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In this lush interplanetary tale, Novic is an immortal Sayneth priest who flouts the conventions of a matriarchal society by choosing a name for his child. This act initiates chaos that splits the boy in two, unleashing a Jekyll-and-Hyde child upon the universe. Named T-Mo by his mother and Odysseus by his father, the story spans the boy's lifetime a from his early years w ...more
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Published June 11th 2019 by Meerkat Press
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Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the matriarchal society of Grovea, six midwives are called to attend a birth. The baby named Silhouette, born to righteous Pastor Ike and his wife, is betrothed as the first wife of Novic, an immortal Sayneth Priest. At age eleven, Silhouette is happy to wed and leave her Spartan home life, however, "The Novic I wed was a priest and demon, one entity". Upon the birth of a child, their first, it was customary for the mother to name her newborn. Silhouette named him T-Mo. Novic, displeased, nam ...more
Linda Hepworth
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On the matriarchal planet of Grovea Silhouette gives birth to her son: as the first wife of Novic, an immortal Sayneth priest, she is helped by six midwives. According to Grovean tradition the mother always names the child and Silhouette called her son T-Mo. However, as soon as Novic sees him he decides he should be named Odysseus, “the travelling one”. This flouting of tradition is to have repercussions throughout the child’s life, with his Jekyll-and-Hyde characteristics being apparent from hi ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With "Claiming T-Mo" Eugen Bacon both re-invents and shatters all the conventional codes of the magical sci-fi genre. A chronicle of women, magic and freedom, "Claiming T-Mo" is also a deep reflexion on respect and contact with "otherness", but this time not coming from another country or planet, but from the inside. Three women, Silhouette, Salem and Myra, three generations marked by a blessing and a curse, finding their own way to live, survive or thrive in a parallel universe, where god.esse. ...more
Laura Kehoe
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Jekyll and Hyde is one of my favorite stories. So when I saw a science fiction fantasy with a character who has dueling personalities, I was so excited to check it out. And this really was an interesting book. While there were times when I started to lose connection to the story, overall I'm glad I gave this a read!

The whole concept of this book and the fact that it encompasses so many cultures and worlds was so great. I loved learning about all of the worlds and seeing how everything - and ever
Jo Daly
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Claiming T-Mo is pure escapism as the supernatural world collides with the human world to create hybrids, demons, both real and imagined, tribes, future species and lands beyond time. Parallel worlds exist and interact, human characters are exaggerated by their simpleness and mundanity (Fidget and Sprinkles), or through their heightened abilities as hybrids (T-Mo, Odysseus, Myra, Tempest); offspring from the consummation of humans with supernatural beings.
With her literary agility and avant-gar
Thistle & Verse
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, space-opera, aliens
Combining science fiction and literary fiction, Bacon's novel Claiming T-Mo meanders through the lives of several generations of the titular character's family. It's like an orchestral arrangement where several instruments riff on the same notes but with staggered entrances - certain themes and experiences reappear in the lives of each of the characters but resolve when all the characters gather at the end. This is a world of magic and alien life where neither is explained in any depth. The stor ...more
Alison C
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review was written for LibraryThing's Early Review:

On a matriarchal planet, Silhouette gives birth to a child conceived with the priest of a religion from another planet. In Silhouette’s world, the mother names the child, and she calls him T-Mo; but the priest demands the naming right and calls the child Odysseus. T-Mo is deeply beloved and endlessly curious, Odysseus is bent on power and destroying everything in sight. And the two, in one body, start a number of families that end up on Ear
Veronica Strachan
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
A lush interplanetary tale? Indeed! In Claiming-T-Mo, Bacon offers us a myriad of complex worlds, painted in sensations that thread through the hearts and minds of three women as the live in connection to T-Mo.
As well as the rich tapestry of the world building and the quirky nature and skills of the cast, the tale itself has layers of societal scenarios that challenge and poke at the usual suspects - and some not so usual ones. Bacon turned the tropes on their heads and wove her own genre.
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Aug 20, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, giveaways, own

I won this book via Goodreads Giveaways
Ted Fauster
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
by Eugen Bacon

A book review by weird fantasy & speculative fiction author Ted Fauster

To borrow a phrase from the novel, CLAIMING T-MO is told through the masterfully interwoven "color of language."

