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Late Night With Rule 5 Sunday

Posted on | March 23, 2015 | 29 Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

I was discussing SF with a friend of mine tonight, and we both agreed that the main problem with Charles Stross’ Laundry novels (wherein MI-6 meets the Great Old Ones) is that there’s too much bizarre and disgusting sex (see Equoid) and not enough sex involving Bob’s rather deadly, musically inclined spouse, Dr. Dominique “Mo” Howard. We agreed that in the movie, it didn’t much matter who plays Bob, but Mo absolutely has to be played by Christina Hendricks. Thus, tonight’s illustration.

The Special Hell. You’re going there.
(Ms. Hendricks as Saffron, a.k.a. “Our Mrs. Reynolds”, from “Firefly”)

As usual, many of the following links lead to pictures normally considered NSFW, so exercise discretion as to when and where you click. Management is not responsible for unfortunate consequences attendant on your lack of discretion.

Leading off this week is Average Bubba with Rule 5 Hump Day, followed by Goodstuff getting all hot and bothered with Anna Ohura and Anna May Wong plus other delights, Ninety Miles from Tyranny with Morning Mistress, Hot Pick of the Late Night, and Girls with Guns; Animal Magnetism has Rule Five Friday and the Saturday Gingermageddon, and Loose Endz delivers the Spring Break Wrapup and Haley Atwell as Agent Carter. Also, First Street Journal does the IDF this week.

EBL checks in with Maureen O’Hara, Mentos Challenge Done Wrong Rule 5, Kate Upton in Zero-G, Ainsley Earhardt, Sophia Loren, Michelle Malkin, and a Shameless Scandi Rule 5.

A View from the Beach brings us Gigi HadidMore Duck TapeYour Thursday Morning JogEPA Takes Aim at the Good Things in LifeHappy St. Patrick’s Day!“I Cry for Love”Ankh Morpork in Mourningthe Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy?, and Clean Up in Aisle 5!

American Power returns after a long absence with Rosie Jones, Charlotte McKinney, Gwen Stefani, Kate Hudson, and Kelly Brook.

At Soylent Siberia, it’s cream for your coffee, Monday Motivationer Ashley, Overnighty Ski Lidia, Tuesday Titillation Gemma, Evening Invention Awesome: The Cameltoe Swing, Humpday Hawtness Khristina, Overnighty Michelle, An Irish Fursday Submission, Evening Awesome Stretch, Corsetation Iteration, Equinox Knockers, Weekender, and Bath Night.

Proof Positive’s Friday Night Babe is Lily Aldridge, his Vintage Babe is Kay Aldridge, and Sex In Advertising this week is in the paint. Nekkid vegetarians are promised for next Rule 5 Sunday. At Dustbury, it’s Lights and Aysun Kayaci, while Three Beers Later favors us with Rule 5 Bongo Man.

Thanks to everyone for their linkagery! Despite the fact that I’m going to be in Minnesota, away from the Internet, and unable to do Rule 5 Sunday next weekend, I encourage you to send in your links to the Rule 5 Wombat mailbox regardless, so that we can give spring a proper welcome with a double dip Rule 5 Sunday in two weeks.

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29 Responses to “Late Night With Rule 5 Sunday”

  1. Daniel Freeman
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 12:17 am

    Oh noes! A redhead!

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    March 23rd, 2015 @ 12:49 am

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  3. Good Stuff
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 12:53 am

    Thanks for celebrating the hot season with Anna Ohura and Anna May Wong

    Imgur is a swell photo hosting site, where I have made a sub with the Rule 5 tag. Feel free to use the sub

  4. Adobe_Walls
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 5:04 am

    There simply never is a wrong time for a Christina Hendricks photo.

  5. Fail Burton
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 8:50 am

    The main problem with Stross novels is they’re Stross novels.

  6. Eric Ashley
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 9:03 am

    As a writer type, I wouldn’t be averse to a bit more analysis than that.

