Crowd-Sourced Links: 08/22/14

My in-laws are in town, so I don’t have time to do family things and compile a full-length links post.  Feel free to drop interesting links in the comments–in the mean time, here are a scant handful (and a pretty picture):

Wee adorable embroidered bunny by Chloe Giordano. Lovely work.

embroidered bunny  by chloe giordano

embroidered bunny by chloe giordano

I like the idea of having an open post once a month for all of you to contribute links–what do you all think?

Faith in Humanity: Restored (For Now) or, The 2014 Hugo Award Winners

Look at this list of awesome Hugo Award winners!

Oh, my heart. Fandom.

And yes: there are a few parts of the nominating and voting results that warm the very cockles of my heart. Like “No Award” coming in fifth place for Best Novelette.  Delightful.

My main entertainment today, apart from watching the Hugo livestream has been watching my new bird feeder in the back yard. We have goldfinches and house finches and cardinals! So far!

Links: 08/15/14

This is the second links post for the week–there was one yesterday which was devoted to Michael Brown and Ferguson, MO.

Ferguson Links: 08/14/14

It seemed important that these links get their own post.  I’ve been reading a lot.  The #Ferguson and #NMOS14 tags on Twitter are also a good resource, but I have noticed some trolling of both so be careful and disengage if you have to.  There’s also a #NMOS14 page on Facebook. List of all #NMOS14 vigils.

Meh Suffragettes: Courtney Milan’s The Suffragette Scandal

The Suffragette Scandal, Courtney Milan

The Suffragette Scandal, Courtney Milan

Sigh. I wanted to love this book. I really, really did. But I didn’t.

Let’s back that up a bit. Of all the other books in Courtney Milan’s Brothers Sinister series, I’ve loved them all. The Countess Conspiracy made me ugly-cry. There aren’t many romances that do that to me.

So I’ve been chewing over exactly why I didn’t connect with The Suffragette Scandal in the same way I did with the others.  And after a few weeks of thought and a few conversations on Twitter, I think I’ve figured it out.

The stakes weren’t high enough. Which I know sounds really weird. But I never felt really engaged with Free and the bullshit she had to deal with.

Edward Clark is one of my favorite heroes–he’s not a nice man and I loved that about him. I didn’t like a decision he made at the end, although the narrative basically gave him no other choice.

Free–well, I liked her well enough. But I don’t know. I never felt like that if the villain (who I found to be almost cartoonish) succeeded that there would be major consequences for her.  I felt like, for the time period that the book was set in, she had too many powerful male relatives for that to work. Which, I know! I know! This is a book about a suffragette! But she does have all those enlightened male relatives backing her up and that detracted from the gravity of her situation. I do wonder if this book would have worked better for me if it were earlier in the sequence as opposed to the end.

I liked Free’s willingness to stand up and speak regardless of the cost to her. I liked that she employed women and her remembrances of her aunt Freddy were just lovely and poignant. But there was just something missing.

Meoskop at Love in the Margins liked the book a lot more than I did–and while I agree with all of her assessments of the individual pieces, they just didn’t coalesce into something that really worked for me.  I may revisit the book in a few months and see how I feel about it then.

In conclusion, instead of “Huzzah! Suffragettes!” this book was a solid “Meh. Suffragettes,” for me. Meh.

The final novella in this series, “Talk Sweetly to Me” will be out August 19. I will, of course, be buying it. I’m looking forward to it for a few reasons: the heroine is a black mathematician and I’m loving Milan’s genius promotional idea of actually having an Ask A Man column over on Tumblr. Folks, that’s how you do promo.