Review: The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

Monday, December 18, 2017

Why I Chose This Book:

All right, I’m about to do something I rarely do here on the blog… I’m going to review a nonfiction book. Yeah, you heard me, a nonfiction book. I read a lot of nonfiction for class and for fun. They mostly revolve around political books like Raven Rock by Garrett Graff or books that concern social politics like Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay or theory books, but this one is a tad different, but oh so worth reading if you like nonfiction essays.

The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: May 31st, 2016
Genre: Non Fiction, Feminism, Essays
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A powerful collection of essays on feminism, geek culture, and a writer’s journey, from one of the most important new voices in genre.

The Geek Feminist Revolution is a collection of essays by double Hugo Award-winning essayist and science fiction and fantasy novelist Kameron Hurley. The book collects dozens of Hurley’s essays on feminism, geek culture, and her experiences and insights as a genre writer, including “We Have Always Fought,” which won the 2014 Hugo for Best Related Work. The Geek Feminist Revolution will also feature several entirely new essays written specifically for this volume.

Unapologetically outspoken, Hurley has contributed essays to The Atlantic, Locus,, and elsewhere on the rise of women in genre, her passion for SF/F, and the diversification of publishing. (Goodreads)

My Bookish Thoughts:

I found this book while skimming the shelves at Barnes & Noble during a rather slow Saturday night shift. I was nostalgically flipping through the pages of a book I had already read (Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks) when the bright red spine caught my eye. I pulled it out and began reading the first essay, and that was the exact moment I fell in love—right there in a Barnes & Noble at 10:24pm on a Saturday night.

This book covers a hundred different topics, but all of them revolve around women and geek culture. As a person who grew up in heavy nerd culture (my normal bed time story was LOTR, for goodness sake!), I soaked up this book little by little over the course of a year. Yes, it took me a while to make my way through, but that does not speak to how great of a writer Hurley is. She has a realistic and honest way of conveying the importance and relevance women have in geek culture.

She talks about the objectification of women in video games, fantasy novels and its very masculine driven authorship and readership, hyper-masculinity within scifi and fantasy novels, the subjugation of the feminine and the lack of diversity found in consumerist media, among other important topics.

Final Thoughts:

Needless to say, this an extremely important book to read if for no other reason that to be aware of what’s going on in geek/nerd culture. Seriously, pick up this book. You won’t regret it!

I gave this book 5 stars.

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