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by Wen Spencer

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Don’t plan on getting anything else done if you start a Wen Spencer novel; they are exceedingly hard to put down!

On an alternate Earth, where the population is ninety percent female and a man is sold by his sisters to marry all the women in a family, Jerin Whistler is coming of age. His mothers are respected landed gentry, his grandfather a kidnapped prince, and his grandmothers common line soldiers blackballed for treason, trained by thieves, re-enlisted as spies, and knighted for acts of valor. Jerin wants to marry well, and his sisters want a husband bought by his brother’s price

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. In a world where males are rare and treated like property, Jerin Whistler, after a daring rescue, falls in love with a princess.

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A Brother's Price book. If Wen Spencer was trying to question gender stereotypes from a women-friendly viewpoint, she failed completely

A Brother's Price book. If Wen Spencer was trying to question gender stereotypes from a women-friendly viewpoint, she failed completely. None of her other books convince me that this was probably her goal. I was really disappointed.

Wen Spencer is a John W. Campbell Award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy whose novels include A Brother’s Price, Dog Warrior, and the Ukiah Oregon series, as well as numerous short stories.

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Fandoms: A Brother's Price - Wen Spencer. Teen And Up Audiences. No Archive Warnings Apply. It's the fall of 1962, both on an alternate Earth very much like ours, and in the world of Wen Spencer's A Brother's Price. And those worlds are about to intersect

Fandoms: A Brother's Price - Wen Spencer. And those worlds are about to intersect. The story fills in some of the details hinted at in the original novel. A catastrophic event blasts an inexperienced, socially awkward 15-year-old boy from an Earth similar to ours into the world of Wen Spencer's A Brother's Price. A world where men are outnumbered by women is any horny teenage boy's fantasy, right? Ah, but the devil is in the details.

Book was an interesting read, had some dark fantasy in there and moments that got me really hooked in, read the book in 3 days, but it felt like i was reading a girls fan-fiction, the pacing is slow at times and then hyper fast, all in all interesting read.

A Brother's Price is an alternate universe novel by Wen Spencer Brother–Sister Incest: Eldie Porter's parents were culturally brother and sister, genetically full-blooded cousins.

A Brother's Price is an alternate universe novel by Wen Spencer. This book is partly speculative fiction, partly something of a Romance Novel, in which gender roles are largely reversed. As a large portion of the plot is dedicated to who marries whom, it is somewhat similar to Jane Austen's works, while the setting is more like The Wild West. Brother–Sister Incest: Eldie Porter's parents were culturally brother and sister, genetically full-blooded cousins. note Most "siblings" in this setting are closer to half-siblings, sharing a father and having mothers who are also half-sisters themselves.

A Brother's Price I’m a brother. I’ll be of age in two months. The princess turned him slightly so the fire was to her back, the light a gleaming halo about the nimbus of her shadowed hair.

Chapter 1. There were a few advantages to being a boy in a society dominated by women. One. Jerin Whistler thought, was that you could throttle your older sister, and everyone would say, She was one of twenty-eight girls-a middle sister-and a troublemaker too, and he-he’s a boy, and that would be the end of it. Certainly if a sister deserved to be strangled, it was Corelle. Her fingers touched his cheek, trailed down to cup his chin. Your family runs to good looks.

In a world where males are rare and treated like property, Jerin Whistler, after a daring rescue, falls in love with a princess, and he must, amidst political tensions, prove his worth to her sisters in order to win her hand in marriage. Original.

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Fascinating fantasy/post-apocalyptic SF novel where, due to a gender-linked plague, fertile male humans are a rare, precious commodity, and a female-dominated society with reversed gender roles is the result. Told mainly from the POV of the brother mentioned in the title, a teenage young man whose duty is to marry well (like a gender-flipped Regency romance) into a polygamous family whose wives will share him (NOT like a Regency romance!). POV shifts are typically to either one of the female co-wife heads of household from the protagonist's birth family, or those from the royal sisters proposing to share him as their consort. Some violence, some lust, but nothing too explicit or gory. Without the gender-role flip of the society depicted in this book's setting, this would be a typically exciting (but not necessarily memorable) fantasy adventure novel. When the gender-role-flipped society is factored in, this book becomes . . . intriguing, although perhaps a bit difficult to wrap one's head around. For older teenagers (esp. if parents are willing to read this also and discuss it with their son or daughter) and adult readers.
This book is set in a world vaguely resembling a cross between the Wild West, Victorian England, and the world of Margaret Atwood's "The Handmade's Tale"...but with gender roles flipped. Now it would be easy to mechanically flip gender roles across the board, but there are places where biology does make a difference. The author puts some effort into constructing a scenario where the flip makes sense. For instance, an epidemic of STDs makes an obsession with male chastity more logical. Men are rare so people are desperate for them, but STDs are rampant so a man who's "virtue" is questioned is dangerous. The main character is about to be sold to raise money to buy a husband for his sisters. He is generally OK with the concept in principle, but terrified he will be sold to the "Poor White Trash" possibly incestuous neighbor family. Then...he meets a princess. A plot ensues that could come straight out of a Regency Romance novel...but with more gun fights. Actually, at times they play the "helpless damsel" role more "straight" then most "damsels" I've encountered in contemporary fiction (which sometimes let modern feminist values creep into pseudo-Mediavil settings more then is probably realistic)
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In a world where males are rare, society has evolved so that men are precious possessions and kept sequestered for their protection. Men are kept by families of females, so men are expected to be husbands for many wives that are sisters. Families that have males sell them so that they in turn can buy a husband for their clan. The main character is a young man that rescues a young woman and only later does he find out that she is a princess. The princess and her sisters need a husband and they like their rescuer.

