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Book Review Index


Joe Abercrombie
Half a King (featuring [twitter.com profile] booksmugglers)

David Aja
Hawkeye, Volume 1 & 2 (with Matt Fraction)

Rosie Alison
The Very Thought of You

Madeline Ashby


Rachel Bach
Fortune's Pawn by [personal profile] renay
Fortune's Pawn (SFF Women's Book Club) by [personal profile] bookgazing

Franny Billingsley

Danielle Bennett
Havemercy (with Jaida Jones)

Robert Jackson Bennett
City of Stairs

Lauren Beukes
Zoo City by [personal profile] renay
Zoo City [personal profile] bookgazing
The Shining Girls

Polenth Blake
"Never the Same"

Marie Brennan
"Daughter of Necessity"

Sarah Rees Brennan
The Lynburb Legacy

Rachel Manija Brown
Stranger (with Sherwood Smith)


Octavia Cade
"The Mussel Eater"

Kristin Cashore

Zen Cho
Sorcerer to the Crown

Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games

Ally Condie

James S. A. Corey
Leviathan Wakes
Cibola Burn


Tanita S. Davis
Happy Families

Helen Dunmore
The Lie


Nathan Edmondson
Black Widow: The Finely Woven Thread (with Phil Noto)

Janet Edwards
Earth Girl

Kate Elliott
Cold Magic
Cold Steel
The Secret Journal of Beatrice Hassi Barahal (with Julie Dillon by [personal profile] owlmoose)
Spirit Gate
The Very Best of Kate Elliott

Amal El-Mohtar
"The Truth About Owls


Caridad Ferrer
When the Stars Go Blue

Matt Fraction
Hawkeye, Volume 1 & 2 (with David Aja)


Alison Goodman
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn

Mira Grant

John Green
Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan)
The Fault in Our Stars


Sarah Hall
The Carhullan Army / Daughters of the North

SL Huang
Zero Sum Game
"Hunting Monsters"

Karen Healey
The Shattering

Claire Humphrey
"Four Steps to the Perfect Smoky Eye"
"The End of the World in Five Dates"

Kameron Hurley
We Have Always Fought; Essays on Craft, Fiction, and Fandom
"Elephants and Corpses"


Eva Ibottson
One Dog and His Boy


N.K. Jemisin
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by [personal profile] bookgazing
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by [personal profile] nymeth
The Broken Kingdoms
The Killing Moon
The Shadowed Sun
The Fifth Season

Alaya Dawn Johnson
The Summer Prince

Jaida Jones
Havemercy (with Danielle Bennett)


Amie Kaufman
These Broken Stars (with Meagan Spooner)

Jacqueline Koyanagi


Margo Lanagan
The Brides of Rollrock Island

Katherine Larsen
Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls by (with Lynn Zubernis)

Ann Leckie
Ancillary Justice by [personal profile] renay
Ancillary Justice [personal profile] bookgazing

Y S Lee
The Agency Series and The Body in the Tower
Rivals in the City

Ursula K. Le Guin
The Dispossessed

Madeleine L'Engle
A Wrinkle in Time

Anne Leonard
Moth and Spark

Jill Lepore
The Secret History of Wonder Woman

David Levithan
Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green)

Jane Lindskold
Artemis Awakening

Malinda Lo
"The Cure"


Seanan McGuire
Rosemary and Rue
An Artificial Night

C.S. MacCath
"The Daemons of Tairdean Town"

China Miéville

Sarah Moss
Cold Earth


Phil Noto
Black Widow: The Finely Woven Thread (with Nathan Edmondson)


Nnedi Okorafor
Who Fears Death by [personal profile] bookgazing
Who Fears Death by [personal profile] nymeth

Daniel José Older
"Anyway: Angie"


Kimberly Pauley
Cat Girl’s Day Off

Mary E. Pearson
The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Stephanie Perkins
Anna and the French Kiss


Dia Reeves
Slice of Cherry

Mary Rickert
The Mothers of Voorhisville

Nora Roberts
The Witness

Meg Rosoff
What I Was

Laura Ruby
Bone Gap

Joanna Russ
How to Suppress Women's Writing

A Merc. Rustad
"How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps"


Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Sofia Samatar
"Selkie Stories Are For Losers"

Karen Sandler

Dorothy L. Sayers
Strong Poison, (Part One)
Strong Poison, (Part Two)

John Scalzi

Courtney Schafer
The Whitefire Crossing
The Tainted City

Veronica Schanoes
"Burning Girls"

Andrew Smith
Grasshopper Jungle by [personal profile] bookgazing
Grasshopper Jungle by [personal profile] justira

Sherri L. Smith

Sherwood Smith
Stranger (with Rachel Manija Brown)

Meagan Spooner
These Broken Stars (with Amie Kaufman)

Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven

Stephanie Staal
Reading Women

Fiona Staples
Saga, Volume 1 - 3 (with Brian K. Vaughan)

Maggie Stiefvater
The Scorpio Races
The Raven Boys
The Raven Cycle Discussions

Tricia Sullivan

Rachel Swirsky
"If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love"


Laini Taylor
Daughter of Smoke and Bone

E. Catherine Tobler
"Once, Upon a Lime"

Megan Whalen Turner
The Thief


Genevieve Valentine
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

Brian K. Vaughan
Saga, Volume 1 - 3 (with Fiona Staples)


Jo Walton

Martha Wells
The Cloud Roads

Rita Williams-Garcia
One Crazy Summer
PS. Be Eleven

Connie Willis
To Say Nothing of the Dog

Robert Charles Wilson

Lucy Wood
Diving Belles


Lynn Zubernis
Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls (with Katherine Larsen)


