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Sky Tongues

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The True Hollywood Story of mue celebrity Sky Tongues, the biracial hermaphrodite with tongues for fingers. Most people know Sky Tongues as the wise-cracking, gum-chewing angel from the smash-hit dramatic series featuring an all-mue cast, Exquisite Afterlife, but Sky has had a turbulent rise to stardom that has been kept secret from the public ...until now. In this tell-al...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Eraserhead Press
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David Barbee
Gina Ranalli’s brand of bizarro is refreshing. With all the poorly-executed genre fiction out there, it’s good to see a story that’s not only wickedly weird, but unflinchingly human. Some scenes are very touching and heartfelt, and some are vulgar and brutal. That’s because Gina Ranalli knows that even in a bizarro world of genetic freaks, the worst atrocities are the things that really happen in our everyday world.

The world of “Sky Tongues” is one of Mues, who are genetically different from hum...more
Brennon Thompson
A rags to riches story of a girl who just happens to have tongues for fingers, experiencing a Bizarro surreal Hollywood of the future.
This story is great and proves that the Hollywood dream is there for anyone. Even if you do happen to be the unwanted mutant offspring of abusive parents.
Sky's story is painful, sweet and charming. The reader can't help but love her, rooting for her every step of the way. And the colorful characters she meets along the way add to the tapestry of this vivid world....more
Christy Stewart
A celebrity tell-all autobiography about a TV/film/stage star who happens to be a hermaphrodite and have tongues for fingers and toes. Based in a world where there is social unrest between those "normal" humans, ones who have mutations (and between those distinctive types of mutants), and ones that are synthetic.

Great book; personable and socially relevant enough to appeal to those who might shy from Bizarro and still weird enough to set the book and author apart at the top of the genre itself.
This was such a fun book to read - very touching, funny and inventive. Child abuse and child adoration, love and loss, hardships and happiness, funk and fame. It's all here. All glued together with wacky body parts in a society that reflects the same resentment and intolerance that abounds today. Great book and a stunning cover.
Nick Cato
Aug 11, 2009 Nick Cato rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Bizarro fans, Fans of unique dramas
Sky Tongues (the name of a hermaphrodite born with tongues for fingers and toes) is basically a coming-of-age / rags-to-riches story told in an addictive autobiographical style. Ranalli masterfully hints at a future landscape and society (roughly 130 years from now), which is not too different from the present; rascism and prejudice still exist, along with the possibility of happiness and fortune.

Abused by her father, Sky is kicked out of the house and soon taken in by a carnival owner who gives...more
A bizarre and unique story that wraps issues that happen in every day life in a futuristic time where mutants and humans try to co-exist Sky is a Mue(a mutant) with tongues for fingers. Beaten and rejected by her own family Sky set off to achieve her dream of being an actress. Basically this is an autobiography of Sky in which Gina Ranalli nailed perfectly.

Being my first book in the Bizzarro genre, at first I was taken back and slightly confused. Sticking with it though I was rewarded with a sto...more
Well, the writing was good. It just felt like I was reading a biography disguised as a bizarro read with characters that had see-through skin and tongues for fingers. Sky was never a normal child and was abused. It became worse after her parents had a second child. Eventually she was kicked out of the home and had to fend for herself. First in a carnival and then acting. She didn't hear from her family until she made it big. They felt that she owed them. A rather unsurprising ending. Just an alr...more
Erica Lindquist
I loved it. Short and sweet and very unique. My only complaint is very minor: Sky's assessments of everyone is always spot on, so the characters never really surprise. They always do pretty much what Sky thought they would. But the story is excellent and the characters good.
Rose O'Keefe
This book is a hell of a lot of fun to read. My favorite part is the character who has see through skin and becomes pregnant so you can see the baby growing inside her.
A fast, light read. I liked it enough to read others from this author, but it was in no way sock knocking or anything. I liked it, that's all.
A brilliant way of exploring racism and prejudices. Gina Ranalli certainly has a knack of making her characters real and believable.
Trisha Arrowsmith about weird and this is supposed to be a teenage book? Not in my house...
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Gina Ranalli is the author of several novels, including Mothman Emerged, Rumors of My Death, Praise the Dead, House of Fallen Trees, Suicide Girls in the Afterlife, Chemical Gardens, Wall of Kiss, and Mother Puncher. Her collection, 13 Thorns (with Gus Fink) won the Wonderland Book Award for Best Story Collection of 2007. Her short stories have appeared in numerous publications including Bits of t...more
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