I like the twist of the story that males are to be pampered and protected, but have no freedom.

I did have a problem that my Kindle copy had some pages missing.
It's an interesting premise, kind of a riders of the purple sage meets dystopia 101, and gender flipped. It reads quickly and falls into the sweet romance category. However, there is something sociologically off about the text. The story is a bit ham-fisted about making the point of our cultural misogyny, by turning it into misandry. However, the world building was little more than a shuffling of Ottoman harem into a cultural setting that couldn't quite decide if it was Recency England or the Wild West. The only problem was the pieces didn't make a completely believable whole. Yes cultures aren't rational, but they have an internal consistency. This one didn't, and the holes it left in the plot and character development were wide enough to pilot a paddlewheeler through. Less time spent preaching, and more world building would improve the book to a 3.5 or even a 4.
This is a novel of gender role reversal, and I guess we could say, of court politics. But instead of a few characters reversing our culture's gender roles, it is an entire culture.

In this world, men are rare and valuable, so women form 'families' to share the men available to them. Generally there is one man for however many adult "Sisters" not related to him. While the founding groups of 'sisters' may not have started out as blood relatives, the families over time do become true genetic relation. Families who have historically been able to produce male children gain status, influence and are considered wealthy.

The men, however aren't in the catbird seat here. They are virtual prisoners of their families from the moment they are born till they die and rarely leave their homes. Because there are so few men, they can't be risked in dangerous occupations. The early death of a husband before his children, male or female could secure suitable spouses could mean the death of an entire family, and certainly it would mean a lost of wealth, prestige, and influence.

Men are largely uneducated, work as homemakers, and are pretty much sold and traded between families. I got the feeling that the culture was largely lifted from that of the ancient Greeks, though this culture was more technologically advanced.

In the beginning, even though I have been reading Science Fiction and Fantasy for over 50 years, and consider myself reasonably skillful in making the mental and emotional shifts required by that genre, I found myself almost quitting the book. However, I'm glad I didn't!

My sense of disorientation and 'wrongness' was pretty strong at first. Stuff like this shouldn't happen to a strong male character. I had to read almost a third of the book to really 'get into' the situation of the novel. And there ARE some minor flaws in the book that didn't help, though i'll point them out in a bit.

This character is a young man from a reasonably prosperous, but backwater family of no particular influence. about to come of age and facing dim and dismal marriage prospects when he happens to save a princess of the realm. This changes his life and propels his family into the always dangerous world of court intrigue for which they are un prepared and unwilling to enter in to because of who the recently deceased father of the family was. They are backwater for a reason.

As I said in a prior paragraph, there are some flaws, and they kept it from getting a full 5 stars. Fist and biggest in my mind is why does this male shortage only happen to humans? Why aren't the other animals affected? Was it a disease? Are the people of the story not really humans but some similar species? It wasn't ever explained or even addressed. And no one even wonders aloud why this discrepancy even exists.

Another flaw that I chose to overlook because I thought it would get in the way of the story, is that in such a world women would evolve to be larger and stronger while the men would become smaller and weaker. The men are physically weak, while the women aren't really described at all. Yet the young man is able to fight off the attackers of the princess and then Carry her BACK to his house, without breaking a sweat. That seems a flaw in the story logic to me.

I think this weakens the story, in our world, where men are expected to do the fighting and the dangerous jobs, men are VERY much aware of other men's physical size and ability to do violence. The author might have two women meeting for the first time, think she seems strong, and capable, but I think it far more likely women would notice if the other woman is a leftie or a rightie, any limps or weakness in the limbs. that sort of thing.

Now this last 'flaw' might have been overlooked on purpose since the author, Wen Spencer couldn't know at he time she wrote it, if people would perceive it as a serious work or an attempt at highbrow erotica. I have no way of knowing. But I think in a world where there are so FEW men, female homosexuality might well be more culturally accepted even among women who were not really lesbians.

We have precedent in that several of the ancient Greek societies seemed able to accept homosexual behavior in men who weren't committed to that life completely. The book might have hinted at it once, but I think considering there didn't seem to be any overtly religious objection to it, this might have been a bigger part of the cultural, political, and economic life of the society in the book.

On the whole, I thought this was a pretty good book, and I'm glad I read it. If you're worried about it, it isn't a particularly titillating story, but it will hold most people's interest.
A Brother's Price download epub
Science Fiction
Author: Wen Spencer
ISBN: 0451460383
Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Subcategory: Science Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Roc (July 5, 2005)