Author Archives: zhenya

A short story review: ‘When it Changed’ by Joanna Russ

One thing I really haven’t done enough as part of writing this blog (apart from, um, posting more often) is read more short stories. I also wouldn’t mind spending a bit more time reading the feminist science fictions of the … Continue reading

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Book review: The Other Wind by Ursula Le Guin

It’s been a while between posts. I’ve been working on things that, alas, have very little to do with fantasy, science fiction or books of any kind. But now, it’s time for another review… and though I’ve covered an Ursula … Continue reading

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Always already perfect: beauty and female characters in fantasy books

What makes a fantasy book? The Wikipedia page contains not so much a definition as a list of the genre’s most common features: magic and other supernatural phenomena, imaginary settings, magical creatures, elements of mythology and folklore. But there’s another … Continue reading

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Book review: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin

Feminists have been reading, and re-reading, The Left Hand of Darkness for a long time. Ursula LeGuin herself has gone back to the book and its setting more than once, re-conceptualising its portrayal of gender as her feminism developed alongside and through her … Continue reading

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Book review: Everwinter by Elizabeth Baxter

Everwinter begins with the story of an ending. The king of Variss has journeyed up the slopes of a haunted mountain to release the ancient powers that dwell there – powers his ancestors had been charged with keeping safely locked … Continue reading

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Book review: Gibbon’s Decline and Fall by Sheri S. Tepper

I haven’t read any other books by Sheri Tepper, and it will be a while before I even think of doing so. It’s not because I don’t like speculative fiction, which can often be at its best (and most disturbing) … Continue reading

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Book review: Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga has been described as a feminist take on military science fiction – a fast-paced adventure that remains ever-mindful of its human cost. The saga revolves around the life of Miles Naismith Vorkosigan – a mercenary, … Continue reading

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