Over the past week, my sleep schedule has taken a plunge into bat schedule land. I mean, I was always mostly nocturnal but at least I could pretend otherwise. Not anymore. Prepare for the whackiest schedule ever. Also: excuse the excess sass. I don’t mean to offend you; I am just annoyed.
Books I Have Read This Week
Listen, I DNF’ed two books this week. Out of the three I read, only one story was decent. This makes me even more bat-like as I shield myself away from all the fanboys defending these books.
Here we go.
- Storm Front by Jim Butcher–If you want to read a book about a gross sexist wizard, pick this book up. Otherwise, I don’t recommend you read this story. Every female character in the book was hyper-sexualized (or completely presented as a prude).
Harry Dresden may have funny moments, but the way he acts around women is unnecessary. Actually, I would argue that it is detrimental as it shows women as sexual objects only. Let me tell you something. You are missing out on so much if you objectify women. Women are awesome.
2. The Novice by Taran Matharu –This was the slowest, most painful-pacing I have experienced in a fantasy novel. Fletcher has no distinct personality and his little pokemon has no reason to be connected to him.
I honestly felt like someone was stabbing me in the brain while I read this book. While I totally love rehashing classic fantasy tropes, I really get annoyed when it’s done so poorly.
Do you want to read Pokemon-related stuff? (Before Pokemon even existed?) Read Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass.
What I found most baffling was the weird fanboy blindness to just how dull these stories were. Even more startling is seeing this aggressive defensiveness over these stories (especially when those who are criticizing the stories are not cisgendered men).
Move, Kid: Tamora Pierce is Here
It is the best feeling to see Tamora Pierce’s writing in action. I have heard so much about her, and her Alanna novel was divine. A girl taking control of her future and entering into the “male” realm of things? And, she wants to be a knight. What more can I ever ask for?
Alanna is teased often and she kicks everyone’s butts because that’s what lady bosses do, okay? We’ve got to learn from Alanna.
What are the most disappointing genre staples you disliked? Also: help a peep out and recommend classic fantasy cornerstones that you think I should check out.