Great Novel About Amazons, Academics,…and Libertarians?: The Lost Sisterhood

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Anne Fortier's engaging, erudite, and exciting novel The Lost Sisterhood is out in paperback for just $8.80 at Amazon.

Reason TV interviewed Fortier in 2014 when the hardcover first appeared:

The Lost Sisterhood switches back and forth between the travails of Diana Morgan, a contemporary scholar at Oxford, and Myrina, the legendary warrior who would become the first ruler of the Amazons. It's a page-turning thriller that is also packed with ideas about history, gender, self-determination, and the desire for true freedom.

"I hope to raise a lot of questions about the choices that we make by…asking, 'What if a group of women decided to live outside of society, bend the spoon, and override all rules and regulations?'" says Fortier, who was raised in Denmark, holds a doctorate in the history of ideas from Aarhus University, and co-produced the Emmy Award–winning documentary Fire and Ice: The Winter War of Finland and Russia.

More here.

Fortier makes "the case for libertarian novels" here. Snippet:

To the freedom-friendly novelist, one further advantage of historical fiction is that the entire history of mankind is jam-packed with tragic examples of what Hayek called "the fatal conceit" and the corrupting effects of power—especially state power. Thus the author need not invent a world and infuse it with political philosophy ex nihilo. The world is already there, firmly based on research, and you don't have to exercise much poetic license to illuminate the evils of statism and the heroic nature of the freedom fighter throughout human history. For example, my first novel, Juliet, is partly set in medieval Siena and based on the historical situation that informed Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.It was a time torn between emperor, pope, and corruption and nothing is easier than to let one of the present-day characters speak the glaring truth: "The devotion of the old neighborhood militia was essentially what made the Sienese republic possible. If you want to keep the bad guys in check, make sure the good guys are armed."

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  1. ‘What if a group of women decided to live outside of society, bend the spoon, and override all rules and regulations?’

    They’re ex-communicated by lefties as being tea party cranks or crypto-Republicans or social conservatives or whatever, and tumblr feminists publish histrionic 1100-word essays condemning their patriarchal false consciousness.

    Oh, and they get a write-up on Reason under which their sexual appeal is dissected, which is probably worst of all. That said, would.

    1. And once I update my Amazon CC number she will have sold a book. So there is that.

    2. Oh, and they get a write-up on Reason under which their sexual appeal is dissected, which is probably worst of all. That said, would.

      Ugh. Typical.

      1. If it were’t for typical I wouldn’t have any type at all.

      2. can you not even?

        1. Your wisecracks are on fleek, lap.

  2. I guess I should be happy there’s a book by a female libertarian advocating for something other than the adult-child mentality of modern feminism, but this concept sounds…horrible.

  3. Seems like the sort of immigrant we need more of.

    1. I would be perfectly fine with a female only immigration policy.

      1. No path to citizenship for fat chicks.

        1. Make the path really narrow.

        2. this is why the only libertarian women are living in fantasy worlds involving Amazons

            1. Have you been operating under the impression that I’m a wizard this whole time? That would be funny

              1. I haven’t ruled it out. But I thought wizards were men.

                1. I would self-identify as a female wizard because I think wizards are cooler, but I don’t think I’d go so far as to get magician reassignment surgery.

                  1. Wizard with a woodchipper? Sounds like the subpoenas targeted the wrong commenter.

  4. what the heck does “bend the spoon” mean? Is this a danish expression or is it referencing the entry level mentalist magic trick? Maybe I need a doctorate in Idea history.

    1. There is no spoon

      1. “Do not try and bend the spoon, that’s impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth…there is no spoon. Then you will see it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.”

        1. Nobody bends spoons like Uri Geller.

        2. “You’re a spoon, you’re a spoon, this whole thread is a spoon, they’re a spoon!!”

    2. Matrix reference.

  5. Did there used to be real men in Europe? You know, I’m just asking, was there a non-pussy era in Europe in which real men used to roam the continent? There must have been, once upon a time, or the influence wouldn’t have spread throughout the world.

    It’s up to us Murikans now. Europa will soon be under Sharia.

