The Power by Naomi Alderman has got a lot of attention and some awards lately. It's science fiction where first all the teenage girls, then the adult women, develop electric-eel like powers to administer painful, stimulating or deadly electric shocks. This starts to change the balance of power between the sexes, as woman are now more physically dangerous than men.
Good book on the whole. It's pacey with four different characters showing the changes to the world from different angles. Like Joanna Russ, Alderman doesn't have any truck with the notion of women being naturally gentle: the women here abuse their power and start to create mirror image societies where men are oppressed.
The novel has a slightly awkward framing device where thousands of years in the future a male historian/writer reconstructs what happened in letters to a female publisher who is sceptical that men could ever have been in charge. Found it a bit hard to believe that millenia into the future society has so exactly reconstructed the 21st century even down to names. Also the precise parameters of the power seem a bit too convenient.
Overall though, good book, well worth reading.
Had a short holiday in the German countryside with the family. Had a good time: nice warm sunny weather, managed a couple of good walks after overcoming the toddler's resistance, did a day trip to Heidelberg.
Was worried about travelling with the toddler, but he managed the flights and airports like a champ, didn't even have to resort to the sticker books. We travelled with our car seat, but German taxis mostly seem to have built-in car seats (for 15kg kids and up) which makes life easier.
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