History · Nonfiction

Is This Feminist? Dian Hanson’s History of Pin-Up Magazines

I stumbled onto Dian Hanson’s History of Pin-Up Magazines in a used bookstore and knew I had to have it. A beautiful, colorful block of three hardback books in a case, promising to not only educate me about a genre of historical erotic literature outside my particular area, but also to be beautiful in its own right.…… Continue reading Is This Feminist? Dian Hanson’s History of Pin-Up Magazines

Children's & Middle Grade · Comics

Is This Feminist? The Legend of Wonder Woman by Renae de Liz

Reviewing Wonder Woman comics for feminism is something of a tradition around here, (Grant Morrison, George Perez, the Bombshells version), so I wanted to make sure and talk about the latest trendy rendition, The Legend of Wonder Woman by Renae de Liz. The short version is it’s a cute book but there’s not much to talk about re:…… Continue reading Is This Feminist? The Legend of Wonder Woman by Renae de Liz

Comics · Queer · Romance

Is This Feminist? Romance Comics

It’s a bit of a stretch to judge a whole genre on whether or not it’s feminist, I know, BUT since romance is a women’s genre it’s relevant. And really, instead of the whole genre, I’m just comparing two collections: Marvel Romance, which collects some highlights from Marvel romance comics of the sixties and seventies, and Fresh…… Continue reading Is This Feminist? Romance Comics

Comics · Queer

Is This Feminist? DC Comics Bombshells

Knowing me, you might expect me to have something to say about the Wonder Woman movie. It is my new favorite movie. Moving on to a very related topic, I’ve got another feminist superhero comic for you! The DC Comics Bombshells started as an art line by Ant Lucia, which became a DC statue line, and…… Continue reading Is This Feminist? DC Comics Bombshells

Comics · Queer

Is This Feminist? George Perez’ Wonder Woman

A couple of months ago, I posted about Grant Morrison’s version of Wonder Woman and how it kind of tried to be feminist but wasn’t. I’ve posted quite a bit about feminist themes in other books, too, but I’d like to make “Is This Feminist?” a regular thing, and I’m starting with some more Wonder…… Continue reading Is This Feminist? George Perez’ Wonder Woman

Comics

The Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus (Classics Club)

The Classic: The Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus (1986/2015) by George Perez More than four decades after making her debut in ALL STAR COMICS #8, the World’s Greatest Heroine was comprehensively reimagined in 1986 by legendary comics creator George Pérez — and this new incarnation of DC Comics’ fabled Amazon Princess quickly rose to unprecedented levels…… Continue reading The Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus (Classics Club)

Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy · YA

Skulduggery Pleasant, a Feminist Middle-Grade Goth-Action-Fantasy Genius of a Book

I don’t think I’ve talked about Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy on this blog before, which is an inexplicable oversight on my part because it’s one of my all-time favorite books! Quite a genre-bender, it walks the line between middle grade and YA, not to mention fantasy and horror. I like to think of it as “The…… Continue reading Skulduggery Pleasant, a Feminist Middle-Grade Goth-Action-Fantasy Genius of a Book

Comics · Queer

Is This Feminism? Grant Morrison’s Wonder Woman

I’m a big fan of DC Comics’ Earth One series. They’re retellings of the most famous heroes’ origin stories, and that can be terribly overdone, but these graphic novels have their own unique tone and they’ve been released as full volumes on a pretty slow schedule (not monthly issues) so they maintain some interest. They’re “darker…… Continue reading Is This Feminism? Grant Morrison’s Wonder Woman

Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy · Sci-Fi · YA

Artemis Fowl: A Study in Underestimation

This year I finally finished the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer in its entirety. This is a series I loved when I was younger, but I didn’t stay caught up with new releases, so I ended up not reading the last three or four books. In the past two years I re-listened to all…… Continue reading Artemis Fowl: A Study in Underestimation

Adult Fiction · Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy · Nonfiction · Queer · Sci-Fi · YA

2016 Book Diversity

As I did in 2015 and 2014, I kept track of diversity in my reading this year. Basically I count books with female authors, books with female protagonists, and books related to queer/race/disability issues (protagonist, author, or prominent theme). (For recommendations, see my Goodreads page or my yearly book survey!) Mostly I do this because it…… Continue reading 2016 Book Diversity