As geek culture goes mainstream - from Game of Thrones to the Avengers - it's never been more important to look at the role women play in it and the future they're helping to create. And Kameron is the smart, funny, and profane voice we need to guide listeners through the world of fandom and the coming revolution in pop culture.
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Young female writers interested in breaking into Sci-fi and Fantasy writing.
No, I've read great books on this topic, this one just isn't very strong.
Absolutely not, I actually think the narration turned me off to the book even more than the book itself.
This book was rough to get through. First off I feel like the marketing is inaccurate, it’s not really so much a “collection of essays on feminism, geek culture, and a writer’s journey” as it is primarily about the author and her struggles to become an author and advice on how to become an author. This is all fine and well, but if I’d known that I probably wouldn’t have bothered with it.
There is one chapter that is particularly good especially with the current attempts to repeal the ACA, where she talks about living with a chronic illness before the ACA. It’s moving and really draws into sharp relief how much this repeal/replace BS is going to hurt people.
But overall, I was frustrated by this book. I didn’t feel like it added anything to my knowledge of geek culture or feminism, it didn’t offer me any new perspectives or challenge my existing views. I think ultimately the writing wasn’t very strong because even though I’ve read similar memoir style essay collections from other writers that I found extremely relatable, I found it really difficult to relate to most of these. I don’t need to relate to an author to enjoy their work, but I need to find something about their work relatable, or thought provoking or something and I just didn’t get that here. There would be moments that engaged me, but on thinking about them later I realized it was just because they were pretty general arguments that I was already aware of and already agreed with.
Overall it’s not an awful book, but there are better books on both feminism and geek culture.
- S Wingo