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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,295 ratings  ·  292 reviews
After two years together, Alex has been dreading the inevitable moment when Damon learns the truth: that Alex is a shifter, part of a small percentage of the population able to switch genders at will. Thanks to a forced implant, though, Alex is suddenly static—unable to shift—and male. Overnight, he’s out to a world that neither understands nor tolerates shifters . . . and ...more
Kindle Edition, 2nd edition, 236 pages
Published January 18th 2014 by Riptide Pubishing (first published June 17th 2011)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
In the genre of M/M, I've read a lot of interesting stories. I tend to read a ton of shifter books, but they all have been of the animal variety. The idea behind "Static" is really a fascinating concept. A world where people can shift genders, I mean, how much cooler can it get?! I really wanted to love this one, because it is such an innovative idea. I am giving it extra stars for originality, however, it failed as a believable romance for me.

There was a lot of good about this story. Much of t
Tanu Gill
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Such an enthralling story. As Damon (my favourite name ever!) says in the end, "Goddamn, what a ride."

This was a completely foreign concept to me - shifters, but of genders and not bodies. But it was a very intriguing theme. Both Alex and Damon were amazing characters. A thing I liked a lot was that they both were very shy yet strong people, not bold and brazen. Another thing that I enjoyed was that they didn't have easy money, as very few people do in my life, so those stories don't give u
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
CNF at 60%/Chap 14

I tried so hard, but even with an amazing narrator, I couldn't finish this. I was in, I fell asleep a few times trying to get through it. I'm starting to wonder if this author is for me anymore. :-(
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance

Is gender really important?

That is the question posed by Static.

Two things drew me to this book, the first being a good GR friend wrote a fantastic review and, the second this topic is out of my comfort zone and I wanted to push my envelope, so to speak.

Let me qualify my statement about this being out of my comfort zone, "this" being the transgendered. I hope I don't offend anyone by saying I have a hard time wrapping my mind around transgenderism. I've had nu
Amy Lane
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much-- the idea as a metaphor for transgender identity was brilliant, and it did what good sci-fi SHOULD do--show us our own world on a canvas so subtly warped, with colors so delicately changed from our own reality that the truths of our own societal inadequacies aren't hurtful--they are simply revealing. The fact that Witt tackled this difficult, delicate subject in speculative fiction was, in fact, ingenious, and it truly made a solid, important point about respecting ...more
Cole Riann
Review #2 for Reviews by Jessewave

4.75 stars

From what I understand, this is the first novel reviewed on this blog that deals specifically with transgendered people in a starring role. Sure, there have been books (not many, though) that deal with varying gender discussions in all sorts of ways, occasionally in the forefront, but not often, and very rarely about trans, intersex, or gender fluid people (thought that is a completely different discussion). Like all marginalized populations there is o
Audiobook review

4,5 stars

I'm in love with this book and these characters. This book fascinated me. I’ve read numerous shifter stories before, but those were shifting human to animal or different creatures. Static was about shifting genders. It was new and it was different, but more than that – I loved every word of it.

Damon and Alex are in love, they've been together two years and Damon is doing his best to convince Alex to marry him, only so far she's resisting. Yes, I did say she, because as
Stacia (the 2010 club)
"Step right up, see the fourth-floor freak show! What once was a woman is now a man, have a peek, have a look!"

(internal monologue from the main character)

3.5 stars. I enjoyed this unique take on shifters. People aren't shifting into animals or other mythical creatures. People are shifting into another form of themselves. Man becomes woman, and woman becomes man. Yes, I can say that I haven't read this specific story before.

It wasn't hard to root for Alex and Damon because I felt for the tw
DNF @ 60%.......Audiobook. So, check this out: I fell asleep somewhere while listening to this and when I woke up about an hour later I didn’t realize that I had missed 1.5 hours of narration. Why? Because they were having the same fucking conversation. One they had already had.

