[epub] Sisters of the Revolution A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology AUTHOR Ann VanderMeer
F but overall didn t particularly stick with me or anything The Glass Bottle Trick by Nalo Hopkinson 55 Terrifying and I How to Stop Feeling So Damn Depressed: The No Bs Guide for Men love it First of all I tend to just reallyike retellings of Bluebeard because I think that they offer these really interesting insights into relationships especially ones that can very easily escalate into abusive relationships Every Two-Hour Party Cakes little detail added by the author was really interesting and special the race aspect his anger over thingsike the air conditioning and the glass bottle all of it was truly exceptional Their Mother s Tears The Fourth Letter by Leena Krohn 25 Of the two most explicitly about mothers the Mothers of Shark Island stuck with me a Peter lot Mostly I didn t get it It went over my head as I said I m not uite smart enough to appreciate all of these yet I aspire to get there and have my opinions change The Screwfly Solution by James Tiptree Jr 55 This story is so incredible Gripping and remarkable and terrifying and One of my favorites if not my very favorite of the entire anthology The fear and the idea of this disease that just takes over a person and how Alan tried to desperately to fight against it Ioved the Empty Your Cup: Why We Have Low Self-Esteem and How Mindfulness Can Help (Self-Compassion Book 1) letters and how the entire world was really freaking out about this thing it felt realer than some of others despite being dated It really created a world in an admirable way for such a shortittle story It also truly packed a punch And kind of Bids, Tenders and Proposals: Winning Business Through Best Practice (Bids, Tenders Proposals: Winning Business Through Best) like The Glass Bottle Trick Ioved the titular element of the Screwfly Solution Amazing Love Seven Losses of na Re by Rose Lemberg 45 Beautifully written and well put together with powerful images and wonderful ideas Also this story was grounded in history and reality in a different way from many others from this collection and I appreciated that Leading Cultural Change: The Theory and Practice of Successful Organizational Transformation layer The Evening and the Morning and the Night by Octavia E Butler 55 Huge huge fan This is another story that I reallyiked and have remembered which to some degree is kind of how I know which of these I really Strategic Procurement liked If I ve forgotten it it probably didn t have that huge of an impact on me The relationship between the narrator and her boyfriend is really intriguing and complex the whole premise is SOOOO intriguing to me and I kind of want to check out all of the books that Ms Butler mentioned at the very end of the story Loved it The Sleep of Plants by Anne Richter 155 Just not it for me Skimmed it and kind of forgot what was happening while I was reading The Men Who Live in Trees by Kelly Barnhill 355 A very intriguing story Iiked the style with excerpts from the journal kind of interspersed throughout and just the general narrative voice The idea of becoming part of a new family and getting past the mother in aw was discussed in a way I don t think that it was in any of the other stories in here Also I just iked the premise again and that can kind of go pretty far for me Tales from the Breast by Hiromi Goto 45 I hope that this is not what everyone s experience breast feeding is Die Neurobiologie des Glücks: Wie die Positive Psychologie die Medizin verändert (German Edition) like but I did really enjoy this and found it to be incredibly poignant Gorgeously written and illuminating some interesting relationship dynamics painful and well put together Very good The Fall River Axe Murders by Angela Carter 255 Very interesting premise but the actual action and composition of the story didn t appeal to me uite as much I was also unfamiliar with the history that this short story was based on so that might have also decreased my enjoyment aittle bit I wish that we also witnessed of the actual murder and aftermath and not just the buildup Love and Sex Among the Invertebrates by Pat Murphy 35 Interesting and cool with a Meditieren mit Musik und Klngen: Inspiration Nada Yoga little bit of pain kind of sprinkled on top Not sure I entirely agree with or understand the overall message of the story but still enjoyed the reading experience When It Changed by Joanna Russ 355 Super super interesting take on the idea of splitting up the binary genders and then The Two Together two togetheriked the family aspect of this story but the rest of it wasn t as powerful for me Also I do kind of get a MasterCases in Spine Surgery little uncomfortable with the idea of men as a pure and unadulterated evil I don t know The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet by Vandana Singh 25 These women as didn t really work for me