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Ann Leckie herself recommended it to me. In person. LeftHandOfDarkness-ebook

We wrapped up Imperial Radch, and now we’re time-traveling back to 1969, the year Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness was published. This work fits our theme by featuring an entire planet of “ambisexual” (bigender and bisexual) humans, who are androgynous for most of the month except when in “kemmer,” during which time they essentially develop genitalia and hook up with each other.

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leckie_ancillarymercy_cover-520x780We tried this with discussion prompts this time!

This review contains MAJOR spoilers for Ancillary MercyAncillary Sword and Ancillary Justice.

Ancillary Mercy

For a moment, things seem to be under control for the soldier known as Breq. Then a search of Athoek Station’s slums turns up someone who shouldn’t exist – someone who might be an ancillary from a ship that’s been hiding beyond the empire’s reach for three thousand years.

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Leckie_AncillarySword_TP-220x333This review contains spoilers for Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Justice.

What if you once had thousands of bodies and near god-like technology at your disposal?

And what if all of it were ripped away?

 

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Leckie_AncillarySword_TP-220x333Hold on to your tea, Citizens, it’s time again to blast off into space with the second installment in Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch trilogy, Ancillary Sword!

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lioness-rampant-9781442427662_lgGuess who’s running a day late! What’s time, anyway?

We’re finishing The Song of the Lioness quartet today with Tamora Pierce’s final book in the series, Lioness Rampant, in which Alanna gets some problematic booty, punches a mystical baboon, and fights an undead wizard.

Contains major spoilers, femme-/non-binary/magic shaming.

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Make sure you always know what we’re reading, citizen, with the new Beyond Binaries Book Club master schedule.

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LOOK AT THIS 80S-TASTIC COVER

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…in which our heroine rides into the desert and we learn about the need for intersectional feminism.

Featured image from here.

In addition to spoilers for Book 1, 2, and 3, we’ll be discussing issues related to racism (including white feminism and the idea of white saviors) and with partner misogyny.

tumblr_inline_ni1cuzzZMY1t8rophWhat’s the Beyond Binaries Book Club?

Long version here.

Our focus is on books (and media) about characters with sexualities, gender identities, or gender expressions that aren’t simply male/female or gay/straight. That is, characters who are bi/pansexual/queer-identified, or whose gender expression or identity is not strongly fixed to the gender binary (may include agender, transgender, gender-nonconforming, gendervariant, genderfluid, intersex [as identity], non-binary, genderqueer, et al.). We tend to read speculative fiction novels (as opposed to non-fiction, including autobiographies), but other genre fiction, graphic novels, comics, and short stories may be on our list.

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man

Newly knighted, Alanna of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert of Tortall. Captured by fierce desert dwellers, she is forced to prove herself in a duel to the death—either she will be killed or she will be inducted into the tribe. Although she triumphs, dire challenges lie ahead. As her mysterious fate would have it, Alanna soon becomes the tribe’s first female shaman—despite the desert dwellers’ grave fear of the foreign woman warrior. [Editor’s note: even the back of the book is racist oh boy] Alanna must fight to change the ancient tribal customs of the desert tribes—for their sake and for the sake of all Tortall. [Ed. NOOOOOPE let Kara and Kourrem do it stop it Alanna]

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