Ya. Not going to stay on that merry-go-round even if the concept of gender shifting was interesting. This was just too shifter-phobic and slow moving for my tastes.
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book by L.A. Witt!! It dealt with a great deal of issues most books only touch on (transgender, gay, hetero, prejudice, loving the PERSON, whatever they may look like on the outside). This was my first book from L.A. Witt, and it certainly won't be my last! The ending was not a surprise, but then again, it was. Very tightly written and from both protagonists POV---brilliant!!

Vanessa North
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting exploration of social gender roles and a touching romance. This seems to be a book people either love or hate--i fall firmly in the former.
BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Heartbreaking violation perpetrated by family members will always catch my attention. Ms. Witt is an author I can always depend on for a great read. Static may be a revision for her, but it is new to me and breaks my heart. It is a bit embarrassing to cry whilst reading this book on the airplane. This book moved me. If you haven't read it yet, buy the book and read it now.

Ms. Witt takes a concept and totally runs with it. The way she presents an idea and makes it relatable is truly an art form.
Wendy F
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Have you ever played that game with your significant other, the one that goes 'Would you still love me if..."? Would you still love me if I grew hair all over my entire body? Would you still love me if I had Hobbit feet?

How about this one, 'Would you still love me if I was suddenly the opposite gender?' For some, that's probably a real toughy. I know my own husband very gently told me that while he still would love me, he's not sure that he could remain intimate with me. I'm not offended, human
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a place where there are not only 2 genders, but three.
The ‘shifters’ are born with both male and female chromosomes, and mentally, emotionally and physically switch between the genders. Some shifters are unable to actually shift, and are trapped in their alter body. Others change back and forth at will, becoming male or female when they wish or need to.
Need. This is the importance here. It’s not always simply a desire to change to use their gender to the benefit of the situation…it’s a
Kaje Harper
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, fantasy
An imaginative and well-written story about a world where in addition to all of our own GLBTQ rainbow there are people who are shifters, who can deliberately shift from male to female and back, at will. This is the story of Alex, a shifter who has been allowing her boyfriend to only see and know her female form, and who is now suddenly trapped in his male form. Witt also gives us the POV of Damon, the man who thought he was in love with a static woman named Alex, and who now must deal with havin ...more
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent m/m romance about a guy who doesn't realize his girlfriend is a shifter (able to shift between female and male) until after her extremely religious parents force her to have a gender freezing chip inserted, which leaves her stuck in her male form. This book really got me thinking on the complexity of gender. ...more
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: m/m romantics/paranormal
Recommended to Alie38 by: GR friend
Despite rave reviews of L.A. Witt's book, STATIC, I did not enjoy the book very much myself. If I could, I would have rated it a 3.5, just because of the thought provoking subject matter and originality. The story is about Damon who is worried about Alex, his girlfriend for the past two years, because she has not answered his calls for over 48 hours. Frantic and distressed, Damon finds himself pounding on Alex's apartment door until an ill looking man he has never seen before finally answers. Im ...more
I've given this an A for narration and an A- for content at AudioGals.

I think it’s safe to say that the premise of L.A. Witt’s Static is one of the most original I’ve come across. It’s set in a world very like our own with one major difference – shifters are known to exist, but instead of being able to assume animal shapes, these shifters are able to change gender at will. Some are straight, some are not; some are happy to spend their lives as one gender, some gravitate towards one but do shift
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
4.5 Stars

This book had a really interesting premise about a world in which some people are shifters, meaning they can shift their bodies between male and female. And the story is about what happens when Alex gets stuck in his male form and reveals to his straight boyfriend that he is a shifter.

As someone who has been understanding and exploring my own genderqueerness/thoughts on gender lately and looking for more books about genderqueer and nonbinary characters, this book was the perfect
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Adara by: V. Vee
Shelves: trans
This is, hands down, one of the best Alternate Universe stories I have ever read.

