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4.37  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Dalí Tamareia has everything—a young family and a promising career as an Ambassador in the Sol Fed Diplomatic Corps. Dalí’s path as a peacemaker seems clear, but when their loved ones are killed in a terrorist attack, grief sends the genderfluid changeling into a spiral of self-destruction.

Fragile Sol Fed balances on the brink of war with a plundering alien race. Their ski
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Published August 7th 2017 by NineStar Press
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K.J. Charles
In a spaceshippy future there are now genderfluid humans (changelings) who can shift between presenting male and female, including muscles and genitalia. Dali is a changeling whose family has been murdered in a terrorist attack. They are pretty kick ass and in despair, so they accept a mission to find out what's going on with a bad case of human trafficking and political shenanigans.

Lots to like including the genderfluid protagonist who is a flawed, rounded, very sympathetic character, and the
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
DNF with no rating. I've been looking forward to this book, but I just couldn't get into it. It was maybe too hard sci-fi for me? Just not the right vibe? Not a bad book, but not to my tastes. ...more
J.P. Jackson
If anyone has been following any of my reviews, then you know that I'm not going to waste words on plot or storylines. Instead, I'm going to tell you what I thought about the story.


Get the point? This is brilliant.

I'm not a huge Sci-Fi fan, as anyone who knows me will attest - don't get me wrong, I love Star Trek and Star Wars, and yes, I know the difference, but I prefer my magic and wings and beasties. So, I was hesitant abo
I received this book from Net galley, in exchange for an honest review.

This is a 3.5 star book for me however I rounded down to 3 stars rather than rounding up.
Mainly the ‘rounding down’ is due to some of the sex scenes, particularly at the beginning. I understand the need to make clear the implications of the main character’s gender-fluidity but the graphic detail of the descriptions turned a violent, brutal scene into an unpleasant mix of titillating and salacious when it should have been just
Dalí is an awesome SciFi novel with a non-binary protagonist featuring complicated and sometimes dismal politics, dangerous deep cover missions, cool aliens and a vast cast of interesting characters.

Read the full review on the blog.

Content warnings include: violence, slavery, abduction, human trafficking, cannibalism, sex on-page, transphobia and trans-excluding language, slurs, racism, discrimination of marginalized groups, denial of reproductive rights, suicide attempts, grief after death
4.5 Stars
This is a good book, and while it is very much a futuristic sci-fi novel, the concepts and ideas and issues around difference and gender resonates in the here and now. As does trafficking, disreputable governments, business, and individuals.

Fantastic world building. There is a wonderful eye to detail. I would love to visit Zereid. Their empathetic culture is amazing. I also wouldn't mind learning the art of Zezjna. And I most certainly do not wish to visit the Shontavian Market - altho
Skye Kilaen
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel reminded me how much I love space-based science fiction. It's a gripping espionage tale revolving around the rights of humans known as third gender changelings, biologically intersex people who can assume secondary sex characteristics of either gender if they so choose. Dalí Tamareia, the main character, has a resting neutral state, though other third gender people have/prefer either a male or female resting state.

After Dalí's husband, wife, and their collective unborn child are murde
Serena Yates
The vision of the far future presented in this novel is less than rosy: pandemics and poisoning have come close to eradicating humankind, third-gender humans who are unable to reproduce naturally are growing in numbers, and the New Puritan Movement now pushes genetic purity (i.e., no third-genders allowed) in the name of increased reproduction in the interest of species survival. Sol Fed consists of the citizens of Earth plus those on the various colonized solar planets but terrorism threatens e ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book with all my heart, and don't have an easy explanation for it.

The make-and-break of this story for me absolutely was Dalí. It's a known fact I'm not a huge Sci-Fi reader. I love Star Wars, but generally have a hard time with different planets and suns and stars and species. And to be absolutely honest, some of it did cause problems for me in the beginning. I got confused a time or two and remembering names, places and species wasn't always super easy.

But Dalí made it all fade
Aug 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A little while ago, I bought Peacemaker by this author. Then, as soon as I bought it, I realized Dalí was out, and I decided to buy that too and read this one first, then move on to Peacemaker. And… long story short, here we are.

