Senpai Noticed Me!

Kai Wai Cheah, author of the military dungeonpunk extravaganza No Gods, Only Daimons, who happens to be in my writers’ group, was kind enough to point out that deus ex magical girl has been featured on the Hugo-nominated Castalia House Blog, which is the official organ of an indie publishing house that has become an eclectic haven for talented authors who’ve run afoul of the sf genre’s current political climate.

Blogger Rawle Nyanzi, author of “The Teenage Girl’s Robot Army,” gives your humble host a glowing review:

The Deus Ex Magical Girl blog goes in depth with the series it analyzes, teasing out major themes in what appear to be saccharine children’s entertainment. For example, take a look at this review of Shugo Chara — it’s a thing of beauty and the very post that made me see that this blogger knew his stuff. However, that is not the only good content he has; he also does a masterful job pointing out major problems with another series called Cardcaptor Sakura — according to him, the show is popular with lolicons even though it has no sexualized content.

Not content to criticize from the sidelines, the blogger has also written a magical girl novel called Jake and the Dynamo, which can be read here as of this posting. I haven’t read past the first chapter since it’s not my cup of tea, but I’m sure someone else might like it.

Unfortunately, Mr. Nyanzi has caught me at a bad time. I’m currently trying to acquire a master’s degree at twice the normal pace while simultaneously holding down a job, so my blogging endeavors (as well as my magical girl anime-watching) are temporarily stalled out.

However, I was toying with the idea of begging the Castalia House Blog to let me write a guest post, and it also crossed my mind to submit Jake and the Dynamo for possible publication. I had shied away from these ideas mostly because I assumed my particular interests would not appeal to Castalia House’s core demographic. As Mr. Nyanzi notes, he could only get through my first chapter.

Still, it might be worth a shot.

  • Unclever_Hans

    If you published with Castalia House and were featured on Vox’s blog, I’d lol. Still, I feel that Vox’s readership has a phobia of powerful girls.

    • I don’t think it’s a phobia. Vox Day has a lot of technical knowledge about hand-to-hand combat, so when he sees an error or implausibility, it distracts him and rips him out of the story, much as a gun aficionado is annoyed when a character flicks off the safety on his Glock.

      Day’s opinion about action girls is similar to my own, except I am more generous in allowing for artistic license, and I see superpowers or magic as changing the rules, so the author can do what he wants in those cases as long as he’s consistent.

      I try to point up the difference between male and female strength in Jake and the Dynamo. Jake can’t fight on equal terms with a magical girl, who’s strong enough to rip him apart, but as soon as Tsubasa’s power suit deactivates, he absorbs two punches to the jaw and easily pins her down. Pretty Dynamo can clobber him, but Dana’s fists bounce off him. When T.B.’s fangirls rain punches on his shoulders, he barely notices.

      Vox Day’s weakness is not his view of male and female strength, which is correct (if too rigid) and based on a lot of experience, but his “socio-sexual hierarchy,” which is a deficient understanding of human psychology about which he is very adamant, and which he prefers his authors follow.

  • Rawle Nyanzi

    You do good work, so I can’t wait to see what you do next. Good luck getting your degree; it’s only fair that you handle your life stuff first and foremost.

    Thanks for pointing out The Teenage Girl’s Robot Army. While I am proud of that little story, I have something a bit more current out: a novella called Sword & Flower, which can be bought on Amazon by searching Rawle Nyanzi.

  • Nathan Housley

    Talk to Jeffro. He’s always looking for posts for the CH blog.