The world is full of shifters, people who can change their bodies between genders at will, though they are a minority within a populations of "statics", or people whose bodies cannot change. It should be noted that in the case of the main shifter character, Alex, that his mind shifts as well--he's mentally male around half the time, female the other half--and he shifts his body to match his mind, not the other way
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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After reading Ms. Witt's intense, emotional attachment to this story, I'm attempting to adjust my reaction to it. She spoke of a tremendous amount of research into transgenders and her use of this story as a textbook or educational tool, I would guess. If you keep that in mind, you will be happy. I wasn't really looking to be quite so thoroughly educated. I really wanted more emotional attachment between the two main characters. That really didn't seem to gel until nearly 80% in. The messages we ...more
4.5 stars

Note to some of my friends: even if you don't like gfy, I think you'll like this story. In fact, to me this isn't really gfy at all; this is about Damon loving Alex, a shifter, whether Alex is in her female body or he is in his male body.
3 stars

Well, this one could be so good. I really liked the "shift in another genre" concept. This was interesting, but the story wasn't so well developed.
It felt boring sometimes and I don't know if I liked the main characters. They were together for two years, but they couldn't talk to each other. They avoided subjects and it was a little frustrating. I understood that they were in a difficult situation, trying to find out what to do in that case, but for two so called in love that did think, m
This was such an amazing book. The concept is unique and interesting. Once I started, I got sucked into the story.

I loved both characters. The suffering Alex goes through being stuck as a man when he wants to be a female is quite intense as well as having his boyfriend not want to touch him is heartbreaking. The struggle Damon goes through in accepting that his girlfriend, Alex, is a shifter and stuck as a man was awe-inspiring because it would have been easy for him to just leave Alex right th
I liked this story. Did I love it? I loved parts of it. I wish the time change from week to week wasn't so much. What I mean by that is they are talking and getting along and then it's a week later or even two weeks later. I wanted that time between on page; I wanted to see them interact with each other more.

Damon is a really great guy. Totally a fictional male ;).

He is sweet and understanding. He is scared but doesn't let that stop him from helping Alex. With the help of his friend, Damon unde
Chris Cox
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this a while ago, but got hold of the new reprint and just read it again. And it's just as fantastic.

This story challenging readers to think of people as people of many dimensions and not solely as their outward trappings. Interesting that te author chose to use first POV for both the MCs. I wonder if this gave us an insight that might not have been possible using 3rd POV. Although there was plenty of self exploration, I'm always up for more angst. While this could have been a tear-jerki
Apr 30, 2017 rated it liked it
True rating: 2.75 stars; rounding up because of the great imagination and writing displayed here. I am a bit bummed. The relationship between these two guys hasn't been fully fleshed out and the ending, although a sweet HFN, was too ambiguous and rushed. I wanted more, especially after all that.
The story up to the end was great ... it was the ending that had my rating (relatively) plummeting :-/.
More specifically, I would have liked Alex to have remained (view spoiler) or
1.5* rounded up.

Duh. Super preachy, lost out on so many opportunities, telegraphed at the beginning where it would end.

Did I say super-preachy? Rammed it down my throat with a fist. Not my thing.

And what a lost chance! This might have been a chilling and touching book with a unique topic if only the author (or her editor) had reined themselves in and stepped away from "teaching the reader about trans* and gender issues" with such a heavy and direct hand. I even get why it won the prizes it won,
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alphabookclub
Okay... well... that was different.

I don't think I've ever read a book like this one, and it'd be one serious feat to write anything similar that can compare. Static was weird and strange and so so so good! I'm not sure what it was, but something about that blurb snatched my attention and I had to read this book. That L.A. Witt was the author was just a guarantee that it was going to be good.

There's so much packed into this book it's crazy. Damon finds out his girlfriend of several years is actu
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L.A. Witt and her husband have been exiled from Spain and sent to live in Maine because rhymes are fun. She now divides her time between writing, assuring people she is aware that Maine is cold, wondering where to put her next tattoo, and trying to reason with a surly Maine coon. Rumor has it her arch nemesis, Lauren Gallagher, is also somewhere in the wilds of New England, which is why L.A. is al ...more

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