Verdict: What am I to you, Benjamin, your own personal Prometheus to torment? Your punching bag?
…Please don’t stop. Ever. 5 stars of delicious, exquisite suffering.
The funny thing about this book is that it looks like a second volume of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I mean, just look at the cover. Then you read the synopsis, and you understand that it’s not, it’s just Saenz’s new publisher – Clarion Books – trying to capitalize on the success of Ari&Dante with a misleading cover. Then you read the book, and you understand that it is actually Ari&Dante, remixed. A sort of Ari&Dante ver. 2.0, if you will.
cried reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
still cry thinking about it
cry at the thought of finally reading Book Two, like a martyr at the thought of the Second Coming of Christ
Title: Every Heart A Doorway (novelette, 2016 winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novella) Author: Seanan McGuire Review by: Captain Clo Verdict: imaginative worldbuilding, unimaginative plot, stilted writing in random places.
I’ve first hear about this book around the time it was nominated for the Nebula Award, since the book also features an asexual female protagonist and a transexual male side character. That said, simply having LGBT characters does not a good book make, and for all that this novelette is definitely enjoyable, it didn’t convince me. But if you:
are looking for a fairytale-styled fantasy with an asexual protagonist (which is, let’s face it, extremely rare)
like the idea of a trans boy as love interest/charming prince
Title: The Apprenticeship Of Big Toe P Author: Rieko Matsuura Review by: Captain Clo Verdict: surreal, definitely different, wtf-inducing, a must. 4 stars Trigger warning for: rape, sexual abuse
The set-up of this book is simply amazing. A normal, average, straight (but not for long…) woman wakes up one day to find that her big toe has transformed into a fully functional penis. The surreal, unexplained change sets into motion a journey of self-discovery that inevitably involves a lot of strange sexual adventures. It sounds like the set-up for a bawdy novel filled with gratuitous sex scenes… which The Apprenticeship Of Big Toe P isn’t. It’s surreal and elegant, and definitely not for easily-scandalized minds.
If you’re looking for:
surreal, semi-magical realism fiction
an unconventional journey of queer self-discovery and sexual awakening