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  1. 4 out of 5

    Kim Lockhart

    These stories are incredible. They are not only mind-blowing, but also so refreshingly inclusive of queer, trans, and non-binary folks. I found the first 3/4 of the anthology to be near perfect and at times extraordinary. The last 1/4 wasn't as strong, but I'm not deducting anything for that, because the majority of the selections were absolutely superlative. The list of contributors is impressive in itself. I hope SFF readers don't miss this opportunity to read some of the best writing of this These stories are incredible. They are not only mind-blowing, but also so refreshingly inclusive of queer, trans, and non-binary folks. I found the first 3/4 of the anthology to be near perfect and at times extraordinary. The last 1/4 wasn't as strong, but I'm not deducting anything for that, because the majority of the selections were absolutely superlative. The list of contributors is impressive in itself. I hope SFF readers don't miss this opportunity to read some of the best writing of this year.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carol McCarthy

    Every story, worth the read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    This is a pretty fantastic collection of LGBTQ+ collection of stories. While maybe there was the odd one or two which maybe I didn't enjoy as much as the others I don't think there are any duds. Also, while it might seen silly given the theme of the anthology, I enjoy being able to pick up a story and see myself / us in it. Other than the selection of stories I also appreciated the introduction with the history of queer themed anthologies the editor was aware of, most of which I didn't know of b This is a pretty fantastic collection of LGBTQ+ collection of stories. While maybe there was the odd one or two which maybe I didn't enjoy as much as the others I don't think there are any duds. Also, while it might seen silly given the theme of the anthology, I enjoy being able to pick up a story and see myself / us in it. Other than the selection of stories I also appreciated the introduction with the history of queer themed anthologies the editor was aware of, most of which I didn't know of but has give me a list of books to track down. The range of stories is really broad, pretty much think of a genre and its in here. My stand out stories were: * "And If The Body Were Not The Soul "- not sure how to describe it but maybe an optimistic story of starting to find your place * "Imago" - A dark story about being brought back to life to identify a killer * "Paranormal Romance" - A fun, whimsical romance with witches. It's fun is maybe highlighted by directly following "Imago" * "The Deepwater Bride" - The author might not describe it like this but to me its fun Lovecraftesq romance. * "Ours is the Prettiest" - sort of falls into urban fantasy but with a lot more depth, also you can but want to live in Bordertown after reading it * "Né łe" - Puppies + vet + space :D This is also the only story I'd read before, I think from Love Beyond Body, Space & Time: An Indigenous LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology * "Cat Pictures Please" - sentient search engine! The one other story to mention is "The Duke of Riverside" which would probably have more meaning if you've read Swordspoint first.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kaoru

    Solid collection of queer science fiction/fantasy short stories that range from great to "What the heck was that?". There's a wide range of topics and genres, meaning there's something for everyone in here. (Though there were a bit too many non-linear stories present. Not that I mind that technique, it's just a bit exhausting to adjust your brain to yet another scenario when stories in that style follow back to back.) Highlights are (among others) "Secondhand Bodies", "Imago", "Das Steingeschöpf" Solid collection of queer science fiction/fantasy short stories that range from great to "What the heck was that?". There's a wide range of topics and genres, meaning there's something for everyone in here. (Though there were a bit too many non-linear stories present. Not that I mind that technique, it's just a bit exhausting to adjust your brain to yet another scenario when stories in that style follow back to back.) Highlights are (among others) "Secondhand Bodies", "Imago", "Das Steingeschöpf", "Driving Jenny Home" and "Calved".

