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Adventures Elsewhere collects our reviews, guest posts, articles, and other content we've spread across the Internet recently! See what we've been up in our other projects. :D


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Last quarter, we asked everyone to submit short fiction they had loved published between January 1, 2015 and March 31st, 2015. It's taken us a bit, but now we are happy to share the results! Thanks to everyone who shared stories they enjoyed with us and encouraged others to take part. You're all awesome!

We had some ~fancy numbers~ planned, but because of lack of time and in the interest of getting the stories out there for people to read, enjoy these stories sorted by number of recs. :D Read more... )
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The last four days: four solid days of Socializing With People. I slept for ten hours last night. It was like being drunk. Is this what cons are like?


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I've started Court of Fives by Kate Elliott, which comes out August 18. Her elevator pitch for the novel is "Little Women meets American Ninja Warrior in a fantasy setting inspired by Greco Roman Egypt." That's probably relevant to someone's interest. ;)
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Ah, the familiar tones of the gender debate coming again from SF fandom. Recently, I wrote about the cultural pressure to read white men. In the midst of this, two white men were proving my point about how this cycle continues. They're rolling in dollars so they probably don't care much that they've done so. Money must be so freeing.

Then Liz Bourke burst onto the scene with Conversations Founded On False Assumptions. It's insightful and notes how the conversation keeps being turned to "where are the women writers?" when they've been here the whole time. This goes back to that cultural pressure to read men I mentioned which can come in the form of other fans, aggressive marketing, inequality in publicity, and as always, the problematic construction of a thing the Internet loves: a rec list. Read more... )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Xena: Episode 110, "Hooves and Harlots"


Clare: Of course, right before I moved out of a place with cable to one without, I discovered this movie channel called movieplex, which is where all the stuff Starz has rights to go when Starz proper gets bored with them. I turned it on to have something to listen to while copy editing and discovered that it was playing Hercules and the Lost Kingdom, one of the first television movies in the Xenaverse that, incidentally, features Renee O'Connor as Deianira in her first appearance in the franchise. (Lucy Lawless was in the first one, Hercules and the Amazon Women, as the Amazonian head of security.) Deianira is similar to Gabrielle, in that she's chatty, headstrong, and quick on her feet: she takes every misadventure as proof that her destiny is just now something else. But she is meant to be annoyingly so until the very end. Read more... )
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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag.


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In November, the last entry in The Hunger Games series will debut and leave us all with a Katniss-shaped hole in our lives. Unless, of course, Hollywood can somehow find a way to keep milking that particular cash cow. Never underestimate Hollywood and its hunger for easy money.

I would probably go see additional films in that universe. Yes, I know.

It made me wonder what other books would I love to see made into films. There's a chance that we'll see The Scorpio Races hit the big screen one day. Same for Lumberjanes and Nimona, as the universe properly recognizes that everything Noelle Stevenson touches should be given its due. There was also the recent announcement for Uprooted.

For all of these picture me screaming with a megaphone, "DON'T SUCK. REMEMBER TO NOT SUCK." But beyond these, there are others I would love to see adapted, too, even if, as has been pointed out to me, I shouldn't hold my breath.

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Cover of Nnedi Okorafor's book Lagoon showing a green illustrated sea scene with squid, sharks and a person at the bottom of the ocean surrounded by a spotlight


Today Jodie is joined by Meghan, from Medieval Bookworm, for a co-review of Nnedi Okorafor's Lagoon. Did this novel of aliens, squids and a magic closely tied to Lagos' oceans sink or swim with the ladies?


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Reading the last few weeks has been slow and plodding. I've been ill and tired so it takes me forever to read everything. Also, my focus is really shot. I read an entire volume of Hawkeye the other day and then realized I remembered the first issue in the collection and absolutely nothing else. I had to a) take a nap and then b) re-read, with lots of breaks, before I could retain what happened. Everything takes so much energy. This post took me three days to write, as well. Chronic illnesses, my friends: do not recommend.

The last few weeks:



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This is the week I read The End of All Things by John Scalzi. I have my ARC. I have my feelings. I'M READY. (It's a lie. I'm not ready. I'm so not ready I haven't even read The Human Division which is also happening this week. Does anyone else go through this anxiety over series they love having new books but being utterly terrified you won't love them and it'll ruin everything and you'll sink into a deep sadness and your love for the series will never recover? And so, the books come out and you get them but never read this? I'm such a weirdo. Why am I this way?)
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Xena: Episode 101, "Death in Chains"


Clare: And just after Xena saves humanity from needless death, Xena proves that we don't need to fear the Reaper. Who, luckily, is personified by a calm woman with a candle that can kill with a touch. Having an episode begin with a woman responding to threatening sexual overtures by killing a man? It can only be XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS. Read more... )
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We're half way through the year and I have reviewed precisely two books here at Lady Business (along with a handful elsewhere). I guess that means it's time for a mid-year roundup of my bookish favs and fails, with bonus stats, to get somewhere approaching up to date. Thankfully I did the maths and this year has contained 100% less bookish fail than previous years so no need to break out gifs of horror.

