What I’ve been reading—the great and the grim

picture of an old book with a castle emerging from it and a candle in the background

I don't know what it is, but somehow books seem grimmer lately. I want everything to be sunshine, but then if it is, I'm not happy because it also seems too much. Still, there are some great books out. And I thought I'd share some of the ones I've enjoyed lately as I've been reading …

February Books and Villainous Prizes

For lovers of Science Fiction & Fantasy – a monthly delivery of FREE Sci-Fi and Fantasy books. Share your email address with us and we’ll send you a link each month. Sign up here.https://iasfa.org/get-free-books/ Well, it's a new month, and February is pretty fantastic. It's also very, very short. We're almost half way through, so …

Why authors don’t write strong female leads boys and men want to read

I've been hearing it a bit lately. It's such a shame there's no modern fantasy and sci-fi out there with strong female leads that boys/men want to read. What they actually mean is that boys don't like reading romance. And it's total BS. Authors definitely write the stuff. I know, because I'm one of them. …

Ursula K. Le Guin’s dangerous imagination

"The exercise of imagination is dangerous to those who profit from the way things are..." Ursula K. Le Guin― The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader and the Imagination (Amazon aff link) This is for you, the writers Ursula K. Le Guin called writers of the imagination, but also …