Squirrel Girl is Kickin’ Butts and Eatin’ Nuts

Love watching superhero movies? Love reading comic books? Always wanted to read comics and didn’t know where to start? Always wanted a squirrel for a pet? The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has got you covered on every front. Squirrel Girl abounds with confidence, uses unconventional problem solving strategies, and is basically the perfect role model. She celebrates… Read More

Why You Need A Tanya Huff Shelf

There is a Tanya Huff book to fulfill any possible speculative fiction need. She can write in any genre she chooses and does them all well. Missing the first time you ventured into Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar or Katharine Kerr’s Deverry? The world of Huff’s Quarters series will give you plots, counterplots and magic rooted in… Read More

The Whimsy & Utter Terror of Fairy Land #1

Catherynne Valente’s “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making” is the first book I’ve read in a long time where I put it down and thought to myself “now I have to go and buy a copy”. Given that I work at a library and do all my reading gratis (which, by… Read More

We are ALL Divergent

Warning: Spoilers Ahead My fiance asked me recently if I thought my test result would be Divergent were I to undergo the faction test from Veronica Roth’s book. “Of course I would! Everyone would,” I said, “No one is as simplistic as the faction system makes them out to be.” And that’s exactly the point of the book,… Read More

WoW: New Models, New Theme and New Potential

I was slowly converted into a World of Warcraft (WoW) player by my fiance who has been playing since the game came out in 2004.  When I began, I was enchanted by the numerous race and class options. My very first character was a blood elf rogue named Elliera. I’m a sucker for elves. Due… Read More

Going Beyond the Bechdel Test: Her Story Arc’s Scale of Inclusivity

Like many of you, learning about the Bechdel Test was an eye-opening moment that allowed me to better understand just how much the media industry was failing me, and my fellow women, with its limited, non-diverse representation of us. The Bechdel test has been used to explain and highlight this problem of under-representation and it… Read More