    1. UK and Nordic countries are under SJW-law now.

      1. More truth to that than many would admit. The bravest mostly died after two monstrous wars.

      2. Not all.

        Some of the real men ended up like this.


        One of the greatest men who ever lived.

        Most of the rest are Texans.

        1. Indeed. But, Texas ain’t in Europe. Okay, maybe I’m getting a bit grim, but with the combined deaths of about 62 million brave men in Europe during the two wars it stands to reason that “real” men are a bit thin on the ground these days. It further stands to reason that since the legacy of those wars reach still into today (look up “The Iron Harvest” and other instances of live munitions being still found today) that maybe the Euros are a bit squeamish to go through it again. Whether for good or bad remains to be seen of course.

          1. I think that’s probably part of it. I also wouldn’t completely discount the consequences of American immigration. A lot of the Europeans brave enough to drop everything start over somewhere where they had no connections, family or support system wound up becoming Americans.

            1. Or Canadians or Australians.

    2. Murikans and Aussies.

  6. I think this is what is was like the last time real men roamed the the continent of Europia:

    It’s not love, bitches

  7. Tit or GTFO.

    1. I have observed your effort.

  8. My ears are absorbing the resonances of Medwyn’s Medicine Woman as I enjoy the philosophy of the powerful Amazonian woman.

    The powerful almighty woman that bears the spear in the modern society is likely far less to hate us solid alphas. She might earn hundreds of thousands but I have discovered being married to an Amazon warrior (who doesn’t work for that shit online Amazon.com company I’m thinking about pulling my many thousands from) corporate pulling in many many many of thousands a delicate sweet nature rippling with piranha power.

    Like marrying a shark with tits. For real. A super hot shark with awesome hair, sweet cunt, and badass nipples but she is a shark eater. Even an alpha male such as myself needs to watch his shit….

    1. You’ll need a bigger boat.

      1. My yacht in the jungle will always welcome Quincy.

  9. Amazonian women don’t hate men like weak feminists. Amazonian women just kill all the weak men and love the strong ones. Which is kind of horrible and I don’t suggest this for normal society in freeworld because often weak men can grow into strong men and Amazonians can fall on hard times and become weakened…
    no human is immune to the rise and fall of ourselves…

    1. Amazonian women would really prefer if you refer to them as “Amazon employees,” just like men.

      1. Amazon’s Kiva Robots and Delivery Quadrotors are exasperated that you meatbags have to gender everything.

        1. They’re welcome to choose a gender just like everyone else.

          1. You want transrobosexuals running around amongst our childrenz? For shame, sir!

            1. “Want”? I *insist*, just as long as it keeps the LGBTTQQIAAPTRBS crowd off my back.

              1. #CounterRotatingPride #QuadLivesMatter

  10. This place is arranged so beautifully. I love the ethos of Reasonaqua. The voices. The scribes. The lasers. The breakage stomaic pulsar romage wup lathos.

    1. romage wup lathos

      The sexiest ethnic group of the 23rd century.

    2. It’s nice to be on the front end of an AC thread.

      1. And that’s fine as long as I don’t would. But I did would so too bad. Maybe next time.

          1. Memories of the ’60s in the far east; ‘sloppy seconds’ it was called. I won.

            1. I’m up for anything, as long as it doesn’t involve another man. Or most women. In fact, I’m up for almost nothing at all.

              1. Well, curfew was close. We flipped the coin, I got firsts; he got sloppy seconds, and we still got back to the base before they closed the gate.

              2. In fact, I’m up for almost nothing at all.

                They have pills for that now.

      2. Like Desparados waiting for a train.

  11. Nchole has her own show now.


  12. As long as there’s gratuitous kesbian sex I’m in.

    1. Or lesbian sex.

      1. Deep night fucking under a dead sun, bro dashes W.

        Man, you get on top of the metal towers with the lonely windows where the booze flows from irritated assholes who sell dreams while hating it because billionaire developers like TRump are the richest but emptiest dumbasses the world should never export to space. So, on top of these plateaus of drugs and booze where all the super bored rich fucks gather but can never really cut loose or they get thrown out by all the fucking underpaid suits spread all over the billionaire floors…
        God I FUCKING hate the bars and clubs created by the ultra-rich in in the super American city. I hate the FUCKING emptiness and soulless boys at the doors searching for the right conglomerate of human flesh for that night to maximize the bucks….

