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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Amateur City | Katherine V. Forrest
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Some of the datedness of this (published 1984) has been hard to get over (the over the top racism of one character, my god -- he's clearly condemned by the text but did it have to be so explicit, couldn't you cut down on the racial slurs??) but I am otherwise finding this very interesting. It's a slice of 80s culture that makes me grateful to have only spent my first five years in that decade.
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Gods of Want: Stories | K-Ming Chang
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I admired but didn't always love this collection of short fiction, including flash fiction as well as more traditional length short stories. K-Ming Chang's writing is so unique, full of strange and beautiful images and ideas, which the book focuses on more than character or plot. Her style feels more akin to poetry than fiction, especially the flash fiction which was my favourite. The stories are surreal, dark, sexy, queer, deeply weird.

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Not My Problem | Ciara Smyth
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Ciara Smyth is so funny. One of the best YA authors writing today, imho. You can tell she is really is in touch with contemporary teens (she is also a social worker).

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Spear | Nicola Griffith
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I haven't read an old fashioned fantasy in a long time, so this is a nice change of pace. Very well done and a great audiobook narration by the author herself!

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Sirens and Muses: A Novel | Antonia Angress
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Unfortunately half of these characters (the women) compelled me and the other half (the men) didn't. These days an author would have to do some pretty extraordinary character work to make me care about cishet white men. This is despite lovely, smart writing, especially about making art and the art world. I was also interested in Angress's characterization of the different desires for genders that Louisa and Karina felt as bi women. 🤷‍♀️

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
The Romance Recipe | Ruby Barrett
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This wasn't quite the romance for me, but I think overall it did what it set out to do very well. It's about a celebrity chef and her restaurant owner, both of whom are already pining for each other when the book begins. This romance set up doesn't interest me much. But the chef, Sophie, is a newly out bi woman at age 30 and the depiction of her later in life coming out and encountering biphobia, was excellent. Also steamy sapphic sex scenes!

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
All This Could Be Different: A Novel | Sarah Thankam Mathews
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"I did not know how to explain this stubborn love that I staggered under, iridescent, veined with a terrible grief, grief for the ways [my parents'] lives had been compost for my own."

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Nothing Will Save Your Life | Nancy Jo Cullen
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Excuse the ratty appearance, my baby has been playing with this poetry book! Many poems use traditional forms while a lot of content is focused on 21st century life, including climate change and social media. But aging, death, and nostalgia are prominent themes. Also: dogs, motherhood, domesticity, Catholicism, sex ("wicked boxes of delight"), parents, and fatphobia. Often sad but also sometimes funny and joyful, even occasionally bawdy.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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An accessible and thought-provoking book that shares ace perspectives on feminist politics, disability, race, consent, relationships, and more. I thought the mix of Chen's personal story, those of other aces she interviewed, and her more academic writing on the topics worked really well. The observations that hit me the hardest were those about feminist attitudes to sex, consent and sex in relationships, and rape culture. Recommended!

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"Aces know that sex is not always the dividing line that determines whether a relationship is romantic...Questions about the definition of romantic love are the starting point for aces to think about love and romance in unexpected ways, from new explicit categories beyond friendship and romance to the opportunities -- legal, social, and more -- of a world where romantic love is not the type of love valued above all others."

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