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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

In light of the new year, we're going to look back on the things that we were most proud of in 2016!


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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.


Clare: When I was a kid, my parents bought me this LEGO set called "Sphinx Secret Surprise." They bought it because I was crazy for Ancient Egypt as a little kid, but it was part of the Adventurers theme (as different lines are called in LEGO parlance), which was an homage/rip-off of Indiana Jones. Since I had no clue who Indiana Jones was, it sailed over my head. Even when I acquainted myself with the trilogy later, there was something vaguely mid-nineties about the whole proceedings, despite being produced and released in the eighties, all because I associated it with putting together this LEGO set.

While I sold all my LEGOs ages ago (although I kept a solid selection for Wolfboy and Little Fang), I still have the sphinx and the sarcophagus. They stand proudly stands proudly next to my curated collection of lady LEGO minifigures including a Warrior Woman minifig who looks suspiciously like Xena.

All of that is to say that seeing an Indiana Jones-inspired episode of Xena from 1997 made perfect sense in my head. Flashing forward to 1940 from… let’s go with ancient times?, Dr. Melinda Pappas joins Dr. Janice Covington on a dig for an artifact that will validate Janice’s father’s thieving reputation—the Xena Scrolls. Read more... )
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I'm still halfway in 2016 mode with books because I couldn't time travel in order to read all the books I wanted. But 2017 is here and with it, new books, new lists of upcoming books, and my renewed lack of self-control. Here's some books I have my eye on in the next few months. 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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Hello my darlings, happy new year! We made it, and I'm so proud of us! ♥ I figured I'd start off the new year by clearing the decks from last year, so this post is going to be talking about my goals from last year and for this year, along with some of the books that I didn't actually get around to in 2016. (Shout out to [personal profile] renay for that one!) If you just want to hear me yelling about books, I'll be back in a fortnight with the first batch, so I'll see you then! ;)

Everyone else: let's do this. >D

Goals for 2016! )

Goals for 2017! )

Books I didn't get to in 2016! )

Okay, that's all of it! *keels over* I think I'm ready for 2017 and a whirlwind frenzy of consuming media now, I don't know about the rest of you! What are you all thinking of for goals this year? Did any of you have books you meant to get to last year?
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According to Goodreads, I read 28 books in 2016; that includes several graphic novels and one novella, but one book was a trilogy collected in a single volume. Still, in terms of actual books that's fewer than two a month, which seems kind of dismal. I blame my Critical Role obsession -- catching up on the show, and then rewatching it took many many many hours of time, at least some of which would otherwise have been spent reading. But that's over now, so I want to read more in 2017, and also pick up gaming again. I hope to make the quest for balance a theme this year, in my life generally as well as in media consumption; wish me luck.

Some stats (counted by book -- I have a couple of duplicate authors):

  • 22 women/6 men (79% women) -- I'd bet that's about average for me, although I don't usually track this data. It might be a little higher than usual because I was still doing the Bradford Challenge at the start of the year.

  • 21 white authors/7 authors of color (25% PoC) -- This is... not great, although it could be worse. I want to read more books by authors of color in 2017, particularly men -- every single one of these authors was a woman, which is kind of cool in some respects, but it's still a limit on reading diversely. And there are male authors of color, like Daniel Jose Older and Tobias Buckell, who I've been meaning to try for years. So this could be a good opportunity for me to broaden my repertoire.


Some favorites, listed alphabetically by title:

Books published in 2016 )

Books published before 2016 )

Movies/TV/Other Visual Media )

Coming in 2017

Lots of movies, shows, and books are headed my way in 2017. To mention some of the more obvious: Star Wars Episode 8, Wonder Woman, Hidden Figures (which I will have already seen by the time this goes live), The Lego Batman Movie, The Dark Tower. Regarding television, besides the aforementioned-Defenders, I'm looking forward to seeing where Supergirl and Agents of SHIELD go through the rest of their current seasons. As for books, it's hard to know where to start, there are so many, but I'm quite excited for the new John Scalzi space opera series (I heard him read the prologue at WorldCon, and it was really great), as well as the final books in a number of series: Buried Heart by Kate Elliott (Court of Fives series), The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth), and Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan (The Memoirs of Lady Trent). There's also a new October Daye book coming, and I'm sure there's more but I'm very bad about knowing upcoming books that aren't books in series and/or by my most favorite authors. :) So I'm sure there's more coming. On the video game front, there's Mass Effect: Andromeda out in March, and although I'm more of a Dragon Age girl, I'm still looking forward to it. The Final Fantasy XII remaster is also slated for 2017, no specific release date yet, and is this the year we finally get Kingdom Hearts 3? Only time will tell.

