Monday, February 3, 2014

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Neq the Sword

Piers Anthony: Neq the Sword (1975)
3. part of the post apocalyptic science fiction trilogy "Battle Circle"

An age of darkness was descending upon the Empire. Soon there would be no food, no weapons and no honour--the laws of the nomads were forgotten in the struggle to survive.
Neq was the greatest of warriors. No man faced his sword without feeling its sting. Yet even he could not save the Empire alone, he needed the help of those who had begun its destruction.
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