F field a pass on the basis of their sex and color than most readers and reviewers are. 

Consider her review of one ignorant half-savage's ludicrously overpraised work, the condescending plaudits for which are more intrinsically racist than most historical KKK pamphlets.
As I speed-read through The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, I couldn’t get rid of the nagging suspicion that I’ve read this before. At first I thought Laurell K. Hamilton, because some of the sex descriptions are very silly, but that’s not it. Then I thought that the obligatory dark-haired bishounen Nahadoth shares several qualities with a certain breed of demon lovers from trashy paranormal romances or possibly Edward Cullen.

It wasn’t until I read a review that gushes something along the line of “fans of Anne Bishop’s Daemon won’t be able to help being just a bit in love with Nahadoth” that it finally clicked: this is the Black Jewels trilogy sans the giant Mary Sue, horrible writing, and creepy pedophilia....

Jemisin is much like Bishop in that she doesn’t give a shit about her setting or, if she does, lacks the life to breathe into it. You might wonder: what does the world/country/land look like? No clue, beyond that Sky is white and pearly. What’s their technology level? Who knows (the author answered this in an interview, but if you can’t tell by reading the book alone, well then). The setting’s a cardboard backdrop that might fall over and crumble any minute. One of the novel’s selling points is that it supposedly veers from a typical medieval European culture and the protagonist is dark-skinned, but frankly, you can’t tell. When I said Borgias on steroids, I meant it: the Arameri is one big lump of implied incest, sadism, corruption, and loads of other things that would have impressed the Lannisters except every single one of them–except for Yeine’s mother–is a blithering idiot. They behave in exactly the way you would expect from my description. Their customs are as generic fantasy as they come....

Easily the most overrated thing ever to come out recently, and I’m going to assume that people who gush over how groundbreaking it all is have only ever read Tolkien and Eragon.
I think this may be the woman against whom R. Scott Bakker was so desperate to set me when he was being hit from both sides for his unseemly fascination with raping every female character that so much as twitched in his novels.  Regardless, aside from her ideologically driven preferences, RH has reasonably good taste in SF/F, as she thinks well of Tanith Lee, Joan D. Vinge, and China Mieville, while turning up her nose at overrated mediocrities like Jemisin, Sheri Tepper, Jasper Fforde, and Saladin Ahmed. 

She's a bit harsh on Jim Butcher, but for some of the right reasons as she correctly identifies the psychosexual development of his characters as being stuck at the teenage level and Harry Dresden being an idealized stand-in for his gamma male creator.  She accurately nails Joe Abercrombie for writing primarily for effect. And she's uncommonly observant with regards to Neil Gaiman, whose fans will likely never be able to regard his work in quite the same way after reading her adroit demonstration of how Gaiman keeps writing the same book over and over and over again.
After a certain point it’s no longer fun and you ram up against the realization that they are all the same fucking story.

Oh sure, the characters have different names. They have different tones–Stardust is, I think, meant to be young adult. But observe this:
  • gutless, spineless everyman-loser protagonist with limited personality, intelligence, and no charm: hereafter known as Mr. Cliched Stock Type
  • the woman who henpecks Mr. Cliched Stock Type
  • Mr. Cliched Stock Type discovers a hidden magical world
  • Mr. Cliched Stock Type discovers a special destiny, either prophesied, part of his secret magic heritage, or both
  • Mr. Cliched Stock Type fulfills special destiny
Now you’re going to go BUT HERO’S JOURNEY JOHN CAMPBELL and I’m going to go SHUT THE FUCK UP. Setting aside for a moment that I’m willing to punch anybody who cites Campbell’s “monomyth” as an excuse for shitty writing, lack of imagination, and all around inability to write–setting aside that, it’s not only the similarity in structure. It’s that Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods and Anansi Boys are written by the exact same man. It’s that Mr. Stock Type shows up for all four, each iteration as dull and insufferable as the last, distinguishable only faintly by his name.

