November 28th, 2005

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Turkey poll

Most people I know like dark meat turkey, and we all squabble over the dark meat while the humongous breast sits forlorn. So why do they breed them to have so much white meat? Is it because of YOU?

Poll #621819 Turkey poll

White meat or dark meat?

White meat
Dark meat
Don't care
Just hand over the turkey and no one gets hurt
Don't eat turkey
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Geek novels written by women

via hfnuala

I've bolded the ones I've read.

I'm willing to listen to arguments why I should read the ones I haven't read.

The Earthsea Trilogy - Ursula Le Guin
[I have always wanted to be Ursula K. Le Guin when I grew up.]
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And now to add to the list. (I've read all of these.)

Emma Bull, Bone Dance ["a fantasy for technophiles"]
Elizabeth Moon, Remnant Population [a bit of a stretch geek-wise, but the protagonist is kinda "my kind of geek"]
Joanna Russ, The Female Man [geeky because so erudite]
Robin McKinley, Beauty [geeky because protagonist is geeky]
Vonda N. McIntyre, The Moon and the Sun [geeky because well researched]
Elizabeth Moon, The Speed of Dark [geeky because of subject matter]
Carol Emshwiller, Carmen Dog [a bit of a stretch geek-wise, but I like it so much I couldn't leave it out]
R.A. McAvoy, Tea w/ Black Dragon [geeky because of some plot elements]
Eleanor Arnason, A Woman of the Iron People [geeky because well researched]
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more geek woman reading

hfnuala pointed us to this full entry about geeky books written by women:
It includes a shortlist of 21 (which I posted about here) and "a long list of all the suggested works (122)"

So here I go again with the "bolding stuff I've read".
And as always I'm open to hearing arguments why I should read the ones I haven't read.

Geek Books by Women: A Long List (122)

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A non-answer to why I hated The Handmaid's Tale

Several people asked why I hated The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

I'm afraid I'm one of those people who tends to forget the details of books, movies, and such. As time passses, eventually I can only remember the mood I was in when I read/watched/listened to it and a general affection or dislike of it. The only thing I can remember about The Handmaid's Tale is that it depressed me in such a way that just depressed me.

To unpack that: A lot of books depress me but I like them anyway because I think the author has gotten at some essential truth that I don't often see gotten at, and the fact that we share this viewpoint gives me hope and makes me feel not-alone, even if it's a depressing viewpoint.

I didn't get that sense with The Handmaid's Tale - which isn't to say the author didn't get at any essential truth (given how many smart feminist people like the book, she must have), but just that I didn't pick up on it at the time I read it.