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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 monthly 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.Unless otherwise stated any blurbs for books have come from GoodReads.

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cover for The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season is set in a world which has suffered frequent, repeated Extinction Level Events for millions of years, and all life (and magic) in this world has adapted to it. Hundreds of years might pass between these events—easy, plentiful years in which great cities rise, and people have the leisure for art and science and rapid advancement—but then, again and again, the cities fall. The world is littered with the detritus of these times of plenty, and this cover hints at them: past ages of decadence, now decaying; stone that endures beneath flaking gilt. (source)

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin — Well, this doesn't come out until August 2014, which is torture. On the other hand, this gives me time to catch up on her other epic fantasy, which I now own (ugh, I'm so bad at fantasy). \o/ But still, almost a year. Orbit, are you trying to callously grind my heart under your heel by taunting me with this so early? (I think we all know the answer to this question.)

cover for Cracked

Meet Meda. She eats people.

Well, technically, she eats their soul. But she totally promises to only go for people who deserve it. She’s special. It’s not her fault she enjoys it. She can’t help being a bad guy. Besides, what else can she do? Her mother was killed and it’s not like there are any other “soul-eaters” around to show her how to be different. That is, until the three men in suits show up.

They can do what she can do. They’re like her. Meda might finally have a chance to figure out what she is. The problem? They kind of want to kill her. Before they get the chance Meda is rescued by crusaders, members of an elite group dedicated to wiping out Meda’s kind. This is her chance! Play along with the “good guys” and she’ll finally figure out what, exactly, her ‘kind’ is.

Be careful what you wish for. Playing capture the flag with her mortal enemies, babysitting a teenage boy with a hero complex, and trying to keep one step ahead of a too-clever girl are bad enough. But the Hunger is gaining on her.

The more she learns, the worse it gets. And when Meda uncovers a shocking secret about her mother, her past, and her destiny… she may finally give into it. (source)

Cracked by Eliza Crewe — I don't know why I added this book initially (I can't find a note, which is odd) but when I looked it up I was reminded of Kelly Link's quote in a recent interview where she said, "I'm no longer watching television in which middle-aged men figure out how to be men. I'd rather watch shows about teenaged girls figuring out what it means to be a monster." I haven't reached this point (and probably never will), but I really like the sentiment.

cover for The War of Art

The Art of War meets "The Artist's Way" in this no-nonsense, profoundly inspiring guide to overcoming creative blocks of every kind. (source)

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield — The other day I rewatched The Little Hater by Jay Smooth, which I sometimes replay to inspire myself. This time I watched the follow up, too, Return of the Little Hater (Haters Don't Die, They Multiply) and he mentioned this book, which of course pinged me enough to note it on my list. However, I've been going through some tough creative times lately, fueled by my realization I'm never going to be the type of academic critic some people I admire are, because I don't have the appropriate academic training (I made cock jokes in my last paper in Lit Theory. I'm always going to be 12 and incapable of pretension.). If my inner critic is anything, it's my inability to see myself as an intellectual, capable of advanced criticism, and most of all, able to join critical discourses with people who use academic tools to build their arguments and positions (I will idolize from afar but you will never catch me in their comments!). I don't do a lot of books about creativity (On Writing and Bird by Bird being the exceptions) but its been a long time since I've given one a shot, and I'm hoping it ~inspires~ me, or at the very least makes me mad, which is what most books on writing/creativity do because they're just so wrong, so then I enter of cycle of getting better without their help just to prove I can, which I sorely need right now.

cover for The Weight of Souls

Sixteen year old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim then they pass a mark beneath her skin. She has three weeks to find their murderer and pass the mark to them—letting justice take place and sending them into the Darkness. And if she doesn’t make it in time? The Darkness will come for her...

She spends her life trying to avoid ghosts, make it through school where she’s bullied by popular Justin and his cronies, keep her one remaining friend, and persuade her father that this is real and that she’s not going crazy.

But then Justin is murdered and everything gets a whole lot worse. Justin doesn’t know who killed him, so there’s no obvious person for Taylor to go after. The clues she has lead her to the V Club, a vicious secret society at her school where no one is allowed to leave… and where Justin was dared to do the stunt which led to his death.

Can she find out who was responsible for his murder before the Darkness comes for her? Can she put aside her hatred for her former bully to truly help him?

And what happens if she starts to fall for him? (source)

The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce — Despite the weird "fall in love with tormenter" bits that seem super skeevy from the blurb I still really want to read this because supernatural investigations. Ugh, I really love this trope. I blame Kevin Bacon and Stir of Echoes. Maybe it will be just as badgood as that film with less dead ladies. That would be okay.

