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Is anyone else following this particular blend of A Prairie Home Companion meets Lovecraftian horror? I've been finding it ridiculously clever and delightfully strange.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Need some recommendations
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:33:44 AM »
So, there is an upcoming population explosion among my circle of friends. Rather than recommend a bunch of books that feature women before or long after they started the long process of assembling a tiny human from scratch, I would like a list of SFF books that have pregnant women or women with very small children as main characters. As a further note, body horror will not be appreciated in this particular context.

What I've got so far:
The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
Green, Endurance, and Kalimpura by Jay Lake
The Crossroads Trilogy by Kate Elliott
California Demon by Julie Kenner

On the grounds that my list is appallingly short, I'd like some outside suggestions. Self pub and indie titles would be okay too, if anyone has ever run across something that would fit the bill.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: September 26, 2013, 07:58:52 PM »
I thought that there were some interesting hooks thrown out and some awesome one liners. I thought the casting could have been better overall and that I hope that there won't be a heavy focus on Mike and Skye. Too many "doesn't play well with others" characters make me want to focus on the ones who do.

I can't be the only person who caught the first episode. :P

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Kate Elliott
« on: August 28, 2013, 05:48:12 PM »
Kate Elliott is one of the best authors I've read at meshing world building with character and culture building. At least with her Spiritwalker and Crossroads books, she comes closer to gender parity among her characters than a lot of other writers I've come across. I love how her world building is informed by geography and how the cultures make sense for their regions. I also love that she writes a broad spectrum of characters to root for or loathe.

The Marquess is a conniving, cunning creature and she makes a wonderful foil to September. I enjoyed how September realized that she had in fact started to grow a heart that she would consider that her mother would miss er if she were to stay in Fairyland forever. I like that the Marquess has been put away for use later as well.

There are places where the book distinctly echoes The Oz and Narnia series, particularly with how children cross over into Fairyland and how time functions for the Ravished and the Stumbled while there. I like that September takes Dorothy's tack of "I have to go back to my family" instead of how the kids in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe are there more to not deal with the gravity of their real world circumstances, although they adapt to returning in a vastly different way than the Marquess does and for good reason given the Marquess's home life.

What are everyone else's thoughts?

I loved that Saturday thought to bestow favor upon his knight. Also who needs swords when a BFW will serve just as well as a weapon and function better as a lever?

September's journey around Fairyland's ocean was interesting, particularly when she learns about the Ravished, the Changelings, and the Stumbled and some of the differences between them. It's pretty obvious that someone's trying to make the argument that Dorothy Gale would count as a Stumbled (LOL nope).

Moment of derisive amusement aside, I do like how the Marquess is being set up as September's reflection in many ways. It makes for a really good villain and forces September to decide what sort of person she is. I also like how the voyage all by herself is forcing September to come to terms with some of life's harsher realities. The island of the tsukumogami was nicely disturbing as well. I also love that the Green Wind and Gleam seek to take advantages of all the loopholes.  ;D

How's everyone else's reading going?

We have now met the Marquess and heard about the errand she wants September and Ell to run for her. Also bureaucracy is truly some level of ultimate evil used by more discerning villains. The Marquess reminds me of the Duchess of Ev except far more cunning and less vain.

I'm going to say it now: Marids are Time Lords. And a really interesting take on them.

I also like how September is starting to realize exactly how overarching and pervasive the Marquess's stated goal of "making Fairyland a safe adventure for children" is having a horrible effect on nearly everyone else. I'm not sure whether the devotion to Queen Mallow is rooted more in nostalgia or not, but I think I prefer fairylands to be wild and dangerous places than sanitized ones. The Autumn chapter seems to be a hearkening back to the Queen Mallow days when wayward children are tricked often.

How's everyone else dealing with the madcap mix of puns and seriousness?

So September first travels to Fairyland in this section and we start to see the strange and fantastic creatures therein. There's also been mention of the Marquess and how some of the residents are not pleased with her ruling. I find that these first chapters are pretty whirlwind in nature and do a good job of setting the scene for a land of strange creatures of many different dispositions and I really enjoy the writing style.

What about everyone else?

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Hemlock Grove
« on: April 23, 2013, 06:42:05 AM »
This popped up in my Netflix suggestions and I started watching through it. It reminds me very much of a soap opera with a generous portion horror elements.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Jay Lake
« on: April 06, 2013, 01:25:10 AM »
I've been reading Green and Endurance and loved both of them and I'm thinking of expanding into Mainspring while I'm waiting for Kalimpura to come out in paperback. Does anyone have opinions on it?

General Discussion / Things that make you happy
« on: September 26, 2012, 05:06:17 AM »
If we are going to have a topic of unending negativity, we ought to have one full of rainbows and chocolate too!

Something that makes me happy today: breaking my personal goal of never knitting socks ever to make a Christmas stocking for a friend's kid.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / New Oz movie?
« on: September 14, 2012, 12:44:38 AM »
Has anyone else seen the trailer for Oz: the Great and Powerful?

Oz The Great And Powerful - Official Trailer (2013) [HD]

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Need help deciding what to read next
« on: September 07, 2012, 06:35:34 AM »
 I find myself at a rather unfortunate moment of indecision. I've several books and I don't know which one to read next. Any suggestions?

The books in question are as follows:
Can't Catch Me by Michael Cadnum
Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Green by Jay Lake
Snake Agent by Liz Williams
Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

At this point I'm tempted to lay them all out on the floor and see which one the cats sit on first, but considering one of them is actually a big purring puddle of fur that could span 4 books easily, I figured that might backfire.

So, any opinions?

I'm running a small contest over on my blog. Details may be found here:

Essentially, write a silly short fic, get a book.

General Discussion / San Diego Comic Con 2011
« on: June 30, 2011, 01:33:29 AM »
*Points to the topic title*

Is anyone from here going besides me?

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