On September 17th, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt released the first book of Alliances, a new series by Kat Rosenfeld and the late Stan Lee. If you've been reading the blog for a while, you might wonder about some of the weird "National Days" we spotlight. Truth is, we sometimes need help to narrow down which books we want to review, so we use the good old internet to find theme ideas. When I saw that today was National Comic Book Day, I knew I wanted to cover one of Stan Lee's last projects before he died. It meant I only had a week between the release date and this review, but it was worth it.
Oops! We read an open-ended dystopian novel that leaves a TON of things open to interpretation, and it turns out... It’s the first in a trilogy.
Bethany: So...I do this thing where I wander around bookstores and pick up all of the books and then buy WAYYYY too many of the ones that I like. That’s how I came across Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles.
“Human or otherwise, regardless of race, creed, or dimension of origin, if you’re looking for a good time in a place where the beer is always flowing and the stories always out of this world, step up to the bar at Callahan’s.”
Ever since we had the idea of doing author spotlights, I knew I wanted to do one on Octavia Butler; I just needed to read more of her books first. Well, now I have, and I just want to read more of them. Like, every single one. Including (maybe especially) the ones she never finished.
This issue of Capricious, the ninth, features the theme of gender-diverse pronouns. All of the stories have at least one character who uses pronouns other than “he” or “she.”
In November of 2017, I went to a conference called Compassionate Communities: We Choose All of Us. There, I attended several workshops and keynote speakers around subjects surrounding social justice and meeting the needs of the most marginalized in our communities. One of the keynote speakers was adrienne maree brown, co-editor of Octavia’s Brood, a collection of science fiction stories inspired by Octavia Butler. I loved listening to brown speak, and purchased a copy of the book at the conference.