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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…

Written by Ben Galley

a review by Lenise Prater Ben Galley’s first book, The Written, shows a lot of promise. The fantasy world is partly based on Norse mythology and language and features dragons (or wyrms), vampyres, lycans and mages – it does not, however, read like a mish-mash of different myths but as a convincing alternative world. The story is one of betrayal and intrigue, beginning with the murder of several scholars by a mysterious stranger over a powerful…

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….

Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS A review by Lenise Prater I started reading the series in 1994 and, whatever else I might say about this last book, the closure was very satisfying. I did have low expectations when I began reading, thinking that it was always going to be difficult to finish a series of the length and complexity of The Wheel of Time….

Rift by Andrea Cremer

A review by Lenise Prater The front cover of this prequel to the Nightshade trilogy features two people about to kiss, and the tagline reads: “War will tear them apart. Love will bring them together”. After reading Nightshade, with its emphasis on romance, it seemed a safe assumption that Rift was going be in the same vein. I was surprised to find how little of the text was actually dedicated to the relationship between Ember, the protagonist,…

Item received: Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson Item received by Smokey A Memory of Light was reviewed by Lenise Prater here. A Memory of Light What does a benevolent overlord get a loyal, moderately obedient servant for Christmas? Answer: A Memory of Light, an appropriate gift to sit beneath the Christmas tree. Ok, I may have had a little help. People without opposing thumbs may need additional assistance. Thanks to Laura Hanly of…

Hot Blooded by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié: a review

a review by Lenise Prater Hot Blooded is the second instalment in the Wolf Springs Chronicles, a series about a teenage girl who has recently been turned into a werewolf. Kat is not like most other wolves in many ways – usually humans are turned into werewolves when a pack decides to bring the human in, and the human consents to it with full knowledge of the consequences. Kat was turned by a mysterious wolf at the start of the series, so her…