Review: The Benevolence Archives Vol.1

Taylor Grace

I chose to read something out of my genre with this book. I had no idea what to expect for The Benevolence Archives. I was fairly certain it wasn’t going to be romance and I knew it was in English. Everything else was a surprise. And it was a very pleasant surprise.

I loved the intro for this book. I loved it because it was written with humour and in such a kind way–almost humble–that I felt as though the author was a friend, talking to me directly. It also helped me because it set up the setting for the book. Suddenly, I knew where I was and what was going to happen. That introduction eliminated the effort it takes to get into some science-fiction books. I was most definitely in.

One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was the humour. From subtle to quirky, it’s everywhere and…

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Any time I see a writer taking steps to find a market for their fiction, it makes me happy. When it’s a blogger I’ve read and chatted with for six months, I try to help them out, and this is a better pitch than I could make. The Benevolence Archives is on my summer reading list, for sure.

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Calls for Proposals for new edited collection on memory in popular culture

— This is very interesting, and I plan to take a look at these links. Reblogging it here to share with all my friends who are interested in such, and so I will not forget about it.

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Exciting news!

I am currently seeking proposals for an upcoming collection, Essays on Memory in Popular Culture, under contract with McFarland.

The key assumption of this collection is that, contrary to the conventional wisdom that memory is no longer important, this rhetorical canon has been transformed and complicated rather than subsumed, as recent scholarship into such areas as digital media, fandom studies, and memory objects demonstrates. This collection, therefore, seeks essays and participant reflections that document and examine this rhetorical principle in all its complexity.

Submissions are being solicited that examine cultural memory within the following categories:

  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Genre texts
  • Fandom activities (including fan fiction and cosplay)
  • Online Gaming
  • Digital collaboration and media

In addition to traditional academic essays (approximately 5,000 words each), there will also be a section for player and participant reflections (approximately 1,000 words) that briefly describe the experience of fan memory from…

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