Fangirl Happy Hour, Episode #138 — TBRs Beware

Renay and Diana stumble back onto the podcast scene carrying a ton of anticipated books.

🐝 Episode transcript coming soon! 🐝

Anticipated Books: The Battle Drum by Saara El-Arifi, Notorious Sorcerer by Davinia Evans, The Splinter in the Sky by Kemi Ashing-Giwa, Dragonfall by L.R. Lam, The Sun and the Void by Gabriela Romero Lacruz, Hey, Hun: Sales, Sisterhood, Supremacy, and the Other Lies Behind Multilevel Marketing by Emily Lynn Paulson, Fair Play: How Sports Shape the Gender Debates by Katie Barnes, Stars, Hide Your Fires by Jessica Mary Best, Along Came Amor by Alexis Daria, Emergent Properties by Aimee Ogden, The Surviving Sky by Kritika H. Rao, The Water Outlaws by S.L. Huang, Thornhedge by T. Kingfisher, Guardians of Dawn: Zhara by S. Jae-Jones, Sleep No More & The Innocent Sleep by Seanan McGuire, The Jinn-Bot of Shantiport by Samit Basu, The Pomegranate Gate by Ariel Kaplan

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Art by justira. Transcripts by Susan. Music by BoxCat Games and Chuki Beats.


Fangirl Happy Hour, Episode #5 – Over the Top and Surreal

This week on Fangirl Happy Hour, Fangirl Media Vault Edition, Renay and Ana watch and discuss 12 Monkeys, one of Ana’s favorite SF films. Then, we talk about K. Tempest Bradford’s essay inviting people to challenge themselves to read beyond straight white cisgender men for one year, and the response from fandom, which was both fascinating and absurd. Lastly, we read the first nine volumes of One Piece by Eiichiro Oda, Renay’s favorite manga series about pirates and friendship.

Intro – 01:22
Twelve Monkeys – 07:37
Essay by K.T. Bradford – 26:41
One Piece – 42:57
Recommendations – 1:02:03

Media mentioned: Agent Carter, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron – New Trailer, Twelve Monkeys, One Piece

Other references: Post about Agent Carter, ratings, and fandom by copperbadge; Renay on Toilets and Space Princesses, Roger Ebert’s review of Twelve Monkeys, I Challenge You to Stop Reading White, Straight, Cis Male Authors for One Year by K.T. Bradford, Let’s Talk About Comfort Zones, On Points and the Missing of Them; Uncanny Magazine’s Support The Challenge Post, Renay’s One Piece Primer

Recommendations: The Story of Owen and Prairie Fire by EK Johnston, On The Other Side of a Downward Spiral by torakowalski


Fangirl Happy Hour, Episode #4 – “Bees Don’t Lie”

This week on Fangirl Happy Hour, Ana and Renay read Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear and squeal about adorable romances and competent ladies. Then, they strap on gravity rollerblades and grab their toilet brushes to discuss the latest film from the Wachowski’s, Jupiter Ascending. Lastly, they gird their loins and face the tough reality that is Agents of SHIELD S2, and pull apart their reactions to the first half of the second season as the show prepares to return from hiatus.

Intro – 0:45
Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear – 03:46
Jupiter Ascending – 23:14
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – 47:05
Recommendations – 1:12:17

Media mentioned: Kickstarter: The Labyrinth of Flame by Courtney Schafer, Larklight by Philip Reeve, Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, Jupiter Ascending, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,

Other references: SciFi Romance: Still So Invisible? by Heather Massey, Avengers: The Enemy Within by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Recommendations: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas; The Nerdist: Gillian Anderson & “The Difference a Day Makes” by twinagonies


Fangirl Happy Hour, Episode #3 – Too Perfect For Words

This week on Fangirl Happy Hour, Ana and Renay read The Duchess War by Courtney Milan and do some light excavation of their romance reading pasts. Then, they look at book marketing, publicity, and how one person’s good marketing is another person’s wish for certain books to just go away already. Lastly, they read Captain Marvel Volume 1: Higher Further Faster More by Kelly Sue DeConnick and discuss their thoughts about Carol and cry over Marvel comics in general.

Intro — 0:50
The Duchess War by Courtney Milan — 5:49
Book Marketing — 26:17
Captain Marvel Volume 1 — 49:01
Recommendations — 59:08

Media mentioned: Daredevil teaser trailer, The Duchess War by Courtney Milan, Love Stories for Young Adults Book Series, Backmatter: Are You Making the Most of Your Digital Shelf Space? by Courtney Milan, Surprise! I Have No Idea Your Book is Coming Out by Kameron Hurley, Captain Marvel, Vol#1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by written by Kelly Sue DeConnick; illustrated by David Lopez

Other references: Marvel Zombies

Recommendations: Jane the Virgin (TV); A Hero at the End of the World by Erin Claiborne


Fangirl Happy Hour, Episode #2 – Tales of Love and Romance

This week on Fangirl Happy Hour, Ana and Renay dig into Tansy Rayner Roberts’s essay from the first issue of Uncanny Magazine, “Does Sex Make Science Fiction Soft?” and explore our experience with sex and romance in our reading pasts. Then, it’s time to discuss The Hugo Awards: the latest debates and drama among the community, as well and some of our nominees for the award. Lastly, we read The Very Best of Kate Elliott, her first short fiction collection, and discuss what we took away from her first of three 2015 literary offerings.

Does Sex Make Science Fiction Soft? — starts at 3:53
The Hugo Awards — starts at 22:42
The Very Best of Kate Elliott – starts at 44:04

Media mentioned: “Does Sex Make Science Fiction Soft” by Tansy Rayner Roberts, “A Beautiful Lifetime Event” by astolat, Of Hard SF and Messy Emotions by Cora Buhlert, The Very Best of Kate Elliott by Kate Elliott

Other references: Chaos Horizon, Renay’s Initial Hugo Nominees, Hugo Awards Debate 2015: Earlier Every Year by Cora Buhlert

Recommendations: 12 Monkeys (TV), Sia – Elastic Heart feat. Shia LaBeouf & Maddie Ziegler


Fangirl Happy Hour, Episode 1 – Brimming with Emotions

This week on Fangirl Happy Hour, Renay and Ana join up for the first episode. It’s 2015; what media are we looking forward to in the coming year? Then, Serial, the podcast everyone was talking about in 2014. How did we feel coming away from this hugely contentious piece of journalism? Was it only reporting or was it entertainment, too? Lastly, Marvel’s Agent Carter: did it live up to our huge hopes and dreams?

Media mentioned: The Black Wolves by Kate Elliott, Pitch Perfect 2, Avatar The Last Airbender’s Smoke and Shadow, The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu, Mad Men S7 finale, Persona by Genevieve Valentine + Grace of Kings by Ken Liu, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia, The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, 2015 Hugo Awards, Court of Fives by Kate Elliott, The Labyrinth of Flame by Courtney Schafer, Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey, The Expanse (TV), The Heat 2, The Martian, The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard, The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, Inside Out (Pixar), Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling by Ted Chiang

Other references: Episode 210: Genevieve Valentine and all the things, Avengers: Age of Ultron (and Emotions) Trailer Response, Serial’s website, Split the Moon – Rabia Chaudry’s blog, Gavia Baker Whitelaw’s post on costume design

Recommendations: The Legend of Korra + Show creator’s essay; The Heart Wants What It Wants by talitha78 (also available on tumblr)