The Fangirl’s Guide To The Galaxy Mindwalker
Release Date: OUT NOW!
208 pages | Hardback/ ebook Author: Sam Maggs Publisher: Quirk Books
Women have always
been part of fandom, but there’s still a damaging cliché that “real” geeks are male and women are only here to spoil the fun. Raging against the “fake geek girl” trope, this book celebrates the joys of female fandom and provides a quick fangirl- culture reference to get everyone else up to speed.
Ranging from a look at major fandoms to cosplay links, interviews with female creators and con survival tips, The Fangirl’s Guide covers a lot of ground. There are guides to various forms of social media, a ( US) tour of conventions to try, and a section on why feminism is a Good Thing. Ideal for nerdy newbies, while seasoned geek girls will find its prose entertaining and its enthusiasm infectious. Rhian Drinkwater
Control+ Alt+ Delete for brains
Release Date: 4 June
400 pages | Paperback Author: AJ Steiger Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Mindwalker is yet
another Young Adult book that focuses on a teenage girl who fights an authoritarian government while being torn between two love interests. Obviously this is all as hackneyed as Hackney itself, but, thankfully, all of that plays second fiddle to what is an absolutely cracking central idea.
Lain is a 17- year- old “Mindwalker”, someone who can go inside a trauma victim’s head and delete their worst memories, enabling them to live a happier life. It’s only when she helps school outcast Steven to forget his memories of being kidnapped as a young child that Lain realises there’s a massive cover- up afoot.
It’s a fascinating concept with totally believable characters, all handled with intelligence and skill – roll on the sequel, Mindstormer. Jayne Nelson