he primary setting of the series seems to be a mysterious Library – a place that is all about finding “unique works of fiction and saving them in a place out of time and space”. The Library is treated as its own world, with its own laws and regulations, social hierarchy, treaties and agreements, and its own language. The protagonist, Irene, is a bisexual librarian spy turned detective whose job is to jump across alternative worlds and retrieve rare works of fiction for the Library. The book features rich worldbuildiong with characters of many races, professions and sexualities. It’s the first in a series that promise to deliver more noir librarian mysteries set in steampunk-y alternative worlds. Our main character has a strong sense of duty which conflicts with her desire to solve mysteries and learn more about the Library. The seeds of this conflict are planted in this first […]
The Honours doesn’t really fit into any categories. It’s a bit Lovecraft, a bit English folk horror, a bit school girl adventure. In fact the author has provided a tongue in cheek approved list of genres http://www.timclarepoet.co.uk/?p=2628 Set in the 1930s in a stately home in the east of England, Delphine, the 13 year old protagonist, has joined her parents living in some kind of commune. She is lonely, ignored and desperately trying to help her father who is suffering from PTSD since WW1. Delphine discovers tunnels under the house and overhears all kinds of things that make no sense to her. There are inexplicable & terrifying “things” living in the woods and whispers of a coming war but only the game keeper shares Delphine’s concerns. Delphine herself is great: fierce, always brave despite her terror, intelligent, resourceful, but desperately lonely. She’s also a crack shot with any antique firearm […]
It’s about a teenage girl rising to a traditionally male position of power, and how her mother and other allies have to navigate a treacherous power struggle – but beyond that, it features a sizeable number of women as main characters and doesn’t force them to be good or evil, or portray them in a shining light. They are flawed, well-fleshed out women, and they do and act on what they feel is best for their country or personal interests. They are not paragons, or tropes; they are women with agency.
This book is #2 in the Kelsey Porter series, a series about a brilliant and resourceful young woman who must confront her spiritual past to help solve problems in her present life.
I have read several literature in relation to gender equality. But this is my first time reading a story in relation to gender roles or gender equality that is based on the Asian culture and practices. I hope this story will be a reminder or eye opener about how people are at times being treated according to their gender.
Besides the “author” using more than one gender-neutral pen name to highlight the difficulties of female writers in our culture, the main characters must re-evaluate gender identity. One character, Odys, gains a female Automaton who is an extension of himself (meaning, he has two bodies and one is now female).
Fátima is the woman who talks to God and who convinces Jesus to return to earth to defuse the conflict between JFK and Castro.
My thoughts on heroines: http://itsanightmare.blogspot.com/2014/09/my-kick-ass-heroine-just-wants-to-be.html Book 2 out in Feb 2015! An Amazon reader review: 5.0 out of 5 stars breath-stealing masterpiece October 26, 2014 By Merrick Hansen Format:Paperback This novel has me hooked. Quinn manages to take science fiction and fantasy, familiar post-apocalyptic themes, and blend them into something indescribably breathtaking. It’s like a trip down the rabbit hole. The very first scene had my heart pounding, and I don’t think that feeling subsided. I read this all in one day and I feel like I’m still lingering in the world Quinn so masterfully created. Honestly more fantastic than the more popular YA series I have read and scene turned into movies, I hope Quinn’s series garners so much more attention and soon. I feel honored to have read this novel and I’ll be spreading it like wildfire! This world of dreams and nightmares is absolutely unforgettable.
STONEHILL DOWNS introduces AVANI, an orphaned hedge witch making a life for herself in a foreign land. She’s self-confidant, stubborn, fallible, and human – just like any other good fantasy protagonist.
Shanti distinguishes herself as a competent leader in a man’s world, but she soon realizes that other women achieve success without first having to prove their worth. As the author, much of this story is my fight against the usual female tropes of fantasy. Shanti battles the coming-of-age princess with magical powers whom she deems unfit to rule, AND she battles a woman who’s more interested in looking like a warrior than being one.