Being the weird girl is never easy, but in a dystopian future where women are licensed as domestic pets, it's a nightmare. Mina is a magical foundling raised by sage off-gridders who teach her to feign compliance. But talent will out, and Mina’s dreams threaten the Night Mare’s rule. Discover the trilogy today!
Monday, April 13, 2015
The Page 69 Challenge
Turn to page 69 of any book and read it. If you like that page, buy the book.
That was Marshall McLuhan’s advice anyway. Barb Taub invites readers to submit their own or other works (pg. 69 only of course!) http://barbtaub.com/2015/04/13/page-69-challenge-excerpts-from-leaning-into-love-memoir-and-its-a-nightmare-dystopian-feminist-fantasy-fiction/
It’s a Nightmare (The Gold Stone Girl, Book 1) by Nicole Quinn
Genre: Dystopian feminist fantasy fictionMina, a rogue DreamWeaver, is born in the Off-grid of the Night Mare’s Winkin City, a world, where human females are kept as cattle, and licensed as domestic pets. She’s found inside a willow tree, alongside lygaeidae hibernating as larva. Mina lives the life of a human-breeder, who discovers that in order to survive, she must change everything.
Page 69 (BlueBarnProductions, May 11, 2014)
The voice inside my head pipes up, Pilar was raised as cattle, always intended for trade or sale. Stooped Helga has survived three owners already, while Chinaka’s people want the evil spirit beaten out of her, before they’ll accept back. Soo doesn’t talk, so she’s never heard. You have known humanity.
Day after day we sit on our cushions in yurt #13, watching Pater Dick strut his
lessons. In the winter, it’s freezing. The Pater’s meager government allotment of wood he reserves for his personal use, while he sends us out, harnessed together like a pack of hounds, to hunt for felled branches. In the summer, it’s sweltering, both inside and out.
Nicole Quinn is a WGA writer. Her feature film Racing Daylight (writer/dir) stars Academy Award winner Melissa Leo and Emmy winner David Strathairn, and it’s streaming everywhere.
Nicole won the Harper Audio contest to read on Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. She has produced a dozen AUDIOBOOKSand narrated as many, It’s a Nightmare, The Gold Stone Girl, book 1, has been nominated for a Tiptree Award.
“The three stones you choose at Registration are the predictors of your behavior. What we will expect of you. Gold, silver, vermillion, yellow, blue, grey, scarlet, green, pink, and white. Each color has a meaning, to help us identify and weed out the trouble makers early. To understand which of you deserve preferment as pets, and perhaps as media.” He looks around at the five of us.
“No, I guess not.” He says with a snort. Pater’s Dick’s feet stop in front of me. I don’t look up. After a pointed pause, he moves on.
“The most sought after stone, of course, is the gold, which trumps all other stones in its value to society. There is no greater honor for a breeder than to pull the gold stone.
That lucky girl gives her life to the Night Mare, in reparation for our sins.
“The most recent gold stone pulled, however, was a fake. Several hundred cycles back,” Dick tells us.
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