|Reviews for Anatomy of a Rebellion|
| Deserthawk 6/7/13 . chapter 83
Very interesting chapter. I've honestly never thought about how one would go about writing/re-writing the Constitution. But that's really something everyone in our country should do, isn't it?
I do feel like a lot of time I spent in school was a waste of time. And it can definitely be used to spout propaganda. On the other hand, I do feel like it's a necessity for people to know certain things. Like math and how to read and write.
This Constitution definitely puts a lot of faith in people. Knowing their rights, knowing to rebel when the government isn't protecting them. It's great, because it gives humanity a chance to rise to that expectation. Some may say that's quixotic, but who knows? Maybe if they were truly given the chance they would.
| Deserthawk 5/4/13 . chapter 82
Hey, nice cover! Spiffy. Is that Jordan?
So holy shit that escalated quickly. I feel like that first paragraph is pretty representative of America, though. Even now - whenever anything big goes on (North Korea, Syria, etc.) it seems like the majority of America just does not give a fuck or laughs it off... it's funny to imagine how it could be the same if there was an actual war here. Scarily easy to imagine though.
Because this story was actually on my mind a lot during all this shit we had in Boston... 'specially with all these pics of the army and SWAT teams in the street and whatnot. Strange how much a couple people can fuck everything up. And I feel like a lot of the issues you raise could become reality in the near future - but dear god hopefully it's not a sign of things to come!
Haha, anyway back to topic... er, hopefully this little incident inspires Percy to get his shit together. (push up competition? seriously?) Although I suppose a lot of it is out of his direct control right now and he needs to blow off steam and he didn't handle the cops -so- badly. Just goes to show, he's surrounded by great people right now. Guess the person I'm most worried about is Royal... I hope someone talks to him (like his dad!) 'cause otherwise... I don't know, man. It's not going to end well.
I hope Griffon can redeem that name. I guess it is kind of dumb we blacklist some names but not others for the same reason... But really, what were his parents thinking?
| Deserthawk 4/17/13 . chapter 81
Yes, Cristello et al. are pretty badass. I hope the Mag Seven stays around, that is a pretty bitchin' name as well. It's interesting to see the battle from the reporter's point of view. Tense too - swear I thought she was gonna die at least a dozen times. Especially that grenade, my god. That was the worst. Coming right when I let my guard down!
She's insanely brave. For facing those soldiers. It's disgusting anyone would act like that. But at least there's still enough good people around with the sense to stop it. I hope it stays that way. At the same time I feel real bad for all those guys that died protecting her - everyone who died. It's starting to hit me harder. Like how I can't even remember all their names. Think it's the way they talked. It's amazing how idealistic and hopeful they are about what they're doing - and then they're willing to go and give up their lives just like that. Dammit.
The battle was epic by the way - as usual! It must take a lot of work to nail down all those details. It makes for an awesome read.
| Deserthawk 4/1/13 . chapter 80
WHAT?! They - they - she... mind blown. Jking. But was not expecting them to actually hook up, haha. Just - like - everything - about that scene - the hickey - XD Hm, I wonder if this will become a thing. Probably not. That would be helluva awkward. Bet she would eat Percy alive. I'm going to shut up now.
Okay, but now I'm definitely in 'oh shit' mode. Because the planes - the planes - they need to fix that. For reals. I feel like they're sitting ducks without the planes. And I feel like that attack would've happened despite the hangover - but oh man, this is a really bad time to be getting drunk. Where the eff is that help they're supposed to be getting? I'm kind of getting vibes from the original Revolution, with the disparity between these armies here. Hopefully it's not that bad.
Man, why is everyone restraining Percy? Am I the only one who wants to see him lose his shit? Cristello better be one awesome sonofabitch to make up for this,
Is it really possible to take down a helicopter with a pistol?
| Deserthawk 3/26/13 . chapter 79
Oh so she did leave him. Huh. I wonder if Ethan feels the same way. Arg so much build-up - and then nothing? Hm, but he doesn't want to change her rank - so that means he doesn't want to let her go, right? Wow, this is just not a good time for love. Haha, love how I'm just focusing on the human element when there's a whole freakin' revolution going on. You are really good at writing these characters. Also what da eff is up with Percy in this chapter? He's cracking jokes right and left!
