Women in the Scifi Industry

A couple of friends of mine started a blog on women in the scifi/fantasy genre. For a long time, it seemed like men writing for men. In this day and age, it seems like women are taking over the front lines.

Check them out!

http://www.cloakedcreators.com/mobile/

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I’m still here….

Hello everyone! I’m still here and actively reading. I’ve been going through some personal things (depression, job loss, adjusting to a new job, general anxiety, med adjustments and so on) and I’m hoping to be back on track next week. πŸ™‚

I got hired at JoAnnes Fabric and Crafts and I am LOVING it.

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This is the apron I made for work. And honestly, who WOULDN’T make a Tardis apron?

I also got full time eyeballs as you can see. *pun perhaps intended*

I’ve been spending time with my cats, blowing through summer reading and trying to find my grounding.

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So happy reading, my friends and carry on. ❀

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Carry On

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: YA Scifi/Fantasy/LGBT

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Rainbow Rowell is by far one of my favorite authors. Ever. I absolutely ADORE her writing and will most likely read/own everything she will ever write.

We first met Simon and Baz in Fangirl which was the basis for the MC’s obsession and “fangirling.” Rowell took it upon her herself to give us a Simon/Baz story and I am quite pleased with the result. I kinda skipped over those posts in Fangirl so I wasn’t quite swayed with this one. πŸ˜‰

Carry On is a Potter-esque type book. Magical school. Insidious Humdrum. Smarty pants female co-character. And so on. This book is basically “What Would Happen if Draco and Harry were Room mates and ended up Falling in Love.” Pretty much.

I highly recommend Rowell’s writing. This one was fun, for YA and a bi/gay lovestory. And yes, I totally fangirled and shipped the hell out of them from the begining. XD

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The Wind Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

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THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: Fiction
Book over 600 pages Book Bingo

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Murakami is strange. His plots are a bit hard to follow. But he has such a deep perception of humanity that it draws you in and keeps you there.

A man and his wife misplace their cat. She contacts a psychic medium to help them and speaking in riddles, never gets anywhere. Kumiko leaves her husband for her lover and he befriends a very strange 16 year girl obsessed with death and everyone is trying to find themselves.

In the end, the cat comes back.

Like I said, I couldn’t discern the plot. It was complicated, confusing, a bit boggling, a sense if messed up sexual fuckery, and I have no idea what was going on.

It’s a book that needs to be reread a few times I think. Murakami has such a way with underlying plots that it really comes off as beautiful.

Murakami is one of those writers that come once in a lifetime. I recommend him but be forewarned, he’s weird. XD

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Courage for Beginners

Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington

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THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: YA Fiction

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Now that I am in bed, safe under my soft and warm comforter, I do not want to ever leave. Here is a space where there are no problems. Only the crack in my cealing. That is the only problem. A crack that widens because maybe the house wants to change, too. So there are no problems. Except for the problems you carry in your mind. They creep into your safe space without an invitation. The problem is so stupid there is not even a name for it. Because what do you call that irritating feeling that tells you you’re going to change whether you want to or not? What do you call these invisible things that seem like they are marching towards you and you better get ready?

This was a book about a 12 year old girl. Who became an adult too soon.

Misti likes to talk in narratives and believes that stories will save her.

Misti is your average recently turned 12 year. She’s entering the 7th grade and loses her best (and only) friend to a hipster social experiement. Her dad also suffers from a horrible accident while washing his car (he falls from a tree trying to collect his wash rag) and is hospitalized ‘indefinitely’. And her mother never leaves the house. So Misti takes upon adult responsibilities so that they might survive. She begins to take care of her younger sister, cooking meals, and even going as far as to walk to the grocery store once food begins to get dangerously low. Because her mother suffers from agoraphobia. The only thing that keeps her grounded is hope that her dad will recover. Her stories. And growing up.

Here is a girl in love with the idea that her outside should match her inside. If a guy can change his world with a hat, a girl can change hers with a haircut.

This one struck a cord with me because I was forced to grow up. My little sister is 10 years younger than I and there came a point where my mom stopped leaving her bedroom. For about 3 to 4 years. I had to raise my little sister while the hoarding got out of control. I was responsible for meals, bath times, going to school and getting home to take care of Nik. And this continued well until I managed to escape the hell hole my mother created, which coincidentally, was 7 years ago yesterday. My dad worked so much to ensure that we even had food and amenities. We were poor and we managed. School and reading essentially saved me, but I related alot to Misti and her predicament. And learning to courage to change.

Here is a girl who will learn get to where she needs to go on her own two feet.

I highly recommend this book.

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Hunter (#1)

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

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THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy

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Imagine a post apocalyptic Hunger Games but instead of kids killing kids, Katniss Everdeen goes to the capital to be part of the elite force of kick ass hunters who fight….

MYTHICAL CREATURES

That’s pretty much this book. It was amazing in every sense of the word. Joy is an unusual Hunter (magic user and has Hounds) who travels from her small and mountainous monestary to live with her important uncle in the Apex, the most protected area in the land. Diseray was brought upon by religious fanatics/terrorists who used nukes which caused a cataclysm of events (they figured rapture and apocalypse) and opened the doorway to the ‘Otherworld.’ Joy stays on top of things in her humble manner (while kicking ass) while trying to uncover a plot of conspiracy.

Some may not like this book because it’s bogged down by world building and info dumps. I LOVED THAT. It made things make more sense and I don’t feel like it pulled from the plot at all. The magic was beautifully explained and the WHY. I was rather taken aback by the amount of background provided that I could weep with happiness.

Plus there was no love triangle. Love interest, yes. πŸ™‚ Joy is overall a brilliant female heroine. Plus, did you read the part about mythical creatures? Tommy Knockers, Kelpies, Red Caps, Draken, Weyrvyn, Gazers, Fair Folk, I was practically squeeing with all my mythilogical nerdiness.

I HIGHLY recommend this book. I will be impatiently waiting for the next installments.

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The Necromancer

Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard

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THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: Fiction
Best Read 2016

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Yes! Yes, technically I am a Necromancer. But I’m not one of those foolish people who take up residence in cemeteries so that they can raise an army of  dead. Have you SEEN an army of the dead? They’re more expensive than a living one, and far less use…I want to defy death. I want to…well, for want of a better word, cure it.

Oh this book was brilliant and is probably one of the BEST books I’ve read so far this year. It was wonderfully witty and came off as a Gaiman/Pratchett/Little Nicky piece which in thought, is absolutely brilliant.

Johannes Cabal is a Necromancer. He traded his soul to Satan to gain powers in necromancy, but alas, having no soul is effecting his research. So he decides to make another deal with him. 100 souls in a year and he can have his soul back. The catch? He has to do it using a Carnival and a budget. He frees his vampire brother, Horst, from a crypt he had left him 8 years prior and they take to the rails as ‘The World Renowned Cabal Brothers Carnival.’ Along the way, they meet an assortment of odd characters and Horst has to keep his brother in check, lest he loses his humanity.

I don’t hate death. It’s not a person. There’s no grim skeletal figure with a scythe. I try to avoid hating abstracts. It’s a waste of effort.

Never discuss murder plans with the victim, he reminded himself. It takes all the spontaneity out of it.

I loved, loved, loved loved this book. It was quite wordy but deliciously so. And hilarious. It had the tone of a Pratchett novel (wit, sarcasm, etc) while posing morality in the face of evil. Johannes isn’t a very good Necromancer but his heart is in the right place. And his brother is absolutely delightful.

I highly recommend this book. πŸ˜€

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