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Sisters of the Revolution gathers a highly curated selection of feminist speculative fiction science fiction, fantasy, horror and chosen by one of the most respected editorial teams in speculative literature today, the award winning Ann and Jeff VanderMeer Including stories from the 1970s to the present day, the collection seeks to expand the conversation about fem Sisters of the Revolution gathers a highly curated selection of feminist speculative fiction science fiction, fantasy, horror and chosen by one of the most respected editorial teams in speculative literature today, the award winning Ann and Jeff VanderMeer Including stories from the 1970s to the present day, the collection seeks to expand the conversation about feminism while engaging the reader in a wealth of imaginative ideas Sisters of the Revolution seeks to expand the ideas of both contemporary fiction and feminism to new fronts Get A CopyKindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleKoboApple iBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 352 pages Published June 1st 2015 by PM Press More Details Original Title Sisters of the Revolution A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology ISBN 1629630357 ISBN13 9781629630359 Other Editions 5 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Sisters of the Revolution, please sign up

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Lists with This Book Feminist Science Fiction Dystopias 26 books 8 voters Kirkus Best Fiction of 2015 99 books 42 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 26, 2015 El rated it really liked it Shelves 20th centurylit late, 21st centurylit, society went boom, hear me roar and gender, science fictiony, library borrow Authors in this collection I have read before Leonora CarringtonOctavia E ButlerAngela CarterPat MurphyJoanna RussTanith LeeUrsula K Le Guin All the other authors L Timmel DuchampKit ReedNnedi OkoraforEleanor ArnasonKelley EskridgeAng lica GorodischerNalo HopkinsonLeena KrohnJames Tiptree Jr.Rose LembergAnne RichterKelly BarnhillHiromi GotoVandana SinghSusan PalwickCarol EmshwillerEileen GunnKarin TidbeckPamela SargentRachel SwirskyCatherynne M ValenteElisabeth VonarburgClearly I need to Authors in this collection I have read before Leonora CarringtonOctavia E ButlerAngela CarterPat MurphyJoanna RussTanith LeeUrsula K Le Guin All the other authors L Timmel DuchampKit ReedNnedi OkoraforEleanor ArnasonKelley EskridgeAng lica GorodischerNalo HopkinsonLeena KrohnJames Tiptree Jr.Rose LembergAnne RichterKelly BarnhillHiromi GotoVandana SinghSusan PalwickCarol EmshwillerEileen GunnKarin TidbeckPamela SargentRachel SwirskyCatherynne M ValenteElisabeth VonarburgClearly I need to do reading.This is a pretty solid collection The authors I were already familiar with did not disappoint, and I came across some new to me authors that I want to check out in detail now Kit Reed Hiromi Goto to name just a couple , and reminders to read the ones I ve heard of but have not read previously James Tiptree, Jr Catherynne M Valente to name a couple again.What was lovely about this collection is that it is not entirely Anglo There are writers from several different countries here, and while their agendas may be similar, their stories are not which made for an exciting read throughout With any collection or anthology, there are some stories that are better than others, and this is no different But I appreciated that each of these women were given a voice in a genre or classification of a genre, if you want to be specific that do not always get as much attention and that other cultures were represented here.Some of these stories were written in the 70s, such as Joanna Russ s When It Changed For those of us who recently read The Female Man, When It Changed will be familiar because Russ wrote again about Whileaway, the utopian society in which men died out from a plague specific only to menfolk some 800 years ago When It Changed was written about three years before The Female Man, so I think Whileaway was a society Russ felt strongly about.Other stories were recent, and those are a lot of the authors I had not been familiar with yet, but again I look forward to searching many of them out now.I know I requested this collection from the library, but I no longer remember what it was that prompted me to search it out in the first place That s my good ol memory for you But whatever it was, I am glad I paid attention to it and requested it right away A collection of short stories was what I needed right now, and it felt good to be able to get through it in a few days without tasking the brain cells too much Some of these stories are especially powerful and one that actually broke my little heart because animal , but it was so well done that I can t help but keep thinking about it And holding onto my dogs with all my strength flag 19 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Nov 29, 2015 Lily rated it liked it Shelves fantasy, science fiction, short stories, 2016 yorwoc, 2016 I love the idea behind this anthology sci fi fantasy stories, written by women from many different places and times, coming together to form a multi faceted view of feminism It was an exciting combination of authors old favorites, some I d been meaning to check out, and several I d never heard of before There were some compelling and thought provoking stories in here, but overall I found it a bit tedious Part of the reason is that, despite the variety of settings and styles, there s a de I love the idea behind this anthology sci fi fantasy stories, written by women from many different places and times, coming together to form a multi faceted view of feminism It was an exciting combination of authors old favorites, some I d been meaning to check out, and several I d never heard of before There were some compelling and thought provoking stories in here, but overall I found it a bit tedious Part of the reason is that, despite the variety of settings and styles, there s a dearth of themes I felt that I was reading the same story over and over again the patriarchy abusing and oppressing women, with grim consequences While I realize that this theme is an important part of feminist fiction, reading so many similar stories back to back lessens the impact of each one I would have loved to see a few stories focused on, say, female friendship, or gasp men and women treating each other with respect The overall presentation and editing of the book is mixed I liked the author mini biographies that prefaced each story, but really disliked the one sentence take home messages that were tacked on to the end I would think that any reader inclined to pick up this book would be capable of identifying such themes and messages for themselves, without having to be told that the moral of the story is With that said, there were a few stories that did stand out The Mothers of Shark Island, by Kit Reed If I