Monthly Round-Up: January 2015

2015

Here’s what I posted in January, sorry it’s late:

Year in Review

OPINIONS

REVIEWS

Savvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers, and All Women Who Love Kids by Melanie Notkin
★★☆☆☆

The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave by Mary Prince
★★★★★

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
★★★☆☆

Memento Mori by Jonathan Nolan
★★★☆☆

Le Duc de L’Omelette by Edgar Allan Poe
★☆☆☆☆

Project Shakespeare: The RSC William Shakespeare Complete Works

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare, and David Tennant on playing him
★★☆☆☆

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
★★★★★

Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman
★★★★☆

CHALLENGES

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Is sci-fi one of the few genres to accept non-white characters as heroes?

Dorian Almost Human Michael Ealy

Dorian, Almost Human

Sci-fi is one of the few areas in which non-white characters can be main characters in a narrative not focused on slavery, the civil rights movement, tropes like Ethnic Menial Labour, Apron Matron, Mammy and Whoopi Epiphany Speech, or some other form of racist commentary. Exceptions include those films and TV shows with entirely non-white casts.

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Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman

Hansel Gretel Neil Gaiman Lorenzo MattottiRating: 

Having liked The Sleeper and the Spindle, I assumed I’d enjoy another reworked fairy tale by him.

Be warned, Gaiman doesn’t really rework Hansel and Gretel like he did with Sleeping Beauty, he just enlarges on it, adding minor changes along the way. Oddly I enjoyed this story more than any other by Gaiman, which probably tells you more about how much I like, or dislike, his work than anything else.

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Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Bad Feminist Roxane GayRating: 

Bad Feminist is an anthology of witty and confessional essays mixing personal experience; opinions on race, politics, media, gender and sexuality; and reviews of books, TV and film – sometimes all in the same essay. Roxane Gay lays out what it is to be a feminist. That there’s no such thing as a ‘perfect’ one. Being human precludes us from perfection. We’re complex creatures. We can enjoy something even if we don’t agree with the ideas behind them. That’s the very definition of cognitive dissonance.

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