Review of The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente

The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente. ★★★1/2 Catherynne Valente tackles gendered superhero tropes with this collection of six stories. The girls of the Hell Hath Club are dead, but they’ve found each other for company is the strange expanse of Deadtown. They gather together, drink Styx water, and commiserate about their lives and deaths. Superheroines,…

Review of Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter

Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter. ★★★★ I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this novella by a new to me author, Angela Slatter. What I got was a beautiful if dark tale with a feminist heart. I most certainly need to read more by Angela Slatter. Mistress Gideon is a witch, and…

Review of The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley. ★★★★ The Stars Are Legion is quintessentially Kameron Hurley: violent and feminist. This stand alone science fiction novel is as dark as I’ve come to expect from Hurley, but it has an optimistic heart. Zan wakes with no memory of who she is. She’s told that she’s a great general and…

Review of Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath

Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions & Heretics by Jason Porath. ★★★★ Several years ago I stumbled across the blog Rejected Princesses. Jason Porath, a former animator at Dreamworks, one day had a conversation about what women were too out there to ever become a Disney princess movie. The result was Rejected Princesses, a blog…

Review of Ammonite by Nicola Griffith

Ammonite by Nicola Griffith. ★★★ Ammonite is a science fiction from the early 1990’s that takes place on an all female planet. I found the beginning very promising, but I ultimately wanted more from the book. The planet of Jeep is home to a virus that kills all men and a large percentage of women. Centuries later, it…

Review of An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows

An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows. ★★★★ An Accident of Stars is a queer feminist portal fantasy told from the point of views of four female characters. Saffron is a high school student in Australia who follows a strange woman through a portal and enters another world, Kena. While born on earth, Gwen has been traveling to…

Review of The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley. ★★★★ The Geek Feminist Revolution is a collection of essays by science fiction and fantasy author Kameron Hurley, who’s written a continually growing number of novels (hint, readGod’s War!) and the Hugo Award winning essay “We Have Always Fought.” While the topic of the collection is nominally the intersection of feminism…

Review of Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ Monstrous Regiment was the first book in the Discworld series I ever read. This stand alone Discworld novel got me hooked on the series and has been a beloved favorite of mine for many years. Monstrous Regiment takes the classic trope of a girl disguising herself as a man to join the army…

Review of The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley ★★★1/2 Trigger warnings for rape and self-harm The Mirror Empire is a very inventive and very grimdark epic fantasy. While I enjoyed the world(s) Hurley created and the ideas she was working with, ultimately it was too dark for my tastes. The Mirror Empire can be a hard book to wrap your mind…

Review of Revolutionary Mothers by Carol Berkin

Revolutionary Mothers by Carol Berkin. ★★★ Revolutionary Mothers is an overview of the role women played in the revolutionary war. Since it was a home front war, American women were very close with the events. Among other roles, some acted as spies or messengers, organized funds for the troops, took care of homes and businesses while the men…

Review of Dawn by Octavia Butler

Dawn by Octavia Butler. ★★★★ Trigger warning for rape and sexual assault Dawn is the story of a woman who wakes up in an alien spaceship centuries after the Earth is largely destroyed by a nuclear war. The Oankali pick up the survivors, but it is ambiguous as to whether they are saviors or kidnappers. At any rate, the humans are…

Review of Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★ Equal Rites is the third Discworld book and may actually be a good one to start the series on. While the previous two books were primarily satires of the fantasy genre, Equal Rites is the first Discworld book where Pratchett begins to satirize the real world. Other good books to start with are Guards! Guards!, Going Postal,…