September 19, 2014

xserpx said: IMO the women Joe Abercrombie writes are all such wonderful, varied characters who are more akin to the women of GoT than Supernatural. The protagonist of Best Served Cold, Monza Murcatto, is one of my favourite female characters in all of Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I'd say there weren't enough women in The First Law trilogy, but the ones who were there were super interesting and had their own narratives & character development, and that's far more than you can ask for in most series. Give it time :)

This is good to know. At this point, I’d definitely keep reading for Glokta, but I’m happy to hear I have something else to look forward to.

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September 19, 2014

About 50 pages into The Blade Itself and, rather predictably, the only woman who has even been mentioned so far is the nameless, dead wife of one character. I can’t say I’m surprised, and I knew what I was getting into when I opened the book, but it makes it pretty hard to get into the story. I will say that I’m enjoying Inquisitor Glokta so far.

September 17, 2014
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I know, I know, they had to have the romance. It’s the way these stories work, isn’t it, and realism will have to take a backseat to that. And I accept that, even if it makes me a little sad. But Colette is still a good character, well and accurately written. I love and identify with her. I love the voice Janeane Garofalo gives her, and the expressions and movements the animators give her. She’s fantastic. I just … worry about her. I can’t help but write the rest of her story in my head. They open the cafe Le Ratatouille where Linguini waits tables while Colette helps Remy in the kitchen. But rats have a short life span, and three or four years later, Remy’s dead. Colette takes over, but though she’s tried to learn the kind of creative thinking Remy excelled at, she’s still limited by her early training, by being told that she can’t possibly be a creative cook because she’s a woman, and she just can’t manage his flights of fancy. The restaurant starts a slow decline. She and Linguini, married now, are fighting more and more.

Eventually, he hires a young, creative, male cook to “help her out” in the kitchen — without really consulting her, because he knows she won’t be happy — and the hotshot tries, more and more, to take over the kitchen. It’s making Colette crazy, and Linguini won’t back her up — he’s really a very weak man, and their major investor (Ego) is pressuring him to get Le Ratatouille back up to snuff. Times get worse and worse, and eventually she walks out on him and starts divorce proceedings. She still owns a share in the cafe, though, and keeps working there, because she knows how hard it will be for her to find another job. There’s just been too much press about how she’s Linguini’s inspiration, his muse. Eventually, though, she has to go, and sure enough, chefs make excuses. No one laughs in her face, but she hears the sniggers of the commis (apprentices, more or less) behind her back as she leaves the interview. Oh, eventually she might find a job at a good place, but it will be a lower position than she deserves, potager or entremetier, nothing on the entree line, not yet. She’ll have to work her way up all over again, earn all that respect again. And there will always be whispers, there will always be guys thinking she’s easy and coming on to her, when she just wants to get her prep done. Oh, eventually she’ll make a solid sous chef somewhere, but with that early training to always adhere to recipes, she may never make chef again. Depressing.

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"You Cannot Be Mommy": A Female Cook on "Ratatouille"

September 17, 2014

torbooks:

Read an interview with the amazingly talented Elizabeth Bear at Amazing Stories.

Also, if you haven’t read this series, drop everything you’re doing and go read it right now.

September 17, 2014

dorkly:

The Surest Sign Winter Is Coming

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September 17, 2014

officialheinzdoofenshmirtz:

behold, it is i, the evil social justice warrior, here to ruin your fun by pointing out that you’re being kind of an asshole

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September 17, 2014
"In a “Special Message” written for the Franklin Library’s limited edition of Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut writes, “The Dresden atrocity, tremendously expensive and meticulously planned, was so meaningless, finally, that only one person on the entire planet got any benefit from it. I am that person. I wrote this book, which earned a lot of money for me and made my reputation, such as it is… One way or another, I got two or three dollars for every person killed. Some business I’m in.”"

15 Things You May Not Know About ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ | Mental Floss (via rrrrred)

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September 16, 2014

I’m about a quarter of the way through Heir of Fire now, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. New points of view that I’m not particularly interested in yet, and no more Chaol, Dorian, and Celaena together, which sucks because their friendships and interactions (and Celaena’s friendship with Nehemia) were the most interesting and compelling things about the first two books. On the bright side, this book feels like it belongs in an entirely different series, but in a good way, so I guess I’ll keep seeing how things go. 

September 16, 2014

daeneryus:

"I understand women have it bad but men have it bad too"

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"I mean, women are almost equal to men as it is"

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"I’m not a feminist, I believe in equality"

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September 15, 2014

Currently reading (and rather enjoying, although it’s a bit light and predictable) the Throne of Glass series. Unfortunately, I don’t think I would have started it at all if I’d realised it wasn’t a trilogy. Seeing at least six books planned, but I didn’t notice until after I’d finished the first one.

I’ve actually been a bit in the mood for some grimdark since I finished The Mirror Empire, but the majority of it is all written by men and so I’m sort of procrastinating. I suppose that either I’ll dive into some Joe Abercrombie once I finish this series or I’ll be in the mood for a genre that is less generally gross towards women by that time. I don’t know, but this YA fantasy is really doing nothing to scratch my grimdark itch. I don’t want an assassin with a heart of gold. I just want a good anti-hero or two—I only wish that there were more lady anti-heroes to choose from.

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