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No Man of Woman Born (Rewoven Tales)

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Destiny sees what others don’t.

A quiet fisher mourning the loss of xer sister to a cruel dragon. A clever hedge-witch gathering knowledge in a hostile land. A son seeking vengeance for his father's death. A daughter claiming the legacy denied her. A princess laboring under an unbreakable curse. A young resistance fighter questioning everything he's ever known. A little gi
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Kindle Edition, 180 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Acacia Moon Publishing
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Shira Glassman
Rarely do I run across a book so needed as No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll. Uplifting representation for nonbinary (and binary trans as well) characters in fairy tale and epic fantasy settings, by a nonbinary author is something I see people asking rainbow book blogs for practically daily. Plus, it has the bonus of being a collection of shorter fiction instead of one long novel, which means there are more chances for each individual reader to find something to satisfy them, as well as more c ...more
E.
It took me a while to get through this book but this was caused by personal matters and my inability to read short stories collections somewhat consistently and has no say on the quality of it. I loved that every story has trigger warnings and pronunciation guides of neopronouns if needed.

★★★★⭐ | Tangled nets
Good start. I like how it was family-focused and Wren's motivation was xer mother and sister first and the whole unjust system latter. I'm pretty sure it was a retelling of 'The Lottery'? &
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Joc
This is an anthology of fantasy stories where the main characters are transgender or nonbinary people. Some of the stories use neo-pronouns (for example, xie instead of he/she and xer instead her/him) which took a few pages to get used to but I quite liked it by the end. In some ways it was easier for me than using them/they pronouns because I have a constant grammar battle in my head. I think this is an incredibly valuable book because there is nothing quite like the feeling of isolation of nev ...more
Katie.dorny
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This book took me a while to get into.

I am trying to read more LGBTQIA books so i can see more representation of myself and my friends in the world.
This novel definitely achieved that head on in every mini story and taught me things i didn't know like neo pronouns in literature.

I loved the way they changed up the well known fairytales - usually you can tell the ending but in this novel you couldn't as they had re-written the entire theme in order to allow the transgender or non-binary character
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Xan West
This collection grabbed my by the heart and by the throat. It was an intense and emotional read for me, and I'm so grateful it exists in the world. These are stories that are very clearly written for trans and/or non-binary readers, and they made me cry in the best way.

Read my full review on my blog.

Content Warnings:
There are content warnings at the beginning of the book, listed by story. Some general ones here: (view spoiler)
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CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
This is a good collection of short stories, and, for the most part, I enjoyed it.
More important than my opinion though: this short story collection is so important in terms of its non-binary and trans protagonists, and their neopronouns!

- Features seven short fantasy stories that take a fantasy trope or gendered prophecy -- and subverts them.
- My favourite stories were Early to Rise, which is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty but with a genderfluid and aromantic protagonist, and The Wish-Giver, the
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Brigid Keely
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should note that I received this as a review copy, with no compensation for my review.

This is an anthology of reworked short fairy tales/fantasy stories about dragons and swords stuck wantonly into stones and prophecies, most of which are gender based. Mardoll is bisexual, on the ace-spectrum, transgender, and autistic and these stories very much reflect xer lived experience, assuming that their lived experience also had dragons and prophecies and polyamorous warrior clans, etc. Xie is also a
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BadassCmd
This is a short story collection full of magic, myths and dragons, but also full of characters with diverse gender identities.

The stories made me realize how much traditional fairy tales and heroic legends really rely in some ways on the traditional constructions of gender.
So what this collection does with the usual patterns is a pretty smart move: It doesn’t just have characters outside of the cis gender-binary, but also uses their gender identities as a twist to the tales’ expectations.

I lov
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Littlebookterror
I received an advanced reading copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book features seven short stories all about trans and nonbinary character with a twist on the common trope "no man of woman born". The idea is ingenious and all of these stories are very different from one another.
The author herself says it in her notes but I loved that no wrong pronouns or deadnames were included unless absolutely necessary. You can tell it's not necessary at all, there were enough other t
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Alex
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I Received this book by NetGalley for an honest Review*

Before we even start can we all take a second to swoon over this cover, seriously it drew me in right away. After reading the synopsis I was very interested. I can honestly say I had never read a book anything like it, and I'm trying very hard to expand my reading horizons with new books, genres and important topics. That being said I definitely only read this book for the cover and the fact it was LGBT, I'm still new to this world and know
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Alexa
(Note: I bought this book with my own money, and then downloaded it from NetGalley too because why not.)

review queued on blog for tomorrow, will post it here after.
Alex
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I Received this book by NetGalley for an honest Review*

Before we even start can we all take a second to swoon over this cover, seriously it drew me in right away. After reading the synopsis I was very interested. I can honestly say I had never read a book anything like it, and I'm trying very hard to expand my reading horizons with new books, genres and important topics. That being said I definitely only read this book for the cover and the fact it was LGBT, I'm still new to this world and know
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Bailey
Simply put, wow. I needed this book and I had no idea until I picked it up on a whim. 

No Man of Woman Born is a collection of seven short stories, all featuring trans and nonbinary characters in epic fantasy settings. Aside from how overjoyed I was with the representation in this collection, I must take a moment to comment on Mardoll's incredible talent as a writer. In each brief story xie conjures an elaborate, fleshed out world that could support its own collection of tales. Though the world x
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Elle Maruska
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh this was such a wonderful collection of fairy tales!! Each story deals with prophecy--a common trope in fantasy--but in new and wonderful ways that play with genre conventions. There is so much love and respect for the characters in each story; no one suffers unnecessarily, there's no hurt just for the sake of hurting, and while each story does address issues of violence, death, and cruelty it's never gratuitous. Characters are given the space to complete their arcs without the unfortunately ...more
Devann
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

I know posting excerpts from the author's notes is not generally the 'done thing', but it seems to be something I've been doing more and more lately. After all, who can explain a book better than the author in their own words:

"The heroes and heroines in these pages aren't special because they are trans; they are special and they are trans."

