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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 17 December 2009
Margaret Cavendish was an eccentric and nothing shows that more clearly than her Utopian fantasy A Blazing World. Drawing self-consciously on More and other male writers, she creates what has been called a 'feminist' Utopia, although I'm not sure in what this consists other than the fact that its written by a woman.

Full of strange hybrid men-animals (including the talking worm men) this showcases the breadth of Cavendish's reading (science, astronomy, medicine, philosophy) but muddles it all up and turns into something close to science fiction.

Cavendish also writes herself into this mad world when she is brought to be the best platonic friend of the empress, and includes her husband in what might be the first disembodied threesome in English fiction...

Completely mad and yet somehow completely compelling, this is worth reading as part of the canon of Early Modern female writers alongside Mary Wroth and Aphra Behn. Fun, distinctive and eccentric.
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on 7 August 2009
A collection of the fantastic fiction of Princess Margaret of Newcastle, Imperiatrix of worlds! Whilst Lady Margaret herself is an essential component of English litterature, this version unfortunatly concentrates on her less-polished "witty" fantastic pieces, & not enough on the philosophical buildup that terminates in her tremendous Blazing World.
The Lady herself is worth VI stars!
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on 10 January 2016
I thought that getting a Penguin edition would give me a quality edition but as I read I frequently find typos and incorrect words such as 'the' instead of 'die', 'diem' instead of 'them'. Cleary these missed the proof reading... However the notes are useful and easy to access as reading.
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on 8 November 2013
Engaging and intellectually stimulating tales from a prolific author, philosopher, poet and scientist. The centerpiece of the collection, 'The Blazing World' defies restrictions of genre, brilliantly combining Cavendish's formidable imagination with her scientific and philosophical sensibilities.
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on 19 June 2015
Hard to read at first but once you get into it you realise this woman had real passion and imagination. Fantastic for a 17thc woman to write science fiction.
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on 9 May 2016
An amazing collection of stories especially as they have been written in such an incredible era,I enjoyed reading them.
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on 31 December 2015
Bought as a present so I cannot comment on the contents but the recipient liked it!
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on 30 January 2016
Good book to read
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on 30 September 2014
excellent
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