Posts Tagged ‘transsexual/transgender fiction’

Annabel by Kathleen Winter

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Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Annabel
Author: Kathleen Winter
Genre: Historical Fiction
URL: Grove Press/Black Cat
Price: US $14.95
Summary [from the publisher]:
Kathleen Winter’s luminous debut novel is a deeply affecting portrait of life in an enchanting seaside town and the trials of growing up unique in a restrictive environment.

In 1968, into the devastating, spare atmosphere of Labrador, Canada, a child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor fully girl, but both at once. Only three people are privy to the secret—the baby’s parents, Jacinta and Treadway, and their trusted neighbor and midwife, Thomasina. Though Treadway makes the difficult decision to raise the child as a boy named Wayne, the women continue to quietly nurture the boy’s female side. And as Wayne grows into adulthood within the hypermasculine hunting society of his father, his shadow-self, a girl he thinks of as “Annabel,” is never entirely extinguished.

When Wayne finally escapes the confines of his hometown and settles in St. John’s, the anonymity of the city grants him the freedom to confront his dual identity. His ultimate choice will once again call into question the integrity and allegiance of those he loves most.

Kathleen Winter has crafted a literary gem about the urge to unveil mysterious truth in a culture that shuns contradiction, and the body’s insistence on coming home. A daringly unusual debut full of unforgettable beauty, Annabel introduces a remarkable new voice to American readers.

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When Gravity Fails by George Alec Effinger

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: When Gravity Fails
Author: George Alec Effinger
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher URL: Orb Books
Price: US$ 14.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
In a decadent world of cheap pleasures and easy death, Marid Audrian has kept his independence the hardway. Still, like everything else in the Budayeen, he’s available…for a price.

For a new kind of killer roams the streets of the Arab ghetto, a madman whose bootlegged personality cartridges range from a sinister James Bond to a sadistic disemboweler named Khan. And Marid Audrian has been made an offer he can’t refuse.

The 200-year-old “godfather” of the Budayeen’s underworld has enlisted Marid as his instrument of vengeance. But first Marid must undergo the most sophisticated of surgical implants before he dares to confront a killer who carries the power of every psychopath since the beginning of time.

Wry, savage, and unignorable, When Gravity Fails was hailed as a classic by Effinger’s fellow SF writers on its original publication in 1987, and the sequence of “Marid Audrian” novels it begins were the culmination of his career.


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Lola Dances by Victor J. Banis

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Lola Dances
Author: Victor J. Banis
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: MLR Press
Price: US$ 15.99
Other Information/warnings: incest, rape, some violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Sometimes funny, sometimes tragic and often bawdy, Lola Dances ranges from the 1850 slums of the Bowery to the mining camps of California and Montana, to the Barbary Coast of San Francisco.

Little Terry Murphy, pretty and effeminate, dreams of becoming a dancer. Raped by a drunken profligate and threatened with prison, Terry flees the Bowery and finds himself in the rugged settlement of Alder Gulch, where he stands out like a sore thumb among the camp’s macho inhabitants–until the day he puts on a dress and dances for the unsuspecting miners as beautiful Lola Valdez–and wins fame, fortune and, ultimately, love.
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Finished by Christian A Young

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: Finished
Author: Christian A. Young
Genre: science fiction
URL: Smashwords
Price: US$0.99
Other Information/warnings: none
Summary [from the author]:

A life of larceny in a half-wrong body isn’t what Aldin hoped for, but right now it’s all he’s got and he’s making the best of it. When an unwelcome surprise sends him running, his prospects hinge entirely on his wits and an unlikely ally.

My review:

When I was younger, this was the kind of story I would inhale like air. Tightly written, clever, thinky science fiction with masses of ideas, interested world building and commentary packed into spare, punchy prose.

And then I discovered m/m, where the art of the short story is confined to stroke fic and PWPs. Because short fiction is hard, and you need to be more than just a decent writer to make it work. You need to be really good. And Mr Young is really, really good.

Aldin is an art thief, looking to complete one last job so he can finish his sex reassignment surgery and live in the body he knows he belongs in. But his partner has other ideas. Just when all seems lost, help comes in the most unexpected form.

That short summary doesn’t do justice to this. For heaven’s sake, risk the whole buck and buy this, and enjoy it. It’s rare enough to have a transgendered hero in any story, but even if you haven’t the slightest interest in that, this is still a short, cracking read. Science fiction as it should be. Highly recommended!

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Erotic Fantastic: The Best of Circlet Press 1992-2002 (Kindle Edition) – review

Rating: 4/10 ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ Title: Erotic Fantastic:  The Best of Circlet Press 1992-2002 (Kindle Edition)
Author: Multiple, Edited by Cecilia Tan
Genre: S/F, Fantasy Erotica
URL: Amazon Kindle Store
Price: U.S.$7.99
Other Information/warnings: Explicit m/m, m/f, m/m/f, violence, underage sex
Summary (from the publisher): In the first ten years of its existence, Circlet Press published over thirty anthologies and several single-author works, all the time pushing at the boundaries of sf/f and Erotica and fusing the two together. This is a collection of the very best and brightest of this unique publisher and unique genre, with twenty-five stories picked from the hundreds Circlet has put into print. Includes Francesca Lia Block, Catherine Asaro, M. Christian, Thomas S. Roche, Laura Antoniou, and many many more.  This is an updated edition for Kindle, fixing previous formatting failures.

N.B.: The review version of the book I received has only 23 short stories and not the 25 referenced in the publisher’s summary.  It is unknown if the Kindle version contains 25 stories or the 23 reviewed here.

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All These Things That I’ve Done by makesmewannadie – Review

Title: All These Things That I’ve Done
Author: makesmewannadie
Genre: Modern, f/f, m/f/f (transgender)
URL: On Livejournal
Price: FREE
Other Information/warnings: explicit f/f, angst
Summary :
Natalie used to be with Andrea, until she decided she wanted to be Andy. Jenny used to be with Natalie, but she wanted more than they had. Looks like she found it with Andy….

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