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Recommendations for strong female characters?
« on: August 16, 2012, 04:46:21 PM »
What can I say, I am in the mood to read something with a female that can kick some ass....   :-\

Any recommendations?? (preferably not YA)  :)
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Re: Recommendations for strong female characters?
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2012, 05:08:26 PM »

 Legend of Condor Heroes would be a nice option. As a wuxia fiction series, there are many girls kicking and fighting, though unfortunately not what I would call strong, they are too dependant on other male figures :(

 It can be downloaded in english (not sure if legally) from ancientchinese.net or from wuxiapedia.

 It's one of the most famous novels of wuxia literature from the author who's considered the main referent in the genre, Jin Yong.
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Re: Recommendations for strong female characters?
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2012, 05:09:46 PM »
Almost everyone is going to say Best Served Cold, so I'll also say that first to get it out of the way, then I'll suggest The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell. Depending on your tolerance for zombie fiction it could be just what you're looking for.
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Re: Recommendations for strong female characters?
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2012, 05:36:12 PM »

Any recommendations?? (preferably not YA)  :)


Aww... Tamora Pierce writes so cool and strong strong female characters...
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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2012, 07:47:17 PM »
Not read yet, but it's on my TBR pile:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10999941-babylon-steel

The cover tells you all you need to know ;)
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Re: Recommendations for strong female characters?
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2012, 08:12:13 PM »
Thanks for the recommendation so far. I remember seeing Babylon Steel as the book club read a few months ago, but didnt join in because I had other books from my TBR pile I was working on, I'll have to give it another look.


Any recommendations?? (preferably not YA)  :)


Aww... Tamora Pierce writes so cool and strong strong female characters...
OK ... maybe I should have worded that better. There are most likely some YA options that would be good, but I dont want anything overly simplistic, YA seems to such a broad range of books. Another reason why I said preferably not YA is the lists I could find on Goodreads for strong females have almost entirely YA books in it. Thought I would see if I would get something different here. I'll still check these out. :)

Almost everyone is going to say Best Served Cold, so I'll also say that first to get it out of the way

I would recommend that one too, I've already read it, but it is a good fit :)

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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2012, 11:24:00 PM »
Michael Sullivans Riyria books. Strong male and femlae characters all round.
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Re: Recommendations for strong female characters?
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2012, 11:25:29 PM »
Michael Sullivans Riyria books. Strong male and femlae characters all round.
Love his books!
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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2012, 11:29:57 PM »
Theres also a book coming out in October which might have a strong female lead. Its called Red Country by a dude called Joe Abercrombie. ;)
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Re: Recommendations for strong female characters?
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2012, 11:32:11 PM »
Theres also a book coming out in October which might have a strong female lead. Its called Red Country by a dude called Joe Abercrombie. ;)
I feel a keelhauling coming on   >:(

Its on my TBR list as soon as it is available to us miserable masses  :)
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Re: Recommendations for strong female characters?
« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2012, 12:21:58 AM »
Urban fantasy tends to feature strong female protagonists. Seanan McGuire's Toby Daye books are excellent for this.
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« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2012, 10:48:08 AM »
Tough-as-nails female characters => C J Cherryh

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Re: Recommendations for strong female characters?
« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2012, 11:19:29 AM »
Not read yet, but it's on my TBR pile:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10999941-babylon-steel

The cover tells you all you need to know ;)
Check this one out. We read it in the book club and it certainly fits what you are looking for. :)

About Tamora Pierce, you can start with Terrier, it's a series of three books and the most complex and least YAish she wrote. It's medieval urban fantasy about a girl training as a police officer in the slums of a big city. Really cool characters too.
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« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2012, 04:28:51 PM »
I realise it probably a bit obvious but as it's my first post here I'll stick to the safe ground!

The Mistborn Trilogy has a kickass lead female character, Vin. Sanderson has always had a strong female character but Vin is the best of the lot.

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Re: Recommendations for strong female characters?
« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2012, 05:10:05 PM »
I realise it probably a bit obvious but as it's my first post here I'll stick to the safe ground!

The Mistborn Trilogy has a kickass lead female character, Vin. Sanderson has always had a strong female character but Vin is the best of the lot.

I think it's a great recommendation. I have read it, but I'm still glad to see it in here incase anyone else is looking for something like this to read.

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