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Feminist dystopian novels

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LovelyCocksReg Sun 26-May-19 10:20:36

I’m in angry feminist mode and I want to read things that fit my mood. I’ve read Handmaid’s Tale, Vox, Red Clocks, The Power, and I’ve just started Parable of the Sower. What else?

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mondaysaturday Sun 26-May-19 10:24:02

Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill is amazing. Actually anything by her is amazing but Only Ever Yours is specifically dystopian. It will make you really angry, though.

LovelyCocksReg Sun 26-May-19 10:24:46

Angry is what I want! Thanks, it’s going on the list.

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turkeyboots Sun 26-May-19 10:26:05

Most of Sheri S. Teppers work. SciFi rather than modern day, but v eco feminist. The Margaret's is good but I love Grass. And her retelling of Sleeping Beauty is amazing.

AwkwardSquad Sun 26-May-19 10:40:05

Yy to all the above suggestions; also Marge Piercy’s ‘Woman on the edge of time’ and ‘He, She and it’ (although I don’t remember the latter having that title when it first came out in the UK. Will have to peruse my bookshelves to check).

AwkwardSquad Sun 26-May-19 10:44:26

You could also check out the Women’s Press sf range from the 80s. Some good stuff.

AwkwardSquad Sun 26-May-19 10:46:40

Another suggestion: ‘The Testament of Jessie Lamb’ by Jane Rogers, Arthur C Clarke award winner.

weegiemum Sun 26-May-19 12:26:07

The Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula le Guin. Not specifically feminist but brilliant observations on patriarchy.

LovelyCocksReg Sun 26-May-19 12:28:58

AwkwardSquad Wikipedia tells me it was Body of Glass in the UK.

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Iwasboadicea Sun 26-May-19 12:36:13

Walk to the End of the World & sequels by Suzy McKee Charnas. Written in the 80s. Truly dystopian world. Sadly not available as e-books as far as I can see.

Iwasboadicea Sun 26-May-19 12:48:38

More current and available as e-books - The book of the unnamed midwife & sequels by Meg Elison. I need to buy and read the 3rd one myself as I hadn't realised it was available.

AwkwardSquad Sun 26-May-19 12:53:05

LovelyCocksReg yes! Found it eventually on the bookshelves. Better name than the US one, I think.

AwkwardSquad Sun 26-May-19 12:55:03

‘Woman on the edge of time’ compares utopia/dystopia, which is interesting.

grumpyyetgorgeous Sun 26-May-19 13:45:57

Loving this I've just got a whole new bookshelf now.
Have you read "Perfect" and "Gather the daughters" the latter is not for everybody though..... turns the stomach a bit.

SoundofSilence Sun 26-May-19 13:51:58

The Gate to Women's Country, by Sheri Tepper.

CarolinePooter Sun 26-May-19 21:54:08

Reg you could read Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin (1984), the first of a trilogy. Women create a secret language unknown to their overlords. Still a handy concept!

PomBearWithAnOFRS Mon 27-May-19 01:29:54

A Gift Upon The Shore.
Lots of Octavia E. Butler's stuff.
Always Coming Home.

PomBearWithAnOFRS Mon 27-May-19 01:30:48

Oo, and The Silence Of The Girls

LovelyCocksReg Mon 27-May-19 19:22:10

Thanks for all these!

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KatsutheClockworkOctopus Tue 28-May-19 10:32:05

The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall.

2rebecca Tue 28-May-19 11:40:47

I'm about to start reading Jeanette Winterson's Frankissstein which is out today

AwkwardSquad Tue 28-May-19 19:42:25

Oh yes, I‘ve read that one, Katsu. It was good, although quite grim (well, yes, it’s dystopian...). Can’t remember the ending though.

hidingmystatus Tue 28-May-19 23:11:32

Been recommended, but absolutely Sheri S Tepper. Brilliant - The Gate To Women's Country; Grass, although I didn't like Beauty at all I loved all the rest from then on.

hidingmystatus Wed 29-May-19 14:10:42

And in particular, for a horribly plausible near-term dystopia, Sheri S Tepper's "Gibbon's Decline and Fall". Re-read it recently and was astounded how close it could be to arriving.

LovelyCocksReg Thu 30-May-19 08:54:11

Any others on the less sci-fi end of things?

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