[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)

 

Omorphi by C. Kennedy

I’ve been interested in this book for some time now, but I just haven’t gotten around to buying it. Anyone know where I can pick up a dirt-cheap copy somewhere? XD

Fabulous Fictions

Rating: 5/5

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Action

Themes: High School, Abuse, Bullying

Queer Level: Gay & Queer Main Characters; Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Straight Secondary Characters

[Learn More on Goodreads]

What an exciting, heartbreaking, powerful, and motivating story this turned out to be! Omorphi a long one, but it’s so consumable and I’d happily read hundreds of pages more if given the opportunity. This story is guaranteed to pull at your emotions while it boldly tackles the heavy topic of abuse …yet is surprisingly hopeful, despite this.

The tension and drama build up as details are revealed. It sort of plays out like a mystery in a way. …It certainly has the depth of one! The foundation is strong and the results make for a gripping read. The information itself is paced out very evenly – enough that you are constantly asking questions but…

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10 Fantasy and SF Books with QUILTBAG Themes

I feel it important to state that the books compiled for many of my booklists are not necessarily personal recommendations, as I often have not read them all myself. Unless stated as personal favs, or as reviewed material, just presume the books I share are simply intriguing titles I’d like to read or that I’ve recently found and decided to share with you based on the theme, topic, or (most likely) my own random spur of the moment decision.

If anyone has actually read the titles, let me know! Comment or share your opinion. I’d love to hear what you have to say~ 🙂

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan (YA, Fantasy)

Book description: Ten short stories about bisexual, half-Asian warlock Magnus Bane from Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices trilogies.

The Culling by Steven dos Santos (YA, SciFi)

Book description: Recruitment Day is here…if you fail, a loved one will die

For Lucian “Lucky” Spark, Recruitment Day means the Establishment, a totalitarian government, will force him to become one of five Recruits competing to join the ruthless Imposer task force. Each Recruit participates in increasingly difficult and violent military training for a chance to advance to the next level. Those who fail must choose an “Incentive”—a family member—to be brutally killed. If Lucky fails, he’ll have to choose death for his only living relative: Cole, his four-year-old brother.

Lucky will do everything he can to keep his brother alive, even if it means sacrificing the lives of other Recruits’ loved ones. What Lucky isn’t prepared for is his undeniable attraction to the handsome, rebellious Digory Tycho. While Lucky and Digory train together, their relationship grows. But daring to care for another Recruit in a world where love is used as the ultimate weapon is extremely dangerous. As Lucky soon learns, the consequences can be deadly…

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (SciFi)

Book description: Genly Ai is an emissary from the human galaxy to Winter, a lost, stray world. His mission is to bring the planet back into the fold of an evolving galactic civilization, but to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own culture and prejudices and those that he encounters. On a planet where people are of no gender–or both–this is a broad gulf indeed.

Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire (Fantasy, Parallel Novel)

Book description: The Wicked Years continue in Gregory Maguire’s Son of a Witch—the heroic saga of the hapless yet determined young man who may or may not be the offspring of the fabled Wicked Witch of the West. A New York Times bestseller like its predecessor, the remarkable Wicked, Son of a Witch follows the boy Liir on his dark odyssey across an ingeniously re-imagined and nearly unrecognizable Land of Oz—a journey that will take him deep into the bowels of the Emerald City, lately abandoned by the Wizard, and into the jaws of dragons. At once a grim fairy tale and an uplifting adventure, Son of a Witch is a true wonder.

The Elemental Logic series (Fire Logic, Earth Logic, Water Logic, Air Logic) by Laurie J. Marks (Fantasy)

Book description: The Elemental Logic series by Laurie J. Marks is set in the world of Shaftal. The series tells the story of Shaftal in four separate but chronological novels. Book 3, Water Logic, is published by Small Beer Press and released June, 2007.

Fire. Earth. Water. Air.

These elements have sustained the peaceful people of Shaftal for generations, with their subtle powers of intuition, healing, joy, and truth. But now Shaftal has been overrun, and the ancient logic of the land is being replaced by the logic of hatred.

Hero by Perry Moore (YA, Fantasy Superhero)

Book description: The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his father’s pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he’s been asked to join the League the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. But the most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he’s gay.

But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, who can control fire but not her anger; Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch; and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide; but they will have to learn to trust one another when they uncover a deadly conspiracy within the League.

To survive, Thom will face challenges he never imagined. To find happiness, he’ll have to come to terms with his father’s past and discover the kind of hero he really wants to be.

