Freedom, Spiced and Drunk

Freedom, Spiced and Drunk

by M. C. A. Hogarth

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Overview

Freedom, Spiced and Drunk by M. C. A. Hogarth

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. Originally published in Strange Horizons, this story made the Tiptree Award's Secondary List and was recommended for a Nebula Award.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046307603
Publisher: M.C.A. Hogarth
Publication date: 07/22/2014
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 104,020
File size: 87 KB

About 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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Freedom, Spiced and Drunk 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Green_Lass More than 1 year ago
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.
chubby_choco More than 1 year ago
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!
Archangel_Beth More than 1 year ago
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.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This really captured mt short attention span and made me want more from this world
TimPayne More than 1 year ago
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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I can only wish for more. Well written with a captivating concept. 37 pages.
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Ashley Lane More than 1 year ago
I love the concept of this book and highly reccomend it to others. It makes a great and immaginitive short read.
Alondra Pineda More than 1 year ago
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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