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Monday Links

My goal this week is to finish and revise Emilie and the Sky World, plus I have jury duty, and a bunch of other stuff to do.

If you were gone last week and missed it: All the parts of The Death of the Necromancer are now online at Black Gate Magazine, this month is my twentieth anniversary as a published writer, and IvieMoon did a gorgeous portrait of Kade Carrion from The Element of Fire on DeviantArt.

links:

* Jim Hines: How to Report Sexual Harassment, by Elise Matthesen

* NewStatesman: I Was a Manic Pixie Dream Girl

* Washington Post: How Venus Williams got equal pay for women at Wimbledon

* LadyBits: The Straight, White Dudes’ Guide to Discussing Diversity

* Finn's Wake: Policing Our Own in the Geek Nation

* Lifehacker: How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It)

* Tor.com: Jo Walton: Eight Books From the Last Decade that Made Me Excited About Fantasy
I'm not on this list, but one of the commenters (no. 24, scifibard) mentioned the Raksura books, and I'm going to quote that here because I'm already having that kind of week and this made me happy:
But the Raksura trilogy was far more breathtakingly original. She paints a vibrant world teeming with life and variety beyond what any other fantasy author I can think of has brought. It it is utterly itself in a way that shows up how very derrivitive so much of the fantasy genre has become. It is by far the best narrative about non-humans I have ever read (and yes, there are a number of good ones out there) and achingly poingant at times. Working with a different species (well, several, but the focus is on the Raksura), she is able, among other things, to subvert gender expectations though not with anything so straightforward as a reversal. She also gets to play with the tensions between instinct and reason and emotion in wonderfully defamiliarized ways.

* Tor.com: Leah Schnelbach: 8 Lessons MST3K Taught Me About Writing, Life, and Everything


Book rec:

* Thieves' Quarry by D. B. Jackson "A former sailor with a troubled past, Ethan is a thieftaker, using conjuring skills to hunt down those who steal from the good citizens of Boston. And while chasing down miscreants in 1768 makes his life a perilous one, the simmering political tensions between loyalists like himself and rabble-rousing revolutionaries like Samuel Adams and others of his ilk are perhaps even more dangerous to his health."

deftly blends history and fiction in a tangle of alliances (including loyalist Ethan teaming with a Royal Navy surgeon sympathetic to the rebels) amid Ethan’s moral conflicts over the uses of magic and drawing friends into the dangers of questionable work. Publishers Weekly
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Sorry about the jury duty. Ugh. I'm not a big fan of that , myself...

Yeah, and it's even traffic court, which is always so boring.

I don't think I have said it yet, but Happy Anniversary!

I also wanted to say how much I appreciate your book reviews and links over here - I usually find at least one thing (and usually more) to pass around after poking through them. So thanks! I hope jury duty is over quickly and is minimally tedious.

Thank you! And yay, I'm glad they're helpful!

thank you for that pointer to the article about the documentary about venus williams' fight to get equal pay for women at wimbledon--i'm going to seek that out!

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