I Want To Be A Magical Girl Part I: Of Pretty Killers And Trans Girl Obstructionis

Okay, so I recently read Pretty Killers: Diamonds and it caused me to dwell on certain things for, like, more than a week and I’m trying to organise it all into something coherent.

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I was really excited when I came across the Pretty Killers series of novels. In case it isn’t clear from my writing about Sailor Moon before, I love magical girls, and these books promised to be about a socially conscious magical girl adventure with a black protagonist in a team of mostly girls of colour. Well, most or all Japanese magical girl stuff have all-girls of colour teams unless they get whitewashed in the US dubs, but I assume this meant a more diverse racial make-up and that’s always cool. Plus, a free e-book version was up on the site so I could read it first and, when I’m able to impulsively buy things, support an author who writes fantasy stories with heroes who aren’t molded from the cracker cutter.

You know what? I’m glad I couldn’t impulsively buy when I heard of these books. I try not to pay for anything looking to take a shit on me.

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Brain Food – Episode 29

Hello everyone, and welcome to yet another installment of Brain Food, which has been a long time in coming.

At any rate, I have not one book, but a list of recommendations that you should all watch because they’re good and they’ll bring you joy.

Enjoy!

 

 

Here are the links for the series I talked about in the video:

The Devil’s Panties

Princess Princess

Doctor Who: The Forgotten Doctor

And you can order Hero by Perry Moore on Amazon in both paperback and for the kindle.

Brain Food At The Movies

Hello everyone, and welcome to episode 4 of Brain Food, which has almost nothing to do with the book as Brad Pitt runs around the world to try and save it.

Apparently, only WHITE people did something to fight back against the zombie plague. Everyone else is nothing but victims. >_<

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Hello everyone, I had the great honour of driving down to Seattle last weekend and meeting up with the super awesome Dennis Upkins!

And not only that, but I got an interview with him too!

And then I recorded a panel he was a part of called Next Gen Publishing.

Apologies for the shakiness of it, and the audio as well. This was literally a last minute arrangement so things were not the best, but as the questions were explained by the panel, hopefully, you’re not missing out on much.

Enjoy!

Book Premise FAIL, or, Some Books I’ll Never Be Reading

So I dithered about posting on these because I don’t like bringing the authors any additional publicity.  For many books, the worst enemy is obscurity.  But I had to share my pain, folks.

Remember Victoria Foyt and Save the Pearls?  Remember how we all wondered how any author could hit such serious WTF territory?

I bring you the latest Foyt-esque forays from two other authors.  You’re welcome.

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Brain Food – Episode 27!

Wow, it’s been a good while, hasn’t it? But here it finally is, episode 28 of Brain Food, wherein I review Daniel H Wilson’s book, Robopocolypse!

A special thank you goes out to Sparkindarkness for his contribution to this video, and I highly encourage you all to go and read his reviews over at Fangs For The Fantasy.

And especially check out his article on What Will You Do In A Dystopian?

[On a side note, please ignore the number at the start... this is episode 27, not 28... I just got a touch mixed up there. >_>]

Is it only empowerment when a White girl picks up a sword? (Revised and reposted from Tumblr)

Here’s something I wanted to talk about every time a movie comes out that shows us an “empowered” White girl and says how she’s some sort of role model for all women because she shows that women don’t have to be fragile or delicate.

As much as I loved Brave and despised Snow White and the Huntsman, people saying this sort of thing really, really irritates me.

Know why it irritates me? Because so many women don’t get to be seen as fragile, delicate, or vulnerable. Most of these women are women who look like me.

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