I've never set specific, measurable reading goals before, but I want to try in 2017, if nothing else to see how it works for me.

In 2017, I will read:
  • At least 40 books total, not including novellas/short fiction or graphic novels/comics collections.

  • At least 20 books by authors of color; of these, at least 10 by new-to-me authors (i.e. authors whose work I've never read before).

  • At least 5 non-fiction books.

  • At least one novella and one piece of shorter fiction each month -- not just during Hugo reading season!

  • At least 10 books or graphic novels/comics collections off my existing TBR shelf.


Not so long ago, I could have read 40 books in my sleep, but my media consumption patterns have changed, so I wanted to be realistic. Three books each month and a little more -- that's not so bad, right? And if I hit that goal early, I can re-evaluate.

I hope you all found books, movies, TV, and games you loved in 2016, and have plenty to look forward to in 2017 as well! Any favorites that you think I shouldn't miss? Comment and let me know.

Cheers, and Happy New Year to all.
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Welcome back to Readers of the Lost ARC, a project aimed at recommending under-read books from the past few decades to highlight stories that might interest readers looking for that next great book. We're happy to welcome Courtney Schafer back to Lady Business to continue sharing her favorite under-read books from the 2000s. Read on for some cool recommendations.

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The history of math and science, from an outsiders perspective, is dominated by a white male narrative which places men at the forefront of all the knowledge gleaned from the universe. If you delve deeper, though, that reality is revealed as the ongoing lie that white culture would love to continue propagating. The release of Hidden Figures, adapted from a 2016 nonfiction book by Margo Lee Shetterly, is a long overdue correction to the wider historical and artistic record that systematically erases black women from their place in history. We all know that we put rockets and men into space, but the public faces on those accomplishments are too often white. Hidden Figures is the rare Hollywood film that centers the historical experience of black women struggling to make their way in fields dominated by racist and sexist white people to put their mark on history. Read more... )
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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.

If you find something you love, we encourage you to comment/favorite and let the creator know you enjoyed their work. :D o/


Recommendations included:

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender — art (1)
  • Avatar: The Legend of Korra — art (2)
  • Avengers — fic (1)
  • Check, Please! — fic (1)
  • Critical Role — art (1)
  • Dragon Age — art (2)
  • Final Fantasy — art (1)
  • Final Fantasy VII — art (7)
  • Kingsman — fic (1)
  • Marvel 616 — fic (1)
  • Star Wars — fic/meta (1)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars — Cosplay (1)
  • Star Wars: Rogue One — art (1)


On to the recs! )

What fanwork have you loved recently?
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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.


Clare: Happy Christmas, kids! It’s the holidays and time for one of Xena’s favorite activities: playing fast and loose with Christian mythology!

Renay: *puts on some jingle bells on* Read more... )
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Another reading year has come and gone. I succeeded in both my (revised) reading challenges, learned the value of setting attainable goals, and met Kate Elliott (SCREAMING) so I'm calling it a win.

Downsides: haven't quite managed my goal of reading enough nonfiction to have a dedicated favorites section. But I'm going to keep working at it.Read more... )

I hope everyone had a great reading year!
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I decided to read 100 unique women writers in 2016. Back when I had this brilliant idea in late 2015 the assumption was that I would also read a lot of short fiction. When that didn't happen, the challenge became...overwhelming. Luckily, Jenny the Wise taught me a lot of good lessons about reassessing goals when you get new information! I cut my goal in half. It was still a challenge, but I'm happy to say I did it. \o/ It turned out to be the very best reading challenge I've ever done.

Women write about everything. We're half the world's population, and we write about the world in a million different ways. We're fiction writers and nonfiction writers and artists and teachers and scientists and historians and linguists and journalists and lawyers and fans and curious students of the world and each other. We're everywhere. The push in various parts of publishing, as well as culture, to silence us, erase our contributions, and to devalue our writing and our work is just another tired tool that's never going to be able to truly hold back the tide of our ideas, our work, or our voices.

