The Fan­girl’s Guide To The Galaxy Mind­walker

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Geek chic

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

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