were to recommend just one story from this book, it would be this one It s about how we treat and think about our mothers It s heartbreaking and universal, written in a graceful and eerie style reminiscent of The Handmaid s Tale The Grammarian s Five Daughters, by Eleanor Arnason A smart, funny fairy tale about how language shapes the world, and how even the most maligned parts of language have importance and power Being in the style of a fairytale, the characters weren t especially well developed, but the story is than delightful enough to make up for that.The Screwfly Solution, by James Tiptree, Jr aka Alice Bradley Sheldon I have always held that if you want inspiration for a truly mind bending dystopian society, look no further than the lives of the plants and animals in your own back yard This story looks at how humans interact with unwanted parts of the natural world and then takes those interactions to the logical next level And a few of the weaker stories My Flannel Knickers, by Leonora Carrington I m not usually one to complain about lack of plot, or about world building that leaves open questions but this was a bit of an extreme example And Salome Dances, by Kelley Eskridge This story is basically about how the narrator comes to realize that trans people exist Not exactly speculative fiction Sur, by Ursula K Le Guin Le Guin is one of my favorite authors, yet the editors somehow found a boring story by her My disappointment is immense But all in all, if you re interested in learning about female SFF authors, this is an ok place to start Maybe dip in and out of it rather than reading it straight through, and keep in mind that the stories featured here don t necessarily represent the authors best work flag 15 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Feb 17, 2017 Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it Shelves short stories, sci fi fantasy, own, activism and revolution, read2017 First of all, I would like to award myself a medal for FINALLY making it through one of the anthologies on my VanderMeer shelf It is one of the slimmer collections but I have been saying I will do this for several years It took one of my reading groups declaring February the month of revolution, and I decided this was as good of a time as any to work through these stories.There is a wide range of stories here, wide in theme and in time period, some old enough to give tastes of old school spe First of all, I would like to award myself a medal for FINALLY making it through one of the anthologies on my VanderMeer shelf It is one of the slimmer collections but I have been saying I will do this for several years It took one of my reading groups declaring February the month of revolution, and I decided this was as good of a time as any to work through these stories.There is a wide range of stories here, wide in theme and in time period, some old enough to give tastes of old school speculative fiction and some much contemporary feeling Some were already old friends like the Tiptree, and some were complete discoveries of both author and story I appreciate that the VanderMeers do not always pick the top 20 female authors top 20 stories of speculative fiction, and that instead there is a wide range of expected and surprise I also definitely noticed the threads joining the stories together, and how naturally they flowed from one to the next.My favorites The Forbidden Words of Margaret A by L Timmel Duchamp The Mothers of Shark Island by Kit Reed The Screwfly Solution By James Tiptree Jr The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet by Vandana Singh Stable Strategies for Middle Management by Eileen Gunn I laughed, out loud, several times with this one Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space Time by Catherynne M Valente, even with the difficult subject matterI enjoyed reading a story by Leonora Carrington even if it didn t rank in my favorites, because I have another short story collection of hers that I m looking forward to reading later this year Other favorite authors that I was happy to read of, even if those stories were also not my favorites, include Octavia Butler, Angela Carter, Nalo Hopkinson, and Ursula K LeGuin flag 10 likesLike see review View 1 comment Feb 08, 2016 Hazal amur rated it really liked it review of another edition D nyan n farkl yerlerinde, farkl y llarda, farkl kad nlarca kaleme al nm tam 28 yk O y llara, o topraklara ve bir de bug ne d n p bakt m zda g r yoruz ki bir halt becerememi iz Hala ayr mc y z, hala kad n olman n erkekten a a kalmak demek olmad n anlatmak zorunday z.Kitaptaki baz yk ler kah distopik, kah g ld r c Her t rden hikaye mevcut bu antolojide Ama d bak yapt m zda, t m o e lenceli havas na ra men, insanlar olarak hi bir konuda geli emedi imizi g r yoruz nsanl D nyan n farkl yerlerinde, farkl y llarda, farkl kad nlarca kaleme al nm tam 28 yk O y llara, o topraklara ve bir de bug ne d n p bakt m zda g r yoruz ki bir halt becerememi iz Hala ayr mc y z, hala kad n olman n erkekten a a kalmak demek olmad n anlatmak zorunday z.Kitaptaki baz yk ler kah distopik, kah g ld r c Her t rden hikaye mevcut bu antolojide Ama d bak yapt m zda, t m o e lenceli havas na ra men, insanlar olarak hi bir konuda geli emedi imizi g r yoruz nsanl m zda bir ilerleme yok Bu kitap da i te bunu anlat yor flag 9 likesLike see review Feb 26, 2017 Viv JM rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fantasy, science fiction, dystopia, feminism, short stories, author female, spec fic buddy, 2017 author female, read in 2017, read harder challenge 2017 This is a really excellent and diverse collection of sci fi and fantasy stories with a feminist slant A lot of the stories as might be expected are dystopian, but not all There is a good mix of well known and lesser known authors, and there are many stories in translation too As with any anthology, I enjoyed some stories a lot than others, but the overall quality was very high and I would recommend this anthology to anyone who enjoys speculative fiction flag 8 likesLike see review May 25, 2017 Ben Loory rated it really liked it Favorites My Flannel Knickers by Leonora Carrington which actually made me physically dizzy, which was a new one on me The Grammarian s Five Daughters by Eleanor Arnason really loved this one Will be reading Arnason soon The Forbidden Words of Margaret A by L Timmel Duchamp The Fall River Axe Murders by Angela Carter which prompted me to spend the next 5 hours researching Lizzie Borden and Boys by Carol EmshwillerPlus of course the James Tiptree Jr and Octavia Butler stories, b Favorites My Flannel Knickers by Leonora Carrington which actually made me physically dizzy, which was a new one on me The Grammarian s Five Daughters by Eleanor Arnason really loved this one Will be reading Arnason soon The Forbidden Words of Margaret A by L Timmel Duchamp The Fall River Axe Murders by Angela Carter which prompted me to spend the next 5 hours researching Lizzie Borden and Boys