Podcastle, despite being a fantasy podcast, has some of the best horror fantasy from Escape Artists (and doesn’t pretend trigger warnings don’t belong in horror–looking at you Pseudopod.) “The Lady’s Maid” by Carlea Holl-Jensen (narrated by Kim Lakin-Smith) is a short horror story about the relationship between the maid and her mistress, who has a collection of beautiful heads to wear.
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We’re back from our summer hiatus! I also totally missed the one-year anniversary of NBBC in May 2016, so happy birthday, lovely book-clubbers and commenters.At the recommendation of a couple of our members, we’ll be reading Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, a YA fantasy novel featuring asexual and trans characters.
On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless–until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.
We’re finishing The Song of the Lioness quartet today with Tamora Pierce’s final book in the series, Lioness Rampant, in which Alanna gets some problematic booty, punches a mystical baboon, and fights an undead wizard.
Contains major spoilers, femme-/non-binary/magic shaming.
…in which our heroine rides into the desert and we learn about the need for intersectional feminism.
Our focus is on books (and media) about characters with non-binary sexualities, gender identities, or gender expressions. That is, characters who are bi/pansexual/queer-identified, or whose gender expression or identity is not strongly fixed to the gender binary (may include agender, transgender, gender-nonconforming, gendervariant, genderfluid, intersex [as identity], non-binary, genderqueer, et al.). We tend to read speculative fiction novels (as opposed to non-fiction, including autobiographies), but other genre fiction, graphic novels, comics, and short stories may be on our list.
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
Newly knighted, Alanna of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert of Tortall. Captured by fierce desert dwellers, she is forced to prove herself in a duel to the death—either she will be killed or she will be inducted into the tribe. Although she triumphs, dire challenges lie ahead. As her mysterious fate would have it, Alanna soon becomes the tribe’s first female shaman—despite the desert dwellers’ grave fear of the foreign woman warrior. [Editor’s note: even the back of the book is racist oh boy] Alanna must fight to change the ancient tribal customs of the desert tribes—for their sake and for the sake of all Tortall. [Ed. NOOOOOPE let Kara and Kourrem do it stop it Alanna]
If you like YA paranormal fiction and you’d like a feminist short story about a vampire high-schooler, check out “The House of Aunts” by Zen Cho over on Podcastle (audio) and GigaNotoSaurus (text). (My review of Podcastle is here.)
Ah Lee is an average high schooler: she studies hard, has a crush on a classmate, doesn’t like the cooking or supervision at home–and just happens to be a vampire who lives with six old aunties who are also vampires.