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The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce
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Oct 11, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: not-my-cup-of-tea, dragons, feministy
Read in October, 2002

I don't think I finished this. I really didn't like whatsherface (Alanna? Allana? whatever). And it irritated me that whatsherface showed up in like every other book this author wrote. I liked the other books, daggummit. But not stupid whatsherface.

EDIT: Okay, maybe I just wasn't ready to like Alanna when I read her as a youngster...reading her with my Enlightened College Graduate perspective, I found that she's not as unbearable. But she irks me for new reasons (i.e. her seemingly transgendered desire to repress her femininity in the first book and the way that this desire to be not-female only borders on transgendered and actually seems like a sort of female self-loathing, the way that her character is so infuriatingly likeable to other characters because of traits that are kind of feminine but also kind of more tomboyish and generally frustrating because they're so hard to place on a spectrum of gender-conformity and gender-rebellion given the aforementioned feminine self-loathing...) I think my initial mistrust/disdain for her stemmed from my bookworm alignment with the outcast/loner, and feeling of abandonment/jealousy (picking up the series midway) by the fact that the protagonist was successful, loved, respected, and generally good. Her perfection was like an affront to imperfect little me.
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