Urban fantasy: The Lone Ranger Gal

315322ad6464db6b414c03abf6743619I love urban fantasy and I read a lot of it. If you have seen my reading stats you will know that I read about 65% urban fantasy. I have been reading Patricia BriggsMercy Thompson books this last weekend, who is always on top of the urban fantasy lists on goodreads.  So far I quite liked it. However it focused my eye on a quite common trope in urban fantasy…. the lone female character, who has no female friends and very few female interactions. In some books it is profound enough a trope the the book would not pass the Bechdel test, which should be surprising in a book with a female protagonist. Continue reading

Ancillary Sword

20706284Title: Ancillary Sword
Author: Ann Leckie
Series: Imperial Radch, book 2
Genre: science fiction, space opera

Opening sentence:

“Now if the tyrant was watching – she was surely watching, though Mercy of Kalr, would be so long as we were in the system – let her think I was resenting having a baby foisted on me when I’d rather have someone who knew what they were doing.”

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Damper

Type: Soda Bread

A damper is an Austrian bread type that as far as I know has its origin in the colony area. It is a very quick bread. You just throw the ingredients together and then bake it right away. This recipe is one i modified from a recipe on albanyaustralia.com. I have made it in an oven and over open fire on a skillet at the larp I was at this summer. Both work great. The recipe is quite malleable and can be made both sweet and savory.  I don’t have a picture right now, but I will add one as soon as I have one. Continue reading

The Left Hand of Darkness

c07b4c16-a946-4064-8b55-06393d3e5b0aimg100Title: The Left Hand of Darkness
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Series: Hainish Cycle, book 4
Genre: classic science fiction

Opening sentence:

“I’ll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of imagination.”

I have read The Left Hand of Darkness as part of my goal to read more classic fantasy/science fiction this year. I picked this book because it has been brought up quite a lot in the dissections of Ancillary Justice this year. I had also forgotten that I had ever read Ursula LeGuin when I picked up the book in Amsterdam this April. Since when, thanks to Sword & Laser, I have realised that I read The Earthsea as a teenager. I don’t remember much about the book other than quite liking it.

The Left Hand of Darkness has been a controversial book for me. I don’t remember ever being so conflicted about a book that I have finished reading. At times I quite frankly wanted to throw it at the wall while I have been reading other parts aloud to my mom because they were so pretty and made me very happy.

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Reading: The Left Hand of Darkness

c07b4c16-a946-4064-8b55-06393d3e5b0aimg100Title: The Left Hand of Darkness
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Series: Hainish Cycle, book 4
Genre: classic science fiction

This year I set myself a goal of reading some classic fantasy and science fiction works. When I was in Amsterdam in the spring I picked up a copy of “The Left Hand of Darkness”. I have tried starting it three times now. I decided that if I am going to motivate myself to reading it I properly need to write it about it as I read.

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9 City Fantasy books that I recommend

9 City Fantasy books that I recommend
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I adore urban fantasy. Cities are so interesting places they drive innovation, they are diverse in a way small towns can never be, they hold the unknown as an integral part of their makeup, they have options of entertainment and nightlife that smaller rural areas just can’t have. They also contain so many contrasts and contradictions. The poor and the super rich exist in the same space, walk the same streets. Cities can hold secrets and hidden places that in the rural areas are only secrets to outsiders. But I do not only like the urban setting in fantasy set in our world – in modern times – I also really like cities as a setting in straight up fantasy. This is a list of the fantasy stories that I can recommend that is not urban fantasy as such, but is fantasy set in cities, where the city is quite important for the story. These are not books were the protagonist travel all over the place on a long quest. These stories primarily take place within the confound of a single city.

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