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beans-shadow asked:

I saw you're taking book recs?? So I thought I'd give you one or a couple Robopacalypse by Daniel Wilson (May be spelled incorrectly) is an amazing book about what the title basically says but put in a very realistic and possible environment and future told by different POVs. Fire/Graceling by Kristen Cashore are two books that work of each other that are based in different connected worlds with each a different twist on supernatural humans. Both amazing. Hope you enjoy all books you read!!

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We’re always taking book recs! In fact, I’ve got a bookshelf going on Goodreads of all of the books that have been recommended. And we have a Goodreads Group, too!

I know that Graceling has been recommended in the past (it’s on the bookshelf). And Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson sounds very intriguing! Thanks for sharing!

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Anonymous asked:

I'd sorta agree with the problems that the other anon mentioned about Girl of Fire and Thorns. It's a good book though, despite not being quite Tammy level. The misogyny is overcome in the other two books though and the loosing weight thing is not for the sake of it-there's a ton of surrounding circumstances. Idk. It wasn't ideal but I enjoyed it.

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Thanks for giving your input! I think now that people know both sides, they can decide for themselves if they want to read the book(s) or not.

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isisthesphinx asked:

Book Recc: "Green Rider" by Kristen Britain (and the books following it). Girl runs away from school because she beat the wrong boy in a sword-fight. Girl runs into Green Rider messenger with two arrows in his back, makes promise to get message to castle. Girl promptly gets dumped into biggest mess of the century, and accidentally falls in love with the king at the same time. Compelling, well-crafted world and a spunky, stubborn, female main character. And horses. And magic.

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Sounds very interesting! Thanks!

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Anonymous asked:

The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a fatphobic, fat-girl-gets-skinny fantasy book with lots of woman-hate and internalized misogyny. It is nowhere near as nice as any of Tamora Pierce's books. It's a shame to liken the two.

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Well that is rather unfortunate, especially considering it has a lot of positive reviews on Goodreads, including one from Tammy. Thanks for letting us know.

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Anonymous asked:

I have a rec for books like Tamora Pierce's! It's called The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. I don't think anyone recommended it before, or perhaps my skimming skills are bad. It's a great kind of herione-ism where the girl just seems as average as anyone else, insecure teenager, but she grows and develops so well throughout the book. Good reads says, It's about a princess with a magical god stone who gets an arrange marriage. She goes from being weakling to a strong independent woman.

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Thanks for the recommendation!

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Anonymous asked:

Love your blog! Are there any blogs like yours you'd recommend? (Esp Song of the Lioness blogs!) Thank you! :)

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I’m pretty sure these are all still active: http://fytortall.tumblr.com/fansites

Does anyone know of any other tumblr fansites to add to this list?

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Anonymous asked:

Why are all of your recent posts about the Circle books? I mean, they're good and all, but it seems like that's all you post about lately. And let's not be coy: Tortall>Emelan. Sorry not sorry.

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I know our name is a little misleading, but we love ALL of Tammy’s works. Tortall is not better than Emelan. They are both amazing worlds! And we’re very sorry that you don’t realize that.

I’m assuming that you’re a new follower, or you would be familiar with our posting schedule:

Mondays - Provost’s Dog & Daughter of the Lioness

Tuesdays - Song of the Lioness

Wednesdays - The Immortals

Thursdays - Protector of the Small

Fridays & Saturdays - Circle of Magic / The Circle Opens / Emelan

Sundays - What ever the fuck we feel like posting (general Tammy love, posts we think y’all might like, badass ladies, posts about representation)

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aceavengers:

You know I used to love Tamora Pierce books when I was younger and adored that they were all about strong women and multi faceted women and now I realize that they’re basically the poster child of white feminism?

All four of the main heroes (This is going off of the Tortall books only) are white and average looking, if not more than that.  Three out of the four protagonists are nobles and come from wealth.  Most of the main characters in all the books except Trickster are also white.

Not to mention all the stories get packaged at the end with a nice romance and marriage and children.  (Except Kel)  Beka randomly marries Farmer and wants children.  Alanna randomly marries George and wants children.  Aly marries Nawat and has children.

Everything ends so perfectly.  All the main characters are a little samey in that way.  I just can’t enjoy them as much as I used to.

Daine is explicitly (and confirmed by Pierce as) mixed race, and there’s (iirc) room in the text to read George as non-white and/or mixed and thus Aly as some flavor of mixed, as well. It may also be worth noting that all the protagonists are surrounded by people, including women, who are not white and are major characters on their own, not that that invalidates your point.

Three of the five protagonists are nobles and come from wealth — Beka and Daine are not and do not.

I can completely understand not going for the romance and marriage plus children ending most of them get; that’s totally fair and up to your taste in books. Emelan is, indeed, more progressive in all of these categories.