unfortunately Aittle bit too much meaning for me to really Physik fr Mediziner latch on and appreciate what they had to offer I m sure that they re amazing for some just not for me Gestella by Susan Palwick 55 This was beautiful and devastating The controlling nature of the relationship and just basically every element of the story kind of broke my heart but I still adored it How she was tamed justimited in every single way and not allowed any agency in her own Keepers Compendium life Ioved this I think this is my actual favorite Spectacular Boys by Carol Emshwiller 255 Fine interesting world but overall didn t really strike me in any particular ways Stable Strategies for Middle Management by Eileen Gunn 45 Super cool idea well executed uniue in this anthology of very uniue stories and at The Man with the Golden Gun (James Bond role-playing game) [Box Set] least the general idea has remained with me and is at the top of my head when I sat down to write this So this is to say that Iiked it and it worked well but wasn t necessarily the best in my opinion Northern Chess by Tanith Lee 255 I very much RckenYoga: Die DVD liked the very end of this story and the moral or kind of ending message type thing but the rest of it really wasn t my cup of tea I mean it was fine but just really didn t stick out to me and I kind of rushed my way through because I just wanted it to be over That being said I was very pleasantly surprised by the ending Aunts by Karin Tidback 25 So I don t know exactly what happened here I definitely meshed aot better with the ones that were Schmerzmedizin - 1000 Fragen less out there This was definitely cool and interesting but I didn t get aot out of it or enjoy it all that much Sur by Ursula K Le Guin 255 Definitely not as enad with this one as I really wanted to be as I know that Ms Le Guin is definitely one of the most influential writers of the genre I Psychologische Homöopathie. liked the relationships between them all butike the adventure type and The Viva Mayr Diet: 14 days to a flatter stomach and a younger you like wilderness I don t know it just really wasn t for me Fears by Pamela Sargent 35 Kind of difficult to read but still a good story in my opinion Again very interesting premise though Detours on the Way to Nothing by Rachel Swirsky 55 REALLYiked this story about people projecting their desires onto others especially women in this case and not Aviation Logistics: The Dynamic Partnership of Air Freight and Supply Chain letting those people have their own identities apart from how others construct them Anyway I really appreciated aot about this story even when it was kind of heartbreaking and difficult to read Thirteen Ways of Looking at SpaceTime by Catherynne M Valente 35 I mean to be fair I didn t understand a R High Performance Programming lot of the science y parts they just kind of went over my head so I basically skimmed those parts Iiked the idea of putting together these creation myths with science stuff but really the part which was most impactful for me were the parts where she wrote about the science fiction writer which was a ot ike what I was Scala for Java Developers looking for Home by the Sea by Elisabeth Vonarburg 255 I didn t get anything out this really Like I mooking back at it now and obviously it was the The Qur'an, Morality and Critical Reason: The Essential Muhammad Shahrur last one that I read so it should be fresh in my mind but I m not really rememberingots Average not bad but not exceptional or one of the ones from this that will really stick with me for a while A very interesting collection 88. 0s to the present day the collection seeks to expand the conversation about feminism while engaging the reader in a wealth of imaginative idea. I ove the idea behind this anthology sci fifantasy stories written by women from many different places and times coming together to form a multi faceted view of feminism It was an exciting combination of authors old favorites some I d been meaning to check out and several I d never heard of before There were some compelling and thought provoking stories in here but overall I found it a bit tedious Part of the reason is that despite the variety of settings and styles there s a dearth of themes I felt that I was reading the same story over and over again the patriarchy abusing and oppressing women with grim conseuences While I realize that this theme is an important part of feminist fiction reading so many similar stories back to back Heaven to Betsy lessens the impact of each one I would haveoved to see a few stories focused on say female friendship or gasp men and women treating each other with respect The overall presentation and editing of the book is mixed I So B. It liked the author mini biographies that prefaced each story but really disliked the one sentence take home messages that were tacked on to the end I would think that any reader inclined to pick up this book would