        FUCK give me a dirty fucking redneck bar in the middle of FUCKING nowhere ANY FUCKING time anywhere… the sex is better, the bouncer doesn’t give a shit, and I can rock like a motherfucking exploding comet and I will rarely be bounced out because my shit is loved like a goddamn bitch outside of proper straight-jacket modern rich club America across this place where all the money gathers… .like a motherfucking colonic of skeletons scared to rivet a beat outside what the club owner has approved. FUCK all the goddamn clubs with all the FUCKING rich retards… American rich is fucking soulless and fruitless and fucking spineless…

    2. Now you’ve given away the nastiest secret of Star Trek: Voyager fandom. I hope you’re happy with yourself.

      1. Nice.

        *opens new tab*

  13. Somebody here was finding “The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land” boring.
    I’m pissed that Asbrige doesn’t begin to cover how in hell 60,000 people left NW Europe, ended up in the near east with pretty much no comment on how they got fed and transported and the resulting spread of disease.
    The political efforts and ramifications are his obvious focus, but c’mon! Who paid what and where did the food come from to support what is claimed to be a mass migration? This is a major economic event in Europe at the time, probably close to the economic upheaval of WWII in the twentieth century, and he makes no particular comment about it.
    Whisky tango foxtrot?

    1. Jesus FUCKING GODDAM CHRIST! HOW the FUCK can any motherfucking fucker possibly answer that complex shit hammered man??

      Fuck you, sevo. Fuck that shit, you simpering majestic whore. AN ENTIRE BOOK was evidently wrote by a man who spent fucking TONS of time on this shit and you think somehow YOUR FUCKING SHIT POST of an assorted ramekin of letters can answer shit and then you end this impossible matrix of hell with whisky…

      well I danced for 12 hours last weekend totally naked on 3 bottles of whiskey under the special oaks with all the lightning dogs and jazz roots and the righteous booms lit like fucking spiral smoke…

      1. Well, jeeze, AC, it’s no more than the grief Judt got from me for Post War.
        But, yeah, Asbrige deserves grief for ignoring that; WTF!

        1. I’,m all aboubout super Sevo power regardless. super sevo is the beast. Pure and simple. I am fucked up but I impressed my fingers to make a note of this thing you offer the white space kind sir.

      2. How come you weren’t at Burning Man, Agile, or are “special oaks”. a euphamism ?

    2. I was just reading the Hansa Towns by Helen Zimmern where in she stated that the rise of independent German cities and eventually the Hanseatic League was a result of the Crusades.

      What happened was Italian traders would visit Germania on business and regale the residents with stories of how free they were in their city-states. The Germans by and large did not believe this but then came the crusades and so many Germans traveled through Italy on their way to the Holy Land and found that it indeed was true.

      The thing is the Italians got the idea from the Germans in the first place but the Germans had long forgotten those ways.

      Freiburg was the first city founded and the rest is history.

      1. Most of the comments ( http://www.amazon.com/Hansa-To…..ansa+towns ) mention it’s a bit out of date.
        Have you read “The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe”?

        1. It’s on the list.

    3. “Amateurs talk about tactics, professionals talk about logistics.”

  14. Ego capers in the alleys
    and the under wands of the man
    who awoke one morning and had
    to do the weather on ego vapors in
    the fucking goddamn vapid dick sicking
    fuck holes called ass fuck fissures of malls
    where all the fucking ego clouds gather and this
    fucking asian FUCK decided to give the weather
    on fucking ego vapor weather and I, agile fucking cyborg
    thought this motherfucker had some shit great idea and I leaned
    back and ate some crack cocaine, ingested a fucking percolato, and drank
    a tub of fucking Storm Kings and listened to this Asian FUCK read the ego weather
    of all the millions of horrible fucking shit eating working slaves wandering the streets built
    by billionaires who loooooove jamming their white fat cocks into the collective assholes of tax
    emulators and the billionaires slowly slide that FAT COCK into the startled star fish of all the mamas
    and papas who pay Tony’s federal government all that shit he likes…..
    so this is a thing, man. A fed feeling. A fed dance. A fed fist in the ass of American asshole