I wonder how the average American would feel knowing their new government maybe was being kind of/mostly designed by a Brit. I'd have to think about it. I suppose it really doesn't matter - after all the whole republic/democracy thing came from the Greek and Romans first, right.
Oh yeah, nation as a body. That's an interesting allegory. I had to think about it. All this talk reminds me of Socrates's idea of Justice for some reason - with all the parts of the body needing to play their role and all that. Which I don't really agree with but, eh.
| Deserthawk 3/26/13 . chapter 78
Ouch. Eyepatches are cool and all - but it'd definitely suck to lose one eye. Riane's taking it like a champ as usual, heh. Looked up Marie Colvin. Another awesome lady.
I wonder if Percy and Mackenzie were -really- talking about personnel changes - okay, I'll stop now. But that scene in the office was kind of hilarious. They all act like immature brats sometimes (don't we all?). It's like - I feel like this whole revolution is founded on young people making hasty decisions right now. And I guess I see what Percy means, it wouldn't do to be hypocritical. At the same time I'm grateful to people who stopped me from making stupid hasty decisions when I was younger.
But I wonder how Percy would've reacted if it had been a girl who'd wanted to join like that.
| Deserthawk 3/21/13 . chapter 77
It's insane, how there's still basketball games (and people watchin 'em) at a time like this. Yeah, Pistons! Go Pistons! "Did you watch Congress last night?" I like your vision. Also if Congress was like that, I would definitely watch. Actually the entire government. I bet Obama could kick some ass.
Holy shit, Doyle! I was wondering when that bastard would come back. Well - those guys got what was coming to them. I don't know what else to say. And yet I can't help but think who would be executed if things ever turned around.
Honestly, if I were ever in that situation, I'd probably react the same way to Warren. I know he's only trying to help. But how would that look? It's the same with running or ducking - it's not gonna prevent you from getting shot in the end.
I liked those very last sentences. Sounds like something from a biography, written years and years later.
| Deserthawk 3/21/13 . chapter 76
"It didn't work too well, and the SEA-SAC went down in history as a wild, uncontrollable group of screw-ups." XD I want a sword too. I have a wooden sword, from Chinatown. It's pretty bitchin'.
That being said - this chapter hit me - right in the feels. It's kind of a paradox. That people dying leads to solidarity - the 'gotta win' attitude - which leads to more death. They're right, though. It'll all be justified if they win. But on the other hand - you can't ever really quantify death, say x deaths is better than x100.
And the prisoners, what should they have done? Guess they were already condemned to die. It's got to be extremely subjective, how she chose them. At the same time, it takes courage to do that, and not just say - leave them in prison until God knows when.
I think that moment with Boomerang will stay with me too.
| Deserthawk 3/17/13 . chapter 75
I've always wondered how war correspondents are able to do that. Just go out there and photograph those things and not do - anything. Like they get a lot of shit, and sometimes I've felt angry at them too - for just standing there and taking pictures. Have you ever seen Paths of Glory? First time I saw that movie, those reporters at the end really pissed me off - even more than General Mireau, really. But then I think, if they didn't take those pictures who would? "My camera is my gun." I like that, because it says so much.
Jordan's wife must be a saint, seriously. But she and Jordan are so sweet together... I hope they can pull through somehow. Riane, she's still an enigma to me - I wonder if she might be like Jordan in some ways?
Haha, I never thought about it - but a lot of the Easy Eight do seem kind of childish. Somebody better grow up before he starts running the country. Seriously, Warren seems like the only really reasonable one. Yeah, they'll be in trouble if he ever goes.
| Deserthawk 3/11/13 . chapter 74
I think Griffon made his decision as soon as he tackled Aber there. But seriously. Aber. What an asshole. Somebody should gag him - and maybe throw him off the back of a train or something.
"Percy abandoned the crutches he was told to use for several weeks within a few days... This meant he had a slight limp that could only be fixed by breaking the bone again." I like this paragraph a lot. It says a lot about Percy. Or more like sums it up - more than any psychoanalysis-whatever could. Also, awesome entrance! That would make an epic movie moment.