From the dust jacket, you might expect a paranormal sci-fi type of read--elements of which this book certainly contains--but it soon becomes clear this is far more than any typical genre romp.

The eponymous character is the son of a mystical priest and his child bride, and the story orbit
Clare Rhoden
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mind-blowing. Entertaining, enjoyable, and different. A book I will think about for a long time. Completely unexpected, unpredictable delights are scattered on very page.
I adore the strong female characters and the amazing worlds they live in. T-Mo remains complex and divided for me ... thought I loved the way he changed as a child, sometimes the smiling T-Mo, other times the murderous Odysseus...
The playful language and the brilliant naming will bring many smiles to your face!
Dawn Vogel
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
(This review was originally published at Mad Scientist Journal.)

Claiming T-Mo by Eugen Bacon is a multi-generational tale of otherworldly beings, superpowers, and the complexity of families. With a sweeping scope across time and space, it features elements of fantasy and science fiction blended together in a way that makes both seem utterly plausible within the world Bacon has constructed.

The narrative flows through the generations, beginning with T-Mo’s mother, Silhouette, and his wife, Salem,
Anna Tan
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-copy, e-books
The most I can say about this book is that it wasn't quite what I was expecting. The narrative flits between the lives of the women in T-Mo's life and how his dual personality and subsequent disappearance impacted them.

It was interesting, in a way, but also felt disjointed as you jumped from his mother to his wife to his daughter and his granddaughter and it's really not about them, but it is. It's mostly still about him, in a roundabout way. It's also about abuse and abusive relationships and
Jessica Belmont
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Claiming T-Mo. It is such a unique concept and I honestly couldn’t put it down. I love the Jekyle and Hyde aspects and all of the awesome sci-fi/fantasy world-building.

The characters were pretty fascinating. However, I do wish I had a bit more backstory on them. I just wanted to know more. I’m a greedy reader when it comes to characters, and am always hungry for more detail about them.

I love the world building. It encompasses many different worlds and cultures. It was rich in on
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
The plot concept for this book was interesting, but I feel like the story and characters didn't develop enough to rise to the challenge of the tale the author wanted to tell. The changes in setting between characters happened too quickly and without much context, not allowing the reader to really understand much about them. The writing got a little bit stronger as the book went on, but would have benefited from either using less characters or further developing the ones that were used. There wer ...more
Sep 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing in this book was utterly beautiful, and Eugen Bacon plays with language throughout in a way that makes the story sing.

This book is best when in leans into that strength, using her language to paint pictures of complicated characters and exploring the galaxy.

The story itself is ambitious, stretching across multiple worlds, and four generations, within just 250 pages. But there are times where it feels like the story is rushed, and characters and storylines are cut short where it wou
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
Three generations of Afrofuturist family drama, featuring lush, inventive (sometimes head-scratching) language, planet-hopping, magic, super-powered humanoid aliens, split personalities, and themes of otherness, racism, abuse, and the strength of women who together can overcome the men who wrong them. I never really felt invested in the characters, though. Thanks to IPG and Goodreads for the giveaway.
Candra Hodge
Jan 01, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't recommend

This book was boring. I ended up basically skimming it to get to the end just to review it. The book jumped character perspectives in a way that was almost confusing. The end was anticlimactic. Overall the storyline itself was also boring.

I got this book thru a goodreads giveaway.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not what I was expecting from a Jekyll/Hyde story. Maybe if the world building was better I would've been able to get into it. ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Transcendent and earthy all at once. Shimmering prose. Paragraphs to read and reread, a prose poem of love and fear.
Kristi Drillien
This book was really not for me. Based on other reviews, I think I can safely say that it was personal preference that led to me deciding not to continue reading this book. The style of prose is not my preference, and up to chapter 9, I was having a difficult time caring about the characters or understanding what I was even reading half the time. I have decided not to continue, but perhaps someday I will try it again.
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway.
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