All her life, Agnieszka has known two things: that she must stay away from the Wood at all costs, and that every ten years, the Dragon emerges from his tower to select a girl to serve him for the next ten years. (He’s not the fire-breathing sort of dragon, but rather the wizard tasked with protecting their valley.) She knows all too well the horrors inflicted when the Wood claims a victim, but she’s not terribly concerned about the Dragon. After all, everyone has known all their lives that her best friend, Kasia, will become his chosen companion when they come of age; Kasia is lovely and graceful and does everything well, while Agnieszka is hopelessly clumsy and not at all ladylike. Too bad wizards don’t always do what people expect… Read More Book Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I am an audiobook fanatic. Mostly I stick to sci-fi, fantasy, and other things that could never happen. There are a few books that I liked, but I’ve only truly learned to adore since I became a dog person. Sometimes all a book needs is a dog glad-handing to take it from entertaining to completely delightful. Read More Fiction For Dog Lovers
I’ve been thinking a lot about the comments made by Noah co-screenwriter Ari Handel that have been circulating recently. Asked about the extreme whiteness of the cast, Handel said that the “the race of the individual doesn’t matter.” Presumably this was meant to be a defense. Read More On The Erasure of People of Colour From Dystopian Fiction
Brand new and amazingly weird and wonderful, Viper Wine was an unexpected present that gave me a lot of entertainment. I’ve only recently started reading historical novels, which means I haven’t had the time to delve further into the subject, so any advance praise for Hermione Eyre and her first novel had passed me by. Read without any further information in the back of my mind, the novel left me puzzled at first. Read More Book Review: Viper Wine by Hermione Eyre
Would you believe that this is only the second Neil Gaiman book that I’ve ever read? I know, I am disappointed in this reading gap too, as it has happened for no good reason. I enjoy Gaiman’s writing immensely, and his new novel, The Ocean at The End of The Lane did not disappoint.
This isn’t a definitive list of women of color in film. This isn’t a “best of” list, or a list of the most complicated or progressive characters in science-fiction or fantasy. This is simply a list of women of color in science-fiction and fantasy films. I tried to make it as full as possible, but ultimately had to decide on some parameters. Read More 45* Women of Color in Science-Fiction/Fantasy Movies
Last week, I asked for some suggestions of women of color in science fiction and fantasy films. This week, I wanted to highlight an actress who isn’t usually thought of as a science-fiction/fantasy actress in the way that someone like Gina Torres may be, but who has been quietly carving herself a little niche in the genres for the last decade: Alice Braga. Read More Awesome Women of Color in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Films: Alice Braga
Two weeks ago, I extolled the virtues of Mako Mori in Pacific Rim.