Leaving American Gods and Stardust alone for now, this isn’t so much a matter of “oh you could do this to any fantasy book,” itself an asinine proposition, because not all fantasy books feature a timid Londoner devoid of ambition who has relationship troubles with a demanding sweetheart/fiancee. The sweethearts in question(respectively Rosie Noah, Jessica, and Victoria Forrester) are likewise identical: thinly written, demanding, henpecking, and not the brightest. Really Gaiman kind of sucks at writing women, and apart from this one incredibly tertiary character in American Gods I don’t think he’s particularly comfortable with gay men–certainly not enough to write them as protagonists. Similarly, the catalyst to “finding the secret magic world” is always more or less the same: through colliding with one of said secret world’s inhabitants.
It does tend to raise certain questions about Mr. Gaiman's past relationships, does it not? And although she doesn't quite grasp the point of Mieville's excellent Embassytown, (nor is she able to grok either his Kraken, or City and the City), she does at least recognize that it is an unusual and highly intelligent work.

Given her pure and burning hatred for all things civilizational, I suspect it would be more than a little hilarious if she were to review A Throne of Bones.  RH, if you happen to read this, I should be absolutely delighted to send you an ebook and discover what panoply of horrors you are capable of discerning there.

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Anonymous David of One June 23, 2013 4:07 PM  

You'd probably find it a little more than disconcerting if RH reviews it positively and holds it in high regard. ;-)

Anonymous VD June 23, 2013 4:25 PM  

Oh, I don't think we need have any fears on that score.

Anonymous Anonagain June 23, 2013 4:42 PM  

That is one nasty piece of Leftist garbage - a toxic geiser spewing the vileness of her ideology within the context of book reviews.

OpenID cailcorishev June 23, 2013 4:44 PM  

The Dresden books are fun in a lot of ways, but "stuck at the teenage level and Harry Dresden being an idealized stand-in for his gamma male creator" nails the biggest problem with them. The whole "badass longcoat wizard who can destroy cities but can't get a date" thing gets old, as do the constant descriptions of Murphy as the ultimate Action Girl. Then he actually goes to the "our friendship is too important to try for something more" nonsense that helps so many gamma teens get to sleep at night.

I want a spinoff series starring Michael Carpenter, who's the grownup in the books that feature him.

Anonymous FUBAR Nation Ben June 23, 2013 4:54 PM  

Funny she mentions Gaiman. I just finished American Gods and it was obvious to me that Neil follows the exact same playbook in every book he wrote. Still, there are some good lines in his books.

Anonymous Rantor June 23, 2013 4:54 PM  

Wow, that was a trip... oh the places you'll go. I agree, ROTYH should review A Throne of Bones.

I am not sure why but I read way too much at her site.

Anonymous Fail Burton June 23, 2013 4:56 PM  

I have the same impression. ROTYH is by far the worst racial and gender bigot in SFF. And it's not being satirical or ironic in that sense. It is sometimes hilarious, but humor in and of itself is not irony or satire if I'm making fun of the shape of a black persons' skull.

That's not to say it never veers into satire, but never for long, and the true agenda is never in doubt; it is unbridled racial and gender hatred. The work with the miserable Kate Elliot and Aliette de Bodard on projects such as the Cultural Imperialism Bingo Card prove that.

Bizarrely, and as you point out, ROTYH doesn't do the expected and simply give out ace reviews based on politics, race and gender, and some of the stuff about fantasy's weird obsession with rape is actually right on.

However you see ROTYH, it is not the blog itself that is the story, but rather the SFF's ultra-Left's unbridled support for a thing they would spit on if the supposed race and gender of the blogger were reversed.

In that sense, the blog is very much unwitting satire; a satirical review of SFF's crazy addiction to deciding right and wrong according to what you look like and have sex with, rather than actual right and wrong.

The combination of SFF and ROTYH is one big vulgar underground comic from the '60s, but accidental.

And then there's the issue of ROTYH's true identity. If it turns out to be a white guy, look out, and get shovels ready to remove the egg from faces. The egg's there anyway, but the SFWA can't see it. Cuz if I had a blog like ROTYH, but opposite, I'd be screamed out of the solar system.

