On October 12, I had the pleasure of finally meeting my favorite mortician, Caitlin Doughty. It was a signing for her second published work, From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find the Good Death hosted by distinguished D.C. bookstore Politics and Prose. The same humor and charisma that makes Doughty’s “Ask a Mortician” YouTube series so successful lends itself well to writing and book promotion, delighting her audience and readers. When I first covered Doughty in an interview and book review in 2014, I called her a death geek to highlight her relevance to our site. Now it’s increasingly clear that no stretch of the imagination is needed to show that the good death movement and feminist movement are intertwined. Continue reading From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty: Review and Signing Experience
If you’re looking for a good YA series with bisexual, Hispanic, or autistic representation, it might be time to hop on the Dark Artifices train, as the second book was just released last Tuesday, May 23. From the author who brought us our first Jewish vampire and an immensely powerful gay warlock comes a new spin-off series from her original The Mortal Instruments world. Today I will review Lady Midnight (Book 1 of The Dark Artifices) by Cassandra Clare, particularly focusing on the minority characters Mark, Christina, and Ty. Continue reading Diversity Among Shadowhunters: Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight
The new epic fantasy on everybody’s lips is the Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss, not least because of its recent association with musical genius Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda will act as creative producer of Liongate’s new film, TV, and video game franchise based on the books. This fact and the recommendation of a dear friend was all the convincing I needed to start book one, The Name of the Wind. Yet while the writing is beautiful and the plot is enticing, I am disappointed to say this book had a distinctly un-feminist tone. Continue reading Feminist Literary Analysis: The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss
If you are a feminist on the internet, there is a good chance you have already stumbled across Jason Porath’s website, Rejected Princesses, in which he pairs gorgeous illustrations with short descriptions including legends, history, and fun facts about women who don’t fit the classic princess archetype. One hundred of those entries have now been printed in physical book form, and it’s definitely worth getting, even if you have already seen the blog. Continue reading Rejected Princesses: The Book, and Why You Need It
To round out my Sci-fi Summer reading list, I chose Hugo Award winner and Nebula nominee The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu. With this choice, I branched out into the realms of hard science fiction and literature-in-translation (translated by Ken Liu). Three-Body Problem begins with the historical backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution and then fast-forwards to modern time where the leaders and militaries of the world are faced with a mysterious virtual reality game and an impending alien invasion. How do those things go together? You’ll have to read it to find out! Continue reading Three-Body Problem Review and Sci-Fi Reading Challenge Wrap Up
In the Reckoners series, those without powers are the heroes and those with powers are the villains. Ten years before the story is set, a cosmic phenomenon known as Calamity struck, gifting certain individuals with special powers, while others remained unchanged. But these powers inevitably corrupted, creating a class of tyrannical supervillains ruling over the ordinary masses. Only the Reckoners have the gall to fight back. Continue reading Brandon Sanderson’s The Reckoners Review–Superhero Fiction with a Twist
With a full-page color ad in the New York Times proclaiming “Harry’s Back!” the newest story about the Boy Who Lived was released Sunday July, 31st. Branded as the “Special Rehearsal Edition Script,” Harry Potter and the Cursed Child contains the text of the new play about Harry Potter and his relationship with his son Albus Severus. The play officially premiered in London’s West End on July 31st, and there have been rumors of a possible production coming to Broadway as well. Some fans have been wary of the play, worrying that it won’t live up to the beloved books. Others have been eager for any additional Potter-related writing J.K. Rowling produces. Without further ado, here are two Geekettes’ thoughts on the play.
ConnectiCon was the first convention I ever went to, back in 2007. I’ve been going sporadically since then and it’s interesting to see how the con evolves from year to year. There were some major organizational changes this year, some for the better and some for the worse. If you’re considering going to CTCon next year take a look at the way things were run, though keep in mind it could be completely different next time, as the organizers see what worked and what didn’t. Continue reading Pros and Cons of ConnectiCon 2016–On How the Con was Run This Year
Social media can be scary. All of us living in this internet age know about the dangers of online anonymity: cyber bullying, online harassment, catfishing, etc. NEED takes that danger to a whole new level. Imagine a website that can provide you with anything you want: a new phone, that latest gadget, an extra week of vacation. All you need to do is perform one little task. Only the mastermind behind the site knows how the seemingly harmless tasks interconnect to lead to the deaths of multiple townspeople. That is the premise of Joelle Charbonneau’s novel NEED. Continue reading Book Review: NEED by Joelle Charbonneau
If you are looking for a horror novel that will give you nightmares, I have just the book for you. Dreams are never safe in this debut novel by C.J. Malarsky. Ever since Willow trespassed in Ashwood Asylum, she seems to have taken a piece of it home with her that won’t get out of her head. Malarsky’s smooth prose, attention to detail, and unique premise will draw you in until you are shivering in your sheets but can’t stop turning the pages. Be sure to check out my interview with the author at the bottom of my review!