Anadi Dolls

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The last thing Jekun wanted to do was Turn neuter. She'd spent her life as a pampered breeder in the caverns of House Sadlan, a female prized for her intelligence and stamina. Changing this late in her life meant... loss. Heartbreak. Work! Can she--it--find a place among the neuters of her House? Or is there no peace to be found in a new body? A short story of the Jokka.

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Words: 7,510
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466178397
About M.C.A. Hogarth

Daughter of two Cuban political exiles, M.C.A. Hogarth was born a foreigner in the American melting pot and has had a fascination for the gaps in cultures and the bridges that span them ever since. She has been many things—-web database architect, product manager, technical writer and massage therapist—-but is currently a full-time parent, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens, both human and otherwise.

Her fiction has variously been recommended for a Nebula, a finalist for the Spectrum, placed on the secondary Tiptree reading list and chosen for two best-of anthologies; her art has appeared in RPGs, magazines and on book covers.

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Review by: K. Starbuck on Sep. 12, 2011 :
This one made me cry.

Which is not to say that the story is intentionally written that way. Further expanding the world and experience of the Jokka, we learn about one of the pathways that the life of an anandi can take.

This story asks questions about gender roles, and where a person fits in, and shows the stress that can be brought on when society pushes too hard against an individual in trying to define them.

There are small moments of tenderness interspersed between bittersweet times of regret and concern.

A must have for Jokka fans.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Altivo Overo on Aug. 17, 2011 :
A superb and powerful look into the walls between gender roles, and one that is just as applicable to humans as to Jokka, alas. There is more to it, than that, though. The story is one of becoming, of transcending the barriers that we all too often set for ourselves even more rigidly than society imposes them upon us. A true, and unusual coming-of-age story, and a pleasure to read more than once.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Conrad Wong on July 12, 2011 :
A treasure for fans of the Jokka, I loved the attention to details of the world and culture, how everything Jekun knows about the world is turned upside down, and how she is forced to adapt. 'Til now, the life of the female anadi, kept as the precious resources of their Houses, has been very little explored. 'Til now!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Elizabeth McCoy on July 05, 2011 :
There's a twist in the ending, actually -- which was somewhat unexpected, though perhaps I should've expected it. Definitely interesting. Jekun is a complex creature.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Razz on July 05, 2011 :
As a long-time fan of the Jokka stories, this is one I've been waiting for a long time to read and it was well worth it. This is a very different look at these alien people, reversing many of the common themes in this setting. I read Jekun's story with a lump in my throat the whole way through and more than a little bit of envy by the end. If you've been reading the Jokka stories, this one sheds more light on these wonderful people and is well worth the read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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