Tooth and Claw

by Jo Walton is a Victorian novel set on a world where
the biology actually supports the assumptions about gender
roles embodied in the Victorian novel. The characters are all
dragons, and dragons have a sexual dimorphism such that
females have hands and males have claws.

Walton acknowledges that she took the plot from Anthony
Trollope’s Framley
. In both books, the plot is a bit contrived —
the antagonist goes on fighting the protagonist until the
right number of pages has happened, and then gives in. This
makes the 300 page twentyfirst century book more readable than
the 400 page nineteenth century one, but they both describe
societies pretty alien to the modern reader.

If you enjoy both nineteenth century novels and world-building
science fiction, you will love this book. The electronic
is on sale for $2.99 for a limited time.

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