[DWJ] Best Books of 2006

deborah.dwj at suberic.net deborah.dwj at suberic.net
Fri Dec 29 08:57:31 EST 2006

On Fri, 29 Dec 2006, Farah Mendlesohn wrote:
|I started to read backwards and realised that Bujold may be one of the
|most powerfully feminist writers we have in the field--all in these
|brightly colored military sf packages.

I am not a gender essentialist by any stretch of the imagination,
so I used to find Bujold's motherhood-centricism rather
off-putting.  I read it as a belief in some overwhelming heroism
of motherhood which is not a belief I share.  However, now that
Bujold's written far more outside the Vorkosigan-verse I've come
to believe  that it was less at trait of Bujold's writing than it
was a trait of Cordelia and a product of the technology and
culture of that universe.  I find Ista to be a refreshing
conterpoint to Cordelia in her perspective on motherhood and
self, and my love for Ista makes me love Cordelia the more.

"I assume that some great catastrophe has occured that would
require us to sit upon a weeping lady?"
	-- Loveday the butler, _Lady Dangerous_

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