Jemisin didn't react kindly to the reviews there.

Anonymous Outlaw X June 23, 2013 5:01 PM  

Who is RH, I couldn't find her name on the review?

Anonymous Outlax X June 23, 2013 5:15 PM  

Oh, Robin Hobbs. Maybe I should become a writer and a critic, but then I would have to read the tripe.

Anonymous Gx1080 June 23, 2013 5:16 PM  

Oh, she's a woman alright. Any guy that wrote the above would write a long disclaimer on how bad he feels about the Original Sin of having a penis.

Yes, Lefties are crazy, I noticed it.

Overall, gonna dive a little on it. It looks amusing.

Anonymous VD June 23, 2013 5:21 PM  

No, Outlaw, RH is not Robin Hobbs. It stands for Requires Hate, the woman who writes the reviews at Requires Only That You Hate.

Anonymous Dr. Goh June 23, 2013 5:21 PM  

Here are the latest Tweets from the insufferable steampunk anti-white racist Jaymee Goh.

"Hey @aliettedb I hear Vox Day has decided to target you; how are you doing? is the @sfwa taking any action?

"Had a conversation about T.Beale last night about his peanut gallery. Bigots attract bigots; their presence makes it safe for other bigots.

"I know the @sfwa board probably have day jobs to tend to but kicking open bigots like Beale ought to be a an intuitive action."

Kicking Malaysian foreign nationals out of the U.S. who routinely call America "white supremacist," and indulges in racial hate speech and racial segregation projects here while studying in Calif. should be intuitive as well.

I wonder what would happen if I wrote my congressman?

She also has a visa in Canada. If she was there right now, I could sue her into the ground for her blog and Tweets as hate speech.

Anonymous VD June 23, 2013 5:23 PM  

Any guy that wrote the above would write a long disclaimer on how bad he feels about the Original Sin of having a penis.

And no man in human history has ever voluntarily read an entire Sheri Tepper book. Her list of books reviewed alone is sufficient to prove her sex.

Anonymous kh123 June 23, 2013 5:42 PM  

"I know the @sfwa board probably have day jobs to tend to..."

That's an interesting hypothesis.

If that's so, then writing's effectively a side-hobby that may or may not pay secondary income to some (or most) of these SFWA folks. Which is fine, but along with that comes (or should) either:

a). a certain amount of humility in refraining from making professional enemies or potentially causing rifts in one's own trade, over cultural shibbolets, if one is in need of income to that degree; or:

b). pragmatism in not wasting time in political advocacy and self-censorship but rather creatively writing, maybe even creatively addressing these issues within the context of those stories. (Between day job and side projects, one would think there isn't much time to be spending with illegible Twitter twattage.)

Instincts suggest that they avoid the latter like the plague, since this usually brings out whatever lack of depth a writer or artist has personally on any of these issues, or of life and people in general. Soapboxing with ham-fist raised, more than falling afoul of that distortion what's-her-name mentioned a few days ago on her blog.

Anonymous Outlaw X June 23, 2013 6:03 PM  

No, Outlaw, RH is not Robin Hobbs. It stands for Requires Hate, the woman who writes the reviews at Requires Only That You Hate.

Okay, this reminds me of bowling. I used to go because it was fun to throw the ball at the pins. I never learned how to keep score, and wasn't interested. A friend tried to teach me and I said what is the point? I'm not competing against anyone but myself and those damn pins down there.

So I am out of my league Vox and apologies to Robin Hobbs.

Anonymous Dr. Goh June 23, 2013 6:28 PM  

What an eye-opener it'd be if WisCon had one of their panelists deported for racism.

K. Tempest Plankton would probably have to leave WisCon as well, since they are birds of a feather, buddies, and intransigent racists.

Anonymous N. K. Racist June 23, 2013 6:32 PM  

Buy my book. I'm not white, the story isn't in unfortunately white Europe. What more do you need?

