leckie_ancillarymercy_cover-520x780We tried this with discussion prompts this time!

This review contains MAJOR spoilers for Ancillary MercyAncillary Sword and Ancillary Justice.

Ancillary Mercy

For a moment, things seem to be under control for the soldier known as Breq. Then a search of Athoek Station’s slums turns up someone who shouldn’t exist – someone who might be an ancillary from a ship that’s been hiding beyond the empire’s reach for three thousand years.

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[Image: Kanno Miho as the Shogun Tsunayoshi; she is holding a fan] Credit: moviecollection.jp


Contains major spoilers for Ôoku: Eien (Emonnosuke/Tsunayoshi) (film, 2013) and Yoshinaga Fumi’s Ôoku, vol. 4-6 (manga).

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In this Gender Reader: Japan and South Korea reach a “final” decision about the “comfort women” issue, Kensuke Miyazaki attempts to take parental leave, the real story behind the “can’t hide it forever” plastic surgery meme and the model whose career it destroyed, and more!


Copyright BBC. “Lee Yong-soo (centre) has taken part in protests outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul.” [Image: three protesters, including Lee Yong-soo, a former ‘comfort woman,’ protests at the Japanese embassy in Seoul]”

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More photos from my trip to Senganen, a lovely garden and estate in Kagoshima City. (Part 1 here.)

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In October, I had a chance to return to Japan, and I visited Kagoshima City in Kagoshima prefecture in Kyushu.

The garden of Senganen on the grounds of the Shimadzu estate is a lovely place for a stroll–very “country samurai.”

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Leckie_AncillarySword_TP-220x333This review contains spoilers for Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Justice.

What if you once had thousands of bodies and near god-like technology at your disposal?

And what if all of it were ripped away?


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Check out the (mostly spoiler free) review of Gone Home, an atmospheric feminist game on Steam, that I wrote for Comparative Geeks:


When I joined Steam, the first game [my younger sister] sent me was Gone Home, a game about sisters. You’re Kaitlin “Katie” Greenbriar, the older sister, who arrives back in Oregon after a year abroad in Europe to discover the lights are on but nobody’s home at her parents’ house–and there’s a mysterious note from her younger sister on the door.


June 7, 1995. 1:15 AM.

You arrive home after a year abroad. You expect your family to greet you, but the house is empty. Something’s not right. Where is everyone? And what’s happened here?

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