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Anyone not familiar with the Mars Needs Women trope, it’s a society that lacks women and therefore needs to obtain them from elsewhere in order to procreate and avoid extinction. How those societies come about in fiction is rarely explained in any real detail.
This year’s theme is ‘Living with Schizophrenia’.
In a taxi the other day, I heard on the radio a DJ suggesting that cancer treatment be prioritized over mental health services. That was a jaw-dropper. Mental illness can be just as deadly as cancer. ‘People with severe mental illness die 10-25 years earlier than the general population.’
According to their latest newsletter, Leafmarks has implemented useful features desired by Goodreads members at almost the same time Goodreads has added an unwanted and derided feature that
spams recommends books to you in the Updates feed on the home page, while many sought after ones – as well as a long list of bug fixes and defunct features – have seemingly been ignored in Amazon’s pursuit of profit.
I’ve been reading more classics of late, a few of them originally written in non-anglophone languages. But every time I settle on which to read, the wading begins. Sifting through my options, going through the process of elimination by scanning reviews and sampling the writing on Amazon. It’s exhausting.
Autumn is here, although it’s suspiciously warm in the UK right now. October is also Black History Month for us Brits.
Here’s what I posted in September:
- Free Online Literary Courses for Readers and Writers (starting Sep/Oct 2014) 
- Chrome updated and now Goodreads font looks weird? 
- Publishers pushing for UK antitrust inquiry into Amazon’s dominance in the book market 
- UK Amazon alternatives for ebooks and physical books 
- Banned Books Week 2014 
- #16: Welcome to Clone Club (Orphan Black) 
- #17: Moving Shelves – Famous Adult Writers Who Have Written YA 
- #18: The Daughters of Buffy 
- #19: Where is the YA (and adult) humour? 
- #20: YA on the Big Screen 
- #21: Gender and Genre 
- #22: Saving the World. All of it. 
- #23: On The Blogs – Bloggers Discuss their Roles in the World of YA 
- #24: Authors Accept, Encourage, and Create Fan Works Too 
- #25: Diversity Within Young Adult Science Fiction 
- #26: My Opinions Let Me Show You Them + The Art of Reviewing 
- #27: There Are No New Stories, But… 
- Another year, another birthday 
- A Letter to my Inconsiderate, Pot-Smoking Neighbours 
- Why I won’t be signing up to LitRate 
- Scottish Independence: Why women, students and elderly are more likely to vote ‘No’ and working class men say ‘Yes’ 
- And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell 
- TV Pilot: The Last Ship 
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 
Thank you for reading!
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My read for Banned Books Week was certainly apropos. Fahrenheit 451 shows you the results of a book banning society. A scary, ignorant and shallow world where brutality and casual violence are everyday events done in the name of entertainment; a regressive and disabling move in social evolution, handicapping progression by limiting knowledge and encouraging selfishness.