03 Jun 2011 at 10:35
Comments Off on Finished by Christian A Young
Author: Christian A. Young
Genre: science fiction
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.
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!
27 Jul 2008 at 16:12
Paul G. Bens, Jr
Comments Off on 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
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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12 Dec 2007 at 17:11
Comments Off on All These Things That I’ve Done by makesmewannadie – Review
Title: All These Things That I’ve Done
Genre: Modern, f/f, m/f/f (transgender)
URL: On Livejournal
Other Information/warnings: explicit f/f, angst
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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