bookgazing: (Default)
[personal profile] bookgazing
Red, white and blue Short Business logo


Malinda Lo's story "The Cure" may be short and relatively simple but it's a smart story that knows exactly what it's about. It merges horror, female-focused history and sexual subtext to create a vampire story that sticks in the mind.

Read more... )
helloladies: Picture of T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics reading You'll thank me when you share my politics! (Default)
[personal profile] helloladies
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:

  • Avengers — fic (2)
  • DC Comics — cosplay (1)
  • The Little Mermaid — cosplay (1)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road — meta (1)


On to the recs! )
renay: Pink pony with brown hair and wings on a yellow background bucking hind legs in the air. (Default)
[personal profile] renay
I will never be able to thank [twitter.com profile] KateElliottSFF enough for her Omniscient Breasts essay.

Some recent reading because I've been, as stated mournfully several times, very unconscious recently. Don't even ask how long it took me to stay awake to read some of these books.



Reading detail! )
helloladies: Picture of T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics reading You'll thank me when you share my politics! (Default)
[personal profile] helloladies
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


Read more... )
helloladies: Picture of T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics reading You'll thank me when you share my politics! (Default)
[personal profile] helloladies
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.


Read more... )
helloladies: Picture of T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics reading You'll thank me when you share my politics! (Default)
[personal profile] helloladies
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 112, "Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts"


Clare: Xena tackles the Trojan War with tact, dignity, and a Trojan Horse built out of wicker lawn chairs, according to the disclaimer at the end of the episode. Hector is transformed into the villainous Deiphobus, the ships comment feels awkward since we're pretty clearly quite far from the shoreline, and it turns into a story about Helen's agency, which is amazing.

Renay: This episode reminded me of a low-budget school play where the production did the best they could with what they had and they decided that gutting the story and making everything about Helen ~finding herself~ was the best decision. I can't disagree. This was excellent Trojan War fanfic. Read more... )
helloladies: Picture of T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics reading You'll thank me when you share my politics! (Default)
[personal profile] helloladies
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.


Read more... )
helloladies: Picture of T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics reading You'll thank me when you share my politics! (Default)
[personal profile] helloladies
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:
  • Disney — art (1)
  • Doctor Who — gifset (1)
  • Game of Thrones — gifset (1)
  • Hannibal — fancast (1)


On to the recs! )
helloladies: Picture of T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics reading You'll thank me when you share my politics! (Default)
[personal profile] helloladies
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.


Read more... )
helloladies: Picture of T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics reading You'll thank me when you share my politics! (Default)
[personal profile] helloladies
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 111, "The Black Wolf"


Clare: And now for today's episode, which is actually a pretty standard jailbreak episode. I was very concerned that it starts off with our ladies separated—like, what was Gabrielle up to before she came across Argo at the farrier's? Whoosh posits that this might be part of Gabrielle's newfound independence, but I think they're taking a breather from "Hooves and Harlots," with their relationship mending when Gabrielle joins Xena in the dungeons and Xena introduces her as her friend to Salmoneus. Read more... )
bookgazing: (Default)
[personal profile] bookgazing


Survival is insufficient.


“All I’m saying,” Dieter said, twelve hours out of St. Deborah by the Water, “is that quote on the lead caravan would be way more profound if we hadn’t lifted it from Star Trek.”


Kirsten Raymonde, the heroine of Emily St. John Mandel's novel Station Eleven, lives in a dystopian version of Toronto. Twenty years after a violent flu virus has ravaged the world, killing huge numbers and rendering society technologically poor, Kirsten works as a professional actress. She tours with a band of musicians and actors called The Travelling Symphony who perform Shakespearean plays and classical music as they pass through the small towns that constitute post-epidemic society. The motto of the symphony, 'Survival is insufficient', a Star Trek quote from the old world, informs their company's choice to keep going even if sometimes 'it seemed a difficult and dangerous way to survive and hardly worth it'. Their motto is so important to Kirsten that she has it tattooed on her arm.

Read more... )
helloladies: Picture of T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics reading You'll thank me when you share my politics! (Default)
[personal profile] helloladies
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.


Read more... )
helloladies: Icon that says I will talk with anyone about anything. (free tl;dr)
[personal profile] helloladies
Book cover of Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia


Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible. (Source)


Both Ana and I reviewed One Crazy Summer, the first of Rita Williams-Garcia's books about the three Gaither sisters, their Pa, Grandma (Big Ma) and their activist mother. Join us as we (sadly) see the trilogy finish up and co-review the final book, Gone Crazy in Alabama.

Read more... )
helloladies: Picture of T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics reading You'll thank me when you share my politics! (Default)
[personal profile] helloladies
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


Read more... )
helloladies: Icon that says everything you want right now! (right now!)
[personal profile] helloladies
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... )
renay: Pink pony with brown hair and wings on a yellow background bucking hind legs in the air. (Default)
[personal profile] renay
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?


Read more... )

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. ;)
renay: Pink pony with brown hair and wings on a yellow background bucking hind legs in the air. (Default)
[personal profile] renay
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... )
helloladies: Picture of T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics reading You'll thank me when you share my politics! (Default)
[personal profile] helloladies
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... )
helloladies: Picture of T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics reading You'll thank me when you share my politics! (Default)
[personal profile] helloladies
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.


Read more... )
renay: Pink pony with brown hair and wings on a yellow background bucking hind legs in the air. (Default)
[personal profile] renay
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.

(Brutal, friends. Brutal.)Read more... )

Welcome!

Welcome to Lady Business!

Profile
About
Review Policy
Comment Policy
Writers We Like!
Contact Us
Archive

tumblr icon twitter icon syndication icon


Who We Are


Renay is a long time member of slash fandom and nerdfighteria who stumbled into book blogging by accident and decided she liked arguing with herself at length and in capslock — it was all downhill from there. more? » about.me icon twitter icon pinboard icon tumblr icon

By day Jodie is one of those evil marketers you're always hearing about. In fact she’s an evil British marketer and probably the inspiration for the next Bond villain. more? » tumblr icon last.fm icon

Content


Book Review Index
Film Review Index
Television Review Index
Game Review Index
Non-Review Index
Sidetracks
We Want It!
Fanwork Recs
all content by tags

Criticism & Debate


Yes! We welcome criticism and debate and seek to become better people and better critics through the process. However, we do have a comment policy.

Hugo Recs


midamericacon II logo


What's with your subtitle?


It's a riff off an extremely obscure meme only Tom Hardy and Myspace fans will appreciate.

Powered by Dreamwidth Studios