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10:05 pm: Book review post for April (part 1)

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From:[info]ex_artifice535
Date:April 29th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)

Re: BIG BOOK-ASS DESTROYING SPOILERS FOR DUST

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I'm very very glad to see I wasn't the only one bothered by Dust's handling of sexuality, when every other reviewer I've seen seemed to enjoy it. I keep going back to Bear's books because the worldbuilding is so awesome and full of potential, and then I bounce off the characterization and remember why I had a problem with her writing in the first place.

And I am so sick of how I can't think of a single sff novel with a lesbian character, no matter how minor, in which said character doesn't die tragically. Gay men might get to survive after sufficient angst and bad hurt/comfort fic tragedy, but lesbians? nuh-uh.
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From:[info]limyaael
Date:April 29th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)

Re: BIG BOOK-ASS DESTROYING SPOILERS FOR DUST

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I haven't actually seen many reviews that comment on the sexuality aspect of Dust, though one referred to "lesbian chic." I have seen several that felt the characters were distant and unreal, however.

But yes, very very bothered. In Blood and Iron, I was bothered by other aspects of the plot as well, and in Carnival it could almost be excused because the lesbian couple were such background characters. Dust, though, shows a trend I really dislike and am wary of.

I keep going back to Bear's books because the worldbuilding is so awesome and full of potential, and then I bounce off the characterization and remember why I had a problem with her writing in the first place.

I think this may be my problem, too, and I'll just have to accept it. The only one of her novels I liked unreservedly was New Amsterdam. With all the others, there's always a wall that keeps me from enjoyment. Normally not quite as severe a one as it was with Dust.

The Female Man by Joanna Russ has lesbian characters who don't die. But yeah, outside feminist science fiction the number is very small.
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From:[info]ide_cyan
Date:April 29th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)

Re: BIG BOOK-ASS DESTROYING SPOILERS FOR DUST

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SFF titles with lesbians who live: Nicola Griffith's Ammonite and Slow River and Kelley Eskridge's Solitaire. Melissa Scott's Trouble and Her Friends. Um, it's been a while, but I think that James Tiptree, Jr.'s Up the Walls of the World sort of qualifies, for very SFnal values of "living". These are the ones I can think of off the top of my head, but there are others, I'm sure, even if I can't think of specific examples or don't know them. (Tanya Huff, Laurie J. Marks are likely authors.)


Alsy, try the FSF Wiki; this page, for instance, though it doesn't specify whether they live:
http://wiki.feministsf.net/index.php?title=List_of_lesbian_characters_in_SF
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