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Original Essays | July 24, 2014

Jessica Valenti: IMG Full Frontal Feminism Revisited



It is arguably the worst and best time to be a feminist. In the years since I first wrote Full Frontal Feminism, we've seen a huge cultural shift in... Continue »
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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Leviathan

Hannah Johnson, January 1, 2013

My new favourite young adult book of all time, and without a doubt one of the best illustrator and writer combinations! I've been a huge fan of Keith Thompson's art for years so when I heard he had illustrated this book I had to buy it. The story itself, when it was first described to me, sounded interesting but nothing overly special - how wrong my first impression was! I love steampunk-themed things but sometimes I feel steampunk media gets a little too stuck on that aspect of the story and forgets about the humanity and the plot. Leviathan, however, COMPLETELY rekindled my faith and my excitement in steampunk media. When I took a chance and sat down to read this book I was hooked for life after just the first page, and couldn't put it down til the last. Leviathan has the thrill and danger of war, one of the most natural depictions of friendship and comradery I've seen in a decade, and perfectly captures the magic and epic feeling of a steampunk world without ever once distracting the reader from the true story. Impressive indeed, and a very fun and fulfilling read.
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