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Winterlong by Elizabeth Hand
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Jan 25, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction

Stylistically, Hand is a good writer. Yes, her characters are a bit lacking in dimension and her much of the book is unnecessary to the plot. But what really disturbed me was the gratuitous suffering she puts her characters (and walk-ons) through. It's more sadistic voyeurism than drama. Seriously, don't read this book if you have PTSD and written depictions of torture are triggering.

Also, like Waking the Moon, the plot revolved around the perceived dichotomy between the Masculine Principle and the Feminine Principle in religion. Unlike Waking the Moon, Winterlong presents the Feminine Principle as Good and the Masculine Principle as Evil. Way too simplistic.

Still, it's her first book.
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January 25, 2011 – Shelved as: fiction

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