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Just ramblings of a fantasy junkie

The Master Key

The Master Key - L. Frank Baum This book was a series of surprises for me.
Some of them were positive, and some of them were not.
I couldn't help taking a sigh of relief when nowhere in the book scientific progress and new technologies were portrayed in a negative light. Maybe it's because of the period in which this was written, but it is so refreshing. I'm just tired of being told my field of interest is evil and will destroy the world by people who understand literally nothing of it.
On the other hand, as a girl who has wanted to get into STEM since middle school, the continuous iteration that this was "a tale for boys" because no girl ever would be interested in electricity obviously was unbearable at best. Especially considering the author's other works: I have read [b:The Wonderful Wizard of Oz|236093|The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)|L. Frank Baum|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1398003737s/236093.jpg|1993810] and recently started (and dropped) [b:The Sea Fairies|358488|The Sea Fairies|L. Frank Baum|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348939204s/358488.jpg|3175715] and they both feature very bright little girls. Why wouldn't bright little girls like Dorothy and Trot be interested in science? Especially when the main character of this book is portrayed as anything but bright! He's daft and only strikes the master key by chance.