Diversity Panels at Conventions in the 2020s

Earlier this morning I came across this tweet by Mary Fan, an author I met at the Farpoint convention and whose books I quite enjoy: I gave a short reply, but I felt Twitter was inadequate to truly express myself. Of course, Diversity Panels have been around long enough that by 1997’s Chasing Amy (source …

Review: Interesting Times

Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is my second time reading this book. I didn’t record a prior rating I remember liking this book the first time I read it. I definitely enjoyed the parodies of the Confucian system and the mistakes at translating from one language to another. …

Review: Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View by Elizabeth Schaefer My rating: 5 of 5 stars This collection had all kinds of stories, from dramas to silly stories. I loved it! Here are my reviews per story: Raymus (Gary Whitta) – a story from the point of view of the captain side so is …

Review: Rave Master Vol 11

Rave Master, Vol. 11 by Hiro MashimaMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Things continue along at a manga’s pace. The characters have a few fights in the same location and we learn more about how various characters and/or their ancestors/mentors are intertwined. I’m curious where Mashima takes things from here, especially given the infamous kiss. …

Review: Ancillary Mercy

Ancillary Mercy by Ann LeckieMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This book was the perfect ending to the Imperial Radch trilogy. It continues in the same vein as the previous two books: deeply introspective within the context of Anander Miaanai’s war with herself. The final chapter (which, of course, would have been an epilogue in …

Review: Koreatown: A Cookbook

Koreatown: A Cookbook by Deuki HongMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Let me start with the good:– The photography in this book is beautiful– The interviews with various celebrities and chefs are great– The narrative style of the recipe intros work well– the section on the the Korean pantry is important and well-written The neutral:– …