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The Steerswoman (Paperback, 1989, Del Rey) 4 stars

The Steerswoman is the first novel in the Steerswoman series. Steerswomen, and a very few …

The premise of this series (which I don't want to say, as it is kind of a spoiler) is incredibly fun. If you are a scientifically minded person and/or interested in fantasy, this book is going to tickle you in all the right spots.

The Three-Body Problem (Hardcover, 2014, Tor Books) 4 stars

Within the context of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a military project sends messages to alien …

This is the first time I read a book translated from Chinese. So this might be an artifact from the translation, it might be a cultural difference or it might be a property of the book: I found this pretty hard to interpret.

The book uses a style that is very direct and doesn't use a lot of adjectives. Meanwhile, it is extremely allegorical. The Sci-Fi is "hard" (closely related to theories from real Physics), but at the same time understood very metaphorical.

Ultimately, I'm just not sure what the story is trying to tell me. I can tell that there is something there - in many places, the story rhymes with itself, in a way that is too obvious to be accidental. But figuring out what that is would likely require a second read and a lot of thought, at least. And I'm not sure I liked the book …

Women's Agency in the Dune Universe (2021, Springer International Publishing AG) 5 stars

Review of "Women's Agency in the Dune Universe" on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

If you want a systematic, scientific discussion of the Dune series and/or an excellent example of a feminist critique of popular literature, this is the book for you. It makes an argument for a feminist reading of Dune using a very structured approach.

It chooses five major themes: Mind-Body Synergy, Reproduction and Motherhood, Voices, Education and Memory, and Sexuality. For each theme it then 1. explains the real-world discussion in the feminist movement during Herbert's lifetime, 2. interprets the text in that context, giving several examples of plot and characterization and 3. compares the series to the works of feminist Sci-Fi authors from the same era. It also does not shy away from pointing out and discussing parts of the text that complicate (and maybe even contradict) a feminist reading.

The target audience of this book is clearly scientifically minded, so it is probably not the easiest read for the …