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Find out what I recommend in Adult Sci-Fi & Fantasy in Summer 2016

My newest piece on Girls in Capes is a recommendation list of this summer’s most anticipated adult science fiction and fantasy for GiC readers.

I have a notoriously tall To Be Read pile. If you look at my Goodreads account, you’ll see that I consistently have 10 or more books shelved in Currently Reading, and right now my To Read list is almost at 500!

…but that doesn’t mean I don’t always have an eye out for even more books to read, especially ones from authors I’m really excited about. Here are a few of my most anticipated new releases for Summer 2016, in order of their release date.

Just between you and me, I have two books that I’m most excited to share — the launch of a new series and a continuation, with one firmly a science fiction space opera and the other an apocalyptic fantasy.

But hey, I won’t spoil the surprise: you’ll find my reviews for K.B. Wagers’ Behind the Throne and N.K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate on Girls in Capes later this summer.

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New review at Girls in Capes: Akuma no Riddle, Vol. 1

New review up at Girls in Capes:

The best way to describe this manga is a schoolgirl assassination action manga with undertones of yuri romance. Tokaku is a star student at her original school of assassins, presented in the prologue as totally cold. Yet the warmth of a girl like Haru, who wasn’t raised to kill people, starts to melt her, and even after their first meeting, Tokaku is already a little attached.

While Tokaku’s assassin exploits may seem like the biggest draw to this series, the real star of Akuma no Riddle is Haru, the eternally optimistic assassination target, who tells Tokaku quite firmly that she wasn’t born to die — she was born to live.

More interested in the anime? Check out my Marathon or Drop evaluation over here.

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See the Real Geek Girls: Celebrating Women in Fandom and Fiction panel at Camden Comic Con April 9!

Will you be in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area April 9? Come see me on the Real Geek Girls: Celebrating Women in Fandom and Fiction panel at Camden Comic Con!

Join four incredible panelists as they share their experiences working in fandom and fiction. Learn about everything from owning & operating a comic store/coffeehouse/community haven, founding an all-girl comic anthology with contributors from around the globe, to establishing a pop culture website that puts gender and identity at the forefront.

I’ll be joining Ariell Johnson, Owner of Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse, as well as Claire Folkman and Kelly Phillips, Editors of Dirty Diamonds: An All-Girl Comics Anthology, for this discussion. The panel will take place 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in West AB, Campus Center.

Learn more about Camden Comic Con at their website.

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New review at Girls in Capes: Love at Fourteen, Vol. 5

I have a new manga review up at Girls in Capes!

As with previous volumes, Kanata and Kazuki’s relationship is still precious and the absolute best thing about the manga. At one point, Kazuki faces attempted humiliation at the hands of a girl who has a crush on Kanata, but he faces that potentially mortifying experience with grace, and he never tells Kanata what happened — because he wants Kanata to remain friends with the girl. It’s a touching plotline and shows not only Kazuki’s kindness but also his faith in Kanata’s affection for him.

However, I’m starting to worry that this series is moving in the direction of “problematic favorites.”

Read the full review here.

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New Editor’s Letter at Girls in Capes – The Womanhood Issue

In this month’s editor’s letter, I discuss something very, very personal to me: how I started to realize that my childhood was over.

It would be very difficult to pinpoint the moment at which I truly felt as if I’d become a woman. Three years, after all, feels like a short amount of time between feeling like a child and feeling like an adult. It wasn’t the moment I walked into grad school, or the moment I crossed the stage at graduation; it wasn’t when I moved in with a significant other for the first time, or when we moved out after breaking up.

But there’s one way I’ve noticed my slow and steady transition over the course of years — not just the past three years, but starting from the time I was only in middle school.

Read the full article at Girls in Capes.

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New review at Girls in Capes: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Vol. 1

This month, I was excited to review the first volume of manga in one of my favorite franchises: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun.

Readers or viewers familiar with manga tropes will definitely recognize the characters by visual cues — Mikoshiba is a very typical shoujo manga bad-boy, and Kashima is a very typical shoujo manga “princely girl” type, complete with fangirls. The best thing about Nozaki-kun, however, is the way the manga subverts the tropes and makes the characters much more real.

Read the full review at Girls in Capes.