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Seven Strange “Indian” Creatures

Seven Strange “Indian” Creatures

Friend of the Gutter, Samit Basu shares “7 Strange ‘Indian’ Creatures” at Huffington Post. “I’ve never written an “about India” book — the closest I’ve come is setting large parts of a superhero novel, Turbulence, in India — but I did notice several British and American reviewers mentioning that reading it made them realize that people in India weren’t too different from them. Which always makes…

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At The Gutter: For Worse and For Better. But Mostly Worse.

Chris shares her least favorite current trends in Romance.

We’ve finally gotten down to actual summer weather in the last two weeks. So of course I spent the last two weeks without AC as I dealt with a series of cascading electrical problems. One complete power shut-down later, things are finally back on the level… just in time for the humidity to drop to a bearable level.

Argh, argh, argh.

Since I’ve pretty much hit peak Crabby, I’m believe I’m in a good place to write my annual complaints piece.  This is the column in which I enumerate the things I dislike about the Romance genre. As usually, I won’t single out specific titles — rather, I’ll talk about the larger trends and habits across the genre that make me go “”@#$%!”

But since I didn’t manage to burn every good feeling out of my heart (because the AC came back on before I actually had to sacrifice the contractor to the dread gods of the humidex), this time I’ll also add  counterexamples, writers who manage to do whatever-it-is well instead of poorly.

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13 Comics That Smash The Patriarchy

Did you know we started a weekly column of comics you should try reading

I feel so predictable because I read every single one of these comics.

At The Gutter: Summer Fun Time Reading ‘14

Comics Editor Carol shares some summer comics reading!

Summer is almost here, and I can’t tell you how glad I am. So smear yourself up with sunscreen and bug repellent, find your kickiest sandals, put the finishing touches on your Wicker Man and don’t forget to wear a hat because I have some comics to make your summer just a little more fun whether it’s by the pool, on your porch, holed up in your bedroom with a box fan set on high or dancing and singing “Sumer is Icumen In” as you sacrifice a virgin representative of a king to the Old Gods to ensure a good harvest in the fall.

I like to think I’ve provided a Variety Pak so no matter what your flavor of comics is you might find something you like: Pop superheroics; dark fantasy; horror; clever short stories set in Edo; Fifties pulp; Mod secret agents; Weird Westerns; comic but still graphic fantasy; graphic novel mystery; YA science fiction fun!

Are You In A Jane Austen Novel?

Are You In A Jane Austen Novel?

How do you tell if you are in a Jane Austen novel? You could be in one right now. The Toast helps with “How To Tell If You Are In A Jane Austen Novel.”

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"The Six Male Characters Women Never Get To See In Movies"

“The Six Male Characters Women Never Get To See In Movies”

“[T]hink about all those roles that women selfishly hog up (e.g., passive victims requiring rescue, femmes fatales, joyless nags) that are off-limits to even the most talented male actors. It’s time to stop this woman-centric hand-wringing on how to make female characters better and focus on helping the real victims of Hollywood sexism by asking: How can we make male characters worse?

I teamed up…

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At The Gutter: These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

Romance Editor Chris shares some of her favorite books from 2013:

I always enjoy writing a ‘Best Of’ column, and this year it’s particularly timely. Not only do I work in retail (which is category 5 insane right now) but my week also included a bicycle accident and a broken water main. Frankly, I needed some happy time. It did me good to think about and/or  re-read the books I liked best this year.  Here are a few of them.

At The Gutter: Strong Female Character

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Comics Editor Carol shares why the phrase “strong female character” bothers her a bit and then shares some of her favorite female characters.

A little while ago, a friend told me that I was a “strong woman.” It was a compliment and I took it as one. Part of me knows what he means, that I keep trying, that I pick myself up as best I can after things go to hell, that I try to keep moving. But part of me chafes at it, because I hear “strong female character” so much when people are talking about stories, whether comics, fiction, film, games or tv.  And it’s starting to become a meaningless sound to me.

African Action Film TrailersAmazing trailers from Ghanian, Nigerian and Ugandan action movies at Viewer Discretion Advised!…View Post

African Action Film Trailers

Amazing trailers from Ghanian, Nigerian and Ugandan action movies at Viewer Discretion Advised!…

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