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That feeling after a long day when you finally get to take off your bra
Or, as I am now calling it, “unleash the kraken”
someone asked for this rebloggable!
[carryalaser asks: Was wondering (sorry if it’s been dealt with before) if you had favourite/recommended works of fantasy/historical fiction in regards to positive PoC representation? And thank you a lot for the effort put into this blog, one of the finest. My mother wishes it was around when she was homeschooling my sisters and I.]
OMG, Thank you!!! And your mom sounds awesome.
I’m a pretty hardcore Fantasy/Sci Fi fan and have been since childhood. The unrelenting whiteness of the genre (especially the late 70’s early 80’s stuff I was practically weaned on) really did a number on me, especially as a teen. That’s a lot of why this blog exists, in fact.
- The Crown of Stars Series by Kate Elliott
A must for medieval fans! I love the series for the awesome character development, realistic worldbuilding, and instead of “medieval England” going on and on through the entire map, you end up in versions of Hungary, Eurasia, Mesoamerica, Ethiopia and Egypt. Not only that, here’s your protagonist:
For those who are more into Steampunk and Historical Fiction (not me, in other words), I actually DO recommend another Elliott series:
- The Spiritwalker Trilogy by Kate Elliott (Cold Magic, Cold Fire, Cold Steel)
I’m still making my way through this series, but I’m actually really impressed so far. The worldbuilding is really impressive. Also, you won’t read a better summary than the one here.
- The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms, The Kingdom of Gods)
OMG. YOU NEED THIS.
Seriously if you pick one, pick THIS one. Characters you never knew you couldn’t live without include Oree Shoth, Sieh, Yeine, Nahadoth, and many, many more. Description:
Gods and mortals. Power and love. Death and revenge. In the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, gods dwell among mortals and one powerful, corrupt family rules the earth. Three extraordinary people may be the key to humanity’s salvation.
- Dreamblood (The Killing Moon, The Shadowed Sun) by N. K. Jemisin
YOUR MIND WILL BE BLOWN OKAY.
Magic system is really unique, and the characters will feel like your new, weird, difficult best friends who have hero complexes and martyr complexes and so much political intrigue and so much EVERYTHING.
- Acacia Trilogy by David Anthony Durham (Acacia, Other Lands, The Sacred Band)
This is a person with a background in Historical Fiction, so to MY taste, it starts a little dry but is meaty and totally worth it. The plot and the politics and the geography are really going to appeal to Historical Fiction buffs. The whole plots hinges around moral quandaries involving power, colonization, slavery, and drugs.
Also, the characters are pretty good. More plot driven than character driven.
- The Elemental Logic Series (Fire Logic, Earth Logic, Water Logic, forthcoming Air Logic) by Laurie J. Marks
AMAZING High Fantasy fare. These books read like a good meal. I don’t even have words for it, just….you’ll feel what the characters feel when they’re tested to the breaking point and beyond. You’ll love who they love, and need what they need. GLORIOUS DESTINIES tempered by incredible grittiness, and villains you will hate so much it’ll feel like a toothache. One of my very favorites. (NOTE: The cover of Fire Logic is whitewashed. Zanja is a woman of COLOR. I will post the cover of Earth Logic instead.)
Well, that’s what I’ve got for now!
Best way to make me late to work: ask me about books in the morning!
A lovely follower reminded me of a glaring, terrible error I made:
ESPECIALLY THE EARTHSEA SERIES
THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS.
THE ANNALS OF THE WESTERN SHORE
And for more Fantasy and Sci Fi written by Women of Color (original list source deactivated):
- Dawn by Octavia Butler
- Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
- Wind Follower by Carole McDonnell
- Mindscape by Andrea Hairston
- Racing the Dark by Alaya Dawn Johnson
- Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara
- The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
- Salt Fish Girl by Larissa Lai
- Half World by Hiromi Goto
- Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
- Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi
- Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
- The Iron King by Julie Kawaga
- Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
- Hammer of Witches by Shana Mlawski
- Ico: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe
- Orleans by Sherri L. Smith
- Dualed by Elsie Chapman
- The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
- What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang
- Filter House (short stories) by Nisi Shawl
- Huntress by Malinda Lo
- Legend by Marie Lu
- Signal Red by Rimi B. Chatterjee
- The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
- The Island of Eternal Love by Daína Chaviano
- My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
- Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara
And, adding one of my personal favorites:
The second I saw the Elemental Logic series, I knew I had to reblog this. FINALLY SOMEONE IS GIVING PROPS TO THESE BOOKS They are really amazing and have tons of queer characters and the protagonist, as stated, is a WoC
And every one of the books on this list I have read is excellent and very worth reading, so it’s safe to assume the rest are as well. Now to add them all to my library list.
I didn’t cry. I guess I’ll make up for it by crying every time Peeta is onscreen in Mockingjay.
