Friday Links is a Series, Not a Standalone

You Can't Take The Sky Kanga From Me

You Can’t Take The Sky Kanga From Me

Friday links lives! It lives! The biggest obstacle to Friday links, in fact, has been that my mother has been babysitting for me on Friday mornings, allowing me a blissful several hours a week to type frantically in a library where the wifi is so slow I don’t even turn it on – distraction free writing time!

So in an effort to return to old traditions, I’m putting Friday Links together on a Thursday night. How’s that for a life hack?

Justin Landon at Staffer’s Book Review has proclaimed that The Series is Dying. And The Internet Killed It. I don’t want to agree with him and I’m not entirely sure that I do – but his point about which books are getting buzz feels very accurate to me, and I have turned into that reader who enjoys and raves about the first book in the series, but can’t quite be bothered to pick up the second, so who am I to throw custard pies?

Kameron Hurley has been blogging up a storm all over the internet, promoting her new book The Mirror Empire. Which I am very excited to read, but I pre-ordered which in my world means I get it three weeks after everyone else. #sadfacts I was particularly drawn to this piece she wrote for SF Signal – 5 Things I Learned When I Stopped Worrying About Genre. We could all pretend that I’m not recommending this article purely because Kameron refers to the genre implications of Wonder Woman riding a giant kangaroo through space, but we all know that we would be lying to ourselves.

Speaking of genre, Damien Walter had some interesting thoughts this week on Space Opera and how it’s the thing that’s about to be super hot right now (not his actual article title). This is a thing with no drawbacks.

Steph & Liz at No Award do a signal boost post for Indigenous Literacy Day. Check it out!

K. Tempest Bradford talks about how we need more venues for talking about short stories. This is so much a true thing I want to make it an enormous glittery banner of awesomeness. I have been involved one way or another with various attempts to do this thing over the years and I’m a bit burned out on the whole thing now but the idea of a GoodReads for short fiction… why the hell hasn’t that been invented yet? Someone who isn’t me, get on it!

The Mary Sue teaches important things, like life lessons learned from Labyrinth. This made me smile. Particularly the bit about not trusting owls no matter what JK Rowling tells you.

Hark, A Vagrant did a thing about The Lady of Shalott. It might slightly be the best thing on the internet. You decide.

And finally, the haters have been out hating hard against Anita Sarkeesian, because she is a woman with smarts who figured out a way to earn money doing the thing that she loves, and girls aren’t allowed to talk about games unless they are apparently also making you a sandwich in the kitchen? That’s my understanding of the colossal crapfest that has happened across the internet in places that are not happy and relevant to the Lady of Shalott.

Finally, gamers are standing up shoulder to shoulder to say that this isn’t okay. Damn straight it’s not okay.

Warning, this vid is not a great idea to play around small children or bosses at work, unless they’ve already seen games that have this kind of dodgy stuff in any way, in which case it should maybe be compulsory. Personally I am not a massive gamer but I find Sarkeesian’s commentary on gender tropes really useful and insightful in relation to fantasy fiction and its tropes – this particular vid adds to the grimdark conversation and her final speech is something I’d like to see shared among all fantasy readers and writers as well as gamers.