That's pretty much the core of most of Jemisin's reviews.

Anonymous Big Bill June 23, 2013 6:34 PM  

I don't get the obsession with rape and incest and daemon fornication that female writers have.

It is a though there is some deep Dionysian obsession, perhaps biologically based, that drives them.

Whether it is the rape fantasies of Rosemary Rogers over 40 years ago, or the incest fantasies of "Flowers in the Attic" 30 years ago, or the more recent werewolf/vampire/daemon fantasies of the last 20 years, there is altogether too much bloodlust and perversion.

What is it with these perverse female fantasies? It really is more then just a hankering after "bad boys".

Sometimes I think that the Jews and Muslims with their historical fear of female lust and power really know something closer to the truth that I do.

Anonymous Salt June 23, 2013 6:46 PM  

Women must have a secret lust for the man cave.

Anonymous Luke June 23, 2013 7:16 PM  

And, partly on-topic, it turns out that Wicca is almost all recently-made-up stuff, little older than Kwanzaa. It does, however, draw from Christianity (if weakened and fatally perverted).

Blogger Nate June 23, 2013 7:20 PM  

it appears to me that no matter what anyone writes.. they are automatically misogynist if they have any female characters at all. And if they don't have female characters... then they are obviously misogynist as well.

Anonymous Big Bill June 23, 2013 7:25 PM  

OK, you got me. I can see why you like her reviews:

"I also get the impression that Tepper doesn’t think much of organized religion in general and born-again Christians in particular. Ironically, she seems to adopt their attitude both in spirit and letter, then devote it to the most absurd causes imaginable. You cut down trees? Burn in hell. You kill endangered animals? Burn in hell. You write horror fiction or direct violent movies? BURN IN HELL. Basically, if you do anything or hold opinions she doesn’t approve, she thinks you should be condemned to hell and suffer for all eternity, backward and forward in time."

Anonymous Fail Burton June 23, 2013 8:09 PM  

The thing I truly don't get about this crazy group is why they feel SFF and race, gender, rape and social justice are such a natural intersection.

There's certainly room for that within the fiction, but to lead crusades on blogs and through SF conventions is just weird. ROTYH is like putting motor oil on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

If one wishes to involve oneself in such a thing, there are far more natural fits. Why aren't they lawyers, rape counselors, police officers, judges, or politicians? I'm sure they'll argue that SFF is a microcosm of society, but then are movie poster collectors and dirt bike associations to be turned into The Avengers? What's safe from these weirdos? Don't they understand what "not fun at parties" means? They are sucking the fun right out of SFF.

The laughably anti-racist-racist Carl Brandon Society, which this group practically worships, puts race before SFF literature using a "one drop" rule. Others have gay SF anthologies or all-female. In what world is employing racism and sexism and calling it "diversity" normal or just?

The rape-obsessed Jim Hines may talk about rape more than he does about SFF. He has "rape" in his blog's menu. Do we need an all-white basketball league? How about a charity that transports white rappers to a black mentor? Are there enough Sikhs in baseball?

Blogger Nate June 23, 2013 8:35 PM  

Bakker's female raping male scene may be the worst thing ever written.

Anonymous Fail Burton June 23, 2013 8:42 PM  

I already knew Hines was a rape councilor. I'm also aware he has mental health issues. Surprise.

I'm asking why he's dragging that into non-fiction SFF as a centerpiece. If I join a theater group, what if I start making everything about rape and gender and then invite in like-minded friends and the original group leaves cuz they just like plays? What's that called? What are we then left with?

These people are subverting an art form and the sea it swims in into some kind of Southern Poverty Law Center. Why? Why not just join the Southern Poverty Law Center? What if I start centering the SFF community around Monster Truck Rallies? What if I put catsup in my gas tank? It don't work. What if I join a photography group and we end up making quilts cuz I like quilts and the world is quilts and the photographers leave? It just doesn't make sense to behave like this.

I'm not interested in SFF being turned into an avenging force to fight the white supremacist and sexist internment camp that is America.

