Friday, January 30, 2004

The last book I read on the trip was The Hidden Warrior by Lynn Flewelling. This is the second book of what I assume is a trilogy about a girl who has been concealed as a boy (literally - she was magically changed into the image of her brother, who was killed) in order to hide her from her uncle, who has all female claimants to the throne killed lest they depose him. Um, this is fantasy, in case you hadn't guessed that already. I love Lynn Flewelling because of her treatment of gender and sexuality. It's interesting that SFF is often the genre where gender play is treated as a natural part of society - thus providing a window on our own reality where gender and sexuality are such loaded topics and a cause for so much hate and conflict. It also gives her books an edge over the typical fantasy formula - something extra that lifts them above the mass of similar plots. Good stuff - can't wait for the third book.

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