be capable of identifying such themes and messages for themselves without having to be told that the moral of the story isWith that said there were a few stories that did stand out The Mothers of Shark Island by Kit Reed If I were to recommend just one story from this book it would be this one It s about how we treat and think about our mothers It s heartbreaking and universal written in a graceful and eerie style reminiscent of The Handmaid s Tale The Grammarian s Five Daughters by Eleanor Arnason A smart funny fairy tale about howanguage shapes the world and how even the most maligned parts of Cabaret language have importance and power Being in the style of a fairytale the characters weren t especially well developed but the story is than delightful enough to make up for thatThe Screwfly Solution by James Tiptree Jr aka Alice Bradley Sheldon I have always held that if you want inspiration for a truly mind bending dystopian societyook no further than the ives of the plants and animals in your own back yard This story ooks at how humans interact with unwanted parts of the natural world and then takes those interactions to the Forbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism logical nextevel And a few of the weaker storiesMy Flannel Knickers by Leonora Carrington I m not usually one to complain about Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice lack of plot or about world building thateaves open uestions but this was a bit of an extreme example And Salome Dances by Kelley Eskridge This story is basically about how the narrator comes to realize that trans people exist Not exactly speculative fiction Sur by Ursula K Le Guin Le This is a really excellent and diverse collection of sci fi and fantasy stories with a feminist slant A En plein coeur lot of the stories as might be expected are dystopian but not all There is a good mix of well known andesser known authors and there are many stories in translation too As with any anthology I enjoyed some stories a The Bookshop on the Shore lot than others but the overall uality was very high and I would recommend this anthology to anyone who enjoys speculative fiction Sadly overall the impression I ameft with is that I simply do not ike anthologies all that much Some standout stories Some ok stories and some very weak ones Still I am convinced than ever that I just have to get my behind in gear and finally read Octavia Butler Authors in this collection I have read before Leonora CarringtonOctavia E ButlerAngela CarterPat MurphyJoanna RussTanith LeeUrsula K Le Guin All the other authors L Timmel DuchampKit ReedNnedi OkoraforEleanor ArnasonKelley EskridgeAng ica GorodischerNalo HopkinsonLeena KrohnJames Tiptree Le Guin All the other authors L Timmel DuchampKit ReedNnedi OkoraforEleanor ArnasonKelley EskridgeAng The Art of Memoir lica GorodischerNalo HopkinsonLeena KrohnJames Tiptree LembergAnne RichterKelly BarnhillHiromi GotoVandana SinghSusan PalwickCarol EmshwillerEileen GunnKarin TidbeckPamela SargentRachel SwirskyCatherynne M ValenteElisabeth VonarburgClearly I need to do readingThis is a pretty solid collection The authors I were already familiar with did not disappoint and I came across some new to me authors that I want to check out in detail now Kit Reed Hiromi Goto to name just a couple and reminders to read the ones I ve heard of but have not read previously James Tiptree Jr Catherynne M Valente to name a couple againWhat wasovely about this collection is that it is not entirely Anglo There are writers from several different countries here and while their agendas may be similar their stories are not which made for an exciting read throughout With any collection or anthology there are some stories that are better than others and this is no different But I appreciated that each of these women were given a voice in a genre or classification of a genre if you want to be specific that do not always get as much attention and that other cultures were represented hereSome of these stories were written in the 70s such as Joanna Russ s When It Changed For those of us who recently read The Female Man When It Changed will be familiar because Russ wrote again about Whileaway the utopian society in which men died out from a plague specific only to menfolk some 800 years ago When It Changed was written about three years before The Female Man so I think This is an interesting and well curated anthology that brought me into contact with several authors I haven t read or even heard of beforeAs with nearly all anthologies it was a combination of hit and miss but there are much stories that intrigued me than ones that The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life left me with a shoulder shrugThe stories that stood out to me wereThe Palm Tree Bandit by Nnedi Okorafor is a delightful story about the unusual beginning of a myth Iove Okorafor s prose and her down to earth charactersThe Grammarian s Five Daughters by Eleanor Arnason is a uite innovative kind of story a fairy tale kind of narration about several sisters who go out and conuer the world with grammar One of my absolute highlights in this selection and a new to me author whom
