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A Story from the Warmest Wishes: Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar

Pagan punk musician Lucas is fully prepared to spend this Yule with the rest of the band and his beautiful bass guitar when Oliver, his boyfriend of almost a year, asks if he wants to join the rest of the Han family for their annual winter celebration. It comes as a shock since Ollie has gone to great
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ebook, 1st edition, 33 pages
Published December 1st 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

A surprisingly good offering from new to me author, Elliot Joyce.

Make a Circle is more than meets the eye. It's only 33 pages long, but I was pleasantly pleased at how much I enjoyed it, though if the story had been even longer, I think I would have really loved it.

Though the blurb doesn't state it, the story is about the Dongzhi Festival, which is the Chinese winter solstice festival. My daughters have many Chinese classmates (we even have no school on Chinese New Year), but I've ne
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Serena Yates
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holiday, gay, read-2018, trans
Meeting the parents of a partner is never easy, especially if two people have been together for a while and just never got around to it. In this case of Lucas and Oliver, the family to be met is big, a little crazy/overwhelming, and from another culture. Lucas knows it might be challenging for him from a purely linguistic point of view, but he also has a feeling that Oliver is not too keen on introducing him. That kind of uncertainty means that he approaches “Dongzhì” – the Chinese celebration o ...more
Ami
3.75 stars rounded up

This is the first time Oliver Han brought his boyfriend Lucas to meet his family, just in time for the Han family to celebrate Dōngzhì Festival – or Chinese Winter Solstice Festival – which date falls near Christmas as well. Lucas is rather worried that Ollie’s family will hate him; he doesn’t speak any Mandarin, he is, well, the white guy. Lucas is not aware that Ollie has his different reasons, and his own worries, for postponing bringing Lucas before.

I loved my first Elli
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Ann
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this short story quite a lot. There was much to learn about a culture different from my own and about transgender identity. The author managed to convey a lot organically by showing rather than telling and I was hooked on Lucas and Oliver before I even knew which direction the story was headed. The Han family dynamics were . . . pretty standard actually. Overall they were loving and open with a few assholes mixed in for normality and generational differences that are to be expected.

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CrabbyPatty
"Make a Circle" is a weekend-in-the-life of punk musician Lucas and his trans boyfriend Oliver. Oliver has finally invited Lucas to a family gathering, the Chinese Winter solstice Dongzhi Festival, but Lucas wonders if Oliver is embarrassed by him, or by his family. We meet the Han family and the various aunts and uncles who love Oliver but struggle sometimes to call him Oliver rather than his birth name or use the proper pronouns. Over the course of this short story, we learn about a Chinese tr ...more
Lena Grey
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Lucas, of ‘Make a Circle' by Elliot Joyce, never expected to be invited by his boyfriend, Ollie, to attend a holiday gathering with Ollie's family. Ollie has a huge family and, now that Lucas is actually going to meet them, he's doing his best to remember who they all are. Soon he is beginning to have second thoughts. Lucas is afraid he will slip up and make a faux pas of some kind, be embarrassed, and upset Ollie. Yet, Lucas loves Ollie and wants to support him however he can. If it entails put ...more
Katy Beth Mckee
This is a fun holiday romp of a family out of control and all the fun, craziness, and love that comes with it.
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
3 Stars

This was a quick and easy holiday read that was well-written, but I wasn’t quite sure what the point of the story was. I feel like I missed something. It was a nice story and Lucas and Oliver were likable enough, but again, I just saw no real point to the story.

*copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Angela Goodrich
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Kragthang
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-compilation
I liked the general idea of the story. The writing style was fine. What I didn't like was that there were so many people introduced which you had to keep track of that the MCs were kind of drowned out a bit by everything. I would have loved to learn more about them. All in all 2,5 stars.
Misty
I really like the whole idea but it's just too short!
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