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Light fantasy (feminist friendly)

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Takver Sun 20-Jan-13 20:54:10

Looking for some more light fantasy reads - I guess along the lines of Mercedes Lackey, Anne McCaffrey, Marion Zimmer Bradley, that sort of thing.

I've recently read some Robin Hobb (quite liked the dragon ones, not that taken with the Assassin series) and Trudi Canavan's Black Magician trilogy (OK, but I found them over-long and didn't find the story really engaging in the way fantasy can be)

I'd really appreciate any suggestions. When I say 'feminist friendly' I'm not thinking of anything that serious (looking for light reading), but just something where I'm not thinking 'whoa, hang on there' every minute. (Eg with the Canavan ones, her central female character was great, but the rest of it was incredibly stereotypical in set-up, pretty much zero other significant female characters.)

whatkungfuthat Thu 24-Jan-13 08:29:26

Another vote for Pratchett's witches books. Lords and Ladies is my favourite but all of them are a great read.

BaresarkBunny Sun 27-Jan-13 08:44:05

Peahen - I really enjoyed the Captal Tower books but doesn't it annoy you that the trilogy wasn't finished and probably never will be?

Her Dragon Prince books are good also.

JumpingJackSprat Sun 27-Jan-13 09:12:13

robin hobb also writes as megan lindholm which are slightly different but still good ... havent read them for a few years though.

CoteDAzur Sun 27-Jan-13 17:02:59

I haven't read many of the books mentioned here, but Hunger Games isn't fantasy but dystopian sci-fi ("speculative fiction", if you don't like the term sci-fi).

If it is feminist-friendly light sci-fi you are looking for, check out Friday by Robert Heinlein.

notcitrus Sun 27-Jan-13 17:18:15

Ursula le Guin hasn't been mentioned - some of her stuff is a bit heavier than you might want but generally look critically at her societies without making them total dystopias - Left Hand of.Darkness, Changing Planes, the Dispossessed...

Takver Wed 30-Jan-13 14:13:25

notcitrus - note my username . . . I am in fact solely a construct of Ms le Guin's imagination grin

<< now reflexively wonders what I should be reading on Anarres . . . probably not trashy fantasy . . . >>

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