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Jacky Flemming Comic collections |
1) Be a bloody train driver...
2) Never give up
3) Falling in Love
All are hilarious... ("Be cantankerous, be foul, but never, *ever* be
Jane Eyre - by Charlotte Bronte|
Still the woman's book of women's books.
It tells the story of women's split personalities. Women have been
conditioned to hide their sexuality; Jane decides, by the end of the
book, not to.
The Jane Whitefield Novels - by Thomas Perry |
This series of novels, about a Native American
woman, Jane Whitefield, who uses her Seneca intuition, strength and dexterity to help people
"disappear". She's a one-woman modern day witness protection program and intrepid sleuth. The
books are elegantly written with action-packed suspense and clever plot twists.
Jane Whitefield is a TRUE Heartless Bitch and as one review said, she will "catch your eye
and kill you in the same glance."
Strangers In Paradise - by Terry Moore|
These are two Graphic Novel compilations of the comic book "Strangers in Paradise".
Strangers in Paradise is a non-superhero comic that has strong female characterization.
Volume 1 is a great introduction to the lives of Katina Choovanski
(aka Katchoo), Francine Peters, and David.
Katchoo is a 5'3'' skinny blonde painter who 'hates men,' and
threatens one prospective suitor with: "I'm not some lonely bimbo sitting
around waiting for some MAN to save me from a life of single hell! I'll
never be your mother or your love pocket, and if you EVER betray me, I'll
feed your balls to my cat!"
Jaran - by Kate Eliott|
Terese Soerenson, heir to a dukedom under Alien rule where women aren't
allowed to rule, is also the heir to Earth's resistance. Unsure of herself, and unwilling
to be 'THE heir' she flees to an alien planet, where she comes of age
amongst a tribe of nomads, caught in a struggle between the alien
repressors and her brother, lost in a wilderness that she doesn't
understand, she captures the essence of personal power.
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The Keeper of the Isis Light - by Monica Hughes|
The keeper of the Isis Light is about a girl Olwen growing up alone
on a hostile planet with only her guardian robot and her pet dragon.
She grows up without human companionship until a band of settlers moves
in. When she falls in love with one of the settlers, Mark, she discovers
what predjudice is. Since she wore a space suit, seemingly to protect her
from disease, Mark had no idea of what she looked like. She had been genetically
altered to withstand the hostile climate of the world she lives in. He
had a hard time dealing with it. The settlers felt pity for her, and gave
her an option to have undone what was done to her, but she chose isolation
and the freedom to roam her world rather then having them take away a
part of herself to be accepted and loved. Beautiful story.
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Lady Sings the Blues - by Billie Holiday|
When you look at lady jazz and blues singers, you KNOW they had to be the original riot grrls. Billie
Holiday against the world, she was a heartless bitch and a half, this is even non fiction. Yeah, her songs are
usually about men, but she never sang a song she didn't live. Reading Billie describe all her ordeals in the
slang and cussing that you'd think would be innappropriate for a woman of the time is just amazing. Starting
out from when she was young and her father couldn't claim her as her own, she didn't care, she didn't moan
that she was traumatized. She was raped at 10 and then put in jail for it, put in jail for being raped! Sent to a
catholic institution luckily her mother knew a lot of rich white people and got her out of there. She goes
through being a whore and deciding just what kind of tricks she would turn and which men she would not.
Her first cabereting(which back in the day didn't mean a tity bar) she established herself as the lady, she
wouldn't do none of those acrobatics to get a dollar, she was a singer not a stripper. Then on the road with a white band,
travelin' through prejudice and even once having to put on blackface cuz she wasn't black enough! "There's
no business like show business. I had to smile to keep from throwing up." In an out of jail and bad
relationships and she still did not blame everyone else. She fell for many losers, but she didn't blame them.
Her life was full of fighting up until her last battle..with heroin. Anyone too timid to speak up, read this and
take a few lessons from Lady Day. She was the ultimate bitch.
