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2017 Hugo Nomination Recommendations

Another year, another Hugo nomination season! Once again, nominations for the Hugo Awards are open, to anyone who is currently a member of this year's upcoming Worldcon in Helsinki, last year's Worldcon in Kansas City, or next year's Worldcon in San Jose, CA ["a.k.a., my neck of the woods. Come to San Jose! We'll all hang out!! It'll be great!!!" — KJ]. Nominations are open until mid-March (March 17th or 18th, depending on your time zone), so that's plenty of time to read all those things you've been meaning to get to before nominations close… right?

Never fear, the editors of Lady Business are here to provide our suggestions as you decide what to prioritize on your TBR. Of course, this is by no means a comprehensive list of everything that might be worthy of a Hugo nomination, nor is it meant to be. It's just a selection of some of the things we loved in 2016, and a few reasons why we loved them, along with some books, stories, and shows we're still hoping to check out ourselves. Each editor's opinions are their own, although we suspect you'd find a fair amount of agreement if we had sat down to discuss our picks.

Onward to the list! )
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[personal profile] bookgazing2017-02-10 08:22 pm

Read. Remember. Resist.

Everything is A LOT at the moment, right? Trump. Brexit. Aleppo. And this whole Marie le Pen thing is starting to look far too plausible. It can feel like everything is out of our control. Our actions get drowned out by newsreels of permanent despair, and every new dawn brings a chorus of 'Those fuckers did what now?' It's easy to believe what the fascists want us to believe - nothing we do makes a difference and we may as well give up.

To counter this narrative, in my own small way, I thought it might be useful to start signal-boosting things that got DONE over the course of a month. My goal - to produce a five-item list, each month, of ways people improved the world and made a difference in the middle of this political wasteland. Regular people are pushing back, and resistance is anything but futile.Read more... )
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[personal profile] spindizzy2017-02-10 02:13 am

Eight Book Minimum: Start as you mean to go on! No, wait, the other thing!

I feel like it says a lot about me as a person that I go "Okay, I will read lots of prose books by new authors" and promptly start on three massive manga re-read projects. And also that I swap between Important Seminal Manga That Is Critically Beloved and the Sparkly Shipbait Idfic. START AS YOU MEAN TO GO ON, I GUESS.

I have also spotted the slight flaw in my #getouttamydamnhouse goal, which that I hadn't accounted for what I was going to do when I... Happened to the library? Having a target that keeps going up incrementally is a good way to discourage yourself, so I am keeping my goal fixed at ninety (oh god past!me what were you doing) and when I get to June I'm gonna count up how many library books I have left in my house and adjust my goal accordingly.


  1. Pluto Volume 1 by Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka [Jump]

  2. Pluto Volume 2 by Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka [Jump]

  3. Pandora Hearts Volume 1 by Jun Mochizuki [Jump]

  4. Pandora Hearts Volume 2 by Jun Mochizuki [Jump]

  5. Pluto Volume 3 by Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka [Jump]

  6. Pandora Hearts Volume 3 by Jun Mochizuki [Jump]

  7. Pandora Hearts Volume 4 by Jun Mochizuki [Jump]

  8. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman [Jump]


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Reading Goals


Reading goal: 8/150 (8 new this post)
New-to-me female authors: 1/75 (1 new this post: Genevieve Cogman)
#getouttamydamnhouse: 5/90 (5 gone this post)
#unofficialqueerasfuckbookclub: 0/8 (0 new this post)
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Adventures Elsewhere — January 2017

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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Fanwork Recs - February 2, 2017

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


Recommendations included:
  • Critical Role — fic (1)
  • Dramatical Murder — art (1)
  • Hidden Figures — art (2)
  • The Magnificent Seven (2016) — fic (1)
  • Marvel — art (1)
  • Monstress — vid (1)
  • Ms. Marvel — art (1)
  • The West Wing — vid (1)
  • Yuri!!! On Ice — art (2)


On to the recs! )

What fanwork have you loved recently?
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Xena: Episode 2x11, "Here She Comes... Miss Amphipolis"

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: Did I mention last time that the greatest part of Xena is that it supplies its own tropes? Well, Xena continues that trend, as Xena and Gabrielle go undercover at a beauty pageant (beating Miss Congeniality by three years) in order to suss out a would-be killer.Read more... )
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6 New Nonfiction Reads for 2017

We're thrilled to welcome friend of the blog, Jenny, back to Lady Business to talk about some of the nonfiction she's read or planning to read going forward. Onward for some awesome nonfiction recs!


Happy 2017, Lady Business readers! Or I guess I should say, solemn 2017, Lady Business readers. I hope we come to this new year with hope and bravery, ready to fight and call our senators and support each other. Here’s some of the nonfiction I’ll be reading in my spare time from resisting our Russian stooge cheeto president.

