Monday Reading

I’m thinking of doing a weekly post, linking to a couple of things I’ve been reading online. Mostly for myself (not that I don’t love and cherish all four of my readers) but if you’ve read any of the below and you have thoughts you’d like to share, by all means chime in in the comments. Same goes for recs: drop ’em if you’ve got ’em.

Writing Women Characters into Epic Fantasy without Quotas by Kate Elliott over at This is from last year and I’m probably very late to the party, but it’s a fascinating and useful piece that bulldozes any excuse you might think of for leaving women out of historical fantasy. Plus, there’s a tempting forest of references and links that you could probably spend a few years researching further.

Like many a geek feminist of a certain vintage, I’m disappointed by not really surprised by today’s revelations about Joss Whedon. Gavia Baker-Whitelaw at the Daily Dot points out that we don’t have to exculpate the man himself because of what we take from his work.

Finally, here’s Dimitri Fimi in the TLS on Alan Garner’s classic YA chiller The Owl Servicewhich turns 50 this year, and remains as taut and terrifying as it ever was.

Happy Monday!




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