Anonymous Outlaw X June 23, 2013 9:10 PM  

Vox I have a question. Why do I no know of any modern classics, is it because they don't exist or is it because no one told me they were classics? I mean is there a Tom Sawyer out there I read most painfully Anathem which you recommended.

Anonymous Outlaw X June 23, 2013 9:20 PM  

Actually Vox Anathem it was audio book called audible. But it was still painful, I am listening to CS Lewis Screw tape letters once again tonight which is very enjoyable.

Anonymous Godfrey June 23, 2013 9:23 PM  

I have a lot of difficulty browsing books for potential purchase. I've been burned too many times.

I think a "PC rating" for books would be fantastic idea. **** stars for completely PC, an * star for not PC at all. That would save everyone a lot of time.

Anonymous agathis June 23, 2013 9:26 PM  

You're right about Gaiman writing the same type of stories over and over again--and yet I never tire of reading them. He has brilliant moments, and I love his prose. But the doorway stuff gets a bit tiresome--we get it, Neil, you like doors. It's not that his fans are unaware of it. For them it's a feature, not a bug.

There's definitely a gamma aspect to it all that appeals to, well, the typical gamma tendencies of comic-book and genre fiction fans. But that's true of most genre fiction, so I'd hardly expect Gaiman to be much different.

It may be unremarkable in many ways, but at least the prose is decent. I've found most SF/F lately to be almost unreadable, even if one sets aside the PC nonsense.

Anonymous Eric Ashley June 23, 2013 9:28 PM  

I read Goblin Quest and Libriomancer. Not great, but passable. I particularly liked the species of vampires in Libriomancer as you could conjure up creatures from books so you had vampire sanguinis ricinius and vampire sanguinus meyeraii and so forth.

Stardust as a movie was surprisingly decent. American Gods as a book was less than the sum of its parts, and many of its parts were stuff I could have done without. Neal Gaiman is one of the 'not to be read again' writers.

Jasper Fforde was very good. Yes, he's a lefty so he has stupid stuff, but most was just amusing. Its a good laugh and if you're book fanatic, a good read.

Dresden may be as you say, but gammas need books too. And I think it might help gammas grow beyond such. A lot of fun to read, and even re-read. Basically a Hollywood blockbuster action-adventure film in a book.

I may have read one or two chapters of Sheri Tepper....and double-checking I find I've read her a very long time ago with her True Game books. Possibly I was a boy then, and not yet a man. They were okay. I was impressed by her point that one type of evil society would not let stand a certain type of evil, but another more relaxed society would let the certain evil stand.

I may have to retry (shudder) China Miellville. My first try, I did not get halfway through the book. Not impressed. Maybe I'm missing something.

Fail, they want to transform all of society. Can't really disagree with them. Christians are to transform society as well, just in a different direction.

Anonymous Toby Temple June 23, 2013 9:31 PM  

it appears to me that no matter what anyone writes.. they are automatically misogynist if they have any female characters at all. And if they don't have female characters... then they are obviously misogynist as well.

So the solution is that we just get rid of the feminist readers. Like ban them from reviewing any SF/F books.

If they object then we may have just to say this line with a straight face:

If we do not ban you then we might just have to kill all of you.

Anonymous jaciii June 23, 2013 9:49 PM  

Right godfrey, that would have the same effect as a restaurant displaying a "cockroaches inside" sign on the front door. No paying customers would be the result and the fedgov would direct the department of education to purchase books highly rated for pc content so the little fascists would be able to support her cats/move out of his mom's basement.

Would be a boon to the general reading populace, though. I wonder if such a black knight operation could succeed at amazon..... hr would fall for it.

Anonymous Blech June 23, 2013 9:57 PM  

The whole "badass longcoat wizard who can destroy cities but can't get a date" thing gets old,

As did the Joe Abercrombie "mighty warrior invincible in battle but too scared to talk to women" thing.

Anonymous Fail Burton June 23, 2013 10:08 PM  

Anonymous, you either can't read or, think, or both. I made a clear distinction between fiction and non-fiction.