Set in a futuristic world, replete with spaceships and planetary travel, Dalí is the kind of book that was seriously gripping from page one. Hamill has a real eye for detail, letting no aspect of her world (universe?) building be o
Lisa The Novel Approach
What attracted me to this story was the promise of gender-bending aliens and multifaceted sexualities, with the added bonus of a high-speed plot, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Dalí Tamareia is a third-gender changeling, a neuter species of third-gender humans which can present as masculine or feminine or gender neutral, but I’d say for most of the book Dalí presents as female, which I thought was pretty cool and a great example of feminism in science fiction.

Dalí also has a polygamous rela
Notes From 'Round the Bend
**E.M. Hamill provided an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. What follows is that uninfluenced opinion.**

I had the pleasure and the privilege of reading an ARC of “Dalí” and I have to tell you; it’s one of my favorite sci-fi’s of all time. (And this is coming from someone who read nearly all the Star Wars extended universe novels at least once.) If I didn’t have to adult during normal business hours, I’d have read it in one straight shot it was so good. Dark and uncomfortable in
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This is maybe more like 3.5 stars but this book managed to take several things that I usually don't care for and turn them into an enjoyable book so I figured the least I could do was round up. I'm not a big sci-fi person in general and I usually hate things set in space, but I figured I would give this one a try because of the queer protagonist. Add in all the different races and planets and interstellar politics
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a good book, if a bit laggy at times. Good characters, good sci-fi setting, good premise. My personal level of enjoyment of the story was inhibited by all the injustice, though. These kinds of unfair treatment get me so riled up that the book just ends up stressing me out. It's a good book, I just can't claim to have enjoyed the experience. ...more
Joyfully Jay
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

There is so much in this book to unpack. I’m going to start with the easy stuff, first. Plot, writing, and world-building. Then we’ll move on to Dali.

The plot of this book is tight. It’s well-paced, well-planned. and there were no extraneous scenes. To be honest, I really liked this book. The writing is good, but the author — like me — has a love of commas. They’re everywhere! As the book gets going there are fewer comma catastrophes, but it can be noticeable when
Kaija Rayne
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

This book. Wow.

Y'all know by now that I am picky AF about reading. I work hard at my craft (both the writing part and the editing part) so when I want to stand on top of a rooftop and jump up and down shouting BUY THIS BOOK!?

You know it really impressed me.

1st. Genderfluid & third gender Main Character(MC). Can I just say I want to be like Dalí and leave it at that? No? Well. I adore how Dalí could just be their neutral self or mo
Sara Codair
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free, electronic copy of Dalí from NineStar Press in exchange for an honest review.

I admit, I haven’t read much space opera, if any, since Karen Traviss stopped writing for the Star Wars franchise. I stuck to fantasy, and to science fiction that did not involve space travel because nothing quite compared to the Star Wars universe and the 40+ books I had read in it.

Dalí restored my faith in that particular sub-genre. The world building was exquisite, and done so smoothly that it did
Dalí is a deep, complex, multi-faceted bit of edgy science fiction from E.M. Hamill. It is a solid genre read, but it is also (and perhaps more importantly) a very exciting QUILTBAG read, a story that does some fantastic things with gender and sexuality.

The story itself starts out edgy and dark, and goes even deeper. There are themes of human trafficking here, corrupt governments, greedy corporations, and despicable villains.

Dalí themself is a member of the second-class, third-gender changeling
Sadie Forsythe
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gotta admit, it took a while for me to get into this. The beginning felt a little like I'd been dropped into the middle of something. (I actually double checked this wasn't a sequel to anything.) But once it got rolling, I really enjoyed it. I liked Dali. I liked the side characters. I liked Rhix. I liked the plot. I just basically enjoyed it.

Other than feeling lost in the beginning, my only complaints are that there were a number of convenient coincidences and I really wanted more resolution
A smile grew on his wide mouth, the first real one I’d seen from him. “They think you are a dali.” The syllables held different inflection than my name, but to hear it on his lips startled me nonetheless.
“A demon of...” Creases appeared on his forehead. “I do not know your word. In my language, and in the Remoliad tongue, it means repayment of wrongs done to you.”
“A vengeance demon?” Never knew I was so scary. “I’m flattered. I think.”

