Author Archives: Zina

About Zina

Zina writes about comics, nerd history, and ridiculous romance novels when not working frantically on her first collection of short stories and complaining about stuff. One day, she'll settle down and write that novel.

[Book Review] Minimum Wage Magic (DFZ #1) by Rachel Aaron

Fantasy writer Rachel Aaron has had one hell of a year in publishing. She’s teamed up with her husband Travis to write Forever Fantasy Online (the first in a trilogy of fantasy novels), published Garrison Girl, an original novel set … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Urban Fantasy 101: Definitive-Ish

First of all, what exactly does the “urban” in urban fantasy mean? Continue reading

Posted in Urban Fantasy 101 | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

[Stitch Likes Stuff] Jennie – Solo

I love everything that the girls of Blackpink choose to be and do. Jennie, one of my two favorite members of the South Korean girl group of my heart, has recently come out with her first single called “Solo”. It … Continue reading

Posted in Stitch Likes Stuff | Tagged , | Leave a comment

[Review] A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals #2) by Alyssa Cole

I only recently bought Alyssa Cole’s A Duke By Default so I missed out on months of basking in this glorious and delightful novel (because my local library never got around to purchasing it on my request). But I have … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Stitch Does Stuff in December

It’s the end of 2018 and I am so ready for this year to be over. While I’ve had incredible personal, creative, and academic successes this year, it’s also been the longest year I’ve ever lived in my life so … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

[Video] My Comic Book Girlfriend HasTo Be a Redhead: Misogynoiristic Reactions to Racebending Iris West and Mary-Jane Watson

Abstract Recent adaptations of popular comic book series have taken the step of diversifying their original storylines by racebending (Gaston and Reid 2012) key characters – for example Iris West (played by Candice Patton) on DC Comics and The CW’s … Continue reading

Video | Posted on | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

The Great Big Anita Blake Reread: The Killing Dance

There are interesting aspects to The Killing Dance, but as usual, they’re nearly lost thanks to all the weird and upsetting shit that happens and all of the absolutely pointless relationship drama. Continue reading

Posted in The Great Big Anita Blake ReRead | Tagged | 2 Comments

[Comet City Stories] Viper Vs. The Major Mansplainer

All Viper wants is to read in peace. Usually, Viper likes libraries. For the most part, civilians are the only people that use Comet City’s five library branches – and barely any at that during the middle of the day … Continue reading

Posted in Stitch Writes Stories | Tagged , | 4 Comments

Fleeting Frustrations #3: When White Queer Icons Like Ezra Miller Fail Us

It’s more important that we bask in Ezra Miller’s star as it begins to crest than we have the tough conversations about what it means that a queer icon getting visibility is partially responsible for a film that attempts to flat out humanize Darren Wilson, a murderer who killed Mike Brown because he was Black and read as a threat to Wilson because of it. Continue reading

Posted in Rants | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

[Image Post] Finn Needs A New, Less Racist Fandom

Source:  Where Are Y’all Getting Your Characterization From? Finn Isn’t A Coward, Or Selfish, And He Doesn’t Need A Damn Redemption Arc. I love Finn from Star Wars. It’s not just because I not-so-secretly want John Boyega to fall wildly in … Continue reading

Posted in Fandom | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments