A Brother's Price #2020

A Brother's Price Wen Spencer A Brother s Price In a world where males are rarely born they ve become a commodity traded and sold like property Jerin Whistler has come of age for marriage and his handsome features have come to the attention of the

  • Title: A Brother's Price
  • Author: Wen Spencer
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  • Page: 236
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  • A Brother's Price Wen Spencer In a world where males are rarely born, they ve become a commodity traded and sold like property Jerin Whistler has come of age for marriage and his handsome features have come to the attention of the royal princesses But such attentions can be dangerous especially as Jerin uncovers the dark mysteries the royal family is hiding.
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    1. This stand alone book had been tugging at my attention for years I finally got around to loading it up on my Kindle in advance of an out of town trip.The plot and set up have been described adequately in other reviews, but briefly, a young man born into a world where the ratio of men to women is about 1 20 has adventures and romantic adventures This is social science fiction rather than fantasy as such, as the world has no magic Though it does have an early 19th Century tech level What the prior [...]

    2. I really enjoyed this book Spencer had a much breezy voice than I expected from someone so critically acclaimed It was easier jump into and read A Brother s Price than I thought it would be The story was fun I liked the action scenes The world building was spot on Perhaps the setting wasn t hugely original kind of alternate Old West but I was absolutely riveted by the shifted social structure.Would this have been a good book if the genders were reversed No It would have been one step removed fr [...]

    3. A virtuous, virginal protagonist pure and chaste, but plucky From a decent and honorable family But when they rescue a soldier attacked on their land, it turns out the soldier is royal And the rogueish heir to the throne seduces the poor virginal protagonist But they fall in love Can the heir to the throne marry someone as lowborn as this barely even landed gentry, even if beautiful, kind, and plucky And what of the stolen cannons Is there a traitor somewhere planning revolution I admit it I m a [...]

    4. Kind of like if The Handmaid s Tale were a romantic comedyj dfaskdjf jjkllkjlklllSorry, I had to whack myself in the face with the keyboard several times to reset my noggin after typing that.Right, so, it s basically what if The Patriarchy tm was The Matriarchy which veers wildly between See, see how gender oppression is unfair and Lol, schadenfreude which works as comedy only on the assumption that the oppression depicted against men is totally implausible in any real world Spencer imagines a w [...]

    5. A fantasy whose only interesting feature is the bit of gender reversal it s got going on Jerin lives in a world where men are extremely rare, and thus regarded as very precious, sold for high prices, and generally married off to an entire family of sisters They re also not really allowed to do anything, lest it upset their delicate sensibilities it s the women who get to go out there and perform acts of daring do and have fun storming the castle and whatnot It s an interesting set up.Unfortunate [...]

    6. The conceit of this book, as many reviewers have mentioned, is that male children are rare in this world, which is a blend of a fantasy kingdom and the American wild west If our kind hearted, sweet natured hero were female, I d no doubt have left this one on the shelf.But the conceit works, and Spencer s worldbuilding is wonderful There are so many intriguing, half explored ideas here that I do hope this is only the first book in this universe What becomes of sisters ejected from their families [...]

    7. Re posted from theturnedbrain Do you know what I hate When you re recommending a book to someone, or maybe you re just telling them what the book you re currently reading is about, and as soon as you say it s science fiction or fantasy you get the look The oh, you like reading that stuff Mine is a refined taste Seriously, I hate it Half the time these people who disregard speculative fiction so readily barely read at all, or they only read what their favourite famous person tells them to, and I [...]

    8. I love most of Wen Spencer s sci fi books They re brilliant and unique That s why I am not sure what to make of this book of hers It s clearly an attempt to turn gender on its head But what her goal in doing so is highly questionable If she couldn t be clear as to what the goal was, perhaps filling the book with as many sexist stereo types as possible, than attributing them to women as oppressors rather than the oppressed class, was something she should have re thought Normally I appreciate some [...]

    9. A person s favorite books can be are intensely personal A favorite book may not have the most amazing writing or worldbuilding or plot or characters, and yet be just the right book for certain readers For such a book and such a reader, a review is rather pointless Which is why I haven t gotten around to writing a review of this book until now, even though I usually re read it a couple of times a year Consider, for example, the worldbuilding here it s muddy Is this another planet A post apocalypt [...]

    10. This book is the most awesome book ever Seriously It was written just for me I don t know how I missed not reading it sooner LibraryThing suggested it as a read alike based on the limited amount of data I ve put in there I am not a big fan of LibraryThing s read alike feature, even if it does want me to read every CLAMP manga volume ever I don t even object to doing that And I see this book was on the Tiptree list But it didn t win If I was on the jury that year, it would ve totally won Even if [...]

    11. 4.75 starsWow What a great way to close out the reading year A Brother s Price was very unique and entertaining too bad it s a standalone In a world where women vastly outnumber men, boys are coddled and protected They are the wealth for the large, extended generations of women who live together, traded or sold for a husband for the many daughters in the household Jerin is from a the Whistler family, and they have been gifted with four sons His sixteenth birthday is fast approaching, and he fret [...]

    12. Going solely on the blurb, one could be forgiven for suspecting Wen Spencer s A Brother s Price to be a badly written romance This is far from the case In fact, while it features a bethrothal and a wedding, it is barely a romance at all This is a tale of society and manners tipped upside down, turned inside out and shaken firmly just for good measure Spencer has taken a relatively simple idea what if, in a society just becoming industrialised, women seriously outnumbered men What kind of society [...]

    13. A curious book On the one hand, a light and fluffy romance in a world whose gender reversals had me giggling On the other hand wow, this world is a dark place Because the hero lives a charmed life and the story is determined to be the happily ever after kind, that darkness is always pushed off the edges, but it accumulates nonetheless I m left a little confused as to what I m supposed to take away here This is a book that s begging for a deconstructing sequel.Or maybe I m overthinking things Ev [...]

    14. Reread this recently I d enjoyed it before, but on this reread I realized what a nifty little satire of gender roles and gendered literature in this case, Regency romances it is It goes a bit deeper than role reversal because of the worldbuilding premise there s a legitimate reason that women run this world, and men are treated as chattel That worldbuilding premise is so intriguing that I keep checking Spencer s site, hoping she ll decide to revisit this world in the future I can t help wonderin [...]

    15. I m a sucker for world building and can be enticed to read almost anything if the culture intrigues me So when I first heard about A Brother s Price, the what ifs had me interested enough to get my hands on it asap It s a bit different than my normal type secular adult fiction that is not mystery or SciFi fantasy And I was a bit worried the romantic aspects of the story would stray into romance novel territory Instead I found myself hooked on a unique alternate universe set in a western turn of [...]

    16. In a worldwhere men are a tiny fraction of the population, they ve become contested possessions of women, who have evolved religious and political structures in which they marry as groups of sisters and carefully protect any existing brothers from husband raiders and any crazy ideas like learning to read The setting is about mid 19th century tech, so the sisters can be gunslingers and a steamboat can explode, and the societal structure leads to a sinister plot to overthrow the Queen Mothers thro [...]

    17. An enjoyable read, though there were a lot of aspects of it that required me to suspend logic, and just enjoy the story.

    18. A lot of this book was a VERY good read The story is interesting, paced well, and the dialogue is mostly solid Where it really stands out is that it has the best alternate gender role society I ve read so far certainly consistently handled and believable than Ancillary Justice, The Player of Games, or The Left Hand of Darkness The society is one in which males are rarely born, so they re kept at home to be protected and consequently end up performing most of the domestic work Officially, males [...]

    19. Major role reversal between men and women in this fictional dystopian country called Australia Reason men are scarce, at a pathetic ratio of 1 20 or thereabouts Because of the rarity of the male species, they are closeted and much protected and women are the ones who are the breadwinners, and they do all the fighting and other macho stuff The poor men are treated like merchandise, with the brothers in a household either traded or sold off as husbands for other families But as they are expected t [...]

    20. I first found this book the summer of 2005 I remember wanting a new author who wouldn t get me involved in a new series I just wanted a good, clean, quick read And there it was, sitting on the new reads shelf of Barnes and Noble.I was lucky A Brother s Price is one of the few books Wen Spencer wrote which was not part of a series I ended up buying up her other two series, the Tainted series and the Tinker series, before the end of summer.I love science fiction with sociological issues In A Broth [...]

