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Apr. 20th, 2016 @ 03:41 pm Books
Borderline, by Mishell Baker

An urban fantasy with a protagonist who had borderline personality disorder and amputated legs. She walks straight from a residential clinic into an agency that deals with contact between our world and a secondary Fae world.

Apparently the author has BPD too, and it reads like a matter-of-fact journal of how she copes, rather than a romanticisation, so I don't know if the borderline personality disorder is accurate but it's not obviously bad and I'd like to hear from someone who would know better than me.

The fantasy worldbuilding is reasonably well done, it establishes some simple ideas about human/fey relations and how that bring creativity to the human and abstract thought to the fey, and develops them. I felt like it all wrapped up a bit quick, but what there was was quite interesting.

Warning that the protagonist had a relationship with a college professor which may have been abusive, and had a suicide attempt, before the book starts, but are brought up often, if that is likely to make it difficult to read for you.

Just City, by Jo Walton

Greek Gods Athena and Apollo pull hundreds of volunteers from all over time to participate in an experiment to create Plato's vision of a perfect society (Utopia) in reality. And several of the characters are historical figures who've written on Plato (who I hadn't heard of, but if you follow this sort of thing you will hopefully be excited about).

It does most of the things you'd hope from that premise, it examines what's right and what's tragically wrong in Plato's ideas, and how people from different cultures cope with the ideas differently, and has people living lives with a blend of civic responsibility and philosophical discourse. Near the end there's an important philosophical debate between one of the philosophers and Athena.

Again, warning, that a major theme is different relationships between men and women, and why some cultures don't really have an understanding why rape is bad, and in a few places it gets quite graphic. It's not endorsing or condoning anything, but it's likely to be difficult to read for many people.

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