by Carol EmshwillerPlus of course the James Tiptree Jr and Octavia Butler stories, but those I had read before flag 7 likesLike see review May 15, 2015 Catherine Siemann rated it it was amazing An exemplary collection of feminist speculative fiction, with a nice combination of contemporary and classic authors Although, as with all anthologies, some stories appeal than others, there wasn t a story here that I felt didn t belong Disclaimer I was a Kickstarter backer for this project, which really just means I paid for my copy quite a bit in advance Stories that especially stood out for me The Forbidden Words of Margaret A by L Timmel DuchampSpeculative legal fiction about An exemplary collection of feminist speculative fiction, with a nice combination of contemporary and classic authors Although, as with all anthologies, some stories appeal than others, there wasn t a story here that I felt didn t belong Disclaimer I was a Kickstarter backer for this project, which really just means I paid for my copy quite a bit in advance Stories that especially stood out for me The Forbidden Words of Margaret A by L Timmel DuchampSpeculative legal fiction about a woman, seemingly ordinary, but the power of whose words are so intense the Constitution has been amended to stop her The Screwfly Solution by James Tiptree Jr.Best last line ever Gestella by Susan PalwickWhat if a werewolf fell in love with a human How would that actually work When It Changed by Joanna RussA classic that I should have known already powerful The Evening and the Morning and the Night by Octavia ButlerA horrifying new disease, human created, and the issues of stigma and treatment which sounds maybe dull, but is incredibly not so The Grammarian s Five Daughters by Eleanor ArnasonA fairy tale to make an English professor smile A lot.In addition to these writers, there s Ursula LeGuin, Angela Carter, Nalo Hopkinson, Nnedi Okorafor, Carol Emshwiller, Eileen Gunn, Karin Tidbeck and many others If you re interested in speculative fiction from a feminist view point, this is a must have flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment Feb 28, 2017 Lata rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves scifi fantasy, auth f, 2017 read A good collection of science fiction and fantasy short stories from a wide range of authors I enjoyed a number of the stories, all of which had a feminist slant Some stories were scary commentaries on gender relations, while one in particular gave me a few chuckles the one about the grammarian I liked the editors picks flag 3 likesLike see review Feb 12, 2016 Christine Prevas rated it it was ok There were maybe 5 stories that made reading this worthwhile Octavia Butler s The Evening and the Morning and the Night, L Timmel Duchamp s The Forbidden Words of Margaret A, Pat Murphy s Love and Sex Among the Invertebrates, Eileen Gunn s Stable Strategies for Middle Management, and Catherynne M Valente s Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space Time but for the most part I ended up infuriated and offended that an anthology published in 2015 could include stories that demean and fetishize t There were maybe 5 stories that made reading this worthwhile Octavia Butler s The Evening and the Morning and the Night, L Timmel Duchamp s The Forbidden Words of Margaret A, Pat Murphy s Love and Sex Among the Invertebrates, Eileen Gunn s Stable Strategies for Middle Management, and Catherynne M Valente s Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space Time but for the most part I ended up infuriated and offended that an anthology published in 2015 could include stories that demean and fetishize trans nonbinary identity quite as much as a few of the ones in this collection I m looking at you, Kelley Eskridge flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 17, 2015 l rated it really liked it Shelves short stories, sff etc, eerie, fairy tales etc, 2015, lgbt, anthology Refreshing Favourites Nalo Hopkinson s take on Bluebeard James Tiptree Jr s The Screwfly Solution Vandava Singh, the Woman Who thought She Was a Planet Susan Palwick s werewolf story flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 03, 2015 Bonnie McDaniel rated it really liked it Shelves science fiction, anthology, feminism There s a nice trend on Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sites, of crowdfunding anthologies based around specific themes that might not find a home in traditional publishing This book is a good example I participated in its Kickstarter, and I m proud that my money helped this book find a home in the world It s a very professional effort, as would be expected from the editing team of Jeff and Ann VanderMeer Unfortunately, all the stories are from years past and cannot be considered for this There s a nice trend on Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sites, of crowdfunding anthologies based around specific themes that might not find a home in traditional publishing This book is a good example I participated in its Kickstarter, and I m proud that my money helped this book find a home in the world It s a very professional effort, as would be expected from the editing team of Jeff and Ann VanderMeer Unfortunately, all the stories are from years past and cannot be considered for this year s awards, although the anthology itself could be nominated for, say, the Locus Awards It would make a worthy nominee, as far as I m concerned Some of my favorites The Forbidden Words of Margaret A., L Timmell Duchamp Margaret A is so feared by the US government that the Constitution is amended to silence her, and she is held in a one person concentration camp with no contact with the outside world, save for a monthly visit from a journalist We never find out exactly what she says, and that s not the point It is mentioned, though, that Margaret A is a black woman, which is rather telling, even so now than when the story was written The story is not really about Margaret A., but rather the journalist who speaks with her, and who discovers she cannot live with the status quo any longer The Grammarian s Five Daughters, Eleanor Arnason a delightful, beautifully written fantasy about the power of words quite literally the parts of speech nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and prepositions and the women who wield them The Screwfly Solution, James Tiptree, Jr aka Alice Sheldon a classic of the genre, just as disturbing now as it was nearly forty years ago The Evening and the Morning and the Night, Octavia E Butler I ve read a lot of Butler s stuff, but somehow I missed this story It s tremendous Tales from the Breast, Hiromi Goto the premise of this story sounds absurd, but man, the ending bites Northern Chess, Tanith Lee a lush fantasy story that hinges on a similar reveal to Eowyn s I am no man from The Return of the King.But my favorite of the bunch, as dark and depressing as it is, is Susan Palwick s Gestella, which asks a simple question what happens