Hi, yeah, um I specifically stated I was talking about the Tortall series of books which include Trickster, Beka Cooper, Protector of the Small, and Alanna the Lioness.  Besides all the raka characters in Trickster, there are not many explicitly non-white characters in the books.  The most notable being the Bahzir in Woman Who Rides Like a Man.

Also the characters are all typical ‘strong female’ characters.  The only one who really differs from that is Aly.  They’re all strong physically and good at fighting and hobbling and running.  All traditionally ‘masculine’ things.  I like Aly the best though seeing as she’s got smarts and spy skills as well so she’s different.

They’ve also got a lot of harmful ‘white savior’ tropes like how Alanna saved the Bahzir from the evil shaman and from the black city and all that shit.  And how Aly basically saved the raka from enslavement and being the inferior race.

There may be room to read George as mixed race but Aly is described as pale skinned.  My points are very valid as a criticism of Pierce’s work and a comparison drawn to white feminism.

Except Daine is part of the Tortall series. Her books are set between Alanna and Kel. There are quite a few explicitly non-white characters in the Tortall books.

Alanna: Thayet, Buri, potential to read George as mixed race (which, despite the kids being white passing, would still make them also mixed), Hakim Fahrar, Mari Fahrar, Halef Seif, Hassam ibn Farid, Kara, Kourrem, Ali Mukhtab, Akhnan ibn Nazzir,  Alexander of Tirragen, Farda, Ishak, Kylaia al Jmaa (the Shang Unicorn) is mentioned by Liam to Alanna. She has her own short story.

Daine: Daine, Numair, Onua, Kaddar, Weiryn, Harailt of Aili, Daine and Numair’s children (Sarralyn and Rikash), Sarge, Ozorne, Tano

Kel: Lalasa, Gower (I don’t think this is ever actually confirmed though), Zahir, Eda Bell, Hakiun Seastone, Seaver of Tasride, Qasim, Shinkokami, Yukimi, Prince Eitaro.

Aly: Dove, Sairai, Sarugani, Topabaw, Zaimid, Boulaj, Chenaol, Junim Crow, Nawat Crow, Ochobai Crow, Ulasu Crow, Junai, Ochobu, Ulasim, Ekit, Hasui, Jafana, Lokeij, Rihani, Vereyu, Visda, Fesago, Ysul. And like, countless others.

Beka: Tunstall, Okha, Jurji.

Gods who aren’t white: Mithros the Sun God, the Trickster, the Graveyard Hag, Weiryn, Jaguar Goddess, Chavi West-Wind, Sakuyo, Shai South-Wind, Yahzed, Yama, Oinomi Wavewalker, Vau East-Wind, Lushagui, Bian North-Wind. There’s also a goddess which Lokeij mentions and compares Sarai to, but I can’t remember her full name. Gunapi the sun rose? I think.

Don’t forget about Tortall and Other Lands, the book of short stories.

So I’m not trying to say that there aren’t problems with the books, because there are, like the white saviour tropes which you mentioned, but you’ve only included four series, when there are five (so far).

In reality it’s more like: there are five female protagonists. Four of them are white, one of them is mixed race. Three of them are from nobility, two of them are not. Of the three who are nobility, one of the lines is of old wealth, one of them was newly raised to a barony, and can only just about pay for everything of this higher station. There are lots of characters in the books who are not white, as well as some that are white.

Some of the characters find romance, some of them don’t. Alanna has two other relationships before she decides that the man she wants to be with is George, and she changes her mind from when she was 12 years old that she wants children.

Daine gets with Numair but waits until they’ve been together for 8 years to get married.

Kel experiences multiple crushes and one flings and ends the series alone.

Aly flrts with lots of boys, finds herself in a rebellion and gets with Nawat and has children.

Beka flirts with Rosto, has a fling with Dale, almost marries someone, and then ends up with Farmer (who takes her name).

Also, Daine is not the ‘strong female charater’ stereotype.

I think the books that have the worse cases of white feminism are Song of the Lioness, and a lot of the reason for that is because they were written in the 80s. A lot has changed in 30 years, and Tamora Pierce is no exception. That’s pretty much my only contribution to this argument, other than Tammy on Tumblr is literally the best and her willingness to learn from past mistakes and improve on what she’s writing is the primary reason I love her, her books and anything she’ll write in the future. 

theblueauthor:

Does anyone know/have an idea of what Lark’s favorite type of flower is?

brokenbookcase:

New book blog and also time to sit down with a new book. Haven’t read the Circle of Magic since I was a kid. So I thought I would reread them all!

Indiana is ready to join in and help me read my book (by rolling all over it wanting my attention).