  15. So the wings of this fucking shit has wings you fucking goddamn work chain dance
    feeling the loft and swerve jank where the alley grows a huge set of fingers and
    follows Nick Gillespie home and before Nicky Boy enters his house to his
    sweet wife and family the alley fingers of an imagination Sir Nick should
    never be afraid of JESUS FUCKING CHRIST NICK this is JUST a
    GODDAMN POEM I guess or something = I am FUCKED up on
    magazines and dizzy trumpets and Nickey Boy gets assaulted
    right outside his family residence by a HUMONGOUS Fuck
    ing heart of violent nasty horrible and heavily armed
    love and kisses… yea, no serial killer shit here
    all peace and supra love man dude
    look at these lines like a

  16. I’m close enough to get the free edition of Billy Joel at the ball park; just got “My Life”.
    Have yet to decide whether that’s a claim of freedom, or a bone tossed to some of his fans.

    1. I think you just be happy realizing that billy joel isn’t as cool as you. billy joel is ok, man.

      1. AC, BJ is cool enough to smoke a cig on stage where it is illegal to smoke in an ‘indoor space’ doing “New York State of Mind”; guy’s got my vote for cool.
        Pretty sure Brian Seltzer smoked at a SF concert where it was already illegal (back when), and thumbed his nose at those in the audience who whined.

  17. Oh look at this the art thread
    is appreciatathoning and nothing can
    be accomplished with a SINGLE FUCKING goddamn wings
    on the FUCKING right side of the GODDAMN thread, YOU fucking idiot, self.
    Just tons of wings turning into trundles of sentence mountains just STOP you shitty
    horrible self fucking ass eater, agile.
    FIne. I’ll stop.

    But I still love this place and its harmonizas and dying souls and screaming elves.

  18. I just want to make a cock here………………………
    erection i love reason and all the fucking ninjas and i love the asian queens not a single
    person has ever seen here but I know super amazonion skill set bitches hand toward the comets

  19. Havta post super soon,… balance on the mountain of girls living on the stone bikinis under the lava
    of dick splashing hand dirty cum asshole vagina spelunking under the thighs get lost in hot brunette
    fucking see the balls and
    shit be all about the
    dang ali

  20. trying to FUCKING make a goddamn penis horizental on this fucking place but no go…..
    the above looks like a piston or a pistol…. fine….

    there is a nice breast above tho.

  21. Yea, I think I made the best breast ever in a reason thread…
    I award fucking drunk agile cyborg, myself, the award for the hottest tit in a reason thread ever…

    I swear if any of you creative bitches try to take this award from me I will shit a huge turd between your lovely lips.. just leave me to me self awarded award and go about your fucking hand jobs and and ass fuckings and shit and all

  22. Just scroll up and down you shitty non believers… best and most lovingly formed breast ever….
    sorry all you creative whores.. agile made the best motherfucking breast ever….

    I’m cool with you all geniuses sucking my reason boob, tho. Peace out, love dragons.

  23. Notice the underweight of physics on the fatty tissue of this breast letter thing… it has ‘weight’ which makes is… well… desirable.

  24. Notice the nipple is at mamas…..

    1. unless yo azz is on a mobile super advanced tech device on your personal river…..

  25. Those letters formed a lovely breast, sir ninja cyborg

  26. outer world to the mountainous region of lonely persons viewing this thread for education on their way to spy initiations…. that breast in the thread created by that drug fuck idiot hell fuck called agile, ” what thinkest tho, oh spy in trainage?”

    Superb as TEA!! said the piles of British spies…

  27. This is a great book. I know Reason did a piece with the author but I’m too lazy to look it up. Still it’s a great examination of order where there should be absolute chaos if we’re to believe the usual twaddle given out by collectivists.