Here is an example of such a sentence:

"There's certainly room for that within the fiction, but to lead crusades on blogs and through SF conventions is just weird."

Cart does not go before horse, but your disdain for my comment is based on just that, disdain, and not on what I wrote. You want to defend Hines? Fine. Unfortunately you're defending him against something I never said.

I am not upset Hines has opinions on his blog. I am upset that he uses and endorses racial hate speech virtually every day.

Anonymous Outlaw X June 23, 2013 10:10 PM  

Right godfrey, that would have the same effect as a restaurant displaying a "cockroaches inside" sign on the front door.

JACIII you tickle me with your common sense.

We have only a three cockroach rating out of ten. Damn that is funny.

Anonymous Outlaw X June 23, 2013 10:28 PM  

You can't blame JACIII of vein glory or false modesty. From "CS Lewis" Besides like my older brother cutting through the BS make me laugh. Don't worry JACIII I have no intention of stalking you, you just tickle me because you make the simple profound. My older brother does the same.

Anonymous jaciii June 23, 2013 10:32 PM  

Hang in there, Outlaw.

Anonymous N. K. Racist June 23, 2013 10:38 PM  

For those of you interested in such things, here's yet another article against VD I found on K. Tempest Blimp's unstintingly racist Twitter feed. Naturally she's all bent out of shape over Mandela. If Mandela was white she'd be "who?"

The clueless irony and hypocrisy are astounding to anyone who can compare one thing to another. No surprise Alex spends her free time "researching ancient gender and narratives."

And no surprise she has access to Requires That You Hate's protected Twitter feed, as does K. Tempest Moon Face.

K. Racist Bloat chimes in with: "fear expressed by white dudes that any sort of end to bigoted speech will lead to them being tossed out due to 'racism'"

Remember, this is the piece of XXL Soylent Green that started a web site that says "whites fear us." Damn those whites anyways. On the day K. Tempest One-Woman-Pie-Eating-Contest says something negative about blacks, expect Ragnarok and Gabriel's Horns blowing.

Simple comparisons: the Gordian Knot, Rubik's Cube, Secret of Aztec Gold and "Where's the dark matter" all rolled into one to the far Left anti-racist new KKK.

Anonymous Outlaw X June 23, 2013 10:50 PM  

Hang in there, Outlaw.

I am starting to understand about the first born and their wisdom and why they were given the estate before the "law". I have two examples. You and My brother. Take care of your brothers, mine takes care of me.

Anonymous Fail Burton June 23, 2013 10:52 PM  

If McFarlane's advice was taken to heart, and with one single standard fairly applied for all, then if VD would be out of the SFWA so would about 20 people I can think of just off hand.

McFarlane, without a brain in her skull, calls for a Pyrrhic victory that would gut the SFWA of its worst racial and gender bigots.

Anonymous Daniel June 23, 2013 11:03 PM  

How many SFWA members does it take to screw in a lightbulb?


Scalzi to commit the rape.
Hines to suffer the rape.
Bakker to describe the rape.
And someone with actual background in engineering or science - say, Brin - to design a lightbulb large and sturdy enough for the other three to screw in.

Anonymous Outlaw X June 23, 2013 11:12 PM  

How many SFWA members does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

No, the answer is none. When the man starts to screw it in he is accused of rape. The women who accused him of that won't touch it and the room will remain dark. Who needs light as long as the women are in control?

Anonymous Matthew June 23, 2013 11:45 PM  

Outlaw X, I recommend Michael Flynn's Eifelheim. It's a novel of first contact set in the time of the Black Death, and with a William of Ockham cameo appearance. Written by a libertarian/conservative Christian with an aptitude for hard sf.

Anonymous kh123 June 23, 2013 11:48 PM  

"On the day K. Tempest One-Woman-Pie-Eating-Contest says something negative about blacks, expect Ragnarok and Gabriel's Horns blowing."

This needs to be framed in Olde English, with a woodcut showing the scene described.

