Tag: lgbt

The Iron Flower is a lush fantasy with lovable characters and far fewer issues

The Iron Flower is a lush fantasy with lovable characters and far fewer issues

★★★★★

(4.5 stars)

What a turnaround!

If you tried to tell me a month ago I’d be a certified Black Witch fan, I would have been very worried for my future. Now I sit here quite excited for the next book in the series, and quite certain it’s good to have a bit of fun.

There’s still some negatives I’ll talk about, but on the whole I had a blast. The characters grew on me. I understood the large world better. The drama and storytelling was up a notch. It’s YA, but good YA.

I even drew fanart (possibly the first ever for the poor series).

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Dusk in Kalevia is a very solid, very obscure book

Dusk in Kalevia is a very solid, very obscure book

★★★★☆

(3.5 stars)

I need to get a disclaimer up here right now: The cover of this book possibly my favorite of all time. There’s several wonderful illustrations within, but I picked this book up and read it purely for the cover. It is aesthetically perfect to me- character art, design wise… This thing is not what I expect from a small indie press in the slightest and it is wonderful.

Oh, and the other reason I bought it is because it’s about angel spies in the cold war.

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Beacon is a fun, disjointed episodic adventure… until it’s not

Beacon is a fun, disjointed episodic adventure… until it’s not

★★★☆☆

(3 stars)

I don’t know quite how I feel about this. Quick review. I got an ARC for free from the author.

The short of it is this: it’s short. It’s a novella, and feels shorter than one (on my e-reader it was about 100 pages). The story itself is entirely episodic, and contains 4 short adventures. The writing flows generally well and is upbeat, ‘quirky’ and kinda funny (YMMV, it didn’t appeal to me much but was easy to read) (think like percy jackson ‘jokes and fun’ type tone).

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What is 27 hours but the poorly written garbage heap of the pander-tastic soul?

What is 27 hours but the poorly written garbage heap of the pander-tastic soul?

☆☆☆☆☆

(0 stars)

This grade is entirely based on the book, overlooking (most) of the colonialist controversy and all of the author-sex-abuse stuff. It’s just a shite book.

But the above is why I’m dropping it early. I meant to write a sick-ass takedown of what was a painful read, but it’s kind of relevant if it’s being taken out of print, fans are turning against it, the series is cancelled and the author has been disavowed. Kind of makes my deep literary critique pointless.

If the allegations end up false and she’s brought back to honor, maybe I’ll finish the book. I’m using this as an excuse not to.

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Ice Massacre: a perfectly enjoyable, gay boatventure

Ice Massacre: a perfectly enjoyable, gay boatventure

★★★★☆

(3.5 stars)

There’s nothing technically wrong with this book, and you’ll find I have very little to gripe about beyond my general ambivalence on the subject of boats. ‘Boat fiction’ is just something I have never been into.

I read this as part of the Sapphic book club, and as always, it’s great to read a good action-adventure lgbt genre book, especially on the tailend of the horribleness that was 27 hours (review pending).

This will be super short.

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This isn’t really a fair review: I love Apocalypse Array and the LINK angels series so much

This isn’t really a fair review: I love Apocalypse Array and the LINK angels series so much

★★★★★

(5 stars)

(Book four, the last one. Book one, two, three).

YAAAAAAAAAAA

I just love these characters. Enough I can easily look through various narrative/writing flaws. I love em. I want more of them.

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Chameleon Moon is very, very diverse. It is also very, very messy.

Chameleon Moon is very, very diverse. It is also very, very messy.

☆☆☆☆☆

(.5 star)

1.0 stars? The faults are mostly/all plot/pacing/character/content, the writing is fine.

50% of this book is characters giving emotional counsolling to other characters, mostly by reminding them to breath or saying ‘it’s going to be okay’

The other half is introducing way too many fucking characters.

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