[DWJ] Best Books of 2006

Robyn Starkey rohina at shaw.ca
Sat Dec 30 01:31:16 EST 2006

deborah.dwj at suberic.net wrote:

>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 think Ista is quite possibly Bujold's best character. It is my 
admiration of her (and that book) that made me so pissed off about the 
Hallowed Hunt and that stupid Sharing Knife book. I feel like she needs 
some teacherly person to say to her "you can do better than this. Should 
try harder."


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