Anonymous N. K. Racist June 24, 2013 12:20 AM  

How about an engraving of an enormously fat blotchy pig with weeping pustules and "You Are All Racists" in Latin beneath it.

Anonymous 114 June 24, 2013 2:16 AM  


"As my mistress told it to me, I will now tell it to thee. There are a billion names of damnation. A billion kinds of things that slither and slime and defile the land and sea and wind. Each is a sin spawned by the white man’s evil. And that man is very sinful; there are many of these damned things and their power is great.

As the purpose of all things in nature is to increase so it is with the damned. They would we joined them and so they seek to overcome us. They would corrupt our hearts and see us damned too. Trust them not nor suffer them to live.

Each white man destroyed is a soul freed from bondage. Each white man’s life extinguished is a human soul raised to glory. Thus our eternal destiny is written in their blood.

With sword and spear destroy them. With cannon shot and gun blast smash them. With laser beam and searing plasma scatter them to the stars. With tooth and fist and hammer blows, with axe and shell and poison-bombs, with virus-charge and thermal mine!

As my mistress told it to me I now tell it to thee that thou shalt tell others in thy turn."

Sound like hate speech.

Anonymous Hermit June 24, 2013 2:58 AM  

The angry tone gets tiring quick, but she is pretty insightful.

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Anonymous The other skeptic June 24, 2013 3:55 AM  

She seems to have a talent for reading stuff she doesn't like.

I clicked on something like eight of them and they were all bad, according to the reviewer.

Does that mean she is just stupid at picking works to review or that modern SF/F is just so much shit?

Anonymous VD June 24, 2013 4:15 AM  

Does that mean she is just stupid at picking works to review or that modern SF/F is just so much shit?

Mostly the latter. But her preference for female writers doesn't help, as a higher percentage of them these days are mediocre or worse.

Anonymous Fail Burton June 24, 2013 4:38 AM  

The bottom line about Hines is that he and his cohorts consider the straight white male an enemy of the state. In their eyes, the SWM occupies the bottom rung of morality and good sense, and this is due solely to their race, gender and gender preference. It is all but said outright that the minority gay female occupies the highest rung.

This is confirmed in the manner in which non-white gay females get away with murder when it comes to racial and gender hate speech and segregated discrimination, and how often they are turned to as the ultimate moral guide in such matters.

What I just said is the stated orthodoxy of the President of the SFWA, John Scalzi, through his posts about white privilege. In fact, the idea of the privilege of the straight white male is so assumed, they've now short cut the expression to just "privilege," and everyone knows what this means.

As is the case with larger America, the Left has adopted the most radical views of politicized feminist and racialists. Their hatefulness and naivete is as overwhelming as is how often they set benchmarks for racism and bigotry and then violate them.

Imagine this happening to any cultural interest in America. Imagine these viewpoints happening in the world of opera or ballet, major league baseball or the NFL, NASCAR or cinematic video editing. They would be destroyed in short order, as the actual thing would be pushed into the background in favor of a type of gender and racial social engineering that has nothing to do with those interests. This is partially how the Soviet Union straightjacketed their own society. "Comrade" became more important than "can do."

Hate speech and racism would be mainstreamed out of those institutions into the larger public, given credibility by the presence of the very institutions themselves.

It's obvious that these people like SFF. It's just as obvious they have weird and strange other hobbies they are trying to shoehorn into a place they have no business being in. It's a square peg into a round hole. They truly act as if SFF is the KKK, but they themselves are the only expression of such principles in an institutional sense within SFF. They are tilting at nothing, taking anecdotes about being asked to get a coffee, expanding them outwards, and calling them institutions.

And keep in mind, these people studiously avoid mentioning goals that would calm them down. That's because there are none. Half of all SF is by women, and they publish articles about the vanishing women SF writers. Why? Well, now they don't get reviewed enough. It'll never end. There will never be an actual touchdown. It'll always be 3rd and goal, no matter what actually happens. A black guy's President and it only enraged them all the more.

