I love dystopias, and for some reason a future therapist will have to figure out I find the post–apocalypse very romantic. The problem with this genreI love dystopias, and for some reason a future therapist will have to figure out I find the post–apocalypse very romantic. The problem with this genre, though, is most of the characters that survive are the ones that seem to be doing the best before things went to hell. It doesn't make sense to me why the survivors would all be white/able-bodied/cis–straight (and when they aren't that gets "fixed" when they make it into a movie) so what I absolutely love about this book is that the stories are about people who aren't poster children of the privileged from our world....more
I've been a lifelong fan of superhero comic books and am excited to see the genre breakthrough into traditional literature arenas, but I feel that I'mI've been a lifelong fan of superhero comic books and am excited to see the genre breakthrough into traditional literature arenas, but I feel that I'm about to be sorely disappointed because nothing will reach the bar that this book has raised.
Not only were the best aspects of the superhero genre represented (the adventure, the ambitious sci-fi, and the no holds barred world building) they also brought what this publishing company was founded on, great stories featuring great representation of marginalized people. It was so exciting to read about my familiar superhero worlds with real people, people of different races and sexualities and genders.
I'd recommend this to not only people who like comic books, or romance, but people were looking for stories with realistic characters. You won't be disappointed....more
This book that I highly anticipated the release of. Romantic literature is not only something I enjoy, but I think is a great venue to explore differeThis book that I highly anticipated the release of. Romantic literature is not only something I enjoy, but I think is a great venue to explore different types of inter-personal relationships and the fact that so few "alternative" lifestyles and sexualities get the spotlight in this genre is a travesty.
In Heart of Aces each story features an asexual character within a romantic context, which is an ingenious way of showing the spectrum of sexual aspects of asexuality which is often misunderstood to have none.
Given that the theme of this book is one of a highly unknown and misunderstood sexuality, I thought that most of the book would be hard to approach as simply stories of romance, but that isn't the fact at all. The stories within this book are, at their core, classic romantic tales of longing/union, hurt/comfort, and love conquering all.
I recommend this book to those who finally want accurate depictions of asexuality and to those who simply love great love stories....more
This book was my brain-child that I approached the newly forming Good Mourning Publishing with, and it was selected as the publisher's first release!This book was my brain-child that I approached the newly forming Good Mourning Publishing with, and it was selected as the publisher's first release! I'd like to thank them, the editor Amber Dearinger, and all the other authors involved
The idea for this book came after numerous discussions about how disabled people, mainly people in wheelchairs, were depicted in fiction. No one was happy with it. I was dedicated to the idea of a romance anthology based on this type of character written by writers of different genres and varying points in their careers; writers who are disabled people, able-bodied people (those not disabled), and devotees (those with a fetish for disabled people). I also wanted a spectrum of romances featuring heterosexual couples as well as gay and lesbian ones...I'm proud to say my vision was achieved.
If you do read the book, please give it an honest review. If you love it, good. If you hate it, good. It was created as a response in this ongoing dialoged of literature, romance, disabilities, and diversity; your opinion matters.
I also hope it inspires you to write your own stories with disabled characters. If you think "I want to try this" or "I can do this" or "I can do a better job than this" do it! Write, publish, and tell me about it so I can get a copy....more
I have to give credit to Stryker for writing a mature and real romance with a trans character but beginning the book with the reveal and then doing aI have to give credit to Stryker for writing a mature and real romance with a trans character but beginning the book with the reveal and then doing a "1 month earlier..." thing to begin the story ruined it.
As a fan of romance I want to grow to care about the characters and have their budding love build the anticipation for the make or break drama. This is the format of romance novels for a reason; it works....more
The book (W)hole was an amazing work that was not only a great read but also opened a dialog into the devotee community and humanized what had been reThe book (W)hole was an amazing work that was not only a great read but also opened a dialog into the devotee community and humanized what had been represented only as a perversion in all other mainstream venues; how wonderful it is that this only continued in the follow up Breath(e)!
We pick off where we left off into the most dramatic part of any story; what happens after the happy ending. It's a bit of a spoiler to say the best part was reading Elizabeth date while being open about her disability fetish but I'll risk not warning you as this is why you really need to read this. I've never read fiction as honest and paradigm shifting into a real community as this series....more
In my quest to read and judge every book with disabled characters I came across Ruth Madison's (W)hole. I didn't read the reviews or description, wantIn my quest to read and judge every book with disabled characters I came across Ruth Madison's (W)hole. I didn't read the reviews or description, wanting nothing to influence my opinion of the book but I expected the usual (although the usual means all 3 other romance novels featuring disabled characters); a watered down experience of disability and then critical acclaim of how "brave" the author is for writing such a book. This was not the case.
The leading man is paraplegic from a sporting accident, as per usual in this genre, but the real story is about the leading lady who has a fetish toward disabled men. I know very little about the devotee community and so I was immediately sucked in to the story, excited to see how it was portrayed.
Elizabeth, our heroine is a normal teenager with all the usual concerns such homosapiens have but she is burdened with the undeniable fact she is attracted to men with disabilities. She is ashamed to the point where she abuses herself to purge the desire. She is frightened for what such a fetish means about her and her humanity, taking sexual joy in another's suffering.
On top of this, Stewart, our leading man, is not bitter NOR is he inspirational. For those of you who don't know...expecting someone with a disability to be sad and bitter is just as offensive and dehumanizing as expecting them to be saints who’s goal in life is to inspire you. Instead of either stereotype, Stewart is a normal young man with all the usual concerns such homosapiens have but he is in a wheelchair. This is enough to bring a tear of appreciation to my eye but Madison goes a step further to be honest in what having disabilities means. In one romantic scene Elizabeth goes for yet another base to be stopped by a catheter. If that isn't the home run of taking the responsibility as an author to portray a true human experience I don't know what is.
There is no other book like this. There are few (of any genre or subject) that are as genuine as this. You may or may not like the book but I encourage you to read it. You will not put it down without having a strong opinion of it (good or bad) and that is the greatest reward in literature....more