When I reviewed the science fiction/mystery crossover anthology, Love, Murder & Mayhem: Cosmic Tales of the Heart Gone Deadly Wrong, I particularlWhen I reviewed the science fiction/mystery crossover anthology, Love, Murder & Mayhem: Cosmic Tales of the Heart Gone Deadly Wrong, I particularly mentioned author Mary Fan's AI Sherlock story and the Brave New Girls anthologies which she co-edits with author Paige Daniels. Mary Fan noticed my review and sent me an ARC of Brave New Girls # 2 in return for this honest review. Let me say that I was impressed by the series concept which is to encourage girls to study the sciences and enter scientific professions. The proceeds from this anthology go to the scholarship fund of the Society of Women Engineers. Although I am not myself a scientist, I would like to see a world where more girls consider these fields.
My favorite story was "Circus in the Sky" by Lisa Toohey. It combines two subjects which are perennial themes in my reading--circuses and animal welfare. Let me be clear that I don't enjoy circuses that imprison animals in order to entertain humans. Like Kaleigh, the protagonist of "Circus in the Sky", I believe animals belong in their natural habitats. This story is different from many others in this anthology. Kaleigh isn't an inventor or a tinkerer, but she does have scientific ambitions. Kaleigh is also very courageous. She stands up for an animal who has no other advocate within the circus that employs her. I was delighted to meet someone like her within the pages of a book.
I thought there was enough worthwhile content in Brave New Girls #2 to recommend it to teens in search of science fiction adventure starring girls using science to achieve their goals.
What was there was an awesome exploration of complex multi-cultural identity. I just wish there hadn't been a cliffhanger ending. That's what caused mWhat was there was an awesome exploration of complex multi-cultural identity. I just wish there hadn't been a cliffhanger ending. That's what caused me to subtract a star....more
To honor July 4th I am reviewing a biography of a true American original whose life expands our knowledge of the history of American abolitionism, QuaTo honor July 4th I am reviewing a biography of a true American original whose life expands our knowledge of the history of American abolitionism, Quakerism and alternative lifestyles. Benjamin Lay was a very independent man who should be celebrated while we celebrate American independence. "Let your lives speak" is an old Quaker motto. Lay certainly did that with his own life. I received an ARC of The Fearless Benjamin Lay by Marcus Rediker from the publisher via Edelweiss in return for this review.
The first Quaker to propose immediate abolition of slavery was Benjamin Lay, and he made this radical proposal in colonial Pennsylvania in 1738. Lay was also a vegetarian and an animal rights advocate. He pioneered the boycott strategy by boycotting all products produced by slaves. He not only grew his own food, but made his own clothing woven from plant products and walked everywhere because he was opposed to the exploitation of horses. He treated his wife, Sarah, as an equal. So he had a very modern sensibility, and could be considered very much ahead of his time.
I feel that I owe a debt to Rediker for introducing me to Benjamin Lay whose radicalism and lifestyle can be appreciated by 21st century progressives.