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This is a very good collection of science fiction stories about queer people (mostly humans). I think I'd read about half the stories previously. Many of the stories are by stellar authors; in the middle of the book there are consecutive stories by Nino Cipri, Nisi Shawl, Lavie Tidhar, Nalo Hopkinson, Charlie Jane Anders, and Seanan McGuire, all favorites of mine, and not my only favorites represented in the book. There's mix of science fiction and fantasy, but heavier on the science fiction, wh This is a very good collection of science fiction stories about queer people (mostly humans). I think I'd read about half the stories previously. Many of the stories are by stellar authors; in the middle of the book there are consecutive stories by Nino Cipri, Nisi Shawl, Lavie Tidhar, Nalo Hopkinson, Charlie Jane Anders, and Seanan McGuire, all favorites of mine, and not my only favorites represented in the book. There's mix of science fiction and fantasy, but heavier on the science fiction, which I like better.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Phillips

    Such an impressive collection. I thoroughly enjoyed most of these, which is not typically the case when I read anthologies. I found some new authors to follow and really connected with a lot of these in a surprising way!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Taylor (Virginia Woolf’s Actual Wife)

    Two of these made me cry so, thnx kaitlyn for the find

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marcia Stanard

    I really enjoyed 90% of this book. A couple of stories didn't do it for me--but that's pretty amazing odds when you're looking at a subject as broad as recent, Queer, Sci-fi and fantasy. These stories ranged from shapeshifter fiction to speculative fantasy and magical realism fairy tales. The definition of queer is broad and inclusive, and I was captivated by most of the stories. Pick this up and find some new favorite authors! I really enjoyed 90% of this book. A couple of stories didn't do it for me--but that's pretty amazing odds when you're looking at a subject as broad as recent, Queer, Sci-fi and fantasy. These stories ranged from shapeshifter fiction to speculative fantasy and magical realism fairy tales. The definition of queer is broad and inclusive, and I was captivated by most of the stories. Pick this up and find some new favorite authors!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Connor Girvan

    3.5 / 5 stars To be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of sci-fi/fantasy writing but I thought this anthology would be a nice way to ease into the genre because if I didn't like one story there would be another shortly after. At the beginning, I really liked the concept of some of the stories (like major cities being flooded and tourist sites for diving etc) but I wasn't overly vibing with the style. The more I read the book however, the more I got into the right frame of mind and by the end of it I 3.5 / 5 stars To be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of sci-fi/fantasy writing but I thought this anthology would be a nice way to ease into the genre because if I didn't like one story there would be another shortly after. At the beginning, I really liked the concept of some of the stories (like major cities being flooded and tourist sites for diving etc) but I wasn't overly vibing with the style. The more I read the book however, the more I got into the right frame of mind and by the end of it I really enjoyed the collection. My favourite stories tended to be ones which were rooted in a more relatable society just with an additional technology that say prolonged death - basically any that were black mirror-esque - or ones which featured death as a prominent theme (like the story about driving the girl home from prom every day). There were some typos/omissions I noticed in the writing that meant the sentence didn't make sense (and I don't usually pick up on those majorly tbh) but other than that there were no complaints. My favourite stories were: 'Imago' by Tristan Alice Nieto, 'And If The Body Were Not The Soul' by A.C. Wise, 'Das Steingeschöpf' by G.V. Anderson, and 'Calved' by Sam J. Miller (surprisingly, the first three are from the beginning of the book when I was still getting into the stories - but these four are the ones I remember enjoying the most. Particularly, Imago and Calved.)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Grace Carlisle

    I picked this up at my local library on a whim, and I’m so glad that I did. This anthology combined so many diverse voices, and each and every one of these stories was a pleasure to read. Several stories stuck with me: “The Deepwater Bride” by Tamsin Muir: I loved the eldritch horror. The portents and happenings gave the story quite a spooky, creepy (in a good way) atmosphere. “The Shape of My Name” by Nino Cipri: Stories about generational family drama will always be a draw for me, and I thought I picked this up at my local library on a whim, and I’m so glad that I did. This anthology combined so many diverse voices, and each and every one of these stories was a pleasure to read. Several stories stuck with me: “The Deepwater Bride” by Tamsin Muir: I loved the eldritch horror. The portents and happenings gave the story quite a spooky, creepy (in a good way) atmosphere. “The Shape of My Name” by Nino Cipri: Stories about generational family drama will always be a draw for me, and I thought this one handled the complicated relationship between the protagonist and his mother in a very compelling way. “The Night Train” By Lavie Tidhar: The sense of place really stood out to me. I’m not an expert in sci-fi subgenres, but I would call this one bio-cyberpunk. “Ours is the Prettiest” by Nalo Hopkinson: another story where the setting and worldbuilding really stood out for me. This one took place in what I envisioned as a magical New Orleans. “Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El-Mohtar: I loved the fairy tale motifs, and how well they were woven into the lives and struggles of the characters. “The Lily and the Horn,” by Catherynne M. Valente: The worldbuilding and imagery in this story was lush and gorgeous, and Valente does some interesting things with the idea that poison is a “woman’s weapon.” All in all, reading this anthology helped me discover so many great authors whose other work I can’t wait to read!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robert Hudder