Love Minus Eighty

Years in the future, dead women in cryogenic dating farms await rich, lonely suitors to resurrect them and take them home. LOVE MINUS EIGHTY follows interconnected lives touched by these dating farms. There's Rob, who accidentally kills a jogger, then sells everything to visit her, seeking her forgiveness but instead falling in love. Veronika, a socially-awkward dating coach, finds herself responsible for the happiness of a man whose life she saved against his will. And Mira, a gay woman accidentally placed in the heterosexual dating center near its inception, desperately seeks a way to reunite with her frozen partner as the centuries pass. In this daring and big-hearted novel based on the Hugo-winning short story, the lovelorn navigate a world in which technology has reached the outer limits of morality and romance. (source)

Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh — There was a thread on Twitter of notable books that award-minded people should read, and this title came up over and over again. So when I saw it on display at the store, I picked it up and read the back and I've been thinking about it ever since. However, I suspect this is going to be one of those "badger Ana and/or Jodie into reading this with me!" books. >.>

Sea Change

The unhappy child of two powerful parents who despise each other, young Lilly turns to the ocean to find solace, which she finds in the form of the eloquent and intelligent sea monster Octavius, a kraken. In Octavius’s many arms, Lilly learns of friendship, loyalty, and family. When Octavius, forbidden by Lilly to harm humans, is captured by seafaring traders and sold to a circus, Lilly becomes his only hope for salvation. Desperate to find him, she strikes a bargain with a witch that carries a shocking price.

Her journey to win Octavius’s freedom is difficult. The circus master wants a Coat of Illusions; the Coat tailor wants her undead husband back from a witch; the witch wants her skin back from two bandits; the bandits just want some company, but they might kill her first. Lilly's quest tests her resolve, tries her patience, and leaves her transformed in every way. (source)

Sea Change by S.M. Wheeler — Young girl befriends and rescues a kraken. Young girl befriends and rescues a kraken. YOUNG GIRL BEFRIENDS AND RESCUES A KRAKEN.

cover for Doll Bones

Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing…and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice. But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity…(source)

Doll Bones by Holly Black This is 100% Ana's fault. The end.

cover for Fic

What is fanfiction, and what is it not? Why does fanfiction matter? And what makes it so important to the future of literature?

Fic is a groundbreaking exploration of the history and culture of fan writing and what it means for the way we think about reading, writing, and authorship. It’s a story about literature, community, and technology—about what stories are being told, who’s telling them, how, and why.

With provocative discussions from both professional and fan writers, on subjects from Star Trek to The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Harry Potter, Twilight, and beyond, Fic sheds light on the widely misunderstood world(s) of fanfiction—not only how fanfiction is transforming the literary landscape, but how it already has. (source)

Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World edited by Anne Jamison — I'm so excited! This is step one in my travels down fandom'S academic roads, as Clare slowly seduces me into fannish history fandom. Also, Buying this book through Amazon by December 31, some of the proceeds will go to the Organization for Transformative Works.

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I have a lot of wants this month.


"Ancillary Justice" - Anne Leckie

book cover shows two spaceships hovering over a landing pad

Now, who could have put this on my list?

"The Deep" - Tom Taylor

blue book cover shows four family members dressed in wetsuits - reminiscent of The Invincibles posters but with black characters

'What makes it notable, obviously, is the diversity of the characters. We rarely get to see a black man being intellectual and eccentric, and western media rarely portrays Asian women as badass goofballs. Frankly, Kaiko is so great, it’s a mystery to me why there aren’t entire Tumblrs dedicated to her. (I searched the tags, and found The Deep has no presence on Tumblr whatsoever. Guys, this is exactly what you say you love. Get on it.)'

That all sounds awesome. Plus, No Award compares one of the characters to A'ang because he's '...a genius, but he’s also very much a kid.'. Hearts, likes and WANT.

"The Deep" - Zetta Elliott

book cover shows black and white image of what I think is the Arc de Triomphe

Two books with the same name in the same post. This one is by Zetta Elliott of "A Wish After Midnight" fame, and follow the characters from "Ship of Souls". I thought the first book in this series was a bit uneven with some great character work but also some awkward exposition. However, I desperately want tons more Nyla so I'm still enthusiastically signing up for this book.

"Tinder" - Sally Gardner

black book cover shows a white wolf and it looks angry

It's a retelling of the "The Tinderbox". Oh. Oh. You have no idea how much I love that story. It just created this weird connection with tiny me in the way that few other fairy tales, apart from "Red Riding Hood" have (even though I love fairy tales). I think it's the dogs - the dogs get me every time.

"Vanished Kingdoms" - Norman Davies

book cover shows a painting of a port with a large hill behind it

'Europe's history is littered with kingdoms, duchies, empires and republics which have now disappeared but which were once fixtures on the map of their age - 'the Empire of Aragon' which once dominated the western Mediterranean; the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, for a time the largest country in Europe; the successive kingdoms (and one duchy) of Prussia, much of whose history is now half-remembered at best. This book shows the reader how to peer through the cracks of mainstream history writing and listen to the echoes of lost realms across the centuries.'

This was a recommendation from Meghan. Great rec, because Aragon is a little bit of an obsession of mine.

