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Dark Light by Ken MacLeod
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Jun 04, 2008

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bookshelves: speculative-fiction
Read in January, 2006

I especially loved when gender stereotypes were broken. In one of the societies the books follow, someone is a child or a woman until they pass the test and become a man, which is defined as communing with the gods and hunting. So a young, skilled man remains a woman because he won't take the test, and some women act as men and are called men -- and this is reflected in the sexual situations in the book too. Another thing I didn't care for was the shifting tense parts of the book were written in -- I just flipped through Dark Light and spotted the change shifting from past to present to past again over the course of a few pages. But when I was actually reading it, I barely noticed that. Over the course of the books, alliances shift and change until you don't know who is on whose side -- or whether it really matters.
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