Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The Dog and the Sailor by Pete Jordi Wood

The Dog and the Sailor The Dog and the Sailor by Pete Jordi Wood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Happy #pridemonth, y’all! I’ve got a treat for you! Pete Jordi Wood, who was studying folklore for a Masters degree in Illustration, discovered a long lost fairy tale that had a queer protagonist at its center. It turns out that Stith Thompson, part of the duo that created the Aarne Thompson Uther Tale Type Index, made a point of deleting any fairy tales that had positive queer characters, as he felt that queer people were a “perversion”, akin to bestiality and incest. Basically, one guy was unfortunately able to erase who knows how many queer fairy tales because of his bigotry.

So, when Wood discovered this long lost tale, about a young sailor who is able to able to resist the evil Sea Witch’s beauty, and therefore her magic, and save the kingdom, he jumped at the chance to translate and illustrate this fairy tale for a new generation to discover. It’s charming, the illustrations are fantastic, and it really is a true gem of a story.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Taxes and TARDIS by N.R. Walker

Taxes and TARDIS Taxes and TARDIS by N.R. Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Happy #pridemonth, y’all! Next up on my #pride readathon is TAXES AND TARDIS by N. R. Walker. Brent, a laidback jock of an electrician, finds in his new accountant, Logan, an unlikely attraction. Logan is nothing like the other men Brent usually finds himself attracted to: he’s a slim, glasses-wearing, Doctor Who-loving geek. But there’s something about Logan that Brent can’t help but find irresistible, and as the two men get to know each other more, they find neither can help themselves or their list and love for the other.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Killer Queens by David M. Booher, illustrated by Claudia Balboni

Killer Queens Killer Queens by David M. Booher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Happy #pridemonth, y’all! My next #queer read is KILLER ASSASSINS by @davidmbooher with art by @claudiabalboni, from @darkhorsecomics. Max and Alex, super queer reformed assassins, are just trying to make their way in the galaxy (and hide from their former, fluffy-monkey employer). When Alex’s old flame hands them what should be a simple rescue job, they jump at the chance for the money. You know these things are never that simple though. When the truth comes out about the nature of the job, Max and Alex need to decide between getting paid or helping take down a fascist, xenophobic dictatorship. What’s a queer to do?

It’s a fun, quick read full of one-liners and plenty of sass. The retro sci-fi pulp vibe is great. The entire creative team is #queer, too, which is a nice touch. I’d definitely pick up more volumes in the future, if they were to release any more.

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Saturday, June 4, 2022

Only on the Weekends by Dean Atta

Only on the Weekends Only on the Weekends by Dean Atta
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Happy #pridemonth, y’all! My next #queer read is ONLY ON THE WEEKENDS by @deanatta, from @balzerandbray & @epicreads. Told in verse, OOTW follows Mack, a hopeless romantic, as he navigates between the boyfriend he loves, K, who must be kept mostly secret because K is not out yet to his fellow basketball team, and his newfound romantic feelings for Finlay, the very out and trans actor in Mack’s father’s new movie. This is a charming coming of age story that deftly portrays the awkwardness and sometimes tumultuous emotions of young love. Woven through this is the idea of what it means to be masculine, something I think a lot of young queers can struggle with, but is an important conversation that needs to be discussed.

Like THE BLACK FLAMINGO, Atta is able to create a fully realized story using an almost minimalist approach by telling the story in verse, and like TBF, it works beautifully here. I’ll be honest, books told in verse don’t usually work for me, yet Atta’s storytelling keeps me engaged and I read this through in two sittings.

An excellent read if you’re looking for a coming of age queer love story this #pridemonth.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Ordinary Monsters by J.M. Miro

Ordinary Monsters Ordinary Monsters by J.M. Miro
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Y’all, I’ve tried. I’ve tried so hard to get into this book, but I just can’t. It’s been a couple of months and I’m only ~200 pages in and it’s just not working for me. I *really* want to like this book, but I think the biggest problem is I feel like I’ve already read this story before. It reads so much like The Nevers on HBO, along with characters who feel like they were pulled from other stories. I know I’m in the minority on this one, and I’m not DNF-ing it quite yet, I’m just putting it aside for right now. I’ll revisit it later in the year and see if it works better for me then.

Thanks to Flatiron Books for providing the ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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