Usually I am delighted and besotted by a story, but I think this story is being caught in a dizzying and compelling spell that won’t let you go.
Anyway, The Gendered Brain takes a look (okay, an axe) to the belief that men and women’s brains are different. It looks at decades of scientific progress on the subject, poking holes in badly constructed studies and highlighting the social conditioning that happens as a person develops.
I keep mentioning the Read Harder Challenge, but need to remind myself of which ones I’ve read, so I’m going to list them all here. The rules allow you to tick off more than one criteria with one book, in case you wonder why books appear multiple times.
CONFESSION: This is the first Octavia Butler novel I have ever read. However, I think I can see the influence of this book on some other (less good) novels that I’ve read over the years. Basically, the less good novels just keep the weirdness with no deeper analysis.
The main plot revolves around uncovering what would become Watergate from the perspective of a 22nd century agent, and then trying to make sure it happens to correct the timeline. This is what hooked me on buying the book in the first place. But that turns into a larger plot of why Watergate doesn’t happen, so we’ve got a double whammy of mystery and intrigue.
In brief moments, you get a sense of the landscape and difficulty of the journey, but most of the time you’re just amazed at the man’s arrogance and inability to write a decent sentence
I liked about 50% of this book and really disliked the other 50%. I think it mainly has to due with personal taste, but also how coherehent you can make a futuristic world without becoming incoherent.