Friday, March 3, 2017

Book Review: The Geek Feminist Revolution

TITLE: The Geek Feminist Revolution
AUTHOR: Kameron Hurley
CATEGORY: Non-Fiction
GENRE: Essays/commentary
PREMISE: Sci-fi writer Kameron Hurley shares her insights and thoughts on being a geek and a feminist and various other subjects.
MY REVIEW: For the most part, I enjoyed this collection. I just....don't think it was completely what it advertised. From the title, I expected a collection more along the lines of Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist. Or something that frequently linked feminism and the geek world together. Now there were some essays here that did that and they were fabulous. But a lot of the essays...didn't particularly have anything to do with being a geek feminist.
After doing some research I realized why: a lot of this book is actually mostly just old blog posts from her popular online blog. That explains the one about the ACA (that feels bittersweet now thanks to the fact that it looks like there's a good chance it's getting repealed). A lot of the posts talk about her creative process and time in marketing and so on. It's very interesting...just not why I picked up the book.
As with most of these types of collections, some essays/blog posts are better then others. This did however make me very interested in picking up Hurley's books. I was interested in them beforehand, but now they're higher on the TBR list.
WHO SHOULD READ: fans of Bad Feminist. Kameron Hurley fans, geek feminists
MY RATING: Four out of Five social commentary essays

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