Jesus, that sniper gave me a heart attack. Good thing McGill was there. Reinforces the fact that he can't afford to lose any one of them. You know, I often feel that Riane invades/ends up disrupting things. But in this case I have mixed feelings. Because if they hadn't directly attacked the stratocrats how long would this have gone for? You only have a hundred guys - you ain't gonna win this with caution alone.
Percy frowned, "I'm doing this because I deserve the power." I'm glad Percy isn't buying those lines the Euros are feeding him. At the same time, I'm see a power struggle in his future. Because how couldn't he let it go to his head?
I was surprised at McGill's character at first. I thought it was cool. I remember thinking - yeah, that could happen in the future. It's not unheard of in other countries, right?
| Deserthawk 2/23/13 . chapter 73
ARG, how could you end it like that?! McGill et. al are indeed total badasses. Haha, I love how Raine just texted them their location. I hope they are gonna be okay... usually it doesn't go so well when they don't listen to Percy. Damn, I was surprised how brutal they were though. I guess I shouldn't be. Especially to that Naseer guy. I mean, I bet that guy that shot him up was on edge - but still, would be very nervous to be with them in that room right now.
I kind of like Griffon too. Mostly for punching that brigadier general in the face that one time. He doesn't seem so on board with the stratocrats - I don't know what he's doing. Seems like a another black box right now.
Hm, I guess they should take de Rojas hostage. Let's see if I'm right.
| Deserthawk 2/20/13 . chapter 72
"What about the Captain? He does stare at her a lot," Hoskins asked. See? See? I'm not the only one who notices these things! Nudge nudge. I don't know, I just wanna see him happy - if he's happy asexual that's fine - but goddammit I can't even ever tell if he's -happy- or not!
Haha, that scene between Cross and the soldier was the best. That's gotta be the best/worst internship ever. Although with a name with Cross I was kind of expecting him to go out like martyr. Goddammit what's wrong with me! I don't wanna see anyone die... not even William... Goddammit, stop talking about your family, Wallace!
You know, seeing this scene here where William reacts to Jordan's death - it kind of casts the Percy/Ceto scene in a stronger light. Kind of a Laertes vs. Hamlet response. God Percy, please don't turn into a tragedy.
| Amiigan 2/14/13 . chapter 1
This looks really promising. Only had time to skim it, but I plan on getting back to soon.
| Deserthawk 2/13/13 . chapter 71
I want to know what happened on the Ceto. That's some serious business - there hasn't ever been a mutiny in the U.S. Navy has there? Ah, poor Percy... I wonder what his brother was like? Were they close to each other? ARG the things I can't know are killin' me!
Hm, Mackenzie gave back her wedding ring. It seems she and Ethan are as close as ever. But still, that's a very symbolic gesture there.
Oh God Percy, don't let them use you! But what else can he do? Guess this is one of those no-win situations here. I want to believe the Professor, but it sounds way too rosy, especially after everything that's happened so far.
"we need someone like you to take everything away – and then give it back." Isn't it funny? Even after 71 chapters and 200,000 words I still don't know what kind of person Percy would be with 'unlimited power'. I guess his seeming lack of attachment makes him the best option at this point. Still, hope the dude doesn't snap.
| Deserthawk 2/13/13 . chapter 70
I think it says a lot about this era, that that entire crowd knows the words to La Marseillaise - something profound. Don't think I can find three people where I live that know even half those lyrics. People always look for these big indicators, like revolutions - and yeah that's happening too, but it's the little things that show times are changing. And I guess that's what really matters in the end.
Also - oh shit. I thought Jordan was a goner there. Don't do that to me! I kind of (definitely) like the guy now. It was the backstory that did it. I never really thought about that, how being rich limits you - maybe even more than being poor. I don't know, I still think I would like to have a lot of money, but I don't wanna lose track of reality either - it's kind of like winning the lottery, I suppose. This was a real nice chapter. Could even stand up as its own short story or something like that.
Also, the quotes.
"You are a psychopath, Jordan," she said to him. "You're just a pathetic man who could never handle reality. Enjoy your fantasy revolution."
That was great. In a tragic way.