Apr. 27th, 2017

Mine on the other hand, is an old Halloween themed carnival that everyone thinks is deserted, but they see lights and hear calliope music now and then.
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Okay, done with the gross shit now. I'm rereading Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant's Newsflesh series again, this time on Audible. It was my first introduction to the amazing worlds that she creates, and it'll probably always be my favorite. There are few things that make me smile like the phrases "My name is Georgia Mason, and I'm begging you, rise up while you can," or "Hey George, check this out." It has amazing, intricate worldbuilding, a twisty plot that seems even more prescient now than when it came out.

There's also a bunch of short stories and spinoffs, which is great. I want to live in the world of the Rising as much as I can. I already had all the other books on Audible, so I finally broke down and purchased the main series, too.

The thing that I like most of all about the author is that she can take valid criticism, and will adapt future writing to incorporate the changes. For instance, there's a character who is mentioned in Feed in a slut-shaming way by the lead character. People pointed it out, and So in the spinoff, that character was brought in, and she was awesome. A strong feminist character who made the choice to go into politics to make a difference for marginalized groups. A former exotic dancer who wielded her sexuality as a weapon. She was smart, calculating, and fucking amazing. And in doing so, it shows another side of the character who slut-shamed her, and how she related to women.

She also has a variety of races, sexualities and genders showcased in her stories. And one hard and fast rule: no rape. Some animal death, discussions of animal experimentation, but nothing that tweaks me out. I'm pretty sensitive about that.
If you haven't read it, I cannot rec it highly enough.

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