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The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
All throughout December 2016, I told myself that my first read in 2017 was going to be James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, followed closely by the collection of essays, poems, and reflections The Fire This Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward. I like the symbolism of starting the first year of the Trump presidency with an author as eloquent, timely, and furious as James Baldwin. I hope that the reminder that these battles never went away will help me to have the strength to keep on fighting throughout the year (and the one after it, and the one after).

The Fall of the House of Wilde


The Fall of the House of Wilde by Emer O’Sullivan
Okay, this will not cast me in the most flattering light, so bear with me. My friend sent me an article entitled "10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Oscar Wilde," written by Emer O’Sullivan and probably not targeted to someone like me who has a whole Oscar Wilde shelf in the nonfiction section of her personal library. After guessing five of the things without clicking on the article, then perishing of indignation while reading it because of how little Emer O’Sullivan seems to like Oscar Wilde, the most likeable man in all of human history, I added The Fall of the House of Wilde to my reading list. I look forward to disagreeing with all of the author’s conclusions.

Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen


Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen by Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
In 2016, I learned about a stateless group called the bidoon who live (among other places) in the United Arab Emirates. Because the UAE does not like giving away citizenships, they came up with the solution of buying citizenships to the Comoros, a tiny, coup-prone island nation off the east coast of Africa, and bestowing them willy-nilly upon the bidoon. Strange, right? I absolutely love it when I discover odd little pockets of knowledge like this, and The Cosmopolites promises to give me more detail on the bidoon and other weirdnesses of citizenships bought and sold. Abrahamian explores the market in citizenships and what that market has to say about trends toward globalization and inequality.

Brazil: A Biography


Brazil: A Biography by by Lilia M. Schwarcz and Heloisa Starling
I am not giving up on my project to read one good history of every country in Africa, but I am not going to turn down a good history of a country in South America when Farrar, Straus, and Giroux drops one on my metaphorical doorstep. Coming in July 2017, this massive book promises to increase my knowledge of Brazilian culture and modern history by approximately 100%. Marketing materials have promised me that it’s a truly interdisciplinary book that deals with race and pop culture and economic changes. Yes thank you, I believe I will.

The Sixth Extinction


The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
Elizabeth Kolbert published this book in 2014, and then for two and a half years, I didn’t trust my ability to comprehend Science sufficiently to read it. I kind of still don’t, but nevertheless, this is the year I’m finally going to read The Sixth Extinction. I first encountered it when the Best American Science and Nature Writing featured an excerpt from it that taught me about how we developed the concept of extinction, an idea I had never previously considered we had needed to discover. The rest of the book—which deals with exactly how comprehensively we are fucking up the planet for our fellow species—promises to be just as illuminating.

Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest


Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest by Zeynep Tufekci
Something tells me that we’ll be leveraging social media as we wage our many protests over the next four years. Tufekci’s book Twitter and Tear Gas, forthcoming in May 2017, explores the role of internet actors in uprisings from the Arab Spring to the Occupy Wall Street movement to the recent coup attempt in Turkey. I love that she’s exploring protest movements in a range of different countries, and I hope to come away from her book with a better grasp on how to maximize the impact of protests and use social media tools to support people on the ground in locations where I can’t be.

What nonfiction are you looking forward to this year? "All of it" is an acceptable answer to the question.
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Sidetracks - January 30, 2017

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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We Want It! Sequels and Follow ups We're Always Craving

Well, the election punched us hard in the mouth like we were Nazis in November and December, so we got a little behind on our Patreon-sponsored rec lists! For November's sponsored list, we did a little daydreaming about things we want to have sequels, from books to video games to podcasts.

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Adventures Elsewhere — 2016

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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Xena: Episode 2x10, "The Xena Scrolls"

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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[personal profile] renay2017-01-16 12:57 pm

Let's Get Literate! 2017 Anticipated Books

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 - January 12, 2017

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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[personal profile] spindizzy2017-01-12 01:09 pm

Eight Book Minimum: Clearing the decks

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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[personal profile] owlmoose2017-01-10 11:35 pm

KJ's 2016 Media Round-Up and Looking Forward to 2017

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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Readers of the Lost ARC: Courtney Schafer Explores the 2000s!

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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[personal profile] renay2017-01-09 02:10 pm

Hidden Figures Brings the Excellence of Historic Black Women to 2017

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 Recs — January 5, 2017

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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Xena: Episode 2x09, "A Solstice Carol"

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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[personal profile] renay2017-01-02 10:58 am

Let's Get Literate! Favorite Books Of 2016

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!