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April 25, 2011


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I just finished this one yesterday and feel the same way about it. The interjection of current politics was a big turn-off for me. It seemed out of place and I agree with the one male character who said, "How is withholding sex supposed ot bring the men back when they are already there fighting?" Didn't make sense to me.

My biggest disappointment was the Eli/Willa thread. It didn't tie up too neatly for them, and I can't say that I wanted it to but the entire relationship seemed pointless.


Oh, I've REALLY been wanting to read this.

nomadreader (Carrie)

I had a somewhat similar reaction to you. The magical realism didn't bother me in the midst of the satire (I'm not sure if it further blurred the magical/reality line for me or not), but the ending did. It was tied up too neatly for me, but it was still an incredibly enjoyable read. I'm looking forward to exploring her backlist too!

bermudaonion (Kathy)

This one seems to be getting mixed reviews. I'm still really curious about it.


I agree, reviews seem to be all over the place on this one. I'd love to read it!

Jen - Devourer of Books

Interesting. I can't picture this without that little aspect of magic (honestly, it isn't pervasive enough in their reality I'd even consider the book magical realism). I'm just not even sure how this book would be laid out without it.


Jen, what if they had all been compelled to abstain based on the content of the play? What if there were other factors (besides the spell) that caused them to adopt Lysistrata's tactics? I guess I'd have found the book more interesting if the causes were realistic rather than magical realism. To be sure, it would have changed the book considerably, and made it much more of a statement than a gentle satire.


Such an interesting concept. I've heard good and bad about it. I'd love a chance to read it. Thank you!


I felt the same way as you about the magical realism. I thought it was unnecessary and that the story could have been told without using the spell as the cause. But I loved her writing!

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