It's Sci fi month hosted by Oh, the Books! and Rinn Reads!
I was on the sci fi month blogger panel last Friday, and it inspired me to come up with this flowchart. For those of you who are new to science fiction, or for those of you who are looking for new subgenres to try out, check out this flowchart! If it's too small to read (which it probably is...hehe), go crazy with your browser's zoom or click here for the full size version. You'll have to drag the button at the top of the page to zoom.
So which genre(s) did you end up at? Did you find anything new and exciting you want to try out?
Okay friends, strap in, this is going to be quite a rant about cultural appropriation and all the interactions that have been bothering me lately. I am just sick of hearing from my (predominantly white) friends how indignation at cultural appropriation is so "extra" and unnecessary, so here is my attempt to explain through my south Asian/desi lens exactly what I consider to be cultural appropriation and why it bugs me.
Basically it boils down to this: If I get fun of for a certain part of my culture or heritage, but a white person can do the same thing and is applauded for being "boho chic", it's cultural appropriation. If a bunch of white people start profiting off of a part of my culture or start a "trend" without acknowledging the source, that's cultural appropriation too.
Golden Milk Lattes
This beverage has been making the rounds on all the health-focused hipster health blogs, and is essentially an up-cycled version of a traditional Indian h…
Now that we have officially met Zamira Drakasha, I get to talk about her and what makes her so awesome! Somehow I didn't realize that we don't even get to meet her (and Ezri) until over halfway through the book, because most of my memories of Red Seas Under Red Skies involve Zamira and Ezri taking on the world. Both of these characters have a larger than life personality, and somehow once they entered the picture I promptly forgot about the entire first half of the book!
Are woman pirates a thing?
Well, one reader of The Gentleman Bastards series thought having a middle-aged pirate mother as a captain was ridiculous and unrealistic. Scott Lynch's response is pretty great. I'm only quoting a little bit here, but there's a lot more where this came from: You know what? Yeah, Zamira Drakasha, middle-aged pirate mother of two, is a wish-fulfillment fantasy...Shit yes, Zamira Drakasha, leaping across the gap between burning ships with twin sabers in hand to kick in some …