    I had a whole bit to write about here that I decided to scrap. It was quibbling about whether the queer representations were necessary to the stories. It was in response to the forward by the editor. I get that there is a focus on queer anthologies but I guess I have always seen Spec Fic as being queer at its core. Star Trek, which can be argued isn't quite sci fi, has always had the captain pulling on his boots and interspecies relationships can be read in a multitude of ways. It just hasn't al I had a whole bit to write about here that I decided to scrap. It was quibbling about whether the queer representations were necessary to the stories. It was in response to the forward by the editor. I get that there is a focus on queer anthologies but I guess I have always seen Spec Fic as being queer at its core. Star Trek, which can be argued isn't quite sci fi, has always had the captain pulling on his boots and interspecies relationships can be read in a multitude of ways. It just hasn't always been explicit. In some ways, this move to having queer humans or non human characters as queer doesn't quite sit well with me. The trouble is that I haven't spent enough time to fully extrude these thoughts into something finer. It would make a good blog post or a series of blog posts but I'm not there yet. So, I'll leave with the thought that there seems to be something off and I can't put my finger on it. Now, in terms of the collection of stories. They are great. There are some that really shine. There are no duds but sometimes it felt as if the queerness was an add on that wasn't necessary. I guess, sometimes, I think certain stories would have been better told as stories where the character happened to be gay instead of a gay character. Anyone enjoying scifi should read this. There is a good range. Good job picking out these stories by the editor.

  12. 4 out of 5

    hazel

    A really worthwhile collection of LGBTQ stories with a lot more diversity than some other anthologies. I really enjoyed Imago, The Deepwater Bride, and Seasons of Glass and Iron. The first part of the anthology was, typically, the strongest, although I wouldn’t consider any of the stories included to be poor, out of place or boring. Not only did this feel like an actual well thought out exploration of LGBTQ+ experiences, but the actual science fiction plots and themes in these stories felt stron A really worthwhile collection of LGBTQ stories with a lot more diversity than some other anthologies. I really enjoyed Imago, The Deepwater Bride, and Seasons of Glass and Iron. The first part of the anthology was, typically, the strongest, although I wouldn’t consider any of the stories included to be poor, out of place or boring. Not only did this feel like an actual well thought out exploration of LGBTQ+ experiences, but the actual science fiction plots and themes in these stories felt strong as well, adding to the stories. The narratives range from finding love, reconnecting with family or past lovers, looking back on the past in general (especially growing up), and belonging to a community. The introductory message was also interesting to read, as it highlighted queer fiction throughout history and how far queer fiction has come. For such an anthology aiming to encompass some broad topics, I think it’s very successful.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alex M

    Real rating more like 3.5 This was a good, varied bunch of stories that ranged from dark and heavy to light and fluffy. As a queer person it was really wonderful to *know* that I was going to see representation in every single story, even if it wasn't the main focus. It's hard to describe how amazing it feels to just securely know that you're going to see yourself/your community in what you're reading. The only reason I didn't give it a higher rating is because a lot of the stories didn't persona Real rating more like 3.5 This was a good, varied bunch of stories that ranged from dark and heavy to light and fluffy. As a queer person it was really wonderful to *know* that I was going to see representation in every single story, even if it wasn't the main focus. It's hard to describe how amazing it feels to just securely know that you're going to see yourself/your community in what you're reading. The only reason I didn't give it a higher rating is because a lot of the stories didn't personally resonate very deeply with me, but I still appreciated the variety among them all. My favorite was "Calved" by Sam Miller - that one really got me. It was much more about interpersonal relationships than about sci-fi. (I enjoy Sam Miller's writing anyhow.) I'd certainly recommend this for any queer SFF nerds out there <3

