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 · Comics

Book Riot Recs: Comic Books

Welcome back to my Book Riot Read Harder Challenge recommendations! The last post gave some suggestions for fulfilling the queer prompts, and this one will do the same for the comic-specific prompts. I counted comics in a handful of categories last year, but there are two in this challenge that specifically require you to read…… Continue reading Book Riot Recs: Comic Books

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

Sci-Fi · TV & Movies

Star Trek Column: Subversive Lady Guest Stars

This month’s Comparative Geeks column has been one of my favorites to write so far: Spotlights on three strong female characters tucked away in the original Star Trek series. My argument, insofar as I have one and am not just fangirl-flailing, is once again that the show was deeply feminist, especially (but not only) for its…… Continue reading Star Trek Column: Subversive Lady Guest Stars

History · Nonfiction · Queer

Epic Feminist Faceoff: Joan Scott vs. Judith Butler

Joan Wallach Scott: Feminist historian and author of the discipline-transforming 1986 article “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis.” Judith Butler: Philosopher and hardcore influencer in feminist, queer, and literary theories. TWO WOMEN ENTER, ONE WOMAN LEAVES! Okay fine, they can both leave. But this summer, I’m having my first experience with a directed readings course…… Continue reading Epic Feminist Faceoff: Joan Scott vs. Judith Butler

History · Sci-Fi · TV & Movies

Star Trek Miniskirts: Feminist or Nah?

Originally posted on Comparative Geeks:
Aesthetics carry messages about values. Star Trek, while frequently written about in historical, literary, and technological terms, was also a visual experience with a distinctive aesthetic, and there’s a lot there to talk about! I just wrote a term paper on the topic, and it’s my pleasure to bring you…

Sci-Fi · TV & Movies

Uhura Wears Red

Originally posted on Comparative Geeks:
It occurred to me recently that Lieutenant Uhura, the Enterprise’s communications officer, portrayed by the formidable Nichelle Nichols, wears a red uniform. This may not be immediately surprising. Lots of people wear red uniforms in the Original Series. All the nameless “redshirt” security guards, yes, but also the entire engineering…

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2016 Reading Challenges and Book Diversity

I poked away at the reading challenges I decided to try last January, but ended up not finishing them. I’m confident I read more than the requisite number of LGBT+ Challenge books, but I only reviewed a few of the books I read, and reviews are part of the deal. Pretty much dropped off the…… Continue reading 2016 Reading Challenges and Book Diversity