This week at Common Novel Rachel reviewed Joe Abercrombie’s Half a King, we talked about our favorite movies and television shows, I started checking off sub-sub-genres on the Seattle Public Library’s Romance Genre Checklist, and we designed the perfect X-Men Date Night. Next week is going to be a little different around here—Rachel and I are both heading to the Romance Writers of American conference in San Antonio, so blog content is going to be a little unpredictable.
It was a big week for Marvel news! The company released images of a new, female Thor, and, predictably, a lot of people on twitter had Thoughts. Personally, I think she looks great—although apparently any armor that was actually shaped to her breasts like that would cause serious issues.
Rounding out our Marvel items, this is a fun article mapping out similarities between their comic book mythologies and Joss Whedon’s work on Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Well, this is really cool. The Museum of Science Fiction has created an online gallery of science-fictional art originally featured in OMNI magazine, where you can also look at the issue the art was originally featured in.
SCOTUS will not be hearing an emergency petition from the Conan Doyle estate.
And in more legal news, Apple has agreed to pay a $400 million settlement in its e-books price fixing suit if its appeal of the original ruling does not succeed.
Looking for book recommendations for the young readers in your life? Smart Bitches is running a two part podcast on the subject that you might want to check out.
Here’s a fun list of good 1950’s sci-fi movies that you may never have heard of—time for some weekend watching!
And finally, I’ll leave you with this great interview with Judy Blume. A highlight:
When I started, in the 70s, it was a good time for children's book writers. Children's reading was much freer than in the 80s, when censorship started; when we elected Ronald Reagan and the conservatives decided that they would decide not just what their children would read but what all children would read, it went crazy. My feeling in the beginning was wait, this is America: we don't have censorship, we have, you know, freedom to read, freedom to write, freedom of the press, we don't do this, we don't ban books. But then they did.