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Motherlines (Holdfast Chronicles #2)

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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
Paperback, 246 pages
Published March 15th 1981 by Berkley (first published 1978)
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Kirk Macleod

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
Nicholas Whyte[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
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
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.
I read this book as a teenager. It made quite an impression on me. It was one of my favorite books from that time.
The prequel was hard to take. This one is just right.
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Suzy McKee Charnas was born and educated in New York City, attending Barnard College as an Economic History major (1961) and, after a two-year stint in Nigeria with the Peace Corps, New York University (MAT, 1965). She taught at the New Lincoln School in New York until Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital hired her away as a curriculum consultant for their high school drug-abuse treatment program. In 1969 ...more
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Holdfast Chronicles (4 books)
  • Walk to the End of the World
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  • The Conqueror's Child (Holdfast Chronicles, #4)
The Vampire Tapestry Walk to the End of the World The Slave and The Free: Books 1 and 2 of 'The Holdfast Chronicles': 'Walk to the End of the World' and 'Motherlines' The Furies (The Holdfast Chronicles, #3) The Conqueror's Child (Holdfast Chronicles, #4)

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