I love most of Wen Spencer's sci-fi books. They're brilliant and unique. That's why I am not sure what to make of this book of hers.
It's clearly... aI love most of Wen Spencer's sci-fi books. They're brilliant and unique. That's why I am not sure what to make of this book of hers.
It's clearly... an attempt to turn gender on its head. But what her goal in doing so is highly questionable. If she couldn't be clear as to what the goal was, perhaps filling the book with as many sexist stereo-types as possible, than attributing them to *women*-as-oppressors rather than the oppressed class, was something she should have re-thought. Normally I appreciate something that calls into question gender classes as they exist today. But this attempt actually made me a little sick. Turning women into the oppressors, and then making them just as bad if not worse than men in the role, and not even bothering to come up with unique METHODS of oppression, but using the same ol', same ol' methods, with just a slight twist to try to make them fit to women instead. But they don't. You look at the society created, and you simply don't believe it. Sorry, but pumping an unwilling guy who's been socialized into being a 'damsel in distress' full of viagra does not make him a helpless, whimpering thing that can then be gleefully raped to *death* by ravenous women. To death, seriously. By a band of roving, bandit bitches. (Can you hear me laughing? -_-;;)
She did such a good job portraying these women-as-oppressors that, rather than calling into question the practice of these gender-classed oppression, it puts the message out there that if women were 'in power', not only would things not look different, but they would possibly be quite a bit worse. On top of that disingenuous and harmful conclusion, the anger and resentment toward those 'women in power' it engendered, even in a feminist such as I, felt truly, truly wrong to me. I put it down less than half-way through the book.
If Wen Spencer was trying to question gender stereotypes from a women-friendly viewpoint, she failed completely. None of her other books convince me that this was probably her goal. I was really disappointed....more
I was pretty excited and anticipatory of a new, favorite author when I first started this book. But then I hit the first time the main female characteI was pretty excited and anticipatory of a new, favorite author when I first started this book. But then I hit the first time the main female character had her initial taste of bondage, and got all 'excited'. Uh... Maybe there was a reason, and it had something to do with the plot. I kept going.
I realized after a few chapters that it did have something to do with the plot; or rather, the sci-fi plotline was a thin excuse for this porn-hound of an author to revel in his rape fantasies.
If Mr. Wright is so obsessed with his rape-fantasy porn that he can no longer tell a difference between the women being paid to act out a scuzzy little script from a real-life flesh and blood woman, than I suggest he obtain a good psychiatrist. "Schizophrenic" = someone can no longer differentiate fantasy from reality. "It's ok, Mr. Wright! We won't judge you - but you can be helped! There may not be a cure, but at least we can warn the women who are unexpectedly exposed to you so they have a head-start!"
But maybe I'm giving him too much credit; my bad. Maybe, rather than a mental illness, it's just pure stupidity. If that's the case, then let me help out, Mr. Wright; this'll just kill you that you bought all that tripe from your porn collection! The big-secret-that's-not-so-secret is: Women do not get off on being raped. It doesn't excite us; it only excites you. Which is why you need that psychiatrist. Please get the best one money can buy. And join the real world where women are trying very hard to end rape, rather than glorify it.
Disappointing, sexist follow-up to a Mirror of Her Dreams. Had to give the series up, it annoyed me too much. The author clearly has some issues withDisappointing, sexist follow-up to a Mirror of Her Dreams. Had to give the series up, it annoyed me too much. The author clearly has some issues with women....more
Don't think I finished it. Done with series at this point. Was slightly curious what would happen if Rand actually went mad.... and broke the world. PDon't think I finished it. Done with series at this point. Was slightly curious what would happen if Rand actually went mad.... and broke the world. Please. Just do it. ...more
This was the first book of Mary Wollstonecraft I've read; perhaps it wasn't the best choice for a first read. People write Mary as one of the first feThis was the first book of Mary Wollstonecraft I've read; perhaps it wasn't the best choice for a first read. People write Mary as one of the first feminist foremothers, so I was very interested to read what that looked like. But this book was more a fictional depiction of the shit men put women through several centuries ago. Now, I'm the last person to say 'feminism is of the past, we don't need that anymore!' But I was looking for theory, and got a deeply depressing novel of a past in which husbands could lock their disobedient wives into insane asylums with immunity. Happily, this is harder for them to do these days. So... wasn't quite what I'd hoped.
