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Daughter of the Bear King

3.08  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Not your everyday fantasy, Daughter of the Bear King clearly arises from Second Wave Feminism. A middle-aged woman suddenly discovers that she has a role in an epic struggle between shoddiness and integrity. And her battle flows across time and universes. On a Monday morning, Esperance Olson is suddenly transported to another world where dragons fly and wizards divulge her ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 1987 by Avon Books
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Rachel Brown
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Weird, weird, extremely post-modern and extremely distanced novel about a middle-aged Minneapolis housewife who has surreal adventures in a fantasy world in which she can transform into a bear. By "distanced," I mean that the author constantly intrudes to point out to us that she's making all of this up, and also that everything is related as if at arm's length. I stalled out two-thirds in, and it was a slog up until that point. Some lovely description, though.
Carol
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, fantasy
A definitely 1980's fantasy, where a 40+ housewife lifelike dreams suddenly become real and she discovers that not only can she jump between worlds and universes but she can also shape shift into a bear, none of which seems to be within her control.

The characters are decidedly American in nature, with that hint of 1980's feminism, where having brought up her children the heroine is looking for something more, but in general are well written.

Though the story line is based on jumping between worl
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scarlettraces
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
(3.5) Playful feminist fantasy wearing the 80s on its sleeve, which I enjoyed very much until poleaxed by the ending. Either I missed a great big chunk of plot or a projected sequel was never written.
Andy Yu
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
no substance
Kate Sanderson
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I couldn't finish this book. Was too jumpy and confusing. Not to my taste at all.
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Eleanor Atwood Arnason (born 1942) is an American author of science fiction novels and short stories. From 1949 to 1961, Arnason and her parents lived in "Idea House #2," a futuristic dwelling built by the Walker Art Center. Arnason's earliest published story appeared in New Worlds in 1972. Her work often depicts cultural change and conflict, usually from the viewpoint of characters who cannot or ...more