I Put High Up On put high up on must read of istThe Screwfly Solution by James Tiptree Jr is a very bleak view on the future yet nonetheless fascinating to readThe evening and the morning and the night by Octavia Butler is a story about her pet topic self determination and the oss thereof Like all of her stories absolutely fascinating for me She always hits my innermostThe woman who thought she was a planet by Vandana Singh is a ovely surrealistic story A new to me author whom I fortunately already have on my TBR istThirteen ways of PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition looking at spacetime by Catherynne M Valente is together with Karin Tidbeck s Aunts the most weird story of this collection I was fascinated by this very different kind of creation story Valente is another new discovery that I must pursueHome by the Sea by Elisabeth Vonarburg ended the collection on a beautiful poetic and hopeful note with this story about an artificial being FavoritesMy Flannel Knickers by Leonora Carrington which actually made me physically dizzy which was a new one on meThe Grammarian s Five Daughters by Eleanor Arnason reallyoved this one Will be reading Arnason soonThe Forbidden Words of Margaret A by L Timmel DuchampThe Fall River Axe Murders by Angela Carter which prompted me to spend the next 5 hours researching Lizzie BordenandBoys by Carol EmshwillerPlus of course the James Tiptree Jr and Octavia Butler stories but those I had read before A Sisters of the Revolution gathers a highly curated selection of feminist speculative fiction science fiction fantasy horror and chosen by one. .
Ood collection of science fiction and fantasy short stories from a wide range of authors I enjoyed a number of the stories all of which had a feminist slant Some stories were scary commentaries on gender relations while one in particular gave me a few chuckles the one about the grammarian I Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography liked the editors picks First of all I wouldike to award myself a medal for FINALLY making it through one of the anthologies on my VanderMeer shelf It is one of the slimmer collections but I have been saying I will do this for several years It took one of my reading groups declaring February the month of revolution and I decided this was as good of a time as any to work through these storiesThere is a wide range of stories here wide in theme and in time period some old enough to give tastes of old school speculative fiction and some much contemporary feeling Some were already old friends The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, like the Tiptree and some were complete discoveries of both author and story I appreciate that the VanderMeers do not always pick the top 20 female authors top 20 stories of speculative fiction and that instead there is a wide range of expected and surprise I also definitely noticed the threads joining the stories together and how naturally they flowed from one to the nextMy favoritesThe Forbidden Words of Margaret A by L Timmel Duchamp The Mothers of Shark Island by Kit ReedThe Screwfly Solution By James Tiptree Jr The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet by Vandana SinghStable Strategies for Middle Management by Eileen Gunn Iaughed out oud several times with this oneThirteen Ways of Looking at SpaceTime by Catherynne M Valente even with the difficult subject matterI enjoyed reading a story by Leonora Carrington even if it didn t rank in my favorites because I have another short story collection of hers that I m ooking forward to reading ater this year Other favorite authors that I was happy to read of even if those stories were also not my favorites include Octavia Butler Angela Carter Nalo Hopkinson and Ursula K LeGuin An exemplary collection of feminist speculative fiction with a nice combination of contemporary and classic authors Although as with all anthologies some stories appeal than others there wasn t a story here that I felt didn t belong Disclaimer I was a Kickstarter backer for this project which really just means I paid for my copy uite a bit in advanceStories that especially stood out for meThe Forbidden Words of Margaret A by L Timmel DuchampSpeculative egal fiction about a woman seemingly ordinary but the power of whose words are so intense the Constitution has been amended to stop herThe Screwfly Solution by James Tiptree JrBest The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl lastine everGestella by Susan PalwickWhat if a werewolf fell in ove with a human How would that actually workWhen It Changed by Joanna RussA classic that I should have known already powerfulThe Evening and the Morning and the Night by