In unrelated news, my 3rd Utena box set arrived in the mail, and it came with a signet ring! I thought you only got one when you bought the complete series. Of course, it will only fit on my pinky, but I can wear it on a chain.
For the meme: someone beat me to Sailor Moon so I will say Vorkosigan series! And/or: 12 Kingdoms.
OH BOY Vorkosigan first, but I’ll do both.
1. The first character I first fell in love with: Cordelia. I mean, I fell in love with pretty much everyone, but I read Shards of Honour first, and Cordelia is so amazing I feel like 99% of the people who read these books will answer the same thing.
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now: MARK. I mean, first I felt sorry for him, and then I was super mad at him and felt conflicted at the beginning of Mirror Dance, and then by the end of MD he had shot all the way to the top of the list. I love his path to being a good human being is so different from almost any other character I’ve seen, and I love that his psychological weaknesses become his strengths, and I want him to succeed so badly.
3. The character everyone else loves that I don’t: I have no idea who everyone else loves, because there doesn’t seem to be a big fandom and I have yet to meet/chat with anyone who’s read these books. I guess Ivan was popular enough to get his own book, but while I like him, I don’t love him.
4. The character I love that everyone else hates: Again, not sure. Mark?
5. The character I used to love but don’t any longer: None.
6. The character I would totally smooch: Sgt. Taura! Cordelia, I would, but she already has the perfect relationship, so
7. The character I’d want to be like: I don’t know that I really want to be like any of these people. I think trying to be like Cordelia would kill me, I have no confidence in my ability to be that amazing.
8. The character I’d slap: Only the must obvious choice, Tien.
9. A pairing that I love: ALL OF THEM. One of the most impressive things about these books is their treatment of heterosexual romance, and the prioritization of partnership and self-actualization. Cordelia/Aral/Cordelia, Miles/Ekaterin, Kareen/Mark… Illyan/Alys I sort of squealed when it was confirmed in the text. Oh, and a special shout out to Terrence Cee/Ethan in Ethan of Athos.
10. A pairing that I despise: None that are any kind of serious possibility.
Fair enough. :)
1. The first character I first fell in love with: Ami. As a child I had few friends and spent a lot of time on the computer, so I basically felt myself to be Ami, and loved her to bits (and still do, although I don’t consider myself much like her).
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now: I think it might be Michiru, actually. I never disliked her, but I overlooked her at first - because I had never seen S, and then I had only seen parts of it, and she so often gets overshadowed by Haruka. I love that she’s spectacular but doesn’t really know it, that in a subtle way she tries to protect others and influence Haruka to do the same, that she’s so brave and sad in the flashback episode, and that she’s so playful and flirty sometimes. My favourite Outer.
3. The character everyone else loves that I don’t: Some people really seem to love Saphir, and I just don’t care about him.
4. The character I love that everyone else hates: I don’t know? The Chibi-Usa hate isn’t really a thing in fandom any more, that was the big one. I think most of it was people misunderstanding her relationships with Mamoru and Usagi,
5. The character I used to love but don’t any longer: There isn’t really one, but for this question I’m going to talk about Hotaru! The first Senshi I was into when I first learned about S and on, without having seen any of it, was Saturn, and it was entirely because of her appearance. I loved her aesthetic, so she became my favourite. I built a shrine to her in my closet with printed out pictures. My original Internet Nickname, SaturnOolaa, comes from her. And I knew nothing about this character. :D I love her now, but for completely different reasons, and I think that counts.
6. The character I would totally smooch: ALL OF THEM. But the girl I would most want a relationship with would be Makoto, I think. She’s so big-hearted and cool, and I love food, things would basically be perfect.
7. The character I’d want to be like: In a superficial sense, I would love to be Neo Queen Serenity, that would be an excellent gig. I’m happy with my own personality, but sometimes I’d like to be a bit more elegant and Michiru-like.
8. The character I’d slap: I’ve talked about how I dislike Jadeite, Rubeus, Demando, and Tiger’s Eye… I might slap Viluy, though, just because she was so smug.
9. A pairing that I love: Oh gee I wonder HARUKA/MICHIRU and also REI/MINAKO (manga+PGSM) and Kunzite/Zoisite because I can’t help it. Hotaru/Chibi-Usa I also love, but I can’t see when or how it would happen, so it’s a big vague to me.
10. A pairing that I despise: The obvious - Demando/Usagi. There are others that I mildly dislike, probably, but I seem to recall there are at least some people who feel like this is romantic, and it’s assault.
1. The first character I first fell in love with
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now
3. The character everyone else loves that I don’t
4. The character I love that everyone else hates
5. The character I used to love but don’t any longer
6. The character I would totally smooch
7. The character I’d want to be like
8. The character I’d slap
9. A pairing that I love
10. A pairing that I despise
I REALLY WANT TO DO THIS
My exposure to media is pretty wide, BTW, so ask me about anything (big gaps off the top of my head: Supernatural, Star Trek post-TOS, X-Files, um those are the only ones I can think of)
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