Freedom, Spiced and Drunk [NOOK Book]

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Kediil wants only to remain neuter and learn the secrets of herbs from its beloved Mardin... but at its second puberty, it turns female, and is forced to decide between accepting its new roles among the family... or something unspeakable.
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Overview

Kediil wants only to remain neuter and learn the secrets of herbs from its beloved Mardin... but at its second puberty, it turns female, and is forced to decide between accepting its new roles among the family... or something unspeakable.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011118289
  • Publisher: M.C.A. Hogarth
  • Publication date: 10/6/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 182,159
  • File size: 109 KB

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted January 1, 2012

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    Great read

    This is a very well-written story of an interesting and different world. I hope that M.C.A. Hogarth will write a complete novel about this world. It is interesting to see a world where the beings can begin life as male, female or neuter and can change to a different gender at puberty (and sometimes even have a second puberty.)

    The lives and roles of the beings in the community are determined by their adult gender. The only drawback is that this is only a short story, so it leaves you wanting more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Masterful, alien writing!

    I am officially fascinated with the world of the Jokka. Their lives are so different - Hogarth has actually gone through the trouble of creating a truly alien species, and not just humanoids with odd animal body parts and tendencies here and there. I found this tale particularly compelling, since it gave me a whole new pity for the anadi. Love it a million times over!

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

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    Hard choices: Self or Society?

    Another piece of the Jokka species' overarching story, told in swift bites of time, almost a montage sequence -- no wasted words, no wasted scenes, everything building to the decision. There are many ways that Jokka face becoming, or being, female, and this is a secret way -- and a selfish one. And yet, having seen what it has seen, what else can Kediil choose?

    (As I've mentioned in other reviews, of other stories in this setting, the Jokka are not human; there are few parallels to human questions involving sex and gender. One can only visit, half-in an alien's skin, and see how the world and their biology shape them.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    A unique world with twists

    This really captured mt short attention span and made me want more from this world

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

    This short story is an excellently crafted tale about how a comm

    This short story is an excellently crafted tale about how a community would function with three distinct genders, and the coming of age of a young member of the community. The prose is almost poetic, this does occasionally become overblown, however.
    My favorite aspect of this story is the fact that there is almost no exposition. That isn't to say that things aren't explained during the story, but that, there is never an info dump, or a period of dialogue when the characters tell each other what's going on, all of the dialogue feels natural. This is especially impressive considering how alien the characters are. And I mean that in the best way possible, they are aliens after all. Hogarth has created a believable, well thought out alien race that is still relatable.
    Over all, this is a great story, and it has the added benefit of being a great introduction to the rest of the Jokka shorts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Lovely Little Read.

    I can only wish for more. Well written with a captivating concept. 37 pages.

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    Eye opening

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Reccomend

    I love the concept of this book and highly reccomend it to others. It makes a great and immaginitive short read.

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Worth a look

    I really liked this, though it was short it wasn't too short. I will definitly read other books by this author.

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