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The Shore of Women
The Shore of Women: The Classic Work of Feminist Science Fiction | Pamela Sargent
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This classic work of feminist science fiction finds the world reordered. Following a nuclear holocaust, women have used advanced technology to expel men from their cities, bringing them back only for purposes of loveless reproduction under the guise of powerful goddesses. When one young woman, Birana, questions her societys deception, she finds herself exiled amongst the very men she has been taught to scorn. As Birana and her reluctant male protector Arvil grow closer, their feelings for each other just might mend their fractured worldif they somehow manage to survive.
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bookishbitch
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I read this so long ago but it has stuck with me. So I bought a 1st edition off eBay. (Even though I'm not usually a fan of hardcovers.) I'll have to give this a re-read and see what I might have missed the 1st time around.

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It can b argued that in Arvil & Biranas story gender equality is shown through cruelty, that men & women are both vile & evil creatures in their own right, but it's not easy to compare their cruelties. What's worse: death or a life of torture? (Can you guess what the female & male counterpart of that statement is?)
I loved TSOW, it was a bit wordy at times but how harshly beautiful this "love" story was & the debates this book could bring on WOW

JenniferEgnor @Come-read-with-me have you read this? 2y
bookishbitch I also really loved this, and I still think about it. And I also agree, it had some parts that could have been edited down a bit. I don't know why it isn't more well known. 2y
Jerlynn I agree @bookishbitch it should definitely be talked about more, I hadn't even heard of it until a few months ago which is an absolute crime 2y
Come-read-with-me I haven‘t but will! Stacked it. 2y
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bookishbitch
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I was excited to see this in my favorite indie bookstore. I read this a while ago on my kindle and really enjoyed it. It has such an interesting plot. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys sci-fi. I'm not sure why it is considered "feminist" sci-fi though.

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Think 1984 + Brave New World + Clan of the Cave Bear. It was an interesting look at human behavior. Not a feminist book if feminism is defined as women are equal to men in value. This book put the value squarely on women. I found it an interesting read and left me with points to ponder. Even though I compared it to others in the beginning, it had a very unique story. She could have used a better editor. Some parts were long and didn't flow well.

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bookishbitch
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This passage resonated with me. I'm finding this book quite interesting. I had no idea how long it was when I began though.

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Owlizabeth
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First time I've used Amazon's "add audible edition" - absolutely worth the extra $1.99! I might have to spring for a few more....

Mayread I think it's the way to get through 24in48 and not have your life in shambles. 6y
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