when a female werewolf, with canine aging patterns, falls in love with a human For modern sensibilities, the beginning is a bit squicky, but the story is a powerful treatise on how women are often used and discarded as they age And the ending is justoh my God There were a couple of stories I liked less, but the general quality is quite high You won t go wrong with this collection flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 21, 2015 Ginny rated it really liked it Shelves fiction, sci fi, fantasy, short story collection There s not a bad story in this collection though there is one that I totally did not understand the surrealist story My Flannel Knickers by Lenora Carrington Here are a few of my favorites The Forbidden Words of Margaret A by L Timmel Duchamp 1980A woman s ideas are so radical and powerful, the government makes it illegal for her to speak The Glass Bottle Trick by Nalo Hopkinson 2000A woman learns to see her husband in a new light after she accidentally breaks the bottles he keeps There s not a bad story in this collection though there is one that I totally did not understand the surrealist story My Flannel Knickers by Lenora Carrington Here are a few of my favorites The Forbidden Words of Margaret A by L Timmel Duchamp 1980A woman s ideas are so radical and powerful, the government makes it illegal for her to speak The Glass Bottle Trick by Nalo Hopkinson 2000A woman learns to see her husband in a new light after she accidentally breaks the bottles he keeps to contain the spirits of his dead wives The Screwfly Solution by James Tiptree, Jr 1977 As scientists bioengineer pests to eradicate themselves, humanity itself starts to come under the spell of a terrifying cult of violence against women Probably my favorite story in the collection Amazingly, the first Tiptree I ve read I know, a terrible gap in my education that I will soon rectify The Evening and the Morning and the Night by Octavia E Butler 1987Young people born with a devastating disease that causes delusions they are trapped in their own skin try to make their way in a world that fears them and misunderstands their illness Tales from the Breast by Hiromi Goto 1995A horror story about breast feeding you really shouldn t read if that s something you ever plan to do, but that might provide some relief if you have breast fed and felt unsupported in the endeavor and its difficulties Lord, this story haunts me When It Changed by Joanna Russ 1972A space colony is cut off from Earth, and after the men die off the women adapt and thrive in a mono gendered society for hundreds of years until one day Earthling men return This vies with the Tiptree for my favorite story in the collection Reminds me of Ammonite by Nicola Griffith, though the publication of this story preceded that novel by 30 years Gestella by Susan Palwick 2001A female werewolf tries to make her relationship with a human professor work as she ages at seven times his rate Another haunting story Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space Time by Catherynne M Valente 2010Remixing the world s creation myths with origin stories, scientific and personal Valente s stunning talent on display here Home by the Sea by Elisabeth Vonarburg 1985A woman journeys to confront her mother after coming to terms with discovering she s an artificial life form Pretty close to my idea of a perfect sci fi short story flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 21, 2016 Felice Picano rated it it was amazing Anne and Jeff Vandermeer are superb anthologists and Jeff s a pretty good writer too This book isn t as revolutionary as the title implies and it s only sometimes feminist But it is the best collection of modern speculative fiction by women about women I know of, ranging all over the world in good translations and containing some true classics of this genre Among the latter are James Tiptree, Jr s The Screwfly Solution, Olivia Butler s The Evening and the Morning and the Night, L Timmel Anne and Jeff Vandermeer are superb anthologists and Jeff s a pretty good writer too This book isn t as revolutionary as the title implies and it s only sometimes feminist But it is the best collection of modern speculative fiction by women about women I know of, ranging all over the world in good translations and containing some true classics of this genre Among the latter are James Tiptree, Jr s The Screwfly Solution, Olivia Butler s The Evening and the Morning and the Night, L Timmel Duchamp s The Forbidden Words of Margaret A., Joanna Russ When It changed and Ursula Le Guin s Sur Other superb stories I didn t know are Carol Emshwiller s Boys, Susan Palwick s Gestella, Pamela Sargent s Fears, Deborah Vonaburg s Home By the Sea, Hiromi Goto s hilarious Tales From the Breast,Eleanor Arnason s mythic The Grammarian s Five Daughters, Kelly Barnhill s The Men Who Live in Trees and Nnedi Okorafor s The Palm Tree Bandit I never got Angela Carter and so her The Fall River Murders falls flat for me and Tanith Lee has done better than Northern Chess included here Otherwise the hit just keep coming flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2016 Matthew Hall rated it really liked it Shelves scifi, 2016 Really solid collection My perennial favorite Le Guin is present in a story I hadn t read before, as well as James Tiptree Alice Sheldon s The Screwfly Solution, one of her most feverish and finest stories, and Catherynne Valente who I have lately enjoyed The others were all new to me, but of particular interest were Carol Emshwiller, Pamela Sargent, L Timmel DuChamp, Leena Krohn, Pat Murphy, Eleanor Arnason and Octavia Butler Loved the stories of Arnason, Emshwiller and Octavia Butler s The Really solid collection My perennial favorite Le Guin is present in a story I hadn t read before, as well as James Tiptree Alice Sheldon s The Screwfly Solution, one of her most feverish and finest stories, and Catherynne Valente who I have lately enjoyed The others were all new to me, but of particular interest were Carol Emshwiller, Pamela Sargent, L Timmel DuChamp, Leena Krohn, Pat Murphy, Eleanor Arnason and Octavia Butler Loved the stories of Arnason, Emshwiller and Octavia Butler s The Evening and the Morning and the Night probably best I have tried to get into Butler before without much success, but this story, which had as much to do with disability and agency as it did feminism, hit me particularly hard flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 06, 2015 Johanna rated it it was ok uneven opens with some pretty leaden, plodding parables, then moves onto some really interesting older stories i had missed why haven t i read james tiptree before because my library has no tiptree books, that s why and then i stopped reading.you know how authors use bad things happening to animals to prove points about human characters i react badly to that and the most extreme example of it i have ever seen is in the middle of this anthology not only could i not