Friday Links Has a Murder To Solve

As usual every other week, Galactic Suburbia has peeled out some of my best & crunchiest links. But that’s okay, still plenty to go around! You don’t mind the mostly frivolous, right? Well, not entirely frivolous.

The Bitch Magazine series looking at maternity issues in pop culture is continuing to produce some gems like this post about the myth of almost-certain-death-in-childbirth that we see in historical drama.

Sherwood Smith muses on the difference between metafiction and fanfiction.

Deb Biancotti wraps up her excellent On Burnout series of Blog Briefs.

An interview with Australian manga writer-artist Queenie Chan.

The question of why comics by women are becoming more, not less scarce, is tackled with the question of whether comics by women are bad for business?

Foz Meadows drops by Ripping Ozzie Reads to talk about revisiting old ideas, and sometimes you have to wait for an idea to be ready to turn into a book.

Another Dalek Game classic from Kathleen Jennings with “Dalek’s Thesaurus.” I love the reminiscences about books she includes with these pictures. Is it embarrassing for me to reveal that I only discovered the difference between ordinary thesauri and Roget’s Thesaurus ABOUT SIX WEEKS AGO?

At, a comprehensive, modern and feminist review of Stephen King’s It, still the only one of his books that I have ever read. And I loved it, horribly. Loved the stupid movie too, for at least a year. Martha Kent from Smallville will always be Bev for me. I thought the discussion of the icky? not icky? justified? not justified? sex scene in the book was particularly interesting, in the comments as well as the review. (and yes, my view of this book as an adult and parent is totally different to what it was – I think I would rather walk on broken glass than re-read it now).

Shout out for a new Facebook community to promote and discuss Australian women writers and reviews of their work.

And while Joss Whedon has been whetting our appetite for the second most geeky version of Much Ado About Nothing, let’s not forger that David Tennant does Shakespeare too!