Metamorphosis: A Review of Wrath Goddess Sing, by Maya Deane

            We all know the story of the Iliad, the ancient Greek poem detailing the story of Achilles during the time of the decade long Trojan War.  Helen, the queen of Sparta and the most beautify woman in the world, was taken to Troy by Paris, sparking a conflict between the Achaeans and the Trojans that would see many heroes dead by the finale.  Considered to have been written down for the first time in the 8th century BCE, commonly attributed to the legendary author known as Homer, whom the Odyssey is also attributed.  In truth, the story is likely much older than his written version, and would have had any different versions in accordance with the oral tradition of storytelling.  The Iliad has the remarkable distinction of being truly timeless, with it still being commonly read today and even taught in classes around the world.  This ever-lasting appeal has also led to constant re-imaginings and appropriations of the story, characters, and themes.  From feminist translations to complete overhauls, every storyteller has their own idea on what makes the story of Achilles great. 

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The Right to Live: A Review of Stealing Thunder, by Alina Boyden

Fantasy is one of those genres of fiction that can be set in any world you can imagine.  Authors can take as much, or as little, inspiration, from the real world as they like.  The only boundary to the world in the book is the writer’s imagination.  The setting and world can be as realistic as possible, adhering to real-world physics and the like.  Or, an author can go completely wild and show us something with no resemblance to our world.  So, why is it that so much fantasy just looks like medieval Europe with the addition of magic or strange creatures?  Many, many books are written by cisgender, heterosexual, white men and feature cisgender, heterosexual, white protagonists.  There are so many other voices out there, authors of diverse ethnicities, sexualities, and an entire spectrum of genders.  Their books deserve to be read too.

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Review of “Stealing Thunder,” by Alina Boyden, up tomorrow!

As it says in the title, my review for Alina Boyden’s wonderful fantasy novel, “Stealing Thunder,” will be up tomorrow.  It took me all month to get through this book, not because of the book itself or its length, but because of my own fatigue.

There is a lot of awfulness happening in the world, from an atrocious pandemic response to the constant police violence against Americans to J.K. Rowling revealing herself to be a raging transphobe.  It’s a lot to take in, and it makes it difficult to enjoy the things I would normally enjoy, such as reading.  Every time I picked up the book, I couldn’t help but ask, “Why am I reading when I should be doing something more?”

But it was important to me to finish “Stealing Thunder” and get the post up as soon as possible.  This is a novel written by a trans woman author, about a trans woman heroine.  Plus, it has some pretty cool fantasy aerial dogfights.

We need more books like this to go mainstream.

I already have the next two books on my list picked out, and I will try to get back on my schedule of reading/reviewing two to three books a month.

This blog believes that black lives matters and trans rights are human rights.