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Love. Regret. Humility. Shame. Pride.

Living on the fringes of society, shunning expectations and obligations in favour of submitting to personal truth has its effects on a person. Sometimes it saves a life, and other times, it forces a life into a harsher reality.

Marked by Scorn is a collection of stories and poems that explore the experiences of these people. Lesbians bot
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Paperback, 280 pages
Published July 31st 2016 by Solarwyrm Press
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Jaymee Goh
Dec 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Content warning for biphobia, misgendering, tragic queers. I was excited to read this anthology but could barely finish the first three. I pressed on because I really wanted to support it, but the stories are really not all that strong: they read like confessions, or they read like generic slice-of-life arguments with no verve, no reason for me to feel emotional investment in the characters or their problems. Even competently-written stories are lackluster or bogged down with cliche. Queer chara ...more
G.K. Hansen
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
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I'm in this, so I am clearly biased, but the rest of the stories were also a delight--my personal favorite is what I have been fondly referring to in my head as the Gay Werewolf story (I am a huge sucker for queer monsters), but I enjoyed them all. A+


Editing to add, some years later: I think I was too delighted to receive the first physical book I was published in to be objective, because some of these stories are. Not good? I still love the Gay Werewolf story and the poems, and clearly my own w
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Lily
Biphobia, transphobia, misgendering. I'm out. DNF-ing this mess. There was one story I loved, hence the two stars instead of one. ...more
Danni Green
A friend of mine wrote one of the stories in this book, which is how I happened to hear about it. I was so excited to discover an anthology of this nature existed, and it did not disappoint. Usually I read books all the way through at once -- even anthologies -- but this one was delightful to read one story at a time, in between reading other things, slowly savoring my way through to make the book last as long as possible. What a treat to see such a wide range of genders, relationships, and cul ...more
Jeffrey
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic anthology of stories of relationships of the heart. Most outside religious or societal 'straight norms'. A breath of fresh air; excellent choices in international writing styles, with high quality in narrative. ...more
Julia
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this collection but most of the stories didn't really do it for me – too plodding and expository, like they were trying to explain or justify non-traditional relationships instead of just showing them in all their complexity. That said, I liked almost all the poems. ...more
M R
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this collection of short stories that spoke to the many multifaceted relationships and people in those relationships. I liked the variety of works that included some science fiction, suspense/mystery, poetry and the list goes on. It was good to see another imagination of poly relationships and to see how people live in that world or envision the possibilities of such a world. Was every story my favorite? No, but there was truly nothing that I read that I didn't enjoy or learn something ...more
Dominica
I'm the editor of this book so I'm not writing a review. But if you're interested in getting a copy of this book prior to the release date (at least a month early), I'm currently crowdfunding it until early June. Check it out at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ma... ...more
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As a writer, editor, and publisher at Solarwyrm Press, Dominica Malcolm focuses primarily on diverse characters and settings, sharing the stories that are often ignored by mainstream media. Much of this interest grew out of her five and a half years living in Malaysia, where she became more innately aware of the issues that stem from lack of diversity.

Though born and raised in Australia, and havin
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