    1. Last week’s EconTalk covered a some of the same subject matter.

  28. ultimately forming the perfect breast in letters is a noble calling and greater breasts will be born upon these fields and threads but I must fall to bray and love of my agile sweetness and dof and wan to the knights and princesses whom I love and will love forever…. written among the thrushes of a reason thread swamp….. the greatest coagulated exquisite ever…. peace out I must flee into my dreams

    1. So… You’re not on shift at Husky, I hope.

  29. So I took the Amazon quiz


    There’s definitely Amazon potential here, but it’s up to you to make it happen. Maybe it’s time to join a cross-fit gym?


    1. Scientology or Crossfit. You choose the cult.

  30. “The Lost Sisterhood: A Novel” is $8.80 in paperback, but $11.99 in Kindle format. What’s the deal with that?

    1. Amazon is trying to find the market clearing price?

  31. Female libertarians?

    …Man, where do these authors get these ideas?

  32. …holds a doctorate in the history of ideas from Aarhus University,…

    I did not know this was a thing.

  33. Amazons, if they ever existed, would not have ridden horses into battle with spears held over head.

    Amazons would have lived in the late bronze age or very early Iron age (Herodotus described them in the 5th century BC as living in the distant past Homer puts them in the Iliad which would have been 1400 BC) and that sort of combat did not exist in that time period.

    1. Records from that era are spotty at best.

      1. The Hittites, Egyptians and Babylonians had pretty good records on the use of horses in warfare in that period. We also have bones and genetics of horses of the time which make them smaller and weaker then the horses which in later periods carried armoured cavalry, mongols and knights.

        Greek records are pretty shitty but they were the ones talking about amazons which is why I said “if they existed”.

        Also if Amazons existed and they had lanced cavalry while the Hittites Egyptians and Babylonians didn’t one would think they would have written about them and considering the massive military advantage it would have given the Amazons would probably have all been concurred by them.

  34. Poll: Trump beats Hillary head-to-head

    Cosmotarian tears are yummy and sweet.

    1. Yeah – this is getting better and better.

    2. Please tell me one subject Trump is remotely libertarian on and I might join in your celebrating.

      Right now it seems like we’re gonna get a Democrat turned Republican who likes single payer in office. 🙁

      Or is this a case of WHOOOSH?

      1. It’s more a comment on how Hillary can’t even beat a clown like Trump than it is a comment on Trump’s wonderfulness.

  35. What if a group of women decided to live outside of society, bend the spoon, and override all rules and regulations?

    No offense to women like Ms. Fortier but that group would almost inevitably become as (or more) regulated and controlling than the society they left behind. Women tend to be more socially-oriented than men. And while there is no shortage of exceptions, general trends tend to play out in large enough groups.

    1. This is why there are no female anarchists.

    2. That’s only true if the group is randomly picked and all else is the same. A self selected group deliberately leaving behind the existing society isn’t going to have that behavior.

      1. That would work for those opting. The question is whether it would be sustained over multiple generations. And, of course, your assuming that the group is uniformly opposed to regulation and rules, per se, rather than the specific set of rules and regulations from the society they left.

        1. Over multiple generations, the gender ratio would get back to normal, no?

    3. Well you haven’t lived unless you’ve tried anarchy AND absolute dictatorship.

      Sometime I think joining a cult would be awesomely fun experience, but then I don’t think I am brainwashable enough.

  36. ‘it’s a page turner’

    Of course it is. How else to advance and finish the dang book?

    1. I thought Page Turner wasTina’s daughter? I am confuse.

      1. [insert joke about Congress[wo]men turning over pages]

  37. esus FUCKING GODDAM CHRIST! HOW the FUCK can any motherfucking fucker possibly answer that complex shit hammered man??

    Fuck you, sevo. Fuck that shit, you simpering majestic whore. AN ENTIRE BOOK was evidently wrote by a man who spent fucking TONS of time on this shit and you think somehow YOUR FUCKING SHIT POST of an assorted ramekin of letters can answer shit and then you end this impossible matrix of hell with whisky…

    well I danced for 12 hours last weekend totally naked on 3 bottles of whiskey under the special oaks with all the lightning dogs and jazz roots and the righteous booms lit like fucking spiral smoke…

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