ARC Review: Where the Stars Rise: Asian SFF | A Magical and Thought-Provoking Anthology, Packed Full of Diversity

ARC Review: Where the Stars Rise: Asian SFF | A Magical and Thought-Provoking Anthology, Packed Full of Diversity

TITLE: Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction & Fantasy
AUTHOR: Edited by Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak
SERIES: N/A
RELEASED: October 2017; Laksa Media Groups
GENRE: Science Fiction & Fantasy
FORMAT: eBook

KEY INFO: Anthology, #ownvoices, speculative fiction, alternative histories, cultural tradition, folklore
REPRESENTATION: MC’s of colour, disabled characters
CONTENT NOTICES: Immigration, poverty, sexual abuse, child abuse, slavery, discrimination, ableism, death, violence, racism, child neglect.

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Book review: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here | The Background Characters Take Over

Book review: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here | The Background Characters Take Over

TITLE: The Rest of Us Just Live Here
AUTHOR: Patrick Ness
SERIES: N/A
RELEASED: August 2015; Walker Books
GENRE: Magical Realism
FORMAT: Library Hardback

KEY INFO: Coming of age, superpowers in contemporary society, young adult struggles, super cute friendships, not the Chosen Ones, romances
REPRESENTATION:
OCD (MC), gay men, eating disorder, woman of colour, anxiety
CONTENT NOTICES:
OCD loops (minor injuries), discussion of eating disorders, discussion of suicidal thoughts, anti-depressants

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ARC Review: The Belles | Scandalous Secrets, Powerful Magic & Revolutionary Ideals

ARC Review: The Belles | Scandalous Secrets, Powerful Magic & Revolutionary Ideals

TITLE: The Belles
AUTHOR: Dhonielle Clayton
SERIES: The Belles
RELEASED: February 2018; Disney-Hyperion
GENRE: Fantasy
FORMAT: e-Book

KEY INFO: Commodification of women’s bodies, magic, beauty, court politics, secrets and danger
REPRESENTATION:
women of colour (MC and side), f/f (side), body sizes 
CONTENT WARNINGS:
discussions of fatphobia, slavery, death of a queer character, emotional abuse and intimidation

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Book Review | Beyond: The Queer SFF Comic Anthology

Book Review | Beyond: The Queer SFF Comic Anthology

TITLE: Beyond: The Queer Science Fiction & Fantasy Comic Anthology
AUTHOR: edited by Sfe R. Monster
SERIES: Beyond: Queer Anthology Series
RELEASED: September 2015; Beyond Press
GENRE: Science Fiction & Fantasy
FORMAT: e-Book

KEY INFO: comics, adorable fluff, queerness, family, acceptance, love and squish
REPRESENTATION:
women of colour, f/f, interspecies families and romances, interracial families and romances, m/m, trans woman, polyamorous, people of colour, bisexual, trans masculine, gender fluidity, non-binary, Asian woman
CONTENT NOTICES:
appropriation of two-spirit & Native American culture in ‘Twin Souled’

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