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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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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 108, "Prometheus"


Clare: Despite the relatively simple rescue mission, there's a lot going on in "Prometheus." First and foremost, we get a guest spot from Hercules and Iolaus, stars of Xena's mother show, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The closest I've gotten to Hercules is seeing Kevin Sorbo in the Dragon*Con parade in high school, although I anticipate an urge to watch it when we close out Xena. (Hercules and Iolaus were, in Greek mythology, lovers, so that slash fandom must be intense.)

Renay: I found this episode legit chilling because right off the bat I was terrified Gabrielle was going to get hurt and was on edge the whole episode. SURPRISE IT TURNED OUT TO BE IOLAUS INSTEAD, WHICH, WHEW. Funnily enough, I sort of resented having Hercules and Iolaus there because it took away from my Xena/Gabrielle adventures. Read more... )
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This week was dominated by me catching up on paid work between, I'll be honest, writing a lot of words about baking delicious treats for your werewolf boyfriend.

Totally unrelated, Teen Wolf comes back at the end of June and I'm not emotionally prepared.

Reading the last week:

Well, after looking forward to Uprooted for almost a year, putting off reading it because I was terrified of not loving it as much as I wanted to love it, and finally starting it while trying not to inhale it so I could savor it (I failed), I have finished and it was WONDERFUL. I loved it so much. It's giving me all the same warm, fuzzy emotions I felt with The Goblin Emperor. They don't compare beyond "whisked away to uncertain future!" but they're both so heartwarming. I wasn't sure I'd ever find a book that made me feel like The Goblin Emperor did ever again, but here it is!

Agnieszka was a delight to follow. The premise of the book really doesn't tell you how layered this story is at all. You go in knowing that every ten years, the wizard that protects the valley from the evil Wood comes and takes a young girl to serve him, and once she's gone she doesn't come back for ten more years, and then it's never for good, as they always leave. Agnieszka — and everyone else — is convinced he'll take her best friend, Kasia. But, of course, everything goes wrong from there and the story goes deeper and deeper into the history and political situation of the world. Every time I thought I knew what would happen Because Tropes, I was quickly assured I had no clue.

Plus, the Dragon was like, Rodney McKay if Rodney McKay transformed into a wizard with magical skills instead of Science. Into it.

On Goodreads, it shows me Friend Reviews and everyone who has it added and the list goes on and on and on and on. Everyone has been talking about this book and loving it (although I've seen a few valid qualms about some of the relationships) so if you haven't heard of it I need you to a) please share your hermit secrets with me and b) look it up and see if it sounds like your type of fantasy. I've always loved Novik's work; even stories that aren't my jam go down super smooth. She's so great at flow in narrative (that mysterious thing I can never explain), and this book definitely has that to spare. If I could hand Uprooted every major SF award right now, that would be half as many accolades as it deserves.

I also caught up on my Captain Marvel issues, which I got behind on because I was busy with books. I loved the previous volume of Captain Marvel a lot, but the issues I read this time were hit or miss. The story about Chewie was super cute, but then there's an whole story about having to speak in rhyme that was embarrassing. It's not that the premise was bad, but the whole conceit of rhyming regular speech was basically an invitation for me to be mortified for the characters/writer when it just completely fails to work. I do appreciate how many of the characters here are all really different women, and I would have been totally cool with at least ten more issues of Carol, Tic, and Rocket's Adventures in Space, but Secret Wars or something.

(I still don't understand Secret Wars. Apparently universes are colliding and characters are DYING? I don't…why, Marvel? Why?)

Anyway, I have two more issues and then I'll start Carol Corps, which I remain dubious about because Secret Wars. Battleworld. Where Doom is God or something. Ugh.

I'm currently reading an ARC of Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow (what a rad name), who is a new-to-me author for review at B&N SF. I'm muddling through Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud, too, because I'm going to dubcon [tumblr.com profile] rozurashii into a comic with me or keel over trying. Because I don't have enough projects already.
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About a month ago, N. K. Jemisin tweeted about Shaenon Garrity's short story "To Whatever". I always trust Jemisin's recs so I slapped this story onto my ever expanding list of woe perfectly manageable and organised list of SFF to investigate. And in June I finally got around to reading it. Hey, life - why so busy?

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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 Avengers — fic (1)
  • Atlantis — fic (1), gifset (1), vid (1)
  • Big Hero 6 — cosplay (1)
  • Captain America — art (1)
  • Game of Thrones — meta (1)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road — art (1)
  • Mass Effect — art (1)
  • Ms. Marvel/Captain Marvel — art (1)
  • Once Upon a Time — art (1)


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Well, since I got carried away about all the books I'm looking forward to (I have since read one of these books, it was AMAZING so clearly I have great taste), I've since banned myself from Edelweiss. Every time I try to go there it redirects me to Ace of Base's "I Saw the Sign", which'll hopefully have the result of convincing me not to type the URL for any reason ever. I didn't link to it, either, because I like everyone here and don't want to send you down that dark path, especially of the university presses. Don't Google it. Just move on, and enjoy a long life filled with experiences and way less mindless drooling over books not out yet, many of which will be hella expensive textbooks.

I've also acquired a Marvel Unlimited account. I want to read ALL the Captain America in order to be able to cry the maximum amount of tears when Captain America: Civil War drops. But I want to do it in some semblance of order to prevent confusion. I realize this is hopeless, yes. Let me have my dreams! So many comics!

