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melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote2017-03-28 03:15 pm
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FMK #6: Beloved Authors

So last week's FMK loser was Ben Bova's The Multiple Man, and tbh my only qualm with dumping that one is that I will no longer have a nice big pile of books with MEN in their title. Well, and also feeling a little bit bad for Jamie Madrox.

The winner was The Female Man by Joanna Russ! (The Bester was surprisingly close for awhile, probably because the Russ was getting a lot of M votes. Predictably.) I will be putting up a response for that one when I have finished reading it.

This week's theme is "Authors who have at least one series on my 'definitely keep' shelf but I am kind of afraid to branch out to their other stuff in case I don't like it". This should be a fun one!

How FMK works, short version: I am trying to clear out my unreads. So there is a poll, in which you get to pick F, M, or K. F means I should spend a night of wild passion with the book ASAP, and then decide whether to keep it or not. M means I should continue to commit to a long-term relationship of sharing my bedroom with it. K means it should go away immediately. Anyone can vote, you don't have to actually know anything about the books.

I pick a winner on Friday night (although won't actually close the poll, people can still vote,) and report results/ post the new poll on the following Tuesday, and write a response to the F winner sometime in the next week.

Link to long version of explanation (on first poll)
Poll #18117 FMK #6: Beloved Authors
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 59


Westmark by Lloyd Alexander (1981)

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F
18 (48.6%)

M
16 (43.2%)

K
3 (8.1%)

Harvest of Stars by Poul Anderson (1993)

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F
7 (29.2%)

M
3 (12.5%)

K
14 (58.3%)

The Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold (1992)

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F
20 (52.6%)

M
11 (28.9%)

K
7 (18.4%)

Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly (1986)

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F
21 (61.8%)

M
10 (29.4%)

K
3 (8.8%)

Captive Universe by Harry Harrison (1969)

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F
7 (28.0%)

M
1 (4.0%)

K
17 (68.0%)

The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber (1964)

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F
8 (33.3%)

M
5 (20.8%)

K
11 (45.8%)

The Changeling Sea by Patricia McKillip (1988)

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F
14 (48.3%)

M
14 (48.3%)

K
1 (3.4%)

Space Viking by H. Beam Piper (1963)

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F
6 (25.0%)

M
6 (25.0%)

K
12 (50.0%)

Nation by Terry Pratchett (2008)

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F
10 (25.6%)

M
26 (66.7%)

K
3 (7.7%)

The Sleeping Dragon by Joel Rosenberg (1983)

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F
8 (40.0%)

M
3 (15.0%)

K
9 (45.0%)

Forge of the Elders by L. Neil Smith (2001)

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F
5 (22.7%)

M
2 (9.1%)

K
15 (68.2%)

The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge (1980)

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F
23 (69.7%)

M
8 (24.2%)

K
2 (6.1%)

The Nargun and the Stars by Patricia Wrightson (1973)

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F
12 (54.5%)

M
7 (31.8%)

K
3 (13.6%)

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen (1992)

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F
16 (44.4%)

M
17 (47.2%)

K
3 (8.3%)

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[personal profile] genarti 2017-03-28 11:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Thaaaaat is fair.

"Celebrates" is maybe too strong a word, by my memories (admittedly fuzzy, because most of this stuff comes up in the latter two books more than the first.) "Believes in," certainly, I think, but it's more "well, monarchy sucks even when you have a well-intentioned decent person on the throne, and a non-hereditary despot is not BETTER, so... let's give a republic a try?" And then all the messiness that ensues. There is civil war; it's not pretty. It's not graphically grimdark, because Lloyd Alexander is not that kind of writer and this is aimed at kids, but it's very clear in an understated way what kind of stuff is going on, and there's a body count. And the end is hopeful, but it's not AND THEN EVERYTHING WAS WONDERFUL AND EVERYBODY HAD A GOOD LIFE THEREAFTER.

My memories are too vague to speak to the exact details of the tone, though. And all the same, it may still be a situation where it's entirely the wrong moment for the trilogy for you.
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[personal profile] rachelmanija 2017-03-29 12:16 am (UTC)(link)
I don't know how you'll react, but this might be exactly the right time to read it. By that I mean the whole trilogy; the first book by itself feels slight, but the entire thing is amazing and the length of one medium-length book. It's much more complicated than "democracy is awesome."
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[personal profile] birke 2017-03-29 02:14 am (UTC)(link)
IAWTC.

I didn't know how to vote on Westmark because I wouldn't necessarily recommend that you marry it, but one night of passion isn't enough -- if you're going to judge the first book you really do have to commit to reading all three.