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Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  20 reviews
A trans woman watches her sleeping lover and contemplates the moment of his departure. A genderqueer sissy fantasizes alone about connection in their hotel room. A trans woman adjunct professor and sex worker is hired for a sex party held by her college’s philosophy department. A trans boy has a Craigslist hookup with a queen embarked on detransition. A bodiless AI announc ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 17th 2017 by Instar Books
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Xan West
Going to add trigger warnings as I read & write the review when I am done reading.

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Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
As is often the case with anthologies, some stories engaged me more than others, but on the whole I enjoyed this book, while recognising that I am not necessarily its target audience. I'd expected the combination of speculative and contemporary fiction to be jarring, but it flowed smoothly between genres. An excellent and important collection of erotica, with more than a few incredibly moving stories that I suspect will remain with me.

Some stories mention violence in various degrees of detail.
Bogi Takács
Feb 20, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Not posting about it in detail now, because I'm considering the SFF stories from it for reprinting in Transcendent 3.

Source of the book: Contrib copy from publisher
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Way to go Tobi,

I am impressed with the currency
of the authors works--
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May 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
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ohhhh my god I have to review this because seeing that it has 4 stars makes me MAD and I feel like people ought to be warned. several bullet points on why I DNFed (around 3/4 through.)

1) vastly skewed towards misgendering kinks. nearly all trans men are bottoms, infantilized, treated as exceedingly feminine, etc. genuinely stories that are just like "this trans woman gets called slurs repeatedly and she's into it." the vast majority were NOT simply trans people having sex but specifically includ
Mar 14, 2021 added it
Njae, gillade egentligen typ inte innehållet och läste inte färdigt. Men älskar att den här boken existerar!!! Såå viktigt med transrepresentation! Så fint att höra om olika sorters transpersoner i olika sammanhang. Även om de är fiktiva så känns det som att en får en inblick i författarnas tankar <3
Och blir så glad av allt transslang! Att känna gemenskap över att ha ett eget transspråk<33

Edit: Det bästa m boken var att läsa de allra sista sidorna och höra hur alla författarna beskriver sig sjä
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am so incredibly excited to talk about Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic with you today! You may have seen the Kickstarter – as of right now, the book is being printed, and soon many of the backers will be receiving their copies. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC, so here we go! (Please note that I am cis, so everything I say should be taken with a grain of salt. Once a trans blogger posts their review, I will link it here.)

This anthology blew me away (no pun intended). There was such a d
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy shit this book is amazing! A much needed addition to both trans literature and erotica. I only wish there was more.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Too many of these aren't particularly erotic, which is to say there are only a few anyone can satisfyingly arouse themself with. That effectiveness may rely on identifying with a character, so maybe it's just that I'm cis - although I find it pretty easy to get off to even badly written stories that weren't written for me to identify with who I do. The stories in Nerve Endings are more just explorations of subjective facets of trans sexuality, all much more narratively focused and often sex-neut ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer
For an erotic collection... the emotional/tonal whiplash between some stories was pretty intense. Obviously, different strokes for different folks as the saying goes, but a good portion of these stories weren't erotic at all. At times, it felt like this was less a tonally coherent collection than an opportunity to showcase trans writers - which I love! but wish it were more accurately advertised as such. I will say that when the stories were hot they were smokin' hot, but every time I would love ...more
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer
This collection is excellent. As with any anthology, there were authors who I liked better than others, but in general the caliber of writing is amazing. The stories are hot and frank and funny and diverse. Some of them are very sad. Some are triumphant. They describe vanilla sex and kink, monogamous partnerships and orgies, first experiences and sex work, in our world and other worlds. I hope this book inspires more queer and trans people to write about the sex they’re having or want to be havi ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's hard to find good trans erotica these days that's true to a spectrum of experiences and is not exploitative or manufactured for a cis het male gaze. This anthology of erotic stories is a treasure that is curated and penned by trans and gender-diverse authors. What's really lovely about this anthology, besides the writing, is that the trans experience is an afterthought to the intimate, tender, evocative, hot stories and scenes. At the end of the day, one comes away from this anthology feeli ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq-recs
A diverse and interesting collection. It lost that last star because a couple of stories were a little weaker than the rest, and it could have done with one more proofread. On the whole, though, it was a pleasure to read. Here's to hoping there'll be a Nerve Endings 2! ...more
Elizabeth Fitzgerald
This book is jam-packed with stories and a lot more of them were speculative than I'd been expecting. Singularity by Katherine Cross was a particular stand out. ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved most of the stories, but there were some that were a bit more confusing with the fantasy/sci fi plotlines, or more poorly written than others. Overall, highly recommend.
Melissa Sage Dumont
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
a mixed bag: some truly excellent, one or two real stinkers, but almost all of them are good and entertaining enough
Antoine Dumas
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well that wasn't what I expected. ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'd actually started reading this before and got smashed up against a story that was triggering, but I remembered it about halfway through and could skip it. ...more
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