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message 1: by Sandi (new)

Sandi I read this book about 5 or 6 years ago. It was so well done, but it was also very, very disturbing. Did you have nightmares about the Asian child sex trade afterwards? Those parts just bothered the hell out of me and I still think about it.

message 2: by Lori (Hellian) (new)

Lori (Hellian) Sandi, I'm having nightmares about the wolvogs too because I'm such a dog lover, but most of all those Chicken Nobbins which makes me nauseous.

message 3: by Sandi (new)

Sandi It's hard to believe that Margaret Atwood refuses to say that she writes science fiction. True, most of her books aren't, but this one and "A Handmaid's Tale" are totally science fiction.

message 4: by Ben (last edited Aug 18, 2008 08:21AM) (new)

Ben See this page where Atwood talks about this topic. Basically, she calls it speculative fiction. It just depends on how broad your definition of science fiction is. I actually have a hard time calling 1984 and Handmaid's Tale science fiction, though to most people it fits into that category. Maybe someday the category speculative fiction will become more accepted.

message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm curious now, Lori. Was was the one plot omission/detail that bothered you at the end?

message 6: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Neato article, Ben. :)

message 7: by Lori (Hellian) (new)

Lori (Hellian) SPOILER!

When he didn't take out of the Compound the other shot of the anti-pleb treatment later that night.

message 8: by Eric_W (new)

Eric_W Sherri wrote: "Well, there is still a certain amount of disdain among the literati for "genre writing" and I suspect Atwood might feel the sting of that disdain even if she tries to ignore it. Cormac McCarthy's ..."

Stay on the soapbox. You and I are in accord on this.

message 9: by Serena (new)

Serena "Two of the main characters are remote and elusive, ............My heart went out to Jimmy/Snowman, the protagonist. I had to laugh at myself because I found myself just like some of his lovers, wanting to heal him!

Haha, me too! Atwood really makes me sympathize with Jimmy, despite all the despicable things he does.

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