Girl Genius: The Epic Adventures of Mad Scientists

A blond girl in raggedy garb standing on a floor made of skulls, with a monster behind her. Next to her is written, "Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones, A Gaslamp Fantasy with Adventure, Romance, and Mad Science, Girl Genius, by Phil and Kaja Foglio."
Image: Girl Genius, Artist: Phil Foglio

Genre: Steampunk/Gaslamp fantasy

Synopsis: In a world where mad science is a superpower and those that have it–Sparks–rule cities and empires, Agatha Clay is a research assistant at a university. She thinks she’s just some girl with a penchant for headaches, until her locket is stolen–and she finds out the locket was somehow suppressing her own Spark. The person who gave her that locket–her uncle–must have been hiding her existence. But why? Continue reading “Girl Genius: The Epic Adventures of Mad Scientists”

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Rejected Princesses: A Collection of Fascinating Stories from History, Folklore, and Mythology

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Image: Dey Street via EW

Genre: History/Mythology/Folklore

Synopsis: A collection of short biographical stories (accompanied by cool portraits) of women in history, mythology, and folklore who don’t fit the standard narrative–especially the Disney princess narrative, as the author, Jason Porath, comes from an animation background. The main focus is on telling a good story in each entry, so even though a lot of research has gone into them, they’re told in a colloquial style. Continue reading “Rejected Princesses: A Collection of Fascinating Stories from History, Folklore, and Mythology”

Mass Effect, and Launching an Immersive RPG Trilogy

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Genre: Sci-fi RPG

Synopsis: The player character is Commander Shepard, a member of humanity’s Alliance military. Shepard becomes embroiled in humanity’s desire to join the upper ranks of the intergalactic community, along with species that have held the highest authority for centuries. But he/she comes across a high ranking and trusted agent who’s gone rogue. With humanity still relatively new and unproven, no one believes her/him, leaving Shepard almost alone in going after the danger. Continue reading “Mass Effect, and Launching an Immersive RPG Trilogy”

Poisoned Blade, and a World Moving Towards a Revolution

An a sword shown over a shield with a blue background, with the cover readeing "To win the game, she must fight a war. Poisoned Blade. A Court of Fives novel. Kate Elliott, World Fantasy Finalist."
Image: Hachette Book Group via Kate Elliott; Cover Artist: Wes Youssi and Sammy Yuen

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis: Jes and her sisters have grown up relatively sheltered, their aristocratic father hiding them away from much of the prejudice against their mother’s race. But after the kingdom’s politics force their father to abandon his family, the girls navigate the world’s dangers on their own. Jes has a place for herself running the Fives, a prestigious obstacle course race. Continue reading “Poisoned Blade, and a World Moving Towards a Revolution”