There must be something in the air, because I somehow ended up reading three books last week that all featured women kicking some serious butt. It was such a nice change of pace to have a several books with female protagonists who aren’t just emotionally or psychologically resilient, but physically strong as well. The balance of brain and brawn in these characters is something so rare in the genre I’m always excited to share some new reads with female characters that break the mold.
Jane Carver of Waar by Nathan Long
It begins with a Merle Haggard song on the radio and a tough biker woman committing a murder. From there, this wild satire of Edgar Rice Burrough’s Barsoom series kicks into hyperdrive. It turns the classic story on its head with a female protagonist and the rollicking adventure turned to 11 and reflected through a modern sensibility. An easy book to love with lots of laughs, Long’s book manages to breathe new life into an old story. Peferct for fans of the Chicks in Chainmail series or anyone who likes a dash of whimsy with their fantasy adventure.
Catwoman Volume 1, The Game by Judd Winick
Part of the DC universe’s rebooted line of comics, the iconic hero/villian Catwoman returns in her own series. While the low brow sexiness and frantic plotting aren’t going to win any awards, the whole thing manages to be edgier that it needs to be, resulting in a thrilling new series. It will definitely keep you reading, even if you have to roll your eyes a few times!
People of the Weeping Eye by Michael and Kathleen Gear
The Gears really can do no wrong. Their brilliant world-building conjures a mystical and multifarious pre-colonization America and the fascinating cultures of indigenous tribes. Rather than writing historical fiction of Native American tribes, the Gears use extensive anthropological research to create absorbing stories that are informed and molded after the exceptional cultures they study. This tale features Two Petal, a beautiful and powerful young woman who lives her life backwards for spiritual reasons. It’s the kind of novel and moving story the Gears excel at.