    21. All through the book I was marvelling at the world created by Wen Spencer In a wild west culture, women outnumber men by something like 20 to 1 Groups of sisters will become wives to a single husband, who is protected and coddled away from society, and has domestic duties cooking, cleaning and raising the children The main character Jerin Whistler is one such male, who spends a lot of time blushing prettily hah His role is like that of a virgin bride in a historical romance, but much like histor [...]

    22. As someone who rarely reads, I very much enjoyed this book It s a real breath of fresh air to see a book with a male damsel in distress rescued by a dashing and strong woman The story was very easy to follow, and the romance was nice and not overly gratuitous My only problem with this book was that it was much too short This is a book with quite a large cast of interesting characters and a world that s very easy to get sucked into, but not enough time to savor it all The ending is just too abrup [...]

    23. My favorite thing about Wen Spencer is the way she manages to take the tired old tropes we all have memorized and twist them around to create something completely new.A Brother s Price is a typical historical romance novel Naive young debutante who s different from all the other debutantes Seduction, a bit of intrigue, some action that gives the debutante a chance to prove their love and view spoiler escape the Dastardly Villain intent on despoiling them just in the nick of time hide spoiler i d [...]

    24. You know those awful fantasy stories you run into from time to time where the men are weapon happy he men, and the women are fainting and beribboned except for 15 minutes where they re plucky and resourceful instead , and villains are seething with pointless evil, and non nobles royalty are all yucky dirty ignorant poor people with no redeeming qualities Evil Incarnate does awful things because, hey, it s what evil guys do, and Real Man saves his true love, Damsel in Distress, and is rewarded by [...]

    25. People seem to feel strongly about this book, one way or the other, but honestly all I could say about it was ehhh The setting is something like late 1800s old west, with gender reversal and polygamy Only a few men are born, so lots of women marry one man in the hope that a few of the 10, 20 kids turn out to be male.Since they aren t born often, they re protected to the point of seemingly turning most of them fairly spineless I have to say, it makes a certain amount of sense, and for something I [...]

    26. There may be slight spoilers aheadThis book started out very very promising, I had no idea what to expect, and when my Aunt said she loved it I really should read it, ok why not The first chapter had humor, fighting siblings, very interesting gender reversal, all of which I was enjoying Woman outnumber boys in this world, and when families do have them, they are kept apart and protected, then sold off like freaking stock This is where the book starts to fall apart for me I liked the gender rever [...]

    27. Jerin is at home with his sisters, from a few years old to much younger, when they hear gunfire and learn that there is an unconscious young woman on their land On Jerin s insistence, they recover her, only to find soldiers want to recover her Fortunately, the soldiers agree to hold off until the Queens Justice arrives to talk Very fortunately, since, they learn, the woman is in fact the Princess Odelia And the leader of the soldiers is the Princess Ren They had been looking for stolen cannon Th [...]

    28. I can t tell if Ms Spencer s novel is a serious feminist treatment on gender, or simply adolescent fantasy Perhaps delving too much into John Norman, except from a feminist side, perhaps Everything seems to suggest America around the nineteenth century, except of course, the suggestion that this is Science Fiction I would like to understand how roles of males and females reversed, why there is a shortage of men, and why are men so effeminate in the novel Science Fiction is fine, but give me some [...]

    29. I couldn t put this book down It s entirely different from the other books I ve read by this author, but it s just as interesting as my favorite, Tinker This is a historical romance with a twist in this alternate reality, the ratio of female to male births is around 25 to 1, leading to a society based on polygamy Women have all the power, and men are generally treated like delicate, treasured creatures Entire families of sisters marry one husband and share him There s a serious problem with orph [...]

    30. The premise for this book is that women rule the world and there are very few men about one for every ten women They are shared as communal husbands between sisters, in a sort of polygamist arrangement I say sort of because this book thankfully doesn t go the route of being over the top in switching gender roles, playing with them to a point, but stopping where it might get ridiculous.It s an easy, fast paced read with plenty of delightful moments The characters are likable without being cheesy, [...]

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