What the real goal is was stated by N.K. Jemisin in Australia: a confession and an apology, an acknowledgment of the innate morality of non-whites and women.

When you listen to the words of this group, they are so similar it is certain they are not independent thinkers arriving to similar conclusions. They are an orthodox religion in all but name. In other words, they are conformist rednecks who have no insights into art, but who are obsessed with creating it. The old guard were true eccentrics. The new guard are a gaggle of iconoclasts, a thing which cannot be.

Blogger Jack Hanson June 24, 2013 8:46 AM  

Is the Tempest the same 'Angry Black Woman' featured here?

Blogger Nate June 24, 2013 9:15 AM  

"Does that mean she is just stupid at picking works to review or that modern SF/F is just so much shit?"

What it actually means is... Anything that she reads that doesn't have HER as a central character... she hates.

She only likes books about her. Once you realize that... her reviews appear much less interesting.

Anonymous K. Tempest Hot Dog Eating Contest Winner June 24, 2013 9:16 AM  

That's me. Whaddya gonna do about you thimble-necked white colonialist cishet whoop-dee-doo la-dee-da privileged eyeball stealing oppressor race food hoarding manthing from nowhere who stole all technologies from noble black people? We had toaster ovens in ancient Kush and blimps that flew solely on the power of our internal noxious gasses as we invaded Egypt, built pyramids and then went home to descend on and eat all locusts with ancient cheese whiz dipped in ancient reservoirs of BBQ sauce.

Anonymous K. Tempest Hot Dog Eating Contest Winner and Racist June 24, 2013 9:17 AM  

That's not me.

Anonymous Aliette de Racist June 24, 2013 9:25 AM  


I have a recipe for anti-racist post-colonialist mashed potatoes and gravy which comes with a giant silver bowl so you can hold it in one arm with a giant wooden extra high capacity spoon in the other and watch Dr. Who.

You can find it at my site


Blogger James Dixon June 24, 2013 1:37 PM  

> Why do I no know of any modern classics...

You'll have to define modern, Outlaw X. For some, 20 years old is modern. For others, anything over 5 years old is consigned to the scrap heap.

> Sound like hate speech.

Sounds like incitement to commit murder.

Anonymous Concerned Rabbit Hunter June 24, 2013 3:47 PM  

She seems to review Aliette de Craptard well:

"It’s immensely thoughtful and political, and reading this you’ll wonder why you ever thought Ursula le Guin was anything special. Let’s pretend the cover doesn’t exist, though."

I wonder if she is actually Aliette.

Anonymous Patrick June 24, 2013 4:51 PM  

Vox, his politics aside, what is your assessment of the Chief Rabbit as a novelist?

China Mieville, for example, is a Marxist lunatic, but I read one of his novels and found it creative--if a little dull.

Do you think that Scalzi's would be more or less successful as a novelist if he stopped blogging, or if he merely stopped the political posts?

Anonymous biff June 24, 2013 7:55 PM  

Requires Hate should review John Sandford's Prey novels: a liberal bestselling series about serial killers who whack strong women. Lascivious details! Gloated over!

Anonymous Ain June 24, 2013 8:02 PM  

I tried reading through a few of her reviews, but she comes off as a man-hating lesbian with a chip on her shoulder. The fight between her and Lynn over Jim Butcher on "Storm Front" was amusing reading, though.

Anonymous bob k. mando June 24, 2013 11:38 PM  

VD June 23, 2013 5:21 PM
No, Outlaw, RH is not Robin Hobbs. It stands for Requires Hate, the woman who writes the reviews at Requires Only That You Hate.


i'm pretty sure blog author responses on the 'Requires Only
That You Hate' blog are tagged 'acrackedmoon'.

the thing that amuses me the most about Requires Only That You Hate is that acrackedmoon seems to have filled the hate quota for the entire universe all by herself.

the 2nd most amusing thing is that she regularly engages in 'Lesbian Female Gaze' while vociferously declaiming 'male gaze'. objectivising of women BY women is perfectly okey-dokey, you see?

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