Category Archives: Books

Book Review – Full Fathom Five

Here’s another book with a trans character in it. This one was very different. As I note in the review, blink and you will miss the fact that the character is trans. On the one hand, that’s not good because … Continue reading

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New Juliet E. McKenna Book Forthcoming

Now there’s a nice thing to be able to announce. In October Wizard’s Tower will be publishing Shadow Histories of the River Kingdom, a new collection by Juliet E. McKenna. This volume brings together stories previously available in a range … Continue reading

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Book Review – Too Like the Lightning

I am continuing to work my way through books that do interesting things with gender. The latest victim subject is Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer. This is a book that attracted a lot of critical attention when it … Continue reading

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This Week on Ujima – Pete Sutton, Hate Crime & Teenagers

Yesterday’s Women’s Outlook show was supposed to kick off with Sarah Hilary talking about her fabulous new crime novel, Tastes Like Fear. However, Sarah is not well, and Pete Sutton gamely stepped in at the last minute to talk about … Continue reading

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Book Review – Lizard Radio

Here is the last of the book reviews I promised you of books with trans characters in them. This one is a Tiptree winner, and oddly enough the one that I was least impressed with. This review is fairly spoilery. … Continue reading

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Book Review – Every Heart A Doorway

Continuing my reviews of books featuring trans characters, today I am taking on what appears, at least in my little corner of the world, to be one of the most talked about books of the year. If you see someone … Continue reading

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Book Review – Masks And Shadows

As promised, I have posted another review of a book containing a trans character. This one is very different from The Fifth Season. Masks and Shadows is set in our world, in the 18th Century, and therefore has to navigate … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Fifth Season

I have been reading books, honest. Quite a few of them, in fact. There are lots of books featuring trans characters being published right now and I need to keep up. Finding time to write reviews is another issue, but … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima – Cat Valente, Rape Prevention, Hate Crime & Brexit

Sorry about the weird company, Cat. That’s the way it goes with radio some days. Today’s show began with an interview I did with Cat Valente at Finncon. As usual with such things, I was only able to broadcast about … Continue reading

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Well That Went Well

The nice LGBT police people seemed to enjoy my talk. It was great to catch up with Surat Shaan Knan and see the new pop-up version of the Twilight People exhibition. There were at least two trans people (serving police … Continue reading

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An Accident of Stars

This is not a book review. That’s because the copy of Foz Meadows’ debut novel, An Accident of Stars, that I received was very much an Advance Reading Copy. So advance, in fact, that it still had bits of chat … Continue reading

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Freedom Youth Book Launch

Last night I attended a book launch in Bristol. It was nothing to do with science fiction, but had a close connection with Wizard’s Tower nonetheless. The book is called Free to be Me and is a history of the … Continue reading

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Trans Panel Reading List

Suzanne may have some additions to this at some point. These are the books that I can remember us mentioning: Lizard Radio — Pat Schmatz Who Killed Sherlock Holmes — Paul Cornell Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper … Continue reading

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Fairy Tales Panel Reading List

Here as promised is my reading list from the “Sex ‘n’ Drugs ‘n’ Puss in Boots” panel. Cat and Anne may want to add to it as some point, and feel free to add your own recommendations in comments. First … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Many Selves of Katherine North

One of the things I am hoping to do while I am in Finland is catch up on some reading and maybe write a review or two. I have been reading books (albeit not quickly enough), but writing reviews is … Continue reading

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Heads Up North America – Jen Williams Incoming

I have just had email from Angry Robot which, among other things, mentioned that they will be publishing a North American edition of Jen Williams’ The Copper Promise (book #1 in the Copper Cat series). I’ve not had the pleasure … Continue reading

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For Fans of Frankenstein

A while back S.J. Chambers wrote a series of essays about Mary Shelley and Frankenstein, based on her travels through Europe in search of Shelley’s old haunts. The raw essays are available on Weird Fiction Review but, in honor of … Continue reading

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Hidden Youth Kickstarter

Some of you may remember the fabulous Long Hidden anthology produced by the Crossed Genres team a while back. Well now they have a new project on the go, also highlighting characters from the margins of history. Hidden Youth will … Continue reading

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Lammy Winners

The winners of this year’s Lambda Literary Awards were announced last night in New York. Most of the categories won’t mean much to you, or me for that matter. However, there are always a few of interest. The science fiction, … Continue reading

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New Book, Contains Me

So apparently I am now a Social Justice Warrior. Or at least a reduxed one. The sharp-eyed among you will have noticed that this is the cover of volume #10 of the WisCon Chronicles, an annual anthology of writings arising … Continue reading

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