Oh alright then, just the one. For fun.

Kirsten Stewart saying 'Suck It'


But really, it's been a very good year.

Books, Books, Books )

Stats )

So, tell me - how has your reading year been so far? Are you breaking out the horrified gifs or petting a clutch of bookish favs? Take the comments to let me know :)
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Hello, mid-2015! We meet again, mid-year, WAY TOO SOON! 2015's been an interesting year so far, full of a lot of things I thought I would love but didn't (Avengers!) and some things I love that I never expected (Bone Gap!). This is the time where I'd generally be going, "Oh no! HUGO DEADLINE!" but we all know what happened in that particular clubhouse, so I actually only need to read The Three Body Problem and I'll be done (it's gonna have to knock my socks off to get more than my third slot, though). It's opened up my opportunities for July for sure, as I head into the second half of the year.

September's looming. Is anyone else both excited/terrified for the books coming out in September? Even August is starting to make me a little nervous. Read more... )
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Because we haven't quite managed to work out a way for us to consume ALL the entertainment yet: to keep us from emerging haggard and zombie like after regular all night box set marathons, book splurges and music overload we've set up this quarterly space where we can express our pure fannish glee at the fact that so many projects of awesome potential are continually being made. All of our past wants and desires can be found in the We Want It! tag.


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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag.


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Fanwork is awesome and sharing fanwork is even more awesome. Join us as we keymash and squee over our favorite fanwork, from fic (both written and podfic) to art to vids and meta and back again.


Recommendations included:

  • The 100 — fic (1)
  • Agent Carter — mixed media fic (1)
  • Avengers — art (1)
  • Captain America — art (3)
  • Captain Marvel — art (1)
  • Crossover: The Gentlemen Bastards/Saga — mixed media fic (1)
  • Daredevil — art (1)
  • The Last Unicorn — art (1)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road — art (1)
  • T.S. 1989 — art (1)


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Today we bring you the second post in our Women in Authority theme week. Our next guest post is from Jenny one of the bloggers from popular site Reading the End (she's known as Gin Jenny over there).


I cheated a little bit on this assignment. (Don't tell the ladies of Lady Business; I want them to invite me back.) When they proposed this week of guest posts about lady bosses, I promptly volunteered to write about one of my favorite books of all time, The Color Purple, even though they were thinking of Heads of Corporate Conglomerates, and I wanted to write about a small business owner. (It is not like I need much excuse to write about The Color Purple. If I could write about The Color Purple once a week without boring y'all stiff, I'd do it.)

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Slightly later than planned, we bring you a week of posts dedicated to women in positions of authority starting with a guest post by Memory Scarlett. Memory Scarlett reads a lot of comics. She writes about the experience on her blog, In the Forest of Stories, and tweets her comics-related feels on Twitter as @xicanti. She’d very much like to be BFFs with Carol Danvers and Jessica Drew.


Carol Danvers, a white blonde woman, stares directly at the viewer as she pulls on a red glove with gold buttons. She wears a red, gold, and blue costume of vaguely military cut.


Carol Danvers, codename Captain Marvel, isn’t just a superhero with stellar powers: she’s also an army officer with a talent for command. Whether she’s heading the Avengers, as she does at the beginning of Brian Michael Bendis’s run on Mighty Avengers, or serving as the organization’s ambassador to the stars, as in Kelly Sue DeConnick’s most recent Captain Marvel series, Carol takes charge.

She’s earned the right to call herself Captain, and she keeps on earning it every day of her life.

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The first strange thing Nadia pulled from her pocket was a piece of fudge. It was a perfectly ordinary piece of fudge. But Nadia hated fudge, and couldn’t imagine how she’d come to be carrying it around. She remembered this in particular because it was a bright, cool autumn day and she’d dug into her jacket pocket instinctively, looking for change to leave in a busker’s open violin case, and had come upon the piece of fudge instead. After staring at it awkwardly for a moment, she dropped it into the violin case and hurried away before she could see whether the busker was scowling at her or not.


After reading Amal El-Mohtar's "Pockets" and "The Truth About Owls" back to back I suspect I'm going to spend June cramming all of her work into my eyes. Although very different in tone, both of these stories appealed to me for similar reasons. Both display a concentration on the pace and flow within individual paragraphs, show off El-Mohtar's sharp eye for detail, and manage to hit my feels by leveraging just the right amount of melancholy optimism. If loving "The Feels" is wrong I don't want to be right (also it's not wrong).

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