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Urban Fantasy 101: Magical Negros in the Genre

Instead of writing Magical Negros, aim for fully fleshed out and well rounded characters that just happen to be Black. Continue reading

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Urban Fantasy 101: Cop Country

There are a lot of cops in urban fantasy. Continue reading

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Stitch Talks Ish Episode 5 – Returning to the Anitaverse

On Buzzsprout/On Spotify Did you check out last month’s look back at my year-long project on Korean pop and hip hop? Here’s a screenshot of Hamilton’s tweet about diversity My piece: “Too White Bread for This Shit: Race and Racism … Continue reading

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[Letters To The Author] Dear Laurell K Hamilton

Dear Laurell K Hamilton

I’m sure that you’re as sick of me as I am of your writing. Continue reading

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The Great Big Anita Blake Reread: Sorting Out Shifters

We’re constantly told that shapeshifters are people too and therefore they deserve to be treated as people and not distrusted – even though the narrative crossing the Anitaverse is that the only beings more dangerous than shifters are vampires. Even though half of the most vile and violent murderers across the series are shifters. Continue reading

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The Great Big Anita Blake Reread: Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake #10)

Narcissus in Chains is the tenth book in Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series and the start of what I view as the downward slide of the series’ trajectory. Continue reading

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Audio Backlog: Anita Blake Reread: Guilty Pleasures

“Vampires are People, too.” – The button that Monica Vespucci is wearing when she and Anita first meet echoes a repeated message in this series about how vampires are people too. But people you know… suck. So vampires do too, … Continue reading

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The Great Big Anita Blake Reread: Approaching the Ardeur (An Explainer)

As I’ve dragging my heels on finishing Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake #10) for the next installment of my reread series, I’ve realized that there’s one small problem with how I talk about the Anitaverse. I keep assuming that you … Continue reading

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The Great Anita Blake ReRead: Obsidian Butterfly

Note: this installment covers and talks about racism. sexual violence, and gaslighting in mild detail for the most part. In the final part, I also mention some of the upcoming events in the Anitaverse including a reference to Anita having … Continue reading

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Sporking For A Good Cause: Laurell K. Hamilton’s Shutdown (Anita Blake 22.5)

First things first here is a list of charities that you can (and should) donate to in order to help people directly affected by the government shutdown here in the US. Many of these people aren’t going to get paid … Continue reading

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The Great Big Anita Blake ReRead: Blue Moon

Strap in folks, we’re about to talk about what Blue Moon does decently, what the book gets wrong, and what parts of the book should’ve been killed by magical fire in the woods of Tennessee Continue reading

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The Great Big Anita Blake ReRead: Burnt Offerings

Content warnings: this installment of The Great Big Anita Blake Reread talks about rape and racism in mild detail (and they’re connected in my analysis of Hamilton’s writing in this book) that include repeated references to what winds up being … Continue reading

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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

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Too White Bread for This Shit: Race and Racism in Laurell K Hamilton’s Urban Fantasy Series

“I’m so white-bread, if you cut me I’d bleed bleached flour! I have no ethnicity to me, and I’ve always wanted some.” – Laurell K. Hamilton in an interview excerpted from Locus Magazine. I’ve been reading Laurell K. Hamilton’s urban … Continue reading

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The Great Big Anita Blake Reread: Bloody Bones

For this installment of my reread series, I’ll be changing up the format in order to look at “The Good”, “The Bad”, and “The Just Plain Borked” parts of the novel. If this all goes well, this will be what … Continue reading

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