"Her Brilliant Career" - Rachel Cooke

book cover shows five black and white full body images of women walking and smiling, against a diamond patterned background

'In her apron and rubber gloves, a smile lipsticked permanently across her face, the woman of the Fifties has become a cultural symbol of all that we are most grateful to have sloughed off. A homely compliant creature, she knows little or nothing of sex, and stands no chance at all of having a career. She must marry or die.

But what if there was another side to the story?

In this book Rachel Cooke tells the story of ten extraordinary women whose pioneering professional lives - and complicated private lives - paved the way for future generations. Muriel Box, film director. Betty Box, film producer. Margery Fish, plantswoman. Patience Gray, cook. Alison Smithson, architect. Sheila van Damm, rally car driver and theatre owner. Nancy Spain, journalist and radio personality. Joan Werner Laurie, editor. Jacquetta Hawkes, archaeologist. Rose Heilbron, QC.'

I've seen a lot of good reviews of this book in the mainstream press, but it doesn't seem to have hit blogland yet. So a signal boost from me and a quick note to Ana - this sound like something you might enjoy.

"Fortune's Pawn" - Rachel Bach

blue book cover shows a woman looking out from within an astronaut's helmet - information appears to be flashing up on the inside of the visor

Rachel Bach's post "Upsetting the Default" was so smart I decided to wrangle her book as a late birthday present (not out in the UK until Feb 2014 - what?). Well played, Bach.


"Thor 2"

Obviously — it contains Loki.


This looks really great. So, great I’m not sure how I missed it. A mother daughter vampire flick starring Gemma Arterton? I feel like that’s a thing I would usually have been aware of. And it's a Neil Jordan film, which I feel like people would have told me about. Very, very confused as to how I missed it in 2012. Did I hear about it and then forget?

"Only Lovers Left Alive"

Hello Tailor has been talking about this vampire flick since it was announced and omg I want it so bad. Look at the perfect vampiric pairing of Hiddleston and Swinton. And John Hurt is in it. Who can resist John Hurt?

"Catching Fire"

I had some pretty strong feelings at the end of the first film and it looks like the second one is geared to pull on all the themes that made me really invest. In fact, I’d say the trailer indicates that this film will use a lot of familiar elements from the first film—so many that it almost looks like a nostalgic re-tread sequel. That seems like a pretty odd angle to take. Not sure I care in my heart though. Maybe in my brain...

I’m not sure I can actually take going into this film not knowing whether the revolution will succeed. At the same time, I’m not sure I want to read the end before I see it now that I’ve started out with the films. Do I want to know?

"X-Men: Days of Future Past"

I'm so excited! The ridiculous X-Men return from the future was one of my favourite storylines when I watched the cartoons and now it's a whole ridiculous film with Wolverine. PS. Can anyone tell me—can I watch the second Wolverine film or was it as racist as the trailers made it appear?

Date: 2013-11-27 08:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nymeth
As I keep saying, Renay, I wish I could see yourself as I see you. You are 100% a sophisticated critic and no amount of cock jokes could ever change that. I know what it's like to go down the dark, torturous path of inadequacy, though, and that nothing I say can hope to change where you are right now. Good luck, and I hope the book helps.

Doll Bones! \o/ Also, I'm willing to be badgered. We've yet to achieve tri-review awesomeness, after all.

Thanks for the note, Jodie - Her Brilliant Career does sound like my kind of thing. Also, I love the sound (and the cover) of Tinder.

Date: 2013-11-27 07:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] renay
One day I'll get to your perspective! ;)

It's not even so much that it's a dark, torturous path. It's actually a pretty well-kept, nice wide path, perfectly safe and illuminated for me to walk down....forever. ;) Anxiety brain is a fuckmuppet.

Date: 2013-11-27 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theliteraryomnivore.wordpress.com
Renay, The War of Art has been moving well at the store, so I think that bodes well for you. I know I can't silence your inner critic, but you are every inch the sophisticated critic. (Also, cock jokes and other forms of "low" humor run rampant in academia, they're just in Old English.) I hope The War of Art gives you the drive you want.

Fandom history is just so fascinating! I feel like we have it so easy, with our Internet and our AO3 and our tumblrs, compared to our foremothers. I know of a woman who stumbled into fandom when she got a totebag of Babylon 7 swag from a PBS drive, because that had a few fanzines in it. People once made fanvids with VCRs! What drive! What passion! I could on about this forever, so I'll just save it for the book itself. Eee!

Jodie, Thor 2 also has Jane Foster and her Science Scoobies doing wacky science. It's marvelous.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is going to be beyond ridiculous. I mean, the film apparently involves Magneto being framed for JFK's assassination… and released a website about it on the fiftieth anniversary of the actual assassination. That is some stupid genius right there.

Date: 2013-12-01 01:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bookgazing
Renay, you are amazing. What I like so much about your writing is how accessible it makes smart, serious idea because of the style. I feel like I've learnt a lot about presenting writing from you. I get that it's hard to see how great you are (that's why the little hater videos are so good because you can re-watch them and have someone else tell you how you're being blocked from seeing that). Anyway, if you ever need someone to tell you how great you are you only have to ask for me to say it again :)


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