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Old 05-03-2011, 06:04 PM   #9221
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Finished Victoria Strauss' sf/fantasy The Garden of the Stone, which explores the fallout from The Arm of the Stone a generation later.

Again, an interesting story which takes some unusual and unexpected routes to get to its destination and mildly contemplative regarding the nature of power and responsibility and choice and betrayal.

Recommended if you enjoyed the first book, which was a freebie last month.

Now onto another sf/fantasy, Christopher Stasheff's The Warlock In Spite of Himself, one of my Phoenix Pick purchases during last month's sale.

This edition includes a new "looking back" introduction by the author, which was a nice touch. Though I was thinking that it was not so much the technology in the book which was outdated, but the gender attitudes.

Apparently in the viewpoint character's internal narrative, women who don't act as he thinks they ought to and do what they will, of their own will for their own purposes instead, are all "bitches" bent on using their feminine wiles to lead a man around by not-his-nose. Unless they're properly soft and yielding and in helpless need of rescue by him, then they become okay.

Aside from that, mildly amusing borderline comical sfnal outsider dropped into a fantastic faux-medieval colony who've developed "magical" powers, with the intent of destabilizing their system of government and replacing it with FREEDOM and DEMOCRACY!!!!! Also incidentally maybe-thwarting a plot to destabilize the local system of government and replace it with totalitarianism from other, competing outside interests.

According to the intro, this was much more resonant in a Cold War context.
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