What an amazingly crafted story! There is
Despite the fact that this is a sci-fi story ( which is not my usual fare), I was curious about this story and honestly couldn’t wait to read it.
I was drawn into Dali's world the minute I started reading. The characters, the exquisitely detailed world building the political and social issues that cleverly mirror our real-life struggles had me hungrily devouring this story, dying to learn more about this enigmatic MC who is essentially gender neutral. Dali is one of the most interesting, unique
L.M. Pierce
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
** I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review **

I don’t like to oversell a book’s experience, I rarely do, but I loved loved LOVED Dali. I will refrain from spoilers, but try to give an overview of the many elements I’m absolutely smitten with.
The beginning jumps right in and initially I was geared up to dislike Dali, the main character, because of an opening fight scene that comes across as macho posturing and your usual heckling bar fight. This initial annoyance quickly dissipates as
Tex Reader
4.0 out of 5 - Well Built Hi-Si-Fi Action & Social Statements

Ah, just what I like in my SF: some alien races, some basic tech, some galactic tension, some action, and some social messages.

E.M Hamill has built quite the world here and imbued it with an engaging story. Talk about genderfluid, with emphasis on the latter: a "third-gender" (intersex) human changling literally being able to transition anatomically according to one's mood. In that respect it reminded me of The Left Hand of Darkness by
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
There's a part of me that wants to call this a sci-fi romp for all the high-paced, high-stakes action, including ship infiltration and undercover missions, but that would ignore the more poignant, introspective side of the story. The book opens with Dalí reeling from grief, still shattered from the terrorist attack that killed their family. Dalí's grief is beautifully depicted, and will be familiar to anyone who's experienced huge loss—but while that pain carries through, it's not the be-all, en ...more
Kari Rhiannon (Moon Magister Reviews)
*4.5 stars*

This is a pretty unique little book. Hard sci-fi world building, a strong emotional story and a gender fluid protagonist all in one little powerful package. I’m interested to see where the author takes this world and the relationships between certain characters.

Would recommend to fans of Mass Effect and Becky Chambers.

TW: sexual violence, slavery, unequal power dynamics
A Scattered Thoughts And Rogue Words review.

"Dalí" was simply and utterly brilliant. I loved every single second of it. It's no secret that I'm a lover of SciFi books and I'm glad I started reading space operas a while ago. Otherwise I might have missed out on this seriously amazing book and that would have been a real shame.

The set-up is intriguing. Dalí is a third gender changeling. Essentially, they're the epidome of genderfluid. Their body can actually change to become male or female. Or the
I’m giving this review my first heart reaction rather than sitting on it and trying to analyze my feelings.

This story was a winner for me. Superb character development. Complete worldbuilding which was easy to follow; I was immersed in this intergalactic world.

The plot was well paced and didn’t appear to have any holes. I have zero complaints in terms of storyline or character development. I was completely connected to Dalí the entire time. I love them. I think they are amazing, complex, and de
Allan D.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dalí is a person of the changeling sex, living in a future world within the domain of the Sol Fed government. Dalí is an ambassador for Sol Fed.

A changeling is someone whose body is neither inherently female nor male but can be either of those, changing structurally according to need and circumstance. Changelings are empathic, picking up on the emotions of people around them, and tend to morph their bodies to match desires and expectations, although they can also shift their shapes on their own
O.E. Tearmann
Oct 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In our future, humanity has met other species. And it turns out, they’re just people too. They’re not better or worse, just different. Which means we’re right back to where humanity is right now, the interactions between our nations writ large between planets. The people who scream about the Chinese Flu today are screaming about Human Liberty and rejecting the possibility of humans joining the inter-species United Nations tomorrow. They’re also bleating about their ‘fear’ of changes in humanity; ...more
Matt Doyle
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
The Good: When a book is named after the lead character, it seems only fair to start with said character when it comes to critique. So, Dali Tamareia is a third gendered changeling. What this means is that they are naturally neutral gendered, but that they shift to being more recognisably male of female depending on the needs of the situation at hand (or in some cases, the needs of those that they’re close to). Dali is, in many ways, a truly tragic character. When we join them, they’ve already l ...more
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E.M. (Elisabeth) Hamill writes adult science fiction and fantasy somewhere in the wilds of eastern suburban Kansas. A nurse by day, wordsmith by night, she is happy to give her geeky imagination free rein and has sworn never to grow up and get boring.

Frequently under the influence of caffeinated beverages, she also writes as Elisabeth Hamill for young adult readers in fantasy with the award-winni

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