An Inapropriate Spoiler-Heavy Review of The Avengers

May 7, 2012 § 2 Comments

Shortest Review – I liked it.

Slightly longer but still short review – It did a very good job of disproving that big action movies have to be stupid, brain numbing, and offensive. It did an excellent job of taking what I dislike about superhero movies, about Joss Whedon’s writing, and about ensemble movies in general and turning those into strengths that I enjoyed.

And now, spoilers atop of spoilers upon more spoilers.

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More unfinished stuff set in Nullgate setting

May 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

The problem with getting old is that you don’t realize that it happened.

Grimacing, the man in folded plates of metal armor forced himself to ignore the pain in his right shoulder. The bite marks there were shallower than the would have been without the armor, but it still burned. He hoped the damn things didn’t have some kind of venom on those fangs. Without turning his back to any of them, he swung both curved blades in an arc around himself, not trying to make contact. Just to discourage them from getting too close.

Gods I wish I’d been wearing my helmet. Sweat-tangled grey hair hung down, longer than he would have liked it. Around him, the strange whickering, like a horse.

There were four of them, with long lean legs that stood straight below their bodies. They didn’t look at all like predators. If not for the slavering muzzles jammed full of long, narrow teeth, they’d look like lost ponies. Four feet tall at the shoulder, with shaggy fur and black manes that trailed down their backs to become long black tails.

Something out of the Agath forests, he suspected. It didn’t matter, so he didn’t spend time worrying the thought. He kept his left arm out with the blade extended in the classic two-blade style of the Nazreal school he’d learned as a small child. If his teachers could see him sweating and straining, they may well have been ashamed of him. « Read the rest of this entry »

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