Women In SFF: Forgotten and Ignored

Back in the days when this blog was called something else, I used to write a series called Publishing and Marketing where I would talk about some of the issues in the industry that were either systemic to a degree or something that I had personally seen. That was more than four years ago however, and partly because of my absence from the blog, that series has passed out of mind. One of the issues I raised in it however, has persisted, rather annoyingly and insultingly.

Yesterday I was made aware of a venn diagram that was being passed around on social media, one which positioned George RR Martin at the center as the focal point of all of fantasy fiction and extrapolated other fantasy authors in different labels such as “soldiers”, “horrors”, “jokers” etc. The glaring omission of course were female fantasy authors with only Robin Hobb getting a mention at the intersection of “horrors”, “builders” and “lovers”. Suffice to say, there’s been a lot of eyeballs on this in the last 2 days and there were some points I wanted to make about this ridiculous diagram.

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Black Wolves by Kate Elliott (Book Review)

It has been a while since I’ve done any reviews, largely due to the fact that I’ve barely read 10-12 novels in the last one year or so. Far cry from my regular 9-11 books a month before that. Just been a long period of “don’t really care, just want time off, too much work, ugh” and so on. Getting back into reading hasn’t exactly been easy since it is as if my reading mojo is gone. But thankfully, I’ve started to turn it around of late, and one of the books I’ve had the pleasure of reading recently is Kate Elliott’s Black Wolves.

Black Wolves is the first novel in the trilogy of the same name. It follows a multitude of characters in a (low) fantasy setting and deals with the ruthless politics of a kingdom forged by the sword and inherited by weaker successors where the loyalties of good men and women are commodities. It is a very different kind of novel than I usually read, but I have a fair amount of experience with Kate’s diverse works, and Black Wolves doesn’t disappoint. It is a fun and entertaining read, though it could have used some trimming here and there to be a bit more brief.

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