  14. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Pankau

    This is an excellent collection of short stories who all have LGBT characters in them. Some of the stories are focused on the queer aspect, while others are about other things and happen to have queer characters. There is quite a variety of stories, including: near-future sci-fi, folktales retold, some historical fantasy, a story with drowned gods, a time travel story, a ghost story, far-future sci-fi, and assorted fantasy. Almost all were very excellent or really good, with only a couple that w This is an excellent collection of short stories who all have LGBT characters in them. Some of the stories are focused on the queer aspect, while others are about other things and happen to have queer characters. There is quite a variety of stories, including: near-future sci-fi, folktales retold, some historical fantasy, a story with drowned gods, a time travel story, a ghost story, far-future sci-fi, and assorted fantasy. Almost all were very excellent or really good, with only a couple that weren’t to my taste. Rounding up to 5 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    I reallllly enjoyed this anthology!!! My two of my favorites were "Cat Pictures Please" and "Calved". I think they saved the best for the last. There were a lot of great stories in this, not anything I didn't much like. Others I enjoyed were "Otherwise", "Ours is Prettiest", "Driving Jenny Home" and the end story "The River's Children". There was one story I couldn't figure out why it was queer . . . ? Unless you consider age gap relationships queer? Maybe they are? Great, maybe I'm even queerer I reallllly enjoyed this anthology!!! My two of my favorites were "Cat Pictures Please" and "Calved". I think they saved the best for the last. There were a lot of great stories in this, not anything I didn't much like. Others I enjoyed were "Otherwise", "Ours is Prettiest", "Driving Jenny Home" and the end story "The River's Children". There was one story I couldn't figure out why it was queer . . . ? Unless you consider age gap relationships queer? Maybe they are? Great, maybe I'm even queerer than I thought! X^D

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    One of the best anthologies I’ve ever read, with an incredibly strong story selection. I liked all but one of the stories, and marked 11/24 as ones that I really enjoyed and want to check out the authors other work. Excellent diversity in genre and themes and in terms of character diversity as well, which was much appreciated. It’s a pretty big book but I finished in just over a week because it was so engaging.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leo Rodriguez

    I enjoyed The Sea Troll's Daughter and Paranormal Romance--they were untangled fun. Most of the other stories I started and did not finish, for one reason or another. I think my overarching complaint would be that I was bored, either by the writing itself or the plot. I'm probably unfairly also judging this against a different anthology that I read recently and loved, Love After the End. That one resonated with me, as a package, while this one did not. I enjoyed The Sea Troll's Daughter and Paranormal Romance--they were untangled fun. Most of the other stories I started and did not finish, for one reason or another. I think my overarching complaint would be that I was bored, either by the writing itself or the plot. I'm probably unfairly also judging this against a different anthology that I read recently and loved, Love After the End. That one resonated with me, as a package, while this one did not.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kestrel

    Such a wonderful variety of stories!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    This was mind blowingly good. I need to buy a copy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mills College Library

    Fiction F2192 2021

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    really solid collection! more hits than misses. aaaand because of it, I finally got to read "The Deepwater Bride", which was absolutely *excellent*. really solid collection! more hits than misses. aaaand because of it, I finally got to read "The Deepwater Bride", which was absolutely *excellent*.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    An excellent anthology of gender-alternative short stories that should appeal to all.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amy Biggart

    Is this a five-star read? I can't stop thinking about it Most of these short stories were five stars, but I had some difficulty reading an anthology where each story had a different world and a different writer, so I’m going to round down. But definitely a 4.5. More thoughts to come Is this a five-star read? I can't stop thinking about it Most of these short stories were five stars, but I had some difficulty reading an anthology where each story had a different world and a different writer, so I’m going to round down. But definitely a 4.5. More thoughts to come

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kai Wiesner-Hanks

    Like all short story collections, there were some great stories in here and some that were a little bland. Overall though I felt there was a very solid covering of a wide variety of queer idernjtient

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

  26. 5 out of 5

    Erin Flanagan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Joy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carol Xu

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