As Kate Elliott likes to say, "We are mighty."

If you're looking for a new reading challenge for 2017, I highly suggest this one (but be more realistic than I was).

Here are the items I read:

challenge list )
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The book: Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling



The summary:
When young Alec of Kerry is taken prisoner for a crime he didn’t commit, he is certain that his life is at an end. But one thing he never expected was his cellmate. Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things–none of them predictable. And when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice, things may never be the same for either of them. Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. Before long he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than either can imagine, and that may cost them far more than their lives if they fail. But fortune is as unpredictable as Alec’s new mentor, and this time there just might be…Luck in the Shadows.


How I found it: I literally do not remember where I bought it or why, because it was so long ago. Ten years, at least, maybe much longer. I can't really give a good explanation of why it's languished so long, either; possibly reluctance to start a new series.

What inspired me to read it now: On a whim, I included this book on a Twitter poll that I ran to pick my TBR book for November. It tied with Indexing for first place, so I decided it needed to be read next.

The verdict: A rollicking and readable fantasy adventure that I wish had stood a just a little better on its own, rather than spending so much time setting up the rest of the series. But that's my only complaint, really. It started out rather dude-heavy, but more female characters show up eventually, and I suspect they'll become more important in later books.

The main protagonists, Alec and Seregil, meet cute in a dungeon and spend the rest of the story building a strong partnership, defying death, and getting embroiled in international politics. Each man is charming and appealing in his own way, and I enjoyed their mentor/friend dynamic from the beginning. In many respects, their vibe scratches the same itch for me as the Gentleman Bastards in Scott Lynch's books, especially when Seregil's long-time teammate, Micum, is on stage -- the strength of the bonds among the three men, the kinds of scrapes they get into, the way they always have each other's backs. Cut for a spoiler, although it may be useful knowledge for setting expectations. )

Besides great character work, I also appreciated Flewelling's worldbuilding. Although a fair amount of the information comes through infodumps in the earlier chapters, once past that part it never slows down the story, and I find the world pretty fascinating. Seregil's home of Skala is ruled by a queen, and her heir is the leader of the military -- a fact that is reflected in all aspects of the world, with women holding positions of military and political power throughout the country. I look forward to seeing this dynamic play out in future books.

As I suggested above, Luck in the Shadows ends on a significant cliffhanger -- although a few significant plot threads are resolved, many are not, and some questions are answered mostly with more questions. So of course I will keep reading. Thanks to everyone who recommended this book to me! I look forward to discovering what happens next.
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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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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.


Clare: Do not adjust your sets, folks! Read more... )
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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. This week, we're happy to welcome [personal profile] shinyjenni as our last guest reccer of 2016! Check out her recs below.

If you find something you love, we encourage you to comment/favorite and let the creator know you enjoyed their work. :D We'll be back with more fanwork recs in 2017. o/


Recommendations included:
  • Babylon 5 — vid (1)
  • Crossover: Rent/Pride — vid (1)
  • Doctor Who — art (1)
  • Leverage — vid (1)
  • The Lord of the Rings — art (1)
  • MCU — vid (1)
  • Mass Effect (1) — fic (1)
  • Star Trek Beyond — art (1), meta (1)
  • Star Trek: DSP — vid (1)
  • Star Trek: TOS — fic (1)
  • Star Trek: Voyager — vid (1)
  • Star Wars — art (1), vid (1)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens — art (1)
  • Yuri!! On Ice — art (14)

On to the recs! )

What fanwork have you loved recently?
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There are a few books I meant to read this year that I simply didn't manage to get through due to the fact I over-extended myself with challenges (be careful with these, they're addictive and dangerous). When I saw Elizabeth's Top 5 Wednesday video for books she was going to finally read in 2017, I went, "I can definitely do that and guilt myself into responsibility. Maybe." Read more... )
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Happy holidays, y’all! ‘Tis the season for giving, but what, exactly, do you give? Luckily, the Lady Business editors are here with a gift guide some stuff we want that might inspire you too.


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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.


Renay: Wow, this episode changed tons of my feelings about this series so far and my reaction to it was basically "?!?!?!?!". Read more... )

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