“The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For”

I first read bits of Alison Bechdel’s Dykes to Watch Out For strip online in my late teens. I couldn’t find all of it, especially not the early bits, but I found what was there strangely compelling. It was one of the … Continue reading

‘Ancillary Justice’ by Ann Leckie

*There may be spoilers ahead, read at your own risk* I bought this book for a birthday either earlier this year or last year (I think it was last year). Long enough after it came out to have heard the … Continue reading

“An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir

So, it’s been almost a month since my last post, which I’ll probably talk about in a post later this week. But first I want to talk about this book I read yesterday. It’s the debut novel, and first in … Continue reading

#WomenInFiction

(*Update* An article on Bookriot by the hashtag originator.) Last night, a woman named Preeti Chhibber (@runwithskizzers on Twitter) created a hashtag and invited people to share their favorite #WomenInFiction with her, and why the characters were important to them. … Continue reading

It’s a Trap!

I’ve been thinking about Stories a bit lately (I’ve been reading Granny Weatherwax stories the last week or so, which may tell you something, or may not). Stories are important, and any writer myself included will be the first to tell … Continue reading

“The Falcon at the Portal” Re-Read

Spoilery spoiler-words ahead, don’t read if you haven’t read the books. The Falcon at the Portal is set during the 1911-1912 excavation season, and is really the set-up for the next book in the series. There are some fairly important … Continue reading

I Don’t Like Epic Fantasy

Today I read a thing that pretty much blew my mind. Elizabeth Bear posted something on her Tumblr in response (and agreement) to something else Scott Lynch had posted about Game of Thrones, and how it was basically a high-fantasy … Continue reading

Historical Accuracy, Representation and Ancient Egypt

I don’t talk about race much (not just here, but anywhere on the web). I don’t really feel qualified, despite reading and thinking a lot about race, because, well. I’m white. Whiter-than-white. White-bread white. I know enough to know that … Continue reading

When a Favorite Author Lets You Down

We (Readers) all have favorite authors, those people who wrote the books which speak to our soul or draw us in until we couldn’t put the book down even if our hair was on fire, or simply kept us entertained … Continue reading

“The Hippopotamus Pool” Re-Read

(There be spoilers in these ‘ere waters, aye. Read at ye’r own risk.) At last we come to book 8, The Hippopotamus Pool. The name is a reference to the story of Apophis and Sekenenre. The tale, which Amelia is … Continue reading