Another Overwatch mission had been set up, and this time, Hanzo’s number was up. Mercy, Tracer, Genji, and Winston himself were joining him. The archer had been mildly intrigued by the idea of seeing the massive, hairy scientist out in the world, but then the genetically modified gorilla had suggested they bring Mirra along. And Hanzo had fumed. She was still a minor! And inexperienced in this sort of work! And a fucking minor! Winston had assured the enraged man that Mirra would stay on the ship, safe and sound, unless they absolutely needed her assistance. Nor would she ever be in the line of fire – the young woman was only there to consult. Mirra knew the city Overwatch was entering and had connections therein. She would be useful, Hanzo couldn’t honestly deny that, but she wouldn’t be safe. He wouldn’t admit it to anyone, but the idea of her being anywhere that didn’t have a state of the art defense system terrified him.
This is the seventh installment in a series of book recommendations, all of which will introduce you to kickass women from mythologies around the world, all of them written by women. All books listed had to pass the following criteria:
Be written by a woman
Have a woman as (one of) the protagonist(s)
Feature Russian or Slavic mythology
This recommendation list comes on the heels of the Asian mythology rec list, because I really wanted to include Russia (which falls under both Asian and Slavic mythology), but I wanted to keep the country as a whole in one post. @kostromas
(x) and @lamus-dworski (x) (x) were kind enough to take some time answering my questions.
While I mainly looked for books ft. Russian and Slavic mythologies (I used this Wiki file as a measure to determine the Slavic region), I also include a few books with other origins, such as Norway and various Eastern European countries, because I think - out of all the recommendation posts I have done and plan to do - this is the one they would fit best in.
Please note as well that there is a lot of overlap among most of these cultures, with different versions of a character appearing in many, so some of the below classifications may be rather arbitrary (I usually go with what’s 1) listed in the summary, then see if 2) the writer specifies a culture, or if 3) readers had helpful input).
UPDATE: It’s been brought to my attention that this post could do with some clarification and additions. To start with, I’d like to address the small number of books listed under Slavic. I don’t mean to say that only the countries listed are Slavic countries. The list is as limited as it is because I found it difficult to locate books that met all the above listed criteria, and an unconscious fifth - that they be written in English. If you take out any one of those criteria, a larger pool of books would open itself up, and I encourage you to consider that as an option.
While I understand that limiting these lists to books written in or translated into English is not ideal, I also don’t think I am the right person to judge which books written in Slavic languages should be included, as I am not Slavic and don’t speak or read Slavic languages. Readers should be aware though, that reading a book featuring Slavic mythologies or cultures, which are not written by someone who identifies as Slavic, may promote a stereotypical or otherwise harmful depiction of those cultures.
Moreover, those authors who do hail from the relevant region are more likely to be published if they don’t push the envelope too much to be acceptable for a generic Western audience. Therefore, additional reading of books on and / or featuring Slavic mythologies or cultures can aid in understanding the context of these tales. I have listed a couple of books in the honourable mentions with that in mind, and I have decided to add an asterisk (*) to all works written by an author who is confirmed as hailing from the region their work is set in. Typically, I’ve listed one or two books per author, but do check for their other writing.
Finally, I should add that I might have made a mistake in including Russia in this list. This was done because I wanted to keep the country in one post, rather than splitting it between the Asian list and this one. The Asian one was sufficiently long I didn’t want to add it there, but I might have been better off creating a completely separate list for it rather than including it here.
With the above reasons in mind, I have decided to move the Slavic section up, I have added a number of entries throughout, and expanded the resources list at the bottom.
More Trek AU, I won’t draw more I think, unless I have urgent ideas. mm, mostly Nori and Dwalin, I remembered how Nori’s love for the skirt uniform would translate into the Mirror verse, and also teeny tiny helmsman bringing down the chief security officer, and Dís with her boys, as requested. As well as Thorin being done with everything, Bombur and his future wife being cute, and that one time Nori had an embarrassing request
Mirra: “Do you remember when I was hoof sore the other day? I was just kidding. What I REALLY wanted was my right shoe taken off. It was starting to pinch. And it was the wrong color! I specifically requested blue shoes because silver shoes are so last year. Can we go back to work now?? I’m bored.” 😕
On the 5th of February 2010 in New York, the bodies of Gigi Jordan and her 8 year old son, Jude Mirra, were found at the $2,000+ room per night Peninsula Hotel on fifth avenue. They were surrounded by pills and empty Grey Goose bottles. Gigi survived.
Jude was severely autistic and after claiming that her first husband, Ray Mirra, was going to kill her she was worried that Jude would be left in the care of her second husband, who she claimed abused and sodomised him. However, none of these accusations were true and what was true is that Jordan was emotionally disturbed and felt her son was a burden.
Gigi claimed the suicide was Jude’s idea, however bruising around his mouth proved he was forced
In May 2015, Gigi Jordan was sentenced to 18 years