30 September 2002

Reads & Listens, September 2002


The Rules for Marriage by Ellen Fein & Sherrie Schneider
Agree with whatever he says, do what ever he wants, and feel free to speak your own mind (as long as it agrees with his). Fuck that shit.

The Rules II by Ellen Fein & Sherrie Schneider
As a woman, your whole life is dedicated to getting and keeping a man. You are incomplete without a man. You must have a man. To get one, you must entrap him by following the Rules.

The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake
Raw, gritty, and much too good to put down. Read it all in one marathon session and then re-read the sections I twitched through.

Water: Book Two (Reunion) by Kara Dalkey
Nice play on the whole Lady of the Lake/Merlin & Nimue mythos.

Thrush Green by Miss Read
All Creatures Great & Small without the veterinary practice. Are Ella and Dimity the most horrible stereotype of a lesbian couple or what? Not as if most of the characters aren't stereotypes, anyway, but I find Ella and Dimity's to be particularly annoying. I know these are supposed to be "charming," "simple," and "gentle" reads, but I think I'll stick to James Herriot.

The V Book: A Doctor's Guide to Vulvovaginal Health by Elizabeth Stewart & Paula Spencer
Every woman should own a copy of this book. Every heterosexual man, too.

Mmm ... Christmas presents ...

Water: Book Three (Transformation) by Kara Dalkey
Too much happened in too little book. I'm reading along and stuff's happening happening happening and then *bang* here's the end and there's Merlin with King Arthur and I feel like I have whiplash it all happened so fast.

Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Less magical than The Mistress of the Spices, but still quite a fairy tale.

The Faded Sun: Kesrith & The Faded Sun: Shon'jir by C.J. Cherryh
Hard going in some places, but that's more due to Cherryh's style than to the content of the books. Her aliens are, after all, alien and so understanding some points requires close reading. Also, as there is very little that is light or humorous about these books, it can all get a bit depressing. On the other hand, considering the topics, how could there be anything light or humorous? Still, quite interesting and well worth the extra effort. If you want light science fiction, go read Anne McCaffrey.