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Lambda Literary Award finalist, 2020.

Lethe Press is excited to be releasing the debut short story collection by Bogi Takács. Takács may be known more for their recent editorial efforts, winning a Lambda Literary Award for Transcendent 2: The Year's Best Transgender Themed Speculative Fiction. But Takács is a talented storyteller and poet. An uplifted octopus finds a strang
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Paperback, 315 pages
Published October 7th 2019 by Lethe Press
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Bogi Takács
Mar 26, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this! Coming this year from Lethe Press. You totally want more weirdness in your life.

Here is my announcement:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/25643735

Update: Now a Lambda Literary Award finalist book! Yay \O/
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Source of the book: I wrote it
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Teleseparatist
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, earc
Full disclosure: I received an ebook of this collection from the author, and I know Bogi on here/on Twitter; I think my review is largely unaffected by our acquaintance.

This was my last Pride Read, and perhaps the queerest of them all - and that is definitely a compliment. Bogi's writing forces the reader to rethink their perspective, surprises, pushes boundaries, defamiliarises and estranges and at the same time, seems focused on the intimate, the bodily, the sacred. It's very much in step with
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Kim Lockhart
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting collection of speculative fiction stories highlighting the key theme: the strength of connections. The stories in the second half are a bit better on the whole, than the first half. A few stood out for me, especially having studied a bit of Hebrew terminology in the study of the OT. I found the weaving of Jewish traditions with futuristic space situations fascinating. And it makes perfect sense that all beings in the future might have an official respect for all genders. The use of m ...more
Charles
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm cheating a little because I got to blurb this but it's a fantastic collection. The original stories are sharp and good and the collected works have been among my favorites perennially. Just a stunning collection that I can't recommend highly enough!
Csenge
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While I was reading this book, I often forgot that I was reading a collection of short stories, and got so immersed in each universe that the end of the chapter surprised me. While I was a little sad to move on from each one, and secretly hoped some of these will turn into novels one day, in the end I am happy that I got not one, but a whole bouquet of universes to venture into, each more fascinating and exciting than the last. Bogi Takács has a knack for creating worlds in concise and eloquent ...more
Serena
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-or-giveaway
I got this ARC ebook from the author when Bogi offered a ARC in exchange for reviews. I know of Bogi from lists of queer books which I have had liked/retweeted into my Twitter feed by those I follow there, and when I saw the title and the cover art, I just had the feeling I *had* to read this book. So I applied to the form, I did not really expect to get a ARC - but I did! I'm excited to share my thoughts on the short stories within.

I noticed (and thought it odd) that the trigger warnings were
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Maria Haskins
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A marvelous, fiercely original, and compelling collection of short stories that traverse space and time and worlds, where bodies and individuals shapeshift and mingle, and where the boundaries between lifeforms and the world around them might be re-drawn and re-imagined. Bogi Takács has a gift for writing stories that bend and twist speculative fiction in new an unexpected ways, with stories that delve deep into issues of language and identity, exploring the way alien life, technology, artificia ...more
Becky
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an exciting, smart and overwhelmingly creative collection of speculative fiction stories! I loved reading this book, and was swept away time and again by Takács’ thoughtful and exhilarating writing. Eir stories have such range I’m struggling to integrate it all in a sentence - science fiction, powerful but difficult to control magic, Jewish faith, Hungarian culture, humans both now and in the far flung future, the octopi suggested by the title, magic meets BDSM, warfare and the psycholog ...more
Holly Nugent
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Oh how I wanted to love this, I really did. I almost abandoned it halfway through, but I’m glad I finished it as I enjoyed the second half far more than the first.

For me I found the majority of the stories somewhat inaccessible- I’m not from a Jewish or Hungarian background, and felt the first half was challenging to read as result. Some of the stories were so short I had just barely begun to understand the universe, and then it was over. The stories that did captivate me I wished were longer,
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Adri Joy
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let's get the obvious out of the way first: titles don't come much better than this. Takács' debut short fiction collection (I believe e has also released a poetry collection this year) is the very best kind of "does what it says on the tin": the kind where the tin has an exquisite purple octopus on the front and the word "space" in a cursive font and queerness front and centre in the title. Its a cover holding a dense and varied set of stories, ranging from near-future slice of life to magical ...more
Forestofglory
I forgot to update this when I posted my review -- but here it is https://forestofglory.dreamwidth.org/... ...more
Noah
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Queer folk, especially queer Jewish folk
Before reading this it never occurred to me even to want stories taking place in the intersection of queerness and Judaism, so I had no idea how much I needed it. More than a few times I was brought to tears, feeling seen and represented in ways and at depths I never have before.

These really aren't stories for normies. This isn't the normative sort of pride that makes straight folk comfortable. The moral of the story isn't "we're all the same so let's all get along." It isn't even that we all sh
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Stephanie
Review for Twin Cities Geek coming soon!
Zsófia Szabó
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unique perspectives

There is a wide variety of different short stories book, with the common quality of taken from unique points of view.
Not every piece is an easy reading but all lead to a deep insight to specific, extraordinary people, groups of people and life situations from Jewish orthodoxy to alien life forms. You can find all kinds of speculative fiction genres as well, science fiction, fantasy or urban mystery just to name a few.
Some stories should require short studies around specific
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Catty K
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very creative and very different stories, e can build a world in 4 pages.
Bethany
Apr 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-scifi
A collection of science fiction flavoured speculative fiction short stories, although some stories are quite long, and others so short to be more snippets or flash fiction. This is quite long for a short fiction collection, and contains a deep breadth of concept and work, from "hard" sci-fi about algorithms and alien invaders to more fantastical magical apprenticeships and octupus civilisations.

Overall, I think Takács is more interested in concepts than stories, as several of the stories deliver
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Estel
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book because I was going to get to see the author, and I hoped I could get it signed. While I didn't manage to get it signed, it's one of the best purchases I have made in a while. This book is full of fascinating stories and characters and worlds. Several take place in a space-opera type world; several take place in a medieval-esque world. Many just stand alone. Each story seems to take deep dives into either contemplation of gender, contemplation of Judaism, or contemplation of d ...more
Kristina
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
I totally picked up this book because of the title... that and it would fulfill a category in a reading challenge. I really wish I could say I liked it. I didn't hate it, but I certainly did not like it.

This is a collection of short stories by the author. They seem to have a central theme of gender, body shape and form and a look at power exchange relationships. None of that bothered me. What did was that it felt like every single story just ended. Not even a soft conclusion. Just stop.

I can't s
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Micchi Kins
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: february-read
A wonderful, amazing collection of short stories set in SPACE! Full of stories that explore gender, sexuality, and the spaces in between.
Nathan Frechette
An absolutely amazing collection of stories.
Val
this took a while for me to read, but it had more to do with the state of the world than anything. this book was great! :)
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Bogi Takács is a Hungarian Jewish author who writes short-form speculative fiction, poetry, nonfiction and weird unclassifiables. Eir work has been published in a variety of venues like Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Apex, Lightspeed and more.

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