One thing has bothered me about the novels in this class. All of them are written by men. This itself doesn't bother me, but I feel like it's clear from the writing that they are written by men. Two of the books dealt with WWII, which is typically a masculine topic. Otherwise, women had very small roles. The Mendleson article on the encyclopedic novel mentioned this trait, but I still found it tiresome for me personally. Not only do women have small roles, but if they appear in the novel, they will have sex with one of the main characters sooner or later (usually, at least). This insistence of women in relation to male sexuality is, in my opinion, problematic because these novels cannot seem to escape it. Perhaps if the books were shorter it wouldn't bother me so muchâ€¦but after so many pages, I sort of expect a rounded female character who doesn't have to have sex with someone. I think it reveals a certain amount of ignorance on the part of the author. This is fine, but I should think at least one of the authors would be able to write better female characters. I believe that there are male authors who can write females. I also think it's problematic that the encyclopedic novel is supposed to give a range of a society or represent and era but they are so male-oriented. They (the authors) are missing a huge part of humanity.