[Mini Review] Myth and Magic: Queer Fairy Tales

21413938Myth and Magic: Queer Fairy Tales

edited by Radclyffe and Stacia Seaman

What rating would you give it?
4 of 5 Stars

What did you think of the book?

Pretty good considering. Any time I get to read an anthology or collection where half to 3/4 of the compiled stories I like is a sheer miracle! This one fits the bill so 4 stars! A fun and delightful weekend read! :3

Would you recommend this book?

I would definitely recommend, because there can never be enough queer fairytales out there!

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Publication Date: December 2014
Format: eBook, ARC
Pages: 264
Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance,
F/F Romance, QUILTBAG / LGBTQUIA,
Fairytales,
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
Challenge: 2014 Good Reads Reading Challenge (100)

 

Update on Kirby Crow’s new book, “Hammer and Bone”! COVER REVEALED + RELEASE DATE!

Drum roll please…!

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Well, well, well! Certainly been waiting awhile for this one! Since my initial post about this title, I have stalked the pages of author Kirby Crow’s personal page and GoodReads account for updates. This was a VERY welcome surprise! Definitely getting me all anxious and excited for the next installment to the Scarlet and the White Wolf series TBR October of this year.

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Hammer and Bone is slated for next year, March 2nd, published by Riptide Press, in both eBook and Print format. It’ll be 250 pages of delightful fun. …I hope. *fingers crossed*

Here’s the latest change of synopsis info:

“The purest evil lives in the hearts of men.

Carnival mystics. Zombie tribes. Bad magic in the Bayou. Mage-princes, alien cities, and soul-stealing priests. The grim monsters in the worlds of these dark, speculative tales are true horrors, but it’s the people you should fear the most.

People like Michel, a boy pining for his best friend, Ray. But a presence in the swamp calls Michel to avenge another lost love, and he must decide which summons to answer. Or Angelo, a prescient cop who denies his visions until they endanger the man he loves. Or Bellew, an overseer in a shantytown of criminals sheltering a revenant and feeding it from their ranks.

From ruined lands of steam and iron, to haunted Southern forests, to brutal city streets where hope and damnation flow from the same spring, only a few stubborn souls possess the heart to challenge evil on its own terms. Some wield magic, some turn to rage or even love, but the ones left standing will survive only if they find the courage to carve their own paths to freedom.

Even if it means carving through flesh.”

[GoodReads] [Author Website]

 

MYTHS AND MAGIC: LEGENDS OF LOVE

An interesting find. I’ll see how good it is when I get a copy myself…

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Lose yourself in tales of yore, in myths, fairy tales, and legends shrouded in the mists of time. These are stories of beasts and men from ancient tomes, of gods, sorcerers, and ancient heroes, of fairies and elves, of dragons and unicorns, and almost anything you might dream. Let your imagination take the reins and experience the power of the timeless past as men in many different forms undertake the highest of quests: the search for a love of the ages. Continue reading

[Booklist] 15 Favourite Anthologies

 

1. Bending The Landscape (themed series: “Fantasy”, “Horror”, and “Science Fiction”) e.b. Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel
2. The Best of Horror of the Year (annual) e.b. Ellen Datlow
3.The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror (annual) e.b. Paula Guran
4. The Weird: A Compedium of Strange and Dark Stories e.b. Jeff and Ann VanderMeer
5. The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy (annual) e.b. Rich Horton
6. High Risk e.b. Amy Scholder & Ira Silverberg
7. Stories: All New Tales e.b. Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio
8. Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstrous e.b. Tim Marquitz
9. Doubletakes e.b. T. C. Boyle
10. The Best American Nonrequired Reading (annual) e.b. Dave Eggers
11. A Constellation of Cats e.b. Denise Little
12. Men Undressed: Women Writers On The Male Sexual Experience e.b. Stacy Bierlein, Gina Frangello, Cris Mazza, and Kat Meads
13. Supernatural Noir e.b. Ellen Datlow
14. The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction e.b. Richard Bausch
15. Tokyo Stories: A Literary Stroll translated & e.b. Lawrence Rogers

TIL — Wikipedia, Thou Art Friend To All!

On today’s episode of TIL, I’ve found some great online resources and references for potential book reads with my sort of interests in mind!

List of LGBT-themed speculative fiction

Probably my new favorite page on the internet. I’m going through the list and seeing so many titles I want to read, and a few I managed to find over the years using all my finite resources at the time. Seeing this mega-list, however, really lifts my spirits. I cannot begin to express the joy it brings (and the tears my wallet will shed upon coughing up the funds to purchase everything in here).

LGBT themes in mythology

 I believe, highly self-explanatory. Why in hell’s name this wasn’t taught in school — or at least hinted at so any of us interested could go look it up ourselves — I’ll never know.

List of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender-related films

This is one HECK of a long list! Interested in movies for a change? Want to find something with a QUILTBAG theme or presence in the film? You’ve come to the right place… Can’t tell you which one’s are good or not. But at least, you have a basis to start your search.

Sex and sexuality in speculative fiction

Some titles included in this article refer to favorites of mine like Ursula K. Le Guin’s, The Left Hand of Darkness and Robert A. Heinlein’s, Time Enough for Love; as well as some I have yet to read or even hear about like Venus Plus X and The World Well Lost both by Theodore Sturgeon.


 

This last link isn’t actually to a Wikipedia articles, but still in the same vein as the links above. Lethe Press is a publisher I’ve long since stalked, for their books often hold many of the key themes and elements I like to read in them. Genres: horror, science fiction, speculative fiction and the supernatural. Themes: QUILTBAG, alternative sexualities, and gender identity and study. Their titles come as parts of series, stand-alones, anthologies, and author collections.

So, frankly? What more can I ask for?