finish the story, i coul uneven opens with some pretty leaden, plodding parables, then moves onto some really interesting older stories i had missed why haven t i read james tiptree before because my library has no tiptree books, that s why and then i stopped reading.you know how authors use bad things happening to animals to prove points about human characters i react badly to that and the most extreme example of it i have ever seen is in the middle of this anthology not only could i not finish the story, i could not open the book again to a different story because i no longer wanted to give the editors any room in my head flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 02, 2016 kari rated it really liked it This anthology, everyone A beautiful, multi faceted collection showing the many shades and shapes that feminism can take addressing a variety of issues and showing how the female voice and identity in SFF were forged A great introduction to those interested in this aspect of genre lit, and a powerful read that will stay with you for long after So many amazing voices, and so many of them I haven t read before flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 22, 2015 Marie Therese rated it it was amazing Shelves feminism, science fiction, short stories, anthology, speculative fiction An exemplary anthology There is not a single weak or even mediocre story here and many of the works included rank among the finest tales in the canon This is an absolutely essential read for anyone who loves speculative fiction Parenthetically, I am thrilled my little participation in the Kickstarter that helped bring about this volume contributed to something so fine My money has rarely been so well spent flag 2 likesLike see review May 05, 2016 Frij added it review of another edition kitaptaki yk ler kesinlikle k t de ildi ama ok b y k bir k sm nda ok temel 2 eksik vard ruh ve derinlik okuduktan bir g n sonra bir nceki yk n n ne anlatt n hat rlamak i in ilk sayfalar na bakmam gerekti aradan s yr lan birka yk tabii ki var ve ok da sevdim o yk leri ama 28 yk l k bir derlemede olmasalar tuhaf olurdu zaten ayr ca t rk ede angela carter n yk s yok orijinalinde 29 yk var antolojinin flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 07, 2015 Ava rated it liked it While a few of the stories were well written and compelling, a number of the stories relied on ham fisted, forced imagery and overdone tropes of the genre to illustrate tired, vague messages about patriarchal existence However, it did introduce me to some new speculative authors, so for that I ll give it 3 stars instead of 2 flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 31, 2015 Mari Monte rated it really liked it FINALLY ALL MY SCI FI GIRLS HOLLAR AT ME flag 2 likesLike see review May 22, 2016 Emma rated it liked it Shelves sci fi, books i own, need to reread, 3 stars, magical realism, winter spring 2016, books i own read This book is something of a challenge for me I picked it up because it has the word feminist on the cover, and is an anthology something that I find significantly easier to read during the school year because I can review in parts I would like to make it clear that I will not understand some of the works included in this anthology, and I hope you will not judge me for this I will rate each piece on my enjoyment of it, but in this book than any other, my opinions might be very wrong This book is something of a challenge for me I picked it up because it has the word feminist on the cover, and is an anthology something that I find significantly easier to read during the school year because I can review in parts I would like to make it clear that I will not understand some of the works included in this anthology, and I hope you will not judge me for this I will rate each piece on my enjoyment of it, but in this book than any other, my opinions might be very wrong I do not intend to offend by my words, but regard this book as a learning experience for me, and one I will try my best to take advantage of Some of the pieces in this collection were really important and well done and spectacular and I will remember them for a long time In some other pieces, I was significantly less pleased and there were a good amount right in the middle Overall, I m very glad that I read this collection and recommend it to anyone interested in getting into the genre The below discussions will not mention any major spoilers for the stories but may contain some minor ones Proceed with caution The Forbidden Words of Margaret A by L Timmel Duchamp 3.5 5 I feel like this work really went over my head I mean, I liked it, but I felt like there was a lot right there beneath the surface that I truly wasn t picking up on That being said, the premise is incredible I am just overcome with the desire to know what Margaret A said I cannot fully express how much I just want to know and the writing is wonderful and totally fits the mood of the piece The quality of the censorship, in even denying her a last name a quality I find particularly interesting given the author s decision to represent her first name as just an initial, just as Margaret A s last name becomes just an initial is a terrifying but also b so incredibly intriguing I must know about this government and this woman and she is such a sad, enigmatic person This story left me wanting , but also kind of embarrassed that I don t feel like I read it like I should ve My Flannel Knickers by Leonora Carrington 1.5 5 So I just literally have no idea what happened basically a theme for this book, if you were wondering I mean, it s definitely very pretty, but I felt the whole time feeling like I was playing catch up towards something I would never truly understand For me, this wasn t that great despite the really kind of wonderful start Also, I loved how it came full circle and even I, playing some intense catch up, could begin to make some connections and glimpses The Mothers of Shark Island by Kit Reed 4 5 So I really liked this one Of course, I didn t understand a lot and was kind of out of it at times, but also I really liked it Now, though I haven t ever been a mother, I m a little sad about the nature of motherhood in this piece which is basically just like a thankless terrible job Still, it s very gripping and, even, pretty at times The Palm Tree Bandit by Nnedi Okorafor 2.5 5 First story I could actually understand the majority of Sweet and cute and all that, but didn t really resonate with me or contribute to my understanding of this collection Enjoyed it, but nothing all that special for me The Grammarian s Five Daughters by Eleanor Arnason 4.5 5 Really loved this one I mean, a it s about grammar and the power of words and b it s told like a fairytale and I just adore fairytales In some ways like the selling of words it reminds me a lot of Dos Palabras by Isabel Allende Any story that appreciates story and words has great value in my book And Salome Danced by Kelley Eskridge 