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World of May - The Ladies of Mandigyn- Barbara Hambly

Mar. 5th, 2013

10:21 am - The Ladies of Mandigyn- Barbara Hambly

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Loved this. Ladies being active. Ladies driving the plot. And it was written in the early eighties? How is this book more progressive than some fantasy coming out now? I’m not saying it’s perfect, there were a few things that bugged me but overall, it was awesome.

I think what I loved most was that Sun Wolf character development followed the one of Mandrigyn, the city he was trapped in. He started out with a pedestal type of misogyny, where women (if they were noticed) were only to be protected and coddled. Those few women who were warriors weren’t really women in his eyes, so much as men without penises. At the end of the book he really honestly respected the women of Mandrigyn and understood that not only were they not unique among women, but that they were just as capable as the men in his life. Further, he got rid of the idea that the women warriors he knew were men without penises and saw the one representative (Starhawk) as fully female and indeed recognized his love for her.

Basically this book was all about women being AWESOME while the men sort of stood around and went, oh yea hey look at those awesome ladies.

I mean there was this plot with an evil wizard and Sun Wolf getting magic powers and mage-zombies but mostly it was about the women being awesome.

What's killing me is that I have no idea how I missed this book while I was growing up. And I know I have this tendancy to forget books, but when I do that and re-read them unknowingly I remember about half-way through the book. Seriously though, I read EVERY fantasy book I could get my hands on when I was growing up. I read everything our library had, and they didn't have this one? Ok, yes small library. Still, I'm glad I found it now.

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From:lyssie
Date:March 6th, 2013 01:17 am (UTC)
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lol. Most of Hambly's early stuff was generally "Ladies do awesome things. Sometimes there's a mage or two that hitches a ride. Also, HAVE SOME WORLD-BUILDING. And it's probably REALLY COLD."

(I prefer the Windrose stuff, if only because Joaaannaaa and Kyra. Also, one day, I would like to go back in time and interrogate my younger self about what my initial impressions of Silicon Mage were, as they were entirely different than they are now, as I'd not read the first book at the time)

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From:the_jackalope
Date:March 6th, 2013 02:36 pm (UTC)
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That is good to know. Because LADIES BEING AWESOME. It's amazeballs. I just want to throw this book in the face of GRRM fans and say, this is how you do a medival fantasy where women are second class citizens and rape is fairly common and not have it coming out like a stupid RAPERAPERAPE fantasy.
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From:lyssie
Date:March 6th, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
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BWAHAHAHAH. ahahahah. Yeah, I've never been impressed with GRRM, and never ever will be. I'm sorry, I'll be in my corner re-reading some Barbara Hambly, and wishing it wasn't so bloody cold in all her books.

Also, if you ever read Dragonsbane (old married people fight a dragon), I recommend never reading the sequels.
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From:the_jackalope
Date:March 7th, 2013 02:09 am (UTC)
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Yup. I mean I like the HBO show mostly, but you'll never convince me to read the books. I tried the first one thanks. It was not my thing. So I'll be over there in your corner with you.

I haven't. Or at least it doesn't sound familiar right now. But I shall keep that in mind for future reference. Thanks.
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