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25 July 2004 @ 10:01 pm
Books read last week  
"The Ice People" by Maggie Gee (Library. A story about a man's life and society falling apart, both due to the encroaching ice and due to the widening distance between men and women. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, if I'd known in advance that it was about gender roles in society I probably wouldn't've picked it up, in case it was a militant femnazi story. But I'm glad I did read it. I think one of the messages that Gee was conveying was that the 'we don't need men, they're all scum and all women will have better lives without them' attitude of the hardline feminist is as damaging to society as a whole and the individuals within it (both male and female) as the male chauvinist attitudes that it is a reaction to.)

"Gardens of the Moon: A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen" by Steven Erikson (New. Very good. Fantasy in an original world, with characters that all felt real, on all sides of the conflicts in the story - the author seamlessly moved between viewpoints, and like George R. R. Martin no-one and no side was totally evil or totally good, everything was shades of grey.)

"Wizardry Compiled" by Rick Cook (Baen Free Library. Fluff, pure and simple. Second in a series. Silicon Valley geeks go to world where magic can be made to work like programming, fun and games ensue. Including more in-jokes than I noticed, I'm sure. Nothing earth-shattering, but a nice read when still more than a little hungover.)
 
 
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