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Dangerous Space by Kelley Eskridge
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Aug 23, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: book-club-books, short-stories, intense-all-consuming-love-stories
Recommended to Karen by: Sarah Kanning
Read in September, 2009

I loved this book. Kelly Eskridge is an awesome writer, and a scary one, too! All of the stories are edgy and mysterios and wonderfully layered.

The issue of gender and identity really comes up in every single story but as something that is just there for you to see, never discussed and NEVER explicit. It takes a while for you to figure out, or rather, decide, what gender the characters are. Most of the stories are told in the first person, so that makes it extra tricky.

You might decide a character is male, but what makes you say that? Because they are attracted to women? Because they are attracted to men and you might think the character is gay? Because they are attracted to both at different times and you think his features are more masculine than feminine? And then again, what makes you think that?

This book really got me thinking about what assumptions I make about people and their sexuality and why I consider something or someone to be male or female. More importantly, it got me thinking about what I do with people who don't fit any category. Even in stories that choose a pronoun and call someone a she or a he, this is still up in the air, like the character in one of the stories who was referred to as a he throughout the whole story and who was the Prince, but was actually a woman.

One word to describe this book: WOW. Highly recommended!
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Jenny (Reading Envy) Sounds really good, and I'd never heard of it. Adding it!

Karen I can send you my copy! YAY!

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