Tuesday, February 24, 2009

So, thinking about lists and books..

Following on from my meme post featuring the 100 books list, I was thinking about the comments left. There was one from Baal pointing out the lack of diversity in the list, referring to both the authors and the subject matter I imagine. Well, I reckon Baal is right. I also reckon that looking into why that is so would be a good idea. To do this, it would help to find the original list from the BBC.
Alas, I cannot find it, I am not sure it exists. I did however find this which reckons the list was cobbled together by someone, not necessarily at the BBC, from the BBC's Big Read done a few years back. So I reckon, if you were after an official list to measure yourself up against, we've been duped.
If you wanted to see how you measured up against generically popular books, then I guess the meme list does it.
Anyway, inspired by Baal's comment I thought I'd see how I measure up against a Feminist SF and F list for beginners. Because, hey, I prefer my books not to be misogynist and I love Sfa dn Fantasy.

Bearing in mind that I read a lot of books, a lot of the time, let's see how I measure up.

As a reminder here are the rules:
1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE (or in my case just plain old liked)
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.

If there is no '+' after one I've read assume that i hated it.

Here goes:

Margaret Atwood. The Handmaid's Tale. X
Louky Bersianik. The Euguelionne
Marion Zimmer Bradley. The Mists of Avalon. X +
--. Thendara House. (Darkover)
--. The Shattered Chain (Darkover).
Gerd Brantenberg. Egalia's Daughters
Dorothy Bryant. The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You
Katherine Burdekin. Swastika Night
Octavia Butler. Wild Seed.
Parable of the Sower.
Xenogenesis Trilogy: Dawn, Adulthood Rites, Imago.
Leonora Carrington. The Hearing Trumpet
Angela Carter. The Bloody Chamber X
Saints and Sinners
Suzy McKee Charnas. Walk to the End of the World.
The Furies.
the Conqueror's Child
Samuel Delany. Triton
Candas Jane Dorsey. Black Wine
Suzette Haden Elgin. Native Tongue.
The Judas Rose: Native Tongue II.
For the Sake of Grace" (copyright 1969 from Fantasy & Science Fiction; reprinted in
Donald Wollheim & Terry Carr's World's Best Science Fiction: 1970).
Sally Miller Gearhart. The Wanderground.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman. "The Yellow Wallpaper"
Herland X +
Jewelle Gomez. The Gilda Stories
Nicola Griffith. Ammonite.
Bertha Harris. Lover
Nalo Hopkinson. Brown Girl in the Ring
Gwyneth Jones. White Queen
Tanith Lee. The Birthgrave
Ursula K. Le Guin. Always Coming Home.
The Left Hand of Darkness. X
Tehanu. X+
The Birthday of the World and Other Stories X+
Elizabeth Lynn. The Northern Girl.
The woman Who Loved the Moon and Other Stories (1981)
Maureen McHugh. Mission Child
Vonda McIntyre. Dreamsnake (1978)
Judith Merril. Daughters of Earth and Other Stories (1969)
Naomi Mitchison. Memoirs of a Spacewoman (1962)
Solution Three (1975)
Elizabeth Moon. Sheep-Farmer's Daughter
C.L. Moore. Jirel of Joiry (1969) (a series of stories) X+
Marge Piercy. Woman on the Edge of Time. X+
He, She, and It.
Joanna Russ. The Female Man
The Adventures of Alyx
The Two of Them
Jessica Amanda Salmonson. Amazons! anthologies (two)
Pamela Sargent. Women of Wonder anthologies.
The Shore of Women.
Melissa Scott. Shadowman
Trouble and Her Friends
Mary Shelley. Frankenstein *
Joan Slonczewski. A Door Into Ocean.
Secret Feminist Cabal. Flying Cups and Saucers (1998) (the Tiptree anthology) * (Because of the title, I hadn't heard of it before this list)
Nancy Springer. Larque on the Wing.
Starhawk. The Fifth Sacred Thing.
Theodore Sturgeon. Venus Plus x
Sheri Tepper. Beauty. X++++
The Gate to Women's Country. *
James Tiptree, Jr. "Your Faces, O My Sisters!" in Aurora: Beyond Equality.
Houston, Houston, Do You Read?" in Aurora: Beyond Equality.
Elisabeth Vonarburg. The Silent City.
In the Mother's Land.
Sylvia Townsend Warner. Lolly Willowes, or, The Loving Huntsman (1925)
Monique Wittig. Les Guerrilleres
Virginia Woolf. Orlando
Jane Yolen. Sister Light, Sister Dark

That makes 10 that I've read. I don't know whether that makes me a bad feminist or a bad SF and F fan. or just not widely read. /sarcasm

Mind you, i don't do much better with the list of comics:
Doom Patrol X+ (I haven't read their own title but what i've come across in other books is pretty good)
Fags in Space: A Completely Queer Cosmic Comic
Futaba-kin Change
Hothead Paisan
Invasion of the Space Amazons from the Purple Planet
Ranma *
Tank Girl X+ (i've liked some, Tank Girl The Odyssy is rocking)
The X-Men X (Joss Whedon's run is ok)
Aeon Flux *
Akiko by Mark Crilley
Best American
Books of Magic X +
Castle Waiting
Clockwork Angels by Lea Hernandez
Hellblazer: The Restoration Comedy X
House of Secrets X
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (I saw the film, does that count? ;)
Love and Rockets - Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez
Promethea X (Vol1 +++, later volumes not so enjoyable)
Rumble Girls
Sandman by Neil Gaiman
A Game of You
Death: The Time of Your Life X++
Strangers in Paradise
Top Ten X

I think they need to update their lists. And specify runs of comics, with authors and artists.

Well, that passed the time.

Currently listening to: Lots of old Octopus singles. I'm still on my indie kick. Octopus were wonderful.


Sea_of_Green said...

Turns out I've read nine of those "feminist" titles, so you're one up on me. However, I have read a LOT of Ursula K. Le Guin, so if I wouldn't be condemned for focusing on one author, I guess I've read more "feminist" fiction than I thought. Some authors apparently missing from that list (unless I accidentally bleeped over 'em):

Robin McKinley
Tanya Huff
C.J. Cherryh
Mercedes Lackey
Patricia McKillip

Saranga said...

I've read McKillop's The Forgotten Beats of Eld - I found it very dreamlike and floaty - but haven't heard of any of the others. Any recommendations of specific titles/series to pick up?

Sea_of_Green said...

Robin McKinley: The Outlaws of Sherwood; A Door in the Hedge; Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, amongst others.

Tanya Huff: The Confederation novels, the Blood novels, and the Smoke trilogy.

C.J. Cherryh: Renegesis, Cyteen, Foreigner, amongst others.

Mercedes Lackey: The Heralds of Valdemar books (specifically the Arrows trilogy and the Last Herald-Mage series), amongst many, many other books.

Sea_of_Green said...

Oops, that's "Regenesis," not "Renegesis." Darned dyslexia!

Saranga said...

Cheers sea!