    At first, I liked The Laundry, but over time it seemed to lose its weirdness. Less math crazy, and more metaphor magic…and I don’t mind metaphor magic, but if you start your system on math, you need to stay three, err, there.

  7. Eric Ashley
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 9:05 am

    I would also think that the Old Ones were past disgusting sex as that is far too human for them.

  8. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 9:24 am

    They are addictive, aren’t they!

  9. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 9:25 am

    If that holograph was Ms. Hendrick’s dancing, 3CPO’s circuits would explode.

  10. Wombat_socho
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 11:03 am

    Bob Howard’s atheistic nihilism is starting to get up my nose, but otherwise I’ve enjoyed the stories.

  11. Wombat_socho
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 11:04 am

    Depends on which GOO. Shub-Niggurath is all about that nasty sex…as a means to control.

  12. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 11:34 am

    Of course if R2D2 (who is projecting that image off shot) had a Ms. Hendricks dancing holograph…he’d be in his bunk!

  13. Fail Burton
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 11:50 am

    I don’t like redneck SF. It’s like Wacky Races compared to Warner Bros. or Are You Being Served compared to Monty Python. An SF TV analogy might be that people like Stross, Scalzi and Leckie write SF that’s like the old Hulk, Wonder Woman and Buck Rogers TV shows. They don’t get it and they shouldn’t be writing it. It’s refrigerator magnet literature. They have no insights or ability to engage in perceptual shifts of any kind. It’s like robots write that shit. It suffuses SF today and it’s so bad I can’t even think of any actual SF writers pre-1975 to compare them to. Even the worst of the old crew were at least actual genre writers, not Saved By the Bell On Mars for adults.

  14. CrustyB
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 12:25 pm

    I think Hendricks would be ideal because she has vulnerability, a natural instinct for emoting, a sensitivity and understanding of the role she’s playing and she has really big schmeebs.

  15. Daniel Freeman
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 1:35 pm

    I just have one more that I’m going to post when the opportunity presents itself, but the rest will stay at the gallery, because…

  16. Daniel Freeman
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 5:36 pm

    That’s hypnotic. I just tranced out for a minute.

  17. Ruy Diaz
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 7:07 pm

    You think that’s redneck SF? I’m guessing you haven’t read Ringo, or Kratman….

  18. Proof
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 7:10 pm

    I have it on good authority that Christina Hendricks has gone over to…the Light Side. She’s now a blonde.

  19. richard mcenroe
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 8:05 pm


  20. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 8:34 pm

    They go on into infinity (or at least it seemed that way).

  21. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 8:35 pm

    The extinction event for Gingers has begun!

  22. Proof
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 9:33 pm

    Be afraid. Be very afraid.

  23. Wombat_socho
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 9:37 pm

    I’m having a hard time figuring out how Stross’ writing can in any way be defined as “redneck SF”.

  24. Fail Burton
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 10:32 pm

    I just explained it. Some doof once rewrote William Hope Hodgson’s The Nightland because he “got it.” Stross re-writes genre SF. It’s like taking all those naughty weird words in Clark Ashton Smith or Jack Vance and combing them out til smooth. Stross is the burnished embossed leather cowboy hat with embossed of SF. If he’d gone to high school in America he’d have been a quarterback named Wizzy Wyatt. Stross doesn’t write satire, he is satire.

  25. Fail Burton
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 10:36 pm

    The issue is whether they themselves pretend or think otherwise. It’s a matter of lack of awareness. Do you think Michael Crichton thought he was Heinlein when he wrote Sphere or just another episode of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea with Home Shopping Network shiny bells on?

  26. Daniel Freeman
    March 23rd, 2015 @ 11:23 pm

    That too, but I meant it more in the sense that even if they’re funny, most set such a high bar of outrageousness that it’s prohibitively difficult for them to meet a [funny > outrageous] posting standard.

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