Athena Andreadis & Kay T. Holt
Ignorance, Anxiety, Lifelong Learning and The Other Half of the Sky

Television Review Index

Avatar: The Last Airbender — Series 1
Avatar: The Last Airbender — Series Two - Three
The Legend of Korra — Series One
The Legend of Korra — Series Two
Downton Abbey
Some of Our Ladies Are Missing
Once Upon a Time — Series One
Once Upon a Time — Series Two
The Returned — Series One
The Sarah Connor Chronicles — Series One
Myth and Deconstruction in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles by [personal profile] chaila
The White Queen
Dracula — Series One
Five Reasons to Watch "The Bletchley Circle"
Sleepy Hollow, "Pilot": The Adventures of Abbie Mills (and Sidekick)
A Scandal in Belgravia — Sherlock, Series Two
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: It's All About Perspective.
Parks and Recreation — Series One - Five
Orphan Black — Series One
Teen Wolf, "The Dark Moon": Obvious Exposition Theater
Teen Wolf, "117": Beacon's 11
Guest Post: Sites of Transgression and Bisexual Themes in Agent Carter by [tumblr.com profile] justira

Film Review Index

An Education
(500) Days of Summer
A League of Their Own
The Hunger Games
'If it's me reading the signs': Visual signals of Tiffany's depression in 'Silver Linings Playbook'
Victor Hugo didn't even need this many words - Thoughts on 'Les Miserables'
Guest Post: (Relatively) Feminist Themes in Pacific Rim by [personal profile] chaila
"Who Speaks Chinese, Anyway?" and Other Mortifications from Luc Besson's Lucy
"I Forgot You Were Here." Guardians of the Galaxy, Storytelling, & Associated Face Punches
Avengers: Age of Ultron (and Emotions) Trailer Response (with [twitter.com profile] litomnivore)
Mockingjay Part 1 Misses Opportunities for Rich Metatextual Interplay with PTSD

Game Review Index

Guest Post: Red, Green Blue (Mass Effect) by [personal profile] spindizzy
"She's Tearing us to Pieces!" Tomb Raider (2013)
Guest Post: In Defense of Final Fantasy X-2 by [personal profile] owlmoose
Guest Post! Dragon Age: Inquisition -- Glimmering Gems in a Morass of Disappointment by [tumblr.com profile] justira

Non-Review Index


The Hugo Award and You
Who and What Do I Nominate for a Hugo Award?
Hugo Thoughts and Friendly Fan Space
Renay's 2013 Hugo Award Ballot With Extra Feelings
The Hugo Awards 2014: A Collection of Nominations
2014 Hugo Awards \o/
The Hugo Awards 2015: A Collection of Nominations
Guest Post: Memory & the Best Graphic Story category

Author Events

Author Event: John Scalzi - Booksellers at Laurelwood
Author Event: Cherie Priest - Booksellers at Laurelwood

Essays on Fandom and Fan Culture

Guest Post: A History of Western Media Fandom by [twitter.com profile] litomnivore
Fandom, Publishing & Big Bang Press by [twitter.com profile] hello_tailor

Essays on Characters

My Life As A Weapon — Nyxnissa so Dasheem
You’re a wonder, Wonder Woman by [personal profile] chaila
"You Don't Go To Hell For Loving Someone": Why I Love Harley Quinn by [twitter.com profile] litomnivore
Chaotic Questions: Thoughts On Noelle Stevenson's Nimona by [twitter.com profile] xicanti

Essays on Comics

A Lady's Guide to Negotiating Comics by [personal profile] beccatoria

Essays and Studies on Gender and Gender Representation

On Stories, Female Desire, & Manic Pixie Dream Girls
On Showing & Telling & Making My Head Explode: Part the First
On Showing & Telling & Making My Head Explode Part the Second:… as I was saying
Ladies Getting Married* (Or Not)
A Matter of Communication
On New Girl and “Girliness”
Ladies, Gentlemen, Somebody Ring the Alarm
Girls Omni-reading
Girls, Like They're Boys
The Pointy Finger of Blame: Girls, Needs and Boys Not Reading
Refocusing Reality (or What About The Men?!)
I Don't See The Problem: Awareness Issues and Female Representation
Covering the Boys (Again)
'Apprentice losers, already on their way to a witless future'
Coverage of Women on SF/F Blogs
Gender Balance in YA Award Winners since 2000
Coverage of Women on SF/F Blogs (2012)
Marginalization: How to Engage in Intellectually Dishonest Debate
Coverage of Women on SFF Blogs (2013)
NPR Best-of Lists: Playing Favorites?
Guest Post: Gender, Family, Nookie: The Speculative Frontier by [twitter.com profile] kameronhurley

Essays on Genre

Calm Down! It's Only Fantasy.
Hey, Short Fiction! Why So Complicated?

Everyone Loves Lists

#YesAllStories: 2015 Books That Reach for New Horizons
Maps & Legends: What books are on your auto-recommend list?
Hey, Mainstream Venues! Your SF Summer Reading Guides are Boring. Here's 25 Rad Suggestions.

Favorites, Reviews, & Analysis

2014: Who is best at us? WE WIN! \o/
Lady Business 2014: Book Review Coverage
2014 Media in Review
Guest Post: Forestofglory's Best Short Fiction of 2014 by [personal profile] forestofglory
Short Fiction Reading Round Up: January - March 2015


A Clever Title Here, involving a pun about ladies and spaceships
We're shocked, SHOCKED to find that gatekeeping is going on in here!*
The Power of Three: Ladies Hanging Out
That's my secret. I'm always angry.
Hey, What's Your Review Style?
The Expanse by James S.A. Corey: Genre Shenanigans (IN SPACE)

Last update: June 2015


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