Author: Ray Sonne

WWAC’s Reading Resolutions for 2017

Want to read more sci-fi? What does it mean to “read diversely” and do you need to do more of it? Are you notorious for not finishing your to-read pile? It’s a new year which means a new year because that’s how it works, right? Some of the WWAC contributors have shared their reading resolutions for 2017 and we have total faith in their chances of making them a reality. Christa Seeley: I’m a pretty eclectic reader and I like to see what surprises the publishing industry has in store for us, so I try not to sign up for...

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The Inescapability of Rape Narratives

Warning for discussion and description of rape scenes and spoilers ahead for Pointe by Brandy Colbert, The Diviners by Libba Bray, The Just City by Jo Walton, and Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee. In the eight contemporary (as in, published in the last decade) novels I have read this year, four of them have had rape narratives in them. All of them were surprises to me. I’d pick up the book and in some cases get hundreds of pages into them, thinking I was in for a fun time of domestic drama or supernatural phenomena. Then, out of nowhere, a thoughtless male character pins...

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Love Them or Hate Them?: A Love Triangles Roundtable

Whether you enjoy them or despise them, love triangles are a literary staple. It would be difficult to find a reader who hasn’t come across this trope from time to time. But despite their frequency, there can be some pretty big differences between them—how they’re constructed, the role they play in the story, and what they add (or don’t add) to the character development. And because love triangles can provoke such different reactions, we at WWAC decided to get together to talk our experiences and approaches to this often divisive trope. Love triangles: Do you tend to love them or hate...

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Review: Is “Litsy” the Best New App for Book-Lovers?

As far as social network systems around books go, Goodreads is the best known. However, although I’ve used Goodreads for a number of years, I’m far from considering its app perfect. So when Women Write About Comics lifestyle editor Ginnis Tonik asked me to review new smartphone app, Litsy, I took it on in hopes that it provided a different and better experience than Goodreads. Litsy turned out a different experience, alright. Unlike Goodreads, which has its own website, Litsy is only available via (free) app. Also unlike Goodreads, the app puts more emphasis on the social aspect of reading books—as in,...

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