Califia's Daughters

Califia's Daughters Leigh Richards
  • Title: Califia's Daughters
  • Author: Leigh Richards
  • ISBN: 9780553586671
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • Califia's Daughters Leigh Richards Califia s Daughters Set in the near future and inspired by the captivating myth of the warrior queen Califia this brilliantly inventive novel tells the story of a small peaceful community of women tucked away in a worl
    Set in the near future and inspired by the captivating myth of the warrior queen Califia, this brilliantly inventive novel tells the story of a small, peaceful community of women tucked away in a world gone mad.Only the elders of the Valley remember life the way it used to be, when people traveled in automobiles and bought food others had grown When the ratio of male to fSet in the near future and inspired by the captivating myth of the warrior queen Califia, this brilliantly inventive novel tells the story of a small, peaceful community of women tucked away in a world gone mad.Only the elders of the Valley remember life the way it used to be, when people traveled in automobiles and bought food others had grown When the ratio of male to female was nearly the same Before the bombs fell, and a deadly virus claimed the world s men.Now, civilization s few surviving males are guarded by women warriors like Dian, the Valley s chief protector, as fierce and loyal as the guard dogs she trains When an unexpected convoy of strangers rides into her village, it is Dian who meets them, ready to do battle.To her surprise, the visitors come in peace and bear a priceless gift, whose arrival is greeted with as much suspicion as delight And indeed, the strangers want something in return, a request that could change the future of the Valley into one of hope or utter desolation.It is up to Dian to discover their motive, in a journey that will cost her far than she ever imagined, a journey from which she may never return.
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    About Leigh Richards


    1. A pseudonym of Laurie R KingLibrarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.


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    1. This was written by me under the indicated pseudonym.

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    2. I m normally not a fan of the post apocalyptic dystopic genre I have the same objections to it as I do to most fantasy a lack of creative imagination One would think that with both genres, since the boundary terms are much broader, less restrictive than in realistic literature that the opposite would be true But too much fantasy is locked into the Tolkien model and most of the post apocalyptic dystopic writing contents itself with superficial rendering of one of three or four general concepts, g [...]

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    3. Wow Just Wow I really loved this book, and I feel so sad that there isn t a sequel although it works well on its own, I would have loved to have some further adventures of Part dystopia, part agrarian idyll, post pandemic California has descended into isolated frontier communities with limited technology Males has been decimated by the disease and now have protected and commodity status due to their rarity Dian and her village are alarmed when travellers from a far flung outpost in the North com [...]

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    4. Leigh Richards is also known as Laurie R King, author of the Mary Russell books, so when I saw this on the shelf I decided to give it a shot I read it on the plane home from Vegas, and it held my attention throughout the flight Set in the near future , after the devastating near destruction of world or at least, the known world to the characters involved , the world building with a female majority is good and the characters are generally interesting, but as I finished it this morning I found mys [...]

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    5. I wasn t really all that excited about this one, but it was for a book club, so I figured I d make an attempt It s a pseudonymous effort by the mystery author Laurie R King, and I ve been told that she s very good in her usual guise That may be so, but I saw none of the promise I ve been told is there in her mystery fiction in Califia s Daughters Honestly, my main problem was with how slow the pace of the book was I read almost 300 of its 500 pages and still felt like the plot hadn t really gott [...]

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    6. I found this at a use book store for half price, and was intrigued by the rather interesting concept It takes place in a post apocalyptic America, where the population has been severely decreased and rendered the number of men to almost nil Thus, the women are in charge of the remains of society and men are a protected and valued resource This, unfortunately, is where the interesting aspects of this book end It has a lot of potential to be a good story, but the author seems to ramble rather exce [...]

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    7. Intriguing worldbuilding, gripping story, mediocre writing The premise technophobic riots unleashed viruses which destroyed most of the world s population, and rendered the birthrate of healthy males very very low So you ve got a female run, post apocalyptic society where men are a rare, sheltered commodity Commendably, the book doesn t get into whether a basically ian society would be better or worse, just uses it as a backdrop for a really interesting story Definitely a page turner And like in [...]

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    8. This book is set in post apocalyptic California in a society where a deadly virus kills a significant portion of the male population of each generation Men have become valuable assets to be cosseted and protected by women like Dian, who is responsible for providing security for everyone in her small farming community I admit that I am predisposed to like this book, as much for the strong relationship the main character has with her dogs as for the portrayal of women run societies And as a bonus [...]

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    9. I enjoyed this than i usually enjoy post apocalyptic feminist fiction Excellent character development, strong plotting, good ideas I like the world she has created, and would love to read in it My only real problem with the book was the idea that monogamy would mean anything at all in a world where the gender ratios were 10 1 I suspect the author was unable to question her own monogamist bias, or didn t realize it needed questioning That was the only note of jarring unreality I really liked th [...]

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    10. This is a rather adventurous book set into a rather grim future where males have been nearly wiped out and are to be kept safe while the females take on the work of holding together their own special communities, protecting the weak and harvesting the crops Dian is our heroine that must embark into a now hostile world from her own semi utopia and encounters much that is different and sometimes dangerous I read this book with much enthusiasm and finished it quickly.

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    11. I only read this because it is actually written by Laurie King and she gave me a copy when I worked at a bookstore It was ok She s a good writer, with great ideas, but I didn t like it as well as her other books.

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    12. This book set in a remarkably different future on Earth tells the story of a new type of community and its challenges, including surrounding not always compatible communities I loved this story and when I finished the book I WANTED MORE

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    13. Of all the things this book might have been to me, in the end it was a story about dogs The relationship Dian and her dogs share created an axis around which the rest of this novel spun Al dog lovers should give the book a go.