2.5 5 I m marginally conflicted about this one Like, I definitely didn t dislike it by any means, but also it really didn t stand out to me at all I found it remarkable only in that it mentions the theater and I really like the theater and it provides a little bit of insight into the casting process etc but I didn t love it The Perfect Married Woman by Ang lica Gorodischer 2 5 I don t remember this one even after reading through it Interesting mentions of the murders and stuff, but overall didn t particularly stick with me or anything The Glass Bottle Trick by Nalo Hopkinson 5 5 Terrifying and I love it First of all, I tend to just really like retellings of Bluebeard because I think that they offer these really interesting insights into relationships especially ones that can very easily escalate into abusive relationships Every little detail added by the author was really interesting and special the race aspect, his anger over things like the air conditioning, and the glass bottle all of it was truly exceptional Their Mother s Tears The Fourth Letter by Leena Krohn 2 5 Of the two most explicitly about mothers, the Mothers of Shark Island stuck with me a lot Mostly, I didn t get it It went over my head as I said, I m not quite smart enough to appreciate all of these yet I aspire to get there and have my opinions change The Screwfly Solution by James Tiptree Jr 5 5 This story is so incredible Gripping and remarkable and terrifying and One of my favorites, if not my very favorite, of the entire anthology The fear and the idea of this disease that just takes over a person and how Alan tried to desperately to fight against it I loved the letters and how the entire world was really freaking out about this thing it felt realer than some of others despite being dated It really created a world in an admirable way for such a short little story It also truly packed a punch And, kind of like The Glass Bottle Trick I loved the titular element of the Screwfly Solution Amazing Love Seven Losses of na Re by Rose Lemberg 4 5 Beautifully written and well put together with powerful images and wonderful ideas Also, this story was grounded in history and reality in a different way from many others from this collection and I appreciated that layer The Evening and the Morning and the Night by Octavia E Butler 5 5 Huge huge fan This is another story that I really liked and have remembered which, to some degree, is kind of how I know which of these I really liked If I ve forgotten it, it probably didn t have that huge of an impact on me The relationship between the narrator and her boyfriend is really intriguing and complex, the whole premise is SOOOO intriguing to me and I kind of want to check out all of the books that Ms Butler mentioned at the very end of the story Loved it The Sleep of Plants by Anne Richter 1.5 5 Just not it for me Skimmed it and kind of forgot what was happening while I was reading The Men Who Live in Trees by Kelly Barnhill 3.5 5 A very intriguing story I liked the style, with excerpts from the journal kind of interspersed throughout, and just the general narrative voice The idea of becoming part of a new family and getting past the mother in law was discussed in a way I don t think that it was in any of the other stories in here Also, I just liked the premise again and that can kind of go pretty far for me Tales from the Breast by Hiromi Goto 4 5 I hope that this is not what everyone s experience breast feeding is like, but I did really enjoy this and found it to be incredibly poignant Gorgeously written and illuminating some interesting relationship dynamics painful and well put together Very good The Fall River Axe Murders by Angela Carter 2.5 5 Very interesting premise but the actual action and composition of the story didn t appeal to me quite as much I was also unfamiliar with the history that this short story was based on, so that might have also decreased my enjoyment a little bit I wish that we also witnessed of the actual murder and aftermath and not just the buildup Love and Sex Among the Invertebrates by Pat Murphy 3 5 Interesting and cool with a little bit of pain kind of sprinkled on top Not sure I entirely agree with or understand the overall message of the story, but still enjoyed the reading experience When It Changed by Joanna Russ 3.5 5 Super super interesting take on the idea of splitting up the binary genders and then reintroducing the two together l liked the family aspect of this story but the rest of it wasn t as powerful for me Also, I do kind of get a little uncomfortable with the idea of men as a pure and unadulterated evil I don t know The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet by Vandana Singh 2 5 These women as _______ didn t really work for me, unfortunately A little bit too much meaning for me to really latch on and appreciate what they had to offer I m sure that they re amazing for some, just not for me Gestella by Susan Palwick 5 5 This was beautiful and devastating The controlling nature of the relationship and just basically every element of the story kind of broke my heart but I still adored it How she was tamed just limited in every single way and not allowed any agency in her own life I loved this I think this is my actual favorite Spectacular Boys by Carol Emshwiller 2.5 5 Fine, interesting world, but overall didn t really strike me in any particular ways Stable Strategies for Middle Management by Eileen Gunn 4 5 Super cool idea, well executed, unique in this anthology of very unique stories, and at least the general idea has remained with me and is at the top of my head when I sat down to write this So, this is to say, that I liked it and it worked well but wasn t necessarily the best, in my opinion Northern Chess by Tanith Lee 2.5 5 I very much liked the very end of this story and the moral or kind of ending message type thing, but the rest of it really wasn t my cup of tea I mean, it was fine, but just really didn t stick out to me and I kind of rushed my way through because I just wanted it to be over That being said, I was very pleasantly surprised by the ending Aunts by Karin Tidback 2 5 So I don t know exactly what happened here I definitely meshed a lot better with the ones that were less out there This was definitely cool and interesting, but I didn t get a lot out of it or enjoy it all that much Sur by Ursula K Le Guin 2.5 5 Definitely not as enad with this one as I really wanted to be as I know that Ms Le Guin is definitely one of the most influential writers of the genre I liked the relationships between them all, but like the adventure type and like wilderness I don t know, it just really wasn t for me Fears by Pamela Sargent 3 5 Kind of difficult to read, but still a good story, in my opinion Again, very interesting premise, though Detours on the Way to Nothing by Rachel Swirsky 5 5 REALLY liked this story about people projecting their desires onto others especially women, in this case and not letting those