Laurell K. Hamilton - writes a
series of modern horror books featuring a female lead, Anita Blake.|
Born of mexican heritage, Anita is a five foot woman who *hates* being called cute.
She animates the dead for a living, alongside being the state's official
vampire slayer. The stories combine a mix of dark humour and refreshing
realism (yes, in a fantasy horror book...).
Laurell K. Hamilton has outdone herself in the character of Anita Blake.
This heroine has attitude, her own code of ethics, and a practicality
about her life situation which so far has kept her alive. Not to mention
a sense of humor in tight situations ("oh goody") and really gorgeous guys
attracted to her for some of the right reasons (and some of the wrong
ones). We all need a little sex in our cheap novels, right?
Hard bitten, self sufficiency has been sorely lacking in the alternate
universe heroines. They usually do some neat things, but they are
usually too candy-coated. It's all about the outside world. No heartfelt
deep down fear vs. moral dilemma stuff for those of us who live in their
own head. Anita Blake faces alot of those with a choice brand of
Les Belles-Soeurs - by Michel Tremblay.|
This is a play, with only
female primary characters. It exposes the life of French- Canadian women
and how they are expected to conform to societie's ideas of what they
should be and how they should act. Filled to the brim with bitching, this
play is funny and amusing, yet delivers a strong message.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) - by by Choderlos
My favorite female role model and heartless bitch of all times is the
Marquise de Merteuil in "Dangerous Liason", a novel written by Choderlos
de Laclos (a man, thought I suspect his wife wrote it) in 17-something.
Glenn Close played a great version of her in Stephen Frear's adaptation
of the book - a much better movie than that sappy adaptation by Milos
Forman called "Valmont". Of course Forman had to concentrate his
adaptation of the book on the main male character, when the heart of the
story is the Marquise de Merteuil.
Talking about bitches being in control, the Marquise has this long
monologue where she explains how as a child, she learned to control her
facial expressions in order to fool the aristocratie she had to deal
with all her life. When a male lover abandons her because he wants to
seduce someone else, she brings in her male alma mater and her only real
competitor, Valmont (played by John Malkovich) to seduce the sweet and
pure love object of her former lover. Something like that. In the
meantime, she's having fun with much younger lovers who fall for her
like flies. And girl, does she like to see them fall. Anyway, she rocks.
You could swear that her character was written in the nineties, although
that doesn't really say much. Thelma and Louise move over. THIS is what
control is all about.
Letters to a Young Feminist - by Phyllis Chesler|
Chesler's latest book on the the current state of feminism and women's
Lieutenant Nun : Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World - by Catalina De Erauso, Michele Stepto (Translator), Gabriel Stepto (Translator)|
In 1585, Catalina de Erauso escaped a convent dressed as a boy. During her lifetime she
became a soldier in the Spanish army, killed her own brother, and managed to become the
darling of the Pope and the Spanish-speaking world. "A rollicking, swashbuckling tale." - LOS
The Life and Loves of a She Devil - by Fay Weldon.|
A woman's husband cheats on her because she is homely and by his terms a "She
Devil". She then systematically evokes revenge on the husband, his lover and
their whole lives and existence......brilliant AND satisfying!
Listen Up: Voices from the next feminist generation - by Barbara Findlen|
Pretty much "a girl's guide to taking over the world". A
bunch of really cool stories about women and daily struggles. *yeah
Love & Rockets - by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez|
Fantagraphics Books, 7563 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Though this comic recently capped off at issue #50, it is reprinted
extensively both in individual issues and in TPBs. The dual story lines--each
brother has his own--feature everything from space aliens and supernatural
visitors to punk musicians and gangsters and women wrestlers; the whole place
is littered with glorious, actin'-out HBs like Luba and Hopey and Queen Rena
Lucky - Alice Sebold |
A non-fiction memoir of rape. Unfortunately,
hidden deep in the "victim" section (selfhelp/recovery) at Barnes and Noble.
Don't let that fool you.
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