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Submitted by a little night ... on

by Sara Paretsky

In 1989 Paretsky took a break from writing the V.I. Warshawski series, and this, one of two (so far) non-Warshawski novels, emerged. Ghost Country is populated with women and girls: homeless women, older women, orphans, unloved, unpretty, or those trying to make themselves so inoffensive and pretty that they won't trigger the dangerous feelings of the (relatively few) men around, men who have all of the power. The one exception to this schema is the mysterious Starr, who appear to be a personification of a Sumerian deity, or is she?

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Submitted by a little night ... on

Votermom asked me to post this question:

I wanted some suggestions on how to tag tortured main characters? What's a good way to tag those novels that have the main characters go through really harrowing experiences? (like Robin Hobb's or Diana Norman's MCs, frex). I want to tag the books on my goodreads list, so the tag has to be understandable to other people browsing books. I don't want to use the word "torture" because I don't mean literal POW torture, or the word calvary or gethsemane because that is confusing with Christian lit.

Any ideas?

Submitted by gob on

This book will be useful because it will blow your mind.

I can't believe I didn't know about Angela Carter until after she died.

Young British dickhead travels from post-apocalyptic NYC to southwestern desert where he is transformed by the Mother Goddess into a fertile woman. There follow a number of experiences women will not be surprised at, all in a magical realist mode. The more mythology you know, the more fun you'll have, but you'll have fun anyway.

I could not put this down, and kept saying to myself, zowie, this is unbelievably good.

It's a measure of our culture's androcentrism that the works of dudes like Roth and Updike are touted as universal (I won't dispute their ability as writers, but really, wanking is universal?) while Angela Carter remains invisible.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

I'm looking for some light reading suggestions. My soccer league finishes up next week and I won't be playing in an organized way again until the end of the summer. I'll be getting back to my hour+ cardio extravaganzas and will be requiring some very light reading to fill up that time. My cardio tends to be very intense so I don't really want anything that requires much effort to follow. Any suggestions?

Submitted by lambert on

Or PG Wodehouse.

If you want something really silly, try the Jeeves short stories. They're light as meringue, but the prose style is wonderful.

Submitted by gob on

Especially the early ones: Lament for a Maker, Hamlet Revenge, ...

Good times. Books that make me wish for selective amnesia so I could read them the first time again.