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"Everything I've always wanted from an adventure, and then some!"
Samuel R Delany

"[Motherlines is] a pioneer exercise in women's fantasies of independence, skill, freedom. It has a robust, earthy beauty. She has a genius for grasping ideas and dreams that are in the air and making them concrete and dramatic in her fiction."
Marge Piercy


Alldera had risked her life to escape
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Paperback, 246 pages
Published March 15th 1981 by Berkley (first published 1978)
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Tani
May 29, 2016 Tani rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot more than the first book, so it's feels kind of strange giving it the same rating, but it's not quite a five star book for me. It was just a little bit too slow, and although I really enjoyed the experience of reading it, even now, just two days after finishing the book, I can tell that I'm not going to remember a lot of it. It's just not going to stick, which tells me it doesn't qualify for those five stars.

Anyway. This book follows the further adventures of Alldera, as
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Kirk Macleod
May 17, 2014 Kirk Macleod rated it really liked it

One of my favourite things about working my way through lists of classic science fiction (or any genre fiction, really) is discovering new authors and stories that lead me beyond the list.

The latest example of this for me was Suzy McKee Charnas' 1974 book, A Walk to the End of the World, which focused on a post-apocalyptic world where society had split along gender lines, which men representing a higher caste in a settlement called the Holdfast, and women becoming a means of labour and necessary
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Julia
Aug 08, 2011 Julia rated it really liked it
I read this book as a teenager. It made quite an impression on me. It was one of my favorite books from that time.
Carol
Feb 25, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This book felt a little slower than the first, Walk to the End of the World, and some of the way the world of the women works is a bit offputting and strangely explained. But toward the end where two societies meet, and attempt to work with one another, is fascinating. Both contemporary and remniscent of the past, the tense between assimilating what is good, and leaving behind negative behaviors born out of post traumatic stress from a life time of abuse is very well done, as is the simple misun ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Dec 23, 2009 Nicholas Whyte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, winner, xk, 2014, 1401, tiptree
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2237380.html[return][return]Motherlines takes a lot of Walk to the End of the World and inverts it - we switch from a male to a female central character, and discover that a lot of what had been presented as unchallengeable fact in the first volume is in fact very different looked at from the other side of the gender divide. In addition, the actual plot has some very impressive twists and turns in what is still a very short book.[return][return]Motherlines is really ...more
Darla
May 31, 2009 Darla rated it really liked it
Second title of the Holdfast Series. The main character breaks free and searches finds her own kind. This is why I like this author so much, when she finds her own kind, she discovers that men aren't all to blame and wonders if there is a possibility of getting along. This is the book that has the famous horse scene that all my fellow reading buddies were so shocked about. So good. Again, this book is one of the reasons I like man-hating Sci Fi. Recommended to Katy P. who claims she likes this k ...more
Steven Allen
A decent tale of a dystopian future where mankind live in protected holdfasts. Women are slaves to the men who control everything. Very strong homosexual elements in the book. The men in the holdfasts only sleep with women for procreation not pleasure or love. The women, at least those that escape to live as free wanders, are also homosexual. Nothing really groundbreaking or different in this tale but a decent yarn if you are in the mood for some older (late '70s) Science Fiction which is someth ...more
Brenda
Sep 01, 2009 Brenda rated it really liked it
This book really influenced my naive 15 year old mind. For the good? I think so. The most feminist book I had read so far. If the school would have known what was in it, it would have been pulled from the shelves. WARNING: sex scenes.
Michelle
Jul 10, 2016 Michelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction-amazonia
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Tfromo
Oct 24, 2015 Tfromo rated it it was ok
I would have given this book more stars if I hadn't found the women's method of reproduction repulsive.
Phil
Jan 27, 2012 Phil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The prequel was hard to take. This one is just right.
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Suzy McKee Charnas, a native New Yorker raised and educated in Manhattan, surfaced as an author with WALK TO THE END OF THE WORLD (1974), a no-punches-pulled feminist SF novel and Campbell award finalist. The three further books that sprang from WALK (comprising a futurist, feminist epic about how people make history and create myth) closed in 1999 with THE CONQUEROR’S CHILD, a Tiptree winner (as ...more
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Holdfast Chronicles (4 books)
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