Weekly links & wrap-up (May 4, 2014)

Happy Sunday! How was your week? Mine was one besieged by WINDS and DUST and temperatures ranging somewhere in HELL and jfc why did we ever move here it’s terrible


In other news, I’m joining a challenge! Yes! Because the thing last year with challenges went so well. (Not.) But seriously, the 2014 Semi-Charmed Summer Challenge looks REALLY fun, and since it only lasts a few months I think I can totally do it. My problem last year was trying to do a bunch of year-long ones; I think I work best with shorter challenges?

Things that will happen this month: Armchair BEA! And that’s it for me (so far). Do you have anything exciting planned for May?

Books read

  1. Bellfield Hall – Anna Dean
  2. It’s Like This, Cat – Emily Cheney Neville
  3. The Queen of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner
  4. Smile – Raina Telgemeier

So basically The Queen of Attolia killed me this week.
Dalek I can't gif

Books reviewed

Posts posted

TBR notes

Started with 317 books on the pile (not counting audiobooks)
1 added (some freebie at work which I’ve forgotten now)
0 read

Interesting links

In “wtf is happening in my old hometown” news: Ku Klux Klan Driven Away By Hundreds Of Protestors In Cumberland, MD

Amazing vintage/historical photos over at Autostraddle: Epic Gallery: 150 Years Of Lesbians And Other Lady-Loving-Ladies

Author Katherine Addison (aka Sarah Monette) writes about default male thinking in high fantasy via Tolkien’s books:

And I’m not actually picking on Tolkien qua Tolkien. I’m picking on the consequences of Tolkien, because Tolkien is one of the most admired, copied, and influential Anglophone fantasists of the twentieth century. At this point, I think that even fantasy writers who hate Tolkien, even fantasy writers who have never read Tolkien, are still in conversation with Tolkien and the way that his story and his world-building became the gold standard of the genre.

There are lots of aspects to this: Tolkien’s fiercely anti-technology pastoral nostalgia, his ingrained racism, his equally ingrained adherence to a utopian version of the class structure of pre-World War I England. But I want to talk about his women, and the models they do (or don’t) provide for girls and women who want to imagine their own place in fantasy.

This list of best-selling books initially rejected is pretty amazing.

33 Real-Life Rosie the Riveters @ Stuff Mom Never Told You

Classic romance The Windflower is being republished this month. Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books writes about why it’s a classic.

Ever wonder why Amazon URLs have “Fiona” in them? Turns out it’s from a book.

Wendy the Super Librarian posts about the romance canon.

Suleikha Snyder lays down why sheik romances are so problematic.

2 thoughts on “Weekly links & wrap-up (May 4, 2014)”

  1. Jesus, are sheik romances still a thing? I had no idea about that and am appalled. How can they be? Surely the authors would think, hey, this is pretty othering and exoticizing, and maybe I should stop.

    1. Apparently they are! It’s funny how old school romance tropes have stuck around for so long. I suppose I’m just glad bodice rippers aren’t as big of a thing any longer? (Though I think they’ve been replaced with BDSM erotica.)

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