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    14. Knowing that this post apocalyptic science fiction was written under a pseudonym, by Laurie R King, made it important for me to dig up a copy I ve read pretty much everything else she s written, and while this is a far cry from her normal genres of mystery, and historical mystery, I was particularly curious because, while I ll read most any genre, science fiction is my favorite This book did not disappoint, in the least Great characters, well structured plot, and a well built world, make this an [...]

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    15. 3.5 stars because the beginning was so slow and dull that I almost didn t continue reading Once the Valley was left behind, the story became interesting Things began to bog down again in Ashtown, but I stuck with it to the end The addition of captions comments at the beginning of most of the chapters is, I think, a bad habit, distracting, and completely irrelevant.

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    16. I loved this Absolutely adored it.It s a version of the plague kills all or almost all the men trope, but it works, and doesn t feel derivative.I need to see what else King has written as Richards.

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    17. I loved this story everything about it was exactly what I enjoy in a book Well written, strong heroine, adventure that kept you interested It was a unique story that pleasantly surprised me and it will certainly now be one of my favorites.

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    18. great SciFi by Laurie King

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    19. Califia s Daughters is one of the most unique, inventive, thought provoking, dark, disturbing, pseudo violent, feminist based, post apocalyptic dystopian novels I have read in a long time, if ever I thoroughly enjoyed it and came away impressed with the book and author What a work of art The book takes place in the not too distant future after some type of apocalyptic nightmare has taken place, presumably throughout North America, probably the world, and most certainly California Most people hav [...]

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    20. I am not terribly surprised that I really liked this book, because Laurie R King knows how to plot and how to develop characters, but I really would like a warning for books in which animals die I really hate that, but that didn t stop me from listening to the entire book, even if I was crying while driving across I 4 a couple times.

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    21. Leigh Richards Pseudonym for Laurie R King has done a fairly good job of engaging the topics of gender role reversals and feminist views in this book She is balanced, by avoiding the feminist Social Darwinism of Sherri S Tepper s Gate to Women s Country ,and completely avoiding the fantastical, never explained, and adolescently female domination of Wen Spencer s A Brother s Price While Richards does not go into heavy explanation of the why and how of male exploitation Richards, as well as Spence [...]

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    22. I listened to this book instead of read it As an audiobook, Califia s Daughters lilted and meandered along very enjoyably While the post apocalyptic All the Men Are Dead scenario is not new, here it is well execution and detailed in comparison to others of this mini genre Alas, if I had been reading instead of listening, I believe the occasionally long winded narration, style, and various plot holes would have driven me quite bonkers In Califia s Daughters, disease, war and civil unrest has brou [...]

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    23. Usually I like post apocalyptic, dystopic type novels and have an especial fondness for ones which are from a woman s point of view.This, however Not so much.There are several lines of plot running 1 The village and its politics many different issues 2 Dian going to the the other settlement to scope it out potential issue 3 Robin, and the Ashtown segment4 Return to villageAll of these are started off, and are begun to be fleshed out, but the other characters are poorly fleshed out, for all that [...]

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    24. What a unique and wonderful book So much fiction these days is filled with tough women characters, and while some are certainly believable, many others seem to be ciphers for modern angst about femininity Califia s Daughters tramples all pre conceived notions of strong, independent women, and ends up presenting a wide array of women both strong and weak who are so believable that you feel as if you have known them your whole life I bring up the tough girl character because the protagonist, Dian, [...]

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    25. I love Laurie R King s Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes mysteries, and her Kate Martinelli books police detective in San Francisco In 2004, she wrote this science fiction novel under the pen name Leigh Richards I guess it must not have sold that well or at least not well enough to justify not spending her time writing another Mary Russell book instead of another book set in this world It s a near future dystopia, in which war and disease caused modern society to collapse There s now an endemic virus [...]

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    26. This novel fits into a very narrow genre niche post apocalyptic science fiction where women dominate men in the new societal structure Taking place many decades after a vague apocalypse, women outnumber men ten to one Because men are such a rare resource, women hoard and protect them from harm Role reversal ensues, where men are homebound while women manage the hard labor and dangerous jobs, including hunting and traveling in a fallen world where some are still savage and brutal.The first two th [...]

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    27. 20141007 Another attempt at science fiction, this time with a dystopian, feminist y slant The world has been all but destroyed by extremist groups, nuclear weapons, and renegade diseases A deadly virus is released or has mutated this isn t explained which attaches itself to the males of the species, resulting in a civilization where men are protected exploited as precious commodities Sounds promising, right Unfortunately, this interesting premise isn t fully described or developed at all beyond [...]

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    28. An interesting premise, but I was left feeling as though I hadn t really gotten to know most of the characters, in spite of a fair amount of introspection on their parts The world that King creates is really only half believable I would have preferred either exposition on the state of things following the apocalypse, or far less My curiosity was piqued, but never satisfied The strange mix of high and low tech in various parts of the world never ends up making much sense I picked up this book as [...]

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    29. The hardest book views to write the ones in which I know a book is good but I just didn t like it This is one of those books Normally I would never pick up a post apocalyptic novel so over that genre but I wanted to read this one because it s written by Laurie R King, whose mysteries I love I soon realized this this was woman on a journey theme, which is also not one of my favorites, but I decide to stick to it This is how I know this book is good in terms of literary criticism it was so well wr [...]

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    30. Very readable and captivating The beauty of this book was not necessarily the creation of an alternate reality future, though that was done very well, but rather in the complex character development Unfortunately, I was left wanting at the end how did the final series of events change Dian, who was she post Ashtown How did the new community integrate What of Sonja and Laine and the power struggle Perhaps it was written to have a sequel, which would be nice though I am loathe to encourage Laurie [...]

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