I’ve mentioned the Shannara Chronicles by Terry Brooks several times before, and now with season two of the TV show tentatively predicted for Summer 2017, I decided it was time for a re-read. I chose to start with book 2 of the series, The Elfstones of Shannara, because that is where the TV show starts from. Published in the 1980s, Elfstones stands apart from many high fantasy epics by featuring two prominent female characters. Amberle and Eretria, while both involved in a love triangle with protagonist Wil Ohmsford, present two very different notions of femininity in a genre that often lacks any representation at all. But can they be said to be feminist characters? Continue reading Women of Shannara: A Feminist Look at Amberle and Eretria
As the weather turns colder, if you’re anything like me, you want to lock yourself up inside and never venture out into that face-hurting blustery “wonderland.” To help you cope, here are some series to keep you busy while you’re all tucked up in a fluffy blanket by the fireside, ready to hibernate the season away.
Continue reading 7 Book Series to Binge Read This Winter
Father’s day is on Sunday, and you know how I like to conveniently remind you of holidays by writing posts about them a few days in advance. And, since I wrote about books I read because of my mother last month, it’s only fair that my father should get the same honor for his special day. Looking over this list, I realize that my father is largely responsible for my introduction to science fiction and fantasy. Sci-fi/fantasy then served as a springboard into all the various fandoms I got into later in life. So thank you, Daddy, for setting the foundation for the geek I am today. Continue reading Books I’ve Read Because of My Father