Stranger Worlds Than These by L.J. Cohen

Stranger Worlds Than These by L.J. CohenCombining fluid language with solid structure, Cohen creates a series of speculative tales that raise questions without ever confusing the reader.

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All the Angles

On my way to the shops this morning, I saw someone wearing a t-shirt advertising an angling resort. The logo was a happy fish. It might have been because the temperature was in excess of 35C, but that seemed very odd.

Being angled is no fun at all (as Halpin Chalmers will attest), so why is the fish happy?

Or if the fish generally are cheerful, would that not mean it was a bad place for anglers?

If anyone wants me, I will be in a bath of tepid water, musing further on the subject

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Fear of the Unknown

Societies have locked up or otherwise punishing anti-social elements for most of recorded history. And every society, no matter how extreme the punishments, has still had anti-social elements. So, instead of marking those elements as even less part of society, maybe the way forward is inclusion.

Certain types of psychosis and neurosis will potentially lead to anti-social acts. But most anti-social acts are committed for a reason other than not being able to see they are wrong; so why wouldn’t we want to listen more to the experiences of those who aren’t currently fitting well?

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Bird Lizard Horse by August Smith

Bird Lizard Horse by August SmithTaking the worrying image that each expression of a concept is soul using imperfect flesh to form imperfect language for imperfect flesh to interpret for soul, Smith provides a solid example of why people who are at a party with your girlfriend might be having more fun than someone trampled by horses; and makes you smile while doing it.

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Masculine Rhyme

This week’s To Be Read Podcast was on the theme of fathers, fictional and not. I enjoyed both the shout-out for Greenstar and the discussion, but I also enjoyed it for reminding me of a person who showed me one way to be a man.


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A Mouth like a Genocide

Earlier today, a friend shared the Toast’s list of tropes from romance fiction. In love, like food, personal taste is the only judge, so I present it for your consideration without comment.

…save to repeat ‘a mouth like a genocide’.

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Sword Bearer by Teddy Jacobs

Sword Bearer by Teddy JacobsCombining an interesting world with an accessible hero, Jacobs creates a fantasy quest that flows quickly without sacrificing a sense of epic possibility beneath the surface.

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Freedom Is An Opiate

Misha Burnett (an excellent author and thinker) commented on a previous post that something was a medical issue not a civil rights issue. His point is clear, but it set me thinking: are medicine and human rights separate?

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A Pareto of Prejudice

Caitlyn Jenner’s decision to present as female has been in the news recently, as have reactions to it from various people and organisations. And, being interested in equal rights, those perspectives have been a frequent feature of various of my social media streams. My stance on her right to become more comfortable with herself hasn’t changed. But the ongoing discussion has raised issues about other people’s search for comfort.

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Little City by Nicholas Gagnier

Little City by Nicholas GagnierGagnier provides a series of vignettes and perspectives, both supported and subverted by a light yet firm grasp of language. Holding together, yet having no common story, the collection is open to both the devourer and the casual nibbler.

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