Why I Hate Poe Dameron

I’ll preface this by saying that I increasingly despise what Disney has done to Star Wars. I grew up with the Extended Universe. In fact, my favorite book is Starfighters of Adumar. Wedge Antilles is my biggest fictional hero and Mara Jade is the coolest female character ever written.

Poe Dameron is the worst character in the Star Wars movies and I want to punch him in the face. Yes, worse than Jar Jar Binks. Worse then the other awful characters in Disney’s Star Wars, including Rose with her stupid, stupid, stupid line.  I shall now explain at length why I have this unpopular opinion.

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A Guide to Heart of Darkness: Part 2


Part 1

Now we join Marlow in his journey to Africa. He leads us in with a horrible yet wonderfully written passage, which hits heavily on multiple themes of the book.

To Marlow, the whole thing is a farce played against the backdrop of a mute and unchangeable wilderness. A tedious, futile farce, heavy with death and dullness. His transport hauls him down the coast, dropping off soldiers and clerks at tiny little posts.

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A Guide to Heart of Darkness: Part 1


Heart of Darkness is a frame tale, a novel where a story is told within another story. It may actually be several frame tales in one, but we’ll get there when we get there.

We begin by joining the author’s company on a cruise along the mouth of the Thames, where they watch the sunset in serene brilliance- that is not without an ominous air.

There are many things to note about this opening scene.

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Book Review: Eifelheim

Eifelheim by Michael Flynn is a masterpiece of historical science fiction (you read that right) and it offers the best picture of the Middle Ages I think you’ll ever read.

This book has already gotten its lauds, but I feel it is not read enough. If you want thoughtful sci-fi, this is it. It you want clearly intensive and smart research, this book demonstrates it. If you want an excellently structured narrative, this one manages to split its plot by time and geography in a way I envy. If you like reading, you should read Eifelheim.

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A Guide to the Greek Phalanx

I guess I should break down the actual way the Greek phalanx worked since that was a thing recently for me. It was before I’d had my morning caffeine and it was also too cold out to run or even get out of bed very quickly, so engaging in an internet argument seemed like a good idea at the time.

I keep meaning to discuss Classical history on this blog anyway since I have no one to talk to about it in real life.

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