I posted the feminist essay on The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms that I warned you was coming last week:
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The Hundred Thousand
Kingdoms and the Three Feminist Complaints

Jemisin is clearly trying very hard to write a story with a feminist angle to it--
the world is imbalanced largely due to the death of the only goddess; Nahadoth, our love interest, was a gender-fluid deity; most of the major players are female; Yeine comes from a matriarchal tribe of warrior-women—but in none of these cases does she take the story quite far enough. In falling short, she actually draws attention to these flaws, causing great irritation in those of us who care about this sort of thing.

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I copied the micro-review and recommendations from the end of my discussion of Stephen King's On Writing (published last week in the Writing section) over into the Reading section, to make them easier to find:

                        Quick Review: 
            Stephen King's On Writing

Finally, I fiddled with the Categories of my Reading posts to make them more intuitive and user-friendly; since the sidebar list automatically alphabetizes them, they're now structured into the type of tag they are (ex: "Author: N. K. Jemisin" will be listed right before "Author: Stephen King"; "Genre: Fantasy" is followed by "Genre: Fantasy Sub: High Fantasy," and will eventually be followed by "Genre: Fantasy Sub: Urban Fantasy." See how much more useful that will be in the long run? Check it out if you don't believe me.

Anyway, that's all for this week -- next time will be a review of Brandon Sanderson's The Rithmatist, and possibly some of my thoughts on revising (though I may save those for the week after; no promises). See you then!

 


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