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Answering my critics on diversity

I was told today that I should take responsibility for promoting diversity in Victoria’s science fiction and fantasy community. Update Straight white male objected to my post commenting that only two women and one non-white male were nominated out of nine categories of Chronos Awards this year. Straight white male told me that I should do more to promote diversity in the awards. After this post listing things I did in 2013 to promote…

Tights and Tiaras: Female Superheroes and Media Cultures

Tights and Tiaras: Female Superheroes and Media Cultures was a conference held at Monash University on 12 to 13 August 2011. I heard about it a few days before, so I changed my plans to attend. UPDATE: this post is getting a consistent flow of visits, so I’m updating it to include the links direct to the essays by the presenters, now that Monash University’s Colloquy Journal issue 24 features academic essays by the original speakers. The…

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series

A review by Evie Kendal If you are a paranormal romance fan and happen to have been living under a rock for the past 12 years you may not have heard of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. That really is the only excuse for not having consumed them all by now. However, if you need convincing before embarking on this massive reading commitment, what follows this section is a review of the series thus far, with minimal spoilers. Kenyon’s…

Tights and Tiaras: next best thing

If you’ve been following Dark Matter for any length of time, you’ve probably read posts referring to a conference I attended at Monash University last year titled Tights and Tiaras: Female Superheroes and Media Cultures. My report on the conference is here but I highly recommend you follow the link to Monash University’s Colloquy Journal website where issue 24 features academic essays by the original speakers themselves….

IMAX Experience

IMAX Experience – a behind-the-scenes tour On Tuesday, some of Team Dark Matter set out to explore the IMAX theatre in Melbourne. Evie Kendal, Zach Kendal, Daniel Haynes (aka deth the Starcraft pro-gamer), Edward Haynes and I met up for dinner at Wood’n’Chimney then embarked on an adventure – a behind-the-scenes tour of the IMAX cinema. Along the way we met Stephanie-Krystle Chin (Australia’s Twitter Queen) and…

Coyote by Rhonda Roberts

Timestalker series book 3 A review by Evie Kendal Coyote is the third book in Rhonda Roberts’ time-travel detective series, Kannon Dupree Timestalker. The first novel of the series, Gladiatrix, introduced readers to Kannon, the kidnapped daughter of a National Time Administration (NTA) Time Marshall, Victoria Dupree, as she is thrown into the world of time-travel crime investigation. In this novel Kannon discovers who she is and sets about…

C Sean McGee’s Utopian Circus

a review by Evie Kendal Utopian Circus is the second installment of the series CITY: a literary concerto by self-published author, C. Sean McGee. Like McGee’s other texts, this one is free to download on his website, with print copies available for sale. For a self-published book the quality of the binding, cover and paper is quite good and the font size and line spacing used makes the text easy to read. As such, it is worth purchasing the…

Neferet’s Curse by PC & Kristen Cast

a House of Night novella a review by Evie Kendal Neferet’s Curse by PC & Kristen Castt is a novella intended to provide a backstory for the High Priestess, Neferet, who was the House of Night series protagonist Zoey Redbird’s first vampyre mentor. It is written as a series of journal entries from 1893 by the 16-year-old still-human, Emily Wheiler, beginning shortly after the death of her mother in childbirth. The journal opens with Emily…

Rise of the Fallen by Teagan Chilcott

a review by Evie Kendal Rise of the Fallen is the first book of a new paranormal young adult series focusing on the battle between good and evil, angels and demons. The first section of the book is almost entirely exposition and outlines the hierarchy of demonic beings: 1st – the strongest demons (led by the fallen Angel of Death, Samael), 2nd – the legion of high-level demons, 3rd – the shape-shifting demons (those that can shift into any…

Singing Ape by Justin D’Ath

a review by Nalini Haynes Colt Lawless and Birdy Flynn were introduced in The Last Elephant , the Lost World Circus book one, and now continue their adventures in book two, The Singing Ape . Caruso is the singing ape: the last male gibbon in the world, he lives in the Lost World Circus after the rat flu, a human creation, has wiped out most of the world’s animals. Caruso escapes from his cage for nightly visits to a nearby tree until he…

Serialisation of paranormal romance: a comparative analysis

using the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton as a base for comparison by Evie Kendal Kiss the Dead is the 21st book in Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, so the first question a new reader should ask before committing to such a long series is: How well does Hamilton sustain a story over such a large number of volumes? To answer this question I believe we first need to explore the prevalence of…

Wildcat Fireflies by Amber Kizer

a review by Evie Kendal Amber Kizer’s Meridian series is a young adult fantasy following the life of Meridian Sozu, a sixteen-year-old girl with the ability to help dying souls crossover into the afterlife. Known as “Fenestras” girls like Meridian are half-human, half-angel beings that fight to save souls from the evil soul-stealing Aternocti. While the series delicately skirts around the issue of religious affiliation, the Aternocti represent…

Hoodwink by Rhonda Roberts

Timestalker #2 a review by Evie Kendal Rhonda Roberts’ Hoodwink follows the career of fledgling Time Investigator Kannon Dupree as she graduates from training and is finally authorised to start using the “time portal” to solve mysteries from the past. While in the first instalment of this series, Gladiatrix, Kannon was investigating her own unusual past, in Hoodwink she has been hired as a private detective by a wealthy family with political…

Back and Deader than Ever Monster High 4 by Lisi Harrison

a review by Evie Kendal What does one read on Friday the 13th but the next instalment of Monster High? Picking up just after the last novel left off, Back and Deader than Ever deals with the repercussions of Clawdeen’s sassy sixteenth birthday party from Where There’s a Wolf, There’s a Way, in which the existence of the paranormal RADs (regular attribute dodgers) was exposed to the “normie” population of Salem. The results are seen to be wide…

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

a review by Evie Kendal I am generally very fussy about the sub-genres I read. For example, I only like romances if they are paranormal, and even then only if they contain vampires. Likewise, of the SFF sector I generally gravitate toward the SF, while avidly avoiding the F. As such, when presented with a young adult fantasy novel complete with many of the classic tropes (Arthurian culture, dragons, mystical powers etc.) I was prepared for a…