For November’s #ReadWomenSF, we’ll be reading Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson (see blurb below). We had three top books to choose from, though, all picked out for us by @janeoreilly, and they’re definitely worth a look; I’ve left their blurbs and whatnot below, too, if you’d like to add them to your TBR lists.
We’ll be meeting for our Twitter chat at 8pm (GMT) on Monday 26th November – simply follow the hashtag #ReadWomenSF or follow me @gemtodd. This will be our last meet up of 2018 as we’ll break for Christmas and meet again in the new year. Anyone without Twitter, feel free to leave your comments on this blog post, on my twitter, or over on my Facebook page and I’ll be sure to add your thoughts to our discussion.
Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
The rich and privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways–farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest of bodies, and so they prey upon the helpless of the streets. With nowhere to turn, a young woman must open herself to ancient truths, eternal powers, and the tragic mystery surrounding her mother and grandmother. She must bargain with gods, and give birth to new legends.
The Quantum Rose by Catherine Asaro
Nebula Award-winning book.
Available blurb: A new chapter in the Saga of the Skolian Empire finds Kamoj Quanta Argali, a young noblewoman, agreeing to marry a powerful stranger in order to save her people from starvation, in a novel that first appeared in serial form in Analog. Reprint.
The Gate to Women’s Country by Sheri S. Tepper
The Gate to Women’s Country tells of a society that exists three hundred years after our own has nearly destroyed itself. Now, male warriors are separated from women at an early age and live in garrisons plotting futilely for the battles which must never be fought again. Inside the women’s towns, education, arts and science flourish. But for some like Stavia, there is more to see. Her sojourn with the man she is forbidden to love brings into sharp focus the contradictions that define their lives.
And when tragedy strikes, Stavia is faced with a decision she never thought she would make – a decision that could forever change their world …
The Gate to Women’s Country is a novel that rivals Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in scope, impact, and the sheer power of its storytelling.