I savored each and every story in this anthology. I love speculation fiction, I'm super picky about sci-fi, I don't have much success with fantasy. But I can't think of a single story that didn't delight. All of them were fantastic and fierce. These stories are incredibly diverse in perspective, imagination, and style. Best of all, I ended up with a slew of new-to-me writers to keep an eye on! Don't miss out on this one. #ownvoices #translit #sff
Complex, diverse queer characters, dystopia, time travel, resistance. This novel was super disconcerting because you get social commentary as a natural part of the world-building (so many parallels!). This novel is transfeminist, intersectional, and anti-capitalist. It calls out TERFs, SWERFs, people who tokenize marginalized friends, and more. Lovely writing, quick pace, exciting storyline. A #selfpublished gem! #ownvoices #translit #transgender
So many issues with this book. Transphobia, homophobia, fat-shaming... And that's just to start. I hated this one.
If you have time for it, I posted a longer, more detailed review here: https://bennilovesbooks.wordpress.com/2017/08/11/review-almost-perfect-by-brian-...
I recommend reading If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo instead. It handles this topic MUCH better.
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NOPE. Lily's transition centers cis feelings, and the author doesn't differentiate between gender expression and gender identity. Once Lily confides in Dunkin, his narrative (not dialogue, yet) should have changed. But he didn't refer to her as Lily until the END, when she shows up at the school dance in a dress, wearing makeup. This reinforces the harmful idea that you have to look a certain way before others will see you as "really truly trans."
I love how JFB tells a story, the way she allows it to unfold in its own time. LONG BLACK VEIL contains elements of a thriller, a mystery, a hint of paranormal, but is still a wonderfully character-driven piece of literary fiction. The theme of a trans person living in stealth was profound. I think those of us who are younger, who've always had online community, can't fully grasp how isolating this was. Great read. #ownvoices #translit
I loved this book so much. It is a wonderful coming if age book. To witness Luna's transformation through Regan's eyes was both heartwarming and at times heartbreaking. We all need a sister like Regan. This gem is a solid 4 stars ⭐️⭐⭐⭐ 🏳️🌈#translit #transbooks