8 Reading Recommendations (& 2 Poems) for Mabon/Winter Finding

Mabon is the Second Harvest, the autumn equinox, the last hurrah of summer. Named for the Welsh god Mabon ap Modron, it is a time to celebrate the harvest and the fruits of the labor that gives us sustenance. It is also a time to venerate the crone aspect of the goddess, the Dark Mother. Below are some recommendations for books that have given me perspective on womanhood, aging, the darkness, darker aspects of human will, etc. Happy Winter Finding, and Merry Mabon! May we all benefit from a crone’s wisdom today, on Mabon, and may the things we harvest sustain us all through the approaching cold dark of winter.

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Gritty, Real, Satisfying Dark Fantasy: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (*Spoilers*)

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 *This review contains spoilers for a major plot point.

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Women and Vocation: A Mini Review of Eolyn by Karin Rita Gastreich

US Publisher: Orb Weaver Press, 2011

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Wander, my daughter. A woman’s path is made by wandering.”

I found Eolyn on the Kindle store for $1.99, and it was so nice to start a book knowing absolutely nothing about it beyond its short Amazon blurb. There was no hype for it to live up to, and now that it’s over that makes me sad because it’s a really good book.

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Podcast Rec: Kameron Hurley on Geek Feminism, via Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy

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Kameron Hurley writes brutal, amazing fiction. Her blog post “We Have Always Fought: Challenging the ‘Women, Cattle and Slaves’ Narrative,” was the first to be nominated for (and win) a Hugo Award. I just listened to her interview on Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy and wanted to share it with you, in case you’re as interested in geek feminism, female writers of SFF, and the portrayal of women in SFF as me. 🙂

Her latest book is the essay collection The Geek Feminist Revolution, and she wrote my favorite book of 2014, The Mirror Empire.

#TopTenTuesday: Back to School – 10 Feminist Fantasies That Should Be on a Women’s Lit/Gender Studies Reading List 

Though old school feminist SFF writers like Octavia  Butler, Margaret Atwood, and Angela Carter seem increasingly present in college courses, I think the 10 books below have a lot to offer in terms of  diverse, important, feminist fantasy (though one is technically SF).

Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School


1) The Mirror Empire, by Kameron Hurley

  • It has: a disabled heroine; mother-daughter dynamics; lesbian relationships; three nations with vastly different sets of gender identities [one has 5!]; women everywhere doing everything including being heroes, villains, and abusers; a dark matriarchy in one culture that shows any kind of elevation of one sex over another breeds cruelty; women are portrayed as people, flawed, avaricious, heroic

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