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Scheherazade's Facade: Fantastical Tales of Gender Bending, Cross-Dressing, and Transformation

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“For starters, honey, I don’t believe in Hell–that’s just some old man’s way of telling me reasons why I can’t be me. Like “biology is destiny” means I have to be a boy.”
– “Lady Marmalade’s Special Place in Hell” by David Sklar

There have always been stories of those willing to blur or transcend the traditional gender roles. Some do it out of necessity, others are merely e
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 29th 2012 by Gressive Press
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Jarla Tangh
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: Scheherazade’s Façade: Fantastical Tales of Gender Bending, Cross-dressing and Transformation

Edited by Michael M. Jones

© 2012

Circlet Press

*Spoiler Alert*

A description of Adult material follows. Her Tangh-i-ness greatly appreciates pithy plot summaries. However, for those who must have a virgin reading experience, read no further and eyeball elsewhere.

*Spoiler Alert*

Introduction • Michael M. Jones

Many are familiar with The Thousand and One Nights and the premise of keeping an king en
Mia Nutick
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent selection of stories. Particularly enjoyed Alma Alexander's, and of course Tanith Lee always delivers. There were one or two not to my taste but someone will love them.
Andrea Blythe
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
32. [Scheherazade's Facade]: Fantastical Tales of Gender Bending, Cross-Dressing, and Transformation, edited by Michael M. Jones (****1/2)
Category: Unicorns from Space! (Part I)

As the title suggests, this anthology features fantasy stories with characters that exist outside the gender binary. Various characters in these stories shift genders at whim, have secret selves of the opposite gender, cross dress to hide their identity, are transgender, or perform other acts of gender bending. Through th
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
oh man, i can't believe it took me so long to read this

like i put it on my list because of the sarah rees brennan story but as it turns out this is one of those rare anthologies where i like every single thing i read within it

i should have guessed tbh, like genderbending is one of my favourite things and this is an entire anthology dedicated to the theme

in case i'm not being clear enough what i'm saying is read this immediately people. descend upon your library in droves demanding the genderbend
Alex Turner
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great set of short stories, writing quality was consistently good through the whole book. A fantastic and wonderfully varied set of stories :)

I got this as a member of the kickstarter run to get this book to print, and as my first kickstarter I was very impressed with what I got.

Really hope we get to see another one like this someday soon. I think there are a lot more great stories in this genre that should see print.
Tyrannosaurus regina
I love the premise of this collection, and was surprised to discover I was drawn most to the darker and more morally complex stories within.
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous tales, gorgeously written.
Aug 31, 2013 marked it as long-list-tbr
WHAT? A collection of short stories about gender-bending with both Sarah Rees Brennan AND Aliette de Bodard? How on earth did I miss this!?!?!?! WANT GIVE ME NOW
Nov 28, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm very happy to be a part of this book. Out of 12 stories, every single one had a flash of brillance somewhere within, and I didn't find a single story I didn't like.

Overall, the stories in this book don't just explore gender but also the space between darkness and light, always seeming to bring up a flash of doubt within glory or a moment of beauty in despair. The book starts on a relatively bright note with "The Secret Name of the Prince" by Alma Alexander, and gets subtly darker until...we
I supported this anthology through Kickstarter and received an e-copy in return for my support. As is usual with anthologies, not every story was of equal interest to me.

I decided to discuss my favorite story in this review. "Driftwood" by Tiffany Trent deals with gender shifting mer people and the intolerance of humans. A mer being becomes involved with an ostracized woman. It's so very transgressive within the human social matrix described in the story. I just love these liminal (outside the b
Alysa H.
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Individually, a few of the stories in this collection were amazing, a few were okay, and at least one I actively disliked. But for me, the strength of the amazing ones more than made up for the rest, and also helped to illustrate the whole point of the collection, as put forth by Jones in his delightful introduction.

This is an important and timely collection about the mutability of gender and sex, with fantastical elements at the forefront but ultimately serving to express real truths. A very b
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's an anthology, so there was some hit and miss but mostly hits. And Sarah Rees Brennan's story just gutted me (in a good way).
I wanted to like this more than I did (such a cool premise for an anthology!), but between the really bad editing (so many spelling mistakes! such bad-resolution font/print! such a cheap-looking cover!) and the disappointing number of stories that either didn't really deliver on the theme and/or ended in an anti-climactic "and then his/her gender got magically fixed by MAGIC! Huzzah!", three stars is all I can justify.
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