(I'm also tempted to read Iron Man but everything I've heard about Superior Iron Man has made me livid so probably not the best idea.)

Reading the last week:


More thoughts, no real spoilers! )

I'm currently reading Uprooted and will finish it this week. I'm over the moon about it, which I'm sure is a surprise to exactly no one reading this.
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"Walkdog" by Sofia Samatar deliberately skirts the boundaries of SFF. The story's narrator is writing a school paper about 'an animal called Walkdog', a folklore figure which steals children and takes them on eerie walks that may last for years. Not much is known about Walkdog (there isn't 'even a Wikipedia page') and it's unclear whether Walkdog actually exists by the time the story finishes. All that ambiguity, coupled with a light side of structural playfulness, makes "Walkdog" totally my jam.

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I could start by saying this will be my last post here at Lady Business, but I hope that would soon prove a lie.

It’s been nearly five years now since Renay, Jodie and I first started talking about starting a blog together, and during that time my life has changed considerably. Five years ago I was getting ready to start my MA in Library and Information Management; although that was a busy period for me, I was much better able to manage my workload and still write regularly than I am now that I have a rewarding but often exhausting full-time library job. Add to that my perpetual confidence issues when it comes to writing for a more polished and professional venue and the result was a level of contribution far below what I hoped for when Lady Business was first launched. In its turn, this led to a permanent state of angst and guilt over not being able to be more involved, which brings us to where we are today. I’ve been on hiatus since the start of the year to make sure that whatever decision I came to in the end would be the right one for my life, and I’m now as certain as I think I’ll ever be.

I’m sad to announce that I’m stepping away from my formal role in Lady Business. Read more... )
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The trouble with books is that they keep coming out and they all sound amazing.

There's not enough hours in the day for me to put them all in my eyes immediately. I'm behind on my 2015 reading already. And yet, the middle of the year—May through September—is the toughest time to be a book lover because publishers are determined to make me suffer. "Look at all these excellent stories!" they say. "You definitely need to read this! And this! And your favorite authors are also releasing something new!"

Because it's summer mainstream sites are releasing new books to check out over the next few months. Of course, if you went by those lists you'd be convinced the only people writing science fiction and fantasy (or other genres; fill in the blank as appropriate) were white dudes. There's been some pushback; Book Riot's got a great list (crying over my TBR list now, thanks Book Riot, for leading me to further doom). But we can continue thinking outside the box, mainstream sites! There are endless avenues for new fiction! Be bold!

I've made my own list of books I'm thrilled to read over the next few months, but I know there are tons more out there. What's everyone else looking forward to getting their hands on?

Books! )

I'll only make it to 7-10 books (plus the ones I've already read) during this summer because of life and movies and comics. If I can't become a hermit, move to a cabin off the grid with nothing but a pile of books to read and no other responsibilities, fine. I can at least talk incessantly about all the books I'm excited about. Feel free to put some of these in your eyes as they drop and then come tell me if they're awesome. I want to live vicariously through your reading experience! I can only read so fast.
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One of my favorite space opera series right now, beaten out only by the Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie, is The Expanse by James S.A. Corey, a pen name for Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham. I love this series, and I've been pushing it on everyone I know for ages. I'm that friend with a crush doodling names in my notebook and making sappy mixtapes who never shuts up. RENAY ♥ THE EXPANSE.

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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 107, "The Titans"


Clare: Basically, this episode is about Gabrielle feeling inadequate in Xena's eyes, which is not true at all. Luckily for Gabrielle, she wanders into a religious ceremony where she frees three Titans and gets command of them, so, for once, she's technically more powerful than Xena. Gabrielle's little change in expression from "OH MY GOD THOSE ARE TITANS!" to "oh yes of course I am a goddess do my bidding" is lovely. The episode does end by Gabrielle apologizing for being power hungry, but she doesn't come off as power hungry, just luxuriating in new power that is, of course, new agency. Read more... )
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Today we're excited to welcome [tumblr.com profile] justira to Lady Business to talk about Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. Ira is an awesome illustrator, writer, and web developer. You can find more of Ira's work at their tumblr.





lime green cover of Grasshopper Jungle with two lines forming a V to denote the antenna of a grasshopper


I want to say that Grasshopper Jungle did one thing well but—honestly, I can't. I want to like that it has a bisexual protagonist and a love triangle that never collapses but I can't call the love triangle well done when one of its legs it underdeveloped and treated so poorly by the narrative. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Grasshopper Jungle blends pulpy—almost kitschy—Cold War era sci fi, a historical immigration account, and a small-town coming of age story. It's also written by someone who self-admittedly knows nothing about female folks, which is a bit unfortunate seeing as one of the alleged main characters is female. The novel fell flat or me in almost every aspect, with only a few bright notes: sometimes the writing and substance came together to say something interesting about the human impulse towards history-making, and the relationship between the protagonist, Austin, and his best friend, Robby, is well-developed and well-sustained. However, this is all embedded in a narrative that not only features rape apologia and massive fat shaming, but also constantly fails its female characters. And to top off that parade, the apocalyptic premise never manages to quite gel with the beating teenaged heart of the story.

I should be happy that a book with a bisexual protagonist is getting so much attention. But I can't support a book that fails on so many social and technical levels.

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