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Capricious: The Gender Diverse Pronouns Issue

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  9 reviews
“It was odd, being friends with one of the fae. Pronoun sets were the least of it, of course; Jeb even had human friends who rotated theirs, though not with the seasons, not as spring bloomed into summer mellowed into autumn crept slowly into winter’s sleep. This thing, the plants Jeb grew having odd properties and growing too fast, that had never happened before ey met Ne ...more
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Published January 18th 2018 by Capricious
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Shira Glassman
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I see a lot of people looking for nonbinary rep in SFF, and I sincerely hope that this anthology gets sufficiently signal boosted that a significant number of them see that it exists. Because it's quality. Several of the stories are good enough and satisfying enough that I'd say they're worth the cover price all by themselves. And a good portion of them are "cozies", i.e. my favorite kind of SFF, where the focus is on character interaction rather than battle scenes or escaping from aliens.

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Bogi Takács
May 05, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
No review for two reasons: 1. I have a story in this book 2. All these stories are eligible for reprinting in Transcendent, so it's somewhat of a conflict of interest... or a spoiler, if you will!

But I enjoyed the book and recommend it :)

Source of the book: Print contributor copy
Cameron Sant
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Here's my totally unbiased (actually biased) review of every story, as live-blogged to my twitter:

The Editorial by A.C. Buchanan
15 pronouns/10 genders

Ad Astra Per Aspera by Nino Cipri
15 lost genders/10 hard-hitting parenthetical asides

Volatile Patterns by Bogi Takács
15 space adventures/10 exploding culturally appropriative garment factories

Island, Ocean by Lauren E. Mitchell
15 beautiful lighthouse floors/10 merfolk beards

Sandals Full of Rainwater by A.E. Prevost
15 meaningful succulents/10 gramma
Also for a TCG article. Especially enjoyed "Volatile Patterns."
Clara Ward
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some stories appealed to me more than others, but each had something new to offer. My challenge to anyone reading this: hand the first story ("Ad Astra Per Aspera" by Nino Cipri) to someone who hasn't thought much about gender. (I did. It was well received and started an interesting discussion.)
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Putting on this particular reading list because there are some queer protagonists in these stories who identify as female. It is an anthology of wonderfully well-written nonbinary, genderqueer and transgender stories, however, about protagonists who live in worlds of shifting gender, multiple pronouns and orientations, as much as it is about characters who deal with the Fae and dragons and sentient spaceships. My favorite story in the book was "Sandals Full of Rainwater" by A.E. Prevost about a ...more
Cat Voleur
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was a little disappointed when I first picked this up, because I had thought it was going to be a collection of essays about gender diverse pronouns (which is something I've been searching for desperately and can't seem to find.) That being said, there was probably a lot more entertainment value in a collection of short stories. Reading through them made my week more enjoyable and there was still plenty to learn.

There were a couple selections that were a little more "tell" than "show" but over
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this collection so much and have been eking out the stories, i'm rather sad to find them all over and shall have to read them all again. they are wonderful, delicious morsels
Isa Boog
Amazing collection of stories.

Ad Astra per Aspera by Nino Cipri - 4/5 stars.
Volatile Patterns by Bogi Takács - 4/5 stars.
Island, Ocean by Lauren E. Mitchell - 4/5 stars.
Sandals Full of Rainwater by A. E. Provost - 5/5 stars.
Phaser by Cameron Van Sant - 4/5 stars.
Grow Green by Rem Wigmore - 5/5 stars.
Walking the Wall of Papered Peaces by Penny Stirling - 5/5 stars.
Incubus by Hazel Gold - 5/5 stars.
The Thing With Feathers by SL Byrne - 5/5 stars.
Glitter and Leaf Litter by Rae White - 4/5 stars.
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