'The Sound of Her Wings' (The Sandman, #8). I'm probably the worse hipster ever, but I first read The Sandman in trade paperbacks and while the first seven issues where obviously smart and stylish this is the one that took my brain out a whole new door into Gaiman's very special brand of magic humanism. Life (and… » 10/21/14 1:36pm Yesterday 1:36pm

I'm okay with Melissa McCarthy staying out of the Ghostbusters remake. I would imagine them casting her as the Venkman equivalent, and her playing it like most of the characters she's been asked to play lately (at least in comedies).

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Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence books are an incredible example of magic that is basically structured as a rigidly-ordered legal system, resulting in it providing the technological foundation for entire societies, and it works brilliantly, both on its own and as fertile ground for satire.

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Gross but insightful, and I think you've got a legit point there. There's a lot of truth in "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool three three times, just take my wallet and don't come back. " But as often as not, I'd put that down to franchise fatigue as much as anything. TBF, though — it is… » 10/20/14 4:40pm Monday 4:40pm

And nothing is ever kept simple in this movie — even as Kaguya is taken away from the people and things she grew up with, she still finds joy in some aspects of her new life in the capital. Which only makes her rage and despair, when they come, that much more poignant.

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