Smugglivus 2012–My Contribution

Book Smugglers IconAna and Thea from the Book Smugglers contacted me a few months ago and asked me to write a post for their annual Smugglivus event. They ask their guest writers to

[look] back at their favorite reads of 2012, and looking forward to events and upcoming books in 2013.

But, since I’m not one for binary discussions I went off the reservation. They may not invite me back, but I took the opportunity to talk about something very important to me, both as a consumer and as a father. Namely, that the socially created false dichotomy of boy/girl media is tragic and dangerous.

When I wrapped the post up, sitting at around 1100 words, I knew I hadn’t done the topic justice. It requires several thousand more words and significantly more insightful examination of sales trends and publisher behavior. Nevertheless, I hope the point itself is sufficient. How can a book be any good when it ignores half of humanity?

Here’s the post. . .


Emery seized the opening. “Well, you don’t have to,” she lilted with what breath she could muster, lowering her eyelids seductively. “I’ve known some horny men, but you take the beefcake. Why don’t we have our own little rodeo, see how long I can ride you?”

Has a sentence ever screamed more clearly that it’s written for a teenage boy? It comes from Christopher Bennett’s Only Superhuman, a comic book inspired science fiction novel released this year from Tor. I feel safe in saying that the comic industry is male dominated, from its creation to its readership. The grossly over sexualized women, and the male driven story lines, portrayed in the vast majority of comics have earned them that distinction. I hoped that the recent trend to novelize comic book style stories might move away from this predisposition. Only Superhuman and the similar Prepare to Die! by Paul Tobin (Night Shade Books), seem to indicate otherwise. . .

Read the rest at The Book Smugglers.

Written by Justin Landon

Justin Landon

Justin Landon is the Overlord of Staffer’s Book Review. When he’s not writing things of dubious value to the world, he’s at the gym or being a dad. You can follow him on a multitude of social media, which is strongly suggested lest you miss out on vital information that could someday save your life.