people have their own identities apart from how others construct them Anyway, I really appreciated a lot about this story, even when it was kind of heartbreaking and difficult to read Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space Time by Catherynne M Valente 3 5 I mean, to be fair, I didn t understand a lot of the science y parts they just kind of went over my head so I basically skimmed those parts I liked the idea of putting together these creation myths with science stuff, but really the part which was most impactful for me were the parts where she wrote about the science fiction writer which was a lot like what I was looking for Home by the Sea by Elisabeth Vonarburg 2.5 5 I didn t get anything out this, really Like, I m looking back at it now, and obviously it was the last one that I read so it should be fresh in my mind but I m not really remembering lots Average, not bad, but not exceptional or one of the ones from this that will really stick with me for a while A very interesting collection 88% flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 06, 2017 Rodney rated it it was amazing Dnf for best possible reason got so inspired I started writing and ran out of library renewals I read about two thirds of it and will definitely return for the rest flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 28, 2017 Tim rated it it was amazing Shelves fantasy, sci fi, female protagonist, short fiction An excellent cross section of women sf f authors, both foundational ones as well as several brilliant contemporary writers flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 10, 2017 Ginny Kaczmarek rated it it was amazing Sometimes I forget how fulfilling it can be to read explicitly feminist writing.Although this collection is definitely for adults, I was excited to see a couple of my favorite kidlit authors, Catherynne Valente and Kelly Barnhill, represented I was also thrilled to discover writers like Nalo Hopkinson and Hiromi Goto.Some of the stories are familiar, like The Screwfly Solution and The Evening and the Morning and the Night, but these are woven artfully among others arranged so that stories Sometimes I forget how fulfilling it can be to read explicitly feminist writing.Although this collection is definitely for adults, I was excited to see a couple of my favorite kidlit authors, Catherynne Valente and Kelly Barnhill, represented I was also thrilled to discover writers like Nalo Hopkinson and Hiromi Goto.Some of the stories are familiar, like The Screwfly Solution and The Evening and the Morning and the Night, but these are woven artfully among others arranged so that stories speak to one another across time and space I loved the combination of styles a journalist s report The Forbidden Words of Margaret A by L Timmel Duchamp horror, surrealism, sci fi Elisabeth Vonarburg s great reimagining of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep , sword and sorcery, fairy tales, and .The strains of feminism are diverse too, with varying degrees of satire, uplifting hear me roar grrl power, and horror filled dystopian warnings These stories represent women of different cultures, ages, sexual orientations even species Each selection is delightful reading and a thoughtful commentary on women s roles in society These are stick to you stories I know that Susan Palwick s Gestella, about a werewolf in love, will haunt me.Highly recommend this book, and I can t wait to dig further into the oeuvre of many of these writers flag 1 likeLike see review Mar 10, 2016 World Literature Today added it Shelves reviewed This collection brings together stories from the 1970s onward from new and established writers in science fiction and fantasy Speculative fiction provides an excellent milieu in which to explore feminist themes and the pressures and impositions put upon women in everyday life In fact, it is almost easier to confront the absurdity of social constructions of gender in a setting that itself is absurd or surreal All the stories challenge patriarchy and patriarchal thinking in some way and reveal This collection brings together stories from the 1970s onward from new and established writers in science fiction and fantasy Speculative fiction provides an excellent milieu in which to explore feminist themes and the pressures and impositions put upon women in everyday life In fact, it is almost easier to confront the absurdity of social constructions of gender in a setting that itself is absurd or surreal All the stories challenge patriarchy and patriarchal thinking in some way and reveal to us just how dangerous it can be The diversity of this anthology keeps the collection interesting and provides something for everyone This book is a must read for fans of speculative fiction, feminist or not, and would be an exciting text to build a women s studies course around Diane KarnsThis book was reviewed in the January 2016 issue of World Literature Today magazine Read the full review by visiting our website flag 1 likeLike see review May 31, 2015 AC rated it it was amazing A good selection of feminist speculative fiction I consider myself fairly well versed in the realm of feminist scifi fantasy but still found several new authors to add to my to read list Like any anthology some stories were enjoyable than others, but overall a strong collection of engaging speculative fiction that deals with a diverse range of issues flag 1 likeLike see review May 01, 2016 Jenn rated it it was amazing review of another edition Fantastic I was familiar with some of these authors, but others are new to me and I can t wait to read from all of them flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 23, 2015 Maggie rated it it was ok I didn t like Sisters, probably partly because, apparently, speculative fiction doesn t speculate in areas and ways that interest me I also didn t think it was all that radically feminist flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 27, 2016 S rated it really liked it I mean, the title alone hooked me Then I got to read rad scifi and horror etc all written by women from around the world and different times This my shit flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment May 14, 2015 Trinity rated it really liked it Shelves science fiction, fantasy, feminism, anthologies Some heartbreakingly beautiful stories in this collection flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Goodreads Librari Please combine Sister of the Revolution 2 15 Sep 12, 2015 01 58PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Ann VanderMeer is an American publisher and editor, and the second female editor of the horror magazine Weird Tales She is the founder of Buzzcity Press.Her work as Fiction Editor of Weird Tales 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Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology by Ann VanderMeer
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Authors in this collection I have read before

Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology by Ann VanderMeer
Lily

I love the idea behind this anthology sci fi fantasy stories, written by women from many different places and times, coming together to form a multi faceted view of feminism It was an exciting combination of authors old favorites, some I d been meaning to check out, and several I d never heard of before There were some compelling and thought provoking stories in here, but overall I found it a bit tedious Part of the reason is that, despite the variety of settings and styles, there s a de

Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology by Ann VanderMeer
Jenny (Reading Envy)

First of all, I would like to award myself a medal for FINALLY making it through one of the anthologies on my VanderMeer shelf It is one of the slimmer collections but I have been saying I will do this for several years It took one of my reading groups declaring February the month of revolution, and I decided this was as good of a time as any to work through these stories.There is a wide range of stories here, wide in theme and in time period, some old enough to give tastes of old school spe

Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology by Ann VanderMeer
Hazal Çamur

D nyan n farkl yerlerinde, farkl y llarda, farkl kad nlarca kaleme al nm tam 28 yk O y llara, o topraklara ve bir de bug ne d n p bakt m zda g r yoruz ki bir halt becerememi iz Hala ayr mc y z, hala kad n olman n erkekten a a kalmak demek olmad n anlatmak zorunday z.Kitaptaki baz yk ler kah distopik, kah g ld r c Her t rden hikaye mevcut bu antolojide Ama d bak yapt m zda, t m o e lenceli havas na ra men, insanlar olarak hi bir konuda geli emedi imizi g r yoruz nsanl

Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology by Ann VanderMeer
Viv JM

This is a really excellent and diverse collection of sci fi and fantasy stories with a feminist slant A lot of the stories as might be expected are dystopian, but not all There is a good mix of well known and lesser known authors, and there are many stories in translation too As with any anthology, I enjoyed some stories a lot than others, but the overall quality was very high and I would recommend this anthology to anyone who enjoys speculative fiction.

Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology by Ann VanderMeer
Ben Loory

Favorites My Flannel Knickers by Leonora Carrington which actually made me physically dizzy, which was a new one on me The Grammarian s Five Daughters by Eleanor Arnason really loved this one Will be reading Arnason soon The Forbidden Words of Margaret A by L Timmel Duchamp The Fall River Axe Murders by Angela Carter which prompted me to spend the next 5 hours researching Lizzie Borden and Boys by Carol EmshwillerPlus of course the James Tiptree Jr and Octavia Butler stories, b

Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology by Ann VanderMeer
Catherine Siemann

An exemplary collection of feminist speculative fiction, with a nice combination of contemporary and classic authors Although, as with all anthologies, some stories appeal than others, there wasn t a story here that I felt didn t belong Disclaimer I was a Kickstarter backer for this project, which really just means I paid for my copy quite a bit in advance Stories that especially stood out for me The Forbidden Words of Margaret A by L Timmel DuchampSpeculative legal fiction about

Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology by Ann VanderMeer
Lata

A good collection of science fiction and fantasy short stories from a wide range of authors I enjoyed a number of the stories, all of which had a feminist slant Some stories were scary commentaries on gender relations, while one in particular gave me a few chuckles the one about the grammarian I liked the editors picks.

Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology by Ann VanderMeer
Christine Prevas

There were maybe 5 stories that made reading this worthwhile Octavia Butler s The Evening and the Morning and the Night, L Timmel Duchamp s The Forbidden Words of Margaret A, Pat Murphy s Love and Sex Among the Invertebrates, Eileen Gunn s Stable Strategies for Middle Management, and Catherynne M Valente s Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space Time but for the most part I ended up infuriated and offended that an anthology published in 2015 could include stories that demean and fetishize t

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Refreshing Favourites Nalo Hopkinson s take on Bluebeard James Tiptree Jr s The Screwfly Solution Vandava Singh, the Woman Who thought She Was a Planet Susan Palwick s werewolf story

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