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Bending the Landscape: Fantasy (The World of Riverside #2.9)

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In the groundbreaking anthology, queer writers write fantasy for the first time, and genre writers explore queer characters. But don't expect the usual fantasy backdrops-these stories will give you a frisson, a thrill, as they fizz off the page. They are extraordinary characters living outside the bounds of reality. But you will recognize them... It's about being gay, bein ...more
Paperback, 362 pages
Published July 27th 2004 by Overlook Books (first published 1997)
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A solid anthology. No total clunkers, but not too many stunners either. Just a lot of solid stories. I'm curious to read the science fiction collection to see if I like it better. I really enjoyed the first seven stories, as well as the Leslie What and BJ Thrower pieces. After that it blurred together a bit. I'm happy that this series exists, though.

Recently I’ve been privileged to encounter some excellent tales about LGBTIQQ* characters. That is, the tales were excellent. In some cases, the authors’ notes gave me pause. One of these is Bending the Landscape: Fantasy, edited by Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel. The stories themselves are delightful. Many of them exercise that privilege of fantasy that is most welcome to me as a queer reader: the existence of a queer character is not the unusual part.

Sadly, the editors undo that
It gets an extra star just for being a queer fantasy anthology, but I really wish I hadn't spent the money.
Nathan Burgoine
Having read the Horror and the Science Fiction books in this series of short stories with a gender/gay/lesbian/bisexual bend, when Mr. Dude said he had a copy of the out-of-print fantasy volume in the series, I begged, pleaded, and nuzzled neck. The result: I got to enjoy this selection of short stories.

Not surprising to those of you who know me well, the Science Fiction selection is still my favourite, but this one certainly was more enjoyable to me than the Horror issue. Granted, I have a low
This was a fun anthology overall. My favorite stories were Frost Painting, Gary in the Shadows, Water Snakes, Cloudmaker, Magicked Tricks, Sound of Angels, The Home Town Boy There Are Things Which Are Hidden from the Eyes of the Everyday and the Young Lady Who Loved Catepillars. These short stories had elements that I really loved or connected with. This anthology didn't blow my mind. The short stories listed above were the ones that made an impact on me in some way. Some of the stories had a un ...more
When I was a teenager I used to drive to a libraries that belonged to my co-op, (meaning I could use my small town library card to check titles out) where no one knew me. Once there I would check out as many LGBT titles as I could get, and this title was one of them.

I can't say all the stories are good, but some of them are, and some of them are even great. For my 17 year old closeted queer self, finding this book was like finding a slice of heaven.
Queer fantasy collection. Ranges from mediocre (two or three stories) to excellent.
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Nicola Griffith has won the Washington State Book Award, the Nebula Award, the James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award, the World Fantasy Award, Premio Italia, and six Lambda Literary Awards. She is also the co-editor of the Bending the Landscape series of anthologies. Her newest novel is Hild. She lives in Seattle with her wife, writer Kelley Eskridge.

* Aud Torvingen
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Other Books in the Series

The World of Riverside (3 books)
  • Swordspoint (Riverside, #1)
  • The Privilege of the Sword (Riverside, #2)
  • The Fall of the Kings (Riverside, #3)
Hild Ammonite Slow River The Blue Place (Aud Torvingen, # 1) Stay (Aud Torvingen #2)

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