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1) Dangerous Times Isobelle Winter
Transgender - Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (February 11, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620049554
ISBN-13: 978-1620049556
Amazon: Dangerous Times Isobelle Winter

1) I took a long time trying to figure out how to rate this. It’s an ambitious story with characters that are not strictly LGBTQIA. Rather, they are aliens—a combination of mechanical and organic, with an insectile appearance—that have a sense of gender that is also completely alien. That’s a difficult thing to pull off, and the author pulls it off very well. Although the sex scenes were too, well, alien for me to get into, they were well done and in keeping with the character of the story. What really impressed me was how the author managed to draw me in so completely to an emotional and social system that was also very, very alien. I felt for these characters and wanted them to succeed. The social and emotional systems were complex, well drawn, and fascinating. And the writing, which was beautiful, wrapped it all up into a neat package. I found this story engrossing, engaging, and exceedingly well constructed. Well done, Ms. Winter.
2) This was an utterly engrossing read. Isobelle Winter has created a unique civilisation of insectile rather than humanoid characters, complete with customs, castes and superb world building. The book is well paced and the plot carefully crafted. I look forward to reading more by this author. The only thing I didn't like was the use of ne, nem and nir in place of he, him and his.

2-tie) Peter Darling Austin Chant
Transgender - Fantasy Romance
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (February 9, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620049805
ISBN-13: 978-1620049808
Amazon: Peter Darling Austin Chant

1) Having not read the blurb, I loved the dawning realization that Peter was, in fact, Wendy through the author's skilful prose. This book is a wonderful reimagining of both the traditional Peter Pan story and the original cast of characters. I look forward to reading more by this author.

2-tie) The Urn Carrier Chris Convissor
Transgender - Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing (October 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1943837384
ISBN-13: 978-1943837380
Amazon: The Urn Carrier Chris Convissor

1) Solid storytelling. A triumph!

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