micro reviews of queer specfic & nonfiction. diversions into out-of-print annals. occasional digressions.

My fav 2021 reads


The Route of Ice and Salt by Jose Luis Zarate
The Silence of Wilting Skin by Tlotlo Tsamaase
Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard
Caroline's Heart by S.A. Chant
The Companion by E.E. Ottoman
Briarley by Aster Glenn Gray
Home by Toni Morrison
In the Watchful City by S. Qiouyi Lu
A Necessity of Stars by E. Catherine Tobler


Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters
The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Wagonner
The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey
Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg
The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting by K.J. Charles
Nearly Roadkill by Caitlin Sullivan & Kate Bornstein
Nevada by Imogen Binnie
Kindred by Olivia Butler
Swordheart by T. Kingfisher
White Trash Warlock / Trailer Park Trickster by David R. Slayton
The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian
Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo
Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

Short Fic Collections

Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel by Julian K. Jarboe
Even Greater Mistakes by Charlie Jane Anders


Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
The Thief of Always by Clive Barker

Memoirs & Nonfiction

All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson
Glitch Feminism by Legacy Russell
Care of by Ivan Coyote
Dear Senthuran by Akwaeke Emezi
A Restricted Country by Joan Nestle
Belly of the Beast by Da'Shaun Harrison
On Connection by Kae Tempest


from unincorporated territory [guma'] by Craig Santos Perez
Knots by R.D. Laing
Cross Cutting by Charles Jensen
Can you sign my tentacle? by Brandon O'Brien
next by Lucille Clifton
The Black Maria by Aracelis Girmay
On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths by Lucia Perillo

Graphic Novels/Manga

Thirsty Mermaids by Kat Leyh
The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
Our Dreams at Dusk by Yuhki Kamatani (vol. 1-4)
Are You Listening by Tillie Walden
Alone in Space by Tillie Walden
The Dire Days of Willoweep Manor by Shaenon K. Garrity
Boys Run the Riot by Keito Gaku
Eat the Rich by Sarah Gailey (iss. 1-5)
A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong

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