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October 15, 2014
So if you like playing the Rogue class in Dungeons and Dragons, you like "urban fantasy," and you really liked Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser but thought "Wow this is kind of misogynistic," you might like "The Duchess of the Shallows."

It's a really well-put-together adventure story. I got sent a review copy of it because of the column I wrote ages ago about feminism in nerd culture, because this novel has been singled out as a good "feminist" fantasy work -- not in the sense of having a politically feminist message (of which there are plenty of interesting examples) but in the sense of being written from a backdrop of default feminist values.

Which is nice -- it's got a Strong Female Protagonist who avoids being gratuitously sexy or spunky or sassy or any of those annoying things, it's got gay and bi sexuality front-and-center in the story without making circus freaks or perverted villains out of the gay characters, and it soberly faces the ugliness and inequality of a fantasy-medieval society without revelling in it the way Game of Thrones often seems to.

And it's co-authored by the guy who wrote the IF game Slouching Towards Bedlam, which is one of my favorite things ever, so there's that too.

Thumbs up, go check it out.
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4.3 out of 5 stars