Cloud Atlas by David Moore (Fantasy, SciFi)

Review From Publisher’s Weekly: At once audacious, dazzling, pretentious and infuriating, Mitchell’s third novel weaves history, science, suspense, humor and pathos through six separate but loosely related narratives. Like Mitchell’s previous works, Ghostwritten and number9dream (which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize), this latest foray relies on a kaleidoscopic plot structure that showcases the author’s stylistic virtuosity. Each of the narratives is set in a different time and place, each is written in a different prose style, each is broken off mid-action and brought to conclusion in the second half of the book. Among the volume’s most engaging story lines is a witty 1930s-era chronicle, via letters, of a young musician’s effort to become an amanuensis for a renowned, blind composer and a hilarious account of a modern-day vanity publisher who is institutionalized by a stroke and plans a madcap escape in order to return to his literary empire (such as it is). Mitchell’s ability to throw his voice may remind some readers of David Foster Wallace, though the intermittent hollowness of his ventriloquism frustrates. Still, readers who enjoy the “novel as puzzle” will find much to savor in this original and occasionally very entertaining work.

Pantomime by Laura Lam (Fantasy)

Book description: R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera  is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.

The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan (Fantasy)

Book description: A dark lord will rise. Such is the prophecy that dogs Ringil Eskiath—Gil, for short—a washed-up mercenary and onetime war hero whose cynicism is surpassed only by the speed of his sword. Gil is estranged from his aristocratic family, but when his mother enlists his help in freeing a cousin sold into slavery, Gil sets out to track her down. But it soon becomes apparent that more is at stake than the fate of one young woman. Grim sorceries are awakening in the land. Some speak in whispers of the return of the Aldrain, a race of widely feared, cruel yet beautiful demons. Now Gil and two old comrades are all that stand in the way of a prophecy whose fulfillment will drown an entire world in blood. But with heroes like these, the cure is likely to be worse than the disease.

The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan (YA, Fantasy)

Book description: India Morgan Phelps-Imp to her friends-is schizophrenic. Struggling with her perceptions of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about her encounters with creatures out of myth-or from something far, far stranger…

Shadowman by Melissa Scott (SciFi)

Book description: In the far future, human culture has developed five distinctive genders due to the effects of a drug easing sickness from faster-than-light travel. But on the planet Hara, where society is increasingly instability, caught between hard-liner traditions and the realities of life, only male and female genders are legal, and the “odd-bodied” population are forced to pass as one or the other. Warreven Stiller, a lawyer and an intersexed person, is an advocate for those who have violated Haran taboos. When Hara regains contact with the Concord worlds, Warreven finds a larger role in breaking the long-standing role society has forced on “him,” but the search for personal identity becomes a battleground of political intrigue and cultural clash.


These look pretty interesting (some of which I’ve already started or finished reading!) Ahhh~ So many books! So little time!

[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?

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

I forgot where and on what site I found this title, but it sounded fascinating and just the kind of read I LOVE indulging in.

As the title suggests, the novel is called 2312 and as such takes place in the year 2312 – at the time when it was published, being exactly 300 years in the future.

Plot summary is taken from Wikipedia where I rediscovered this title again only a few hours ago:

The novel is set, as the title suggests, in the year 2312, in the great city of Terminator on Mercury, which is built on gigantic tracks in order to constantly stay on the planet’s nightside. Swan Er Hong, an artist and former asteroid terrarium designer, is grieving over the sudden death of her step-grandmother, Alex, who was very influential among the inhabitants of Terminator. After the funeral procession, a conference is held among the family and the close friends of Alex (some of whom Swan has never heard of, including Fitz Wahram, a native of the moon Titan, whom Swan dislikes). Following the conference, Swan decides to head out to Io to visit another friend of Alex’s, called Wang, who has designed one of the largest qubes or quantum computers. While Swan is visiting Wang on Io, an apparent attack of some sort fails. A violent attack on Terminator shortly follows. As Swan travels, she learns more of the mystery surrounding her grandmother’s death and the destruction of her home-city of Terminator. With Wahram and Genette, Swan travels throughout the solar system and investigates an escalating series of conspiracies.

The part that really interested most, besides the fact that – uh, hello? it’s SCIFI! – is this bit (also taken from the Wikipedia site):

Gender and sexuality within this world is fluid and expansive, with the principal official categories of “self-image for gender” listed to include feminine, masculine, androgynous, gyandromorphous, hermaphrodite, ambisexual, bisexual, intersex, neuter, eunuch, nonsexual, undifferentiated, gay, lesbian, queer, invert, homosexual, polymorphous, poly, labile, berdache, hijra, and two-spirit. Many people have both penises and vaginas.

….yeah. That was a no-brainer. I’m definitely reading this book!