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16 August 2011 @ 11:57 am
books about the world  
I'm looking for recommendations of books that are well-written and engaging and where all or most of the main characters are women, but casually, with no special big deal made about it. Examples of the sort of thing I'm looking for: Slow River and The Blue Place, both by Nicola Griffith, or, differently but in a similar category, Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver.
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born from jets!!!catness on August 17th, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)
I read/have read a lot of Sheri Tepper. Back when I started reading her stuff, I thought her earlier work was cool, but that she'd gone right off the deep end later in her career with what I deemed her militant feminism. Now I see the extremes she portrays as fiction having echoes in my own day to day life, and it depresses the hell out of me. Before it seemed so alarmist, and now it seems... disturbingly prophetic.

I do like, however, that Tepper's illustrations often demonstrate that turning the table 180 degrees isn't always the best solution (for instance, a matriarchal society can be exactly as fucked up as a patriarchy). Also, she can write some pretty horror-laden pages, right in the middle of a story that you didn't think was in that genre. Creepy as hell, sometimes, but I have liked almost every single one of her books rather a lot. I like her "Mavin Manyshaped" character, and perhaps I will go re-read her stories this week. :)

Rora, in case you're interested, the True Game series books about Mavin and Jinian are female protagonist stories, but the first set of books has a male lead, Peter. All of them are sci-fi/fantasy-ish journey tales, but easy reads.


Edited at 2011-08-17 05:12 am (UTC)