One thing I'll give her from this short acquaintance; she was more class conscious than some other feminist foremothers, (e.g., Naomi Wolfe). Yet her consciousness of the lower classes had a certain 'sensibility' (har har) about it which was very... upper class. ...more
Ugh. This book reminded me why I hated reading Storm C. books after suffering through the Wraeththu series. She seriously hates women, there's no twoUgh. This book reminded me why I hated reading Storm C. books after suffering through the Wraeththu series. She seriously hates women, there's no two ways to put it. I feel opressed, depressed and plain pissed after trying to read her stuff.
Even though I liked the premise of a priestess of a sea dragon... how can she screw up a story like that so bad? ...more
Nothing is more amusing than a man writing a humongous book about how women are frigid, or don't put out enough. It's like screaming out the window "WNothing is more amusing than a man writing a humongous book about how women are frigid, or don't put out enough. It's like screaming out the window "Why the f**k can't I get laid? What's wrong with me?!" Let me tell ya... "A lot."
This man studies BEES, and presented his findings on FEMALE SEXUALITY (or frigidity, as he saw it) based on that. He blamed women's innate frigidity for repressing men's natural and utterly necessary sexuality with 'social structures'. I believe there was something in there about women using marriage as a means of controlling men, as well, through their 'sexual needs'. The man was so full of useless tripe and resentment that I doubt he would recognize an actual woman if he stumbled over her breast. "Is it a bee-hive?"
Thanks for representin', dumbf**k. Next time talk about bees, though, plz. Thx. ...more
This book is well written, fast-paced with a good mix of action and dialog. (It's a funny read with regards to geeks; there are references to SlidersThis book is well written, fast-paced with a good mix of action and dialog. (It's a funny read with regards to geeks; there are references to Sliders the Sci-fi show, MOO [hyuk-hyuk] and several other massive multi-player online games. None of which have anything to do with me personally, but I've listened to my geek-partner play them throughout the years.)
However, the author completely failed to follow through on the female character he created; a presumably ancient and powerful Player with a vast understanding of Ontology (and a book penned by herself on the subject), etc. When the clueless but randomly powerful (read: super-powers, not intellect) main male character stepped into her life, she immediately took up the role of submissive sex-kitten, perfectly willing to stand meekly behind the male character while he dicked and flopped ignorantly around, enchanted FOR NO DISCERNABLE REASON. It wasn't his confidence, that's for sure, because he didn't know squat. Yet she quietly followed him around, even knowing, as she did, all the things in their 'realities' that he did not. She deferred to him, she admired him, she cooed. Blargh.
I give it two stars instead of one because despite the issues I have with the story, or the world, the author is still a really talented writer.
But aI give it two stars instead of one because despite the issues I have with the story, or the world, the author is still a really talented writer.
But after getting 1/3rd through the book and realizing that I was being taken from one outrageous scene of "people" with money getting off on / being amused by / spending a lot of money to watch one inhumane cruelty after another, I realized that this book wasn't for me. I realize with hindsight that the first in the series, Lies of Locke Lamora - which I truly liked, and still do - was similar in its plethora of human nightmares preying on each other, it only became too much to deal with after I realized the second book was not just more of the same, but in greater depth and detail. Not often does a book literally make me nauseous enough to steal my appetite.
If I thought these scenes of rich people preying on the poor or weak for amusement were a statement about $$ corrupting those who have too much, that would be another thing. But I never got that impression.
In the first of the series, you felt that at least if the main characters weren't 'good guys' (something that's refreshing sometimes!), at least they were pretty solidly in the 'neutral' territory. In the second book, I think they spend a lot more time delving into the 'darker side', with random hops into 'good guy' territory that fail, after a while, to convince.