Poison Study

I just read a couple of books by Maria V. Snyder called Poison Study and Magic Study. I don’t know that I have ever read a fantasy novel set in an early industrial revolution time frame with a moderately successful communist military government before. Especially one that neither preached communism nor villified it, but showed […]

Everything I Needed to Know About Feminism I Learned from YA – Panel Report

Still working on the WisCon 31 panel reports. Slowly but surely! The next panel I attended on Saturday was “Everything I Needed to Know About Feminism I Learned from YA”: Young Adult fiction is full of strong female heroines who are a 14-year-old girl’s version of a superhero. They kick ass, wield magic, stand up […]

The Surrendered Wife

The Surrendered Wife, by Laura Doyle, has been out for a few years now, but has started making the blogs again recently – this isn’t a proper review, as I haven’t read it – but “know them by their works” as the proverb goes, and this book’s works are ugly. For example: this review praises […]

Genre Tokenism Today: The New Octavia Butler – Panel Report

After an embarrassingly long pause, I’m continuing with my write-ups of the WisCon 31 panels I attended. When I’ve finished writing about all of the panels, I’ll do a round-up post. The second panel I attended on Saturday morning at WisCon 31 was “Genre Tokenism Today: The New Octavia Butler,” moderated by Nora Jemison and […]

Oh, Stephanie Plum

Janet Evanovich’s mystery novels featuring semi-hapless bounty hunter Stephanie Plum are sort of like my junk food. I know they’re fluffy and silly, but whenever a new one comes out, I have to read it, if only from the library. Stephanie is the kind of character that some will point to as a strong female […]