This book features seven stories featuring trans, genderfluid, or intersex protagonists in the staring roles
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Amy
Apr 20, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe this but...DNF at 25%

I have been "currently reading" this for months and it's getting to the point where I am dreading picking it up...which should never be the case when reading a book, so I have decided to pass on this one.

It's definitely a "me not you" situation and I urge anyone who likes the sound of this to check out other reviews before going by what I say!

First up, what I liked:
-Diversity. This book is packed with short stories filled with diverse characters. All characte
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Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

This was an absolute joy. If you like fantasy at all, especially if you like twists on fantasy tropes, you need to read this. Despite most of the stories all being based on the idea "prophecy seems to foretell that evil ruler/dragon/monster will never be killed, turns out it was actually talking about a trans person who would do it," they never get old. Each one has a different cliché prophecy and subverts it in a new way. It's cre
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A.R. Hellbender
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of stories that all feature trans, nonbinary or gender fluid characters in a fantasy world where we don’t usually find them.
What was particularly great about it is that these stories take place in the typical medieval setting, devoid of hormone therapy or anything that would help someone pass, yet there is never anyone purposely misgendering anyone else.

As with any short story collection, I liked some of the stories more than others, but my favorites are the ones that featur
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Sophie
I cried many times during this book because of how good it felt to read these stories. THESE are the tales about prophecies and magic with gender identity I wish I read when I was younger. I really loved how the main character's gender played into the prophecy for each story. Like, '"no man or woman"? oh good i am neither'. All the little loopholes found in "classic" prophecies. I also really liked how much worldbuilding there were in each of these stories, so many new worlds for my imagination ...more
Cori Samuel
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommendations
Disclaimer: I recorded the audiobook. But, if you don't already know, that takes a LONG time with all the editing required -- so I really wouldn't have done it unless I genuinely enjoyed the stories. My rating is both biased and honest. :)

These fantasy stories feature transgender and nonbinary characters dealing with gendered (and therefore potentially subvertible) prophecies. Includes individual trigger warnings, so you can listen to / read each one at a time that's right for you.

Ana is a marve
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ren
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was delightful little book. all stories are good, but my favorite was the one that give the book its title, "no man of woman born". the last one also had me grinning at my kindle. 4.5 stars.
iam
No Man of Woman Born is a wonderful collection of short stories that center trans and nonbinary characters in traditional fantasy-story roles and prophecies in ways that are always true to their gender.

Content warnings can be found at the beginning of the book and at the start of every individual short story.

The book starts with an author's note that already touched me deeply, and it only got better from there on. The short stories feature a wide variety of characters all over the trans spectr
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Nicole Field
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is So Important. I feel that it should be required reading in primary- and high schools.

The stories themselves aren't at all complex. At heart, every single one of them are a fantasy story involving a prophesy that has something to do with a character who is a gender outside of what they were assigned at birth. They were so obviously written with a trans audience in mind rather than a cis one that my heart sang.

Although every single book in this collection was a standout success, I h
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Elke
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i was provided with an arc through netgalley in exchange for an honest review

this is such an important book to exist. i loved the subversion of tropes, the known stories but with trans and enby characters as heroes instead. i cannot stress enough how important it is that everybody gets to see themselves be the main character, and so many more people got that thanks to this collection.
as cis woman, i have no place discussing the rep, but it was written by a non-binary trans author and Ana is a gr
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Shriya Uday
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
The concept of this book held incredible promise it did not deliver as much as i wanted it to. The use of neopronouns and having these characters in the spotlight was great but their arcs and stories were too predictable for me to properly enjoy it. The writing was simple and reinforced the tone of the story. These stories would do well with a middle grade audience as these are essentially classic stories with a twist in characters rather than plot. For older audiences who have already read simi ...more
cassberrie
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review copy provided by Netgalley!

No Man of Woman Born is a collection of seven short stories by nonbinary author Ana Mardoll, each exploring the concept of fantastical prophecies fulfilled by unlikely heroes, all trans, nonbinary, or questioning. A fisher whose village is at the mercy of a man-eating dragon, a hedgewitch sent to save the land from a tyrannical queen, a warrior who seeks to avenge his family. Each story is a clever spin on a classic fairytale, and though some of the endings may
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Ruthsic
Warnings: violence, ableism, mention of self-harm, death of family member, misgendering, parental abuse, non-consensual kissing

Rep: ownvoices trans and non-binary rep, POC characters (both main and secondary characters)

An anthology of 'retellings' from the point of view of non-binary/trans characters, No Man of Woman Born has cleverly written stories that subvert traditional tropes. The stories range from a fisherfolk village sacrificing people to dragons with a hero who slays the dragon on acco
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Eshana Ranasinghe
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Cassandra
Beautiful, thoughtful, timely, and so very necessary. It is impossible to overstate how powerful it is, seeing oneself represented in fiction for the first time—not as the butt of a joke or a tragic subplot, but as the hero, overcoming dragons and tyrants and evil spells through courage and cunning.
Includes notes on neopronouns and how to avoid misgendering, for the sake of readers for whom this is new territory; but this is not another book explaining queer identities to the curious cishet cro
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Tuex
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
I am in love with this collection of short stories.
I can see myself in them because for once non-binary and trans people are represented in such a way that it is not a trope or some major plot point for the rest of the characters.
Them being trans is aid to the story rather than the story!
I also like the way content warnings and neo pronouns are used. Authors, take notes and do it that way!

I am grateful for this book and i cannot recommend it enough! Everyone, especially trans people, go read it!
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