I’ve sat down to write this post a few times now and gotten absolutely nowhere. My current computer set-up is so uncomfortable that at one point cleaning my bedroom windows seemed like a better thing to do. I’ve been meaning to replace my (incredibly cheap and ugly) desk for… ten years now? And I could probably do with a new chair. But, money. Ah, for the days when full-time jobs were a thing. ANYWAY, I’m not leaving this spot until this post is finished, neck pain or no neck pain. DETERMINATION and GRIT or something like that. (In the end my boyfriend came in about half way through this post wanting to go to bed, and the post got pushed yet again. Fail.)
Added to Wishlist
- The Girl with Ghost Eyes – M.H. Boroson. Have I mentioned that I’m looking for more urban fantasy with female protagonists? It was a sad day the day I realised that all my favourite urban fantasy series were male-led and I’m pretty determined to change that so if you have any recs I’m open to them!
- Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis. I’m so behind on my Stephanie Burgis reading but, despite not having been published yet, this one has jumped right to the top of my list.
- When Light is Like Water – Molly McCloskey. Hopefully the really dull cover on this one isn’t a reflection of the set-in-Ireland story.
- Rotherweird – Andrew Caldecott. Usually I find long books off-putting – there are so many books to read and big ones take so much longer! – but this sounds like the type of weird and wonderful story that I can’t ignore.
- Shades of Milk and Honey – Mary Robinette Kowal. I can’t stop reading Regency-esque stories with a supernatural twist.
- Flex – Ferrett Steinmetz. I’m intrigued by this, partly because it reminds me of Marvel’s District X, and partly because not all magic stories can be Regency romps (sad but true).
- The Marvelwood Magicians – Diane Zahler. Although the blurb doesn’t much appeal to me, I recently read Zahler’s Baker’s Magic and loved it, so I have high hopes.
- Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls – Beth McMullen. Like Regency-esque + magic, modern boarding school stories are a sub-genre that I can’t resist.
Articles of Note
- New Wonder Woman to Focus on Diana’s Brother. UGH. There are no words for how ridiculous this is. Thanks a lot, DC, said no one.
- 9 Influential LGBTQ Science-Fiction and Fantasy Authors. Genre fiction often gets overlooked when putting lists of LGBT reads together, so this is a nice counter-balance.
- A Celebration of Gay Writing from the Past 100 Years. Proving my last point, here’s a very lovely list from W.H. Smith that fails to feature any sci-fi or fantasy.
- The Best Comics from Vertigo. Yes to this whole list, although it features a few titles I’ve still to read. A good starting point for someone looking to read more ‘grown-up’ titles.
- Angolan Writer Wins €100,00 International Dublin Literary Award. Hey, look! An award-winning book that I’ve actually read (and enjoyed)!
- A Mary Anne with Kristy Rising: On the Enduring Legacy of the Babysitters Club Books. I don’t know that I ever identified outright with any BSC member, but I do remember finding a pair of skeleton earrings that were just like ones Claudia wore and being absolutely delighted with myself.
- How Girls Actually Play With Dolls. My dolls weren’t ever prostitutes (what kid is playing a game involving prostitutes, Mary Sue writer???) but they certainly weren’t interested in playing house and pretending to be fashion models. My brother’s cars and Transformers often played a major role in whatever drama I had going. And, yes, I’m still bitter that my brother had a Transformer and I didn’t.
- The Internet Worked Together to Name a Character in Philip Pullman’s Book After a Young Grenfell Towers Victim. No, you’re crying.
- 100 Must-Read Classics by People of Colour. I have read the grand total of zero of these books. I own Roshomon and Other Stories, but I don’t think that excuses me.
In search of something fun and light in the run-up to an interview recently, I started rewatching Leverage and it was exactly what I needed. I’m almost done with season three, and all I can think is ‘why did they cancel this??’ To be fair, it’s not a subtle programme, especially in the first season where the good guys versus bad guys thing was sometimes so heavy-handed it was distracting. BUT, it’s fun! Elliott punches things!! Hardison hacks things (and makes Star Trek jokes)!! Parker jumps off things!! Sophie does every accent ever!! Nate drinks a lot and thinks he’s cool af!!
I’ve also been watching the seventh season of Masterchef USA (and just found out when googling what season was being show here that all the guest judges are men which is not cool, Masterchef USA, not cool at all) which is usually perfect mindless TV, but this time around there’s a guy who keeps saying ‘people underestimate me because they think I’m just a frat guy who can’t cook’ and it’s like THEY ONLY THINK YOU’RE A FRAT BOY BECAUSE YOU KEEP REFERRING TO YOURSELF AS ONE EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE 28, DUDE. 28! AT WHAT POINT DO YOU STOP BEING A FRAT BOY??? Ahem. I have some issues with him, clearly.