Open Thread: Anne McCaffrey

Just saw on a listserv that Anne McCaffrey died. Y’all know that I have some mixed feelings about Pern. At the same time, Pern (and MZB’s Darkover) represented a way into fandom for me as a tween. Not only were there female characters… there were several! With dragons! Who had adventures! Without men! I also […]

Reviews in Brief: Ancestral Magic, Bloodrights, Southern Gods

Ancestral Magic is one of the first books by Moondancer Drake. PLOT PLOT PLOT: Sky’s a single mom whose waitressing job is barely enough to pay the bills. Meg, Sky’s bestie and sister-in-law, has always been their for Sky and her nephew, Drake, so when Sky gets a mysterious fortune, Meg moves into the rambling old mansion […]

Feminism for Real, ed. by Jessica Yee

feminism for real

This is an amazing, honest anthology on the tensions in a movement that’s partly institutionalized in the academy and non-profit world, and partly emergent from the lived experiences of oppressed peoples. This sustained critique analyzes the academic systems that produce knowledge about Othered bodies, and engage in what other authors have claimed “imperial feminism.” As […]

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland –Catherynne Valente

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente is like a finely made pastry with layers of cream, strawberries and honey, mixed in with dashes of spicy cinnamon and a hint of savory salt. Oh yes. [What the heck is going on outside?] Readers in other book threads […]

Outside, the dead walk.

SURVIVORS: I am typing this from my improvised bunker by the dim glow of my iPod Touch’s backlight. Luckily, Hathor’s servers haven’t gone down, and my wise investment in a solar iPhone charger has paid off in spades, but it is still a dark day– or night, I haven’t ventured outside in a while. Is […]

Vanora Bennett’s The People’s Queen

I particularly enjoyed historical writer Vanora Bennett’s Queen of Silks. Protagonist Isabel Lambert is driven and sympathetic, attempting to rejuvenate 15th century England’s inefficient silk industry and, while ultimately failing, it still comes across as interesting, with a woman lead you can root for and groan with when her efforts come undone. The same, however, […]

No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon

This book really didn’t grab me; I found the pages of narration about how the main characters wanted to fall all over each other sexually to be overkill, and the plot meandered toward what seemed like the major point – and epic quest – that is finished rather quickly and easily and then the plot […]