Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gender in Fantasy and SciFi Challenge (2012)

I am not entirely sure about challenges for 2012, but Eva was very excited about this challenge and thought everyone should join in. I really like the idea of this challenge, but my library has only 3 of the books on the list. I am not sure what will happen so I have decided to unofficially join in instead. It will really depend on whether or not I can track down some more of the books on the list or if I am willing to reread.

This challenge is hosted at Cynical Bookworm. You can get all the info and sign up here.

The rules are simple and not very restrictive:

- It's a 2012 challenge, so it starts on 1st January and ends on 31st December 2012. Join anytime!

- The goal should be 6 to 12 books (feel free to do them in any order/format/way you like). If you're tired at 6 books, consider it done. If you want more, go ahead.

- If it's an omnibus, count it as one book or as many as it includes - it's your call, really.

- The list might include multiple books from the same author. We think that it would be best if you read no more than one book from a particular author, so that you can diversify your reading, but feel free to read anything you like, as long as it's on the list.

- If you've already read one/some of these, great! Feel free to re-read them or choose something new. Whichever the case, we would like to see your reviews/comments.

- This list includes comics. Just keep in mind that all volumes of a comic will equal one book in this challenge, so that a balance is kept.
And the books are:

Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale (Would be a reread)

Marion Zimmer Bradley - The Mists of Avalon (Would be a reread)

Octavia Butler - Kindred (Would be a reread)

Octavia Butler - Wild Seed

Angela Carter - The Bloody Chamber (Would be a reread)

Suzy McKee Charnas - The Holdfast Chronicles

Charlotte Perkins Gilman - Herland

Nicola Griffith - Ammonite

Ursula K. Le Guin - Left Hand of Darkness (Would be a reread)

Ursula K. Le Guin - The Dispossessed

Anne McCaffrey - The Ship Who Sang

Vonda McIntyre - Dreamsnake

Marge Piercy - Woman on the Edge of Time

Joanna Russ - The Female Man

Mary Shelley - Frankenstein (Library Has)

Sheri Tepper - Beauty (I Own)

Sheri Tepper - The Gate to Women's Country (Library Has)

James Tiptree Jr - anything you can find, actually

Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra - Y the Last Man (comic series)

Monique Wittig - Les Guerrilleres

Virginia Woolf - Orlando (Library Has)

Yoshinaga Fumi - Oooku (comic series)


  1. That's an amazing list! I've read a few of them and of those my favourite would probably be The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri Tepper.

  2. Cool challenge, there are some good books on the list!

  3. Good luck! Sounds like a fun one!

  4. Sadly I've only read The Mists of Avalon. Loved it! I'm definitely in for this challenge. Hopefully you're able to get the rest of the books.

  5. **Cath: My library does have that one, so I look forward to getting to it at some point.

    **Kim: I know! It is a creative idea.

    **Amused: Thanks!

    **Vasilly: I hope so, too. I haven't tried Inter-library loan yet.

  6. I suck so bad at challenges, but damn does that one tempt me!!!

  7. **Debi: It is an awesome sounding challenge. I wish I could find the books easier, though. :(


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