Octavia ButlerA horrifying new disease human created and the issues of stigma and treatment which sounds maybe dull but is incredibly not soThe Grammarian s Five Daughters by Eleanor ArnasonA fairy tale to make an English professor smile A otIn addition to these writers there s Ursula LeGuin Angela Carter Nalo Hopkinson Nnedi Okorafor Carol Emshwiller Eileen Gunn Karin Tidbeck and many others If you re interested in speculative fiction from a feminist view point this is a must have This book is something of a challenge for me I picked it up because it has the word feminist on the cover and is an anthology something that I find significantly easier to read during the school year because I can review in parts I would ike to make it clear that I will not understand some of the works included in this anthology and I hope you will not judge me for this I will rate each piece on my enjoyment of it but in this book than any other my opinions might be very wrong I do not intend to offend by
my words but regard this book as a earning experience for me and one I will try my best words but regard this book as a Hannah Montana: The Movie learning experience for me and one I will try my best take advantage of Some of the pieces in this collection were really important and well done and spectacular and I will remember them for aong time In some other pieces I was significantly ess pleased and there were a good amount right in the middle Overall I m very glad that I read this collection and recommend it to anyone interested in getting into the genre The below discussions will not mention any
Major Spoilers For The Stories spoilers for the stories may contain some minor ones Proceed with caution The Forbidden Words of Margaret A by L Timmel Duchamp 355 I feel ike this work really went over my head I mean I iked it but I felt ike there was a ot right there beneath the surface that I truly wasn t picking up on That being said the premise is incredible I am just overcome with the desire to know what Margaret A said I cannot fully express how much I just want to know and the writing is wonderful and totally fits the mood of the piece The uality of the censorship in even denying her a ast name a uality I find particularly interesting given the author s decision to represent her first name as just an initial just as Margaret A s Cardiovascular Pet: Current Concepts last name becomes just an initial is a terrifying but also b so incredibly intriguing I must know about this government and this woman and she is such a sad enigmatic person This storyeft me wanting but also kind of embarrassed that I don t feel ike I read it ike I should ve My Flannel knickers by eonora carrington 155 so i just by Leonora Carrington 155 So I just have no idea what happened basically a theme for this book if you were wondering I mean it s definitely very pretty but I felt the whole time feeling ike I was playing catch up towards something I would never truly understand For me this wasn t that great despite the really kind of wonderful start Also I The Best Four Years: How to Survive and Thrive in College (and Life) loved how it came full circle and even I playing some intense catch up could begin to make some connections and glimpses The Mothers of Shark Island by Kit Reed 45 So I reallyiked this one Of course I didn t understand a ot and was kind of out of it at times but also I really iked it Now though I haven t ever been a mother I m a The Time of the Hunters Moon little sad about the nature of motherhood in this piece which is basically justike a thankless terrible job Still it s very gripping and even pretty at times The Palm Tree Bandit by Nnedi Okorafor 255 First story I could actually understand the majority of Sweet and cute and all that but didn t really resonate with me or contribute to my understanding of this collection Enjoyed it but nothing all that special for me The Grammarian s Five Daughters by Eleanor Arnason 455 Really Vegas Vacation (Destination: Desire, loved this one I mean a it s about grammar and the power of words and b it s toldike a fairytale and I just adore fairytales In some ways ike the selling of words it reminds me a ot of Dos Palabras by Isabel Allende Any story that appreciates story and words has great value in my book And Salome Danced by Kelley Eskridge 255 I m marginally conflicted about this one Like I definitely didn t dislike it by any means but also it really didn t stand out to me at all I found it remarkable only in that it mentions the theater and I really ike the theater and it provides a ittle bit of insight into the casting process etc but I didn t Stepdog love it The Perfect Married Woman by Angica Gorodischer 25 I don t remember this one even after reading through it Interesting mentions of the murders and stuf. Of the most respected editorial teams in speculative iterature today the award winning Ann and Jeff VanderMeer Including stories from the 197. ,