Tag Archives: Books

Book Review: Valhalla by Ari Bach

15 Oct

Valhalla, written by Ari Bach, is dark, gritty, dangerous, and subtly representative.  Bach unpacks his new world, layering loud violence, subtle queer identities, and a disturbing dystopian premise that promises an interesting alternative.  Valhalla pushes the boundaries of science fiction to make you question the lines drawn between dystopian governments, outside companies, and the people who make up the world those entities control, and sets up the foundation for a strong trilogy that centers around a queer female protagonist. Continue reading

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337. Ann Leckie (a.k.a. Singularitrix) — Provenance (An Interview)

9 Oct Provenance by Ann Leckie Book Cover

Space Opera, heritage, and alien ambassadors, oh my! Shaun is joined by guest host Feliza Casano of Girlsincapes.com to interview Ann Leckie about the stand-alone novel in her Radch universe, Provenance. Ann shares some of her Space Opera influences, talks about how her love of archeology led her to an exploration of the role museums play in the myth of heritage, the nature of identity, naming, language, and so very much more. Don’t miss this one everyone!

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Signal Boost #20: Sandra Odell and Ausma Zehanat Khan (The Bloodprint)

26 Sep

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Sandra Odell, prolific short story writer, joins Jen to talk about disability, sexuality, and gender representation in science fiction and fantasy, how her identities inform her short stories, and what good representation actually looks like.

Then Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of the Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty mysteries, joins Jen to talk about her debut fantasy novel, The Bloodprint, the influence of the Silk Road on the story, how human rights act as a through-line in all her work, and how she loves stories in which women get to take control of their destinies.

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Reading Rangers #3: The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold

25 Sep The Warrior's Apprentice Book Cover

Hello, Rangers! In this installment of Reading Rangers, Jen, Paul, Alex, and Stina dive into the third book (internal chronology) of the Vorkosigan Saga, The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold. Alex and Paul offer the experienced voices, Stina the slightly new, and Jen the completely new (and she’s SO excited to finally meet an adult Miles)! The team tackle everything from Miles’ improbable ability to juggle lots of plates, even though he does drop a few along the way, how his level of privilege plays into some choices that have far-reaching consequences, the dunder-headedness of Ivan Vorpatril, and so much more along the way.

Next time, we’ll be discussing The Vor Game. Will the Dendarii Mercenaries join Miles again? Find out next time!

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Signal Boost #19: A Conversation about SFF Canon

19 Sep

On today’s Signal Boost, Jen remembers that we have a listener suggestion form, and so we FINALLY talk about the questions that one intrepid listener is dying to know! Actually, it’s mostly Shaun talking about the answers while Jen nods sagely. What are those questions? Well, listen to the episode and you too will know the truth about SFF canon. Or at least Shaun’s version of the truth. Especially since the conclusion we come to is that basically we all get to make our own canon. So, HA!

After Shaun is all done ranting talking about canon, we get to our Mini-Boosts!

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